Foulad holds Persepolis

IRNA - Persepolis was held by the Khuzestani side, Foulad, on Thursday in the 13th week of second Iran Pro League (IPL), commemorating late Karim Nayyerlou. On the pitch of Takhti Stadium, south of Tehran, the two sides fought to a 3-3 draw.

Sepahan getting ready for showdown with Pas

PLDC - Despite heavy snow and unpleasant weather, Sepahan’s practice sessions went on during the last couple of days. According to reports , the Ararat stadium of the city of Esfehan hosted Sepahan players for practice everyday last week. In absence of three national team player, Edmond Bezik, Reza Hasanzadeh and Mohorram Navidkia, Mr Kazemi works his team with enthusiasm.

Banned players of 13th week

PLDC - 15 players banned from playing in the 13th week of the Iranian Professional League are as follows (Farsi) :

Fathollahzadeh: We are going to keep Roland Koch

PLDC - The managing director of Esteghlal club with emphasizing on keeping koch mentioned several times I have changed the coach due to success or unsuccessfulness of them but at this time I request all of my friends to let me for at least one time I myself make the final decision.

Javad Kazemian: I will not play against Denmark

PFDC - Below you can read a recent interview with Javad Kazemian, Al-Ahly’s player that was published on Iran Varzeshi newspaper. It seems in despite of his brilliant plays at the beginning when he joined Al-Ahli, he is not scoring as much in his recent games.

A foreign striker in Perspolis

PLDC - Perspolis football club will tryout a new striker next week. According to IRNA, Managing director of Perspolis football Club; "In addition to strengthing the team and improving its performance this year, the team has hired a new coach.

Mahmoodi, youngest Iranian player of Canadian NFL National Team

CANADA - He is the smallest member of Team Canada's under-20 junior football team and also one of its youngest at 17. But Hamid Mahmoudi, a 5-foot-9, 146-pound defensive back, is convinced he was born to play football - even if his country of origin is Iran, where soccer rules.

German coach of Esteghlal Tehran on verge of being fired

IRNA - The German coach of Iran's football powerhouse Esteghlal-e Tehran, Roland Koch, is about to be dismissed from his post, following his team's mediocre performance this season, the bi-weekly sports magazine kicker said on Monday.

Two BU players taken in MLS draft

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bradley University seniors Tim Regan and Hamid Mehreioskouei are headed to the same professional soccer league via opposite paths. Both players were selected Friday in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Regan was taken in the second round by the New Jersey-based MetroStars, while Mehreioskouei is bound for the West Coast after the Los Angeles Galaxy chose him in the fourth round.

Hans Peter Schmitt, the new coach of Perspolis football club: "Perspolis takes advantage of three important factors: Motivation, Individual skills and physical strength."

PLDC - Hans Peter Schmitt, the new coach of Perspolis club attended his first media conference yesterday. At the beginning, Schmitt mentioned that in the recent years, there has been new positions created in Football. He added:" when I first came to Iran, some of the media reported that I have came here to Transfer players which is wrong and with the experience I have gained through out the years, I will do my best to serve Perspolis.

HK four-sided soccer program announced

IRNA - The four-sided soccer tournament of Hong Kong will be held on February 1-4 with participation of the host team, Iran, Denmark, and Uruguay.

Abu Moslem coach dies at 41

IRNA - Mohammad A'zam, an Abu Moslem coach, 41, died of a heart failure on Monday night. During a training session of Mashhad-based Abu Moslem that was practicing in Shahid Beheshti Hall due to heavy snowfall, A'zam rushed to Imam Reza (AS) Hospital but he succumbed to his heart attack hours later at 11 pm on Monday.

Kuwaiti Bashar Abdullah joins Al Ahli Club

Gulf News - Kuwaiti national team striker Bashar Abdullah signed yesterday for Al Ahli Club to play with their senior football team in the remaining matches of the league. Bashar will replace Iranian gifted striker Ali Karimi who is still suffering from an injury he sustained in a league match against Al Nasr last month.