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Dark clouds gathering over Iran's national team again

July 29, 2005 Afshin Afshar, last Kick.com Reading today’s issues of Iranian sports papers gave me a very sick feeling. It reminded me of May of 1998 when Tomislav Ivic was sacked after a 7-1 practice game loss to AS Roma and shortly after Jalal Talebi was named as his replacement. Iran proceeded to go

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Karimi lives up to Magath's expectations

7/29/2005 Fcbayern.de Back in May, Bayern announced their first new face for the 2005-6 campaign after completing the signing of Iran star Ali Karimi from Dubai outfit Al-Ahli. The 26-year-old, a relative unknown in Europe but named Asian Player of the Year last term, moved on a free transfer and put his name to a

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ShortKicks (Updated 7/29)

Afshin Afshar, last Kick.com Friday, July 29 – According to IPNA Turkish powerhouse Besiktas have officially approached Pas FC in regards to midfield international Javad Nekounam. No details of the offer has been yet published. – Iran U-15 defeated Syria 4:1 to win the West Asian U-15 championship. In the other match Iraq defeated Lebonan

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What did we learn from Queens Park Rangers?

Afshin, July 27, 2005 LastKick Iran’s performance against Queens Park Rangers was far below everyone’s expectation. Our boys were out muscled, outran, out jumped, and simply outplayed for most of the game. The few brief promising moments they had came in the first few minutes of each half when they seemed to be more energized.

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Iran's England Trip Cut Short!

In an interview with IRNA, Golam-Hosein Zaman-Abadi the Iranian Football Federation’s speaker announced that the National soccer team will be returning from England on Saturday, July 30. This comes as somewhat of surprise since the team was originally scheduled to stay in England for 15 days where they were to meet with three English club

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Iran's match with Millwall called off after security warning

July 26, 2005 LONDON (AFP) – English Championship club Millwall as expected called off their match with Asian football powerhouses Iran due to be played on July 30 in the interest of public safety after the club received what it called ‘intelligence… from a number of sources’.

 
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Karmi plays as Bayern fall to Trapattoni’s Stuttgart

July 26, 2005 MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) — A last-minute goal from Martin Stranzl sent VfB Stuttgart through to the League Cup final with a 2-1 win over holders Bayern Munich and made it a triumphant return to Bavaria for Giovanni Trapattoni on Tuesday. Bayern took an early lead with a Roy Makaay header but Thomas

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Relax, it was only a practice game!

Afshin, July 24, 2005 LastKick As any true Iranian soccer fan could have expected, most of the Iranian sport dailies rushed to crucify the national team coach Branko Ivankovic the day after the team’s 3-0 defeat by Queens Park Rangers. A few went as far as accusing him of “disgracing” Iranian soccer, “ruining the reputation”

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