On its 15th anniversary, FIFA.com recalls the day a 20-year-old Japanese uncorked Iran in a play-off for a place at France 1998, inspiring Japan to their first-ever qualification for the FIFA World Cup.
In our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents you with some of the biggest names in football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
Following the disappointment of missing out on South Africa 2010, west Asian powerhouse Iran are aiming to reclaim their former glory with a strong showing at January's AFC Asian Cup under respected coach Afshin Ghotbi.
FIFA.com chats to Khodadad Azizi about scoring the goal against Australia that improbably snatched Iran a place at France 1998 and the future of Team Melli.
With Asia the first continent to complete automatic qualifying for South Africa 2010, FIFA.com takes a look back at some stars of past campaigns.
Australia and Iran played out an epic qualifier in 1997 for a berth at France 1998. FIFA.com takes a look back at the drama in Melbourne.