Mohammad Reza Adelkhani

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Reza Adelkhani
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Personal information
Full name Mohammad Reza Adelkhani
Date of birth (1947-02-13) February 13, 1947 (age 67)
Place of birth Tehran, Iran
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1960–1962 Taj
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1965 Bayern Munich II
1965–1966 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen
1966–1967 Wuppertaler SV 32 (4)
1968–1969 SG Wattenscheid 09
1969–1971 VfL Klafeld-Geisweid
1971–1972 Taj 41 (6)
1975–1979 Shahbaz
National team
1973–1978 Iran 17 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mohammad Reza Adelkhani (Persian: محمدرضا عادلخانی‎) (born February 13, 1947 in Tehran, Iran) is a retired Iranian footballer and former Iran national football team player.

Adelkhani has achieved the UEFA Pro Licence; his is the first Iranian to have gained this success.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 13 February 1947 in Tehran, Iran. He began playing in football in 1960 playing at Shahin.

Club career[edit]

Adelkhani played for SG Wattenscheid 09, Wuppertaler SV, Rot-Weiß Oberhausen and VfL Klafeld-Geisweid before moving back to Iran.[1] He is the first Iranian player, who moved to Europe to play football. In fact when he was in Turkey with Taj SC for a friendly match, German talent scouts saw his performance and signed him for Bayern Munchen.

Adelkhani's first senior club in Iran was Taj SC; there he could reach the second place in the Iranian league in 1974.

After then he joined Shahbaz F.C., where he played many successful years reaching the third place in the Iranian league in 1976/77.

International career[edit]

Between 1973 and 1978, he played 17 times for the national team and scored 2 goals.

Iranian football fans will never forget the Asian football Olympic final 1974 in Aryamehr Stadium between Iran and Israel, in which Adelkhani forced Shum's own goal, which led Iran to win this tournament.

He was also part of the Iran squad that qualified for the 1978 FIFA World Cup; however an injury he sustained while saving his young daughter from falling down the stairs kept him out of the competition. He was a left-footed player.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reza Adelkani" (in German). Fussball Daten. Retrieved 2009-10-12.