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FOCUS ON: ALIREZA JAHANBAKHSH

21 March 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Alireza Jahanbakhsh

Next up is Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh. The Iranian reveals his favourite football player from times gone by, his food of choice, his favourite other sportsperson and much more.

Name: Alireza Jahanbakhsh

Birthplace: Qazvin, Iran

Birthdate: 11/08/1993

Height: 181cm

Weight: 79kg

Previous clubs: Damash Tehran, Damash Gilan, NEC, AZ Alkmaar

Nickname: Ali

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Favourite player past: Brazilian Ronaldo

Favourite player present: The new Ronaldo (Cristiano)

Job you’d do if not a footballer: I was studying to be an auto mechanic before football!

Team supported as a kid: Manchester United

Favourite other sport: Volleyball — I play it sometimes but watching is also fun.

Other sportsperson you most admire: Muhammad Ali

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Most memorable match played in: The World Cup game against Argentina in 2014 — I only played 20 minutes but it was my first experience of a World Cup. I was only 19 and it was fantastic.

Biggest disappointment: I have two — drawing against Portugal in the 2018 World Cup and losing the cup final in Holland twice in a row

Best stadium played in: Anfield, but I’ve heard about Old Trafford being great.

Favourite food: Any Persian/Iranian food — I like an Iranian kebab!

Last download/CD bought: Xxxtentacion & Lil Pump ft Maluma & Swae Lee — Arms Around You

All-time favourite music artist: Enrique Iglesias

Best dressed team-mate: Bruno

Worst dressed: Florin Andone

Must-watch current TV programme: I don’t really watch any TV, maybe sometimes football.

Best film ever seen: I’ll go with The Fast & The Furious

Superstitions: My hair is always important, I pray before every game and always have to jump one time before the game, just to get the feeling!

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Favourite holiday resort: Tenerife — I’ve been there twice

Career plan when you finish playing: I want to enjoy life with my family, but maybe I’d like to have my own business

Finally describe yourself in three words: Kind. Respectful. Giving.


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