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One female allowed into stadium to watch Iranian soccer favourites

- There was only one female spectator in Azadi Stadium for the 80th match-up between Iran's two most popular soccer teams, Persepolis and Esteghlal, and she was a documentary filmmaker attending the game in connection with her work. - 5/16/15

Nepal quake spares Iranian mountaineers, girls football team

- The Iran Mountaineering Federation expressed regret about the death of several mountaineers in the Nepal earthquake and announced that the three Iranian mountaineers in the Himalayas have not been harmed. - 4/26/15

FIVB Volleyball Men's World League 2015: U.S. to host Iran in Los Angeles

- The U.S. Men's Volleyball Team, the 2014 FIVB World League champion, will begin defense of the title in Southern California and Hoffman Estates, Ill., this summer. USA Volleyball will host Iran at the Galen Center in Los Angeles (May 30-31) - 4/21/15

Princesses of Persia: Unveiling Iran's Female Ninja 'Assassins'

- Sputnik unravels the truth about Iran's all-female squad of martial artists three years after Western media published a story claiming Tehran was training ninjas to kill enemies of the Islamic Republic. - 4/18/15

Rugby a surprise boost for Iran's underprivileged girls

- Rugby is a very rare sport in Iran, and it's even rarer for women and children. But a NGO working with girls from rough neighbourhoods has found that the sport is boosting their self-esteem in ways they hadn't predicted. -France24 - 4/17/15

Iran pitted against Oman in 2018 World Cup qualifiers

- Team Iran avoided a difficult group in its Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying draw in the ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday. Iran has been drawn with Oman, India, Turkmenistan and Guam in Group D. - 4/15/15

Iran beats the United States to win the 2015 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup

- Iranian wrestlers overpowered the US squad competing on home soil to win the 2015 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup. Iran's wrestling team managed to beat the Americans 5-3 on Sunday at the Forum in Los Angeles to win the prestigious international title for a fourth time in a row. - 4/13/15

Prominent Iranian Activists Optimistic on End of Ban on Women at Sports Stadiums

- Two prominent Iranian human rights defenders have expressed optimism over the recent moves in Iran to amend the laws banning women from sports stadiums, but note that real and permanent changes will require time and sustained citizen support for its realization. - 4/11/15

Iranians to wrestle in Freestyle World Cup 2015 in Los Angeles

- Iran national freestyle wrestling team headed to Los Angeles this morning to attend the FILA Freestyle World Cup 2015 (April 11-12). After a preparation session yesterday the team departed Tehran for Moscow. The wrestlers will then fly to Los Angeles and will arrive in place two days before weight grouping session. - 4/9/15

Iranian women not allowed to attend sports events: Official

- Just a few hours after Deputy Sports Minister Abdolhamid Ahmadi said that female fans have been allowed to attend sporting events, an Interior Ministry official denied any plan has been confirmed so far. - 4/6/15

Iran To Ease Ban On Women Attending Sports Matches

- Iranian authorities say they will partially lift a ban on women attending men's sports matches. The official IRNA news agency quoted Deputy Sports Minister Abdolhamid Ahmadi as saying on April 4 that Iran's State Security Council had approved a plan by his ministry to allow women and families to attend some sports events. - 4/5/15

Irans's National Football coach grounded for tax evasion

- Carlos Queiroz, the Portuguese head coach of Iran's National Football Team, has been banned from leaving Iran on the charge of tax evasion. Queiroz was reportedly informed of the travel ban at Imam Khomeini International Airport, as he was setting out for Austria with the national team to take part in two friendly games, but he has now returned to Tehran. - 3/22/15

Iran fails in bid for Asian football championship

- Iran has lost its bid to host the 2019 Asian Football Cup. It was announced in Bahrain on Monday March 9 that the UAE will host the championship. In the preliminary stages, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Thailand were in the running along with Iran and the UAE, but after a number of withdrawals in the final stages, the choice remained between Iran and the UAE. - 3/10/15

FIFA Head Urges Iran To Let Women Into Stadiums

- FIFA President Sepp Blatter says Iran's ban on women attending football matches is "intolerable" and should be lifted. Blatter wrote in FIFA's weekly magazine published on March 6 that he raised the issue with Iranian President Hassan Rohani more than one year ago but that "nothing has happened." Blatter said the ban "cannot continue." - 3/6/15

Activists Ask FIFA to Intervene to End Iran's Ban on Women in Stadiums

- In a letter addressed to the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the Swiss-based organization responsible for administering the World Cup soccer competitions, 190 Iranian activists have asked FIFA to suspend Iran's membership in FIFA, in response to the Iranian government's ban on the presence of Iranian women in soccer stadiums. - 2/26/15

Iran sabre team comes 8th in Fencing World Cup

- Iran sabre team finished in eighth place in the Fencing World Cup held in Warsaw, Poland on Sunday. Iran started the campaign with a 45-20 victory over Chile in the Round of 32. Iran beat the U.S. 45-39 in Round of 16 but lost to Italy 45-39 in the quarter-final. - 2/24/15

Iran takes the 3rd place at Greco-Roman World Cup in Tehran

- The Iranian wrestling team defeated Turkey at the Greco-Roman World Cup and finished in third place. In the third-fourth match held at the Azadi Complex on Friday, the Iranian wrestling team defeated Turkey 6-2 and came third. - 2/21/15

U.S. Greco-Roman coach Lindland praises Iranian wrestlers

- The U.S. Greco-Roman coach Matt Lindland praised the Iranian wrestlers ahead of the 35th International Senior Freestyle, Greco-Roman and Pahlavani Wrestling "Takhti Cup". The top U.S. wrestler competing is 2012 Olympian Ben Provisor along with two other young stars, namely Ryan Mango and Brian Graham. - 2/12/15

Netherlands wins Indoor Hockey World Cup, Iran finishes 4th

- In the third-fourth place match, Iran lost to host Germany 13-2 and finished in fourth place. The Iranian team finished fourth but surpassed all expectations. - 2/9/15

Iranian wrestlers win gold medals at Paris Grand Prix

- Junior world champions from Iran claimed three gold medals in the final day of the Paris Grand Prix wrestling tournament. Iran finished in a tie for second with USA and Poland with 56 points. Azerbaijan won the team title in men's freestyle with 67 points. - 2/3/15

Carlos Queiroz to stay in Iran as national team's football coach

- Carlos Queiroz is going to stay as Iran football coach until the end of the 2018 World Cup. Team Iran failed to advance to the 2015 Asian Cup semi-final under tutelage of the Portuguese coach, being beaten by Iraq 7-6 on penalties. - 1/28/15

Iran loses to Iraq in penalties, misses Asian Cup semis

- Iranian national football team has missed the chance to play in the Asian Cup semifinals after it suffered a defeat to Iraq in the penalty shootouts. The two west Asian neighbors faced each other in Canberra Stadium on Friday in the most fascinating match of the competition that saw Iraqi eagles win the game 7-6 in the penalty shootouts. - 1/23/15

Iran football players warned: Don't take selfies with female fans in Australia

- Iranian football players have been warned not to take selfies with female fans in Australia, as it is against the country's "moral principles." The Telegraph reported that officials in Iran have been shocked at the dress code of local Australian women, which starkly contrasts with strict Islamic-dress requirements -Mashable - 1/21/15

Photos: Gucci shines as Iran wins group contest in Asian Cup

- Iran has defeated United Arab Emirates 1-0 to win the group stage of the Asian cup Australia 2015. A late header by Reza Ghoochannejad put Carlos Queiroz's men on top of group C of the games in Brisbane on Monday. - 1/19/15

Azmoun's goal against Qatar sends Iran through Asian Cup quarterfinals

- Iran has made it two wins out of two games in the AFC Asian Cup 2015 with a sole goal from Sardar Azmoun proving enough to send Iran through to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Iran overpowered Qatar 1-0 in its second match of the competition Thursday in a hard-fought match in Sydney. - 1/15/15

Carlos Queiroz: Iranian footballers "victimized" by politics

- The former Real Madrid and Portugal coach, has seen his team play only two matches since last year's World Cup. "It's been very difficult," Queiroz told AFP. "We suffer a lot to prepare friendly games and to move internationally to prepare the team and players. After the World Cup the situation is getting worse and worse. The players are victimized by the limitations of the sanctions." - 1/13/15

Photos: Iran defeats Bahrain 2-0 in AFC Cup opening match

- The Iranian men's national football team has earned a hard-fought victory in the opening match at the 16th edition of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup in Australia, defeating the Bahraini side 2-0. - 1/11/15

Ali Karimi Leaves Iran's National Football Team: "If You Can't Serve, Quit To Not Betray"

- Iran national football team assistant coach Ali Karimi resigned from his post just hours before Team Melli's flight to Australia for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. It's still unknown why Karimi quit his post but he has posted a text on his Instagram account which contains this sentence: If you can't serve, quit to not betray. - 12/31/14

Iran takes 1st place in World Classic Bodybuilding Championships

- Iran came first in the IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships 2014 on Sunday. The competitions held in La Nucia, Spain from December 12-15. Iran claimed one gold, one silver and one bronze medal and won the title with 49 points. - 12/16/14

Is Iran's "Tsunami" Set to Become the Most Dominant Force in Taekwondo?

- In the final bout of the men's -58kg category on Dec. 3, 2014 in an event that is considered the pinnacle of elite taekwondo, the gold medal was won by an Iranian who can boast skill and talent in spades - but is a mere lad who is not only still at high school, but as a 4th poom, does not even hold a black belt. - 12/10/14

Iran clinches third place in World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships

- Iranian taekwondo fighters have managed to secure the third place in the 2014 world cup taekwondo championship. Iran lost to Mexico 39-43 in a furiously close-fought match on Sunday in which the Iranian managing team was heavily critical of the way the Mexicans hosted the competition. - 12/9/14

Blocked FIFA funds could now flow to Iran's national team

- The head of Iran's Football Federation reports that Sepp Blatter, the head of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), has announced that some of Iran's money for football activities, which has been blocked due to the International sanctions, will now be released - 12/3/14


- In 2010, Irish surfer Easkey Britton took time off from finishing a PhD in Marine Science to surf this moonscape of a coastline (Chabahar, Iran). It was a lark, a chance to see and surf someplace new, a serious adventure. It ended up being the beginning of a brand new surf culture: the women surfers of Iran. -Surfer - 12/2/14

Photos: Iran's Juybar crowned champion in Freestyle World Clubs Cup after defeating USA's Titan Mercury

- Shohadaye Juybar Wrestling Club of Iran beat Titan Mercury of the U.S. to claim the title of the Freestyle World Clubs Cup on Friday. Juybar defeated Titan Mercury 6-2 in the final match held at the Mehdi Hajizadeh Hall in Juybar, Iran. - 11/30/14

Iranian woman Sareh Javanmardi chosen best Paralympics athlete in 2014

- Iranian female Paralympics shooter, Sareh Javanmardi, was selected as the best woman athlete in 2014 by Asian Paralympics Committee (APC). The selection was made due to Javanmardi's performance during the Second Incheon Para-Asian Games which brought two gold medals for the country. - 11/26/14

Iran beach soccer team claims gold in Asian Beach Games

- Iran's beach soccer team defeated Japan 4-3 and won the gold medal in the 4th edition of the Asian Beach Games on Friday. Shahriar Mozhdeh Roudsari, Ali Naderi, Amir Hossein Akbari and Hassan Abdollahi scored for the Iranian outfit at the Saphan Hin. - 11/22/14

Esteghlal legend Gholamhossein Mazloumi dies at the age of 65

- Former Iran international striker Gholamhossein Mazloumi died at the age of 65 on Wednesday. He has been fighting with stomach cancer for more than one year but at the end the illness defeated him. - 11/20/14

Mother of accused Iranian woman sheds light on volleyball case

- After the Tehran Prosecutor accused Ghoncheh Qavami of links to opposition forces, claiming the charges against her have no bearing on her attempt to enter a Tehran volleyball stadium to watch a game, Qavami's mother announced that her daughter has no connection to opposition forces and all of her interrogations were focused on her presence at the stadium. - 11/20/14

Iran's Salimi Wins Silver In World Weightlifting Championships

- Iranian super heavyweight Behdad Salimi claimed a silver medal in the 2014 IWF World Championships on Sunday. After a thrilling contest in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Salimi seized a silver medal in the +105 kg weight category. - 11/17/14

Iran's Rostami snatches gold medal at Weightlifting World Championships

- Iran's Kianoush Rostami won a gold medal in the Men's 85kg at the 2014 Weightlifting World Championships on Thursday. Rostami snatched 178kg and lifted 213kg in the clean and jerk and took the gold with a combined total lift of 391kg. - 11/15/14

Iran books place in 2015 AFC U-19 Women's Championship

- Iran advanced to the 2015 AFC U-19 Women's Championship finals after finishing top of qualifying Group B. Iran, who had defeated host Sri Lanka 4-1 in its opening match, beat Palestine 6-0 at the City Football Complex in Colombo on Tuesday. - 11/15/14

Iran announces plan to accommodate female fans in sports facilities

- The Iranian Ministry of Sports has reacted to public pressure and announced it has plans to designate a section of stadiums to female spectators. The ministry's deputy for women's sports, Robab Shahrian, told ISNA that the ministry will implement a new plan designating specific areas in stadiums for women to attend all athletic events. - 11/13/14

Iran Punished By The Volleyball Federation For Refusing To Allow Women In The Stadium

- Ari Grasa, the head of the World Federation of Volleyball, has written a letter to Mohammadreza Davarzani, the head of the Iranian Federation of Volleyball, expressing the global body's gratitude to Iran for its willingness to host the championships but informing Davarzani that Argentina has been chosen as the host. - 11/10/14

Iran finishes 4th in 2014 Asian Para Games

- Iran finished in fourth place winning 120 medals, including 37 gold, 52 silver and 31 bronze medals. Iran was just one gold medal short of third place Japan whose silver and bronze medals were less than Persians. -Masoud Hossein, Tehran Times - 10/25/14

Photos: Polo match is held in Isfahan's historic Naqsh-e Jahan Square to prompt UNESCO to register the sport in Iran's name

- A polo match was held in the world's oldest polo field in Isfahan on the sidelines of the 2014 Inter-City Intangible Cultural Cooperation Network (ICCN) International Festival, General Assembly and Women's Forum. - 10/15/14

Iranian Ministry of Youth and Sports questions Persepolis friendly against Real Madrid

- Iran's Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports asked Persepolis officials to explain details of their trip to Spain and meeting with Real Mardid president Florentino Perez. Persepolis officials held a meeting with Real Madrid directors on Thursday. Two clubs reached an agreement to play a friendly in the summer of 2015. But it's now revealed that the man who has arranged this meeting is opposed to the Islamic Revolution. - 10/14/14

Iran stands 5th in 17th Asian Games in Incheon

- Iran with 57 medals, including 21 gold, 18 silver and 18 bronze, finished 5th in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, on Saturday. - 10/4/14

Iranian women shine in Asian Games 2014

- The Iranian women athletes managed to snatch 16 medals including two gold, seven silver and seven bronze in the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. Iran's squad consisted of 282 athletes of which 224 were men and 58 women. - 10/4/14

Asian Games: Iran's Volleyball Team Grabs The Crown

- Iran was crowned as Asia's best volleyball team after overpowering Japan in the Final match of Asia Cup 2014 in Incheon, South Korea, on Friday. Iran beat Japan 3-1 in the final showdown of the Asia Cup and became Asia's volleyball champion for the first time. Iran beat Japan in three sets (28-26, 25-19 and 25-19). - 10/3/14

Asian Games: Iranian Women and Men Claim Kabaddi Silver

- Iranian women's Kabaddi team grabbed the silver medal in the 17th Asian Games on Friday. The Iranian team lost to dominant Indian 31-21 at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium in Incheon, South Korea. - 10/3/14

Iranian Male, Female Karate Fighters Win Asia Golds

- Iran's male athlete Saeed Hassanipour and his compatriot Hamideh Abbasali won two gold medals in Karata competitions in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on Thursday. In the +68kg category, Hamideh Abbasali defeated her rival from China, and seized a gold medal for the Iranian caravan. - 10/3/14

Asian Games 2014: Iran targets fourth place

- Iran is going to end fourth place in the 2014 Asian Games underway in Incheon, South Korea. The Iranian athletes have won 14 gold medals so far, one gold medal behind Kazakhstan in the medal table. Iran claimed four gold medals on Tuesday and now two gold medals would take them above Kazakhstan in the table. - 10/1/14

Asian Games: Iran reaches fifth place with ten gold medals

- On the tenth day of the Asian Games the Iranian caravan won three more gold medals in freestyle wrestling giving Iran a total of ten gold, three silver and two bronze medals, placing Iran in the fifth place in the medals chart. - 9/30/14

Iranian Woman Kayaker Arezo Hakimi Shines At Asian Games 2014

- An Iranian female athlete bagged silver medal of women's kayak single 200m on Monday at the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. Arezo Hakimi managed to clock 47.807 sec to win the third title. The Kazakh and Chinese athletes ranked first and second respectively. - 9/29/14

Iranian Super Heavyweight Weightlifter Behdad Salimi Snatches Iran's Fifth Gold Medals in Asiad

- Super heavyweight weightlifter Behdad Salimi from Iran claimed a gold medal in the Asian Games on Friday. Olympic champion Salimi completed a hat-trick of Games records in the class with a 210kg snatch and 255kg clean and jerk for an aggregate 365kg in the final event of the weightlifting competition. - 9/27/14

Politics, Revolutionary Guard Corps still interfere in Iranian soccer

- After the Iran-Iraq War ended and the Iranian economy flourished, the former generals who had fought started to participate in areas such as politics, economy, culture and sports. -Al-Monitor - 9/25/14

Volleyball: Russia show winning spirit to claim fifth place with 3-0 win over Iran

- Russia finished solidly to take the fifth place, after defeating Iran 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-18) in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship at the Atlas Arena on Saturday. - 9/20/14

Asian Games open in South Korea

- The 2014 Asian Games opened in Incheon, South Korea on September 19 with 14,000 athletes and officials participating from 45 countries. The Iranian caravan consists of 276 athletes competing in 22 disciplines. - 9/20/14

Volleyball: Iran to face Russia for fifth place after loss to France

- France defeated Iran 3-2 (25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 19-25, 15-9) to capture first place in Pool G of the FIVB Men's World Championship at Spodek Arena on Thursday night. Iran will play Olympic champions and World No 2 Russia for the fifth position. - 9/19/14

Volleyball: Grozer's masterpiece carries Germany to victory against Iran

- Germany bounced back from an awful first outing in Pool G of the FIVB Men's World Championship to score a dominant victory over Iran in straight sets (25-15, 25-21, 25-19) at Spodek Arena of Katowice on Wednesday. - 9/18/14

Carlos Queiroz Signs Four-Year Contract Extension with Iran Football Federation

- Iran Football Federation (IFF) has extended the contract of Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz for four more years. On Tuesday, the Portuguese coach, who was supposed to quit his job in the Iranian football team, extended his contract until the 2018 FIFA World Cup. - 9/16/14

Volleyball: Relentless Ghafour Guides Iran To A Key Win Over Serbia And Historic Climb To Third Round

- Iran earned a crucial win to maintain their hopes in Poland as they prevailed over Serbia 3-1 (27-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-18) and made it to the third round of the 2014 FIVB Men's World Championship in Poland. - 9/15/14

Iran ranks first in 2014 Greco-Roman Wrestling World Championship

- Iran finished first in the 56th Greco-Roman Wrestling World Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan after Qasem Rezaei gained a ronze medal in 98-kg weight category on Sunday. - 9/14/14

Volleyball: Epic five-sets battle goes for Poland over Iran

- In an incredible battle in front of a packed Atlas Arena, host team Poland survived a serious scare from Iran and earned a hard-fought win 3-2 (25-17, 25-16, 24-26, 19-25, 16-14). The result qualified France for the next round, while both Poland and Iran keep their chances. - 9/14/14

U.S. and Iran Engage in Volleyball Diplomacy

- Since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the Iranian and American people have been isolated from one another due to long-standing disputes between their governments. Routine interactions, like sporting events between national clubs, and other cultural exchanges have been few and far between. However, recently thousands of fans across Southern California were able to witness a rarity: the U.S. and Iranian national volleyball teams squaring off in friendly exhibition matches as part of a goodwill exchange between the two estranged nations. -Farshad Farahat - 9/13/14

Volleyball: Ghafour wreak havoc on Argentine defence to command Iranian victory

- Iranian opposite Amir Ghafour wreaked havoc on the Argentine blockers as he powered his team with a 17-point performance to secure their second victory in straight sets (25-15, 25-23, 25-16) in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship at the Luczniczka Hall on Thursday. - 9/12/14

Iran Prevail Over Confederation Rivals Australia In Four-Setter

- Iran prevailed over Asian Confederation counterparts Australia in a four-setter (25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 25-17) to avail of their first win in the second round in Pool E at the Luczniczka Hall on Wednesday. - 9/11/14

Iran's freestyle team finishes 2nd in World Championships

- The Iranian freestyle wrestling team came second in the 2014 World Wrestling Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Tuesday. The Iranian team won three silver and two bronze medals in the competitions held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. - 9/10/14

Volleyball: Iran's Mousavi Put A Final Block On Puerto Rican Ambitions

- Another outstanding blocking display from tournament-leader Seyed Mousavi highlighted Iran's smooth win over Puerto Rico by 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-14). The NORCECA team finished their run in Poland after the defeat, while Iran ended up second in Pool D. - 9/8/14

Volleyball: Another Blocking Show From Iran To Move To Next Round

- Once again strengthening from their blocks, Iran managed to defeat Belgium 3-1 (25-23, 25-15, 21-25, 25-20) and secured their ticket for the second phase of FIVB Men's World Championship in Poland. - 9/7/14

VOLLEYBALL: France Put An End To Iran's Run With A Hard-Fought Victory

- In another thrilling contest at Krakow Arena, France handled Iran their first defeat at FIVB Men's World Championship Pool D, by 3-1 (25-18, 14-25, 25-19, 27-25). - 9/5/14

Volleyball: Dream World Championship starts for Iran as they beat U.S.

- Iran provided another major hit at FIVB Men's World Championship in Poland as they claimed their second win in Krakow, this time in a thrilling five-setter over USA by 3-2 (25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 18-25, 17-15). - 9/3/14

Basketball: Brazil Defeats Iran in FIBA World Cup

- Brazil basketball team beat Iran 79-50 in Group A of the 2014 FIBA World Cup on Sunday evening. In the match held at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Brazil's Alex Garcia scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting. - 9/1/14

Iran defeats Italy in FIVB Men's World Championship

- The 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship has started for the Iranian national team with a valuable 3-1 win against Italy in Pool D of the competitions being held in Krakow, Poland. - 8/31/14

Football: Coach Queiroz leaves Iran without signing

- The Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz whose visa was due to expire, flew to Dubai on Friday morning without signing an extension to his contract as the head coach of the Iranian national football team. Abbas Torabian the supervisor of Iran's national football team believes he will return to Iran to continue with the negotiations. - 8/30/14
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