The Art of the Penalty Kick Has Changed for the Better, or Worse

( | Bleacher Report – For decades, teams have been playing extra time in major competitions like the World Cup in preparation for—one might say in hopes of—the match ending in penalty kicks. With Costa Rica fighting valiantly for much of regulation against the Netherlands, it looked like the last quarterfinal played in the 2014

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Iran 22nd in World Cup Power Rankings

( – American sports website released an updated power rankings for all teams participating in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after the completed Quarterfinals matches. The Iranian national team which started out 32nd in the list before the start of the World Cup moved up to 22nd place one ahead of Italy. Although

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Carlos Queiroz to keep Iran job, says official

( | Tehran Times – Head of Iran Football Federation (IFF) Ali Kaffashian said that Carlos Queiroz will remain as the country’s coach. Carlos Queiroz announced his retirement following Iran’s World Cup exit, however, the Portuguese returned to Iran and said that he is ready to negotiate with the Iranian federation but they should offer

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Esteghlal signs Iraqi striker Karrar Jassim

( | Tehran Times – Esteghlal football club has signed Iraq international striker Karrar Jassim on a two-year contract. The 27-year-old striker who has a previous spell in Esteghlal in 2011-12 season fired in January 2012 during mid-season after a dispute with the former midfielder and team vice-captain Mojtaba Jabbari. The Blues finished fifth in

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Foolad Brazilian striker joins Sepahan

( | Tehran Times – Sepahan football club announced the signing of Brazilian striker Luciano Pereira Mendes on a two-year contract from Foolad on Saturday. He joined Sepahan on a one-year contract. The 30-year-old striker, who began his career in Iran Professional League in the summer of 2012, helped Foolad to the championship last season

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Queiroz shows green light to Iran

( – Tehran Times — Iran coach Carlos Queiroz showed green light to Iran’s Football Federation (IFF) to renew his contract with the Team Melli. Former Real Madrid coach talked to the “2014” TV show on Thursday and admitted that he has received a written offer from IFF to extend his contract. He continued to

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Amir Abedzadeh joins Rah Ahan football team

( | Tehran Times – Amir Abedzadeh joined Rah Ahan football team on a one-year contract on Thursday. Abedzadeh was a member of Persepolis football team in the last two years but didn’t play even a single match in the Iranian giant team. The 21-year-old goalie has been reunited with his father Ahmad-Reza Abedzadeh, who

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Khalatbari to leave Persepolis due to financial disagreement

( | Tehran Times – Persepolis striker Mohammad Reza Khalatbari is set to leave the club due to financial disagreement with general manager. Persepolis has not paid Khalatbari’s last season contract completely yet and they have to pay 250,000$ to Ajman as a fee for signing the player as well. Former Sepahan player signed a

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