Queiroz is only candidate for Iran coach: IFF chief

Tehran Times – TEHRAN, Iran Football Federation General Secretary Mehdi Mohammad Nabi has said that he is in contact with Carlos Queiroz and the Portuguese coach will return to Iran in August to continue contract extension negotiations. “Queiroz accepted our initial offer, and he will return to Iran to finalize...

Iran’s Nekounam returning to Osasuna

Tehran Times – PAMPLONA, Javad Nekounam, the captain of the Iranian national football team, will be rejoining the Spanish side Osasuna after a two-year spell in the Middle East. Nekounam’s first experience at Osasuna started in 2006, when he moved to Pamplona from Al Sharjah. He spent six seasons there,...

Tunisian Selim Benachour set to join Iran’s Paykan

Tasnim – QAZVIN, Former Tunisian midfielder Selim Benachour is on the verge of joining Iranian football club Paykan. The 32-year-old player has reportedly reached an agreement to join Paykan on a two-year contract. Benachour began his career at Paris Saint-Germain in 2001 and has also played at Kuwaiti Al Qadsia,...

Iran’s Mehrdad Pooladi nears European transfer

Tehran Times – TEHRAN, Mehrdad Pooladi is still playing in the Iranian Premier League but an impressive World Cup may have provided the platform for a move to Europe. The left-back made a combined 6.3 tackles and interceptions per game in Brazil, which was up there with the highest in...

Ali Karimi hangs his boots

Persianfootball.com – TEHRAN, Ali Karimi the Iranian superstar announced his retirement from football at age 36, while having several offers from Iran’s premier league clubs. In a farewell note he said “It is always sad and a hard task to separate from the love that holds the fabric of your...

Jalal Hosseini joins Al Ahli of Qatar

Tehran Times – TEHRAN, Iran international defender Jalal Hosseini joined Al Alhli of Qatar after not reaching an agreement with Persepolis board on a contract extension. Former Persepolis captain will team up with compatriot Mojtaba Jabbari in Al Ahli. The 32-year old defender will fly to Doha within the next...

Iraqi international midfilder Abdul-Zahra joins Tractor Sazi

Tasnim – TABRIZ, Alaa Abdul-Zahra Khashen Al-Azzawi, nicknamed ‘the Kaká of Iraq’, joined Tractor Sazi of Iran from Duhok on Sunday. The Iraqi attacking midfielder has joined the Iranian football team on a one-year contract for an undisclosed fee. Abdul-Zahra has also played in Qatari clubs Al Kharaitiyat and Al-Wakrah....

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