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Why did Queiroz walk out on Iran?

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 By John Duerden

Reza Ghoochannejhad leads the way for Iranian strikers in Europe

iran forward Reza Ghoochannejhad
Iran striker Reza Ghoochannejhad has scored 13 league goals in 22 matches for Heerenveen his season.

Last Sunday was memorable for Iran's football fans around the world. In the Eredivisie, two top-six teams were lining up, with both featuring a striker from the West Asian nation. Alireza Jahanbakhsh was in AZ Alkmaar's attack, while Reza Ghoochannejhad was leading the line for SC Heerenveen. The former was on the winning team while the latter ended up on the scoresheet.

Iran have been Asia's top-ranked side for four years, and are well on course for a fifth World Cup appearance in 2018. "Team Melli,"...

 By John Duerden

Carlos Queiroz opens up on Iran, World Cup qualifiers and Branko Ivankovic

Carlos Quieroz
Carlos Queiroz resigned from the Iran national team manager's job on Saturday.

Iran have been the top-ranked Asian nation, according to FIFA, for four years. They were unbeaten in 2016 and sit on top of Group A in the final round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup, well-placed to secure back-to-back finals places for the first time.

But coach Carlos Queiroz has just resigned and the situation surrounding the national team is febrile. Not for the first time, in either case. This is different, however, insists the coach who took the job in 2011.

The former Real...

 By Paul Murphy

Thailand teenager Supachok sparks Buriram as coach Ghotbi exits

Narubadin Weerawatnodom hailed Buriram United's fighting spirit as a 2-1 victory at Army United took them a step closer to clinching third spot in the Premier League of Thailand (PLT).

However, the reigning champions will need a new head coach to take them over the line after the sensational announcement of Afshin Ghotbi's departure following his side's win.

Elsewhere, Bangkok United dropped what could be a crucial two points as they drew 1-1 at Nakhon Ratchasima, while league leaders Muang Thong...

 By John Duerden

Iran's Sardar Azmoun has the potential to become better than Ali Daei

Sardar Azmoun is one of the top young players in the world.

Nobody has scored more international goals than Iran legend Ali Daei. Indeed, the image of the striker wheeling away in celebration is forever stuck in the memory of a generation of fans in Asia.

Daei, who deserves his global status, found the net an amazing 109 times in 149 games before his international retirement in 2006. It is a record that could last forever, though it could also be broken by a young compatriot.

Sardar Azmoun has some time to go before we can think about records, but the 21-year-old...

 By John Duerden

Asian success is what sets Iran's Esteghlal apart from the rest

Esteghlal FC are one of the biggest clubs in Iranian football.

Esteghlal, formerly known as Taj, remain top of the Persian Gulf Pro League after a 1-1 draw with Persepolis last weekend.

The Blues have eight domestic titles and two continental crowns to their name, making them one of Asia's biggest clubs. Seen as part of the establishment, in contrast to the more populist Persepolis, their biggest rivals, Esteghlal have plenty of history. ESPN FC counts down their top five moments.

5. Sending the first Iranian to play in Europe

We all know legends such as Park...

 By John Duerden

Iranian giants Persepolis' top five magic moments in history

Persepolis are one of the most well-supported clubs in Iran.

They're nine-time champions of Iran and one of the biggest clubs in Asia. Persepolis not only have millions of supporters in their homeland, but they're also followed by the majority of Iranians living abroad.

Here are Persepolis' five greatest moments, according to ESPN FC:

1. That goal in 2008

The cliché goes that if you wrote this as a movie script it would be dismissed as too far-fetched. But no, anyone with any sense of drama and excitement would start casting immediately.

Which actor...