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Iranian Mehdi Taremi in the midst of a paradox in Qatar

2022-11-24T14:08:19.480Z

With a double, Mehdi Taremi attacked the World Cup with a bang, yet he sees his personal success totally eclipsed by the situation in his country and the catastrophic start of "Team Melli", forced to redeem themselves on Friday against the country of Wales for not...



The knockdown suffered by Iran against England on Monday (6-2) made the performance of the center forward of FC Porto (30 years old), author of two goals, anecdotal.

To which must be added the burning context in which the Persian selection evolves, while the Islamic Republic is the scene of an unprecedented uprising following the death, on September 16, of the young Mahsa Amini, arrested by the police. manners for not respecting the strict dress code imposed by the regime.

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Despite his messages of support for the demonstrators posted on social networks as soon as the movement started, Taremi did not escape the waves of criticism, even insults, which fell on "

Team Melli

", accused by many Iranians for not supporting the protesters enough.

His double therefore went somewhat unnoticed, but it only confirmed his incredible efficiency, already proven since his arrival in Europe in 2019.

If Taremi had come to Portugal at 24, he would now be with one of Europe's greats.

He is a player of a very high level and he immediately proved it

”, declared last summer Carlos Carvalhal, his coach at Rio Ave, his first club in the Portuguese championship (2019-2020) with who he finished second in the goalscoring charts with 18 goals.

Full striker

Transferred to Porto after only a year on the Old Continent, the former player of Persepolis (2014-2018), giant of Iranian football with his great rival from Tehran Esteghlal, was quick to shine.

In 115 matches played with the “

Dragoes

”, in all competitions, he scored 62 goals.

Even the Champions League has become his garden since he has already shaken the net 5 times this season, as many as big names like Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski, allowing Porto to qualify for the round of 16.

In 2021, his spectacular acrobatic return against Chelsea earned him a FIFA nomination for the Puskas award for the best goal of the year.

A complete attacker, Taremi is not only a finisher and a soloist but also an outstanding passer.

Enough to justify the compliments of his club coach Sergio Conceiçao who sees in him a player "

smarter than the average

".

Monday against England, his qualities were stifled by the overwhelming domination of the opponent.

But he was able to improve the only opportunity at his disposal before doubling the bet from the penalty spot in stoppage time, becoming the first Asian to score two World Cup goals against a European team.

Wales have been warned.

Source: lefigaro

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