Player Profile: Hamid Estili [Video]

The player in our spotlight is Hamid Estili, former midfielder for Team Melli.

Estili played for Iran from 1992 to 2000 and will always be remembered for his memorable goal against USA in the 1998 World Cup in France.

The Americans were the better side to start the match, but were unable to score. The Iranians took advantage on a counterattack late in the first half.

A cross from Javad Zarincheh was powerfully headed into the net by Hamid Estili as the Iranian fans erupted at the Stade Gerland in Lyon.

It was a moment that got Team Melli fans jumping for joy all over the world and Estili’s emotional celebration will never be forgotten by Iranian football fans.

Iran went on to defeat USA 2-1 to earn its first ever World Cup victory on 21 June 1998.

 

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