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Interviewed by Ball for ball: exclusive analysis on Leone Stars defeat in Iran

In this interview broadcasted by Ball for ball radio, we spoke about friendly against on 17 March 2018:

  • National Teams analysis;
  • Azadi stadium;
  • cooperation between the two countries

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Algeria v Iran – 27 Mar 2018- Tickets & Match Travel news

Iran will play Algeria on friendly on 27 March 2018 in order to prepare for 2018 FIFA World Cup. Below you can find all news about:

  • venue;
  • tickets;
  • how to reach the stadium;
  • coffeshops;
  • forbidden items and luggage storage.

Algeria v Iran

Match day

27 March 2018 h 6:00 pm CET (local time)

Venue

Stadium: Merkur Arena
Address: Stadionplatz 1, Graz (Austria)

Tickets

Available: on match day at 4:00 pm CET in front of the stadium
Prices: EUR 15,00; reduced price EUR 10,00*; kids under 14 years are free
*students until 27 years, retired

How to reach the stadium

  • by car, there is a garage available at the stadium;
  • public transportation available via tramway #4

Coffeshops and restaurants

Tribeka, Café Sacher, Barista, Operncafe, McDonalds McCafe

Forbidden items and luggage storage

As in other football matches you cannot introduce inside the stadium: umbrellas; weapons; knives; firearms; fireworks; sharp objects.

Luggage storage is available at the main train station in Graz.

Join the event on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/events/178018106148013/

Algeria v Iran
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Source: International Football Camp Styria (Austria)
www.footballcampstyria.com

Azmoun close to rejoin Rubin Kazan

Iranian young talent Sardar Azmoun probably can make a sensational return to Rubin Kazan, after spending 2 seasons and a half to FC Rostov. According to Russian sports newspaper Sport-Express, the 22-years-old forward has already passed medical tests at Rubin training camp in Austria, so the transfer could be announced soon.

Sardar Azmoun

Azmoun joined for the first time Rubin Kazan in 2013 and soon became regular in the line-up under Kurban Berdyev: when in 2015 the Turkmen coach moved to FC Rostov, the youngster followed him on loan, helping his new team to avoid relegation. The season after FC Rostov nearly won Russian Premier League, ending second on table, just two points from winner CSKA.

Last season Azmoun was Apple of Discord between both Russian clubs since Rubin claimed that the player had to return from loan, whereas FC Rostov declared there was a buy-out clause in the contract. On 26 January 2017 FIFA ruled in favour of Rostov, waiting for a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (actually expected on summer 2017). However Azmoun played successfully 2016-17 UEFA Champions League: on playoffs he scored against Anderlecht and Ajax; then on group stage he striked both European giants Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid.

Iran Pro League, week 7. Before the break: Paykan win, Naft climb, Padideh react!

PGPL
Persian Gulf Pro League

Let’s see the results of the 7th week of Persian Gulf Pro League 1395/96, that took place before Team Melli clashes against Uzbekistan and South Korea in order to qualify to 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The battle between Tractorsazi Tabriz and Persepolis Tehran for the leadership of the tournament continues: both team won their matches, but Tractor have a better goal difference thanks to the best attack of the league (12 goal scored, 4 conceded).
Amir Ghalenoei’s boys defeated 3:0 FC Mashhad with a successful penalty by Iranpourian, followed by Hatami’s and late Kiani’s goals; Siahjamegan attempted dangerously twice to beat Akhbari, who saved at 80′ and one minute later with the help of the crossbar.
A double by Mehdi Taremi allowed Persepolis to conquer 3 points away, after Sepahan have equalized with Ehsan Hajsafi: so Isfahanis lost two positions in the league table.

40-years-old Gholam Reza Enayati proved once again to have determination more than many other youngsters: the all-time Persian Gulf Pro League top scorer headed successfully the ball crossed from the left by Ahmad Hassanzadeh, in order to collect Saba Qom first victory; Saipa efforts were denied by rival goalkeeper Hamed Lak (who saved at 66′ a powerful kick by Siamak Kouroshi) and by the crossbar, where ended Ali Gholizadeh last-minute rocket.

Paykan were leading 0-2 thanks to a double by Nigerian forward Godwin Mensha, but coach Sirous Pourmousavi spurred Esteghlal Khuzestan: the defending champions found the equalizer in the injury time with a nice dribbling and shot by Hassan Beit Saeid, and a ball accidentally deflected by Levon Hayrapetyan; it seemed to end with a tie, but Amir Hossein Sadeghi scored Paykan winner just before the final whistle.

Gostaresh Foolad have not yet succeded in scoring, despite some good occasion inspired by playmaker Daryoush Shojaeian: Foolad Khuzestan veteran goalkeeper Vahid Talebloo saved shots by Naghizadeh and Khalegifar, freezing the goalless result.

The 7th week of the season welcomed the first victory to Esteghlal Tehran, too: Blues thanked their supporters at Azadi stadium beating 2-1 Zob Ahan Isfahan. Alireza Mansourian allowed again Bakhtyar Rahmani in the line-up, after being sidelined during the Tehran derby: before halftime the Iranian Kurdish midfielder won a penalty kick, converted by Omid Ebrahimi. In the opening of the second half Ali Ghorbani headed on goal a cross from the right by Vouria Ghafouri. Isfahanis reaction came soon with Mohammad Nejad Mehdi‘s header, deflected to corner by Mehdi Rahmati; then Morteza Tabrizi scored for Zob Ahan, after another Rahmati’s save on Jerry Bengtson’s attempt.

Incredible tie gained by Padideh Mashhad at home: in the first half Mohammad Shadkam sent the ball past Shahab Gordan after five minutes, then Mohammad Reza Pourmohammad scored with a free kick the second goal for Sanat Naft Abadan, whereas Padideh hit the crossbar after a place kick. At 77′ Mashhadi coach Mohammad Reza Mohajeri replaced defender Fariborz Gerami with 22-years-old striker Mohammad Ali Mardani who scored in less than a minute! Coach Nader Dastneshan’s guys attacked one more time so that Shadkam beat Gordan once again with an accidental assist by Karim Ahmadi. Padideh were losing 1-3 when referee Khorshidi conceded a penalty, missed by Younes Shakeri that sent the ball over the crossbar. In 5 minutes injury time, Mashhadis secured one point thanks to Mohammad Reza Nassehi’s hit and Mardani second goal.

The last game of the week was won by Naft Tehran, so that climbed on third place of the Persian Gulf Pro League defeating 2-1 Mashinsazi Tabriz: guests missed the opportunity to take the advantage as a ball retrieved by superb Andranik Teymourian was launched to Mehrdad Bayrami, whose shot was deflected by Naft goalkeeper Milad Farahani. At 15′ Iman Mob’Ali corner kick assisted the successful header by Amir Arsalan Motahari; Ali Daei’s club was dangerous as Mohammad Ghazi rocket ended out, and then defender Hamed Pakdel prevented another goal after umpteenth corner kick for Naft. In the opening of the second half Ali Daei claimed a penalty beacause of a contact between Motahari and Georgian back Kakhaber Kakashvili. Few minutes later the referee Ahmad Salehi declared offside a goal scored by Edson Henrique, assisted by Teymourian’s free kick: the Brazilian defender made a heavy defensive mistake and Ghazi beat easily Spanish goalkeeper Manu Fernandez. Ali Daei became enraged at 87′ as mr. Salehi conceded a controversial penalty due to a contrast between Saman Nariman Jahan and Milad Fakhreddini: Payam Sadeghian converted to goal without problem just before final whistle.

 

WEEK 7

Tuesday 20 September 2016

Tractorsazi Tabriz 3-0 FC Mashhad [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goal: 3′ pen. Iranpourian (TRA), 58′ Farzad Hatami (TRA), 91′ Mehdi Kiani (TRA)
Bookings: 1′ Meysam Hosseini (MAS), 59′ Mousa Traore (MAS), 84′ Hadi Mohammadi (TRA), 90′ Soroush Rafiei (TRA)
Sent-off: 84′ Mousa Traore (MAS)
Referee: Hossein Zargar

Saba Qom 1-0 Saipa [WATCH goal & highlights]
Goal: 45′ Gholam Reza Enayati (SAB)
Bookings: 24′ Hamid Reza Divsalar (SAB), 38′ Abolghasem Dehnavi (SAB), 93′ Gholam Reza Enayati (SAB)
Referee: Shaehin Haji Babaei

Esteghlal Khuzestan 2-3 Paykan Qods [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 74′ and 79′ Godwin Mensha (PAY), 86′ Hassan Beit Saeid (ESK), 93′ o.g. Levon Hayrapetyan (ESK), 94′ Amir Hossein Sadeghi (PAY)
Bookings: 5′ Ezatollah Pourghaz (ESK), 20′ Shahriar Moghanlou (PAY), 27′ Abolfazl Ebrahimi (PAY), 50′ Aghil Kaabi (ESK), 94′ Amir Hossein Sadeghi (PAY)
Referee: Touraj Haghvardi

Esteghlal Tehran 2-1 Zob Ahan Isfahan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 43′ pen. Omid Ebrahimi (EST), 50′ Ali Ghorbani (EST), 67′ Morteza Tabrizi (ZOB)
Bookings:
37′ Kaveh Rezaei (EST), 42′ Mohammad Nejadmehdi (ZOB), 78′ S. Mohammad Hosseini (ZOB)
Referee: Hamid Hajmalek

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 0-0 Foolad Khuzestan [WATCH highlights]
Bookings:
19′ Magno Batista (GOF)
Referee: Payam Heydari

Padideh Mashhad 3-3 Sanat Naft Abadan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 6′ and 84′ Mohammad Shadkam (SAN), 33′ Mohammad Reza Pourmohammad (SAN), 77′ and 93′ Mohammad Ali Mardani (PAD), 90′ Mohammad Reza Nassehi (PAD)
Bookings: 93′ Mohammad Ali Mardani (PAD)
Referee: Ashkan Khorshidi

Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan 1-3 Persepolis Tehran [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 14′ Omid Alishah (PER), 22′ Ehsan Hajsafi (SEP), 61′ and 74′ Mehdi Taremi (PER)
Bookings: 38′ Pedro Henrique Oliveira (SEP), 57′ Mousa Coulibaly (SEP), 76′ Rasoul Navidkia (SEP), 87′ Moharram Navidkia (SEP)
Referee: Bijan Heydari

Naft Tehran 2-1 Mashinsazi Tabriz [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 15′ Amir Arsalan Motahari (NAF), 65′ Mohammad Ghazi (NAF), 88′ pen. Payam Sadeghian (MTA)
Bookings: 20′ Akbar Sadeghi (NAF), 40′ Andranik Teymourian (MTA), 45+1′ Alireza Ezzati Karamat (NAF), 87′ Milad Farahani (NAF)
Referee: Ahmad Salehi

STANDINGS

Club Points W D L GF GA
Tractorsazi Tabriz 15 4 3 0 12 4
Persepolis Tehran 15 4 3 0 7 2
Naft Tehran 12 3 3 1 10 6
Sanat Naft Abadan 10 2 4 1 8 7
Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan 10 3 1 3 7 7
FC Mashhad 9 2 3 2 7 10
Saba Qom 8 1 5 1 6 6
Paykan Qods 8 1 5 1 7 8
Saipa Karaj 7 1 4 2 7 7
Esteghlal Tehran 7 1 4 2 7 8
Esteghlal Khuzestan 7 1 4 2 10 12
Foolad Khuzestan 7 1 4 2 6 8
Padideh Mashhad 7 1 4 2 6 9
Zob Ahan Isfahan 6 1 3 3 8 9
Mashinsazi Tabriz 6 1 3 3 5 8
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 5 0 5 2 2 4

Top scorers

Hassan Beit Saeid (ESK)
Mohammad Ghazi (NAF)
Mohammad Iranpourian (TRA)
Mohammad Shadkam (SAN)
Mehdi Torabi (SAI)
4
4
4
 (3 pen.)
4
4
Iman Mob’Ali (NAF)
Abdollah Nasseri (FKH)
Mehdi Taremi (PER)
Rahim Zahivi (ESK)
3
3
3
3
(2 pen.)
Morteza Aghakhan (PAY)
Vahid Amiri (PER)
Farid Behzadi Karimi (SEP)
Gholam Reza Enayati (SAB)
Karim Eslami (SAB)
Ali Ghorbani (EST)
Ahmad Hassanzadeh (SAB)
Farzad Hatami (TRA)
Eder “Edinho” Luciano (TRA)
Luciano “Chimba” Pereira (GOF)
Payam Malekian (MAS)
Mohammad Ali Mardani (PAD)
Godwin Mensha (PAY)
Amir Arsalan Motahari (NAF)
Saman Nariman Jahan (MTA)
Mehdi Rajabzadeh (ZOB)
Kaveh Rezaei (EST)
Amir Hossein Sadeghi (PAY)
Morteza Tabrizi (ZOB)
2 (1 pen.)
2
2
(1 pen.)
2 (1 pen.)
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
43 players 1
own goals 1

Top cards

Hamed Pakdel (MTA) 2 red card
2 yellow cards
Hamid Reza Divsalar (MTA)
Alireza Naghizadeh (GOF)
Moussa Traore (MAS)
1 red card
3 yellow cards
Mohsen Yousefi (PAD) 1 red card
Kakhaber Kakashvili (MTA)
Kamal Kamyabinia (PER)
Hadi Mohammadi (TRA)
Andranik Teymourian (MTA)
3 yellow cards
20 players 2 yellow cards
107 players 1 yellow card

FIXTURES WEEK 8

Friday 14 October 2016
Paykan Qods – Sanat Naft Abadan
Foolad Khuzestan – Saba Qom

Saturday 15 October 2016
FC Mashhad – Esteghlal Tehran
Zob Ahan Isfahan – Sepahan Isfahan
Saipa Karaj – Tractorsazi Tabriz
Mashinsazi Tabriz – Esteghlal Khuzestan
Persepolis Tehran – Naft Tehran

Sunday 16 October 2016
Gostaresh Foolad – Padideh Mashhad

Iran Pro League, week 6. Tractor and Sepahan go up, Shahravard without winner

PGPL
Persian Gulf Pro League

The most awaited match of the week of course was Shahravard, the Tehran derby, refereed by Alireza Faghani: without injured Vahid Amiri, Persepolis shared one point with arch-rivals Esteghlal [read the full report].
Tractorsazi took advantage of the tie, reaching the Reds at top of the table, thanks to their successful trip at Zob Ahan home: Sina Ashouri scored the winner few minutes after Lebanese midfielder Ali Hamam had equalized.
A late goal by Mohammadreza Khanzadeh prevented a home defeat for FC Mashhad Siahjamegan, denying what could be Saba Qom first win of the season.
Mehdi Torabi is the new leader of Saipa, skilled in scoring vital goals in the final minutes (as in the previous game): the 22-years-old midfielder responded to Chimba leading goal for Gostaresh Foolad: the Brazilian striker is the only player to score among his squad.
Sepahan beat away Mashinsazi, climbing standings and becoming 3rd: Isfahanis risked a late equalizer, after Ehsan Hajsafi missed a penalty at 86′, and two minutes later Saman Nariman Jahan hit the right goalpost.
With a goalless draw against Paykan at Shohada Stadium, Naft Tehran lose one position in the ranking.
Esteghlal Khuzestan showed once more a very offensive attitude, taking the advantage against Sanat Naft, but again they could not end a match with a clean sheet, proving to be the most weak defence of the tournament.
In the last game of the week a penalty scored by Sasan Ansari helped Foolad Khuzestan to defeat Padideh and to leave the bottom.
Persian Gulf Pro League 1395/96 identifies her champions best candidate in Tractorsazi and Persepolis, since both clubs are still unbeaten after 6 weeks. On the other side, Esteghlal Tehran proved to be ready to face high level opponents: Mansourian’s squad has improved despite a bad start, and maybe new arrival Leandro Padovani will make better the Blues defence.

 

WEEK 6

Thursday 15 September 2016

Mashinsazi Tabriz 0-1 Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan [WATCH goal & highlights]
Goal: 22′ Reza Mirzaei (SEP)
Bookings: 24′ Amin Ghasseminejad (MTA), 45′ Jalaleldin Alimohammadi (SEP), 45′ Andranik Teymourian (MTA), 73′ Armin Sohrabian (SEP), Mir Mehdi Ghoreishi (MTA)
Referee: Mehdi Seyedali

FC Mashhad 2-2 Saba Qom [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 44′ Payam Malekian (MAS), 57′ Ahmad Hassanzadeh (SAB), 86′ Karim Eslami (SAB), 93′ Mohammadreza Khanzadeh (MAS)
Bookings: 33′ Hamed Lak (SAB), 47′ Mousa Traore (MAS), 55′ Milad Abtahi (SAB), 60′ Reza Sharbati (MAS), 93′ Mohammadreza Khanzadeh (MAS)
Referee: Yaser Hamrang

Paykan Qods 0-0 Naft Tehran
Bookings: 33′ Mahan Rahmani (PAY), 52′ Godwin Mensha (PAY), 60′ Mohammad Daneshgar (NAF), 62′ Mohammad Ghazi (NAF)
Referee: Mohsen Torki

Saipa 1-1 Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 56′ Luciano “Chimba” Pereira (GOF), 86′ Mehdi Torabi (SAI)
Referee: Mohammad Reza Akbarian

Zob Ahan Isfahan 1-2 Tractorsazi Tabriz [WATCH highlights]
Goals: 40′ pen. Mohammad Iranpourian (TRA), 69′ Ali Hamam (ZOB), 73′ Sina Ashouri (TRA)
Bookings:
33′ Mohammad Iranpourian (TRA), 38′ Morteza Tabrizi (ZOB), 72′ Ali Hamam (ZOB), 86′ Saeid Aghaei (TRA)
Referee: Payam Heydari

Sanat Naft Abadan 1-1 Esteghlal Khuzestan [WATCH goal & highlights]
Goals: 53′ Ezatollah Pourghaz (ESK), 82′ Mohammad Shadkam (SAN)
Bookings: 63′ Ezatollah Pourghaz (ESK), 86′ Ali Asghar Ashouri (ESK)
Referee: Reza Kermanshahi

Friday 16 September 2016

Persepolis Tehran 0-0 Esteghlal Tehran [WATCH goals & highlights]
Bookings: 12′ Omid Ebrahimi (EST), 21′ Ali Alipour (PER), 68′ Farshid Bagheri (EST), 77′ Kamal Kamyabinia (PER), 88′ Khosro Heydari (EST)
Referee: Alireza Faghani

Foolad Khuzestan 1-0 Padideh Mashhad [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goal: 28′ pen. Sasan Ansari (FKH)
Bookings: 43′ Mohammad Hossein Moradmand (PAD), 82′ Bahram Rashid Farrokhi (FKH), 83′ Abolhassan Jafari (PAD)
Referee: Mohammad Reza Faghani

STANDINGS

Club Points W D L GF GA
Tractorsazi Tabriz 12 3 3 0 9 4
Persepolis Tehran 12 3 3 0 4 1
Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan 10 3 1 2 6 4
Naft Tehran 9 2 3 1 8 5
Sanat Naft Abadan 9 2 3 1 5 4
FC Mashhad 9 2 3 1 7 7
Saipa Karaj 7 1 4 1 7 6
Esteghlal Khuzestan 7 1 4 1 8 9
Zob Ahan Isfahan 6 1 3 2 7 7
Foolad Khuzestan 6 1 3 2 6 8
Mashinsazi Tabriz 6 1 3 2 4 6
Padideh Mashhad 6 1 3 2 3 6
Saba Qom 5 0 5 1 5 6
Paykan Qods 5 0 5 1 4 6
Esteghlal Tehran 4 0 4 2 5 7
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 4 0 4 2 2 4

Top scorers

Mehdi Torabi (SAI) 4
Hassan Beit Saeid (ESK)
Mohammad Ghazi (NAF)
Mohammad Iranpourian (TRA)
Iman Mob’Ali (NAF)
Abdollah Nasseri (FKH)
Rahim Zahivi (ESK)
3
3
3
(2 pen.)
3
3
3
(2 pen.)
Morteza Aghakhan (PAY)
Vahid Amiri (PER)
Farid Behzadi Karimi (SEP)
Karim Eslami (SAB)
Ahmad Hassanzadeh (SAB)
Eder “Edinho” Luciano (TRA)
Luciano “Chimba” Pereira (GOF)
Payam Malekian (MAS)
Saman Nariman Jahan (MTA)
Mehdi Rajabzadeh (ZOB)
Kaveh Rezaei (EST)
Mohammad Shadkam (SAN)
2
2
2
(1 pen.)
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
43 players 1

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
Kamal Kamyabinia (PER) 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
Amin Ghasseminejad (MTA) 2 yellow cards
Abdollah Karami (FKH) 2 yellow cards
Luciano “Chimba” Pereira (GOF) 2 yellow cards
Hadi Mohammadi (TRA) 2 yellow cards
Mohammad Hossein Moradmand (PAD) 2 yellow cards
 Siamak Nemati (PAY) 2 yellow cards
Alessandro Felipe Oltramari (SAI) 2 yellow cards
 Milad Pakparvar (FKH) 2 yellow cards
 Mahan Rahmani (PAY) 2 yellow cards
 Reza Sharbati (MAS) 2 yellow cards
 Andranik Teymourian (MTA) 2 yellow cards

FIXTURES WEEK 7

Tuesday 20 September 2016
Saba Qom – Saipa
Esteghlal Khuzestan – Paykan Qods
Tractorsazi Tabriz – FC Mashhad
Esteghlal Tehran – Zob Ahan Isfahan

Wednesday 21 September 2016
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz – Foolad Khuzestan
Padideh Mashhad – Sanat Naft Abadan
Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan – Persepolis Tehran
Naft Tehran – Mashinsazi Tabriz

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
42 players 1

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 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
37 players 1

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)