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Ben Williams is to retire.

Jai Bednall news.com.au@jaibednall IMAGINE spending more than two decades at the very top of your field, and then when you retire, witnessing widespread celebration you were finally quitting. That’s life as a football referee and the reality veteran Australian whistleblower Ben Williams faced today after announcing Tuesday night’s International Champions Cup match between Juventus and Tottenham at the MCG would …

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Mehrdad Pooladi is not coming back!

Much has been said about Team Melli’s left back who was Iran’s best player in the FIFA World Cup 2014. Mehrdad Pooladi was accused by the authorities along with a large number of other footballers of submitting fake documents in order to get exemption from Military Service. The inspection which was carried out in 2014 also named several other Team …

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10 places up in FIFA ranking for Team Melli.

Team Melli climbed 10 places up in the latest FIFA/Coca Cola ranking issued today in Zurich.  Iran is now 41st in the world with 700 points one rank below Poland and one above its group rival in the World Cup 2014  , Nigeria who are 42nd. Iran continues to hold the top ranking in Asia, with South Korea placed second …

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“Queiroz support has turned into a theatrical show ” Amir Ghalenoei .

Amir Ghalenoei once again invigorated his clash with Carlos Queiroz and accused the Portuguese coach suitors of turning a national mayhem after the defeat against Iraq into a patriotic triumph by manipulating the Iranian people’s fervor for Team Melli. “It was all a big show. I swear that all this was orchestrated and arranged by people whose interest and livelihood …

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Controversial referee Ben Williams hit back.

Chris Wilson Sports editor at The Canberra Times Canberra referee Ben Williams has retaliated to media commentary of his controversial officiating at the Asian Cup, calling it “ill-informed” and questioning the relevance of some former players in the broadcasting box. The Asian Football Confederation referee of the year in 2013 and the first Australian to officiate in the second round …

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Bright new stars light up Asia.

(FIFA.com) Tuesday 3 February 2015 The 2015 edition of the AFC Asian Cup provided high-quality and entertaining football throughout the 32-match, three-week competition. Among the most attractive aspects were the performances of a host of youngsters who put themselves into the spotlight and proved they are likely to be grabbing headlines during the build-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and beyond. …

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Is there a shift in Iranian fans’ mentality ?

An intriguing enigma has developed lately in Iran’s football that might be the beginning of a new era, at least from the fans side of the, if not with the whole of the system. Iran has the largest football fan base in Asia, even more that China that has several folds more population. People just love football in this country …

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Great tournament but Asia still fights credibility gap

By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY Sun Feb 1, 2015 3:48am GMT (Reuters) – There is no doubt that to some jaundiced eyes, Australia winning the Asian Cup at their third attempt will be just further evidence of the weakness of the game on the world’s most populous continent. The Socceroos became the eighth different winners of the title in the 16th …

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Australia lifts the AFC Asian Cup.

AUSTRALIA has been crowned champion of Asia after a thrilling 2-1 win against South Korea in tonight’s Asian Cup final. James Troisi’s extra time strike proved the difference as the home side delivered a performance a whole nation can be proud of. “It has to be our biggest achievement, we won a trophy,” former Socceroo John Aloisi said. Massimo Luongo …

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Daei denounces unrealistic expectations.

Ali Daei came to the defense of Team Melli coaches after the elimination from AFC Asian Cup 2015. “What have we provided this team and Queiroz to demand success? Have we given them the perfect resources and arranged the ideal condition for the squad to have the right to demand winning back the Asian Cup? For decades we have failed …

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