Iranian great Nasser Hejazi loses fight with cancer aged 61

Former Iran World Cup hero Nasser Hejazi passes away after losing struggle with lung cancer
Former Iranian World Cup keeper Nasser Hejazi has passed away on Monday after losing his battle with lung cancer.

According to the Islamic Republic News Agency, the 61-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer 18 months ago, and died after slipping into a coma on Friday.

Born in Tehran, Hejazi will be remembered equally for his success on the pitch as well as off it where he enjoyed great respect and popularity within the football world.

The Iran shot-stopper amassed 62 international caps for his country and his trophy haul included two Asian championsips and one Asian Games title.

Hejazi will go down in history as the first Iranian goalkeeper to play in a World Cup, and his legendary feets at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina earned him widespread acclaim.

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