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Welcome to my blog! True to my name, Shiva the Spy, I will be your eyes and ears in Iran, bringing you detailed accounts of everyday life from my perspective. You'll have a window into the social, cultural, political, and historical aspects of the country. I will bring you the stuff that American media can't...or won't. So, check back regularly for stories, photos, commentary, and anything else your curiosity calls for.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Coach Ahmadinejad

Today, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offered Iran's national football (soccer) team some expertise, as it gears up for the 2006 World Cup. After kicking around the ball a bit, in a friendly match, Ahmadinejad sat down with the players, who huddled cross-legged around him, listening intently. He told them that they had extraordinary football skills, individually, yet they must each try to mobilize this talent into a more united team effort. Additionally, the president, clad in his black and white athletic gear--cleats and all--centered his advice on running with the ball.

"Instead of increasing your running speed, focus on increasing the speed of the ball. You guys, at most, can cover about 9 meters per second; the ball, however, can be kicked at a speed of 20 meters per second. Therefore, your aim should be to move the ball, rather than your body." (to paraphrase the president).

With that, the players all rose and began to scrimmage across the field with Ahmadinejad, who, despite his age, made for a formidable opponent. All it took was a lightening swift kick that sent the ball flying past the outstretched goalie, barely scraping the side of his hand, straight into a corner shot that skidded in only five centimeters from the rim. It was the type of GOAL that fans would've erupted in wild cheer about.

Later, I found out from my uncle that approximately eight years ago, when Ahmadinejad worked as a civil engineer for Atisaz, a prominent construction firm, he spent his breaks and after-hours playing football in the parking lot with his coworkers, or the kids from surrounding neighborhoods. Furthermore, my cousin, a former student of the president, relayed to me that these football matches extended to university grounds as well, usually after class, when students and professor were free to play.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Shiva joon, a president who is in shape how great is that? That means his body matches his brain. Look how he stirrs the world around him.
By the way; love your site.

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A president and a football coach? This guy never ceases to amaze me.

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hated him at first. But now: I love the guy. He is so cool and so 'unwestern'.

5:10 AM  
Blogger myotherfellow said...

lovely piece, fair and balanced. thanx.

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The President of Iran is as foolish as the president of America. He will lead Iran down the same path, as Bush has lead America...to a war that Iran can never win, and only with see the death and maiming of countless citizens who deserve better. And for what?? National Pride?! Economic advantage?!

6:16 AM  
Blogger R-Sheen said...

i think ahmadinejad and bush should have a boxing match

2:51 AM  

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