Friday, December 9, 2022


Iranian wrestlers denied US visas for world champions

Iran Wrestling Federation announced that the US government has not issued visas to three Iranian freestyle wrestlers and two coaches to take part in World Cup tournament.

Iranian soccer player Voria Ghafouri released from detention

The Iranian Judiciary says soccer player Voria Ghafouri has been released from detention, days after he was taken into custody on charges of “insulting” officials over protests in the country and the national soccer team.

Iranian president congratulates Qatar’s Emir over World Cup

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has congratulated Qatar on successfully holding the FIFA World Cup 2022 during a telephone conversation with the Qatari emir.

US team display Iran flag without emblem, violating FIFA rules

The US men’s football team displayed Iran’s national flag on social media without the emblem of the Islamic Republic ahead of the two nations' World Cup match on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia head coach says no one imagined his squad performance at World Cup

Saudi Arabia coach Herve Renard said that no one in the world had imagined that his team could perform in the way they did, despite their 2-0 loss to Poland in the World Cup Group C on Saturday.

US coach says no political football for Iran clash

United States coach Gregg Berhalter says politics would not come into his team's must-win World Cup match with Iran following the Americans' battling draw with England on Friday.

Iran president, FM congratulate National Football Team over beating Wales at World Cup

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian have congratulated Iran’s National Football Team (Team Melli) on winning the second match of the World Cup against Wales.

World Cup 2022: Iran makes comeback after 2-0 win against Wales

Iran scored two late goals to gain its first win at the Qatar World Cup during a crunch game against Wales at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Doha.

Iranian footballer Vooria Ghafouri detained for “insulting Team Melli”

Security forces in Iran have arrested a footballer for “insulting government officials over the protests in the Islamic Republic and affronting the national Iranian football team.”

Iranian elderly man breaks record for keepie-uppies

A 67-year-old former soccer player sets a new record for kick-ups in Iran’s north-central province of Semnan.

Iran sitting volleyball team snatches gold medal for 8th time

Iran's men's national sitting volleyball team won the gold medal at the World Sitting Volleyball Championship in Sarajevo. This is the eighth time the team ranks first in the world championship.

Ex-FIFA chief says Qatar World Cup “a mistake”

Sepp Blatter, the former president of FIFA when Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup hosting rights in 2010, told Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger that "the choice was a mistake."

Iran team wins World Beach Soccer Cup

Iran national beach football team defeated Brazil at the 2022 UAE Intercontinental Beach Football to become Asia-America champion.

Iran’s Greco-Roman wrestlers stand first in world

Iranian national Greco-Roman team beat host team Azerbaijan Republic "despite referees' biased judgement" to become world champion of 2022.

Iranian paper blasts govt. for losing economic opportunities offered by Qatar World Cup

Iran’s Etelaat newspaper has strongly criticized officials for their handling of the situation ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Iran will only participate in wrestling World Cup in US if visas issued for all team members: Official

An Iranian sports official says if the United States does not issue visas for all members of Iran’s national freestyle wrestling team, Iran will not participate in upcoming World Cup games in December.

Qatar evicts thousands of Doha–based workers ahead of World Cup

Qatar has emptied apartment blocks housing thousands of foreign workers in the same areas in downtown the capital Doha where visiting soccer fans will stay during the World Cup, workers who were evicted from their homes told Reuters.

Iran soccer head coach: We want to convey message of peace to world

The Portuguese head coach of Iran’s national soccer team says Team Melli wants to get across the message of peace to the world during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and make Iranians feel proud of their culture and history.

Head of Iran’s Taekwondo Federation slams UK for denying visas for Iranian athletes

The head of Iran's Taekwondo Federation has criticized Britain for refusing to issue visas for seven members of the Iranian national Taekwondo team in the World Taekwondo Grand Prairie competitions in Manchester.

Repier: Iranian TV presenter removed over comments on the recent riots

The IRIB’s sports channel has resumed broadcasting its “Football 1” sports show, which is focused on the Iranian premier league’s matches, after a two-week pause, but with a new presenter.

Ansarifard first Iranian to score against Man U

Although former player of Iran’s Persepolis Ali Parvin scored a goal against English giants Manchester United in a friendly in 1975, Omonia Nikosia's striker Karim Ansarifard shocked the Red Devils in an official Europa League match on Thursday night as the first Iranian to smash the ball into the net.

2022 world championship: Iran freestyle wrestling team finishes runners-up

Iran's national freestyle wrestling team won 2 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals and 150 team points, standing as the runner-up of the 2022 World Championships in Serbia.

Queiroz back in Iran as head coach of natl. football team ahead of World Cup

Former Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz returns to Iran days after he was re-appointed as head coach of the country’s national football squad (Team Melli) ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Carlos Queiroz appointed as head coach of Iran national football team

Former Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz was officially appointed as the new head coach of Iran’s national football team (Team Melli) to lead it for 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Sources: Queiroz’s return to Iran before World Cup highly likely

Iran’s national football team’s former head coach Carlos Queiroz is very likely to take the helm of Team Melli to prepare the squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, according to sources.

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