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Iran Pro League, week 3. Persepolis on the top, Esteghlal 2nd to last

PGPL
Persian Gulf Pro League

21 goals scored in the 3rd week of Persian Gulf Pro League 1395/96, only one tie between Saba Qom and Mashinsazi: Spanish goalkeeper Manu conceded one goal at his debut before Jalal Rafkhaei scored on penalty with ten minutes remaining. Zob Ahan found the first victory of this season beating away Foolad Khuzestan 0-2: on the Isfahani bench was sitting S. Mojtaba Hosseini instead of the head coach Yahya Golmohammadi, the latter suspended by his team due to disciplinary matters. Good news for Ali Daei, since Naft Tehran beat 3-0 Padideh thanks to a double by veteran Iman Mob’Ali and the third goal by Mohammad Ghazi. A very nervous match between FC Mashhad and Saipa, where the players did not hide their legs and the referee Ali Safaei showed 6 yellow cards: Saipa eventually won 2-0. Incredible defeat suffered at Azadi Stadium by Esteghlal Tehran, although they were winning 1-0 until 86′ when Reza Norouzi equilized for Sanat Naft, and few minutes later his teammate Baghlani scored on penalty: Ali Reza Mansourian has to take responsibility after collecting 1 point in 3 weeks. Persepolis giants won against Gostaresh Foolad with a goal by Vahid Amiri: to say the truth it seemed more a cross than an attempt, but it was enough to surprise Fernando de Jesus Ribeiro; now Branko Ivankovic selection is on the top of the league. Sepahan did not disappoint home fans and defeated 3-1 Esteghlal Khuzestan: Rahim Zahivi scored on penalty the only goal of the guest team, becoming the top scorer of the tournement. In the last match of this week, Tractorsazi collected a 3-1 victory at home: in five minutes the host scored twice and Paykan got the ball into the net with Sadeghi; Iraqi midfielder Karrar Jassim secured the win with his first goal of the season.

WEEK 3

Friday 5 August 2016

FC Mashhad 0-2 Saipa Karaj [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 41′ Mehdi Torabi (SAI), 56′ pen. Hamed Shiri (SAI)
Bookings: 23′ Gholamreza Rezaei (SAI), 45′ Siamak Kouroshi (SAI), 45+2′ Ayoub Kalantari (MAS), 55′ Mohsen Aghaei (MAS), 69′ Hamed Shiri (SAI), 71′ Alessandro Felipe Oltramari (SAI)
Referee: Ali Safaei

Foolad Khuzestan 0-2 Zob Ahan Isfahan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 24′ Mehdi Rajabzadeh (ZOB), 64′ S. Mohammad Hosseini (ZOB)
Referee: Rouhollah Sharifi

Esteghlal Tehran 1-2 Sanat Naft Abadan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 66′ Ali Ghorbani (EST), 86′ Reza Norouzi (SAN), 93′ pen. Hossein Baghlani
Bookings: 57′ Hossein Baghlani (SAN), 65′ Kim Gwi-Hyeon (SAN)
Referee: Mohammad Reza Akbarian

Saturday 6 August 2016

Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 0-1 Persepolis Tehran [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 47′ Vahid Amiri (PER)
Bookings: 18′ Luciano “Chimba” Pereira (GOS), 42′ Farshad Ahmadzadeh (PER), 50′ Mohsen Rabi Khah (PER), 82′ Mohsen Mosalman (PER)
Referee: Touraj Haghvardi

Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan 3-1 Esteghlal Khuzestan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 31′ Farid Behzadi Karimi (SEP), 40′ Rasoul Navidkia (SEP), 80′ Taleb Reykani (SEP), 85′ pen. Rahim Zahivi (ESK)
Bookings: 60′ Meysam Doraghi (ESK)
Referee: Shaehin Haji Babaei

Saba Qom 1-1 Mashinsazi Tabriz [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 37′ Karim Eslami (SAB), 80′ pen. S. Jalal Rafkhaei (MTA)
Bookings: 38′ Kakhaber Kakashvili (MTA)
Referee: Omid Saeidfar

Naft Tehran 3-0 Padideh Mashhad
Goals: 5′ and 22′ Iman Mob’Ali (NAF), 66′ Mohammad Ghazi (NAF)
Bookings: 55′ Iman Mob’Ali (NAF)
Referee: Yaser Hamrang

Sunday 7 August 2016

Tractorsazi Tabriz 3-1 Paykan Qods [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 24′ Eder “Edinho” Luciano (TRA), 26′ Mohammad Ebrahimi (TRA), 28′ Amir Hossein Sadeghi (PAY), 51′ Karrar Jassim (TRA)
Referee: Reza Mahdavi

STANDINGS

Club Points W D L GF GA
Persepolis Tehran 7 2 1 0 3 1
Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Esfahan 6 2 0 1 4 2
Tractorsazi Tabriz 5 1 2 0 5 3
Mashinsazi Tabriz 5 1 2 0 3 2
Sanat Naft Abadan 5 1 2 0 2 1
Naft Tehran 4 1 1 1 4 2
Zob Ahan Esfahan 4 1 1 1 4 3
Saipa Karaj 4 1 1 1 3 2
Esteghlal Khuzestan 4 1 1 1 5 6
FC Mashhad 4 1 1 1 3 4
Padideh Mashhad 4 1 1 1 2 4
Saba Qom 3 0 3 0 2 2
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 2 0 2 1 0 1
Paykan Qods 2 0 2 1 2 4
Esteghlal Tehran 1 0 1 2 3 5
Foolad Khuzestan 1 0 1 2 2 5

Top scorers

Rahim Zahivi (ESK) 3 (2 pen.)
Vahid Amiri (PER)
Farid Behzadi Karimi (SEP)
Hassan Beit Saeid (ESK)
Eder “Edinho” Luciano (TRA)
Iman Mob’Ali (NAF)
Mehdi Rajabzadeh (ZOB)
Mehdi Torabi (SAI)
2
2
(1 pen.)
2
2
2
2
2
29 players 1

Top cards

Hamed Pakdel (MTA) 1 red card
2 yellow cards
Farshad Ahmadzadeh (PER) 2 yellow cards
Hossein Baghlani (SAN) 2 yellow cards
Meysam Doraghi (ESK) 2 yellow cards
Karim Eslami (SAB) 2 yellow cards
Luciano “Chimba” Pereira (GOS) 2 yellow cards
Alessandro Felipe Oltramari (SAI) 2 yellow cards

FIXTURES WEEK 4

Thursday 11 August 2016
Mashinsazi Tabriz – Tractorsazi Tabriz
Sanat Naft Abadan – Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan
Paykan Qods – Esteghlal Tehran
Zob Ahan Isfahan – Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz
Saipa Karaj – Padideh Mashhad
Persepolis Tehran – Saba Qom
Esteghlal Khuzestan – Naft Tehran

Friday 12 August 2016
FC Mashhad – Foolad Khuzestan

Iran Pro League, week 2: all goals and results

PGPL
Persian Gulf Pro League

In the 2nd week of Persian Gulf Pro League 1395/96 we find a record by Hamed Pakdel, sent off by referee Mohsen Torki after collecting 2 yellow card in only one minute! Two derbies were played, in Mashhad and in Tabriz, and both ended with tie. All teams that were defeated in the 1st week obtained points: Sepahan defeated away Naft Tehran with a penalty by Farid Behzadi Karimi; Zob Ahan and Saipa shared one point; Foolad Khuzestan were close to win at Persepolis home, but Vahid Amiri equilized 5 minutes after Abdollah Nasseri’s goal. Esteghlal Khuzestan defending champions won 2-1 against Esteghlal Tehran, thanks to a double scored by Hassan Beit Saeid: the Khuzestani striker is the top scorer with his teammate Rahim Zahivi. Goalless draw between Sanat Naft and Tractorsazi, while Paykan and Saba tied 1-1 (both goals on penalties).

WEEK 2

Sunday 31 July 2016

Padideh Mashhad 1-1 FC Mashhad [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 55′ pen. Ayoub Kalantari (MAS), 81′ Moein Abbasian (PAD)
Bookings: 23′ Hossein Badamaki (MAS), 28′ Ali Asgari (MAS), 45′ Mostafa Ahmadi (MAS), 78′ Mohammad Reza Khorsandnia (PAD), 88′ Moein Abbasian (PAD)
Referee: Saeid Ahmad Salehi

Zob Ahan Isfahan 1-1 Saipa Karaj [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 63′ Mehdi Torabi (SAI), 84′ Mehdi Rajabzadeh (ZOB)
Bookings: 25′ Ehsan Pahlevan (ZOB), 40′ Junior Lopes (SAI), 55′ Mehdi Torabi (SAI), 71′ Alessandro Felipe Oltramari (SAI)
Referee: Bijan Heydari

Paykan Qods 1-1 Saba Qom [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 28′ pen. Morteza Aghakhan (PAY), 38′ pen. Gholam Reza Enayati (SAB)
Bookings: 40′ Hashem Beikzadeh (SAB), 58′ Karim Eslami (SAB), 71′ Hamid Reza Divsalar (SAB), 94′ Mohammad Ousani (SAB)
Referee: Hamid Hajmalek

Esteghlal Khuzestan 2-1 Esteghlal Tehran [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 25′ and 84′ Hassan Beit Saeid (ESK), 77′ Kaveh Rezaei (EST)
Referee: Mavood Bonyadifar

Monday 1 August 2016

Mashinsazi Tabriz 0-0 Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz [WATCH highlights]
Bookings: 22′ Alireza Naghizadeh (GOF), 32′ Mohammad Amin Darvishi (GOF), 45+1′ Hamed Pakdel (MTA), 45+1′ Luciano “Chimba” Pereira (GOF)
Sent-off: 45+2′ Hamed Pakdel (MTA)
Referee: Mohsen Torki

Naft Tehran 0-1 Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 32′ pen. Farid Behzadi Karimi (SEP)
Ammoniti: 31′ Vahid Hamedinejad (NAF), 74′ Moharram Navidkia (SEP), 78′ Lee Oliveira (SEP), 86′ Igor Prahic (NAF)
Arbitro: Mohammad Reza Faghani

Persepolis Tehran 1-1 Foolad Khuzestan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 67′ Abdollah Nasseri (FKH), 73′ Vahid Amiri (PER)
Bookings: 52′ Kamal Kamyabinia (PER), 70′ Mehrdad Tahmasbi (FKH), 73′ Mehdi Taremi (PER), 93′ Milad Pakparvar (FKH)
Referee: Mehdi Seyedali

Sanat Naft Abadan 0-0 Tractorsazi Tabriz [WATCH highlights]
Bookings: 22′ Hakim Nassari (SAN), 64′ Hadi Mohammadi (TRA)
Referee: Ashkan Khorshidi

STANDINGS

Club Points W D L GF GA
Esteghlal Khuzestan 4 1 1 0 4 3
FC Mashhad 4 1 1 0 3 2
Mashinsazi Tabriz 4 1 1 0 2 1
Padideh Mashhad 4 1 1 0 2 1
Persepolis Tehran 4 1 1 0 2 1
Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Esfahan 3 1 0 1 1 1
Tractorsazi Tabriz 2 0 2 0 2 2
Paykan Qods 2 0 2 0 1 1
Saba Qom 2 0 2 0 1 1
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 2 0 2 0 0 0
Sanat Naft Abadan 2 0 2 0 0 0
Esteghlal Tehran 1 0 1 1 2 3
Zob Ahan Esfahan 1 0 1 1 2 3
Foolad Khuzestan 1 0 1 1 2 3
Saipa Karaj 1 0 1 1 1 2
Naft Tehran 1 0 1 1 1 2

Top scorers

Hassan Beit Saeid (ESK)
Rahim Zahivi (ESK)
2
2
(1 pen.)
22 players  1

Top cards

Hamed Pakdel (MTA) 1 red card
2 yellow cards
Karim Eslami (SAB) 2 yellow cards
1 assistant coach Aziz Farisat (FKH)  1 red card

Fixtures Week 3

Friday 5 August 2016
FC Mashhad – Saipa Karaj
Foolad Khuzestan – Zob Ahan Isfahan
Esteghlal Tehran – Sanat Naft Abadan

Saturday 6 August 2016
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz – Persepolis Tehran
Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan – Esteghlal Khuzestan
Saba Qom – Mashinsazi Tabriz
Naft Tehran – Padideh Mashhad
Tractorsazi Tabriz – Paykan Qods

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.

WEEK 1

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]
Goals:
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]
Goals:
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)
Referee:
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

STANDINGS

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.

GOODBYE PENALTIES?
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…