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L’Iran e la Persia: due facce (apparenti) della stessa medaglia

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Viaggio nella storia dei due nomi per smentire un contrasto inesistente

articolo pubblicato “Il piccolo” bimestrale dell’Associazione Cardinal Ferrari della Compagnia di San Paolo, numero di Gennaio-Febbraio 2008

#MyTeamMelli: tell your Iran XI!

National football team of Iran 🇮🇷 qualified for FIFA World Cup for the second consecutive time. Never happened before Russia 2018 🏆.

Team Melli is the nickname of the squad among Iranian fans: literally meaning “National Team”, this expression is used to call all national selections for all sports. So we have Team Melli for wrestling, football, futsal, volleyball, basketball, etc… 🤼‍♂️ ⚽️ ⛹️‍♀️

Carlos Queiroz on Team Melli

Asked about his opinion on whether the current Team Melli is better than the 2014 squad, head coach Carlos Queiroz said that now:

  1. we have more solutions;
  2. we are better prepared;
  3. we have more experience;
  4. especially in this moment we have more players in Europe;

The Portuguese coach – who led Iran to play 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2015 AFC Asian Cup – added that in order to pass the group stage the squad need «to put in place the best preparation especially for local-based players». 🏋️

Your opinion on Team Melli

All fans love Team Melli, but they know that this time there is a big possibility that somebody of our favourite players will remain at home. Queiroz himself admitted that it will be not easy to select the squad for Russia 2018.

In Italy 🇮🇹 they say that there are 60 millions head coaches – the same number of the population – because Italian people use to criticize the National football team. Sometimes it seems to be the same for Iran, just read media reports or forum discussions or social media posts: you can read not only by people living in Iran, but also by fans from all over the world, sometimes even with no connection with the Middle Eastern country. 🌎 🌍 🌏

We are not Carlos Queiroz, but – waiting for the FIFA World Cup – we can post on social our Team Melli XI (line up): Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc with the hashtag #MyTeamMelli. And if you speak Persian you can use #تیم_ملی_من 😉

Algeria v Iran – 27 Mar 2018- Tickets & Match Travel news

Iran will play Algeria on friendly on 27 March 2018 in order to prepare for 2018 FIFA World Cup. Below you can find all news about:

  • venue;
  • tickets;
  • how to reach the stadium;
  • coffeshops;
  • forbidden items and luggage storage.

Algeria v Iran

Match day

27 March 2018 h 6:00 pm CET (local time)


Stadium: Merkur Arena
Address: Stadionplatz 1, Graz (Austria)


Available: on match day at 4:00 pm CET in front of the stadium
Prices: EUR 15,00; reduced price EUR 10,00*; kids under 14 years are free
*students until 27 years, retired

How to reach the stadium

  • by car, there is a garage available at the stadium;
  • public transportation available via tramway #4

Coffeshops and restaurants

Tribeka, Café Sacher, Barista, Operncafe, McDonalds McCafe

Forbidden items and luggage storage

As in other football matches you cannot introduce inside the stadium: umbrellas; weapons; knives; firearms; fireworks; sharp objects.

Luggage storage is available at the main train station in Graz.

Join the event on Facebook!

Algeria v Iran
Algeria v Iran





Source: International Football Camp Styria (Austria)

Il rogo della Plasco a Tehran: un anno dopo

Il 19 gennaio 2018 ricorre il primo anniversario del crollo del grattacielo Plasco a Tehran, causato da un vasto incendio scoppiato intorno alle 7,50 ora iraniana. Le cerimonie di commemorazione si sono tenute presso il cimitero di Behesht Zahra di Tehran.

Plasco, Tehran
Plasco Building, Tehran 1962

VV.F. Caduti

I Vigili del fuoco di Tehran erano subito intervenuti facendo evacuare la Plasco, e tentando di spegnere il fuoco. La TV di Stato dell’Iran e i giornalisti seguivano in diretta le operazioni, diventando testimoni di una catastrofe: il rogo portò al crollo della struttura, al cui interno vi erano ancora i pompieri.

Anche i media internazionali riportarono le notizie ufficiali date dalle autorità: dei 200 vigili del fuoco intervenuti, 20 erano morti, 70 feriti di cui una ventina gravi. Numeri messi in dubbio dagli iraniani, sospettando che siano molto più alti.

I pompieri che persero la vita vennero subito definiti Shohadà, espressione utilizzata nell’Islam nell’accezione di “martiri”, e che in italiano si può tradurre con Caduti.


Inizialmente si sospettò che a causare l’incendio fosse stata una perdita proveniente da una bombola di gas: l’ipotesi non era del tutto inverosimile, poiché l’edificio ospitava diversi uffici oltre ad un centro commerciale. Ma anche chi non aveva basi di ingegneria o architettura iniziò a pensare che il motivo del crollo fosse strutturale: avvolta dalle fiamme, la Plasco si sbriciolò in maniera esattamente verticale, senza alcun coinvolgimento delle strutture circostanti.

Dopo 3 mesi la stampa iraniana confermò che nel dossier presentato al Presidente della Repubblica, Hassan Rohani, veniva menzionata la Fondazione Mostafazan – proprietaria dell’edificio – in quanto non aveva ottemperato ai richiami sulla necessità di ristrutturare la Plasco per pericoli lato safety.

Plasco 1962-2017

La Plasco fu il primo grattacielo della storia dell’Iran: venne edificato nel cuore della capitale nel 1962 su impulso di Habib Elghanian, prendendo il nome della fabbrica di plastica che vi si stabilì.

Ad un anno di distanza le foto e i video della distruzione della Plasco sono sconvolgenti, e lo diventano ancora di più quando si riflette che in quelle fiamme e in quel fumo c’erano vigili del fuoco.


Qualche giorno fa, il 14 gennaio 2018, un’altra tragedia ha scosso il paese mediorientale: la petroliera Sanchi è affondata nel Mar Cinese Orientale. L’equipaggio della nave è rimasto intrappolato in un incendio durato più di una settimana: sono morti 30 iraniani e 2 bengalesi.

Azmoun close to rejoin Rubin Kazan

Iranian young talent Sardar Azmoun probably can make a sensational return to Rubin Kazan, after spending 2 seasons and a half to FC Rostov. According to Russian sports newspaper Sport-Express, the 22-years-old forward has already passed medical tests at Rubin training camp in Austria, so the transfer could be announced soon.

Sardar Azmoun

Azmoun joined for the first time Rubin Kazan in 2013 and soon became regular in the line-up under Kurban Berdyev: when in 2015 the Turkmen coach moved to FC Rostov, the youngster followed him on loan, helping his new team to avoid relegation. The season after FC Rostov nearly won Russian Premier League, ending second on table, just two points from winner CSKA.

Last season Azmoun was Apple of Discord between both Russian clubs since Rubin claimed that the player had to return from loan, whereas FC Rostov declared there was a buy-out clause in the contract. On 26 January 2017 FIFA ruled in favour of Rostov, waiting for a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (actually expected on summer 2017). However Azmoun played successfully 2016-17 UEFA Champions League: on playoffs he scored against Anderlecht and Ajax; then on group stage he striked both European giants Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid.

Tehran, 17 khordad 1396

تهران، چهارشنبه ۱۷ خرداد ۱۳۹۶

On 7 June 2017 I couldn’t imagine to read so bad news from Tehran: a double attack to Iranian Parliament (Majles) and  to Imam Khomeini mausoleum. Various videos, pics, tweet, posts, articles, everywhere one word: terrorism. In the Persian Calendar the day is 17 khordad 1396, surely a historical date in the history of Iran.

To fear is human, but human is not only to fear. This is the reason why I want to post everyday a pic from Iran – not only Tehran – showing how life normally goes on there.

Azadi square, Tehran

Queiroz calls-up 24 players to train in UAE (2-9 Jan 2017)

Carlos QueirozWith one match remaining (Mashinsazi Tabriz v Saipa Alborz deferred on 8 January 2017) to complete Week 15 of Persian Gulf Pro League- that means half of the season – and after Hazfi Cup quarter-finals, head coach Carlos Queiroz named 24 players for Iran training camp in United Arab Emitares. It is not yet clear if Team Melli will face Morocco in a friendly originally scheduled for 6 January 2017.

The Portuguese coach did not invite Iranian footballers that play abroad (better known as Legionnaires), except for Milad Mohammadi who plays in Russian club Terek Grozny.

Notable names are: Zob Ahan offensive pair Pahlevan & Tabrizi; penalty specialist Iranpourian; unexpected top scorer Sasan Ansari (who scored 12 goals in 10 appearences for Foolad Khuzestan). Below the current list.

Mohammadreza Akhbari (Tractorsazi Tabriz)
Alireza Beiranvand (Persepolis Tehran)
Mohammad Rashid Mazaheri (Zob Ahan Isfahan)

Mohammad Ansari (Persepolis Tehran)
Vouria Ghafouri (Esteghlal Tehran)
S. Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis Tehran)
Mohammad Iranpourian (Tractorsazi Tabriz)
Milad Mohammadi (Terek Grozny)
Vahid Mohammadzadeh (Zob Ahan Isfahan)
Ezzatollah Pourghaz (Esteghlal Khuzestan)
Ramin Rezaeian (Persepolis Tehran)

Vahid Amiri (Persepolis Tehran)
Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal Tehran)
Ehsan Hajsafi (Sepahan Isfahan)
Kamal Kamyabinia (Persepolis Tehran)
Soroush Rafiei (Tractorsazi Tabriz)
Daryoush Shojaeian (Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz)

Sasan Ansari (Foolad Khuzestan)
Masoud Ebrahimzadeh (Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz)
Farzad Hatami (Tractorsazi Tabriz)
Ehsan Pahlevan (Zob Ahan Isfahan)
Morteza Tabrizi (Zob Ahan Isfahan)
Mehdi Taremi (Persepolis Tehran)
Mehdi Rahim Zahivi (Esteghlal Khuzestan)