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Benfica is after Taremi.

Benfica FC, Portugal’s most celebrated and greatest club is on the lookout for Team Melli and Rio Aves striker, Mehdi Taremi. The news has been reported by Record.pt website.

According to the popular site, the Iranian striker appeals to the Benfica officials who see Taremi as an advantageous solution who can bring glories to the club.

Taremi has done exceptionally well for Rio Ave before the endemic outbreak and suspension of the league. Rio Ave has been approached by several Portugues clubs including Sporting regarding the possible transfer of Taremi, but the reluctance of the club to release the player short of their expected valuation and also their aspiration to make the Europa League has put a stop to these negotiations. However, post COVID19 the situation might be different, and Rio might concede to a club such as Benfica which is has been rumored to offer 10 million Euros for Taremi.

Mehdi Taremi has scored 8 goals in the league for Rio Ave. He was transferred from Qatar Star League club Al Gharaffa to Rio for an undisclosed sum. Taremi was Persepolis’ top scorer in 2017/18.


Transfer Rumours: Mehdi Taremi to FC Porto!

According to José Fernandes a journalist at the newspaper OGogo, Mehdi Taremi and FC Porto have already signed a pre-agreement for Rio Ave forward to join FC Porto.

Mehdi Taremi is Al-Gharafa player loaned to Rio Ave. The transfer is imminent according to the journalist but highly dependent on whether Tiquinho Soares’s deal with AS Roma is finalized.

Taremi has been in an excellent form season with the middle of the table Rio Ave in the Portuguese League. The 27 Years old former Persepolis and IranJavan Busheher player has scored 8 goals this season, 5 goals in the league and 3 in the cup competition.  This is despite an injury he suffered earlier in the season which placed him on the injury list for a few weeks. Taremi has been a regular starter for Rio Ave and registered several assists on top of his goals.

Porto’s interest in Mehdi Taremi is significant as they are one of the top teams in Portugal. They have been dominating the Portuguese football along with Benfica. Porto has won the league 28 times with season 2017/18 being the last. PC Porto won the UEFA Champions League twice in 1986/87 and 2003/04 seasons. They also won the UEFA Cup twice and the UEFA Super Cup once in 1987. The club has a strong European pedigree. The other Portuguese icon, Benfica is currently leading the table with 45 points while FC Porto is second on 41 with 16 games played.  FC Porto head coach is Sérgio Conceição

The transfer of Taremi to FC Porto required the agreement of the Qatari club Al-Gharafa.

Taremi joins Portuguese club Rio Ave.

Portuguese club Rio Ave has hired Iranian forward Mehdi Taremi, who played for Qatar’s Al-Gharafa, the Portuguese Premier League club announced today.

The 27-year-old, who is international for his country, with 47 games and 19 goals, has signed a two-year contract and is already in Vila do Conde and will soon be part of the squad.

Team Melli’s leading scorer for the season, Mehdi Taremi, who may also play as a midfielder, has played most of his career in Iranian football, having excelled at Persepolis before joining Al-Gharafa (played 24 games and scored 10 goals) last season. 

According to the information provided by Rio Ave, Taremi will join the remaining squad, at the orders of coach Carlos Carvalhal.

Mehdi Taremi’s hat trick spells doom for Syria

Team Melli started a new era under coach Marc Wilmots with an empathetic 5-0 win against the tough Syrian National team in Azadi Stadium on Thursday.

In a day full of positives, Mehdi Taremi scored a stunning hat trick including a goal with a reverse scissors kick each side of Alireza Jahanbakhsh goal and debutant Allahyar Sayyadmanesh . It seems that the absent of the top Iranian forward of the season, Sardar Azmoun , Saman Ghoddos and Ashkan Dejagah was not much of a concern for Team Melli.

Jahanbakhsh scored the opener with a clever slotted ball finish, while the teenager made his debut minutes earlier scored the fifth goal to seal the match and mark a memorable day for Team Melli.

Not many teams in the world can claim a 5 goal margin win against Syria, a team with physical strength and mental toughness that has been passed on for generations.

Despite having most of the ball possession, Team Melli did not really threaten Ahmad Madania in the Syrian goal. It took a cleaver steal from Alireza Jahanbaksh, who had a season to forget in the English Premiere league, right inside the Syrian box and a clever shimmy followed by an accurate ball to the far end of Madania for Team Melli to strike on the half hour.

7 minutes after Jahanbakhsh’s goal it was the turn of Mehdi Taremi to start recording a historic match for himself, a match that he will cherish for a long time. The opener for Taremi was the result of a clever back heel pass by Ansarifard slicing open the tough Syrian defence for Taremi to receive the pass, take his time to round the keeper and slot the ball in.

The first half finished with a 2 goals lead for Team Melli. At no time in the half was there any indication that this will be an easy win for Team Melli as the physically strong and tough tackling Syrians gave little breathing space for the host.

The tough tackling had its first casualty, though in Majid Hosseini who was tackled hard and fell on the ground with a suspected dislocated shoulder in the second half. Kanani-Zadegan took Hosseini’s place in the central of defense.

Mehdi Taremi was on the roll as he scored his second in a spectacular fashion. The type of goals the fans love to watch and the TV to broadcast over and over again. His overhead scissors kick wrong footed the Syrian keeper whose desperate attempt failed to stop the ball hitting the net. The Al Gharafa forward scored his second and Iran’s third goal.

From this moment, it became clear that the Syrians were deflated. 3-0 was a big margin for such a proud and never says die team. They have never been beaten by an Iranian team with a 3 goals margin and although they have not given up per se, there were signs of gaps developing in their midfield and defense while the star forward Omar Al Somah had very little support up front.  The Syrian defensive cover work seemed crack sometimes too easily.

Team Melli took full advantage of that and Taremi, once again was on the score sheet. His third was scored with a nice header from an acute angle. The fully stretched Madania managed to touch the ball but it had too much pace and Taremi completed his hat trick. Iran 4 Syria 0

And the icing on the cake was a perfect introduction of young Esteghlal forward, Allahyar Sayyadmanesh. On the 79th minute Ansarifard was withdrawn to be replaced by Sayyadmanesh who has yet to complete his 18th birthday to make his debut.

Two minutes later, a clever through ball and perfectly timed run by the debutant, created a one to one situation with Syrian keeper. Allahyar though, seemed to get his bearing all wrong and mildly shot wild of the advancing keeper.

However, just before the end of regulation time, a corner by Hajsafy was met by towering the Sayyadmanesh who jumped and headed powerfully into the net. A beautiful goal indeed and a perfect curtain raiser for one of the future stars of Iranian football.

All in all, it was a 10 out of 10 performance by Team Melli and a perfect start fot the Belgian Marc Wilmots. Apart from the introduction of Sayyadmanesh this team was the legacy of Carlos Queiroz. However, there is a marked change in the philosophy between the former Team Melli coach who was an avid believer in tight defenses and the philosophy of the new regime as clearly stated by Wilmots in his pre-match press conference.

Wilmots team will be playing offensive football but not forgetting the delicate balance between going on all-out attack and reasonable strong defense.

One thing that Queiroz has created in this team though and has to be credited for it, is creation of a strong team with plenty of options in every position. It will Make Marc Wilmots job that much easier.

Al Ain: Ahead of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 semi-final between two unbeaten giants of Asia, the-AFC.com looks at the key facts and history surrounding the eagerly-anticipated clash.

No Taremi for Team Melli

The major team news ahead of the semi-final is the enforced absence of Mehdi Taremi, who will miss Monday’s clash through suspension having collected a second yellow card against China PR.

While card trouble has cost them the Al Gharafa star, who has scored three goals in UAE 2019, the Iranians will welcome back Vahid Amiri, while Yoshinuri Muto returns from suspension for Japan.

Outstanding yellow cards were erased following the quarter-finals, meaning only a red card in Monday’s match will result in a player missing the final.

Carlos Queiroz’s Iran have become one of only three teams in history to go through their first five games at an AFC Asian Cup without conceding a goal, but the amazing record of goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand goes back even further.

The Persepolis shot-stopper has represented his country in 20 competitive matches (including UAE 2019 and FIFA World Cup qualifiers and finals) and conceded only four goals, keeping a remarkable 17 clean sheets, with only Portugal, Spain and Syria finding a way past him.

Japan have claimed a piece of statistical history of their own in the UAE. Hajime Moriyasu’s side are the first ever to win five successive matches by a single-goal winning margin.

Asian powerhouses, divergent histories

The two sides are both Asian football powerhouses, having qualified for the past two FIFA World Cups – and in Japan’s case, every edition since 1998 – but the East Asians have had far more recent success on the continental stage.

While Iran are enjoying the excitement of being 90 minutes away from reaching the AFC Asian Cup final for the first time since 1976, Japan have been champions in four of the last seven editions, and three of the current squad were part of the victorious 2011 team.

Japan have only ever lost once at this stage of the competition, a 3-2 defeat to Saudi Arabia in 2007, which was also the last time the Samurai Blue lost any AFC Asian Cup match outside of penalty shootouts.

Despite making their first appearance in the last four since 2004, Iran have not a lost a single AFC Asian Cup match inside 90 minutes this century, with three of their previous eliminations coming from the penalty spot, and the other twp – both defeats to Korea Republic – suffered in extra time.

Unfamiliar foes

Despite their permanent presence in the latter stages of both the AFC Asian Cup and FIFA World Cup qualifying, Japan and Iran have consistently managed to avoid each other in competition draws.

It has been over a decade since their last competitive fixture, a 2-1 Samurai Blue win in 2005, while their last AFC Asian Cup clash came back in 2004 when the two sides shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw in Group D.




H / A / N Matches W D L Goals + / –
H 3 1 2 0 5 – 4 1
A 3 0 1 2 2 – 4 -2
N 11 5 3 3 12 – 10 2
Total 17 6 6 5 19 – 18 1



Date Competition H / A / N score Stadium Attendance
13.10.2015 Friendly H 1 – 1 Azadi Stadium , Tehran 15,000
17.08.2005 World Cup Qualifier A 1 – 2 Nissan Stadium , Yokohama 65,000
25.03.2005 World Cup Qualifier H 2 – 1 Azadi Stadium, Tehran 120,000
28.07.2004 Asian Cup N 0 – 0 Olympics Sport Centre , Chongqing 52,000
11.08.1999 Friendly A 1 – 1 International Stadium, Yokohama 35,860
16.11.1997 World Cup Qualifier N 2 – 3 Larkin Stadium-Johor Bahru 22,000
18.10.1993 World Cup Qualifier N 2 – 1 Al Khalifa Stadium , Doha 15,000
03.11.1992 Asian Cup A 0 – 1 Big Arch Stadium , Hiroshima 37,000
01.10.1990 Asian Games N 1 – 0 Fengtai Sports Center-Beijing 10,000
20.01.1989 Friendly H 2- 2 Azadi Stadium, Tehran 50,000
04.12.1988 Asian Cup N 0 – 0 Qatar FC Stadium , Doha 4,000
22.09.1986 Asian Games N 2 – 0 Hanbat Stadium, Daejeon 30,000
20.11.1982 Asian Games N 0 – 1 Modeltown Stadium-New Delhi 10,000
18.12.1966 Asian Games N 1 – 0 Tarua Football Stadium-Bangkok 20,000
11.12.1966 Asian Games N 1 – 3 Chulalongkon University Stadium-Bangkok 10,000
08.03.1951 Asian Games N 3 -2 Ambedkar Stadium -New Delhi 30,000
07.03.1951 Asian Games N 0 – 0 Ambedkar Stadium – New Delhi 23,000

Masoud Shojae to join Panionios FC

Team Melli’s winger and midfield player , Masoud Shojae (32 Years) have agreed a deal with the Greek Super League outfit, Panionios FC.

Shojaei , who was playing for the QSL Al Gharafa last season in Qatar, will be joining his compatriot , Karim Ansarifard in the same team in Greek league.  Shojaei has played in the Spanish La Liga side Osasuna (101 games & 8 goals) and Segunda Division , Las Palmas (29 games & 5 goals) before returning east to the Persian Gulf and joining Qatar league.

Panionios FC were performing quite strongly in last season and with the help of Ansarifard’s goals , as they climbed the table near the top , but their campaign faltered towards the end and were finally ranked 5th , which was a massive improvement from the season before when they just managed to avoid relegation.

Panionios management has been trying to strengthen the squad to mount a good run and yet another title challenge in the Super League Greece season 2016/17.  They play their home games in Nea Smyrni Stadium with a capacity of 11.700 seats. Panionios FC is one of the oldest and most historic Greek teams.