Seyed Ashkan Dejagah

Seyed Ashkan Dejagah

date of birth : 05/07/1986 | date of death :
Born on 5 July 1986, Tehran, Iran, professional footballer, after starting out at Reinickendorfer Füchse and Tennis Borussia Berlin, Ashkan Dejagah made a move to Hertha BSC in 2000, coming up through every youth level with that club.

Birth, Birthplace, Time of birth:

Seyed Ashkan Dejagah was born on 5 July 1986 in Tehran, Iran.

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Personal Information:

Height: 6'0" (1.83m)

Life events:


Ashkan was born in Tehran, Iran. He wears the Nike Mercurial boot line and has their names embedded onto the external sides of his boots. He has tattoos with Berlin on one arm and Tehran on the other, and the phrase, "Never forget where you're from" on his neck.

Style of playing

He is a versatile footballer who can play either as a striker or as a winger. Dejagah made his professional debut for Hertha BSC against VfL Bochum in the opening match of the 2004–05 Bundesliga season. In 2007 he found himself at VflWolfsburg. In October 2007, Dejagah refused to play an under-21 international match of Germany against Israel national under-21 football team, citing “very personal reasons” and saying “everybody knows I am half Iranian”. Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, and Ronald Pofalla, General Secretary of the Christian Democratic Union (Germany), demanded that Dejagah be excluded from Germany's national team. After a meeting with Theo Zwanziger, the president of the German Football Association, and national technical director Matthias Sammer, Dejagah stated that his reason was that he was concerned because of his Iranian origins about the welfare of his family and relatives if he were to play in Israel; therefore, he was not excluded from Germany's national team. Zwanziger said, "He clearly stated that his request not to be nominated for the game in Israel had no racist or anti-Semitic background. He credibly assured us that, because of his Iranian origins, he had only been concerned with the well-being of his family and relatives."Zwanziger added that Dejagah was now prepared to play in the home tie against Israel if selected. Dejagah played twice against Fulham during the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League campaign, coming on as substitute in both legs of the Quarter-Final tie. In 2009, Dejagah won the 2009 UEFA Euro U-21s with Germany and scored a goal in the group stages against Finland. On 31 August 2012, Dejagah joined Fulham on a three-year deal with an additional year's option, reportedly for €2.5 million, reuniting with his former Wolfsburg teammate Sascha Riether. He became only the third Iranian, after Andranik Teymourian and Karim Bagheri, to play in the Premier League.He frequently attends charity events, notably for the Shooting Star Children's Hospice. In May 2014, Dejagah donated his DNA profile for scientific research on sports-related injuries and training.

Occupations and Career:

Seyed Ashkan Dejagah is a professional footballer who plays usually as an attacking midfielder or a right winger. Ashkan made his career at On 7 August 2004, being only 18-years old, he made his Bundesliga debut for Hertha BSC. He played the last five minutes in a 2–2 home draw in his only first team appearance that year, thus becoming the youngest player to ever play for the club since it was founded in 1892. He played three years in Hertha. After scoring 21 goals in 56 appearances for Hertha BSC II, Dejagah established himself as a top-flight footballer and joined the starting eleven for the next two seasons. Overall, he played 26 official matches for the club scoring, however, only one goal. And that was where he had to pay the price: he was forced to move to another club.In 2007, Dejagah joined VfL Wolfsburg. In his first season at Wolfsburg, he showed himself as a talent by scoring eight goals and in his second season, he was a regular part of the Bundesliga winning team. Playing to his full capacity, Dejagahsoon became a Bundesliga winner. Despite hepatitis, he was a top scorer of Wolfsburg contriving to play more than 20 games in a season. Overall, he scored 18 goals in 131 appearances for the German club. Ashkan signed for the club Fulhamon transfer deadline day in August 2012 for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of just over £2 million. Upon joining, it took him nearly two months to gain match fitness following a slight injury, but eventually made his debut coming off the bench in a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa at Craven Cottage. His pace and dribbling abilities were on show at times, and he began to win the Fulham fans over after some initial criticism regarding his fitness. In 2013 -2014 season, on 22 February, he scored at West Bromwich Albion in his manager's first game again, this time being Felix Magath, his former coach at Wolfsburg. On 15 March, Dejagah scored the winner against Newcastle United, eight minutes after coming on as a substitute, for his fourth Fulham goal. He was named the man of the match after scoring a goal against Hull City on 26 April. Dejagah was voted by fans as Fulham's player of the year at the end of the season.[18]On the national level a talented footballer had plenty of games for the German youth national teams which eventually led him to playing for Iran national team. Having played for Germany at the age of 21, Ashkan Dejagah was originally no longer eligible to play for Iran, however, FIFA rule changes in July 2009 mean that Ashkan Dejagah can now play for Iran. In late December, Iran's coach Afshin Ghotbi approached Dejagah in regards to playing for Iran at the upcoming 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar, but Ashkan Dejagah playing for Iran is on hold as Ashkan Dejagah wanted to pursue first team with Ashkan Dejagah club Wolfsburg instead. On 21 September 2011, he was invited to the Iranian national team by Carlos Queiroz. He scored twice on his debut for Iran against Qatar on 29 February 2012 in a World Cup qualifier.Upon qualification to the 2014 World Cup, his next international goals came on 15 and 19 November in Asian Cup qualifying wins over Thailand and Lebanon, sealing Iran's place in the 2015 Asian Cup as well. Dejagah was named in Iran's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad by Carlos Queiroz.He started for Iran on their opening match against Nigeria, but was substituted in the 73rd minute with Alireza Jahanbakhsh. He also played 85 and 68 minutes in the next matches, which he missed two chances in the second game against Argentina.

Awards /Honors:


VfL Wolfsburg

  • Bundesliga: 2008–09


Germany under-21

  • UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship: 2009