Ivankovic hails Persepolis claim of title in Iran Professional League

Xinhua — Head coach of Iran’s Persepolis soccer club Branko Ivankovic said that he was happy that Persepolis won the title of Iran Professional League (IPL) for the second successive year.

Ivankovic said he wants to dedicate title in IPL to the club’s fans.

Persepolis claimed the IPL title with three games to spare on Saturday after defeating Padideh in Mashhad’s Samen Stadium.

Vahid Amiri scored the only goal of the match in the 77th minute.

“We knew that we would win the title from two months ago. I would like to congratulate our players, staff and the fans. I want to dedicate the title to our fans,” Ivankovic was quoted as saying.

“I hope we celebrate a splendid title ceremony in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium in front of our fans. I also want to thank my captain Jalal Hosseini since he has won six titles in Iran Professional League and is the most decorated player in Iran league,” the Croat added.

“We are in our best form since we started the season with a trophy in Iran’s Super Cup and also advanced to the AFC Champions League semis. Now we’ve won the Iran Professional League title for the second successive year and have advanced to the AFC Champions League Round of 16 in the current season,” Ivankovic explained.

“I’m very happy because we won a difficult match in Mashhad. I feel very proud because all of this is the result of hard work,” Persepolis coach said.