Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Ghotbi near the end of turbulent tenure
ESPNSoccerNet.com, January 21st, 2011 12:59PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Four years ago, Afshin Ghotbi was an assistant coach for the Iranian team that was knocked out of the 2007 Asian Cup quarterfinals. On Saturday, his tenure as head coach of Iran will end if South Korea wins the rematch at the same of this year's competition.

His short-term future is assured regardless of the outcome. He's already agreed to take over as head coach of Shimizu S-Pulse in the J-League, which will take the native of Iran to yet another soccer experience. A turbulent 22 months in charge of his native country is just the latest installment of a career that has both angered and energized Iran. He was an assistant coach on the Iran team that beat the United States, 2-1, at the 1998 World Cup.

As an video technician/game analyst with the South Korean national team in the leadup to the 2002 World Cup, he was denied a visa to enter his own country. His success with Persepolis prompted fans to proclaim him "Afshin the Emperor," and after taking over as national team coach in March 2009, not even a failed attempt to qualify for the 2010 World Cup knocked him out of the job.

Three months ago, he masterminded a 1-0 Iranian win over South Korea in Seoul. A repeat would trigger fanatical celebrations and extend for a few days his tenure in the "beautiful mess" that is soccer in Iran.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Ancelotti: Blatter 'Unable to Keep His Mouth Shut'     
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday accused Sepp Blatter of being "unable to keep his ...
Report: Spain's Tax Authority Probes Barca, Real Stars     
Marca on Wednesday reported that some of La Liga's highest profile players over the last several ...
Reports: Moyes to Take Over at La Real?    
Spanish media reports claim that former Manchester United coach David Moyes is among the names being ...
Balotelli 'Finally!' Scores for Liverpool     
Mario Balotelli on Tuesday came off the bench to save Liverpool from a League Cup fourth-round ...
Study: Barca Produces the Most Professionals in Europe     
According to new research, La Liga giant Barcelona has produced more professional players in Europe's top ...
Clattenburg Dropped for Breaching Referee Rules    
English referee Mark Clattenburg has been dropped for this weekend's Premier League games for breaking the ...
Mourinho Blasts Fringe Players Following Shrewsbury Win     
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho criticized his fringe players for not taking their chance to impress him ...
Blatter on Russia: Soccer and Politics Should Not Mix     
FIFA President Sepp Blatter, in Russia on Monday for the unveiling of the official emblem for ...
Report: Evra Out for a Month     
Juventus defender Patrice Evra will be out for a month with a hamstring strain, the club ...
UEFA Reduces CSKA Stadium Ban     
UEFA on Monday reduced CSKA Moscow's stadium ban over its fans' racist behavior to two games ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives