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Bagheri had surgery on Friday

PLDC - In the Persepolis – Abu Moslem match (1-0 victory of Persepolis) on Thursday, 23/11/2002, Karim Bagheri, Persepolis striker, was injured so seriously that he had to be taken to the hospital in Mashhad and was then transferred to IranMehr hospital in Tehran. He then immediately had an operation on Friday morning.

May, “Iran’s football no different to Europe’s”

PLDC - The Italian head coach of Saipa, Giovanni May, has commented about his club and the football in Iran in a recent interview with the press, “Iran’s football is not so different from that of Europe. Iran’s football has slight differences in detail and that’s all. Before this I imagined that Iran and Saipa’s football would be very dissimilar but I was mistaken.”

Zolfagharinasab, “Changes will be inevitable”

PLDC - Peykan of Tehran occupies the one but last (13th ) place in the Iranian Professional League table. Bizhan Zolfagharinasab, head coach of Peykan, has said that the club intends to purchase three South African and one Brazilian player for the club before the midseason break.

Pas draws 0-0 against Peykan

PLDC - In a very average match, in the fifth week of the Iranian Professional League, Pas faced Peykan and drew with the score of 0-0. In a defensive style match, Peykan presented a more powerful game at the start of the first half and Pas performed and played slightly more offensively towards the end of the same half.

Al Shabab rally to hold Sharjah to a draw - Daei return

Gulf News - Al Shabab rallied to force a draw (2-2) with Sharjah in the First Division football league at Maktoum bin Rashid stadium on Wednesday night.

Abdollahi, “We are happy with Koch”

PLDC - The Esteghlal Tehran and Malavan Anzali match in the fifth week of the Professional League on Thursday, 21/11/2002, has been postponed to Tuesday, 26/11/2002, because of the upcoming Esteghlal and Naftchi return leg of the Asian Clubs Super Cup in Uzbekistan, on Friday the 22nd.

Begovic’s viewpoints

PLDC - Vingo Begovic, Croatian head coach of Foolad Khouzestan, has the following viewpoints in life:

Ivancovic, “Still too early to choose team”

PLDC - It appears that Ivancovic has contacted Mehdi Mahdavikia, Iranian player of Hamburg of Germany, to ask him to participate in the upcoming friendly between the National Teams of Iran and Brazil on 17th December.

Persepolis wins from Abu Moslem 1-0

PLDC - In the fifth week of the Iranian Professional League, Persepolis faced Abu Moslem in Mashhad and won the match with the result of 1-0. Abu Moslem proved a tough nut to crack for the guest team and Persepolis who presented a very weak performance in this match managed to win with difficulty.

Rezaei denies AFC rumors

PLDC - According to the latest reports by the AFC, Rahman Rezaei, Iranian striker of Perugia, seems to be unhappy with his club and though he seems fine there, he doesn’t feel like staying with Perugia of Italy any longer. He is rumored to have said that staying was useless because he was not making any progress, he had the inclination to go to a better club and had asked his manager to arrange it.

Ranjbar, “Supervisor’s needed for short terms”

PLDC - Mohammad Ranjbar, the Head of the Iranian National Teams, made the following comments, “In the match against Brazil (friendly on 17th December) Iran will use the best possible lineup. Ivancovic is at present in contact with all the legionnaires and their coaches at all times. They will probably be used in this tough test for the National Team.”

Al-Ahly opt for Iranian contingent against Uzbekistan giants Pakhtakor Tashkent

MEF - Iranian attacking weaponry will be at the centre-stage of Al-Ahly’s home leg fixture against Uzbek outfits Pakhtakor Tashkent in Dubai on November 27, this has been revealed today by popular daily Al-Ittihad.

Azadi may be ready by 11/12

PLDC - Azadi stadium has been under renovation for over four months now and the end is not in sight. According to the head of Azadi Sports Complex (ASC), the officials of the stadium are trying their utmost to prepare the pitch for the 11th week Professional League Esteghlal – Persepolis match.