DNI-NEWS Digest - 6 May 1998 to 9 May 1998
There are 5 messages totalling 204 lines in this issue.
Topics of the day:
1. Socker: Trouble abroad for midfield
2. Socker:What a Daei for Iran
3. Socker: Croat to lead Iran in World Cup
4. Mehdi Ardalan and Jame'eh Newspaper
5. Mehdi Ardalan and JalayiPour in Nimrooz
Socker: Trouble abroad for midfield
Trouble abroad for midfield
PARIS (Agence France Presse 05-08-1998 17:43 EDT) -- Karim Bagheri is
acknowledged as the heart of Iran's midfield but he has had a quiet season
with German club Arminia Bielefeld, finding it difficult to adjust to the
He and Iranian teammate Ali Daei have often had to watch from the bench - a
view of the field they will be spared in France.
The pair are so beloved at home in Iran that Bielfeld football shirts
bearing their names and numbers are on sale - but only on the black market
with no funds finding their way back to the coffers of Arminia's
Bagheri and Daei are close friends and rely on each other on the field too,
even moreso at Bielefeld because neither speaks any German.
Bagheri is a natural goalscorer and was the top marksman in the World Cup
The lowly Maldives discovered just how lethal he can be when they crashed
17-0 to Iran, with Bagheri scoring seven of them.
The 24-year-old is also a ball-winner and strong in the air.
Bagheri admits to having Bayern Munich libero and former Germany captain
Lothar Matthaeus as his idol.
He will come up against his replacement and Bayern teammate Thomas Helmer in
the World Cup group matches, Iran having been drawn with Yugoslavia, the
United States and Germany.
But with his international record of almost a goal a match will make him a
threat to all three sides.
Socker:What a Daei for Iran
What a Daei for Iran
PARIS, May 8 (AFP) - Ali Daei's family and close friends call him Sharier,
or "king", a worthy title for the man who was world striker of the year in
1996. He received that award after scoring 22 goals in 15 internationals
for Iran. Born in Ardabil near Iran's northwestern border with Azerbaijan,
Daei became the first Iranian to ever play in Germany's Bundesliga when he
signed with Arminia Bielefeld. Prior to that he was a football hero at
home, topping the goalscoring three times in succssion, before moving to
the club Al-Sadd in Qatar where he scored 50 goals in one season. He was
also the second highest scorer in the Asian World Cup qualifying section
with nine goals. These were the ceredentials which brought him to the
attention of Bielefeld. He signed there a year ago despite more lucrative
offers from other Bundesliga clubs, English premier league sides and
Galatasary Istanbul in Turkey. Through his and countryman Karim Bagheri's
presence, Daei says Bielefeld have won 60 million extra fans in Iran with
local television stations broadcasting satellite footage of Bundesliga
games. The 29 year old Daei has been warmly welcomed by Bielefeld's fans
who sing a reworded version of a calypso-style Boney M song, "Hoo-ray,
hoo-ray, it's Ali Ali Daei." He also carries, in part, the hopes of a
nation on his shoulders as Iran tackle the United States, Yugoslavia and,
ironically, Germany in the World Cup's initial round robin series. Iran's
beating of Australia to snatch the last available World Cup berth was
greeted with mass street celebrations. The only time, Daei says, that he
has seen greater euphoria was following the revolution which toppled the
Shah. After his footballing days are over Daei will retire home to Iran and
help his family run the six sports goods shops he has helped them build up
with his football earnings.
Socker: Croat to lead Iran in World Cup
PARIS, May 8 (AFP) - Former Croatian coach Tomislav Ivic will be taking the
reins as coach of Iran in the World Cup in what at first glance seems a
thankless task. Ivic, a 63-year-old grandfather, took over the job in
mid-January just five months before the France finals begin. Former coach
Valdeir Vierra of Brazil, who led the Iran side to a World Cup play-off
triumph over Australia on away goals on November 29, was originally
retained after Iran failed to hire a top international coach. However the
head of Iran's football federation Mohsen Safaii-Farahani said Vierra had
been unable to propose an acceptable programme to prove his ability to lead
Iran, prompting his sacking and the hiring of Ivic. Ivic explained what
drove him to give up a secure position as vice-president of Hajduk Split to
take on a surely much tougher task. "I like this Iranian team. They got to
know me during the Asian Cup in 1996 when I took United Arab Emirates to
the final," Ivic said. "They took the trouble to find out my address and
asked me if I wanted the job. The Iranian federation saw that I knew the
team better than they did!" However Ivic is not unaware of the difficult
task Iran have against the likes of Germany, the United States and
Yugoslavia in their World Cup group. "We are working to spring a surprise,"
he said. "If we played Germany or Yugoslavia 15 times, I'm sure we could
win at least once. Why not the first time in
France?" He has initially agreed a six-month contract but it could be
extended to include the Asian Games in Bangkok in December. Ivic's main task
will be to try and plug the gaps in Iran's leaky defence. "We do not have
good organisation and when I talk about defence I mean from the striker
back. We will have to work as a team to get the ball back," Ivic added.
Mehdi Ardalan and Jame'eh Newspaper
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Mehdi Ardalan and JalayiPour in Nimrooz
Mehdi Ardalan and JalayiPour in Nimrooz
End of DNI-NEWS Digest - 6 May 1998 to 9 May 1998