Monday, September 1, 2014

Mumbai FC sign AFC A License coach Kundan Chandra

Mumbai FC, signed AFC A License Coach, Kundan Chandra, as the Head of Youth Development. Kundan Chandra is an AIFF ‘D’ License Instructor along with being an AIFF Scout for the U17 World Cup. Chandra brings his valuable expertise to Mumbai FC in areas such as Youth Football, Grassroots, Women’s Football as well as organizing football festivals.

Mumbai FC sign AFC A License coach Kundan Chandra
Mumbai FC sign AFC A License coach Kundan Chandra
 as Head of Youth Development
On signing for Mumbai FC Chandra said, “My objective is to produce players of high quality who are technically, mentally, psychologically and physiologically fit and are also model citizens of the society. We are in process of designing and implementing one of the most ambitious grassroots football structures in India. It will be my endeavor to make sure that all the Mumbai FC Youth Teams perform to the best of their ability and the players subsequently go on to represent club and country. I am looking forward to this mammoth responsibility.”

Mumbai FC Dy. Vice President, Atul Badgamia displayed his pleasure on this appointment and said, “We are pleased to appoint Kundan Chandra and we feel he is the right man for the job. His has worked in grassroots football, youth football, coach education and all other aspects which will only help us create a robust youth system for our club.”

This will be Chandra’s second stint at Mumbai FC, the last one being in 2012-13 as the Head Coach for the Mumbai FC U20 team. He was an Indian Navy Official for 20 years and used to play and then coach the Indian Navy team in the Inter-services, Local and National tournaments. Chandra brings with him over 10 years of coaching experience which includes being the Head Coach of Indian Navy, BMFC, PIFA Colaba and Mumbai FC U20 team.  He is a dedicated, resourceful & innovative teacher whose passion is investing his energies in youth development.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Delhi Dynamos FC sign Italian Legend Alessandro del Piero

Alessandro del Piero joins Delhi Dynamos FC
Alessandro del Piero joins Delhi Dynamos FC of Hero ISL
Delhi Dynamos FC, the national capital’s Football Team for the Hero Indian Super League, has signed up Italian football superstar Alessandro del Piero as its marquee player.The 39-year-old Italian who has won almost every tournament he has played in for club and country, needs no introduction. Some of his top achievements over 2 illustrious decades include:

  • Won 8 Serie A titles, the Champions League & Intercontinental Cup with Juventus; he played for Juventus since 1993 and was captain from 2001 until 2012.
  • Led Italy to their FIFA World Cup win in 2006, scoring in the semifinal, and then in the penalty shootout in the final
  • Golden Boot (top scorer): UEFA Champions League (1995-96, 1997-98), Serie A (2007-08)
  • 2nd player to participate in 7 major tournaments for Italy(EURO 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and World Cup 1998, 2002, 2006)
  • Won 2 European Championships as part of Italy’s U-21squad
  • Won a total of 23 trophies

Alessandro del Piero, also nicknamed "Il Fenomeno Vero" or The Real Phenomenon, is the 10thAll-time Top Scorer in the Champions League and been featured in FIFA 100, a list of the top greatest living footballers compiled by Pele. Having played alongside some great teammates like Gianluigi Buffon & Zinedine Zidane, del Piero has always managed to stand out. Footballing legend Maradona once said "He (del Peiro) is different to Zinedine Zidane. He likes to play, he feels it in his soul. Between him and the Frenchman, I choose him."

The Italian great played for Sydney FC for the last two seasons and is credited for putting the A-league (theAustralian League) onto the world stage and inspiring a new generation of football players in that country. The Free-kick King won Sydney FC Player of the Year Award &Sydney FC Golden Boot in 2013 and also scored the A-League goal of the season for 2012–2013.

After del Piero entered the A-league, there was an immediate positive impact on attendance, membership, TV ratings and corporate support for the club and the league. With Alessandro del Piero’s induction into Delhi Dynamos FC, the club representing India’s national capital is hoping for an encore and expects his presence to galvanize football fans across the country and put a nationwide spotlight on Indian domestic football.

Commenting on his move to Delhi Dynamos, Alessandro del Piero said, “It’s really exciting to be coming to India and playing for the capital of the country. I am thoroughly looking forward to training with  my teammates and work together with the coach and the club and I hope to encourage the people of Delhi to follow our games! My passion has always been to play good football and I think I can definitely identify with my team’s philosophy of playing an attacking & attractive game. It is always amazing to visit new countries but I have a feeling India is going to be a really special part of my journey. See you soon, India…Thok Denge!”

Sameer Manchanda, Passionate Football Fan, Chairman& Managing Director of DEN Networks, said: “We are very excited with the signing of Alessandro del Piero, a true football legend and a giant of the game. His coming to India is a path breaking moment for football in the country. Alessandro has been an inspirational member in every team that he has played for and his presence in the Delhi Dynamos will drive the entire squad to strive for even greater glory. We are sure that he will fire up the imagination of millions of Indian kids and make football a religion in India”

Friday, August 29, 2014

India U-23 register comfortable victory against Jiangsu Sainty

China Exposure Tour
Century Park, Shanghai
India U-23 3-0 Jiangsu Sainty
India U23: Sunil Chhetri(28th), Robin Singh(65th), Alwyn George(90th)
India U-23 register 3-0 victory
over Jiangsu Sainty

The Asian Games bound India U-23 National Team started their China Exposure Tour on a high with a convincing 3-0 win over Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Sainty at the Century Park in Shanghai on Friday (August 29, 2014). Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh and substitute Alwyn George were on target either side of halftime for the men in blue who prior to this tour drew a Friendly Series against Pakistan 1-1.

One time runners up Jiangsu are currently placed seventh in the Chinese Super League table having garnered 31 points from 21 matches so far. They fielded their second string side in this match.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Kalyani Groups to participate in i-League 2014-15 from Pune

AIFF announce Kalyani Groups as
the owners of the
new i-League 2014-15
Kalyani Groups have won the bid for a new team in the i-League 2014-15. The team will have its base in Pune which means two i-League teams will participate from Pune which already includes Pune FC. January 17th 2015 is scheduled start date for the i-League 2014-15. The decision to take Kalyani Groups on-board was made by All India Football Federation(AIFF) Bid Evaluation Committee after a meeting at the Headquarters in New Delhi on Monday.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

22 member Indian Womens National Team announced for China tour

Indian Womens team announced for China exposure trip

India Women’s National Team's 22 member squad for Exposure Tour to China as a part of preparation for Incheon Asian Games has been announced. The exposure tour would start from August 25th till September 9th.

Indian team will play against Jiangsu Huatai and Shanghai SVT, who are in top four in the Chinese Women’s Super League. The three matches will be played on  August 29th, September 2nd or 3rd and September 5th or 6th.

The 22-member Squad:

GOALKEEPERS: Okram Roshni Devi, Aditi Chauhan, Pushpa Tirkey
DEFENDERS: Ashem Romi Devi, Ashalata Devi, Tuli Goon, Radharani Devi, Suprava Samal, Upamati Devi
MIDFIELDERS: Premi Devi, Amoolya Kamal, Mandakini Devi, Oinam Bembem Devi, Kamala Devi, Supriya Routray, Indumati Kathiresan 
FORWARDS: Sasmita Malik, Prameshwori Devi, Dangmei Grace, Bala Devi, Jyoti Ann Burrett, Salam Rinaroy Devi.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Delhi Dynamos FC announce their grassroots initiative

Delhi Dynamos FC organizeJunior Dynamos Inter-School Championship
Hero Indian Super League(ISL) side Delhi Dynamos have announced their grassroots development initiative for Delhi/NCR and Northern Region youngsters. Junior Dynamos Inter-School Championship, a 7-a side football tournament, for 3 different age groups(U-12, U-14 and U-17) will be played in 4 zones of Delhi/NCR.

The first leg of the championship is being played from 19th to 22nd August at Ajanta Public School, Gurgaon and Jaypee Sports Complex, Greater Noida. Following this, the DDA Sports Complex, Vasant Kunj and Ganga International School will host the event as North, South, West and Central Delhi youths will get a platform to showcase their skills. Junior Dynamos Inter-School Championship's Zonal rounds will be held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium training ground, as the teams will play out in a knock-out format.
Junior Dynamos  Inter-School Championship
LtoR step by step vs DPS, Junior Dynamos
Inter-School Championship

Top 100 players of U-14 and U-17 age groups will be trained under the Junior Dynamos Coaches for a tenure of 2 months on full scholarship basis. These players will play in the Junior Dynamos Elite League which will be played at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium training ground during the ISL match days under the watchful eyes of the scouts. 

Top 30 players from U-14 age group will be futher trained for 6 months by Junior Dynamos Coaches under full scholarship. They would form the Delhi Dynamos Youth Team. These youth players will feature in different youth leagues across India and might very well get a shot at the U-17 World Cup team.

Indian Super League International Player Draft concludes

Indian Super League International  Players draft
Indian Super League International
Players draft concludes
The International Player draft for the Hero Indian Super League(ISL) took place in Mumbai on 21st August 2014, with some eye-catchy names on the cards with the likes of Michael Chopra, Gregory Arnolin, Bojan Djordjic, Bernard Mendy all going under the hammer. Here is how the team shaped up after the 7 rounds of draft were completed.

Atletico de Kolkata: Borja Fernandez, Jofre Mateu Gonzalez, Jose Miguel Gonzelez Rey, Arnal Llibert Conde Carbo, Sylvain Monsoreau, Jakub Podany, Apoula Edima Edel Bete. 

Delhi Dynamos FC: Mads Junker, Morten Skoubo, Bruno Herrero Arias, Gustavo Marmentini dos Santos, Marek Cech, Pavel Elias, Henrique Dinis Oliviera Dias.

FC Pune City: Bruno Cirillo, Emanuele Balardi, Ivan Boaldo Palacios, Saidou Mady Panandetigui, Omar Andres Rodriguez Martinez, Andres Felipe Gonzalez Ramirez, Park Kwang II.

Kerala Blasters FC: Michael Chopra, Ian Hume, Victor Herrero Forcada, Erwin Spitzner, Pedro Adriano Veloso Gusmao, Cedric Hengbart, Raphael Romey. 

North East United FC: Issac Chansa, Cornell Glenn, Massamba Lo Sambou, Do Dong-Hyun, Guileherme Felipe de Castro, Tomas Josl, Luis Alfredo Yanes Padilla. 

Team Chennai: Bernard Mendy, Cristian Hidalgo Gonzalez, Gennaro Bracigliano, Bojan Djordjic, Bruno Augusto Pelissari de Lima, Jairo Andres Suarez Carvajal, Eduardo Silva Lerma.

Team Goa: Miroslav Slepicka, Jan Seda, Bruno Filipe Tavares Pinheiro, Youness Bengelloun, Miguel Bruno Pereira Herlein, Gregory Arnolin, Edgar Carvalho Figueira Marcelino.

Team Mumbai: Diego Fernando Nadaya, Jan Stohanzl, Francisco Javier Fernandez Luque, Pavel Cmovs, Johann Letzelter, Andre Matos Dias Pereira, Ilias Pollalis. 

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