Saturday, July 4, 2015

Atletico de Kolkata sign former Malaga goalkeeper Juan Calatayud

Atletico de Kolkata sign Juan Calatayud
Atletico de Kolkata have signed Spanish goalkeeper
Juan Calatayud
Atletico de Kolkata have signed Spanish goalkeeper Juan calatayud for the second edition of Hero Indian Super League(ISL). Juan Calatayud, 35, who is a product of Malaga academy have played for several La Liga side's like Getafe, Racing Santander and Mallorca while also making 36 appearances for the Malaga senior team.

Juan Calatayud was playing for Hungarian side Videotor Football Club and even guided the side to their second league title in 2015.

Juan joins a huge spanish contingent of the reigning champions of the Hero Indian Super League, Atletico de Kolkata side. Atletico de Kolkata(ATK) have already recruited two Spaniards Jaime Gavilan and Tiri, while retaining Josemi, Borja Fernandes and Nato. The club have also roped in Kerala Blasters forward Ian Hume and South African winger Sameehg Doutie. Atletico De Kolkata had released Fikru and Abdel Bete who were signed by last year's semi-finalist Chennayin FC.

Mumbai City FC announce Nicolas Anelka as marquee player-cum-manager

Mumbai City FC announce Nicolas Anelka as marquee player-manager
Mumbai City FC announced Nicolas Anelka as marquee player-manager
for second edition of Hero Indian Super League(ISL)
Hero Indian Super League(ISL) side Mumbai City FC have announced French striker Nicolas Anelka as their marquee player-coach for the second season of the tournament.
Mumbai City FC - Nicolas Anelka
Anelka scored two goals for Mumbai City FC last season,
Picture Courtesy: Hero ISL

Club owner and Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor said, "I'm thrilled to have Nicolas as our marquee player-cum-manager. Last year, he impressed us all with his tactical knowledge and excellent motivational skills. It's a role both parties have been discussing for a couple of months and it's been a great start. We will provide Nicolas all the support required to try and win the league this year."

Mumbai City FC finished seventh last season in the eight team tournament and Nicolas Anelka would hope that his team will be able to put the past behind and have a fresh start this term. The 36 year old former Chelsea and Manchester City forward was quoted saying, "I would like to say thank you to the Mumbai City FC staff for giving me the opportunity to coach the club. We are all very excited to start this new season. I'm personally very eager to take on this new role for the club and put a strong competitive team on the pitch."

It will not be the first time that Nicolas Anelka will take the post of Manager, after having being assigned similar role during his time with Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua back in 2012.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Delhi Dynamos FC appoint Raman Vijayan as Assistant Coach

Delhi Dynamos FC appoint Raman Vijayan as Assistant Coach and TD
Delhi Dynamos appoint Raman Vijayan as Assistant coach
and Technical Director for Grassroots program
Indian Super League (ISL) side Delhi Dynamos FC is delighted to secure the services of Raman Vijayan as Assistant Coach to the first team. He will also be the Technical Director of the club’s grassroots program. The former Indian striker will work in tandem with assistant coach Shakti Chauhan to help in the team’s preparations for the upcoming season.

Raman’s illustrious 12 year long career began with East Bengal FC after which he went on to play for FC Kochin, Mahindra United, Dempo and Mohammedan Sporting. He is one of the two Indian footballers to have finished as top scorer in the National League. Raman was also fondly nicknamed as the "Golden Boy" for his expertise at scoring winners in crucial games. In his 4 year stint with the National team, Raman played and scored in various prestigious tournaments like the Asian Games, SAFF cup, SAF games as well as the 1998 World Cup Qualifiers held at Qatar.

Commenting on his arrival at Delhi Dynamos, Raman Vijayan said, "It is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of Delhi Dynamos, the club’s project for grassroots is in line with my vision for growing football in this beautiful city."

"I am not only excited to work with the first team but I am also looking forward to developing the budding footballers of tomorrow."

On Raman Vijayan joining the team, Delhi Dynamos FC president Prashant Agarwal said, "The experience Raman brings with him is unparalleled. His passion for development of football at the grassroots level is in line with our club’s philosophy."

At the twilight of his playing career, Raman took to coaching. He completed his AFC A license in 2014 and had previously managed South United club for 3 years before taking charge at Chennai FC.

The veteran would without doubt be an inspirational figure in the dressing room and will mentor the Indian players in their bid to reach the next level in their playing careers. Raman is no stranger to a grassroots program; his passion for development of football at grassroots level is evident in the success of his residential football academy, Noble Football academy.

Raman Vijayan will join the rest of the technical staff at Delhi Dynamos and help prepare the team for their preseason, which starts in the 3rd week of August.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NorthEast United FC appoint Cesar Farias as Head Coach

Cesar Farias appointed as Head Coach of NEUFC
Cesar Farias appointed as Head Coach of NorthEast United FC
for Second Edition of Hero Indian Super League(ISL)
Cesar Farias, the former Venezuelan National team manager has been signed by NorthEast United FC(NEUFC) for the second edition of Hero Indian Super League(ISL). Farias was the coach of Venezuelan national team when they visited Kolkata back in September 2011 as his side held Argentina for a goalless draw.

Farias became the Venezuelan Senior National Team Head coach after Richard Páez's departure in 2007. He guided Venezuela to the semi-finals of Copa America 2011 for the very first time. Apart from managing Venezuelan clubs like Deportivo Anzoátegui, Mineros de Guayana, Deportivo Táchira, Cesar Farias was also the coach of Venezuela U-20 National Team which qualified for FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The enthusiasm shown by the people in India was praised by the Venezuelan coach as he stated,"I experienced the passion that Indians possess for football first hand." The 42 year old gaffer went on to add,"I have a clear goal in mind: The development of NorthEast Untied FC and also of Indian football."

JOhn Abraham, voiced his delight on the appointment of the new coach, "I am thrilled. It's all about winning this season and I'm confident that Cesar's leadership will get us there. He is a unifier and that is important when we have a squad that comes from different cultures and geographic regions. Most importantly, he is young, passionate, has a clear vision for the club."

NorthEast United has already roped in the services of former Portugal International Simao Sabrosa.

Delhi Dynamos FC retain Gustavo dos Santos for second season of Hero ISL

Delhi Dynamos FC retain Gustavo dos Santos
Gustavo dos Santos retained by Delhi Dynamos FC for Second season of Hero ISL,
Picture Courtesy: Hero ISL
Delhi Dynamos FC have retained Brazilian forward Gustavo dos Santos Marmentini for the 2nd season of the Hero Indian Super League(ISL).

The Brazilian youngster was the highest scored of Delhi Dynamos last season with 5 goals to his name.

Gustavo dos Santos said, on his second stint with Delhi Dynamos, "I am excited to be a part of Delhi Dynamos again. I had some very fond memories last season. The fans are really special to me and I look forward to entertaining them."

Delhi Dynamos FC president Prashant Agarwal said “Gustavo is a fantastic young player with great energy and determination. We believe he is one of the best prospects in the league and is a valuble addition to the team.”

Gustavo will join other Indian players Shylo Malsawmtluanga, Francis Fernandes and Seminlen Doungel in the upcoming season.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chennayin FC retain French defender Bernard Mendy

Chennayin FC retain Bernard Mendy
Chennayin FC retain Bernard Mendy for Hero Indian Super League(ISL) Second Season,
Picture Courtesy: Indian Super League
Chennayin FC have retained one of their key players, Bernard Mendy for the upcoming season of Hero Indian Super League(ISL). Bernard who scored that famous bicycle kick goal against Kerala Blasters, was one of the best foreign recruits of last season. The 34 year old French defender was also inducted in the team of the tournament, courtesy of his astute defending at the back while also chipping in during the attacks.

On retaining Bernard Mendy, Chennayin FC manager Marco Materazzi was quoted saying, "We are delighted to have retained Mendy for the second edition of the Hero Indian Super League. Mendy is a leader both on and off the pitch and provides us immense strength and quality. His experience and technical quality makes him a very important player in our squad. He was one of our most consistent players last season and I have full faith in him to have another fantastic ISL this time."

Meanwhile, Mendy also expressed his happiness on re-signing for Chennayin FC, "I am thankful to Chennaiyin FC for retaining me and giving me the chance to play for the wonderful CFC fans once again. Playing in the ISL for Chennaiyin FC was an unforgettable experience for me last year and I am excited at the prospect of getting to do it this time also. We narrowly missed out on reaching the final last year but this time I am determined to make Chennaiyin FC the ISL champions. We are all going to work very hard for the entire Chennaiyin FC faithful."

Chennayin FC have already signed Apoula Edel Bete and Fikru Teferra Lemessa from Atletico de Kolkata for the second season of Hero Indian Super League(ISL).

Monday, June 29, 2015

Boca Juniors League 2015 Results: 29th June

Boca Juniors League 2015 Results
Boca Juniors League 2015, Week 6 Results

Below are the results from Mfar Boca Juniors League 2015, Week 6 which was held at Dairy Science College grounds in Hebbal, Bangalore.

Under 16 :
BFC  ( Arun- 1, Steve- 1 ) beats Boca Juniors Blues  2-0

Under 14 :
BFC ( Nikhil-2, Irfan-1, Dhanush-1 ) beats Boca Juniors Yellows Palermo 4-0

Under 12 :
Boca Juniors Whites Palermo (Mayank- 2, Alan -1 ) beats Boca Juniors Whites Maradona 3-0

Under 10 :
BFC1   (Anshu-1, Vineet-1, Shawn-1) beats Boca Juniors Stars Palermo ( Vansh-1, Samarth -1 )  3-2
BFC1 ( Vineet-1) beats BFC2 1-0
Boca Juniors Stars Maradona ( Ciaran-3, Gautam -2, Rajat-2 ,  Justin-1 own goal ) beats Boca Juniors Stars Palermo ( Samarth-1) 8-1

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