Alireza Haghighi Set for Persepolis Return
After spending two unsuccessful seasons with the Russian football club, Rubin Kazan, Alireza Haghighi returned to Persepolis. On 9 January 2012, Haghighi penned a four-year contract with Rubin Kazan, but due to tough competition he didn’t manage to claim his spot in starting line-up of Rubin Kazan.
“I’m looking forward to give my best services to Persepolis. The competition for goalkeepers is so hard in Persepolis, but I will fight for my place in the squad.” Alireza Haghighi informed the reporter of Herald Boy on Thursday.
Regarding his conditions in Russia, Haghighi said: “Rubin Kazan was among top clubs of Russia. The main goalkeeper of the team was the number one goalkeeper of Russia national football team. Although I had performed well in training sessions, I didn’t have any opportunity to prove my skills in real matches.”
Alireza Haghighi also went on to pay tribute to Persepolis new head coach. “Ali Daei is one of the best Iranian head coaches. He used to be my coach before, and I respect him. Thanks to him, I managed to return to Persepolis. Rubin Kazan has agreed to cancel my contract, so I will be able to sign a new deal with the Tehran-based football club.”
Haghighi was called up to Iran national football team in 2010 under management of Afshin Ghotbi. However, he couldn’t maintain his position in Team Melli after the move to Russia.
Haghighi started his youth career in 2005 at Persepolis FC. Having joined the senior squad of Persepolis at the age of 16, on 17 October 2006 in his debut match against Saipa Haghighi saved a penalty against the legendary Ali Daei.