Abedzadeh of Iran nominated for World's Best Goalkeeper 2021
Iran’s national team goalkeeper Amir Abedzadeh was shortlisted for the 2021 IFFHS Men’s World Best Goalkeeper.
The 28-year-old goalie played for Portuguese club Maritimo before joining Spanish team Ponferradina in the current season.
At the end of November 2021, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) will celebrate the winners of the Awards 2021 in all categories.
PSG keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who won the European Championship with Italy in July, Bayern Munich skipper Manuel Neuer, Edouard Mendy – Champions League winner with Chelsea – Atletico’s Jan Oblak, and Manchester City’s Brazilian keeper Ederson are the favorites to win the award – to be announced by the end of November.
This has been a third nomination for the Iranian football in the IFFHS Awards after Zenit St. Petersburg’s Sardar Azmoun and Porto striker Mehdi Taremi were picked in the 32-man list for the Men's World Best Player.
Abedzadeh – the son of legendary Iranian keeper, Ahmadreza – spent a dazzling campaign in Portugal’s Primeira Liga last season, keeping 10 clean sheets in 29 outings for Marítimo.
The 28-year-old keeper averaged 3.2 saves per game to help Marítimo avoid relegation before moving on with the next chapter in his career, joining Spanish second-tier side SD Ponferradina, where he has managed to register five clean sheets in 10 games.
Abedzadeh has been a regular player of Iran’s 2022 World Cup qualification campaign, though a second choice to Alireza Beiranvand.