Mohammadreza Chiyaneh is an Iranian kabaddi player. In 2023, he represented Iran at the 19th Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China, where the Iranian team bagged a silver medal. In October 2023, he was inducted into Puneri Paltan at the Pro Kabaddi League auction for Rs. 2.35 crores.
Mohammedreza Shadlu Chiyaneh was born on Saturday, 30 September 2000 (age 23 years; as of 2023) in Orumiyeh, Iran. His zodiac sign is Libra.
Height (approx.): 6′ 4″
Weight (approx.): 80 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest: 42″, Waist: 34″, Biceps: 14″
Parents & Siblings
His father is a professional football player in the Iran League. He has three sisters.
His marital status is not known.
In 2018, he was a member of the Iranian Kabaddi team that won the Dubai Kabaddi Masters championship held in the United Arab Emirates, which was the first international kabaddi sport event of the UAE. In November 2019, he was a member of the Iranian Kabaddi team that bagged a gold medal at the first edition of the Junior World Kabaddi Championship (Boys).
Pro Kabaddi League
In 2021, he made his debut in the Pro Kabaddi League as a member of the Patna Pirates team. He is an all-rounder, contributing to both raiding and defending during the game. In season 8 of the Pro Kabaddi League, his raid strike rate was 24 per cent, and his tackle strike rate was 58 per cent. He became the Best Defender with 89 tackle points from 86 successful tackles in season 8 of the Pro Kabaddi League.
In 2022, he was retained by Patna Pirates as a corner defender for a price of Rs. 74.6 lakh in which he went on to play a total of 20 matches. In season 9 of the Pro Kabaddi League, his raid strike rate increased to 25 per cent, and his tackle strike rate increased by a margin of 5 per cent, i.e., to 63 per cent. He became the second-best defender of PKL season 9 with 84 tackle points. In October 2023, he was acquired by Puneri Paltan in season 10 of the Pro Kabaddi League at a price of Rs. 2.35 crore. In an interview with BC Ramesh, the coach of Puneri Paltan, while talking about the reason for choosing Mohammadreza Chiyaneh, he said,
We needed someone on the left. We came with the mindset of picking him up at the auctions.”
In 2023, he made his debut at the Asian Games as a member of the Iranian Kabaddi team that bagged a silver medal in Hangzhou, China. The team lost the finals against India at the 19th Asian Games in a nail-biting thriller with a score of 33-29.
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- In 2021, Patna Pirates bought him for Rs. 31 lakh for the Pro Kabaddi League, making his debut in the league.
- In 2023, he became the most expensive international player in Pro Kabaddi League Season 10.
- According to Mohammadreza Chiyaneh, his favourite move is thigh block.
- He runs a gym in Orumiyeh, Iran, and has been working as a trainer there since 2021.
- In his leisure time, he enjoys camping and off-roading in the mountains. While skateboarding, he enjoys listening to music.
- He was introduced to Kabaddi when he was only 10 years old by a friend while he was enjoying playing football on one of Orumiyeh’s streets. Back then, Mohammadreza played various sports such as football, volleyball, and wrestling but was more fascinated by Kabaddi. In an interview, while talking about what fascinated him about Kabaddi, he said,
It looked nice and I liked the tackles. I used to wrestle earlier, but the whole tackling thing looked different. I liked that you can fight, you can tackle, there aren’t many rules for that. I started to play.”
- His father always supported him in pursuing sports professionally but was not keen about him playing Kabaddi initially but eventually supported it after seeing him play. In an interview, while talking about his father’s thoughts on him pursuing Kabaddi, he said,
My father was a professional football player in the Iran league, so he understood sports and was a big support for me when it comes to sport. The first time I told him about kabaddi, he wasn’t too keen. He said it’s too dangerous. But then when he came to watch us practice, he was okay with it. He understood I was more dangerous to them.”
- He made his way into Iran’s national sports camp after he was spotted playing in the Iran Kabaddi League in 2018 by Gholamreza Mazandarani, the national coach of Iran.
- In 2018, he was to represent Iran in the 18th Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia, but couldn’t board the flight to Jakarta due to some issues with his accreditation.
- In an interview, while talking about some of his favourite kabaddi players and their techniques, he said,
I enjoy Naveen’s raiding and I feel Sagar (Tamil Thalaivas right corner) is young and very good. Fazel is also excellent and I really liked Ajay Thakur when he was playing. I watched Ajay Thakur play when I was a very young child, when he played for India in the 2016 World Cup. I was watching the match on the phone in the kabaddi club, and in his time he was a great player. He had a great jump, he single-handedly beat Iran in that World Cup so he is one of my favourites.”
- His mother and sister initially never watched his games due to the harsh nature of the sport, but have now come to terms with it and watch his games on television. In an interview, while talking about the fears faced by his mother and sister about him playing the game, he said,
Now that they watch it on television and don’t have a problem. They see that I’m the one making the tackles, so that’s fine.”
- In 2022, he broke the record for most tackle points, 16, scored by a defender in a single match and the most number of super tackles in a single match, 8, in season 9 of the Pro Kabaddi League while playing for Patna Pirates against Dabang Delhi K.C. Sportstar
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- In an interview, while talking about the difference between Iranian and Indian players, he said,
In Iran, we don’t have specific raiders and defenders. If I am a raider, I should tackle and if I tackle, I should be able to raid. That’s why Iranian players are good all-rounders. But I don’t like raiding, I feel I can get easily injured if I raid! Mainly, the Indian raiders have better movement and speed than Iran raiders. But the Iran defenders are a lot stronger. Indian defenders go for a lot of advance tackles, they have less control so that’s the big difference.”