Berkeley Pahlavans win intramural
The game was played in front of an enthusiastic
crowd of some tens of fans wailing on the traditional Iranian tonbak
chanting "do do do do do ... Iran!"
December 16, 2004
BERKELEY, CA - The all-Iranian Pahlavan Futbol team became
the Fall 2004 Indoor Soccer Intramural Champions at UC Berkeley, beating off
defending champions Cloyne,
for the prestigious title.
The 12-man all Iranian team took the title from their rivals following a 4-0
victory. The intense match, played in the Blue Gym of the Recreational
Sports Facility, pitted the number 1 ranked Pahlavan against number 2 Cloyne.
The physical match saw both teams go at it with two yellow cards being shown,
both to Pahlavan players. In the end, however, the Iranians proved to be the
more determined in this hard fought match >>> Photos
The game opened up with a strong performance from both sides. The deadlock
was finally broken via a cheeky shot by the big dog himself, Maziyar. He would
on to score two more and end the night with a superb hat trick. Pahlavan made
it 4 goals following a nice tuck into the side of the net by the Shirazi himself,
Cloyne got off a couple of shots on target, but nothing
that co-captain and goalkeeper Keyan Rahimi-Keshari couldn't handle.
Pahlavan completely dominated
defensively, thanks to plays by such notables as the impenetrable wall
that was Salar "Esfooni" Deldar and Babak Amirebrahimi,
the Shirazi sensation who in his first season with Pahlavan has
proven to be a very potent force
in the back.
As always, the Pahlavanan midfielders, like rookie phenomenon Ali Assareh,
lit up the game with their dazzling individual talent, crossing Cloyne
and right. The man-of-a-million-moves himself, Kasra #19, left a few opponents
on the ground after juking them.
When the final whistle blew, the court erupted with cheers and a couple
of players were hoisted up, including Lil' Ack Bobak, whose quick wit throughout
prevented Pahlavan players from receiving red cards.
The game was played in front of an enthusiastic crowd of some tens of fans
wailing on the traditional Iranian tonbak chanting "do do do do do ... Iran!" Decked
in Iranian national team apparel, fans, such as season ticket holders Naghmeh
and Hoda, cheered their beloved boys onto victory. The match also
saw a guest appearance by legendary UC Berkeley academian and die-hard
Dr. Darius Zahedi.
Following the game, a few of the players let out their emotions. "I
told them before the game we better win this one cause I'm graduating this
year dammit!" all-star
midfielder Amir remarked. Aidin, the Azeri Turk himself, asserted "this
one right here was for the people . . . represent that one time for the
Following the game, the men-in-red celebrated
at BOBA's Cafe under the guidance of veteran striker, Shahaub "Lefty" Roudbari,
who advised, "nipples
man. . . BOBA aren't balls. . . what kinda balls you been looking at. .
. BOBA are nipples man."
The Intramural Championship title was something Pahlavan had been craving
since their establishment two years ago. "We'd been looking for this
for a few seasons now," Pahlavan ace and Electrical Engineering guru
Sahand explained, "and
now we got it."