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Iranian footballer (born 1992)

Mehdi Taremi

Taremi with Iran at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup
Personal information
Full name Mehdi Taremi
Date of birth (1992-07-18) 18 July 1992 (age 30)
Place of birth Bushehr, Iran
Height 185 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Porto
Number 9
Youth career
2002–2006 Bargh Bushehr
2006–2010 Iranjavan
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Shahin Bushehr 8 (1)
2012–2014 Iranjavan 22 (12)
2014–2018 Persepolis 87 (45)
2018–2019 Al-Gharafa 30 (13)
2019–2020 Rio Ave 30 (18)
2020– Porto 79 (42)
National team
2011–2012 Iran U20 6 (0)
2013 Iran U23 1 (0)
2015– Iran 62 (32)
Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 12 November 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 21 November 2022

Mehdi Taremi (Persian: مهدی طارمی; born 18 July 1992) is an Iranian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Primeira Liga club Porto and the Iran national team

A late bloomer, he begun his career at Shahin Bushehr and Iranjavan, Taremi played for Persepolis between 2014 and 2018; he was Persian Gulf Pro League top scorer on two occasions (2015–16 and 2016–17) He played for Qatari side Al-Gharafa between 2018 and 2019, before joining Rio Ave in Portugal, with whom he was Primeira Liga joint-top scorer in 2019–20 In 2020, he moved to fellow Portuguese side Porto

Taremi made his first senior appearance in 2015, and played at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 2019 AFC Asian Cup and 2022 FIFA World Cup

Club career

Early career

Taremi started his career with Bargh Bushehr’s Academy before moving on to Iranjavan’s Youth Academy

Shahin Bushehr

Taremi joined Shahin Bushehr in the summer of 2010 He played 7 games and scored one goal in all competitions In the winter of 2012, he was released by Shahin Bushehr to spend his conscription period in a military club, but he failed to join a club and was forced to spend his conscription period in a usual garrison

Iranjavan

Taremi joined Iranjavan in the summer of 2013 and signed a two-year contract until the end of the 2014–15 season and was given the number 9 Taremi scored 12 times in 22 matches in 2013–14, and became the league’s second top scorer after Mokhtar Jomehzadeh

Persepolis

Taremi in Persepolis training

After becoming the Azadegan League’s top scorer, Taremi had offers from many teams He joined Persepolis FC in the summer of 2014 and signed a two-year contract through June 2016

2014–15

Taremi made his debut in 1–1 draw with Naft Tehran, coming as a substitute for Reza Norouzi in 90th minute He scored his first goal for the club on 15 August 2014 in a 1–0 victory over Zob Ahan On 8 April 2015 Taremi scored a penalty in Persepolis 1–0 win in the Asian Champions League over Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr He scored many goals for the club, and provided quality assists to win the Best Striker Award of the 14th Persian Gulf Pro League at the end of the 2014–15 season

2015–16

Taremi playing for Persepolis in Tehran derby

Taremi missed the first week of the new season due to suspension, but in his first game back on 6 August 2015, he scored in a 2–1 loss to Esteghlal Khuzestan Taremi scored twice in a 2–0 week five win against Foolad This was Persepolis’ first win of the season and lifted them out of the relegation spot Taremi’s good performances in the month of August earned him the Navad player of the month as voted by fans On 18 December 2015 Taremi scored a brace against Rah Ahan in Persepolis’ 2–0 victory He ended the first half of the league as top scorer with 9 goals in 12 games

On 4 April 2016, Taremi scored a brace in a 3–2 victory against Siah Jamegan to keep Persepolis in third place On 12 April 2016 Taremi was in talks to extend his contract to the end of the 2017–18 season But, eventually he decided not to renew his contract On 15 April 2016 Taremi scored a brace in Persepolis’ historic 4–2 victory over Esteghlal in the Tehran derby He became the league’s top scorer with 16 goals at the end of the season, despite his good performance his team failed to win the title at the last week

2016–17

Before the start of the new season, Taremi announced that he would not extend his contract, to join to a European team In July 2016, it was reported that Taremi was linked to Süper Lig team Çaykur Rizespor The move was cancelled after Taremi returned to Iran and signed a two-year contract with Persepolis He played his first match for Persepolis in 1–0 win over Saipa, replaced Omid Alishah in 77th minute He also scored his first goal of the season in week 4 against Saba Qom He scored a brace in 3–1 away win over Sepahan At the end of the season, the club celebrated its 10th Iran Pro League title, and Taremi became top scorer for a second consecutive season with 18 goals

On 8 May 2017, Taremi scored a decisive hat trick against Emirati side Al Wahda in a 4–2 win to help his team qualify for the Round of 16 of the 2017 AFC Champions League After his good performances, Taremi was linked with Dinamo Zagreb

2017–18

Taremi playing for Al-Gharafa

Taremi played seven games, scoring on four occasions During the 2017–18 season, Taremi was banned for four months because of a contract dispute with Turkish club Çaykur Rizespor dating back to June 2016, when the player reached an agreement to join the club and later returned to Persepolis Persepolis were also banned from signing players for two transfer windows FIFA ruled in favor of the Turkish club and imposed the ban

Al Gharafa

On 8 January 2018, Taremi signed an 18-month contract with the Qatari club Al-Gharafa He scored his first goal in the first match of 2018 AFC Champions League against UAE’s Al Jazira Taremi first scored goal in Qatar League against Al Kharaitiyat SC on 16 February On 19 February, he scored a brace against Iranian side Tractor Sazi on the second matchday of the AFC Champions League

Rio Ave

On 23 July 2019, Taremi signed a two-year contract with Portuguese football club Rio Ave Taremi scored a hat-trick in his first Primeira Liga start for the club on 23 August 2019 in a match against CD Aves On 31 August, Taremi won his side three penalties in their match against Sporting CP, all on fouls committed by Sebastián Coates, as Rio Ave won 3–2

Taremi finished his first season with 18 goals, joint top with SL Benfica pair Pizzi and Carlos Vinícius; the latter won the official Bola da Prata trophy for playing the fewest minutes of the three

Porto

Taremi playing for FC Porto in 2021

In August 2020, Taremi signed a four-year contract with Portuguese club FC Porto He scored his first league goal for Porto on 8 November 2020 in a 3–1 home win against Portimonense There was a foul on Taremi during the 2020 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira in December 2020 which gave Porto a penalty and resulted in their first goal of the match scored by Sérgio Oliveira Porto went on to win the 42nd edition of the competition 2–0, which gave Mehdi Taremi his first European medal On 17 February 2021, Taremi opened the scoring for Porto against Juventus in the round-of-16 first leg in the UEFA Champions League He became the first Iranian to score in the first knockout phase of the competition On 13 April, he scored the game-winning goal with a spectacular bicycle kick in a 1–0 away win over Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals, yet his club lost 1–2 on aggregate After the final, his goal against Chelsea was voted as the best goal of the season’s Champions League The goal also won the “UEFAcom Goal of the Season” award, and was later nominated for the FIFA Puskás Award Taremi finished the 2020–21 season with 16 goals and 11 assists

Taremi won his first Primeira Liga title in the 2021-22 season with FC Porto His contributions that season included 20 goals and 12 assists He was the second-highest goalscorer and the third-highest playmaker through assists that season

International career

Youth

Taremi played for Iran student’s national football team in Turkey tournament and scored 9 goals for the team He was called up by Alireza Mansourian to participate in the team’s training camp in Kish Island in 2013

Senior

Taremi celebrating Iran’s goal against Morocco in 2018 FIFA World Cup

Taremi celebrating his goal against China in 2019 AFC Asian Cup

Taremi made his debut against Uzbekistan in a friendly match on 11 June 2015 He also came on as a second-half substitute in a World Cup Qualifying match against Turkmenistan on 16 June 2015

On 3 September 2015, Taremi scored his first senior goals, a brace, in a 6–0 victory over Guam in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier On 23 March 2017, Taremi scored the winning and only goal in Iran’s victory against Qatar in the final round of World Cup qualifying He followed this up with another goal on 28 March 2017, in a decisive 1–0 victory against China On 12 June 2017, Taremi scored the second goal for Iran in a 2–0 win over Uzbekistan to seal the country’s first consecutive qualification to two World Cups In June 2018, he was named in Iran’s final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia With the score tied 1–1 in stoppage time in Iran’s group stage match with Portugal, Taremi missed a point-blank shot wide left that would have eliminated Portugal and advanced Iran to the round of 16

He was named also in Iran’s final 26-man squad by Carlos Queiroz for the 2022 FIFA World Cup In the first group stage game, Iran lost 6-2 to England, nevertheless he made the brace for Iran

Personal life

Taremi is the third and the youngest child of his family His older brother Mohammad is also a football player

He was in a relationship with Iranian actress Sahar Ghoreishi for months in 2018 In March 2020, Taremi announced he is in a new relationship and prepares for marriage

On 15 April 2022, Sporting CP, a rival of Taremi’s current club FC Porto, published an article on their club website and referred to Taremi as “a true snake charmer, someone from Persia always ready to go and perform circus tricks” The article was met with lots of criticism from both Porto fans and Iranians, including the Iranian Ambassador to Portugal, Morteza Damanpak The article was later deleted by the club

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 12 November 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup League cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shahin 2010–11 Pro League 6 1 0 0 6 1
2011–12 Pro League 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
Iranjavan 2012–13 Division 1
2013–14 Division 1 22 12 0 0 22 12
Total 22 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 12
Persepolis 2014–15 Pro League 26 7 4 0 8 1 38 8
2015–16 Pro League 25 16 2 2 27 18
2016–17 Pro League 29 18 0 0 8 6 37 24
2017–18 Pro League 7 4 0 0 2 1 1 0 10 5
Total 87 45 6 2 0 0 18 8 1 0 112 55
Al-Gharafa 2017–18 Stars League 8 5 2 0 0 0 7 5 1 1 18 11
2018–19 Stars League 22 8 2 2 0 0 1 1 25 11
Total 30 13 4 2 0 0 8 6 1 1 43 22
Rio Ave 2019–20 Primeira Liga 30 18 4 2 3 1 37 21
Porto 2020–21 Primeira Liga 34 16 6 5 1 0 6 2 1 0 48 23
2021–22 Primeira Liga 32 20 6 3 1 1 9 2 0 0 48 26
2022–23 Primeira Liga 13 6 0 0 0 0 5 5 1 2 19 13
Total 79 42 12 8 2 1 20 9 2 2 115 62
Career total 256 131 26 14 5 2 46 23 4 3 337 173

International

As of match played 21 November 2022
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Iran 2015 7 5
2016 9 2
2017 7 3
2018 12 3
2019 10 7
2020 1 1
2021 9 4
2022 6 5
Total 61 30
As of 21 November 2022
Scores and results list Iran’s goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Taremi goal
List of international goals scored by Mehdi Taremi
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 September 2015 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran  Guam 2–0 6–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 5–0
3 8 September 2015 Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore, India  India 3–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 17 November 2015 Guam National Football Stadium, Tamuning, Guam  Guam 1–0 6–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 6–0
6 7 June 2016 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran  Kyrgyzstan 2–0 6–0 Friendly
7 10 November 2016 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam, Malaysia  Papua New Guinea 2–0 8–1 Friendly
8 23 March 2017 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Qatar 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 28 March 2017 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran  China 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 12 June 2017 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran  Uzbekistan 2–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 27 March 2018 UCP Arena, Graz, Austria  Algeria 2–0 2–1 Friendly
12 24 December 2018 Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Palestine 1–0 1–1 Friendly
13 31 December 2018 Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar  Qatar 1–0 2–1 Friendly
14 7 January 2019 Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  Yemen 1–0 5–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup
15 3–0
16 24 January 2019 Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  China 1–0 3–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup
17 3 June 2019 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran  Syria 2–0 5–0 Friendly
18 3–0
19 4–0
20 10 October 2019 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran  Cambodia 9–0 14–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
21 8 October 2020 Pakhtakor Central Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan  Uzbekistan 2–0 2–1 Friendly
22 7 June 2021 Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa, Bahrain  Bahrain 3–0 3–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
23 11 June 2021 Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa, Bahrain  Cambodia 3–0 10–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
24 7 September 2021 Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar  Iraq 2–0 3–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
25 7 October 2021 Zabeel Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates  United Arab Emirates 1–0 1–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
26 27 January 2022 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran  Iraq 1–0 1–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
27 1 February 2022 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran  United Arab Emirates 1–0 1–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
28 23 September 2022 NV Arena, Sankt Pölten, Austria  Uruguay 1–0 1–0 Friendly
29 21 November 2022 Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar  England 1–4 2–6 2022 FIFA World Cup
30 2–6

Honours

Taremi in Persepolis trophy celebrations

Persepolis

  • Persian Gulf Pro League: 2016–17
  • Iranian Super Cup: 2017

Al-Gharafa

  • Qatari Stars Cup: 2018–19

Porto

  • Primeira Liga: 2021–22
  • Taça de Portugal: 2021–22
  • Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2020, 2022

Individual

  • Iranian Footballer of the Year: 2016, 2017
  • Persian Gulf Pro League Striker of the Year: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Persian Gulf Pro League Top Goalscorer: 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Persian Gulf Pro League Team of the Year: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Azadegan League Top Goalscorer (Group B): 2013–14
  • Primeira Liga Team of the Year: 2019–20, 2020–21, 2021–22
  • Primeira Liga Top scorer: 2019–20
  • Rio Ave Player of the Year: 2019–20
  • Primeira Liga Forward of the Month: December 2020, January 2021, February 2021, September 2022
  • SJPF Player of the Month: January 2021, September 2022
  • UEFA Fans’ Goal of the Tournament: 2020–21

See also

  • List of Primeira Liga hat-tricks

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