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Milan veterans visit Tehran

Published 1905 GMT (0305 HKT) November 28, 2013
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Iranian supporters of AC Milan welcome former players of the Italian soccer club for a charity match at Tehran's Azadi stadium. ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images
The Milan Glorie team took on a side made up of former Persepolis FC players in the fundraiser, which also celebrated the career of former Iran captain Mehdi Mahdavikia. ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images
The 36-year-old played more than 100 times for his country and spent eight years at German club Hamburg. He is seen (right) here with Gennaro Gattuso, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006 and the European Champions League twice with Milan. ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images
The star-studded Milan side included legendary defender Paolo Maldini, pictured center with teammate Stefano Eranio and Persepolis' Pejman Jamshidi (right). Maldini spent his entire career at Milan before retiring at the age of 41 in 2009. ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images
The 52-year-old Daniele Massaro -- part of Italy's 1982 World Cup-winning squad -- challenges former Iran international Pejman Jamshidi, who has become the subject of a TV show in his home country since retiring. ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images
Dario Simic, who played at three World Cups for Croatia, tries to block a shot by Behnam Abolghasempour -- who has moved into coaching since retiring and is now an assistant at Persepolis. ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images
Former Italy defender Pietro Vierchowod played more than 550 games in Serie A, but had only a brief spell at Milan late in his career. The 54-year-old here contests a header with Payan Rafat, who had two spells with Persepolis -- one of Asia's most popular clubs -- before becoming a coach. ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images