Ardeshir “Amir” Ghalenoei also spelled Qalehnoei, Persian: Nicknamed “General” and also “Amir Pasha”; (born July 9, 1964 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of Tractor Sazi. He has been the most successful coach in Iran Pro League and managed several clubs, including Esteghlal, Mes Kerman, Sepahan and Tractor Sazi, with 2 of which he won a total of 4 championships and 2 Hazfi Cups. He was also the head coach of Iran national football team from August 2006 to July 2007. Early life He was born on July 9, 1964 inNazi AbadSouthTehran,Iran. His father was aTaxidied in 1971 when he was only seven years old. He begin working when he was 13 and started his football career at the same time. Club career He was chosen to play inRah Ahan B1980 by his friend’s father. Then Rah Ahan coach, Nasser Ebrahimi, moved him to the main Rah Ahan team. He was moved toShahin1986 when Ebrahimi became Shahin’s head coach. In first and second year of his playing at Shahin with Ebrahimi was stressful. He left the club in 1988 forAl-Sadd Qatar. After one year, Ghalenoei was transferred toEsteghlal F.C.1988, where he spent the rest of his football career, until retirement. He became captain of Esteghlal in 1993 and retired in 1995. International career He was invited toIran national under-23 football team1990 and showed a reasonable performance. He was invited toIran national football team1993 by. He made his debut on September 12, 1993 againstBosnia and Herzegovina. He retired from the national team upon an injury in a match againstQatar. Managerial career Ghalenoei is the first Iranian football manager who passedManchester Unitedclass when he was 40 after taking Europe grade C at Bayer Leverkusenclub six month earlier. In 2005–06 season, he ledEsteghlal FC, which he had once played for, to the championship in Iran’s Premier Football League.
IRIFF appointed Ghalenoei as head coach of the Iran national football team on July 17, 2006 to succeed Branko Ivanković. After finishing first in the qualifying round 2 points ahead of South Korea and then finishing first in the group stage of the final tournament in Malaysia, Iran lost to South Korea in the penalty shoot-outs of the Quarters Final match and was eliminated from the 2007 Asian Cup. Ghalenoei was heavily criticized by the press. After a period of discussion in the Iranian football federation, his contract was not renewed and national team was left with a caretaker manager for several months.
Keshavarz and Bargh Tehran
Sepahan : 2009–10 . 2011–12
Tractor Sazi : On June 13, 2011
Esteghlal : 2003–04.2004–05.2005–06.02008–09.2012–13
Ghalenoei stayed at Esteghlal despite bids from Al-Ain and Mes Kerman for their vacant managerial position. Esteghlal bought few players like Ahmad Jamshidian, Mohammad Mehdi Nazari, Pejman Nouri, Mohammad Ghazi and Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht. Fardin Abedini also returned from the loan. His team also kept many of the last season’s players but Mojtaba Jabbari doesn’t extended his contract and joined Sepahan. Iman Mousavi, Abbas Mohammadrezaei, Farzad Hatami, Hassan Ashjari, Maysam Baou, Ali Hamoudi also sold and Vicente Arze left the team and returned to Charleroi after the end of his loan contract. Esteghlal also won Damash Karaj and Dynamo Kiev during pre-season friendly matches. Esteghlal began the league with a 2–1 away win over Gostaresh Foolad.