Iranian side Esteghlal gave themselves a massive confidence boost ahead of their debut appearance in Qualifying Round 3 of the inaugural AFC Champions League following their 1-0 victory over Foulad in the final of the six-team Ettehadieh (Union) Cup over the weekend.
PLDC - The new Head of the Iranian Football Federation and National Youth team supervisor, Mohammad Dadkan, expressed that Iran came to the 14th Asian games with the intention of gaining victory in an interview by the International radio of China.
PLDC - Ali Moosavi, the Esteghlal striker from Khouzestan, has been going through a financial disagreement with his club recently and is apparently asking the club to give him the dues uncollected since the start of the last season.
PLDC - According to Ali Karimi, Iranian striker of Al Ahli of UAE, the presence of Iranian players such as Ali Daei and Mehrdad Minavand has raised the standard of football in the UAE league and has made the game make progress.
PLDC - The latest news from Javad Zarincheh, defender and captain of Esteghlal, is that he has completely recovered from previous injuries and will return to practice sessions from today (Monday 28/09/2002).