Athletes’ brave defense of Ali Daei against bloodthirsty hyenas
Javad Nekounam (born September 7, 1980) is a retired professional footballer who played as a central midfielder and is the current manager of Foolad FC. He spent most of his professional career with Pas and Spain’s Osasuna, appearing in 197 official games and scoring 31 goals over his two spells with the latter club, and also being team captain. He also competed in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Qatar in 18 seasons as a senior. Nekounam made 148 appearances for the national team, appearing in several major tournaments, including two World Cups and four Asian Cups.