Ashkan Dejagah took his first steps in the professional game with German club Hertha Berlin. After excelling with Wolfsburg and Fulham, he then signed for Al Arabi in 2014, spending three years with the Qatari outfit before returning to Europe.
At the international level, Dejagah began making waves at youth level for Germany, winning the UEFA European U-21 Championship title in 2009. Three years later, he decided to represent IR Iran and enjoyed a dream debut, as he scored twice in an Asian Zone qualifier for Brazil 2014. He went on to appear in all three games for Team Melli at the finals four years ago. He continued to shine for the national team by featuring in 12 Asian Zone qualifiers on the road to Russia 2018. Having handed him his first cap, coach Carlos Queiroz will now be hoping for some big performances this summer.