Pishgaman top the tables in Iran Super League
A total of 66 matches have been held in 12 different cities around the country, and Pishgaman recorded 24 points – the first time they have held to the top of the standings. Paykan, the most prestigious team of Tehran and 11-time champions of the Super League, stood second with 22 points. Matin-e-Varamin had 21 points, enough for third in this, their first ever Super League competition.
All the teams are now preparing for the second half of the season, which starts after a week of rest for the players. There will be another 66 matches in the second half of the season, followed by playoffs between the top four teams to determine the champion – the team that will take part in the Asian Club Championship in April 2013.
The massive crowds in many venues show how popular volleyball has become in Iran.
Mohammad Reza Davarzani, president of Iran volleyball federation said: “Having Julio Velasco, one of the world’s most legendary coaches, as the head coach of the national team, and getting support and guidelines from the sport and youth ministry, the FIVB and the AVC are key elements which have helped us reach our present point in volleyball.”
Iran Super League volleyball started 38 years ago. Over time the competition has gradually moved from being an an amateur to a professional league.