Mehdi Mahdavikia : The most successful Iranian player overseas. Although Mahdavikia wad dogged by several injuries during the last couple of years, he bounced back this season with full strength to help his Club Hamburg SV in a place in UEFA Cuo competition , with a record of highest number of assists in the Bundesliga.
Kia is a player with multiple talents. His speed and acceleration is superb. His crosses are accurate and timely and lastly his shooting ability is a delight to watch. During the Asian Qualifying rounds of !998 World Cup, Mahdavikia scored two superb goals against China to turn around a match that ran was loosing. A long range shoot and then a superb individual play ensured Iran the full points in a 4-2 win against the host nation China.
Mahdavikia ensured that his name will remain in the Football history books by scoring the second goal against USA in Lyon during the World Cup 1998.
Speed, acceleration, and a nose for goal rank prominently among Mahdavikia’s many talents, and it is these attributes which have helped him carve out a highly successful career in the Bundesliga. It was following the1998 FIFA World Cup that Mahdavikia first moved to Germany, initially with Bochum and then, after an impressive debut season, to Hamburg in the summer of 1999.
Respected in Germany, Mahdavikia became positively idolized in Iran, all the more so when he became only the second Iranian winner of the Asian Player of the Year award in 2003, after Ali Daei. The man affectionately nicknamed Kia remains among Iran’s most influential players and he enjoyed an outstanding qualifying campaign for Germany 2006, his foraging, penetrating runs and timely crosses from the right wing proving vital in ensuring his national team progressed to a third FIFA World Cup finals.
The apple of Iranian fans’ eyes, Mahdavikia has already established himself among the greatest footballers his country has ever produced, though he remains modest about hi...[Read more]