Kuala Lumpur: Persepolis FC have unveiled Argentine Gabriel Calderon as their new head coach.
The former Argentina international replaces Croatian Branko Ivankovic, who is now leading Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli.
Persepolis announced Calderon's signing on Monday and the Islamic Republic of Iran giants will be counting on the former midfielder, who played for Argentina in the 1982 and 1990 FIFA World Cups, to continue their dominance in the Iran Pro League.
Calderon, 59, is no stranger to Asian football, having coached the Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabian national football teams as well as Saudi clubs Al Hilal and Al Ittihad and Qatari outfit Qatar SC.
Calderon played for several top European clubs, including Spanish La Liga side Real Betis, scoring 38 goals in 131 appearances. He also played for French club Paris Saint-Germain for three seasons.
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گزارش تلويزيون پرسپوليس از بازديد گابريل كالدرون از ورزشگاه شهيد كاظمي و ديدار با بازيكنان
The 2019-20 Iran Pro League season kicks off on July 30 with Persepolis seeking to win the title for the fourth consecutive time.
Persepolis have also qualified for the 2020 AFC Champions League but the 2018 runners-up did not advance past the group stage of this year's edition.
Big club, big players and big supporters. Very happy and proud to be part of this family @PersepolisFC Thank you for the hospitality. Let’s start to work ️️ pic.twitter.com/6B4kzlFumy
— Gabriel H. Calderón (@gabihcalderon) July 1, 2019