Esteghlal go through in thriller

AFP - Iran giants Esteghlal earned a place Tuesday in the lucrative Group Stage of the Asian Champions League by the narrowest of margins.

Friendly with Brazil postponed to 2003

PLDC - According to the Iranian Football Federation publicity manager, the recently planned friendly match against Brazil (preliminary scheduled to be played in the near future) has now been postponed to the year 2003.

Kazemian begins to train with Al Ahli Club

Gulf News - Al Ahli Club signed up Iranian striker Javad Kazemian from Iran's Saipa club for a six-month contract, which commenced on Saturday. The Iranian ace began training with the club yesterday to prepare for Al Ahli's crucial home game in the Asian Champions League against Uzbekistan's Pakhtakor on Wednesday at the Rashid stadium.

Aghajan, "New foreign players emloyed"

PLDC - The coach of Zob Ahan, Gholamhossien Aghajan, commented on his team after their 1-0 loss to Esteghlal Ahwaz in the fifth week of the Iranian Professional League. It appears that Zob Ahan suffers from weakness in their midfield lineup and has employed new foreign players to solve the problem.

Ghalenoie, "10 days of training for Persepolis match"

PLDC - According to the new head coach of Esteghlal Ahwaz, Amir Ghalenoie, the team will become active again after a 48-hour break and will again begin training for their next match against Persepolis of Tehran. Ghalenoie was in Tehran until today but he returned to Ahwaz this morning.

Mirzapour, "We are all to blame for loss"

PLDC - Ebrahim Mirzapour, Foolad Khouzestan goalkeeper was unable to prevent the three goals scored by Foolad Sepahan against him in the fifth week Professional League match which ended with the 3-1 victory of Sepahan.

Al Shaab dash Al Ahli's dreams

Gulf News - Al Shaab crushed Al Ahli (5-1) and denied the losers from topping the standings in the First Division football league.

Hashemian and Graulund save Bochum

PFDC - Two late goals by substitutes Vahid Hashemian and Peter Graulund rescued a point for VFL Bochum in Mönchengladbach. Hashemian, who showed a pleasing performance, is now again German Bundesliga's top joker of this season, with already 4 goals.

Adult team is Ivancovic’s preference

PLDC - Mohammad Ranjbar, the National Team Youth’s technical manager and National Team’s supervisor commented on the head coach of the Iranian National Team, Ivanovic, and the fact that his contract will run out in two months time, “Working with the National Team is a two-way affair and the thing has to be thoroughly discussed by both parties involved.

Sanat Naft short of players

PLDC - The assistant coach of Sanat Naft of Abadan, Parviz Mazloomi, commented on the Professional League fifth week match between Sanat Naft and Bargh Shiraz which ended as a 2-1 victory for Bargh, “Unfortunately, our streak of bad luck doesn’t end.

Taghavi, “Saipa will replace Kazemi”

PLDC - Mojtaba Taghavi, ex-defender and present coach of Saipa of Tehran, is assisting Giovanni May, head coach, in the club. He spoke about his club, the transfer of Javad Kazemian to Al Ahli of the UAE and the Professional League fifth week match between Saipa and Fajr Shiraz which ended as a 0-0 draw, “Both teams used the same style and the ball was mostly in the center of the field.

Al Wasl still in search of elusive victory - Majidi Scored

Gulf News - Al Wasl failed for the sixth match to score their first win in the First Division football league after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Al Ittihad of Kalba in the match held on Thursday night at the Al Wasl stadium.

Best of the 5th week of the League (6 games)

PLDC - Of the 6 matches played in the fifth week of the professional Iranian League, a total of 9 goals were scored by the participating teams. Of the 6 matches played, only the Saipa- Fajr Sepassi and Peykan- Pas games were draws both with the scores of 0-0.