Hunt is on for mystery whistle-blower

HONG KONG - A whistle-blowing soccer fan was being sought yesterday after he nearly caused a riot at a match in Hong Kong between Denmark and Iran by fooling players into thinking it was half-time. 

Shamsaei helps Esteqlal past Persepolis

IRNA - National goal scorer of Esteqlal, Vahid Shamsaei hit four to help his side win a second-week futsal match of Iranian clubs competitions here on Monday.

Shamsaei says Lazio, Roma willing to sign him

IRNA - National futsal player of Iran and the Asia's best goalscorer, Vahid Shamsaei, has announced on Tuesday that he has received two invitations from the powerful Italian clubs Lazio and AS Roma. Shamsaei told IRNA if his club, Esteqlal, and the country's Futsal Committee prepare the ground, he will go to Italy after the Asian event in Japan.

Denmark earn consolation victory in Hong Kong Carlsberg Cup

AFP - Denmark defeated a Hong Kong League XI 2-1 to earn a consolation win and finish third in the four-team Lunar New Year Carlsberg Cup tournament here Tuesday.

Fathollahzadeh: " Kirsten and Paulo Sergio will be in Esteghlal for the second half of the season if agreed on the terms."

PLDC - "If we feel the need, we will talk to Christen and Sergio and get them to help Esteghlal for the second half of the season." Ali Fatolahzadeh, The managing director of Esteghlal club told reporters:" We have not yet started serious negotiations, and unfortunately, the Media has already made a big deal out of this.

Qassempour to coach Naft

IRNA - Managing director of Abadan's Cultural-Sports Club said Ebrahim Qassempour was officially installed as the head coach of San'at Naft. Talking to IRNA on Sunday, Jamshid Bashagerdi added: "Following negotiations with Qassempour and initial agreement, the practices of Naft will continue with the aim of playing better football in the second Iran Pro League (IPL) after the winter break."

Abedzadeh: " I have started on a light exercise program and slow running."

PLDC - The former national team goalkeeper, Ahmed-Reza Abedzadeh, told reporters: "physically I am doing fine compare to the past couple of months, and I have started on a light exercise program and slow running." He told our reporter: "I am happy that I am doing much better as far my speaking and understanding ability, and hopefully with people's prayers my vision problem on one of my eyes will also recover completely."

Iranian players starring in UAE league action

MEF - Farhad Majidi (twice), Ali Daei and Javad Kazemian (once) scored for their respective clubs in the United Arab Emirates' 15th Week of league action, as Iranian players shot themselves under the limelight in a distinguished fashion.

Iran stands second in West Asian u-14 soccer event

IRNA - Iran finished runner-up in the West Asian Under-14 Soccer Championships ended in Oman on Thursday. On January 30, Iran that had defeated the Qatari side 2-1 in the preliminary round lost to the Arab side 3-1 in final in Sultan Qaboos Stadium.

Sporting Denmark fall to Iran at Carlsberg Cup

AFP - Denmark proved there was nothing rotten with the state of their sportsmanship on Saturday as their captain shunned a penalty during the 1-0 loss to Iran in the Carlsberg Cup here on Saturday. Captain Morten Wieghorst deliberately kicked wide a penalty awarded to his team just on half-time after an Iranian defender had picked up the ball on hearing a whistle from the crowd at the Hong Kong Stadium.

Late goal rush by Uruguay buries Hong Kong hopes of Carlsberg Cup

AFP - Three late goals in the space of five minutes killed off any hopes of a shock win for hosts Hong Kong, who lost 3-0 to Uruguay at the Lunar New Year Carlseberg Cup tournament here Saturday. After holding their more illustrious opponents scoreless for 84 minutes, a tiring Hong Kong League XI defense leaked three goals to give the South Americans a berth in the February 4 final of the annual event.

Al Wahda prevail over Al Ittihad - Majidi and Kazemian Scored

Gulf News - Al Wahda clinched the top place in the First division football league after they defeated Al Ittihad at the latter's stadium in Kalba 3-1. Al Wahda have now 30 points and are on top of the table. This is a great achievement for the Abu Dhabi based club who had a poor start at the beginning of the league last October.

Daei's superb goal helps Al Shabab coast to win

Gulf News - Iranian striker Ali Daei scored a tremendous 35-yard-goal to give his team Al Shabab the much-needed three points in their away match against Al Jazira in the first division league here yesterday.