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Syria ; Team Melli’s tough opponent.

Team Melli will meet Syria on Tuesday in the hope of extending its lead in the group ahead of Korea and Uzbekistan who will be meeting an hours earlier in Seoul World Cup Stadium. The FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers will reach the halfway line at the end of this round. War-torn Syria has elected Malaysia as the home base,  which …

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Teymourian denies any rift with Queiroz

Andranik Teymourian has denied any rift with the head coach of Team Melli following his exclusion from the squad which is playing Syria on the 15th of November in the 5th round of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers. Despite losing two vital players through suspensions in Azmoun and Hajsafy , Queiroz complicated the matters further with  his exclusion of the …

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AFC Annual Awards in need of reforms.

Once again the pathetic AFC Annual Awards are upon us, and once again the much criticized set of awards is being flaunted as the première platform of Asian Football top awards. Accusations that the awards are highly politicized, has very little to do with reality and lack of transparency has marred this annual process. All hopes of improvement and reform …

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Team Melli trounces Papua New Guinea 8-1

Team Melli beat Papua New Guinea 8-1 in a friendly game in the Malaysian city of Selangor early today Thursday. The first half ended 2-0 for Iran with Dejagah opening the scoring followed by Mehdi Taremi late in the half.  Papua New Guinea scored early in the second half to make it 2-1 before the floodgates opened literary in the …

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Team Melli to play Papua New Guinea on Friday

After the cancellation of Team Melli’s friendly against Thailand, an alternative match has been hastily arranged against Papua New Guinea in Shah Alam Stadium in Malaysia on Friday Nov 11th 2016. Papua New Guinea is a member of the Oceanic Football Confederation. Its highest ever FIFA ranking was 160, in June 2004. In its last match on 17th June 2016, international Friendly,  Papua …

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Liverpool lining up move for Rostov & Team Melli Forward Sardar Azmoun

Liverpool are considering a January move for the FC Rostov forward Sardar Azmoun in response to Jürgen Klopp’s concerns over the loss of Danny Ings and Sadio Mané in the new year. Azmoun has been linked with several Premier League clubs, Everton and Stoke City among them, having impressed for the Russian club since a controversial move from Rubin Kazan. …

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Ando Teymourian is axed from Team Melli!

The latest squad of Team Melli has one unpleasant surprise as the Captain Andranik Teymourian has been omitted from the list. Teymourian, who has not started the last 2 matches for Team Melli, has been left behind and will not make the trip to Malaysia for the training camp or the match against Syria.  Team Melli will be leaving on Tuesday. …

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Iran to challange Brazil for the beach soccer title

Iran and Brazil advanced to the Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup Final after beating Tahiti and Russia in the semi finals victories on Friday. Iran Beach Soccer team , title winner in 2013, reached the final of the 2016 edition in Dubai by defeating Tahiti 8-6. Iran goals were scored by Akbari (3 goals), Meisegar (2 goals) Blockbashi (2 goals) and …

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Iran punished by FIFA for disciplinary misconduct

IRIFF is to pay a hefty CHF 85,000  (US$ 87,784) fine to FIFA as a result of sanctions imposed on the football association for incidents during recent 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying matches, including the discriminatory and severe unsporting conduct of spectators as well as religious manifestations. In the match against Qatar , the altercation and the chaos that ensued Iran’s …

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Mansour Pourhaidary passes away.

Mansour Pourhaidary  (70 years) The ex-Team Melli player and Esteghlal Captain has passed away suffering from cancer in a Tehran hospital Today. Pourhaidary featured in the squad of Team Melli in the 1970 Asian games. He played both the matches in that competition. spent the last few years in several managerial positions with his beloved club Esteghlal .

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