Denmark, Iran and Uruguay to play in Hong Kong

AFC - Asian Games gold medallists Iran will join 2002 World Cup finalists Denmark and Uruguay in an international quadrangular tournament to be played in Hong Kong next year.

Eskandarian Signs With M.L.S.

NYTimes - Alecko Eskandarian signed a five-year contract with Major League Soccer yesterday and most likely will be the No. 1 selection when the league's draft is held in Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 17.``All I've got to do now is FedEx it back to the league,'' Eskandarian said yesterday from his parents' home in Montvale, N.J. His father, Andranik, played for the Cosmos in the early 1980's and also played for Iran in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.

Dadkan may become candidate as head of IFF

PLDC - With the registration of the new candidates for the position of the head of the Iranian Football Federation IFF, the (IFF) is entering a new and sensitive stage of its activities in the next few days. The prospective candidates who wish to be chosen for the post only have one week to personally register themselves at the IFF head quarters.

Koch returning to Germany for holiday

PLDC - Ronald Koch, head coach of Esteghlal Tehran, is returning to his native Germany on Friday, 20/12/2002, for a holiday, rest and will spend a few days among family and friends.

League Organization praises Samereh

PLDC - The Iranian Professional League Organization (IPLO) has praised Ali Samereh, Esteghlal Tehran striker, for his honourable and gentlemanly act during the Esteghlal Tehran and Bargh Shiraz game in 7th week of the Iranian Professional League which took place in Shiraz.

Javad Kazemian the hero as Al-Ahly regain pole position in UAE league action

MEF - Iran international forward Javad Kazemian was in sparkling form for his new club Al-Ahly of Dubai, opening the scores for them after only 8 minutes from a devastating free-kick, had a big hand in the Red’s third goal as Al-Ahly ran out 3-1 home victors over Al-Ittihad.

Rafaat, “Persepolis gave great performance”

PLDC - In the 7th week of the Iranian Professional League, Persepolis faced Fajr Shiraz at home and won the match with the result of 2-0. The goal by Persepolis in the first half was scored by Payan Rafaat in the 37th minute. In a post match interview with the press, Rafaat said, “We witnessed a smooth, professional game from Persepolis after a long time. This victory made the fans and the players happy.”

Golmohammadi scores after 7 years

PLDC - The 2nd goal for Persepolis was scored by Yahya Golmohammadi, Persepolis defender, in the 80th minute of the match against Fajr Sepassi in the 7th week of the Iranian Professional League. This was Golmohammadi’s first goal in the last seven years as Persepolis defender.

Kazemian is gaining popularity in the UAE

PLDC - Javad Kazemian, Iranian player of Al Ahli, has become popular with the club after scoring two goals in recent games. His popularity has increased with the fans and club officials. In a recent press interview he commented, “I scored a nice goal in the last match and fulfilled my promise. I had made a bet with some of the Al Ahli boys that I would score any free kick awarded to us and I won it.”

Bagheri is recovering from injury

PLDC - Persepolis played against Fajr Shiraz at home and won the match with the result of 2-0 in the 7th week of the Iranian Professional League with Karim Bagheri, Persepolis player, watching from the bench. After the match Bagheri who is still recovering from injury briefly spoke to the press.

Khoramgah, “Esteghlal is ready for Shiraz”

PLDC - Esteghlal of Tehran will play against Bargh Shiraz in Shiraz today, 14/12/2002, which is the final match of the 7th week of the Professional League. Before leaving for Shiraz Mohammad Khoramgah, Esteghlal of Tehran player, commented, “Esteghlal is fine and prepared. We are hopefully going to win.”

May is happy with results

PLDC - In the 7th week of the Professional League, Saipa Tehran defeated Sanat Naft of Abadan with the score of 1-0. The winning goal of this match was scored by Soltani in the 74th minute. Saipa now occupies 4th pace in the League table with 11 points. So far they have won three games, drawn 2 and lost two.

Esteghlal climbs table after 2-1 victory

PLDC - Esteghlal Tehran played against Bargh Shiraz in Tehran won with the result of 2-1 in the final match of the 7th week of the Iranian Professional League. Both teams played a very exciting match and managed to score against each other. In the first half Ali Samareh scored the first goal for Esteghlal and Mohammad Mansouri scored for Bargh on a penalty.