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October 16-19, 2000 / Mehr 25-28, 1379

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* Daei: "It was a wrestling match out there!"
* South Korea defeat Indonesia
* China and Kuwait in goalless draw
* Iran defeat Iraq to secure top position
* Flashback: Iran demolish South Korea 6-2 in '96 Asian Cup
* Flashback: Re-emergence of Iranian football in '96 Asian Cup
* Euphoric Japan rout Uzbeks
* Press target Mahdavikia
* Sturm Graz: "Minavand not needed"
* Daei saves Iran from embarrassment
* Japan defeat Saudi Arabia
* Arsenal and Manchester U. after Mahdavikia

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October 20, 2000



October 19, 2000

Daei: "It was a wrestling match out there!"

Beirut, Oct. 18 (Iran Sports Press) -- "We still have long ways to go", said Jalal Talebi at the post game press conference following the match between Iran and Iraq on Wednesday. Talebi said, "I am pleased with my team's performance. They did a wonderful job as a team. I hope they continue like that in coming games. We hope to succeed after 24 years." >>> FULL TEXT


South Korea defeat Indonesia

Beirut, Oct. 19 (Iran Sports Press) -- Korea recorded their first victory in the Asian Cup, beating Indonesia 3-0 to claim the third place spot and advance to the quarter-finals stage of the competition. With China and Kuwait drawing goalless in group two other featured game up in Tripoli, played in the same timing, Korea found themselves in a critical position, having a titanic clash against mighty group one ultimate winners Iran in the second round >>> FULL TEXT


China and Kuwait in goalless draw

Beirut, Oct. 19 (Iran Sports Press) -- China and Kuwait fought out a scoreless draw in their group two last fixture for both sides to end leaders and runners-up respectively with five points out of maximum nine, from one win and two draws. China are paired to face the best third-placed side in groups one and three next Tuesday in Sidon, while Kuwait take on group three second-place outfits next Tuesday in Beirut >>> FULL TEXT


October 18, 2000

Iran defeat Iraq to secure top position

Sidon (Lebanon), Oct. 18 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: Ali Daei netted his third goal in three consecutive matches, to help his sidebeating bitter enemies Iraq 1-0 on Wednesday, as giants Iran progressed to the quarter-finals stage of theAsian cup finals currently held in Lebanon. At the end of the day, vast experiencepaid off for Iran, who, it should beunderlined, might find themselves quitelucky not to be led at the mark after 31minutes, when Iraqi striker Sabah Jairfound his stupendous flying headerhitting the post >>> FULL TEXT


Flashback: Iran demolish South Korea 6-2 in '96 Asian Cup

(Iran Sports Press) -- With video: On December 16, 1996, Iran met South Korea in the quarter finals of the 11th Asian Cup in Dubai, United ArabEmirates. Infront of 12,000 spectators at Al-Nasr Stadium, Iran would demolish one of Asia's strongest teams.Iran had qualified to the quarter finals as the first place team in its group, which included Thailand, SaudiArabia and Iraq. South Korea, on the other hand, qualified as the third place team in Group A. South Korea'sonly success at the Asian Cup '96 was in its match against minnows Indonesia>>> FULL TEXT


Flashback: Re-emergence of Iranian football in '96 Asian Cup

(Iran Sports Press) -- With video: The Iranian National Team needed a win against Saudi Arabia to secure a place in the quarter finals of Asian Cup 1996. Iran began its campaign at Asian Cup 1996 poorly, suffering a 2-1 loss against a mediocre Iraqi side. Iran regained its composure against minnows Thailand in its second match, defeating Thailand 3-1. Saudi Arabia had secured its place in the quarter finals, having demolished Thailand 6-0 in its first game and defeated Iraq 1-0 in its second group match >>> FULL TEXT.


October 17, 2000

Euphoric Japan rout Uzbeks, move to quarter finals

Sidon, Lebanon, Oct. 17 (Iran Sports Press) -- A majestic performance by Japan today shot them to the quarter-finals stage of the Asian Cup finals, after routing Uzbekistan 8-1, their second consecutive win in group three following last Saturday's 4-1 thrashing of Saudi Arabia. Akinori Nishizawa and Nachiro Takahara ­voted the game's most valuable player­ scored a hat-trick each >>> FULL TEXT


Press target Mahdavikia

Beirut - Oct. 17: Iranian full-back Mehdi Mahdavikia saw himself targetted by local press media for "Saving his legs for his club HSV Hamburg, instead of performing his best for the national team." Another moderate display by Mahdavikia on Monday, during Iran's surprising 1-1 draw with Thailand, prompted one of the leading sports daily papers to comment: "Has he eaten Hamburger or just what? He is surely dreaming of Hamburg, having his legs for them." >>> FULL TEXT


Sturm Graz: "Minavand not needed"

Oct. 17 (Iran Sports Press) -- Today Sturm Graz' chairman Hannes Kartnig confirmed what manager Schilcher had said yesterday. He said that Sturm Graz will do without Iranian midfielder Mehrdad Minavand for the remainder of the season. Minavand can leave the club as soon as he gets an offer. Until then he will train with the amateurs >>> FULL TEXT


October 16, 2000

Daei saves Iran from embarrassment against Thailand

Beirut ­ Oct. 15 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: Iran spared quite a dismal performance, three days following their majestic display against Lebanon, before needing a 74th-minute equalizer by Ali Daei to finally content with a 1-1 draw against an inspired Thai side. This put Iran very much on their way to the quarter finals stage of the Asian Cup, ahead of their electrifying encounter against Iraq next Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT


Japan defeat Saudi Arabia

SAIDA, October 14: The match was held in the newly built Saida stadium sported an exciting show of brilliance by the Japanese side. Both Japan (in blue) and Saudi Arabia (white-green) came into the match sporting the 3-5-2 formations. The game started out with both sides failing to convert close chances while the Japanese did most of the attack up front >>> FULL TEXT


Arsenal and Manchester United after Mahdavikia

BEIRUT, October 14 (Iran Sports Press) -- Iranian star Mehdi Mahdavikia is sought after by English Premier giants Manchester United and Arsenal in a competitive bid to win over the Iranian, according to Lebanese newspaper Al-Safir >>> FULL TEXT


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