PLDC - Ali Samereh, the Iranian National and Perugia player has said that he will probably go back to playing for Esteghlal next year. In a television interview he stated, "There is only one month left on my Perugia contract but no one has spoken to me about extending it so after my contract runs out I plan to speak with the officials of Esteghlal to try play for them again."
Al Nasr demolished Ahli Fujairah 8-1 and qualified for the semifinals of the President's Cup. They will meet arch rivals Al Ahli, who also qualified for the semis after defeating Emarat club 3-1. Al Nasr dominated the match at Sharjah stadium from the word go with continuous attacks against the weak Fujairah defence. Moroccan striker Ahmed Bahja, Qazim Ali and Issa Juma lost many scoring chances. Osman Rabie scored for Ahli Fujairah against the run of play in the 20 minute with a right-footer from outside the penalty area.
It was the shot that reverberated around the football world, the goal that placed Asia on the World Cup map. As South Korea, Japan, China and Saudi Arabia prepare to represent the region in the 2002 tournament, Pak Do-ik's famous strike which put North Korea into the quarter-finals of the 1966 World Cup and sent Italy home to a rotten tomato reception at Rome airport remains the high point of Asian teams endeavours in the finals.