Mahdavikia Joins Hamburger U21 Team as Assistant Coach

Mehdi MahdavikiaMehdi Mahdavikia

Former Team Melli and Hamburger SV player Mehdi Mahdavikia has been appointed assistant coach in Hamburger U21 team.

Asian Young Footballer of the Year in 1997 and Asian Footballer of the Year in 2003, Mahdavikia will assist German coach Steffen Weiss in the German club, reported.

The 40-year-old Iranian who played for Hamburger in Bundesliga from 1999-2007 resumed collaboration with the team in 2015, but this time as coaching staff. He worked as an assistant coach for the Hamburg youth and U16 teams under manager Bastian Reinhardt for three years 2015-2018.

Born in Tehran, Mahdavikia started his professional career  with Bank Melli youth team in 1991 and joined Persepolis in 1995 where he played for four years and won the Iranian Premier League title twice.

After his outstanding performance in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where he scored Iran’s second and winning goal against the US, the right winger was transferred to Hamburger in the Bundesliga, where he played for eight seasons.

With Hamburger, Mahdavikia won the DFB-Ligapokal in 2003 and UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2005, and was chosen as the club Player of the Year in 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons.

While in Germany, Mahdavikia also played for VfL Bochum and Eintracht Frankfurt.

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