Esteghlal Oldest Club in Iran, Fifth in Asia: AFC
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Esteghlal of Tehran is the oldest club in Iran but sits fifth in the continent, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) reported.
Tehran giant Esteghlal was formed in 1945 making it the oldest in the Iranian Professional League at 71 years old.
India’s Mohun Bagan was established in 1889 as Mohun Bagan Sporting Club, 128 years ago. And, indeed, it is generally considered to be Asia's oldest.
Indonesia’s oldest club, PSM Makassar, was founded in 1915 as Makassar Voetbal Bond, when the country was known as the Dutch East Indies.
Since the 1940s, the name was changed to PSM Makassar and the club remains active today in the Indonesian top flight, winning the league in 2000.
In Saudi Arabia, Al Ittihad is the oldest club. The two-time AFC Champions League winner celebrated its 90th birthday in January having been founded in 1927.
And in Japan, Toyo Kogyo Soccer Club was formed in 1938 and is fourth in Asia.