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Dejagah playing for VfL Wolfsburg in 2008
|Full name||Seyed Ashkan Dejagah|
|Date of birth||5 July 1986|
|Place of birth||Tehran, Iran|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder, Winger|
|1999–2000||Tennis Borussia Berlin|
|2004–2007||Hertha BSC II||56||(21)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:02, 8 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Seyed Ashkan Dejagah (Persian: اشكان دژآگه, born 5 July 1986) is an Iranian footballer who plays for Premier League side Fulham, usually as an attacking midfielder or a right winger. He has represented Germany at youth levels, and currently plays for the Iranian national team.
Dejagah made his professional debut for Hertha BSC.
In 2007, Dejagah joined VfL Wolfsburg. In his first season at Wolfsburg, he showed himself as a talent by scoring eight goals and in his second season, he was a regular part of the Bundesliga winning team. In the 2009–10 season, after the selection of Armin Veh as club manager, he lost his place in the starting line up and he could not return to the starting team under Steve McClaren. With the return of Felix Magath, he found his form and in the 2011–12 season, he showed himself as a key player by scoring and assisting several goals for his club. After Askhan stated a desire to join Fulham FC in order to fulfill his childhood dream of playing in the Premier League, Magath stated that he wanted Ashkan to stay at Wolfsburg; however, he later sided with the player's wishes to play at Fulham. Dejagah ended his career in the Bundesliga with 19 goals and 25 assists.
Dejagah missed the first matches of the season due to a calf injury. He played his first game of the season for Fulham in a League Cup win over Burton Albion, and started his first league match of the season against Manchester United on 2 November. On 4 December, Dejagah scored his first goal for Fulham against Tottenham Hotspur in René Meulensteen's first game as manager.
Club career statistics
- As of 9 March 2014
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In October 2007, Dejagah refused to play an under-21 international match for Germany against Israel, citing "very personal reasons" and saying "everybody knows I am half Iranian." Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, and Ronald Pofalla, General Secretary of the Christian Democratic Union, demanded that Dejagah be excluded from Germany's national team. Dejagah confirmed in a Stern interview, that he only made that choice because of his family and not because of political, antisemitic or racist reasons. After a personal meeting with Theo Zwanziger, the president of the German Football Association, and national technical director Matthias Sammer, he convinced his personal reason and was not excluded from Germany's national team.
It had been suggested that Dejagah might play for Iran at the international level rather than Germany, but he claimed to have never really considered it an option. Having played for Germany at the age of 21, he was originally no longer eligible to play for Iran, however, FIFA rule changes in July 2009 meant that he could then play for Iran. In late December, Iran's coach Afshin Ghotbi approached Dejagah in regards to playing for Iran at the upcoming 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar, but his playing for Iran was placed on hold as he wanted to pursue first team football with his club VfL Wolfsburg instead. On 21 September 2011, he was invited to the Iranian national team by Carlos Queiroz. He scored twice on his debut for Iran against Qatar on 29 February 2012 in a World Cup qualifier.
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