Ararat Armenian Sports Club and it’s stars

the Ararat Armenian Sports Club. Vanak is home to a high concentration of Armenians; half of the approximately 80,000 Armenians in Iran live in Tehran, and most of those Tehrani Armenians live within Vanak and its orbit.

The Ararat Armenian Sports Club predates the Revolution and predates Reza Shah Pahlavi.

The Sports Club is home to FC Ararat Tehran, a borderline-defunct soccer club that produced two heroes of Iranians, Armenians, and of course Armenian-Iranians. Andranik Eskandarian played for two years at Ararat before moving onto Taj (now Esteghlal due to yet another Revolution-necessitated makeover) as a stalwart defender. His national teams won the 1968, ‘72, and ‘76 and went to the country’s first World Cup in 1978. Andranik would later move to the United States to play for a legendary New York Cosmos side. A generation later, Andranik Teymourian would play youth ball for Ararat before moving on to Bolton in the English Premier League and one of the most iconic images from the 2006 World Cup: Teymourian collapes after Iran’s game against Angola

Someone like Teymourian can be a hero for Iranians of all religions without a hint of conflict.

The situation of Armenians (and other Christians) in Iran is of course far more normal than prevailing Western discourse may have an outside observer understand. Armenians have different treatment from most Iranians, with special privileges to consume pork, alcohol, and having Sundays off work that Muslims do not enjoy. But they are still effusively Iranian. Surp Khatch, for example, was built in part to memorialize the thousands of Armenian service members killed in the Iran-Iraq War. When Teymourian crosses himself before a match, his countrymen cheer this act as the mark of a pious Iranian.

Unfortunately, these days Ararat FC is far from its glory days. The team last competed in Iran’s top league in the 1995-1996 season.

http://ajammc.com/2012/12/01/towards-an-armenian-iranian-modern-tehran-church-architecture-post-revolutionary-soccer-culture/

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Iranian players handed white roses (a symbol of peace in Iran) to the US players prior to soccer match

American and Iranian team players pose before their historic game at the 1998 World Cup in France, which Iran went on to win 2-1.

The game was an exceptionally fair game and both teams received the fairplay award for the 1998 world cup:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA_Fair_Play_Award

All USA – Iran must read posts on this site: http://theotheriran.com/tag/usa/

Iran wins Friendly against Chile 2:0

Copa America hosts Chile (World Ranking: 42) saw their preparations for the competition hit a bump on Thursday as they were beaten 2-0 by Iran (World Ranking: 15) at St Polten’s NV Arena in Austria.

Sources: FIFA | Chile, FIFA | Iran, Goal.com | Game Stats, Goal.com | Game Report

The American Soccer Coach on Iran’s Bench

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“It’s been a fantastic experience these last three years in Iran,” Gaspar tells TIME. “I’ve never felt being an American was a detriment. I have found it interesting, and everyone has been very respectful.”

“It’s quite a challenge. We look it as an advantage — our guiding principle has always been team above individual,” says Gaspar. “We have established a team that is humble, committed, that’s willing to follow a discipline that we have created.”

Read the whole story here

http://time.com/2878702/world-cup-2014-iran-dan-gaspar/

Other must reads: http://theotheriran.com/tag/top-posts/

Photo gallery: Iranian football fans at the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia

The 2015 Asian Cup started on January 9th and ends on January 31st. Iran reached the quarterfinals but lost to Iraq on penalties in a nerve-wrecking match.

As a goodbye to this year’s Asian Cup a compilation of photos of Iranian fans:

Sources:
mostafagraphy.tumblr.com
Iran beat Bahrain in 2015 Asian Cup opener – in pictures
Asian Cup – The fans of Iran
Bing Image Search

Vahid Shamsaei – futsal’s top international goalscorer of all time.

 

Vahid Shamsaei (Persian: وحید شمسايی ‎, born 21 September 1975 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian futsal player who is futsal‘s top international goalscorer of all time.

 

Vahid Shamsaei

Vahid Shamsaei

He is the leading goalscorer for the national team, the seven time Top Goalscorer of the Asian Futsal Championship.[4]

On 19 May 2007 after scoring 1 goal against Japan in Iran’s 4–1 victory in the final of the 2007 AFC Futsal Championship, he scored his 316th national goal. He is officially the world’s Top Futsal Goalscorer with 14 goals ahead of Manoel Tobias of Brazil national futsal team, the previous holder of the title with 302 goals.

Honours

Country

Club

Individual

  • Best player:
    • AFC Futsal Player of the Year: 2007 [5] – 2008
    • MVP AFC Futsal Championship:1999-2000- 2005 – 2007 – 2008
    • MVP AFC Futsal Club Championship: 2010[6]
    • MVP Futsal Confederations Cup : 2009
    • International special award (2007–08) shared with Ali Daei (Iran Football Federation Award)
    • Best futsal player of the iran (2007–08)

Christian football (soccer) players of Iran

Iran has had a history of integrating members of it´s Christian minority in the national football team. Just to focus on the better known names this small selection should be put forward:

Andranik Eskandarian (Armenian: Անդրանիկ Իսքանտարեան, Persian: آندرانیک اسکندریان‎; born 31 December 1951) is an Iranian-American footballer.”

“Eskandarian was a member of the Iranian team winning the Asia Cup 1976 in Tehran and reaching the quarterfinals of the Olympic Tournament in Montreal in 1976. He also played for Iran in the 1978 World Cup.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andranik_EskandarianAndranik Eskandarian

Edmond Bezik (Persian: ادموند بزيك‎, born 12 August 1975 in Tehran, Iran) is a retired Armenian-Iranian footballer and coach. He played for Persepolis, Sepahan and Ararat Tehran and was a member of Iran national football team.”

“Having scored 22 goals for Ararat, 32 goals for Persepolis and 30 goals for Sepahan, he scored a total number of 84 goals during his time in Iran’s top division football league,[3] becoming the top division’s all-time top goalscorer.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Bezikedb

Andranik Timotian-Samarani (Persian: آندرانيک تيموريان‎, Armenian: Անդրանիկ Թէյմուրեան, more commonly known as Andranik “Ando” Teymourian, born 6 March 1983) is an Iranian-Armenian footballer…”

“Teymourian played his first match for Iran in 2005, and has featured in their squads for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the 2007 and 2011 Asian Cups. He has played a total of 74 internationals, scoring 8 times.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andranik_TeymourianAndranik Teymourian