From left: Abedzadeh, Azizi, Bagheri, Daie
Sportsmen of the Year
March 25, 1998
National soccer team strikers Khodadad Azizi and Ali Daie, team captain and goalkeeper Ahmaderza Abedzadeh, and midfielder Karim Bagheri respectively received the most votes among sportsmen as the Iranian of the Year, 1997. See voters' comments below. Also see comments on the team which received more votes than any individual, other than President Khatami.
Comments on Azizi
* Azizi: He is the best soccer player.
* Azizi: He is the best!!!
* Azizi is the Iranian of the Year because... self-explanatory!
Making us look good
* Daie: He is the best football player of the year in Iran and Europe. He makes our country look good in the international community.
Made us proud
* Abedzadeh: He made all Iranians around the world proud. Never have I seen the Iranian community come together so powerfully as they did during the soccer games.
Monica Mahsa Moussighi
* Bagheri: He scored 17 goals in 1997 for the Iranian national team, making him the second leading scorer of that year. (Only Brazilian sensation Ronaldo scored more than Bagheri did).
the record -- A report on the Iran-Australia match. By Hamid Taghavi
* Video of people's celebration in Tehran after the Iran-Autralia match (Real Audio). From the Iran World Cup 98 site
* Merci Hamshahri -- Mahdiyeh Javid describes her brief meeting with football sensation, Khodadad Azizi (Persian)
* We were here -- As we sat in a cafe in Berkeley, listening to The Match on the radio, we rose from the depths of despair to the heights of ecstasy. By J. Javid