News ID: 175484
Published: 0655 GMT January 10, 2017

Iran beaten by Zenit St. Petersburg at Granatkin Memorial opener

Iran beaten by Zenit St. Petersburg at Granatkin Memorial opener

Iran U-18 football team was defeated by Zenit St. Petersburg [U-18 side] at the opening match of the 17th edition of Granatkin Memorial currently underway in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The Russian side beat Iran 2-1 on Monday, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Iran has been drawn in Group D along with host Zenit St. Petersburg, Moldova, and Slovenia.

Coached by Abbas Chamanian, the Iranian squad will meet Slovenia today and Moldova on Friday.

The traditional international youth association football tournament kicked off on January 8 and will wrap up on January 21.

The tourney is held annually in memory of first FIFA Vice-President Valentin Granatkin.

The first edition of the tournament was held in 1981, in which West Germany became the champion. Soviet Union-1 finished as the runner-up and Spain stood third.

Slovenia, Zenit St. Petersburg and Russia claimed the top three spots of the previous edition.

The groups of the meet are:

Group А: Tajikistan, Greece, Bulgaria, Estonia

Group В: Latvia, Belarus, Russia, India

Group С: Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Slovakia, Kazakhstan

Group D: Moldova, Slovenia, Zenit St. Petersburg, Iran

Resource: Tasnim News Agency
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