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No-win situation for Afshin Ghotbi

Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) – Poor Afshin Ghotbi cannot get a break from his critics. Since announcing his 25 man roster in advance of the AFC Asian Cup clash with Thailand, the coach has been criticized and hammered not only by reporters and media analysts, but also by every other top league coach who’s got a couple

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Kashani criticizes Ghotbi’s picks

Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) – Perspolis FC President, Habib Kashani, took a shot at Team Melli Coach Afshin Ghotbi on Friday by questioning his squad choice for the match against Thailand.  Claiming that Perspolis had a number of international caliber players, he questioned Ghotbi’s decision to invite only defender Alireza Mohammad.  “Perspolis players are left off

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Afshin Ghotbi calls 25 to Team Melli camp

Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) – Team Melli coach Afshin Ghotbi announced his list of 25 in advance of the March 3 AFC Asian Cup clash with Thailand. Iran has already secured its ticket to the next round through qualifying Group E, while Thailand is in a tight race with Singapore and Jordan for the second spot. 

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Why does everybody "hate" Afshin?!

Mehran Afshar takes a puzzled look at the heavy handed treatment Team Melli Afshin Ghotbi is getting in Iran by the media and fellow football coaches …… Mehran Afshar (lastkick.com) –  Senator Ebrahim Khajehnouri, a pioneer in the science of psychology in Iran and the founder of PANA Cultural Foundation refers to “Hosn Juee” (focusing on

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IFF releases details of Ghotbi's contract

  Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) – In an unprecedented move, the Iranian Football Federation made available the details of Team Melli coach Afshin Ghotbi. The information was published on the IFF website on Monday and released to the press.  According to the released documents Ghotbi’s contract is broken into two phases, the first covers the August

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Iran qualifies, but Ghotbi feels more heat

Afshin Afshar, lastkick.com Team Melli defeated Singapore earlier this week and qualified for Asian Cup 2011. This on the surface should be excellent news for the team, the fans, and the coaching staff. However, in Iranian football nothing is ever what it seems to be. If the past is any indication, there will now be

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Iran Qualify For Asian Cup With Convincing Win

Published on January 6, 2010 by in Team Melli

goal.com Iran ousted Singapore in the Asian Cup 2011 qualifiers to secure their berth at the Qatar tournament, while the Singaporeans must wait until Matchday 6 to secure their own place. Click here to see the goals. In the early stages Iran, even without their Spain-based stars, were by far the better side, and duly

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Is It Do-Or-Die For Afshin Ghotbi And Iran Against Singapore?

Published on January 4, 2010 by in Team Melli

John Duerden, goal.com Football is full of little ironies. Iran coach Afshin Ghotbi took Iran to within nine minutes of a (probable) World Cup place last June but then Park Ji-sung danced through the Persian defence to fire home an equaliser in Seoul to dash those dreams. It was, Ghotbi admitted ruefully later, the kind

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