Andranik Teymourian – Christian captain of Iran’s national team and national hero

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Andranik Timotian-Samarani, known as Andranik “Ando” Teymourian, born March 6, 1983 in Tehran, Iran to ethnic Armenian parents. […]

Teymourian is an Iranian footballer who currently plays for Esteghlal in the Iran Pro League. He usually plays as a defensive midfielder, but can also play as a wide midfielder. From 2006 to 2010, he played for three clubs in England, including Bolton and Fulham in the Premier League.

He started to be recognized as a national hero in Iran because of the passion he showed for his country in the 2006 World Cup. […]

Teymourian played his first match for Iran in 2005, and has featured in the Iranian squad for the 2006 and 2014 World Cups, and also the 2007 and 2011 Asian Cups. He is notably the first Christian to captain the Iranian national team. Ref: Wikipedia

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