16 JULY

East Bengal named their new coach for coming season and team Squad

Trevor James Morgan (Born 30 September 1956 in England) named new coach of Kolkata Giant football team East Bengal. Today in a press meet East Bengal President Dr. Pranab Dasgupta announced it in presence of Secretary Mr. Kalya Majumder and Asst.Secretary Dr. Santi Ranjan Dasgupta and other high officials.

Trevor James Morgan is a former professional footballer who was the Development Coach at Hull City of England.

career

Morgan played as a centre-forward. He signed his first professional contract in 1980 with A.F.C. Bournemouth, and went on to make over 400 appearances for a variety of clubs in the lower leagues of English football scored about 200 goals.

Coaching career

Morgan's first coaching role was as assistant to Terry Cooper at Birmingham City. He had previously been signed by Cooper four times as a player. He followed Cooper to Exeter, but left when the club went into administration. His next job was in Australia, as a coach at Perth club Sorrento.

During this time, he took Australian citizenship. After four years, he moved to Singapore as manager of Sengkang Punggol FC. He returned to Sorrento before being offered the role of Development Coach at Hull City by former Bolton Wanderers colleague Phil Brown.

Morgan is a West Ham supporter, having been born within five minutes of Upton Park. He has three grown-up children, who still live in Australia.

TEAM LISTS OF EAST BENGAL

GOALKEEPERS : Abhra Mondal , Sandip Nandy (Chirag United), Naseem Akhtar (Mohammedan S.C), Jayanta Pal (U-19).

DEFENDERS: Mehrajuddin Wadoo , Nirmal Chhetri , Ravinder Singh (Air India) , Soumik Dey, Rajib Ghosh (Mohammedan S.C), Uga Okpara (Foreigner), Sunil Thakur (JCT), Gurvinder Singh , Sukomal Santra (Cal Port Trust) , Saikat Saha Roy , Harmanjyot Singh Khabra , Naoba Singh ( Churchill Brothers)

MIDFIELDERS: Bekokhei Singh, Lalchuama (Mohammedan S.C) , Mahtab Hossain, Alvito D'cunha, Rahim Nabi, Baljit Singh Saini (JCT), Penn Orji (JCT -Foreigner), Malswama Kima, Anees Kutty(Mhindra United), R. Vasum (Churchill Brothers), Sanju Pradhan, Susant Mathew (Mahindra United) .

FORWARDS: Ekene Ekenwa (Salgaocar - Foreigner), Sushil Kumar Singh (Mahindra United), Budhiram Tudu. Bikas Narzinary (Eastern Railway), Robin Singh (TFA), Baichung Bhutia.

U-19 :Gurpreet Singh (GK), Raju Gaikoad (DF-TFA), Milan Singh (MF-TFA), Subodh Kumar (MF-TFA), Abhishek Das (DF-TFA),

16 JULY

Brazilian star Branco wins Kolkata Football fans heart

Football Mania embraced the people of Bengal again after the soccer World cup fever with Mahua Bangla announcing the launch of THE MATCH - the largest ever Football Reality Show on Indian Television at a press conference today at Stadel, Bidhan Nagar, Kolkata. The Show is made by reality show wizards Endemol India Private Ltd.

48 football talents have been selected from all over the state. The show aims at searching for 11 unfulfilled football talents from 48 talents in the age group of 16-19 years from across India and trains them to play one single match under the guidance of famed Indian and International football legends Romario and Branco from Brazil and Subhash Bhowmick from India. This challenger team will play a 90 minutes match at Salt Lake Stadium against Mohun Bagan on 1st August. Famous Indian Footballer Dipendu Biswas will be captain of Challenger team in place of Baichung Bhutia who is now in Portugal camp of Indian team.

Addressing to the Media men in the press meet by "NAMASKAR - (Which means Welcome in Bengali language ) I love Kolkata" , Branco told about the recent performance of Brazil in world cup , Dunga is very close friend of him. But he don't know the cause of Ronaldinho's absence from the Squad.

He said if he was manager of the side, he would have picked up AC Milan striker and Sao Paulo's Gancho, Hernanes and Adriano in the squad. He also told that, four years back he was in the selection meeting with Brazilian Football Confederation president Ricardo Teixeira appointing Dunga as the team coach. Regarding Indian football Branco told Indian football need physical education and government support to improve it's football quality.

Ms. Aradhana Tewari, Director, Mahuaa Media Pvt. Ltd, Mr. Nikhil Sheth, President, Advertising & Sales, Mahuaa Media Pvt. Ltd. , Mr. Tapas Bhattasaly, COO, Mahuaa Media Pvt. Ltd. and renowned footballer Subhash Bhowmik were present at the press conference.

15 JULY

France striker Thierry Henry and England star Emile Heskey announced their retirement from international soccer.

France striker Thierry Henry announced his retirement from international soccer . A World Cup and European championship winner, Henry confirmed his expected retirement from international football as well as European club soccer and announced his move to USA Major League Soccer side the New York Red Bulls in a press conference at the Red Bull after explaining the reasons behind his decision.

Henry will be remembered as one of France's most accomplished strikers who enjoyed success at both club and international level. The 32-year-old made 123 appearances for Les Bleus and socred a record 51 goals.

Henry surpassed France Legendary Footballer Michel Platini's record of 41 international goals when scoring twice in a 2-0 win over Lithuania during the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. His final match was as a substitute at the World Cup in South Africa last month which 2-1 defeat confirmed France's exit at the group stages.

A naturally gifted player, Henry was signed by French first division club Monaco as a 13-year-old in 1991 and made his first team debut at the beginning of the 1994/95 season under then-manager Arsene Wenger. Henry helped Monaco win the French championship in 1997 and was rewarded with his first international cap at the start of the following season.

He played in six of France's seven games in their 1998 World Cup victory on home soil,scoring three first-round goals, but, Henry spent eight seasons with Arsenal, winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cups while scoring more goals than any other player who wore the celebrated Gunners shirt.

Henry also named the Football Writers' Player of the Year on three occasions, before leaving Britain in 2007 to join Barcelona, where he enjoyed even more prosperity as he won Spanish, European and World Club titles.

After winning the World Cup in 1998, he added a European championship two years later but endured a lot of disappointment throughout the rest of his international career. At the 2002 World Cup, France, as defending champions, failed to score a single goal and were eliminated in the opening round. Four years later, in Germany, they lost the final to Italy on penalties. Henry was at the centre of a bitter controversy when a double-handball was not called for the goal that saw France qualify ahead of Ireland for this year's World Cup in South Africa.

England Soccer Star Emile Heskey has announced his retirement from international football after winning 62 caps and scoring seven goals for England.

Heskey announced his decision after a disappointing performance of his tem England in South Africa World Cup as his side defeated 1-4 to Germany in the second round, where Heskey making an appearance as a 71st-minute substitute .

The Aston Villa striker appeared at the European Championships in 2000 and 2004 and also played in the 2002 Japan-Korea World Cup where England was eliminated by Brazil in the quarter-finals

15 JULY

Andhra, Maharashtra and Karnataka win their first match in Santosh Trophy.

64th Santosh Trophy - the AIFF organised National State Level Sr. Football Tournament of India kicked off today. Three inaugural matches of the preliminary round were held respectively in Barasat Stadium , Kharda Stadium and Howrah Stadium.

Eminent Football personality of Bengal Mr. Sushil Sinha flagged off the event by flying coloured balloons, followed by a march past by the military bagpiper band.

At Barasat Stadium Andhra Pradesh beat Tripura 2-1. Andhra scored first and Tripura equalised just before the end of first half. In the 2nd half Andhra scored another and won the match. Andhra boys missed few eaxy chances to score.

In another match at Khardah Stadium Karnataka won by a solitary goal scored by Don Bosco and earned full points. Both teams got few chances to score.

In Howrah stadium Maharashtra trouned Chandigarh ( who won this year u-19 National) 4-0. Surojit Bose of Maharashtra scored double and other goals scored by Alex Ambrose and Robin De Suza.

15 JULY

Sanju Pradhan - Captain of Sikkim Santosh Trophy Team.

Sikkim Football Association (SFA) is sending 20 members senior boys football team on 18th July 2010 to participate in the 64th Senior National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy 2010 to be held at Kolkata from 15th July 2010 to 08th Aug 2010.

In the qualifying round, Sikkim has been slated in cluster VI alongwith Haryana and Chhattisgarh. While Sikkim will play their first match on 21st July 2010 against Haryana, their second match is against Chhattisgarh on 23rd July 2010. The matches will be played at Kolkata, West Bengal.

Coaching camp for the championship was conducted at the Paljor Stadium, Gangtok. A select committee constituted by SFA alongwith the Chief Coach Shri Thupden Rapgyal, Asstt. Coach Mr. Arjun Rai and Shri Dorjee Tamang as Manager. were given the task to shortlist these 20 players out of 30 players drawn from Sikkim and other clubs of the country where our boys are playing at present.

While releasing the final list of players to the media at Paljor Stadium, Gangtok today, Shri Menla Ethenpa, General Secretary, SFA said that as per the new norms players shortlisted for the National Team like Bhaichung Bhutia, can not be called to play for his state as he is doing national duty.

However, he has conveyed best of luck to the team from Portugal, where he is undergoing coaching camp at present alongwith other senior Indian team mates. Shri Ethenpa further said that this time SFA has given emphasis to the young players that is why, this time most of the players are of age group of U-20. SFA has managed to rope-in quite a good number of other Sikkimese players who are playing football in other reputed clubs of the country.

SIKKIM SANTOSH TROPHY TEAM

Sanju Pradhan (Capt- East Bengal), Bikash Jairu (VC-ONGC, Mumbai),Nirmal Chhetri (East Bengal), Sanjay Chhetri, (Lanshing FC, Shillong), Surjay Pariyar (GK-Arhima FC, Shillong), Bijendra Rai (Nakuarat FC, Shillong), Bir Bahadur Pradhan (SKM Police), Karma Lhendup Lepcha (SKM Police), Kunzang Lachungpa (GK-SAI, Namchi), Ibrahim Lepcha (SKM Police), Sagar Rai (AMITY, Haryana), Don Tshering Lepcha (AMITY, Delhi), Robin Gurung (ONGC, Mumbai), Sonam Zangpo Bhutia (SAI, Namchi), Ong Tsh. Lepcha (AMITY, Delhi), Laxuman Subba (Md. Sporting AC, Kolkata), Engphuhang Subba (AMITY, Haryana), Rupesh Diyali(SKM Police), Nim Tsh. Lepcha (HAL, Bangalore), Palman Rai (SAI, Namchi)

Mr.Thupden Rapgyal- Chief Coach, Mr. Arjun Rai, Asstt. Coach, Mr. Dorjee Tamang, Manager

14 JULY

64th AIFF Santosh Trophy National football will start tomorrow.

Cluster I

15.07.2010 (Khardaha)  : Karnataka  VS  Meghalaya (3.30 PM)
17.07.2010 (Barasat)  : Meghalaya  VS  Jharkhand (3.30 PM)
19.07.2010  (Howrah) : Jharkhand  VS  Karnataka (3.30 PM)

Cluster II

15.07.2010 ( Howrah)   : Maharashtra  VS  Chandigarh
15.07.2010 (Barasat)   :Tripura  VS  Andhra Pradesh
17.07.2010 (Khardah)   :Chandigarh  VS  Tripura
17.07.2010 (Howrah)   :Andhra Pradesh VS  Maharashtra
19.07.2010 (Khardah)   :Chandigarh  VS  Andhra Pradesh
19.07.2010 (Barasat)   :Maharashtra  VS  Tripura

21.7.2010: Pre Qr.Final : (YBK - 18.00 PM) : W Cluster I   VS W Cluster II

21.7.2010: Pre Qr.Final : (YBK - 18.00 PM) : W Cluster III   VS W Cluster IV

Cluster III

16.07.2010 (Khardah)   :Punjab  VS  Pondicherry
16.07.2010 (Howrah)   :Gujarat  VS  Nagaland
18.07.2010 (Barasat)   :Pondicherry  VS  Gujarat
18.07.2010 ( Khardah)   :Nagaland  VS  Punjab
20.07.2010 ( Howrah)  :Pondicherry  VS  Nagaland
20.07.2010 (MMB)   :Punjab  VS  Gujarat

Cluster IV

16.07.2010 (Barasat)   : Manipur  VS  Rajasthan
18.07.2010 (Howrah)   : Rajasthan  VS  J & K
20.07.2010 (Khardah)   : J & K  VS  Manipur

Cluster V

21.07.2010 ( YBK)   :Delhi  VS  Arunachal Pradesh
21.07.2010 ( Khardah)   :Madhya Pradesh  VS  Uttar Pradesh
23.07.2010 (Howrah)  :Arunachal Pradesh VS Madhya
Pradesh
23.07.2010 (Khardah)   :Uttar Pradesh VS  Delhi
25.07.2010 ( MMB)   :Arunachal Pradesh VS  Uttar Pradesh
25.07.2010 ( Howrah)   :Delhi  VS  Madhya Pradesh

Cluster VI

21.07.2010 ( Howrah)   :Haryana  VS  Sikkim
23.07.2010 (MMB)   :Sikkim  VS  Chhattisgarh
25.07.2010 (Khardah)   :Chhattisgarh  VS  Haryana

Cluster VII

22.07.2010 (YBK)   :Kerala  VS  Uttarakhand
22.07.2010 (MMB)   :Assam  VS  Himachal Pradesh
24.07.2010 (Khardah)  :Uttarakhand  VS  Assam
24.07.2010 ( MMB)  :Himachal Pradesh  VS  Kerala
26.07.2010 (YBK - 15.30 PM)  :Uttarakhand  VS  Himachal Pradesh
26.07.2010 (YBK - 18.00 PM)  :Kerala  VS  Assam

Cluster VIII

22.07.2010 (Khardah)   :Mizoram  VS  Orissa
22.07.2010 ( Howrah)   :Bihar  VS  Railways
24.07.2010 ( Howrah)   :Orissa  VS  Railways
24.07.2010 ( Barasat)   :Mizoram  VS  Bihar
26.07.2010 ( Howrah)   :Railways  VS  Mizoram
26.07.2010 (Khardah)   :Orissa  VS  Bihar

27.7.2010: Pre Qr.Final : (Howrah - 15.30 PM) : W Cluster V   VS W Cluster VI

28.7.2010: Pre Qr.Final : (YBK - 15.30 PM) : W Cluster VII   VS W Cluster VIII

QUARTER - FINAL

29.7.2010: (Gr.'A') : (YBK - 15.30 PM) :Goa   VS W Pre Qr. Final 1
29.7.2010: (Gr.'A') : (YBK - 18.00 PM) :Services   VS W Pre Qr. Final 2

31.7.2010:(Gr.'A') : (YBK - 15.30 PM) :Services   VS W Pre Qr. Final 1
31.7.2010: (Gr.'A') : (YBK - 18.00 PM) :Goa   VS W Pre Qr. Final 2

03.8.2010:(Gr.'A') : (YBK - 15.30 PM) : W Pre Qr. Final 1   VS W Pre Qr. Final 2
03.8.2010: (Gr.'A') : (YBK - 18.00 PM) : Goa   VS Services

30.7.2010: (Gr.'B') : (YBK - 15.30 PM) :Bengal   VS W Pre Qr. Final 3
30.7.2010:(Gr.'B') : (YBK - 18.00 PM) :Tamilnadu   VS W Pre Qr. Final 4

02.8.2010: (Gr.'B') : (YBK - 15.30 PM) :Tamilnadu   VS W Pre Qr. Final 3
02.8.2010:(Gr.'B') : (YBK - 18.00 PM) :Bengal   VS W Pre Qr. Final 4

04.8.2010: (Gr.'B') : (YBK - 15.30 PM) : W Pre Qr. Final 3   VS W Pre Qr. Final 4
04.8.2010: (Gr.'B') : (YBK - 18.00 PM) : Bengal   VS Tamilnadu

SEMI - FINAL

06.8.2010: Semi-1 : (YBK - 16.00 PM) : W Gr. A   VS Runers Gr. B

06.8.2010: Semi-2 : (YBK - 19.00 PM) : W Gr. B   VS Runers Gr. A

FINAL

08.8.2010: (YBK - 17.00 PM) : W Semi - 1   VS W Semi-2

14 JULY

All Airlines Gold Cup Football will be held in Burnpur from 17th-24th August.

23rd All India Airlines Gold Cup Football Tournament will be held in Burnpur this year from 17th to 24th August. When the last time this tournament was held in Burnpur, Mohun Bagan emerged champions as they beat another Kolkata team Mohammedan Sporting by 1-0 in the finals, Sushil Kumar Singh scored the only goal for Bagan in the match.

Samaresh Basu Roy, one of the officials associated with this tournament said, "We have started preparation for this tournament. When the last time All Airlines Gold Cup was held in Burnpur, it was quite successful and almost all the matches were held in front of a packed gallery. Kolkata teams Mohammedan Sporting and George Telegraph will likely participate in this year's edition".

He also added "We are also trying to get some big teams to participate in the tournament. The fixture of the tournament will be released around 10th of August."

UPTO DATE Winners of the TOURNAMENT

Years Venue Winners Runners-Up Score
1986 Kolkata Md. Sporting 3-2 Mohun Bagan
1987 Kolkata East Bengal 1-0 Md. Sporting
1988 Kolkata East Bengal 4-1 Md. Sporting
1989 Kolkata Mohun Bagan 2-1 Md. Sporting
1990 Kolkata East Bengal 1-0 Md. Sporting
1991 Kolkata Mohun Bagan 2-0 T.F.A
1992 Kolkata East Bengal 1-0 Mohun Bagan
1993 Kolkata Mohun Bagan 7-6 [p] East Bengal
1994 Kolkata B.S.F 1-0 East Bengal
1995 Kolkata East Bengal 2-0 Mohun Bagan
1996 Kolkata Md. Sporting 3-2 [p] Peerless SC
1997 Siliguri B.S.F 2-1 Mohun Bagan
1998 Midnapore East Bengal 4-3 [p] Aryans
1998/99 Kolkata B.S.F 2-0 Tollygunge
1999 Haldia Dhaka Md. Sporting 2-2;3-2 [p] East Bengal
2000 Kolkata Mohun Bagan 2-0 Tollygunge
2001 Coochbehar East Bengal 2-0 All-Nepal FA XI
2002 Barasat Mohun Bagan 3-1 Tollygunge
2003 Haldia EverReady 2-1 Mohun Bagan
2004 Durgapur Mohun Bagan 3-0 George Telegraph
2005 Burnpur Mohun Bagan 1-0 Md. Sporting
2010 Burnpur ? ? ?
14 JULY

1994 Brazilian World Cup hero Branco arrives Kolkata .

Brazilian International Footballer Branco, the team member of 1994 USA world Cup winning Brazilian Sooer team arrived today at Kolkata in mornning.

A Bengali entertainment channel is all set to start a soccer reality show to bring up football talents who will be guided by Brazilian legends Romario and Branco.

'The Match'', the name of the football reality show, will aim at searching for 11 unnoticed soccer talents of 16-18 age, from different districts of West Bengal, who would be trained by Brazilian football legends Romario and Branco.

The show will be guided by Indian international player Subash Bhowmick. The players will be trained at Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex at Salt Lake. After elemination, the final 11 will come up and they will be trained by football legends Romario and Branco. The challenger team, comprising players aged between 18 and 24, would play against a renowned international football club in Yuba Bharati Krirangan may be between last week of July or 1st week of August.

Now Kolkata is waiting ofr an another Brazilian legendary Footballer Romario.

BRANCO

Branco, real name Claudio Ibrahim Vaz Leal, is former Brazilian footballer who played as a left back. A member of the triumphant Brazilian team in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Branco was a renowned free kick specialist.

On the club level, Branco played for Internacional (1980-81), Fluminense (1981-86)(94)(99), Brescia (1986-88), FC Porto (1988-91), Genoa (1991-93), Gremio (1992-94), Flamengo (1995), Corinthians (1995), Middlesbrough (1996), and MetroStars (1997).

Branco appeared 72 times for Brazil, between April 1985 and February 1995, and scored nine goals. After sitting out the first four games at the 1994 World Cup. In 83' Minutes Hollands Coaman fouled him just out side the Box, refere awarded a free kick for Brazil. A memorable free kick from 35 metres by Branco to eliminate Holland (2 - 3) in the quarter-finals, and took one of Brazil’s penalties in the shootout when they beat Italy in the final. He played in a total of twelve matches in three World Cup tournaments.

From 2007 he works as the director of football in Fluminense. In 1990, Brazil was eliminated in Qr. Final by Argentina, the match was held in Turin that finished 1-0 with goal of Caniggia. Branco always said that day was poisoned. The Brazilian approached the Argentine bench and he requested water to them. Branco said that after drinking it, it began to find badly and that negatively affected its game. Years later, the Argentine selector, Carlos Bilardo, admitted that in that water there were tranquilizers.

THE WOLD CUP WINNER 1994: BRAZIL TEAM

1 GK Claudio TAFFAREL
2 DF Jorge Campos JORGINHO
3 DF RICARDO ROCHA
4 DF Ronaldo de Jesus RONALDAO
5 MD MAURO SILVA
6 DF Claudio Leal BRANCO
7 FW Jose Oliveira BEBETO
8 MD Carlos Verri DUNGA (C)
9 MD Crizam de Oliveira ZINHO
10 MD RAI de Oliveira
11 FW ROMARIO de Souza Faria
12 GK Armelino Quagliato ZETTI
13 DF ALDAIR Santos
14 DF Marcos de Moraes CAFU
15 DF MARCIO SANTOS
16 MD LEONARDO de Araujo
17 DF MAZINHO do Nascimento
18 FW PAULO SERGIO Nascimento
19 FW Luiz Antonio MULLER
20 FW RONALDO Nazario de Lima
21 FW Paulo Rosa VIOLA
22 GK GILMAR Rinaldi Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira

SEE THE FREE KICK OF BRANCO AGAINST HOLLAND

14 JULY

Mohun Bagan Centenary Seminar by VSF -Second Day.

On its second day of series of seminar on “Centenary of Historic Triumph of Mohun Bagan‘s IFA Shield Win” organised by Valerian Soccer Foundation two eminent scholar presented their papers on the concern subject at Jadavpur University campus.

Mr Anup Motilal, Director, Eastern Zonal Cultural Center in his presentation pointed out the significance of Mohun Bagan’s victory in greater canvas and said that this historic incident yet to get due recognition from history.

Debashis Majumdar, M Phil scholar of history in Jadavpur University brilliantly narrated the proceedings of each match Mohun Bagan played against British teams to clinch the historic victory. Debashis concluded by saying that this win was the symbol united Bengali nationalism which was tried to hammer by colonial rulers by their administrative policy.

After the speech of speakers the season was on for one more hour for question hour. Subhransu Roy, he president of Valerian Soccer Foundation informed that the next seminar will take place on 19th of this month at the same venue.

13 JULY

World Cup 2010 Is All Over, Euro 2012 Is On The Way.

As the Spanish were crowned World Cup winners in Joburg, the curtain came down on the very first World Cup Finals to be held in Africa. European teams achieved a 1-2-3 with Spain beating Holland in the final and Germany taking third place with a 3-2 success against Uruguay.

This just strengthens the theory that European football is the strongest in the world and that the European Championships are a superb tournament. Qualifying for the Euro 2012 finals starts out in September and regardless of finishing third, Germany is going to be among the favourites to win Euro 2012. Their more youthful players produced some outstanding football during the World Cup Finals with Thomas Muller taking the Golden Boot with 5 goals and three assists. Together with several other young starlets like Ozil, Boateng and Kediera, Germany will be undoubtedly one of the teams to look out for.

As World and European champions, Spain are going to be yet another tricky opposition. A lot of their team will still be young enough in 2012 to supply stiff opposition and they are going to be ready to defend their title.Finally the Netherlands managed to leave their individual egos behind during the World Cup tournament and thus, the Dutch got to their 3rd World Cup final conquering several peoples favourite, Brazil, en route. With better finishing from Robben, the Netherlands may well have won the match rather than Spain and they will hope to continue in the same vein throughout Euro 2012.

The traditionally powerful nations of France, England and Italy all failed miserably in South Africa and due to this fact, the curtain will definitely come down on a number of of the older players careers. England have a host of fascinating young players to take to the international stage and if they can replicate the Germans, there will be great hopes amongst the English fans.

The Euro 2012 host nations of Poland and Ukraine will both delight in big support but ultimately, they certainly achieve not have the quality to seriously challenge for the title.

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