PLDC - According to Mayelikohan, ex- head coach of Siapa of Tehran, the insistence of Ronald Koch (German head coach of Esteghlal of Tehran) for order and organization within his club will ensure success in the future. Mayelikohan still believes that Koch has not come to know football in Iran well enough as yet.
MEF - Uzbekistan national team skipper Kasimov was introduced to the game midway through the second-half against Al-Ahly, it took him only four minutes to bang in the game's lone goal, to steer Pakhtakor Tashkent to a 1-0 away victory over the local Reds, as the Uzbek side moved to the 5th Round of the Asian Champions league 4-2 on-aggregate.
MegaSoccer - It taken time for the Asian Champions League to ignite interest amongst fans, but there is nothing like the near demise of a continental giant to grab the attention. Iran's Esteghlal have won Asia's elite tournament in its previous guises in 1970 and 1990, but came mightily close to an embarrassingly early exit yesterday.
PLDC - Hadi Tabatabaei, Esteghlal Tehran goalkeeper, commented on receiving two goals after the 2-1 loss of his team to Naftchi in Uzbekistan in the Asian Clubs Super Cup return leg, “We scored one goal against Naftchi in Tehran and went to Uzbekistan with a weak result. The Uzbek players had a stronger motivation to score and so they played with all their might.”
PLDC - The German head coach of Esteghlal of Tehran, Roland Koch reacted to the 2-1 loss of his team to Naftchi in Uzbekistan in the Asian Clubs Super Cup return leg, “I am not satisfied with the performance of the boys and this was an unexpected result. The team was unable to perform acceptably in the return leg.”