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Iranian League (Hazfi) Cup Round of 32 (cont.)

Sanat Naft vs. Rah Ahan

Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) – Round of 32 of the Hazfi Cup continued today, and there were five more top league casualties amongst the fallen.

Foolad of Khuzestan lost a penalty shootout to Aluminum of Hormozgan after playing a goalless draw through 120 minutes of regulation and extra time.

Mes of Rafsanjan defeated Pas of Hamadan thanks to goals scored by Brazilian Carlos Salazar (16’) and Behnam Biranvand (82’). Read more…

 
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VIDEO: Esteghlal vs. Zorrat Karan (All the goals)

Published on February 9, 2010 by in Hazfi Cup, Video

 
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Iranian League (Hazfi) Cup Round of 32

Corn Growers' fans

Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) –  Mehdi Mahdavikia scored his first goal since returning to Iranian football. The midfielder scored Steel of Azin’s first goal in their 2-0 victory over Sepahan Novin of Isfahan (Not to be mistaken with Sepahan FC) in Round of 32 of the Iranian League Cup (i.e. Elimination Cup). The match was played in Tehran’s Railroad Stadium in front of only a few hundred attendees. Mohammad Gholami scored Azin’s second goal.  Read more…

 
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Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) – As you might have guessed, this week was all about the Derby, so we dedicate most of today’s Short Kicks to exactly that.

Eighty thousand fans filled up the Azadi stadium for the match between Perspolis and Esteghlal. One might get impressed with this crowd unless (s)he recalls the fact that only a three or four years ago 110,000 would fill the stadium to the rim for the Tehran Derby. Read more…

 
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Iranian Professional League: Round 26 Results

Iranian Pro League

Persepolis 2 – 1 Esteghlal

The battle of the titans in search for the crucial third place and qualification to the Asian Champions League began brightly for the Esteghlalis as they took an early lead through none other Farhad Majidi who sent the Esteghlali fans into raptures on the quarter hour  mark. Read more…

 
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Perspolis edge Esteghlal in Tehran's 68th derby

Karim Bagheri

Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) – After six consecutive 1-1 draws, the much anticipated sixty eighth Tehran derby ended with a 2-1 victory for Perspolis FC.

Esteghlal Captain Farhad Majidi took advantage of horrendous defending by Perspolis defenders and put the Blues in the lead fifteen minutes into the match. Perspolis’ Hadi Norouzi returned the favor by capitalizing on yet another defensive error and equalized with less than ten minutes to in the first half.   Read more…

 
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IFF releases details of Ghotbi's contract

 Afshin Ghotbi -- افشين قطبي

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 1, 2009 through January 30, 2010 for the pretax amount of $300K, and the second covers February 1, 2010 through January 31, 2011 for the total pretax sum of $500K.  Read more…

 
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 Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) – Happy Monday everybody! This weekend I had an exchange with a couple of friends who used to follow Iranian football very closely. They told me that the recent events in Iran have taken an emotional toll on them and they do not care to follow Iranian football any longer. I must confess that I sometimes struggle with the same dilemma. The question I ask myself is “Do I really want to write about Iranian football, while the same regime that sponsors the game in Iran brutally suppresses the same contingency, namely Iranian football fans, to whom I am trying to reach?”

I am not sure what the answer is, at least not yet. So I keep on doing what I have been doing until I figure out what the “right” thing (for me) is. But, until then, I would appreciate your thoughts on this. What would you do?

Drop a note and share your thoughts with me and other readers. Read more…

 
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