FourFourTwo's Asia 50: Players 30-21

Things are starting to heat up in our countdown, with positions becoming harder and harder to secure. In section 30-21, we find a Japanese megastar, a West Asian duo tipped to join him and a veritable mob of Socceroos...

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Players 30-26 written by Teo Teng Kiat

30. Andranik Teymourian

Teymourian has moved around a fair bit over the past year, leaving a second spell with Iranian side Tractor Sazi for Qatari club Umm Salal six months into an 18-month contract, before then moving to current outfit Saipa this January.


Becoming the first Christian to captain the Iran national team when he was appointed to the role in 2014.

His signing nearly galvanised Tractor to a league triumph; Teymourian scored in their final game, where victory would have clinched the crown.

However, he was sent off and Tractor ended up throwing away a two-goal lead and drawing with Naft Tehran, who pipped them for the title. It would have been the first league win of his career.

Teymourian returned to Iran to fill the void at Saipa left by the outgoing Javad Nekounam, yet injuries have restricted his impact. As a result he dropped five places from No.25 on last year’s Asia 50. Still, Teymourian remains an integral part of Team Melli as their new permanent captain after Nekounam retired in March.

29. Mark Milligan

With Asian Cup success and triumph in the domestic scene with Melbourne Victory, the first half of 2015 went swimmingly for Mark Milligan.


Captaining Melbourne Victory and being named man of the match in their 2015 A-League grand final triumph

It came as a bit of a surprise then when he made the decision to head to the Middle East right after winning the A-League, joining UAE side Baniyas SC on a two-year deal.

The midfielder wasted no time in establishing himself in a new country, where he has played 21 out of 28 games and scored three times.

Milligan has struck up a good partnership with Amer Abdulrahman in a midfield double pivot at Baniyas, while he has also featured as a centre-back on a few occasions and showcased his ball-carrying abilities from the back.

He appears to have settled in well and appears likely to stay on at his new side beyond this season.