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Easy win for Team Melli against India

Team Melli defeated India 4-0 in the match played in Azadi stadium on Thursday as part of the qualifying rounds of FIFA World Cup 2018. Iran leads group D with 17 points and +21 goal difference ahead of Oman (14 points and GD of + 6 ) . The two teams will meet next Tuesday in the final match of the …

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Indian Skipper Sunil Chhetri ruled out of India’s World Cup qualifier vs Iran

Indian Skipper Sunil Chhetri has been ruled out of his team’s World Cup qualifier games against Iran owing to a groin injury, dealing a body blow to the beleaguered outfit’s prospects of putting up a fight. The match for the Russia 2018 World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 is slated to be played in Tehran on Thursday. A 22-member team …

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Final list of 24 players announced for India and Oman matches.

Carlos Queiroz announced the final list of Team Melli players for the last two matches in Group D of Asian Zone FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers. All of the Legionnaire players who were not invited to the short training preparations camp , have been included in the final 24 players list. The hope that many older players will be rested …

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Goudarzi :No Iranian team will play with the Saudi’s on Neutral grounds

The Minister of Youth and Sport of the Iranian government , Mr. Mahmoud  Goudarzi announced that Iranian team playing against Saudi teams in a neutral country as demanded by the Saudi government and approved by AFC, is out of question. This statement , by the highest authority in sport in the Iranian government  will create an unenviable situation for the …

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Dealing with AFC Politics.

The Saudi applied political pressures on the Asian Football Confederation has paid off as the AFC announced that the matches between Iranian and Saudi clubs would be played  on neutral grounds in contradiction of the AFC competition rules and  in a clear violation of the World Football ruling body’s mandates and obligation to distant  politics from sport. Iran and Saudi …

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AFC side with Suadi Arabia by its latest ruling!

Saudi Arabian clubs will play Champions League matches against Iranian teams at neutral venues this year because of the lack of improvement in relations between the two countries, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia cut all ties with Iran in January after its embassy in Tehran was attacked following the Saudis’ execution of a prominent Shi’ite …

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More new faces in Team Melli squad

Carlos Queiroz continued his quest to produce a new fresh looking team that can compete at the highest level with introduction of more new faces to Team Melli. Most of the senior players and old guards were left out for the final two matches which have very little effect on the outcome as Iran has already qualified. Players being set aside including …

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Team Melli resumes training

Carlos Queiroz lead Team Melli training this morning in preparation for the final two home games of the 2018 World Cup Qualification Group D starting with the home tie against India in Azadi Stadium on 24th March then 5 days later against Oman .   The training was conducted on natural turf of the Oil Company sport facilities after Queiroz complained …

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FIFA mete out punishment to India for fielding ineligible player against Iran.

The FIFA disciplinary committee’s findings raised eyebrows about the Indian management’s awareness on their players’ eligibility in the tie vs. Iran, India fined CHF 6000. In a major embarrassment to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the Indian national football team, world football’s governing body, FIFA, on Tuesday ruled that they had found theBlue Tigers guilty of fielding an …

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India name probables for 2018 football World Cup preliminary qualifiers

Press Trust of India | Image Credit: Getty Images. Star striker Sunil Chhetri is among a 28-strong Indian probable squad announced on Tuesday for the 2018 football World Cup preliminary qualifying round matches against Iran and Turkmenistan. While India travel to Tehran to play Iran on March 24, they will host Turkmenistan in Kochi on March 29 in the Qualification …

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