Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Shillong Lajong FC appoints former goalkeeper Gumpe Rime as Head of Youth Development

SLFC appoint former Gumpe Rime as Head of Youth Development
Shillong Lajong FC appoint their former goalkeeper Gumpe Rime as Head of Youth Development for the club,
Picture Courtesy: Shillong Lajong FC
Former National Footballer and Lajong goalkeeper Gumpe Rime, has been appointed as the Head of Youth Development from the start of 2015-16 season.

Gumpe, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, began his professional football career with Mahindra United in 1995 and also played for other Clubs like Salgaocar FC, HAL and Vasco to name a few before donning the Red of Lajong.

He joined Shillong Lajong FC in the year 2009 and was the first choice Goalkeeper when the Club gained its first I-League berth during the same year. Gumpe was instrumental in helping Lajong finish as the runners up of the Federation Cup in 2010. He remained with Lajong until 2012 as a Goalkeeper but at the same time mentored the Junior Reds Goalkeepers.

He then joined the prestigious Tata Football Academy in the year 2012 as an Academy Coach and made a great contribution to the development of Players at TFA.

Earlier this year he appeared for the AFC A license Course held in Goa and he was recently awarded the AFC A license after being successful in the course.

With the great memories he has of Lajong, the homecoming of Gumpe could not have been better scripted and he is immensely excited to be back with Lajong to embark upon a new journey with the Club in nurturing and developing the future football stars from the North East as the Head of Youth Development from August this year.

Expressing his delight on returning to Shillong, Gumpe said "It is a privilege coming back to the club where I retired as a player and started my coaching stint. The club invited me when they became the first team to qualify for the I-League 1st division in 2009 and I was very happy to be a part of it. And now as a Head of Youth Development where developing and promoting young talent from the region is the prime focus, I am thankful to the club management for considering me for this role.  We are the best professionally managed club of North east and being a part of it itself is a proud moment for me."

Speaking on the appointment, Managing Director Larsing Ming Sawyan said "to have one of our own mentoring the next batch of Lajong graduates is part of our objective of nurturing our own former players into coaches of the future. At Lajong , creation of an internal holistic player development capability  of high standards is fundamental to our immediate objectives . Our developmental moto being ' for the North East  by the North East '. Gumpe is a good Coach, has a very keen eye for talent and most importantly champions the cause of youth development. Lajong is 100 % committed to furthering our developmental agenda in the entire North-Eastern Region and our next task is to appoint youth coaches in the states of Mizoram , Manipur and Assam immediately and the rest of the North East  by 2017. "

Shillong Lajong FC start their Pre-Season for 2015-16 season

SLFC start their pre-season
Shillong Lajong FC kick start their pre-season for 2015-16 season
Shillong Lajong FC have kick started the Pre-Season for 2015-16 and the First Training Session was held on Monday, 3rd August at the Polo Ground Shillong under the watchful guidance of Head Coach Thangboi Singto.

Being the first day of Training Session after a two months break for the players, Head Coach Thangboi Singto opted for a very Light Training Session. Majority of the players were seen training with a lot of energy and feeling great to be back with their team mates on the pitch.

The Team will be training rigorously for the upcoming Shillong Premier League Super Divison. The Reds are the Defending Champions after Lajong’s Junior Team won the League in December 2014.
Although, the I-league is just a few months ahead, the Club will look forward to plan for the season in advance.

Developing and improving the progress of the current squad for the upcoming season will be the main focus for Lajong.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

India U-17 in Germany: India U-17 team hammer JFG Mangfalltal U-19

India U-17 team win against JFG Mangfalltal
India U-17 team defeat JFG Mangfalltal,
Picture Courtesy: www,the-aiff.com
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017
JFG Mangfalltal U-19 2-5 India U-17

India U-17 team for FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 continued their good show in Germany after they hammered German side JFG Mangfalltal’s U-19 Team 5-2 on Saturday(1st August 2015). Sanjeev Mellow gave India the lead in the 12th minute, but the German team equalized minutes later from a penalty kick. Komal gave India the lead in the first half. Three late goals saw India walk out as deserved winners.

Friday, July 31, 2015

India U-17 in Germany: India U-17 win against DFI Bad Aibling

India U-17 register first victory in Germany
India U-17 register victory against DFI Bad AIbling in Germany,
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India U-17 2017 World Cup Squad
Germany Exposure Trip
Friendly Match
DFI Bad Aibling 1-2 India U-17
India U-17: Suresh(77th), Aniket(90+)

Indian U-17 World Cup squad, who are on an exposure trip to Germany defeated DFI Bad Aibling 2-1 on Thursday, 30th July 2015. It took a late strike to seperate the two sides as the score was tied even after 90 minutes of play. Indian team took the lead in the 77th minute but the German opponents equalized seconds later. The young Indian Team who are preparing for the U-17 World Cup 2017 kept their composure and scored in the dying moments of the game through Aniket to seal the victory.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

28 Probables announced for India's World Cup Qualifiers against Iran

Probables for Iran World Cup Qualifiers Announced
28 Probables for 2018 World Cup Qualifiers against Iran announced,
Picture Courtesy: the-aiff.com
Indian Senior National Team Head Coach Stephen Constantine announced the list of 28 probables for India's Russia 2018 World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification match against Iran. The match will be played in Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on 8th September 2015 and will be telecast live on Sony Six.

The list of 28 probables stay as follows:


Subrata Paul, Karanjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Arindam Bhattacharya, Sanjiban Ghosh.


Arnab Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan, Aiborlang Khongjee, Dhanachandra Singh, Lalchhuanmawia, Narayan Das, Rino Anto, Pritam Kotal.


Dhanapal Ganesh, Eugenson Lyngdoh, Cavin Lobo, Sehnaj Singh, Jackichand Singh, Pronoy Halder, Brandon Fernandes, Francis Fernandes, CK Vineeth, Rowlin Borges, Romeo Fernandes.


Holicharan Narzary, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Robin Singh, Sunil Chhetri

Michael Chopra to give up British Passport to secure Indian Nationality

Michael Chopra to apply for Indian Passport
Michael Chopra to return to India to secure Indian Passport
Former Newcastle and Cardiff City striker Michael Chopra returns to India to achieve his goal of being adopted by his ancestral nation and secure an Indian passport.

As the grandson of Indian nationals, Chopra hopes to permanently return to his roots and play professional football for the Indian National team, following his debut for Kerala Blasters last year.  However, domestic regulations in India state that in order to represent the country, players must have an Indian passport – something Michael is yet to attain.

Chopra’s history is key to achieving his Indian Citizenship. As the son of Minty Chopra, an Indian man whose parents left India to seek their fortune in the UK in the late 1950’s, and English mother, Sharon Chopra, he has always been very proud of his dual heritage. By returning to India with an Indian passport, the world famous striker would be able to settle and play the sport he loves, in a place his spirit has always thought of as home.

Michael Chopra’s career, starting from the Newcastle United Academy in 1993, spans 22 years, playing for teams such as Cardiff City, Blackpool and Ipswich Town but his fondest memories are from his time at Kerala Blasters, part of the Indian Super League, in 2014. Chopra wants to return to India to become a part of raising the profiles of the teams and to encourage young players in India to reach for their dreams too.

Chopra said, “I am really looking forward to returning to India this summer and I hope that my ancestral home will welcome my decision to forgo my British Passport in return for an Indian nationality.  India is where my spirit lives and I hope that I can one day represent the country I love on a national footballing stage. I was born in Britain, brought up in Newcastle but, phi bhi dil hain Hindustani.”

Having acknowledged his British background for most of his career, Chopra now hopes that his Grandparent’s homeland will adopt him with open arms. Over four years ago, Chopra took the first steps towards receiving an Indian passport by applying for his OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) card, which after five years, allows a person to apply for the passport.

Atletico de Kolkata sign Portuguese forward Helder Postiga as Marquee Player

Helder Postiga signed by Atletico de Kolkata
Atletico de Kolkata sign Portuguese forward Helder Postiga as
Marquee Player for Second Edition of Hero ISL

Atletico de Kolkata have signed Portuguese forward Hélder Postiga as their Marquee Player for Second Season of Hero Indian Super League. Postiga has represented Portugal in two FIFA World Cups and three European Championships. Hélder Postiga, 32, having played for the likes of Porto, Valencia, Real Zaragoza, Sporting Lisbon, Lazio and Tottenham Hotspur, will bring a lot of experience to the champions of the inauguration edition of Hero Indian Super League(ISL), Atletico de Kolkata. The Portuguese forward have a tally of 27 International goals to his name while donning the Portugal National Team Jersey.

Mr. Sanjiv Goenka, Co-owner of Atlético de Kolkata said, "On behalf of the team management, we welcome Postiga in the Atlético de Kolkata family as our marquee player for 2015 season of ISL. Postiga’s sheer ability to score goals as a striker made us take notice and seal the deal. It will be an altogether different sight to see him charge with the ball and we believe he will win over the fans of the red and white brigade”. We have finally selected our 26 players and look forward to an exhilarating season ahead. We would also like to thank ATM for their support in recruiting the International Players."

Antonio Habas, the Head Coach of Atletico de Kolkata said, "The presence of Postiga will definitely bolster the team for the season ahead and also allow the Indian and International players to learn from him about the way he goes about preparing for a major tournament like ISL. He will have an altogether different experience when he plays in front of Kolkata’s football aficionados. I am sure Postiga’s presence will make the city and ATK fans proud."
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