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Iran, one place above in new FIFA rankings

IRNA - In its latest rankings, world's football governing body FIFA put the national squad of Iran once place above, 33rd spot.

Esteghlal – Persepolis in Tabriz

PLDC - Persepolis of Tehran has forwarded a proposal to the Iranian Professional League Organization to hold the 11th week Professional League match between them and Esteghlal Tehran in Tabriz. Up until now, it has been the custom to play the match in Tehran, capital of Iran.

Saipa can beat Sepahan

PLDC - Joseph Dia Franko, goalkeeper coach of Saipa, commented on the 8th week Professional League match between his club and Sepahan which will be held in Isfahan. Franko said, “Saipa is in good form and we are going to Isfahan to defeat Sepahan. We will do all in our power to present a lively match and at the same time return with three points.”

Nekoonam unsure about Pas

PLDC - The contract of Javad Nekoonam, Pas player, is coming to an end and despite repeated sessions and discussions the club officials and Nekoonam have not reached an agreement on terms and conditions of a new contract. It is possible now that this capable player will change his club before the end of the season.

Sepahan will represent Iran in West Asian soccer meet

IRNA - Iran Pro League (IPL) Organization announced the IPL Board of Directors, acting head of Iran's Football Federation (IFF) and National Olympic Committee (NOC) unanimously agreed Sunday that the Isfahan-based squad Sepahan would represent the country in the West Asian matches.

Denmark, Iran and Uruguay to play in Hong Kong

AFC - Asian Games gold medallists Iran will join 2002 World Cup finalists Denmark and Uruguay in an international quadrangular tournament to be played in Hong Kong next year.

Eskandarian Signs With M.L.S.

NYTimes - Alecko Eskandarian signed a five-year contract with Major League Soccer yesterday and most likely will be the No. 1 selection when the league's draft is held in Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 17.``All I've got to do now is FedEx it back to the league,'' Eskandarian said yesterday from his parents' home in Montvale, N.J. His father, Andranik, played for the Cosmos in the early 1980's and also played for Iran in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.

Dadkan may become candidate as head of IFF

PLDC - With the registration of the new candidates for the position of the head of the Iranian Football Federation IFF, the (IFF) is entering a new and sensitive stage of its activities in the next few days. The prospective candidates who wish to be chosen for the post only have one week to personally register themselves at the IFF head quarters.

Koch returning to Germany for holiday

PLDC - Ronald Koch, head coach of Esteghlal Tehran, is returning to his native Germany on Friday, 20/12/2002, for a holiday, rest and will spend a few days among family and friends.

League Organization praises Samereh

PLDC - The Iranian Professional League Organization (IPLO) has praised Ali Samereh, Esteghlal Tehran striker, for his honourable and gentlemanly act during the Esteghlal Tehran and Bargh Shiraz game in 7th week of the Iranian Professional League which took place in Shiraz.

Javad Kazemian the hero as Al-Ahly regain pole position in UAE league action

MEF - Iran international forward Javad Kazemian was in sparkling form for his new club Al-Ahly of Dubai, opening the scores for them after only 8 minutes from a devastating free-kick, had a big hand in the Red’s third goal as Al-Ahly ran out 3-1 home victors over Al-Ittihad.

Rafaat, “Persepolis gave great performance”

PLDC - In the 7th week of the Iranian Professional League, Persepolis faced Fajr Shiraz at home and won the match with the result of 2-0. The goal by Persepolis in the first half was scored by Payan Rafaat in the 37th minute. In a post match interview with the press, Rafaat said, “We witnessed a smooth, professional game from Persepolis after a long time. This victory made the fans and the players happy.”

Golmohammadi scores after 7 years

PLDC - The 2nd goal for Persepolis was scored by Yahya Golmohammadi, Persepolis defender, in the 80th minute of the match against Fajr Sepassi in the 7th week of the Iranian Professional League. This was Golmohammadi’s first goal in the last seven years as Persepolis defender.