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Ivankovic vows to elevate Iran's style of soccer
Last Updated: 2017-11-23 15:20 | Xinhua
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Iranian Persepolis head coach Branko Ivankovic said he is going to transfer his knowledge to Iran and elevate the style of soccer in the country, Tehran Times daily reported on Wednesday.

"I came to Iran to change your style of play and improve your game. Iranian teams were playing English style of soccer and it's normal because the sport had been brought to the country by Englishmen," Ivankovic was quoted as saying.

"I want to change your traditional game into the modern style, that's why I am here," Ivankovic said.

"At the moment, I am Persepolis coach and I am very satisfied with the results we've achieved during the previous years. I am happy to be at the Iran's most popular team," he said.

The Croat was a nominee to take charge of Croatia national soccer team but Zlatko Dalic replaced Ante Cacic in the European team.

"I was a candidate for the post but it's not a new story. I wish all the best for Croatia in the World Cup. Iran have also a great future in the World Cup because Iranian national soccer team has been prepared very well," the 63-year-old coach said.

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