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Iran hackers demand women be allowed to watch football

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Tehran (AFP) – The website of Iran’s main stadium was hacked on Wednesday with a demand that women be allowed to watch football matches, a day after female lawmakers were permitted to attend.

Iran’s nail-biting World Cup qualifier against Syria in Tehran’s Azadi stadium was notable for more than just the last-minute equaliser by the visiting team.

Brief joy for Iran female football fans quickly extinguished

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Tehran (AFP) – For a brief moment, Iran’s female football fans thought they were finally allowed to attend a match, but their hopes were dashed on Monday when authorities said their tickets were sold by mistake.

Women have been barred from attending football matches, and some other sporting events such as wrestling, since the 1979 Islamic revolution, with officials saying they must be protected from the vulgar atmosphere.

Brief joy for Iran female football fans quickly extinguished

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Tehran (AFP) – For a brief moment, Iran’s female football fans thought they were finally allowed to attend a match, but their hopes were dashed on Monday when authorities said their tickets were sold by mistake.

Women have been barred from attending football matches, and some other sporting events such as wrestling, since the 1979 Islamic revolution, with officials saying they must be protected from the vulgar atmosphere.

South Korea World Cup hopes hit by 10-man Iran

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Seoul (AFP) – South Korea’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup were left hanging in the balance after a 0-0 draw against 10-man Iran in Seoul Thursday when a win would have booked their ticket for Russia 2018.

Syria’s 3-1 victory over Qatar coupled with China’s 1-0 win over Uzbekistan in Thursday’s other Group A matches means a defeat for the Koreans in their final match in Tashkent on Tuesday could see them fail to qualify for the finals for the first time since 1982.

Pitch battle ahead of Korea vs Iran World Cup clash

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Seoul (AFP) – Iran have sparked a war of words in South Korea after complaining about the state of their training pitch ahead of Thursday’s crucial World Cup Asia zone qualifier.

With the visitors already having secured their place as Group A winners and only the runner-up sure to join them in Russia, the heat is all on the Koreans who could face a potential winner-takes-all clash in their final match against third-placed Uzbekistan in Tashkent next week.

Pitch battle ahead of Korea vs Iran World Cup clash

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Seoul (AFP) – Iran have sparked a war of words in South Korea after complaining about the state of their training pitch ahead of Thursday’s crucial World Cup Asia zone qualifier.

With the visitors already having secured their place as Group A winners and only the runner-up sure to join them in Russia, the heat is all on the Koreans who could face a potential winner-takes-all clash in their final match against third-placed Uzbekistan in Tashkent next week.

Queiroz, from Man Utd enforcer to Mr. World Cup

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Seoul (AFP) – Carlos Queiroz was once Alex Ferguson’s formidable number two at Manchester United, but he has now carved out a new reputation: the man who can take your team to the World Cup.

After Queiroz’s Iran became only the second team to qualify for Russia 2018, he is savouring the unique feat of reaching four World Cups with three different teams.

Queiroz, from Man Utd enforcer to Mr. World Cup

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Seoul (AFP) – Carlos Queiroz was once Alex Ferguson’s formidable number two at Manchester United, but he has now carved out a new reputation: the man who can take your team to the World Cup.

After Queiroz’s Iran became only the second team to qualify for Russia 2018, he is savouring the unique feat of reaching four World Cups with three different teams.

Korea’s Stielike wary of Qatar threat

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Doha (AFP) – South Korea’s coach Uli Stielike admitted on Monday that he was concerned by the threat posed by Qatar ahead of a crucial World Cup qualifier in Doha.

If South Korea manage to win on Tuesday, they will take a huge step to joining Iran in next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Korea’s Stielike wary of Qatar threat

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Doha (AFP) – South Korea’s coach Uli Stielike admitted on Monday that he was concerned by the threat posed by Qatar ahead of a crucial World Cup qualifier in Doha.

If South Korea manage to win on Tuesday, they will take a huge step to joining Iran in next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Iran’s Esteghlal fined over laser beams

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Iran’s Esteghlal FC have been fined $51,000 after fans flashed laser beams at opposing players and referees during AFC Champions League games, Asia’s football body said on Wednesday.

Esteghlal supporters flashed lasers during their Champions qualifier against Al Sadd in February, and again in their group stage game against Uzbekistan’s PFC Lokomotiv, the Asian Football Confederation said.

Iran’s Esteghlal fined over laser beams

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Iran’s Esteghlal FC have been fined $51,000 after fans flashed laser beams at opposing players and referees during AFC Champions League games, Asia’s football body said on Wednesday.

Esteghlal supporters flashed lasers during their Champions qualifier against Al Sadd in February, and again in their group stage game against Uzbekistan’s PFC Lokomotiv, the Asian Football Confederation said.

Iran beat China, Australia get crucial win

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Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s Mehdi Taremi dealt China’s World Cup hopes a major blow on Tuesday, as Australia grabbed a crucial win over UAE to stay in the hunt for an automatic spot at Russia 2018.

Japan ended Thailand’s campaign with a 4-0 victory in Saitama, and South Korea squeezed past Syria 1-0 to get back on track after last week’s upset to China.

Iran beat China, Australia get crucial win

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Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s Mehdi Taremi dealt China’s World Cup hopes a major blow on Tuesday, as Australia grabbed a crucial win over UAE to stay in the hunt for an automatic spot at Russia 2018.

Japan ended Thailand’s campaign with a 4-0 victory in Saitama, and South Korea squeezed past Syria 1-0 to get back on track after last week’s upset to China.

Iran blow hole in China’s World Cup bid

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Tehran (AFP) – Mehdi Taremi’s second-half strike condemned China to a 1-0 defeat to Iran on Tuesday in a major blow to their hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup.

Marcello Lippi’s team raised Chinese hopes by upsetting South Korea last week, but they were unable to overturn Iran’s flawless home record in Group A.

Iran close in on World Cup as Qatar look doomed

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Doha (AFP) – Iran took a major step towards making the 2018 World Cup finals winning 1-0 in Doha on Thursday, a result which virtually ends Qatar’s hopes of reaching Russia.

A cool Mehdi Taremi finish in the 51st minute after breaking clear of the Qatar defence was the difference between the two sides and leaves Iran four points clear at the top of Group A with just four games to play.

Iran close in on World Cup as Qatar look doomed

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Doha (AFP) – Iran took a major step towards making the 2018 World Cup finals winning 1-0 in Doha on Thursday, a result which virtually ends Qatar’s hopes of reaching Russia.

A cool Mehdi Taremi finish in the 51st minute after breaking clear of the Qatar defence was the difference between the two sides and leaves Iran four points clear at the top of Group A with just four games to play.

Qatar, Iran coaches clash ahead of World Cup tie

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Doha (AFP) – A simmering spat between the Qatar and Iran coaches broke out into the open on Wednesday ratcheting up tensions 24 hours ahead of a crucial World Cup qualifier.

Jorge Fossati and Carlos Queiroz clashed over alleged comments made by the former Real Madrid coach ahead of the qualifier in Tehran last September which saw Iran win 2-0 with goals in the 94th and 96th minutes.

Qatar, Iran coaches clash ahead of World Cup tie

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Doha (AFP) – A simmering spat between the Qatar and Iran coaches broke out into the open on Wednesday ratcheting up tensions 24 hours ahead of a crucial World Cup qualifier.

Jorge Fossati and Carlos Queiroz clashed over alleged comments made by the former Real Madrid coach ahead of the qualifier in Tehran last September which saw Iran win 2-0 with goals in the 94th and 96th minutes.

China, South Korea suffer World Cup blows

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Doha (AFP) China's bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup suffered a crushing blow on Tuesday while Iran sprang a shock to establish themselves as the frontrunners in Group A at the expense of South Korea.

The Chinese were outclassed 2-0 by Uzbekistan in Tashkent with the Central Asians scoring twice in the second half through Marat Bikmaev and Otabek Shukurov to leave China bottom of the pile on just one point and almost certainly facing more World Cup heartbreak.

China, South Korea suffer World Cup blows

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Doha (AFP) China's bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup suffered a crushing blow on Tuesday while Iran sprang a shock to establish themselves as the frontrunners in Group A at the expense of South Korea.

The Chinese were outclassed 2-0 by Uzbekistan in Tashkent with the Central Asians scoring twice in the second half through Marat Bikmaev and Otabek Shukurov to leave China bottom of the pile on just one point and almost certainly facing more World Cup heartbreak.

Japan, Korea survive World Cup scares as China crash

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Suwon (South Korea) (AFP) South Korean star Son Heung-Min kept Qatar's World Cup ambitions on hold and Japan also survived a scare as China suffered a potentially calamitous defeat to Syria on Thursday.

Iran, meanwhile stayed on course for a Russia 2018 spot after shifting Uzbekistan from the top of Asian qualifying Group A on goal difference with a 1-0 victory in Tashkent.

Japan, Korea survive World Cup scares as China crash

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Suwon (South Korea) (AFP) South Korean star Son Heung-Min kept Qatar's World Cup ambitions on hold and Japan also survived a scare as China suffered a potentially calamitous defeat to Syria on Thursday.

Iran, meanwhile stayed on course for a Russia 2018 spot after shifting Uzbekistan from the top of Asian qualifying Group A on goal difference with a 1-0 victory in Tashkent.

China hold Iran to earn first point in World Cup qualifying

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Shenyang (China) (AFP) China held heavyweights Iran to a gritty 0-0 draw to lift their hopes of reaching just their second World Cup in Asian qualifying on Tuesday.

Asia's sleeping giants lacked ambition in the first half but they went for broke in the second in a performance that was good enough to earn their first point of the third round.

China hold Iran to earn first point in World Cup qualifying

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Shenyang (China) (AFP) China held heavyweights Iran to a gritty 0-0 draw to lift their hopes of reaching just their second World Cup in Asian qualifying on Tuesday.

Asia's sleeping giants lacked ambition in the first half but they went for broke in the second in a performance that was good enough to earn their first point of the third round.

China looking for Korea bounce against Iran in Asian qualifying

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Beijing (AFP) China are hoping to reproduce the form that gave South Korea palpitations last week as they take on heavyweights Iran in another big World Cup qualifying test on Tuesday.

China fought back from 3-0 down to make it 3-2 with 14 minutes left in Seoul, ensuring a tense finale to a game which South Korea had looked like wrapping up with ease.

China looking for Korea bounce against Iran in Asian qualifying

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Beijing (AFP) China are hoping to reproduce the form that gave South Korea palpitations last week as they take on heavyweights Iran in another big World Cup qualifying test on Tuesday.

China fought back from 3-0 down to make it 3-2 with 14 minutes left in Seoul, ensuring a tense finale to a game which South Korea had looked like wrapping up with ease.

World Cup

It’s All Too Beautiful: Commentator Breaks Down In Tears As Syria Keep World Cup Dream Alive With 93rd-Minute Equaliser Against Iran (Photo & Video)

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Syria's utterly inspirational journey toward qualifying for their first ever World Cup was kept alive in the most dramatic of circumstances on Tuesday evening.

Trailing 2-1 against rivals Iran as injury time wicked away, it looked for all the world like the dream was over.

However, Syria suddenly wrestled back possession and, on his first call-up in five years, Omar al-Soma broke clear on the break to slot a 93rd-minute equaliser through the legs of Iran 'keeperAli Beiranvand.

World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Updated Standings, Results and Talking Points

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The calendar year 2016’s last international break provided the setting for the latest stop in the long road to qualification for the 2018 World Cup. 63 matches were played across six continents, as the qualification picture for the finals in Russia became clearer after the latest round of matches.

India vs Iran 2015 Highlights 0-3 Azmoun Teymourian Goals Video

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India vs Iran 2015 (India-Iran Football VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- India vs Iran 0-3 (Azmoun, Teymourian, Taremi) Bangalore, India- 8 September, 2015- Asian World Cup qualifying India remain winless in their World Cup qualifying group as Iran join Oman and Guam at the top of the group following a 3-0 win in Bangalore [.

The 1998 World Cup in France: Build Up, Tournament & Legacy

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Only six countries have won theWorld Cupwhilst hosting the competition, withFrancebeing the most recent nation to do so back in 1998.

Having beaten Morocco to host the competition in a straightforward two horse race after the Swiss had to pull out for not meeting FIFA's demands, the French were given the chance to stage the World Cup for the first time since 1938.

Videos

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup: Iran Striker Mohammad Mokhtari Scores Absolutely Audacious Overhead Kick In Third-Place Play-Off (Video)

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Iran made history over the weekend bybecoming Asia's highest ever finishers at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup thanks to an emphatic 5-3 victory over Italy in the third-place play-off game.

Mohammad Mokhtari provided the undoubted highlight of the match, putting Iran 3-0 up with a truly outstanding overhead kick from the narrowest angle.

Iranian Football Chairman Ends Interview By Punching Reporter In The Balls (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Narked after being doorstepped by a gaggle of reporters prying into the running ofhis team, Bahram Afsharzade, chairman of Esteghlal one of Iran's biggest clubs returnedwhat he obviously deemed a low blow (in journalistic terms) with one of his very own.

Sosha Makani

Iranian Goalkeeper Given Six-Month Ban For Wearing ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ Trousers

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A former Iran international goalkeeper has been banned for six months for an "inappropriate conduct" breach that amounts to wearing a pair of gaudy trousers that looked a bit like Spongebob Squarepants.

Ex-Persepolis 'keeper Sosha Makani, 29, has been suspended by the Iranian football federation (FFIRI) after a photo of his yellow pantaloons was posted on social media last month.

Iran goalkeeper banned over ‘SpongeBob trousers’

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Tehran (AFP) Iran international goalkeeper Sosha Makani has been suspended for six months for "inappropriate" conduct, including the wearing of what media have dubbed "SpongeBob trousers", ISNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

The Iranian football federation's morality committee cited Makani's clothing as one of the reasons for handing out the punishment.

Iran goalkeeper banned over ‘SpongeBob trousers’

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Tehran (AFP) Iran international goalkeeper Sosha Makani has been suspended for six months for "inappropriate" conduct, including the wearing of what media have dubbed "SpongeBob trousers", ISNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

The Iranian football federation's morality committee cited Makani's clothing as one of the reasons for handing out the punishment.

Asian Football

Asian Champions League 2015: Eight players to watch as quarter finals kick off

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Asian Cup 2015 Debrief: Qatar – A campaign of disappointment and broken promises

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The Rest

Uncanny: Lionel Messi Doppelganger Becomes Something Of A Minor Celebrity In Iran (Photos)

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The man you see afore ye is Riza Perestes, an Iranian gentleman who just so happens to share 99.99999999% of his DNA with a rather famous footballer by the name of Lionel Messi.

Riza has apparently become something of a minor phenomenon in his hometown, and now spends his days pottering around in an Argentina shirt whilst trying to make as many people do double-takes as possible.

Here Comes Everton

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Continuing a pattern of regression since their 5th place finish in the 2013-14 season, Everton is again disappointing in the Premier League. Everton's fall from England's elite has brought shadows of doubt and speculation regarding the team's future. However, bucking the trend, Everton was anything but disappointing on February 20th.