AFC – KUALA LUMPUR, We are three months away from January’s AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, and the-AFC.com continues its series of articles to determine your all-time best AFC Asian Cup side.
In the past few weeks you have been voting for the best forwards and midfielders, and now it’s time to turn our attention to defenders.
Mehdi Mahdavikia – IR Iran
Third Place – 1996 and 2004 AFC Asian Cup
Capable of playing at the right side of defence or midfield, Mehdi Mahdavikia was one of the finest talents to come out the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Mahdavikia was vital for Iran in the last two times they reached the semi-finals of the AFC Asian Cup in 1996 and in 2004, earning a place in the 2004 Team of the Tournament.
The 2003 AFC Player of the Year spent the majority of his career playing in the German Bundesliga, and is Team Melli’s fourth most capped player with 110 appearances, including two involvements in the FIFA World Cup.