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Panama match squad selected

Carlos Queiroz picked 26 League players for the upcoming friendly international match against Panama The latest Team Melli squad consists of players from the local Persian Gulf League only with no foreign based players named in the list.   The Squad GOALKEEPERS AKHBARI, Mohammad Reza Saipa BIRANVAND, Alireza Persepolis HOSSEINI, Majid Esteghlal MAZAHERI, Mohammad Rashid Zob Ahan DEFENDERS AGHAEI, Saeed …

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Biranvand dipping form, a worry for Team Melli.

Just as most Team Melli fan breathed a sigh of relief for having a strong and reliable goalkeeper between the post of Team Melli goal line, Alireza Biranvand has hit his lowest form since joining Iran’s squad. After years of unceratinity and problems in the goalkeeping post with several changes of goalkeepers, it was apparent that the young Biranvand has …

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Yes Minister !!

Masoud Soltanifar was spot on when he issued instructions to Mehdi Taj and ordered FFIRI to investigate the management calamity that has led to a heavy fine and sanctions by FIFA imposed on Persepolis club that might approach the 800,000 Euro including legal cost. The Minister of youth and sports was even more judicious and decisive when he demanded, in …

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Queiroz invites 27 players for Togo & Russia matches.

The official list of 27 players invited to join Team Melli squad for the matches against Togo and Russia have been announced. Queiroz has picked 4 new members of the squad including the naturalized Iranian Swede, Saman Ghoddos.  Earlieer reports indicated that Ghoddos did not satisfy the requirements to play for Iran, however, there was no official communique from the …

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Team Melli in practise for Togo and Russia

Team Melli started its first training session in preparation for the double-header against Togo and Russia. Queiroz invited 23 players including Mehdi Taremi who is under FIFA suspension for 4 months !!! The first match will be in Azadi Stadium against the African team , Togo  currently ranked 121 in the FIFA Ranking. The most famous player in the squad …

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Torrid decline of U23 team no thanks to incompetent FFIRI selections.

FFIRI has an incredible knack for rewarding failures. It is something that Mehdi Taj and his predecessor Ali Kaffashian has exceled in and the Iranian football community are getting used to.  Both of these men, who have been leading the Iranian federation since 2008 , have a serious lack of picking winners while selecting staff to work for them be …

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The Squad to face Uzbekistan announced

The Iranian Football Federation announced the list of 26 player which Carlos Queiroz has picked for the match against Uzbekistan. The squad, already in camp in Austria, will face Montenegro in a friendly international match before the vital against the Uzbek team which in itself is looking for a win in the hope of clinching a place in next year’s …

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The coach and IRIFF failure is so evident.

In the post match press conference in Inchon, Amir Hossein Peyrovani has accepted the responsibility for Iran U-21 team elimination from the FIFA U -20 World Cup. The coach has diverted some of the blame on the federation (IRIFF) for lack of preparation and said that ” I always manifested that a team that needs to compete at the highest …

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Iran U-20 loses in the last minutes and knocked.

While a win was very much in the hands of the Team Melli U-20 in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 final group C match against Portugal, a loosing mentality and a lack of self belief and confidence allowed the Portuguese to win the match and knock Iran out of the championship. A brilliant header by Iran’s Reza …

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Mission China; Team Melli needs all the 3 points in Azadi.

Iran’s match against China on Tuesday will be a real test for the newish look Team Melli after their fine display against Qatar in Doha which ended in a 1-0 win scored by Mehdi Taremi. In retrospect, it was not an impossible task in Doha and the win was achieved with certain level of comfort unlike the match in Azadi …

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