Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Kolkata receives official confirmation to host FIFA U17 World Cup 2017

FIFA U17 World Cup 2017
Kolkata gets official confirmation to host FIFA U17 World Cup 2017
A 13 member strong FIFA delegation led by Tracy Lu and Marion Mayer-Vorfelder along with the Local Organising Committee ratified Kolkata as a venue for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.

Culminating the trip which saw them visit all the 6 venues for the tournament – Kochi, Navi Mumbai, Goa, New Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata between October 19-25, 2016, the delegation deemed progress to be satisfactory and seemed upbeat about India’s first ever FIFA tournament.

The delegation also revealed the dates for the tournament, which will be hosted by the ratified cities, between 6th and 28th October 2017.

Emphasis was placed on the state of the pitches and training sites to make sure they would be up to the mark when the tournament commences. Issues that were discussed with the local authorities included stadium infrastructure, competitions, marketing, media, television, tourism and public promotions and transport, among others.

On behalf of the LOC, Project Director Joy Bhattacharjya highlighted the historical occasion that this represents. “This World Cup has the potential of changing Indian football and we need everyone’s support to make it happen. The kind of work that the different State Governments have put so far has been great and now we are looking forward to keep working with them towards increasing the foothold of the Event on their States and across the country. Everyone really needs to go all out to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity for Indian sports, and that will be our focus for the coming year”.

Talking about the results of the official inspection, Event Head for the tournament, Marion Mayer-Vorfelder said, “The state of West Bengal has shown tremendous enthusiasm in getting this venue ready and we are thoroughly impressed. The association of Football to the state of West Bengal goes back to the nineteenth century and we are really happy to announce it as a FIFA World Cup venue. From what my team saw, it was acknowledged that preparations for the marquee event have begun in full swing and the efforts put in by the State Governments and other stakeholders were welcomed and accepted.”

Also present at the press conference was Mr. Aroop Biswas, Minister – Sports, Government of West Bengal, Mr Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Minister of State for Sports, Government of West Bengal, Mr SA Baba – IAS & Principal Secretary – Sports for the Government of West Bengal and Mr Subrata Dutta – President of the IFA.

Elated with the announcement, Mr Biswas said “We are extremely happy that Kolkata has officially been ratified as a World Cup venue; we believe that this is one of the best stadiums in the country and the work that has been put in by the state government across the venue are in alignment with our vision to develop sports here. Come 2017 thus, we are excited to showcase the enthusiasm that the state has for the game for the world.”

Besides visiting the stadium, the delegation also assessed the condition of the training sites proposed for the venue, namely the VYBK Practice Grounds 1 and 2, and the SAI Netaji Subhas Eastern Regional Centre Pitch 1 and 2.

With regards to the overall preparedness of the venues, Javier Ceppi, Tournament Director of the LOC added, “We are very happy to complete the process of ratification of venues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 with Kolkata. This goes to show that, a year from the Tournament, we are in a good place with the progress made. We now need to concentrate on all the details that will make this Tournament successful. We are extremely appreciative of the support that the Government of West Bengal has given us right from the start. The World Cup has taken its rightful place here as the single most important football event that this football crazy state has ever hosted.”

The next official FIFA inspection is scheduled early next year to ascertain the progress on the pending works and the operational planning for India 2017.

Indian Women's League 2016 Results: 25th October 2016

Indian Women's League 2016 Results: 25th October 2016
Quartz SC hammer Royal Wahingdoh in Indian
Women's League 2016 Prelims
Indian Women's League 2016 Preliminary Round
Quartz SC 6-0 Royal Wahingdoh FC
QSC: Mamta(33rd), Manpreet(36th, 38th, 78th), Reshmi(54th), Tara(90th)

Hero ISL 2016: Mumbai City FC ride on Forlan's goal to beat Atletico de Kolkata

Hero Indian Super League 2016 Results
Diego Forlan scored the winner for Mumbai City FC against Atletico de Kolkata, Picture Courtesy: Indian Super League
Indian Super League 2016(ISL) Results
Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Kolkata
Atletico de Kolkata 0-1 Mumbai City FC
MCFC: Diego Forlan(79th)

Diego Forlan's second goal of the ISL season proved sufficient for Mumbai City FC for getting all the three points against Atletico de Kolkata at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Kolkata in the Hero Indian Super League(ISL) clash. With the victory Mumbai City FC moved to top of the table with 11 points having played a game more than both NorthEast United FC(2nd place, 10 points) and Atletico de Kolkata(3rd place, 9 points).

Indian Women's League 2016 Results: 21st-24th October 2016

Indian Women's League 2016 Results: 21st-24th October
Indian women's League 2016 Results from Prelims Round

India Women's League 2016 Preliminary Round

Rising Student FC 1-0 Bodyline FC
RSFC: Pinki(13th)

Alakhpura FC 18-0 Royal Wahingdoh FC
AFC: Kavita(4th, 45th, 61st, 77th), Sanju(9th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 33rd, 53rd, 56th), Deepika(18th, 36th, 62nd, 89th, 90+1st), Mamata(57th, 69th)

Kryphsa FC 0-3 Jeppiyar Institution FC
JIFC: Sandhya(45+1st), Indumati(55th, 75th)

Bodyline FC 0-1 Quartz FC
QFC: Mamta(90+2nd)

UPFC 0-7 Krypsha FC
KFC: Grace(8th, 15th, 51st, 65th), Bindyarani(18th), Roshni(28th, 63rd)

Royal Wahingdoh FC 0-13 Rising Student FC
RSFC: Pyari(5th, 13th, 27th, 41st, 45+1st, 63rd, 75th), Sangita(47th, 53rd, 66th), Sasmiti(65th), Articlave Anima(74th), Manisha(79th)

Guwahati confirmed to host FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017

Guwahati to host FIFA U17 World Cup
Guwahati was given green light to host FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 by the FIFA delegation
The FIFA delegation along with members of the Local Organising Committee confirmed Guwahati as one of the venues for next year's FIFA U-17 World Cup.

The team visited the site and had a comprehensive look at the stadium and the training facilities.

Tournament Director of the LOC, Mr Javier Ceppi said, "We have a very good understanding with the newly elected State Government and that has certainly helped to push matters forward in Guwahati. They realize the importance of hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 and have given us their complete support, which has had an immediate impact on the pace of work in the last 45 days. We also believe, as the State Government does, that this event will be critical in the Chief Minister’s vision of making Assam the sports hub of India."

Present at the press conference was Mr. Ajay Tiwari, Secretary – Sports for the Government of Assam. Naturally pleased with the prospect of being one of the hosts for India's first ever international football tournament, Mr Tiwari expressed immense joy and said, "The state government has been putting in a lot of efforts to upgrade the stadium as well as the practice sites.

I am elated at the recognition being bestowed upon us by FIFA and at the prospect of the state hosting a football World Cup."

Delegates from the football's governing body were satisfied with the conditions in Guwahati, both on the pitch as well as in the training facilities of IGAI training ground, Nehru Stadium, LNIPE Ground and SAI Regional Centre. Event manager for the U-17 World Cup, Ms Marion Mayer Vorfelder remarked, "From what I am being told, the enthusiasm for the sport here in this part of the country is unmatched.

Football is like a religion here and considering how passionate people are about the sport here, this ratification denotes a win not just for the state of the Assam but the entire North East."

Guwahati became the fifth venue to be ratified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, post Kochi, Navi Mumbai, Goa and New Delhi. The 23-member strong delegation will travel to Kolkata tomorrow to visit the last venue of its inspection trip and assess the situation in the capital of West Bengal. 

Hero ISL 2016: Kerala Blasters FC registers away victory against FC Goa

Hero Indian Super League 2016 Results
Kerala Blasters FC beat FC Goa 2-1 away in Fatorda,
Picture Courtesy: Indian Super League
Hero Indian Super League(ISL) 2016 Results
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda
FC Goa 1-2 Kerala Blasters FC
FCG: Julio Cesar(24th)
KBFC: Mohammad Rafi(26th), Kervens Belfort(84th)

FC Goa is at the rock bottom of the Hero Indian Super League 2016 standings with just 4 points in the six games they have played while Kerala Blasters are at the 5th spot having same points as that of Chennaiyin FC and Mumbai City FC and just two points adrift of the league leaders NorthEast United FC.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hero ISL 2016 Results: 21-23rd October 2016

Indian Super League 2016 Results
Hero Indian Super League 2015-16 Results: 21-23rd October 2016, Picture Courtesy: Indian Super League
Hero Indian Super League(ISL) 2016 Results
Mumbai City FC 0-1 FC Goa
MCFC: Richardlyson(41st)

Atletico de Kolkata 1-0 Delhi Dynamos FC
ATK: Ian Hume(Penalty 78th)

FC Pune City 1-1 Chennaiyin FC
PCFC: Anibal Zurdo Rodriguez(82nd)
CFC: Jeje Lalpekhlua(28th)
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