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Iran v SPAL (19 Aug): news, tickets, stadium

Stadio “Tullo Morgagni” – Forlì, Italy

National football team of Iran started on 13 August a 10-days training camp in Italy, to prepare for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. During this camp Team Melli will play 2 friendly matches, with SPAL and B Italia, the under-21 Italian Serie B representative team. The first game is scheduled on 19 August in Forlì.


Thursday 19 August – Iran v SPAL

  • What time is the kick-off?
    At 4,00 p.m. It is recommended to reach the stadium at least one hour before the game.
  • Where is the match?
    In “Tullo Morgagni” Stadium in Forlì city (see the map below)
  • How much is the ticket? Ticket prices have been published on 17 August by SPAL official website. There are no discounted tickets for this game. The following prices do not include pre-sale.
    Tribuna (for both home and guest supporters, on bleacher) 1 single seat: 10 Euro;
    Curva ospiti (for guest supporters, behind goal posts) 1 single stand: 5 Euro;
    Curva locali (for home supporters, behind goal posts) 1 single stand: 5 Euro.
  • How can I buy the tickets? Since tickets are named, you have to show to retailer a currently valid ID card or passport when you purchase it.
  • Where can I find the tickets? You can buy from the ticket offices of the stadium or in the retail stores recognized by SPAL team: the full list of retail stores is avalaible on SPAL official website. It is recommended to buy in advance the tickets, mind the pre-sale option to avoid long queues.
  • What if I don’t buy a ticket? No problem, you can watch the match live and free on Telestense, a local television broadcasting in Italian.

Below you can see the stadium location.

Carlos Queiroz calls-up for training camp in Italy

فارسی /FARSI (IRAN)
فارسی /FARSI (IRAN)

With one match of Persian Gulf Pro League week 4 – FC Mashhad v Foolad Khuzestan – not played yet, FFIRI-Football Federation of Iran official website published the list of call-ups for the training camp in Italy.


Carlos Queiroz, head coach of National football team of Iran, invited 25 players that will reach Italy on 13 August. The plan of the Italian camp with the friendly games is avalaible on this website (click here for details).
At the current time, the Portuguese coach chose to call only footballers that play in Iran or in Qatar, since the Qatar Stars League will start on 15 September. Most probably the Legionnaires (Iranian players in European professional leagues) will be added before the qualifiers against Qatar and China. Team Melli captain Andranik Teymourian is back after 5 months since he had a bad injury. Below you can read the full list.

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

Saeid Aghaei (Tractorsazi Tabriz)
Mohammad Ansari (Persepolis Tehran)
Vouria Ghafouri (Esteghlal Tehran)
S. Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis Tehran)
Pejman Montazeri (Al Ahli – QAT)
Morteza Pouraliganji (Al Sadd – QAT)
Ramin Rezaeian (free agent)
Mohammad Tayyebi (Esteghlal Khuzestan)

Vahid Amiri (Persepolis Tehran)
Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal Tehran)
Ehsan Hajsafi (Sepahan Esfahan)
Kamal Kamyabinia (Persepolis Tehran)
Ezatollah Pourghaz (Esteghlal Khuzestan)
Daryoush Shojaeian (Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz)
Andranik Teymourian (Mashinsazi Tabriz)

Ashkan Dejagah (Al Arabi – QAT)
Ehsan Pahlevan (Zob Ahan Esfahan)
Soroush Rafiei (Tractorsazi Tabriz)
Morteza Tabrizi (Zob Ahan Esfahan)
Mehdi Taremi (Persepolis Tehran)
Mehdi Torabi (Saipa Karaj)
Rahim Zahivi (Esteghlal Khuzestan)

Official: Team Melli will play in Italy against B Italia and SPAL (19 Aug)

Persian Gulf Pro League

[UPDATED on 17 August]

After the 4th week of Persian Gulf Pro League 1395/96 – scheduled on 11 and 12 August – the National football team of Iran is going to restart preparation for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. Carlos Queiroz and his men will reach “Leonardo Da Vinci” Fiumicino airport on 13 August to spend some days in a training camp in Italy, a favourite place for Iranians: in 1998 and 2006 Team Melli trained and played friendlies with AS Roma before beginning FIFA World Cups.


Iran will train in Coverciano, a district in Florence where are placed the central training ground and the technical headquarter of FIGC (Italian football federation). Persians will play on 23 August behind closed doors a friendly against B Italia, the under-21 Serie B representative team: for the first time in the history an Italian National representative will face Iran, thanks to the recent cooperation between the two football federations.
Stadio “Tullo Morgagni” – Forlì, Italy

But Iranian fans will be able to support and see their favourite players in an opened-door friendly: on 19 August at 4 p.m. Iran will play at “Tullo Morgagni” Stadium in the city of Forlì against SPAL, a club newly promoted to Serie B. The match will be broadcasted by Italian television Telestense. It could be a great opportunity for Persians abroad to see captain Andranik Teymourian and other veterans & youngsters.
Below you can see the stadium location.


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…

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
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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