Sepahan captain Moharram Navidkia hangs up boots

October 17, 2016 - 15:45

Former Iran national team midfielder Moharram Navidkia bade farewell to his beloved football club Sepahan at the age of 33 on Monday.

He began his career at Sepahan football club in 1998 and joined VfL Bochum in 2004 even though he was injured at the time of the signing.

Navidkia was named as the Most Valuable Player of Iran Professional League (IPL) at the 2003–04 season.

He was considered one of the best Iranian players due to his potential talent and impressive performances.  

After the World Cup in Germany, Navidkia signed a contract with Sepahan once again.

Navidkia made 25 appearances for Iran national football team and scored one goal against North Korea in the 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification in Pyongyang.  

He made his debut for Team Melli against Jordan in August 2002. His biggest achievement was winning the gold medal of the 2002 Asian Games with Iran U-23 in Busan. Navidkia was a member of Iran football team in the 2006 FIFA World Cup as well.

He bid his farewell to national team in December 2009.

 In May 2011, he was called up to Iran national team by Carlos Queiroz, but he rejected the offer due to his "several injuries and surgeries" which makes him unable to play for both national team and club.

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