Monday, February 28, 2011

i-League Results 25th-26-27th

25.02.2011

JCT 1 - 2 Dempo SC (Gurgaon)
JCT: Gurtej pal Singh 12'
DEM: Ranty 32', Beto
MOM : Beto (DEM)

26.02.2011

Indian Arrows 1 - 1 East Bengal (Gurgaon)
IA : Milan Singh 8'
KEB: Vasum 18'
MOM : Raju Gaikawad(IA)

Another Amazing Match. Viva Kerala came back from 0-4 to make it 4-4!!
Anil Kumar's brace makes him the highest Indian Goal scorer.

Pune FC 4 - 4 Viva Kerala (Pune)
PFC: Edmar-5'(Pen), Gurjinder Kumar 11', Keita 29', Venkatesh 38'
VIVA:Anil 43', 83', Felix 51'(Pen), 77'
RED Card: Keita 78'

Mohun Bagan 0 - 0 Churchill Bros.(Kolkata)
MOM: Sagram Mandi(MMB)

27.02.2011

Air India 1 - 1 Chirag United( Kolhapur)
CU : Subhash Chakrabarty 7'
AIR : Okorogor Praise 36'
MOM: Dhanachandra Singh( AIR)

Salgaocar 5 - 0 ONGC(Goa)
SAL:Yakubu 30', 87, Gilbert 42',50', Sueoka 55'
MOM: Gilbert Oliveira (SAL)

HAL 1 - 0 Mumbai FC (Kantirava)
HAL: (Meetai 77')

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Shahrazen's dream lasts 30 Hours


Striker only lasted a day in India, will not play for Sporting Clube de Goa

SHAHRAZEN Hj Md Said's quest to become the first local footballer to play abroad came to a premature end when he returned home on Thursday.

The DPMM FC striker left Brunei to play in the India League (I-League) 2nd Division's side Sporting Clube de Goa on Monday but was only able to put up with the city for 30 hours.

"I touched down in Goa at 6.50am on Tuesday and I already had a bad feeling," he told The Brunei Times yesterday.

"The place looked like it just recovered from a war. It was dirty and it smelt of everything from the drain to the garbage to the soil.

"I flew in through Bangkok and Mumbai and I was 100 per cent committed all the way. But as soon as I reached Goa it went down to zero per cent.

"I got to the club's guest house and I was already thinking about how to get back. I already knew I didn't want to stay because my heart was not comfortable.

"Before that I was proud to become the first Bruneian to play overseas, but when I was there I didn't think about that at all," he sighed.

The 25-year-old hitman also said the situation in Goa was not what he had signed up for.

His Malaysian agent Hizo Hizwan had told him Sporting Clube de Goa were already mid-way through their season and he would be offered a contract straight away.

But when Shahrazen met with club officials on Tuesday night he found out that the team were on a break until April, when they would compete in a month-long tournament to fight for a place in the I-League 1st Division play-offs.

He would also have to go through trials, so he didn't have a job waiting for him after all as promised.

Despite trying their best to persuade him to stay until the end of the month at least, Sporting Clube de Goa's pleas fell on deaf ears.

"They understood I was not comfortable," explained Shahrazen.

"At first they wanted me to stay. They said I was stressed because it was my first time in India and they asked me to wait for 15 to 20 days and make my decision after that.

"But I was straight forward with them and told them I could not continue," stressed the Bruneian.

Shahrazen had by this time already talked to Hizo and asked him to book his return flight, but the agent also advised him to stick around in Goa for a while and slug it out.

The striker said that things only looked up for him when Hizo called at 3am on Wednesday to say that he had talked to the club officials and would try to get him a ticket back to Brunei.

Shahrazen went to his one and only training session on Wednesday morning and was out of Goa by 2.30pm the same day.

Though he admits he was less than happy with his agent, Shahrazen has no hard feelings.

"At first I was stressed and disappointed. I was also a bit angry at the agent but after he helped me get back it was alright," he said.

According to Shahrazen, Hizo had heard about him from his time in the Malaysian Super League (MSL) with DPMM FC when the striker finished joint top scorer during the 2006/2007 season with 21 goals.

Shahrazen also led DPMM FC in scoring during their debut S-League season in 2008/2009 by finding the back of the net nine times and was crucial to the team's Singapore League Cup championship run in 2009.

He had previously received offers to play in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia from other agents, but none were as concrete as India.

A store-keeper at the Department of Public Works (JKR), Shahrazen's leave which was to be until April 30 is now void and he will report back to work today.

Despite his first stint overseas leaving him with a bad taste in the mouth, Shahrazen said he was still eager to ply his trade abroad.

"The agent is now looking for clubs in Hong Kong and Singapore ... Basically places where the transfer window is still open," said Shahrazen.

"All in all I'm disappointed with what has happened.

"I still want to play abroad but I must do proper research first, I don't want it to be like this again." The Brunei Times

Source: http://www.bt.com.bn/sports-national/2011/02/26/shahrazen-30-hours-goa

Bengal win National Games Gold in Football


Bengal defeated Punjab by a goal from Sukumar Roy to win the National Games Gold in Football.

Friday, February 25, 2011

i-League Schedule 25th-26th-27th February

25.02.2011: JCT Vs Dempo
26.02.2011: Mohun Bagan vs Churchill Brothers
26.02.2011: Pune FC vs Viva Kerala
26.02.2011: Indian Arrows vs East Bengal
27.02.2011: Air India vs Chirag United
27.02.2011: HAL vs Mumbai
27.02.2011: Salgaocar vs ONGC

Indian Arrows New Logo Unveiled


AIFF unveiled the new logo for the Indian Arrows team.

HFA, FICCI signs MOU with Netherland's Ado Den Haag Football Club

A Netherland based Club, Ado Den Haag has signed a MOU with Haryana Football Association and FICCI to improve and popularize the game of football in Haryana. The coach, Technical Advisor and administrator along with their U-16 team will be arriving on February 27 for the singular purpose of:

1) To open/start football academies at grass-root level in Haryana.
2) To hold workshops/clinics for coaches, referees, administrators in Haryana in order to update them on the most modern methods of football coaching etc.
3) To play U-16 football matches for Boys in different parts of both Rural and Urban Haryana.

Ado Den Haag U-16 team are scheduled to play four matches in Haryana, Their journey will start form Faridabad on March 1, Badli, a village in Jhajjar District on March 3, Rohtak on March 5 and Gurgaon on March 8. Along with this, there is a provision of holding workshops and clinics for local referees, coaches and administrators to update them on most recent methods in the game of the football.

Football has a taken a giant step in Haryana under the able guidance of Mr, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana and Deepender Singh Hooda, President of HFA. Also Mr. P.V. Rathee has played a significant role in the development of sports in both rural and urban Haryana.
Haryana emerged as a new hub of Indian football and has been the centre of conducting football tournaments both internationally and nationally. Haryana has the privilege to host more the 23 National Championships as well as International events at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Gurgaon. National Football teams for Women’s also use this facility every now and then.
Haryana also hosted the camps for Senior National Men’s and Women’s football teams who won Nehru Cup in the year 2007 and 2009.
The recent development in Haryana and especially in Gurgaon has given them the opportunity to conduct AFC Challenge Cup 2012 matches between Afghanistan and Bhutan in the month of March.
Other centres in football excellence in Haryana are: Rohtak, Jhajjar, Rewari, Mahindergarh, Faridabad, Hissar etc.

President, HOA (Haryana Olympic Association), Mr. P.V.Rathee said, ‘’It’s very important to develop a culture of sports in Haryana. We have good Boxers and Weight Lifters but we are lacking in football. Through SPAT (Sports and Physical Aptitude Test) we will be able to determine a player and his potential in a particular sport. Further we will give them the necessary infrastructure and facilities as well as exposure.’’
‘’We also want to secure the future of players and for that, we will be providing them Scholarship and encourage a system of education that could produce both educationist and sportsmen,’’ added Mr. Rathee.

Mr. Sunil Bhardwaj, Secretary, HFA said,’’ For past five years, we have had excellence at the Senior National Levels in both Men and Women disciplines. It was the right time for us to do something fruitful at the youth level. This was one of the visions of our President, Mr. Deepender Singh Hooda. ‘’
‘’With this MOU signed between HFA, FICCI and Ado Den Haag football club, we are expecting our youth structure to get more developed as well structured. Ado Den Haag is one of the leading football clubs in Netherlands and their merger with us will definitely improve the game at the grass-root level. FICCI will play a significant role in providing financial assistance,’’ added Mr. Bhardwaj.

Source: www.the-aiff.com

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chinese team for IFA Shield


The IFA Shield which is to be held in Kolkata from 11th March till 30th March, is likely to feature a well-known Chinese team. The tournament will have ten teams,six would be from Kolkata, which includes i-league sides East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Chirag United and second division sideMohammedan Sporting along with two Goan heavyweights Salgaocar and Churchill Brothers, and Pune FC from Maharashtra.


Mizoram crowned the AIFF Coca Cola U-16 Mir Iqbal Trophy Champions

Final Match Score:

Jharkhand 1 - 2 Mizoram
JHR: Soaib Ahmed 17'
MIZ : Raamengnawia 10', David 55'

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Olympic Qualifiers: India beat Myanmar 2-1

India 2-1 Myanmar

IND: Fela(40') , Jeje(23')
MYM: Mai Aih Naing (32')

India vs Myanmar Live Updates

Here is the link for live updaes:




AIFF Executive committee meeting


AIFF Executive committee presided by Praful M Patel ,AIFF President met in AIFF Football House New Delhi on Wednesday. The following important decisions were taken :

Santosh Trophy : National Championship for Santosh Trophy 2010-11 will be held in Apr – May 2011 in Assam. The boarding lodging allowance for players have been increased to Rs 700/- player from the existing allowance of Rs 450/-. Cash prize of Rs 5 Lakhs and Rs 3 lakhs for the Winners and Runners up team.

Federation Cup : Prize money has been enhanced to Rs 15 Lakhs for the winners and Rs 10 Lakhs for the Runners up .

SAFF Championship 2011: will be held in Dec 2011 in Orissa.

Nehru Cup will be conducted as part of the AIFF Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2012.

Issues relating to the Head Coach : The Executive Committee expressed its concern over the performance of the National Team and also expressed its unhappiness regarding the conduct and derogatory remarks made by Mr Bob Houghton. The Executive committee has unanimously decided to seek legal opinion regarding its course of action.

SAFF Women’s Championship : All members of the Senior Indian Football team and Support staff which won the inaugural SAFF Women’s Football championship in Dhaka will be given a cash incentive of Rs 50,000/-.

AIFF Referees Committee : The new Referees committee has been constituted as under :
Chairman : Amit Dev
Members : K Sankar, J Ravi Shankar ,Col (Retd) Gautam Kar ,Anthony D Costa, Gulab Chauhan ,Pradeep Nag and Inayutalla Khan .


Source: www.the-aiff.com

Robin Singh's exclusion is due to late registration


East Bengal striker Robin Singh's mysterious exclusion from the home leg of Myanmar tie was due to late registration. The talented forward could not be registered in time and that is the reason why he won't be available for the home leg match against Myanmar today. Robin is however allowed to play in the next match, i.e. the away tie at Myanmar on 9th March. That however, might not happen because East Bengal officials have already stated earlier that they won't release the players for the away tie since East Bengal will be having their i-League match at that day.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Olympic Qualifiers: India vs Myanmar tomorrow


India will take on Myanmar tomorrow at the Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune. Indian team consists mostly of under-23 players from Indian Arrows(a.k.a AIFF XI) team. While Indian players are enthusiastic about the game Myanmar cannot be underestimated by any means. They have a professional league setup, Myanmar Premier League which was established in 2009 replacing the Myanmar National League.

The team list:

India
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Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Jagroop Singh

Defenders: Abhishek Das, Nirmal Chhetri, Raju Gaekwad (Captain), Mohanraj , Lalrozama Fenai, Deepak Devrani

Midfielders: Lalrindika Ralte, Jewel Raja Sheikh, Shilton D’Silva, Jibon Singh, Ongram Milan Singh, Subodh Kumar

Strikers: Jeje Lalpekhlua, Malswamfela, Manandeep Singh, Jagtar Singh

Officials: Desmond Bulpin (Head Coach), Eric Benny (Manager), Tanumoy Basu (Goalkeeper Coach), Gigy George (Physiotherapist), N.Menon (Physical Trainer), Santosh Chako (Masseur) & Sanjay Kumar (Media Officer)


Myanmar
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Goalkeepers: Kyaw Zin Htet, Hein Kyaw Thu

Defenders: Kyaw Kyaw Myo, Yan Myo Aung, Min Ko Ko, Zaw Min Tun (Captain), Yan Aung Win, Nyar Na Lwin, Aung Hein Kyaw, Naing Soe Wai

Midfielders: David Htan, Yan Aung Kyaw, Zaw Lin, Thein Than Win

Strikers: Mai Aih Naing, Kyi Lin, Pyae Phyo Oo, Soe Myat Thu

Officials: Milan Zivadinovic (Head Coach), Jovica Nikolic (Assistant Coach), Than Zaw (Manager), Goran Zivadinovic (Fitness Coach), Nyi Nyi Latt (Assistant Coach), Myo Min Oo(Doctor), Soe Moe Kyaw (Media Officer)


AIFF announce final squad for Olympic Qualifiers



AIFF has announced the list of 18 players who have made it to the squad to play against Myanmar. The squad shapes up like this:

Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Jagroop Singh

Defenders: Abhishek Das, Nirmal Chhetri, Raju Gaekwad (Captain), Mohanraj , Lalrozama Fenai, Deepak Devrani

Midfielders: Lalrindika Ralte, Jewel Raja Sheikh, Shilton D’Silva, Jibon Singh, Ongram Milan Singh, Subodh Kumar

Strikers: Jeje Lalpekhlua, Malswamfela, Manandeep Singh, Jagtar Singh


Robin Left out!!

Surprisingly out of the five players called from several clubs of i-League only Nirmal Chhetri and Mohanraj was selected as a part of the final 18 members. Sabeeth, Arindam Bhattacharya and Robin Singh were the one left out. While Arindam had fitness concern since he was suffering from shoulder injury, Robin's exclusion is still unknown.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Coca Cola U-16 Mir Iqbal Trophy updates



21.02.2011


Orissa 0 - 1 Jharkhand(A.E.T)
JHR: N.R. Mohammad Ansari

Mizoram 1 - 0 Bengal
MIZ: David K, Hmingthanga

Churchill Brothers 381th in the world


According to the latest IFFHS(International Federation of Football History & Statistics) rankings Churchill Brothers lie at 381th in the world. While no other Indian club features in the top 400 list Churchill Brothers are alongside Melbourne Victory FC and FC Lokomotiv Moscow. Inter Milan, FC Barcelona and FC Bayern München are given the top three rankings in the IFFHS rankings.



Transfer Zone: SC Goa Sign Brunei International


Second Division side Sprting Club De Goa has acquired the services of Brunei International Shahrazen Said. The Brunei forward has been signed for 3 months only and his contract extension might depend on his performance. SC Goa has signed him in a bid to qualify for the top flight of Indian Football i.e. the i-League from the second division league. This 25 year lad, finished joint top scorer during the 2006/07 Malaysian Super League (MSL) season with 21 goals, Shahrazen was also the leading scorer for his club DPMM FC(which is Brunei's only professional club) in scoring during their debut S-League season in 2008/09 by bulging the net nine times. DPMM FC became the first foreign team to win the Singapore League Cup in June 2009 when Shahrazen became the joint top scorer.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Young Footballers treated brutally by AIFF


In a country where football is tagged with the word "Developing" from last couple of decades, the football federation (AIFF) has once again proved why they are considered the prime culprit of the same. When the Federations aim should be to develop and nurture young budding talents the federation is treating them like piece of garbage. The ongoing U-16 Mir Iqbal Trophy is one lively example of the same. These are some pictures which shows AIFF's corrupt officials glamorous management. These things should be brought forward to the world football federation FIFA as well as the country's sports ministry and strict actions should be taken against the culprits.



i-League Results 16th-20th February

16.02.2011


ONGC 1 - 1 Indian Arrows (Kolhapur)
IA: Jeje 85'
ONGC: Kamal Thapa 90'
MOM: Jeje(IA)


Churchill Brothers 3 - 1 JCT (Goa)
CB: Rafi 45', Zakir 52', Boima 67'
JCT: Omoloza
M.O.M : Lenny Fernandez (CB)


20.02.2011

Chhetri made his debut for Chirag coming on as a sub!!

Chirag United 1 - 4 Salgaocar (Kolkata)
CU: Junior 4'
SAL: Yakubu 20', Francis 65', Ekene 72', 87'
MOM : Yakubu ( SAL)

HAL 1 - 1 Mohun Bagan (Kantirava)
MMB: Surkumar 30'
HAL: Murli. J 38'

A superb hat-trick from Anil Kumar makes him the highest Indian goal scorer this season till now!!

Viva Kerala 7 - 1 Air India (Kannur)
VIV: Anil Kumar 8', 49', 83', Felix 32', Karma 79', 90', N.P. Pradeep 92'
AIR: Okorogor Praise 71'

Trials for Mohun Bagan U-16 Non Residential Academy


PRESS RELEASE: Mohun Bagan Athletic Club will conduct Trials for talented U-16 footballers born between 1st January 1996 and 31st August 1997 for induction to U-16 Mohun Bagan Non Residential Academy which will be based at Kolkata. The Forms will be made available upon payment of a fee of Rs. 500/- from the Club Office in the Maidan from 21st February till 9th March 2011 between 12 to 4 pm on all working days (except National Holidays and Sundays).
Talented youngsters from this U-16 Non Residential Academy may later on be absorbed by the Residential Mohun Bagan SAIL Football Academy at Durgapur and eventually by the Senior Club Team. This will therefore act as a Stepping Stone for the future.

The trials will be conducted at the Club Ground from 12th March 2011 onwards.

source: Kolkatafootball.com


Coca Cola U-16 Mir Iqbal Trophy updates


19.02.2011


Madhya Preadesh 1 - 7 Assam

Tripura 1 - 1 Kerala

Bengal 0 - 0 Uttar Pradesh

Goa 1 - 3 Orissa


Dempo loose despite giving up a strong fight


Dempo put up spirited fight against their Qatari counterpart before loosing 0-2 to them. The first goal came from Al-Sadd's Ivory Coast International Kader Keita's header on 33rd minute. Dempo relied mostly on counters. Ranti martins had the best chance but he failed to convert. While Al Sadd were dominating the first half, second half saw much more possession for the team from Goa. Their goalkeeper Subhashish Roy Chowdhry was performing spectacularly along with Mahesh Gawli at the defence which made it hard for the red hot favorites to score. Dempo brought in Joaquim Abhranches in a bid to score the equalizer but the last minute of regulation time saw Al-Sadd's Brazilian midfielder Leandro score to make it 2-0 for the hosts.

Dempo will now play in the AFC Cup where they are grouped alongside Al Ansar (Lebanon), Nasaf (Uzbekistan) and Al Tilal (Yemen) .

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Dempo ready to face Al-Sadd in ACL Play offs


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Venue: Sheik Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
Match Time: 8:20 PM
Live Streaming links will be posted once available

Last editions i-League champions Dempo will face Qatar giants Al-Sadd in the AFC Asian Championship League play-offs. If Dempo can somehow produce a shock then it will be the biggest achievement by any Indian Club ever.

The Qatari champions are much much bigger than what Dempo witnessed when they played the last Play-offs against Al Sharjah two years ago. Al Sadd have some great quality in their half with players who have recently participated in the FIFA World Cup with names like Kader Keita (Forward, Ivory Coast), Lee Jung-Soo (Defender, South Korea), Nadir Belhadj (Winger, Algeria). Al-Sadd are regulars at the AFC Asian Champions League qualifying for the group stages as much as six times.

Dempo will be banking on their midfield maestro, Roberto Mendes Silva(a.k.a. Dempo) along with their Nigerian forward Ranty Martins.


Dempo are strong as a unit under their coach Armando Colaco who have made the squad one of the most consistent clubs in India clinching the National league i.e. the i-League a record four times. The goan club also has quite a good knowledge and experience at the Asian circuit as they reached the AFC Cup Semi finals back in 2008. Apart from this Dempo is one of the most professional clubs in the country and a place in the AFC Asian Champions League will give them a huge boost.

Deepak Mondal retires from International football


Indian International, Deepak Mondal retires from International football after his long International career. Deepak played spent most of his career with Mohun Bagan apart from giving his services to East Bengal. Most recently Deepak donned the Indian jersey when India played in the Asia Cup 2011, Qatar.

Coca Cola U-16 Mir Iqbal Trophy updates

18.02.2011

Chandigarh 3 - 1 Maharashtra
CHN: Daniel Lalhinpuia-3
MAH :Hossain Vannavati

Bihar 2 - 11 Mizoram
MIZ: R.Laldannawia -7, Raamengnawia-3,Vincent
BIH : Sashikant, Amit Kumar

Jharkhand 8 - 0 Tamilnadu
JHR: Diganta-3, Shoaib-2, Md.Dawngliana, Dinesh Bhagat-2

Karnataka 3 - 2 Punjab
KAR: Sukesh, Kartik, AD Kumar
PUN:Ramenjit, Kamalpreet

Chhetri meets Chirag players



Sunil Chhetri met Chirag officials along with his new team mates. Chhetri will start practice with the team from tomorrow. Chirag United will face Slagaocar on 20th February. In the very same match Sunil Chhetri is expected to make his debut for Chirag United.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

East Bengal release players for Pre-Olympic Qulifiers


East Bengal has finally released their two players, Robin Singh and Niramal Chhetri, who had been selected for the Pre-Olympic Qualifiers and were asked to join the rest of the team for a 6 day camp at Pune starting on 17th February. The Red and Golds officials however made it clear that they have released the players only for the first match against Myanmar scheduled to be held on 23rd February at Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune. The return leg which is to be held on 9th March in Myanmar, might not feature Robin and Nirmal as they will be needed for their clubs match against JCT on the same date.

AFC Challenge Cup probables announced



All India football federation announced the names of 44 probables for the AFC Challenger Cup 2012. Here is the list:


Subrata Paul, Arindam Bhattacharya ,Gurpreet Singh Sandhu ,Denzil Franco ,Gourmangi Singh,Anwar, Mohanraj , Nirmal Chhetri ,Govin Singh, Syed Rahim Nabi , N.S.Manju, Raju Gaikwad ,Steven Dias , Joaquim Abranches , Baldip Singh , Jagpreet Singh , Rakesh Masih , Jewel Raja , Shilton D’Silva ,Sunil Chhetri , Sushil Kumar Singh , C.S.Sabeeth, Jeje Lalpekhlua
Jagroop Singh , Ravi Kumar ,Vishal Kumar , Abhishek Das , Deepak Devrani, Inderpreet Singh , Souvik Ghosh , Lalrozama Fanai , Pratamesh Moulingkar , Akshay Kumar Mall , Subodh Kumar , Milan Singh, Bikramjit Singh ,Lalrindika Ralte ,Trithankar Sarkar , Jibon Singh , Manandeep,Robin Singh,Holicharan Narzary, Malswamfela & Jagtar Singh.



They deserved a place including many others but AIFF's poor team selection continues



The list contains the names of all the Indian Arrows players along with few senior members. Though AIFF has discarded the likes of the under-performing players like Abhishek Yadav, N.P.Pradeep, Climax Lawrence but it has done chosen players who performed well in the ongoing i-League. Though players like Sabeeth, Nirmal Chhetri, Robin Singh has been selected but how come didn't players like Lal Kamal Bhowmick(Chirag United), Denson Devadas(Chirag United), Mehtab Hussain(East Bengal), Sanju Pradhan(East Bengal) didn't get selected despite giving their heart out in the i-League. It is heartening to see players like Rafi being shown the door and instead Sushil Kumar Singh who had never shown any signs of deserving a place in the national teams retained in the squad. AIFF's selection is highly questionable and undoubtedly very poor.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

AIFF disciplinary committee meeting update


AIFF disciplinary committee meeting was held today for the incidents that took place in Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal match on 6th Februaty, 2011. The following decisions were taken:

Trevor James Morgan(Coach, East Bengal) - Cautioned
Okpara(Defender, East Bengal) - 2 match suspension and Rs. 20,000 fine

Ashim Biswas(Forward, Mohun Bagan) - 1 match suspension and Rs. 10,000 fine

i-League Schedule 16th-20th February

16.02.2011

ONGC VS Indian Arrows (Kolhapur)
Churchill Brothers VS JCT (Goa)


20.02.2011

Chirag United VS Salgaocar S.C (Kolkata)
HAL VS Mohun Bagan (Kantirava)
Viva Kerala VS Air India (Kannur)

Sunil Chhetri still has European Dream


Indian star striker Sunil Chhetri still hopes to see himself to Europe and in his quest for the same the star Indian striker has been to Italy, Spain and now in Portugal. Sunil is looking into his options after the end of this season in which he has signed for kolkata based Chirag United. Chhetri is hoping to get into Europe from the next European season.

In the mean time Sunil Chettri will be arriving in Kolkata on Thursday and he will join the chirag United practice session from friday.

Coca Cola U-16 Mir Iqbal Trophy updates



15.02.2011


Bengal 8 - 1 Madhya Pradesh
BEN: Jagannath Oraw-5, Babun Das, Krishna Tudu, Sayan Dutta
MP: Moinuddin Khan

U.Pradesh 0 - 1 Assam
ASM: G. Basumatari

Goa 3 - 1 Tripura
GOA: Austern, Lichombam - 2
TRI: Manish

Orissa 3 - 0 Kerala
ORI: Shyamal Majhi, Bikash Paderi, Sunil Sardar

Monday, February 14, 2011

Transfer Zone: United Sikkim FC signs Renedy Singh


After failing to get any i-league club despite being in talks with numerous clubs one of India's most experienced midfielders Renedy Singh signed for Baichung Bhutia managed i-League second division side United Sikkim FC.

Coca Cola U-16 Mir Iqbal Trophy updates


14.02.2011

Jharkhand 3- 1 Chandigarh ( Barasat Stadium, Kolkata)
JHR : Dewang, Dinesh, Naukur
CHN : Daniel

Karnataka 1 - 3 Mizoram ( Barasat Stadium, Kolkata)

Tamilnadu 0 - 1 Maharashtra ( Barasat Stadium, Kolkata)
MAH : Sachin

Punjab 4-1 Bihar
PUN: Kamalpreet Singh-2, Jatwinder Singh , Naveen Singh
BIH:Gulshan Kumar

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Salgaocar replace East Bengal from top Spot


Salgaocar removed East Bengal from top spot to become the league leaders as of now after 14 rounds. While East Bengal's unbeaten run came to a halt by the fighting ONGC, who were ironically at the last place in the points table.

Similar scenes at EPL, Man Utd vs Wolves

The match somehow resembled with the English Premiere League fixture between table toppers Manchester United and Wolves who were standing at the bottom most place in the EPL table. Much like East Bengal, Manchester United's winning run came to a halt by the gutsy wolves side.
Salgaocar go to top with a 4-0 victory over Viva Kerala

Salgaocar needed a victory with 3 or more goal difference to reach the top and they did so in style with an 4-0 outright victory over Viva Kerala. Though both East Bengal and Salgaocar have 31 points but due to slightly better goal difference Salgaocar go to the top spot whereas East Bengal drops to the second place.

Here is the updated league table...


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Dempo to play Al-Sadd in Play-offs for ACL

Dempo will play Al-Sadd away for a spot in the Asian Champions League(ACL) after Al Sadd of thrashed Al-Ittihad 5-1.

Chhetri in talks with Racing Santander


Shortly after joining Chirag United after being released by Sporting Kansas City, Sunil Chhetri is now learned to be in talks with Racing Santander’s Indian owner Ahsan Ali Syed. It was Ahsan Ali Syed was the one who praised Chhetri for his performance in the Asia Cup 2011.

Ahsan Ali, who had earlier promised to bring fresh blood to the team will be watching Racing Santander’s league match against Sevilla along with the Indian Striker, from the President’s Box of El Sardinero on Saturday. If the talks are successful then one might well see Chhetri donning the Racing Santander jersey in the next season as Chhetri's contract with Chirag lasts only till this season.








Friday, February 11, 2011

i-League Results 11th-12th-13th February

11.02.2011

Indian Arrows 0 - 0 Chirag United (Gurgaon)
MOM: Jeje Lapekhula(IA)


12.02.2011

East Bengal's(who are at top) winning streak stopped by ONGC(who are at bottom)!!

ONGC 1 - 0 East Bengal (Kolhapur)
ONGC : Babatunde 53'
MOM : Babatunde (ONGC)

Mohun Bagan 0 - 0 Pune FC (Kolkata)
MOM: Deepak Mondol (MMB)

Dempo SC 2 - 0 Churchill Brothers (Goa)
DEM: Abranches 11', Ranty 83'
MOM:Mahesh Gawli(DEM)

HAL 0 - 0 JCT (Kantirava)
MOM: Abeola (HAL)

13.02.2011

Salgaocar 4 - 0 Viva Kerala (Goa)
SAL: Yusif Yakubu 36', 68', Seuoka 40', Ekene 90+1'
MOM : Yakubu (SAL)

Air India 0 - 1 Mumbai FC (Kolhapur)
MFC : Henry 8'
MOM : Ivans Quao (MFC)

East Bengal not ready to release players for Olympic Qualifiers camp

East Bengal are in no mood to release their players for the National team camp to be held at Pune from 17th February for the preparation of Pre-Olympic Qualifiers against Myanmar. Robin Singh and Nirmal chhetri were selected for the camp. It is worth noticing that East Bengal does not have a single match scheduled between that time.

i-League Schedule 11th-12th 13th February

11 .02. 2011 :: Indian Arrows VS Chirag United
12 .02. 2011 :: Dempo SC VS Churchill Brothers
12 .02. 2011 :: ONGC VS East Bengal
12 .02. 2011 :: HAL VS JCT
12 .02. 2011 :: Mohun Bagan VS Pune FC
13 .02. 2011 :: Salgaocar S.C VS Viva Kerala
13 .02. 2011 :: Air India VS Mumbai FC

Transfer Zone: Chhetri signed by Chirag


Indian star striker Sunil Chhetri has signed for Chirag United for the rest of the season. Chirag United somehow managed to get the ITC(International Transfer Certificate) within the deadline on Thursday evening.

Chhetri was released by Sporting KC a few weeks back and Chirag showed interest in Chhetri's services. Chirag TD(Technical Director) Subrata Bhattacharya is learned to have played a major role in Chhetri's signing as Chhetri worked under him while he was in Mohun Bagan.

Transfer Zone: Chirag signs Choi Young IL

Chirag has signed South Korean midfielder Choi Young IL. The Asian origin player, has played for FC Seoul and FC Hyundai Mipo FC.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Camp for Pre-Olympic Qualifiers


The Indian team for the Pre-Olympic Qualifiers will have a camp at Pune for 6 days starting from 17th February. All India Football Federation(AIFF) has announced a name of 24 players who will be participating at the Pune Camp while 18 players will make the cut for the final team which will play against Myanmar. The first leg will be held at Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune on 23rd February while the second leg will be played at Yangon,Myanmar on 10th March.

The players who have been called for the Pune camp are:

Arindam Bhattacharya, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Jagroop Singh, Abhisek Das, R.Vishal Kumar, Raju Gaekawad, Nirmal Chhetri, Deepak Devrani, Lalrozama Fenai, Mohanraj, Jibon Singh, Shilton D Silva, Jewel Raja Sheikh, Ongnam Milan Singh, Subodh Kumar, Lalrin Dika, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Malsawm Fela, Robin Singh, C.S.Sabeeth, Inderpreet Singh, Jagtar Singh, Bikramjit Singh & Manandeeep.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I-league Second Division teams announced


AIFF announced a list of 21 teams that will be participating in the second division i-League. The names are:

Royal Wahingdoh (Meghalaya), Lansing Sports Club (Meghalaya), Ar-Hima Football Club (Meghalaya), Shillong Lajong FC (Meghalaya), PIFA (Maharashtra), Kenkre Football Association (Maharashtra), Southern Samity (West Bengal), Techno Aryan (West Bengal), Mohammedan Sporting (West Bengal), Gauhati Town Club (Assam), Vasco Sports Club (Goa), Sporting Clube-de Goa (Goa), Sesa Football Academy (Goa), Jasco FC (Kerala), Chandni FC (Kerala), Eagles FC, Cochin (Kerala), Golden Threads (Kerala), Malabar United (Kerala), United Sikkim FC (Sikkim), Denzong Boys (Sikkim)& NISA (Manipur)

Nishant Mehra of Mumbai FC tested positive


Mumbai FC midfielder Nishant Mehra’s “A” sample has been tested positive in the dope test which was conducted in Pune. The midfielder's B sample will also be tested in his presence after which a decision against him is expected to be taken.



Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bhutia scores in Charity Match


Baichung Bhutia scored a goal in the IWC Laureus Football Challenge which also featured former stars Vieira and Marseille Desailly.

Portuguese national star Fernando Couto scored the all important golden goal guided Sir Bobby Charlton's trained Emirates Foundation team to a 12 - 11 win over the Laureus team.

It was learnt that the match along with the helping hands from the sponsors generated Euro 500,000.

Updates on IMG Academy and Indian U-15 team tour to Brazil

Game Day 1:

AA Ponte Preta 2 – 0 IMG Soccer 15/16

AA Ponte Preta 2 – 0 IMG Soccer 17/18

AA Ponte Preta 1 – 2 U15 India National Team (IMG Reliance)

Game Day 2:

Guarrani FC 8 – 0 IMG Soccer 15/16

Guarrani FC 2 – 1 IMG Soccer 17/18

C Esportiva Itapirense 0 – 6 U15 India National Team (IMG Reliance)

Change in i-League fixtures

I-League 2010-11, Round XIV match between Indian Arrows and Kolkata Outfit, Chirag United scheduled to be held on Saturday, February 12 at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium, will now be played on Friday , February 11.

The other changes feature in Round XV and XIX. Pune FC will now take on Mumbai FC on May 15 instead of February 16 in a round XV match, while Mohun Bagan will now host JCT for a round XIX match on May 22 in place of March 13.
source: www.the-aiff.com

Messi set to come in Kolkata


The little magician, Lieonel Messi is set to visit the football crazy city Kolkata along with Argentinian side on September 2 where they a scheduled to play an exhibition match in the Salt Lake Stadium. The historical event is sponsored by Celebrity Management Group(CMG), who were responsible for Maradona's visit to the city. The Argentinian side are expected to face a star-studded side(most probably Spain, Portugal or Brazil) or even a strong Asian side.

Chhetri released by Sporting KC


Sunil Chhetri's american dream came to a halt after he was officially released from the Sporting KC roster to make space for other players. Chhetri made only two appearances for KC during his stint with the MLS side, one in a US Open Cup for 45 minutes against Colorado Rapids and the other against Manchester United in a friendly. Earlier A-League side Perth Glory showed interest in him during the Asia Cup but no progress has been reported yet.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Derby ends in a draw


The high voltage encounter between the Kolkata giants ended in 1-1 after full time whistle at the YBK today. Both teams started briskly with good speed and some quality passes being exchanged. The first goal came in the form of penalty being awarded to the East Bengal team when Indian Natioanal defender Surkumar Singh unintentionally handed the ball in his own box from a low cross by Tolgay which was deflected to him(Surkumar) by Sushil Kumar Singh. The spot kick was converted by Snaju Pradhan who must feel lucky after his shot was hit in the middle and Mohun Bagan goalie Shilton nearly saved that effort. Mohun Bagan restored parity through their Brazilian legend Jose Barreto when the experienced brazilian headed the ball from some distance into the goal from a low cross. The match ended 1-1 after first half. Both teams played some good football and using the wings to good effect most of the time.

The second half didn't go through that smoothly when the game went more physical. Tackles were flying from all over the ground and numerous stoppages were seen. Some decisions from on field referee Pratap Singh were highly questionable. One of those decisions were seen when Barreto who was already booked went in for a challenge against East Bengal goalie Sandip Nandy which clearly deserved a yellow card, hence an automatic red card for double booking, but he was not shown so. The flames ignited when the referee gave double booking for Gurwinder Singhs challenge on Barreto and was given marching orders because of double booking. Players were getting involved in unnecessary fights far too often. Ashim Biswas played only 2 minutes because of his stupid tackle on Mehtab when Ashim stepped over Mehtab moments after coming off the Bench in place of Muritala.

The game showed a lot of promise earlier but one thing is crystal clear and most of the supporters will agree with the fact that Bad Referring ruined the game.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Churchill brother to set up a world class Academy


Goan heavyweights Churchill Brothers will set up a football academy at Cana Bednaulim near here in association with former Liverpool midfielder-turned- commentator Steve McMohan.

The academy will have an Asian Football Confederation (AFC)-approved class 'A' stadium with 5,000-strong capacity. The Goa Government has provided land on a 33-year lease for the institute.

Churchill, who have tied up with the Steve McMohan Football Academy (SMFA) for the project, plans to select 240 boys from all over the country in the age groups of under-8, 10, 12, 14 and 16, each consisting of 22 players.

The boys will have to stay at the academy, to be known as the Steve McMohan Churchill Brothers Football Academy, for a five-year period before moving on. They will be trained by coaches from the SMFA and their education will be looked after by the institute.

The boys will be given international exposure and play against age group teams in Europe, Latin America and Africa.

The Goa outfit also plans to organise a tournament, Churchill International Cup, once the academy is put in place.

Talking to media here today, McMahon said, "It will take one to two years to put an infrastructure in place for the academy."

"Boys from the U-8 group onwards will undergo training at the academy. Then only can India can harbour hopes of making an entry into the World Cup," he said.

"A football academy and building a World Cup team is not a one day job. It requires detailed planning and professional execution," McMohan.

"The academy must have good infrastructure and the coaches need to be trained first before they start training the boys," McMohan said.

He also praised the Churchill Brothers for running a successful football club for a long time now.

Churchill Alemao, the parton of the Goa club, said his dream is to see India play in the World Cup. "I will work hard to see my dream come true."

He said the Indian football team should constitute a separate pool of players who will play only for the country and not any club.

"Today everybody is spending on cricket. But football, which is more popular than cricket, needs more attention. Corporate houses in India should contribute to the growth of
football," Alemao added.


Source: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/135121/churchill-ties-up-ex-liverpool.html

Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal Derby coming close

Derby Day coming close....

The ever so hot derby between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan is very near and the players are starting to feel the heat. The game which attracts a crowd of nearly 1 Lakhs at times is considered one of the top sporting event in the cricket savvy nation. The electricrifying atmosphere brings the best out of the players. Sometimes it marks the arrival of a new star and sometimes a new villain is produced. It takes only a flash of genius or a moment of madness to change the context of the game. Whatever be the result entertainment is gauranteed. If you are a football lover you just simply cannot afford to miss it.

This time both teams are much more strengthened, while East Bengal have one of the best midfield Mohun Bagan is composed of a Rock Solid defence. East Bengal are currently at the top position of the i-League and they have the quality to stay there. Though Mohun Bagan is a bit below East Bengal in the i-League but their recent form speaks for itself.

Chidi Edeh, Mohun Bagan

Mohun Bagan's acquisition of Deepak Mondal, Surkumar Singh and Anwar Ali gives them a rock solid defence which will be undoubtedly tough to break. Nigerian goal machine Chidi Edeh will be a force to reckon with for the East Bengal defence.

Tolgay Ozbey,East Bengal

For East Bengal, in-form Aussie striker Tolgay Ozbey, Nigerian Penn Orji and Uga Okpara will be the key. East Bengal will miss the services of their young striker Robin Singh(due to booking) and thus ex-Mahindra forward Sushil Kumar Singh might get the head start. Newly recruited Brazilian attacking forward, Alexzendra Da Silva might also get some playing time.

The match will be telecasted live on Mahua Khobor.

Sports minister announced setting up of coaching centre and Football Academy in North East


Newly appointed sports minister Ajay Maken announced the setting up of a coaching centre and Football Academy. The Coaching centre will be established in Imphal whereas the Football Academy will be set up in Dimanpur, Nagaland.

The coaching centre will be a fourth of its kind in the nation after the likes of Patiala, Kolkata and Bangalore having similar coaching centres. The sports minister also spoke about the lack of coaches in North East region.

The football Academy at Nagaland was announced considering the poor infrastructure in the region. He also told that the development is just the beginning and will not be limited to North Eastern Region only.

 
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