IRNA - A total of 42 countries, including automatic qualifiers--hosts China and defending champions Japan-- have confirmed their participation in the 2004 Asian Cup football tournament. The draw for the tournament is scheduled in Beijing on Saturday, according to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) statement on Wednesday.
PLDC - Behzad Dadashzadeh, present Bargh Shiraz and ex-Esteghlal Tehran player, was in the spotlight for a short time last season but was soon rejected as top material by the technical staff of Esteghlal Tehran. This sent him off to Bargh Shiraz in the new season, where he hoped to make a comeback. His luck though still has not changed.
IRNA -The following headlines appeared in major Tehran dailies on Thursday: -- KAYHAN-E VARZESHI "Al Wasl not an interesting choice: Kavianpour" Former Persepolis midfielder Hamed Kavianpour who was not in the lineup of the UAE's club Al Wasl in its last match said: "Al Wasl was not an interesting choice because off-the-field problems have overshadowed the club's performance."
PLDC - Davood Haghdoost of Peykan, has recently become free of injury and is fully ready to play with his team in their next match against Sanat Naft (6th week of the Professional League). He regrets that he could not play in the Elimination Cup matches up to now and has been training since last week.
PLDC - In a recent interview with the chairman of Persepolis, Akbar Ghamkhar, commented that the host of the Asian Clubs Super Cup finals will become known by 10/12/2002. He went on to add, “With the knowledge possessed by the AFC of the conditions in Iran and the promises of renovation of Azadi sports complex, which has been put into effect, the hosting of the final of the Asian Clubs Super Cup will be given to Iran.
PLDC - According to Yadollah Akbari, Esteghlal of Tehran midfield player, all is fine with the team and they are prepared for the postponed match today, 3/12/2002, against Malavan Anzali in the 5th week of the Professional League. He says everything is ready and his club will score two goals against their opponents.
PLDC - Following a number of comments to the press and media by Mansour Pourheidari, Sanat Naft head coach, regarding objections to the way the Iranian Football Federation (IFF) has scheduled the Professional League and Elimination Cup matches, he was summoned to an IFF Disciplinary Committee session yesterday, 02/12/2002, to clarify and justify his misconduct.
PLDC - Following to Asghar Sharafi’s resignation, head coach of Est-Rasht Majid Jahanpour accepted the position. Zahrabi, manger of Pegah Rasht club in addition to reporting this news said to ISNA Agency Sharafi’s resignation was just about technical matters and results and doesn’t have any other reason out of this border.
Reuters - After years in the wilderness, Afghan soccer has a 12-team league on the cards amid gathering international efforts to revive the sport's structure in the much-troubled country.Optimists even see the day when Afghanistan make their debut in World Cup qualifying matches and women play the game on a regular basis.