Parvin surprised by Pirouzi success

Pirouzi coach Ali Parvin admitted that he didn't think Pirouzi would win the Iran Professional League on Tuesday night, saying that he believed Esteghlal would get the points they required against Malavan Anzali.

Esteghlal's Next Move

PLDC - Last night, Mansoor Pourheidari, Head Coach of Esteghlal of Tehran, after the bad luck his team experienced in trying to become IPL Champion resigned leaving Esteghlal in the hands of Amir Ghalenoei.

Iran wins friendly against Kuwait

National soccer squad of Iran hammered Kuwait 3-1 Thursday in a friendly in front of over six thousand Iranian spectators, who outnumbered Kuwaitis here.

Malavan Gatecrashes Blues' Party, Hands Reds Trophy

TEHRAN - Malavan played the role of a giantkiller in the last 90 minutes as it beat visitor table-topper, Esteqlal of Tehran, 1-0 in Bandar Anzali, helping Pirouzi snatch the trophy of the first Iran Pro League Tuesday.

Why Perspolis deserved IPL Championship

PFDC - Perhaps they were technically not the most accomplished team in the league, and certainly when it comes to individual players skills, they did lack behind in quality compared to the few other top IPL teams, but there is no denying that this team worked as a cohesive unit, had the perseverance and determination of a unique kind and last but not least they were the more determined to win the championship.

Mahdavikia's condition listed "satisfactory" following surgery

Iranian football international and Hamburg forward Mehdi Mahdavikia is in a "satisfactory condition" following a back surgery and will "soon" be able to practice again, Mahdavikia's surgeon here Wednesday told IRNA during a phone interview.

One killed after football fans clash

Ahvaz - A 20-year-old boy was killed in the southern city of Masjed Soleyman in Khuzestan province on Tuesday night after a pitched battle broke out between the fans of two major football teams of capital Tehran.

AFC Champions League draw set

AFC - The draw for the inaugural AFC Champions League was conducted in Seoul, Korea on Monday, May 27. More than 50 teams from throughout the continent have entered the competition, which is set to kick off in August with the first qualifying round.

Hamburg's Mahdavikia undergoes back surgery

Iranian football international and Hamburg forward Mehdi Mahdavikia will miss the 2002/3 Bundesliga opener in August following his back surgery, the daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported here Tuesday. Mahdavikia is still recuperating from a disc operation last February and has not played for Hamburg since then.

"UAE move will revive my career", Iranian Ali Daei

MEF - DUBAI, May 26: Iran international centre-forward Ali Daei said in a press conference held in Dubai "the move to Al-Shabab FC will certainly take my career to new horizons," soon after joining the Emirati side for a two-year contract close to the $1.2 million mark.

Kuwait Friendly Players Announced

PFDC - The final list of the players who will play in the friendly game against Kuwait on May 30th was released today.

Daei to help lift Al Shabab fortunes

Gulf-News - Two-time UAE league champions Al Shabab Club have moved to strengthen their ranks by signing top Iranian striker Ali Daei and straightaway named him as captain. Club sources say that the contract is worth a whopping $1.2 million.

Penultimate week for Iran Professional League

TMDC - The close race between the two popular teams is IPL. Perspolis and Esteghlal Tehran will come to the end on Tuesday, when both teams will be playing their last matches. Esteghlal only needs a draw , while Perspolis needs a win and hope that their eternal rival drop some vital points.