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

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.”
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