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Haghdoost ready for action

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.

Persepolis complains about 5 changes of Zob Ahan to PLO

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.

Karimi and Kazemian both score for Al-Ahli to pull a surprise away win against Al-Ain

PFDC - AL Ahli lead by Ali Karimi & Javad Kazemian who recently joined the club, came from behind with 10 players to defeat the powerful Al Ain in their formidable stadium and register a shock away win 4-2.

Akbari, “Each time I score Esteghlal loses”

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.

Pourheidari at IFF Disciplinary Committee

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.

Majid Jahanpour got the position of coaching Pegahe Rasht club.Majid Jahanpour: I’ll do my best for success.

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.

Plans for Afghan league gather pace

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.

Esteghlal Tehran defeat Malavan Anzali 3 - 0

PLDC - In the postponed 5th week match between Esteghlal Tehran and Malavan Anzali, Esteghlal defeated their guests with the score of 3-0. The first half which ended on a 0-0 note was very active with numerous attacks and counters on both sides. The teams were evenly matched in this half and despite a number of close misses no goals were scored. The first half ended after 3 minutes of injury time.

Woman applies to head Iranian football federation

AFP - A woman has applied to head the Iranian football federation despite the country's ban on women even entering football stadiums, a website reported on Saturday. Kadijeh Sepanji told that she wanted to blaze a trail for women.

Holleman to train Al Shabab

Gulf News - Al Shabab Club have signed up German coach Rainer Holleman as their senior football team coach until the end of the current season (2002-03).This was stated by Yousuf Ozair the Al Shabab football manager.

Ansarian recovering from injury

PLDC - Persepolis defender, Ali Ansarian, has been recovering from a recent injury and was absent against Malavan in the Elimination Cup. He also cannot participate in the team practice sessions and is working out alone.

Daei, “I am not middleman or dealer”

PLDC - There has recently been much speculation about Branco Ivancovic, head coach of Iran’s National Team, leaving Iran after the ending of his contract and his joining a UAE club (most possibly Al Shabab). Another rumor recently has it that Ali Daei, Al Shabab striker and National Team captain, has become the mediator between his club and Ivancovic.

Shahrokhi intends to do his duty

PLDC - Pas played at home against Foolad Khouzestan in the Elimination Cup tournament on Saturday, 30/11/2002 and defeated their opponents with the result of 3-1. After the match, Homayoon Shahrokhi, Pas head coach, commented, “Both teams played well in this game.