Tehran’s two top clubs have a decades-old rivalry (Esteghlal defender Saeed Baghvardani comes to the rescue of goalkeeper Nasser Hejazi when he heads out a humdinger by Persepolis striker Safar Iranpak (fourth left). Aryamehr [Azadi] Stadium, Tehran, May 1975. Esteghlal was then named Taj).
(Translation and Research by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)
One of the brightest page in the history of Soviet football occurred in late 1945, when Moscow ‘Dynamo’ toured the UK and played matches with the top English clubs. This was a time of great legendary football exploits, but history states that this was not the first time the Soviet Union had played Britain at football. Continue reading →
New Europe: The wrestling authorities and athletes from the United States and Iran may have accomplished what for so many years the diplomats and warmongers have not. The International Olympic Committee announced in February that wrestling will be excluded from its list of core sports. In a rare alliance the US and Iran have joined forces to keep wrestling into Olympic Games’ program. At the start of the Wrestling World Cup, hosted in Tehran from February 21-22, American and Iranian athletes held hands and smiled to the crowd, while standing behind a long banner that read: “Olympics without wrestling! never never” in both English and Farsi. “We need the backing of Iran and Russia… to preserve wrestling, and this goes beyond politics… Iran is one of the powers in wrestling and can defend the game’s credibility,” said Rich Bender, executive director of USA Wrestling, according to the ISNA state news agency.
IRANIAN female ninjas have rejected recent Western media report describing them as assassins, saying that they are training as regular athletes and martial artists, Press TV reports. Continue reading →