Zarahbi or Sharafi - one must go


PLDC - Following the latest dispute between Asghar Sharafi, head coach of Pegah Rasht football club and Iraj Zahrabi, its chairman, the officials of the club have been requested by Sharafi to make a final decision as to whom they would prefer to stay on at the club.

Al Shaab surge to top by defeating Al Shabab


Gulf News - Al Shaab topped the First division football league standing after defeating Al Shabab 2-0 at Maktoum bin Rashid stadium in Dubai Thursday night. The home defeat only compounded Al Shabab's woes, who are at the bottom of the table with two points from two draws and five defeats.

Foolad Khozestan dealing with side issues


PLDC - Vingo Begovic, head coach of Foolad Khouzestan, in a recent press and media interview has commented that a number of people are out to wreck his team with side issues but that with the efforts of the players and the club such efforts would come to nothing.

Koch tells Esteghlal to forget Asian Cup


PLDC - In the first practice session of Esteghlal Tehran on Thursday, 28/11/2002, after their return from Uzbekistan, Ronald Koch (German head coach) spoke to his team, “As we have no other Asian Clubs Super Cup matches until March, please forget the tournament for now.”

Iran – Switzerland 12th February


PLDC - A friendly preparatory match between Iran and Switzerland will be held on 12/02/2003 in Iran with the aim of expanding friendly relations between the two countries and as the formal farewell match for Hamid Reza Esteeli, Iranian National Team player.

Ghalenoie has full authority


PLDC - According to the latest reports, Nasrollah Heibodi, chairman of Esteghlal Ahwaz has given Amir Ghalenoie, new head coach of the club, full authority to guide the team in the Professional League. Supporters and fans have also been asked to give their full support to the club.

Koch needs Iranian assistant


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.

Kasimov winner shoots Al-Ahly Dubai out of Asian Champions League action


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.

Asian Champions League Comes Alive


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.

Tabatabaei, “Terrible pressure on us”


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.”

Mazloomi, “Only 7 or 8 rogues objected”


PLDC - According to the latest rumors about 500 fans have begun objecting to the performance of the head coach and staff of Sanat Naft of Abadan because of the recent bad results in the Iranian Professional League.

Koch completely dissatisfied


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.”

Al Ahli in must-win situation


Gulf News - Al Ahli meet Uzbekistan's Pakhtakor today in the Asian Champions league pre-quarterfinals at the Rashid stadium in Al Ahli Club. Kick off is at 9pm and entrance will be free for the spectators as announced by Al Ahli assistant general secretary Mohammed Mattar.
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