Asian Qualifier 26: The Inspiring Journey of Mehdi Mahdavikia

Mehdi Mahdavikia: A Football Legend

Mehdi Mahdavikia (born 24 July 1977) is a celebrated Iranian professional football coach and former player known for his versatility as a right winger and right back. Currently, he serves as a youth coach at Hamburger SV and runs his own youth academy, FC KIA. He also represents the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in the Football Advisory Panel of the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

Playing Career

Early Career

Mahdavikia began his career with Persepolis in Iran before moving to VfL Bochum in Germany. After Bochum’s relegation, he joined Hamburger SV, where he played for eight seasons.

Hamburger SV

At Hamburg, he transitioned from right fullback to right winger, supporting central midfielder Rafael van der Vaart. Known for his attacking runs and crossing abilities, he became Hamburg’s Player of the Year in 2003 and 2004. Despite a challenging 2004-05 season, he regained form in 2005-06, contributing significantly to Hamburg’s victories.

Eintracht Frankfurt

In 2007, Mahdavikia signed a three-year contract with Eintracht Frankfurt. Despite injuries in his first season and limited playtime in his second, he left a mark with his professional conduct and commitment.

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