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Karim Bagheri ( , born 20 February 1974 in Tabrizmarker) is a professional football player, currently playing for Persepolis F.C. in the Iran Pro League. Bagheri is one of the most famous Iranianmarker footballers in the world and is often referred to as Iranian Eric Cantona. He is known as a two-footed midfielder and is famous for his powerful and thundering long range shots and free kicks.

Club career

Early years

Bagheri began his football playing for his hometown club Tractor Sazi where he impressed enough to land himself a contract with Keshavarz F.C.. On 1 August 1996 Bagheri was signed on free transfer by capital's club, Persepolis F.C., there Bagheri enjoyed much success winning numerous titles and becoming a firm fan favorite. Numerous impressive displays ended up in Bagheri attracting attention from many European clubs and on 1 August 1997 a year after he signed a contract with Persepolis Bagheri signed with German Bundesliga side Arminia Bielefeld along with his fellow Iranian international Ali Daei.

Move to Europe

Bagheri's first season in Germanymarker was not a huge success and the club was relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga. In his second season, he established himself as a starter playing in the libero position, helping the team make it back to the Bundesliga. He remained in Arminia for one more season, but returned to Persepolis again after problems with the coaching staff at Bielefeld, though Persepolis loaned him to Al-Nasr in the UAEmarker. At that time English clubs were interested in Bagheri and Charlton Athletic of the Premiership quickly signed him for an initial fee of £400,000. He had very little success there, only playing 15 minutes during the entire season. Despite the disappointing season he had the honour of being the first Iranian to play in the Premiership. He then moved to Al Sadd in Qatarmarker.

Persepolis return

In 2002 he decided to return to Persepolis once again. In September 2006, many thought he had been released from the team after arguments with management and staff over the club's financial commitments and unpaid wages. Bagheri instead was disciplined but remained on the team. Bagheri has since then established himself as one of the greatest icons of Persepolis and many compare his popularity with Ali Parvin. In 2007-2008 season he captained the team to glory in the IPL after a 6 year drought.For the season 2008-09 he was injured for many matches and missed many matches.He also missed matches because of the differences he had with the coach Nelo Vingada at the end of the season.

Persepolis Statistics

Last Update 5 November 2009
Karim Bagheri Statistics in Persepolis
League Cup Asian Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
182
30
17
4
8
3
207
37


Club Career Stats

Season Team Country Division Apps Goals
1996-97 Persepolis 1 20 4
1997-98 Arminia Bielefeld 1 ? ?
1998-99 Arminia Bielefeld 2 ? ?
1999–2000 Arminia Bielefeld 1 ? ?
2000-01 Charlton 1 1 0
2001-02 Al-Sadd 1 11 5
2002-03 Persepolis 1 0
2003-04 Persepolis 1 3
2004-05 Persepolis 1 28 2
2005-06 Persepolis 1 23 0
2006-07 Persepolis 1 13 2
2007-08 Persepolis 1 26 3
2008-09 Persepolis 1 28 9
2009-10 Persepolis 1 12 7


  • Assist Goals
Season Team Assists
05/06 Persepolis 0
06/07 Persepolis 0
07/08 Persepolis 5
08/09 Persepolis 4
09/10 Persepolis 1


International career

He was first invited to Iranian national team during the 1994 World Cup qualifers, making his debut versus Pakistan on 6 June 1993. He displayed great football and soon became a starter for Iran in the midfield. He played in 1996 AFC Asian Cup for Team Melliand finished third.

He became famous though for sparking Iran's comeback against Australia in the second leg of their 1998 World Cup qualifier in 1997. He scored the first of two goals that brought new light on what seemed to be an already dark 2-0 defeat and sprung Iran back to tie the game 2-2 and eventually become the last team to qualify for the World Cup.He played in 1998 Asian Games]] and won the competition. Bagheri also had one of the strongest right-legged shots and scored many fantastic goals against opponents, such as his game-tying goal against South Korea in the quarter finals of the 2000 Asian Cup in Lebanonmarker.

Goal scoring record

On 2 June 1997 he scored seven times against the Maldive Isles, and equalled the record for the most goals scored in a World Cup match, which was held by the Australian Gary Cole since 1981. Their joint record was broken on 11 April 2001 when another Australian, Archie Thompson scored 13 goals against American Samoa.. He was named the world's second top goal scorer in official international matches by International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), having scored 20 goals for Iran in 1997..

Early retirement

He retired from the national team with 80 caps and 47 goals for Team Melli after Iran's unsuccessful FIFA World Cup 2002 qualification campaign which ended with an aggregate defeat to Republic of Ireland in November 2001. He was called up to the national team again soon after World Cup 2006, but said he would not participate as he is retired from international football and has no plans on returning to it..

Return to national team

On October 9, 2008 Team Melli coach Ali Daei stated that because of Andranik Teymourian's injury Bagheri will be called up for the national team once again.On 9 November 2008 in a friendly match against Qatar, he appeared for Team Melli once again after almost seven years. Bagheri captained Iran in the 2010 World Cup match against UAE on November 19, 2008, scoring for Iran. He has been given his favorite number 6 jersey back.He played few inmportant matches for Team Melli in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification against UAE and South Korea.He was invited again by Afshin Ghotbi but he stated in Navad that he only returned to Team Melli because of Ali Daei and will not participate in any more match for Team Melli.

International goals

Scores and results list Iran's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 June 1993 Azadi Stadiummarker, Tehranmarker 3-0 5-0 ECO Cup 1993
2 24 April 1996 Olympic Stadium marker, Ashkhabadmarker 1-1 1-1 Friendly
3 26 April 1996 Olympic Stadium marker, Ashkhabadmarker 1-0 1-0 Friendly
4 10 June 1996 Azadi Stadiummarker, Tehranmarker 5-0 8-0 1996 ACQ
5 10 June 1996 Azadi Stadiummarker, Tehranmarker 1-0 8-0 1996 ACQ
6 12 June 1996 Azadi Stadiummarker, Tehranmarker 2-0 7-0 1996 ACQ
7 17 June 1996 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complexmarker, Muscatmarker 3-0 4-0 1996 ACQ
8 17 June 1996 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complexmarker, Muscatmarker 2-0 4-0 1996 ACCQ
9 17 June 1996 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complexmarker, Muscatmarker 1-0 4-0 1996 ACQ
10 19 June 1996 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complexmarker, Muscatmarker 3-0 4-0 1996 ACQ
11 19 June 1996 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complexmarker, Muscatmarker 2-0 4-0 1996 ACQ
12 21 June 1996 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complexmarker, Muscatmarker 2-1 2-1 1996 ACQ
13 7 December 1996 Al-Maktoum Stadiummarker, Dubaimarker 1-0 3-0 1996 Asian Cup
14 16 December 1996 Al-Maktoum Stadiummarker, Dubaimarker 1-1 6-2 1996 Asian Cup
15 2 June 1997 Abbasiyyin Stadiummarker, Damascusmarker 18-0 19-0 1998 WCQ
16 2 June 1997 Abbasiyyin Stadiummarker, Damascusmarker 13-0 19-0 1998 WCQ
17 2 June 1997 Abbasiyyin Stadiummarker, Damascusmarker 12-0 19-0 1998 WCQ
18 2 June 1997 Abbasiyyin Stadiummarker, Damascusmarker 10-0 19-0 1998 WCQ
19 2 June 1997 Abbasiyyin Stadiummarker, Damascusmarker 3-0 19-0 1998 WCQ
20 2 June 1997 Abbasiyyin Stadiummarker, Damascusmarker 2-0 19-0 1998 WCQ
21 2 June 1997 Abbasiyyin Stadiummarker, Damascusmarker 1-0 19-0 1998 WCQ
22 4 June 1997 Abbasiyyin Stadiummarker, Damascusmarker 2-0 7-0 1998 WCQ
23 4 June 1997 Abbasiyyin Stadiummarker, Damascusmarker 1-0 7-0 1998 WCQ
24 9 June 1997 Azadi Stadiummarker, Tehranmarker 2-1 3-1 1998 WCQ
25 11 June 1997 Azadi Stadiummarker, Tehranmarker 5-0 9-0 1998 WCQ
26 11 June 1997 Azadi Stadiummarker, Tehranmarker 2-0 9-0 1998 WCQ
27 17 August 1997 Varsity Stadiummarker, Torontomarker 1-0 1-0 Friendly
28 13 September 1997 Jinzhou Stadiummarker, Dalian 1-2 4-2 1998 WCQ
29 19 September 1997 Azadi Stadiummarker, Tehranmarker 1-1 1-1 1998 WCQ
30 26 September 1997 Kuwait National Stadiummarker, Kuwait Citymarker 1-1 1-1 1998 WCQ
31 3 October 1997 Azadi Stadiummarker, Tehranmarker 3-0 3-0 1998 WCQ
32 3 October 1997 Azadi Stadiummarker, Tehranmarker 2-0 3-0 1998 WCQ
33 17 October 1997 Azadi Stadiummarker, Tehranmarker 3-0 4-1 1998 WCQ
34 29 November 1997 Melbourne Cricket Groundmarker, Melbournemarker 1-2 2-2 1998 WCQ
35 10 December 1998 Suphachalasai Stadiummarker, Bangkokmarker 4-0 5-0 1998 Asian Games
36 12 December 1998 Rajamangala Stadiummarker, Bangkokmarker 2-1 2-1 1998 Asian Games
37 19 December 1998 Rajamangala Stadiummarker, Bangkokmarker 1-0 2-0 1998 Asian Games
38 9 June 2000 Azadi Stadiummarker, Tehranmarker 1-0 3-1 Friendly
39 12 October 2000 Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadiummarker, Beirutmarker 1-0 4-0 2000 AFC Asian Cup
40 23 October 2000 International Olympic Stadiummarker, Tripolimarker 1-0 1-2 2000 AFC Asian Cup
41 24 November 2000 Takhti Stadiummarker, Tabrizmarker 2-0 19-0 2002 WCQ
42 24 November 2000 Takhti Stadiummarker, Tabrizmarker 3-0 19-0 2002 WCQ
43 24 November 2000 Takhti Stadiummarker, Tabrizmarker 4-0 19-0 2002 WCQ
44 24 November 2000 Takhti Stadiummarker, Tabrizmarker 5-0 19-0 2002 WCQ
45 24 November 2000 Takhti Stadiummarker, Tabrizmarker 6-0 19-0 2002 WCQ
46 24 November 2000 Takhti Stadiummarker, Tabrizmarker 7-0 19-0 2002 WCQ
47 31 October 2001 Sheikh Zayed Stadiummarker, Abu Dhabimarker 2-0 3-0 2002 WCQ
48 19 November 2008 Al-Maktoum Stadiummarker, Dubaimarker 1-1 1-1 2010 WCQ
49 2 January 2009 Azadi Stadiummarker, Tehranmarker 2-0 3-1 Friendly
50 9 January 2009 Azadi Stadiummarker, Tehranmarker 2-0 6-0 2011 ACQ


Honours

Country

  • FIFAmarker World Cup
    • 1998, Group Stage
      • Appearances and Goals: (3 matches, 0 goals)
  • AFC Asian Cup
    • 1996, Third Place
      • Appearances and goals: (6 matches, 2 goals)
    • 2000, Quarterfinals
      • Appearances and goals: (4 matches, 2 goals)
  • Asian Games
    • 1994, Group Stage
      • Appearances and goals: (4 matches, 0 goals)
    • 1998, Champions
      • Appearances and goals: (7 matches, 3 goals)
  • Military World Games
    • 1995, Vice-Champions
      • Appearances and goals: (8 matches, 3 goals)


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