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.

Alidousti to coach Tractor Sazi

Tabriz - Former national striker and ex-coach of Paykan and Saipa was named as the new manager of Tabriz-based tractor Sazi on Saturday. During a ceremony held on February 8, the managing director of Tractor Sazi Cultural-Sports Club expressing his appreciation to the erstwhile coach Ahad Sheikh Lari for his efforts officially introduced Alidousti as the new trainer.

Blue men tied with Pas 1-1

Tehran - Blue men of Esteglal drew 1-1 versus Pas to finish the fourteenth week of the Iran's premier club events in Tehran's Takhti pitch Wednesday afternoon.

Young stars enter squad to play Iran

NZOOM - New Zealand Soccer Coach Mick Waitt has named an extended squad of 32 to prepare for home and away matches against Iran in late March and early April. The matches pit the champions of Oceania against the Asian champions with the New Zealand leg played at North Harbour Stadium on Friday March 28 at 7.45pm.

German amateur coach signs with Esteqlal-e Tehran

IRNA - German amateur trainer Uwe Erkenbrecher signed a four-month deal with Iran's first division football team Esteqlal Tehran to become their new assistant coach, the media said Tuesday.

Croat Blazevic tops Al-Ittihad wish-list

MEF - Riyadh-based popular daily Okaz revealed on Monday Al-Ittihad are tipping Croat manager Miroslav Blazevic as their upcoming new boss, barely one week after being kicked out of the Arab Club Championship held at home.