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Days of Our Football Lives (Part 2)

Kaveh Mahjoob, footballmedia.net Iran’s Fresh Start As Team Meli prepares to participate in the Qatar tournament, at the national level, Iran’s football begins a new era. Gone are the golden generation of Iran’s football that provided such players such as Abedzadeh, Daei, Bagheri, Azizi, Mahdavi Kia, Hashemian, Rezai and Ali Karimi. Position by position, Afshin

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Days of Our Football Lives (Part 1)

Kaveh Mahjoob, footballmedia.net   ACT I – Desperation Times – time to vent! The score spoke for itself:  Jordan 1 – Iran 0. As the waning minutes expired, once tall Iran’s national team was left on the pitch to collect its broken pride and bruised ego. Team members, as if they had acted as one,

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Two Coaches Looking for an Edge

By Kaveh Mahjoob Both Korean and Iranian head coaches, Huh Junk Moo and Ali Daei, have something odd in common. Neither one received full endorsements of the fans and media when they were appointed to their jobs. In fact, in both cases, their respective football federations spent months determining who the next head coach would

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Afshin Ghotbi: An Unfinished Journey!

11/29/2008 Kaveh Mahjoob, footballmedia.net The headline was simple: Ghotbi resigned and flew to Dubai! Professional football’s nature is that coaches come and coaches go. Resignations and dismissals are as much a part of coaching as completion of actual contracts. Nevertheless, Afshin Ghotbi’s resignation is as big of a news as when he had difficulty entering

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Iran Out of Sync and Outmaneuvered!

11/22/2008 By Kaveh Mahjoob Lastkick.com – Against the proud Iranian national team, the UAE’s ball movement was amazing. Fast and furious the round object traveled from the midfield to the sides, to the left and to the right wing where Iran’s defense is traditionally most vulnerable. Emirate players acted on the field as if they

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Hard to Defend Iran’s Defense

11/03/2008 Kaveh Mahjoob, lastkick.com Most coaches around the world would tell you that to win a match one has to be able to defend well. There are not too many games a team could win 3 – 2 or 4 – 3. Strikers may only convert one out of five opportunities and they still would

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The 'K' Factor

10/5/2008 By Kaveh Mahjoob, lastkick.com In a tradition that goes back four decades, Iran’s two most popular teams of Perspolis and Esteghlal meet twice a year. When these two teams meet, the country goes on a pause, minds of all politics and beliefs find their entire attention focused and zoomed on the square box that

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Asian World Cup Qualifying Campaign

09/12/2008 By Kaveh Mahjoob, lastkick.com 2010 World Cup qualifying games in Asia completed its second day and eager nations find their national teams jockeying in for the top two spots and automatic qualification for the South Africa games. Surprise results have always been a part of qualifying rounds. Surprises though usually would not dictate the

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