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  • ID number
    10000140
  • Full name
    Ali Daei
  • native name
    علی دایی
  • Nickname
    Shahriar of Iran
  • Province/state
    Ardebil- IRAN
  • Birth date
    1969-03-22
Biography

Ali Daei (Persian: علی دایی  pronounced ; born 22 March 1969) is an Iranian football manager and former player. A striker, he was the captain of the Iranian national team between 2000 and 2006. He played in the German Bundesliga for Arminia Bielefeld, Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin. He is regarded as one of the greatest Asian footballers of all time.

A tall forward, Daei was a prolific goalscorer known for his heading accuracy and ability in the air. He was the world's top international goalscorer with 110, until his record was broken by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2021. During his playing career, Daei was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2001. Following his retirement, Daei served as a member of the FIFA Football Committee between 2007 and 2013. In 2014, he was inducted into the Asian Football Hall of Fame.

Early years


Daei was born in Ardabil, Imperial Iran, to an Iranian Azerbaijani family. Daei graduated from Sharif University of Technology in Materials Engineering (Metallurgical) with a BSc. degree. He began his playing career at 19 with hometown club Esteghlal Ardabil. His next club was Taxirani F.C. in Tehran, where he played for one season, before joining another Tehran-based club, Bank Tejarat. His tenure with Bank Tejarat lasted four years, scoring 49 goals in 75 games.

 

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    Personal information
    Full nameAli Daei[1]
    Date of birth21 March 1969 (age 54)
    Place of birthArdabil, Iran
    Height1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
    Position(s)Centre forward
    Youth career
    1983–1987Esteghlal Ardabil
    College career
    YearsTeamApps(Gls)
    2007Islamic Azad University
    Senior career*
    YearsTeamApps(Gls)
    1987–1989Esteghlal Ardabil
    1989–1990Taxirani
    1990–1994Bank Tejarat
    1994–1996Persepolis38(23)
    1996–1997Al Sadd16(10)
    1997–1998Arminia Bielefeld25(7)
    1998–1999Bayern Munich23(6)
    1999–2002Hertha BSC59(6)
    2002–2003Al Shabab21(11)
    2003–2004Persepolis28(16)
    2004–2006Saba Battery51(23)
    2006–2007Saipa26(10)
    Total287(112)
    International career
    1993–2006Iran[a]148(109)
    2002Iran Olympic (Wild Card)3(3)
    Managerial career
    2006–2008Saipa
    2007Iran Students
    2008–2009Iran
    2009Islamic Azad University
    2009–2011Persepolis
    2011–2013Rah Ahan
    2013–2014Persepolis
    2015–2016Saba Qom
    2016–2017Naft Tehran
    2017–2019Saipa