Esteghlal Goalkeeper Sets Clean Sheet Record

Hossein Hosseini
Hossein Hosseini

Esteghlal goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini broke the consecutive clean sheets record in the 17-year-old history of the Persian Gulf Pro League by keeping his goal closed for 788 minutes.

Hosseini set the record after the 0-0 draw between Esteghlal and Tractor Sazi on January 5, Varzesh3 reported.

The record was held by Persepolis goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand, 25, who had set it barely two weeks earlier, in the sixteenth week of the league on December 15, 2017.

Beiranvand kept his goal closed for 721 minutes until he received a goal in the 88th minute in the match against Foolad Khuzestan.

Before Beiranvand, Armenian goalkeeper and captain of Sepahan FC, Armenak Petrosyan, 44, held the record with 704 minutes; he had set it in the first edition of the league sixteen years ago.

Founded in 2001, the Persian Gulf Pro League is the highest division of professional football in Iran. Before 2001, the local league had different names including Azadegan League (1991-2000) and Takht Jamshid Cup (1973-78) among some other minor ones.

Considering the entire history of football leagues in Iran, Hosseini, 25, is not the record holder anymore and is behind three top goalkeepers.

Ahmad-Reza Abedzadeh, 51, former Team Melli and Persepolis keeper, kept his goal closed for 802 consecutive minutes.

The goalkeeper and manger of Esteghlal, Nasser Hejazi (1949-2011) did not receive any goals for 837 minutes.

And the all-time record belongs to Bahram Mavaddat, 67, former goalkeeper of Persepolis, who did not concede a goal in 844 minutes. If Hosseini can keep the ball away from his goalpost for another 57 minutes, he will eclipse Mavaddat’s record and reach the honor no goalie has earned in a long time.

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