Schalke 04 eyes Mahdavikia

IRIB - German first division football team Schalke 04 is interested in signing Hamburger SV's Iranian striker Mehdi Mahdavikia whose contract runs out next summer, the online site of the daily Bild said Friday.

Ivankovic gunning for Asian Cup title

AFC - HAVING qualified for the Asian Cup Finals to be held next year, Iran coach Branko Ivankovic has made no qualms to what he wants to achieve in China in 2004.

Bagherian: "Asadi and Aslanian have only until 23 of November."

PLDC - According to Mr. Bagherian, a top official in Perspolis club, both Asadi and Aslanian only have 'till 23 of November to decide whether they want to stay or not.

Iran book passage to China

AFC - IRAN booked their berth in the Finals of Asian Cup by defeating Lebanon 3-0 in Beirut last night (Wednesday).

Brazil top in latest FIFA rankings, Iran seven places up

IRNA - Brazil still tops the latest FIFA world rankings although the 2002 World Cup winner was held to a draw by Peru in the latest round of World Cup qualifiers.

Sepahan's defender will resume training starting in two weeks

PLDC - Mohammad Reza Mahdavi, Sepahan football team's defender who has recently gone through a successful surgery is currently recovering.

Ghalenoe will step in to bring Hamedani back to Esteghlal

PLDC - Amir Ghalenoe, the Head Coach of Esteghlal Tehran will try to solve Hamedani's problem and bring him back.

Iran ready for battle of Beirut

AFC - THE Iranian national team have arrived in Lebanon in full confidence that they will leave the capital of Beirut with three points.

Iran`s football squad arrives in Beirut

IRNA - National football team of Iran arrived at the international airport of the Lebanese capital Monday morning. Lebanon is to entertain Iran in their first-leg preliminary qualifier of the 13th Asian Cup Wednesday night.

Iran duo remain impressive in Bundesliga

AFC - IRAN internationals Mehdi Mahdavikia and Vahid Hashemian both scored again over the weekend to keep the Asian flag flying proud in the German Bundesliga.

According to Dadkan, Ansarian is not faced with a legal problem

PLDC - Vinco Begovich has arrived in Tehran and team training will resume staring Monday.

Lebanon FA sack Frenchman Tardi

AFC – The Lebanese Football Association dumped French coach Richard Tardi after the team’s disappointing performances during the 2004 Asian Cup qualifiers.

Branko: "This could be one of our best games." "We must win against Lebanon."

PLDC - I am sorry that the game against North Korea was abundant because we could have obtain a good result."