West Ham likelier than Arsenal for ‘Iranian Messi’, competition prepared to pay €10m

Sportwitness - Reportedly a target for Jürgen Klopp last November, Sardar Azmoun, or should we say the ‘Iranian Messi’, now looks close to a move to Serie A.

FIVE ASIAN PLAYERS WHO RETIRED YOUNG

AFC - Given the relatively short careers on offer to footballers it’s rare, but not entirely unheard of, to see them give the job up so early, as the-AFC.com reveals by profiling five stars who retired at an early age.

Tehran derby to be held in Bielefeld

Tehran Times - Iranian giants Persepolis and Esteghlal will play a pre-season friendly in Bielefeld, Germany.

Iran’s long-serving journalist Behmanesh passes away

TEHRAN Times – Iran’s long-serving journalist Ataollah Behmanesh passed away at the age of 94 in Tehran’s Bank Melli Hospital on Sunday.

Omid Ebrahimi ruled out of action for eight weeks

Tehran Times - Esteghlal iconic defensive midfielder Omid Ebrahimi underwent surgery for torn abdominal muscle on Saturday.

Ali Karimi Appointed Naft Tehran Coach

Tasnim - Former Bayern Munich and Persepolis midfielder Ali Karimi has been named as new head coach of Naft Tehran.

Iran beach soccer team maintains place in world rankings

PTV - The national Iranian men's beach soccer team has kept its position as the best Asian squad in the latest edition of the Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) rankings, and stayed put in the world’s third spot.

Mojtaba Jabbari Joins Iran's Esteghlal Football Team

Tasnim - Mojtaba Jabbari has returned to Esteghlal of Tehran football team after four years.

Mehdi Taremi Free to Open Talks with Interested Clubs

Tasnim - Persepolis and Iran national football team striker Mehdi Taremi has been granted permission to negotiate with interested clubs.

Giti Pasand Completes Signing of Brazilian Vitor Hugo

Tasnim - Iranian futsal club Giti Pasand has completed the signing of Brazilian Vitor Hugo.

2018 World Cup expected to draw many Iranians to Russia

Syndigate - The 2018 FIFA World Cup is anticipated to lure many Iranian fans to Russia as Iran national team has been qualified for the prestigious event which will be held next year.

Zob Ahan Reaches Agreement with Georgian Defender Gvelesiani

Tasnim - Iranian football club Zob Ahan is set to hire Georgian defender Giorgi Gvelesiani.

Khaled Shafiei joins FC Seoul

Tehran Times - Khaled Shafiei became the first Iranian to appear in the K League Classic after signing a deal with FC Seoul. The 30-year-old defender has joined the K League Classic side from Tractor Sazi.

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