Born in Mashad and immigrated to the Netherlands with his family when he was a child. In April 2006 he made his debut in professional football with Heerenveenin in a home match against AZ Alkmaar as a replacement for Fernando Derveld.
During his early years , he showed quite a good promoie with prolific scoring abilities. He was approached by the then Team Melli coach Afshin Ghotbi to play for Iran. His eligibility and nationality documentation were quite complicated. It Calros Queiroz he continued his effort to pursue the matter with Ghoocahnejad. being one of many expatriate Iranians that the Portuguese coach was afetr.
Eventually, Ghoochannejad made his debut in an important match against Korea Republic in the qualification rounds of FIFA World Cup 2014.
He had an impressive debut.
Ghoochannejad who transferred to the Belgian first club Standard Liège at the beginning of 2013, opened his account for Team Melli when he scored a brace against Lebanon in the AFC Asian Cup 2015 qualifiers.
He scored the famous winning goal that took Iran to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil with a clinical finish curling the ball into the net against South Korea.
Ghoochannejad's career at club level has been rather disappointing lately. After failing to win a regular place in Belgium with Standard Liege , he was transferred to a struggling second division English team , Charlton Athletic. Ghoochannejad had limited playing time with Charlton, although a new coach was appointed after sacking of the previous Charlton coach after a string of bad result, Reza remained a reserve player scoring one goal only in the 2013/14 campaign.
On the contrary , Ghoochannejad's international performance is second to none when it comes to scoring. He scored 9 goals in just 12 matches. Envy of any players at such level.
Expected to be one of the key players for Iran in the World Cup 2014.
Ghoochannejad played in all the 3 games in the ...[Read more]
Korea Rep 16.Oct.12