Monday, October 20, 2014

Indian Womens team edge past Bangladesh in AFC U-16 qualifiers

Indian Womens Team
Indian Womens Team defeated Bangladesh,
AFC U-16 Qualifiers,
Courtesy: AIFF Media TEam

AFC U-16 Women’s Championship China 2015
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
India 2-1 Bangladesh
India: Roja Devi(29th, 64th)
Bangladesh: Sanjida(20th)

INDIA: Shreya Hooda; Jabamani Tudu, Thahenbi Devi Maharabam, Amrita Kumari (C), Anline Fernandes; Srijana Tamang, Nisha, Kashmina, Premi Chiru; Roja Devi, Sushmita Bardhan(Anushka  Samuel – 84th)

Hero Indian Super League(ISL) Results: 19th October 2014

Hero Indian Super League Results

Hero Indian Super League

Salt Lake Stadium
Atletico de Kolkata 1-1 Delhi Dynamos FC
ADK: Jofre(Penalty 49th)
DD: Elias(73rd)

Indira Gandhi Stadium
NorthEast United FC 1-1 FC Goa
NUFC: Koke(Penalty 36th)
FCG: Gregory(17th)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hero Indian Super League(ISL) Results: 18th October 2014

Hero Indian Super League(ISL)
D.Y.Patil Stadium
Mumbai City FC 5-0 FC Pune City
MCFC: Moritz(12th,27th,71st), Subhash(37th), Letzelter(85th)

Here is the video of the goals scored in the match which includes a hat-trick from Moritz of Mumbai FC.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Interview with Zico

Zico interview with ABCDFootball
Zico speaks to ABCDFootball regarding ISL
and Indian Football
ABCDFootball is proud and honored to bring to you the exclusive interview with Brazilian legendary footballer and manager, Arthur Antunes Coimbra, known as commonly and most famously known as "Zico". Zico is currently the marquee manager of FC Goa. The former National Team coach of Japan and Iraq, who is the fourth highest goal scorer of the Brazilian National Team, one of the best players in the game during his time and also being recognized by FIFA as one of the top 100 world's greatest living players. We got an opportunity to ask our questions to Zico for which we are very thankful to him. The questions were asked by several Indian Football enthusiasts who posted their questions in social media(facebook). Here is how the interview went:

ABCDFootball: If given an opportunity, would you be interested to coach the National Team? (Debjit Majumder, West Bengal)

Zico: As of now my main focus is to coach FC Goa.

ABCDFootball: The best Indian player you spotted till now in FC Goa's training? (Hrisav Bhowmick, West Bengal)

Zico: Everyone plays well. They all are good players. It is very difficult to give one name.

ABCDFootball: As a coach, what are the factors you look in a player and how do you plan to improve their weaker side?

Zico: My objective is clear. The objective is to reach the finals and win. I am optimistic about this. We are training really very hard. I have spent time with each and every one of the players and have shared my philosophy of the game with the team.

ABCDFootball: Being a nation of 1.2 Billion, we see even small island nations with limited resources and infrastructure in the likes of Papua and New Guinea, Tahiti and others make it to the top level, it makes us wonder if they can why can't India do the same? What makes a football loving nation struggle with a 150+ odd world ranking and what is its remedy?(Soham Chatterjee, West Bengal)

Zico: In each country the football culture is different.  In Brazil, football is a passion. People follow it with a fierce passion. I came to Kolkata in 2004 for the world cup preliminaries and saw stadia full of people enthusiastically cheering and enjoying the game. In India too there is passion and love for the game and Indian football is definitely getting better. I am here to offer my expertise and advice to the team and help the growth of football.

ABCDFootball: What prompted you to come to a footballing nation which is no where among the recognized "footballing nation"? Who were the key players in the development of Japanese Football and how much involvement does the Government had? (Abhik Mandal, West Bengal)

Zico: The FC Goa team from Goa approached me to take up this position. They travelled to Brazil to meet me. They explained the concept to me and I found it interesting. Also, Asian football  is getting stronger. Its developing and evolving fast. And I didn’t want to be a mere passenger, I am here because I want to be a part of the development of football in this country.

ABCDFootball: How long will it take for Indian football to reach the level of Japanese football ? (Ashwin Kv, Andhra Pradesh)

Zico speaks on Indian Football
Zico to ABCDFootball -
"The ability to grow lies with the player"
Zico: India is a very large country but it is very unfortunate that the standard of football is not too high. For success, we have to work very hard. I have done so in my country and will do the same in India. I will offer my experience and knowledge to better the sport of football in the country.

If Indian players would like to grow, it depends on the Indian football players’ mentality. We can provide help through our rich experience and coaching but the ability to grow lies solely with the player. I am here to extend my help for the growth of football whether the player is amateur or a professional. My job is to bring out the best in them and I’ll do that.

ABCDFootball:  Its a few days now that you have been training the Indian players. Whats your initial observation about their technical standard? Compare it to Japan (when you played), how much difference is there between the two (India and Japan) in terms of standards maintained? (Archak Sengupta, West Bengal and Sachim Karekar, Maharashtra)

Zico: Each country is different from the other. In Japan there was no professionalism at all. But the biggest advantage I had was that everyone in the Japanese team was united and wanted to progress from amateur football to professional football. If India would like to grow, it depends on the Indian football players’ mentality. We can provide help through our rich experience but the ability to grow lies solely in them. I am here to extend my help for the growth of football. But first I need to spend time with the team and understand their strengths and weaknesses and share my philosophy with them. I also need to understand the cultural nuances of the country. The training has been good so far. The players look strong and are ready to go. We have been preparing well for all this time. I have spent time with them to understand each and every one of the players and have shared my philosophy with them.

ABCDFootball: What according to you are the primary steps that are essential for a nation like India to grow in football? (Saswata Gorai, West Bengal)

Zico: The most important thing is development of football at the grassroot level. There is need of good academies which will train the kids from the very start, and help them become professional over the period of time.

This interview was taken by Debraj Banerjee of ABCDFootball. We would like to thank Zico, the FC Goa Mediadesk, especially Sean Faia for making the interview a successful one. Also, we are proud that we could organize such a interview where most of the questions were compiled by the fans themselves through our facebook page. We always appreciate feedback, be it negative or positive, because those are the only pointers which helps us to understand ourselves better. So, drop in your feedback in the comments section below or you can even mail us at - or .
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Friday, October 17, 2014

AFC U-16 Womens Championship: Iran defeat India with two late strikes

AFC U-16 Womens championship
India failed to capitalize on the early lead as Iran
walk away winners with two late goals,
Picture Courtesy:

AFC U-16 Womens Championship
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
India 1-2 Iran
India: Premi Chiru(13th)
Iran: Fatemeh Hosseni(71st, 87th)

India next play Bangladesh on Sunday, 19th October, 2014.

INDIA: Shreya Hooda; Jabamani Tudu, Thahenbi Devi Maharabam, Amrita Kumari (C), Anline Fernandes; Srijana Tamang, Nisha (Anushka Samuel  -- 56th), Kashmina, Premi Chiru; Roja Devi, Daya Devi (Lifa Gama – 76th)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AIFF and FIFA formulates strategic plan

AIFF makes strategic plan with FIFA

All India Football Federation’s Strategic Plan was officially launched by Mr. Jerome Valcke, Secretary General, FIFA and Mr. Praful Patel, President, All India Football Federation in the Capital on Wednesday (October 15).

The Plan which was presented to Clubs besides Executive Committee Members and partners, has laid down the road map for AIFF to work towards the development of the ‘Beautiful Game’ in the Country.

Mr. Valcke also mentioned that India stays the “priority country” for FIFA.

“India is a priority country for FIFA in Asia in terms of football development. We are investing a lot in this country because we believe in its huge potential. It’s a fast growing economy with over1.2 billion people. There’s definitely space for other sports than cricket.”

Mr. Patel referred to the Strategic Plan as the “process which would define AIFF’s philosophy.”

“We are one of the most structured Sports Federation in the Country. In such a situation, the need of the hour was to document a work plan for AIFF to make optimal utilization of resources and achieve AIFF's vision and mission,” Mr. Patel told

AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das reiterated AIFF’s seriousness and commitment to develop the sport in India.

“We always need to have a rudder guiding us. After the ‘Lakshya’ was put in place our next priority was to prepare the overall Strategic Plan which will guide and help us achieve our goals in the next 4 years. We have identified 13 clearly defined and time bound goals and objectives which we need to target till 2017,” he stated.

“We have set up detailed operational plans and budgets to ensure we have a sustainable and implementable plan. Key performance indicators along with responsibilities have been set up and we will evaluate and monitor our performance regularly,” he added.

The Strategic Plan lays huge emphasis on Grassroots, Youth Development and Coach Education and has been created after detailed consultation with various stake holders.

Hero Indian Super League(ISL): 16th October 2014

Hero Indian Super League(ISL)
Indira Gandhi Stadium
NorthEast Untied FC 0-2 Atletico de Kolkata
ATK: Fikru(15th), Pody(90th)

Here is the highlights of the match between NorthEast United FC and Atletico de Kolkata.

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