Ivancovic, "This victory is for Daie"

PLDC - The Croatian head coach of the Iranian National Team, Branco Ivancovic, has presented the victory of Iran against Japan to Ali Daei, National Team captain and Al Shabab player.

A gold to win for Ali Daei

AFP - DEFENDING champions Iran aim to clinch a fourth Asian Games football crown today and dedicate victory to the man whose goal-scoring prowess will be sorely missed in the showdown with Japan.

South Korean coach remains tight-lipped on quit speculation

AFP - South Korean coach Park Hang-Seo, under fire after his young team failed to reach the final of the Asian Games football, refused to speculate on his future on Sunday after the Koreans won a consolation bronze medal with a 3-0 win over Thailand.

Training and Mourning for Persepolis

PLDC - The Persepolis entourage returned from their camp in Hanover on Friday, 11/10/2002, and they are now preparing for the new Professional League season which will begin from Thursday, 17th.

Daie returns to Tehran

PLDC - Ali Daei, National Team captain and Al Shabab striker, returned to Tehran yesterday morning from his trip to Ardebil (hometown) where he had gone for the burial ceremony of his late father.

Esteghlal prepares for Pas match

PLDC - Esteghlal of Tehran began their final leg of training in preparation for their Week One Professional League match against Pas of Tehran from yesterday, 13/10/2002.

Iran 10th in the Busan rankings

PLDC - The latest rankings in the 14th Asian Games Tournament, shows Iran as holding 10th place. Iran so far has received 13 bronze, 9 silver and 5 gold medals and has 27 points.

Ivancovic, “Let’s think about Japan”

PLDC - After the 1-0 victory Iran gained against South Korea in the semifinal leg of the 14th Asian Games in Busan, Branco Ivancovic (the Croatian head coach of the Iranian National Team) said:

Three-time champions Iran faces Japan for Asian Games soccer gold

AP - After failing to make the finals of soccer's World Cup, a young Iranian side will be trying to win a fourth Asian Games title when it plays Japan on Sunday.

UAE Under-20 squad lose to Iranian visitors

Gulf News - The UAE's Under 20 football team lost their last friendly match against Folad of Iran 0-3 on Thursday, two days before leaving for Doha, Qatar, to take part in the finals of the Asian Youth Championship, October 15-31.

Al Ahli beat Saudi rivals

Gulf News - Vulnerable defence and some controversial refereeing decisions almost made Dubai's Al Ahli lose the three points of their match against their counterparts and namesakes of Saudi Arabia in the encounter held yesterday at Al Shabab Club and ended 3-2 to the home team in the Asian Clubs Championship.

Iran stand in S. Korea’s way

SOUTH Korea will hope to go one better than they did at the World Cup when they take on defending champions Iran in the pick of the football semi-finals today. 

Koreans happy about Daei's absence

PLDC - The semi final match of the 14th Asian games between Iran and South Korea is due to take place today, 10/10/2002, in Busan. The predictions of the event all point to a tough game and a 50 percent chance of success for each team.