Legendary Iranian Goalkeeper Nasser Hejazi Laid to Rest in Tehran on Wednesday
Bleacher Report / Denis Fitzgerald
25-May-2011 (one comment)

More than 20,000 people turned out in Tehran today for the funeral of legendary goalkeeper Nasser Hejazi. He passed away Monday, aged 62, after battling lung cancer.

Known as the "Eagle of Asia" for his soaring ability between the nets, Hejazi played in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina and, but for the upheaval during the 1979 Iranian Revolution, could have played for Manchester United.

After the World Cup, then-Manchester United manager Dave Sexton offered him a trial at the club and he even played in a reserve team match against Stoke City. United were reportedly on the verge of signing him but due to the tumultuous situation back home, the Iranian Football Federation were unable to grant Hejazi permission in time to sign a contract with United and the club signed Gary Bailey instead.

Recently, current Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson sent him a get well note:

“I was sorry to hear that you have not been feeling too well. I just thought I would drop you a line on behalf of the players and staff, as I wanted you to know that we are all thinking about you. On a personal note, I would like to thank you for your loyal support and devotion to the club over the years, which is very much appreciated," Ferguson wrote in the letter.


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by KavehAhangarAdel on

A very touching and befitting truibute to late Nasser Hejazi.  May he rest in Peace.