Christian football (soccer) players of Iran

Iran has had a history of integrating members of it´s Christian minority in the national football team. Just to focus on the better known names this small selection should be put forward:

Andranik Eskandarian (Armenian: Անդրանիկ Իսքանտարեան, Persian: آندرانیک اسکندریان‎; born 31 December 1951) is an Iranian-American footballer.”

“Eskandarian was a member of the Iranian team winning the Asia Cup 1976 in Tehran and reaching the quarterfinals of the Olympic Tournament in Montreal in 1976. He also played for Iran in the 1978 World Cup.” Eskandarian

Edmond Bezik (Persian: ادموند بزيك‎, born 12 August 1975 in Tehran, Iran) is a retired Armenian-Iranian footballer and coach. He played for Persepolis, Sepahan and Ararat Tehran and was a member of Iran national football team.”

“Having scored 22 goals for Ararat, 32 goals for Persepolis and 30 goals for Sepahan, he scored a total number of 84 goals during his time in Iran’s top division football league,[3] becoming the top division’s all-time top goalscorer.”

Andranik Timotian-Samarani (Persian: آندرانيک تيموريان‎, Armenian: Անդրանիկ Թէյմուրեան, more commonly known as Andranik “Ando” Teymourian, born 6 March 1983) is an Iranian-Armenian footballer…”

“Teymourian played his first match for Iran in 2005, and has featured in their squads for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the 2007 and 2011 Asian Cups. He has played a total of 74 internationals, scoring 8 times.” Teymourian


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