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.
On its 15th anniversary, FIFA.com recalls the day a 20-year-old Japanese uncorked Iran in a play-off for a place at France 1998, inspiring Japan to their first-ever qualification for the FIFA World Cup.
FIFA.com speaks exclusively to Iran starlet Karim Ansarifard about learning from the legendary Ali Daei, working with coach Carlos Queiroz, and qualifying for Brazil 2014.
The Asian Football Confederation has offered its support and best wishes to Iran legend Ali Daei, who was involved in a serious car accident yesterday.
Since Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz's appointment, Iran have embarked on an impressive journey in Asian qualifying for Brazil 2014, which has propelled them up eight places in the World Ranking.
FIFA.com previews the new Iran Pro League season, which begins tomorrow, and while sweeping changes have been made in terms of players and coaches, last year's champions Sepahan are still likely to be the team to beat.