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Why is playing for your National Team NOT a national duty!

It is really hard to think of why many Iranian athletes/sportsmen , who by playing for the national teams, thus serving their country, giving their best to raise the tri colored flag , fight for honors , respect and victory of the motherland and in the process could be exposed to injuries that could life threatening or permanently handicapped, why …

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Reading into Queiroz squad

The number of new players in this squad is quite refreshing. In we add them to the already younger or less experienced players Carlos Queiroz seems to have done a fine job in his selection. 5 uncapped players are selected  (Frouzan , Biranvand, Amiri , Rezaeian, & Pouraliganji) in addition to the low experienced Azmoun and Ghafoori as the new …

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Final list of Asian Cup squad announced

Football federation has announced the squad list of 21 players , who will be taking part in the AFC Asian Cup 2015 in Australia. 2 players will be added to the list in the coming days.          

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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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