Tag: FC Rostov

Football Management of Iran !

Much has been said about the weaknesses of management in Iran’s football circles. The endless tales of failures by management of the football federation and clubs in Iran, is becoming so intolerable to the extent that the state-controlled and highly conformist Iranian media is becoming increasingly critical of the poor showing and embarrassingly appalling performance and decisions of the men in charge of football in the country.

Lack of proper selection and appointment mechanism of directors and personnel in Iranian clubs, dearth of experienced and skilled managers in football, poor international influences and relations building strategy, non-existent public relations , lack of vision , deficiency in  commercial activities and marketing skills , and absence of long term strategies are just a few of a long list of shortcomings that mars the working of football management in Iran.

It is quite safe to say, that without the government financial backing, none of the major clubs would be in existence and would have been bankrupt. That includes the major big clubs such as Esteghlal and Persepolis the two giants of Tehran, Zob Ahan and Sepahan of Esfahan and all the way to clubs in the South and North of Iran. Simply said these clubs could not run successfully and independently because there are very few capable, experienced and qualified football management running these clubs. The fact that government handouts is readily available, makes the situation even worse because these managers do not need to work hard to generate revenue to sustain the clubs activities.

 It is believed that Sepahan is one of the best run and most successful clubs in Iran. That is all relative, of course, as other clubs believe that the generous contribution by the state owned steel industry has been the main factor behind Sepahan’s success by pouring money into it.

However, it is prudent to review Sepahan and Sardar Azmoun episode

The prolific Team Melli young striker comes from the Turkmen region and was born in Gonbad-e Kāvus ,  of Golestan province on the New Year’s eve in 1995. He played football in various small provincial clubs before the scouts of Sepahan club spotted him in 2010 and invited him to join the youth Academy for development of talented player. It was definitely a fine move by the Esfahani club.

In the 3 years that Azmoun was registered under Sepahan, he was selected to represent Iran at several age Teams. He was always excellent and full of potential. However, Sepahan failed to see his real potential and opted to put on the sideline until a club from far away land of Chechnya decided that there is an enormous potential in this young Iranian lad that is worth investing in.

Sardar Azmoun, arguably, the best Iranian talent in the past two decades, left to Rubin Kazan without playing a single match for Sepahan senior team, not in the league nor in the cup.

Furthermore,  Sepahan Management never thought of protecting their investment by binding the player to a contract or writing a clause in it for future, like most other professional clubs do. Clauses to claim part of future transfers as their share of development of the player. So, after 3 years of work by Sepahan coaches at all levels, the boy left to Russia without Sepahan getting anything of significance.

Today, Azmoun’s current market value is close to £11.05 million, which FC Rostov will be getting from his sale to any club interested in the 22 year old striker; Those clubs include Première league Liverpool and Arsenal.

What about Sepahan? They will get zilch, no development right fees and no percentage of transfer fee, simply because amateurs’ are running the commercial departments of the clubs. People short of vision and devoid of ideas and strategy.

One can only imagine how bad & chaotic the business is conducted in clubs like Esteghlal and Persepolis, who are getting the lion-share of the public funds and government handouts without producing single Iranian young talented players in the last two decades.




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. Liverpool, with the newly appointed sporting director, Michael Edwards, leading their recruitment department, have monitored the 21-year-old this season and are considering an offer when the transfer window reopens.

The Iran international has carried his goalscoring form into Rostov’s Champions League campaign this season, playing an influential role in their progress through the qualifying rounds with goals against Anderlecht and Ajax and also scoring against Atlético Madrid in last week’s group game.

Azmoun joined Rostov in February 2015 on loan from Rubin Kazan, who appealed to the Court of Arbitration – and lost – when his current employers triggered what Kazan claimed was a non-existent buy-out clause this summer.

With Ings out for the season following knee surgery and Mané bound for the Africa Cup of Nations, Klopp has admitted that Liverpool require reinforcement in attack, specifically out wide, in January.

Sardar Azmoun injury concern.

Team Melli center forward Sardar Azmoun was injured and taken to hospital by an ambulance during Friday’s match between FC Rostov vs. Krylya Sovetov Samara in the Russian Premier League.

Sardar was substituted in for Dimitry Poloz in the 64th minutes. Rostov won 2-1 to climb the table to 4th place with 10 points from 6 matches.

Early report indicates a suspected injury to the arm, however no confirmation was given on his status. FC Rostov will be meeting Bayern Munich in their first ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stages.

Team Melli’s next game will be away to Uzbekistan on the 6th October in Matchday 3 of the FIFA WC Russia 2018 third round qualifiers. Iran is in the second place behind leaders Uzbekistan with 4 points. The Uzbek has two victories against Syria and Qatar.

CAS overturns FIFA verdict on Sardar Azmoun

Team Melli striker Sardar Azmoun,  has been handed the good news following arbitration of CAS . He will continue playing for FC Rostov.

Azmoun who spent 2015-16 season at FC Rostov on loan from Rubin Kazan, was supposed to return to the Tatars at the end of the season; however Rostov triggered the buyout clause in Azmoun’s contract. Rubin  Kazan denied this clause and demanded that Sardar report to duty at Kazan as he is officially still a Kazan Rubin player.

FIFA ruled for Kazan however Azmoun’s lawyer appealed the case to CAS.

Finally CAS ruled in favor of Azmoun overturning FIFA’s ruling and he is now included in Rostov’s UEFA Champions League third qualifying round squad for the game against Anderlecht on Tuesday.

Azmoun finished seventh in 2015-16 Russian Premier League top scorer list scoring nine goals in 23 appearances, despite getting half as much playing time as some other top scorers.
He was also voted as the fifth most valuable player of the league, narrowly behind players such as Fyodor Smolov, Moussa Doumbia, and Brazilian superstar Hulk.

Sardar Azmoun continues to excel

Team Melli’s forward, Sardar Azmoun is continuing to impress in the Russian league with his team FC Rostov. Azmoun , who is on loan with Rostov has just scored his 8th league goal against Ural on Monday to set up a thrilling final round of the Russian league.

CSKA Moscow is leading the table with 62 points with one match to go , while Azmoun’s FC Rostov is in hot pursuit in 2nd place with 60 points. Interestingly, in the final round CSKA Moscow will meet Azmoun’s original team Rubin Kazan on 21st May in Kazan. A win will secure them the Russian League title.

Meanwhile FC Rostov will not be travelling too far with an away match to Terek Grozny  lying 7th in the table. FC Rostov must win to stand any chance of catching  CSKA Moscow in case of a slip up  in Kazan.


Sardar Azmoun could be out for two weeks!

According to FC Rostov website , Sardar Azmoun has suffered an injury during his team’s game against Dynamo Moscova in round 14th of the Russian League. Azmoun came as a sub in the 76th minute but was later declared as injured. The club site confirmed that their Iranian center forward will be out for at least two weeks.

There is no word from Team Melli camp on the status of Azmoun yet.

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 the third tier of the Spanish league.

The 18 years old player has only recently made his debut for Team Melli in the 1-0 win against Uzbekistan in a friendly in Tashkent.

Rubin Kazan coach criticizes Azmoun behavior.

The head coach of the Russian Club Rubin Kazan , Rinat Bilyaletdinov, has criticized the attitude and behavior of his Iranian player Sardar Azmoun. The Team Melli forward who was on loan to  FC Rostov, has been creating excuses not to return to Kazan according to the Russian coach.

“I don’t know who advises this player, whether it is his family , friends , coaches or his manager, but whatever they are telling him is not right and not professional. ” Bilyaletdinov was quoted in an interview published by soccer.ru. “He is a Rubin Kazan player who was loaned to FC Rostov. It was his wish to play for that team in order to re-unite with his previous boss in Kazan. We had no objection and allowed him to go. Now that the loan period is over, he should be back to his team but he is refusing to do so! First he said he is injured, so we gave him a few days to recover, but now he is no-show.”

Rinat Bilyaletdinov added “Since the Asian Cup , this player’s attitude has changed to he worse. He is not acting professionally and he is costing my team wastage of time and resources. If he does not want to play for Rubin Kazan , he should be man enough to tell us directly so we can sort the issue out. No need to play such games in this level of professional football.”

s to