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    مهراب شاهرخی

    (Wikipedia) - Mehrab Shahrokhi Mehrab Shahrokhi Personal information Full name Date of birth Place of birth Date of death Place of death Playing position Youth career 1960–1962 Senior career* Years 1962–1963 1963–1966 1966–1967 1967–1970 1970–1975 1975–1976 National team 1963–1974 Teams managed 1977–1982
    Mehrab Shahrokhi
    (1944-02-02)February 2, 1944
    Ahvaz, Iran
    February 1, 1993(1993-02-01) (aged 48)
    Tehran, Iran
    Shenaye Ahvaz
    Team Apps† (Gls)†
    Shenaye Ahvaz
    Iran 15 (1)
    * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

    Mehrab Shahrokhi (محراب شاهرخی in Persian) (February 2, 1944 - February 1, 1993) was an Iranian footballer born in Ahvaz, Iran. He was an African Iranian. He was nicknamed The Black Bomber (Persian: بمب افکن سیاه) because of his style of play and dark skin.

    • 1 Club career
    • 2 International career
    • 3 Retirement
    • 4 Death
    • 5 References

    Club career

    Shahrokhi began his football career in his birthplace, Ahvaz, playing for Shenaye Ahvaz Club. In 1963 he moved to Tehran and began playing for Shahin F.C.. Shahrokhi left for Daraei F.C. in 1966, after problems with Shahin''s management. His spell at Darei was short-lived, moving first to Paykan F.C. and then to Persepolis F.C.. There he could win the Iranian championship in 1972 and 1974.

    He continued playing with Persepolis until 1974 and retired from football in 1975.

    International career

    While still in Ahvaz, in 1963 Shahrokhi was invited to join the Iranian national football team. He was to participate in the football tournament of the 1964 Summer Olympics, but he missed out after boycotting the team along with a number of other Shahin players. They refused to accompany the national team because the national team director — a fan of Shahin''s rival, Daraei F.C. — had decided to drop several Shahin players from the squad in favor of Daraei players. A number of players including Shahrokhi were banned from any involvement in football for one year.

    In 1968 he won with the national team its first major title, the Asian Cup in Iran.


    In 1976 came Shahrokhi''s debut in Iranian cinema, acting in a movie called Alafhaye Harz. Acting was not his passion though, and he became the manager of several teams after retirement, but was not able to achieve anything impressive, as the Iranian Revolution and Iran–Iraq War caused football''s presence to diminish in 1980s Iran.


    Mehrab Shahrokhi died on February 1, 1993, dying an impoverished man having spent most of his wealth keeping afloat his beloved Persepolis during the club''s darkest days. He will always be remembered as a savior of Persepolis.

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