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FIFA to pay tribute to Iranian skipper Ali Daei
Dec 12, 2004, 15:18


World football's governing body, FIFA, plans to pay a tribute to Iranian skipper and best international goalscorer Ali Daei, said the country's federation here Saturday.

Daei was hailed worldwide for bringing his already world's best record to 102 international goals as he hit four in 2006 world cup qualifier against Laos in mid-November.

The 35-year-old wrote history in his 133rd cap by scoring the 100th goal in 7-0 rout of Laos, outnumbering the previous records of two international football legends, Hungary's Ferenc Puskas with 84 goals and Brazil's Pele with 77 goals.
The prolific striker played between 1997 and 2002 for the three German Bundesliga clubs of Arminia Bielefeld, Hertha Berlin, and record champ Bayern Munich.

The international body will honor the veteran striker on December 20 when the world player of the year 2004 is named.

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Pelé, and Puskás scored their goals againts the best opponents.
Ali Daei scores his againts the weekest...
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The 35-year-old wrote history in his 133rd cap by scoring the 100th goal in 7-0 rout of Laos
 

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Of course it should count, but as the circumstances is as they are noone will consider him among the best anyway.
 

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He also has another record by scoring 4 goals in Asia tournament, not sure if that record still stands, anyways him and Khodad Azizi were a good duo for Iran at that time. And now after he broke another record probably he'll decide to leave Iranian team...and let other players take his role.
 

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of course it shouldn't count.

only goals against the very best opposition should matter, they should simply judge strikers by how many goals they have scored against the Mighty English, that sorts the wheat from the chaff, van Basten and Maradona for example scored goals v the English, that means they are great players.
 

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It counts, he put the ball in the back of the net.

I will remember Pele and Puskas as football legends, where I will remember Daei as the best Iran player in my time of watching football.
 

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Should Pele's 1000+ goals count when he never played for a European team? After all, many came for New York Cosmos against those soccerball fellers.

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he scored 1000 goals before moving to Cosmos
 

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Why shouldn't this record count? This is as dumb as saying that Denmark's and Greece's Euro's shouldn't count because they are small footballing nations. If his record is so easy to do in Asia, why didn't anyone else score that many before? Also, when Pele and Puskas played, they were demolishing teams by 5 or more goals all the time too. There was absolutely no parity in the game at that time and there were only 5-10 good footballing nations in the world at that time. Now the top 40 are all good teams.
 

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It should count.

Im sure that Pelé and Puskas scored quite a few goals against crappy teams aswell.
 

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To those that claims (Ali's) accomplishment does not count, your misguided and toatly out of reason.The rules of football are the same around the globe, 11 players each team and the one soccers more wins the game.So, (Ali) has done this time and time again with his national team under the fifa(laws and regulations) .(Ali) is entitle to his ground breaking record and his geographical state shouldn't be a factor in down playing his success.Football is internationl game ,(nations) varies in level of strenght and dominace.Neverthless, it's only fair to acknowledge the stories of success and accomplishments regadless of any given level or country. :) :) :)
 

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It counts. He scored the goals, and so the competition may be not as high as in other areas, but that also says how great a player he is in his region.
 

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It counts, but it makes the record even less interesting than it was before.
 

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Jern Lizardhous said:
of course it shouldn't count.

only goals against the very best opposition should matter, they should simply judge strikers by how many goals they have scored against the Mighty English, that sorts the wheat from the chaff, van Basten and Maradona for example scored goals v the English, that means they are great players.
:D :D :D

Off course it should count. Why even ask?
 
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