Iran are very strong because we have many good players playing top-class football in Spain, Germany and England.
I have a lot of respect for Ali Karimi and appreciate his football but we cannot get desired results with big names. It won’t work.
I was so proud when I wore the international strip for the first time – I couldn’t swap that feeling with anything.
If it were up to me I’d rather sign up the best and most deserving players, since we have to make our fans happy.
The World Cup is every footballer’s dream.
Ali Karimi is a nice guy and deserves to return to the national team.
I have good memories of DPR Korea because I played there twice and won both the games.
Iran has been strong in individual sports like wrestling, judo and weightlifting, but we have never excelled at team sports.
Playing in Europe has been very good for our players in making progress and if more come here then I think it will help Iranian football.
I don’t like to talk about myself, but I can say that Sardar is a big player, along with someone like Karim Ansarifard.
In my opinion taking charge of a well-prepared team is not a big job.
There are no easy games these days. We treat all games as important.
I’m quite confident Sardar can make a move from Russia to a top level club.
I knew that Karimi would not come to the national team but invited him to show that I have no problem with anybody.
It doesn’t take long to learn basic English.
In every family, you would have differences of opinions.
I have two years left on my contract with Hertha Berlin, but I’d like to play in England and if I’m offered a good contract from an English club then I’d want to go there.
For a given match, I can only select 18 players and at most 14 would play.
I think football gave Iranians a reason to once again think about their country.
Fans expectations are understandably high and we need to meet them.
Our soccer has always been weak in team-work. Iranians have been the best in the world individually, but as a team we are one step behind.
I will not summon any new player for the Saudi Arabia match in the 2010 World Cup qualification.
In Germany I am learning everything I need to be a professional.
We have qualified for the 2010 World Cup qualification final round with young players and we will be able to advance in the competitions with the same players.
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