Karim Bagheri is one of the true legends of Iranian football.
Bagheri began his football career in his hometown club Teraktor Sazi Tabriz F.C. where he was discovered by Teahrani scouts which lead him eventually to sign for Keshavarz club , one of the more affluent clubs of that era. On 1 August 1996 Bagheri was signed on a free transfer by Persepolis. It was there that Bagheri enjoyed much success winning numerous titles and becoming a firm fan favorite.
He became a household name as part of the 1996 Team Melli squad that impressed in Asian Cup.
His impressive displays ended up in Bagheri attracting attention from many European clubs and on 1 August 1997 a year after he signed a contract with Persepolis Bagheri signed with German Bundesliga side Arminia Bielefeld along with his fellow Iranian international Ali Daei.
Karim Bagheri had an amazing run with Team Melli and freely scoring against the opponents. In the match against Maldive , he managed to score 7 goals out of the 17 to post a world record for a World Cup game.
After a hard campaign he was again one of the stars that lead Team Melli to the World Cup 1998 when he scored the first goal in the famous "Battle of Melbourne" against Australia , when the host was comfortably leading 2-0.
He went on to play for Team Melli in World Cup 1998 and was part of the team that beat USA in Lyon to register the first and only win of Iran in the World Cup.
At club level , Bagheri's first season in Germany was not a huge success and the club was relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga. In his second season, he established himself as a starter playing in the libero position, helping the team make it back to the Bundesliga.
One of the disappointments of Bagheri was the failure to reach the finals of World Cup 2002 , where Iran was narrowly defeated by the Republic of Ireland in the play-off. After that , Bagheri decided to retire from Team Melli , allowing younger talented play...[Read more]