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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:03 pm    Post subject: World Cup 2006 Iran Wins If Youth ... Reply with quote



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Petition 20: YES! TO WOMEN SPORTS FANS OF IRAN

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To: FIFA, AFC, IOC, AND THE SPORTS AUTHORITIES OF IRAN

Football is a game both men and women of all ages play and enjoy. It is also a game that in most parts of the world is enjoyed by all on the stands and at homes. Sadly, Iranian women are not allowed to enter the stadiums to watch their national team play for glory. This unfortunate phenomenon took a turn for worse when those women who attempted to attend a football match between Iranís national team and Costa Rica on March 1st at the Azadi Stadium were met with violence. Forty eight hours later, That was followed by expulsion of over 2000 female spectators at the World Cup of Gymnastics event from another venue of Azadi Sports Complex.
We the undersigned individuals of this petition express our outrage for the gender discrimination as it relates to allowing women into Azadi and other stadiums in Iran. Furthermore, we condemn the acts of violence committed against those women who attempted to enter Tehranís Azadi Stadium prior to Iran Ė Costa Rica match on March 1st, 2006.
Our demand is clear and simple:
Women must unconditionally be allowed to attend any and all sporting events in Iran if they choose so.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

http://www.petitiononline.com/AZAD2006/petition.html
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2006 4:04 am    Post subject: Best Of Luck To Our National Reply with quote



پیام شاهزاده رضا پهلوی

به تیم ملی فوتبال ایران

شنبه بیستم خرداد ماه ۱۳۸۵
جوانان دلاور تیم ملی فوتبال ایران،

بعنوان هم میهنــی که شخصا همیشـه بسیار علاقمند به بــــازی فوتبال بــوده ام، به فـرد فـرد شما عزیزان که در بازیهای جام جهانی در آلمان شرکت کرده اید صمیمانه درود می فرستم.

امیدوارم که با روحیه ایـی سرشار از مِهر به میهن و مُلهم از منویات ملـت ایـران که بـه قهرمانان خود در این بُرهه از تاریخ و روزگـار سختی که می گذارنــند چشم دوخته اند، بتوانید پیروزی را نصیب خود کنید.

و بدانید، نتیجۀ تلاش ورزشی شما هرچه که باشد مایۀ سرافرازی مردم ایران خواهد بود.

ورزش، هنر، دانش و کار پهنه هایی از زندگانی جمعی و صلح آمیــز انسان ها هستند که بویــژه جوانان ما از دختر و پسر باید در آزادی، استعدادهای خدادادی خـود را درآن راستـا بپروراننــد و به نمایش بگذارند.

دراین پهنه هاست که فضیلت هـا و سجایـای اخلاقی نـیز رشد می کنند، نـه در حصارهـای بلنـد و تاریک تعصبات باوری.

با آرزوی پیروزی، دست یک یک شما را می فشارم.

خداوند نگهدار ایران باد

رضا پهلوی
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 10:16 am    Post subject: Fevered Pitch: Soccer Can Move Markets, Start Wars, Make Pea Reply with quote

Fevered Pitch: Soccer Can Move Markets, Start Wars, Make Peace

June 13, 2006
The Wall Street Journal
Ferderick Kempe

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Here's the best reason to keep tabs on this month's quadrennial World Cup tournament, this time held in Germany: Soccer is the only world sport that has the proven power to bring peace, start wars, shift national moods and move markets.

If you don't buy that, go back to 1914, when the British and Germans during a World War I Christmas truce held a "Fritz-Tommy" match across the trenches (Germany won the game, if not the war, 3-2). Rioting during an El Salvador-Honduras game in 1969 led to their 100-hour "Soccer War" two weeks later, with 2,000 casualties.

This year, Ivory Coast's qualification brought together factions, helping end three years of civil war. Yet Islamic militiamen who control Somalia's capital last weekend enforced an Islamic ban on World Cup watching by cutting electricity to makeshift cinemas and firing guns to break up crowds.

For market watchers, a new academic study shows that World Cup elimination matches on average cost the losing country's stock market nearly half a percentage point the following day. Who wins and loses, say the authors, "can drive share prices in short-term ways that can only be explained by national mood shifts and not economic fundamentals."

In an age of globalization, the World Cup magnifies soccer's unique power, relayed simultaneously everywhere from the big screens of English pubs to the much smaller ones of cellphones in Ghana. The 2002 World Cup final between Brazil and Germany in Japan was seen by more than a billion people. (By comparison, the final game of last year's "World Series" of baseball in the U.S. had 40 million viewers.)

So while most will cheer their favorite sides, don't overlook the political and economic ante.

The national leader with most at stake is Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, where soccer has been history's marker. Germany's first World Cup victory in Switzerland in 1954 crowned the beaten country's re-emergence. Its victory at home in 1974 over the Netherlands demonstrated Germany's rising self-confidence. Its championship in Italy in 1990 against Argentina heralded reunification euphoria.

Ms. Merkel's allies and aides are hoping a good German showing as World Cup host -- controlling the violence and racism that have plagued soccer over the past decade -- will assist her country's exit from more than a decade of economic doldrums. They hope the games help Ms. Merkel consolidate her popularity and convert that into health and labor overhauls -- and European leadership.

Only one problem: Despite its opening-game victory against Costa Rica, the German team has been as flat ahead of the tournament as the country's growth figures. So Ms. Merkel may have to depend more on the rub-off effect of hosting than on winning -- unless the German team proves it has been as underestimated as Ms. Merkel herself.

Second on the World Cup political watch list should be Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose team is in its third World Cup ever. The focus has been on Germany's efforts (successful thus far) to dissuade Mr. Ahmadinejad from attending, given the outrage his hate speech toward Israel and the Holocaust has generated.


Yet more is at stake for the Iranian leader than a game ticket. Iran's soccer riots of October 2001, following its 3-1 defeat by Bahrain in a World Cup qualifying match, represent the largest mass disturbance in the country since 1979. Security forces put down thousands of young people, seeing political danger in their protests. A day later, Iranian leaders apparently had a change of heart and delivered a massive cake to a Tehran square after Iran kept its World Cup hopes alive with a 3-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Ahmadinejad, knowing the political importance of soccer, has spent time with the team at training camp. Most important -- and contrary to religious leaders' wishes -- he lifted a ban on women's attendance at soccer games in Iran to tap patriotism as the World Cup approached.

Those more interested in the tourney's market impact can read a paper by Alex Edmans of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Diego Garcia of Dartmouth College and Oyvind Norli of the Norwegian School of Management. They find World Cup losses deliver a statistically significant market decline the next day, with greater impact on small stocks. Winning provides little benefit, as national supporters apparently price in their team's victory.

An example of this came in the 2002 World Cup quarterfinal, when 86% of British fans polled mistakenly thought England would beat Brazil -- ranked as the world's best team -- while the most generous bookmakers saw only a 42% chance of English victory.

So here's the World Cup investment strategy: Choose a game where the likely loser of a big game is a country of great soccer patriotism and broad share ownership and, say the authors, "short futures on both countries' indices" to get maximum return from the asymmetry that losers get hit harder than winners benefit.

It may offer the surest road to victory.

Write to Frederick Kempe at fred.kempe@wsj.com
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