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Ghotbi signs with Perspolis Saturday, 4 August, 2007

Posted by Farbod in Sport News.

Ghotbi signs with Perspolis


Sat, 04 Aug 2007 06:28:40
Source: Agencies


After a lot of speculations and negotiations, Afshin Ghotbi signed an official contract with the Iranian giant Perspolis on Friday.
A former assistant coach of the US national football team and Los Angeles Galaxy, Ghotbi also worked for Korean national team as a technical analyst under Dutchman Guus Hiddink, from December 2000 to July 2002 and under Dick Advocaat, from October 2005 to July 2006. He is well-known for planning striking strategies.After the 2006 World Cup in Germany, he became Pim Verbik’s coach assistant for South Korea again and helped the team to become 3rd in the 14th Asian Cup in 2007, during which South Korea defeated Iran in penalty-shootouts at the quarterfinal.Ghotbi signed a one year contract with Perspolis to coach Reds in Iranian 2007-2008 Premier League and is expected to arrive in Iran by early next week.

Born in 1964 in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, he migrated to US with his family many years ago as a teenager. Ghotbi has a degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).

“I love new challenges. Working in Iranian Football, the Passion and history around the club and Iranian football, and the players’ skills are among my reasons to join in” Ghotbi explained, adding “The expectations are high, and I thrive on the pressure associated with it. I welcome the challenge and will do my best to meet the objectives to win the tournament with Perspolis.”


Story by: Farbod Mostofi
Edited by: MMN


View more stories at www.presstv.com



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