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    ليگ آزادگان


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    (Wikipedia) - Azadegan League This article is about the Iranian 1st division league. For the top division league, see Iran Pro League. Azadegan League Country Confederation Founded Divisions Number of teams Levels on pyramid Promotion to Relegation to Domestic cup(s) Current champions TV partners Website
    Iran
    AFC
    1991 officially 2001 with current format
    2
    26
    2 (2001-) 1 (1991-2001)
    Iran Pro League
    2nd Division
    Hazfi Cup
    Padideh (2013–14)
    IRIB
    www.lig1.ir
    2014–15 Azadegan League

    The Azadegan League (Persian: ليگ آزادگان‎) (also called 1st Division) is the second-highest division league in the Iranian football league system after the Iran Pro League. Each year the top teams from each group are directly promoted to the Iran Pro League, while the two second placed teams play each other in a home and away play-off to get the chance to play in the Iran Pro League play-off. The two last placed teams in each group are directly relegated to the 2nd Division.

    In 1991 the league was founded as Iran''s top division. But, after the creation of the Iran Pro League in 2001, the Azadegan League was declared as the second highest football league in the county.

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    History

    The first national league in Iran after the revolution was founded in 1989 with the name of Qods League. Esteghlal became winners of the first edition of the league.

    In 1991, the national league was named to Azadegan League in honor of the Iranian prisoners of war who were released. The number of teams, playing in the league, varied from year to year. Pas and Saipa dominated the league in the first four years. Pas and Esteghlal both were also able to capture Asian Club Championships in the early 1990s. By the mid-90s Persepolis and Esteghlal regained their dominant form and the league champions in the period of 1995-2001 was either Esteghlal or Persepolis.

    Until 2001 the league was the highest division football league in Iran, but that changed when the Iranian Football Federation decided to start a professional league. The IPL was created and since then, the Azadegan League became the second-highest division in the Iranian football league system.

    Hazfi Cup

    All teams in the Azadegan League are entered in the Hazfi Cup, if any club from the Azadegan League wins the cup, they participate in the AFC Champions League. Since 2001, when Azadegan League became the second-highest division league, no team from Azadegan League has became Hazfi Cup champion. Gostaresh Foolad is the only club from the Azadegan League that has reached the final of the Hazfi Cup.

    Format

    The Azadegan League consists of two subdivisions, each having 12 teams. The top teams in each group are automatically promoted to the IPL, while the second place teams play each other in a home and away play-off to decide the third and last promotion spot. The eleventh and twelfth placed teams in the groups are automatically relegated to the 2nd division. Sometimes the playoff match format is not used and one match takes place between the teams on a neutral ground instead.

    League Champions As first-highest Iran''s football division (1991–2001) As second-highest Iran''s football division (since 2001) Top Goal Scorer As second-highest Iran''s football division Season Player Club Goals
    2005–06 Hossein Abdi Sanaye Arak 14
    2006–07 Farhad Kheirkhah Sorkhpooshan 11
    2007–08 Mohammad Parvin Steel Azin 15
    2008–09 Abbas Porkhosravani Gol Gohar 17
    2009–10 Ali Karimi Sha. Tabriz 17
    2010–11 Afshin Chavoshi Damash Gilan 13
    Mostafa Shojaei Foolad Natanz 13
    Moslem Firoozabadi Gol Gohar 13
    2011–12 Bahman Tahmasebi Aluminum 13
    2012–13 Mohammad Abbaszadeh Nassaji 17
    2013–14 Mokhtar Jomehzadeh Gol Gohar 15
    2013–14 Azadegan League Main article: 2013–14 Azadegan League

    In total, the following 26 teams are competing in 2013–14 Azadegan League Season.

    Group A  Group B 

    Last updated:12.10.2014

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