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Iranian-American coach quits after triumph

Published on May 30, 2008 by in Iran

5/30/2008 TEHRAN (AFP) – Iranian-American football manager Afshin Qotbi quit as coach of Iranian side Persepolis, just a week after guiding the club to the league title in his first year back in Iran, officials said Friday.

 
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Afshin the Emperor or how he learned to love his enemies

Published on May 30, 2008 by in Iran

5/30/2008 By Masoud Hossein, Tehran Times TEHRAN — Iranians got to know Afshin Ghotbi for the first time as the U.S. Soccer Team’s technical staff twenty years ago. At that time nobody expected to see him in Iran as the coach of the most popular Persian team. Ghotbi flew immediately to Tehran after the end

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Taleblou’s Heroics send Esteghlal to the Hazfi Cup Final

Published on May 29, 2008 by in Afshin Afshar, Iran

5/29/2008 Afshin Afshar, lastkick.com Goalkeeper Vahid Taleblou’s heroics helped Esteghlal of Tehran defeat Foolad of Khuzestan in penalty shootouts and secure a place in the Hazfi Cup final. Esteghlal took the lead in the first half through Ahmad Alizadeh, but Ahmad Alenaemeh leveled for Foolad in the second half. Both teams had their share of

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John Terry goal leads England to 2-0 win over United States

Published on May 28, 2008 by in England, USA

By Mike Collett LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) – John Terry bounced back from his traumatic penalty miss in last week’s Champions League final to score England’s opening goal in their 2-0 win over the United States in a friendly international at Wembley on Wednesday. Although the goal was no real consolation for the nightmare he

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Pegah eliminate Sepahan from the Hazfi Cup

Published on May 27, 2008 by in Afshin Afshar, Iran

5/27/2008 Afshin Afshar, lastkick.com A resilient Pegah of Gilan eliminated Sepahan of Isfahan in dramatic fashion to secure their place in the semi-finals of the Hazfi (Elimination) Cup. Playing in front of 12,000 strong Pegah fans in Northern city of Rasht, Sepahan took the lead thanks to a second half goal by their promising young

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David Beckham 70 yard goal against the Wizards

Published on May 26, 2008 by in Afshin Afshar, USA

5/25/2008 Afshin Afshar, lastkick.com Football fans, many of you have already seen David Beckham’s 60 to 70m yarder against Kansas City Wizards yesterday. The Galaxy won the game 3-1. Beckham’s goal was scored in the injury time and was nothing more than an insurance-goal, nonetheless it was an amazing shot.

 
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An Unnecessary Ban of Ali Karimi!

5/24/2008 By Kaveh Mahjoob This past week, Iranian football experienced another milestone. No, I am not referring to Perspolis winning the Persian Gulf League championship in a dramatic fashion in the 96th minute. Nor am I discussing Estehglal’s new head coach, actually the old head coach, Ghalenoi who is returning home to revive the BLUEs’

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Persepolis complete a story fit for the silver screen

Published on May 21, 2008 by in Iran

5/21/2008 John Duerden, The Gaurdian After battling internal politics, intrigue and a national hero who lobbied God, Afshin Ghotbi won a remarkable Iranian league title The acclaimed animated film Persepolis, tells how a young girl adapts to life in Iran after the 1979 Islamic revolution. One of the new rules for women was that they

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