Monday, March 2, 2015

26 member Indian squad announced for FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers against Nepal

26 member Indian Squad announced for World Cup qualifiers against Nepal
Stephen Constantine shortlists 26 players for
India’s Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1
for the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Russia against Nepal
Newly appointed head coach Stephen Constantine has named 26 probables who will be reporting to the Preparatory Camp in Guwahati for India’s Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia against Nepal.

The first of the two leg will be played at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Sajusarai on March 12, while the return leg is slated to be played in Kathmandu on March 17.

The 26 member squad is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Arindam Bhattacharya.

DEFENDERS: Keegan Pereira, Shaumik Dey, Arnab Mondal, Aiborlang Khongjee, Sandesh Jhingan, Augstine Fernandes, Pritam Kotal.

MIDFIELDERS: Prabir Das, Francis Fernandes, Lenny Rodrigues, Eugeneson Lyngdoh,  Anthony D’Souza, Cabin Lobo, Lalrindika Ralte, Dhanapal Ganesh.

FORWARDS: Mandar Rao Desai, Alwyn George, Holicharan Narzary, Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh, Balwant Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Jackichand Singh.

Head Coach: Stephen Constantine.

The first leg which will be played in Guwahati on 12th March 2015, will kick off at 7 PM IST.

Dempo SC part ways with Coach Arthur Papas

Arthur Papas and Dempo SC part ways
Arthur Papas resigns from Dempo SC Head Coach post

Dempo SC has officially announced that it has been agreed last week to part ways with Chief Coach Arthur Papas after the Australian resigned citing personal reasons.

Chief Coach Arthur Papas joined the Club in June 2013 and in that period guided the Club to a 4th place finish in the 2013/14 season as well as reaching the semi-finals and finals of the Federation cup in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

During his 20 month stint with Dempo, Papas identified and nurtured a host of young domestic talent, a tenure which culminated last week with as many as eleven players selected as part of the National Team setups.

“I wish to place on record my thanks to Mr. Shrinivas Dempo, support staff and the players for the period of employment as Head Coach of Dempo SC, and wish the Club continued success for the rest of the season and beyond” stated Mr. Papas.

Mr Shrinivas V. Dempo wished him good luck in his future footballing endeavours.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

i-League Videos: Ranti Martins scores 5 Goals for East Bengal against Dempo SC

Watch all the 5 goals scored by Ranti Martins as he single handedly destroyed Dempo SC in the i-League encounter which ended 5-1 in East Bengal's favor with Carlos Hernandes scoring the lone goal for Arthur Papas' men.

Hero i-League 2015 Results: 1st March 2015

Hero i-League 2015 Results
Hero i-League 2015 Results: 1st March 2015
Hero i-League 2015 Results

Dempo SC 1-5 Kingfisher East Bengal
DSC: Carlos Hernandes(Penalty, 27th)
EB: Ranti Martins(1st-Assist followed up Dudu's saved shot, 12th-Assist Robert Lalthlanumna, Penalty 59th, 64th-Assist Lalrindika Ralte, 86th-Assist Leo Bertos)

Hero i-League 2015 Results: 27th-28th February 2015

Hero i-League 2015 Results
Hero i-League Results: 27th-28th February 2015
Hero i-League 2015 Results

Shillong Lajong FC 3-4 Mohun Bagan
SLFC: Cornell Glen(26th-Assist Boithang Haokip, 63rd-Penalty), Ulliams Souza Silva(89th-Assist to be confirmed)
MB: Balwant Singh(2nd-Assist to be Confirmed, 15th-Assist Sony Norde), Katsumi Yusa(73rd-Assist Dhanachandra Singh), Pierre Boya(82nd-Assist to be confirmed)
Hero of the Match – Dhanachandra Singh (MB)

Kalyani Bharat FC 0-2 Mumbai FC
MFC: Joshimar(Penalty), Sampath Kuttymani(71st-Came from a rebound after Joshimar's shot)
Hero of the Match – Taisuke Matsugae (MFC)

Pune FC 1-0 Royal Wahingdoh FC
PFC: T. Haokip(27th-Assist Nikhil Kadam)
Hero of the Match - T.Haokip

SC Goa 1-3 Bengaluru FC
BFC: Sean Rooney (29th-Assist Robin Singh, 45th-Direct Freekick), Beikhokhei Beingaichho (86th-Assist Robin Singh)
SCG: Anthony Wolfe(66th-Victorino Fernandes)
Hero of the match: Sean Rooney(BFC)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Transfers: Salgaocar FC sign Yemen International Khaled Hasan Baleid

Salgaocar FC sign Khaled Hasan Baleid
Salgaocar FC sign Yemen International Khaled Hasan Baleid
Salgaocar FC have completed their quota of foreign signings after having acquired the services of Yemen International, Khaled Hasan Baleid until the end of the season. Khaled arrived in Goa in the wee hours of the morning and signed on the dotted line for the Greens after clearing his medicals.

Salgaocar FC have been on the lookout for their fourth foreigner under the Asian quota for a while now and had shortlisted a couple of players in the process. Eventually, Khaled was found most suited to coach Derrick Pereira’s scheme of things given his versatility.  He is adept at playing as an out and out striker as well as a winger. He has in the past also been deployed as a withdrawn striker for both club and country to good effect.

“We’ve been found wanting going forward in our last 2 games and the signing of Khaled should provide us with a few more options in attack”, remarked the Salgaocar gaffer.

Khaled, aged 28, has been part of the Yemen national side for a few years now and even scored in his country’s 6-3 win over India in Pune in 2010 in an International friendly. He represented the Yemen national youth side at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2003 and was also part of the team that finished Runners-up in the AFC U-17 Championship a year prior, losing to South Korea in finals via penalties.

More recently, he has won the League title and President’s Cup with Al Tilal, Yemen, a club he has long served. He will sport Jersey No. 16 at his new club.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AIFF sign MOU with Japan Football Federation(JFA)

AIFF sign MOU with Japan Football Association
AIFF president Praful Patel posing with a memento(Japanese National Team Jersey) offered by JFA during the signing of MOU between AIFF and JFA, Picture Courtesy: AIFF Media

All India Football Federation (AIFF) signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Japan Football Federation at a snazzy Hotel in the Capital on Tuesday (February 24). The MOU intends to ‘intensify the football cooperation and strengthen the relations between AIFF and JFA.’

Mr. Praful Patel, President, All India Football Federation who signed on the dotted lines with his Japanese counterpart Mr. Daini Kuniya, President, Japan Football Federation felt the agreement would help to “improve and better the game in India.”

“I am honored that the JFA has taken this decision to have an MOU with us. We have a long road ahead and I am very grateful to our Japanese friends for agreeing to this deal.”

Mr. Yagi Takeshi, Japanese Ambassador to India who was also present on the occasion added: “I would like to congratulate both JFA and AIFF on the signing of the MOU.”

“There are around 20 Japanese Football Players in India and that shows how long our cooperation with India has been,” he stated.

Mr. Daini Kuniya, President of JFA emphasized that the partnership will be “very valuable and it will contribute to deepen the friendship and trust” nurturing Football.”

“We are quite impressed with the rapid increase of popularity of Football in India,” he pronounced.

Mr. Patel maintained that India is “learning from a Nation which has itself set an example” for others to follow.

“With their cooperation we can also achieve what they have done. This is a MOU where intend to utilize the strengths of each other to take Indian Football forward. There would be an exchange of Players and technicalities. Japan is one of the best examples for Indian Football to follow. The reason is that not long back Japan were not one of the powerhouses in Football but since then, they have build themselves and are now among the best Teams in Asia.”

“India have been awarded the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup and this will be one of the many steps taken in the direction in improving the game in India. We would also be bidding for Club World Cup and the U-20 World Cup,” he said.

As per the MOU, both Federations would also exchange knowledge on Coach Education, Grassroots and also revitalizing Women’s Football in India. The agreement paves the way for a Japanese Head Coach for the Indian Senior Women’ National Team.

Furthermore, there would also be an exchange of knowledge on operating the Football Academies through Friendly matches between Academy Teams and invitation to Academy Teams to the Tournaments in each Country.
“We will adopt JFA practices and our U-17 Team will play much more International Football which is pertinent in building a competitive Team for the U-17 World Cup. Our Team will go to Japan to play and compete,” the AIFF President informed.

Stressing on the necessity of a successful Grassroots Programme, Mr. Patel added: “We are trying in our own way to build a strong Grassroots Programme. The inaugural edition of Hero Indian Super League demonstrated that there is a lot of hidden talent in India. We need to unearth it.”

Moreover, Mr. Patel also informed about India holding the AFC Awards Ceremony later this year in November. “We are going to host the AFC Awards this year. I think this will also be significant because all of the World will be here in November and we can demonstrate how we have improved.”
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