India U-20 National Team will participate in the COTIF Cup - Spain

India U-20 National Team will participate in the COTIF Cup - Spain

The India U-20 National Team will be clashing swords with Argentina U-20, Venezuela U-and Mauritania U-20 when the boys travel to Spain to participate in the COTIF Cup – the Mini Mundial Sub U-20 Men’s Football Tournament. The tournament is slated to kick-off on July 29, 2018. Besides, the U-20 boys will also play Murcia U-20, a local side in the tournament.

Abhishek Yadav, Director, National Teams said AIFF has drawn up a template where all National teams will be playing International competitions in addition to their domestic schedule. “The COTIF tournament in Spain falls well into our plans and we are excitedly looking forward to it. The Sub20 category, India will be up against teams from renowned football powerhouses that will be preparing for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019 qualifiers,” he said.

“For the development of all National Teams across age-groups, we have drawn up a template in which playing matches on a regular basis has been given high weight,” Yadav, also an AIFF Executive Committee member informed. “In an ideal mix, in addition to domestic competitive matches, we will participate in competitions involving AFC opposition, non-AFC opposition, matches against higher-age teams, in different playing conditions, etc.”

“We are pushing the envelope. We have done this with the U-17 World Cup team and are doing it with the U-16 boys' National Team as well. We will soon extend it to the Female national teams and a fresh U1-5 boys' National Team,” he stated. The U-20 National Team will comprise of boys who represented India in the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 and boys who represented India in the AFC U-19 Qualifiers in 2017.

India’s fixtures in the COTIF tournament follow below:
JULY 29: India U-20 vs Murcia U-20.
JULY 31: India U-20 vs Mauritania U-20.
AUGUST 03: India U-20 vs Venezuela U-20.
AUGUST 05: India U-20 vs Argentina U-20.



PRESS RELEASE BY AIFF : 17.07.2018 : The Indian U-16 National Team currently on an exposure tour in Thailand came from two goals down to play out a 2-2 draw against U-17 Bangkok Glass FC today (July 17, 2018). Trailing much of the match, the Colts put in a superb attacking performance in the last ten minutes of the match and scored twice, courtesy of strikes by Ricky (83’) and Ravi (86’), to finish the match on level pegging.

Coming on the back of a 0-2 win over Buriram United U-17, the Indian Colts were slow off the blocks and the opponents capitalized on that. As early as the 3rd minute, the opponents tested the Indian custodian and once again hovered around the Indian box in the 11th minute when a free-kick was thwarted by the Indian wall.

In the 21st minute, Bangkok Glass FC took the lead and doubled it shortly after in the 24th minute to make the scoreline read 2-0. Stunned, the Indian colts looked to minimize the deficit and in the 30thminute Harpreet’s rasping header missed the goal by inches.

Four minutes later, Bhuvnesh failed to make the most out of a Ridge D’Mello cross. The half-time scoreline read 2-0 in the opponents’ favour. Changing over, the Indian U-16s pressed and in the 54th minute, the opposition custodian saved Vikram Pratap Singh’s shot as the colts kept the attacking momentum. In the 64th minute, Shabas found Ridge D’Mello in the box but the latter’s shot was saved by the opposition goalkeeper. A minute later, Givson’s shot earned the same treatment.

The young colts had the best opportunity of the match in the 74th minute when Vikram Pratap Singh’s shot hit the woodwork from close range after Rohit Danu’s attempt was thwarted by the opposition custodian. In the 83rd minute, Ricky found the net for the Indian U-16s and reduced the deficit as the scoreline read 2-1. Three minutes later, Ravi found the net for India and equalized the deficit as the scoreline read 2-2.

Although with attacking momentum on their side, the Indian Colts pressed for the decisive goal, but with time running out could not foster it. The full-time scoreline read 2-2. The Indian U-16 National Team clashes swords against Thailand U-16 National Team next on July 20, 2018. live score



PRESS RELEASE BY GFA : 16.07.2018 : The Goa Football Association has congratulated Ms. Maria Rebello for being selected as a Technical Assessor in the Women's Football Competition at the Asian Games, which will be held in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia. The GFA President Mr.

Elvis Gomes broke the news of Ms. Maria's selection at a especially convened meeting in connection with the organization of the 2nd Edition of the GFA Vedanta Women's League. Mr. Gomes said "It is a matter of great honour that Ms. Maria Rebello is the only match official from India to be appointed by the AFC for the Asian Games." He further said that Ms. Rebello serves as an inspiration to other women footballers and officials for achieving so much through the game of football.

Meanwhile, the Women's League Organizing Committee decided to launch the league with the addition of three teams namely Ambelim Sports Club, Churchill Brothers Sports Club, and Goan Football Club to make it a 8-team league after the withdrawal of Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim. The other teams in the league are Panjim Footballers, Sporting Clube de Goa, Goa-Velha Sports Club, Cuncolim Union, and Albert Developers Sports Club. It was decided that the last date for the registration of the Players will be 20.07.2018 after which the Players draft will be conducted on 25.07.2018. The league launch will be held on 27.07.2018 after which the league will commence by the end of the month.

Among others present were Derrick Pereira, Prakash Dessai, Victor Fernandes, Anthony Vas, John Silva, Angelo Albuquerque, Melroy D'Silva, Girijadevi Dessai, representing their respective clubs and Maria Rebello,Arnaldo Costa, Sukhwinder Singh, Melroy Moura, Welvin Menezes representing the GFA and Sponsors respectively. Goa Football Association live score

A letter herewith sent by Mr. Swapan Sadhan Bose (Tutu) to Mr. Anjan Kumar Mitra which speaks for itself.

A letter herewith sent by Mr. Swapan Sadhan Bose (Tutu) to Mr. Anjan Kumar Mitra which speaks for itself
A letter herewith sent by Mr. Swapan Sadhan Bose (Tutu) to Mr. Anjan Kumar Mitra which speaks for itself live score



AIFF PRESS RELEASE - 16.07.2018 : Four U-19 players who represented India in the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 have been summoned by National Coach Stephen Constantine for the preparatory camp for the SAFF Championship. The four U-19 players ------ Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Rahim Ali and Rahul KP -- all of whom are part of AIFF’s developmental team Indian Arrows will be reporting to the Camp in Delhi from July 28 onwards, along with 30 others.

Among the others, 29 are current U-23 players with Sumeet Passi being the sole senior player (above 23) named in the list of 34 probables. India, the defending champions, have been clubbed in Group B along with Maldives and Sri Lanka and play their first match against Sri Lanka in Bangladesh (venue not yet announced) on September 6. The final is slated on September 15. Constantine stressed it’s important to see whether the youngsters are up to the challenge or not

"We are always looking down to the age groups to see if these players can make the step up the ladder. I have always put a great deal of importance on the youth and have stuck to the same philosophy -- this camp is no different. Quite a few youngsters have been provided with a chance to prove their worth,” he added. "Heading to a tournament with such a young team is going to be a challenge but that's what we want. We want to find out that particular player who can push the extra bit to achieve the desired result, who can take up the extra responsibility to force himself into the team

The list of 34 probables stay as follow

GOALKEEPERS : Vishal Kaith, Toufik Kabir, Kamaljit Singh, Prabhsukhan Singh Gill.

DEFENDERS: Nishu Kumar, Umesh Perambhara, Davinder Singh, Chinglensana Singh, Salam Ranjan Singh, Sarthak Golui, Lalruatthara, Subhasish Bose, Jerry Lalrinzuala.

MIDFIELDERS: Nikhil Poojary, Isaac Vanmalswama, S Nandha Kumar, Udanta Singh, Vinit Rai, Germanpreet Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Rohit Kumar, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Arjun Jayaraj, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Ashique Kuruniyan, Vignesh D, Rahim Ali.

FORWARDS: Sumit Passi, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Hitesh Sharma, Alen Deory, Manvir Singh, Kivi Zhimomi, Rahul KP.

HEAD COACH: Stephen Constantine. live score

MOHUN BAGAN ANNOUNCE Names for Mohun Bagan Ratna on Mohun Bagan Day 2018

MB e-mail PRESS RELEASE - 16.07.2018 : MOHUN BAGAN ANNOUNCE Names for Mohun Bagan Ratna on Mohun Bagan Day 2018 live score



AIFF PRESS RELEASE - 13.07.2018 : Following the Indian U-17 Women’s National Team Camp in the capital that commenced from July 01, 2018, twenty players have been selected for the Indian U-17 National Team that will participate in the BRICS U-17 Football Tournament in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Indian U-17s will face the likes of Brazil, Russia, hosts South Africa and China in the BRICS U-17 Football Tournament and according to Head Coach Shukla Dutta, “the tournament will help in the evolution of the players”

“Playing against tough opponents is always a welcomed challenge for any players as it aids in the development. We will face against some of the best teams in the world and give our cent percent on the pitch”, Dutta said.

The list of the selected players follows below:

GOALKEEPERS : Monika Devi, Khushi Chanu, Archana A.

DEFENDERS: Pavitra Murugesan, Eva Panna, Sushmita Tannty, Papki Devi, Shanthi Murmu.

MIDFIELDERS: Grace Lalrampari, Debinita Roy, Bannaya Kabiraj, Samiksha, Babysana Devi.

FORWARDS: Santhiya, Vanlahriattiti, Karishma Rai, Manisha, Souyma Guguloth, Karishma Shirvoikar, Renu.

HEAD COACH: Shukla Dutta live score


AIFF PRESS RELEASE - 13.07.2018 : Five candidates out of fourteen, who appeared for the AFC A Certificate Course, have successfully passed the course. The AFC A Certificate Course was conducted in two Modules and Module 1 was conducted from November 08-21, 2017 and Module 2 was conducted from February 21, 2018 to March 04, 2018 in Siliguri.

The successful candidates are mentioned below -

1. Richard Garcia
2. Crispin Chettri
3. Sameer S Shaikh
4. Sanjoy Kumar Dey
5. Rajan M live score


KFC NEWS DESK - 05.07.2018 : East Bengal club officially announced the name of thier new partner Quess Corp Ltd, after breaking ties with United Breweries two months back. Quess Corp is a ten year old Bangaluru based leading business provider with a almost 2.5 billion dollar turnover. The company is listed on Bombay Stock Exchange with a business span in almost 75 countries.

In a press release Quest Corp Ltd today announced, We wish to inform you that the Company today (i.e., July 05, 2018) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the East Bengal Club (EBC), a premier 98-year-old iconic football club based out of Kolkata. Quess and East Bengal Club have proposed to set up a new Joint Venture (JV) entity Quess East Bengal FC Pvt. Ltd. This partnership is intended to strengthen the branding initiatives of Quess as it goes out to build multiple platforms in the services space. The partnership will help Quess to improve its brand awareness and at the same time also contribute to sports participation and the development of football in the country."

In a city hotel at Kolkata the deal was finally signed between East Bengal and Quess Corp Ltd to form Quess East Bengal Football Club. While talking to the media Dr Pranab Das Gupta, the President of East Bengal said that the marriage between East Bengal and Quess Corp will never lead to a divorce. It is a memorable and historic moment that a company which has a business in almost 75 counties are now tied up with East Bengal.

Ajit Isaac,the CMD of Quess crp while in his massage said,The partnership with EBFC provide exactly this and we are excited by the possibility of contributing to the development of world's no.1 sport - "Football" in India and at the same time to be invested in one of the best sports properties. Sports and business both produce winners when the partnerships are right and the investments are prudent. The sporting activities of the club will gather pace now with efforts to join the ISL as well as to enhance the player base, training capacity and infrastructure required to achieve more sporting trophies".

In his address QEBFC Managing Director, Kalyan Majumdar, said, We are happy and excited with this partnership with the Quess brand and together we are hopeful of building India's best Football Club. The association with Quess is promising and brings a refreshing change for the club and its members and fans with many untapped possibilities. We believe our best is yet to come and we now aim to achieve new landmarks in the game of Football."

According to the sources the deal is for ten years, but nothing regarding the deal and term is being announced by East Bengal and Quess Corp Ltd officials. live score

Tata Football Academy holds 12th Convocation
Tata Football Academy holds 12th Convocation

TFA PRESS RELEASE - 05.07.2018 : The convocation ceremony of the 13th batch of cadets of the Tata Football Academy (TFA) was held today at the Michael John Auditorium at Jamshedpur. Nineteen cadets from seven States celebrated their graduation from the academy after a four-year residential training course designed to develop their potential to the fullest.

Mr T V Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel, graced the occasion as Chief Guest while Professor Nazm Ansari, President, Jharkhand Football Association, was the Guest of Honour on the occasion. The graduating cadets have represented the country in various age-group tournaments while five among them have represented the Jharkhand State team. The batch has achieved the following in last four years:

Winners: IFA Shield - 2016 // Tata Utkalika Football Tournament // JSA League - 2016
Runners-up: U18 I League Kolkata

Sixteen cadets from the team will now be playing for the Jamshedpur Football Club Reserve, while one player will join the main JFC team. Two others will play for other professional teams. Mr Narendran handed over the passing-out certificates and mementoes to the cadets in the presence of other senior dignitaries from Tata Steel and TFA.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Narendran said: “In Tata Steel, sports has been a way of life. My congratulations to all the graduating cadets. To me, it is not about playing football, but playing it well. You are the ambassadors of Tata Football Academy (TFA). This year, we have launched the Jamshedpur Football Club and have received great support from the community. There is a lot of talent over here, we just need to provide opportunities", he added.

In his address, Mr Ansari said: “We are very proud of having TFA in the State of Jharkhand and we will not leave any stone unturned in providing our support. Let us fly high”. Addressing the gathering, Mr Sunil Bhaskaran, Chairman, Board of Management, Tata Football Academy, and Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, said: “We will nurture football talent and aim to create superb professionals for Indian Football”.

Addressing the cadets, Mr Udanta Singh, ex-TFA player who is currently associated with Bengaluru FC, said: “Your career starts now. Play well”. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has recognised TFA’s contribution and honoured it with an award for its `Continuous Contribution to Indian Football’. This is a first-of-its-kind recognition to any institution by AIFF.

The basic objective of Tata Football Academy (TFA) is to provide the mainstream of national football with a perennial pool of young footballers trained and oriented to international standards. Budding talent is scouted from across the country in the age group of 14 years, trained for four years and fed to the mainstream after graduation and at the expiry of a conditional contract, to seek a career in professional football.

Unique in Asia, the Academy is geared to moulding tomorrow’s winners – a dynamic new breed of footballers – dedicated to performing at international levels of excellence, who embody within themselves the promise of success. The Tata Football Academy was inaugurated in 1987. A total of 213 cadets have graduated from TFA till date, out of which 141 cadets have represented the country. Twenty-four cadets have captained the Indian football team in various age-group tournaments.

The following cadets have graduated today:

1. Yendrembam Naresh
2. Subham Ghosh
3. Billu Teli
4. MD Firoz Khan
5. Swarup Das
6. Rakesh Yadav
7. Vishal Das
8. Mobashir Rahman
9. Parveen
10. Ashish Pradhan
11. Harsha Parui
12. Md Rafique Ali Sardar
13. Srinjoy Dutta
14. Baset Hansdah
15. Karandeep
16. Prakash Naik
17. Vijay Kumar
18. Thiyam Shrivash Singh
19. Lara live score


01.08.2018 AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Despite explaining to the Indian Olympic Association that Football as a global sport needs to be looked at differently, and after having explained the tremendous success that Indian Football has achieved in the last three years which include a jump in FIFA Rankings from 173 to 97 (at present), qualification to the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, the successful hosting of FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 and the various grassroots and youth developmental programmes undertaken by the AIFF, the IOA chose not to clear Indian Football Teams for the forthcoming Asian Games.

The Indian men’s football team is ranked 97th in the world and 14th in Asia, whereas the women’s team, placed 60th in the world, are 13th in the continent.

In this regard Mr. Praful Patel, President, AIFF even made a call to Mr. Narinder Batra to explain the circumstances, and accordingly letters were sent to Mr. Rajeev Mehta, Secretary General, IOA and Mr. Lalit Bhanot, Chairman, Preparation Committee, Asian Games.

However, disregarding all facts, the IOA chose to stick to its original stance of sending teams ranked between 1-8 to take part, thus turning a blind eye to Indian Football in the Continental Games. It’s clear the IOA lacks the vision and competence to understand that Football is a global sport played by 212 countries and that the top 5 teams in Asia play in the FIFA World Cup where the level of competition is far superior to the Asian Games.

In fact, the premier football competition in Asia is the AFC Asian Cup where India has qualified after 8 years. IOA’s stance and myopic view comes in sharp contrast to the support of both the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Sports Authority of India, both of whom who have been hugely supportive of Indian Football and recognised AIFF’s efforts in the last 3 years.

It is indeed a sad state of affairs for sport in India that the IOA is unable to distinguish the specific needs of each sport in the country. The IOA was never even bothered to even once discuss with the AIFF the strategy and plans for developing football in India. live score