Hejazi wants Esteghlal

PLDC - Naser Hejazi, unsuccessful head coach of Estehglal Rasht, is now using the opportunity which has presented itself to criticize Ronald Koch, head coach of Esteghlal Tehran, for not achieving good results so far.

Fatollahzadeh, "Only Koch decideds"

PLDC - The chairman of Esteghlal Tehran club, Ali Fathollahzadeh is fully supportive of Ronald Koch, club head coach, and the technical staff of the club. He will not make any changes to the staff without the confirmation of the head coach. In a short interview with the press he commented, "At present there will be no changes to the technical staff of the club."

Hajilou down with heart attack

PLDC - Ex-Esteghlal Tehran player and coach, Ali Asghar Hajilou had a heart attack yesterday and was taken to the CCU ward in a Tehran hospital.

Bahonar’s football has deteriorated

PLDC - Younes Bahonar, Persepolis defender, played from the beginning of the match against Machine Sazi in the Elimination Cup a few days ago. After the game he made the following comments, "I am not tired of the bench and it is up to the coaches to decide what is best for us.

Persepolis wins league clash against struggling Machine Sazi

IRNA - Visitor Persepolis defeated the struggling side of Tabriz, machine Sazi, Sunday in the first-leg match of League Cup. In front of some 15,000 partisan spectators in Tabriz Takhti Stadium, the reds netted once in the second half to beat Machine Sazi at home.

Kord blames channel three

PLDC - Due to a lack of coordination, the match between Persepolis of Tehran and Machin Sazi of Tabriz was not broadcast live on television and this brought many unexpected complaints, many of which were received by The Iranian Professional League Organization (PLO).

League to use first rate referees

PLDC - According to Manucheher Nazari, Head of the Iranian Football Refereeing Committee, any referee who has suitable capabilities will be used in the Professional League matches. This comment follows the use of top Iranian referee, Mansour Mohammadi, in the Sepahan - Malavan match in the fourth week.

Parvin, "No need for foreign coach"

PLDC - The Elimination Cup match of Persepolis against Machine Sazi of Tabriz (at home to Machinsazi) took place yesterday, 10/11/2002, and ended with the 1-0 defeat of the hosts. Payan Rafaat scored the goal for Persepolis in the 80th minute.

Begovic after Elimination championships

PLDC - Foolad is playing against Mes Kerman in their away leg of the Elimination Cup tournament on Tuesday, 12/11/2002. Vingo Begovic, head coach of Foolad Khouzestan, commented in this regard, "We intend to play with all our might as we aim to become the champions of the tournament.

Persepolis wants both cups

PLDC - According to Aref Mohammadvand, Persepolis player, the defensive stance of the teams in the Professional League is not attractive and is not approved by the fans. But in their week four match against Zob Ahan, Persepolis's 3-2 loss was because Zob Ahan had closed all areas of attack to Persepolis.

Best of the Fourth Week of the League

PLDC - In the fourth week of the professional Iranian League 20 goals were scored by the teams. Of the 7 matches played, two were draws. The following is an evaluation of the best of the fourth week :

Parvin looking for ideal formation

PLDC - In an interview after Persepolis lost at home to Zob Ahan of Isfahan with the result of 1-0 in the 4th week of the Iranian Professional League, Mahmood Khordbin (Persepolis team supervisor) said, “After a recommendation by the technical staff and pleadings by the players, Sohrab Entezari (who was told to leave practice sessions and club by Parvin ,head coach, because of bad performance) was once again allowed to take part in the club camp and began training.”

Hamburg's Mahdavikia recovers from back injury to return to practice

IRNA - Hamburger SV's Iranian international striker Mehdi Mahdavikia returned to team practice after being sidelined with a severe back injury for three weeks, the club online site said Friday.