October 13 Iran: 3 Qatar: 2 (HashemianX2, Borhani)
November 17 Iran: 7 Loas: 0 (DaieX4, NekounamX2, Borhani)
December 18 Iran: 1 Panama: 0 (Daie) -------- Games Played: 18 Wins: 13 Draws:3 Losses: 2 GF: 54 GA: 17 GD: 37 Winning Percentage: 72% Home Record: 7 wins, 2 losses (Asian Cup matches not included) 77% Away Record: 3 Wins (Asian Cup Matches not included) 100% Top Scorer of year: Ali Daie (17 goals) Top Assister of year: Mehdi Mahdavikia Player of the year: Ali Karimi Most Consistent player: Javad Nekounam Current FIFA Ranking: 20 Azadi Losses: 2 (Germany, Jordan) Longest Winning Streak: 5 games Longest Winless Streak: 2 games Scoreless Matches: 3 games (Japan, Germany, Jordan) Worst Results: Iran vs. Jordan (0-1 @ Azadi), Iran vs. China (Asian Cup) Imporant/Best Results: Iran: 4 Korea: 3, Qatar: 2 Iran: 3, Iran: 2 Jordan: 0 Significant Moments: A win over S. Korea with depleted squad in Asian Cup Q-Finals, turning around a near impossible WCQ campaign, Ali Karimi is the 2004 Player of the year, Iran is the futsal team of the year, Karimi is the top scorer of Asian Cup, Mahdavikia top assister in Asian Cup/Asia. Hashemian returns to TM Melli. Daie top scorer of WCQ Campaign in Asia, Daie passes Puskas and the century mark in goals (103). Daie is invited to the World Player 2004 Gala, and honored. Hopefuls: Zandi joins TM, Karimi moves to Europe, Navidkia gets back from injury. Mobali, Kazemian, Borhani are immediate future prospects
MVP of WAFF: Borhani MVP of Asian Cup: Karimi MVP of WCQ: Daie/Nekounam
Persian Gulf Cup: Rumors are heavy!
There's been ongoing swirling reports of a major tournament in Iran in 2005. The perfect tournament to counter the 'Arab Gulf Cup', falsely named, and which doesn't include the mother of the gulf peninsula, Iran. Numerous reports mention the Persian Gulf Cup is supposed to include teams:
Iran, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Argentina, Denmark, Iraq, and Austria.
Brazil and Italy are also rumored to attend
Also the tournament may take place is newly built stadium in Iran's Kish Island
The prize money is reportedy 1 to 2 US Million Dollars. Seems the IFF have had enough, nothing is yet confirmed. But the news is definately in the air.
*A friendly with Slovenia or Bosnia will take place February 2, 2005. This is confirmed
*Iran may also boycott the Asian games 2006 if Qatar uses the word 'Arab Gulf' in its advertiesments and media.
Ali Daie on route to 2004 World Scorer
1. Ali Daei Iran /Saba Battery 17
2. Carlos Alberto Tévez Argentina/Boca Juniors 15
Adriano Brazil/Internazionale Milano 15
Didier Drogba Ivory Coast/Chelsea 15
3. Jared Francisco Borgetti México/Culiacán 14
Dimitar Berbatov Bulgaria/Bayer Leverkusen 14
Ruud Van Nistelrooij Netherlands/Manchester United 14
4. Luís Fabiano Clemente Brazil/FC Porto 13
5. A'ala Hubail Bahrain/Al-Ittihad Doha 12
*Only Champions League games, and national games count
*If Daie goes on to win, he will be the only player ever to win it twice, as he did back in 1996
Breaking the 100 goal record, now has 103, surpassing Puskas, nearly the top scorer of 2004, and even being present at the World Player gala in Zurich. What year Sir Daie. Some stuff to see:
(Irankicks.com) In the latest FIFA world Ranking Iran remain twentieth in the world and second in Asia just behind Japan, the two sides will be playing eachother at home and away in WC2006 Qualifiers. Iran's other opponent Bahrain are in 49th place however this might be a little misleading; Bahrain beat Saudi Arabia 3-0 in the Persian Gulf Cup last weekend. Below is the latest ranking:
Iran draw into Group B in WCQ
Matchday 1 ( February 9 ) Japan vs. DPR Korea South Korea vs. Kuwait Bahrain vs. Iran Uzbekistan vs. Saudi
Matchday 2 ( March 25) Iran vs. Japan Saudi Arabia vs. South Korea Kuwait vs. Uzbekistan Korea DPR vs. Bahrain
Matchday 3 ( March 30 ) Japan vs. Bahrain S.Korea vs. Uzbekistan Korea DPR vs. Iran Saudi Arabia vs. Kuwait
Matchday 4 ( June 3 ) Bahrain vs. Japan Uzbekistan vs. South Korea Iran vs. Korea DPR Kuwait vs. Saudi Arabia
Matchday 5 ( June 8 ) Iran vs. Bahrain Saudi Arabia vs. Uzbekistan Korea DPR vs. Japan Kuwait vs. South Korea
Matchday 6 ( August 17 ) Japan vs. Iran South Korea vs. Saudi Arabia Bahrain vs. DPR Korea Uzbekistan vs. Kuwait
PLAYOFF BETWEEN 3rd PLACED AFC TEAMS: September 3 (group A team home) and September 7 (group B team home)
PLAYOFF BETWEEN AFC/CONCACAF: November 12 and November 16
(Home teams come first)
Interview with Ali Karimi
Translated by iranfootball.tk
AL-AHLI FORUM - UAE
The following is the translation of an exclusive interview of Karimi by Al-Ahli forum.
Full Name: Mohammad Ali Karimi
Birthdate: November 8, 1978
Marital Status: Married and has 2 children, Havash and Harsa
Hobbies: Playing Basketball and Volleyball
Best game played with Iran: vs. Korea in Asian Cup 2004, and vs. Bahrain in Asian Cup 2004
Best game played with Ahly: vs. Sharjah when Ahly won 4-1 and won the Cup
Favorite Goal: His second goal vs. Korea in Asian Cup
Best Friend With Ahly: All of them, but prefers to stay with Ahmad Shah
Favorite Teams: AC Milan, Portugal, Argentina, and doesn’t like Brazil
Favorite Players: Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Pavel Nedved
Ahly Site: Tell us about Karimi, the father
Karimi: It’s a big responsibility to be a father, we are 4 people in the family, I have 2 children, and I’m trying everything I can to ensure them a great future. Karimi, as a father is very kind with his family
Ahly Site: Will you allow your children to continue your glorous career:
Karimi: Yes, I will allow them, and the first and last decision is they want to play returns to them. If it was playing soccer, or playing any other sport
Ahly Site: What does Al-Ahly mean to you?
Karimi: At the moment I consider Al-Ahly by second home, and I always do my hardest to make them better, and I would like to thanks the officials of Ahly Club for they gave me everything I needed and didn’t be selfish one bit on me. I thank them
Ahly Site: What does Al-Ahly club lack in your opinion
Karimi: Some foreigner players with a high playing level
Ahly Site: What’s the best management you ever worked with
Karimi: With all honesty, I think Sa3adah Qasim Sultan is the best management I ever worked with until now
Ahly Site: Do you predict al-Ahly winning any tournaments this year:
Karimi: My dreams and money with Al-Ahly still remains, and Al-Ahly are capable of winning a tournament, but we musnt’ forget that the soccer world is unpredictable!
Ahly Site: You’ve received many offers from around the world after the stunning performance you put with your country, so where will Karimi play after this season with Al-Ahly?
Karimi: I am staying with Al-Ahly as of now, and talking about this issue isn’t the right time, however I promise when I receive anything new it will reach you
Ahly Site: The sports street says that Al-Ahly is nothing without Ail Karimi, and also when the player Bekaham (Beckham &#61514; ?) saw the match of Al-Ahly he said that the team depends on Karimi and Salim Khamees, and if they’re injured, Al-Ahly is finished
Karimi: Football is a team game, and we are one of the teams that play with great teamwork, as for my brothers Salim Khamees and Faisal Khaleel, I think they’re capable of playing against the best teams, as they have great skill
Ahly Site: We’re not seeing the Karimi that we used to know this first round of the League, what are your reasons for the sub-par performance?
Karimi: A player doesn’t always perform great, personal and fitness factors always can trouble a palyer, sometimes he can play excellent, and sometimes underperform, and I personally play to help the team
Ahly Site: Your started off the league with a hat-trick against Al-Shabab? Ali Karimi: That was a great game for me, but I couldn’t have done anything without my team mates
Al Ahly: What do you think of the newly bought player Kabeero
Karimi: It is too early for me to talk about his performance and capabilities
Al-Ahly: What do you think of the coach, Platchi?
Karimi: Blatchi is one of the best coaches in the area, and I’m sure my brothers in the management chose the right person. And me as a player and student, respect him and any decision he has to make
Al Ahly: When did your football career begin?
Ali Karimi: I started playing football when I was 5 years old, in the alleys of Tehran, and then I joined Al-Nafet club, and I was in the youth team and from there my football career began, then I moved to Saipa Club, and then to Fatah, and then to Pirouzi. And in Pirouzi, I made my name big, and I was 21 years old then. And I started playing with Iran in the yaer 1999. I wasn’t able to participate in the World Cup 1998, but however I will be present with the team this time in Germany 2006
Al-Ahly: You were chosen as the best player against Japan in the Asian Cup, and you were also nominated as the Asian Player of the Year, and you scored a hat-trick against against Korea, what can you see about the dazzling performance you put on then?
Karimi: Truly, I was at a high level of play and fitness that tournament, and I was thrilled to know that people were convinced with my performances in those games
Al-Ahly: What do you think the Iranian team lacks?
Karimi: Planning, and a good administration, and sufficient funding. An Iranian player faces a lot of problems compared to a UAE player, the club makes you feel comfortable in UAE, and they pay for airline trips for example
Al-Ahly: Karimi, you were banned by the IFF for along time once, what were your feelings towards this (can someone explain this to me, thanks)
It was a very strict ruling, and it’s a lesson I’ll never forget in my life!
Ahly: Who motivated you to become a player?
Karimi: I can’t really specify anyone, although my love and passion towards the game is a main reason
Ahly: A decision you made you’ll regret all your life
Karimi: I had the chance to join several clubs in Europe, however I hesitated and saw the chance blow away
Ahly: A decision you made that you definatley don’t regreat
Karimi: Joining Al-Ahly Club
Ahly: What did football give and take from you
Karimi: Football gave me love towards the game, however it took away from me my university education
Ahly: What is the dream that Karimi wishes to fulfill?
Karimi: It is to be an honorable and honest person always towards my friends, and to my fans
Ahly: A message you’d like to send to Al-Ahly Club?
Karimi: I would like to offer my full thanks to the Officials of the club, for their great support and their ongoing motivation towards us.
Ahly: A message you’d like to send to Ahly fans?
Karimi: I wish for them happiness and success, and I ask god to not let me see sorrow on their good faces. And I hope happiness always find your hearts
Ahly: A message to the Forum fans
Karimi: To offer us full support, and try their best to get what they want out of the club’s success.