Full Name: Zob Ahan CSC
Home Ground: Fooladshahr Stadium
Manager: Mansour Ebrahimzadeh (Iran)
League Runner-Up: 2004-05, 2008-09, 2009-10
Hazfi Cup Winners: 2002-03, 2008-09
Hazfi Cup Runner-Up: 2000-01
AFC Champions League Runner-Up: 2010
Zob Ahan was founded in 1969. The team didn’t have a strong fan base until it’s entrance in the IPL in 2001. Zob Ahan achieved their first noteable accomplishment by winning the 2002-03 Hazfi Cup. 2 years later the team finished as runner-up in the IPL.
In 2008, with the arrival of new manager Mansour Ebrahimzadeh, the team began to gain a lot of popularity because of their entertaining styler of play. Zob Ahan finished runner-up in the league for the second time in 2008-09. This qualified them for their first ever AFC Champions League.
Zob Ahan was drawn into group B of the 2010 AFC Champions League, and was considered to be the “group of death”. The 4 competeing team in the group were Zob Ahan (IRN), Al-Ittihad (KSA), Bunyodkor (UZB), and Al-Wahda (UAE). Zob Ahan dominated their group by finishing on top, and the domination did not stop there. In the round of 16 they met fellow Iranian club Mes Kerman, who they defeated 1-0.
In the quarter finals, they met the reigning AFC Champions League title holders, Pohang Steelers. Zob Ahan defeated them 3-2 on aggregate and went on to play Al-Hilal in the semi-finals, who they defeated 2-0 on aggregate. Their “cinderela story” came to a disappointing end in the final where they lost to K-League club Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 3-1. This was their only loss in the entire tournament.