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Profile: Mohammad RANJBAR
Head Coach
Former Team Melli Captain appointed as the head coach of Team Melli.

29 June 2004) was an Iranian footballer and coach. Ranjbar played for Taj Tehran and Pas Tehran. He was a member and captain of the Iran national team. He was also head coach of the national team in 1972.

Early years
Ranjbar was born on 1 January 1935 in Kermanshah, Iran, and lived in Kermanshah until the end of his high school career. He was joined to the Shahin Kermanshah in 1950. After the end of his studies was moved to Tehran and graduated from Daneshkadeh Afsari.

Coaching career
Following his retirement from playing football, Ranjbar began his coaching career as manager of Iran under-20 football team in 1968. He was selected as assistant coach of Team Melli in 1970 and was again selected for the same post in 1971 by Parviz Dehdari.

After Dehdari resigned in 1972, Ranjbar was appointed as caretaker manager of Team Melli. While in charge, Ranjbar successfully defended The Asian Cup title for the second time in a row in Thailand in 1972 as he led the team into the final winning 2-1 against South Korea.

After the success of Team Melli under Ranjbar, the Iran Football Federation appointed Ranjbar as the head coach of Team Melli with a two-year contract but he resigned after two months.

He was out of football from 1972 to 1985. In 1985, he was appointed as technical manager of Esteghlal. Ranjbar then became Team Melli Manager from 1998 to 2002.

Illness and death
On 12 January 2004, 69-year-old Ranjbar succumbed to illness and passed away in Iranmehr Hospital, north of Tehran.


Head Coach
Iran: AFC Asian Cup: 1972

First Match: 07-May-72
Last Match: 25-Jun-72
W: 2
D: 3
L: 1
Win %: 54.55%
Duration: 49 Days


168 cm

70 Kg

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