News ID: 322520
Published: 1020 GMT June 25, 2022

Persepolis veteran Hosseini to retire, set for coaching role: Report

Persepolis veteran Hosseini to retire, set for coaching role: Report

Sports Desk

Persepolis skipper Seyyed Jalal Hosseini is to announce his retirement from professional football in the coming days as the veteran center-back is set to embark on the next chapter of his career, according to Varzesh3.

Hosseini, 40, will be joining the technical staff of the Persian Gulf Pro League giant – as an assistant to head coach Yahya Golmohammadi, who parted ways with his No. 2 Hamid Motahri this week.

The most decorated player in the history of the Iranian league, Hosseini was an integral part to the Tehran-based Reds’ five successive title-winning campaigns between 2016 and 2021.

Hosseini also enjoyed the taste of glory in the Iranian top flight with Sepahan – on three occasions – and Saipa.

First introduced to the Iranian football with northern club Malavan in 2002, the former player of Naft Tehran and Qatari club Al Ahli made 376 club appearances throughout his career – 255 of which came across two spells in a Persepolis shirt – scoring 17 goals.

He was part of the Persepolis team that reached the AFC Champions League final in 2018 and 2020, only to suffer defeats against Kashima Antlers and Ulsan Hyundai.

Hosseini was also capped 107 times for the national team, the first being a 2-2 friendly draw against Belarus in 2007.

Having seven international goals under his belt, Hosseini made his final outing for Iran in a friendly victory over Uzbekistan in May 2018, before then Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz left him out of the squad for the World Cup in Russia later that year.


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