Karim Bagheri

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About Karim Bagheri Karim Bagheri (Persian: کريم باقری , born 20 February 1974 in Tabriz) is a professional football player, currently playing for Persepolis F.C. in the Iran Pro League. Bagheri is one of the most famous Iranian footballers in the world and is often referred to as Iranian Eric Cantona. He is known as a two-footed midfielder and is famous for his powerful and thundering long range shots and free kicks.Club career Early years Bagheri began his football playing for his hometown club Tractor Sazi where he impressed enough to land himself a contract with Keshavarz F.C.. On 1 August 1996 Bagheri was signed on free transfer by capital's club, Persepolis F.C., there Bagheri enjoyed much success winning numerous titles and becoming a firm fan favorite. Numerous impressive displays ended up in Bagheri attracting attention from many European clubs and on 1 August 1997 a year after he signed a contract with Persepolis Bagheri signed with German Bundesliga side Arminia Bielefeld along with his fellow Iranian international Ali Daei. Move to Europe Bagheri's first season in Germany was not a huge success and the club was relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga. In his second season, he established himself as a starter playing in the libero position, helping the team make it back to the Bundesliga. He remained in Arminia for one more season, but returned to Persepolis again after problems with the coaching staff at Bielefeld, though Persepolis loaned him to Al-Nasr in the UAE. At that time English clubs were interested in Bagheri and Charlton Athletic of the Premiership quickly signed him for an initial fee of £400,000. He had very little success there, only playing 15 minutes during the entire season. Despite the disappointing season he had the honour of being the first Iranian to play in the Premiership. He then moved to Al Sadd in Qatar. Persepolis return In 2002 he decided to return to Persepolis once again. In September 2006, many thought he had been released from the team after arguments with management and staff over the club's financial commitments and unpaid wages. Bagheri instead was disciplined but remained on the team. Bagheri has since then established himself as one of the greatest icons of Persepolis and many compare his popularity with Ali Parvin. In 2007-2008 season he captained the team to glory in the IPL after a 6 year drought.For the season 2008-09 he was injured for many matches and missed many matches.He also missed matches because of the differences he had with the coach Nelo Vingada at the end of the season. Persepolis Statistics Last Update 18 November 2009

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11. Ali Daei 2490
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13. Javad Zarincheh 1594
14. Ardashir Ghalenoei 1246
15. Karim Bagheri 1145
16. Moharram Navidkia 1050
17. Mojtaba Jabbari 338
18. Siavash Akbarpour 329
19. Ehsan Khorsandi 282

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136. I. M. Vijayan 1056

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