Managing Director of Foolad Khuzestan Club: "We will keep Begovich" . "Clubs from Germany, Belgium and Italy have shown interest in our national team players"

PLDC - The contract of Foolad Kuzestan's Head Coach, Vinko Begovich, will expire in 3 months, while he has rejected offers to coach Iran's national youth team, and has offers from Australia and UAE.

All Whites' warm-up against Iran off

NZ - New Zealand, the Oceania champions, had planned home and away matches against Asian champions Iran, but these have now been postponed, Soccer New Zealand chief executive Bill McGowan said in a statement today.

Joint camp of the Olympic and the national team

PLDC - In the upcoming week, the national team coaches will have a touch schedule ahead. According to the schedule, the national team will camp on Tuesday, the 11th, and Wednesday, the 12th of March, under Homayoon Shahrokhi and Hossain Faraki.

Taiwan will host 2004 Futsal Worldcup

SW - FIFA has declared that Taiwan will host the 2004 Futsal World Cup. Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, Paraguay, Thailand, and Iran had all bidded to host the event.

Asian Champions League quarter-finals kicks off

AFP - The richest competition in Asian football comes out of hibernation this weekend with 16 teams battling it out for places in the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League.

New Zealand withdraws from Tehran fixture

AFC - Iran's clash with New Zealand for the AFC/OFC Challenge Cup 2003 is up in the air following New Zealand Soccer's decision not to travel to Tehran due to safety concerns.

AFC Champions League atmosphere is like Europe: Pirouzi coach

AFC - For the past three years, part of Hans-Dieter Schmidt's job was to prepare the dossiers on European giants of like Juventus and Deportivo La Coruna as his club Hamburg, for whom he was chief scout, prepared for the high-octane competition of the UEFA Champions League.

Minavand ruled out of AFC Champions League

AFC - Pirouzi's chances of topping Group D of the AFC Champions League have been struck a last-minute blow with the exclusion of their most experienced player in this type of football.

Kohan calls up 40 players for Iran U-23

PFDC - The newly appointed head coach for the Iranian olympic team, Mohammad Mayeli Kohan announces the list of 40 players who are invited to join the training sessions for the 2004 Athens Olympic games.

Navazi, Mansourian, Vaezi and Rostami won't make it. The fifth player eliminated will be either Mousavi, Fatemi or Nikhbakht!

PLDC - According to reports from IPNA, Esteghlal team left Tehran at 13:30 local time on Thursday and after staying in Dubai for a night, the team will leave the capital city of UAE for Al-Ain city.

PFDC Exclusive: Interview with Branko Ivankovic

PFDC - Kamran Delan of PFDC has conducted an exclusive telephone interview with the previous head coach of Iran's national team, Mr. Branko Ivankovic in English. In this 22 minutes audio interview, Kamran asks Branko some very interesting questions which unfolds the mystery of him returning to Iran as the head coach again.

Nasser Hejazi: “I cancelled my trip to Dubai so that I won’t be accused of obstructionism”

PLDC - Nasser Hejazi after refusing to comment about Esteghlal team, said: “They do not recognize me as a specialist to ask my opinion.” Hejazi told reporters yesterday:" I was going to travel to UAE for the Asian Club championship games, but the papers wrote that I am going there because Al-Ain club has asked me to go, and I will tell them Esteghlal’s secrets, I decided to cancel my trip so if Esteghlal loses, they do not blame me for it.

Persepolis arrives in Tashkent

IRNA - The 38-member team of Persepolis arrived here in early Wednesday. The Tehran-based soccer side is to play in the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League in the Uzbek capital.