Reza Ghoochannejhad to stay in Cypriot club Apoel

Reza Ghoochannejhad Apoel

PLDC - Iran international forward Reza Ghochannejhad is going to remain in Cypriot club Apoel, omada.reporter.com.cy reported.

Nicknamed ‘Gucci’ joined Sydney FC Apoel on loan for six months on 31 January and became the first Iranian international in the A-League. Now, he has returned to Cyprus and is going to stay in Apoel.

Iranian football teams Persepolis, Tractor Sazi and Esteghlal had reportedly shown interest in signing the player.

Ghoochannejhad, who scored Iran’s only goal at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, has had a successful career in Holland, England and Belgium.

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Born in Iran, the 31-year old emigrated to Holland at an early age, representing the Dutch under 16, 17, 18 and 19 teams before being offered the chance to represent the country of his birth by former Real Madrid Head Coach Carlos Queiroz.

The forward played 44 times for his country scoring 17 goals and twice being selected in Iran’s World Cup squads, before retiring from international football after last year’s tournament in Russia.

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