PressFrom - He recently had to fear for his title as the most accurate national player in history - Cristiano Ronaldo is on his heels. However, the Iranian Ali Daei may return to the international football stage in a new role.
Former Iranian national player and Bundesliga pro Ali Daei is apparently about to return to international football. According to information from kicker, a club from England is interested in working with the 51-year-old current coach. Rumor has it that it is Everton FC. So far it remains unclear in which role Daei could work for the current bottom of the Premier League table.
The World Cup participant from 1998 and 2006 moved to Arminia Bielefeld a good 23 years ago together with his compatriot Karim Bagheri. The striker scored 19 goals in 107 Bundesliga games from 1997 to 2002 for East Westphalia and then for FC Bayern and Hertha BSC. In the Iranian national team, the metallurgy engineer, who was born in Ardabil in northwestern Iran, achieved an unprecedented record: With 109 goals in 149 international matches, the multiple "world scorer" is still at the top of the ranking of all national players. The Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo is currently hot on his heels as the first European to surpass the 100-goal mark in international matches in November. The Juventus star currently has 102 goals.
Hapless national coach
After ending his active career in 2007, Daei took up coaching positions in various clubs in his home country. An engagement as coach of the national team of Iran in 2008/09 was rather unsuccessful. Most recently, he stood on the command bridge for Saipa FC Tehran, whose jersey he also wore as an active player. Now the ex-star is apparently drawn back to the big stage. The ambition that distinguished him as an active player is unbroken, it is said from his environment.