Third futsal `Media Cup' starts

IRNA - The third futsal Media Cup started in Sheikholeslam Hall of Shahid Heidarnia Sports Complex, central Tehran, on Thursday. On the first day of competitions that 20 teams have participated in, the teams of Jahan-e Eqtessad, Jahan-e Football, Iran News, and Radio Varzesh won their matches against Esteqlal-e Javan, Javan, Shabakeh Khabar, and Iran-e Varzeshi respectively.

"Doroudgar: We will lodge complaint against Branco"

PFDC - Aftab Yazd newspaper prints that head of Futsal Committee of Iran's Football Federation, Sadeq Doroudgar, said the contract of Iran's Croat Head Coach Branko Ivankovic with the IFF will end on January 26, 2003 and according to law he should refer to the federation warning that if the Croat does not return to Iran, then the IFF has the right to lodge a complaint against him.

SAIPA names new managing director

IRNA - SAIPA automaking group Managing Director Engineer Ahmad Qal'e-Bani Tuesday appointed Seyed Mehrdad Hashemi as the new managing director of his cultural-sports institute.

7 Candidates Eliminated in IFF Presidency Run

PFDC - It was reported today that seven candidates were disqualified from the total 34 candidates due to lacking the required minimum age of 30 in the race for the presidency of the Iranian Football Federation (IFF).

Azizi: I accepted to join national team again only because of Shahrokhi

PFDC - Khodada Azizi was once again invited to the national team after a long time due to his disagreements with the resigned IFF president Mr. Safahi Farahani and previous national team coaches Blazevic and Ivankovic.

Injured Karimi may miss testimonial

Gulf News - Iranian Ali Karimi, one of the players lined up for the All-Stars team may not be available for the Adnan Al Talyani testimonial match.

41 called up to attend national soccer camp

IRNA - The Technical Committee of Iran's national soccer squad Sunday invited 41 players to participate in the training sessions. Iran is preparing for a four-sided international tournament in Hong Kong to be held on February 1-4.

Shahrokhi, “We had to win”

PLDC - In the ninth week of the Iranian Professional League, Pas of Tehran defeated Esteghlal Ahwaz with the score of 2-0. Despite the fact that Homayoon Shahrokhi, head coach of Pas, believes that they always have difficulties playing in Ahwaz after years of experience playing there, his team won.

Best of the ninth week of the League

PLDC - In the ninth week of the professional Iranian League 12 goals were scored by the teams, 4 of which were by Peykan against Malavan Anzali. Of the 7 matches played, there were no draws. The following is an evaluation of the best of the ninth week, which has placed Sepahan of Isfahan still on top of the league table.

Sepahan to get 6 points in 10th week

PLDC - Sepahan Isfahan defeated Zob Ahan with the weak result of 1-0 in the ninth week of the Iranian Professional League. This result has given Sepahan the three points and they still stand at the top of the league table with 25 points which is five ahead of the other teams.

Shahrokhi appointed head coach of Iran's football team

IRNA - Iran's Federation of Football on Saturday appointed Homayoun Shahrokhi as the head coach of Iranian national team. Prior to this appointment, Shahrokhi was serving as the head coach of Pas of Tehran.

Mazaheri, “Begovich is best choice of National Team”

PLDC - Vahid Mazaheri, forward midfield and technical player of Foolad Khouzestan, is one of the favored players of Vingo Begovic, head coach of Foolad Khouzestan these days. He is performing well by scoring sensitive goals and giving his club important points in most game. He is now in the spotlight.

Shahroodi will be best on Friday

PLDC - In the 9th week match of the Professional League on Friday, Persepolis will face Sanat Naft with Reza Sharoodi in the team formation. Shahroodi who was on the bench last week is surprised about this fact himself. In a press interview, he commented, “I don’t know why I was on the bench against Pas (8th week). I didn’t ask Parvin, head coach of Persepolis, anything about it though. We must respect his decisions as coach.”