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Former Iran volleyball coach dies at 43

Iran coach Hossein Madani tries to give Marouflakrani Mir Saeid some tips at the FIVB Men's World Championship 2010

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 4, 2014 – The former coach and national team player of the Iran national volleyball team, Hoosein Madani, passed away Friday at the age of 43.

Madani was diagnosed with liver health problem just two weeks ago, and underwent surgical operation, which showed he also had a lung problem, according to the Iran Volleyball Federation. On Friday morning, his severe health problems resulted in his untimely death.

Maadani joined the Iran national team squad in 1987, taking part in the Asian Games in Hiroshima, Japan in 1994. Before being named coach of the men’s national team in 2008, Maadani played for Esteglal , Seda Sima, Bank Keshavarzi, Bonyad Shahid, Homa, Fat'h, Peykan and Daneshgah Azad.

As coach, he led the Iranians in the FIVB Men’s World Championship 2010.

Madani then served as an assistant coach for the Iran team during the FIVB Volleyball World League 2013 – their first appearance in the competition – in which Iran finished in ninth place. Under his direction, the Iranian team also claimed titles in the Asian Men’s Cup Volleyball Championships in 2008 and 2010.

The Iran team placed fourth in the FIVB Volleyball World League 2014, and will compete in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championships later this month. 


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