Nasser Hejazi: “I cancelled my trip to Dubai so that I won’t be accused of obstructionism”

PLDC - Nasser Hejazi after refusing to comment about Esteghlal team, said: “They do not recognize me as a specialist to ask my opinion.” Hejazi told reporters yesterday:" I was going to travel to UAE for the Asian Club championship games, but the papers wrote that I am going there because Al-Ain club has asked me to go, and I will tell them Esteghlal’s secrets, I decided to cancel my trip so if Esteghlal loses, they do not blame me for it.

Persepolis arrives in Tashkent

IRNA - The 38-member team of Persepolis arrived here in early Wednesday. The Tehran-based soccer side is to play in the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League in the Uzbek capital.

Persepolis humbles Sudanese in soccer friendly

IRNA - Popular soccer side of Iran, Persepolis, tamed the Sudanese team, Al Merrikhi, in a friendly here on Monday. Persepolis known as the reds handed the visitor a bitter 4-1 defeat.

Mahdavikia wins Player of the Month award

AFC - Arie Haan has been named the AFC Coach of the Month for February after the Dutchman guided China to a goalless draw against World Cup winners Brazil, a result that helped his new side earn the Coca-Cola AFC Team of the Month award.

Metsu´s Al-Ain wrap up Emirati League

AFP - Reigning Emirati champions Al-Ain, coached by former Senegal coach Bruno Metsu, retained their title Monday with a 1-0 victory over Al-Nasr of Dubai.

With Ali Parvin and Perspolis players agreement, Karim Bagheri is forgiven

PLDC - On Monday afternoon and after a brief meeting among Ali Parvin, Perspolis management and the players, Karim Bagheri’s situation was discussed.

Delay in Esteghlal's final roster announcement. AFC: Esteghlal, Al-Hilal and Al-Ain are closely following up on Romario's situation.

PLDC - The announcement for Esteghlal's final rooster for the upcoming Asian Club Champion's league is postponed 'till Monday.

Zob advances to last eight

IRNA - Zob Ahan handed the Hamedan-based Persepolis a humiliating defeat here on Sunday, advancing to the last eight of League Cup. In the second-leg match in Fouladshahr, Isfahan, Zob routed the reds 7-0.

Minavand will join Persepolis on March 2

IRNA - The international midfielder Mehrdad Minavand will join Persepolis on March 2, said the club's deputy on Sunday morning.

Navidkia: “Probably we will be the champion.” The real goal man is Edmond Bezik.

PLDC - About Sepahan performance during this 15 weeks of super league Navikia says : The fact is that we attack too much this year and that’s why we are at the top of table till now .Therefore if we don’t face any problem I think we will be the champion of this year . 

Khordbin: “Bagheri will NOT be with Perspolis in Asian Champion’s League.”

PLDC - Karim Bagheri will not play for Perspolis in the upcoming Asian Champion’s league games. Khordbin told reporter yesterday that based on Bagheri’s current situation and AFC’s recent demands regarding the rosters, we will replace him with another player soon.

Iran will clash against Maldives in April

IRNA - Iran has been scheduled to play the Maldives in the preliminary round of 2004 Athens Olympic qualifiers in April.

AFC reiterates Champions League eligibility rules

AFC - The Asian Football Confederation has issued a reminder to teams participating in the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League that players playing in the competition must have been registered with the club at least 30 days before the commencement of the tournament in order to be eligible.