Tag: Russian Premier League

Mohebbi leads Rostov to victory over League leaders.

In the 20th round of the Russian Premiere League, Rostov FC hosted the league leader Krasnodar, on Friday evening and managed to win thanks to a brace by Iranian forward Mohammad Mohebbi.

The hosts won a landslide victory with a score of 2 -1, to upset the top of the table as both Zenit St. Petersburg (37 pts) and Dinamno (38 pts) are yet to play their matches in round 20.

Rostov started the game after the break in the RPL very energetically: they scored and played an excellent game against the league leaders. I expected them to have difficulties

Now Krasnodar must emotionally survive the previous draw and defeat from Rostov. If they can handle it, then they will fight for gold. If they sink into depression, then it will be the end – we will lose the option of a new champion,” Chervichenko commented in an interview with the correspondent of Championat.

After the victory, Rostov climbed to 9th place in the RPL table, Krasnodar remained at the top of the table..

in the 49th minute, Krasnodar‘s player Olakunle Olusegun was sent off for receiving a second yellow card.

Mohebbi was part of Team Melli squad that participated in the recent AFC Asian Cup 2023 in Qatar where Iran was defeated by the eventual winner Qatar in the semi-finals.

Football. Russia. RPL. 20th round.

“Rostov” – “Krasnodar” – 2:1 (1:0).

Goals: Mohebi (25, 62) – Cordoba (66).

Red cards: Olusegun (49).

Sardar Azmoun wins Best Player Award in RPL season 2020/21

Zenit forward Sardar Azmoun became the best player in the Russian Premier League (RPL) according to the results of the footballers’ voting in the annual poll.

Сердар Азмун

The poll among football players is perhaps the most objective of all. It is clear that in each team, many players votes for their own teammates, but when it comes to representatives of other clubs, the assessment of professionals is the most accurate. And the advantage with which Serdar Azmoun overtook Artyom Dzyuba, who took second place, leaves no doubt at all – this was the season of the 26-year-old Iranian Center Forward.

In 2019 and 2020 seasons, Sardar’s attacking partner Artem Dzyuba won this title. Azmoun brought Zenit their seventh poll victory in history. Before him, in addition to the already mentioned Dziuba, the honorary titles were received by Andrey Arshavin (2006), Konstantin Zyryanov (2007), Danny (2010), and Hulk (2014/15). Now Petersburgers share the lead with Spartak, Lokomotiv and CSKA have five first places each, Krasnodar has three, Dynamo and Rubin have one each.

Although, strictly judging, the Zenit striker played his usual championship at a high level, gaining decent statistics – 19 goals in 24 RPL matches. But let’s be honest: Serdar is able to look even brighter. Plus, the voting was probably influenced by the fact that at the end of the season Azmoun scored six goals in three games, including a hat-trick in the most important one at the finish – with Lokomotiv. And the last thing is always remembered, as we all know.

RPL: top 10 players of the 2020/21 Russian championship according to a poll of football players.  Photo "SE"

RPL: top 10 players of the 2020/21 Russian championship according to a poll of football players. Photo “SE”

But Azmoun’s convincing win, in my opinion, is more of the weakness of competitors. Not as good as in autumn, Vlašić and Noboa turned out to be in the spring. Dzyuba and Krykhovyak stood out, but we saw much more powerful football in their performance. Larsson gave a decent season, but the Swede also flashed with episodes, even if he decided at the expense of them a lot for Spartak to win silver.

So it turns out that there was no alternative to Azmoun – an advantage over the closest competitor of more than a hundred points has not happened for a very long time in this poll.

Well, it remains to be hoped that in the summer the RPL will not lose the bright striker. And all the rest will add so much that a more stubborn struggle will unfold for the title of the best.

Until then, congratulations, Serdar! All to the point.

Sardar Azmoun Named Top Goal Scorer of Russian Football League

For the second time in history, an Iranian player wins the League Top Scorer in Europe

Sardar Azmoun,  Team Melli and Zenit Saint Petersburg center forward, has finished the 2019/20 season at the Russian Premier League as the top goal scorer after scoring the winner against FC Rostov in the season’s last fixture. Match ended 2-1 for the champion.

Both Azmoun and teammate Artem Dzyuba played 28 games, with both forwards scoring 17 goals, but the Iranian was ahead of the Russian striker by virtue of fewer goals from the penalty spot. Azmoun scored one penalty, whereas Dzyuba scored seven.

In the history of the RPL, Azmoun is the third Zenit player to finish a season as top scorer.
Much was expected of Azmoun when he was snapped up by Rubin Kazan as an 18-year-old, and he has grown to become a superstar of Asian football.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh finished the 2017-18  Dutch Eredivise as the top scorer with 21 goals. Jahanbakhsh becomes the first Asian ever to finish as the highest-scoring player in an Eredivisie campaign.

Now Azmoun is repeating a similar feat by becoming the first Asian player to win the top scorer title in Russia, and the second Iranian player to achieve this honor in a European league.

Azmoun is both the youngest Iranian to score in a Champions League game, as well as the Iranian record-holder for the most goals scored in UEFA Champions League games, having scored 4 goals in the two seasons he has taken part in the tournament. Azmoun has a great chance to add to his tally as Zenit has qualified for next season UEFA Champions League.

Azmoun is now linked to several top European football teams, from AC Milan, Napoli, and Lazio in Italy to Arsenal and West Ham in England. It is reported that Azmoun’s agent has already met this week with Napoli owner discussing players transfers.

Azmoun perfect performance in scoring a hat trick.

Sardar Azmoun scored a hat-trick as Zenit thrashed Ural 7-1 in the Russian Premier League to move nine points clear at the top.

While the coronavirus pandemic has caused a host of postponements across Europe’s major leagues, top-flight action is continuing in Russia.

Iran international Azmoun made the most of the opportunity to play in a game that was likely to have attracted an enhanced audience by netting a sparkling treble.

Zenit led by four after 27 minutes, by which point Azmoun had scored twice along with strikes from Artem Dzyuba and Malcom, who netted his first goal since a big-money move from Barcelona in August.

Azmoun completed his hat-trick just after the hour mark, and a penalty from Ural’s Andrey Panyukov was responded to by the hosts when Sebastian Driussi struck to cap a fine counter-attack and Dzyuba netted a spot-kick.

Azmoun’s hat trick is a breath of fresh air for Iran’s football. A series of bad news including the suspension of all football activities, cancelation of Team Melli matches and the turmoil between FIFA and FFIRI with the possibility of suspending the federation if the Statutes are not amended to conform with FIFA’s, have left the Iranian fans despondent and dejected.

It was not just the goals that were making the headlines, but Azmoun’s overall performance in this match was nothing short of brilliant. Azmoun has scored 10 goals this season and ranked third in the goal scorers table.

Liverpool and Sardar Azmoun

Team Melli striker, Sardar Azmoun has finally reacted to rumours about the Interest of the European Leauge Champions, Liverpool FC interest in signing him.

Azmoun said “Whatever the case, I am a Zenit St. Petersburg player and I am bound by the contract. If there is anything, then the club will make it public. Right now, I have nothing to add”

Liverpool have been scouting Zenit Saint Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun and the Iranian’s excellent form has impressed the onlookers, according to reports in Russia. Azmoun has been in exceptional form in the Russian Premier League side Zenit Saint Petersburg ever since his winter move to the club from Rubin Kazan. The 24-year-old moved to Zenit from Rubin Kazan on 1 February this year and has been finding the back of the net on a regular basis ever since.

Azmoun has scored 14 goals in 17 matches across all competitions since his arrival, including the two in the Russian Super Cup on Saturday, which Liverpool scouts were in attendance for, according to SovSport. Zenit went on to lose 3-2 to Lokomotiv Moscow, but the brace from the Iranian appeared to confirm to the visitors from Merseyside that he is the bright talent they thought he was. Currently, Jurgen Klopp team has Mohammed Salah, Saido Mane, Roberto Firmino, Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi in their forward line.

Liverpool was first linked with Azmoun back in the January transfer window of 2017, but he was not interested in the switch due to a likely lack of game time.

“There were talks of Liverpool having expressed an interest in me during the past winter transfer window,” Azmoun said in 2017.

“However, I did not feel the time to move was right.  I would have ended up playing a few games and then spent a great deal of time on the bench as Liverpool were only looking to fill a void for a particular part of their season.  I want to move to a big club to develop as a player and therefore I will time the move with great precision.  I am sure I will be playing for a top European club in the near future.”

Azmoun commented on the replacement for Queiroz and said: “I am very pleased that Wilmots’ appointment. He is a great coach for the national team. He and Queiroz are both good coaches. My point is that we should be happy to welcome a new coach and show due respect to the one that departed as well”.

Azmoun was asked about the change in tactics and how it affected him during the World Cup 2018 by the way the team played, he said: “At the World Cup, I was tasked to retreat and support our defensive line, while I never did it before in my career. Maybe that’s why people were criticizing me. It’s good now that the national team plays an offensive plan, but if we play aggressively and do not conclude, people still say criticize”.

“I do not seek the Iranian scoring record,” he said, referring to the large number of international matches and the possibility of him breaking the all-time goal-scoring record currently held by Ali Daei. Azmoun said “Ali Daei is a great player, a legend. Anyone can perhaps beat this record but that still does not diminish the value of the player.”

Zenit’s reported Rogic interest could give Celtic a golden chance to sign Sardar Azmoun

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Russian Premier League winner Sardar Azmoun has been linked with Scottish Premiership champions Celtic since 2017.

Celtic might just have been handed the best chance they will ever get to finally bring Sardar Azmoun to Glasgow.

The Mirror (22 April, page 48) reported last year that The Hoops were eyeing an ambitious swoop for a player who’s ‘Iranian Messi’ moniker has followed him around for as long as memory will allow. That came approximately 12 months after Celtic first expressed their interest in Azmoun, who’s £10 million price-tag would have made him the Premiership champions’ all-time record signing.

But if this long-awaited switch is ever going to happen, it’s now.

According to The Herald, Zenit St Petersburg are planning a £9 million bid for Celtic’s enigmatic midfielder Tom Rogic. The Russian champions will have to do a lot better than that, however, with Celtic demanding closer to £15 million for the former Central Coast Mariners starlet.

Offering Azmoun as part of the deal, however, might be enough to twist Celtic’s arm.

Tom Rogic of Australia after the International Friendly match between the Australian Socceroos and Korea Republic at Suncorp Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.

The 24-year-old enjoyed the best season of his career after swapping Rubin Kazan for Zenit, netting 17 times in all competitions including three in four Europa League matches.

A clinical finisher with a fearsome leap, Azmoun looks every inch the natural-born goalscorer Celtic have needed since Moussa Dembele left for Lyon. If Zenit is willing to offer Azmoun for Rogic, the Hoops might just have to bite their hands off.

Newcastle Eyeing Milad Mohammadi.

In some big transfer news coming to the AFC Asian Cup, Iran defender Milad Mohammadi has suddenly emerged as a shock candidate to join Premier League side Newcastle United, per Daily Mail.

The full back has played a single game in this edition of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 however he has impressed with his display in the tournament, and has put some big clubs on notice thanks to his defensive and attacking prowess.

Newcastle United are suffering injury problems in defence following the blow suffered by Paul Dummett, meaning they need to head to the transfer window for cheap options.

In Mohammadi, they could have that cheap alternative that may just get them through the remainder of the Premier League season and help them stay up.

The 25-year-old currently plies his trade at Akhmat Grozny, but has been offered to Newcastle in order to end the Magpies’ and Rafael Benitez’s woes.
It is not clear how the Russian Club is willing to release Mohammadi and on what term, especially that they are in a good position in the League table. Akhmat Grozny is currently in the eighth position with 23 points after 17 rounds. Milad Mohammadi has played 16 matches and scored 1 goal for the Russian Premier league side.

Sardar Azmoun vs. Manchester United under Queiroz watchful eyes.

The prolific young Team Melli striker, Sardar Azmoun has scored two goals on Friday for his club FC Rostov  in a 6-0 routing of the struggling Tom’ Tomsk in the Russian Premier league to lay a strong claim for a starting line up against Manchester United in the UEFA Europa cup next week.

On Thursday 9th March, FC Rostov will be hosting the famous Red Devils at home for a memorable encounter. Carlos Queiroz will have a golden opportunity to fly to Russia to be close to the action and hit two birds with one stone. Queiroz spend a few years in Manchester United as the right hand man of Sir Alex Ferguson. He has a chance to meet with his compatriot Jose Mourinho and some of the senior players he worked with , while also checking on the hot Sardar Azmoun against strong opposition of the highest class.

Azmoun has been performing admirably with Rostov and speculation are rife that he is wanted by many clubs while the Chinese have also shown interest in acquiring his services. Azmoun is adamant to continue with Rostov until the end of the World Cup before deciding on his future.

Queiroz will be also checking on Ghoochannejad and Jahanbakhsh in the Netherlands.  Both these plyers have been doing well and scoring vital goal for their repective clubs and helping them climb up the table.

While their is strong speculations that Queiroz is leaving to South Africa, a claim that seems to be be re-occuring every now and then, the Portuguese coach continues his preparation plans for two crucial FIFA  World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Qatar in Doha then at home in Azadi against China. Full points from these two matches virtually guarantees Iran qualification to the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.


Iran still leads the table ahead of Korea and Uzbekistan.


Sardar Azmoun injury concern.

Team Melli center forward Sardar Azmoun was injured and taken to hospital by an ambulance during Friday’s match between FC Rostov vs. Krylya Sovetov Samara in the Russian Premier League.

Sardar was substituted in for Dimitry Poloz in the 64th minutes. Rostov won 2-1 to climb the table to 4th place with 10 points from 6 matches.

Early report indicates a suspected injury to the arm, however no confirmation was given on his status. FC Rostov will be meeting Bayern Munich in their first ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stages.

Team Melli’s next game will be away to Uzbekistan on the 6th October in Matchday 3 of the FIFA WC Russia 2018 third round qualifiers. Iran is in the second place behind leaders Uzbekistan with 4 points. The Uzbek has two victories against Syria and Qatar.