Sayed Mohamad Alavi: A product of the football rich province of Khuzistan and the young team of Foolad. Young Alavi stormed on the national scene after his tremendous header goal against China in Azadi which assured Iran 3 points in the anticipated revival of the team chances in the Olympics qualifying matches.
Although Alavi was selected by Mayeli-Kohan in the roster of the U23 team, he was not given any playing time. It was only after Mayeli-Kohan was sacked , that the new coach Hossein Faraki , recognized Alaviï¿½s potential and used him in the team in all the remaining matches. Apart from his goal , Alavi played well in all the remaining matches under Faraki although it was a step too late as Iran did not manage to dislodge the Koreans from clinching the qualification to Athens.
Alavi's performance with his club, Foolad, was also remarkable. He was a pivotal player within this young team and his consistency and solid defending was one of the factors for the success of his club. Later transferred to Pas and had a very short stint with Persepolis before returning back to Pas Hamedan.