INDIAN FOOTBALL NEWS 2018 (SEPTEMBER-2018)


Gokulam Kerala FC part ways with Fernando Santiago; Bino George returns as the head coach
Gokulam Kerala FC part ways with Fernando Santiago; Bino George returns as the head coach

27.09.2018: GKFC PRESS RELEASE : Gokulam Kerala FC part ways with head coach Fernando Santiago Varela. Bino George who coached the team in the last I-league season will return to the helm.

Fernando has put in a request to release him from the duties due to personal reasons. “I had a good stint with Gokulam Kerala FC and got excellent support from the players and the staff of the club. I hope this is not going to be a goodbye forever and hope to come back to this club in the future and win the championship in India. I thank the club, players and the staff who offered great support for me during my stint here. And, I wish the best for the club for this season's I-league.”, Fernando signed off. During his stint with the club, Fernando helped the club to win its maiden Kerala Premier League title.

“It is unfortunate that Fernando had to leave us due to personal reasons. We will be certainly missing him. However, he has promised to return sooner or later. We will be happy to have him back,” said the club president V.C. Praveen. Bino George, who was at the helm of the team during the last I-league season will return as the head coach of Gokulam Kerala FC. George who has been with the club since its inception was recently promoted as the technical director of the team.

“We had promoted Bino George as the Technical Director of the team to take care of all the aspects of the first team, academy and the administration. But, as we have brought in Dr. Ashok Kumar as the CEO of the team, Bino will be free to concentrate on the first team as he returns as the head coach.” club president V.C. Praveen opined. The club would like to wish the best for the departing coach Fernando Santiago Varela and the incoming head coach Bino George.

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FOOTBALL FESTIVAL WITH YOUNGSTERS CONCLUDES PREMIER SKILLS TRAINING IN KOLKATA
FOOTBALL FESTIVAL WITH YOUNGSTERS CONCLUDES PREMIER SKILLS TRAINING IN KOLKATA

23.09.2018: : The Premier Skills Phase 2 training in Kolkata ended with a bright and energetic football festival with 80 children from the city being taught math through football on the ground. Their teachers were the 45 grassroots coaches from across India who successfully completed the Phase 2 training. The festival was kicked off by British Deputy High Commissioner Bruce Bucknell, Manmeet Singh Goindi, Regional Director, SAI and Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director British Council East and Northeast India.

The children at the football festival were from ATK and NGO Help Us Helm Them. Organisations which work with children who play football like Shreeja and Fun Pickle were also part if the week-long training and children from the NGO, Samaritans also took part earlier in the week. Head coach Jeremy Weeks elaborated on the training saying that the focus had been on community development and basics of coach education.

FOOTBALL FESTIVAL WITH YOUNGSTERS CONCLUDES PREMIER SKILLS TRAINING IN KOLKATA

Phase 3 of the programme will happen in the city in January, 2019.

The hugely successful Premier Skills initiative, run by the Premier League and the British Council, had 45 grassroots football coaches from Sports Authority of India and affiliated institutions across India, participated in the Premier Skills Phase 2 training course between 18-23rd September, 2018. The selected coaches have completed the Premier Skills Phase 1 trainings in Delhi, Bengaluru and Guwahati and will now undertake this intensive training in Kolkata.

The course in Kolkata was jointly organised by the British Council, Premier League, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and will be delivered at Netaji Subhash Eastern Centre in Salt Lake, Kolkata. Throughout the week the forty-five grassroots coaches, almost a third of whom are women, received expert training from qualified Premier Skills staff. These coaches will now return to their local community football projects and can use their newly-acquired knowledge to encourage and aid development.

The Premier Skills Phase 2 training in Kolkata was led by Premier League Coach Educator Jeremy Weeks, and was supported by UK Club Coaches Jonathan Garside from Everton FC and Dominic Edwards and Rakim Richards both from Tottenham Hotspur FC. They were joined by Premier Skills coach educators Malvita Mascarenhas and Clinton C from India.

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MOHUN BAGAN TIED UP WITH STREAMCAST

5.9.18: Mohun Bagan finally finds a sponcer. Worlds leading technology group Streamcast agreed to tie up with Mohun Bagan for ten years. Streamcast is a leading technology group provides SAAS straming services to internet infrastructure group, with offices at England, USA, Dubai, Kenya, Malta and India.

Streamcast will insvest initially 200 crores which may likely to increse to an additional amount of 150 crores. Mohun Bagan were in talks with Streamcast for last few months and finally agreed to tied up with 74% share.The resolution being passed in the Executive committe meeting of Mohun Bagan.The agreement is likely to be signed on 9th September.

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AIFF MATCH COMMISSIONER'S TEST RESULT ANNOUNCED

AIFF PRESS RELEASE - 04.09.2018 : The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has announced the results for the Match Commissioner’s Test in the seminar for the Match Commissioner for the year 2018 that was held in the capital.

The list of the pass and pro-pass candidates follows below:
PASS: Kimberly Miranda, Lyndin Dpenha, Murthy G, T Elangovan, Bikramjit Purkayastha, Ashley Furtado, Francisco Fernandes, Anirban Chowdhury, Shaji Kurian, Sameer Dar, Majid Dar, Virender Dhaiya, Prakash Rawt, Andew Shekar, Prateek Chawla, Dhanraj More, Ranjendra Sawant, Deepak Sharma.

PRO: Antonio Fernandes, Egidlio Costa, Manoj Gulia, Mohammad Pathan, Ignatius Lawrence, Vikas Prajapati, Moirangthem Singh

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