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    (Wikipedia) - Javad Nekounam Javad Nekounam Personal information Full name Date of birth Place of birth Height Playing position Club information Current club Number Youth career Senior career* Years 1998–2005 2005–2006 2006 2006–2012 2012–2014 2014 2014– National team‡ 1998–2000 1999–2002 2000– Honours
    Nekounam with Iran in 2014
    Javad Nekounam
    (1980-09-07) 7 September 1980 (age 34)
    Rey, Iran
    1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
    Midfielder
    Osasuna
    6
    Naft Tehran
    Pas
    Team Apps† (Gls)†
    Pas 179 (45)
    Al-Wahda 11 (3)
    Al-Sharjah 11 (5)
    Osasuna 173 (26)
    Esteghlal 47 (8)
    Al-Kuwait 11 (7)
    Osasuna 5 (1)
    Iran U–20
    Iran U–23 10 (2)
    Iran 143 (37)
    Competitor for  Iran Asian Games
    Gold 2002 Busan Team Competition
    * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:16, 27 September 2014 (UTC).

    † Appearances (Goals).

    ‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:01, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

    Javad Nekounam (Persian: جواد نکونام‎; born 7 September 1980) is an Iranian professional footballer who plays for Osasuna, and is the current captain of Iran. Usually a central midfielder, he is known for his passing ability, defensive acumen and powerful long-range shots.

    He spent most of his professional career with Pas and Spain''s Osasuna, appearing in 174 official games and scoring 26 goals for the latter.

    Nicknamed Neku, Nekounam represented the Iranian national team over 140 times, playing several major tournaments including two World Cups and three Asian Cups. As he shines for Esteghlal, he was among the Asian Dream Team 2013 and he was also runner-up for the Asian Footballer of the Year in 2013, finishing two votes behind winner Zheng Zhi.

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    Club career Early years

    Nekounam was born in Rey. Having played for Pas Tehran F.C. for several years, appearing in the AFC Champions League with the club, he signed a five-month contract with Al-Wahda S.C.C. in the United Arab Emirates for US$1 million, in 2005.

    In January 2006 Nekounam joined another club in the country, Al Sharjah SC, although some European clubs such as 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Tottenham Hotspur had shown interest in him.

    Osasuna 2006-07

    After his performance at the 2006 World Cup many clubs in Europe were in the running to sign Nekounam, mainly Hertha BSC of the Bundesliga and Ligue 1''s Olympique Lyonnais, but he eventually joined La Liga side CA Osasuna on a two-year contract, with an option to a third year and a €5 million minimum release-fee clause on his contract. He thus became the first Iranian player to be signed by a Spanish club and, after a particularly successful first season, began to attract interest from other European clubs noticeably Scotland''s Rangers, who had a £1 million pound offer rejected.

    Nekounam made his club debut on 9 September 2006 in a match against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Osasuna lost the match 3-0.

    Nekounam scored his first goal with Osasuna on 17 December 2006 in a match against Villarreal, he scored in the 42nd minute to put the score to 2-0 for Osasuna. Nekounam scored again on 27 May 2007 against Real Sociedad

    2007-08

    On 14 August Nekounam suffered an anterior cruciate ligament rupture in his right knee and, after undergoing a successful surgery in Augsburg, Germany, missed four months of action. His number 24 was given to new signing Jaroslav Plašil, as he recovered from his injury.

    On 24 November 2007, Osasuna showed faith in Nekounam signing a three-year contract extension on his existing contract that was set to end on 30 June of the following year, with a €5 million buy-out clause for the first two seasons and €2.5M for the last. In February of the following year he made his first training appearance since the injury – incidentally, a week later, Xavier Margairaz suffered a similar injury, missing an estimate period that could amount to one year, on 27 April he made his long-awaited return against Valencia CF, replacing Francisco Puñal in the 70th minute of a 0–3 away loss.

    2008-09

    On 31 August 2008 Nekounam scored Osasuna''s first goal of the season, from the penalty spot in a 1–1 home draw against Villarreal CF. In November/December he also netted, but the Navarrese failed to win at Málaga CF (2–4) and with Real Valladolid (3–3), also scoring the opener against Real Madrid, in a 1–3 away loss on 18 January 2009.

    On 22 March 2009 Nekounam netted a last-minute goal against RCD Espanyol for a 1–0 home win, and finished the season as Osasuna''s second goalscorer behind Walter Pandiani, scoring nine times in the league (a career-best in Spain). In the 2009 summer the team received offers from both Espanyol and Villarreal, with the latter in particular being ready to pay the buy-out clause in Nekounam''s contract; however, the player repeatedly insisted to be "happy at the club", waiting until he "hears some better deals".

    2010-11

    Nekounam was again a regular starter for Osasuna in the 2010–11 campaign, but also spent one month at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup with his national team. On 20 February 2011, in the second game upon his return from Qatar, he scored his first brace for Osasuna in a 4–0 home win against Espanyol. He scored again on 13 March 2011 in a 3-1 victory against Racing Santander Nekounam eventually finished the campaign with six goals in 26 appearances, and again helped his team avoid relegation.

    2011-12

    On 21 May 2011 Nekounam renewed his contract with Osasuna for another two seasons, with the option of an annual renewal of his link. In July of the following year, amidst interest from Iranian powerhouse Esteghlal F.C. and unnamed Turkish and Qatari clubs, it was reported that he would only remain with the Rojillos if he accepted a salary reduction – he was the highest-paid player. Nekounam refused the pay cut and instead signed with Iranian club Esteghlal.

    EsteghlalNekounam playing for Esteghlal in a Champions League match against Al-Ain

    On 21 July 2012, aged almost 32, Nekounam returned to his country and signed a two-year contract with Esteghlal, for a record fee of $9,500,000 USD, which made him the most expensive player in the Iran Pro League history. He scored his first goal for his new club in a 2–3 loss against Foolad, through a penalty.

    On 5 May 2013, against the same opponent, he again scored from the penalty spot, helping his team secure its 28th league title and winning his second domestic championship in Iran.

    Al-Kuwait

    On 14 January 2014, Nekounam agreed to a four-month deal with Kuwait SC. He scored his first goal for the club on 2 February, netting the only in an AFC Champions League qualifier against Al Shorta SC.

    Nekounam scored three goals in the 2014 edition of the AFC Cup, and also won the season''s Kuwait Emir Cup. Nekounam score 14 goals in 24 games for Kuwait SC before leaving the club.

    Return to Osasuna

    On 4 August 2014, Nekounam returned to Osasuna by signing a two-year contract. He scored in his first game upon his return against Deportivo Alavés on 6 September.

    International career

    Nekounam received his first call-up to Iran in May 2000. He became a starter for the national side during the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and, already a key midfield element, played in two of the national team''s matches during the 2006 World Cup in Germany, being suspended for the final group game against Angola after his second yellow card against Portugal.

    Additionally, Nekounam helped Iran win the 2002 Asian Games and the 2004 West Asian Football Federation Championship, and also represented the country in the 2004, 2007 and 2011 Asian Cups. He was Team Melli''s leading goalscorer in its successful 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign and, on 1 June 2014, he was called up as captain by Carlos Queiroz for the finals in Brazil. He captained Iran in their three matches, where they were eliminated in the group stages.

    International goals International goals # Date City Opponent Final Score Result Competition
    37 19 November 2013 Beirut, Lebanon  Lebanon 4–1 Win 2015 Asian Cup qualification
    36 11 June 2013 Tehran, Iran  Lebanon 4–0 Win 2014 World Cup qualification
    35 11 June 2013 Tehran, Iran  Lebanon 4–0 Win 2014 World Cup qualification
    34 6 February 2013 Tehran, Iran  Lebanon 5–0 Win 2015 Asian Cup qualification
    33 6 February 2013 Tehran, Iran  Lebanon 5–0 Win 2015 Asian Cup qualification
    32 6 February 2013 Tehran, Iran  Lebanon 5–0 Win 2015 Asian Cup qualification
    31 16 October 2012 Tehran, Iran  South Korea 1–0 Win 2014 World Cup qualification
    30 15 November 2011 Jakarta, Indonesia  Indonesia 4–1 Win 2014 World Cup qualification
    29 5 October 2011 Tehran, Iran  Palestine 7–0 Win Friendly
    28 2 September 2011 Tehran, Iran  Indonesia 3–0 Win 2014 World Cup qualification
    27 2 September 2011 Tehran, Iran  Indonesia 3–0 Win 2014 World Cup qualification
    26 2 January 2011 Al Rayyan, Qatar  Angola 1–0 Win Friendly
    25 3 March 2010 Tehran, Iran  Thailand 1–0 Win 2011 Asian Cup qualification
    24 14 November 2009 Tehran, Iran  Jordan 1–0 Win 2011 Asian Cup qualification
    23 11 February 2009 Tehran, Iran  South Korea 1–1 Draw 2010 World Cup qualification
    22 15 October 2008 Tehran, Iran  North Korea 2–1 Win 2010 World Cup qualification
    21 6 September 2008 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Saudi Arabia 1–1 Draw 2010 World Cup qualification
    20 22 July 2008 Tehran, Iran  Kuwait 2–0 Win 2010 World Cup qualification
    19 25 May 2008 Tehran, Iran  Zambia 3–2 Win Friendly
    18 18 July 2007 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Malaysia 2–0 Win 2007 Asian Cup
    17 15 July 2007 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  China PR 2–2 Draw 2007 Asian Cup
    16 2 July 2007 Tehran, Iran  Jamaica 8–1 Win Friendly
    15 2 July 2007 Tehran, Iran  Jamaica 8–1 Win Friendly
    14 6 September 2006 Tehran, Iran  Syria 1–1 Draw 2007 Asian Cup qualification
    13 16 August 2006 Damascus, Syria  Syria 2–0 Win 2007 Asian Cup qualification
    12 24 August 2005 Tehran, Iran  Libya 4–0 Win Friendly
    11 24 August 2005 Tehran, Iran  Libya 4–0 Win Friendly
    10 29 May 2005 Tehran, Iran  Azerbaijan 2–1 Win Friendly
    9 30 March 2005 Pyongyang, North Korea  North Korea 2–0 Win 2006 World Cup qualification
    8 17 November 2004 Tehran, Iran  Laos 7–0 Win 2006 World Cup qualification
    7 17 November 2004 Tehran, Iran  Laos 7–0 Win 2006 World Cup qualification
    6 6 August 2004 Beijing, China  Bahrain 4–2 Win 2004 Asian Cup
    5 20 July 2004 Chongqing, China  Thailand 3–0 Win 2004 Asian Cup
    4 25 June 2004 Tehran, Iran  Syria 4–1 Win 2004 WAFF
    3 23 June 2004 Tehran, Iran  Iraq 2–1 Win 2004 WAFF
    2 17 June 2004 Tehran, Iran  Lebanon 4–0 Win 2004 WAFF
    1 1 February 2003 Hong Kong, Hong Kong  Denmark 1–0 Win 2003 Carlsberg Cup
    Honours ClubPasEsteghlalAl-Kuwait Country Individual Statistics ClubAs of 27 September 2014 Club performance League Cup Continental Total Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total United ArabEmirates League President''s Cup Asia Total Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total Kuwait League Emir Cup Asia Total Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total Total Iran 217 5318 7 United Arab Emirates 22 8 3 3 – – 25 11 Spain 154 25 15 1 12 1 181 27 Kuwait 7 1 2 0 7 5 16 6 Career total 400 8633 11
    1998–99 Pas Azadegan League 23 2
    1999–00 24 5
    2000–01 21 5
    2001–02 Iran Pro League 25 4
    2002–03 25 7
    2003–04 25 10
    2004–05 25 9 8 4
    2005–06 12 3 0 0 12 3
    2005–06 Al-Wahda UAE League 11 3 0 0 11 3
    Al-Sharjah 11 5 3 3 14 8
    2006–07 Osasuna La Liga 24 2 3 0 11 1 38 3
    2007–08 2 0 0 0 2 0
    2008–09 35 8 2 0 37 8
    2009–10 31 3 2 0 33 3
    2010–11 26 6 2 0 28 6
    2011–12 31 5 5 1 36 6
    2012–13 Esteghlal Iran Pro League 27 5 4 1 8 3 39 9
    2013–14 17 3 1 0 3 0 22 3
    2013–14 Al-Kuwait Kuwaiti Premier League 11 7 2 0 10 7 24 14
    2014–15 Osasuna Segunda Division 5 1 1 0 6 1
    InternationalAs of 25 June 2014Nekounam before a friendly-match vs. Montenegro in 2014

    Iran Year Apps Goals Total 143 37
    2000 7 0
    2001 11 0
    2002 9 0
    2003 11 1
    2004 18 7
    2005 11 4
    2006 11 2
    2007 8 4
    2008 8 4
    2009 8 2
    2010 6 1
    2011 10 5
    2012 9 1
    2013 8 6
    2014 8 0

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