Pourheydari: "There will be no changes made in Esteghlal's technical staff." Behtash Fariba:" My conversation with Zarincheh had nothing to do with joining Esteghlal's staff."

PLDC - Esteghlal's technical coach manager, denied the possible presence of Behtash Fariba in Esteghlal's technical staff.

Al Ahli blank Al Khaleej in quarterfinals

GulfNews - Defending champions Al Ahli blanked Al Khaleej 4-0 in the President's Cup quarterfinals at the at the Al Shaab stadium yesterday.

Perspolis will practice without Parvin

PLDC - Perspolis's practice sessions will take place with out the presence of Ali Parvin in the next few days. According to Source, Parvin's unexpected trip to Ramsar will leave the team to practice under Schmitd and Ghelich.

Iran holds world champion in futsal friendly

IRNA - Defending Asian futsal champion Iran held the world No. 1 Spain in a friendly here on Tuesday. In front of some 2,500 Spanish spectators, Iran and Spain struggled to a 2-2 draw.

Vinco Begovich: "Foolad and Perspolis's offers were not serious enough.”

PLDC - Begovich, the current Head Coach of Foolad football club, told reporters: “I have done some negotiations with Foolad and Perspolis, but there has not yet been a serious offer from neither side”.

Spain wins world-Asia champions' futsal friendly

IRNA - Defending world and Asian futsal champions, Spain and Iran, played a friendly in Santander on Monday that was won by the host side. Iranian indoor footballers played a crowd-pleasing game but lost to the world champion.

Ebrahim Talebi: "We were planning to make Esteghlal the richest club in Iran. Pourheydari and Zarincheh can not continue Koch's path."

PLDC - Talebi said: "Koch's departure from Iran, is an unfortunate set back for Iranian football." Esteghlal's former coach told reporters: "It does not personally matter to me that he left, but the point is that his departure from Iran will take us a steps back in Football.

Iran's u-23 soccer side will head for Tashkent on April 30

IRNA - Iran's under-23 soccer team will head for Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, on April 30. Iran and Uzbekistan are to play a preliminary qualifier of 2004 Olympic Athens in 2004 on Saturday, May 3, in the Uzbek capital.

Mahdavikia named "Player of the Week" in German Bundesliga

IRNA - The bi-weekly Kicker Sports magazine named Monday Iranian forward Mehdi Mahdavikia "Player of the Week" in the German Bundesliga following his superb performance in Hamburg's 4-0 rout over lowly Nuremberg.

A walk over against Nuremberg

Hamburg - The HSV won against Nuremberg by 4:0 on Saturday. It was the highest victory this season. In front of 40.000 visitors in the AOL arena, the home team dominated the match right from the start. Nuremberg displayed a mediocre performance. And for the HSV strikers there was ample opportunity to score.

Iran, world's 34th in the latest football ranking

IRNA - Iran ranked world's 34th in the April edition of the FIFA/Coca Cola World Rankings, Asian Football Confederation reported on Thursday.

Kanu back for Nigeria

BBC - The Nigerian Football Association (NFA) has listed strikers Nwankwo Kanu and Julius Aghahowa in a 20-man Super Eagles squad for next month's friendly.

Pakistan eager to tour Cameroon in July

AFC - South Asia Football Federation semi-finalists Pakistan announced on Thursday plans are currently underway to bring the national side on a tour of Cameroon in July and August.