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Branko Ivankovic fuming against Team Melli plans!

The tension between Team Melli coach and the League clubs coaches are continuing unabated. The latest episode involves Carlos Queiroz and FFIRI on one side and Branko Ivankovic and Persepolis on the other.  Queiroz is known to be at odds with the league club coaches as in the past, he started a series of verbal battles with the likes of …

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Football Management of Iran !

Much has been said about the weaknesses of management in Iran’s football circles. The endless tales of failures by management of the football federation and clubs in Iran, is becoming so intolerable to the extent that the state-controlled and highly conformist Iranian media is becoming increasingly critical of the poor showing and embarrassingly appalling performance and decisions of the men …

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Iraq requests a Friendly International match in Tehran

The Iraqi football federation has officially announced that it has written to its Iranian counterpart requesting a friendly international match in Tehran  to face Team Melli on March 17th. In a press conference , Kamil Al Sagheer , a member of the Iraqi FA , confirmed the request by his federation but added that the Iranians have not come back yet …

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Ashkan Dejagah looking to escape Al Arabi

Ashkan Dejagah , Team Melli’s player with most impressive resume , is on the crossroad and looking for a team. Ashkan, who was born in Tehran but immigrated to and grew up in Germany , started his professional career with Hertha Berlin before transferring to VfL Wolfsburg  then Fulham FC in England in July 2012 before eventually leaving to Qatar …

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19 players invited to Team Melli Camp 2017.

Carlos Queiroz invited 19 players to join Team Melli Training camp , which will start immediately without Legionnaire players and expected to continue training in the UAE as of next Tuesday. It is still not clear if the match against Morocco is On or not. As always , FFIRI has a dysfunctional PR that refuses to  give any details and leave …

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FIFA Ranking: Team Melli rules.

For the 25th consecutive time, Team Melli Iran is leading the Asian Football ranking with 814 points while moving one step up in the world ranking to 29th. In the last ranking table issued by FIFA today, Iran remained ahead of South Korea (699) , Japan (644) and Australia (641) in the AFC ranking. Team Melli will be playing Qatar …

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Iranian-British Ryan Tafazolli sought by Queiroz..

Iran’s national manager Carlos Queiroz has been keeping an eye on Peterborough defender Ryan Sirous Tafazolli who, though born in England, is qualified to play for the country through his father. The 6ft 5in defender, who started out in the same Southampton academy team as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, has had rave reviews since moving from Mansfield in the summer. Queiroz, best …

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Team Melli’s winter camp is on!

In a statement to ISNA today, Fereydoon Esfahanian , a member of the FFIRI Executive Committee assured the fans that Team Melli will be conducting a winter camp without giving any further details. Esfahanian said that FFIRI President and Executive Committee has recently met with the new Minister of Sports. Various subjects were discussed in the meeting including the preparation of …

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Masoud Shojaei pays for speaking his mind, Daei defends him.

A few weeks ago , Team Melli Midfield player , Masoud Shojaei stated that there is corruption in Iran’s sport. He made these allegation in a n interview. Although there is nothing new in Shojaei’s statement and in Iran’s football in particular, corruption is the worst kept secret, the Iranian football federation was not amused by the Panionios FC player’s allegations …

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The corruption that refuses to go away in Asia.

As it stands, football has proven beyond any shadow of doubt that it is one corrupt game full of scrupulous and shoddy characters. From the high echelons of FIFA in Switzerland all the way round the globe to small but strong and influential mafias of match fixing in Asia, the corruption is rife in every sense of the word. And …

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