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Persian Gulf Pro League
Persian Gulf Pro League Logo
Country Iran.png Iran
Confederation AFC
Founded 1970 officially
2001 with current format
Divisions 1
Number of teams 16
Relegation to Azadegan League
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Hazfi Cup
Iranian Super Cup
AFC cup(s) AFC Champions League
Current champions Persepolis (3th title) (2015–16)
TV IRIB TV3, Jame Jam 1 & Varzesh
Channel 2 & Shoma
Website Iranleague.ir Official website
Football current event 2016–17

The Persian Gulf Pro League also known as Iran Pro League (IPL) is a professional football league competition for clubs located at the highest level of the Iranian football league system. It was founded in 1970 as the Takht Jamshid Cup, but the current format was adopted in 2001. Contested by 16 teams, it is ranked by the Asian Football Confederation as the 2nd best league in Asia and the best league in Western Asia.

Foundation

Before the 1970s Iran did not have an official national league and most teams competed in their local leagues, the most popular of those leagues being the Tehran Local League, which featured teams like Pas Tehran, Persepolis, and Taj.

In 1972, the Takht Jamshid Cup was created as the national league and included teams from all over the country. Pas Tehran and Persepolis were the most successful clubs in the cups five year existence, winning the cup twice each. In 1978, the league was abandoned because of the Iranian Revolution.

Due to the revolution and the Iran–Iraq War, football was no longer a priority. In 1985, the Qods League was created and was played among provincial teams. Tehran A, and Esfahan were the most successful teams, winning the League twice each. In spite of the attempts to create a national league the most important competition in Iran in the 1980s was the Tehran Clubs Cup in which Persepolis dominated.

In 1991 the Qods League was renamed the Azadegan League in honor of Iranian prisoners of war. Pas Tehran won the inaugural edition of the league, and for the first time since the revolution, Iran had a national league. Pas Tehran, Persepolis, and Esteghlal were the leagues most successful sides, with Pas and Esteghlal winning the Asian Club Championships and Persepolis winning the Asian Cup Winners' Cup. In 2001 the league dissolved with the introduction of the new Iran Pro League.

Current clubs (2016–17)

Team City Venue Capacity
Esteghlal Tehran Azadi 78,116
Esteghlal Khuzestan Ahvaz Ghadir 38,960
Foolad Ahvaz Ghadir 38,960
Gostaresh Tabriz Bonyan Diesel 12,000
Machine Sazi Tabriz Bagh Shomal 25,000
Mashhad Mashhad Samen 35,000
Naft Tehran Tehran Takhti Tehran 30,122
Padideh Mashhad Samen 35,000
Paykan Tehran Shahr-e Qods 25,000
Persepolis Tehran Azadi 78,116
Saba Qom Qom Yadegar-e Emam 10,610
Saipa Tehran Shahid Dastgerdi 8,250
Sanat Naft Abadan Takhti Abadan 22,000
Sepahan Isfahan Naghsh-e-Jahan 75,000
Tractor Sazi Tabriz Yadegar-e-Emam 66,833
Zob Ahan Isfahan Foolad Shahr 15,000

External links

Persian Gulf Pro League 2017-18

Esteghlal · Esteghlal Khuzestan · Foolad · Gostaresh · Mashhad · Naft Tehran · Padideh · Pars Jam · Paykan · Persepolis · Saipa · Sanat Naft · Sepahan · Sepidrood · Tractor Sazi · Zob Ahan

Persian Gulf Pro League seasons

2010–11 · 2011–12 · 2012–13 · 2013–14 · 2014–15 · 2015–16 · 2016–17 · 2017–18 ·

Iranian football league champions

Persepolis (10 titles): 1971–72, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2007–08, 2016–17
Esteghlal (8 titles): 1970–71, 1974–75, 1989–90, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2012–13
Pas Tehran (5 titles): 1976–77, 1977–78, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2003–04
Sepahan (5 titles): 2002–03, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15
Saipa (3 titles): 1993–94, 1994–95, 2006–07
Foolad (2 titles): 2004–05, 2013–14
Esteghlal Khuzestan (1 title): 2015–16

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