TEHRAN (Dispatches) – With eight days left until the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the-afc.com has lauded Iran’s forward line.
Iran will begin the campaign with a match against fourth-placed Hong Kong at the Al Muharraq Stadium at 5:30pm (local time) on June 3.
Mehdi Taremi was already one of the biggest stars of Iranian football before this season, but his performances for Porto in both the Portuguese league and in the UEFA Champions League have taken his fame to another level, the-afc.com wrote.
Quick and agile, the former Persepolis forward can play through the center or come in off the flanks in support of fellow hotshot Sardar Azmoun in an Iranian forward line as potent as any in the country’s remarkable history.
Sardar Azmoun Voted RPL Player of Year
Sardar Azmoun was also voted as the best player in Russia by his peers in a vote organized by Sport Express.
A total of 11 players from each of the 16 Russian Premier League clubs got to vote for the three best footballers of the season, giving their first choice three points, second two points and third one point.
Azmoun played a significant role in the 2020/21 season, helping Zenit to win the title for the third year in a row.
The top 10 players in the poll were:
1. Sardar Azmoun (Zenit, 222 points)
2. Artem Dzyuba (Zenit, 121)
3. Nikola Vlasic (CSKA, 93)
4. Christian Noboa (Sochi, 76)
5. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Rubin, 70)
6. Jordan Larsson (Spartak, 65)
7. Grzegorz Krychowiak (Lokomotiv, 62)
8. Djordje Despotovic (Rubin, 22)
9. Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv, 21)
10. Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Zenit, 19)