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Iran Pro League, week 1: all goals and results

Persian Gulf Pro League 1395/96 opened with the draw between Tractorsazi giants and Esteghlal Khuzestan defending champions: Rahim Zahivi scored the first double of the tournement. 28 players were booked, no one was sent off in this 1st week of the season: one red card was showed to Foolad Khuzestan assistant coach, Aziz Farisat, before his team lost at home against Mashinsazi. Two matches ended goalless (Saba – Sanat Naft; Gostaresh Foolad – Paykan), while Esteghlal Tehran and Naft shared a point, too. FC Mashhad (formerly known as Siahjamegan) defeated Zob Ahan. Two penalties were awarded and both missed: Mehrdad Mohammadi (Sepahan) shot was saved by Shahab Gordan, and Akbar Imani (Foolad Khuzestan) sent out the ball. Persepolis and Padideh obtained important victories away, defeating respectively Saipa and Sepahan.


Monday 25 July 2016

Tractorsazi Tabriz 2-2 Esteghlal Khuzestan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 15′ Eder “Edinho” Luciano (TRA), 57′ and 72′ pen. Rahim Zahivi (ESK), 59′ Farzad Hatami (TRA)
Bookings: 34′ Mehdi Momeni (ESK), 54′ Meysam Doraghi (ESK), 64′ Rahim Zahivi (ESK), 70′ Soroush Rafiei (TRA), 85′ Rafael Roballo (ESK), 91′ S. Jalal Abdi (ESK)
Referee: Mohammad Reza Akbarian

FC Mashhad 2-1 Zob Ahan Isfahan [WATCH goals & highlights]
14′ Abbas Asgari (MAS), 73′ Reza Darvishi (MAS), 86′ Mohammad Reza Abbasi (ZOB)
Bookings: 13′ Mehdi Mehdipour (ZOB), 61′ Mohammad Nasseri (MAS)
Referee: Hossein Akbari

Esteghlal Tehran 1-1 Naft Tehran [WATCH goals & highlights]
31′ Jaber Ansari (EST), 68′ Amir Arsalan Motahari (NAF)
Bookings: 89′ Reza Aliyari (NAF)
Referee: Hossein Zargar

Saba Qom 0-0 Sanat Naft Abadan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Bookings: 19′ Hossein Baghlani (SAN), 57′ Davoud Bahadori (SAB), 65′ Karim Eslami (SAB)
Referee: Alireza Faghani

Tuesday 27 July 2016

Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 0-0 Paykan Qods [WATCH highlights]
Bookings: 13′ Levon Hayrapetyan (PAY), 28′ Siavash Yazdani (PAY), 62′ Mehdi Shiri (PAY), 76′ Daryoush Shojaeian (GOF), 84′ Mohammad Reza Khalatbari (GOF)
Payam Heydari

Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan 0-1 Padideh Mashhad [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 44′ Mohammad Hossein Moradmand (PAD)
Bookings: 18′ Mehrdad Kafshgari (PAD), 41′ Shoja Khalilzadeh (SEP), 89′ Taleb Reykani (SEP)
Referee: Alireza Kenari

Foolad Khuzestan 1-2 Mashinsazi Tabriz [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 54′ Milad Badragheh (FKH), 57′ Saman Nariman Jahan (MTA), 63′ Amin Ghasseminejad (MTA)
Bookings: 8′ Abdollah Karami (FKH), 36′ Amin Ghasseminejad (MTA), 48′ Mohammad Ahle Shakheh (MTA), 57′ Abdollah Nasseri (FKH), 92′ Saman Nariman Jahan (MTA)
Sent off: 20′ assistant coach Aziz Farisat (FKH) for severe protests
Referee: Touraj Haghvardi

Saipa Karaj 0-1 Persepolis Tehran [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 68′ Kamyabinia
Bookings: 43′ Farshad Ahmadzadeh (PER), 73′ Vahid Amiri (PER), 80′ Saeid Lotfi (SAI)
Referee: Shaehin Haji Babaei


Club Points W D L GF GA
Mashinsazi Tabriz 3 1 0 0 2 1
FC Mashhad 3 1 0 0 2 1
Padideh Mashhad 3 1 0 0 1 0
Persepolis Tehran 3 1 0 0 1 0
Tractorsazi Tabriz 1 0 1 0 2 2
Esteghlal Khuzestan 1 0 1 0 2 2
Esteghlal Tehran 1 0 1 0 1 1
Naft Tehran 1 0 1 0 1 1
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 1 0 1 0 0 0
Sanat Naft Abadan 1 0 1 0 0 0
Saba Qom 1 0 1 0 0 0
Paykan Qods 1 0 1 0 0 0
Zob Ahan Isfahan 0 0 0 1 1 2
Foolad Khuzestan 0 0 0 1 1 2
Saipa Karaj 0 0 0 1 0 1
Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan 0 0 0 1 0 1

Top scorers

Rahim Zahivi 2 (1 pen.)
12 players  1

Top cards

28 players 1 yellow card
1 assistant coach  1 red card

Fixtures Week 2

Sunday 31 July 2016
Padideh Mashhad – FC Mashhad
Zob Ahan Isfahan – Saipa Karaj
Paykan Qods – Saba Qom
Esteghlal Khuzestan – Esteghlal Tehran

Monday 1 August 2016
Mashinsazi Tabriz – Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz
Naft Tehran – Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan
Persepolis Tehran – Foolad Khuzestan
Sanat Naft Abadan – Tractorsazi Tabriz

Iran Pro League: a new season is going to start

The sixteenth Iranian football professional season will start at the end of July: few days ago Sazman League Football Iran (i.e. Iran Football League Organization) in Tehran announced fixtures about the first half of the season, that means 15 weeks. The complete calendar with dates of the matches has not yet been defined.

Iran Pro League first edition was 2001/2002 season, then in 2006 the league changed the name to Persian Gulf Cup, and in 2014 it was renamed Persian Gulf Pro League with a new logo.

Azadi Stadium - Tehran
By video

There are 16 teams: most of them are from the capital Tehran, but in this tournament there will be derbies in Tabriz, Esfahan, Mashhad, and Ahvaz.
Last edition was won by Esteghlal Khuzestan, who achieved their first title.


2016/2017 Participants

Team City
Esteghlal Khuzestan Ahvaz
Esteghlal Tehran
Foolad Khuzestan Ahvaz
Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Esfahan
Gostaresh Fooolad Tabriz
Mashinsazi Tabriz
Naft Tehran
Padideh Mashhad
Paykan Qods
Persepolis Tehran
Saba Qom
Saipa Karaj
Sanat Naft Abadan
Siahjamegan Mashhad
Tractorsazi Tabriz
Zob Ahan Esfahan

Week 1

Saba Qom – Sanat Naft Abadan
Siahjamegan Mashhad – Zob Ahan Esfahan
Foolad Khuzestan – Mashinsazi Tabriz
Tractorsazi Tabriz – Esteghlal Khuzestan
Esteghlal Tehran – Naft Tehran
Saipa Karaj – Persepolis Tehran
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz – Paykan Qods
Foolad Sepahan Esfahan – Padideh Mashhad

Penalties, a lack of quality: Messi and CR7. Italy shoot-outs: USA 94 better than EURO 2016

Euro 2016 quarter finals, Germany defeated Italy 6-5 on penalties. Eighteen penalties performed, eleven scored: this is a warning about the lack of quality that has often been laid on shoot-outs. Don’t think it’s a joke, I’m serious: we live in the era of Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, both considered as the best professional players in the world, both missing important penalties while playing with their national teams. Someone could say that a club match count more than a national one; but I could tell him that FIFA World Cup or UEFA Euros are still more attractive all over the world, compared with continental champions leagues, for example: you can check on the web the news about billions $ in tv rights, million supporters in the streets after a victory.

Penalties, yes, that’s the point. What is the difference between the shoot-outs missed by Baresi, Massaro and Roberto Baggio in USA 94 final, and the epic fails by Zaza, Pellè, Bonucci and Darmian in Euro 2016 quarter final? Quality. And quality comes from fitness and seriousness.

USA 94
Franco Baresi, Daniele Massaro and Roberto Baggio played 120 minutes against Brazil – do you remember Romario, Dunga, Taffarel? – and their failures were due to cramps: especially Baresi, that came back against Brazil after recovering from a meniscus surgery in only twenty days. On the other side, Roberto Baggio was injured and Arrigo Sacchi should have replaced him during a so sensitive match. In USA 94 final Italy and Brazil performed nine penalties, missing three: the winner came out before the sudden death.

EURO 2016
Simone Zaza was subbed in at 119′, in time to kick once and beat Neuer from 12 yards (11 meters), with no need to take a shower: no, he started to dance in front of the German keeper and then sent the ball past the crossbar. Don’t try to forgive Graziano Pellè, because he has not yet learned that one goal scored is more valuable than his haircut; he made the same mistake like Montolivo in the previous Euro: out on the left, and don’t worry about the cameramen! Leonardo Bonucci could become the man of the match, after scoring the equalizer penalty at 78′, but this time his shot was saved; I can’t blame him, he played a strong game and took again the responsibility. Matteo Darmian came in the game at 86′ to replace cramped Florenzi, so he was fit and, after thirty-five minutes of warm-up, his penalty was saved and Hector scored the German winner.

We can find many games and players that can confirm: there is a problem in shoot-outs, players don’t take them seriously as was in the past. Compare today with yesterday: Maradona did never say goodbye for a missed penalty, as did Messi after Copa America Centenario…