Ali Reza Vahedi-Nikbakht is a young energetic midfield player who managed to grab a regular starting role for his star-studded team, Esteghlal Tehran in a short period of time. His excellent performance for his club eventually lead to his inclusion in Team Melli roster and he made his successful appearance in a World Cup qualifying game against the hapless GUAM in Tabriz in December 2000 and scored on his debut.
Nikbakht's performance in Team Melli was instrumental in Iran's progress in the WC qualifying round. However, his disciplinary problems has created difficulties for the National team coaches.
His darting runs on the flanks and his pace remains continues to be a great asset for his team. Despite several attempts, he has not managed to find a European club to capitalize on his undoubted talents. His last trial was with Atletico Madrid which did not materialize in a contract.
Nikbakht joined his ex-teammate Farhad Majidi in Al Wasl FC of Dubai on a six month contract. After finishing that contract he returned back to his original club where he helped the team to win the championship.
An Injury at near the end of the season , will prevent him from joining the squad for the World Cup.