Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hero ISL 2016 kicks-off today as NorthEast United hosts Kerala Blasters

Hero ISL 2016
NorthEast United FC face Kerala Blasters FC in the Hero ISL 2016 opener,
Picture Courtesy: Hero ISL
Hero Indian Super League(ISL) 2016 kicks off today as NorthEast United FC will face off Kerala Blasters FC at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati. Kerala Blasters FC edge out NorthEast United on head to head winning 2 of the four encounters while NorthEast United have won one of them. Both the teams have got a new think tank with Nelo Vingada given the task to manage the North-East side to a better finish while Steve Coppell have a team who finished right at the bottom of the league table last term.

Here is the list of the full squad for the two sides:

NorthEast United FC: Subrata Paul, TP Rehenesh, Wellington Gomes, Salam Ranjan Singh, Nirmal Chettri, Shouvik Ghosh, Robin Gurung, Reagan Singh, Mailson Alves, Gustavo Lazzaretti, Didier Zokora, Fanai Lalrempuia, Holicharan Narzary, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Katsumi Yusa, Koffi Christian N’dri, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Rowllin Borges, Seityasen Singh, Wellington Priori, Romaric, Emiliano Alfaro, Nicolas Velez, Sasha Aneff, Robert Cullen, Sumeet Passi

Kerala Blasters FC: Graham Stack, Sandip Nandy, Kunal Sawant, Mohammad Ansari, Aaron Hughes, Cedric Hengbart, Sandesh Jhingan, Gurwinder Singh, Pratik Chaudhary, Elhadji Ndoye, Josu Currais, Didier Boris Kadio, Azrack Mahamat, Mehtab Hossain, Mohammed Rafique, Ishfaq Ahmed, Vinit Rai, Michael Chopra, Antonio German, Kervens Belfort, Duckens Nazon, Mohammed Rafi, Thongkhosiem Haokip, Farukh Chaudhary, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

AFC Cup 2016 Semi-finals: Lyngdoh's strike gives Bengaluru FC advantage

AFC Cup 2016 Semi Finals: JDT 1-1 Bengaluru FC
Sunil Chhetri in action against Johor Darul Ta'zim in the AFC Cup 2016 Semi-finals, Picture Courtesy: Bengaluru FC Media
AFC Cup 2016 Semi-finals, First Leg
Larkin Stadium, Malaysia
Johor Darul Ta'zim(Malaysia) 1-1 Bengaluru FC(India)
JDT: Jorge Pereyra Díaz(52nd)
BFC: Eugeneson Lyngdoh(56th)

A sensational strike from Eugeneson Lyngdoh gave Bengaluru FC the edge after the first leg of the AFC Cup 2016 semi finals as Bengaluru FC played out a 1-1 draw against title defenders Johor Darul Ta'zim away from home in Malaysia's Larkin Stadium on Wednesday.

Amrinder's heroics in the goal kept the score 0-0 at half time with the Blues keeper making some fine saves. Bengaluru FC had also their share of chances to grab the lead but the lacked the finishing touch. It was Jorge Pereyra Díaz who finally broke the deadlock with a fine header as the home side backed by a ferocious crowd took the lead. The joy for the home side was short lived as Eugeneson Lyngdoh skipped past couple of JDT players and unleashed a venomous effort that beat the goalkeeper all ends up.

With the scoreline remaining the same, its advantage Bengaluru FC when they would host Johor Darul Ta'zim at the Kanteerava Stadium on 19th October with the attacking trio of Jorge Diaz, Lucero and Amri Yahyah, all suspended after receiving yellow cards in the first leg.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 official emblem launched

FIFA U17 World Cup India 2017 Emblem
U-17 World Cup India 2017 official emblem launched
The Local Organising Committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 (LOC) unveiled the official emblem for what will be the country’s first international football event. The ceremony at Goa’s Marriott Hotel was attended by Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA, and Praful Patel, Chairman of the LOC and of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

“It is clear for all to see how football has already been making huge strides in India”, said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “But there is still an enormous room for growth, and the FIFA U-17 World Cup can be an ideal catalyst to develop the sport even further and across the whole country. This is an exceptional opportunity to converge two of FIFA’s core missions: to organise tournaments and to promote football development.”

Fittingly launched during the AFC U16 Championships, which are the first set of qualifiers for next year’s tournament, the emblem of the first ever FIFA Tournament in India was designed as a celebration of the country’s rich and diverse culture, with its main elements being the Indian Ocean, the banyan tree, the kite and the starburst, which is an interpretation of the Ashoka Chakra, an integral part of the national identity.

FIFA U17 World Cup 2017
World Cup Emblem was launched by FIFA President Gianni Infantino in the presence of the Sports Minister Vijay Goel, the AFC President Sheikh Salman and the Local Organising Committee Chairman Praful Patel, Picture Courtesy: AIFF Media
Each of the aforementioned has been selected for its deep significance in the culture of the country. The Indian Ocean that serves as a base of the Emblem is an integral part of the Subcontinent. The banyan tree is the national tree of India, deeply rooted in the culture and ethos of the country and under which rural communities traditionally gather to take all major decisions in its shade. The kite is the symbol of freedom and fun. Popular across the country, it represents the soaring aspirations of India´s young and vibrant democracy. Finally, the starburst that sits on the top of the Emblem brings the feeling of festivity and celebration, representing all the festivals that grace this multicultural country and making a statement that the FIFA U-17 World Cup will be the new festival in all the calendars.

Shaped like the World Cup trophy, the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 emblem combines the global look of the beautiful game with a quintessentially Indian feel. It represents what the tournament stands for.

Talking about the launch, Patel said, “This is a historic occasion for India and the AIFF. Hosting our first FIFA World Cup will change forever the way football is seen in our country.”

Tournament Director of the LOC, Javier Ceppi added, “This is a very important landmark for our Event, as now we have a very distinct image. With the Emblem Launch we will go out to the masses and make sure that the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 is seen across the nation as another festival in our calendar of celebrations, the festival of football. We really have to make this fantastic opportunity count.”

The FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 will happen in six venues across the country during the month of October 2017.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

AFC Cup 2016: Bengaluru FC advance to semi-finals

AFC Cup 2016 Quarter Final
Sunil Chhetri against Tampines Rovers, AFC Cup 2016 Quarter Final,
Picture Courtesy: Bengaluru FC Media
AFC Cup 2016 Quarter Final, 2nd Leg
Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
Tampines Rovers 0-0 Bengaluru FC (0-1 Aggregate)

Bengaluru FC advanced to the semi-finals of the AFC Cup 2016 after a goalless second leg at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday. The draw meant the Blues edged past Tampines Rovers on aggregate(1-0) thanks to their one goal win at home.

Bengaluru FC will play the defending champions Johor Darul Ta'zim(JDT) of Malaysia in their historic semi-final clash. The first leg is slated to take place on September 28 at the Larkin Stadium.

Highlights - Tampines Rovers vs JSW Bengaluru FC (AFC Cup 2016: Quarter Final, 2nd Leg)

Iran beat India 3-0 to top Group A in AFC U16 Championship

AFC U16 Championship 2016
India go down to Iran in AFC U16 Championship
AFC U16 Championship 2016
India 0-3 Iran
Iran: Mohammad Ghaderi(23rd), Mohammad Sharifi(80th,90th)

INDIA: Dheeraj Singh; Sanjeev Stalin, Sarif Khan (Narender – 69th), Jitendra Singh, Mohamad Rakip (Aniket Jhadav – 46th); Boris Singh (given marching orders in 55th minute), Suresh Singh (Captain), Amarjit Singh, Lalengmawia (Aman Chetri – 65th), Ninthoi, Komal Thattal.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

FC Goa register hard fought draw against Rio Branco AC

FC Goa vs Rio Branco friendly
FC Goa hold Rio Branco AC to a 2-2 draw
FC Goa came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw in an enthralling match against Rio Branco AC on a sunny afternoon on the Espirito Santo Island. After conceding twice in the opening period, Zico’s side had an uphill task in the second half. However, Rafael Coelho scored midway through the second half for his first pre-season goal to give Goa a chance in the match and Lucio duly obliged with his first goal for the club to bring the teams level.

Zico continued to employ an attacking 3-5-2 formation and persisted with a three man defence of Lucio, Gregory Arnolin and Rafael Dumas. Denzil Franco and Fulganco Cardozo were used as wing backs as Sanjay Balmuchu got his first start. Richarlyson also started alongside Sanjay with Rafael and Robin Singh leading the attack. It was a disastrous start for Zico’s men who found themselves down by a goal in only the fifth minute. Denzil conceded a free-kick just outside the area and an opposition attacker netted with ease. Things went from bad to worse in the 8th minute when Gregory went down with a muscle injury. He had to be replaced by Luciano Sobrosa. As the half petered on, the Indian side tried to get a foothold on the game. However, on the stroke of half time, a swift counter attack saw an opposition striker 1 on 1 against Laxmikant Kattimani and he duly netted to double the Brazilians’ lead.

Once again, Goa had a mountain to climb ahead of the second half. Romeo Fernandes was brought on, along with Julio César and Reinaldo in the second half. The changes seemed to work as Goa got more and more involved in the game as the half wore on. The players began to combine well and move forward with purpose. The trio of Romeo, Rafael and Reinaldo gave the attack a different dimension. Mandar Rao Dessai was brought on for Fulganco midway through the half to help out in attack. Goa finally got reward for their persistence when a beautifully weighted corner by Trindade Goncalves who replaced Richarlyson, fell to the head of Rafael who glanced the ball home to give FC Goa a fighting chance.

The pacy Goan duo of Romeo and Mandar kept the pressure up and just six minutes later, another corner lead to the equaliser. The ball from the corner was initially cleared but it fell to Sanjay who lobbed the ball over the defence superbly to Lucio who smashed home the equaliser on his second attempt after the initial shot was blocked. FC Goa then held on for the draw.

Zico's side will go on to play Brazilian heavyweights CR Flamengo in their next pre-season fixture on 22nd September. The squad will fly back to Goa on 25th September ahead of the opening ceremony of the third season of the Indian Super League in Guwahati on 1st October 2016.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

AFC U-16 Championship 2016: Late penalty helps India hold Saudi Arabia

AFC U16 Championship 2016
India hold Saudi Arabia to a 3-3 draw, Picture Courtesy: AIFF Media
AFC U-16 Championship 2016
India 3-3 Saudi Arabia
India: Aniket Jadhav(6th), Aman Chetri(22nd), Suresh Singh(90th-Pen)
Saudi Arabia: Abdulazia Sulaiman(34th), Feras Tariq(82nd, 83rd)

Team India play Iran in their final league match on Wednesday, 21st September 2016 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao with the kick-off scheduled at 7 PM IST.

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