Sunday, August 30, 2015

Nepal beat India on penalties to win the SAFF U-19 Championship 2015

Nepal beat India to win SAFF U-19 Championship 2915 title
Nepal clinched the SAFF U-19 2015 Title defeating India after penalties,
Picture Courtesy: www.the-aiff.com

SAFF U-19 Championship 2015 Finals
29.08.2015
Nepal U-19 1-1(5-4 After Penalties) India U-19

The Indian U-19 National Team finished runners-up in the SAFF U-19 2015 Championship on Saturday (August 29, 2015) as they lost 5-4 on penalties against hosts Nepal, after a 1-1 draw at the end of ninety minutes, at the ANFA HQ in Satdobato, Nepal.

India missed their first penalty of the shoot-out, while Nepal scored all five to earn the SAFF Championship.

Coming off a win against Bangladesh in the semi-finals the Indian colts, albeit controlled the tempo of the match and attacked with sheer pace, failed to apply the finishing touch in much of their chances.

Playing in an intimidating atmosphere the colts pressurized their opponents as they looked for a breakthrough in the opening minutes of the match.

A corner kick garnered by the Indian colts, after a splendid attack from the right flank, was headed inches wide of the post. Next, Lalramzuava’s long ranger earned an uncanny save by the Nepali custodian as the Colts started to pull strings.

Attacking with fluidity and precision, the Indian contingent fell behind to a goal in the 20th minute, when a counter attack resulted in a corner-kick, which earned the dividends for the hosts as they headed home to take the lead.

Not to be deterred the Indian contingent continued to knock their opponent’s door for an equalizer. A bustling header from a corner-kick flew whiskers over the bar as the colts continued to raid the opponent’s citadel.

Albeit trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Indian colts had a wonderful opportunity to equalize their deficit in the 65th minute, and had it not been for a heroic lunge of the Nepali defence, the colts would have certainly availed the dividends. But a corner was all the Colts could gather.

With momentum on their side, the Colts began to dominate possession and breached the Nepali defence in the 88th minute, when an Indian corner was handled inside the box, resulting in a penalty kick.

A calm and composed Shahbaaz stepped up to equalize India’s deficit. And the scoreline remained stagnant at 1-1 for the remaining time.

With the match moving to the penalty shoot-out, the Nepali contingent scored all five of their penalties, while the Indian colts missed their opening penalty to lose 5-4. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Delhi Dynamos FC sign West Bromwhich Albion forward Adil Nabi on loan

Delhi Dynamos FC sign Adil Nabi
Delhi Dynamos FC sign English Premier League(EPL) side West Bromwich Albion's promising 21 year old forward Adil Nabi on loan
West Bromwich Albion’s biggest talent, Adil Nabi will be the first player in history to be transferred from the English Premier League to India.The 21 year old won the hearts of the Baggies supporters last season when he scored 12 goals and set up 6 other in only 22 games for the youth team. Amongst his goals was a hat-trick against Aston Villa and a brace against English giants Arsenal FC.

Following an impressive season, he was included in the squad that faced Manchester City and West Ham United last year in the English Premier league. West Bromwich Albion’s head coach Tony Pulis then included him in his first team.

West Bromwich Albion’s Manager Tony Pulis said, "It’s a great opportunity for Adil and we will follow his progress closely. I’m a big supporter of a young man stepping out of his comfort zone and experiencing another part of the world. I think he will come out of it a better, more mature person and as a result a better footballer."

Commenting on his signing with Delhi Dynamos, Adil said, "I didn’t really have to think about it for too long. The idea appealed to me the moment it was proposed. I spoke to my parents and to people at the club and everyone thought it was an exciting idea".

"I can’t wait. It is going to be an amazing experience. Some of the players who are now going to India are the biggest names in world football and working under a legend like Roberto Carlos is a chance not to be missed.I have spoken to the gaffer (Tony Pulis) and he agrees that it can be a great development opportunity for me. To go out, away from all my home comforts, and experience life and different football".

The two footed youngster has excellent technique, vision, speed, passing and finishing. Adil is at the dawn of his career and has plenty to offer to the team.

For the DD Manager Roberto Carlos his signing is exactly what was needed in terms of fresh strength and balance for the team this season, "Adil is an exciting prospect with very good technique, vision and finishing. I am sure he will contribute immensely to Delhi Dynamos and I am looking forward to seeing him in training! Bem-Vindo Adil."

Calcutta Football League(CFL) 2015 results: 27th-28th August 2015


CFL 2015 Results
Calcutta Football League(CFL) 2015 Results:
27th-28th August 2015
Calcutta Football League(CFL) 2015 Results
28.08.2015

Mohun Bagan 3-1 Tolly Agragami
MB: Dudu (X2), Lalkamal
TA: Adeleza(Tolly)
M.O.M : Dudu (MB)

Highlights of CFL 2015 Clash between Mohun Bagan and Tollygunge Agragami SAI(E Zone) 0-5 Southern Samity
SS: Wahid Hatt., Snehasis, Sankar Oraon
M.O.M : Wahid(SS)

27.08.2015

East Bengal 4-1 Police AC
EB: Khabra, Rafiq, Du Dong, Bikash
PAC: Irish Jamadar
M.O.M: Md. Rafiq

Highlights of CFL 2015 Clash between East Bengal and Police AC

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Boca Juniors Football School India to participate in Singa Cup 2015 Singapore


BJFSI to participate in Singa Cup
Boca Juniors Football School India to participate in Singa Cup
Football Tournament 2015 in Singapore
Boca Juniors Football School India (BJFSI) today confirmed their participation in the 2015 Singa Cup Football Tournament in Singapore from November 2nd to 6th. Singa Cup is the top tier Tournament in South East Asia with leading teams participating in 2015 edition from Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Singapore & Bangladesh.

Singa Cup has grown tremendously over the last few years to become one of the leading youth football tournaments in the region. From 12 teams in the first year in 2012, the Singa Cup had 53 teams from seven different countries in 2015. This will be BJFSI second year in the Singa Cup after appearing last year.

Last year BJFSI took part in the Singa Cup and Dubai, giving international exposure to their academy players. BJFSI will be playing in Under 12 and 14 categories and the preparation is underway under direct supervision of Petros Sideris, Technical Director.

“We have started extensive preparation for the tournament with emphasis on technical and physical conditioning. We are sure teams will give a spirited performance against the best teams from South Asia & Australia. Regular match playing especially against international sides is the best way to improve your game. More importantly for kids at such a young age to get this exposure will get them better prepared for bigger matches. “said Petros Sideris, Technical Director.

Deckline Leitao, Director of Exercise Science, Vesoma will supervise the strength training of the teams.

SAFF U-19 Championship 2015: India beat Bangladesh on penalties to reach finals

India U-19 booked their place int he finals of the
SAFF U-19 Championship 2015 defeating Bangladesh
in semis after penalties,
Picture Courtesy: www.the-aiff.com
SAFF U-19 Championship 2015, Nepal
27.08.2015
India 0-0(4-3 After Penalties) Bangladesh

The Indian U-19 National Team progressed into the finals of the SAFF U-19 2015 Championship on Thursday (August 27, 2015) as they defeated Bangladesh 4-3 on penalties after a goalless stalemate at the end of ninety minutes, at the ANFA HQ in Satdobato, Nepal.

The Indian Colts now face Nepal in the Finals of the Championship, which is slated to kick-off on August 29, 2015 at the same venue.

Coming off a 3-0 win against Maldives in their last Group Stage match, the Indian colts pressed from the whistle, as they searched for an early breakthrough.

In the 23rd minute, Daniel’s shot came agonizingly close to the goal. Two minutes later, a glitzy one touch passing move, which penetrated the Bangladeshi defence, was concluded with a shot straight at the opponent’s custodian.

Mounting pressure and disabling any Bangladeshi attacks with acute finesse, the Indian colts started to control the tempo of the match.

A floated corner was met by a thumping header which flew whiskers over the bar in the 29th minute. With the Indian colts gaining ground towards goal, the danger was there for all to see, however the attacking finesse of the colts lacked the conversion and thus at half-time the scoreline remained stagnant at 0-0.

Changing over, and both Teams entwined in a battle for possession resulting in an end-to-end affair.

In the 81st minute of the match, the Indian colts came close to securing the decisive goal as Daniel’s shot flew inches wide of the post.

Second later, another Indian attempt went abegging. With ninety minutes not enough to segregate the Teams, penalty shoot-out commenced, wherein the colts won 4-3.

India U-16 in Germany: Indian colts register 1-0 victory over FC Ingolstadt

India U-16 in Germany
India U-16 beat FC Ingolstadt by 1-0 scoreline in their exposure trip to Germany on
Wednesday, 26th August 2015,
Picture Courtesy: www.the-aiff.com
India U-16 in Germany
26.08.2015
India U-16 1-0 FC Ingolstadt

The Indian U-17 World Cup Squad, currently on an exposure trip to Germany, defeated FC Ingolstadt 1-0 on Wednesday (August 26, 2015), in attendance of the AIFF General Secretary Mr.Kushal Das, at the DFI Ground in Germany.

Following close on the heels of a 4-0 win against SV Wacker Burghausen on August 22, 2015, the Indian colts started the match on a positive note.

Two forty five minutes halves comprised the match and albeit a goalless first half saw both Teams entwine in a battle to gain advantage, it was the Indian contingent which opened the goal scoring tally of the match in the 46th minute.

A well-worked move by the Indian contingent, which saw Aniket release a beautiful through ball, was done sheer justice by Aman’s effort on the goal giving the colts a lead early into the second half.

The Indian contingent thwarted the opposition’ attack and registered a solitary goal win over the German club.

Furthermore, the Indian U-17 World Cup Squad will also touch Iranian shores in the month of September to play in the AFC U-16 Qualifiers, which are slated to kick-off in Tabriz City. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Anantapur Sports Academy Boys selected for Hyderabad based 2nd Division i-League Team

A dream come true for Anantapur Sports Academy boys after getting selected for Hyderabad based Second Division i-League side

Author of the Post: Maxon Sequeira

The boys from Anantapur arrived in Hyderabad at a well maintained, grassy Saraswati Cricket  round,the last place they would expect to be the venue for their football selection trials, for a chance to realize their long cherished dream - an opportunity to play for and represent an upcoming 2nd Division I-League Club based out of Hyderabad, that is set to debut this upcoming season.

Rural Development Trust’s (RDT) Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA)
RDT Anantapur Sports Academy U-15 had their trials from
6PM, Friday
Six Under-15 players from Rural Development Trust’s (RDT) Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA) set out for their selections accompanied by a senior player of the team, who was appointed by the RDT coaches to accompany them during this outing. The 15 Under-18 and 7 Under-20 boys were however, accompanied by their Head Coach Miquel Llado and Assistant Head Coach, P Vijayabhaskar. The selection trials took place on two separate days - the first with the U-15 selections taking place on Friday, 14th August, 2015 and the next for the U-18 and U-20 boys scheduled on the evening of Sunday, 16th August, 2015.

Upon their arrival for the selection trials, the boys were greeted by chief selector Yogesh Maurya and his team of 8 coaches, along with about 700 more boys who journeyed from far and wide in India to take a shot at the coveted I-League spots.

U-18 Rural Development Trust’s (RDT) Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA)
RDT Anantapur Sports Academy(ASA) U-18 players
had their trials from 6 PM on Sunday
The trials for the U-15 boys began at 6 PM on Friday while the U-18 trials took place on Sunday at 6 PM, followed by the U-20 boys at 8 PM. The format that Mr. Maurya and his team followed was very simple, divide the boys into smaller groups and play 5v5 or 7v7 games for 20 minutes each, with just one simple instruction, "Go and enjoy yourselves".

The selectors were looking to spot genuine talent, with the right technical knowledge of the game. They were looking for boys not just with good skill, but also with the aptitude of various strategies and possession plays. The chief selector, Mr. Maurya, was pleasantly surprised and impressed. He made his way to speak to Miquel Llado, ASA Football’s Head Coach, starting the conversation with the words "I Love Your Players".

U-20 Team of Rural Development Trust’s (RDT) Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA)
The U-20 Team had their trials scheduled at 8PM on Sunday
The selection trials were expertly held, with quality training equipment and smooth organisation, as well as the depth of knowledge and keen interest shown by the selecting coaches. The ASA boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience as well as the learning in such a new environment and atmosphere, while simultaneously cherishing their new found confidence.

Miquel Llado, ASA’s Head coach, told us, "We are happy because the club that these boys are set to represent in the I-League already has an academy with Under 13, 15, 18 and 20 years age-group teams, apart from their main side, and are looking to set up a full-fledged structure that will be part of the upcoming I-League roster. Its launch is scheduled on the 3rd of September, with a press conference bringing Hyderabad and our boys from Anantapur to the Indian football scene with a bang".

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