From being homeless to saving Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty kick in a World Cup
Many athletes left tales of overcoming adversity and defying odds. Qatar 2022 It will be the great event of the year, but the many players who will now take the spotlight in world Cup You had to go through a lot in the past. If not, ask Ali Reza Beiranvand.
30 years Persepolis The goalkeeper will play in the second World Cup with IranHoping to continue writing history on the international stage. His previous experience in Russia 2018 He who will always remember him, as he is Penalty saved from Portugal megastar Cristiano Ronaldo.
But Beiranvand will never forget all the obstacles he faced on his way to becoming a professional footballer – including I had to sleep on the streets. Everything he had to endure all his life could have threatened his dreams, but they Just make it stronger.
History of Alireza Biranvand: Born to a Bedouin Family
Born September 21, 1992, in Sarabia, Lorestan, to A Bedouin familyBeiranvand did not know about stability until late in his life. With his family constantly on the move, Ali Reza – the eldest son – is forced to act as a sponsor from an early age.
However, during his spare time he loves to play football and the local game Dal Paran, which was formed in throwing stones Long Distances. In the end, that made him develop the ability to throw deep balls as a goalkeeper, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Beranvand I initially played as a striker For a local club in Sarabia, where his family settled when he was twelve years old. But one day he had to wear gloves when the goalkeeper was injured, and he’s stayed between sticks ever since.
However, Ali Reza encountered such an early hurdle as His family is rejected His desire to pursue a career in football. In an interview with Behnam Jafarzadeh published in WatchmanBeiranvand revealed it His father even tore off his equipment and gloves Because he did not consider football a suitable job for his son.
He challenges his family to realize his own dreams
Ali Reza had a difficult decision to make. With his family standing in his way, Beiranvand He trusted his intuition and fled away from his homeland in pursuit of a chance at bigger clubs in Tehran. In an appearance on a TV show broadcast on Radio Islamic Republic of Iran in 2016, Beiranvand said that once he had enough savings in addition to borrowing money from a relative, He packed his bags and bought a ticket to the Iranian capital.
He was taking great risks, having nowhere to go and no enough savings to live day in and day out. Fate made him meet Hussein Fayez (Local soccer coach) was on the bus, but Beiranvand didn’t have 200,000 tomans ($30 by that time) the coach asked him to do an experiment.
sleeping in the streets
With no place to live, Beiranvand Sleeping with other poor immigrants on the streets Tehran around Azadi Tower. His luck changed when Fayez stopped and was allowed a free trial, and later asked the captain to allow Ali Reza to stay with him.
Another colleague later He was offered a job in his father’s sewing factoryWhere he worked and slept Beiranvand. later worked at car washalthough this did not last long as he was recruited by A Tehran oil The coach who spotted him during the youth match.
The club allowed him to sleep in a Prayer room But soon after, Ali Reza had to find another place to live. So, is Got a job at a pizza parlor to get a place to sleep. Beiranvand later left this job but ended up accepting work as a specialist street cleaner.
When the dream almost dies
The injury he sustained while training with another team cost him a place in Naft, which made Beiranvand look for an opportunity in homa. There, Ali Reza felt his dream start to fade as the coach was Unwilling to give him a contract.
Still without a club, Beiranvand Destiny changed when Naft U23 coach called him back. since then , There was no turning back Ali Rida. No more searching for casual jobs, places to sleep or clubs.
His form caught the attention of the Iran U-23 team, and he was later promoted to Naft’s first squad to be the starting goalkeeper. His career took a step forward in April 2015 during Asian Champions League match.
The world recognized Beiranvand’s strong arm when he threw long ball against tractor sazithat caught the eye FIFA and so on Have a hit on the internetWatched by more than 100 million people worldwide.
That year, he also proved himself in the starting line-up for the Iranian national team, and helped his country reach the 2018 World Cup. Beranvand’s most remarkable achievement in that tournament came against Portugal in the group stage, where he saved a penalty kick. Ronaldo When his team was down 0-1. Save it kept Iran afloat and Help them connect the game.
On the way to the World Cup, Beiranvand also put on world record throw 61.26 meters In a match against South Korea. This witnessed the Iranian goalkeeper obtain a Guinness world record for “The furthest football throw distance in a competitive match.”
The road was not easy but Alireza’s determination proved stronger than any obstacle who stood in his way. Will he help Iran in an unforgettable performance in Qatar? using this Predicting the World CupIn this article, you can see all the possible outcomes of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.