Is it OK to dream?

Granted, it may be difficult to be a proud Iranian with all the negative connotation that has become synonymous with being Iranian, or when you get deep cavity searched at the airport – although that’s a small price we have learnt to pay for our country. We are one of the most diverse and ancient

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Angola coach stays positive

“The games we have played were preparation games. We weren’t interested in the results,” he said after a training session in Germany. Angola lost 1-0 to the United States on Monday and were beaten by both Turkey and Argentina in previous games. The Southern Africans are appearing at their first finals, at the expenses of

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Deco doubt for Portugal kick-off

The Barcelona midfielder withdrew from training on Friday after sustaining an injury to his left foot in a clash with team-mate Costinha. Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will wait for 12 hours before deciding whether to include Deco in his plans. The news comes after the Brazilian-born star, 28, reportedly stormed out of training on

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Iran Coach: 'Daei Will Start'

The 37 year-old is the world’s leading international goalscorer with 109 goals from 149 games but there are fears that, given his age, he will struggle to make an impact at the highest level. The Croatian boss has no such doubts. ‘He will start,’ he said. ‘Of course he is not the best age, he

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Karimi fit and raring to go

The Bayern Munich star told IRNA that he is working hard during training sessions and will certainly be ready to play in the upcoming games. “I am not worried about my injuries and promise to play the best game in the 2006 World Cup,” he said. Karimi said the best Iranian players have made the

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No extra pressure from Tehran, Iran coach says

Branko Ivankovic also said controversy over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s views on the Holocaust was not distracting his players ahead of Sunday’s match with Mexico in the former Nazi bastion of Nuremberg. “They’re young people, they don’t think about politics,” he said. “As a coach, the players don’t have any pressure from the government about results

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Ivankovic to Quit Iran after the World Cup

Ivankovic, 52, has blamed media pressure as the reason for wanting to end his four-year reign. He said: “I’ve faced unrelenting criticism over tactics, choice of players and everything else for over four years. “Even if we qualify for the next phase the attacks on me will continue. Enough is enough.” Ivankovic arrived in Iran

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