Ryan Tafazolli

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Ryan Tafazolli
Personal information
Full name Ryan Sirous Tafazolli[1]
Date of birth (1991-09-28) 28 September 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Sutton, England
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Peterborough United
Number 5
Youth career
2005–2011 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Southampton 0 (0)
2009 Salisbury City (loan) 9 (0)
2011 Salisbury City (loan) 5 (0)
2012–2016 Mansfield Town 99 (8)
2016– Peterborough United 40 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:08, 24 September 2017 (UTC).

Ryan Sirous Tafazolli (/ˈraɪən/ ry-ən siːruːs tɑːfɑzːəʋliː ; Persian: رایان سیروس تفضلی; Persian pronunciation: [siːruːs-e tɑːfɑːəʋli]; born 28 September 1991) is an Iranian–English[2] professional footballer who plays as a defender for League One club Peterborough United. Born in Sutton, London, he was originally a member of the Southampton youth system, and plays primarily as a centre back.

Club career

Early career

Ryan Tafazolli originally joined the Southampton Academy in 2005. He went on to captain the successful Under-18 youth team and also the reserve team.[3]

His first taste of first-team football came after he joined Conference Premier team Salisbury City on a one-month loan starting October 2009,[3] but his professional debut against York City on 10 October 2009 was a disaster, as he was sent off in the second half. Nevertheless, Salisbury City won the match 1–0.[4] Tafazolli later played five league games and one FA Cup fixture[5] before returning to his parent club in December.[6] After still not breaking into the squad at Southampton, he returned to Salisbury in 2011 for three months, playing three times in the FA Trophy.[5]

After being released by Southampton,[7] Tafazolli went on trial with Eastleigh[8] and Reading in an effort to win a contract with the club.[9] However, Tafazolli's best efforts to win a contract with these clubs failed.[10]

Mansfield Town

2012–13

After a year out of football, Tafazolli signed for Conference club Mansfield Town on 20 August 2012.[11][12] Tafazolli made his Mansfield Town debut on 15 September 2012, in a 2–0 win over Braintree Town.[13] Despite an injured hamstring for most of the campaign,[14] during which time he only picked up five league appearances, at the end of Mansfield's title-winning season he was offered a new contract with the club.[15][16]

2013–14

At the start of the 2013–14 season, Tafazolli changed his shirt number from 32 to 12.[17] Tafazolli started the season on the bench, making his first start in a 3–0 win over Northampton Town on 21 September 2013.[18] Tafazolli soon suffered a knee injury that kept him out for a month.[19] He made his return on 29 December 2013, when Mansfield Town won 2–1 against Cheltenham Town.[20] From that point on, Tafazolli established himself and joined up with various partners in defence. His first goal for the club came on 8 March 2014 in a 2–1 win over Newport County[21] and he scored another in a 3–0 win over Rochdale a week later.[22] At the end of the 2013–14 season, Tafazolli won three awards; Fans' player of the season, Chairman and Directors' player of the season, and the Stags' Association player of the season despite only making 24 appearances.[23]

On 18 June 2014, Tafazolli accepted a new contract offered by the club.[24]

2014–15

In the pre-season of the 2014–15 season, Mansfield turned down a bid from Scottish Professional Football League side Dundee United for Ryan Tafazolli.[25] The club explained their decision on their website.[26] Tafazolli scored his first goal for the club at the start of the season in a 2–1 win over Oxford United.[27] Things went well until he injured a hamstring during a match against Accrington Stanley in early October, which Mansfield Town lost 1–0.[28] This left him on the sidelines until 15 November 2014 in a 2–0 loss against Shrewsbury Town.[29] Tafazolli was sent off after a second bookable offence in a 1–1 draw against Hartlepool United on 26 December 2014.[30] After serving a one-match ban, Tafazolli suffered a virus that kept him out for weeks.[31] He made his return to the first team in a 0–0 draw against Wycombe Wanderers on 24 January 2015.[32] Tafazolli made 42 appearances and scored once in all competitions.[33] At the end of the season, Tafazolli signed a contract with the club.[34]

2015–16

Tafazolli scored in a 2–0 league win over Stevenage on 29 September 2015.[35]

Peterborough United

On 6 June 2016, Tafazolli signed a three-year deal at League One club Peterborough United.[36] He scored his first goal for the club on 18 October 2016 in a 3–0 victory against Northampton Town.

Tafazolli was named as Peterborough's best defender for the 2016–17 season in April 2017.[37] In May he was also voted as Peterborough's best player of the 2016–17 season.[38]

International career

Eligibility

Since Tafazolli has Iranian Citizenship through Jus sanguinis principles, he is eligible to play for Iran. Tafazolli was born in the UK and is an English citizen; he thus had the choice of either playing for Iran or England.

When asked about his choice in a 2016 interview, he stated:[39]

First off, it would make my family so proud. It would be an honor to play for a football loving nation like Iran and at the same time serve my country of heritage. Playing under Carlos Queiroz would also be a dream – he has coached some of the best players in the world. I'm a physical center back and standing at 6'5 I can offer them a tough backbone that you develop growing up in England. To get called up I know I need to play at a higher level, perhaps league 1/championship being the minimum so hopefully when I make it there I've got a chance. I can also score a lot of goals for a defender as well. Playing for Iran would be amazing.

Personal life

Ryan Tafazolli has Iranian ancestry.[40]

Career statistics

As of match played 16 September 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Salisbury City (loan) 2008–09[41] Conference Premier 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Salisbury City (loan) 2010–11[5] SFL Premier Division 0 0 0 0 3[a] 0 3 0
Mansfield Town 2012–13[42] Conference Premier 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2013–14[43] League Two 24 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 2
2014–15[44] 36 1 4 0 1 0 1[b] 0 42 1
2015–16[45] 44 5 2 0 1 1 0 0 47 6
Mansfield total 109 8 6 0 2 1 1 0 118 9
Peterborough United 2016–17[46] League One 31 3 4 0 0 0 3[c] 0 38 3
2017–18[46] 8 1 0 0 1 0 1[c] 0 10 1
Peterborough total 39 4 4 0 1 0 4 0 48 4
Career total 146 11 11 0 2 1 7 0 166 12
  1. ^ Appearances in the FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in the Football League Trophy
  3. ^ a b Appearances in the EFL Trophy

References

  1. ^ "The Football League Limited: Club list of registered players as at 16th May 2015" (PDF). The Football League. 16 May 2015. p. 5. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Mahbod (29 April 2016). "Iranian footballers in Europe: Ryan Tafazolli". Iran Sports Press. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Loan Move for Ryan". Southampton F.C. Archived from the original on 3 October 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Salisbury City 1–0 York City". BBC Sport. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
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  6. ^ "Weymouth v Salisbury City preview / Tafazolli returns to Saints". Southampton Daily Echo. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Southampton duo prepare for talks". BBC Sport. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
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  9. ^ "Why Aaron Martin is a great incentive?". Southampton Daily Echo. 8 August 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Eastleigh Make Late Signings". The Official Football Conference League Website. 15 August 2011. Archived from the original on 28 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
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  14. ^ "Cox will play strongest side v Slough". Mansfield Town F.C. 1 November 2012. Archived from the original on 28 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Mansfield Town give defender Ryan Tafazolli new deal". This is Nottingham. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
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  21. ^ "Mansfield Town 2–1 Newport County". BBC Sport. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  22. ^ "Mansfield Town 3 – 1 Rochdale". BBC Sport. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  23. ^ "In pictures: Annual Dinner Awards". Mansfield Town F.C. 8 May 2014. Archived from the original on 28 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  24. ^ "Duo agree Football League deals". Mansfield Town F.C. 18 June 2013. Archived from the original on 28 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  25. ^ "Dundee United fail with bid for Mansfield defender Ryan Tafazolli". BBC Sport. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  26. ^ "Stags reject bids for duo". Mansfield Town F.C. 8 July 2014. Archived from the original on 28 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  27. ^ "Mansfield Town 2 – 1 Oxford United". BBC Sport. 16 August 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  28. ^ "Defensive duo face spells on the sidelines". Mansfield Town F.C. 7 October 2014. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  29. ^ "Team news from Greenhous Meadow". Mansfield Town F.C. 15 November 2014. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  30. ^ "Mansfield Town 1 – 1 Hartlepool United". BBC Sport. 26 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  31. ^ "I've experienced the difference the fans can make says boss". Mansfield Town F.C. 23 January 2015. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  32. ^ "Mansfield Town 0 – 0 Wycombe Wanderers". BBC Sport. 24 January 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  33. ^ "Tafazolli casts eye to the future". Mansfield Town F.C. 1 May 2015. Archived from the original on 1 May 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
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  35. ^ "Match Report". Mansfieldtown.net. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  36. ^ "Ryan Tafazolli & Andrew Hughes join Peterborough United". BBC Sport. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  37. ^ http://www.peterborough.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=490942#ixzz4gXKmnOKJ
  38. ^ http://www.peterborough.vitalfootball.co.uk/sitepage.asp?a=491526
  39. ^ Zarandi, Dara (1 May 2016). "Ryan Tafazolli interview". Persianfootball.com. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  40. ^ Reed, Tom (12 August 2014). "Gripped by the Cobblers: The Tom Reed column – Northampton Town show match-winning credentials | Northampton Herald & Post". Northampton-news-hp.co.uk. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  41. ^ "Games played by Ryan Tafazolli in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  42. ^ "Games played by Ryan Tafazolli in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  43. ^ "Games played by Ryan Tafazolli in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  44. ^ "Games played by Ryan Tafazolli in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  45. ^ "Games played by Ryan Tafazolli in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  46. ^ a b "Games played by Ryan Tafazolli in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 

External links

  • Ryan Tafazolli at Soccerbase
  • Profile at Peterborough United F.C. website
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