German coach of Esteghlal Tehran on verge of being fired

IRNA - The German coach of Iran's football powerhouse Esteghlal-e Tehran, Roland Koch, is about to be dismissed from his post, following his team's mediocre performance this season, the bi-weekly sports magazine kicker said on Monday.

Two BU players taken in MLS draft

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bradley University seniors Tim Regan and Hamid Mehreioskouei are headed to the same professional soccer league via opposite paths. Both players were selected Friday in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Regan was taken in the second round by the New Jersey-based MetroStars, while Mehreioskouei is bound for the West Coast after the Los Angeles Galaxy chose him in the fourth round.

Hans Peter Schmitt, the new coach of Perspolis football club: "Perspolis takes advantage of three important factors: Motivation, Individual skills and physical strength."

PLDC - Hans Peter Schmitt, the new coach of Perspolis club attended his first media conference yesterday. At the beginning, Schmitt mentioned that in the recent years, there has been new positions created in Football. He added:" when I first came to Iran, some of the media reported that I have came here to Transfer players which is wrong and with the experience I have gained through out the years, I will do my best to serve Perspolis.

HK four-sided soccer program announced

IRNA - The four-sided soccer tournament of Hong Kong will be held on February 1-4 with participation of the host team, Iran, Denmark, and Uruguay.

Abu Moslem coach dies at 41

IRNA - Mohammad A'zam, an Abu Moslem coach, 41, died of a heart failure on Monday night. During a training session of Mashhad-based Abu Moslem that was practicing in Shahid Beheshti Hall due to heavy snowfall, A'zam rushed to Imam Reza (AS) Hospital but he succumbed to his heart attack hours later at 11 pm on Monday.

Kuwaiti Bashar Abdullah joins Al Ahli Club

Gulf News - Kuwaiti national team striker Bashar Abdullah signed yesterday for Al Ahli Club to play with their senior football team in the remaining matches of the league. Bashar will replace Iranian gifted striker Ali Karimi who is still suffering from an injury he sustained in a league match against Al Nasr last month.

Al Wasl and Al Ahly victorious in UAE as Majidi scores twice

MEF - Super sub Youssouf Hassan came after the restart to net a double-delight after 71 and 75 minutes and steer Al-Sha'ab to a hard-fought 3-2 home victory over Al-Nasr, as the winners moved to the pole position of the table standings in the United Arab Emirates for the first time this season.

The next great American star

NorthJersey - Alecko Eskandarian never needed the Saturday morning cartoon fix. He needed soccer. Telecasts from any country in any language were fine, so long as he could spoon in his cereal with a soccer ball at his feet and a soccer game in his sights.

Abomuslem’s first practice session with their new coach Firooz Karimi

PLDC - In a ceremony held yesterday, Firooz Karimi was introduced as the new Head coach of Abomuslem football team. Firooz Karimi after arriving at Mashad airport and visiting the Holy site of Emam Reza’s grave, attended Abomuslem’s practice session with Mr. Malahi.

Al-Shabab Dubai go Brazilian

MEF - Struggling outfits Al-Shabab of Dubai show no let-up in their quest to maintain themselves in the top flight next season, when they announced today the signing of Brazilian schemer Giraldo Da Silva. The 28-year old new import is expected to fill the gap of Iranian Mehrdad Minavand, after gaining the full faith of German manager Rainer Hollman at the end of a one-week trial period.

interview with The head coach of the Iranian national futsal team

PLDC - Ansarifar, the head coach of the Iranian national Futsal team: "The number of foreign based players in Futsal will be more in compare to football. Shamsaei and Heydarian will be transferred to Italy."

Dadkan named head of Iranian FA

Reuters - Iran has appointed Mohammad Dadkan to lead the Islamic Republic's soccer federation for the next four years following a successful stint as caretaker chief. Dadkan, who beat off 24 rivals to land the job, stepped in to head Iranian soccer's top body in September following the resignation of under-fire boss Mohsen Safai Farahani.

Koch: "Mansour Pourheydari belongs to Esteghlal club."

PLDC - Roland Koch: Mansour PourHeydari is a great football scholar that belongs to Esteghlal Club and can help us. I am glad that we can use his experience.