DNI-NEWS Digest - 15 May 1998 to 16 May 1998

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Topics of the day:

1. Sport NEWS - Italian job for Ivic 2. Argentina moves close to breaking ties with Iran 3. Sport NEWS - U.S. Soccer Team Hampered by Injuries 4. Movahed News and Wievs Issue 1 online

Sport NEWS - Italian job for Ivic

Coach Tomislav Ivic is taking a 24-strong squad to Italy and Croatia in preparation for France 98.

The tour gives Ivic a chance to put one over his compatriots when Iran take on the Croatian national side on June 3.

Before that Iran play two games in Italy, against Roma on May 19 and Inter Milan on May 23.

Ivic will then cut his squad down to the 22 he will take to France before travelling to Croatia.

<Picture: [ image: Khodadad Azizi: Asian Player of the Year]>Khodadad Azizi: Asian Player of the YearLeading the attack are likely to be German-based strikers Ali Daei and Khodadad Azizi.

FC Cologne's Azizi, the first Iranian to be Asian Player of the Year, scored the goal in the play-off in Australia that secured Iran's place in the finals.

Daei's team-mate at Arminia Bielefeld, Karim Bagheri, is also a key figure. He scored a World Cup record seven goals in the 17-0 defeat of the Maldives during the qualifiers.

All three strikers are back having missed a tournament in Tehran in April.

Iran plan to arrive in France on June 7, a week before their first group match against Yugoslavia in St Etienne.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Ahmadreza Abedzadeh, Nima Nakisa.

Defenders: Parviz Boroumand, Mohammad Khakpour, Javad Zarrincheh, Naeem Saadavi, Ali Akbar Ostad Asadi, Afshin Peyrovani.

Midfielders: Mehrdad Minavand, Alireza Mansourian, Hamid Estili, Mehdi Pashazadeh, Nader Mohammadkhani, Farshad Falahatzadeh, Reza Shahroudi, Sirous Deenmohammadi, Karim Bagheri.

Forwards: Sattar Hamedani, Farhad Majidi, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Ali Daei, Khodadad Azizi, Behnam Seraj, Ali Latifi.Coach Tomislav Ivic is taking a 24-strong squad to Italy and Croatia in preparation for France 98.

The tour gives Ivic a chance to put one over his compatriots when Iran take on the Croatian national side on June 3.

Before that Iran play two games in Italy, against Roma on May 19 and Inter Milan on May 23.

Ivic will then cut his squad down to the 22 he will take to France before travelling to Croatia.

<Picture: [ image: Khodadad Azizi: Asian Player of the Year]>Khodadad Azizi: Asian Player of the YearLeading the attack are likely to be German-based strikers Ali Daei and Khodadad Azizi.

FC Cologne's Azizi, the first Iranian to be Asian Player of the Year, scored the goal in the play-off in Australia that secured Iran's place in the finals.

Daei's team-mate at Arminia Bielefeld, Karim Bagheri, is also a key figure. He scored a World Cup record seven goals in the 17-0 defeat of the Maldives during the qualifiers.

All three strikers are back having missed a tournament in Tehran in April.

Iran plan to arrive in France on June 7, a week before their first group match against Yugoslavia in St Etienne.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Ahmadreza Abedzadeh, Nima Nakisa.

Defenders: Parviz Boroumand, Mohammad Khakpour, Javad Zarrincheh, Naeem Saadavi, Ali Akbar Ostad Asadi, Afshin Peyrovani.

Midfielders: Mehrdad Minavand, Alireza Mansourian, Hamid Estili, Mehdi Pashazadeh, Nader Mohammadkhani, Farshad Falahatzadeh, Reza Shahroudi, Sirous Deenmohammadi, Karim Bagheri.

Forwards: Sattar Hamedani, Farhad Majidi, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Ali Daei, Khodadad Azizi, Behnam Seraj, Ali Latifi.Coach Tomislav Ivic is taking a 24-strong squad to Italy and Croatia in preparation for France 98.

The tour gives Ivic a chance to put one over his compatriots when Iran take on the Croatian national side on June 3.

Before that Iran play two games in Italy, against Roma on May 19 and Inter Milan on May 23.

Ivic will then cut his squad down to the 22 he will take to France before travelling to Croatia.

<Picture: [ image: Khodadad Azizi: Asian Player of the Year]>Khodadad Azizi: Asian Player of the YearLeading the attack are likely to be German-based strikers Ali Daei and Khodadad Azizi.

FC Cologne's Azizi, the first Iranian to be Asian Player of the Year, scored the goal in the play-off in Australia that secured Iran's place in the finals.

Daei's team-mate at Arminia Bielefeld, Karim Bagheri, is also a key figure. He scored a World Cup record seven goals in the 17-0 defeat of the Maldives during the qualifiers.

All three strikers are back having missed a tournament in Tehran in April.

Iran plan to arrive in France on June 7, a week before their first group match against Yugoslavia in St Etienne.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Ahmadreza Abedzadeh, Nima Nakisa.

Defenders: Parviz Boroumand, Mohammad Khakpour, Javad Zarrincheh, Naeem Saadavi, Ali Akbar Ostad Asadi, Afshin Peyrovani.

Midfielders: Mehrdad Minavand, Alireza Mansourian, Hamid Estili, Mehdi Pashazadeh, Nader Mohammadkhani, Farshad Falahatzadeh, Reza Shahroudi, Sirous Deenmohammadi, Karim Bagheri.

Forwards: Sattar Hamedani, Farhad Majidi, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Ali Daei, Khodadad Azizi, Behnam Seraj, Ali Latifi.Coach Tomislav Ivic is taking a 24-strong squad to Italy and Croatia in preparation for France 98.

The tour gives Ivic a chance to put one over his compatriots when Iran take on the Croatian national side on June 3.

Before that Iran play two games in Italy, against Roma on May 19 and Inter Milan on May 23.

Ivic will then cut his squad down to the 22 he will take to France before travelling to Croatia.

FC Cologne's Azizi, the first Iranian to be Asian Player of the Year, scored the goal in the play-off in Australia that secured Iran's place in the finals.

Daei's team-mate at Arminia Bielefeld, Karim Bagheri, is also a key figure. He scored a World Cup record seven goals in the 17-0 defeat of the Maldives during the qualifiers.

All three strikers are back having missed a tournament in Tehran in April.

Iran plan to arrive in France on June 7, a week before their first group match against Yugoslavia in St Etienne.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Ahmadreza Abedzadeh, Nima Nakisa.

Defenders: Parviz Boroumand, Mohammad Khakpour, Javad Zarrincheh, Naeem Saadavi, Ali Akbar Ostad Asadi, Afshin Peyrovani.

Midfielders: Mehrdad Minavand, Alireza Mansourian, Hamid Estili, Mehdi Pashazadeh, Nader Mohammadkhani, Farshad Falahatzadeh, Reza Shahroudi, Sirous Deenmohammadi, Karim Bagheri.

Forwards: Sattar Hamedani, Farhad Majidi, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Ali Daei, Khodadad Azizi, Behnam Seraj, Ali Latifi.


Argentina moves close to breaking ties with Iran

Argentina moves close to breaking ties with Iran

By Gary Regenstreif

BUENOS AIRES, May 15 (Reuters) - Argentina on Friday moved to the brink of breaking diplomatic ties with Iran over suspicions that Tehran was involved in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 86 people.

Foreign Minister Guido Di Tella said that the Argentine government would reduce its already limited diplomatic mission in Tehran to a single envoy and had ordered the Iranian government to do the same in Buenos Aires.

``It is an extreme measure, but of course there is one even more extreme -- which is breaking relations,'' Di Tella told a news conference. ``A rupture is a possibility.''

The announcement came a day after Iran informed Argentina it was applying trade sanctions in retaliation for Buenos Aires' insistence on keeping it at the heart of its probe into the bombing of the AMIA center, which also injured 200 people.

Tehran has repeatedly denied involvement.

The news also came hours after the police anti-terrorist squad arrested an unidentified Iranian national in Buenos Aires in connection with the investigation.

``There is enough evidence now for us to take this measure. The suspicions have diminished and the certainties have increased,'' said the Argentine minister.

``The information we have now is harder, more precise and more specific,'' Di Tella said. ``We consider this a very dramatic measure, but a prudent and necessary one in light of the information that has been accumulating.''

Investigators probing the bombing have blamed Iranian-backed Muslim extremists. President Carlos Menem's government has been under pressure at home and abroad, particularly in Israel and the United States, to find the culprits in that attack and one on the Israeli embassy in 1992 that killed 29 people.

Both countries withdrew their ambassadors after the AMIA bombing, and diplomatic links have since been limited to business attaches. Argentina now has two envoys in Tehran, while three or four Iranian diplomats staff their mission in Buenos Aires.

Di Tella said the deteriorating relations were unfortunate in light of the ``phenomenon of liberalization'' under Iran's new moderate government. But he described as ``gratuitous'' Iran's sanctions that ``removed Argentina from its list of suppliers.''

He said that Argentina exported mostly commodities to Iran and could easily find markets elsewhere for those goods.

Before the Argentine announcement, Iran's trade attache in Buenos Aires, Abdolrajim Sadatifar, reiterated his country's innocence, saying: ``The attacks were due to internal problems in Argentina. They should not link a country like Iran.''

He told local radio that Judge Juan Jose Galeano, in charge of the AMIA case, was ``only investigating one lead and we know that is due to international pressure on us.'' Asked if Tehran could apply more sanctions, he said: ``Could be.''

An Argentine prosecutor said recently that Iran's former cultural attache to Buenos Aires, Moshen Rabbani, was linked to the AMIA bombing. In March, Argentina blocked his return to the country.

The prosecutor said a witness he interviewed in Germany told him Rabbani was responsible for ``intelligence groundwork'' for the AMIA bombing.

So far, four former Argentine policemen have been charged with helping to plan the attack. No one is being held for the car bombing of the Israeli embassy. ^REUTERS@

19:39 05-15-98

Copyright 1998 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.


Sport NEWS - U.S. Soccer Team Hampered by Injuries

By JERE LONGMAN

<Picture: S>AN JOSE, Calif. -- The United States will open the final leg of its World Cup preparations with a friendly against Macedonia on Saturday night, but injuries to key players will force Coach Steve Sampson to play an unintended game of lineup roulette in the midfield.

Unavailable will be wingers Frankie Hejduk (hamstring injury) and Ernie Stewart (ankle sprain). Claudio Reyna, the team's playmaker who delivered a goal and two assists in a 3-0 defeat of Austria last month, is also questionable because of a slight calf injury.

The injuries will affect Sampson's experimentation with a 3-6-1 alignment, featuring three defenders, six midfielders and 1 forward, which proved so effective against Austria and which the Americans are expected to employ in the World Cup, which begins next month in France.

Sampson also said that the Americans would be without the services of Eric Wynalda, the team's all-time leading scorer who is recovering from orthroscopic knee surgery. Wynalda had been expected to play 20 minutes against Macedonia, but he will be held out until he can take a fitness test next week. If he passes, Wynalda is expected to play significant minutes next Sunday against Kuwait in Portland, Ore.

Into the reshuffled lineup, Sampson said he would likely add Joe-Max Moore. He also said that he wanted to take a look at Tab Ramos and Preki Radosavljevic on Saturday. Ramos continues to make a comeback from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

"Tab is doing well; he looks sharp in training," Sampson said. "There are some areas that naturally need to be upgraded before he would consider himself 100 percent fit."

The Americans continue to wait on the naturalization status of defender David Regis, a French international who is married to an American woman. He hopes to receive his citizenship before next week's game against Kuwait, but cannot play until he does. Sampson has said that he wants Regis to play in at least one exhibition match before naming him to the team. The final warmup for the Americans will be against World Cup qualifier Scotland in Washington, D.C., on May 30.

The United States opens World Cup play against Germany in Paris on June 15, followed by matches against Iran on June 21 in Lyon and Yugoslavia on June 25 in Nantes.

NOTES: Thomas Dooley has been named captain of the U.S. team, replacing John Harkes...Brian McBride will start at forward against Macedonia...Alexi Lalas has trimmed his billowing red hair, but Sampson said he had nothing to do with it...There is no live television for Saturday's game. ESPN2 will show the match on taped delay at 1 p.m. Sunday.


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