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Final Players List for Qatar & China matches announced.

Carlos Queiroz announced the final list of the 24 players who will be available for the two first matches in the FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers against Qatar and China. The major omission of the list is Reza Ghoochannejad who has just recovered from a long injury and recently been playing regularly for his Dutch club  Heerenveen. On Saturday , …

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Who runs Iran’s football?

It is certainly not run by entrepreneurs or private companies in the style of European clubs. Most fans will probably think that Iran’s football is greatly influenced by the two most popular clubs in the land Persepolis and Esteghlal, which according to unofficial figures make up a total of over 93% of the fans in Iran. The fact that Iran …

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What is Queiroz’s real problem?

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Squad to play Macedonia announced

The final list of 23 players selected for the match against Macedonia on 2nd of June has been published. Ando Teymourian, the Team Melli captain is not amongst the final 23 so are Zob Ahan and Esteghlal players who are not available for selection due to their commitment with their clubs for the Final of Hazfi Cup. Two players who are …

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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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