Player Profile – Ashkan Dejagah
Full Name: Seyed Ashkan Dejagah
Date of Birth: 5th July 1986
Place of Birth: Tehran, Iran
Nationalities: Iran and Germany
Height: 5 ft 11.5 in (1.81 m)
Current Club: Fulham
National Team: Iran
Turned Pro: in 1999
Jersey Number: 24
Pre 1999 – Reinickendorfer Fuchse
1999 – 2000: Tennis Borussia Berlin
2000 – 2004: Hertha BSC
2004 – 2007 Hertha BSC II
2004 – 2007 Hertha BSC
2007 – 2012 VfL Wolfsburg
Since 2012 – Fulham
2002 – 2003 Germany U17
2003 – 2004 Germany U18
2004 Germany U19
2004 – 2005 Germany U20
2005 – 2009 Germany U21
Since 2012 – Iran
Ashkan Dejagah is an Iranian – German football star who currently is playing for the English Club Fulham in the English Premier League. He is an attacking midfielder or a right winger. He has represented Germany at the youth soccer level from 2001 till 2009. He made his professional debut for Hertha BSC in the season of 2004 – 05 for the Bundesliga. He then joined the VfL Wolfsburg in the year 2007 and helped the team to win Bundesliga title for the 2008 – 09 season. He was bought by Fulham, the English Premier League team for GBP 2.5 million in the year 2008 – 09. Since then he is an integral part of the side.
Early Career Controversy
In the year 2007, Ashkan Dejagah refused to play for Germany against Israel. He was worried about the well being of his family back in Iran. The German officials accepted his concerns and accepted that by forcing him to play the game they would put his family in trouble and let him not playing this game.
Dejagah made his club debut against VfL Bochum for Hertha BSC in the opening game of the 2004-05 Bundesliga season. He was inserted into the team when only five minutes to the finish were remaining. The game was a 2-2 draw and Dejagah did not play any further in that season. But in the process, he did become the youngest playing player for the club. In 2005-06 he scored 12 goals in 23 appearances and made the name for himself. He was also part of the three UEFA Cups, representing that Club. When he joined VfL Wolfsburg, he continued his scoring talent and became the regular part of the team who even won the Bundesliga title. After getting dropped under the managers like Steve McClaren and Felix Magath, Dejagah showed his desire to play for Fulham.
In 2012 he joined Fulham for GBP 2.5 million with a three year deal with an option to play for one more year. He made his debut for the club against Aston Villa in that year by coming and scoring a winning goal when only 20 minutes were remaining in the play. Since then he has been an integral part of the team and has also featured in FA Cup as well.
Ashkan Dejagah never considered playing in Iran in the first place since he played in several youth teams of Germany and technically he was not even eligible to play for Iran. But the change of rule by FIFA in July 2009 allowed Dejagah to play for Iran as well. In 2011 the Iranian coach Afshin Ghotbi approached Dejagah and requested him to play for Iran. But Dejagah was still not confirmed this as he chose to play for VfL Wolfsburg that year. On 21st September 2011, he was invited to play for Iran again by Carlos Queiroz and he scored two goals in his debut game against Qatar early next year in a World Cup qualifier game. That made him a full-time Iranian player and he is part of the Iran squad for the FIFA World Cup 2014.