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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.

Persepolis held in Anzali

IRNA - Visitor Persepolis was held in the 12th week of second Iran Pro League (IPL) as it tied with Malavan of Bandar Anzali on Friday. Mohammad Gholami put the bottom-placed Malavan ahead in the 69th minute but Aref Mohammadvand rescued the reds in the 80th minute when he slotted home.

Resurgent Iran Holds Italy

TEHRAN - The four-time Asian futsal champion, Iran, fought back to hold the powerful side of Italy in a friendly here on Wednesday.

Mayeli Kohan: "the president of the IFF must keep in mind the needs of all Iranian coaches and include them in his future plans."

PLDC - The representative of the Iranian coaches alliance, Mr. Mohammad Mayeli Kohan in an IFF meeting said that the president of the IFF must keep in mind the needs of all Iranian coaches and include them in his future plans. Mohammad Mayeli Kohan added that defending the coach’s rights and providing coaching classes for them inside or outside of Iran must be a priority in IFF’s plans and programs.

Farahani: "I am not ready to help Dr. Dadkan"

PLDC - One can only help and support another when one is kept up to date to the existing environment and only than the help is useful, but I do not have the time for it at this point.

Iran, Italy Tie at Futsal Friendly

TEHRAN - National futsal sides of Iran and Italy fought to a draw here on Tuesday. Playing their first friendly in the 12,000-seater hall of Azadi Sports Complex, 10km west of Tehran, the two Iranian and Italian futsal teams tied 3-3.

Eskandarian Named 2002 College Player of the Year

University of Virginia men's soccer player Alecko Eskandarian (Montvale, N.J./Bergen Catholic) was named Soccer America's 2002 College Men's Player of the Year. With his selection as Soccer America's College Player of the Year, Eskandarian became Virginia's fifth individual men's soccer player to claim the honor, also marking the sixth time the award has gone to a Cavalier.

Navidkia: I deserved to be rated as the worst player of the week

PFDC - Below you can find comments made by Moharam Navidkia, Sepahan player that was published on Jahane Football newspaper.

Esteqlal edges Faraz

IRNA - Visitor Esteqlal humbled Faraz here Tuesday in the second-leg match of League Cup. Esteqlal of Tehran netted in the 83rd minute to beat the Qom-based Faraz 1-0 in Shahid Heidarian Stadium.

Al Shaab shock Al Wasl - Hamed and farhad Played

Gulf News - Al Shaab blanked Al Wasl 3-0 in a dazzling performance at the Al Wasl stadium in Zaabil in the First division football league last night.