Best of the ninth week of the League

PLDC - In the ninth week of the professional Iranian League 12 goals were scored by the teams, 4 of which were by Peykan against Malavan Anzali. Of the 7 matches played, there were no draws. The following is an evaluation of the best of the ninth week, which has placed Sepahan of Isfahan still on top of the league table.

Sepahan to get 6 points in 10th week

PLDC - Sepahan Isfahan defeated Zob Ahan with the weak result of 1-0 in the ninth week of the Iranian Professional League. This result has given Sepahan the three points and they still stand at the top of the league table with 25 points which is five ahead of the other teams.

Shahrokhi appointed head coach of Iran's football team

IRNA - Iran's Federation of Football on Saturday appointed Homayoun Shahrokhi as the head coach of Iranian national team. Prior to this appointment, Shahrokhi was serving as the head coach of Pas of Tehran.

Mazaheri, “Begovich is best choice of National Team”

PLDC - Vahid Mazaheri, forward midfield and technical player of Foolad Khouzestan, is one of the favored players of Vingo Begovic, head coach of Foolad Khouzestan these days. He is performing well by scoring sensitive goals and giving his club important points in most game. He is now in the spotlight.

Shahroodi will be best on Friday

PLDC - In the 9th week match of the Professional League on Friday, Persepolis will face Sanat Naft with Reza Sharoodi in the team formation. Shahroodi who was on the bench last week is surprised about this fact himself. In a press interview, he commented, “I don’t know why I was on the bench against Pas (8th week). I didn’t ask Parvin, head coach of Persepolis, anything about it though. We must respect his decisions as coach.”

Begovic honored to coach National Team

PLDC - With the going away of Branco Ivancovic, head coach of the Iranian National Team, another choice must be found to replace him. One obvious selection is the successful Croat head coach of Foolad Khouzestan, Vingo Begovic, who has so far performed well in his club and has also trained a number of the National Team players.

IFF admits problems of football

PLDC - In a session held at the Iranian Football Federation (IFF) head quarters, the problems of football were discussed on Wednesday, 25/12/2002. Deputy Head of the IFF, Mehdi Khaibari expressed the following views in the presence of the press, “Iran’s major problems in football in Asia is hosting of games. Our country is faced with many difficulties when it comes to the hosting of matches. Such problems have placed us among the bottom five in the Asian hosting list.”

Eskandarian the Younger Is a Goal-Scorer Full of Promise

NYtimes - lecko Eskandarian's fledgling professional soccer career is awash in coincidence. Twenty-two years ago, his father, Andranik, played for Iran in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. Last year Alecko went to Argentina as a member of the United States team playing in the FIFA World Youth Championship. The local news media knew a good story when it strolled through customs.

Al Wasl compound Al Shabab's woes - Daei And Majidi Scored

Gulf News - Al Wasl jumped to the middle of the table after defeating Al Shabab 2-1 in the 10th stage of the First Division league, at the Al Wasl stadium in Zaabil yesterday. It was the second successive win for Al Wasl following a poor start in the first eight weeks. Al Wasl move up to eighth place with 11 points, while the defeat compounded Al Shabab woes, who stayed at the bottom of the table with three points in 10 matches.

SAIPA stuns Esteqlal

IRNA - SAIPA stunned Esteqlal of Tehran Thursday as it managed to defeat the blues here in the ninth week of Iran Pro League (IPL). Playing on the uneven pitch of Takhti Stadium, south of Tehran, SAIPA struck twice to win the match 2-1, imposing the third loss on Esteqlal.

Al Ahli face tough test against Al Nasr

Gulf News - Al Ahli, the top team in the first division football league table, face a tough task tomorrow when they meet arch rivals Al Nasr, the second team in the standing. The match is the old Dubai local derby. From the late 1960s and even before the establishment of the UAE FA, the two clubs have been competing to win the trophies and titles in Dubai.

Sportscaster Behravan transferred to Isfahan

IRNA - Abbas Behravan, sportscaster of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), was transferred from Kashan to Isfahan in an ambulance on Wednesday. The ICU chief nurse of Kashan's Naqavi Hospital, Mohammad-Ali Heidari, told IRNA that due to the request of Behravan's family and potential risks, the hospital's doctor let the sportscaster be sent to Isfahan.

Giovanni May, “We should have scored five”

PLDC - According to Giovanni May, head coach of Saipa, the result is more important than a good performance and he will try from this week on to emphasize on the results than other factors. This statement may or may not be true but Saipa is 7th in the league table and they lost to Sepahan in the 8th week with the score of 3-0 which is a cause for concern.