Iran have said goodbye to two of their greats with Ali Karimi and Mehdi Mahdavikia - the latter a member of Team Melli’s famed France 1998 generation - recently announcing their retirements.
The stakes are incessantly high in the Tehran derby, and with Esteghlal out to consolidate their lead and Persepolis aiming to relieve the troubles of last season, its 76th installment is the talk of Iran.
Newly crowned AFC Player of the Year Lee Keunho has achieved much in a prosperous 2012, but the Ulsan Hyundai forward now takes aim at qualification for the FIFA World Cup™ and success at the Club World Cup.
Ulsan Hyundai star Lee Keunho was crowned as Asian footballer of the year, having helped his side to an unbeaten run to lift the AFC Champions League.
FIFA.com previews Wednesday’s FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers in Asia as the final round reaches beyond the midway point, with a crucial matchday highlighted by Iran hosting Uzbekistan, and Japan travelling to Oman.
Iran head into the final stage of Asia’s 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying aiming to return to the world stage after an eight-year absence with coach Carlos Queiroz seeking to boost his squad with some European-based additions.