Peyrovani Praises Veteran Players for their Contributions to Football in Iran
Over the past few months, analysts have repeatedly criticized Iranian football clubs for recruiting aged and old players. Many believe that Iranian clubs should improve the performance of their youth academies in the hope of presenting new valuable players.
Gholam Hossein Peyrovani, the head coach of Fajr, says the age of players is not an important factor these days. According to Peyrovani, the overall performance of veteran players such as Farhad Majidi and Ali Karimi is better than their young peers.
“In my opinion, we cannot blame clubs for recruiting and hiring aged football players. However, Iranian clubs should take this issue serious, and start improving the performance of their youth academies. Unfortunately giant clubs have not established working and successful youth academies during the recent years.” Gholam Hossein Peyrovani told a press-conference on Monday.
The former manager of Iran U-23 believes that youth academies are utilizing poor facilities. “In today’s modern football, clubs are providing the best facilities to their youth academies to enhance performance. Persian Gulf states have also figured out this fact, and they are investing large amounts of money in this field.” Peyrovani added. He urged Iran’s Football Federation to research and plan with regard to youth academies in Iran.
Kamran Javaheri, an Iranian football analyst, says the local clubs should take action in this regard as soon as possible. “The main reason for the recent successes and accomplishments of Japan and South Korea football teams is investing in youth academies. Currently, Eastern players play key roles in several European clubs.”
“However, Iran was not active in this field for a long period of time. Clubs like Sepahan, Esteghlal and Persepolis lack powerful youth academies. Please note that the future of Iranian football is depended on the performance and output of youth academies.” Kamran Javaheri concluded.