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FIFA Demands Explanation Over Ousted Iranian Footballers

FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association), has demanded the Islamic Republic to provide further information over its decision to drop two footballers from Iran’s national team, after they played for their Greek side against an Israeli team. Captain of Iran’s National Football team, Masoud Shojaei and his teammate, Ehsan Hajsafi played for full ninety minutes in their Greek team, Panionios …

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Glorious days for Iranian strikers in Europe.

Team Melli strikers in Europe, are rewriting the history and reaching feats that their predecessors did not manage or was unthinkable.  Reza Ghoochannejad, Sardar Azmoun , Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Karim Ansarifard the four players who happened to be all playing up front in their teams have done Iran’s football pride by consistently scoring goals in the most competitive of leagues. …

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Alireza Jahanbakhsh: The eye-catching Iranian, in name and style

Paul Williams  From humble beginnings, immensely talented midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh has the world at his feet, as Paul Williams explains… The 60-second story Born in the tiny town of Jirandeh in the mountainous Armalu District in northern Iran, Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s career started in humble surrounds when he joined the youth academy of local club Damash Gilan.   FACTBOX Date of …

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Omid Alishah : a star in the making.

The young man from Sari , Mazanderan has been making headlines in Iranian football since his arrival at Persepolis from Rah Ahan. The 23 years old who started his professional football at Nasaji before moving to Tehran with Naft, has been a regular in several age level Team Melli teams. Playing on the flanks and at times in the midfield …

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Dorna Montzemian, Swedish-Iranian Team Melli fan.

Sweden is a country that has been a favorite for immigrant Iranians. Despite the unforgivable weather and the cold climate, many Iranians have settled well in Sweden a country that has given refuge to thousands of people around the world and given them the opportunity to prosper and live a respectable life. Many Iranians excelled and integrated well in the …

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Sanctions choking Iran’s progress, says coach Queiroz

Melbourne (AFP) – Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has voiced anger and frustration at how international sanctions are damaging his plans to build the team’s future. The three-times Asian Cup champions began their bid for a first title in 39 years with an impressive 2-0 victory over Bahrain in Melbourne on Sunday, but Queiroz told AFP it was wrong that Iran’s …

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5th consecutive Asian Cup for Nekounam and approaching record.

Team Melli Captain, Javad Nekounam is on the brink of breaking a record of total match played for Team Melli. The current record holder is Ali Daei with 149 match appearances, while the Osasuna Captain is lagging behind by 2 matches with 147. The next competition that Nekounam can equal or overtake Daei record is the AFC Asian Cup 2015 in …

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“In Iran, experience and reputation supersedes education and qualifications. “ Afazeli said.

Human Afazeli, who was the Technical Manager of the Omid Team that has miserably failed in Asian Games 2014 Incheon, said that one of the biggest hurdles in Iran, and not just in football, is that the society favors , trusts and accepts people with experience and reputation on those who are educated ,  qualified and professionals in their job. “This …

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Asian Icons: Ali Karimi

AFC Player of the Year 2004, Ali Karimi, who recently announced the end of his compelling playing career, kicks-off the first of the-afc.com’s ‘Asian Icons’ series as we build up to the AFC’s 60th Anniversary celebrations in November by profiling the individuals and incidents that have impacted on the Asian game over the years. The charismatic Karimi will undoubtedly go …

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Kaffashian “I am stunned and shocked.”

Ali Kaffashian , the head of FFIRI claims that he was absolutely shocked and stunned by Iran’s youth team (U-19) after the loss against Yemen and subsequent elimination from the competition at the group stage. Iran lost 1-0 to Yemen and 2-1 in the first match against Thailand to remain pointless and hopeless for the next round of AFC Asian …

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