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Iranian men & women teams nominated for the World's Best National Futsal Teams

- Iran' men's and women's futsal teams have been nominated for the best national team in the world. The Iranian outfits won the AFC Futsal Championship and are vying with eight other teams to win the UMBRO Futsal Award 2018. - 12/8/18

Iranians Farzaneh Tavasoli, Fatemeh Etedadi nominated for world's best female futsal goalkeeper, player

- Iran futsal custodian Farzaneh Tavasoli has been nominated as the Best Female Goalkeeper in the World. Also, Fatemeh Etedadi from Iran along with nine other stars of international women futsal, were nominees for the Best Female Player in the World. - 12/5/18

Basketball: Iran book FIBA World Cup ticket

- With two games remaining, Iran national basketball team advanced to the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Team Melli defeated the Philippines 78-70 in Group F of the Asian Qualifiers on Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena. - 12/4/18

Iranian Female Billiard Player Gets Snookered On 'Un-Islamic Conduct' Charges

- Akram Mohammadi Amini, the first Iranian female billiards player to win an international medal, has been banned from competition for two years for allegedly violating Islamic dress code and smoking during a recent tournament. The decision was issued by the Islamic Republic's Billiards, Bowling, and Boxing Federation, which has also barred Amini from entering sports arenas for two years. The federation says Ms. Amini has the right to appeal the decision. -Radio Farda - 12/4/18

Activists Welcome FIFA Deadline For Iran to Lift Discriminatory Ban on Women in Stadiums

- The Open Stadiums campaign, which describes itself as a "movement of Iranian women seeking to end discrimination and let women enter stadiums," welcomed the board's recommendations on Iran as a "Great achievement for Iranian female football fans who insisted for their right to enter to stadiums for more than 13 years." - 11/28/18

FOOTBALL: Uzbekistan defeats Iran in CAFA Women's Championship

- Iran lost to Uzbekistan 2-1 at the 2018 CAFA Women's Championship on Tuesday. The Iranian football team had started the competition with a 6-0 win over Afghanistan on Sunday. Team Melli will play Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan on Thursday and Saturday respectively. -Tehran Times - 11/28/18

FIFA Human Rights Panel Urges Tough Line On Iran's Ban Of Female Fans

- The FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board has called on the soccer body to set a deadline for ending Iran's ban on women attending male sporting events. "FIFA should be explicit" giving the Iranian soccer federation a timetable to comply, and should warn of "anticipated sanctions if it does not," the FIFA-appointed human rights experts said in a report published on November 26. -RFE/RL - 11/27/18

International Horseback Archery Championships Held In Shiraz, Iran

- The International Horseback Archery Championship kicked off in Shiraz, Fars Province on Thursday. The four-day competition brought 50 athletes from 19 countries together in the Iranian city. The competition was held in different categories including javelin throw and fencing. - 11/26/18

Soccer Star Nima Nakisa Says Many Former Players In Iran Are Addicted To Drugs

- Former Iranian soccer star, now in charge of football development at the local football federation, told local media this week that 17% of former Iranian footballers, who have played for different Iranian clubs and the national team, are suffering from drug addiction. -Radio Farda - 11/25/18

Iranian athletes win four medals at 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Australia

- Iranian representatives claimed four medals in Day 1 of the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships underway in South Australian shores. The event has brought more than 6000 participants from 44 countries from Nov. 16 to Dec. 2 at Glenelg Beach and the world-class South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide. -Tehran Times - 11/16/18

FOOTBALL: Iran's participation at AFC Asian Cup at risk

- Iran national football team could miss the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in January over a law interfering in the national soccer federation's independence. The AFC said in a statement issued late Tuesday that they were "closely monitoring the current issues" and that the Iranian Football Federation (FFIRI) stressed that it was a non-governmental organization. - 11/14/18

Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup: Iran overpowers Russia to grab the title

- Iran beach soccer coach Marco Octavio is "very satisfied" for being able to win the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup with crop of young talents. Iran defeated Russia 4-2 to win the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup for the second time. - 11/12/18

Women Allowed To Attend Asian Champions League Soccer Final In Tehran

- Hundreds of Iranian women have been allowed to attend the Asia Champions League final in Tehran, local media report, in what was seen as a possible step toward ending their decades-old exclusion from top soccer matches. -RFE/RL - 11/12/18

AFC Champions League: Japan's Kashima Antlers takes the crown after 0-0 tie with Iran's Persepolis

- Persepolis football team were held to a goalless draw by Kashima Antlers of Japan in the second leg of the AFC Champions League here on Saturday. The result means Kashima Antlers won the title 2-0 aggregate. - 11/12/18

Iran's Hashemi seizes gold at IWF World Weightlifting Championships

- Iran's Ali Hashemi won a gold medal at the 2018 IWF World Weightlifting Championships on Thursday. Hashemi won the gold medal in the 102kg with a total of 396kg after lifting 179kg in the snatch and 217kg in the clean and jerk. - 11/10/18

Iran's Sohrab Moradi wins gold at IWF World Weightlifting Championships

- Sohrab Moradi of Iran claimed a gold medal at the 2018 IWF World Weightlifting Championships on Wednesday. Moradi won a gold in the men's 96kg in the competition underway in Ashgabat , Turkmenistan. He lifted 186kg in snatch and 230kg in clean and jerk, winning the gold with a total of 416kg. - 11/8/18

Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup: Iran 8 USA 1

- Iran started the 8th edition of the 2018 Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup on a high note on Tuesday. Team Melli defeated the U.S. 8-1 in Group B. Russia edged past Tahiti 7-6 in another group match. Marco Octavio's men will face Tahiti on Wednesday. - 11/7/18

ACL Final: Iran's Persepolis football team falls short against Japan's Kashima

- Iran's Persepolis will be looking for a response next week against Kashima Antlers of Japan after they were beaten 2-0 on Saturday in the first leg of the AFC Champions League final. The Iranian team will have a difficult task ahead in Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Nov. 10 as their key midfielder Siamak Nemati will be absent in the second leg after being sent out due to injury. - 11/4/18

Iranians win 7 golds, crowned sanda world champions for first time

- Iran's national wushu team has been crowned world's champions for the first time in the 9th Sanda World Cup. The Iranian team, comprising of 8 practitioners in both men's and women's divisions, succeeded in winning the title after collecting seven gold medals and one silver. -PRESS TV - 10/29/18

Iran's Persepolis defeats Qatar's Al Sadd 2-1 on aggregate to reach AFC final

- Iranian Perspolis FC drew 1-1 versus Al Sadd of Qatar in the return match of the 2018 AFC Champions League semi-final on Tuesday. The winner of Iranian Persian Gulf League Perspolis took on Qatari Al Sadd on Tuesday in the second leg of the AFC Champions League semi-final which was held in 80,000-capacity Azadi Stadium in Tehran. The breathtaking match ended in a 1-1 draw, allowing Perspilis to advance to the final match of the AFC Champions League. - 10/24/18

Iran move 17 spots up at Youth Olympic Games

- Iran delegation moved 17 spots up to seventh at the Youth Olympic Games held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 6 to 18. The Iranian sportspersons snatched seven gold, three silver and four bronze medals in the 13-day Games held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. - 10/19/18

Iran's Prosecutor Says It's A Sin For Women To Watch Men Play Soccer. These Women Watched Anyway

- A decision by Iranian authorities to allow a small group of selected women to watch an October 16 soccer match between Iran and Bolivia at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Stadium was welcomed by the country's reformist press as a step forward and a victory for Iranian women, who have been banned from men's sports events. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 10/18/18

In Rare Move, Iran Lets Some Women Attend Men's Soccer in Tehran

- Iran has allowed an organized group of women to attend a men's soccer match at a Tehran stadium for the first time in decades, after years of campaigning by activists against a ban on female attendance. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 10/17/18

Iranian swimmer Shahin Izadyar: A Persian version of Michael Phelps

- Shahin Izadyar, who won six gold medals at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, resembles the most decorated Olympian of all time Michael Phelps. Surpassing Japan in the third place in medal table, Izadyar helped Iran record the best ever showing at the Games. - 10/15/18

Iran record best ever showing at Asian Para Games

- Iran delegation moved one place up to third place at the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Iran won 51 gold, 42 silver and 43 bronze medals and were placed third in the overall rankings. - 10/15/18

3rd Iranian Silk Road Ultramarathon Held Across Lut Desert

- Winners have been announced for the 3rd Iranian Silk Road Ultramarathon, which commenced on September 29 as a tourism event across the UNESCO-registered Lut Desert famed for being one of hottest places on earth. - 10/9/18

Iran's Persepolis earn remarkable win over Al Sadd of Qatar in ACL semis

- Persepolis of Iran football team earned a remarkable 1-0 win over Qatari giants Al Sadd in the first leg of the AFC Champions League semi-finals. In the match held in Doha's Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Ali Alipour was on target from the penalty spot in the 86th minute. - 10/3/18

Iranian women wrestlers win Classic International Tournament

- The Iranian women wrestling team made history by winning the First International Tournament Women Classic Style on Sunday. Iran claimed two gold and two bronze medals in the two-day tournament held in Beirut, Lebanon. - 9/24/18

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship: USA backups secure a shutout against

- Despite playing with backups USA won for the eighth time in a row completing its second perfect round. The Americans managed a 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 26-24) victory over Iran in three tightly contested sets. - 9/24/18

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship: Iran outlasts Finland in an almost record-breaker

- Iran beat Finland 3-2 (25-19, 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12) in an epic duel in Pool D in Varna. The match laster 140 minutes, just a couple of the record for a longest match at an FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship since the introduction of the current scoring system. - 9/19/18

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship: Poland stays perfect, Iran out of the running for top spot in Pool D

- Poland matched its longest win streak at a World Championship since the turn of the century beating Iran 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-22) to remain the lone unbeaten in Pool D. A series that started in 2014 reached 11 victories in a row for the world champions who still have a work to do to win the group in Varna. - 9/18/18

2018 FIVB Men's World Championship: Iran stays perfect in Pool D after outlasting brave Cuba

- Iran stayed perfect in Pool after outlasting Cuba for a 3-1 (17-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-19) win. It's the first time in FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship that the Asians start with three wins from their first three matches. Thus Iran secured a place in Round 2 while Cuba, still without a point, is getting closer to the elimination. - 9/17/18

Iran's Reza Alipour wins gold at IFSC Climbing World Championships

- Reza Alipour from Iran claimed a gold medal at the IFSC Climbing World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria on Thursday. The Iranian climber took the gold with a time of 5.630, beating his French rival Bassa Mawem. - 9/14/18

2018 FIVB Men's World Championship: Iran defeats Bulgaria 3-1 to earn second win

- Iran earned their second win in a row at the 2018 FIVB Men's World Championship Thursday night. The Iranian team defeated the hosts 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19) and got level on points with world champions Poland at the top of Pool D. - 9/14/18

FIVB Men's World Championship: Iran has a dream start against Puerto Rico

- Team Iran have achieved a remarkable straight-sets win against Puerto Rico in Pool D of the 2018 FIVB Men's World Championship. The 2018 Asian Games' winners, dominated the match from the beginning and showed class from the 1st point, to finish the 1st set 25-19. - 9/13/18

Iranian women not successful at Asian Games in Indonesia

- The Iranian women won just a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games, one gold less than the previous edition, despite a twofold increase in numbers. Iran took part with 57 sportswomen in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, winning two gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals. - 9/4/18

2018 Asian Games: Iran Wins Gold in Volleyball, Silver in Basketball and Bronze in Water Polo

- Iran national volleyball team defeated South Korea to take a gold medal on Saturday at the 2018 Asian Games. Meanwhile, Iran basketball team lost to China in the final match to take the silver and Iran national water polo team defeated China to take the bronze after 44 years of waiting for a medal. - 9/1/18

Iran's Behdad Salimi happy to bid farewell to weightlifting with gold at Asian Games

- Iranian super heavyweight weightlifter Behdad Salimi is so happy to announce his retirement from the sport with a gold medal. On Monday, Salimi bade farewell to weightlifting after winning a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games underway in Indonesia. - 8/27/18

Iran's Sohrab Moradi breaks weightlifting's oldest world record at Asian Games

- Sohrab Moradi of Iran broke weightlifting's longest standing world record on his way to gold in the men's 94kg class at the Asian Games on Saturday. Moradi lifted 189kg in the opening discipline to better the snatch record set at 188kg in 1999 by Greece's Akakios Kakiasvilis. - 8/25/18

Iranian Women And Men Make History By Winning Kabaddi Gold In Asian Games

- Iran won two gold medals in kabaddi on Friday at the 2018 Asian Games underway in Indonesia, bringing the nation's total gold medal count to 12. Women's kabaddi made history in the Games, beating India 27-24 in the final. Men's team, who had ended India's supremacy on Thursday, defeated South Korea 26-16 in the final to win their first ever gold medal in the Asian Games. - 8/24/18

Iranian Football Fans Clash With Police In Tehran, Crowds Chant Opposition Slogans

- Reports from Iran indicate an "intense clash" between security forces and angry fans attending a football match in Tehran on Friday. Reports from Tehran also say thousands of football fans at Tehran's Azadi Stadium chanted anti-government slogans in the course of the clash which appeared to be not politically motivated in the first place. - 8/11/18

Iran will not wear Adidas at AFC Asian Cup

- Iran national football team players will not wear Adidas after the German sportswear manufacturer has decided to deny Iran with access to its services. Adidas has decided to follow in Nike's footsteps. Nike, who was set to sponsor Team Melli with cleats and footwear throughout the 2018 World Cup, announced that it had withdrawn its support of the team because of global economic sanctions against the country. - 7/30/18

Iran Crowned Asian U20 Volleyball Champion

- Iran swept past South Korea in straight sets (25-22, 25-14, 25-18) in the final match of the 2018 Asian Men's U20 Volleyball Championship on Saturday. Iran and South Korea had already secured their places in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship. - 7/29/18

Iran's President Rouhani Renews Calls For Women's Access To Stadium

- Responding to a report filed by his cabinet's sports minister, President Hassan Rouhani has suggested that women's access to Tehran's main stadium, Azadi, should continue. Meanwhile, the general manager of Azadi (Freedom) stadium, Nasser Mahmoudifar, who let Iranian women enter the arena after almost four decades of being banned, says he has been fired for doing so. - 7/17/18

Iranian powerlifter Mohammad Reiesi establishes new world record

- Iranian powerlifter Mohammad Reiesi has set a new aggregate record in the 84-kilogram weight class of the World University Powerlifting Cup in the Czech Republic, improving the previous record by nearly 20 kilograms. - 7/13/18

Iranian boy meets his favorite soccer player Alireza Jahanbakhsh

- A young Iranian boy, who had been photographed wearing a white shirt with a paper tag bearing the name of professional Iranian footballer Alireza Jahanbakhsh Jirandeh on, has finally come face-to-face with his idol. - 7/11/18

It's Raining Iranian Men, Hallelujah

- The World Cup ended for the Iranian national team last week but not before the rest of the world took note of its physical prowess off the field. Images of the team went viral after a suggestive tweet, followed by a breathless report in a British tabloid. Major media outlets picked up the pictures of the well-groomed men and their tailored suits, and Buzzfeed ran a roll call of the squad's most prepossessing members. -Shervin Malekzadeh - 7/6/18

Iran: Progress on Ban for Women at Stadiums

- Iranian authorities and the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) should ensure that women and girls can freely attend all future men's sports matches in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 20 and 25, 2018, the authorities opened Azadi stadium's doors to women and men to watch a live screening of the last two games of Iran's national football team at the 2018 World Cup. - 6/29/18

Climbers for Peace trio bound for volcanic peak in Iran

- Three Santa Rosa men are embarking today on a mission to climb a world-famous mountain and promote peace in a land many Americans would consider off limits. Their goal is to stand at the summit of Mount Damavand on July 7. At 18,605 feet, it's the highest volcano in Asia and rated the 12th most prominent peak in the world. -The Press Democrat - 6/29/18

World Cup 2018: Iran shines against Portugal but fails to reach knockout stage

- Portugal advanced to the World Cup round of 16 behind Spain from Group B after a Ricardo Quaresma strike was cancelled out by a stoppage-time penalty by Iran's Karim Ansarifard after Cristiano Ronaldo had himself missed from the spot. - 6/26/18

'Victory' For Iranian Women But Loss For Team At Last World Cup Game

- Iranian women have scored another victory as they publicly viewed a World Cup game for only the second time in 40 years, but their team was eliminated from the tournament partly as a result of controversial decisions by referees in a game against Portugal. -RFE/RL - 6/26/18

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League: Iran beats Germany, gains 3rd consecutive win

- The Iran men's national volleyball team has overpowered Germany for the third straight victory at the fifth week of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's Nations League. The Iranian outfit managed to beat the German side 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 22-25 and 15-11) at the end of a Pool 19 match played at the Azadi Indoor Stadium in western Tehran on Sunday evening. - 6/25/18

Hardline Iranian Prosecutor Lashes Out As Women Demand Presence In Stadiums

- Iran's hardline Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri denounced the presence of women in Tehran's main football stadium Azadi saying he was "ashamed" of telling what has taken place there. On June 20, Iranian women were allowed, for the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, to watch a televised match of their national team against Spain at the 2018 World Cup. - 6/25/18

Portugal Is My Greatest Match Ever: Iran's Coach Carlos Queiroz

- Iran national football team head coach Carlos Queiroz says Team Melli match against Portugal is his greatest match ever in his seven-year spell in Iran. Despite their defeat against La Roja, Iran's fate is still in their own hands. Whatever happens in Spain's final group match against Morocco, the Iranians know that a win over Portugal will see them into the round of 16. - 6/24/18

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League: Iran overcomes Bulgaria

- The Iran men's national volleyball team has registered its second consecutive victory at the fifth week of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's Nations League, defeating the Bulgarian squad. The Iranian squad defeated Bulgaria 3-1 (25-22, 25-15, 23-25 and 25-14) in a Pool 19 fixture staged at the Azadi Indoor Stadium in western Tehran on Saturday evening. - 6/24/18

World Cup 2018: Can miracle happen for Iran?

- It would be fairly hard, but not impossible, for Iran to progress further the 2018 World Cup. It all depends on Iran's Team Melli overcoming Ronaldo-spirited Portugal at the Mordovia Arena, Saransk. One scenario could be that on Monday Iranians take to the streets to celebrate their national team progress to the Round of 16 for the first time. However, everybody knows how good Portugal are. We all also know full well what awaits us in case Team Melli beat the European giants. - 6/24/18

Iranian Women Can Still Celebrate Despite Team's World Cup Loss

- Iran's soccer team suffered a defeat on June 20, but women in the country still had reason to celebrate after they were allowed to attend a sporting event at a stadium for the first time in nearly 40 years. The World Cup match, which resulted in a 1-0 loss to Spain, took place in the Russian city of Kazan, but Iranian women were able to attend a public viewing of the game in Tehran's Azadi Stadium. - 6/22/18

World Cup: Lucky Diego Costa goal sees Spain past tenacious Iran

- A lucky Diego Costa goal handed World Cup hopefuls Spain their first win of the World Cup although tenacious Iran came close to causing a major upset on Wednesday. -The victory in Kazan puts the 2010 winners on course for the last 16. - 6/21/18

Iran to sue U.S. over FBI's mistreatment of Iranian volleyball players

- President of Iran Volleyball Federation said that they will sue US over FBI's mistreating Iranian volleyball players. Last week, Iran went to USA's Chicago to hold three matches in FIVB Volleyball Nation's League (VNL). Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigated Iranian players upon their arrival to US and kept the team in a small room for three hours before allowing them to pass. Also, US had refused to issue visas for some of team members, including team supervisor Amir Sarkhosh. - 6/19/18

World Cup: Iran's Coach Queiroz hits out at critics after win over Morocco

- Iran national football team coach Carlos Queiroz has hit out at critics after win over Morocco in their World Cup opener. Team Melli edged past Morocco in Group B thanks to an injury time goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz. - 6/18/18

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League: US defeats Iran in 3 sets in Chicago

- In a crowded stadium in Chicago where Iranians were loud and jubilant, team US hosts managed to defeat their guests from Iran in three consecutive sets. In a close first set the US defeated Iran 29-27 to take the early lead. In the second set, the US squad gained a 25-20 victory over Iran and the third set was once again tight, ending in a 26-24 victory for the US team. - 6/18/18

World Cup 2018: Iran earn late win over Morocco

- Iran national football team defeated Morocco 1-0 thanks to an own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz here in injury time in Group B of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Friday. Bouhaddouzm who came off the bench as Ayoub El Kaabi's replacement, headed the ball into his own goal from a free-kick. - 6/16/18

Iranian Fans Celebrate Dramatic Late Victory Over Morocco In World Cup Opener

- Iran has scored a dramatic victory over Morocco at the World Cup in Russia, spurring thousands of fans back home to pour onto the streets to celebrate the second-ever victory for the country in soccer's centerpiece event. - 6/16/18

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League:: Iran storms past Poland

- The Iran men's national volleyball team has upset world powerhouse Poland to achieve its first victory at the fourth week of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's Nations League. On Friday evening, the Iranian squad defeated the Biało-Czerwoni Orzeł 3-0 (26-24, 26-24 and 25-22) at the end of a Pool 15 fixture played at the 11,000-seat Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, the United States. - 6/16/18

Man Base To Fan Base: Tehran Adds Women To 'Unity' Billboard For World Cup

- A huge billboard unveiled in the Iranian capital this week to boost national unity and fan support ahead of soccer's World Cup has been replaced following widespread anger at its exclusion of women. - 6/16/18

For L.A.'s Iranian American community, the World Cup means much more than soccer games

- For many, the World Cup gives people a chance to sideline politics and unite under the feel-good umbrella of sports diplomacy. In the current geopolitical climate, fat chance of that. -Melissa Etehad, Los Angeles Times - 6/16/18

Opposition scouting report: How can Morocco beat Iran?

- With Spain and Portugal completing a nightmarish Group B for Morocco, the Atlas Lions can ill afford a slip up when they face Iran in Saint Petersburg in their World Cup opener. -ESPN - 6/14/18

It's time for Iranian players to express excitement: Football Coach Queiroz

- Iran national football team Carlos Queiroz says they are completely ready to meet Morocco at the 2018 World Cup opener. Team Melli, who became the first team to arrive in Russia for the World Cup last week, are training in Bakovka camp, outside Moscow. -Masoud Hossein, Tehran Times - 6/13/18

Iran's Football Coach Demands Apology From Nike Over World Cup Boots

- Head coach of the Iran men's national football team Carlos Queiroz has demanded a formal apology from American sportswear manufacturer Nike over its decision to withdraw supply of boots to Iranian footballers ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. - 6/13/18

Iran's Team Melli can stun Morocco in World Cup: Coach Carlos Queiroz

- Head coach of Iran national football team Carlos Queiroz says they are ready to stun Morocco in the 2018 World Cup. Iran, making their fifth appearance in the World Cup finals, kick off their campaign against the Atlas Lions in St Petersburg on June 15. - 6/12/18

Iran's World Cup Carpet Diplomacy

- Iran's national team will lock horns with the heavyweights of soccer at the World Cup in Russia this month. But before the clashes begin, Team Melli is in a gift-giving mood. The squad plans to present silk Persian carpets to FIFA, the world governing body of soccer; the Russian Football Union; and the national teams of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, Iran's opponents in the group stage of the tournament. -Freud Bezhan, RFE - 6/12/18

Iran's Taftian Wins Men's 100 Meters Gold At Diamond League

- Hassan Taftian from Iran claimed a gold medal in the Men's 100 Meters of the 2018 Diamond League meeting in Stockholm. The race was won by Taftian in a season's best 10.07 off his own Iranian national record. - 6/12/18

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League: Iran slumps to Russia

- The Iran men's national volleyball team has suffered its second consecutive loss at the third week of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's Nations League, going down to the Russian squad. - 6/11/18

Getting The Boot: Iran Manager Calls Out Nike On World Cup Cleat Snub

- The coach of Iran's national team has urged world soccer's governing body, FIFA, to step in against U.S. sportswear giant Nike for refusing to provide his players with shoes at this month's World Cup in Russia. When it announced this week that it would exclude Iranian players, Nike linked its decision to the Trump administration's reimposition of Iran sanctions - 6/7/18

Iran's Soccer Team First To Arrive In Russia For World Cup

- Iran's soccer team became the first to arrive in Russia for the World Cup on June 5, nine days before the opening match of the tournament, which runs from June 14 to July 15. The team was welcomed at Moscow's Vnukovo airport by the Moscow regional minister of sport, Roman Teryushkov. - 6/6/18



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