Al Wasl and Al Ahly victorious in UAE as Majidi scores twice

MEF - Super sub Youssouf Hassan came after the restart to net a double-delight after 71 and 75 minutes and steer Al-Sha'ab to a hard-fought 3-2 home victory over Al-Nasr, as the winners moved to the pole position of the table standings in the United Arab Emirates for the first time this season.

The next great American star

NorthJersey - Alecko Eskandarian never needed the Saturday morning cartoon fix. He needed soccer. Telecasts from any country in any language were fine, so long as he could spoon in his cereal with a soccer ball at his feet and a soccer game in his sights.

Abomuslem’s first practice session with their new coach Firooz Karimi

PLDC - In a ceremony held yesterday, Firooz Karimi was introduced as the new Head coach of Abomuslem football team. Firooz Karimi after arriving at Mashad airport and visiting the Holy site of Emam Reza’s grave, attended Abomuslem’s practice session with Mr. Malahi.

Al-Shabab Dubai go Brazilian

MEF - Struggling outfits Al-Shabab of Dubai show no let-up in their quest to maintain themselves in the top flight next season, when they announced today the signing of Brazilian schemer Giraldo Da Silva. The 28-year old new import is expected to fill the gap of Iranian Mehrdad Minavand, after gaining the full faith of German manager Rainer Hollman at the end of a one-week trial period.

interview with The head coach of the Iranian national futsal team

PLDC - Ansarifar, the head coach of the Iranian national Futsal team: "The number of foreign based players in Futsal will be more in compare to football. Shamsaei and Heydarian will be transferred to Italy."

Dadkan named head of Iranian FA

Reuters - Iran has appointed Mohammad Dadkan to lead the Islamic Republic's soccer federation for the next four years following a successful stint as caretaker chief. Dadkan, who beat off 24 rivals to land the job, stepped in to head Iranian soccer's top body in September following the resignation of under-fire boss Mohsen Safai Farahani.

Koch: "Mansour Pourheydari belongs to Esteghlal club."

PLDC - Roland Koch: Mansour PourHeydari is a great football scholar that belongs to Esteghlal Club and can help us. I am glad that we can use his experience.

Persepolis held in Anzali

IRNA - Visitor Persepolis was held in the 12th week of second Iran Pro League (IPL) as it tied with Malavan of Bandar Anzali on Friday. Mohammad Gholami put the bottom-placed Malavan ahead in the 69th minute but Aref Mohammadvand rescued the reds in the 80th minute when he slotted home.

Resurgent Iran Holds Italy

TEHRAN - The four-time Asian futsal champion, Iran, fought back to hold the powerful side of Italy in a friendly here on Wednesday.

Mayeli Kohan: "the president of the IFF must keep in mind the needs of all Iranian coaches and include them in his future plans."

PLDC - The representative of the Iranian coaches alliance, Mr. Mohammad Mayeli Kohan in an IFF meeting said that the president of the IFF must keep in mind the needs of all Iranian coaches and include them in his future plans. Mohammad Mayeli Kohan added that defending the coach’s rights and providing coaching classes for them inside or outside of Iran must be a priority in IFF’s plans and programs.

Farahani: "I am not ready to help Dr. Dadkan"

PLDC - One can only help and support another when one is kept up to date to the existing environment and only than the help is useful, but I do not have the time for it at this point.

Iran, Italy Tie at Futsal Friendly

TEHRAN - National futsal sides of Iran and Italy fought to a draw here on Tuesday. Playing their first friendly in the 12,000-seater hall of Azadi Sports Complex, 10km west of Tehran, the two Iranian and Italian futsal teams tied 3-3.

Eskandarian Named 2002 College Player of the Year

University of Virginia men's soccer player Alecko Eskandarian (Montvale, N.J./Bergen Catholic) was named Soccer America's 2002 College Men's Player of the Year. With his selection as Soccer America's College Player of the Year, Eskandarian became Virginia's fifth individual men's soccer player to claim the honor, also marking the sixth time the award has gone to a Cavalier.