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Asian Cup 2011 Comment: These Are Dark Days For Iranian Football

The wait is over for millions of football fans throughout Asia: the fifteenth Asian Cup is around the corner.

However, not everything is in order for Iranian football ahead of the tournament. Formerly known as “Emperor” by Iranian football fans, national team manager Afshin Ghotbi arguably has little to gain from the upcoming tournament, having secured a future for himself beyond Team Meli with J-League side Shimizu S-Pulse.

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