In early 2011, Iranian soccer player, Ali Karimi, who has appeared in 112 international matches, was signed by popular German soccer team: FC Schalke 04.

Donning the number 10 shirt for his new team, Karimi’s contract will keep him on Schalke until end of the current campaign.

Not a new-comer to the Bundesliga, Karimi, has made 33 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich; scoring three goals, and winning the Bundesliga title and the DFB Cup in 2006.

The Iranian midfielder’s career consists of roles on the following teams: Fath FC (Iran/1996-1998), Persepolis FC (Iran/1998-2001), Al-Ahli Club (United Arab Emirates/2001-2005), Bayern Munich (2005-2007), Qatar SC (Qatar/2007-2008), Persepolis FC (Iran/2008-2009) and Steel Azin FC (Iran/2009-2010).

Winner of the Iranian league title in 1999 and 2000, the Iranian Cup in 1999, the United Arab Emirates Cup in 2002 and 2004, and voted Asian Footballer of the Year in 2004, the soccer star also made two appearances for Iran at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.