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    A blast from the past...The Helicopter



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    I was reminiscing about early 2000s when Iran was hopeful for AC'04 and WC'06.

    In the early 2000s, in preparation, there was one guy missing; Vahid Hashemian (VH)

    For personal reasons, VH and TM had drifted. All while, he put 34 goals for Bochum in Germany. Afterwards, onto Bayern (only 9 caps) and later Hannover96 (almost 80 caps).

    A little blast from the past in this [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].



    The controversy ended eventually as we all remember it. He came back - rising 'helicopter' header in WCQ defeating Japan was a one I personally remember. Those were the times where Iran was putting 5+ past the Persian Gulf nations and likes of Bosnia (who have now become the Eastern European giant of a team with Dzeko and others).

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    He never put in 34 goals in one season, his max was 16

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    That's correct, 34 goals, I'm not sure if any other Iranian has been able to do the same in Europe.

    Or intern with Pep for that matter.


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    He had an amazing season scoring 18 for Bochum and then Bayern Munich signed him.

    I actually think Bayern kinda stifled the momentum for him more so than Daei (whose 7 goals in 26 games at Bielefeld was pretty respectable and went on from Bayern to his fantastic CL performance at Hertha) and Karimi (who finally woke up after wasting away in Dubai, but unfortunately was only ever destined to return to the Persian Gulf...)

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    I love Vahid but tbh in highest level he had only one good or better to say amazing season which he finished as 4th best scorer in league, his other seasons were quite dissapointing. But that amazing season helped him to get Bayern contract and later on Hanover's one.
    He wasn't good enough for Bayern lets be honest.

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    I remember the fiasco Ivankovic went through to get Hashemian rejoin the national team in 2005. We had plenty of discussions about the issue here on PFDC around that time. Vahid's presence in the Asian Cup 2004 would have been really helpful... His best ever moment for the Iran national team was the brace scored in an encounter with Japan, for an eventual 2-1 win. A truly capable striker for Bochum but a mixed record with Iran NT.

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    he had this pompous sorta personality which i despised in him, and could never warm up to him as a TM player..!
    he was nonetheless, one of the very few above-avg. target strikers in recent history of TM..!
    in his career peak, he prioritized his club career well ahead of the national team cause, hence his somewhat impressive EU scoring stats..! he was your typical Big Fish in the Small Pond sorta player who simply couldnt cut it as regular @ ByernM..!

    after his playing career, he went about building his coaching resume in a very professional and methodical way and academically excelled in the process but he is yet to attain a respectable enough of a coaching gig regardless.... at least as of yet..!! wonder why..??? humm..... could it be his (for lack of better word) "Onogh" personality..??
    which oddly most of you lot in here always took as a clear sign of Professionalism..??

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    Quote Originally Posted by BacheLot View Post
    he had this pompous sorta personality which i despised in him, and could never warm up to him as a TM player..!
    ?
    Bro I always thought he had a reputation of being really humble and softly spoken? That's the impression I got anyway. Why did you perceive him to be pompous?

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    Hashemian saved Branko's job in 2004 also. We were about to be eliminated by Qatar in the third round of AFC qualifyinh until he scored a last minute goal.

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    I was expecting him to be coaching by now, at least a 2nd/3rd Bundesliga team with the idea of progressing to better teams. Kinda disappointed with the speed he's been progressing.

    Our ex-players have either been taking the Irooni fast route of coaching without badges and education or doing the education and badges but taking their sweet time!

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