Iranian footballer dies of heart attack

Tehran, Oct 1 (IANS) Iranian footballer Hadi Norouzi, captain of local club Persepolis, died of a heart attack in his sleep on Thursday, local media reported.

Persepolis manager Branko Ivankovic described the news as a big shock for him and his team, reports Xinhua.

The 30-year-old Norouzi joined Persepolis in 2009 and made 150 appearances for the club in the Iranian Pro League, scoring 26 goals.

He joined club Naft Tehran on a season-long loan in November 2013 and made 12 appearances, scoring three goals.

He played nine games for the national side from 2009 to 2011.

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