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Human Afazali became the youngest coach in Iranian professional football history at 30 when he took charge of division one side Shahab Zanjan. During his three years with the club, he implemented the modern 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2 systems with flat back four which was refreshing and daring in Iran’s football dominated by traditional 3-5-2 formation. Zanjan club produced some fluid and contemporary football despite limited talent and finance. Afazeli’s tactical genius and practical savvy did not go unnoticed. After a friendly match between Iran’s national team and Shahab Zanjan in Tehran, Iran’s then head coach Miroslov Ciro Blazovic, who had already guided his Croatian side to third place in World Cup ’98 invited Human to join the national team staff as technical advisor and analyst. Ciro, “Human is a football mastermind and we need to have him on board even though we are fully staffed. He simply must join us.” After Ciro departed, Afazali stayed with the national team for four more years as newly promoted Branko Ivankovic called Human ‘my right hand man’. On 2008 when legendary Daei took over after disappointing AFC Cup in 2007, he brought back Afazeli again as his ‘right hand man’. On 2009, Iran Football Federation asked ex-Zanjan supremo to join technical committee in order to supervise whole national teams with his exceptional technical vision. With a gold medal in Asian Games, third place finish in Asian cup, a World Cup 2006 appearance with Iran, and more than 100 international matches under his belt, the 39-year old tactician is now considering offers for new challenges all around the globe.

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  • 2008-09 Iran National Team Assistant
  • 2005-06 Iran National Team Assistant Coach (Qualified for WC 2006 Germany/ WC 2006 Group Stage Participation)
  •  2002-05 FC Shahab Zanjan Head Coach Senior Squad 1st Div.(During these 3 years 12 Players progressed into Premiere Div. -PGL- and 2 players into A National Team, 2 players to Olympic squad, top scorer of season 2003-4 from the club. The club achieved 5th place in final standing for 1st time of the club history in 2004-5 season) Achievements speak for itself if one considers financially the club was among last 3.
  • 2001-2002 FC Shahab Zanjan U-21 Head Coach
  • 2000-2001 FC Pas U-18 Head Coach


  • 2009-10 Technical committee member & secretary
  • 2007-08 FC Saipa Technical Advisor
  • 2002-05 Prof. Branko Ivankovic (National Team Head Coach) Personal Assistant
  • 2002-03 Technical Advisor FC Foolad Ahvaz IPL
  • 2001-02 Technical Advisor FC Teraktorsazi 1st Div
  • 2001 Miroslav Ciro Blazevic (National Team Head Coach) Technical Advisor


  • Asian Football Confederation D, C, B,  A & Professional  Licenses
  • Iranian Football Federation Instructor 
  • Iranian Olympic Committee Conditioning Course
  • Iranian Olympic Committee Biomechanical Course
  • Olympic-FIFA Solidarity Course
  • Instructor Educational Course
  • Youth Development Course
  • Refreshment Course of Erich Rutemoller (Assistant Instructor)
  • Refreshment Course of Tomislav Ivic
  • Refreshment Course of Horst Kriete


  • FC Bayern Munchen Winter Break Camp in Dubai 2010 (Under Louis Van Gaal)
  • SV Werder Bremen Winter Break Camp in Dubai 2010 (under Thomas Schaaf)
  • FC Chelsea 2007 (Under Jose Mourinho)
  • FC Arsenal 2007 (Under Arsene Wenger)
  • Portugal National Team 2006 (Under Felipe Scolari)
  • Japan National Team 2006 (Under Zico)
  • FC Bayern Munchen Winter Break Camp in Dubai 2006 (Under Felix Magath)
  • German National Team 2005 (Under Jurgen Klinsmann)
  • FC Liverpool 2000 (Under Gerard Houllier)


  • 3-5-2 advantages & disadvantages (Published on internet in 5 languages)
  • 4-4-2 Modern Theory (Published on internet in 5 languages)
  • Basis of Modern Player Selection (Published on Iranian Newspapers & Coaching Seminars)
  • A close look at 4-1-4-1 Formation
  • A close look at 4-2-3-1 Formation
  • 4-4-2 Diamond and key features


  • Miroslave Ciro Blazevic (Former Iran,  Croatia & Bosnia National Team Head Coach)
  • Branko Ivankovic (Former Iran National Team, Dinamo Zagreb Head Coach/ Currently FC Shandong of China Head Coach)
  • Ali Daei (Legendary Iran Player, Iran National Team Head Coach/ Currently FC Perspolis Head Coach)
  • Erich Rutemoller (Former DFB Chief Instructor & German National Team Assistant/Currently FIFA-UEFA Instructor)


  • Vahid Hashemian (Former FC Bayern Munchen-HSV-Bochum Hannover / Currently Under Contract By Bochum/Iran National Team Player)
  • Javad Nekonam (Iran National Team Captain/Currently Under Contract By Ossassuna FC Spain
  • Masoud Shojaei (Iran National Team Player/ Currently under Contract By Ossassuna FC
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