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Andranik Teymourian ( , , born Andranik Timotian Samarani, on 6 March 1983 in Tehranmarker) is an Iranian football player currently playing for Fulham in the Premier League. He usually plays as a defensive midfielder, but can also play as a winger. He is noted for being the only Christian footballer in the Iranian national team, in which he has excellent relations with all of his team-mates.

Career

Andranik was born in Tehran, Iranmarker to ethnic Armenian parents. Teymourian started with Oghab F.C. in Iran's Azadegan League, and continued his professional career playing for F.C. Aboomoslem in the Iranian Premier League. In the 2005–06 season, Andranik made 26 appearances for F.C. Aboomoslem and scored one goal. In late August 2006 he signed a two-year deal with FA Premier League club Bolton Wanderers, for an undisclosed fee, after being granted a work permit.He scored his first two goals for Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup third round in a 4–0 win over Doncaster Rovers on January 6, 2007. Those goals were scored in his 3rd performance for his team. Andranik then went on to make his full Premier League debut against Fulham on the February 11. Since then he has made a number of impressive substitute appearances and is already a firm favourite at the Reebok. His first 2 Premier League goals came during a man of the match performance against local rivals Wigan Athletic on 7 April.

Teymourian has claimed Arsenal are among the clubs to have shown an interest in him.

In May 2008 he was not offered a new contract by Bolton and joined the likes of Iván Campo and Stelios Giannakopoulos in leaving the club. On 12 June Andranik signed a 2-year contract with Fulham. On 2 February 2009 he went on loan to Barnsley until the end of the season.He stated that he wants to stay with Fulham F.C. for 2009-10 season.



Season Team Country Division Apps Goals Assists
02/03 Oghab 2 ? ? ?
03/04 Oghab 2 ? ? ?
04/05 Aboomoslem 1 18 2 ?
05/06 Aboomoslem 1 26 1 3
06/07 Bolton 1 17 2 0
07/08 Bolton 1 3 0 0
08/09 Fullham 1 1 0 0
08/09 Barnsley 2 11 0 0
09/10 Fullham 1 0 0 0


International career

He has played for Iran's national football teams at every single youth level, before being drafted into the senior side. The midfielder played for Iran national under-23 football team in last year’s Islamic Solidarity Games where his prompting from midfield helped the young Team Melli to a third-placed

He was a member of the Iranian national team during 2006 World Cup. Pictures of an emotionally and physically drained Teymourian at the end of Iran's last game of the 2006 World Cup have begun to take the shape of Iranian football's most notable photograph from the event. Teymourian dropped to the grass and began sobbing while trainers attended to him. He has started to be recognised as a national hero in Iranmarker because of the passion he showed for his country in the 2006 World Cup.He played in 2007 AFC Asian Cup Qualification and played in all the games in 2007 Asian Cup.He played in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification for Team Melli.

International goals

Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 22 February 2006 Azadi Stadiummarker, Tehranmarker 1-0 4-0 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2 18 July 2007 Bukit Jalil Stadiummarker, Kuala Lumpurmarker 2-0 2-0 2007 AFC Asian Cup
3 12 August 2009 Asim Ferhatovicmarker, Sarajevomarker 3-2 3-2 Friendly
4 18 November 2009 Azadi Stadiummarker, Tehranmarker 1-0 1-1 Friendly



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Honours

  • Hazfi Cup
    • Runner up:1
      • 2004/05 with Aboomoslem


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