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New faces in the latest Team Melli squad heading to South Africa.

The football federation announced the list of 23 players selected for Team Melli Training camp in South Africa. There are 9 uncapped players in the list which has none except one of the legionnaires named. Most players are not  able to join until the AFC Asian Cup 2015 in Mid January . Sardar Azmoun will be the only player who will …

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Team Melli list with the usual names announced.

The new list of players selected for Team Melli forthcoming training camp has been announced. The venue of training is still unknown. It is a toss between Kish Island or South Africa. The list is not very different from the one that Queiroz has selected from the day he took the job. A few players here and there are selected …

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Asian football is all the poorer for the retirement of a genuine legend.

Ali Karimi Pashaki

Asia loses a legend as Karimi retires   JOHN DUERDEN espnfc.com   Ali Karimi has finally hung up his boots after a fine career.   Not many football players were mentioned by name in those diplomatic cables released to the world by WikiLeaks a few years ago but Ali Karimi was. Even Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad found the time to …

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Why Fulham fans must accept it is inevitable Ashkan Dejagah will leave

are on Facebook Share on Twitter Kristian Balkin – Metro Ashkan Dejagah looks bound for Qatar, but Fulham will miss his many qualities (Picture: Getty Images) I had very faint hopes of Ashkan Dejagah lining up against Ipswich Town on the opening day of this season and tearing their new left back to pieces. They were hopes borne out of the belief that, if …

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Queiroz on the brink of re-signing for Team Melli

 Although Carlos Queiroz is officially under the employment of FFIRI until the end of July when his contract runs out , The jet-setter Portuguese coach has not been seen in Tehran except when he had to meet Kaffashian for contract negotiation. Queiroz , preferring the be in Dubai, continued negotiation with several football federations in pursue of the highest bidder …

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More Iranians in the Premiere League.

It has taken sometime, but eventually some foreign clubs showed interest in two Iranian players who were part of Team Melli squad in Brazil. Although the 2014 FIFA World Cup was less than brilliant for Iran as a team, the bigger disappointment was at the individual level , where most of the star players did not perform nor deliver. There …

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Are we surprised at Team Melli’s results in the World Cup 2014?

It is all over for Team Melli at the World Cup. Iran exited in a disappointing, heart breaking and less than exciting manner. A deserved goal-less draw and a last minute defeat temporarily made us believe and have faith but then the reality hit everyone quite hard in the last match. Emotions aside, Team Melli got what it deserved nothing …

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Team Melli Coaches stats : Where does Queiroz stands?

Carlos Queiroz joined Team Melli as the head coach after signing  a two-and-a-half-year deal  on 4th April 2011, Queiroz. Queiroz First match was a friendly against a lowly African Team Madagascar on 17th Jul 2011 that ended in 1-0 win in Azadi. His last match with Iran was the World Cup Groep F against Bosnia-Herzegovina which ended in a 3-1 defeat. …

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Dream of a young Boy fulfilled.

  Nearly twelve years ago , a 14 years old boy by the name of Alireza Haghighi had a dream. His dream was to become like his hero Ahmadreza Abedzadeh , Team Melli’s goalkeeper and one of the heroes of the 1998 Iran World Cup team that clinched the only victory of Iran in the World Cup so far.  The …

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Editorial: How good Team Melli was vs. Nigeria?

There wasn’t much doubt as to what type of football we would be expecting to see from Carlos Queiroz men against Nigeria. It wasn’t much of a spectacle for the avid football fans but Queiroz has to be credited for achieving what he planned in the first place. The coach decided to play a strong defensive game and that game-plan …

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