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    Ali Daei
  • native name
    علی دایی
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    Shahriar of Iran
  • Province/state
    Ardebil- IRAN
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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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    Daei in 2019
    Personal information
    Full name Ali Daei[1]
    Date of birth 21 March 1969 (age 54)
    Place of birth Ardabil, Iran
    Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
    Position(s) Centre forward
    Youth career
    1983–1987 Esteghlal Ardabil
    College career
    Years Team Apps (Gls)
    2007 Islamic Azad University
    Senior career*
    Years Team Apps (Gls)
    1987–1989 Esteghlal Ardabil
    1989–1990 Taxirani
    1990–1994 Bank Tejarat
    1994–1996 Persepolis 38 (23)
    1996–1997 Al Sadd 16 (10)
    1997–1998 Arminia Bielefeld 25 (7)
    1998–1999 Bayern Munich 23 (6)
    1999–2002 Hertha BSC 59 (6)
    2002–2003 Al Shabab 21 (11)
    2003–2004 Persepolis 28 (16)
    2004–2006 Saba Battery 51 (23)
    2006–2007 Saipa 26 (10)
    Total 287 (112)
    International career
    1993–2006 Iran[a] 148 (109)
    2002 Iran Olympic (Wild Card) 3 (3)
    Managerial career
    2006–2008 Saipa
    2007 Iran Students
    2008–2009 Iran
    2009 Islamic Azad University
    2009–2011 Persepolis
    2011–2013 Rah Ahan
    2013–2014 Persepolis
    2015–2016 Saba Qom
    2016–2017 Naft Tehran
    2017–2019 Saipa