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Ghamkhar: "Karim Bagheri should Apologize from Perspolis players and coaches." "Perspolis will face Algerian national soccer team."

PLDC - Managing Director of Perspolis told reporters that because of Bagheris Inappropriate behaviors, he must apologize to Perspolis players and coaches Before he is allowed to be back on the team.

Iran´s only female football official quits

AFP - Iran's sole female football official, Parastou Younchi, has resigned after the director of the Iranian football federation said football was a male sport, an Iranian women's website said Tuesday.

West Asian games to be postponed to a later time. Sepahan’s participation in doubt!

PLDC - The west Asian games will not take place as scheduled. A fax was sent to the International relations committee of IFF Yesterday, indicating that the West Asian games will not take place as scheduled because of the unsafe atmosphere of the Middle East due to the possibility of war.

Blatter says Iran can count on FIFA support

IRNA - The president of the world' soccer governing body, FIFA, said the Iranian Football Federation (IFF) can count on the support of FIFA for achieving its objectives.

Parvin hospitalized in CCU

IRNA - Former national football skipper and manager of Persepolis, Ali Parvin, Sunday was rushed to the CCU of Iranmehr Hospital, in northern Tehran, due to a heart disorder. According to his doctor, Pour-Karbassi, the results of medical tests and examinations taken on him showed the popular coach was in good condition.

Athens 2004 AFC Qualifiers Fixtures

PFDC - Below you can find the complete preliminary fixtures for the  AFC Qualifiers for Athens 2004. Iran will take on the minnows Maldives in their first game.

Ranjbar: "Lack of order and disorganization in the national teams forced me to quit." "Hiring domestic coaches for the Olympic and the national team is not certain yet."

PLDC - General manager of the national football teams by mentioning the fact that our opponents have effective future plans, added: "Disorganization and lack of time have forced me to resign." In his interview with reporters Ranjbar went on by saying: "my resignation is related to the fact that because of our lack of plan and organization we are falling behind from our Asian opponents and that bothers me a lot."

Sepahan Stuns Blues

TEHRAN - Sepahan Sunday handed Esteqlal of Tehran a bitter defeat in the first-leg match of the League Cup in Isfahan. Playing a smooth football in front of some 7,000 fans in Naqsh-e Jahan Stadium, Sepahan hit three to win the derby 3-0.

250 Million Toman for Rasoul Khatibi's Transfer - Ajurlou and Fatolahzadeh negotiated over Khatibi's transfer

PLDC - Esteghlal football club has started negotiations to sign Khatibi. According to Our reporter, Esteghlal’s managing director, Mr. Fatholahzadeh, has officially met with Mr. Ajurlou to purchase Khatibi from Pas club.

Mahdavikia the toast of Hamburg

AFC - Iranian international Mehdi Mahdavikia is the unsung star of Hamburg as the German club make a push for a European place next season. The diminutive midfielder sent a superlative cross for Japanese international Naohiro Takahara to level the game against Bayern Munich on Sunday, the 10th assist of the season that further stamps the ever improving quality of Mahdavikia.

Soccer sportsmanship can be hard to define

Asahi - The crowd was in a tumult over a penalty kick. But the ball missed the goal widely, and the stadium erupted in thunderous applause. This was a scene from a recent international friendship soccer match in Hong Kong. According to a local newspaper and other media, what happened was as follows.

Former Iranian Olympic soccer player dies

AP - Sia Sadri, who played on the Iranian National Soccer Team in the 1956 Olympics and was later involved in youth soccer programs in the United States, has died. He was 67.

Three Nigerian players in Esteghlal and Foolad starting Friday

PLDC - According to a special report from our reporter, two Nigerian players, with the names of Sam Otiseh and GODVIN who have came to Iran a few days ago, will start practicing with Esteghlal this Friday.