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    مسعود شجاعی


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    (Wikipedia) - Masoud Shojaei Masoud Shojaei Personal information Full name Date of birth Place of birth Height Playing position Club information Current team Number Youth career 1999–2000 2000–2002 Senior career* Years 2002–2003 2003–2006 2006–2008 2008–2013 2013–2014 2014– National team‡ 2005 2004–
    Masoud Soleimani Shojaei
    (1984-06-09) 9 June 1984 (age 30)
    Abadan, Iran
    1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
    Midfielder
    Al-Shahania
    99
    Sanat Naft
    Saipa
    Team Apps† (Gls)†
    Sanat Naft 12 (1)
    Saipa 60 (5)
    Al-Sharjah 40 (12)
    Osasuna 101 (8)
    Las Palmas 29 (5)
    Al-Shahania 5 (0)
    Iran B 6 (0)
    Iran 53 (5)
    * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 October 2014.

    † Appearances (Goals).

    ‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 June 2014

    Masoud Soleimani Shojaei (Persian: مسعود سلیمانی شجاعی‎; born 9 June 1984) is an Iranian professional footballer who currently plays for Qatari side Al-Shahania. Mainly an attacking midfielder, he can also play as a winger or forward.

    After playing in his country for two clubs and with Al-Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, he went on to spend several seasons in Spain with Osasuna, appearing in 112 official games.

    An Iranian international since 2004, Shojaei represented the country in two World Cups.

    Contents
    • 1 Club career
      • 1.1 Early years
      • 1.2 Osasuna
      • 1.3 Las Palmas
      • 1.4 Al-Shahania
    • 2 International career
      • 2.1 International goals
    • 3 Honours
      • 3.1 Country
    • 4 Club statistics
    • 5 Personal life
    • 6 References
    • 7 External links

    Club career Early years

    Shojaei was born in Abadan, and lived most of his life in Abadan and Tehran. He started his career with Sanat Naft F.C. before moving to Saipa F.C. of Karaj in the Iran Pro League; having signed at the age of 19, he went on to play three seasons with the latter.

    After the 2006 World Cup, Shojaei moved to the United Arab Emirates and signed for Al Sharjah SC. He scored his first goal for the club in the League on 3 October, against Al-Emarat.

    Osasuna

    On 23 June 2008, after previous attempts from VfL Wolfsburg in Germany and Italy''s S.S.C. Napoli, Shojaei signed with Spanish side CA Osasuna for three years, teaming up with compatriot Javad Nekounam. The deal included a €6 million buyout clause for the first 18 months of his contract, being reduced to €3.5 million for the remainder of his stay.

    Shojaei made his La Liga debut on 31 August 2008, playing 32 minutes in a 1–1 home draw against Villarreal CF. During his first two seasons he appeared almost always as a substitute, as the Navarrese managed to maintain its division status; the player remained a regular even after the coaching change at the club, as José Ángel Ziganda was replaced by José Antonio Camacho.

    Shojaei – who was addressed by his first name during his spell in Spain – appeared regularly again for Osasuna in the 2010–11 campaign, but also spent one month at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup with his national team. In late May he renewed his contract with the club for another two seasons, also having the option of an annual renewal of his link.

    Shojaei spent the entire 2011–12 on the sidelines, due to injury. On 25 February 2013, in only his fourth appearance since returning, he scored a stunning goal to help Osasuna win it 2–0 at Levante UD.

    Despite a solid start to his spell, Shojaei was eventually released in June 2013. Shortly after he was linked with a move to fellow league club Real Valladolid, but nothing came of it.

    Las Palmas

    On 3 September 2013 Shojaei moved clubs but stayed in Spain, joining Segunda División side UD Las Palmas on a one-year contract. He found the net in his debut, in a 3–1 away success over CE Sabadell FC for the campaign''s Copa del Rey.

    Shojaei scored twice and provided an assist in the first half of the league fixture against the same opponent on 15 March 2014, in an eventual 5–0 home win.

    With Masoud Shojaei featuring in 31 matches and scoring 6 goals, the Las Palmas based club reached the play-offs for promotion to La Liga, ending sixth at the table. After beating Sporting Gijón in a two-legged game, they nearly missed out promotion by conceding a last-minute goal to Córdoba in the final play-off match.

    Al-Shahania

    After the 2014 World Cup, Shojaei turned down an offer from Real Zaragoza and moved to Qatari side Al-Shahania.

    International career

    Whilst at Saipa, Shojaei earned a place in Iran national under-23 football team, catching the eye of senior side coach Branko Ivanković. He was first called up to play for the full national team in November 2004, for a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Laos – it was the only cap he would win until the training camp prior to the finals in Germany, held in Switzerland; he was included in the final squad but only appeared once in the tournament, replacing injured Mohammad Nosrati in the early minutes of the 1–1 draw against Angola.

    Shojaei began appearing more regularly in the 2010 World Cup qualification stages, scoring in a 1–1 draw against South Korea in the final game. However, Team Melli did not qualify for the tournament in South Africa. Iran did manage to reach the 2014 World Cup, with him as a regular starter in the qualifiers.

    On 1 June 2014, Shojaei was included in Carlos Queiroz''s list for the 2014 World Cup.

    International goalsShojaei playing for Iran in May 2014Scores and results list Iran''s goal tally first. # Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
    1 28 March 2009 Azadi, Tehran, Iran  Saudi Arabia 1–0 1–2 2010 World Cup qualification
    2 17 June 2009 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea  South Korea 1–0 1–1 2010 World Cup qualification
    3 12 August 2009 Asim Ferhatovic, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia-Herzegovina 1–2 3–2 Friendly
    4 7 September 2010 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea  South Korea 1–0 1–0 Friendly
    5 26 March 2013 Al Kuwait Sports Club, Kuwait City, Kuwait  Kuwait 1–0 1–1 2015 Asian Cup qualification
    Honours Country Club statisticsAs of 1 June 2014 Club performance League Cup Continental Total Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total United Arab Emirates League President''s Cup Asia Total Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total Total Iran 72 6 1 0 0 0 73 6 United Arab Emirates 40 12 0 0 0 0 40 12 Spain 128 10 11 2 0 0 139 12 Career total 240 28 11 1 0 0 251 31
    2002–03 Sanat Naft Iran Pro League 12 1 0 0 - - 12 1
    2003–04 Saipa 14 2 0 0 - - 14 2
    2004–05 22 1 0 0 - - 22 1
    2005–06 24 2 1 0 - - 25 2
    2006–07 Al-Sharjah UAE League 20 7 0 0 - - 20 7
    2007–08 20 5 0 0 - - 20 5
    2008–09 Osasuna La Liga 33 3 1 0 - - 34 3
    2009–10 36 2 5 1 - - 41 3
    2010–11 18 2 2 0 - - 20 2
    2011–12 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
    2012–13 14 1 1 0 - - 15 1
    2013–14 Las Palmas Segunda División 29 5 2 1 - - 31 6
    • Assist Goals
    Season Team Assists
    2008–09 Osasuna 7
    2009–10 Osasuna 1
    2010–11 Osasuna 6
    2011–12 Osasuna 0
    2012–13 Osasuna 0
    2013–14 Las Palmas 10
    Personal life

    Shojaei has six siblings, and two of his brothers are also involved in football.

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