Iran fall to 47 in FIFA World Ranking

Appearing in only their second World Cup, the Australians advanced to the Round of 16 where they were unfortunate to go out to a controversial stoppage-time penalty against eventual champions Italy. On the back of that strong showing, the Socceroos jumped nine spots in the world ranking to 33rd, making them the highest placed Asian

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Osasuna Pamplona sign Javad Nekounam

The news has been confirmed by Osasuna’s official website, as well as the big Spanish sport papers like Marca and AS. Javad Nekounam will sign a 2 year deal, with the option of an extension for 1 year.The contract for Javad comes as a big surprise, given that it’s very difficult to get into a

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The German Press Gives Verdict on Iran

I would like to thank Marco Mader, journalist and editor at the Munchen branchof Sport-Informations-Dienst, and Philipp Selldorf, of Süddeutsche Zeitung, the biggest selling daily broadsheet in Germany, for their time. ISP: Has Germany surprised you with its performances? MM: Not so far. I excpected the team to reach the last 8 – but to

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A Trip to Germany

With the amount of preparation and spirit shown in the team, the question arises whether the team and squad was in Germany for vacation purposes, or for playing football. It has been almost one year since we played Queens Park Rangers, and it was obvious that most of the players in our team are not

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Iran sacks Football Chief

Iran also went out of the World Cup at the group stage in Argentina in 1978 and France in 1998. This year Iran lost 3-1 to Mexico and to 2-0 to Portugal. They failed to salvage a consolation win on Wednesday, drawing 1-1 with Angola. The official IRNA news agency carried a statement in response

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Iran need new management after World Cup exit

Iran’s coach Branko Ivankovic said after the 1-1 draw against Angola on Wednesday he was now looking for new challenges, while the head of the football federation was sacked and an official apology extended to the nation. “The Physical Education Organisation apologises to the Iranian nation for its wounded pride,” authorities said. Iran failed to

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Iran's 'best generation' sunk by injuries, lack of preparation

After being eliminated from the World Cup following losses to Mexico and Portugal, the team had hoped to salvage some pride Wednesday by beating World Cup newcomer Angola. Although the Middle Easterners dominated play throughout the match and created numerous chances, they barely managed to equalize 15 minutes before the game ended in an 1-1

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