Woman applies to head Iranian football federation

AFP - A woman has applied to head the Iranian football federation despite the country's ban on women even entering football stadiums, a website reported on Saturday. Kadijeh Sepanji told that she wanted to blaze a trail for women.

Holleman to train Al Shabab

Gulf News - Al Shabab Club have signed up German coach Rainer Holleman as their senior football team coach until the end of the current season (2002-03).This was stated by Yousuf Ozair the Al Shabab football manager.

Ansarian recovering from injury

PLDC - Persepolis defender, Ali Ansarian, has been recovering from a recent injury and was absent against Malavan in the Elimination Cup. He also cannot participate in the team practice sessions and is working out alone.

Daei, “I am not middleman or dealer”

PLDC - There has recently been much speculation about Branco Ivancovic, head coach of Iran’s National Team, leaving Iran after the ending of his contract and his joining a UAE club (most possibly Al Shabab). Another rumor recently has it that Ali Daei, Al Shabab striker and National Team captain, has become the mediator between his club and Ivancovic.

Shahrokhi intends to do his duty

PLDC - Pas played at home against Foolad Khouzestan in the Elimination Cup tournament on Saturday, 30/11/2002 and defeated their opponents with the result of 3-1. After the match, Homayoon Shahrokhi, Pas head coach, commented, “Both teams played well in this game.

Al Ain close to sealing Kazemian transfer

AFC - United Arab Emirates club Al Ain are reportedly close to sealing the transfer of talented Iranian starlet Javad Kazemian after fellow rivals Al Shabab and Al Ahly have failed to clinch the coveted signature earlier last month.

Generous Al Jazira split points with Al Wasl

Gulf News - Al Jazira were in no mood to lose or to win. They drew their last two matches squandering all opportunities to snatch the leadership of the first division football league despite the fact that they took almost complete control of the encounter.

Fekri, “Referee was unfair”

PLDC - After the Naftchi – Esteghlal match in Uzbekistan, in which Esteghlal of Tehran qualified to the next round of the Asian Clubs Super Cup despite their loss to the hosts, Mahmood Fekri (Esteghlal defender) said, “We had gone to Uzbekistan to qualify to the next leg. We played well in the first half and had two or three opportunities to score goals. If we had paid more attention, we would have scored three goals.

Koch has opposite system to Ivancovic

PLDC - After the qualification of Esteghlal Tehran to the 1/8 round of the Asian Clubs Super Cup, Amir Haj Rezaei, Iranian coach, expressed his views about the club, “We have to respect the view points of Ronald Koch, Esteghlal Tehran head coach, as with his great knowledge of the game, he is injecting new blood into the veins of Iran and Esteghlal.”

Zarahbi or Sharafi - one must go

PLDC - Following the latest dispute between Asghar Sharafi, head coach of Pegah Rasht football club and Iraj Zahrabi, its chairman, the officials of the club have been requested by Sharafi to make a final decision as to whom they would prefer to stay on at the club.

Al Shaab surge to top by defeating Al Shabab

Gulf News - Al Shaab topped the First division football league standing after defeating Al Shabab 2-0 at Maktoum bin Rashid stadium in Dubai Thursday night. The home defeat only compounded Al Shabab's woes, who are at the bottom of the table with two points from two draws and five defeats.

Foolad Khozestan dealing with side issues

PLDC - Vingo Begovic, head coach of Foolad Khouzestan, in a recent press and media interview has commented that a number of people are out to wreck his team with side issues but that with the efforts of the players and the club such efforts would come to nothing.

Koch tells Esteghlal to forget Asian Cup

PLDC - In the first practice session of Esteghlal Tehran on Thursday, 28/11/2002, after their return from Uzbekistan, Ronald Koch (German head coach) spoke to his team, “As we have no other Asian Clubs Super Cup matches until March, please forget the tournament for now.”