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Zandi in talks with Iran football federation: German official

Berlin, Dec 10, IRNA -- A spokesperson for German Bundesliga club FC Kaiserslautern said there are ongoing talks between German-Iranian midfield star Fereydoon Zandi and Iran's Football Federation regarding a possible call-up for the Iranian national football team.

FC Kaiserslautern spokesman Michael Novak confirmed to IRNA on Friday that negotiations between Zandi and the Iranian federation were continuing but refused to give further details on the sensitive talks.

Iranian national team coach Branco Ivankovic has repeatedly voiced hope Zandi would finally decide to play for his father's homeland. There had been contradictory reports in the German media about Zandi's degree of interest in playing for Iran.

The 24-year old Zandi, whose father is Iranian and mother is German, was reportedly having second thoughts over his teaming with Iran.

FIFA rule changes would allow the former member of Germany's under-21 national football squad to play for Iran's A-team during the second stage of the 2006 World Cup qualifying phase.

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