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News number: 8806020825

13:27 | 2009-08-24

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Qotbi Seeking Friendly against England

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's national football team manager Afshin Qotbi has held negotiations with England's football officials for a number of friendlies between the two sides, a senior Iranian Football Federation (IFF) official announced on Sunday.



"Qotbi had positive talks with England's football officials to hold a training camp and some friendly matches," IFF Vice President Mehdi Taj said.

"Qotbi traveled to England for a few days to hold talks with England's football officials. We are now waiting for their response," Taj told the Islamic republic news agency.

The official further announced that the Iranian national football team is due to hold friendly matches with Bahrain's national team on August 31 as well as Uzbekistan on September 5.

Meantime, Afshin Qotbi said on Sunday that the technical staff of the Iranian national squad is seeking to develop a national team that will achieve fine results in future matches.

Elsewhere, Qotbi announced that Iranian coaches have analyzed the Bahraini side and are resolved to win the match similar to the match against Bosnia.

The Iranian national soccer team coach also said that the victory over Bosnia raised the morale of Iranian football players.

Iran fought back from two goals behind to snatch a 3-2 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina in their last friendly in Sarajevo on August 12.