Me­hdi Mah­davikia short­listed for best ever AFC Asian Cup de­fender

Tehran Times - - SPORTS - (Source: the-afc)

Iran leg­end de­fender Me­hdi Mah­davikia has been short­listed for the best ever AFC Asian Cup de­fender.

Ca­pa­ble of play­ing at the right side of de­fense or mid­field, Me­hdi Mah­davikia was one of the finest tal­ents to come out the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran.

Mah­davikia was vi­tal for Iran in the last two times they reached the semi-fi­nals of the AFC Asian Cup in

1996 and in 2004, earn­ing a place in the 2004 Team of the Tour­na­ment.

The 2003 AFC Player of the Year spent the ma­jor­ity of his ca­reer play­ing in the Ger­man Bun­desliga, and is Team Melli’s fourth most capped player with

110 ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing two in­volve­ments in the FIFA World Cup.

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