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FIFA receives five bids to host 2004 world indoor soccer championship

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) - World soccer's governing body said Tuesday it had received five bids to host the 2004 world indoor soccer championship. Bahrain, Thailand, Egypt, Paraguay and Iran all confirmed they want to host the tournament, FIFA said.

All Whites get green light for Iran series

The All Whites will play their home and away series with Iran as the first stage of their Confederations Cup soccer build-up.The matches between New Zealand, as Oceania Nations Cup winners, and Iran, the Asian Games champions, will be played at North Harbour Stadium on March 28 and in Iran five days later.

Karimi receives 5,000 for goals

PLDC - The Al Ahli of UAE officials has awarded Ali Karimi, their Iranian striker, the amount of 5,000 Derhams ($1,375) for his brilliant performance against Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia and Al Ein of the UAE.

Comments on Sanat Naft - Esteghlal match

PLDC - Before the match between Sanat Naft and Esteghlal which was postponed to today, 30/10/2002, various Esteghlal players and officials commented on the game. Their comments have been recorded below.

Sanat Naft defeat Esteghlal at home

PLDC - The winners of last year’s Elimination Cup, Esteghlal of Tehran, played their Professional League second week away match against Sanat Naft of Abadan and were defeated by their opponents with the score of 1-0.

Iran The Untouchables waltz into Futsal history

AFC - IR Iran won their fourth consecutive AFC Futsal Championships title on Wednesday evening, scoring three goals on either side of the break to defeat Japan 6-0 in the Final.

Peyrovani, “Fajr has lost 9 players”

PLDC - Gholam Peyrovani is the ex-head coach of Bargh Shiraz (for 30 years) who has now changed over to Fajr Sepassi. In the third week of the Iranian Professional League (FRIDAY 01 NOVEMBER 2002) these two teams will face each other and battle it out.

Fathollahzadeh building new club

PLDC - The chairman of Esteghlal of Tehran club, Ali Fathollahzadeh, spoke in a press interview after the Al Faisali match and their return from Turkey.

Ansarian will score more goals

PLDC - Ali Ansarian, controversial Persepolis striker, performed well against Peykan in the second week of the Iranian Professional League. He was even praised by club head coach, Ali Parvin.

Nakata and Razaei on target in Italy

AFC - Japan skipper Hidetoshi Nakata [pictured] and Iranian international defender Rahman Razaei were both on target for their clubs on Sunday, steering Parma and Perugia respectively to comfortable home wins after Sunday’s round of Serie A fixtures.

Vfl Bochum's Hashemian to start against Bayern Munich

IRNA - Vfl Bochum's Iranian international striker Vahid Hashemian is nominated for this Sunday's starting game formationagainst Bayern Munich, the bi-weekly weekly kicker sports magazine reported Monday.

Esteqlal coach Cheraghpour steps down

IRNA - Following the second consecutive loss of Esteqlal of Ahvaz in Iran Pro League, the head coach Jalal Cheraghpour stepped down Sunday.

Iran makes it to semifinal of Asian Futsal Championship

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Defending champion Iran trounced Kyrgyzstan, 10-2, on Monday, earning a place in the semifinal round of the Asian Futsal Championship.