Former Iranian international Iraj Danaei-Fard, the country’s first-ever goal scorer in the World Cup finals, passed away of liver failure at the age of 67 on Wednesday.
An ex-Esteghlal and Pas midfielder will be best remembered for his historic goal at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina – an equalizer in a 1-1 draw against Scotland in the group stage.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the international football’s governing body, FIFA, expressed its condolences for the death of Danaei-Fard.
“Sad news from Iran, where Iraj Danaei-Fard – scorer of @TeamMelliIran’s first-ever #WorldCup goal in 1978 – has died at the age of 67,” the post read.
Having started his three-year international career in 1977, Danayifard scored three goals in his 17 appearances in the Iranian outfit.
Danaei-Fard won the Iranian league with the Tehran giant Esteghlal (previously known as Taj FC) in 1971 and then claimed an Iranian Takht Jamshid trophy with Pas in 1977 before joining the North American Soccer League (NASL) side Tulsa Roughnecks in 1980, where he scored three in 67 games.