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persianboy1384
07-05-2007, 12:53 PM
Bull-chested Bundesliga winger Mehdi Mahdavikia can lay strong claim to being Iran’s greatest ever player if he helps bring home the Asian Cup this year.

While the dynamic 29-year-old has never lacked personal accolades, he will be desperate finally to land a major trophy – and end Iran’s 31-year wait for a fourth regional title.

A direct and incisive runner with a lethal right foot, Mahdavikia was instrumental in Iran’s march to the 2004 semis and will cause the most jitters among Team Melli’s opponents.

The 2003 Asian Player of the Year will also want to make amends for Iran’s disappointing World Cup, where they earned just one point in three games.

Mahdavikia, recently moved to Eintracht Frankfurt after a distinguished eight-year spell at Hamburg, may get his chance with new coach Amir Ghalenoei’s revamped Iran.

With stalwarts Ali Daei and Yahya Golmohammadi retired, Mahdavikia will make up the experienced core along with fellow Bundesliga men Ali Karimi and Vahid Hashemian, and Bolton’s Andranik Teymourian.

Iran will look to Mahdavikia to provide the spark, as when he orchestrated 2004’s dramatic 4-3 quarter-final win over South Korea.

Mahdavikia, known as ‘der Teppich’ (the carpet) at Hamburg for his magical ability to glide past opponents, Arabian Nights-style, had a hand in three of the goals, adding to his legend among Iran’s fans.

He had already achieved immortality at the 1998 World Cup by getting Iran’s second in the 2-1 victory over the United States, thus sealing the most fabled result in the country’s football history.

Mahdavikia, who started his career with Persepolis FC and was Asia’s young player of the year in 1997, was also twice player of the season at Hamburg where he scored 29 goals in 223 Bundesliga appearances.

Known for his gentlemanly demeanour, the married father-of-one hit the headlines last year when it was revealed he had a second wife – an offence in Germany but not in Iran. He has since called the move a “big mistake.” –

AFP
http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2007/7/5/sports/18217192&sec=sports

aliirooni
07-05-2007, 01:01 PM
Mehdi deserves all the complements and good feedback he gets and much more.

I respect him and his accomplishment the most!


Go Mehdi

Abiete
07-05-2007, 01:04 PM
http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/9228/magiccarpetop6.jpg

persianboy1384
07-05-2007, 02:54 PM
Mehdi deserves all the complements and good feedback he gets and much more.

I respect him and his accomplishment the most!


Go Mehdi

I agree with you. Mehdi have done a lot for TM. His famous goal against the U.S. in 1998 World Cup was a great moment.

Wish him and TM best of luck :irani:

abedross
07-05-2007, 03:03 PM
GO Mehdi...we need more players like you.

Sherwin
07-05-2007, 05:00 PM
GO Mehdi...we need more players like you.
Dam straight Mehdi is one fo the most reliable and consistent players we have on TM. He is also one of our biggest weapons on the field, if not the bigest weapon at least in my book. I wish him nothing but the best of luck. Mehdi is a good guy my dad met him in Dubai and he signed a jersey for me. It was the old school WC98 jerseys I still have it in my closet. Mehdi also got the other TM players to come by at the airport and sign their autographs on a TM poster.

Too bad there aren't more guys like Mehdi in the sports world. He is a very humble guy which speaks volumes about his character. Mehdi said, "So has your son in America ever been to to one of our games?" My dad said, "I promised him if you guys qualify I'm taking him to France in the world cup." Mehdi said, "Wow I wish my father would of taken me to the world cup when I was a kid what a lucky boy." My dad laughed and shook his hand HE IS A CLASS ACT ALL THE WAY.

anoush
07-05-2007, 05:13 PM
Lol I don't understand, how can a player be compared to a magic carpet, since when do we have magic carpets in Iran, I mean yeh I know a lot of the youth dem like a few puffs on the crack pipe and a bit of crystal here and there, maybe carpets start to look pretty magical then, I just don't know.

Sherwin
07-05-2007, 07:00 PM
Lol I don't understand, how can a player be compared to a magic carpet, since when do we have magic carpets in Iran, I mean yeh I know a lot of the youth dem like a few puffs on the crack pipe and a bit of crystal here and there, maybe carpets start to look pretty magical then, I just don't know.
I think some people are taking the Disney movie Aladdin too seriously my friend.:D

aliirooni
07-05-2007, 07:14 PM
Lol I don't understand, how can a player be compared to a magic carpet, since when do we have magic carpets in Iran, I mean yeh I know a lot of the youth dem like a few puffs on the crack pipe and a bit of crystal here and there, maybe carpets start to look pretty magical then, I just don't know.


just a typical western stereotypes. Can't really change it.

Once I had to show a picture of mine in snow with Farsi writing in the background to one of my freinds so he could stop saying I am from Hot Desert!