ISP Editorial – Branko Chokes

In a first half which Iran dominated, they could have easily scored a couple of more goals, but instead went in half-time level at 1-1. Iran’s play was characterized by fluid, and quick-paced football, something which had rarely been seen in Iran in recent times. Credit must go to Branko Ivankovic who had set up

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Iran goes down after a fight

Hours before the match fans from both sides began to fill the stadium. The Mexicans outnumbered the Iranians almost 8:2 drowning out any support the Iranians gave to their team. Outside the stadium several thousand Mexican fan’s hopes were dashed as they were unable to find any tickets. At 5:15PM local time the Iranian team

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World Cup Rising Stars: Hossein Kaebi

Position? Right-back. This is a tiny fleet-of-foot teenage starlet taking his place in Iran’s back four alongside more, ahem, seasoned professionals such as 34-year-old Yahva Golmohammadi, 30-year-old Rahman Razaei and Ali Badavi, a relative spring chicken at the age of 24. Fleet of foot? Just how quick is he? He recently boasted: “I think I

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Zare most probably out of World Cup

“During practice two days ago, after a wrong move he felt pain in his right knee. He has problems with the ligaments,” the Croat said. Ivankovic told Reuters Iran had already contacted FIFA to replace him with Hadi Shakoury in case he could not play. “We have made the contacts with officials because there is

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Zandi out of Mexico game

“Zandi underwent an MRI-scan but will be fit for the match against Portugal,” said Ivankovic. Iran play Portugal in their second Group D match on June 17. “Sattar Zare sustained a fresh injury and also had the scan but he will be fit for Mexico,” he added. Zare plays in defence. Coach Ivankovic requires his

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