AIFF felicitates Indian Nationsl Team Footballer Mahesh Gawli, Climax Lawrance .

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The All India Football Federation (AIFF) felicitated former India Captains Mahesh Gawli and Climax Lawrence at a glittering function in New Delhi. The AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das handed over specially designed silver plaques and two National Team jerseys signed by all the National Team Players to the duo.

The National Team Players who are supposed to leave for Dubai on Wednesday for a Preparatory Camp for the forthcoming AFC Challenge Cup, were also present. Mr. Das thanked both for their contribution to Indian football. "They have played 163 International Matches between themselves and have been part of so many winning squads. I thank both for their dedication and contribution to Indian football," Mr. Das said.

Incidentally Mahesh has played in 82 International Matches while Climax has 81 International Matches to his credit. While Mahesh has been a part of seven winning squads - two Nehru Cups (2007 & 2009), two SAFF Championships (2005 & 2011), LG Cup (2002), Bristol Freedom Cup (1998) and the AFC Challenge Cup; Climax has been part of five triumphant squads - two Nehru Cups (2007, 2009), two SAFF Championships (2005 and 2011) and the AFC Challenge Cup in 2008.

"It's an honour to be felicitated by AIFF in such a manner," Climax echoed, rubbishing thoughts about a Farewell match for him. Mahesh, nodded. AIFF Player-of-the-Year Sunil Chhetri who was also present said he has learnt a lot from the duo. "When I first came into the National squad, both of them were established stars. But never for a moment did they throw any attitude. Rather, they were overeager to help me out," he opined. "They have been exemplary disciplinarians."

There are a lot of upcoming and talented defenders in India at present," Mahesh echoed. He named Arnab Mondal, Raju Gaikwad and Anwar Ali as examples. "Last time, we were part of the triumphant AFC Challenge Cup squad," Climax recollected. "I have full faith in the present bunch of boys and hope to qualify again," Mahesh added.

Climax praised the concept of Pailan Arrows, AIFF's Developmental Team. "Pailan gives an unique opportunity for talented youngsters to play regularly in the I-League. The present India U-23 team is the fruit of Arrows," he commented. Referring to a question that there not enough Indian strikers in India, Climax hit back saying - "There is Sunil (Chhetri), Jeje (Lalpekhlua), Sabeeth, Sushil (Singh) amongst others. The YDP is in full flow. I compliment the AIFF for such an initiative." "The face of Indian football is fast changing. The scenario has changed a lot from the time we first burst into the National squad. More overhauling is due in the next five years."

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AFC U-22 Draw : India in Group 'A' with Iraq, UAE, Lebanon etc .

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The draw for the qualifying stage of the inaugural AFC U-22 Asian Cup took place at AFC House on Tuesday with 41 continental countries being drawn in seven groups.

All the qualifying matches will be organized from June 23rd to July 3rd 2012 and the finals will be played in 2013 while the next edition of the biennial competition (2015) will serve as qualifiers for the 2016 Olympics.

Addressing the media during the opening of the draw, AFC Executive Director of Competitions Windsor John said:

"This is the latest tournament we have introduced, so this draw in itself is a historic event. The AFC views this competition as the second biggest national team competition, giving prominence and importance to the development of competitions for both the AFC and member associations."

"This competition will serve as a qualifier for the Olympics, beginning with Rio in 2016, so we hope there will be greater attention from the fans as well as the member associations to reflect this competition's stature as the second biggest tournament of AFC for national teams.

"With the introduction of this competition we have now laid the foundation for a very structured development path for the footballers in Asia with the AFC already having competitions for under 16s and under 19s."

A total of 23 countries will feature in the qualifying rounds for the West Zone while 18 nations will compete in the East Zone featuring seven groups of either six or five teams. The top two teams of the one-round league (14 in total) will qualify for next year's finals while a berth is also available for one best third-placed team and the AFC U-22 Asian Cup 2013 hosts.

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School football Coaches Seminar in Delhi by Football Links.

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TheFootballLink organized a seminar on 12th February at India International Centre, New Delhi. The aim of the seminar was to bring together all football enthusiasts, specifically school football coaches from across NCR, to plan, discuss and lay the foundation of a junior (U-16) football league in multiple regions across India.

More than 50 coaches from different schools participated in this seminar and committed to join hands to promote football. The Chief Guest of the event, Mr. Novi Kapadia , emphasized that the success of Indian football is dependent on such collaborative efforts where all the stakeholders in football come together and collectively advance the game. He appreciated the efforts of Mr. Chetan Misra and pledged his active support as a senior advisor to TheFootballLink.

TheFootballLink is an effort to promote grassroots football across India by creating a trust based platform, where all stakeholders in football come together and work towards a common philosophy - 'True to the Player. True to the Game'.

By linking the football community - children, coaches, schools, parents, media, corporate, government - TheFootballLink will plan, create, publicize and execute multiple initiatives including tournaments, festivals, RWA campaigns, leagues, NGO coaching, clubs etc in grassroots football.

In a short period of 3 months, TheFootballLink has the pledge of more than 2000 children, 400 parents, 100 coaches, 60 schools, 15 associations, various media outlets and corporate across NCR. Within the next 3 years, TheFootballLink plans to organize such seminars and on-ground initiatives across 20 cities in India and connect more than 5, 00,000 children to TheFootballLink.

Tribute to 'Maradona of India" Legendary Krisanu Day's 50th Birthday by East Bengal club..

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...Today East Bengal observed 50th Birth Day of Legendary Footballer Krisanu Dey at heir club tent in Kolkata Maidan.

Today Another Legendary Footballer Veteran Padmashree chuni Goswami and Brazilian Footballer Edmilson Pardal paid homage to the departed Footballer in presence of huge fans. Football fans called hin Maradona of India.

SHORT PROFILE OF KRISANU DEY

Name : Krisanu Dey.
Nick Name : Rontu.
Born : 14 February 1962.
Birth Place : Naktala, South Kolkata.
Position : Striker.
Death : 20 March 2003.
School Football : Naktala High School, Kolkata.
First football Coach : Sadhan Ghosh at Prabhat Sangha, Naktala, Kolkata.
First Club : Mornning Star Club.
First Big Team in Kolkata Football : Police AC, Port Trust, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, FCI.
CAREER

1977 : Sub Junior for Bengal at Ernakulam.
1979-1980 : Joined Police Athletic Club of Kolkata League Team.
1980-1981 : Joined Port Trust
1982-1984 : Joined Kolkata Jiant 1st Div. Team Mohun Bagan A.C.
1985- 1991: Joined Kolkata Giant Club East Bengal.
1986:Hattrick in Mardeca Cup on 30th July 1986 against Thailand - India won 3-1. In the Tournament Indian team beat south Korea 4-3 where Krisanu scored two goals also.
1989:Captain of East Bengal.
1992: Return to Mohun Bagan A.C
1993-1995 : Again Joined Kolkata Giant Team East Bengal F.C.
1996-1999 : Played for his office team Food Corporation of India.
2000-2002 : Coach of East Bengal U -19 Team.
1990: Tripple Crown for East Bengal in 1990 - League, IFA Shield, Rovers Cup, Durand Cup under coach Naimuddin.

  • Played Santosh Trophy for Railways and Bengal
    1986: He was the 6th Indian who scored Hattrick in International football. Puran Bahadur, Nevill Desuza, Ashok chatterjee, Marto Gracious, And shabbir Ali were the other five. I.M.Vijayan and Sunil chettri (2 times) later joined the team with 7th and 8th.

    PLAYEING DAYS

    1983: Nehru Cup
    1984 & 1985: Nehru Gold Cup
    1984 : Asia Cup
    1985-1987 : SAF games
    1986 : Seoul Asian Games
    1986: Maedeka cup
    1991: SAFF Games
    1992: Asia cup
    1986: Pre-World Cup Qualifying


    : STORY : In the year 1985 East Bengal officials decided to bring Krisanu Dey from Mohun Bagan to play alongside Iranaian Star Majid Baskar. In the crutial League match of that year, against Mohammedan Sporting, the then East Bengal coach P.k. Banerjee decided not to start the first eleven with Krisanu. In first half East Bengal down by 0-1 and scorer of Mohammedan Sc was cheema. Coach then brought Krisany to play for last 17 minute and East bengal won the match 2-1. the scorers of East Bengal were Bikash Panji and Debasish Roy form the final pass of Krisanu.