Adult team is Ivancovic’s preference


PLDC - Mohammad Ranjbar, the National Team Youth’s technical manager and National Team’s supervisor commented on the head coach of the Iranian National Team, Ivanovic, and the fact that his contract will run out in two months time, “Working with the National Team is a two-way affair and the thing has to be thoroughly discussed by both parties involved.

Sanat Naft short of players


PLDC - The assistant coach of Sanat Naft of Abadan, Parviz Mazloomi, commented on the Professional League fifth week match between Sanat Naft and Bargh Shiraz which ended as a 2-1 victory for Bargh, “Unfortunately, our streak of bad luck doesn’t end.

Taghavi, “Saipa will replace Kazemi”


PLDC - Mojtaba Taghavi, ex-defender and present coach of Saipa of Tehran, is assisting Giovanni May, head coach, in the club. He spoke about his club, the transfer of Javad Kazemian to Al Ahli of the UAE and the Professional League fifth week match between Saipa and Fajr Shiraz which ended as a 0-0 draw, “Both teams used the same style and the ball was mostly in the center of the field.

Al Wasl still in search of elusive victory - Majidi Scored


Gulf News - Al Wasl failed for the sixth match to score their first win in the First Division football league after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Al Ittihad of Kalba in the match held on Thursday night at the Al Wasl stadium.

Best of the 5th week of the League (6 games)


PLDC - Of the 6 matches played in the fifth week of the professional Iranian League, a total of 9 goals were scored by the participating teams. Of the 6 matches played, only the Saipa- Fajr Sepassi and Peykan- Pas games were draws both with the scores of 0-0.

Ghalehnoie is head coach of Esteghlal Ahwaz


PLDC - The new head coach of Esteghlal Ahwaz was formally introduced on Thursday, 21/11/2002, as Amir Ghalehnoie, ex coach of Esteghlal Tehran. Nasrollah Heibodi, Esteghlal Ahwaz chairman commented on this choice after Ghalehnoie began his new job, “We decided to choose Ghalehnoie after lengthy discussions with him and his acceptance of our terms.

Bagheri had surgery on Friday


PLDC - In the Persepolis – Abu Moslem match (1-0 victory of Persepolis) on Thursday, 23/11/2002, Karim Bagheri, Persepolis striker, was injured so seriously that he had to be taken to the hospital in Mashhad and was then transferred to IranMehr hospital in Tehran. He then immediately had an operation on Friday morning.

May, “Iran’s football no different to Europe’s”


PLDC - The Italian head coach of Saipa, Giovanni May, has commented about his club and the football in Iran in a recent interview with the press, “Iran’s football is not so different from that of Europe. Iran’s football has slight differences in detail and that’s all. Before this I imagined that Iran and Saipa’s football would be very dissimilar but I was mistaken.”

Zolfagharinasab, “Changes will be inevitable”


PLDC - Peykan of Tehran occupies the one but last (13th ) place in the Iranian Professional League table. Bizhan Zolfagharinasab, head coach of Peykan, has said that the club intends to purchase three South African and one Brazilian player for the club before the midseason break.

Pas draws 0-0 against Peykan


PLDC - In a very average match, in the fifth week of the Iranian Professional League, Pas faced Peykan and drew with the score of 0-0. In a defensive style match, Peykan presented a more powerful game at the start of the first half and Pas performed and played slightly more offensively towards the end of the same half.

Al Shabab rally to hold Sharjah to a draw - Daei return


Gulf News - Al Shabab rallied to force a draw (2-2) with Sharjah in the First Division football league at Maktoum bin Rashid stadium on Wednesday night.

Abdollahi, “We are happy with Koch”


PLDC - The Esteghlal Tehran and Malavan Anzali match in the fifth week of the Professional League on Thursday, 21/11/2002, has been postponed to Tuesday, 26/11/2002, because of the upcoming Esteghlal and Naftchi return leg of the Asian Clubs Super Cup in Uzbekistan, on Friday the 22nd.

Begovic’s viewpoints


PLDC - Vingo Begovic, Croatian head coach of Foolad Khouzestan, has the following viewpoints in life:
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