Mahdavikia Assigned to Improve Football Academies in Iran
Ali Ansarian, the former defender of Esteghlal and Persepolis, says Iranian football clubs should improve their youth systems in order to enhance the quality of Iranian football players.
Ali Ansarian started his youth career at Payam. At the same time, he also played for Bank Sepah, Bank Melli and Fajr Sepah Tehran. “Currently, the top football clubs of Iran are not operating their youth academies in a professional manner. During the recent years Sepahan, Persepolis and Esteghlal have started transferring-in players from other clubs and academies.”
Ansarian is currently running his own youth academy in Tehran. “In fact, there are lot of talents in Tehran and the other major cities of the country. We need to open and improve youth academies in order to create a better future for Iran’s football.”
According to critics, Farhad Majidi, 37, is the best striker of Iran Pro League. He serves as the captain of Esteghlal FC. “Well, it is a real shame for Iran Premier League, in which a player aged 37 is still its best striker.” Ali Ansarian added.
Farhad Majidi is a youth-product from the Bahman Karaj Academy. Bahman’s shares were bought by now Azadegan League side Paykan FC.
Iran’s Football Federation has recently assigned Mehdi Mahdavikia, the former player of Hamburger SV, to improve the Iranian youth systems. Accordingly Mahdavikia has paid a visit to Germany in the hope of understanding the latest methods for running youth academies. Mahdavikia also serves as AFC Grassroots Ambassador.
“At this time, we should improve our youth academies in Iran. Countries such as South Korea and Japan are investing large amounts of money in their youth systems. Over the past few years, they have managed to reach their ultimate goals, so they will defiantly carrying on the related projects.” Mehdi Mahdavikia remarked about the latest conditions of youth academies in Iran.