Football Federation’s Futsal committee chairman, said: We have multiple plans for Jesus Candelas Rodrigo , the new Technical Director of Iran’s Futsal team and have considered several different plans for him.
Abbas Torabian in a press conference stated that the record of the 55 years old Spaniard is immaculate in Spanish Futsal. He said: Jesus Candelas Rodrigo has been in the sport for 23 years.
He won five Premier League futsal titles in Spain, six FA Cup, two European titles and two Intercontinental titles. He also received Medal of Merit from the King of Spain in 2009, also on 4 occasions , he was awarded the title of Best Spanish futsal.
Futsal Committee chairman commented on the objectives of hiring the Spaniard and said “our goal is not only for Candelas to work with the senior team. He will also be working with the U23 team which will be dispatched to Korea next year and also the U-19 teams. Candelas will monitor the league matches and will set up coaching classes for the Club’s coaches. He will be one busty person”
Torabian continued “The contract with Candelas is for one year and is renewable. We hope that he makes a difference in Iran’s futsal”
In response to a question on his duties with Team Melli Futsal current team coach Ali Sanei, he said “the main goal is for Candelas to be present with the team and with Sanei be to guide him. Before he traveled to Iran Candelas has spoken with Sanei in detail. When I was sure of Sanei satisfaction of this arrangement and Candelas role beside him, I followed up signing the Spanish coach.”
About the cancellation of the friendly match with Ukraine , Torabian said that everything was arranged and we were ready to host them , but suddenly they canceled and did not honor the contract. This is the second time the Ukrainians have done such unprofessional act and it is becoming a nasty habit with them canceling matches in short time. At this stage , it is a bit difficult for us to find a quality team to play against to prepare for the World Cup in Thailand.
“During the Asian Futsal championship, the Egyptians have suggested a series of friendly matches with us before the two teams proceed to Thailand. We provisionally agreed on two dates 27th and 28th Oct. for those matches for the friendlies with Egypt, but the Egyptian FA have not yet responded or confirmed this commitment yet” Torabian added.
Torabian admitted that the federation was in the process of attracting the Uzbek national team coach Josè Maria Pazos Mendez, ” but the negotiations fell through and we could not agree terms. This why we had to go elsewhere and our research in this matter lead us towards Spain. “
“I went to Spain and even talked to Mr. “Javier Lozano” the former coach of Spain’s national futsal team, who was one of the Candelas students who recommended Candelas.”
Asked why the TV did not broadcast the Russia friendly match played in Esfahan , especially as many fans are eagerly following Team Melli Futsal team as they get closer to participation in FIFA Futsal World Cup 2012, Torabian said. “There was an agreement to do so. IRIB was prepared to broadcast the match live on Shabakeh 3. I even confirmed with them twice and was assured of a live telecast. After this confirmation, we arranged with the advertising companies to have their boards round the arena in Esfahan , but we were shocked that on the day of the game they told us that the game will not be broadcast live!!! We always have problems with IRIB when it comes to Futsal broadcasting. Nobody seems to listen to us or take us seriously when we complain about such acts! The Football Association has to pay penalties and incur losses on these issues.”