Ali-Reza Nikbakht Vahedi joined Al-Wasl

PLDC - It was reported today that Ali-Reza Nikbakht Vahedi has joined the UAE club of Al-Wasl. Al-Wasl club representative who has came to Tehran last week and watched Nikbakht closely against Perspolis, signed a four months contract with this player.

TURKEY to play Iran for Bam victims - In a meeting between the head of the Athletic Departments of Iran and Turkey, an agreement was reached for matches between national teams and/or club teams of the two countries with the proceeds going to the victims of the Bam earthquake.

Mujahed Khaziravi can now officially play for Esteghlal again

PLDC - Mujahed Khaziravi will rejoin Esteghlal for the remaining IPL games of the season.

Bring on Iran, says Korea Olympic coach

AFC - KOREA Republic's Olympic assistant coach Lee Sang-chul is unconvinced that his Iranian counterparts will be able to give his side a hard time when the teams meet in the final phase of the Olympic qualifiers.

Ivankovic calls up 25 players

PFDC - Iran's national team coach Branko Ivankovic has nominated 25 players for the upcoming World Cup Qualifier against Qatar on February 18. Noteable is the presence of Vfb Luebeck's midfielder Ferydoon Zandi, who was selected for the first time.

Kabei double sinks Singapore

AFC - Midfielder Hossein Kabei netted a brace of goals as Iran's Olympic side edged the Singapore national team 3-2 in an international friendly at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday.

Sepahan's coach: "Naftchi will come in with full physical strength."

PLDC - "Sepahan has prepared for this match up and will only think of victory in the match, said Sepahan's coach Mr. Nasser PourMehdi.

ZobAhan will Camp in Kish

PLDC - ZobAhan football club, one of the two teams representing Iran in the upcoming Asian Club Championship, will camp in Kish as part of their preparation for the ACC.

Iran Olympic prepare for Singapore test

AFC - There may be a charitable element to the Iran Olympic side's friendly against the Singapore national team on Saturday evening but coach Mohammed Mayeli Kohan is treating the match very seriously as he prepares his side for their upcoming Olympic qualifying campaign.

Pas's middle fielder: "A draw would be the best possible result for us."

PLDC - A draw between Perspolis and Esteghlal is the best possible result for Pas, according to Pas's middle fielder.

Red and blue fly the colors

IRNA - No matter the non-Tehrani sides have developed and will represent Iran in the Asian club events, the big Persepolis-Esteqlal derby is something else.

Branko: "I think differently than Hashemian. FIFA will decide about Zandi."

PLDC - In a press conference, Branko Ivankovich, the Iranian national team Head Coach told reporters: "My trip to Germany was overall very useful as besides watching the Stuttgart-Esteghlal game, I talked to Zandi, Hashemian and Mahdavikia and their club managers."

Hamburg hero's Asian acclaim

UEFA - At the age of 16, Mehdi Mahdavikia was a promising youngster who happily underwent a strict daily training regime at Iranian club Pirouzi Tehran. A decade on, he has just signed a deal with Hamburger SV that makes the 2003 Asian Player of the Year one of the Bundesliga's best-paid stars.