Today's Javad Nekounam Talking Points
Javad Nekounam (Persian: جواد نکونام; born 7 September 1980) is an Iranian retired footballer who played as a central midfielder, and the current assistant coach of Iran.
He spent most of his professional career with Pas and Spain's Osasuna, appearing in 197 official games and scoring 31 goals during his two spells with the latter and also being team captain. He also competed in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar, during 18 seasons overall.
Nicknamed Neku, and widely regarded as one of Asia's greatest footballers, Nekounam represented the Iran national team 151 times, playing several major tournaments including two World Cups and four Asian Cups.