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Football thrives over the 2000 year old ruins of Susa!

12/23/2008 Mehran Afshar, lastkick.com Last Kick friend and contributor Mehran Afshar was visiting his hometown of Abadan and decided to make a short stop at the 2000 year old ruins of Susa. There he ran into the next generation of Iranian football enthusiasts who well honing their skills in the Persian King Dariush I’s palace.

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Ali Daei resignation rumors dominate the news

12/21/08 Afshin Afshar, lastkick.com Over the weekend rumors spread that Ali Daei had quit his position as the head coach of the Iranian national team. A few newspapers and news agencies reported this with various degrees of certainty. One or two went as far as claiming that they had confirmed this with “reliable” sources within

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Iran national soccer team to face Spain's Galicia

Published on December 21, 2008 by in Iran, Spain

12/21/2008 IRNA Iran’s national soccer team will play a friendly game against Spain’s Galicia soccer club on December 24. Iran was scheduled to fly to Frankfurt on Sunday morning (December 21) and then fly to Bilbao in the afternoon. The Iranian team’s friendly game against a selected team from Basque squad has been cancelled by

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Abedzadeh high on Persepolis goalkeeping crop

12/20/2008 Afshin Afshar, lastkick.cpom Ahmadreza Abedzadeh is undoubtedly one of the more popular football players in Iranian football’s past and present. The man who the fans lovingly nickname “The Eagle of Asia” was, if not the best, definitely one of the most charismatic goalkeepers ever to stand between the posts for Team Melli.

 
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Iran down China to finish third

Published on December 19, 2008 by in China, Iran

12/19/2008 the-afc.com MUSCAT: Iran finished third in the Oman Four Nations Tournament 2008 by beating China 2-0 at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. Team Melli, beaten 1-0 by Ecuador in the semi-finals, had goals from Seyyed Mehdi Seyyed Salehi and Penjam Noori as Ali Daei’s side finished the tournament on a winning note.

 
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Iran edged by Ecuador

Published on December 17, 2008 by in Americas, Iran

12/17/2008 AFP MUSCAT – Iran went down 1-0 to Ecuador on Wednesday in their opening match of the four-team International Cup of Oman, with Fidel Martinez scoring on his international debut. Click here to see the goal The 18-year-old midfielder, who plays in his club football in Brazil for Cruzeiro, broke the deadlock 11 minutes

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Video pick of the month

12/17/2008 Afshin Afshar, lastkick.com Hey fans, There are many well made football videos that can bring an smile to your face, and I think this is one of them. I think the combination of the music, characters, and the tricks are done in real good taste. This obviously is not a new video, but I

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Yossi Benayoun's poster lands editor in hot waters!

12/15/2008 Afshin Afshar, lastkick.com Apparently one of the Iranian sports dailies called Goal got into hot political waters last week for printing a poster of Liverpool FC’s Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun. The English Premier League has a fair following in Iran so it is often that the newspapers cover news of the EPL clubs in

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