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Iran football coach endorses Capello's style

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Iran's newly-appointed football coach Mohammad Mayelikohan adopts the style Fabio Capello manages the English national football team.

Mohammad Mayelikohan

Speaking to Iran's state TV, Mayelikohan said, "England's players have been forbidden by Capello to use mobile phones while at the training camp. England's coach also controls the team's nourishment program. English players are not allowed to eat whatever they want. I approve this style in football."

Mayelikohan has also publicly apologized to Ali Daei, who was sacked following a home defeat against Saudi Arabia in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, for past disputes with him.

"Daei has made huge efforts in the national team and won some honors. He has to come back to football soon," added Mayelikohan.

Mahdavikia: Iran's new coach is in a jam

Iranian football veteran Mehdi Mahdavikia says that newly-appointed national team coach Mohammad Mayelikohan has his work cut out for him in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

The 31-year-old Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder, who has 106 caps, did a pretty good job in the match against Saudi Arabia in spite of Iran's 2-1 defeat at Azadi Stadium on March 27.

"Iran's football team is in a bad situation in the qualifiers at the moment. Hopefully Mayelikohan will help the team qualify for the World Cup. He has a hard job in the three remaining matches," Mahdavikia said on Sunday.

"Our main goal is to get good results in the upcoming matches and all of us must help Mayelikohan succeed," Iran's captain added.

Eintracht Frankfurt suffered a heavy 4-0 loss against Bayern Munich on Saturday. Mahdavikia said, "Bayern deservedly won the match. Playing against Bayern at the Alians Arena is very difficult. Anyhow, we have to forget this defeat because Eintracht is scheduled to play Monchengladbach next week and we have to focus on the must-win game."

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