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Is MLS next for Afshin Ghotbi, U.S. soccer's international globetrotter?

New Buriram coach Afshin Ghotbi
Afshin Ghotbi's career in soccer has taken him to Los Angeles, South Korea, Iran and, now, China.

In 2000, Afshin Ghotbi found himself marveling at where life had taken him. Here was an Iranian-born, American-raised soccer coach, heading to Hong Kong from Los Angeles on a British Airways flight so he could interview with a Dutchman to be an assistant coach for South Korea's national team.

"If that's not globalization, I'm not sure what is," he said with a laugh during an exclusive interview with ESPN FC.

Ghotbi's globetrotting ways haven't stopped. His coaching career has spanned three decades...

Female fans banned from Iranian league games

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Female fans were allowed to watch Iran play Cambodia earlier this month.

The Iranian domestic league resumed on Sunday and Monday with women fans barred from entering stadiums up and down the country.

Over 3,000 female fans had been allowed into Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Oct. 10 to watch Iran play Cambodia but they were conspicuous by their absence when Persepolis defeated Paykan 2-1 at the same arena to move into sixth place.

With the death of Sahar Khodayari in September -- the 29-year-old fan of Persepolis rivals Esteghlal set herself on fire and died of her injuries...

Like Messi? Sardar Azmoun scores hat trick in Iran's 14-0 win vs. Cambodia

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Sardar Azmoun scored a trio of goals in Iran's lopsided win.

Iran inflicted a record-breaking 14-0 thrashing on Cambodia on Thursday, making it a night to remember for female fans allowed into Azadi Stadium for a World Cup qualifying match for the first time since the Islamic Revolution.

Striker Karim Ansarifard scored four goals and Sardar Azmoun hit a hat trick as the Iranians handed Cambodia their heaviest-ever defeat.

The win came as 3,500 female fans were permitted to buy tickets for the match, the first time women have been allowed into the stadium...

Iran women attend football match for first time in 40 years

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Women cheer on the Iranian national team against Cambodia.

Iranian women entered the country's national stadium in Tehran on Thursday after being able to purchase tickets for a national team game for the first time in 40 years.

Women had been banned from watching men's games since shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution, with only a few exceptions made for small groups on rare occasions.

But under pressure from world governing body FIFA and women's rights campaigners, Iranian authorities earmarked around 3,000 tickets for women to attend Thursday's 14-0...

Women to attend Iran's World Cup qualifier after assurances given to FIFA

Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe discuss public perception surrounding the USWNT's class action lawsuit and Rapinoe's chat with Gianni Infantino.

Iranian women have snapped up tickets for Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Cambodia in Tehran after they were released for sale online.

Iranian authorities had assured world governing body FIFA that women would be allowed to attend the game and have set aside sections of the stadium for women.

The semi-official Iranian news agency ISNA said the 3,500 tickets set aside for women sold out within minutes of going on sale on Friday morning.

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