Friday, August 1, 2014

Czech Republic Tour: India U-23 hold FK Banik Most

Most, Czech Republic
India U-23 2-2 FK Banik Most
India: Sunil Chhetri(47th , 88th)
FKBM: Smok(49th), Conka(63rd)

Sunil Chhetri scored a brace as India U-23
held FK Banik Most,
Pic courtesy: indianexpress
Team India managed to hold Czech Republic side FK Banik Most thanks to a second half brace from Blue Tigers captain Sunil Chhetri. The India U-23 team, who are on exposure tour to Czech Republic, took the lead through Sunil Chhetri as he dribbled past two defenders before rounding off the goalkeeper. However, the lead lasted for only two minutes as substitute Smok took advantage of some rusty defending from the Indians.FK Banik Most captain Conka grabbed the lead for his team in the 63rd minute with a neat finish past Indian goalkeeper Amrinder Singh. Sunil Chhetri grabbed the much deserved equalizer for the Indian team in the dying moments of the game with Robin Singh providing the assist. Indian team preparing for the Incheon Asian Games, will play third division side TJ Domazlice on 3rd August, 2014.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

FC Pune City sign David Trezeguet as marquee player

David Trezeguet signed
by FC Pune City
Legendary French forward David Trezeguet has been signed up by Indian Super League(ISL) side FC Pune City as their marquee player. Trezeguet,36, is a household name in world football having won the FIFA World Cup in 1998 followed by European Championship in 2000.

The ex-Juventus and Monaco forward, was last in action for Newell’s Old Boys on loan from River Plate. He terminated his contract with the club on mutual consent. Trezeguet was an integral part of the golden era of French football, helping them win the World Cup(1998) and the European Championship(2000). The 36 year old forward, will spearhead Salman Khan's owned team, which is managed by former Napoli and Parma manager Franco Colomba.

FC Pune City has already signed the Italian duo of Bruno Cirillo(37) and Emanuele Belardi(36).The club has tie up with Serie A side ACF Fiorentina.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Delhi Dynamos FC announce Harm Van Veldhoven as manager

Delhi Dynamos FC - Harm Van Veldhoven
Indian Super League(ISL): Delhi Dynamos FC announce
Harm Van Veldhoven
as their Manager
Delhi Dynamos FC, the national capital’s Football Team for the Hero Indian Super League, announced Harm van Veldhoven as their Manager today.

Harm started his career as a striker on the football field and his tryst with coaching started in 1999 with FC Lommel, a renowned second division club in Belgium. He took over as Manager in 2000, achieving promotion in 2002 by winning the Belgium Second Division Championship. During his tenure, Harm also managed to guide the club to the finals of the Belgian Cup. In 2003, Harm joined FC Brussels, another promising Belgian club, and won promotion for the club as Champion of the Belgian Second Division in his very first year as their Manager.

In 2004, Harm caught the eye of Belgian Pro League club Cercle Brugge, and served as manager till 2007.Harm then moved to Germinal Beerschot and had another successful couple of seasons in the Pro League.

In 2008, Harm made the jump to the Dutch Eredivisie (top division), becoming Manager of Roda JC. After helping his club avoid relegation in the 2008-09 season, Harm led Roda to a series of impressive league finishes, including a high of 6thplace in 2010-11. After completing his contract term in 2012, Harm joined the Belgian Pro League Club, KV Mechelen as Manager, concluding that engagement in 2013.

Harm prefers the 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 formations, enabling his team to produce an exciting brand of fluid, attacking football. During the launch of the team, the Dynamos described their mission as building football into a leading sport across Delhi and Northern India. With an alliance with Dutch powerhouse Feyenoord Rotterdam and coupled with Harm’s expert guidance, the Dynamos are hopeful to give Delhi a well-prepared, world-class football team.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Czech Republic Tour: U-23 team loose to Senco Doubravka

Pilsen, Czech Republic
India U-23 0-1 Senco Doubravka
SD: Kutak(85th)

INDIA: Amrinder Singh; Pritam Kotal (Keenan – 75th), Joyner Lourenco (Shankar – 75th), Sandesh Jhingan (Salam Singh – 46th), Narayan Das; Milan Singh (Lalrindika Ralte – 46th), Rowlin Borges (Pronay Halder – 46th), Mandar Rao Desai (Clifton Dias – 87th), Francis Fernandes (Seiminlen Doungel 86th), Sunil Chhetri (Alwyn George – 65th), Robin Singh (Haokip – 46th)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pune FC ties up with Bajaj-Allianz Life Insurance

Pune FC ties up with Bajaj-Allianz Life Insurance for the upcoming season in a one-of-its-kind partnership which will help to grow grassroots

Pune Football Club and Bajaj-Allianz Life Insurance Company Limited have entered into a one-of-its-kind partnership for the 2014-15 season.

The strategically designed partnership revolves around extending expertise and adding value to budding talent shortlisted during the selections trials of the Bajaj-Allianz Junior Football Camp.

Pune FC will be totally committed in providing all technical assistance needed to add value to the event in the West Zone this year.

Chirag Tanna, Head Operations, Pune FC, said: “We are happy to be associated with Bajaj Allianz Junior Football Camp trials, a platform which is committed to develop talent in the sport.”

To begin with, the Pune FC Training Pitches in Mamurdi will play host to the annual Bajaj-Allianz Junior Football Camp 2014. The three-day trial includes an Open Trial, City Finals and the Zonal Finals (involving a team each from Goa, Mumbai and Pune).

All trials will be judged by the Pune FC selector panel that includes the Peninsula Pune Football Club Academy Director Ranjan Chowdhury along with coaches from the youth set up.

The partnership extends further with two best youngsters among the trialists – one from the West Zone and another from the South Zone - being offered a two-month long residential scholarship at the Peninsula Pune FC Academy.

Adding further, Tanna added; “This year, two deserving kids will be given a chance to further and groom their football skills at the Peninsula Pune FC Academy. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Bajaj Allianz.”

Last year, Krida Probodhini cadet Parag Shrivas, became the first boy from Pune to be shortlisted from the West Zone trials for a coaching stint in Germany. Parag, today, is part of the PPFCA Academy and plays in the Under-17 squad.

Rituraj Bhattacharya, Head Market Management, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company Ltd., said; “Since 2010, Bajaj Allianz Junior Football Camp has been promoting football talents between the ages of 14-16 years in India. The annual event has reached out to nearly 1.2lakh teenagers in the past four years from across the country and has tapped nearly 40,000 budding footballers in its fifth year also. This platform will provide the best five football talents an opportunity to visit Munich, Germany to get trained by the coaches from FC Bayern Munich. Also, we helped the best talents to get further training at Indian football clubs as part of our tie-up with the clubs. We appreciate Peninsula Pune FC Academy's support and commitment to train two of the JFC Season-5 winners.”

Indian Super League(ISL) Central Domestic Player Draft complete

The two-day Central Domestic Player Draft of the inaugural Hero Indian Super League concluded successfully here today (Wednesday July 23, 2014) with each ISL Clubs going for different player selection strategies, thus forming their Indian player line-up.

Indian Super League-Central Domestic
player draft complete
Forty-two Players were up for grabs at the start of Day Two with Team Goa and North East United FC picking from their pre-selected pool of Players.

Former Indian National Team Captain Climax Lawrence was picked up by Atletico de Kolkata while his former National Team midfield duo of Steven Dias and NP Pradeep were picked up by Delhi Dynamos FC and Team Bengaluru respectively.

The tension and the intensity increased as the Draft proceedings advanced into the final rounds with the Club representatives engaging in intense calculations in finalizing their squad.

Over Fifteen Players who have represented the Indian National Team in the last three years and 12 Players from various Indian age-group National sides were drafted by the Clubs on Day 2 of the Hero Indian Super League.

This was the first time in the history of Indian Football that such a novel Player Draft system was executed and with promises of many more to come in the near future, all for the popularization, betterment and development of Indian Football.

At the successful conclusion of the two-day gathering, Senior Vice-President, IMG Global Football Development, Jefferson Slack said that it was very “fulfilling to see this happen.”

“It’s so fulfilling to see the realization of the vision and hard work. This is also a step to inspire young Indians not only to follow but also to play the sport as this is a project for the development of Indian Football,” he said.

Former Indian National Captain Bhaichung Bhutia insisted it has been a “learning process” for him.

“Summarising the Teams as they have been picked, it’s difficult for me to pick up a favourite,” he stated.

“It’s impressive to note that each of the Clubs have gone for different strategies while player selection. The entire process has been a great learning one for me. I look forward to see new talent emerging and maturing through Indian Super League while playing with other iconic players,” he added.

Following are the 8 Clubs Indian Player line-up:

Delhi Dynamos FC
Francis Fernandes, Robert Lalthamuana, Naoba Singh, Shylo Malswamtluanga, Shouvik Ghosh, Shouvik Chakraborty, Munmun Lugun,Adil Khan, Manish Bhargav, Govin Singh, Jagroop Singh, Steven Dias, Anwar Ali, Manandeep Singh.
Atletico de Kolkata
Cavin Lobo, Arnab Mondal, Denzil Franco, Rakesh Masih, Mohammed Rafique, Mohammed Rafi, Biswajit Saha,Sanju Pradhan, Kinshuk Debnath, Lester Fernandes, Subhasish Roychowdhury, Baljit Sahni, Climax Lawrence, Mohanraj Nallappan
Team Bengaluru
Harmanjot Khabra, Dhanachandra Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Gouramangi Singh, Shilton Paul, Denson Devadas, Khelemba Meitei,Abhishek Das, Jayesh Rane, Abhijit Mondal, Anthony Barbosa, Dane Pereira, NP Pradeep, Jaison Vales
Kerala Blasters FC
Mehtab Hussain, Sandesh Jhingan, Ishfaq Ahmed, Gurwinder Singh, Nirmal Chettri, Sushant Matthew, Godwin Franco,Avinabo Bag, Sandip Nandy, CS Sabeeth, Luis Barreto, Milagres Gonsalves, Ramandeep Singh, Renedy Singh
Team Mumbai
Subrata Paul, Lalrindika Ralte, Syed Rahim Nabi, Raju Gaikwad, Subash Singh, Ram Malik, Deepak Mondal,Rohit Mirza, Ishan Debnath, Nadong Bhutia, Asif Kottiyal, Peter Costa, Lalrinfela, Sushil Kumar Singh
Team Pune
Lenny Rodrigues, Dharmaraj Ravanan, Ashutosh Mehta, Joaquim Abranches, Pritam Kotal, Manish Maithani, Israil Gurung, Deepak Devrani, Tapan Maity, Arindam Bhattacharya, Anupam Sarkar, Pratik Shinde, Lalit Thapa, Mehrajuddin Wadoo
Team Goa
Laxmikant Kattimani, Debabrata Roy, Gabriel Fernandes, Clifford Miranda, Jewel Raja Shaikh, Alwyn George, Narayan Das, Mandar Rao Desai, Romeo Fernandes, Peter Carvalho, Holicharan Narzary, Pronay Halder, Prabir Das, Rowlison Rodrigues
NorthEast United FC
Kunzang Bhutia, Jibon Singh, Durga Boro, Aibor Khongjee, Zodingliana Ralte, TP Rehnesh, Boithang Haokip, Pritam Kumar Singh, Milan Singh, Robin Gurung, Alen Deory, Redeem Tlang, Seminlen Doungel, David Ngaihte

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Indian Super League(ISL) Central Domestic Draft Day 1 Roundup

Indian Super League Logo
Indian Super League Central Domestic Draft
Day 1 completed
Mumbai's plush Palladium Hotel was the center stage for Indian Super League(ISL)'s first day of Central Domestic Player Draft, which saw some crunch decision making between different teams. 26 players who have been a part of the National Team anywhere in the last 3 years were drafted by the six participating clubs. The order for drafting was pre-decided by a draw, which took place a day earlier.

Team Mumbai picked up Subrata Paul in its first pick while Mehtab Hussain was snapped up by Kerala Blasters. Versatile defender Syed Rahim Nabi also will feature for Team Mumbai. See below for entire team list.

Here is how the teams shaped up after Day 1:

Team Pune
Lenny Rodrigues
 Dharmaraj Ravanan
 Ashutosh Mehta
 Joaquim Abranches
 Pritam Kotal
 Manish Maithani
 Israil Gurung
Team Mumbai
Subrata Paul
 Lalrindika Ralte
 Syed Rahim Nabi
 Raju Gaikwad
 Subash Singh
 Ram Malik
 Deepak Mondal
Kerala Blasters FC
Mehtab Hussain
 Sandesh Jhingan
 Ishfaq Ahmed
 Gurwinder Singh
 Nirmal Chettri
 Sushant Matthew
 Godwin Franco
Team Bengaluru
Harmanjot Khabra
 Dhanachandra Singh
 Jeje Lalpekhlua
 Gouramangi Singh
 Shilton Paul
 Denson Devadas
 Khelemba Meitei
Atletico de Kolkata
Cavin Lobo
 Arnab Mondal
 Denzil Franco
 Rakesh Masih
 Mohammed Rafique
 Mohammed Rafi
 Biswajit Saha
Delhi Dynamos FC
Francis Fernandes
 Robert Lalthamuana
 Naoba Singh
 Shylo Malswamtluanga
 Shouvik Ghosh
 Shouvik Chakraborty
 Munmun Lugun
Team Goa
Laxmikant Kattimani
 Debabrata Roy
 Gabriel Fernandes
 Clifford Miranda
 Jewel Raja Shaikh
 Alwyn George
 Narayan Das
NorthEast United FC
Kunzang Bhutia
 Jibon Singh
 Durga Boro
 Aibor Khongjee
 Zodingliana Ralte
 TP Rehnesh
 Boithang Haokip
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