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PLDC - Barely four weeks from the start of the IPL season 2002/03 and already the fans are staring at unusual standing table in Iran’s professional league. The top of the table is populated with unfamiliar names lead by a Shahrestani team , Fajr Sepasi , while the familiar powerhouses of Tehrani clubs are well behind in the standing.

Interview with Futsal Head Coach

PLDC - Ansarifard, Head Coach of the Iran's National Futsal team complained, "Iran was not represented in the Futsal commission and the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) has violated Iran's right to participate in choosing the Best Player of Asia Award."

Injury comes at a bad time for New Zealand striker

All Whites striker Brent Fisher has his right leg in plaster up to his knee after injuring his ankle while playing for Sydney National Soccer League (NSL) side Northern Spirit and is unlikely to play again before Christmas.

Virginia's Alecko Eskandarian Named ACC Co-Player Of The Week

NYtimes - ALECKO ESKANDARIAN, a junior at Virginia and one of the top-scoring strikers in the country, will leave college after the season and make himself available for the M.L.S. SuperDraft in January. Eskandarian, whose father, ANDRANIK, played for the Cosmos in the North American Soccer League and internationally for Iran in the 1978 World Cup, has 21 goals this season.

Ansarian is quiet this season

PLDC - Ali Ansarian, (Persepolis defender) was plagued by side issues last season and was in the news constantly. He finally became tired of being a trouble to everyone.

Koch, “I know everyone now”

PLDC - Ronald Koch, Esteghlal of Tehran head coach, has not been the phenomenon which the club expected and has so far led the team poorly and has been unable to make a difference.

Perugia grab good 2-2 draw at the Stadio Olimpico

PFDC - A good performance by Perugia today saw Serse Cosmi's side grab a draw at Rome's Stadio Olimpico. Despite being 2-0 up at half-time, Perugia could do nothing to prevent a spirited comeback by Roma, lead once again by inspirational captain Francesco Totti.

Navidkia, “Penalty was a piece of cake”

PLDC - After the 3-2 defeat of Esteghlal to Sepahan Isfahan in the third week of the Iranian Professional League, Moharam Navidkia (Sepahan player who scored the winning penalty for his team and was one of the best players in the game) commented about the match in a press interview, “I had no stress and no fear. Scoring the penalty was easy for me.

Salehnia, “Malavan believed and won”

PLDC -In the final match in the third week of the Iranian Professional League between Malavan Anzali and Sanat Naft of Abadan, Malavan defeated their opponents with the score of 1-0 and have now climbed two places from the bottom position in the league table to twelfth with three points.

Hejazi, “Iran a launching pad”

PLDC - Naser hejazi, ex-Esteghlal Rasht head coach, is a very frank and outspoken man. He has also recently become a middleman and apparently intends to provide Sturm Grats of Germany and other clubs with Iranian players.

Best of the third week of the League

PLDC - In the third week of the professional Iranian League 14 goals were scored by the teams, which is high by any standards. Of the 7 matches played, three were draws.

Amirabadi objects to referee

PLDC - Mehdi Amirabadi (Siapa of Tehran striker) is at present objecting to the decisions of the referee in the Persepolis – Saipa match which took place on Friday, 01/11/2002, in the 3rd week of the Iranian Professional League which ended with the result of 1-1.

Esteghlal Ahwaz head coach chosen

PLDC - Seyed Ebrahim Tahami (Esteghlal Ahwaz veteran player now retired), has been formally chosen as the Esteghlal of Ahwaz head coach for the new 2002-2003 Professional League season.