Mohammad Reza Adelkhani
in Aryamehr Stadium in April 1978
|Full name||Mohammad Reza Adelkhani|
|Date of birth||February 13, 1947|
|Place of birth||Tehran, Iran|
|1964–1966||Bayern Munich II|
|1970–1971||SG Wattenscheid 09|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Adelkhani achieved the UEFA Pro Licence, the first Iranian to do so.
Early life[change | change source]
He was born on 13 February 1947 in Tehran, Iran. He began playing in football in 1960 playing at Shahin.
Club career[change | change source]
Adelkhani played for SG Wattenscheid 09, Wuppertaler SV, Rot-Weiß Oberhausen and VfL Klafeld-Geisweid before moving back to Iran. He was the first Iranian player to move to Europe to play football. 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 with whom he reached second place in the Iranian league in 1974. He then joined Shahbaz F.C., where he reached third place in the Iranian league in 1976/77.
International career[change | change source]
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 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[change | change source]
- "Reza Adelkani" (in German). Fussball Daten. Retrieved October 12, 2009.