Vahid Hashemian: Sanctions Affect Football in Iran Negatively
Vahid Hashemian, the former forward of Iran national football team, says U.S.-led international sanctions on Iran affect the football in this country negatively. Hashemian is currently managing Niendorfer TSV in Germany.
“Unfortunately sanctions on Islamic Republic banned other teams from playing friendly against Iran national football team. At the same time, Iran has qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and it needs to follow preparation programs in the best possible way. But these types of sanctions don’t allow Team Melli to get prepared very well.” Vahid Hashemian told local media on Saturday.
“Iran failed to qualify for the previous version of FIFA World Cup. Top national football teams of Europe and South America usually prefer to play against quality teams. Iran needs to change the conditions in the hope of persuading other teams for friendly matches.” Hashemian added.
Regarding his coaching career, Hashemian says his ultimate aim is coaching teams in Germany’s top-flight leagues. “At this time, I’m working with teams in lower leagues in order to gain experience. According to the rules of Germany, managers should coach teams in lower leagues before coaching clubs in Bundesliga.”
Hashemian went on to say that he doesn’t want to return Iran for pursuing his coaching career. “Unfortunately I cannot tolerate current system of Iran. I have enough abilities and skills to manage clubs in Iran, but I won’t accept any jobs inside the country.”
Vahid Hashemian has previously served as a player for Hamburger SV, VfL Bochum, Hannover 96 and Bayern Munich. In 2004-05 season, he appeared in 9 matches for Bayern Munich. Hashemian played in 50 games for Iran national football team scoring 15 international goals.