Coaches’ reactions to Tehran derby

Tasnim – TEHRAN, Persepolis coach Hamid Derakhshan said that his team deserved to win against Esteghlal. Persepolis defeated its arch-rival Esteghlal 2-1 on Sunday in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium. “I respect Esteghlal but I have to say we deserved to win the match. Persepolis deserved to win since we had lots...

Persepolis Defeats Esteghlal in Tehran Derby [VIDEO]

Tasnim – TEHRAN,  Persepolis of Tehran football team defeated its arch-rival Esteghlal in the Iran Professional League (IPL) on Sunday. The Reds beat Esteghlal 2-1 in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium. Sajjad Shahbazzadeh gave Esteghlal the lead just before the interval. In the second half, Persepolis possessed and dominated the field until...

Zlatko Kranjcar takes charge of Iran Olympic football team

Tehran Times – TEHRAN, Zlatko Kranjcar has been named as the new head coach of Iran Olympic football team on Wednesday. The 58-year-old Croat replaced Nelo Vingada at the helm. The Iranian Football Federation (IFF) parted company with Nelo Vingada as Iran Olympic head coach in early September. The Portuguese...

Where’s Iranian football heading?

NOTBOTTOMLINE – TEHRAN, Iran’s national team, or Team Melli as it is widely known, held its own at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and probably gained a few more neutral fans after their performance against Argentina. Despite going out at the group stage with a solitary point, there were...

Tehran ‘friendly’ spices up South Korea-Iran rivalry

Reuters – SEOUL,  If South Korea and Iran thought Tuesday’s friendly international in Tehran would take the sting out of their increasingly acrimonious rivalry, they were vastly mistaken. The hosts’ controversial 1-0 win at the Azadi Stadium ended with players, coaches and officials having to be pulled apart by cooler...

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