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Tehran derby to be held in Bielefeld

Tehran Times - Iranian giants Persepolis and Esteghlal will play a pre-season friendly in Bielefeld, Germany.

The match was originally scheduled to be held in Munich.

Tehran derby will reportedly take place at the Arminia Bielefeld Stadium on July 16, 10 days before the new Iranian league season kicks off.

Iran Professional League champions Persepolis and runners-up Esteghlal will hold a training camp in Germany and could earn from TV revenue from broadcasting the match in Germany.

It will be for the first time the two teams will play in a foreign country.

Tehran derby also known as Red-Blue Derby is a football match between the two prominent Tehran clubs Esteghlal Tehran and Persepolis Tehran of Iran.

It is widely considered the major crosstown derby in the Persian Gulf Pro League, and also in the world.

This match was declared as the most important derby in Asia and 22nd most important derby in the world in June 2008 by World Soccer magazine.

It is considered as one of the world's most intense derbies. Despite being a derby between two teams from Tehran, the match has been played in other Iranian cities as well. Taking place at least twice during the year via the league fixtures, this cross-town rivalry has extended to the Hazfi Cup, as well as in minor tournaments and friendlies.

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