🇮🇷When you hear the name Persepolis FC, the first thing that comes to mind is their vociferous support and the sea of red that comes to cheer them in huge numbers at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran. To say that the fans are Persepolis’ 12th man will be an understatement because they are much more than that for the football club.
It has been reported that the fan base of the club stands well over a whopping 40 million with supporters not just limited to Iran but also scattered around neighbouring countries. And these fans have kept the club moving in the right direction even when off-field events and internal politics have threatened to hamper its progress. “It’s like Persepolis never lose at the Azadi Stadium. The fans make it very difficult for any team who face them,” Iranian great Ali Daei said recently. “I know how the supporters drive the players forward and give them confidence. Even when the club have a lot of problems, the fans counterbalance them, and this is an advantage Persepolis have over every other club,” said the former Persepolis player.
What will be different this time will be the presence of women at the Azadi. Iran is finally opening up its sports venues for women and in June, women were allowed for the first time in 37 years to watch . that they was allowed in for the second leg of the ACL final as well. A welcome change and good news all around!
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