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Speaker Condoles Death of Legendary Iranian Goalkeeper

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TEHRAN, May 23 (ICANA) - Legendary Iranian goalkeeper and football coach Nasser Hejazi has passed away after long months of battling with lung cancer at the age of 62 at a hospital in the capital Tehran.
Monday, May 23, 2011 9:43:42 PM
Speaker Condoles Death of Legendary Iranian Goalkeeper

The Iranian legend went into a coma on Friday and died on Monday. He was suffering lung cancer over the past 1.5 years.

Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani expressed his condolences for the death of the football coach.

In his message, the top Iranian parliamentarian said Hejazi was amongst the most honorable figures in Iran's sports, whose death caused deep grief.

Hejazi had a brilliant record of playing: Twice Asian champion with Iran's national soccer team, the first Iranian goalkeeper to play in the World Cup and a heroic performance for the Iranian national squad at the World Cup 1978 in Argentina, ranked by AFC as 2nd best goalkeeper of the century in Asia, and 131st best goalkeeper in the world for keeping clean sheet for his national team for 5 months or a record 837 minutes.

Hejazi's popularity went beyond Iran's borders as the iconic Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, in April 2010 expressed the club's sincere sympathy for Hejazi's illness.

"I know that the last few months have been difficult for you but trust that you will gain some comfort knowing that you are in our thoughts and prayers," said Ferguson in a letter to Hejazi, who had trained with Manchester United for a month.

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