Persepolis wins league clash against struggling Machine Sazi

IRNA - Visitor Persepolis defeated the struggling side of Tabriz, machine Sazi, Sunday in the first-leg match of League Cup. In front of some 15,000 partisan spectators in Tabriz Takhti Stadium, the reds netted once in the second half to beat Machine Sazi at home.

Kord blames channel three

PLDC - Due to a lack of coordination, the match between Persepolis of Tehran and Machin Sazi of Tabriz was not broadcast live on television and this brought many unexpected complaints, many of which were received by The Iranian Professional League Organization (PLO).

League to use first rate referees

PLDC - According to Manucheher Nazari, Head of the Iranian Football Refereeing Committee, any referee who has suitable capabilities will be used in the Professional League matches. This comment follows the use of top Iranian referee, Mansour Mohammadi, in the Sepahan - Malavan match in the fourth week.

Parvin, "No need for foreign coach"

PLDC - The Elimination Cup match of Persepolis against Machine Sazi of Tabriz (at home to Machinsazi) took place yesterday, 10/11/2002, and ended with the 1-0 defeat of the hosts. Payan Rafaat scored the goal for Persepolis in the 80th minute.

Begovic after Elimination championships

PLDC - Foolad is playing against Mes Kerman in their away leg of the Elimination Cup tournament on Tuesday, 12/11/2002. Vingo Begovic, head coach of Foolad Khouzestan, commented in this regard, "We intend to play with all our might as we aim to become the champions of the tournament.

Persepolis wants both cups

PLDC - According to Aref Mohammadvand, Persepolis player, the defensive stance of the teams in the Professional League is not attractive and is not approved by the fans. But in their week four match against Zob Ahan, Persepolis's 3-2 loss was because Zob Ahan had closed all areas of attack to Persepolis.

Best of the Fourth Week of the League

PLDC - In the fourth week of the professional Iranian League 20 goals were scored by the teams. Of the 7 matches played, two were draws. The following is an evaluation of the best of the fourth week :

Parvin looking for ideal formation

PLDC - In an interview after Persepolis lost at home to Zob Ahan of Isfahan with the result of 1-0 in the 4th week of the Iranian Professional League, Mahmood Khordbin (Persepolis team supervisor) said, “After a recommendation by the technical staff and pleadings by the players, Sohrab Entezari (who was told to leave practice sessions and club by Parvin ,head coach, because of bad performance) was once again allowed to take part in the club camp and began training.”

Hamburg's Mahdavikia recovers from back injury to return to practice

IRNA - Hamburger SV's Iranian international striker Mehdi Mahdavikia returned to team practice after being sidelined with a severe back injury for three weeks, the club online site said Friday.

Iran must persevere, urges national team supervisor

AFC - Iran national team supervisor Mohammad Ranjbar has urged the side not to rest on its laurels after their Asian Games victory in Busan last month.

Zarincheh, “We must win from Abu Moslem”

PLDC - It appears that Javad Zarincheh will take up his usual post in Esteghlal Tehran as team captain and defender for the 4th week match against Abu Moslem on Friday, 08/11/2002. After the recent two losses by Esteghlal, the club is walking on a knife edge despite the promises of the head coach, Koch, of future victories.

Malavan hopes for one point

PLDC - Malavan Anzali will face Sepahan Esfahan away in the 4th week of the Iranian Professional League on Friday, 08/11/2002 and is apparently hoping for the draw and keeping their present position (11th) in the table.

Yavari, “Estehglal will lose in Mashhad”

PLDC - In the 4th week Professional League match Esteghlal Tehran will play against Abu Moslem on Friday, 08/11/2002 in Mashhad. Abu Moslem who is doing well in fifth place in the league table is determined to defeat the guests.