|Iran to Dance With Professionals in "Big Dance"|
From: Various Sources(CBS,BBC,Persian Gulf Soccer,...)|
On December 4th the draw for the France '98 World Cup was held in Louis VIII's favorite city:
Marseilles, France. Known for its beauty, elegance, culture, and history, Marseilles was the ideal
place to hold this important event. History was being made in a city known for its rich history.
It has long been site of travelers since it is the largest port on the Mediterranean Sea.
On December 4th it was no different as thousands of soccer fans gathered in a soccer stadium
to witness the draw.
Close to 1 billion people worldwide tuned in to watch the World Cup
draw. The World Cup
Iran was the last team added to Group F. Group F consists of Yugoslavia,
Germany, USA, and Iran.
Iran and USA are the "underdogs" in Group F. Since 1990, USA has
improved greatly in
Iran qualified to the World Cup after 20 years. Therefore it lacks
the experience the other three
Iran has never played Germany or USA before on international stage.
Iran last met Yugoslavia
Iran Schedule in France '98 World Cup:
Iran vs Yugoslavia June 14, 1998
Iran's Goals For World Cup:
Iran has qualified to the most prestigious tournament in the world.
The key to success in this
Raikoff may not be remembered by young readers. Raikoff, now age 70,
is a very experienced
Udo Latek is another experienced coach. He was a spectacular player
in Germany's Bayern München.
Going back to "training", a good coach would choose his/her players
and organize the team
Once the players have been decided, then Iran needs to play atleast
7 friendly matches before
What the IFF should not do is wait till a month before the World
Cup and then play against neighboring
Recall that the other key factor for success in World Cup for Iran was
good management, something
Playing these preliminary games will gave Iranian players the needed
confidence to play against
Iranian players need to be shown, through experience, that "no mountain
is too high" to climb
|Iran Qualifies for World Cup|
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Iran's Khodadad Azizi gave his team
the final World Cup qualifying spot Saturday as the visitors
stunned Australia with two late goals in five minutes to progress
on the away goals rule.
Australia was coasting into the finals at 2-0 with 75 minutes gone before Karim Bagheri exploited a defensive mix-up to pull one back. Five minutes later Azizi ran through to beat Aston Villa's Mark Bosnich one-on-one for a 3-3 aggregate after a 1-1 tie in Tehran.
``In Iran we were the better side and tonight Australia was -- we both had plenty of chances,'' Azizi said.
Coach Valdir Vierra said, ``I just sat there and prayed. I'm really sorry for the Australians and I know how Australian kids who play football are suffering.
``Australia should have been the winner here.''
Teenager Harry Kewell gave Australia the lead on 32 minutes and Aurelio Vidmar made it 2-0 in the 48th.
Former England manager Terry Venables, who joined the Socceroos for a chance to lead a team at the World Cup, extended his record to 12 wins and two tie in 14 games in charge but watched his dream evaporate.
It was a cruel moment for the man -- to match England's penalty shootout loss in last year's European Championship semifinal against Germany.
Kewell's goal gave Australia a deserved lead after the home side pounded Iran from the start in the 631st and final match to decide the 32 teams for France '98.
Vidmar, who missed two clear chances in the opening two minutes, beat Naeim Sadavisad on the left and speared a pass across the Iran penalty area.
Mark Viduka failed to get a touch as he dived in with a header but Kewell put away a right foot shot from close range at the far post.
Earlier Vidmar failed to beat Iran goalkeeper Ahmadreza Abedzadeh after going clean through in the first minute and soon after had a shot tipped wide.
Glasgow Rangers' Craig Moore had a shot cleared off the line by Sadavisad in the fourth minute and Mehdi Pasharzadeh put a reflex header over for a corner after a shot from Kewell had beaten the keeper on nine minutes.
Australia made one change from the match in Tehran and the introduction of West Ham united's Stan Lazaridis for Tony Vidmar lifted it after a lethargic first leg.
Lazaridis' pace down the left flank exhausted defenders Sadavisad and Mohammad Khakpour and he started the move which led to Vidmar's goal.
Iran was on the verge of direct qualification during the Asian play-offs but failed to win in its final three games.
Its entire coaching staff was sacked and Brazilian Vierra was brought in for a play off against Japan. Iran lost that 3-2 to be forced into the match against Oceania zone champion Australia.
An Australian record crowd of almost 100,000 watched the match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia's 1974 team, which failed to clear the first round in the country's only finals appearance, made a lap of the ground before the start.
Australia: Mark Bosnich, Steve Horvat, Alex Tobin, Craig Moore, Ned Zelic, Robbie Slater, Craig Foster, Stan Lazaridis, Aurelio Vidmar, Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka.
Iran: Ahmadreza Abedzadeh, Mohammadali Peiravany, Mohammed Khakpour, Mehdi Pasharzadeh, Naeim Sadavisad, Reza Shahroudi, Hamidreza Estili, Karim Bagheri, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Khodadad Azizi, Ali Daei.
Referee: Sandor Puhl, Hungary.
|Tehran halts as fans celebrate|
TEHRAN(Reuters) - Tehran was brought to a
standstill on Saturday when thousands of Iranians poured into
the capital to hail their country's qualification for the World
Cheering crowds jammed the streets in a celebration estimated to be the biggest since Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi left the country, shortly before the 1979 Islamic revolution which ended his rule.
Confectioners and florists handed out their goods to passers-by as flag-waving youths stood on top of cars shouting "Iran! Iran!"
Government employees, who were returning home from work in state-owned buses, joined the party. Hanging out of the bus windows, they drummed the sides of their transport in time with the chants.
Iranian television reported similar celebrations across the country.
It said crowds in the north-western city of Tabriz had gathered outside the home of midfielder Karim Bagheri, who scored Iran's first goal in the 2-2 draw with Australia in Melbourne which clinched the place in France next year.
President Mohammad Khatami sent a message congratulating the team for their victory which takes Iran to the finals for the second time since their appearance in the 1978 tournament in Argentina.
Tehran's streets were deserted during the game, apart from groups of fans watching the action through television shop windows.
In the 1978 finals, Iran held Scotland 1-1 but finished last in their first round group after the Netherlands and Peru beat them.
|Iran fills the last spot in World Cup 98|
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Iran claimed the 32nd and last
place in next year's World Cup finals in France by eliminating
Australia on Saturday.
Two late goals from Karim Bagheri and Khodadad Azizi gave Iran a 2-2 draw in the second leg of the Asia/Oceania play-off and took them through on the away-goals rule in a 3-3 aggregate. The first leg in Tehran ended 1-1 on November 22.
The draw for the finals takes place in Marseille next Thursday.
AUSTRIA Previous finals: (6) 1934, 1954, 1958, 1978, 1982, 1990 Best performance: Semifinals (4th) 1934, semifinals (3rd) 1954 - - -
BELGIUM Previous finals: (9) 1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994. Best performance: semifinals 1986 (4th) - - -
BULGARIA Previous finals: (6) 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1986, 1994 Best performance: Semifinals (4th) 1994 - - -
CROATIA First appearance in finals - - -
DENMARK Previous finals: (1) 1986 Best performance: Second round - - -
ENGLAND Previous finals: (9) 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966,1970, 1982, 1986, 1990 Best performance: World champions 1966. Hosted World Cup 1966 - - -
FRANCE Qualified as host nation. Previous finals: (9) 1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986 Best performance: Semifinals 1958 (3rd) and 1986 (3rd), semifinals 1982 (4th). Hosted World Cup 1938 - - -
GERMANY Previous finals: (13) 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994 (qualified for finals of every World Cup entered) Best performance: World champions 1954, 1974, 1990 Hosted World Cup 1974 Played as West Germany from 1954 to 1990 inclusive - - -
ITALY Previous finals (13), 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994 Best performance: World champions 1934, 1938, 1982 Hosted World Cup 1934, 1990 - - -
NETHERLANDS Previous finals: (6) 1934, 1938, 1974, 1978, 1990, 1994 Best performance: Runners-up 1974, 1978 - - -
NORWAY Previous finals: (2) 1938, 1994 Best performance: 1st round 1938, 1994 - - -
ROMANIA Previous finals: (6) 1930, 1934, 1938, 1970, 1990, 1994 Best performance: Quarter-finals 1994 - - -
SCOTLAND Previous finals: (7) 1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990 Best performance: 1st round - - -
SPAIN Previous finals: (9) 1934, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994 Best performance: Semifinals (4th) 1950 Hosted World Cup 1982 - - -
YUGOSLAVIA Previous finals: (8) 1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1982, 1990 Best performance: semifinals 1930, 1962 (4th) - - -
ARGENTINA Previous finals: (11) 1930, 1934, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994 Best performance: World champions 1978, 1986 Hosted World Cup 1978 - - -
BRAZIL Qualified as world champions. Previous finals: (15) 1930, 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994 (Only nation to have been in all finals). Best performance: World champions: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994. Hosted World Cup 1950 - - -
CHILE Previous finals: (6) 1930, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1982. Best performance: Third place 1962. Hosted World Cup 1962. - - -
COLOMBIA Previous finals: (3) 1962, 1990, 1994. Best performance: 2nd round, 1990. Note: Originally named as hosts for 1986 finals but tournament switched to Mexico due to lack of facilities and communications. - - -
PARAGUAY Previous finals: (4) 1930, 1950, 1958, 1986 Best performance: 2nd round, 1986 - - -
CAMEROON Previous finals: (3) 1982, 1990, 1994 Best performance: Quarter-finals 1990 - - -
MOROCCO Previous finals: (3) 1970, 1986, 1994 Best performance: 2nd round, 1986 - - -
NIGERIA Previous finals: (1) 1994 Best performance: 2nd round - - -
SOUTH AFRICA First appearance in finals - - -
TUNISIA Previous finals: (1) 1978 Best performance: 1st round - - -
IRAN Previous finals (1) 1978 Best performance: 1st round - - -
JAPAN First appearance in finals - - -
SAUDI ARABIA Previous finals (1) 1994 Best performance: 2nd round - - -
SOUTH KOREA Previous finals (4) 1954, 1986, 1990, 1994 Best performance: never past 1st round - - -
JAMAICA First appearance in finals. - - -
MEXICO Hosted World Cups 1970, 1986; Previous finals (10) 1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1994; Best performance: quarter-finals, 1970, 1986 - - -
UNITED STATES Hosted World Cup 1994; Previous finals (5) 1930, 1934, 1950, 1990, 1994. Best performance: semifinals 1930
|Khodad Azizi scores Iran's equaliser|
Iran have snatched the final World Cup place from Australia on away goals after drawing the second leg of their play-off 2-2 in Melbourne.
The tie finished 3-3 on aggregate, after a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Tehran, but Iran go through to next year's finals in France because of their better away goal record.
Australia had been cruising towards qualification at 2-0 up with 15 minutes to go, when Iran stunned the 85,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with two goals in five minutes.
Iran's Karim Bagheri pulled the first goal back after a mix up in the Australian defence, before Khodadad Azizi ran through to beat the Australian keeper Mark Bosnich one-on-one for the equaliser.
Harry Kewell had given Australia the lead after half and hour and Aurelio Vidmar made it 2-0 early in the second half. However, the Australians failed to capitalise sufficiently on their dominance.
The Iranian coach, Valdir Vierra, said he felt sorry for Australian football fans: "If we had a winner here it should have been Australia."
The Australian coach and former England manager, Terry Venables, extended his record to 12 wins and two draws in 14 games in charge, but it was not enough.
After the game he said: "We looked as good as anyone will see. But that's football. It's unbelievable. I have not witnessed a game like it. We did everything but finish them off." Full list of the 32 qualifiers
Africa: Cameroon, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia.
Asia: Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Iran.
America and the Caribbean: Jamaica, Mexico, United States.
Europe: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, England, France(hosts), Germany, Italy, Holland, Norway, Romania, Scotland, Spain, Yugoslavia.
South America: Argentina, Brazil (defending champions), Colombia, Paraguay, Chile.
The draw for the finals takes place in Marseille on December 4.
|Iran 1- Australia 1|
|Tehran- Iran tied with Australia today in qualifying games for World Cup Soccer 98. For Australia this score was better than 0 - 0 that they werehoping for. The next match will be in Australia and if the second game ends with a 0 - 0 score, then Australia will go to the WC-98because they did score 1 goal Iran's field. So Iran needs to winthe next game or tie it with a score of 2-2. If the game is tiedin Melbourne also with a 1-1- tie, then Iran has to play forsudden death for two 15 minutes game.|
|Iran Lose Four Key Players Against Australia|
TEHRAN -XINHUA - Iran will fight against Australia
without four key players through suspension in their first leg playoff
this Saturday to decide the last berth in the 1998 World Cup finals.
According to local reports, Goalkeeper and Captain Ahmadreza Abedzadeh are among the list of the noticable absentees which also included midfielder Karim Baqeri, the top scorer of the Asian qualifiers.
Another suspended player was Khodadad Azizi, who plays for German club Koln and scored one of Iran's two goals against Japan last Sunday.
Five new players have been called up to reinforce the team, Iranian newspapers said.
|Iran vs Japan Pre-Game Analysis|
Edited From:Persian Gulf Soccer|
The Iranian National team were favorites to win Group A throughout the
Nevertheless Iran still has a chance to qualify to France 1998 if it
is able to defeat the
The Iranian team arrived in Malaysia just yesterday, while Japan has
been practicing there
In this article we will take a close look at Japanese team. The Iranian
team has undergone
In past decade Japanese soccer has improved dramatically. In 1992 Japan
won the Asian
Japan's previous coach said about Middle Eastern teams, " I expect we
will have much tougher
Japan's other worries are Lopes, who has been suffering with a heavy
The strength of the Japanese side is its forwards. The key ones are
Kazu, Lopez (Brazilian), Jo,
Other capable players on Japanese side include 22 year old Jo.
He was a
Okano is the fastest player on this squad according to Japanese reports.
His speed has enabled him
The weakness of the Japanese side is in following areas : (i)technical
abilities (ii)goal keeping (iii) porous defense
Overall the Iranian team has the ingredients to win this game. It all
depends how well these different
Here is the history of Iran-Japan games to date:
Iran has won 5 times out of 9 times they've met, while Japan has won
3 times out of
The worst performance of Japan in Asian Cup was in Qatar 1988.
|Hashemi Taba Under Pressure as Iran Gets Back Up|
From:Persian Gulf Soccer|
Valdeir Vieira Begins Training Iranian Team / MPs Call For Taba's Resignation
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
|A Poor Finish to a Great Start: Iran's Fate Still Unclear|
From:Persian Gulf Soccer|
FINAL SCORE: IRAN 0 QATAR 2
The game between Qatar and Iran was the most important game in history
of Iranian soccer,
The game was held in Doha's "Al-Arabi" stadium infront of 12,000 people,
Iran started off the game with poor team organization and chaotic passing.
In minute 30 the Qataris scored their first ever goal in the history
of soccer on Iran.
Following this goal, Iran tried several times to open the game and take
on the offensive.
The half-time score remained 1-0 for Qatar.
In second half Iran took all out offensive with poor passing and organization.
Since almost all Iranian players were in Qatari side trying to score
equalizer, this made the
Qatar did score in minute 80 from a counter-attack to take a 2-0 lead
Few minutes after this goal things got even worse for Iran. Bagheri
punched a Qatari
The game finally ended shortly after.
This had been one of the worst performances of Iranian National Team
Following this disasterious result, Iranian Football Federation President,
This was truly needed. Most of the weaknesses of the National Team were
due to Mayeli Kohan's
After this loss Iran will have to wait for Saudi Arabia-Qatar match
|Final Score: IRAN 0 SAUDI ARABIA 1|
From:Persian Gulf Soccer|
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The game between the two continental rivals was crucial to both teams,
Iranian Football Federation President Dariush Mostafavi had said in
a news conference
The game started with a constant pressure from the Saudis to score early
in the match.
The Iranian team began to fall apart early in the game. There was little
The Saudi team played very well. As mentioned, they had to play well
if they wanted to
The Iranian team was trying to go through 90 minutes of intense game
by relying solely
With so much pressure on the defense, it was no surprise that eventually
the Iranian defense
Mayeli Kohan repeated Parvin's mistake in this game. He thought that
Things got worse for the Iranian team when their key defense men, Ostad
Saudi player Khalid Musaad (No.14) was able to put the ball into the
Iranian goal after a pass
There is no doubt that Mayeli Kohan will be coming under immense pressure
from the Iranian
|Iran One Step Away From France '98|
From:Persian Gulf Soccer|
Tehran-Final Score: Iran 4 China 1
The stadium was filled up hours before the crucial Iran-China match.
With purchase of each
A bit over 100,000 people packed Tehran's Azadi stadium to watch Iran
and China battle for
After the national anthems of both countries were played, the game between
two of Asia's
Iran was determined to win this match. It knew that would be the
Iran started the game with full force. Just three minutes into
the game, just when the
After that goal China seemed never were able to catch up to the Iranians.
China made some
The half time score was Iran 2 China 0. Iran had played a very
fast game with great team
The second half started with a bit more Chinese attacks on Iranian goal.
The Iranian defense
Although the Chinese team was 3-0 behind, it played rather well against
Iran would score their last goal through the "best Iranian player ever",
Ali Daei. In minute 73,
Ali Daei took the ball, with no opposition, and shot it past the Chinese
keeper with his
The Chinese did manage to score a late goal and walk away from the match
something. Towards the end of the match, the Iranian defense
slowed down,thinking that any minute the Lebanese referee Nabil Saad would blow
But they were proven wrong. China's goal came in the 87th minute when
Mao Yi Jun scored from long range into the upper left corner of the
Iran won the match 4-1 and Iranians in Azadi stadium celebrated as though Iran had already qualified. Iran now have 11 points, 4 points ahead of second place Kuwait. Kuwait defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1 in a rough and rugged game. The game was filled with fouls. Most of the fouls were commited by Saudi players. Saudi Arabia took the lead when they scored a goal by penalty kick.The half-time score was 1-0 for Saudi Arabia.
Kuwait put more pressure in second half and scored equalizer. Then Kuwait scored the winning goal when a corner kick was headed into the Saudi goal. Ali Daeiyeh, the famous Saudi keeper, did not play in this match. The match got violent towards the end and two red cards were given out, one for Kuwait and one for Saudi Arabia. Kuwaiti player Bakheet tackled Saudi player from behind and got a red card. He then got into a fight with two Saudi players. The referee broke up the quarrel. Kuwait had managed to get revenge for their earlier lose in Riyadh. With this win, Kuwait jump from fourth place into second place. Saudi Arabia are in third place and China move down to fourth.
Kuwait's games ahead are very difficult. It will meet
Whats Next For Iran?
Iran will meet Saudi Arabia on Friday October 24th in Riyadh. Iran hasn't played in Saudi Arabia since late 1970s. A win for Iran in that game is 90% qualification to France '98 World Cup! A tie will postpone Iran's fate till the Iran-Kuwait match a week after. If Iran wins against Kuwait, then Iran will qualify definately!! It all depends what the scorers of the other teams will be like when Iran has finished its game with Saudi Arabia. Iran has a momentum that is very hard to stop. It is just one step away from France '98!!
|Iran Are Favorites to Qualify From Group 'A' After Four Games|
From:Persian Gulf Soccer|
According to regional newspapers, the Iranian National Team are definate favorites to win Group A.
Along with Iran in Group A are Saudi Arabia, China, Kuwait and Qatar. Iran completed its
last game for the first leg of the qualifiers against Qatar in Tehran. Iran beat the visiting team 3-0.
The coach of the Qatari team was immediately given notice that his contract,
which was to end in two
Since he came to Qatar he has seen nothing but criticism from Qatar
Football Federation and
JoBonfere added that he was very disappointed with the Qatari Football
Federation and the fact that
When asked what his plans were after the qualifying games, JoBonfere
looked down, and replied
Several other regional newspapers have also predicted that Iran would
qualify from Group A.
Although Saudi newspapers have not explicitly said that Iran are favorites
to win, they have
Asian newspapers also look at Iran as favorites to advance from Group
A. Japanese newspapers
According to IRNA, the Iranian National Team resumed practice on Monday
This is the first time in twenty years that Iran has come close to qualifying
|Iran Moves Several Steps Closer to France '98|
Iran: White Jersey
From:Persian Gulf Soccer
The Qatari National Team arrived at Tehran's Azadi Stadium, one of largest
There weren't as many spectators in Azadi's 100,000 capacity stadium
as in Iran-Saudi Arabia
Iran came into this match without its major defensive players, Ostad
Asadi and Mohammad Khakpour.
That was not to be the case. Iran started the first half with
waves of attacks on the Qatari
Qatar was constantly on the defensive. It came into this match to get
a draw, hence 1 point.
Iran would finally succeed and score in the 34th minute. This would
be the first time
After Daie's goal, Iran pushed further into Qatari defense. In
minute 45 of first half Daie's Arminia
The second half started with a bit more attacks from Qatar. Iran allowed
the Qatari strikers to
Iran would score their third and final goal in the 58th minute. The
goal scorer was who else than
With this win Iran top Group A for the first leg of qualifiers.
In second place is Kuwait with 4 points,
Iran will meet China next in Tehran. Qatar will not play Iran again
until November 7th in
|Iran Just Beat Qatar 3-0!|
With China beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in an
earlier game, Iran is now clearly in the lead in Qroup-A of the two
Asian qualifying groups.|
Iran scored 35 minutes into the game by Ali Daie and just before the half Bagheri scored again and the half ended 2-0. In the second half Bagheri scored again in (65 min.) for Iran and the game ended 3-0.
Qatar is far from being an Asian power house, but this game was crucial for Iranian offense to score and take the lead early, as they haven't done so in any of the previous 3 games. Defensively the played better than previous games and except for one real opportunity Qatar's offense was completely shut down.
Iran has a bye-week and play next against China in Tehran
on October 17th.
|IRAN vs. KUWAIT MATCH REPORT|
From:Persian Gulf Soccer|
Iran Put An End to Kuwaiti Hopes of Topping Group A
FINAL SCORE: IRAN 1 KUWAIT 1
Iran's Lineup: Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh, Mohammad Khakpour,
Afshin Peervanni,Reza Shahroudi, Mehrdad Minavand,
Ali Akbar Astad Asadi (sub),Mehdi Mahdavi Kia,
Hamid Esteeli,Karim Bagheri,Karim Bagheri,
Ali Reza Mansourian, Dariush Yazdani(sub),
Ali Daie, Khodadad Azizi, Ali Asghar Modir Rousta
Iran (White Jersey)
The Iranian National Team and the Kuwaiti national team met in their
first of two
The Kuwaiti supporters were ready to leave to their homes joyous of
a definate victory against
It was a crucial game for both teams, but especially to Kuwait who had
already lost a match
The Kuwaiti team was able to score a goal early in the match, which
many argue was an offside.
The Kuwaiti goal was result of an interception by Bader Hajji in Kuwaiti
zone, who in turn passed it to Houwaidi.
The first half ended 1-0 in favor of the host country. Meanwhile the
Iranian crowd had been
The second half was mostly Iranian. Iran is now officially the "Second
Both sides wasted many oppertunities to score. But the best chance
of the game,
Kuwait knew that pressure was mounting on the defense and that Iran
was very close to score
As the Iranian and Kuwaiti crowd was about to leave, Modir Rousta headed a ball to Bagheri in the Kuwaiti penalty box, and
The Kuwaitis, many whom had falsely assumed that Iran had lost and that
Kuwait had won, were
The Iranian supporters were positioned apart from the Kuwaitis from
the start. About 6,000
On the field the Iranian team was celebrating! Mayeli Kohan ran to the
stadium where he embraced
Meanwhile at a press conference following the match, many reporters
criticized Kuwait coach,
Macala was pale in the press conference immediately following the match.
Saudi Arabia and Iran are still ahead of Kuwait. Iran remains in first
place with 5 points
|Clash of Persian Gulf TITANS|
Tehran (Azadi Stadium)|
From:Persian Gulf Soccer
Close to 120,000 Iranians packed Tehran's Azadi stadium for their country's
Iran came into the game with intention of winning and acquiring the
The player of this match would no doubt have to be Saudi Arabian goal
In this game he showed how important he is to the success of the Saudi
Bagheri, who scored penalty kick against Canada and China, would miss
Since Iran played offensively throughout this match, its players were
From then on Saudi Arabia would do everything and anything to play defensively
Iran came into second half twice as determined to score a goal and prevent
The whole team, except for Iranian goal keeper Abed Zadeh, went into
Iran would continue pressure on Saudi defense. While Iran had moved
all of its players
Iran meets Kuwait in Kuwait City next and Saudi Arabia meets China.
|Iran Start Qualifiers with POWER|
DALIAN, China-By:Agence France-Presse|
- Full back Mehdi Mahdavi Kiya scored two spectacular goals as Iran came from
two down to beat China 4-2 in a World Cup Asian qualifier here Saturday.
Living up to their favorites ranking, Iran (red jersey) kept to their attacking instinct even when behind and knocked China (white jersery) out cold in a dramatic final half hour.
Both of Mahdavi's goals came out of the blue. He beat four Chinese defenders
to drive past goalkeeper Ou Chouliang in the 68th
The Chinese, who have improved since taking on English consultant Ted
Buxton nine months ago, could not believe what
Iran had the best chance of the first half when Ali Daei cleverly passed
to fellow Bundesliga star Khodadad Azizi, but the Asian
China took the lead two minutes from half time through a penalty by
Fan Zhiyi. The decision by South Korean referee Park
Iran seemed destined for a shock defeat when Li Ming flung himself at
a cross from the right and volleyed into the goal nine
Kareem Bagheri, the third of the successful Iranian trio to make a breakthrough
in the German first division, pulled one back with a
With China tiring, Iran, who had started nervously, took the initiative
and seized upon any chance, with even the enterprising
Iran put the match beyond dispute in the 86th minute when substitute
Ali Asghar Modir Rousta controlled a ball that rebounded off
Iran and China are in Asia Group A along with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.
The winners from the two Asian groups will go automatically through
to the finals and the two second placed teams will play off
For China, in such a tough group, the defeat already means they cannot
afford to lose another of their seven matches if they want
|Final Score :Iran 1,Canada 0 BR>|
From: Perian Gulf Soccer Page
(Iran Formation: 3-5-2)
-Goalkeeper: 1. Ahmad-Reza Abedzadeh
(Canada Formation: 4-4-2)
-Goalkeeper: 18. Paul Dolan
Referee: Esfandiar Baharmast (Denver,USA)
3:20pm (Toronto) Canadian National team arrives on the
pitch wearing all red strip. Iran's national team was wearing an all white
uniform. Canada will defend the north end of Varsity Stadium, while Iran
HALF TIME STATS:
- Half-time stats SHOTS: Canada 1 (Kouzmanis) Iran 9 (Mahdavi-Kia 3, Modir-Roosta 3, Peyrovani 1, Majidi 1, Azizi 1)
SAVES: Canada 6 (Onstad) Iran 2 (Abedzadeh)
FOULS: Canada 9 (Kusch 3, Aunger 3, Berdusco 1, Biello 1, Watson 1) Iran 5 (Peyrovani 1, Bagheri 1, Halai 1, Ostad-Asadi 2)
CORNERS: Canada 0 Iran 2 (Mahdavi-Kia 1, Minavand 1)
OFFSIDES: Canada 2 (Berdusco 2) Iran 1 (Majidi)
FULL TIME STATS:
SHOTS: Canada 4 (Berdusco 2, Kouzmanis 1, DeVos 1)
Iran 16 (Mahdavi-Kia 5, Azizi 3, Modir-Roosta 3, Majidi 2, Bagheri 1,
SAVES: Canada 10 (Onstad) Iran 7 (Abedzadeh) ) FOULS:
Canada 15 (Aunger 6, Kusch 3, Berdusco 2, Watson 1, Biello 1,
CORNERS: Canada 2 (DeSantis 1, Aunger 1) Iran 4 (Mahdavi-Kia 2, Minavand 2)
OFFSIDES: Canada 2 (Berdusco) Iran 4 (Bagheri, Majidi, Modir-Roosta, Mahdavi-Kia, Minavand)
Soccer: Iran vs. Canada: Toronto, Aug. 17(June 12, 1997)
This is an offical announcement. Mehrdad Massoudi is the Public Relations
Manager of the Canadian Soccer Association. He visited Iran recently and
arranged for a friendly match between the national football team of Iran
and national team of Canada. |
The date of the match is set for Sunday, August 17 in Toronto's Varsity Stadium at 4 PM. Canada has invited Iran for this friendly match. The date of the match is set for Sunday, August 17 in Toronto's Varsity Stadium at 4 PM. Canada has invited Iran for this friendly match.
World Cup Qualifying Glance-Asia(June 8, 1997)
By The Associated Press|
Three or Four Teams Qualify Team GP W D L GF GA Pts x-Saudi Arabia 6 5 1 0 18 1 16 Malaysia 6 3 2 1 5 3 11 Taiwan 6 1 1 4 4 13 4 Bangladesh 6 1 0 5 4 14 3
Saudi Arabia 2, Taiwan 0
Malaysia 2, Bangladesh 0
Taiwan 3, Bangladesh 1
Malaysia 0, Saudi Arabia 0
Bangladesh 1, Saudi Arabia 4
Malaysia 2, Taiwan 0
Taiwan 0, Malaysia 0
Saudi Arabia 3, Bangladesh 0
Bangladesh 2, Taiwan 1
Saudi Arabia 3, Malaysia 0
Malaysia 1, Bangladesh 0
Saudi Arabia 6, Taiwan 0 Team GP W D L GF GA Pts Iran 4 4 0 0 28 1 12 Syria 3 2 0 1 24 1 6 Kyrgyzstan 3 1 0 2 4 10 3 Maldives 4 0 0 4 0 44 0
Iran 17, Maldives 0
Syria vs. Kyrgyzstan, postponed
Iran 7, Kyrgyzstan 0
Syria 12, Maldives 0
Kyrgyzstan 3, Maldives 0
Syria 0, Iran 1
Maldives 0, Syria 12
Iran 3, Kyrgyzstan 1
Kyrgyzstan vs. Syria
Iran vs. Maldives
Maldives vs. Kyrgyzstan
Iran vs. Syria Team GP W D L GF GA Pts x-United Arab Emr 4 3 1 0 7 1 10 Jordan 4 1 1 2 4 4 4 Bahrain 4 1 0 3 3 9 3
Jordan 0, United Arab Emirates 0
Bahrain 1, United Arab Emirates 2
Bahrain 1, Jordan 0
Jordan 4, Bahrain 1
United Arab Emirates 3, Bahrain 0
United Arab Emirates 2, Jordan 0 Team GP W D L GF GA Pts Japan 3 3 0 0 17 0 9 Oman 3 2 0 1 5 1 6 Macao 3 0 1 2 1 15 1 Nepal 3 0 1 2 1 8 1
Nepal 1, Macao 1
Oman 0, Japan 1
Japan 10, Macao 0
Oman 1, Nepal 0
Japan 6, Nepal 0
Oman 4, Macao 0
Nepal vs. Oman
Japan vs. Macao
Macao vs. Oman
Japan vs. Nepal
Macao vs. Nepal
Japan vs. Oman Team GP W D L GF GA Pts Uzbekistan 3 2 1 0 8 1 7 Yemen 4 2 1 1 8 1 7 Indonesia 4 1 3 0 10 2 6 Cambodia 5 0 1 4 1 23 1
Indonesia 8, Cambodia 0
Indonesia 0, Yemen 0
Cambodia 0, Yemen 1
Cambodia 1, Indonesia 1
Yemen 0, Uzbekistan 1
Yemen 7, Cambodia 0
Uzbekistan 6, Cambodia 0
Indonesia 1, Uzbekistan 1
Yemen vs. Indonesia
Uzbekistan vs. Indonesia
Cambodia vs. Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan vs. Yemen
Iran Gets World Cup Win(June 8, 1997)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran beat Kyrgyzstan 3-1 Monday and stood
atop Asian Group 2 in World Cup qualifying.
Both teams launched early attacks and Alireza Mansorian opened the scoring for Iran in the second minute. Kyrgyzstan stepped up the pressure and tied the game 1-1 in the 17th minute through Sergi Kotsov's header.
The Iranians, playing with a perfect record 3-0-0 and nine points, started out strong in the second half and increased their lead in the 52nd minute through Karim Bagheri's long-range shot.
Khodadad Azizi finished off any hope for Kyrgyzstan to get back into the game with his 77th minute strike.
Only the first-round group winners advance to the second round.
|Iran Wins Qualifying Soccer Matches|
By The Associated Press |
Kazakstan overcame a partisan crowd of 50,000 in Baghdad on Friday to beat Iraq 2-1 in a an Asian Group 9 qualifying came for next year's soccer World Cup.
In Group 2 matches, Iran defeated Syria 1-0 and Kyrgyzstan beat the Maldives 3-0.
In Damascus, where the Group 2 matches were played, the only goal of the match was scored in the 66th minute by Ali Dye. Iran was coming off 17-0 and 7-0 wins earlier this week.
The Asian section of the World Cup qualifiers comprises 36 countries playing in 10 groups.