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Photo gallery: Fans in Iran celebrate the 2018 FIFA World Cup

During the world cup many Iranians watched the matches in cafés, restaurants, shops or public screenings. After each match people flooded the streets to celebrate and show their support for the team; Iran achieved their best performance at a world cup. They finished third in their group with four points and overall in 18th place out of 32 squads.*

An own goal by Aziz Bouhaddouz (90+5′) allowed Iran to win their first match 1:0 against Morocco. Spain won the second match 1:0 (Diego Costa 54′) but the Europeans struggled to create chances against a very disciplined Iran that defended brilliantly, showed plenty of tactical cohesion and looked dangerous going forward. Saeid Ezatolahi had a goal disallowed for offside.

The third match against Portugal ended in a draw 1:1 (Quaresma 45′; penalty Karim Ansarifard 90+3′). Morteza Pouraliganji rose up to the challenge and kept Cristiano Ronaldo in check. In the second half, Ali Beiranvand managed to save Ronaldo’s penalty kick. Seconds before the final whistle, Iran went all out for the winner and a desperate Saman Ghoddos effort was deflected onto the path of Mehdi Taremi who found himself one-on-one with Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio. Taremi hit the wrong side of the netting, consigning his side to finishing third in their group. Iran needed all three points to advance to the knock-out stage.

In The Guardian, Paul Doyle rated Ali Beiravand’s overall performance with an 8 and chose the Iranian goalkeeper in his best eleven of the group stage.

*Note: In 1978, Iran finished in 14th place out of 16 participants on their first World Cup appearance.

Sources: Borna News Agency, Fars News Agency (FNA) 1, FNA 2, IRNA 1, IRNA 2, IRNA 3, IRNA 4, IRNA 5, IRNA 6, IRNA 7, ISNA 1, ISNA 2, ISNA 3, ISNA 4, ISNA 5, ISNA 6, Mehr News Agency (MNA) 1, MNA 2, MNA 3, MNA 4, MNA 5, MNA 6, MNA 7, MNA 8, MNA 9, Tasnim News Agency (TNA) 1, TNA 2, Tehran Picture Agency (TPA) 1, TPA 2, TPA 3, Young Journalists Club (YJC) 1, YJC 2, YJC 3, YJC 4, YJC 5, YJC 6, YJC 7, AFC, The Guardian (TG) 1, TG 2, Wikipedia 1, Wikipedia 2, Wikipedia 3

FIFA World Cup 2018: Iran’s team and fans in Russia (Photos)

Reza Ghoochannejhad – The violinist who understands seven languages
Reza scored the only Iranian goal in the World Cup 2014. Besides football, the forward is known for his skills with the violin and for languages; he speaks English, Dutch, Persian and French. Additionally he has a good understanding of German, Italian and Portuguese.

He played in the youth national team of the Netherlands and, at the age of 21, he wanted to leave football to study law. He was convinced by Marc Overmars, the winger that played in Barcelona, to stick to football. He wants to finish his studies when he retires from football. “The people who know me know that there is something more than football for me”. His sister-in-law is Sareh Bayat, a famous Iranian actress who participated in the 2012 Oscar-winning film “Nader and Simín, a separation”. After Iran’s win against Morocco with an own goal by Bouhaddouz, he took a moment to console his opponent on Instagram:

“I don’t know you personally but in life, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Don’t let this own goal bring you down. We are all professional sportsmen and this is a part of football. I am so happy and proud of my team and my country, but wanted to wish you also all the best in your career. Reza”.

Sardar Azmoun – The Iranian “Messi”
Sardar, 23 years old, is compared to the crack of Barça due to his ability. A comparison that, however, the striker of Rubin Kazan rejects immediately. “I do not know why they say I’m the new Messi, my game has nothing to do, maybe it’s because we use the same boots,” he says. Azmoun was born in Gonbad-e Kavus to a family of Turkmen origin from Iran’s Sunni minority. He started his career in Sepahan FC (Isfahan, Iran).

As top scorer in the league and for the national team he is the favorite of the masses beloved by the fans and his team members. He is addicted to social networks. When he was younger, he was summoned by the Iranian sub-15 volleyball team due to his height (1.86 meters) and the conditions inherited from his father, a former player. He is also passionate about horses.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh – The child that fell in love with football at the world cup
Alireza Jahanbakhsh is Iran’s biggest threat in attack. The winger of AZ Alkmaar is 2017-18 Eredivise’s top scorer. He scored 21 goals and also distributed 12 assists! “It’s not bad to play as a winger” he says. Neither for a child who, until 12, preferred gymnastics, handball and indoor football over football. Jahanbakhsh, who got hooked on football watching the 1998 World Cup, grew up admiring Iranian winger Mahdavikia, but now he adores Cristiano Ronaldo: “He’s my role model, I always try to learn from him.” His determination and work are exemplary. He is simply the best in the world.”

Milad Mohammadi – The twin nicknamed Road Runner
Milad Mohammadi is a fullback/left winger that plays for Akhmat Grozny in Chechnya. He has a twin brother, Mehrdad, who plays for Sepahan FC. Fans nicknamed Milad “Mig-Mig”, as in the cartoon The Coyote and the Road Runner, due to his speed.

Saeid Ezatolahi – The Persian Pogba with a short stop in Atlético
21-year-old central midfielder Saeid Ezatolahi is the youngest member of the squad in Russia. He wrote Iranian football history as the youngest player to score with the national team.
Son of a trainer, he was nicknamed the Persian Pogba and at the end of the summer of 2014, with 17, he signed for Atlético de Madrid for four years. He played in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Youth League.
“He was a very polite and respectful player. Always wondering about all the tactical aspects to learn as much as possible. He even asked to stay longer to do specific workouts sometimes”, recalls Armando de la Morena, the coach he had in Spain. During the April 2015 transfer window Ezatolahi trained with Cholo Simeone at Cerro del Espino. In July 2015 he transferred to Russia’s Rostov.

Masoud – Or how to overcome four serious injuries
Masoud Shojaei is best known in Spain because he played for Osasuna and Las Palmas. In Pamplona he learned, what it meant to play under pressure in football’s top competitions, with all eyes right on top of him. He had four surgeries after a broken metatarsal during the 2011-2012 season. It took him 16 months to recover, six of them on crutches. After having problems with the regime, he is now back as captain of the Iran squad.

Ghoddos – The Iranian, who came out of the cold of… Sweden
Saman Ghoddos (24 years old) was born in Malmö, Sweden and he received his Iranian nationality last year. He neither knew until then the majority of those who are now his teammates. The match against Spain was his tenth game defending Iran. The midfielder/forward is the son of Iranian immigrants, who never forgot their roots – celebrating Nowruz and Chahar Shanbeh Suri in Sweden. He played two friendlies with the Swedish national team, scoring once.
Ghoddos plays in Östersunds FC. Arsenal’s coach Arsene Wenger praised him after a Europa League match: “Technically and tactically, I was impressed by him”. Ghoddos club did not want to sell him this winter to Celta de Vigo.

Dejagah – Boateng’s friend and owner of a restaurant
Ashkan Dejagah, midfielder of Nottingham Forest since January, sees Kevin Prince Boateng as his brother. The German-born Ghanaian midfielder wished him luck on Instagram in the first game. In January he opened a sushi restaurant in Berlin. He represented Germany at youth levels, where he met Neuer, Höwedes, Khedira, Özil … before playing in Wolfsburg and Fulham. He has Berlin and Tehran tattooed on each of his arms along with the legend “Never forget where you come from”.

Morteza Pouraliganji – Teammate of Xavi Hernández in Al Saad
Morteza Pouraliganji is, with only 26 years, the head of Iran’s defense. He plays in Al Saad of Qatar, Xavi’s team, where he arrived two years ago despite the offers he had from Europe and China. The Spanish midfielder was the great idol of his youth.

Alireza Beiranvand – From sleeping rough to the World Cup with Iran
Alireza Beiranvand was a shepherd in the mountainous region of Lorestan, in the northwest of the country. “My father didn’t like football at all and asked me to work,” Alireza told the Guardian. “He even tore my clothes and gloves and I played with bare hands several times.” He used all his money for a trip to Tehran, where he slept in the in the streets at the beginning. He had several jobs to supplement his income, including working at a car wash where, at 1,93m (6ft 4in) tall, he specialised in cleaning SUVs. He also worked in a dressmaking factory and a pizza shop before making his breakthrough in football. The 25-year-old plays now for Tehran-based club Persepolis.

Playing as a kid “Dal Paran”, a game that involves throwing stones long distances, enabled him to throw the ball much further than many other goalkeepers. His 70-meter assist in the Iranian football league caught the eyes of foreign media and made him famous abroad in 2014. In 2015 Alireza finally became Iran’s first-choice goalkeeper and, with 12 clean sheets in qualifying, he helped Team Melli, as Iran’s team is called at home, cruise to Russia 2018. “I suffered many difficulties to make my dreams come true but I have no intention of forgetting them because they made me the person I am now,” he said.

Carlos Queiroz – Iran’s Portuguese coach
Carlos Queiroz, former trainer at Real Madrid and assistant trainer at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, […] had worked wonders to get Iran to Brazil. Iran was Asia’s seventh-ranked team when he took over in 2011 and 54th in the world. Within three years Iran was the first ranked team in Asia. For Russia 2018, Iran didn’t lose a single one of their ten games in qualifying and conceded only twice. Sanctions have bit hard:

“We struggle to travel, to have training camps, to bring opponents, to buy equipment. Even buying shirts is a challenge, but these challenges helped me fall in love with Iran. These difficulties become a source of inspiration to the people, it makes them more united, to fight for their country. These boys deserve a smile from the rest of the world.”

Sanctions also meant Nike pulled out of their deal to supply the Iran team with boots one week ahead of the World Cup, forcing players to play with unfamiliar equipment.

“My message for international football is very simple: let us play. Our players deserve that opportunity. Don’t let sanctions create this stigma. Don’t let this go against the spirit of the game. We have football players who love the game”.

“[…] I’ve never, in all my career, seen players deliver so much after receiving so little as I have with these Iran Boys“.

“Tell me one national team which goes to the World Cup without enough friendly games [Greece recently cancelled a friendly, Kosovo then also declined to step in], or by using a 60-metre training pitch?”

Queiroz didn’t expect to be in charge of Iran for seven years. “Football has given me the privilege to go to many places in the world, to see the United States, Japan, Africa or Europe,” he says. “And people ask me about Iran because they’re curious. I tell them that I see exactly the same as in any other country I’ve been to – people who laugh and cry, who dance, who sing. You see mums carrying their kids to school in the morning. You see people complaining about the traffic. Football teaches you how much human beings have in common that have nothing to do with any politics or regimes.”

Football is huge in Iran – the national team regularly drew sell-out crowds of 78,000 in qualifying. “Iran is a football country,” says Queiroz. “Football is in the DNA of the people. Iran is not a fake football country, one which needs to create or imagine fantasy solutions to promote the game. But our players need support and the politics should be left out of the game.” And his young players in Russia? “They have a right to enjoy Russia, to have fun,” he says. “They’ve earned it.”

List of players called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup (jersey number in parentheses):
Goalkeepers: Ali Beiravand (1), Rashid Mazaheri (12), Amir Abedzadeh (22)
Defenders: Ehsan Hajsafi (3), Rouzbeh Cheshmi (4), Milad Mohammadi (5), Morteza Pouraliganji (8), Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh (13), Pejman Montazeri (15), Majid Hosseini (19), Ramin Rezaeian (23)
Midfielders: Mehdi Torabi (2), Saeid Ezatolahi (6), Masoud Shojaei (7), Omid Ebrahimi (9), Vahid Amiri (11)
Forwards: Karim Ansarifard (10), Saman Ghoddos (14), Reza Ghoochannejhad (16), Mehdi Taremi (17), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (18), Sardar Azmoun (20), Ashkan Dejagah (21)
Head coach: Carlos Queiroz

Sources: MARCA (Original article with contributions by Iranian sports journalist Alireza Moharami. This source was loose translated from Spanish to English), The Guardian, BBC, GQ Magazine, ESPN, FIFA, GOAL, ISNA 1, ISNA 2, ISNA 3, ISNA 4, MEHR, Zimbio, instagram @alirezajb_official, instagram @miladmohammadi.official, instagram @saman.ghoddos, instagram @sardar_azmoun, instagram @rgucci16, instagram @teammellifootball, twitter @FIFAWorldCupIRN

Iran wins bronze at Indoor Hockey World Cup

The Asian Champions won the Bronze Medal match 5:0 against Australia, and became the first non-European team to win a podium position at the Indoor Hockey World Cup, held in Berlin, Germany. Sasan Hatami Nejad won the Best Goalkeeper Award and Reza Norouzzadeh ended as the third highest scorer of the tournament.

Navid Taherirad netted Iran’s opener nearly a quarter into the game; and Reza Norouzzadeh doubled Iran’s lead in the 19th minute. After Hamid Nooranian jabbed the team’s third goal, Norouzzadeh was on target twice again, completing a hat trick in the span of just 21 minutes.

Austria beat Germany 3-2 in the penalty shoot-out and shattered the hosts’ championship hopes, after both teams were tied 3-3 at full time. The Netherlands were the reigning champions, but did not qualify to defend their title.

Ranked currently 7th in the world, Iran lost one match (the semi final against Germany, world number 1), out of a total of 8 matches played at the event. They drew against Austria (world number 2 and Indoor Hockey World Cup 2018 Champions), won against Russia (world number 4), and against Czech Republic (world number 6).

Iranian squad
Behdad Biranvand, Yaghoub Bahrami, Abbas Aruei, Amir Aruei, Hamid Nouraniyan, Alireza Chezani Sharahi, Behnam Fardi, Mohsen Bohlouli, Mohammad Asnaashari, Reza Norouzzadeh, Sasan Hataminejad and Navid Taherirad. Head coach: Esfandiar Safaei

Sources: Payvand News of Iran, International Hockey Federation, Asian Hockey Federation, Wikipedia

Undefeated Iran is Youth Volleyball World Champion 2017

Iran succeeded in their gold medal hunt as they defeated Russia 3-1, winning its second title in the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship. Japan defeated South Korea for the bronze medal. Amir Hossein Esfandiar from Iran was elected the MVP and Amir Hossein Toukhteh was selected in the tournament’s dream team.

Porya Yali, Morteza Sharifi and Amirhossein Esfandiar dominated in offence as they combined for 54 of Iran’s 59 attacks. Yali led Iran in scoring with 29 points, Sharifi charted 19 points and was Iran’s most efficient hitter, while Esfandiar played consistently across all skill sets. Maksim Sapozhkov, who came off the bench in the second set, top scored for Russia with 16 points.

RESULTS (Iran)
Iran 3 : 2 Italy (25-16, 23-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12) – Pool D
Iran 3 : 0 Mexico (25-19, 25-12, 25-18) – Pool D
Iran 3 : 0 China (25-23, 25-18, 25-21) – Pool D
Iran 3 : 0 Czech Republic (25-22, 25-12, 25-19) – Pool D
Iran 3 : 0 Turkey (25-18, 25-21, 25-13) – Round of 16
Iran 3 : 0 Brazil (25-21, 25-20, 25-15) – Quarterfinals
Iran 3 : 0 South Korea (25-23, 25-20, 25-18) – Semifinals
Russia 1 : 3 Iran (20-25, 23-25, 25-21, 20-25) – Final

DREAM TEAM
Most Valuable Player: Amirhosseini Esfandiar (Iran)
Best Outside Spikers: Amirhosseini Esfandiar (Iran), Pavel Tetyukhin (Russia)
Best Middle Blockers: Artem Melnikov (Russia), Amir Hossein Toukhteh (Iran)
Best Setter: Shunsuke Nakamura (Japan)
Best Opposite Spiker: Im Donghyeok (South Korea)
Best Libero: Kenta Ichikawa (Japan)

The 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship was the fifteenth edition of the world championship for men’s national teams under the age of 19. The tournament was hosted by Bahrain in Riffa from 18 to 27 August 2017. 20 teams from the 5 confederations competed in the tournament.

Sources: FIVB | U19 Boys 2017 (News), Wikipedia | 2017 FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship, Young Journalists Club, Borna News, IRNA

Iran wins 12 medals at the 2017 X World Games in Poland

The 2017 X World Games is a major international multi-sport event, meant for sports, disciplines or events within a sport, that are not contested in the Olympic Games, held in Wrocław, Poland.

Iran sent a delegation of 19 athletes that competed in 7 disciplines: Archery, Billiard sports, Ju-Jitsu, Karate, Kickboxing, Muaythai and Sport climbing, winning 12 medals (two gold, eight silver and two bronze). All Iranian athletes that did not win a medal reached the quarterfinals.

3214 athletes from 102 countries participated in a total of 201 events in 27 official sport disciplines as well as in 21 events in 4 invitational sports, that included American football, Indoor rowing, Kickboxing, and Motorcycle speedway.This is the first time that Floorball, Lacrosse and Muaythai have been included in the World Games as official sports.

Iran at the 2017 X World Games
16px-Gold_medal_icon.svg Karate – Men’s Kumite 84kg: Zabiollah Poorshab
16px-Gold_medal_icon.svg Sport Climbing – Men’s Speed: Reza Alipourshenazandifar
16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Archery – Men’s Compound: Esmaeil Ebadi
16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Ju-Jitsu –
Men’s 94kg Fighting: Mohsen Hamid Aghchay
16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Karate –
Women’s Kumite +68kg: Hamideh Abbasali
16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Karate –
Men’s Kumite 60kg: Amir Mehdizadeh
16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Karate –
Men’s Kumite 75kg: Aliasghar Asiabari
16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Karate –
Men’s Kumite +84kg: Sajad Ganjzadeh
16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Muaythai –
Men’s 63.5kg: Ali Zarinfar
16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Muaythai –
Men’s 71kg: Masoud Minaei
Bronze_medal_icon.svg Billiard Sports – Mixed Snooker: Soheil Vahedi
Bronze_medal_icon.svg Kickboxing Men’s K1 86kg: Omid Nosrati (* invitational sport)

Sources: Wikipedia | 2017 World Games, 2017 X World Games | Iranian medals, Wikipedia | Iran at the 2017 World Games, Facebook @TWG2017

Iran won eight medals at Asian u-20 Chess Championship

Young Iranian chess players won two gold, three silver and three bronze medals at the 2017 Asian Juniors u-20 Chess Championships 2017 held in Shiraz.

India dominated the Asian Junior Girls event, winning gold, silver and bronze. Iran did the same at the Asian Junior Open event: IM Masoud Mosadeghpour won the title, IM Alireza Firouzja won silver and Arash Tahbaz bronze.

Mosadeghpour also finished second in Open Rapid with 5.5 points behind IM Tuan Minh Tran from Vietnam, who won gold with 6.0 points. Iran’s IM Mersad Khodashenas finished third.

In Girls Rapid, WCM Sharma Isha from India stood on top of the podium with 6.0 points followed by Iran’s Anousha Mahdian with 5.0 points. Guddanti Harshita of India ranked third.

At the Asian Junior Girls Blitz event Iran’s WFM Mobina Alinasab won gold followed by Guddanti Harshita from India and Mutriba Hotami from Tajikistan. Tuan Minh Tran from Vietnam won his second gold medal in Open Blitz. India’s IM Bharathakoti Harsha finished second and Amirmasoud Moradi from Iran third.

Finals standings
– Asian Junior – Girls: 1st WIM Ivana Maria Furtado (India), 2nd C.H. Meghna (India), 3rd WFM Rutumbara Bidhar (India)
– Asian Junior – Open: 1st IM Masoud Mosadeghpour (Iran), 2nd IM Alireza Firouzja (Iran), 3rd Arash Tahbaz (Iran)
– Asian Junior – Girls (Rapid): 1st WCM Sharma Isha (India), 2nd Anousha Mahdian (Iran), 3rd Guddanti Harshita (India)
– Asian Junior – Open (Rapid): 1st IM Tuan Minh Tran (Vietnam), 2nd IM Masoud Mosadeghpour (Iran), 3rd IM Mersad Khodashenas (Iran)
– Asian Junior – Girls (Blitz): 1st WFM Mobina Alinasab (Iran), 2nd Guddanti Harshita (India), 3rd Mutriba Hotami (Tajikistan)
– Asian Junior – Open (Blitz): 1st IM Tuan Minh Tran (Vietnam), 2nd IM Bharathakoti Harsha (India), 3rd Amirmasoud Moradi (Iran)

Notes
IM: International Master; WCM: Woman Candidate Master; WFM: Woman FIDE Master; WIM: Woman International Master

Source: chess-results.com

Iran wins bronze making Asian history at FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017 (Photos)

Iran ended their Bahamas 2017 campaign on a high with a 5-3 win against Italy in the play-off for third place to become Asia’s highest ever finishers at the Beach Soccer World Cup.

Peyman Hosseini, Iran’s goalkeeper, won the adidas Golden Glove award and Mohammad Ahmadzadeh won the adidas Golden Ball as best player of the tournament and also the adidas Bronze Scorer award with nine goals and one assist.

Italian player Gabriele Gori scored two goals to move beyond Dejan Stankovic into second place for biggest hauls at a single competition. Goalkeeper Peyman Hosseini has had a stand-out tournament. Having scored the first goal of Bahamas 2017 with a long-range volley, he has been a crucial part of Iran’s success on the goalkeeping front too. During their play-off for third place against Italy, he made a stunning, off-balance diving foot save early in the match that got the crowd out of their seats.

Awards
adidas Golden Ball: Mohammad Ahmadzadeh (Iran)
adidas Silver Ball: Mauricinho (Brazil)
adidas Bronze Ball: Datinha (Brazil)
adidas Golden Scorer: Gabriele Gori (Italy)
adidas Silver Scorer: Rodrigo (Brazil)
adidas Bronze Scorer: Mohammad Ahmadzadeh
adidas Golden Glove: Peyman Hosseini (Iran)
Fair Play Award: Brazil

Video: Bronze medal match highlights – Iran vs. Italy

Sources: FIFA 1, FIFA 2, FIFA 3

Iranian Reza Alipour sets new world record at the 2017 Climbing World Cup in China

Reza Alipour and Iuliia Kaplina set new speed world records and won gold at IFSC World Cup in Nanjing, China. Shauna Coxsey and Keita Watabe topped the podium in bouldering.

The previous men’s speed world record was set at 5.60 seconds by Danyil Boldyrev at the 2014 IFSC World Championships. Reza Alipourshenazandifar posted a new men’s speed world record of 5.48 seconds in the semi-final race against Bassa Mawem of France, who finished 4th. The Iranian star registered no times above 6 seconds, and completed the historic weekend with a victory in the final against Aleksandr Shikov of Russia. Vladislav Deulin finished in 3rd place.

The IFSC Climbing World Cup is a series of climbing competitions held annually and organized by the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC). The athletes compete in three disciplines: lead, bouldering and speed.

Since 2007 the IFSC has created a standard wall for the world record. The holds and order are always identical, and the difficulty rating is around F6b, which is a level most recreational climbers could complete.

Video: Speed Climbing highlights @IFSC Climbing World Cup Nanjing 2017

Sources: Wikipedia | IFSC Climbing World Cup, Wikipedia | Speed climbing, IFSC | 2017 Nanjing WC Competition Report

U.S Wrestlers welcomed by chanting Iranian fans with gifts and flowers at the Freestyle World Cup 2017

The applause began as Team USA walked into the crowded stadium here at the Freestyle World Cup Wrestling championships in Kermanshah, Iran. The Iranians in the crowd whooped, cheered, and began chanting the name of Jordan Burroughs, the best known athlete here. […]

So it was again in Kermanshah, as Iranian fans welcomed Team USA — a powerhouse of the sport — with gifts and flowers. […]

“The welcome has been so gracious, it’s great being here,” said Burroughs, who has more Instagram followers from the Iranian capital Tehran than any other city in the world. “The reaction I get from fans here is more than what I get back in the States.” […]
— Source: Time

Unlike in politics, in wrestling there is a great deal of awe and respect between the US and Iran. “I have been wrestling overseas for three years now and every Iranian I have ever come in contact with has been extremely respectful, extremely polite,” US Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder said during a training session. “[While] there’s a little bit of turmoil politically, you definitely don’t see that within the sport. We respect each other as competitors and as people,” Snyder told CNN.

Wrestling is one of Iran’s favorite sports and many of team USA’s wrestlers are celebrities here. “In America we are misfits. In Iran we are heroes, so it is really cool to see,” Burroughs said. We’ve come to win before any political stance, but we think it’s an opportunity to show how cool and how great of a relationship we have on such an intricate level, “Burroughs said before Friday’s final. “[It’s about] seeing the people, being engaged with them and understanding their culture as much as we can before we make any big decisions about who they truly are.”
— Source: CNN

Winning the Freestyle Wrestling World Cup title for the sixth time in a row, Iran defeated USA in the 2017 final match, while Azerbaijan placed third with a victory over Turkey.

Later the US team wrote on their Instagram: “Thank you to the wonderful Iranian fans for cheering on our men throughout the World Cup & being gracious hosts!”

Detailed finals results: IRAN (IRI) 5 : 3 UNITED STATES (USA)
57 kg – Hassan Sabzali RAHIMI (IRI) df. Anthony Joseph RAMOS (USA), 6-0
61 kg – Masoud Mahmoud ESMAEILPOORJOUYBARI (IRI) df. Logan Jeffery STIEBER (USA), 6-2
65 kg – Meisam Abolfazl NASIRI (IRI) df. Frank Aniello MOLINARO (USA), 5-4
70 kg – Mostafa Mohabbali HOSSEINKHANI (IRI) df. James Malcolm GREEN (USA), 2-0
74 kg – Jordan Ernest BURROUGHS (USA) df. Peyman Morteza YARAHMADI (IRI), 3-2
86 kg – David Morris TAYLOR III (USA) df. Hassan Aliazam YAZDANICHARATI (IRI) by FALL, 10-4
97 kg – Kyle SNYDER (USA) df. Amir MOHAMMADI (IRI), 6-0
125 kg – Komeil GHASEMI (IRI) df. Nicholas Edward GWIAZDOWSKI (USA), 5-0

Other sources: teamusa.org, Instagram @alliseeisgold, Instagram @usawrestling, Instagram @unitedworldwrestling, unitedworldwrestling.org, Azad News Agency, BORNA, FARS 1, FARS 2, IRNA, ISNA, Tasnim News

Iran writes history at the 2016 Futsal World Cup

For the first time in the history of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Iran won a bronze medal, as they claimed third place after a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Portugal following a 2-2 draw. The Iranians came from two goals down to take the third-place match to a dramatic penalty shootout, where six rounds of spot kicks were needed to decide the contest. This is the first time ever an Asian team reached the third place.

Iran achieved another first, when reigning and record futsal world champion Brazil was eliminiated in the round of 16, in a thriller that started with Brazil leading 3:1 against Iran and then losing on penalties after Iran fought back to a 4:4 draw. Brazilian futsal legend, Falcao, scored three goals, in what turned out to be his final game and as one, the entire Iran team went to Falcao to say their own farewells, throwing him into the air in celebration of a career that has left an indelible mark on futsal.

Last but not least, Iranian pivot Ahmad Esmaeilpour won the Bronze Ball. He is the first Asian player to be selected as one of the tournament’s top three players.

The 8th edition of the FIFA Futsal World Cup was held in Colombia from September 10th to October 1st, 2016.

Iranian squad
Goalkeepers: Sepehr Mohammadi (1) and Alireza Samimi (2). Defenders: Mohammad Keshavarz (4), Hamid Ahmadi (5), Afshin Kazemi (9) and Farhad Tavakoli (13). Wings: Mohammadreza Sangsefidi (6), Ali Hassan Zadeh (7), Ghodrat Bahadori (8), Mohammad Taheri (10), Mehran Alighadr (11). Pivots: Ahmad Esmaeilpour (3), Hossein Tayebi (12) and Mahdi Javid (14). Coach: Seyed Nazemalsharieh.

Sources: Wikipedia | 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup, FIFA | Futsal World Cup, IRNA

Overview: Iran at the 2016 Rio Paralympics (Photos)

The XV Summer Paralympics were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016. Iran sent a delegation of 111 athletes (23 women and 88 men)  that competed in 12 disciplines (Archery, Athletics, Canoe Sprint, Cycling Road, Football 5-a-side, Football 7-a-side, Judo, Powerlifting, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming and Wheelchair Basketball).

Eshrat Kordestani, player of Iran women’s sitting volleyball team, was the delegation’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony. Iran ranked 15th in Rio 2016, winning a total of 24 medals: 10 gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze. Sareh Javanmardi was the most succesful Iranian athlete in Rio 2016, winning two gold medals.

On September 17th, one day before the XV Summer Paralympics ended, the tragic death of Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad shocked everyone. He had sustained severe injuries to his neck in a serious crash that had happened during men’s C4/C5 road race. After receiving emergency treatment at the scene, he suffered a cardiac arrest while being transported to hospital. He later passed away in intensive care.

Flags were lowered to half-mast across the Paralympic Village and a minute of silence was held in memory of Bahman Golbanezhad at the men’s sitting volleyball final, one of the last events of the Games. The Iranian flag was flown at half mast at the final, while the Iranian team dedicated their gold medal to the memory of Golbanezhad. A minute of silence was also held during the closing ceremony of the Rio Paralympic Games as a tribute to Golbanezhad.

Golbarnezhad was born and raised in Abadan, Iran. During the Iran-Iraq war, he relocated to Shiraz. In 1988, he lost his lower left leg when he walked on a land mine. Three years after his injury, he started his professional sporting career first as a wrestler, then he turned to powerlifting, winning twelve gold medals and one silver medal, according to the Iranian Veterans and Disabled Sports Federation. He stopped weightlifting due to a shoulder injury and started cycling in 2002, winning bronze in C4 at the 2010 Asian Para Games. He qualified for 2012 London Paralympics the same year that his wife died due to cancer. Golbarnezhad and his wife had one son.

MEDAL COUNT & NEW RECORDS SET BY IRANIAN ATHLETES
PR: Paralympic Record / WR: World Record / FPR: Final Paralympic Record
16px-Gold_medal_icon.svg Gold – Archery – Men’s Individual Recurve Open: Gholamreza Rahimi
16px-Gold_medal_icon.svg Gold – Archery – Women’s Individual Recurve Open: Zahra Nemati
16px-Gold_medal_icon.svg Gold – Athletics – Men’s Javelin Throw – F57: Mohammad Khalvandi – 46.12m WR
16px-Gold_medal_icon.svg Gold – Powerlifting – Men’s 80kg: Majid Farzin – 240kg PR & WR
16px-Gold_medal_icon.svg Gold – Powerlifting – Men’s +107kg: Siamand Rahman – 310kg PR & WR
16px-Gold_medal_icon.svg Gold – Shooting – Mixed 50m pistol SH1: Sareh Javanmardi – 189.5 FPR
16px-Gold_medal_icon.svg Gold – Shooting – Women’s 10m pistol SH1: Sareh Javanmardi – 193.4 FPR
16px-Gold_medal_icon.svg Gold – Sitting Volleyball – Men’s: Meisam Ali Pour, Davoud Alipourian (c), Mahdi Babadi, Sadegh Bigdeli, Hossein Golestani, Arash Khormali, Majid Lashkarisanami, Mehrzad Mehravan, Morteza Mehrzadselakjani, Abolfazl Oliyaei, Ramezan Salehihajikolaei and Isa Zirahi. Coach: Hadi Rezaei.
16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Silver
– Archery –
Team recurve open: Zahra Nemati, Ebrahim Ranjbar
16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Silver – Athletics – Men’s Discus Throw F54/55/56: Alireza Ghaleh Naseri
16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Silver – Athletics – Men’s Javelin Throw – F13: Sajad Nikparast
16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Silver
– Athletics –
Men’s Javelin Throw – F57: Abdollah Heydari
16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Silver – Athletics – Men’s Shot Put – F12: Saman Pakbaz
16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Silver – Athletics – Men’s Shot Put – F42: Sajjad Mohammadian
16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Silver
– Athletics –
Men’s Shot Put – F54/55: Hamed Amiri – 11.40m WR (in F54)
16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Silver – Football –
5-a-side: Defenders (B1) Mohammad Heidari, Mohammadreza Mehninasab, Amir Pourrazavi and Ahmadreza Shahhosseini. Forwards (B1) Rasool Baseri, Sadegh Rahimighasr, Hossein Rajabpour (c) and Behzad Zadaliasghari. Goalkeepers (sighted) Meysam Shojaeiyan and Akbar Shoushtari. Coaches: Javad Felfeli and Mohammadreza Shaddel Basir.
16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Silver
– Football –
7-a-side: Defenders: Lotfollah Jangjou, Mohammad Kharat, Rastegarimobin Hashem (c) and Hassan Safari. Midfielders: Moslem Akbari, Jasem Bakhshi, Sadegh Hassani Baghi, Mehdi Jamali, Farzad Mehri and Hossein Tiz Bor. Forwards: Rasoul Atashafrouz and Behnam Sohrabi. Goalkeepers: Khazaeipirsarabi Moslem and Babak Safarikourabbasloo. Coach: Amin Allahmani.
Bronze_medal_icon.svg Bronze Archery – Men’s Ind. Recurve Open: Ebrahim Ranjbar – 637 PR (72 arrw. rkg. rd)
Bronze_medal_icon.svg Bronze – Athletics – Men’s 1500m T20: Peyman Nasiri Bazanjani
Bronze_medal_icon.svg Bronze Athletics – Men’s Javelin Throw – F34: Mohsen Kaedi
Bronze_medal_icon.svg Bronze Athletics – Men’s Javelin Throw – F38: Javad Hardani
Bronze_medal_icon.svg Bronze – Athletics – Men’s Shot Put – F53: Asadollah Azimi
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Bronze – Athletics – Men’s Shot Put – F56/57: Javid Ehsani Shakib
Bronze_medal_icon.svg Bronze – Powerlifting – Men’s -107 kg: Ali Sadeghzadeh

The Iran men’s national sitting volleyball team is the most succesful team worldwide. Since their first appearance at the Summer Paralympics in 1988, they have always reached the finals, winning gold except in 2004 and 2012, when they won silver. Since 1984 they have placed among the best three at the World Championships, winning gold in 1984, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2010, silver in 2006 and bronze in 2002 and 2014.

The most succesful Iranians in the history of the Paralympics are athletes Ghader Modabber Raz and Mokhtar Nourafshan, followed by sitting volleyball player Ali Kashfia.

Ghader Modabber Raz competed in F51/F52 Men’s Discus Throw, Javelin Throw and Shot Put in Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. He won a total of five gold and one bronze medals. Mokhtar Nourafshan competed in 1988, 1996, 2000 and 2004 in F53/F54/F55 Men’s Discus Throw, Javelin Throw and Shot Put, winning four gold, two silver and one bronze medals. Ali Kashfia represented Iran in men’s sitting volleyball at the Paralympics from 1988 to 2000, winning four gold medals.

Archer Zahra Nemati and shooter Sareh Javanmardi are Iran’s most succesful women. Nemati won twice gold, once silver and once bronze at the Paralympic Games in London 2012 and Rio 2016, while Javanmardi won two gold and one bronze medals .

Hadi Rezaei won three gold medals as a player at the men’s sitting volleyball event (1988, 1992, 1996) but added three gold (2000, 2008, 2016) and two silver medals (2004, 2012) as a coach.

Related articles:
The other Iran | 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships
The other Iran | Iran in Rio 2016

Sources: Rio 2016 | Iran, Wikipedia | Iran at the 2016 Summer Paralympics, Wikipedia | Bahman Golbarnezhad, BBC | Bahman Golbarnezhad (in Persian), paralympic.org | Biographies, paralympic.org | Statement, The Guardian, news.xinhuanet.com, Young Journalists Club | Closing ceremony, Tasnim News Agency | Opening ceremony, Daily Mail | Opening ceremony, avax.news | Opening ceremony, The Baltimore Sun | Darkroom, paralympic.org | Historical results, Wikipedia | Iran men’s national sitting volleyball team,

Rio 2016: Zahra Nemati – Iranian archer

Born in April 1985 in Kerman, Iran, Nemati took up taekwondo when she was only eight. Ten years later, in 2003 she suffered a spinal injury during a road accident and both of her legs were paralyzed. After spending two months in the hospital, she returned home in a wheelchair. This would have been the end of a sporting career for most people, but not for Nemati.

On Friday August 5th, 2016, Nemati lead Iranian athletes as flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She is the only Iranian woman ever to have won a Paralympic gold medal and the only Iranian athlete who has qualified for both the 2016 Olympics and the 2016 Paralympics.

She is also the only Iranian athlete who has received the coveted Sport Accord’s Spirit of Sport Individual Award in 2013 and the first Iranian athlete to be named athlete of the year by the International Olympics Committee.

Nevertheless, she is not the first woman from Iran to participate at the Olympic games as flag bearer, as stated in many news articles. In fact, in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympics, sports shooter Lida Fariman was the first woman to lead Iran’s contingent. At the time, Fariman was the first woman from Iran to participate at the Olympics since the Islamic revolution of 1979.

In 2008, at the Beijing Olympics, rower Homa Hosseini (women’s single sculls) also led the Iranian delegation, as well as alpine skier Marjan Kalhor (slalom and giant slalom); she was Iran’s flag bearer in 2010 at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Related article:
The Guardian | Trail-blazer Zahra Nemati wins hearts and minds with stirring effort in archery

I am posting daily updates on Iranian athletes’ performances and events at Rio 2016 Olympics here: The other Iran | Iran in Rio 2016

Sources: IranWire, Hindustan TimesBUSTLE, NBC Olympics, NBC News, worldarchery.org

Leila Peykan Pour wins national rally championship (Photos)

Leila Peykan Pour, racing driver from Isfahan, won a national rally championship in KIA Pride Class Standard in Tehran’s Azadi Sports Complex. Forty six drivers from eight provinces competed in four classes.

Sources: fararu.com, Azad News Agency (ANA) 1, ANA 2

Rio 2016: Mahsa Javar – Iranian rower (women’s single sculls)

Mahsa Javar, born 1994 in Zanjan, is competing in Women’s Single Sculls at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Saturday, August 6th (9:30am local time).

She won a bronze medal in Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Sculls at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea and a silver medal in the same discipline at the 2013 Asian Championships in Lu’an, China.

Photos: Mahsa Javar training for the Olympic Games at Azadi Sport Complex, Tehran – July 2016

Sources: ISNA, Wikipedia | Mahsa Javar (in Persian)

Iran wins gold at U18 Asian Basketball Championships (Photos)

Iran have been crowned champions of the 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship after beating Japan 71-65 in the final held at Azadi Basketball Hall in Tehran. It is the third time Iran have won the title of this competition after previous wins in 2004 and 2008.

The hosts lost to Japan and Korea in the group stage, but dethroned the three-time reigning champions China in the quarterfinals and won against Korea in the semifinals. Korea got past Lebanon 86-63 in the 3rd Place Game.

Iran, Japan and Korea will represent Asia at the 2017 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Egypt.

Sources: IRNA, FIBA 1, FIBA 2, Wikipedia | 2016 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship

Iran wins gold at World Youth Chess Olympiad (Photos)

The World Youth under-16 Chess Olympiad 2016 was held in Slovakia from July 21st to July 30th and attracted 261 players from 40 countries.

Iran faced Slovakia 2, Austria, Canada, Hungary, Armenia, Russia, Belarus, Serbia and Romania. Parham Maghsoodloo, Alireza Firouzja, FM Aryan Gholami, Arash Tahbaz, WFM Anahita Zahedifar and team captain Khosro Harandi finished first winning gold for Iran for the second consecutive year. Silver went to Russia and bronze to Armenia.

The Iranian team achieved very good performances in recent years at this event: 2016 (1st), 2015 (1st), 2014 (3rd), 2013 (8th), 2012 (2nd) and 2011 (3rd). As of August 2016, Iran has five top 100 junior players (FIDE).

Iranian team results after each round
Round 1 – Iran 4 : 0 Slovakia 2
Round 2 – Austria 2 : 2 Iran
Round 3 – Iran 4 : 0 Canada
Round 4 – Hungary 1 : 3 Iran
Round 5 – Iran 3 : 1 Armenia
Round 6 – Russia 1 : 3 Iran
Round 7 – Belarus 1 : 3 Iran
Round 8 – Iran 3 ½ : ½ Serbia
Round 9 – Iran 2 ½ : 1 ½ Romania

Sources: World Youth Chess Olympiad (WYCO) 2016 (Gallery), WYCO 2016 (Results by country), WYCO 2016 (Best players by board), FIDE (Top 100 junior players – Aug. 2016)

Photos: Women’s cross country competition in Shiraz, Iran

Athletes in adults and youth categories competed in Shiraz, Fars Province to qualify for a place in Iran’s national team.

Sources: Young Journalists Club (YJC) 1, YJC 2, IRNA 1, IRNA 2, ISNA, iribnews.ir, Mehr News Agency, Borna News

Rio 2016: Iran men’s volleyball team realise Olympic dream after 52 years of waiting (Photos)

Iran achieved a historic feat as they earned their first-ever Olympic Games qualification, after they handed world champion Poland their first defeat in the tournament 3-1 (25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 34-32) at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

Hosts Japan were joined by the three best ranked Asian teams (Iran, Australia and China), the second and third teams from the European Olympic Qualification Tournament (France and Poland), as well as the second placed teams from the South American and NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournaments (Venezuela and Canada).

Mohammad Mousavi was the tournament’s best blocker, Saeid Marouf was best setter and Milad Ebadipour was best receiver.

The foundation of the current Iranian team was created nearly 10 years ago. At that time, Iran was 26th in the FIVB Rankings, behind other Asian teams. Today, Iran is ranked 8th in the world  and, as the strongest Asian team, they have won the 2011 and 2013 Asian Volleyball Championships and the 2014 Asian Games.

Sources: FIVB, FIVB Men World Olympic Qualification Tournament (WOQT) Japan 2016, WOQT Japan 2016, The Japan Times, Wikipedia | Iran men’s national volleybal team, FIVB World Rankings (2015.10), WOQT Japan 2016 (Iran-Venezuela), WOQT Japan 2016 (Iran-Poland), Tasnim News Agency (Iran-Poland), Tasnim News Agency (Iran-Japan), WOQT Japan 2016 (Iran-France)

Iran wins multiple medals at Asian Youth Chess Championship 2016 in Mongolia

The Asian Youth Chess Championship 2016 was held in April in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. More than 470 players from 18 countries competed in blitz, rapid and classical chess.

Iran got twenty three top 10 spots and took home a total of eight medals. Artin Ashraf was the most succesful Iranian player winning two times gold (u8 Open, u8 Open Rapid) and Mobina Alinasab was the most succesful Iranian girl winning one gold and one silver medal (u16 Girls, u16 Girls Blitz). Mersad Khodashenas won one gold and one bronze (u18 Open, u18 Open Blitz), Arash Tahbaz one gold (u16 Open), Mahdi Gholami Orimi one silver (u14 Open Blitz) and Nima Ferendeski one bronze medal (u16 Open Blitz).

Detailed results
Fatemeh Mashhadi (4th U8 Girls Blitz, 6th U8 Girls, 32nd U8 Girls Rapid)
Artin Ashraf (1st U8 Open, 1st U8 Open Rapid, 16th U8 Open Blitz)

Fatemeh Khodadadi (4th U10 Girls, 19th U10 Girls Blitz, 23rd U10 Girls Rapid)
Soshiyant Nejatpour (11th U10 Open Blitz, 19th U10 Open, 22U10 Open Rapid)

Seyede Setare Sebt Rasoul (6th U12 Girls Blitz, 7th U12 Girls Rapid, 9th U12 Girls)
Mani Jahedi (4th U12 Open Blitz, 6th U12 Open Rapid, 14th U12 Open)

Mitra Asgharzadeh (8th U14 Girls, 25th U14 Girls Rapid, 29th U14 Girls Blitz)
Mahdi Gholami Orimi (2nd U14 Open Blitz, 4th U14 Open, 23rd U14 Open Rapid)

Mobina Alinasab (1st U16 Girls, 2nd U16 Girls Blitz, 21st U16 Girls Rapid)
Nima Ferendeski (3rd U16 Open Blitz, 7th U16 Open Rapid, 14th U16 Open)
Arash Tahbaz (1st U16 Open, 5th U16 Open Blitz, 13th U16 Open Rapid)

Mohadeseh Alijanzadeh (6th U18 Girls Rapid, 9th U18 Girls, 12th U18 Girls Blitz)
Mersad Khodashenas (1st U18 Open, 3rd U18 Open Blitz)
Seyed Khalil Mousavi (19th U18 Open)

Sources: chess-results.com (Blitz), chess-results.com (Rapid), chess-results.com (Classical chess), Facebook | Asian Youth Chess Championship 2016 – Mongolia

Rio 2016: Iran secured three table tennis spots (Photos)

The 2016 Asian Table Tennis Olympic Qualification Tournament was held this April in Hong Kong, with a total of eleven places available in each of the Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles events, divided into East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia, West Asia and Middle Asia Zones.

Neda Shahsavari and Nima Alamian got two direct spots to Rio 2016, as winners in the Middle Asia Zone. Noshad Alamiyan had to face his brother Nima in the finals and lost. However, in the second stage, he recorded a 4-1 success over Hong Kong’s Jiang Tianyi, securing Iran’s third Olympic spot.

Rio 2016 will mark Nima Alamian’s first appearance at the Olympic Games. Noshad Alamiyan and Neda Shahsavari will participate for the second time. Shahsavari became in London 2012 the first woman to represent Iran in table tennis at the Olympic Games.

Earlier this year, the Iranian women’s team surprised many as they got the gold medal in the third division of the 54th World Team Table Tennis Championships in Malaysia. The trio formed by Mahjobeh Omrani, Neda Shahsavari and Maryam Samet recorded a three matches to nil win against Uzbekistan.

The World Team Championships are played on a “Division” system with 24 teams in each of the first three divisions while all other teams form a 4th Division. The first division is also the Championship Division as only teams in this division can compete for the title of World Champions.

Photos: Iranian table tennis players at 2016 ITTF Asia Olympic Games Qualification Tournament and Iran women’s table tennis team at 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championship in Malysia

Sources: Mehr News Agency (MNA) 1, MN 2, ittf.com 1, Flicker | ITTF World, hktta.org.hk, ittf.com 2MNA 3, ittf.com 3, IRNA, perfectwttc2016.com.my

Iran ranks first in IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships

IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships 2016 was held in Dubai, UAE. Iran was ranked first with a total of 23 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze. China finished second with 16 gold, 9 silver and 5 bronze. India was third, Japan finished in fourth place and the UAE took the fifth spot.

The event brought together about 300 athletes from almost 30 countries. A total of 29 athletes, 23 men and 6 women, represented Iran at the 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships.

New Asian records set by Iranian athletes
Amini Nogourani, Mahnaz – Women’s Shot Put F57 (Result: 8.10m)
Motaghian Moavi, Hashemiyeh – Women’s Discus Throw F56 (Result: 20.83m)
Amiri, Hamed – Men’s Shot Put F54 (Result: 9.69m)
Arekhi, Nour Mohammad – Men’s Discus Throw F11 (Result: 35.16m)
Mokhtari Hemami, Alireza – Men’s Shot Put F53 (Result: 7.61m)

Medals won by Iranian athletes
Women
Amini Nogourani, Mahnaz – 1 gold medal: shot put F56/57
Kermani, Faezeh – 1 silver medal: javelin throw F34; 1 bronze medal: shot put F32-34
Motaghian Moavi, Hashemiyeh – 2 gold medals: javelin throw F55/56, discus throw F54-57
Sedghi Saghinsara, Marziyeh – 1 gold medal: shot put F52-55
Soltani, Maryam – 1 gold medal: javelin throw F34
Men
Abdolpour, Amin – 1 gold medal: 1500m T37/38/46
Aliasghar, Seyed – 1 gold medal: shot put F35/36
Alikhani Faradonbeh, Ahmadreza – 1 bronze medal: 200m T37
Alizadeh, Mehdi – 1 gold medal: shot put F32/33; 1 silver medal: javelin throw F33/34
Alvanpour, Mohammad – 1 gold medal: javelin throw F55/56
Amiri, Hamed – 3 gold medals: javelin throw F53/54, shot put F53/54, discus throw F54-56
Arekhi, Nour Mohammad – 2 gold medals: shot put F11/12, discus throw F11-13; 1 silver medal: javelin throw F11-13
Asghari, Mahdi – 1 gold medal: shot put F42/44
Beit Sayah, Sadegh – 1 silver medal: shot put F40/41
Doolabi, Ramezanali – 1 gold medal: shot put F46
Elahi, Ali (Guide: Marghashi, Javad) – 1 gold medal: 1500m T13
Eslami, Hamid (Guide: Salehimanesh, Hossein) – 1 silver medal: 5000m T11
Golpasandhagh, Parviz – 2 bronze medals: shot put F55/56, discus throw F54-56
Hashemzadeh Shadyari, Mahdi – 1 silver medal: discus throw F46; 1 bronze medal: shot put F46
Jokar, Abdolreza – 1 silver medal: javelin throw F53/54
Khosravi, Arash (Guide: Marghashi, Javad) – 2 gold: 100m T11, 200m T11; 1 silver: 400m T12
Lotfi, Arian – 1 silver medal: shot put F11/12; 1 bronze medal: discus throw F11-13
Mokhtari Hemami, Alireza – 1 gold medal: discus throw F51-53; 1 silver medal: shot put F53/54
Moradikoochi, Mahdi – 1 bronze medal: 100m T13
Ojaghlou, Ahmad – 3 gold medals: 100m T47, 200m T47, 400m T47

Sources: Wikipedia | IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championship 2016, paralympic.org, Press TV, parasport-news.com, Facebook | IPC Athletics, Instagram @saaiy_92, Instagram @dcduae, insidethegames.biz, paralympics.org | Medalists by event, paralympics.org | Records

World Cup 2018 Qualifications: Sunni, Christian, Shiite players score goals for Iran in one game

Three Iranian players with three different religions scored goals in the same international match, that Iran won with 3:0.

Iran Christian Sunni and Shia players

It was during the AFC World Cup 2018 Qualification game against India.

Iranian national team’ goals in the match, held in Indian city of Bangalore, were scored by three different players:

Sardar Azmoun, who scored the first goal for Iran, is born in Gonbad-e Kavus in north-eastern Iran into a Sunni family. He is an Iranian Turkmen, and speaks fluently both languages: Turkmen and Persian.

Iran’s second goal was scored by Andranik Teymourian, an Iranian Armenian. Teymourian has become the first Christian to lead Iran’s national football team as its permanent captain.
Some very interesting article on Andranik Teymourian: https://theotheriran.com/tag/andranik-teymourian/

Mehdi Taremi, who is Shiite like many other Iranians, scored last goal in a match that ended with the hosts suffering a 3-0 defeat against Iran in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match at Kanteerava Stadium.

Other interesting articles and photo series regarding Iran’s minorities: https://theotheriran.com/tag/minorities/

Sources: RealIran.com, wikipedia | Sardar Azmoun

Iran wins gold at 2015 Youth & Cadets Chess World Championship

Almost 1,600 chess players from 92 countries took part at the FIDE World Youth & Cadets Championship 2015 in Greece. India dominated the event, winning 11 medals, among them 5 gold. Iran and Bulgaria complete the top three with one gold and one bronze medal each. Azerbaijan, Germany, Greece, Uzbekistan and Vietnam have one gold medal each. Russia and USA took 4 medals each, but none of them was gold.

Iranian chess player Mosadeghpour Masoud cruised to the victory with 9.5 points from 11 games in the Open U18 leaving the nearest followers a full point behind. He has achieved the IM title norm after the completion of the event, showing that the rise of Iranian chess is real, notably in the males now, since the women had already made their mark more than once. After Iranian Pouya Idani’s surprise win in the 2013 WCCY Open U18, Masoud is now the nation’s second gold just two years later. (Final ranking of the Iranian players below).

Photo gallery: Iranians at WYCC 2015

Iranian players: Final ranking at WYCC 2015 after 11 rounds
1st Mosadeghpour Masoud (IM) – Open U18 – (Rank 1 out of 116 participants)
3rd Gholami Aryan (FM) – Open U14 – (Rank 3 out of 150 participants)
6th Asadi Motahare (WFM) – Girls U12 – (Rank 6 out of 120 participants)
6th Firouzja Alireza – Open U12 – (Rank 6 out of 150 participants)
8th Lorparizangeneh Shahin (IM) – Open U16 – (Rank 8 out of 150 participants)
9th Derakhshani Dorsa (WIM) – Girls U18 – (Rank 9 out of 80 participants)
11th Alinasab Mobina (WFM) – Girls U16 – (Rank 11 out of 95 participants)
12th Maghsoodloo Parham – Open U16 – (Rank 12 out of 150 participants)
12th Tabatabaei M.Amin (IM) – Open U14 – (Rank 12 out of 150 participants)
13th Khodashenas Mersad – Open U18 – (Rank 13 out of 116 participants)
18th Gholami Orimi Anahita (WIM) – Girls U18 – (Rank 18 out of 80 participants)
21st Baradaran Tamadon Arian – Open U10 – (Rank 21 out of 150 participants)
22nd Mahdian Anousha – Girls U12 – (Rank 22 out of 120 participants)
25th Daneshvar Bardiya – Open U10 – (Rank 25 out of 150 participants)
29th Kalantari Sedigheh (WFM) – Girls U14 – (Rank 29 out of 125 participants)
42nd Tahbaz Arash – Open U16 – (Rank 42 out of 150 participants)
59th Mahjoob Zardast Artemis – Girls U8 – (Rank 59 out of 87 participants)
63rd Hashemi Seyede Fatemeh – Girls U14 – (Rank 63 out of 125 participants)

Sources: FIDE WYCC 2015, chess-results.com, chessbase.com, IRNA