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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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List of selected Team Melli players announced.

Carlos Queiroz short-listed the name of 23 players for the upcoming matches. The friendly match against Uzbekistan on 11th June will be followed by the first World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Turkmenistan in 16th June 2015. The list will be amended after the final of the Hazfi Cup to accommodate Naft Tehran and Zob Ahan players , whose players are …

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59 players are invited to Team Melli summer camp.

FFIRI Announced a list of 59 players that are invited for the three summer camps of Team Melli. This is one of the largest invitation list ever published by FFIRI. FIFA requires 50 initial names for the World Cup qualifying names out of which only 23 are allowed to be included in the team sheet. Not all the players will be available …

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Memory Lane: “The Black Pearl of Iran”

  Fans across the world marveled at and cherished the moment the little Argentinian superstar Leo Messi, swerved and left his marker for dead,  then lobbed the best goalkeeper in the world to score Barcelona’s 2nd goal against Bayern Munchen. It wasn’t long ago when we Team Melli fans, were heart broken when after a stiff resistance against mighty Argentine …

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What is Queiroz’s game?

The differences between Kaffashian and Queiroz statements and outlooks seem to be as diverse as the North and South Pole. Each one come with statements contradicting the other, each has his own outlook and thus the drama continues. Carlos Queiroz is adamant that he wants to leave and cannot stand working with the FFIRI. For Ali Kaffashian, everything is hanky …

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Omid team rout Nepal 5-0

Iran’s U23 team (Omid Team)  defeated Nepal U23 5-0 in Group C of the AFC U-23 Championship match held at Azadi today. The first half ended 2-0 for Iran U23. Iran’s goal were scored by Arsalan Motahari  minute 15 [1-0]  , Behnam Barzay from the penalty spot in the 28th minute [2-0]  , Sardar Azmoun on the 54th [3-0] , …

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