Iran: Hassan Habibi (Iran)
Korea DPR : Li Chang Son (Korea DPR)
New Nation, 26 February 1980, Page 16
MAN OF THE MATCH
Parvin is the smallest player in the Iran team, writes SLJRH NAIR.
But this pocket-sized midfield dynamo is 32 years old and happens to be the skipper and most experienced player in Iranâ€™s team.
Despite his age and build â€” 168m tall and 63kg â€” All was, without doubt, the most outstanding player last night. His dazzling footwork, deceptive pace, ball control and quick-thinking gave Iran the edge over
North Korea in midfield, proving that size Is no disadvantage In soccer as he tormented the Korean
defense with his unpredictable skills.
Little wonder Iran coach Hassan Habibi nicknames him â€śpepperâ€ť, adding: â€śA sprinkle of pepper can make your mouth hot. Allâ€™s like that on the field â€” small but extremely dangerous!â€ť
The Persepolis star, alter leading Iran to Asian Cup success three times (1968,1972 and 1976) and to the
1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, may call It a day after the Moscow Games.
â€śWe will go Moscow,â€ť Iranâ€™s most capped player (76 caps) insisted in halting English last night.
â€śThen I may stop playing.â€ť