Persepolis’s worst match of the season

PLDC - Ali Parvin, head coach of Persepolis did not comment after the match in the 6th week of the Iranian Professional League, on Friday, 7th December, in which Persepolis and Esteghlal Ahwaz drew with the result of 0-0.

IRNA Sports Press Digest

IRNA - The following headlines appeared in major Tehran dailies on Saturday: -- ABRAR-E VARZESHI "Enayati says intends to be top goalscorer" Reza Enayati, striker of Mashhad-based Abu Moslem, said he is determined to be the top goalscorer.

Atletico Madrid, but also 2 other Spanish clubs interested in Iranian Ali Karimi

MEF - The manager if Iranian attacking stalwart Ali Karimi revealed today “Atletico Madrid have tabled a $1 million to gain the services of the player for one year.

Saipa better this year than last

PLDC - Ali Janmaleki, Saipa defender, has been away from the game for a while now due to injury. He recently spoke about his club, “The Saipa players are training at present and are in high spirits.”

Ebrahimi, “We have bad pitches”

PLDC - Naser Ebrahimi, Persepolis assistant coach, spoke in short press interview recently. He commented, “Apart from the other teams, the league teams have one other tough opponent and that is the pitch. The present football fields are all substandard and unusable and playing on them is dangerous and tough for the players.”

Iran has more to say in world's futsal than football: Ansarifard

IRNA - Mohammad-Hassan Ansarifard, head coach of Iran's national futsal team, said Friday that Iran has more to say in world's futsal rather than football but the current problems have made it impossible.

Iran in Category A for Asian Cup

IRNA - A total of 42 countries, including automatic qualifiers--hosts China and defending champions Japan-- have confirmed their participation in the 2004 Asian Cup football tournament. The draw for the tournament is scheduled in Beijing on Saturday, according to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) statement on Wednesday.

Dadashzadeh dealing with bad luck

PLDC - Behzad Dadashzadeh, present Bargh Shiraz and ex-Esteghlal Tehran player, was in the spotlight for a short time last season but was soon rejected as top material by the technical staff of Esteghlal Tehran. This  sent him off to Bargh Shiraz in the new season, where he hoped to make a comeback. His luck though still has not changed.

Koch, “Momenzadeh proved himself”

PLDC - In the postponed 5th week match between Esteghlal Tehran and Malavan Anzali on 3/12/2002, Esteghlal defeated their guests with the score of 3-0. Ahmad Momenzadeh of Esteghlal scored two of the goals for his team in the 54th and 88th minutes to make him the hero of the day.

IRNA Sports Press Digest

IRNA -The following headlines appeared in major Tehran dailies on Thursday: -- KAYHAN-E VARZESHI "Al Wasl not an interesting choice: Kavianpour" Former Persepolis midfielder Hamed Kavianpour who was not in the lineup of the UAE's club Al Wasl in its last match said: "Al Wasl was not an interesting choice because off-the-field problems have overshadowed the club's performance."

Ivancovic has no proposal from Iran

PLDC - In a recent press interview, the head coach of the Iranian National Team, Branco Ivancovic, has expressed that he has not been given any proposals from the Iranian Football Federation regarding the renewal of his contract.

Haghdoost ready for action

PLDC - Davood Haghdoost of Peykan, has recently become free of injury and is fully ready to play with his team in their next match against Sanat Naft (6th week of the Professional League). He regrets that he could not play in the Elimination Cup matches up to now and has been training since last week.

Persepolis complains about 5 changes of Zob Ahan to PLO

PLDC - In a recent interview with the chairman of Persepolis, Akbar Ghamkhar, commented that the host of the Asian Clubs Super Cup finals will become known by 10/12/2002. He went on to add, “With the knowledge possessed by the AFC of the conditions in Iran and the promises of renovation of Azadi sports complex, which has been put into effect, the hosting of the final of the Asian Clubs Super Cup will be given to Iran.