News summaries from around the league
Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) – The soup opera that is the Iranian football manages to catch you by surprise just when expect it least. Here are a few examples:
Two weeks ago rumors surfaced that IFF Chief Ali Kaffashian was interviewing foreign coaches including Turkish manager Fatih Terim for a possible replacement for Afshin Ghotbi. The initial reaction out of IFF was denial, but then Kaffashian came out on Tuesday and admitted that there was contact made with a few foreign coaches, but “the National Team Coaches of all age categories will continue to remain in their current positions”!
What does this mean? Does it mean that IFF is actively searching for a replacement for Ghotbi? What was the Terim conversation all about? Was the position offered to Terim and he said no?
The two most decorated men in Iranian futsal are engaged in an ugly public fight. Last week National Futsal Team Coach Hossein Shams went the popular TV program “90” and slammed Foolad Mahan and National Team star Vahid Shamsaei. The following day, an obviously surprised Shamsaei went on a public counter attack, and the fight has been going on since. From far away it seems like Coach Shams does not appreciate having to share Iran’s futsal honors with the much decorated Shamsei who recently won the best player award of the AFC Club Futsal Championship.
Former Perspolis Goalkeepers Coach Ahmadreza Abedzadeh was fired after Ali Daei took over earlier in the year. He then rightfully sued for the remainder of his salary. Perspolis then decided to bring back in the hope of not having to pay him damages I suppose. But then Ali Daei publicly announced that Abedzadeh, a very popular football personality in Iran, could help move the nets around, but had no place in his coaching staff, so Abedzadeh refused to show up in the Perspolis workout yesterday. Abedzadeh claims that Perspolis owes him $41K in delayed pay.
Steel Azin Co, a company owned by Hossein Hedayati, who incidentally owns Steel of Azin FC, purchased 34% of Tractor Sazi of Tebriz rights, making Hedayati the boss in two competing IPL clubs.