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|Iran Wins its 4th Gold in Soccer at 14th Asian Games|
|Iran Beat Chile in Penalty Shoot-Out|
From: Persian Gulf Soccer
The Iranian National team met the Chilean National team in Hong Kong's
for the Third place match of the Carlsberg Cup. While Chile was missing two of its star players, Iran
played without four of its main players, which included Ali Daei, Karim Bagheri, Khodadad Azizi and
Reza Shahroudi. The Chilean team went into this game after a disastrous 3-1 loss to Hong Kong
on January 28th.
Chile opened up the score board after Manuel Neira scored in the seventh
minute of the game.
Afshin Payrovanni, who many believe was the central weakness of the
The second half did not produce any goals from either side.
The sides, both warming up for the World Cup finals later this year,
were all square at 1-1 after 90 minutes.
The victory secured Iran third place in the four nation Lunar New Year
|U.S. Wrestlers to Compete in Iran|
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Five U.S. wrestlers will compete
in an international meet in Tehran next month, the first time
American athletes have been in Iran in almost two decades.
The trip to the Takhti Cup Feb. 19-21 was approved Monday night by the executive board of USA Wrestling.
Federation president Larry Sciacchentano said board members expressed ``some reasonable concerns'' about sending the five wrestlers and five coaches and administrators to a nation that has not had diplomatic relations with the United States since 1979.
But those concerns were outweighed by the chance to compete against some of the world's best wrestlers in a nation where the sport rivals soccer in popularity.
``On the whole, we are very excited about the opportunity to compete in Iran, one of the strongest wrestling nations in the world,'' Sciacchetano said. ``We know Iranian wrestling fans are knowledgeable, and we look forward to competing there.''
The team, led by 1993 world champion Melvin Douglas and 1992 Olympic gold medalist Kevin Jackson, is tentatively scheduled to tour Iran Feb. 14-22.
That will be the first visit by U.S. athletes since the Islamic revolution overthrew the regime of the late Shah of Iran and installed a fundamentalist Muslim government.
In recent weeks, there have been signs of a thaw in relations, with Iranian President Mohammad Khatami saying in a television interview he would welcome cultural exchanges between the two countries.
When word of a possible wrestling tour spread last week, some wondered if this might be an event similar to the ``Ping-Pong diplomacy'' of the early 1970s, which helped open relations between the United States and China.
Sciacchentano, who will make the trip, said at the time that any U.S. entries would compete as ``pure sportsmen,'' although he anticipated some ``positive feedback,'' and he repeated those stands in confirming the trip Tuesday.
``Our objective is to bring back some gold medals. If there is a cultural benefit from the trip, that's positive,'' he said. ``But we are going to compete; that is our main objective.''
Other members of the U.S. team will include wrestlers Zeke Jones, Shawn Charles and John Giura; coach Joe Seay; and USA Wrestling officials Mitch Hull, Jim McCord and Dr. Bruce Reider.
|Abrar Varzeshi: Iran Needs a New Defense!|
The Iranian National team managed to qualify to World Cup despite numerous
obstacles in its
Since their qualification, numerous soccer analysts in Iran have been
voiving their concerns
Iran's popular sports newspaper Abrar Varzeshi, has written extensively
on Iran's poor
Iranian goal keeper and captain, Ahmad Abedzadeh, is considered the
Nevertheless he has been scored on an average of two goals per game.
How can it
Following Iran's game against China in Tehran, it failed to win in 6
We must not lose sight of problems that remain in Iran's National Team
now that we have
Our opponents in France are not going to lose the numerous oppertunities
that Japan and
If we look at the second level teams in Europe, we see that before they
worry about scoring
There is no doubt that the Iranian team needs a completely new
defense. We might be able
Our coaches must educate our players on the latest defensive strategies.
The defenders must
For World Cup we need to put together the best 11 players we have.
In World Cup, there
As the author of this article stated, there still remains significant
problems in Iran's defensive line.
A weak defense no doubt will plague the whole team. In the qualification
games the mid field
Unfortunately the list that was recently issued by Iranian Football
|Tomislav Ivich Will Guide Iran in World Cup|
January 15. 1998|
According to Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Tomislav Ivich has
Ivich, who is native of Croatia, has been named by FIFA as one of World's
Ivich also coached the United Arab Emirates national team in Asian Cup
Ivich has also coached European clubs, incuding Anderlecht, Porto,
Ivich's contract is only up to and including the World Cup. There is
Following the official announcement of Ivich's position as head coach,
|Valdeir Vieira Begins Training Iranian Team|
The new Brazilian coach of the Iranian National Team met the players
on Monday and started training the team.
Till now in the Asia World Cup qualifications, 4 coaches have been fired
by their respective soccer
Vieira has a lot of work on his hand. In event of a win be either
Qatar or Saudi Arabia in their
Meanwhile in Tehran (Iran), Members of Iranian Parliament are calling
for resignation of
According to UAE's Al-Ittihad Newspaper (Arabic), the MPs in
a letter to Speaker
Ali Akbar Nateq Nuri said in the session, "The national football team
is a source of national pride
Nateq Nuri announced that sports officials involved in any way with
the downfall of the
|Wrestling-U.S. Team to Compete in Iran Irna|
TEHRAN,(Reuters) - American wrestlers will contest a
tournament in Iran next month, marking the first visit by a
major U.S. sports team since the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iran's
official news agency IRNA said on Wednesday.
``In a letter to the Iranian federation, the American wrestling federation announced that a five-man team along with five officials will attend the bouts,'' the agency said.
``The president of the American wrestling federation...will accompany the team in its trip to Tehran,'' it said.
The U.S. team would compete in February's freestyle tournament, one of several annual events marking the revolution anniversary, the agency added.
Iranian journalists said it would be the first time since the revolution a major U.S. sports team has competed in Iran.
The report came a week after Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, a relative moderate, addressed Americans on television and appealed for cultural links as a way to break down years of mistrust between the two countries.
Khatami called for a dialogue between academics, writers, artists, journalists and tourists.
Iran has attended international wrestling meets in the United States and competed at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Iranian officials have invited U.S. teams to competitions in Iran and complained after American wrestlers failed to attend.
IRNA said the U.S. federation had invited Iran to attend a freestyle World Cup tournament in Oklahoma in April.
Washington broke diplomatic relations with Iran in 1980 and has issued warnings to U.S. citizens about travelling to Iran.