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Iraj Danaeifard

Iraj Danaeifard

Iranian association football player
Iraj Danaeifard
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Intro Iranian association football player
Was Athlete Football player Association football player
From Iran
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 11 March 1951, Tehran, Iran
Death 12 December 2018, Shiraz, Iran (aged 67 years)
Star sign Pisces
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Sports Teams
Esteghlal F.C.
Tulsa Roughnecks
PAS Tehran F.C.
Oghab F.C.
Esteghlal F.C.
Iran national football team
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Iraj Danaeifard (Persian: ايرج دانايی فرد‎, 11 March 1951 – 12 December 2018) was an Iranian football player who played most of his career for Taj (currently Esteghlal) and also the Iran national football team.

Club career

Danaeifard became involved in football at a young age. His father, Ali Danaeifard was one of the founders of Taj SC football club. He became famous in Iran while playing for the club, winning the Iranian league in 1971. He also played for Oghab F.C. and Pas F.C., where he won the Iranian Takht Jamshid in 1977. In 1977, he returned to Taj.

In 1980, he moved to the United States and started playing for the NASL team, the Tulsa Roughnecks. He remained in the club until 1984 when the league folded, and retired from football soon thereafter.

International career

Danaeifard was invited to the national team for the first time in 1977 and helped the team qualify for 1978 World Cup. He played well in the tournament and many still remember his goal against Scotland, which was Iran's first goal ever at a world cup. After the Asian Cup in Kuwait in 1980 and reaching the third place he retired from international football with 17 caps and 3 goals for his country.


Danaeifard died on 12 December 2018 of liver failure. He was 67.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 24 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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