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Queiroz is targeted by Mayeli-Kohan’s wrath.

A recent interview with Mohammad Mayeli-Kohan , until recently , the Technical Director of Omid Team (Iran’s U23) created a lot of discussion and controversy in football circles. Mayeli-Kohan is one of those divisive characters that is either loved or hated.  He is known for being hostile to anything that he does not agree with. There is no restraint or …

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Team Melli needs more self-Belief.

Ahead of the two games against Turkmenistan and Gum 12th and 17th November 2015, Team Melli needs more self Belief than what is being displayed. When some of the staff or players of Team Melli start talking about the difficult match against Guam and Turkmenistan, the fans need to tighten their belt again and keep Valium tablets on the side …

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26 players named for Team Melli.

In preparation for the upcoming matches against Turkmenistan in Azadi stadium and then away to Guam, The FFIRI has announced the list of 26 players  who will be attending the training camp starting tomorrow (Thursday 5th November 2015.) Notable absentees are Seyed Jalal Hosseini and Vouriya Ghafoori , both on the injury list. THE SQUAD 1 AKHBARI, Mohammadreza 2 ANSARIFARD, …

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Team Melli U23 Squad UAE Camp list 2015

  Squad list - as announced by Mohammad Khakpour for the UAE Camp Nov. 2015 NAME POSITION AGE DATE OF BIRTH HOMETOWN APPS GLS 0 0 Ahmad NOORALLAHEI Midfield 22 February 1, 1993 Azadshar 3 0 Ali MOHSENZADEH Reserve 22 February 13, 1993 Tehran 0 0 Alireza NAGHIZADEH Midfield 22 March 4, 1993 Tabriz 3 1 Amir ABEDZADEH Goalkeeper 22 …

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Iran’s best goalkeeper is missing from Team Melli!

Very few would argue against the selection of Seyed Mehdi Rahmati as the Most Valuable Player of the 2015/16 derby between Esteghlal & Persepolis which ended in a 1-1 draw in front of 90,000 fans in Azadi on Friday 30th of October. Amongst the huge crowds was the Head Coach of Team Melli, Carlos Queiroz. Rahmati, single handedly (Literally) saved …

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Lack of fans interest, is that the warning sign?

After 4 years at the helm, the status and popularity of Carlos Queiroz remains a mystery. While some media such as Navad program lead us to believe that he is an immensely popular head coach , the attendance and interest  of fans to watch Queiroz and Team Melli tells another story. Many believe that Team Melli and football in Iran …

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Team Melli squad ready for Oman and Japan.

Team Melli squad has been announced for the two matches against Oman in the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers and Japan friendly match in Azadi. Carlos Queiroz maintained his confidence in the previous squad players in an addition to a recall for the previously injured Alireza Jahanbakhsh. 2 players who have been making the news , were also picked up by Queiroz. The …

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Nuclear deal and Iran’s football.

It is not far from accurate to claim that the lifting of sanction against Iran in the aftermath of the nuclear deal especially when it comes to the banking sector, will have an immediate impact on Iran’s football like every other sector of society. Banking Restrictions One major problem that hindered the progress of football was the restrictions of money …

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Match analysis: What went wrong in Dasgouz?

Being held by minnows such Turkmenistan is not exactly complimentary for a team that has high ambition such as Iran, although it is not a disaster either. The new look Team Melli that Carlos Queiroz has gathered for the two match series in mid-June 2015 looked quite promising against Uzbekistan. In fact, the team style of play, the pace and …

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3 more players added to Team Melli squad

After the conclusion of the Hazfi Cup final match in which Zob Ahan managed to beat Naft Tehran 3-1 to lift the cup for the third time , Carlos Queiroz added 3 more players from the two teams to Team Melli squad. Vahid Amiri , Alireza Birnavand from Naft Tehran and Ghassim Haddadifar from Zob Ahan are the additional players who will …

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