Al Shabab defeat Dubai club to score first win - Daei Scored

Gulf News - Al Shabab scored their first win in the football league by defeating Dubai club 2-1 in the last match of round one at Maktoum bin Rashid stadium yesterday. The win was a good start for the club's new board of directors appointed yesterday chaired by the club founder Dr. Ahmed Saif Balhasa who attended the match with other board members.

Al Wahda prevail over Al Wasl - Majidi Scored

Gulf News - Al Wahda started the New Year in style beating visiting Al Wasl 3-2 to share the leadership of the first division domestic soccer league with Al Nasr and Al Ain, each with 22 points at the end of the first round of the competition.

Shahrokhi says will serve football by all means

IRNA - Homayoun Shahrokhi, the acting head coach of Iran's national soccer squad, said he serves the society like a soldier, adding that he undertook the responsibility due to his devotion to sports and football.

IPL leader Sepahan beats Persepolis on controversial penalty

IRNA - Foulad-e Sepahan of Isfahan extended its leadership in the second Iran Pro League (IPL) as it defeated Persepolis on a controversial penalty here on Thursday. In a 10th-week match of IPL, the home side Sepahan managed to overcome the defending champion Persepolis 2-1 in front of over 30,000 flag-waving passionate spectators in Naqsh-e Jahan Stadium of Isfahan, bringing its points to 28.

Pas wins IPL match against Fajr

IRNA - Pas added three more points to its asset as it beat visitor Fajr-e Sepassi of Shiraz here Thursday in the 10th week of second Iran Pro League (IPL).

Third futsal `Media Cup' starts

IRNA - The third futsal Media Cup started in Sheikholeslam Hall of Shahid Heidarnia Sports Complex, central Tehran, on Thursday. On the first day of competitions that 20 teams have participated in, the teams of Jahan-e Eqtessad, Jahan-e Football, Iran News, and Radio Varzesh won their matches against Esteqlal-e Javan, Javan, Shabakeh Khabar, and Iran-e Varzeshi respectively.

"Doroudgar: We will lodge complaint against Branco"

PFDC - Aftab Yazd newspaper prints that head of Futsal Committee of Iran's Football Federation, Sadeq Doroudgar, said the contract of Iran's Croat Head Coach Branko Ivankovic with the IFF will end on January 26, 2003 and according to law he should refer to the federation warning that if the Croat does not return to Iran, then the IFF has the right to lodge a complaint against him.

SAIPA names new managing director

IRNA - SAIPA automaking group Managing Director Engineer Ahmad Qal'e-Bani Tuesday appointed Seyed Mehrdad Hashemi as the new managing director of his cultural-sports institute.

7 Candidates Eliminated in IFF Presidency Run

PFDC - It was reported today that seven candidates were disqualified from the total 34 candidates due to lacking the required minimum age of 30 in the race for the presidency of the Iranian Football Federation (IFF).

Azizi: I accepted to join national team again only because of Shahrokhi

PFDC - Khodada Azizi was once again invited to the national team after a long time due to his disagreements with the resigned IFF president Mr. Safahi Farahani and previous national team coaches Blazevic and Ivankovic.

Injured Karimi may miss testimonial

Gulf News - Iranian Ali Karimi, one of the players lined up for the All-Stars team may not be available for the Adnan Al Talyani testimonial match.

41 called up to attend national soccer camp

IRNA - The Technical Committee of Iran's national soccer squad Sunday invited 41 players to participate in the training sessions. Iran is preparing for a four-sided international tournament in Hong Kong to be held on February 1-4.

Shahrokhi, “We had to win”

PLDC - In the ninth week of the Iranian Professional League, Pas of Tehran defeated Esteghlal Ahwaz with the score of 2-0. Despite the fact that Homayoon Shahrokhi, head coach of Pas, believes that they always have difficulties playing in Ahwaz after years of experience playing there, his team won.