Former Esteghlal and Team Melli defender Beikzadeh retires

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Tasnim – TEHRAN, Former Iran and Esteghlal left-back Hashem Beikzadeh announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 35 on Thursday.

Beikzadeh is a product of Fajr Sepasi youth academy.

He moved to Esteghlal in 2008 and won the league in his first season. Beikzadeh has also played at Sepahan, Saba, Zob Ahan and Tractor.

Beikzadeh made his debut for Iran national football team in August 2006 in a friendly match against the UAE.

He was again called up to Team Melli for the West Asian Football Federation Championship 2007 held in Amman, Jordan. He scored his first goal for Iran on June 24, 2007 in a 2–1 final match win versus Iraq.

He was called up to the national team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Carlos Queiroz but remained an unused substitute in the tournament, losing his spot to Mehrdad Pooladi because of injury.

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