Sheikh Lari steps down as Tractor trainer

IRNA - Managing Director of Tabriz Tractor Sazi Cultural-Sports Club said Ahad Sheikh Lari, the head coach, offered his resignation after a loss to the capital-based Oqab.

Hamburg's Mahdavikia declared fit for Bayern Munich match

IRNA - Hamburger SV's Iranian international striker Mehdi Mahdavikia returned to practice and was declared fit for the upcoming top match at Bayern Munich, after being sidelined with a minor upper thigh injury, the club's press service announced Wednesday.

Hashemian undecided about extending Vfl Bochum contract

IRNA - Iranian international striker Vahid Hashemian remains unsure about extending his contract with German Bundesliga team Vfl Bochum, citing his growing discontent over his minor substitute role this season, the bi-weekly Kicker sports magazine reported Thursday.

'They were beyond dirty'

Hong Kong - Iran up in arms over alleged treatment dished out by Uruguay on and off the pitch , Iran's Carlsberg Cup squad departed Hong Kong yesterday complaining bitterly about the physical treatment they suffered while losing Tuesday's brutal final to Uruguay.

Koch: "I will not coach the national team"

PLDC - The Head coach of the Esteghlal football club, Roland Koch, denied the news regarding coaching the national team in the near future. Koch told reporters:" The Iranian Football Federation is not looking for a coach right now as they already have coaches"

Daei and Karimi Scored in emirates league

Gulf News - Al Ahli revived their hopes of winning the league title after scoring a resounding win over Dubai Club 4-2 in the 16th stage of the First Division football league, held at the Al Aweer stadium yesterday.

Italians a big draw in Iran

FIFA - The recent jaunt by the Squadra Azzurra Futsal squad to Iran certainly raised a few eyebrows -not only because of the proximity to politically explosive Iraq, but also due to the obvious cultural upheaval inherent in such a trip.

IFF has sent an official letter to FIFA

PLDC - The Iranian Football Federation has sent an official letter to FIFA praising Danish captain Morten Wieghorst for deliberately missing a penalty.

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.