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AZ Alkmaar 2-2 Heerenveen. Jahanbakhsh and Ghoochannejhad share points

Week 1 of Dutch Premier League, better known as Eredivisie, celebrating 60 years.
In Alkmaar the home team AZ faced SC Heerenveen in a nice game, with 4 goals, ended in a draw. Many Iranian people were waiting for this match to see two stars of Team Melli: Jahanbakhsh and Ghoochannejhad.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh is playing his second season with AZ, after spending 2 years in NEC Nijmegen: the Gilan-born winger is nearly 23 and this Eredivisie could represent an important point to grow up in his young career. Many teams  from England and Germany showed interest in Alireza, a fast midfielder and assistman.

Reza Ghoochannejhad came back to Netherlands in the club with whom he made his first professional appearance at 18 in 2005. The stricker wants to get back scoring after one unsuccessful Championship with Charlton, just relegated to League One. He is the only Iranian that scored in the last FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.

Both the players started in the line-up of the match, on 7 August 2016.
Reza played 75 minutes, replaced by Veerman. Ghoochannejhad tried to beat Sergio Rochet twice in the 1st half: his left footed shots were saved by AZ Uruguayan goalkeeper, the second one saved in the bottom right corner. On the other side, Alireza helped his team to take the advantage, as he assisted Markus Henriksen after 33 minutes. Jahanbakhsh attempted twice, too: at 70′, but his shot was slowed down by an opponent’s touch; and with three minutes remaining, when he shot from the right and the ball was blocked by Heerenveen number one.

Iranian fans can be satisfied by their condition, since Carlos Queiroz will most probably call them up for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Qatar and China,


AZ Alkmaar (4-3-3)
1 Rochet; 23 Luckassen, 3 Van Eijden, 4 Vlaar, 5 Haps; 10 Henriksen, 8 Van Overeem, 30 Wuytens; 7 Jahanbakhsh, 9 Weghorst (81′ #27 Friday), 19 Dos Santos (79′ #28 Levi Garcia)

SC Heerenveen (4-3-3)
1 Mulder; 2 Marzo, 16 St. Juste, 4 Van Aken, 5 Bijker; 19 Van Amersfoort, 6 Schaars, 18 Namli (64′ #25 Huizing); 7 Slagveer, 9 Ghoochannejhad (76′ #20 Veerman), 13 Zeneli (81′ #22 Cavlan)

Goals: 33′ Henriksen (AZ), 40′ Zeneli (HEE), 52′ pen. Weghorst (AZ), 82′ Scaars (HEE)
Bookings: 20′ Bijker (HEE), 43′ Wuytens (AZ), 51′ Van Amersfoort (HEE), 57′ Van Aken (HEE), 68′ Huizing (HEE), 88′ Levi Garcia (AZ), 94′ Veerman (HEE)
Sent-off: 71′ Huizing (HEE) after second yellow card
Referee: Danny Makkelie

Iran Pro League, week 2: all goals and results

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).


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


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)
(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.


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

Benvenuti in Iran

Gol be gol - flower shop
Gol be gol – negozio fuori dall’aeroporto Imam Khomeini

Dopo essere atterrati all’ “Imam Khomeini” a Tehran, le prime cose che vedete fuori dall’aereoporto sono i taxi e un negozio di fiori, aperto anche alle 2 di notte.

Al contrario che in altri Paesi, in Iran si regalano fiori non solo alle donne e alle ragazze, ma anche agli uomini e ai ragazzi: quando le nazionali di calcio di Iran e Stati Uniti si affrontarono ai Mondiali di Francia 98, prima del fischio d’inizio il capitano iraniano Abedzadeh donò un grande mazzo di fiori al capitano americano Dooley, e poi le due squadre fecero una foto insieme.




Taxicabs Tehran
Taxi a Tehran – aereoporto Imam Khomeini

Nel vostro primo giorno persiano, quando vi svegliate provate una colazione completa iraniana. Tè nero o verde, latte, pane, burro, formaggio, noci, uova, cetrioli, torta, limonata e frutta.

Sì, frutta, proveniente da diverse zone dell’Iran: in autunno melograni da Saveh, in inverno limoni dolci (Citrus limetta) da Jiroft, in primavera meloni da Bandar Abbas, in estate angurie da Mashhad.

Se volete imparare qualcosa sull’Iran e sugli Iraniani, visitate la capitale: Tehran. Qui inizia il nostro viaggio…

Welcome to Iran

Gol be gol - flower shop
Gol be gol – flower shop Imam Khomeini airport

After you land to the “Imam Khomeini” in Tehran, the first things that you see out of the airport are taxicabs and a flower shop, open at 2.00 am too.

Despite other countries, in Iran you send flowers as a present not only to women and girls, but also to men and boys: when Iran and USA national football teams met each other at FIFA World Cup France 98, before the kick off, Iranian captain Abedzadeh gave a big bouquet of flowers to US captain Dooley and then the two teams took a photo together.




Taxicabs Tehran
Taxicabs Tehran – Imam Khomeini airport

In your first Persian day, wake up and try a full Iranian breakfast. Black or green tea, milk, bread, butter, cheese, walnuts, eggs, cucumbers, cake, lemonade and fruits.

Yes, fruits, from different zones of Iran: in autumn pomegranades from Saveh, in winter sweet lemons (Citrus limetta) from Jiroft, in spring melons from Bandar Abbas, in summer watermelons from Mashhad.

If you want to learn about Iran and Iranians, visit the capital: Tehran. Our journey starts here…

Scoprire l’IRAN

Il 12 Aprile 2016 andrò a visitare l’Iran, in Medio Oriente. E’ molto interessante vedere un paese molto antico, dove si può trovare varietà di cibo, costumi, tradizioni, dialetti, religioni, sport.

Gli Iraniani sono quasi 80 milioni, metà della popolazione ha meno di 30 anni, molti dei quali laureati, parlano inglese oltre al farsì (persiano).

Il paese ha una superficie di 1.648.195 km2 dove potete trovare le catene montuose Zagros e Alborz, i deserti Dasht-e-Kavir e Dasht-e-Lut. A nord si raggiunge il Mar Caspio, a sud il Golfo Persico e il Golfo di Oman.

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Goodnight from Tehran
Goodnight from Tehran

Discovering IRAN

On April 12, 2016 I’m leaving to visit Iran, in the Middle East. It’s very interesting to see a very ancient country, where you can find a variety of food, habits, traditions, dialects, religions, sports.

Iranian people are nearly 80 millions, half of the population is under the age of 30, most of them University educated and speak English besides Farsi (Persian).

The country has an area of 1,648,195 km2 where you can find Zagros and Alborz Mountains, Dasht-e-Kavir and Dasht-e-Lut deserts. On the north you reach the Caspian Sea, and on the south the Persian Gulf and the Oman Gulf.

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Goodnight from Tehran
Goodnight from Tehran