Taher Mortezaie is originally from the ancient country of Iran. At the age of 8 he and his family moved to Sweden and where he grew up in the beautiful city of Stockholm. He went through all the education system of Sweden and studied Philosophy at Stockholm University (SU). However, as you can imagine, all his life the main element has always been, and still is, Football. From very young age he started to play the beautiful sport. Playing in the highest youth leagues in Sweden the second division as a senior player.
All of this took a wild turn at the age of 23, when Taher decided to leave everything behind to search for his dream to become a professional player. Through a scholarship he moved to Brazil to play football and managed to play as a professional in the Brazilian Second Division.
Playing in Brazil was the experience of a lifetime, but the best thing that happened during his time in Brazil was actually not to do with football. It just so happened that during his stay in Sao Paulo he met his now wife, Cintia. A couple of months later the couple decided to move together to Barcelona, Spain. In Barcelona Taher continued to play for local teams, but his focus shifted to becoming a professional coach.
He undertook UEFA B and UEFA A and started coaching in some of the highest ranked teams in the Catalan Football Association. Not long after this, Taher landed his dream to Coach with FC Barcelona. The possibility to work with not just the best club in the world when coming to the results, but above all to work as a coach for a club where the methodology is something so sacred and so innovative that it changed his way of seeing football.
10 years have since passed and he is now destined for Brisbane Australia… Taher has this to say:
“Barcelona is an amazing city and leaving now has reminded me of all the experiences that I’ve had, both with Football and personally. Citina and I have grown a lot in our time and above all, this is the city where our beautiful little daughter Nina was born. Having said that, and looking back to all the different places I have lived through my life, it feels great and exciting to start this fantastic project in Brisbane. We couldn’t be more excited!
My aim is to transmit what I have learned through the years, to grow and develop the young players of the beautiful game in Brisbane. In return I will learn another great culture. Visca Barça! Visca Brisbane!”