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Persepolis 0:0 Esteghlal: Faghani estinguishes Shahravard flames

No one scored in 83rd Shahravard, the Tehran derby, in week 6 of Persian Gulf Pro League 1395/96. Alireza Faghani was appointed as referee, thanks to his international experience: he refereed 2015 Asian Cup final and men’s Olympic football final at Rio 2016.  A victory could be vital for both teams, but for completely different reasons.
Persepolis wanted to strenghten their top leading after the last-week tie with Tractorsazi, the latter only two points under Branko Ivankovic’s club; instead, third-bottom Esteghlal searched for their first  win in this difficult season, and coach Ali Reza Mansourian knew that a defeat meant a goodbye.

No surprises in the start lining ups, except for Blues as Bakhtyar Rahmani was benched; Reds squad was without injured Vahid Amiri, while Ramin Rezaeian watched the game from the bench since he has come back recently following a short spell in Turkey.
Few hours before the match, it was reported a rumour from Persepolis players, who said that Esteghlal hired a wizard in order to win the Shahravard. Obviously on bleachers hooligans have started to provoke each other already previous the kick-off.
Special guest Carlos Queiroz, who watched the match with his technical staff of Iran Team Melli.

Persepolis had a good start, attacking immediately with Mosalman and Alipour, causing their opponents to foul: after only 12 minutes Omid Ebrahimi received a yellow card due to his foul on Ahmadzadeh. Six minutes later a dangerous right-footed shot by Mehdi Taremi was rejected by Mkoyan shoulder: the Aghaye Gol (top scorer) of the last season at 23′ threatened again his rivals and was fouled by Farshid Bagheri just outside of Esteghlal penalty area; the following free kick ended on Blues defenders. When Farshid Esmaeili fell down after a touch by Mosalman, Mansourian became angry, protesting beside the pitch. But again Taremi conquered a free kick, this time from 65 feet (20 metres): Omid Alishah direct shot found the opponents wall.
The mood difference of the two coaches was clear: Mansourian continuously calling his guys; Branko queitly watching the game.
With 5 minutes before half time, Vouria Ghafouri woke up and dribbled two Reds on the right of Persepolis penalty area, however there was no teammate to benefit from his pass; Esteghlal advanced one more time with Ebrahimi, tackled by Kamyabinia, but Faghani said to keep continuing to play.

In the opening of 2nd half Kaveh Rezaei scared Ghermez-ha fans, as he attempted twice to score in front of Beiranvand, since the goalkeeper has lost the ball after the first save. Esteghlal returned determined from the break, with Ghafouri and Khosro Heydari incursions on the right side, in order to cross for Rezaei: at 54′ S. Jalal Hosseini headed away, at 56′ Jaber Ansari did not succeed in a bicycle kick.
After one hour of game, Alishah found Taremi, whose header finished over the crossbar. A few later Mosalman passed a golden ball to the Bushehr-born forward, who shot from the right but Mehdi Rahmati deflected the ball. Branko replaced injured Mohammad Ansari with Oleksiy Polyanskyi, and the Reds attempted again to score by head (Ahmadzadeh) and left-foot (Alipour) with no accuracy.
On the other side, Farshid Bagheri crossed for Rezaei, who wasted another opportunity heading out on the left. With ten minutes remaining, Mansourian subbed in Ali Ghorbani instead of Jaber Ansari (under expectation performance): both teams became nervous seeking for the winning goal, and a smoke screen appeared from bleachers. Alishah was hit by a bottle lauched from hooligans, before he could kick from the corner, and was replaced by Nourollahi.
In the injury time Polyanskyi scored, burning Azadi stadium, but Faghani estinguished the flames because Ukrainan player was caught offside.

 

persepolis
Persepolis Tehran FC

Persepolis (3-5-2)
1 Beiranvand; 4 S. J. Hosseini, 15 M. Ansari (69′ #22 Polyanskyi), 13 Mahini; 18 Rabi Khah, 11 Kamyabinia, 77 Mosalman, 10 Ahmadzadeh, 3 Alishah (90+1′ #8 Nourollahi); 70 Alipour (85′ #80 Pryyomov), 9 Taremi
Head coach Branko Ivankovic

 

esteghlal
Esteghlal Tehran FC

Esteghlal (3-4-3)
1 Rahmati; 33 M. Hosseini, 3 Robson, 15 Mkoyan; 21 Ghafouri, 6 Ebrahimi, 14 F. Bagheri, 88 Esmaeili (90+2′ #74 Haghdoust); 2 Heydari, 11 J. Ansari (81′ #17 A. Ghorbani), 9 K. Rezaei
Head coach Ali Reza Mansourian

 

Bookings: 12′ Ebrahimi (EST), 21′ Alipour (PER), 68′ F. Bagheri (EST), 77′ Kamal Kamyabinia, 88′ Heydari (EST)

Referee: Alireza Faghani

Iran Pro League, week 5. Rising tension in Tabriz; Torabi again decisive for Saipa

PGPL
Persian Gulf Pro League

Persian Gulf Pro League 1395/96 comes back, after a 28-days break: in the meanwhile Team Melli played two 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches, beating 2-0 Qatar and drawing without goals in China. Week 5  was full of ties, except for the games scheduled on Friday both ended with victories.

FC Mashhad surprised home supporters at Bonyan Diesel stadium and obtained 3 points. In the first half Luciano “Chimba” Pereira tried twice to beat Nasseri, but goalkeeper was very responsive to Brazilian shot and header. Gostaresh Foolad were again dangerous with Khalatbari and Magno Batista, but their efforts were not rewarded: Ayoub Kalantari sent a long pass to Seifollahi, who scored a lob goal in the injury time.

The match between Oil clubs (in Farsi “naft” means oil) was won by Ali Daei’s guys, although guest team goalkeeper Hassan Houri made many spectacular saves on Naft Tehran attacks: the Abadani captain could not prevent home advantage when a perfect free kick by Iman Mob’Ali assisted Croatian defender Igor Prahic’s header. Sanat Naft Abadan equalized with Hakim Nassari, who exploited a defensive mistake; but Mohammad Ghazi scored a very nice goal, rotating 270° ahead of three opponents and shooting low.

Dangerous atmosphere in Tabriz, on the pitch and on the bleachers: after the final whistle, Tractorsazi hooligans launched rocks and bottles on Persepolis players and staff: on 24 August Tabrizi hooligans did the same during a friendly game with Paykan, then suspended. A delegate from Iranian Football Federation pressed charges against head of Tractor supporters, and home team coach Amir Ghalenoei argued with a soldier.
About the match. Persepolis avoided the defeat, especially thanks to goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand, who saved Iranpourian header (7′) and twice Soroush Rafiei‘s attempts (33′ header, 69’ close shot). On the other side Mehdi Taremi missed the opportunity to score a heavy goal when at 5′ he ran past Mohammadi and Akhbari, but a tackle by Shafiei blocked his attempt. With this goalless draw, Persepolis and Tractorsazi remain – respectively – on top and 2nd.

Sepahan were not able to win against Paykan, risking a home defeat, even though hitting twice the crossbar: with Malian defender Moussa Coulibaly after 15 minutes of game, and Alimohammadi at 55′. Paykan coach Majid Jalali should be proud about his captain, Mohammad Sadegh Barani, who stole the ball and assisted Siamak Nemati’s left-footed goal, and then was himself close to score. In the second half Abdollah Veisi chose Hossein Papi to replace Fazeli, and the winger thanked his coach scoring six minutes later with a powerful shot.

One point shared by Padideh and Esteghlal Khuzestan as both clubs did not score. Best attempts came by Mashhadi team: after a corner kick, at 34′ captain Reza Nasehi quickly sent the ball on the right goalpost; at 56′ Moein Abbasian‘s left-footed free kick hit the crossbar.

Morteza Tabrizi is in good shape, after taking part in Team Melli training camp in Italy: the 25-years-old attacking midfielder scored Zob Ahan leading just before halftime. Short after squads came back to the pitch, Divsalar received his second yellow card, leaving 10-men Saba Qom; but Samad Marfavi added a forward, subbing in Karim Eslami instead of Abtahi. Zob Ahan goalkeeper Mazaheri had to face a new offensive tactic, and saved a close header by Hassanzadeh at 73′: two minutes later he could not prevent his equalizer, dribbling Nejad Mehdi and Mohammadzadeh.

Four goals, two scored by each side, one point shared by Foolad Khuzestan and Saipa Karaj. Very good performance by Alessandro Felipe Oltramari, who maintained a clean sheet until he got injured, with Saipa leading thanks to Hosseinzadeh’s goal. The Brazilian goalie was replaced by Fallahzadeh, that made vital saves despite a double by Abdollah Nasseri: the second goal at 92′ seemed to end the match, but referee Salehi had ordered 9-minutes injury time! Five minutes later youngster Mehdi Torabi (born 1994) took the ball on the right, dribbling two Foolad defenders, and his shot secured the draw at Ghadir stadium.

On Sunday the last match of the week 5 was played at Azadi Stadium. Esteghlal Tehran took the advantage after seven minutes: Khosro Heydari from the right crossed for Kaveh Rezaei, whose first header was deflected by Manu Fernandez on the post, and the forward headed the ball into the net. The Spanish goalkeeper saved two lob shots, both attempted by Farshid Esmaeili. Mashinsazi frightened the Blues at 35′, because of Payam Sadeghian‘s shot from outside the penalty area, that was rejected by the right goalpost. Even if Esteghlal were continuously attacking with Ghafouri and Heydari, they did not succeed, and Kakhaber Kakashvili assisted Saman Nariman Jahan’s header, that beat Rahmati. A late attempt by Jaber Ansari was saved again by Manu, securing the 1-1 result. Esteghlal have not yet won any game in this season, and the next week will be the last chance for Alireza Mansourian: chairman Reza Eftekhari claimed “After Tehran derby [against Persepolis] we will take a decision about the coach“.

WEEK 5

Friday 9 September 2016

Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 0-1 FC Mashhad [WATCH goal & highlights]
Goals: 93′ Rouhollah Seifollahi (MAS)
Bookings: 36′ Reza Sharbati (MAS)
Referee: Hamid Hajmalek

Naft Tehran 2-1 Sanat Naft Abadan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 11′ Igor Prahic (NAF), 18′ Hakim Nassari (SAN), 64′ Mohammad Ghazi (NAF)
Bookings: 33′ Mohammad Shadkam (SAN)
Referee: Reza Mahdavi

Saturday 10 September 2016

Tractorsazi Tabriz 0-0 Persepolis Tehran [WATCH highlights]
Bookings: 26′ Mohammad Nouri (TRA), 34′ Hadi Mohammadi (TRA), 81′ Sina Ashouri (TRA), 84′ Kamal Kamyabinia (PER)
Referee: Ashkan Khorshidi

Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan 1-1 Paykan Qods [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 18′ Siamak Nemati (PAY), 68′ Hossein Papi (SEP)
Bookings: 19′ Siamak Nemati (PAY), 53′ Mahan Rahmani (PAY), 74′ Rasoul Navidkia (SEP), 82′ Milad Sarlak (SEP)
Referee: Hossein Zargar

Padideh Mashhad 0-0 Esteghlal Khuzestan [WATCH highlights]
Referee: Alireza Faghani

Saba Qom 1-1 Zob Ahan Isfahan [WATCH goal & highlights]
Goals: 45+1′ Morteza Tabrizi (ZOB), 77′ Ahmad Hassanzadeh (SAB)
Bookings: 38′ Hamid Reza Divsalar (SAB), 68′ Vahid Mohammadzadeh (ZOB), 74′ Daniel Esmaeilifar (ZOB), 95′ S. Mohammad Hosseini (ZOB)
Sent-off: 58′ Hamid Reza Divsalar (SAB)
Referee: Mavood Bonyadifar

Foolad Khuzestan 2-2 Saipa Karaj [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 23′ Masoud Hosseinzadeh (SAI), 74′ and 95′ Abdollah Nasseri (FKH), 97′ Mehdi Torabi (SAI)
Bookings: 20′ Hamid Bou Hamdan (FKH), 40′ Esmaeil Sharifat (FKH), 67′ Milad Pakparvar (FKH)
Referee: Ahmad Salehi

Sunday 11 September 2016

Esteghlal Tehran 1-1 Mashinsazi Tabriz [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 7′ Kaveh Rezaei (EST), 52′ Saman Nariman Jahan (MTA)
Bookings: 72′ Robson Januario (EST), 81′ Ahmad Kamdar (MTA), 89′ Kakhaber Kakashvili (MTA)
Referee: Touraj Haghvardi

STANDINGS

Club Points W D L GF GA
Persepolis Tehran 11 3 2 0 4 1
Tractorsazi Tabriz 9 2 3 0 7 3
Naft Tehran 8 2 2 1 8 5
Sanat Naft Abadan 8 2 2 1 4 3
FC Mashhad 8 2 2 1 5 5
Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan 7 2 1 2 5 4
Zob Ahan Isfahan 6 1 3 1 6 5
Saipa Karaj 6 1 3 1 6 5
Esteghlal Khuzestan 6 1 3 1 7 8
Mashinsazi Tabriz 6 1 3 1 4 5
Padideh Mashhad 6 1 3 1 3 5
Saba Qom 4 0 4 1 3 4
Paykan Qods 4 0 4 1 4 6
Esteghlal Tehran 3 0 3 2 5 7
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 3 0 3 2 1 3
Foolad Khuzestan 3 0 3 2 5 8

Top scorers

Hassan Beit Saeid (ESK)
Mohammad Ghazi (NAF)
Iman Mob’Ali (NAF)
Abdollah Nasseri (FKH)
Mehdi Torabi (SAI)
Rahim Zahivi (ESK)
3
3
3
3
3
3
(2 pen.)
Morteza Aghakhan (PAY)
Vahid Amiri (PER)
Farid Behzadi Karimi (SEP)
Mohammad Iranpourian (TRA)
Eder “Edinho” Luciano (TRA)
Saman Nariman Jahan (MTA)
Mehdi Rajabzadeh (ZOB)
Kaveh Rezaei (EST)
2
2
2
(1 pen.)
2
2
2
2
2
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Top cards

Hamed Pakdel (MTA) 2 red card
2 yellow cards
Hamid Reza Divsalar (MTA) 1 red card
3 yellow cards
Alireza Naghizadeh (GOF) 1 red card
3 yellow cards
Mohsen Yousefi (PAD) 1 red card
Kakhaber Kakashvili (MTA) 3 yellow cards
Farshad Ahmadzadeh (PER) 2 yellow cards
Hossein Baghlani (SAN) 2 yellow cards
Mohammad Amin Darvishi (GOF) 2 yellow cards
Meysam Doraghi (ESK) 2 yellow cards
Karim Eslami (SAB) 2 yellow cards
Kamal Kamyabinia (PER) 2 yellow cards
Abdollah Karami (FKH) 2 yellow cards
Luciano “Chimba” Pereira (GOF) 2 yellow cards
Hadi Mohammadi (TRA) 2 yellow cards
Siamak Nemati (PAY) 2 yellow cards
Alessandro Felipe Oltramari (SAI) 2 yellow cards
Milad Pakparvar (FKH) 2 yellow cards

FIXTURES WEEK 6

Thursday 15 September 2016
FC Mashhad – Saba Qom
Saipa – Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz
Zob Ahan Isfahan – Tractorsazi Tabriz
Paykan Qods – Naft Tehran
Sanat Naft Abadan – Esteghlal Khuzestan
Mashinsazi Tabriz – Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan

Friday 16 September 2016
Persepolis Tehran – Esteghlal Tehran
Foolad Khuzestan – Padideh Mashhad

LaLiga All Stars play in Nekounam farewell match at Azadi

On Thurdsay 25 August 2016 at 6 p.m. (Iranian local time) Javad Nekounam will officially say goodbye as a player with his last match at Azadi Stadium in Tehran. A lot of LaLiga legends will take part on the game: Albelda, Morientes, Mendieta, Abidal (see below the complete list)… The game will be broadcasted live on LaLiga official Youtube channel. The former Team Melli captain has been recently appointed assistant of technical staff by Carlos Queiroz, head coach of National football team of Iran.

Nekounam spent 6 years in LaLiga playing in Osasuna, most of them with compatriot Masoud Shojaei. In his first season in Pamplona he helped his club to reach UEFA Cup semi-finals, and Spanish supporters still remember his late goal at 120′ against Bordeaux in 2nd leg of Round of 32.

After a couple of years in Esteghlal Tehran and Al Kuwait – following his excellent performances in FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 – he returned to Osasuna in Segunda Division as captain, joined by Karim Ansarifard. He played last season between Iran (Saipa Karaj) and Qatar (Al Arabi).

Farewell match

LaLiga All Stars will face an Iranian squad captained obviously by Javad Nekounam. Rumours say that we will see playing again Ali Daei, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Yahya Golmohammadi. Ali Karimi was added to the team, after he denied his appearance.
In Spain the complete list of the squad was announced on 22 August, as you can see below.

LaLiga All Stars

Goalkeepers: Koke Contreras, Leo Franco
Defenders: Eric Abidal, Francisco Pavón, Michel Salgado, Joan Capdevila, Fernando Sanz
Midfielders: Claude Makélélé, Gaizka Mendieta, David Albelda, Marcos Senna, José Emilio Amavisca, Francesco Coco
Strikers: Fernando Morientes, Luis García, Albert Luque

Iran v SPAL (19 Aug): news, tickets, stadium

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Stadio “Tullo Morgagni” – Forlì, Italy

National football team of Iran started on 13 August a 10-days training camp in Italy, to prepare for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. During this camp Team Melli will play 2 friendly matches, with SPAL and B Italia, the under-21 Italian Serie B representative team. The first game is scheduled on 19 August in Forlì.

 

Thursday 19 August – Iran v SPAL

  • What time is the kick-off?
    At 4,00 p.m. It is recommended to reach the stadium at least one hour before the game.
  • Where is the match?
    In “Tullo Morgagni” Stadium in Forlì city (see the map below)
  • How much is the ticket? Ticket prices have been published on 17 August by SPAL official website. There are no discounted tickets for this game. The following prices do not include pre-sale.
    Tribuna (for both home and guest supporters, on bleacher) 1 single seat: 10 Euro;
    Curva ospiti (for guest supporters, behind goal posts) 1 single stand: 5 Euro;
    Curva locali (for home supporters, behind goal posts) 1 single stand: 5 Euro.
  • How can I buy the tickets? Since tickets are named, you have to show to retailer a currently valid ID card or passport when you purchase it.
  • Where can I find the tickets? You can buy from the ticket offices of the stadium or in the retail stores recognized by SPAL team: the full list of retail stores is avalaible on SPAL official website. It is recommended to buy in advance the tickets, mind the pre-sale option to avoid long queues.
  • What if I don’t buy a ticket? No problem, you can watch the match live and free on Telestense, a local television broadcasting in Italian.

Below you can see the stadium location.

Iran Pro League, week 4. Tractor win Tabriz derby, FC Mashhad waste 3 points

PGPL
Persian Gulf Pro League

Very interesting the 4rd week of Persian Gulf Pro League 1395/96, scheduled before a 28-day break in order to train Team Melli for the upcoming qualifiers against Qatar and China. All the matches were played on 11 August, except for FC Mashhad v Foolad Khuzestan scheduled the day after. Carlos Queiroz – head coach of National football team of Iran – issued the list of call-ups before the last game.

The Tabrizi derby was won by Tractorsazi thanks to a double of defender Mohammad Iranpourian, and the red card received at 43′ by rival defender Hamed Pakdel, who had just came back after a suspension; this is the first defeat for neo-promoted Mashinsazi captained by Andranik Teymourian: now Amir Ghalenoei’s guys have the best goal difference (+4). Behnam Berzaei scored a vital goal preventing Esteghlal Tehran losing against Paykan: it is not certain that Ali Reza Mansourian will seat on the Blues bench in case he will not win the next game, maybe he can benefit from the tournement break. Finally Gostaresh Foolad scored their first goal of the season with Luciano “Chimba” Pereira against Zob Ahan: in the second half, Yahya Golmohammadi – back after club suspension – subbed in Morteza Tabrizi, whose header assisted Honduran striker Jerry Bengtson to equilize. Another 1-1 draw was between Saipa and Padideh, so that both clubs are in the middle of the league standings. Again victorious Sanat Naft beating with a goal by Mohammad Shadkam Sepahan, despite the return of Ehsan Hajsafi in the Isfahani side. After three weeks without scoring, Mehdi Taremi sent the ball in the net helping Persepolis to beat Saba and remain on the top with 10 points. Great game in Ahvaz as defending champions Esteghlal Khuzestan tied 2-2 with Ali Daei’s Naft Tehran: guest team took the advantage with Iman Mob’Ali, but Sirous Pourmousavi’s boys performed a come back with Ashour and Beit Saeid, before Ghazi scored with ten minutes remaining. In the last game FC Mashhad – still commonly known as Siahjamegan – were winning with a goal by 20-year-old defender Payam Malekian, but at 87′ a ball handled by Hamid Reza Ali-Asgari inspired a penalty that Ayoub Vali scored twice, because the referee ordered him to repeat, and the match ended 1-1.

Persian Gulf Pro League will restart on 9 September after Team Melli training camp in Italy and FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Qatar and China.

WEEK 4

Thursday 11 August 2016

Mashinsazi Tabriz 0-2 Tractorsazi Tabriz [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 30′ pen. and 92′ Mohammad Iranpourian (TRA)
Bookings: 12′ Eder “Edinho” Luciano (TRA), 26′ Andranik Teymourian (MTA), 56′ Khaled Shafiei (TRA), 61′ Bahram Ahmadi (MTA), 63′ Kakhaber Kakashvili (MTA)
Sent-off: 43′ Hamed Pakdel (MTA)
Referee: Bijan Heydari

Paykan Qods 1-1 Esteghlal Tehran [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 39′ Morteza Aghakhan (PAY), 82′ Behnam Berzaei (EST)
Bookings: 7′ Amir Hossein Sadeghi (PAY), 33′ Siamak Nemati (PAY), 35′ Bakhtyar Rahmani (EST), 40′ Morteza Aghakhan (PAY), 41′ Yaghoub Karimi (EST), 82′ Hrayr Mkoyan (EST)
Referee: Reza Kermanshahi

Zob Ahan Isfahan 1-1 Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 13′ Luciano “Chimba” Pereira (GOF), 59′ Jerry Bengtson (ZOB)
Bookings: 25′ Alireza Naghizadeh (GOF), 30′ Mohammad Sattari (ZOB), 41′ Mohammad Amin Darvishi (GOF)
Sent-off: 88′ Alireza Naghizadeh (GOF)
Referee: Ashkan Khorshidi

Saipa Karaj 1-1 Padideh Mashhad [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 24′ Ali Gholizadeh (SAI), 75′ Younes Shakeri (PAD)
Bookings: 31′ Omid Khaledi (SAI), 41′ Hossein Moradmand (PAD), 63′ Mohammad Reza Nasehi (PAD), 65′ Karim Ahmadi (PAD)
Sent-off: 91′ Mohsen Yousefi (PAD)
Referee: Payam Heydari

Sanat Naft Abadan 1-0 Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 54′ Mohammad Shadkam (SAN)
Bookings: 57′ Zobeyr Niknafs (SAN), 90′ Amir Zaleykani (SAN)
Referee: Mavood Bonyadifar

Persepolis Tehran 1-0 Saba Qom [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 40′ Mehdi Taremi (PER)
Bookings: 36′ Pouya Seif Panahi (SAB), 60′ Mohammad Ansari (PER)
Referee: Mohsen Torki

Esteghlal Khuzestan 2-2 Naft Tehran [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 21′ Iman Mob’Ali (NAF), 36′ Ali Asghar Ashouri (ESK), 75′ Hassan Beit Saeid (ESK), 80′ Mohammad Ghazi (NAF)
Referee: Hassan Akrami

Friday 12 August 2016

FC Mashhad 1-1 Foolad Khuzestan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 13′ Payam Malekian (MAS), 90′ pen. Ayoub Vali (FKH)
Bookings: 54′ Abdollah Karami (FKH), 74′ Payam Malekian (MAS)
Referee: Mohammad Maleki

STANDINGS

Club Points W D L GF GA
Persepolis Tehran 10 3 1 0 4 1
Tractorsazi Tabriz 8 2 2 0 7 3
Sanat Naft Abadan 8 2 2 0 3 1
Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan 6 2 0 2 4 3
Naft Tehran 5 1 2 1 6 4
Zob Ahan Isfahan 5 1 2 1 5 4
Saipa Karaj 5 1 2 1 4 3
Esteghlal Khuzestan 5 1 2 1 7 8
FC Mashhad 5 1 2 1 4 5
Mashinsazi Tabriz 5 1 2 1 3 4
Padideh Mashhad 5 1 2 1 3 5
Saba Qom 3 0 3 1 2 3
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 3 0 3 1 1 2
Paykan Qods 3 0 3 1 3 5
Esteghlal Tehran 2 0 2 2 4 6
Foolad Khuzestan 2 0 2 2 3 6

Top scorers

Hassan Beit Saeid (ESK)
Iman Mob’Ali (NAF)
Rahim Zahivi (ESK)
3
3
3
(2 pen.)
Morteza Aghakhan (PAY)
Vahid Amiri (PER)
Farid Behzadi Karimi (SEP)
Mohammad Ghazi (NAF)
Mohammad Iranpourian (TRA)
Eder “Edinho” Luciano (TRA)
Mehdi Rajabzadeh (ZOB)
Mehdi Torabi (SAI)
2
2
2
(1 pen.)
2
2
2
2
2
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Top cards

Hamed Pakdel (MTA) 2 red card
2 yellow cards
Alireza Naghizadeh (GOF) 1 red card
3 yellow cards
Mohsen Yousefi (PAD) 1 red card
Farshad Ahmadzadeh (PER) 2 yellow cards
Hossein Baghlani (SAN) 2 yellow cards
Mohammad Amin Darvishi (GOF) 2 yellow cards
Meysam Doraghi (ESK) 2 yellow cards
Karim Eslami (SAB) 2 yellow cards
Kakhaber Kakashvili (MTA) 2 yellow cards
Abdollah Karami (FKH) 2 yellow cards
Luciano “Chimba” Pereira (GOF) 2 yellow cards
Alessandro Felipe Oltramari (SAI) 2 yellow cards

FIXTURES WEEK 5

Friday 9 September 2016
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz – FC Mashhad
Naft Tehran  – Sanat Naft Abadan

Saturday 10 September 2016
Padideh Mashhad – Esteghlal Khuzestan
Tractorsazi Tabriz – Persepolis Tehran
Saba Qom – Zob Ahan Isfahan
Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan – Paykan Qods
Foolad Khuzestan – Saipa Karaj

Sunday 11 September 2016
Esteghlal Tehran – Mashinsazi Tabriz

Carlos Queiroz calls-up for training camp in Italy

فارسی /FARSI (IRAN)
فارسی /FARSI (IRAN)

With one match of Persian Gulf Pro League week 4 – FC Mashhad v Foolad Khuzestan – not played yet, FFIRI-Football Federation of Iran official website published the list of call-ups for the training camp in Italy.

 

Carlos Queiroz, head coach of National football team of Iran, invited 25 players that will reach Italy on 13 August. The plan of the Italian camp with the friendly games is avalaible on this website (click here for details).
At the current time, the Portuguese coach chose to call only footballers that play in Iran or in Qatar, since the Qatar Stars League will start on 15 September. Most probably the Legionnaires (Iranian players in European professional leagues) will be added before the qualifiers against Qatar and China. Team Melli captain Andranik Teymourian is back after 5 months since he had a bad injury. Below you can read the full list.

Goalkeepers
Mohammadreza Akhbari (Tractorsazi Tabriz)
Alireza Beiranvand (Persepolis Tehran)
Rashid Mazaheri (Zob Ahan Esfahan)

Defenders
Saeid Aghaei (Tractorsazi Tabriz)
Mohammad Ansari (Persepolis Tehran)
Vouria Ghafouri (Esteghlal Tehran)
S. Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis Tehran)
Pejman Montazeri (Al Ahli – QAT)
Morteza Pouraliganji (Al Sadd – QAT)
Ramin Rezaeian (free agent)
Mohammad Tayyebi (Esteghlal Khuzestan)

Midfielders
Vahid Amiri (Persepolis Tehran)
Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal Tehran)
Ehsan Hajsafi (Sepahan Esfahan)
Kamal Kamyabinia (Persepolis Tehran)
Ezatollah Pourghaz (Esteghlal Khuzestan)
Daryoush Shojaeian (Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz)
Andranik Teymourian (Mashinsazi Tabriz)

Strikers
Ashkan Dejagah (Al Arabi – QAT)
Ehsan Pahlevan (Zob Ahan Esfahan)
Soroush Rafiei (Tractorsazi Tabriz)
Morteza Tabrizi (Zob Ahan Esfahan)
Mehdi Taremi (Persepolis Tehran)
Mehdi Torabi (Saipa Karaj)
Rahim Zahivi (Esteghlal Khuzestan)

Official: Team Melli will play in Italy against B Italia and SPAL (19 Aug)

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[UPDATED on 17 August]

After the 4th week of Persian Gulf Pro League 1395/96 – scheduled on 11 and 12 August – the National football team of Iran is going to restart preparation for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. Carlos Queiroz and his men will reach “Leonardo Da Vinci” Fiumicino airport on 13 August to spend some days in a training camp in Italy, a favourite place for Iranians: in 1998 and 2006 Team Melli trained and played friendlies with AS Roma before beginning FIFA World Cups.

 

Iran will train in Coverciano, a district in Florence where are placed the central training ground and the technical headquarter of FIGC (Italian football federation). Persians will play on 23 August behind closed doors a friendly against B Italia, the under-21 Serie B representative team: for the first time in the history an Italian National representative will face Iran, thanks to the recent cooperation between the two football federations.

 

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Stadio “Tullo Morgagni” – Forlì, Italy

But Iranian fans will be able to support and see their favourite players in an opened-door friendly: on 19 August at 4 p.m. Iran will play at “Tullo Morgagni” Stadium in the city of Forlì against SPAL, a club newly promoted to Serie B. The match will be broadcasted by Italian television Telestense. It could be a great opportunity for Persians abroad to see captain Andranik Teymourian and other veterans & youngsters.
Below you can see the stadium location.

 

Iran Pro League, week 3. Persepolis on the top, Esteghlal 2nd to last

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21 goals scored in the 3rd week of Persian Gulf Pro League 1395/96, only one tie between Saba Qom and Mashinsazi: Spanish goalkeeper Manu conceded one goal at his debut before Jalal Rafkhaei scored on penalty with ten minutes remaining. Zob Ahan found the first victory of this season beating away Foolad Khuzestan 0-2: on the Isfahani bench was sitting S. Mojtaba Hosseini instead of the head coach Yahya Golmohammadi, the latter suspended by his team due to disciplinary matters. Good news for Ali Daei, since Naft Tehran beat 3-0 Padideh thanks to a double by veteran Iman Mob’Ali and the third goal by Mohammad Ghazi. A very nervous match between FC Mashhad and Saipa, where the players did not hide their legs and the referee Ali Safaei showed 6 yellow cards: Saipa eventually won 2-0. Incredible defeat suffered at Azadi Stadium by Esteghlal Tehran, although they were winning 1-0 until 86′ when Reza Norouzi equilized for Sanat Naft, and few minutes later his teammate Baghlani scored on penalty: Ali Reza Mansourian has to take responsibility after collecting 1 point in 3 weeks. Persepolis giants won against Gostaresh Foolad with a goal by Vahid Amiri: to say the truth it seemed more a cross than an attempt, but it was enough to surprise Fernando de Jesus Ribeiro; now Branko Ivankovic selection is on the top of the league. Sepahan did not disappoint home fans and defeated 3-1 Esteghlal Khuzestan: Rahim Zahivi scored on penalty the only goal of the guest team, becoming the top scorer of the tournement. In the last match of this week, Tractorsazi collected a 3-1 victory at home: in five minutes the host scored twice and Paykan got the ball into the net with Sadeghi; Iraqi midfielder Karrar Jassim secured the win with his first goal of the season.

WEEK 3

Friday 5 August 2016

FC Mashhad 0-2 Saipa Karaj [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 41′ Mehdi Torabi (SAI), 56′ pen. Hamed Shiri (SAI)
Bookings: 23′ Gholamreza Rezaei (SAI), 45′ Siamak Kouroshi (SAI), 45+2′ Ayoub Kalantari (MAS), 55′ Mohsen Aghaei (MAS), 69′ Hamed Shiri (SAI), 71′ Alessandro Felipe Oltramari (SAI)
Referee: Ali Safaei

Foolad Khuzestan 0-2 Zob Ahan Isfahan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 24′ Mehdi Rajabzadeh (ZOB), 64′ S. Mohammad Hosseini (ZOB)
Referee: Rouhollah Sharifi

Esteghlal Tehran 1-2 Sanat Naft Abadan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 66′ Ali Ghorbani (EST), 86′ Reza Norouzi (SAN), 93′ pen. Hossein Baghlani
Bookings: 57′ Hossein Baghlani (SAN), 65′ Kim Gwi-Hyeon (SAN)
Referee: Mohammad Reza Akbarian

Saturday 6 August 2016

Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 0-1 Persepolis Tehran [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 47′ Vahid Amiri (PER)
Bookings: 18′ Luciano “Chimba” Pereira (GOS), 42′ Farshad Ahmadzadeh (PER), 50′ Mohsen Rabi Khah (PER), 82′ Mohsen Mosalman (PER)
Referee: Touraj Haghvardi

Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan 3-1 Esteghlal Khuzestan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 31′ Farid Behzadi Karimi (SEP), 40′ Rasoul Navidkia (SEP), 80′ Taleb Reykani (SEP), 85′ pen. Rahim Zahivi (ESK)
Bookings: 60′ Meysam Doraghi (ESK)
Referee: Shaehin Haji Babaei

Saba Qom 1-1 Mashinsazi Tabriz [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 37′ Karim Eslami (SAB), 80′ pen. S. Jalal Rafkhaei (MTA)
Bookings: 38′ Kakhaber Kakashvili (MTA)
Referee: Omid Saeidfar

Naft Tehran 3-0 Padideh Mashhad
Goals: 5′ and 22′ Iman Mob’Ali (NAF), 66′ Mohammad Ghazi (NAF)
Bookings: 55′ Iman Mob’Ali (NAF)
Referee: Yaser Hamrang

Sunday 7 August 2016

Tractorsazi Tabriz 3-1 Paykan Qods [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 24′ Eder “Edinho” Luciano (TRA), 26′ Mohammad Ebrahimi (TRA), 28′ Amir Hossein Sadeghi (PAY), 51′ Karrar Jassim (TRA)
Referee: Reza Mahdavi

STANDINGS

Club Points W D L GF GA
Persepolis Tehran 7 2 1 0 3 1
Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Esfahan 6 2 0 1 4 2
Tractorsazi Tabriz 5 1 2 0 5 3
Mashinsazi Tabriz 5 1 2 0 3 2
Sanat Naft Abadan 5 1 2 0 2 1
Naft Tehran 4 1 1 1 4 2
Zob Ahan Esfahan 4 1 1 1 4 3
Saipa Karaj 4 1 1 1 3 2
Esteghlal Khuzestan 4 1 1 1 5 6
FC Mashhad 4 1 1 1 3 4
Padideh Mashhad 4 1 1 1 2 4
Saba Qom 3 0 3 0 2 2
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 2 0 2 1 0 1
Paykan Qods 2 0 2 1 2 4
Esteghlal Tehran 1 0 1 2 3 5
Foolad Khuzestan 1 0 1 2 2 5

Top scorers

Rahim Zahivi (ESK) 3 (2 pen.)
Vahid Amiri (PER)
Farid Behzadi Karimi (SEP)
Hassan Beit Saeid (ESK)
Eder “Edinho” Luciano (TRA)
Iman Mob’Ali (NAF)
Mehdi Rajabzadeh (ZOB)
Mehdi Torabi (SAI)
2
2
(1 pen.)
2
2
2
2
2
29 players 1

Top cards

Hamed Pakdel (MTA) 1 red card
2 yellow cards
Farshad Ahmadzadeh (PER) 2 yellow cards
Hossein Baghlani (SAN) 2 yellow cards
Meysam Doraghi (ESK) 2 yellow cards
Karim Eslami (SAB) 2 yellow cards
Luciano “Chimba” Pereira (GOS) 2 yellow cards
Alessandro Felipe Oltramari (SAI) 2 yellow cards

FIXTURES WEEK 4

Thursday 11 August 2016
Mashinsazi Tabriz – Tractorsazi Tabriz
Sanat Naft Abadan – Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan
Paykan Qods – Esteghlal Tehran
Zob Ahan Isfahan – Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz
Saipa Karaj – Padideh Mashhad
Persepolis Tehran – Saba Qom
Esteghlal Khuzestan – Naft Tehran

Friday 12 August 2016
FC Mashhad – Foolad Khuzestan

AZ Alkmaar 2-2 Heerenveen. Jahanbakhsh and Ghoochannejhad share points

Week 1 of Dutch Premier League, better known as Eredivisie, celebrating 60 years.
In Alkmaar the home team AZ faced SC Heerenveen in a nice game, with 4 goals, ended in a draw. Many Iranian people were waiting for this match to see two stars of Team Melli: Jahanbakhsh and Ghoochannejhad.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh is playing his second season with AZ, after spending 2 years in NEC Nijmegen: the Gilan-born winger is nearly 23 and this Eredivisie could represent an important point to grow up in his young career. Many teams  from England and Germany showed interest in Alireza, a fast midfielder and assistman.

Reza Ghoochannejhad came back to Netherlands in the club with whom he made his first professional appearance at 18 in 2005. The stricker wants to get back scoring after one unsuccessful Championship with Charlton, just relegated to League One. He is the only Iranian that scored in the last FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.

Both the players started in the line-up of the match, on 7 August 2016.
Reza played 75 minutes, replaced by Veerman. Ghoochannejhad tried to beat Sergio Rochet twice in the 1st half: his left footed shots were saved by AZ Uruguayan goalkeeper, the second one saved in the bottom right corner. On the other side, Alireza helped his team to take the advantage, as he assisted Markus Henriksen after 33 minutes. Jahanbakhsh attempted twice, too: at 70′, but his shot was slowed down by an opponent’s touch; and with three minutes remaining, when he shot from the right and the ball was blocked by Heerenveen number one.

Iranian fans can be satisfied by their condition, since Carlos Queiroz will most probably call them up for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Qatar and China,

 

AZ Alkmaar (4-3-3)
1 Rochet; 23 Luckassen, 3 Van Eijden, 4 Vlaar, 5 Haps; 10 Henriksen, 8 Van Overeem, 30 Wuytens; 7 Jahanbakhsh, 9 Weghorst (81′ #27 Friday), 19 Dos Santos (79′ #28 Levi Garcia)

SC Heerenveen (4-3-3)
1 Mulder; 2 Marzo, 16 St. Juste, 4 Van Aken, 5 Bijker; 19 Van Amersfoort, 6 Schaars, 18 Namli (64′ #25 Huizing); 7 Slagveer, 9 Ghoochannejhad (76′ #20 Veerman), 13 Zeneli (81′ #22 Cavlan)

Goals: 33′ Henriksen (AZ), 40′ Zeneli (HEE), 52′ pen. Weghorst (AZ), 82′ Scaars (HEE)
Bookings: 20′ Bijker (HEE), 43′ Wuytens (AZ), 51′ Van Amersfoort (HEE), 57′ Van Aken (HEE), 68′ Huizing (HEE), 88′ Levi Garcia (AZ), 94′ Veerman (HEE)
Sent-off: 71′ Huizing (HEE) after second yellow card
Referee: Danny Makkelie

Iran Pro League, week 2: all goals and results

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In the 2nd week of Persian Gulf Pro League 1395/96 we find a record by Hamed Pakdel, sent off by referee Mohsen Torki after collecting 2 yellow card in only one minute! Two derbies were played, in Mashhad and in Tabriz, and both ended with tie. All teams that were defeated in the 1st week obtained points: Sepahan defeated away Naft Tehran with a penalty by Farid Behzadi Karimi; Zob Ahan and Saipa shared one point; Foolad Khuzestan were close to win at Persepolis home, but Vahid Amiri equilized 5 minutes after Abdollah Nasseri’s goal. Esteghlal Khuzestan defending champions won 2-1 against Esteghlal Tehran, thanks to a double scored by Hassan Beit Saeid: the Khuzestani striker is the top scorer with his teammate Rahim Zahivi. Goalless draw between Sanat Naft and Tractorsazi, while Paykan and Saba tied 1-1 (both goals on penalties).

WEEK 2

Sunday 31 July 2016

Padideh Mashhad 1-1 FC Mashhad [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 55′ pen. Ayoub Kalantari (MAS), 81′ Moein Abbasian (PAD)
Bookings: 23′ Hossein Badamaki (MAS), 28′ Ali Asgari (MAS), 45′ Mostafa Ahmadi (MAS), 78′ Mohammad Reza Khorsandnia (PAD), 88′ Moein Abbasian (PAD)
Referee: Saeid Ahmad Salehi

Zob Ahan Isfahan 1-1 Saipa Karaj [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 63′ Mehdi Torabi (SAI), 84′ Mehdi Rajabzadeh (ZOB)
Bookings: 25′ Ehsan Pahlevan (ZOB), 40′ Junior Lopes (SAI), 55′ Mehdi Torabi (SAI), 71′ Alessandro Felipe Oltramari (SAI)
Referee: Bijan Heydari

Paykan Qods 1-1 Saba Qom [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 28′ pen. Morteza Aghakhan (PAY), 38′ pen. Gholam Reza Enayati (SAB)
Bookings: 40′ Hashem Beikzadeh (SAB), 58′ Karim Eslami (SAB), 71′ Hamid Reza Divsalar (SAB), 94′ Mohammad Ousani (SAB)
Referee: Hamid Hajmalek

Esteghlal Khuzestan 2-1 Esteghlal Tehran [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 25′ and 84′ Hassan Beit Saeid (ESK), 77′ Kaveh Rezaei (EST)
Referee: Mavood Bonyadifar

Monday 1 August 2016

Mashinsazi Tabriz 0-0 Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz [WATCH highlights]
Bookings: 22′ Alireza Naghizadeh (GOF), 32′ Mohammad Amin Darvishi (GOF), 45+1′ Hamed Pakdel (MTA), 45+1′ Luciano “Chimba” Pereira (GOF)
Sent-off: 45+2′ Hamed Pakdel (MTA)
Referee: Mohsen Torki

Naft Tehran 0-1 Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 32′ pen. Farid Behzadi Karimi (SEP)
Ammoniti: 31′ Vahid Hamedinejad (NAF), 74′ Moharram Navidkia (SEP), 78′ Lee Oliveira (SEP), 86′ Igor Prahic (NAF)
Arbitro: Mohammad Reza Faghani

Persepolis Tehran 1-1 Foolad Khuzestan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 67′ Abdollah Nasseri (FKH), 73′ Vahid Amiri (PER)
Bookings: 52′ Kamal Kamyabinia (PER), 70′ Mehrdad Tahmasbi (FKH), 73′ Mehdi Taremi (PER), 93′ Milad Pakparvar (FKH)
Referee: Mehdi Seyedali

Sanat Naft Abadan 0-0 Tractorsazi Tabriz [WATCH highlights]
Bookings: 22′ Hakim Nassari (SAN), 64′ Hadi Mohammadi (TRA)
Referee: Ashkan Khorshidi

STANDINGS

Club Points W D L GF GA
Esteghlal Khuzestan 4 1 1 0 4 3
FC Mashhad 4 1 1 0 3 2
Mashinsazi Tabriz 4 1 1 0 2 1
Padideh Mashhad 4 1 1 0 2 1
Persepolis Tehran 4 1 1 0 2 1
Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Esfahan 3 1 0 1 1 1
Tractorsazi Tabriz 2 0 2 0 2 2
Paykan Qods 2 0 2 0 1 1
Saba Qom 2 0 2 0 1 1
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 2 0 2 0 0 0
Sanat Naft Abadan 2 0 2 0 0 0
Esteghlal Tehran 1 0 1 1 2 3
Zob Ahan Esfahan 1 0 1 1 2 3
Foolad Khuzestan 1 0 1 1 2 3
Saipa Karaj 1 0 1 1 1 2
Naft Tehran 1 0 1 1 1 2

Top scorers

Hassan Beit Saeid (ESK)
Rahim Zahivi (ESK)
2
2
(1 pen.)
22 players  1

Top cards

Hamed Pakdel (MTA) 1 red card
2 yellow cards
Karim Eslami (SAB) 2 yellow cards
1 assistant coach Aziz Farisat (FKH)  1 red card

Fixtures Week 3

Friday 5 August 2016
FC Mashhad – Saipa Karaj
Foolad Khuzestan – Zob Ahan Isfahan
Esteghlal Tehran – Sanat Naft Abadan

Saturday 6 August 2016
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz – Persepolis Tehran
Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan – Esteghlal Khuzestan
Saba Qom – Mashinsazi Tabriz
Naft Tehran – Padideh Mashhad
Tractorsazi Tabriz – Paykan Qods