Pourheidari unluckiest coach of season

PLDC - Mansour Pourheidari, head coach of Sanat Naft of Abadan, is having the hardest season of his life facing controversy about himself and his team, repeated losses and the weekly injury of one or two of his key players plus other pressures. Most of the players injured have been defenders, which is why the team has been losing in the past few weeks.

Bayani, “Esteghlal plays more logically”

PLDC - According to Shahrokh Bayani, veteran Iranian player, Esteghlal Tehran has improved since Ronald Koch, head coach, took over the club and the team plays a finer and more logical game. He is not only in support of the German coach but says that the team will improve in the future.

Bargh will try to defeat Esteghlal

PLDC - The chairman of Bargh Shiraz football club and Member of Parliament of the city, Sazergarnezhad, commented on the club and their 7th week Professional League match against Esteghlal Tehran. He said, “Bargh will face Esteghlal Tehran on Saturday, 14/12/2002, and we intend to play with all our might to win.

Some of players wanted to matches disposed of out of Abadan.

PLDC - Following the attack of some spectators to the cloakroom of Sanat-Naft after the match between Peykan and Sanat-Naft that drew 0-0, some of Sanat-Naft’s players wanted to play in another city.

Jordan unfazed over Iranian confrontation in Asian Cup qualifiers

MEF - Jordan manager Mahmoud El-Gohary stressed his satisfaction towards the Asian Cup qualifying draw, the Egyptian coach having his side being paired in Group 4 against giants Iran, Lebanon and either North Korea and India who are expected to battle out for one ticket in the preliminary round.

Mazloomi on the New IFF head

PLDC - The new head of the Iranian Football Federation is supposed to be selected soon and the candidates have introduced themselves to the IFF.

Best of the third week of the League

PLDC - In the sixth week of the professional Iranian League 8 goals were scored by the teams. Of the 7 matches played, four were draws and Pas and Zaob Ahan scored the highest number of goals, each two.

Fatemi upset with 0-0 draw

PLDC - In the 6th week of the Iranian Professional League, Esteghlal Tehran faced Foolad Khouzestan, on Sunday, 8/12/2002, and drew with the result of 0-0. After the match, Faraz Fatemi, Esteghlal striker commented, “I am really upset because we could not score no matter how hard we tried.

Tractor willing to sign Hamedani

IRNA - Tractor Sazi of Tabriz is eager to sign a contract with former Esteqlal midfielder Sattar Hamedani, said the club Monday. Talking to IRNA, the club's Public Relations Manager Assad Fallah added the team's Technical Committee has already voiced their interest in hiring Sattar Hamedani.

Hejazi, “I will candidate for Football Federation Chairmanship election”

PLDC - Naser Hejazi is looking for coaching out of Iran. Hejazi is waiting for this opportunity from one of his friends to begin his coaching in second vision of Austria. Maybe conditions and environment of Austria can show skills of Hejazi.

Halali, “No one is better than Pourheidari”

PLDC - In the 6th week of the Iranian Professional League, on Friday, 7th December, Peykan Tehran and Sanat Naft finished their games without any goals being exchanged. Since the start of the season, Esmaiel Halali, ex-Estehglal Tehran player, has been with Sanat Naft.

Ivancovic’s opinions on Iranian press

PLDC - Branco Ivancovic, head coach of the Iranian National Team, recently commented on the media and press in Iran. Here are his opinions and view points, “I believe that the media and the press have up to now gone their own way and there has always existed an opposition and resistance between the Football Federation and the media and press.

Azizi willing to return to National Team

PLDC - There has been much talk about Khodadad Azizi, Pas striker and ex-national team hero, returning to the National Team once again. He is best remembered for scoring the wining goal for the National Team in the return match against Australia in World Cup 2000 after which he retired from the team. Despite his age he is still an effective scorer of goals.