90 Minutes : Kolkatafootball.com

10.01.2009 : Abhishek Bhattacharyya ::Valerian Soccer Foundation launched their bi-lingual Journal “90 Minutes” on different aspects of soccer,today in Jadavpur University’s Anita Banerjee Memorial Hall.

Eminent personalities of Indian Football were present in this inaugural ceremony. The journal was inaugurated by Mr.Shanto Mitra,Hon'ble Sheriff of Kolkata & former International Footballer of Indian Team as well as Captain of East Bengal Club.

Kshiti Goswami(Minister In charge,PWD & Roads,Govt.of West Bengal),Abani Roy (MP,Rajya Sabha),Subrata Dutta(Vice-President,AIFF & IFA), Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran (Director,Vision India & In- charge National Teams,Grass roots,Youth,All India Football Federation),G.C.Das (Football Historian),Debasish Dutta ( Eminent Sports Journalist),Kalyan Majumdar(General Secretary,King Fisher East Bengal),Dr. Santi Ranjan Dasgupta ( Vice President King Fisher East Bengal) Novy Kapadia, renowned football commentator & journalist,Goutam Roy (Football Statistician), Kausik Bandyopadhyaya( Sports Historian),Kumaresh Bhawal ( Ex-Footballer),Dr. Manabendranath Bhattacharyya were also present in this ocassion.

Mr. Syed Md. Masih , Hon'ble Chief Whip,Govt.of W.B & Patron, Valerian Soccer Foundation was said to have presided the ceremony but could’nt be there due to his official work.

Also in this occasion mohunbaganclub.com web site members handed over a monetary aid to Sunita Jana and Chinu Jana, Wife and Mother of Late Sanjeeb Jana,the Mohun Bagan fan died in an accident at Salt Lake Stadium during Fed Cup Final Match between the Mariners and Dempo S.C on 21st December. The members of the website handed over an amount of Rs 74,600.00 (37,300.00 each ) to wife and mother of late Sanjeeb Jana. Mohun Bagan coach Karim Bencherifa also donated Rs.10,000 which is included in this amount. Even Valerian Soccer Foundation handed over Rs.5,000 to Sanjib Jana’s family.

Kshiti Goswami and Shanto Mitra lauded the efforts of the foundation on launching a Journal which is completely based on football research and development.The journal will also be dealing with the technical aspect of the game..This is also the first bi-lingual journal on football which will be published in English and Bengali.

Mr.Shanto Mitra who is also the editor of the football magazine “KICK-OFF” published by IFA(Indian Football Association) urged the foundation to keep up it’s great work towards the contribution of this beautiful game and also said that they must look forward to keep this Journal going on for a longer period of time. They must manage it properly so that the football fans can know the game in a better way.

Subrata Dutta and Shaji Prabhakaran spoke about the future of Indian football assuring us that we are gradually reaching our target and our dream of qualifying for the World Cup. But journalist Debashish Dutta didn’t seem to agree with them.

Novy Kapadia on the other hand said that we have a glorious past and he thinks that time has come when Indian football is surely going to make a big impact in coming years and our rankings will also improve courtesy the team that we have under Bob Houghton.He seemed to be a very big East Bengal fan as he would love to see the kolkata teams staging a comeback as kolkata is a very passionate football city.He said that Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are two clubs who have a glorious history and they should continue with their magical performances in up-coming ventures.


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