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Ashkan Dejagah | Midfielder

Team: Fulham
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/5/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 174

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Iran Starting XI vs Bosnia: Haghighi, Haji Safi, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Nekounam, Shojaei, Timotian, Montarezi, Ghoochannejad, Dejagah, Pooladi.
Ashkan Dejagah leads Iran as they try to qualify for the next round. They need to win this game and get help from Argentian as they also need Nigeria to lose. Jun 25 - 11:18 AM
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Iran nearly pulled off the bigger upsets in this World Cup, if not the biggest, as they were level with powerhouse Argentina into 2nd half stoppage time, only to be burned by Lionel Messi in a 1-0 loss.

Like seemingly every major underdog thus far in this tournament, Iran found a way to turn a one-sided affair on paper into a knock down drag out war. Much like they did against Nigeria, they put the focus on defending and nearly earned themselves their second straight clean sheet and draw. Make no mistake though, this team is not out just park the bus. When they were on the ball, they managed to create some legitimate chances to score, including a header by Dejagah that the Argentine keeper just barely managed to touch over the bar. Iran are still in the hunt to join Argentina in escaping their group but it will take a win over Bosnia and Herzegovina for it to be possible.
Jun 21 - 2:09 PM

Iran XI: Haghighi, Haji Safi, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Nekounam, Shojaei, Timotian, Montarezi, Reza, Dejagah, Pooladi

One change made from the side that faced Nigeria earlier in the week but Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah keeps his place as Iran faces a much tougher opponent this time around. As we have seen so far this tournament though, expect the unexpected.
Jun 21 - 11:13 AM

The tournament's first draw was also the first to not feature a goal as Iran play Nigeria to a 0-0 final.

Iran were much more focused than their opponent and had a couple of chances to win outright but Ashkan Dejagah and company couldn't find the net. The point gives them a bit of confidence and a lifeline on escaping the group if they can get a positive result against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Jun 16 - 5:07 PM

Iran XI: Haghighi, Heydari, Haji Safi, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Nekounam (c), Timotian, Montazeri, Ghoochannejad, Dejagah, Pooladi

Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah, who scored a couple of clutch goals during the Cottagers attempt to avoid relegation, is starting as expected for Iran
Jun 16 - 1:54 PM

When Fulham went up 2-0 over Hull at Craven Cottage they needed all three points in their quest to avoid relegation but Hull scored two in response and the match ended 2-2.

Things were looking bright for Felix McGath's men when they went up 2-0 behind quick-fire goals from Ashkan Dejagah and Fernando Amorebieta in the 55th and 58th minutes respectively. With all three substitutions used and Mahamadou Diarra struggling physically the Cottagers couldn't prevent Hull City from coming back behind late goals from Nikica Jelavic (75) and Shane Long (87). The point will help Fulham a little bit but with only two matches remaining they really needed the win that slipped out of their hands late.
Apr 26 - 12:04 PM

Ashkan Dejagah scored a fantastic goal that got Fulham back into the match with Everton, but the Toffees would show their quality as the game wound down, and the Cottagers put another nail in the relegation coffin with a 1-3 loss.

With little to be happy about as a Fulham supporter, Dejagah has begun to show some promise in recent weeks, scoring his third goal in six matches, which include a couple of short substitute appearances and a non-appearance against Manchester City. A pass from Steve Sidwell gave Dejagah a chance to storm toward the near post and threaded the needle with a cannon blast that Tim Howard could do nothing about. They have a long way to go to avoid relegation now, five points below 17th place West Brom, who have a game in hand and 30 goals to the good in goal difference.
Mar 30 - 10:43 AM

For the first time since New Year's Day, Fulham football club earned three points in a Premier League match, thanks to Ashkan Dejagah who scored the only goal of the game as the Cottagers defeat Newcastle United.

It looked to be the same old story for Fulham, as Felix Magath decided to roll the dice and field a very different side, where normally nailed on veterans like Maarten Stekelenburg and Sascha Riether were dropped, and inexperienced youngsters like Cauley Woodrow were handed a start. The move paid off. Woodrow showed composure leading the line and backup keeper David Stockdale made some crucial saves to preserve the clean sheet. The points would come off of Dejagah's strike though, as he sent a low shot to Tim Krul's left. Krul looked as if he should have stopped it but it snuck by. There is still plenty of work to be done in a short time to avoid relegation, but Fulham needed to win, and they did.

Ashkan Dejagah was subbed off early in the second half of Fulham's loss to Cardiff City due to a minor knock.

Dejagah was especially unimpressive in his time on the pitch so the minor injury may have only been the excuse needed for Felix Magath to turn to his bench so early in the second half. Giorgos Karagounis came on in relief and may get a start for this weekend, but his advanced age only allows him sixty minute shifts more often than not, and is not a recommended fantasy option.
Mar 11 - 12:23 PM

Ashkan Dejagah's driven opener gave Fulham the lead against Tottenham but they could not hold on and conceded two late goals to lose and remain in the relegation zone.

A heartbreaking defeat for Fulham, but there were some encouraging signs for new manager Rene Meulensteen, who made seven changes to the previous starting line-up. Fulham took the game to Spurs and can count themselves unlucky to lose, as Hugo Lloris made a number of fine saves including a stunning stop from Bryan Ruiz in the dying minutes. Fulham now sit three points from safety but can turn this around if they can show similar fight against the sides around them.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 06:22:00 PM