Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh

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Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh
Personal information
Full name Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh
Date of birth (1966-05-25) 25 May 1966 (age 57)
Place of birth Abadan, Iran
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 Sepahan
1985–1987 Isfahan XI
1987–1989 Gendarmerie Tehran
1989–1990 Tam Isfahan
1990–1993 Esteghlal
1993–1994 Sepahan
1994–2000 Persepolis
National team
1987–1998 Iran 79 (0)
Teams managed
2001 Saipa (Goalkeeping Coach)
2005 Esteghlal Ahvaz (Goalkeeping Coach)
2008–2009 Persepolis (Goalkeeping Coach)
2010 Steel Azin (Assistant Coach)
2011 Los Angeles Blues (Goalkeeping Coach)
2014–2015 Rah Ahan (Goalkeeping Coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh (Persian: احمدرضا عابدزاده, born 25 May 1966) is an Iranian former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He played for Esteghlal, Sepahan, Persepolis and the Iranian national team. He made 79 appearances for Iran, and played for his country at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[change | change source]

Abedzadeh had an unbeaten record in the Tehran derby with 13 matches, 7 wins and 6 draws.[source?] While playing for Persepolis, he went 802 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal.[1]

International career[change | change source]

Abedzadeh was called up at the age of 18 for the Iran national under-20 football team in 1984. After his good shows, he was invited to the senior team in 1987 by then-manager Parviz Dehdari. Abedzadeh made his debut in the match against Kuwait on 27 February 1987, in which he conceded a goal in a 2–1 victory. He started in the 1990 Asian Games, where they won the gold medal after defeating North Korea in the final and Abedzadeh saved two penalties. At the tournament, he conceded only two goals which were both scored from penalty kicks.

Iran defeated Australia in the FIFA World Cup qualification play-offs to reach 1998 FIFA World Cup, their second participation in the World Cup and first since 1978. He missed the first match at the World Cup against Yugoslavia due to injury, then captained Iran at the next two matches against United States and Germany. Iran finished third at their group and Abedzadeh announced his retirement from international football after the final match.

Post-playing career[change | change source]

Abedzadeh suffered a stroke in 2001 and that was the point in which he let go of professional football. He was released some weeks later, but required a number of surgeries after, and even to this day, has side effects from his stroke. Abedzadeh suffered again on 11 March 2007 when his mother died.[source?]

He has also been the goalkeeping coach for many clubs after retiring from playing football. He coached Saipa in 2001, Esteghlal Ahvaz in 2005, Persepolis from 2008 to 2009, Steel Azin in 2010 and Los Angeles Blues from 2011 to 2012.

Legacy[change | change source]

Dubbed the Eagle of Asia for his ability to protect the net, his international career stretched for an illustrious 11 years, a tenure that provided stability and uncanny leadership. In 2009, he was named in a poll as Iran's favorite player of last 30 years.[2] His goalkeeping legacy in Iran is rivaled only by Nasser Hejazi.

Personal life[change | change source]

He married in 1988 at the age of 23 and has one daughter, Negar and one son, Amir, also a goalkeeper, who plays for C.S. Marítimo and the Iran national team. Abedzadeh also runs a restaurant in Motelghoo, one of the cities of Northern Iran [3]

Honours[change | change source]

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National[change | change source]


References[change | change source]

  1. "Esteghlal Goalkeeper Sets Clean Sheet Record". Financial Tribune. 7 January 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  2. "Abedzadeh named Iran's favorite football player - PersianLeague.Com". PersianLeague.com. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  3. "عکس : احمدرضا عابدزاده و همسر + پسرش" [Photo: Abedzadeh with his spouse and son]. takmahfel.com. Archived from the original on 26 December 2010.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mojtaba Moharrami
Persepolis F.C.

Succeeded by
Afshin Peyrovani
Preceded by
Mojtaba Moharrami
Iran national football team

Succeeded by
Nader Mohammadkhani