Persepolis Football Club (Persian: باشگاه فوتبال پرسپولیس, Persian pronunciation: [peɾsˈpoliːs]), commonly known as Perspolis, is a Persian Gulf Pro League professional football club based in Tehran, Iran.
Persepolis F.C. was founded in 1963 by Ali Abdo and has been in the first division of Iranian football since 1968. Persepolis had also three teams in Bowling, Basketball and Volleyball in its first years of establishment. Persepolis F.C. is the football club of the multisport Persepolis Athletic and Cultural Club. The club is owned by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. There have been many attempts to privatize the club with no success due to the large debt the club has accumulated.
The club has played at its home ground, Azadi Stadium, since 1973. They contest the Tehran derby, which is regarded as one of the biggest in Asia, with archrivals Esteghlal, a match that is always closely followed by Iranian football fans. According to the Asian Football Confederation, Persepolis is the most popular football club in Asia. Only Dalian Shide and Al-Hilal come anywhere near to having such a huge amount of support in Asia.
Persepolis has won a record ten Iranian league titles, as well as five Hazfi Cups and the 1990–91 Asian Cup Winners' Cup. Many notable players have played for the club, including former Bayern Munich players Ali Karimi, Ali Daei, Vahid Hashemian and former Hamburger SV player Mehdi Mahdavikia. However, Ali Parvin is widely regarded as the club's greatest ever player. Parvin played 18 years with the club from 1970 to 1988, and had his number 7 retired by Persepolis for seasons.Close