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Chibo new Esteghlal sponsor

PLDC - The press conference of the new sponsor of Esteghlal Tehran, Chibo of Germany, took place yesterday at the club headquarters in which Ali Fathollahzadeh, club chairman, and the representative of Chibo were present. Ronald Koch and Ebrahim Talebi, head coaches of Esteghlal Tehran, attended the session also.

Sportscaster Behravan suffers cerebral hemorrhage in accident

IRNA - Iranian sportscaster Abbas Behravan suffered from brain hemorrhage Wednesday morning as he fractured his skull in an accident on Isfahan-Tehran Road. He was rushed to Naqavi Hospital, Kashan. Farzad Amini, an advisor to Medical Federation president, said the federation has made arrangements for recovery of the television sportscaster.

Esteghlal Ahwaz training hard for week 8

PLDC - In the 8th week of the Professional League, Fajr Shiraz is host to Esteghlal Ahwaz and the match is expected to be an exciting one. Esteghlal Ahwaz has recently employed Amir Ghalenoie as the head coach of the club and this man is pushing the team for results.

Ivancovic, “Don’t worry! I’ll return.”

PLDC - The head coach of National Team and his wife left for Dubai last night and this seemed slightly strange as there are rumors of his leaving Iran and his contract terms not being concluded for the next year. It is said that he has gone to the UAE for discussions with a number of clubs there.

Mohammadvand is not on the bench

PLDC - Aref Mohammadvand has been in the fixed midfield position for Persepolis since the start of the season and Parvin has been satisfied with him so far. In the 7th week match against Fajr Shiraz, Mohammadvand was absent after receiving two yellow cards in previous matches.

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.