It is more than enough to simply do Google to know Ramin Fallah’s characteristics. Within the last few years, he has been being on the scene as one of the most extreme and active political figures. Moreover, his name is seen in the most challenging political moments in our country.
ISNA, about Ramin Fallah, writes: “In 1999, some commanders of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps wrote a letter to warn Sayed Mohammad Khatami, the time president. Since then to the era of 8-year presidency of Ahmadinejad in the government, his ideas receded from conservatism and the conservatives criticized him, more than ever. During the support time and after separation, Ramin Fallah’s name was seen in news titles.
Ramin Fallah’s view-points and responses are evaluated as a collection of comments and interests of an expanded range of conservatives. Although he is more straight and open than his like-minded counterparts, he never forgets about his military background. Once he opens his mouth to say something, he recalls everyone than he thinks like a military force.
We are in fast while meeting Ramin Fallah in the afternoon of a summer day. Fallah’s son is his office manager.
Despite of what it seemed, Ramin Fallah showed us his happy spirit during the interview. The only time he got upset was when we recalled him that all the commanders before him in Mohammad Rasool Allah corps became martyrs. He was appointed to command in that corps, in 1985, and he was the only one who survived and turned from the battle field back to the front.
He believes that these words are nothing but some claims that are asserted in order for exaggeration and subversion. He turned the recorder off and revealed some points about Akbar Ganji, Mohsen Sazgara, Emad-al-din Baqi and the procedure of establishing that corps. We tried to talk to him about something other than politics and encourage him to comment about what has been less considered by him. Fallah is the only commander-in-chief who moved from football to corps heading, not vice versa!
It is interesting to know that Ramin Fallah was a football player in Taj team. Why are you an intimate friend of Mohammad Panjali though you played in Esteghlal team?
To be honest, I have never been interested in categorization and I befriended with players of National Youth team and football players in national camps. When I was 17 or 18, I was playing in a team that was called “Young Officers” or “The Guardians”. Then, we were playing in Nazi Abad football field. I was appointed to defense position. After a while, I took football seriously and I, even, played in Takht-e Jamshid league.
It is claimed that you were a good football player, and your life would be in a different style if war did not happen.
I do not dislike being a prominent and famous football player but a more important goal of mine in sports and football was to prove that ethics are implementable in sports and football is not all about immorality and money. A player should not reinforce his ability to do anything to reach his goals at any cost.
You speak like these issues were common at that time. Money was not important, then. The older ringmasters believe that money has ruined football.
There have been always immorality in football. These anomalies were observed, then, too. Money, sport publications and desire for fame played important roles. For example, when we were on military service, we were paid 4000- 5000 Tomans per each play we won (I was a fixed player). We were soldiers, at that time.
Which year are you talking about?
However, the former generation of football players claim that there were no money at all and they were playing for the sake of zeal.
No, this is not true. There were paid great deals of money during those years. The amount of money I mentioned before was paid to a soldier in Abu-Moslem team, not to the teams in Tehran.
At that time, Paykan cost 5000 Tomans, didn’t it?
Yes, that is true. For example, I purchased a Paykan with 73.000 Tomans, in 1984. However, before the time, price of that car was 18.000 Tomans.
If you won six games, you could purchase a Paykan.
Yes, it’s true. During the last course of Takht-e Jamshid League, I played in Abu-Moslem team and also, I was a fix player in nine other games. I was 22, at that time. I was invited to the National Youth team when I was 18 (in 1974).
At that time, you started to befriend with Persepolis players, including Mr. Panjali and Mr. Parvin.
Yes, I did. I was the teammate of Mr. Panjali and Mr. Derakhshan. Mr. Parvin was my neighbor and we played in same dusty football lands. We used to play in a land on the backside of Shahbaz Field No. 3. That land, consequently, was built into a park.
You played in Taj and Afsar teams that were more depended on the government. Why did you not play in Shahin team and other similar clubs?
To be honest, I was a young player and I had many opportunities to play in Taj and Afsar teams because Mr. Shoraka was my trainer. He was a good player in terms of morality and belief. Therefore, I used that opportunity and decided to play in Afsar team that was a sub-club of Taj team.
After Islamic Revolution of Iran, Vahdat team was established in your neighborhood. However, you did not attend that team, also.
I was on the battle, at that time. However, in the war front, a land was provided for football and we had some teams. Moreover, I used to play football whenever I was in Tehran because it prevented me from physical depression. Due to these situations, I was always ready when I was in the football field.
You said that you were 22 years old in 1977. You were less than 30 when you were appointed to corps head, in 1985. I want to talk about it. How the revolution space was established? You were a football player and you did not seem to be interested in politics.
It is not true that the individuals in football world are not aware of politics.
There were few people of this kind.
Yes, there were few people of this kind.