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Khodadad Azizi ( , born June 22, 1971 in Mashhadmarker, Iranmarker) is a retired professional football striker.

International career

Azizi represented Iran at the 1996 Asian cup, 1998 FIFA World Cup, and the 2000 Asian Cup. He was named Asian Player of the Year in 1996, as well as the Asian Cup Most Valuable Player in the 1996 Asian Cup.

Khodadad Azizi is best remembered for scoring the equaliser against Australia in the second leg World Cup Qualifier in November 1997, sending Iran into France 98.

He is most notable for the saying "Azizi tried" which fans say when he falls over during a game on This Is Football.

Club career

After playing for a few clubs in Iran and following his brilliant performance in Asia, he moved to Germanymarker in 1997 to play for 1. FC Köln. Khodadad Azizi, along with his Iranian national team-mates Ali Daei and Karim Bagheri, were among the first Iranians to enter German Bundesliga.

Having played for three seasons in 1. FC Köln, he signed a contract with Californiamarker based club, San Jose Earthquakes. In 2001 Khodadad Azizi was transferred to the UAEmarker club, Al Nasr, before returning to Iran and joining Pas Tehran.

In 2005 he signed for Admira Wacker in Austrian Bundesliga, but due to problems with the coach and his staff, he left the team without playing a single minute in an official game. He returned to Iran soon after and signed for lower division club, Oghab F.C.. His stay there was not very lengthy as he signed for Rah Ahan F.C. in late 2005.

Season Team Country Division Apps Goals Assists
01/02 Pas 1 ? 8 ?
02/03 Pas 1 ? 4 ?
03/04 Pas 1 ? 9 ?
04/05 Pas 1 ? 2 ?
05/06 Oghab 2 ? ? ?
05/06 Rah Ahan 1 10 2 0


Retirement

After the 2005-06 season, Azizi retired from club and international football. He finished his international career with 47 caps and 11 goals. Following his retirement, Azizi was employed by his hometown club, F.C. Aboomoslem, as a club chairman advisor. . Azizi also co-owns a sports clothing label called Majid with financial backing from Abdol Majid Saedifar who put a $400,000 into the company.

Coaching Career

In December, 2006, Azizi was appointed the manager of F.C. Aboomoslem, a Mashhadmarker based football club that he had started his lustrous career with in the early 90's. He was replaced by Parviz Mazloumi in October 2007 after relations with the club chairman turned sour. He is currently the technical director of Payam Khorasan, another football club based in his hometown of Mashhad.

Mr. Azizi was also involved in an altercation with Abu Moslem official, Shafagh, which resulted in a brawl caught on media. He had pulled one of his players out of the game for unknown reasons, and the team was only playing with 10 men. This is what promted the altercation. Mr. Azizi has been cleared from this incident.

Personal life

Azizi married for the first time when he was twenty three. His daughter, Fatimeh, was born three years later, at the same time he made the equaliser goal against Australia. In late 2005 Azizi and his new wife welcomed a baby boy to their family named Amir Hossein Azizi.

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