Saturday, January 24, 2015
|Former FC Goa's Portuguese midfielder Edgar Marcelino signs for Pune FC,|
Picture Courtesy: Pune FC
Pune FC has completed their foreign quota with the addition of seasoned Portuguese playmaker Edgar Carvalho Figueira Marcelino for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.
The 30-year-old midfielder joins Pune FC after a brief stint with FC Goa in the ISL, and adds valuable experience to the squad.
As a fourth overseas player in the squad, he replaces Liberian Eric Brown and joins Japanese attacker Ryuji Sueoka, Brazilian defender Luciano Sabrosa and Montenegrin striker Darko Nikac in the Pune FC squad.
Chirag Tanna, Pune FC Head Operations said, “We felt that the squad needed a creative midfielder and Edgar fit the bill perfectly. I would like to wish Edgar the very best of luck for the I-League.”
Karim Bencherifa, Pune FC Head Coach said, “I am very happy that Edgar was able to joins us today for the training. He is a good player and has a very positive attitude. I wish him the best for the season ahead.”
The Coimbra-born midfielder began his youth career with a brief stint with Academica (1996-97) before moving to European giants Sporting Clube de Portugal where he spent five years coming up through the youth ranks.
At the start of 2002-03 season, Edgar was called up to the reserve side of Sporting and played for two seasons in the second division. The midfielder then had loan spells at Penafiel (2004-05) in Portugal and RBC Roosendaal (2005-06) in the Netherlands.
The following year, he made the big move to Portuguese top flight side Vitória de Guimarães (2006) before heading to Cyprus to represent AC Omonia (2007-08) during which he played UEFA Europa League.
A successful season in Cyprus saw him move to Spanish second division side Racing Club de Ferrol (2008). However, Edgar moved back to Cypriot signing with APOP Kinyras FC (2008-11) and helped them to a domestic cup title the first season.
In his two year stint at APOP, he became an integral part of the side even representing them in the UEFA Europa League.
At the start of 2011-12 season Edgar moved to his native land to represent top-flight side Estoril GD (2011) before moving down south to play for Moroccan side Kawkab Marrakech (2011-12).
Edgar then had stints with Cypriot-based AEP Paphos (2013) and Oman’s Al Seeb FC (2013-14) before moving to India with FC Goa (2014).
The first ever Portuguese player to play for Pune FC, Edgar also becomes the fourth European to ply his trade for the club after Spaniard Raul Fabiani (2013), Englishman Calum Angus (2013-14) and the recently signed Montenegrin striker Darko Nikac.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
|Kalyani Bharat FC sign Benin International Romuald Boco, |
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Kalyani Bharat FC announced the marquee signing of Benin International, Romuald Boco for their debut campaign in Hero i-League 2014-15. Romuald Boco,29, is an attacking midfielder who last plied his trade for English League One side Chsterfield FC. Boco has been capped for Benin 48 times, which includes participating in various editions of African Cup of Nations.
Born in Bernay, France, Boco holds a dual citizenship of Frence and Benin. He started his career with French outfit Chamois Niortais before donning the Accrington Stanley FC kit where he spent three seasons. Irish Premier Division side Sligo Rovers was Boco's next destination followed by Burton Rovers. He then moved to China to represent Shanghai East Asia. His last stint was with English outfit Chesterfield FC, after he went back to Sligo Rovers before moving to Accrington Stanley and Plymouth Argyle.
Amit Kalyani, Managing Director of Bharat FC said,"Boco comes to us highly recommended. He is an excellent player and someone who has done well at every club that he has played for. He also has experience of playing in Asia and that will be helpful for him to acclimatize quicker to Indian conditions and the style of play."
Stuart Watkiss, the head coach of Bharat FC, made his comment on the new signing,"Boco is a very skillful player. His ball control and distribution are immaculate and his addition has come as a big boost to us. He can lend his weight to the attack and also ensure that we are always in the game with his precise passing."
About his coach, Boco said, "I have observed Stuart’s work at a number of English clubs. People back in England say only good things about his managerial approach and I am very excited to be working with him. I have played earlier in Asia and I hope to transfer that experience here and help the team achieve some good results."
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
|U-19 i-League 2014-15 Results: 13th to 18th January 2015|
U-19 i-League 2014-15 Results
DSK Shivajians U19 1-3 Pune FC U19
PFC: Farukh Chowdhary(41st,78th), Arif Shaikh(85th)
SESA FA 1-4 SC Goa U19
SESA: Sunny Gush Ferrao(24th)
SCG: Sumit Ghosh(10th,56th), James Fernandes(19th), Manuel Leon Fernandes(90+3rd)
Dempo SC U19 0-8 Salgaocar FC U19
SAL: Naro Hari Shrestha(11th, 21st, 45th), Stefen Fernandes(25th,43rd,52nd), Jason Barbosa(29th), Own Goal by Yogesh Gonus(90+3rd)
Kenkre FC U19 1-1 PIFA Sports U19
KFC: Rohan Dalvi(7th)
PIFA: Pragnesh Solanki(49th)
DSK Shivajians FC U19 1-1 Mumbai FC U19
MFC: Giric Khosla(9th)
Monday, January 19, 2015
|Hero i-League 2015 Results: 18th January 2015|
Mohun Bagan 3-1 Mumbai FC
MB: Yusa Katsumi(13th-Assisted by Balwant Singh, 69th-Assisted by Manish Bhargav), Sony Norde(25th, Tackled Justin Stephen)
MFC: Joshimar(20th, Assisted by Justin Stephen)
Shillong Lajong FC 2-1 Royal Wahingdoh FC
SLFC: Own Goal by Lalchawnkima(15th-deflected from a Boithang Haokip Direct Free Kick)
RW: Bekay Bawar(43rd), Setyasen Singh(48th-Assist by Jakichand Singh)
SC Goa 1-1 East Bengal
SCG: Ogba Kalu(79th-Assist by Rowlin Borges)
EB: Ranti Martins(7th-Assist by Cavin Lobo)