Sunday, April 20, 2014

Airtel i-League 2013-14: 19th April 2014

Airtel i-League 2013-14 Results

Churchill Brothers 0-2 United SC
USC: Eric Brown(49th, 71st)

Pune FC 1-2 East Bengal
PFC: Anthony D'Souza(39th)
EB: Chidi Edeh(72nd), S. Doungel(75th)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Now fans will choose the Shillong Lajong FC 2014-15 kit

A Shillong Lajong FC Press Release
Shillong Lajong FC unveils the four possible kits for 2014-15 season

A football kit is not just a uniform, it represents what you play for and is worn with pride. adidas, the most exciting sports brand is set to take this passion to the next level while unleashing Shillong Lajong FC’s (SLFC) new home kit.  For the first time in the history of the club, fans will get the opportunity to vote for their new team jersey!
Shillong Lajong FC 2014-15 Kit
The 4 kit designs for Shillong Lajong FC for the 2014-15 season

adidas and SLFC have short-listed 4 kit designs for the 2014-15 season, and will launch a consumer / fan outreach program, inviting all fans to vote for their favorite kit. The month long program will kick off on the 21st April, when fans can log in to the team’s website or facebook page and pick their favorite design.

Talking about the program, Tushar Goculdas, Brand Director- adidas India said, “Shillong Lajong is one of the leading football clubs, with a huge following across the country. Our partnership began in 2009 with a strong focus on supporting the team with the best in class football gear. Over the years, we strengthened the association by supporting the development of their youth teams through our global scouting and training programs. Today, we are taking this relationship the next level, through exciting fan engagement programs and giving back to the passionate fans of the club. Through this latest initiative, we are inviting the fans to go all in and play a vital role in deciding the 

new look for their team. This is just the beginning of what’s in store for Shillong Lajong fans and we are equally excited to see which design gets the maximum votes.”
Larsing Sawyan, Managing Director- Shillong Lajong Football Club added, “This is a great initiative to excite and engage the club’s fans, and bring them closer to the team they love. We’ve shared a fantastic partnership with adidas, who not only enable the players to deliver match winning performances with cutting edge products, but also support efforts to give fans the opportunity to be closely involved with the team. I am all in to cast my vote and looking forward to see what the fans choose.”

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Airtel i-League 2013-14 Results: 15th-16th April 2014

Airtel i-League 2013-14 Results

SC Goa 3-3 Salgaocar FC
SCG: Ogba Kalu(20th), Boima Karpeh(41st), Rowlin Borges(73rd)
SFC: Darryl Duffy(4th), Dudu Omagbemi(11th), Bikash Jairu(90th)


Mohammedan Sporting 4-5 Shillong Lajong FC
MSC: Ashim Biswas(5th), Penn Orji(34th), Josimar(47th, 79th)
SLFC: Cornell Glen(Penalty 16th, 43rd, 74th), Shubhash Singh(29th, 69th)

Churchill Brothers 1-0 East Bengal
CB: Yunam Raju(23rd)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Airtel i-League 2013-14 Results: 13th April 2014

Airtel i-League 2013-14 Results

United SC 0-0 Mohun Bagan

Mohammedan Sporting 2-1 Rangdajied United
MSC: Taro Hasegawa(33rd), Luciano Sabrosa(Penalty 64th)

RUFC: Ranti Martins(12th)

Mumbai FC 4-2 Churchill Brothers
MFC: Yusif Yakubu(10th, 14th, 65th), Sehnaj Singh(75th)
CB: Ashley Fernandes(36th), Jaison Vales(59th)

Indian Super League: Winning Bidders Announced

Indian Super League: Winning Bidders Announced

IMG Reliance and Star India promoted Indian Super League,under the aegis of All India Football Federation, have today reached a crucial junction on its path to rediscover Indian football, as it identifies and awardseight ‘League Partners’ across the country ahead of the proposed September-November 2014 inauguralseason.

Termed as an unrivalled footballing event, the Indian Super League being planned under the Football Sports Development Pvt Ltd.,aims to ignite a revolution in the sport and ultimately enable Indian football to thrive and perform at the highest level on the international stage.

Indian Super League’s proposal for ‘League Partners’ received an overwhelming response from the Business,Sports and Bollywood community, to own a team from the nine proposed cities in the contention. Four of the final eight cities –Delhi, Kochi, Guwahatiand Bangalore –will find itself in the mainstream football mapof the country, which is traditionally being dominated by Kolkata, Goa, Pune and Mumbai, through the high-profile professional Indian Super League.

The management takes great pride in announcing the winning bid which boast a good mix of corporates and celebrities - in Sun Group for BENGALURU; Sameer Manchanda led Den Network for DELHI; VenugopalDhoot (Videocon), DattarajSalgaocar and Shrinivas V. Dempo for GOA; John Abraham &Shillong Lajong forGUWAHATI; Sachin Tendulkar & PVP Ventures for KOCHI; SouravGanguly, Harshavardhan Neotia, Atletico Madrid, SanjeevGoenka, Utsav Parekh for KOLKATA, Bollywood’s Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh for MUMBAI and Salman Khan together with Kapil Wadhawan and Dheeraj Wadhawan of the Wadhawan Group for PUNE.

Ernst & Young, the designated international advisory firm, had the mandate of drawing up and validating the bid process. Each bidder was subject to strict eligibility norms and was required to submit the bids, as prescribed under the ‘Invitation to Bid’ document. Bids were evaluated by the jury panel in the presence of Ernst & Young representatives.

Details on the winning Bidders / Consortiums
A new Sun rises in the Garden City
Bengaluru – Sun Group
Sun Group is an Indian conglomerate, based in Chennai, India. Sun Group's Sun TV Network is one of the largest media networks in India. It owns over thirty three television channels, 45 FM Radio Stations, Two Daily News Papers and Five Magazines with a reach of more than 95 million households in India. Sun Direct is one of the largest DTH service provider in the country having more than 9 million subscribers. Sun Pictures is the film division of Sun TV Network. The group is also present in the aviation business with SpiceJet and also owns IPL cricket team Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Den to lay football Network in Delhi
Delhi – Sameer Manchanda of Den Networks
DEN Networks Limited – led by Chairman and Managing Director Sameer Manchanda, is India's largest cable TV distribution company serving 13 million homes in over 200 cities. Based in Delhi, DEN is a frontrunner of digitisation of Indian cable TV. DEN is also launching India’s fastest high speed broadband service with speeds of 100 Mbps and more. DEN aims to become the default destination for entertainment, information and interactivity for the Indian family.

Goan sport to get Dempo, Salgaocar&Videocon’s push
Goa – Salgaocar / Dempo / Videocon 
Dattaraj Salgaocar: His company has diverse interests in Mining, Hospitality, and Shipping. It exports over 4 million tonnes of Iron Ore every year. The company also runs the Goa Marriott and Hotel La Plaz Gardens in Goa.
Dempo: Dempo Mining Corporation Limited is a prominent mining company from  Goa. Shrinivas V. Dempois the chairman of Dempo Group. They are also the owners of Dempo Sports Club, popularly known as ‘the whites’ from Goa.The team has been a constant performer in all the national football championship and gained immense popularity in the last four decades of its existence. The team has several accolades and honours in its kitty. They have won the National Football League title in 2004 and 2006 and followed it with two I-League triumphs in 2006–07 and then in 2009–2010.
Videocon: The group is a US $5 billion global conglomerate with a diversified set of products ranging from handsets, D2H, Electronic Appliance etc. The group has 17 manufacturing sites in India and plants in Mainland China, Poland, Italy and Mexico.

John joins Lajong for Guwahati
Guwahati – John Abraham/ Shillong Lajong
John Abraham: John Abraham is an established Bollywood actor, producer and former model. Known for his obsession for football, bikes and fitness, John is an avid follower of football and sports in general. He has bought a stake in Delhi team of Hockey India League.
Shillong Lajong: Shillong Lajong is an I-league team based in Shillong. It was established in the year 1983. It was promoted to the 1st division of the I-League in the 2009-10 season. They have been associated with prominent brands such as Aircel and Adidas. The team plays its home matches in the Nehru Stadium in Shillong.

God of cricket comes to ‘God’s own country’
Kochi –  Prasad V. Potluri of PVP Ventures& Sachin Tendulkar
PVP is one of the largest investors of the country in media and entertainmentindustry and is listed on the BSE and the NSE. Prasad V Potluri, the known serial entrepreneur in the global outsourcing services space is the Chairman and MD of PVP Ventures. PVP was one of the bidders for Hyderbad team of IPL in 2012.
Sachin Tendulkar:The batting maestro and a world renowned personality, also known as the God amongsthis global fan base, will be associated with the team as its brand ambassador.

Kolkata looks forward to Dadagiri in football
Kolkata –  Sourav Ganguly,Harshavardhan Neotia, Atletico Madrid, Sanjiv Goenka, Utsav Parekh
Sourav Ganguly: Affectionately known as ‘Dada’, is a former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian national team. Currently, a cricket commentator,Ganguly is regarded as one of India's most successful captains in modern times. He is the 5th highest run scorer in ODIs and was the 3rd person in history to cross the 10,000 run landmark. In 2002, the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack ranked him the sixth greatest ODI batsman of all time.
Atlético de Madrid: Spanish club based in Madrid that plays in the La Liga and has been the champions on 9 occasions. It is the third most supported club in Spain. They will be moving to a new stadium in the 2015 season which will have a capacity of 70,000 spectators. It is one of the biggest clubs in the world in terms of associates with more than 65,000 season ticket holders.
Harshavardhan Neotia:Harshavardhan Neotia of Ambuja Neotia Group is one of the most prominent and respected businessman in India. The corporate houses headquartered in Kolkata has its forte in real estate and recent forays into hospitality, healthcare and education. The group has championed the cause of woman and child healthcare by setting up Bhagiarthi Neotia Woman & Child Care Centre in Kolkata.
Sanjiv Goenka: Sanjiv Goenka of RP – Sanjiv Goenka Group from Kolkata is a prominent businessman in India having interest in Power business in the city and national network of modern Retail chains across country.
Utsav Parekh: Utsav Parekh has been Non-Executive-Non-Independent Chairman at SMIFS Capital Markets Ltd. since April 1, 2009. Mr. Parekh has about 25 years of in-depth experience in merchant banking and financial services.

Mumbai WakesUp to Sid’s passion
Mumbai – Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh
Ranbir Kapoor is one of the leading Indian film actor of the current generation. Through his successful career in Hindi (Bollywood) films, he has become one of the highest-paid actors and one of the most high-profile celebrities in India. He is the recipient of several awards and nominations including five Filmfare Awards. Kapoor is the son of actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, and the grandson of actor-director Raj Kapoor. He began his career in Bollywood as an assistant director on Sanjay LeelaBhansali's 2005 film Black and later turned actor to give many a hit movies year on year. A keen follower of football and an avid fan of FC Barcelona,Ranbir is often seen on the maidans of Mumbai playing football with his co-stars and friends when he is not shooting.
Bimal Parekh: Bimal Parekh is a renowned Chartered Accountant from Mumbai.

Pune will play its football Dabang style
Pune – Salman Khan, Kapil Wadhawan and Dheeraj Wadhawan
Kapil and Dheeraj Wadhawan: Kapil Wadhawan is the Chairman and Dheeraj Wadhawan is the Vice Chairman of the Rajesh Wadhawan Group, which has diverse business interests including financial services, food retail, hospitality, education and real estate. Sport development has been a major focus area of the Wadhawan family, which believes in taking sport to the grassroots level, thus enabling access for India's young to good quality sporting activities and infrastructure. Over the years, Wadhawan Group has been associated with sports - especially cricket - either as sponsors or team owners.

Salman Khan: Salman Khan is an Indian actor, producer, television presenter, and philanthropist. Known as the actor with mass appeal, Salman is the promoter of ‘Being Human Foundations’. He has appeared in the highest grossing film nine separate years during his career, a record that remains unbroken. He has starred in more than 80 Hindi films and thus far and has established himself as a leading actor of Hindi cinema.

Airtel i-League 2013-14 Results: 12th April 2014

Airtel i-League 2013-14 Results

East Bengal 3-1 Pune FC
PFC: M. Pavlovic(58th)
EB: Chidi Edeh(18th), Lalrindika Ralte(43rd, 70th)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Royal Wahingdoh beat Bhawanipore to qualify for i-League

Royal Wahingdoh qualify for i-League
Royal Wahingdoh qualify for i-League

Second Division i-League 2013-14
Royal Wahingdoh 3-2 Sangbad Pratidin Bhawanipore FC
RWFC: Jackiechand Singh(37th), Babatunde Badmus(57th), Bekay Bawar(87th)
BFC: Daniel Bidemi (23rd & 74th)

The wait has finally ended for Royal Wahingdoh. In a thrilling match of deciding match the 2nd Division League at the Lammual Stadium in Aizawl on Friday (April 11), the Shillong Club came back from behind as they rallied to beat Sangbad Pratidin Bhawanipore FC 3-2 to earn a ticket to the 2014-15 edition of the Airtel I-League. In the process, they became the third Shillong Club to have achieved the feat.

India Youth Player Jackiechand Singh (37th), Babatunde Badmus (57th) and Liberian Striker Bekay Bawar (87th) scored one apiece for the winners. The victory enabled Wahingdoh finish on top the League Table of the 2nd Division League with 18 points from 8 matches followed by Bhawanipore FC on 17 points. Kalighat Milan Sangha with 10 points finished third followed by United Sikkim FC (7 points) and Hindustan FC on 4 points.

For Bhawanipore, Daniel Bidemi’s brace went in vain.

Royal Wahingdoh qualify for i-League 2013-14
Congratulating the winners, I-League CEO Mr. Sunando Dhar welcomed Wahingdoh into the Premier League of the Country. “I congratulate Royal Wahingdoh and welcome them to the next edition of the Airtel I-League. At the same time I hope they continue the good work both on and off the field,” he told

“I am thankful to the Silchar District Sports Association and Mizoram FA for their cooperation and discipline which ensured the successful hosting of the final phase of the 2nd Division League,” he added.

Despite knowing that a draw would see them through, Bhawanipore FC tried to seize the momentum and pressed right from the kick-off. Nigerian striker Daniel Bidemi tested rival goalkeeper Nikhil Bernard with a low shot from just outside the box but Bernard was equal to the task.

Wahingdoh, backed by a partisan crowd of more than 3000 slowly settled down and thereafter used their pace to catch their opponents on the wrong foot -- the tireless Seityasen Singh staying at the heart of all the action.

Seitasen, proving a bit too hot to handle for the Kolkata outfit first sneaked past a defender but his shot landed straight at the rival Goalkeeper. Minutes later, he turned provider for Bawar but the latter’s effort ricocheted off one of his Teammates before bouncing out of play.

Bhawanipore took the lead almost immediately after through Daniel Bidemi. A fine move from the right saw Manjit Singh finding Bidemi in the clear. The Nigerian Striker made no mistake in slotting home from close.

Strung after the setback, Wahingdoh bounced back strongly and equalised through Jackiechand Singh. The India Youth Player who had scored against Pakistan in the AFC U-19 Qualifers in Tehran in 2011sidestepped his marker before letting loose a venomous pile-driver from the top of the box as both the Teams ended 1-1 at the interval.

Changing over, veteran Babatunde Badmus gave Wahingdoh the lead in the 57th minute. Seitasen split open the rival defence with a measured pass and an ice-cool Babatude bulged the net. The crowd went berserk.

Even as the celebrations hadn’t died down, Bhawanipore, played their last trump card as Jose Ramirez Barreto substituted Alex Petroman Silva in the 58th minute.

Bhawanipore went all out for the equaliser and it came in the 74th minute as Bidemi leapt higher than all to head home Gurpreet Singh’s free-kick.

With sixteen minutes left, it seemed Bhawanipore would have the last laugh. But the never say die attitude of Wahingdoh boys and their relentless attacks pushed Bhawanipore on the backfoot even as they managed to hold on.

The moment, however, arrived three minutes prior to the final whistle. A deft feint from Bawar opened up space from him and he sent Bhawanipore Goalie Debjit Majumdar the wrong way. Wahingdoh were on the right path.

Wild celebrations followed after the final whistle – they stayed the sole Club to remain unbeaten in the Championship. Another Club from Shillong are in the Big League.
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