Javad Nekounam: Iran’s Talisman. Team Melli Captain. World Cup Veteran.
This is his second World Cup appearance (first time in 2006 where he played alongside Ali Daei and Ali Karimi).
Sidenote: his nose is so worthy of #ManlyNoseMonday.
Most notable achievement: where do we begin?
He has represented Team Melli 140 times.
Prior to his second World Cup, Nekounam played for CA Osasuna in the Spanish first division – in nearly 174 games and scoring 26 goals.
According to his former Real Madrid manager, “He is the kind of player every team needs as he contributes in so many different ways. The bigger the occasion, the better he plays.”
He scored the goal against South Korea that sealed Iran’s fate to move on to the World Cup 2014.
Known for his passing ability, defensive acumen and powerful long-range shots.
According to Iran’s general team manager, all the ladies in Asia find Neku cute.
Sorry ladies, he’s married to Iranian model Nasrin Moghadam and welcomed a baby boy two years ago (future soccer player??)