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FOOTBALL: Iran's Karim Bagheri to retire after Brazil match

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Iran's veteran midfielder Karim Bagheri will bid farewell to the national team after the match against Brazil on Thursday.

Karim Bagheri

Iran football team is scheduled to play Brazil in Abu Dhabi, the UAE and Bagheri will hang up his boots after playing the five-time world champion.

The 37-year-old midfielder made his debut against Pakistan on June 6, 1993. Bagheri has capped for Iran 86 times and scored 50 goals.

Karim Bagheri, who is currently playing for Persepolis, is known as a two-footed midfielder and is famous for his powerful and thundering long-range shots and free kicks. He scored an astonishing goal from 40 meters against South Korea in the 2000 Asian Cup.

Bagheri started his career in his hometown club Traktorsazi of Tabriz in 1992. After two seasons he joined Keshavarz of Tehran. He joined Tehran-based Persepolis in 1996 and left the Iranian popular team for Arminia Bielefeld in Germany in 1997. Bagheri has also played one game for the English Premier League team Charlton Athletic in 2000. He played for Qatari club Al-Sadd and returned to Persepolis in 2002 where he has been playing ever since.

The veteran footballer played for Iran in the 1998 World Cup. Bagheri will retire from national duty at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium.

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