Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Indian squad departs for Czech Republic exposure tour

A 25-member Indian squad left for Czech Republic for a 19-day exposure Tour for preparation for the forthcoming Incheon Asian Games. The Team would be back on August 8, 2014. However, four Players from the 29-member squad – Deepak Devrani, Shouvik Ghosh, Sanjay Balmuchu and Romeo Fernandes -- who were practicing under National Coach Wim Koevermans have been released from the Camp and didn’t travel to Czech Republic.

25 member squad leaves for Czech Republic
25 member squad leaves for
Czech Republic
The Indian squad will play three matches during the period against three different Clubs -- Senco Doubravka, FK Most and TJ Domazlice. The Team will be based in Pilsen.

Besides, the Indian Team would be playing two matches in the Friendly Series against Pakistan U-23 National Team in Bangalore on August 17 and 20 respectively. Furthermore, the squad will also be travelling to China for another exposure Tour from August 25-September 8 where they would be playing two matches against Shanghai FC and JiangSu.

Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh and Francis Fernandes are the three Senior Players who are part of the squad. The rest of the squad comprise of U-23 Players.

The 25-member squad presently which travelled to Czech Republic is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Amrinder Singh, Ravi Kumar, Kamaljit Singh.
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Keenan Almeida, Joyner Lourenco, Shankar Sampingiraj, Sandesh Jhingan, Salam Singh, Narayan Das.
MIDFIELDERS: Pronoy Halder, Rowlin Borges, Clifton Dias, Alwyn George, Siam Hangal, Lalrindika Ralte, Dhanpal Ganesh, Milan Singh. 
FORWARDS: Francis Fernandes (Senior Player), Seiminlen Doungel, Sunil Chhetri (Senior Player), Robin Singh (Senior Player), Haokip Thongkoshim, Alesh Sawant, Mandar Rao Desai.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Indian Super League: DEN unveils Delhi Dynamos FC

Delhi Dynamos FC
DEN Soccer Pvt. Ltd. announce the launch of Delhi Dynamos FC, Sameer Manchanda, Chairman and Managing Director of DEN Networks (left) and Gido Vader, Head of International Relations, Feyenoord Rotterdam(right)

DEN Soccer Pvt. Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of DEN Networks Ltd.) announced the launch of the Delhi Dynamos FC, the Delhi franchise of the Indian Super League (ISL).

The name Delhi Dynamos represents the very essence of what is intrinsic to all Dilliwallahs & the beautiful game of football – a team full of energy, moving with power & constantly adapting to the changing environment around it. The anthem of the team captures the diversity & the raw energy of Delhi in a fun, catchy tune, aiming to literally be the song on every Dilliwallah’s lips.

DEN also announced its alliance with Feyenoord Rotterdam – a leading football club & academy from the Netherlands. Feyenoord’s football academy has been voted as the best academy in the Netherlands for 5 successive years. According to the CIES Football Observatory, Feyenoord is the World No. 1 in Player Development for this year’s FIFA World Cup. Including Robin Van Persie, the FIFA World Cup 2014 had 12 Feyenoord Rotterdam-trained players, the highest from any club globally . As a part of the alliance with DEN, Feyenoord will share its immense knowledge of the sport and assist the Delhi Dynamos in overall development of its team in addition to providing world class players and technical staff.

DEN aims to create a robust football ecosystem in Delhi and Northern Indian along with giving them a team they can support with pride. The alliance with Feyenoord Rotterdam marks the first step in Delhi Dynamos’ mission of building football into a leading sport across Delhi and Northern India. The team aims to get the support all football fans in North India and unite them behind one name, Delhi Dynamos.

The team name, the team philosophy, anthem and the Delhi Dynamos’ alliance with Feyenoord Rotterdam were unveiled at an event held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the home stadium of the Dynamos. The stadium is getting a brand new world-class football pitch in preparation for hosting the Delhi home matches of the ISL.

Sameer Manchanda, Chairman and Managing Director of DEN Networks, a passionate Football Fan himself said, “Football is the world’s biggest sport and is now set to become India’s leading sport. DEN is excited to be a part of India’s football movement. We hope the Delhi Dynamos will inject pride and passion to all Delhiites and football fans of the region. With Feyenoord Rotterdam, we look forward to building a team of world-class players who can inspire with their skills and represent our city’s hopes and aspirations. Our dream is to take India to the global football stage and ultimately to the FIFA World Cup”

Gido Vader, Head of International Relations, Feyenoord Rotterdam, said,“Feyenoord Rotterdam is thrilled to be associated with the Delhi Dynamos. The Indian football opportunity is huge, and we are looking forward to assisting DEN in creating a fantastic team and ecosystem through the Indian Super League.”

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pune franchisee sign Italian players Cirillo and Belardi

Pune team sign Cirillo and Belardi
Bruno Cirillo(Left) and Emanuele Belardi(right) signed by Pune based ISL side

After the tie up with Serie A heavyweights Fiorentina, Pune based Indian Super League(ISL) side has signed two Italian players. Partly owned by Bollywood star Salman Khan, the Pune based club roped in Bruno Cirillo(37) and Emanuele Belardi(36).

Emanuele Belardi, Goalkeeper, started his career as a youth product of Italian outfits Reggina. He enjoyed several loan spells during his time with Napoli being the most notable highlights. Belardi also featured for Juventus and Udinese, but only as a backup goalkeeper.

Bruno Cirillo, 6ft, centre back, has played for clubs like Inter Milan(Italy), AEK Athens and PAOK(both Greece), Levante(Spain) and FC Mentz(France).

NorthEast United FC officially announce signing of Joan Capdevila

NorthEast United FC announce signing of
Spanish International and
World Cup Champion Capdevila

NorthEast United Football Club has signed World Cup 2010 & European 2008 Championship Winner; Spanish Defender, Joan Capdevilaas their Marquee player for the inaugural season of Indian Super League(ISL).  

Capdevila who marshalled the left back position for the La Roja, was a prominent member of the sides that won both the World Cup in 2010 and European Championship in 2008. He has played over 400 games with 36 goals in the Spanish La Liga for big Guns like Espanyol, Athletico Madrid, Deportivo, and Villarreal.

Capdevilla last season played for La Liga Club, Espanyol and expressed his delight on recently signing for NorthEast United FC, “At this stage, after winning everything to be won a new challenge was needed. After speaking to John Abraham about the way he is passionately looking to promote football in India and the project of NorthEast United FC, it excited me to take up this challenge.

India is a huge country and it should be a privilege for me to be a small part in popularising this global game here and working with the young talented footballers of North East India.”

NorthEast United FC co-owner John Abraham said “We at North East United FC are very excited that Joan Capdevilla is a marquee player for our team. We are confident that his achievements in the game and his presence in our team will motivate our younger Indian players and his inputs would help us build a strong team for our future. Speaking with him when he was in Brazil I got a sense of his passion for the game and especially his excitement for joining our team was motivational and unparalleled. We look forward to his arrival in India.”

Lajong FC Managing Director and NorthEast United FC co-owner, Mr.Larsing M. Sawyan feels “This is the best thing that has happened to NorthEast United FC. A player of Joan Capdevilla’s calibre will definitely add impetus to our ambitions in the upcoming ISL. Football fans from the NorthEast are already familiar with him and we believe the excitement of the ISL in NorthEast has already reached a high level. We welcome Joan Capdevilla to NorthEast United FC and hope he can help us bring success both on and off the field.”

Joan Capdevila set to join ISL side North East FC

Joan Capdevila - Indian Super League
Joan Capdevila is set to
join North East FC

Spanish International defender Joan Capdevila is heavily linked to join Indian Super League(ISL) side, North East FC which is owned by Bollywood celebrity John Abraham and Managing Director of Shillong Lajong FC, Larsing Sawyan.

Capdevila was an integral member of the Spanish side which won the Euro Cup 2008 and the FIFA World Cup 2010. He was the only player not being a part of either Real Madrid or Barcelona to represent La Roja in the finals of the FIFA World Cup 2010. The 36 year old left back has played more than 300 La-Liga matches, scoring an impressive 28 goals in the process, featuring for Villareal CF(140), Deportivo de La Coruna(130), RCD Espanyol(32) and Atletico Madrid(31). The spaniard also represented Portuguese outfit SL Benfica, with whom he won the domestic League Cup.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bengaluru FC sign Rangdajied United FC captain

Bengaluru FC have signed Udanata Kumam (from left),
                   /Lalchhuanmawia and Eugeneson Lyngdoh on one-year deals

Bengaluru FC, on Tuesday, announced three new additions to the squad for the coming season. After bringing aboard former England under-20 skipper Joshua Walker last week, Ashley Westwood’s championship-winning team have signed midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh, left-back Lalchhuanmawia and eighteen-year-old striker Udanta Kumam – all on one year-long deals.

Lyngdoh (27) played a pivotal role in Shillong club Rangdajied United’s late surge to beat the drop last season while Lalchhuanmawia (25), who started his professional career with JCT, spent three seasons with Shillong Lajong before signing for Bengaluru.

“It’s a great feeling to be part of a champion team. I was up against Bengaluru FC last season and the football they played was very attractive. There is the challenge of defending the title this season though, and I am happy to be part of it,” said Lalchhuanmawia who comes from Mizoram.

Lyngdoh, who like Lalchhuanmawia, was at Lajong before the switch to Rangdajied where he captained the team, said he was ecstatic at signing with Bengaluru. “I played here last season and the atmosphere was special. I’ve also heard from many quarters about how BFC are going about doing things to change the way club football functions in the country and I wanted to be part of it.”

The signing of talented Kumam reiterates the club’s stand in providing youngsters with a pedestal. The lad from Manipur has graduated from the Tata Football Academy where he spent four years. He finished as top scorer with 9 goals in TFA’s I-League under-19 title triumph last season.

“Eugeneson had an impressive season at Rangdajied and he had good games when up against us. As for Lalchhuanmawia, he is an attacking left-back and will seamlessly blend into the BFC style of play while Udanta brings with him raw talent and pace. We genuinely feel that the three players could soon make the leap to the big stage,” said assistant coach, Pradhyum Reddy.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Video: Stunning long range effort from a villager in West Bengal

Check out this stunning long range effort from a local villager playing in a small tournament in Adra, District Purulia, West Bengal.

The beautiful strike is itself praise worthy but what makes it even more phenomenal is that it was struck without any cleats or shoe. These kind of local tournaments are common not only in different districts of West Bengal but also in Kerala, with small entry fee and prize money attracts lots of potential from the rural part of the country with massive crowd pouring in. These kids do not have proper equipment or guidance to ply their trade on the bigger stage. One must wonder that if players from rural parts of the country, who might not be able to afford the costs of residential academies, are given priority, the so called "Sleeping Giant" might just wake up.
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