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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

Ali Karimi takes on Ice Bucket Challenge

- Former Iranian international and Bayern Munich midfielder Ali Karimi took on the Ice Bucket Challenge and posted the video on his Instagram on Friday. The challenge, which was born in Massachusetts, comes from the former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates. Frates was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2012. - 8/25/14

Iran volleyball team loses to U.S. in four-match series

- Iran volleyball team lost its last match against the U.S. in the USAV Cup four-match series on Sunday. The U.S. beat Iran in straight sets (25-18, 25-22, 25-19) before a crowd of 3,610 at the Bren Center at UC Irvine. - 8/18/14

Tehran is a halfpipe: Entrepreneur makes skateboards in Iranian basement

- M.J. Rahimi has mastered some of the world's most popular skateboarding tricks. A music lover's haven Iran's hoteliers cash in on tourism boom Turkish Airlines soaring Qatar counts cost of the 2022 World Cup But the one skill that's fast making Rahimi a recognized name is crafting skateboards inside his basement in the Iranian capital of Tehran. -CNN - 8/18/14

Volleyball: Iran Defeats USA in 3rd Friendly Match

- Iran's volleyball team defeated USA's team 3-2 (24-26, 26-24, 25-27, 25-20, 15-9) at Viejas Arena at San Diego State in the third friendly match in the USA Volleyball Cup. The four-match exhibition series concludes Saturday night at UC Irvine. - 8/16/14

Iran volleyball team defeated by US in second friendly match

- Iran national volleyball team lost its second friendly match against US 3-0 (25-23, 25-23 and 25-21) on Thursday in Los Angeles, California. The Iranian team is in the United States for four friendly matches with the countryˈs national team which recently ranked first in the FIVB World League. - 8/15/14

Iran and the U.S. sign MOU to boost Volleyball standards

- Iran's Volleyball Federation President, Mohammad Reza Davarzani and his U.S counterpart signed memorandum of understanding in Los Angeles on Monday in order to expand cooperations. Iran's men national volleyball team is in California for a four-game tour against the U.S. - 8/13/14

Photos: Iran-USA volleyball match at USC in Los Angeles

- Olympian Matt Anderson had 23 points and the U.S. men's national team beat Iran 27-25, 25-21, 27-29, 25-17 in the opening match of the USA Volleyball Cup at USC's Galen Center on Saturday night. The series of exhibitions between the two teams are preparation for the upcoming FIVB World Championship later this month in Poland. - 8/11/14

Irish star surfer Easkey Britton sets up Iran's first surf club

- Not content with her lengthy string of competitive surfing accolades, she became the first woman to surf in Iran (while finishing her PhD. in Environment and Society), and founded 'Waves of Freedom', a project teaching women in an isolated and impoverished region of Iran to surf. This month the 28-year-old is going back to Iran to establish the country's first surf club that will be open to both girls and boys. -Liz Dunphy, Irish Examiner - 8/8/14

Iranian striker Reza Ghoochannejhad seals shock move to Al Kuwait football team

- Iran international striker Reza Goochannejhad has signed a contract to join Al Kuwait from Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee on Wednesday. He flew out to Cairo where the Kuwaiti team holding a training camp to join rest of the players. - 8/7/14

Iran volleyball team heading to U.S.

- Iran volleyball team traveled to Los Angeles, California, on early Wednesday to play four friendlies against the U.S. outfit. The Iranian team lost to the U.S. 3-0 in the 2014 FIVB World League, which was held in Florence, Italy in July. - 8/6/14

I'm Very Happy To Come Back Home, Nekounam Says After Joining Osasuna Football Team

- Iranian national team captain Javad Nekounam has signed a two-year contract with second division side Osasuna, returning to the Spanish club after a two-year spell in the Middle East. - 8/6/14

Iran vs. USA Men's Volleyball Coming to Southern California

- In less than a week, the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team will host Iran for four matches at sites around Southern California. The matches will help both teams prepare for the 2014 FIVB Men's World Championship on Aug. 30-Sept. 21 in Poland. - 8/4/14

Dejagah rejects Bundesliga and Premier League offers to join Al Arabi

- Iranian international midfielder Ashkan Dejagah, who has never played outside of Europe, has rejected Premier League and Bundesliga offers to sign a lucrative contract with the Qatari side Al Arabi. Dejagah's agent, Reza Fazeli, believes that Ashkan made the right decision and the fans should respect his choice. - 8/2/14

Polo in Iran: Breaking barriers, building diplomacy

- When the doorbell rang at our California winter home, it was George Dill, telling me in his trademark, gruff voice, "Gery, I've got some Iranian visitors here. I want 'em to meet you." -Gery and Suzanne Warner, Common Ground - 8/1/14

Iran takes 4th spot at world fustal championship

- The 14th edition of World University Championship started in the Spanish city of Antequera on July 13, and ended on July 20.The Iranian national men's futsal team has finished fourth place at the 14th edition of World University Championship in Spain, being beaten by Belarus in a penalty shootout. - 7/22/14

Iranian Volleyballers Finish 4th In World League

- Iran's volleyball team is overpowered by Italy in FIVB Volleyball World League 2014 semifinals, finishing fourth in the tournament notwithstanding its decent performance. The two sides went head to head at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence on Sunday, with Italy managing to get past Iran in straight sets (25-22, 25-18, and 25-22). - 7/21/14

Iranian football player Ali Karimi announces his retirement

- Former Iran international and Persepolis star Ali Karimi has decided to hang up his boots. The 35-year-old made the announcement in a letter published on his Instagram account on Sunday. Karimi, who was known for his amazing dribbling skills, was arguably one of Iran's all-time best players. He was often referred to as the Asian Maradona and was regarded as one of Asia's greatest footballers. - 7/21/14

Volleyball: Iran defeated by USA 3-0 in FIVB World League semifinals

- Iran's volleyball team has failed to reach the FIVB World League's final match after being defeated by the American team in three straight sets. On Saturday, Iran lost its first ever semifinal match at a world tournament to the US team 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-16). - 7/20/14

Iran basketball team wins FIBA Asia Cup

- Iran's national basketball team has defeated Chinese Taipei to win the final match of the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup held at Wuhan, China. Iranian basketball players hammered the Chinese Taipei 89-79 in the match held at the Wuhan Gymnasium on Saturday, claiming their second Asian Cup. - 7/20/14

Volleyball: Iran defeats Brazil at FIVB World League, reaches semifinals

- Iran's volleyball team has advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 FIVB World League after beating nine-time world champion Brazil. The Iranian team defeated Brazil 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 28-26) in a match in the Italian city of Florence on Friday, progressing to the semifinals of the event for the first time in its history. - 7/19/14

Carlos Queiroz agrees new contract to stay at Iran until 2018

- The Iranian Football Federation (IFF) has agreed to extend Carlos Queiroz's contract until the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In a session held at the Iran Football Federation headquarters on Friday, two parties agreed to finalize the contract on August 1. - 7/19/14

Volleyball: Russia and Italy record wins against Iran and USA as World League Finals begin

- Russia beat Iran 3-2 (18-25, 25-18, 25-21, 35-37, 15-8), but it was far from comfortable for the title holders as Iran battled right to the end of the match. In front of a huge number of Iran supporters, the World League finals debutants won a thrilling fourth set to take the match into a decider. - 7/17/14

Iran beats Jordan, marches into FIBA Asia Cup semifinals

- Iran men's national basketball team has advanced to the semifinals of the fifth edition of Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) Asia Cup in China after registering a convincing victory over Jordan. - 7/17/14

Baseball in Iran is more like the Bad News Bears than the Major Leagues

- Closer to the Bad News Bears than the Major Leagues, organized baseball has been played here since 1991. Very few Iranians beyond the estimated 500 players, coaches and umpires who belong to the national association, however, have even heard of the game. -Jason Rezaian, Washington Post - 7/17/14

Iran's washing up liquid protest

- A striking piece of graffiti in the heart of Iran's capital Tehran has been widely shared on social media. It shows a woman holding up a "World Cup" in the shape of a washing up liquid bottle. What does it mean and why has it struck a chord? -BBC - 7/15/14

Column: Religion, Sports Exchanges Bring Iranians and Americans Closer

- While U.S. and Iranian negotiators labor to reach a long-term nuclear agreement, other Americans and Iranians are stepping up contacts in a new wave of people-to-people diplomacy. -Barbara Slavin, VOA - 7/14/14

American athletes get star treatment in Iran

- "People look at me like I have two heads," said James Ravannack, describing the reaction he gets when he explains to people what a fabulous time he had in Iran. -Barbara Slavin, Al-Monitor - 7/11/14

Argentina Beats Netherlands, Advances to World Cup Championship

- Argentina positioned itself to win its first World Cup in nearly 30 years, beating the Netherlands in a penalty shootout, 4-2, after a scoreless draw. The result Wednesday at rainy Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo means Argentina plays Germany in Sunday's championship game at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. - 7/10/14

Germany Crushes Brazil 7-1 in World Cup Semifinal

- Germany's goal total was the most ever by one team in a World Cup semifinal, while Brazil matched its worst-ever margin of defeat and allowed seven goals for the first time in 80 years. Brazil also lost its first official competitive match at home since 1975. -Mike Richman, VOA - 7/9/14

Football: Tehran's Esteghlal signs Brazilian goalkeeper da Silv

- Tehran's Esteghlal football club has signed Brazilian goalkeeper Alberto Rafael da Silva on a two-year contract. The 30-year-old goalkeeper is really happy to sign for Iranian football giant. - 7/8/14

Photos: A Low Budget "World Cup"

- These days we are all caught in the excitement of the World Cup and all the magnificence surrounding the games. However, there are also many "little cups" happening all over the world that don't get much attention. There are no billion dollar budgets; no fancy stadiums or green grasses; no nice balls, jerseys and shoes. These games are rather played on rough dirt fields, most often with no shoes and with flat balls. Yet the players and their spectators seem to be happy just the same. - 7/7/14

Volleyball World League: Poland Beat Iran 3-0

- Poland overpowered Iran 3-0 to register a second win against the Asian champions in their last 2014 FIVB Men's Volleyball World League match in Gdansk on Saturday to collect half of the points possible from their four confrontations against Iran after they lost their first two matches in Tehran last week. - 7/6/14

Coach Carlos Queiroz shows green light to Iran

- Iran coach Carlos Queiroz showed green light to Iran's Football Federation (IFF) to renew his contract with the Team Melli. Former Real Madrid coach talked to the "2014" TV show on Thursday and admitted that he has received a written offer from IFF to extend his contract. - 7/5/14

Iran volleyball team to play U.S. in Los Angeles

- Head of Iran Volleyball Federation Mohammad Reza Davarzani said that the Iranian team will play four friendlies against the U.S. in Los Angeles in preparation for the 2014 Volleyball World Championship. - 7/2/14

Sport, in the name of Iranian-US diplomacy

- Creative solutions are necessary to sustain more peaceful relations between Iran and America. Your Middle East's contributor Sam Khanlari offers you some real insight into what role sport can play. -Sam Khanlari, -Your Middle East - 7/1/14

Iran reaches first FIVB Volleyball World League final

- Iran's national volleyball team has outplayed Poland in consecutive sets at the 2014 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World League to book a berth in the tournament's Final Six for the first time in its volleyball history. - 6/30/14

Activists urge volleyball group to support Iran's female fans

- More than 130 women's rights activists have written an open letter to the head of the International Federation of Volleyball demanding support for the right of women to watch volleyball matches in stadiums. - 6/30/14

Carlos Queiroz in talks over Iran contract extensio

- Head of the Iran Football Federation Ali Kafashian met Carlos Queiroz on Sunday over his contract extension as head coach of Iran. "If they want me to continue as Iran coach they have to make written request." Queiroz told reporters after his meeting with Kafashian. - 6/30/14

Photos: Iranian football team greeted by supporters, officials

- Iran's national football team arrived in Tehran on Saturday morning to an unexpected welcome from fans and government officials. Iranian media report that the players seemed to have been caught by surprise by the warm welcome. Crowds of people had reportedly arrived at the airport to welcome the players, causing heavy traffic in the vicinity. - 6/29/14

Volleyball: Iran overpower Poland 3-1 in World League

- Iranian volleyball players have trounced powerhouse Poland 3-1 in the 2014 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World League, a huge step towards the Final Six of the tourney. Host Iran defeated Poland 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-11, 25-19) in a Pool A clash at the sold-out Azadi Sports Complex in Tehran on Friday. - 6/28/14

German brewer apologizes for using Iranian flag

- The Iranian embassy in Germany has called on German beer company Gaffel to stop the production and distribution of beer bottles labeled with the Iranian flag. Gaffel's latest marketing plan includes producing beer bottles with flags of the countries participating in the FIFA World Cup. - 6/28/14

Column: 'Valiant' in Soccer, Can Iran Achieve Diplomatic Goals?

- With its 1-3 loss to Bosnia on Wednesday, Iran is out of the 2014 World Cup. But its gritty play won rare respect from an international community more accustomed to associating Iran with terrorism and a suspected quest for nuclear weapons. -Barbara Slavin, VOA - 6/27/14

Bosnia ends Iran's World Cup dream

- Already eliminated Bosnia and Herzegovina defeated Iran 3-1 in a World Cup Group F match at the Arena Fonte Nova on Wednesday. Argentina advanced to the last 16 as the winner of Group F with nine points. Nigeria also booked a birth in the next stage with four points. Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iran finished in third and fourth places with three points and one point respectively. - 6/26/14

Carlos Queiroz given green light by Iranian Ministry of Sports

- Iran's minister of sports and youth, Mahmoud Goudarzi, said that they are ready to help the Iranian Football Federation (IFF) to extend Carlos Queiroz's contract. Queiroz has recently revealed that the IFF had offered him the chance to stay, but the former Portugal coach believes financial restrictions mean that he cannot take Iran any further. - 6/26/14
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