FIFA President Infantino to share pitch with ex-Iranian stars

February 26, 2018

TEHRAN - FIFA President Gianni Infantino will show off his skills in a futsal match with the former Iranian stars in Tehran.

The Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) has invited Sepp Blatter's successor to come to Tehran on Thursday.

The FIFA President will share the pitch with some Iranian football luminaries – including Ali Daei, Khodadad Azizi, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Karim Bagheri, Sirous Dinmohammadi, Javad Nekounam, Farhad Majidi and Hamid Estili.

Infantino will also attend Tehran derby between Persepolis and Esteghlal in his two-day visit, where Persepolis will most likely win the Iran Professional League for the second successive year.

The Swiss-Italian will also participate in a ceremony to celebrate 100-year anniversary of Iran football federation as well as Iranian women’s festival.

Iranian media reports suggest that Infantino is going to meet with President Hassan Rouhani and Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Masoud Soltanifar.

In the fifth FIFA Executive Football Summit in 2017/2018 series which was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in January, FFIRI President Mehdi Taj invited Gianni Infantino to travel to Iran.

Infantino visited Iran two years ago when he was seeking the Persian Gulf country’s support for his bid to become FIFA President.

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