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Dr. Amir Hossein Sadaghiani (1903 in Tabrizmarker, Iranmarker – 1 December 1982) was an Iranianmarker football player and manager. He was a striker during his playing career and afterwards was Iran national football team's head coach from 1941 till 1950.

Playing career

Club career

Dr. Sadaghiani is the first ever Iranian soccer player to play abroad in a European league. He played for Fenerbahce for 3 seasons then returned to Iran and back to Europe. In his return to Europe, he played three successful seasons in Belgiummarker, one in Turkeymarker and one in Austriamarker in the first half of the 1930s.

At 26, he moved Europe to study in Belgium. He arrived at the Université du travail de Charleroi in 1929. He joined CS Marchienne-Monceau, a provincial second division team. He proved to be a very gifted player so he made his mark in Belgium's First Division playing for R. Charleroi S.C. for three successful seasons.

In the 1930s, his premature baldness earned him the nickname of “Panne de verre”, a wallon folkore expression used for bald people.

National career

Although Sadaghiani never played for Iranian national team as it didn't get created until 1941, he has 3 caps to his name when in 1926 he played for a Tehran XI team that traveled to Bakumarker, USSRmarker. Tehran XI lost two games and drew one.

Managerial career


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