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Team Melli player arrested for partying.

The semi-official Mehr News has reported that a Team Melli player has been arrested for partying. The unnamed player was apparently attending a party and according to the news agency, he was intoxicated. The agency claimed two other players accompanying the arrested player escaped the scene in time to avoid arrest, however the security forces have identified the pair and asked …

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Karim Ansarifard signs for Greek club Panionios FC

Team Melli forward , Karim Ansarifard (25 years) signed a two-year contract with the Greek outfit Panionis FC. Karim who last season experienced his worst ever season as a professional playing for Osasuna , was released by the Spanish second division club after he failed to score a single goal during the entire season. Playing alongside his Team Melli Captain …

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Queiroz under fire again.

A member of the parliamentary Sports Sub-Committee faction has severely criticized Carlos Queiroz , the head coach of Team Melli , for failing to meet his obligations towards his duty. The Majlis representative censured the contract with Queiroz and said “ When the contract was signed in the manner of Treaty Turkmenchay* with some articles that are not enforceable, one …

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Alireza Jahanbakhsh tranfers to AZ Alkmaar

Team Melli winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh has left his club NEC on a transfer to  AZ Alkmaar. The 21-year-old attacker will undergo medical examination in Alkmaar on Tuesday 4th August AZ said Monday on the club website that both the player and NEC has reached a verbal agreement on the transfer. Jahanbakhsh will sign for five years with the number three …

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The beginning of league season, joy and gloom.

The 15th Season of Iran Pro football, the Persian Gulf League started with all its usual actions, fanfare, claims and counter claims by coaches, who never seem to tire from their blame culture. It was a bright start for Esteghlal , Sepahan , and Malavan all registering their first wins. The big game of the week between Tractorsazi and Naft …

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Persian Gulf League in action again.

The 15th season of Iran’s premiere league (Persian Gulf Professional League) will start in earnest from tomorrow Thursday 30th July 2015. 16 teams will be battling it out for the ultimate prize of lifting the Championship title and challenging the holder Sepahan Esfahan, the team with the most honors in the history of the league. The Esfahani team has been …

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Iran to play Japan on October 13th.

The friendly international against Japan has been finalized and will be played on FIFA Day on 13th October 2015 in Azadi Stadium. The match will come 5 days after Team Melli has played Oman its main Group D rival in FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers in Muscat. This friendly has been discussed  between the two federation but only finalized yesterday …

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Nekounam turns down assistant coach role in Team Melli

Javad Nekounam , the recently retired Team Melli Captain, expressed his gratitude towards Team Melli coach , Carlos Queiroz for offering him the job of assistant coach and said “He rather continue playing football”. Nekounam who is signing for Saipa Alborz team , has recently moved back to Iran after a unsuccessful stint with Osasuna in the second division of …

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Ezatollahi joins FC Rostov.

Saeid Ezatollahi Afagh Signed  a 4 year contract with the Russian Premier league team Rostov. Ezatollahi who has been with Spanish league club Atletico Madrid since August 2014 will join his Team Melli teammate Sardar Azmoun in Rostov. The Bandar Anzali  born player played for the Lower division team of Atletico Madrid, but the team was relegated last season to …

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Nuclear deal and Iran’s football.

It is not far from accurate to claim that the lifting of sanction against Iran in the aftermath of the nuclear deal especially when it comes to the banking sector, will have an immediate impact on Iran’s football like every other sector of society. Banking Restrictions One major problem that hindered the progress of football was the restrictions of money …

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