( | the-afc)- Abolfazl Alaii’s 80th minute header ensured Iranian champions Esteghlal Khouzestan took all three points in the 2017 AFC Champions League opener after their 1-0 Group B win over Saudi Arabia’s Al Fateh on Monday at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. The continental debutants from Ahvaz were on top for much of the tie

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( | the-afc)- Makhete Diop’s 89th minute header secured all three points for United Arab Emirates powehourse Al Ahli as the 2015 AFC Champions League finalists handed Esteghlal from the Islamic Republic of Iran an agonizing 2-1 defeat in their opening meeting in Group A of the 2017 campaign on Monday. Omid Ebrahimi looked to have earned

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AFC Champions League | Group D- Meet the teams: Persepolis Tehran

( | the-afc)- Iran giants Persepolis narrowly missed winning the 2015-16 Iran Pro League title when they were pipped to the post on goal difference by Esteghlal Khouzestan. However, their second-place finish ensured a return to the continental stage after missing out last year. Two years ago the Tehran-based club equaled their best ever performance

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AFC Champions League | Group B- Meet the teams: Esteghlal Khuzestan

( | the-afc)- Esteghlal Khouzestan will make their maiden appearance in the AFC Champions League after claiming the Iran Pro League title – by virtue of goal difference from Persepolis – for the first time in 2016. The side finished in the lower reaches of Iran’s top-flight in 2014 and 2015, surviving a relegation play-off in

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AFC Champions League | Group A- Meet the teams: Esteghlal Tehran

( | the-afc)-  Iran giants Esteghlal return to the continental stage following a three-year hiatus after overcoming Qatar’s Al Sadd on penalties in the Play-offs in the battle of the two-time Asian club champions. Esteghlal are Iran’s most successful side on the continent, having been crowned Asian champions in 1970 and 1991. However, their best performance

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Iran beats Italy in final and wins Persian Beach Soccer Cup

( Iran claimed the title of first edition of Persian Beach Soccer Cup on Thursday. Team Melli earned its third successive victory in the tournament defeating Italy 4-3. Mohammad Ahmadzadeh (two goals), Mohammadali Mokhtari and Mostafa Kiani scored for Iran. The Persians started the tournament with a 3-1 victory against Poland and then defeated Ukraine

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Promising Reza Shekari reaches an agreement with F.C Rostov

( Iranian rising star Reza Shekari is on the verge of joining Russian club Rostov. The 19-year-old attacking midfielder will join the top-flight team after undergoing medical exam. Shekari has already caught the eye of English premier league side Leicester City and Swiss club FC Basel. In 2015, Shakeri was named by The Guardian as

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Persepolis to fly to Oman on Friday for match against Al Hilal in ACL

( Iran’s Persepolis football team will fly to Oman on Friday, four days ahead of Tuesday night’s clash against Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal in the first week of the AFC Champions League. Branko Ivankovic’s men, who lost the Tehran derby 3-2 against Esteghlal on Sunday, will take on Sepahan in the 22nd week of Iran

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Carlos Queiroz lauds Team-Melli Striker Reza Ghoochannejhad

( national football team’s head coach Carlos Queiroz has praised SC Heerenveen striker Reza Ghoochannejhad. The Iranian international forward returned to SC Heerenveen after managing just five goals in 43 appearances Charlton Athletic. He joined the Dutch Eredivisie side and has been scoring goals for fun. The 29-year-old has scored 16 goals in 26 games

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