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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.

Iran's Reza Zadeh Sets Weightlifting Mark

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Hossein Reza Zadeh of Iran set a world record Tuesday by lifting 580 pounds in the clean and jerk, helping him win the gold medal in the over-231-pound division at the World Weightlifting Championships.

Salehnia unhappy with Malavan schedules

PLDC - In a recent press interview, head coach of Malavan Anzali (Bahman Salehnia) said, “Malavan is forced to play 4 important matches within a period of 15 days and that’s unfair.” This criticizm comes in the wake of the intensive planning of the Professional League and Elimination Cup matches for Malavan Anzali.

Parvin looking for a way out

PLDC - Ali Parvin, head coach of Persepolis of Tehran recently expressed various views about his club and work and life. He commented Iran was about 60 years behind Asia in football, which was a distinct weakness. With the existing conditions and facilities not much can be done in this regard though. The pitches in Iran are full of holes he said.

Al-Shabab Dubai courting Croat Branko Ivankovic, as talks with German manager Rainer Hollman collapse

MEF - Soon after the collapse of the talks with German supremo Rainer Hollman, “for some skyrocketing financial demands,” according to club officials, Al-Shabab are scheduled to hold some extensive talks with Croat manager Branko Ivankovic when the East European coach lands today in Dubai.

Iranian prolific striker Ali Karimi chased by Saudis Al-Ittihad

MEF - Iranian international forward Ali Karimi is currently targeted by Saudi giants Al-Ittihad, after parting company with Brazilian Bebeto, this has been reported on Tuesday in Jeddah.

Iranian weaponry strengthens Al-Ahly's attacking line in Champions' League as Javad Kazemian move ranks

MEF - Iran international striker Javad Kazemian officially joined Al-Ahly Dubai from local outfits Saipa, this has been announced today in the United Arab Emirates.

Silvani Rios will replace Hamed Kavianpour

Gulf News - Argentine striker Walter Silvani Rios signed up to play for Al Wasl till the conclusion of the 2002-2003 season. Silvani commenced training with Al Wasl on Saturday under the UAE coaches Khalifa Mubarak and Hasan Mohammed. The duo are operating as caretaker coaches for the Al Wasl following the sacking of Dutch coach Johan Boskamp at the end of last month.

Khanmohammadi is nervous in Persepolis

PLDC - The right wing striker of Persepolis of Tehran and ex-Bahman player, Hassan Khanmohammadi is apparently Parvin’s first choice for the position. He is making progress very rapidly as well. In a recent interview with Khanmohammadi he said, “Persepolis possesses famous and worthy players.

Ghasempour, “When will the refereeing problem be solved?”

PLDC - In the fifth week of the Iranian Professional League, Bargh Shiraz faced Sanat Naft of Abadan at home which ended without any particular problems with the 2-1 defeat of Sanat Naft. Bargh is now fifth in the league table with 7 points. The reaction of Ebrahim Ghasempour, ex-Sanat Naft and present Bargh Shiraz head coach, was of shock with the refereeing of the game.