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Full name  Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh
Name  Ahmad Abedzadeh
1981–1983  Helal Ahmar Isfahan
Role  Goalkeeper

1983–1990  Tam
Height  1.9 m
Years  Team
Playing position  Goalkeeper
Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh
Date of birth  (1966-05-25) 25 May 1966 (age 49)
Place of birth  Abadan, khouzestan, Iran
Children  Amir Abedzadeh, Negar Abedzadeh
Similar People  Amir Abedzadeh, Ali Parvin, Ali Daei, Ali Karimi, Hamid Estili

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Ahmadreza Abedzadeh (Persian: احمدرضا عابدزاده‎‎, born 25 May 1966 in Abadan) is a retired Iranian football goalkeeper. He played for Esteghlal, Sepahan, Persepolis and the Iranian national football team. His performance led Iran to the World Cup 1998 and his saves helped Iran attain respectable results in the tournament.

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International career

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Abedzadeh was called up at the age of 18 for the Iran national under-20 football team in 1984. After his good shows, he was invited to the senior team in 1987 by then-manager Parviz Dehdari. Abedzadeh made his debut in the match against Kuwait on 27 February 1987, in which he conceded a goal in a 2–1 victory. He started in the 1990 Asian Games, where they won the gold medal after defeating North Korea in the final and Abedzadeh saved two penalties. At the tournament, he conceded only two goals which were both scored from penalty kicks.

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Iran defeated Australia in the FIFA World Cup qualification play-offs to reach 1998 FIFA World Cup, their second participation in the World Cup and first since 1978. He missed the first match at the World Cup against Yugoslavia due to injury, then captained Iran at the next two matches against United States and Germany. Iran finished third at their group and Abedzadeh announced his retirement from international football after the final match.

Post-playing career

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Abedzadeh suffered a stroke in 2001 and that was the point in which he let go of professional football. He was released some weeks later, but required a number of surgeries after, and even to this day, has side effects from his stroke. Abedzadeh suffered again on 11 March 2007 when his mother died.

He has also been the goalkeeping coach for many clubs after retiring from playing football. He coached Saipa in 2001, Esteghlal Ahvaz in 2005, Persepolis from 2008 to 2009, Steel Azin in 2010 and Los Angeles Blues from 2011 to 2012.

Legacy

Dubbed the Eagle of Asia for his ability to protect the net, his international career stretched for an illustrious 11 years, a tenure that provided stability and uncanny leadership. His goalkeeping legacy in Iran is rivaled only by Nasser Hejazi.

Personal life

He married in 1988 at the age of 23 and has one daughter, Negar and one son, Amir. Amir is already a youth goalkeeper playing for C.S. Marítimo. He has a fast food restaurant in Golhak.

References

Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh Wikipedia


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