INDIAN FOOTBALL NEWS 2019 (AUGUST)


KOLKATA FOOTBALL DERBY ARE IN FIFA CLASSIC LIST
KFC NEWS DESK - 30.8.19: The Kolkata football Derby between the two arch rival of Indian football East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are now enlisted among the FIFA CLASSIC DERBY LIST. This was announced by IFA in a press meeting at Kolkata. At present Kolkata Football Derby are in the (11th) Eleventh position in the list .
KOLKATA FOOTBALL DERBY ARE IN FIFA CLASSIC LIST
The other Derbys that are included in the FIFA CLASSIC DERBY LIST are:
1) El Clasico ( FC Barcelona Vs Real Madrid)
2) Derby della Madonnina (Inter Milan VS AC Milan)
3)The North West Derby (Liverpool Vs Mancherster United)
4)The Manchester Derby (Manchester United Vs Manchester City)
5) Derby d'Italia (Juventus vs Inter Milan )
6)Der Klassiker (Borussia Dortmund Vs Bayern Munich)
7) The North London Derby ( Arsenal Vs Tottenham)
8)El Derbi Madrileno (Rel Madrid Vs Atletico Madrid)
9) The Merseyside Derby ( Liverpool Vs Everton)
10)The Old Firm Derby or Glassgo Derby ( Celtic Vs Rangers)

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GURPREET SINGH SANDHU BECOMES 26th FOOTBALLER TO RECEIVE ARJUNA AWARD
29.8.2019 - AIFF PRESS RELEASE: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu became the 26th footballer to receive the prestigious Arjuna Award at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi today (August 29, 2019). Gurpreet received the Award from the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind.
GURPREET SINGH SANDHU BECOMES 26th FOOTBALLER TO RECEIVE ARJUNA AWARD
He is the 4th goalkeeper to have received the Award, his predecessors including Subrata Paul (2016), Brahmanand Sankhwalkar (1997), and the late Peter Thangaraj (1967).The 26-year old who remains the sole Indian to debut in the UEFA Europa League (qualifier) dedicated his award to the past and future generations of football in the nation.

“I am very fortunate to win this award,” said Gurpreet. “I want to dedicate it to the seniors who made this possible for me for paving a way. This Award is for the future generations who are about to come in this path. I hope this will act as a catalyst to inspire them,” he added. Gurpreet who has been at National Team preparatory camp since August 20 in Goa, said that his teammates were very excited, and even demanded a party from him.

“The team wanted a party. That is how they wanted to celebrate this award and I got congratulated by every one of them,” the lanky custodian smiled. “I am thankful to have their support.”Gurpreet Singh Sandhu had been a part of the AIFF’s Centre of Excellence in his formative years before he played for East Bengal and later moved to Norway’s Stabaek FC, from where he switched colours to JSW Bengaluru FC in 2017.

He has also captained India in a 4-1 win over Puerto Rico in 2016 and has been vital under the bar, helping the Blue Tigers to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2019, and maintain an unbeaten streak of 12 official International matches from June 2016 to November 2017.

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RISE OF A NEW ISL FRANCHISEE: HYDRABAD FC
KFC NEWS DESK - 28.8.19: The city of Hyderabad has a rich heritage and culture in football. Hyderabad produced talented and star footballers who represented India in past. Sayed Abdul Rahim, Sayed Nayeemudin, Shabbir Ali, Md Habib, Md Akbar, Latifuddin Nazam, Victor Amalraj can be reckoned as one of the successful footballers of the country.

RISE OF A NEW ISL FRANCHISEE: HYDRABAD FC But, the capital city of Telengana lost his fame in football in the recent years. Hyderabad will be in the limelight of Indian football as a new franchisee will going to participate in the Indian Super League in the forth coming 6th edition which will going to kick off from the 20th of October.

The franchisee from Pune, Pune City FC are in acute financial turmoil in the last couple of years. The management of Pune City FC will going to shut down the operations and are not interested to run the football team. The new franchisee from Telengana Hyderabad FC will going to be replaced by FC Pune City. The official announcement regarding the joining of a new franchisee are already being announced.

The Hyderabad FC will be co-owned by Vijay Madduri, an IT entrepreneur, and Varun Tripuraneni, who had an experience of working as Chief Operating Officer for both Chennaiyin FC as well as Kerala Blasters in the ISL. Vijay Madduri is the Founder & CEO of Incessant Technologies, his leadership was instrumental in building an organization, growing it successfully to a size of over 1000 employees. Vijay is excited about this new venture, commenting on this, “ I am thrilled and proud to be a co-owner of the club and I look forward to playing a significant role in developing football in the state, reviving its past glory. Sports has always been in my DNA and I am extremely happy to have a chance to contribute in this field”.

Meanwhile, the officials of Hydrabad City FC approached to the star footballers, Indian as well as foreigners are in a mood to sign them in their favour. The home matches of Hydrabad City FC are likely to be played at Gachibowli Stadium, which is situated at the outskirts of the capital city of Telengana.Though the official confirmation is yet to be announced.

Football teams from Hyderabad never participated in I League or ISL. Though Fateh Hyderabad played in the second division I League. The regaining of the rich culture and heritage of the football in the city of Hyderabad are now in the hands of Hyderabad FC.

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Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup to start from 19th Oct

26.8.2019: aiff press release : Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup to start from 19th Oct and will continue till 30th Oct at M. A. Aziz Stadium, Chittagong, Bangladesh. Two Kolkata giants along with Mohammedan Sporting likely to participate in the tournament.
Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup 2019 Bangladesh League champion Basundhara Kings, Runners-up Abahani and Organiser Chittagong Abahani will be the teams from the host nation. TC Sports of Maldives also confirmed their participation. Two top clubs from Malaysia and Thailand also likely to participate in the tournament. East Bengal lost in the final of the tournament in 2015 against Chittagong Abahani.

Reports Claims that organisers didn't allow Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting due to their recent performances. If both the teams from Malaysia and Thailand confirmed their participation, then as per report says they will allow only 2 teams from India, preferably Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.

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INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE 2019-20 FIXTURE RELEASRD


ISL PRESS RELEASE 23.8.2019 : ISL 2019-20 Fixture Released below
ISL 2019-20 FIXTURE


ISL 2019-20 FIXTURE

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Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was named the winner of the Arjuna Award 2019

19.8.2019: aiff press release : : Indian Men's Senior National Team Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was named the winner of the Arjuna Award on Monday (August 19, 2019), thus becoming the 26th Indian Footballer in the prestigious list. Gurpreet who spent his formative years in the AIFF Centre of Excellence in Goa holds the distinction of being the only Indian to have played in the UEFA Europa League (qualifier), which he achieved while playing for Norwegian club Stabaek Fotball in June 2016, and is also one of the youngest-ever to captain India, the honour coming in India’s International Friendly against Puerto Rico in September 2016.
Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was named the winner of the Arjuna Award 2019
"I am thrilled and honoured to be named for the Arjuna Award. I want this recognition to serve as an inspiration to everyone playing the sport in the country. My joy will then be complete," Gurpreet mentioned. Mr. Praful Patel, President, All India Football Federation congratulated Gurpreet on being conferred the Arjuna Award.

“Gurpreet’s composure has been such a remarkable hallmark in Indian Football in recent years. You fully deserve this Award. We are extremely proud of you. Keep the flag flying high. Congratulations,” Mr. Patel said.Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, All India Football Federation said “Congratulations, Gurpreet.”

“Gurpreet epitomises the new breed of an Indian Footballer. He started under the AIFF youth development set-up, moved to Europe where he improved himself as a player, and is now a role-model for so many youngsters. He is a deserving recipient,” the General Secretary said. “This is also an Award of recognition for Indian Football,” Mr. Das added.

Gurpreet is the fourth goalkeeper since its inception to have been named for the Award, the previous ones being Subrata Paul (2016), Brahmanand Sankhwalkar (1997), and the late Peter Thangaraj (1967).The Arjuna Awards are awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India in order to recognize outstanding achievements in sports. Over the years, Gurpreet has emerged as one of the Blue Tigers' top performers. He has also represented India at U-19 and U-23 level.

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INDIA u19 beat Vanuatu 1-0

INDIA: Prabhsukhan Gill (GK)(C); Thoiba Singh, Bikash Yumnam, Md. Rafi, Sumit Rathi; Jitendra Singh, Ricky Shabong (Manvir Singh 67'), Ninthoi, Vikram Partap, Givson Singh (Jeakson Singh 87'); Aman Chetri (Gurkirat Singh 54').
INDIA u19 in OFC TOURNAMENT - Papua New Guinea 2019
18.08.2019 : Sumit Rathi's (78') second-half strike from the top of the box earned India U19 National Team a 1-0 win against hosts Vanuatu in their opening fixture of the OFC Developmental Tournament 2019 at the Korman Stadium in Port Villa, Vanuatu on Sunday (August 18, 2019). Givson was mostly operating a free agent in the middle of the park while Vikram Partap Singh was gunning from the right flank. Vikram and Givson kept the Vanuatu defender on their toes but the hosts somehow managed to keep a clean sheet until the end of the first half.

After the breather, India earned back-to-back corners in quick succession but to no avail. Coach Pinto, having put in Gurkirat Singh at the expense of Aman Chetri, tweaked in his strategy in their pursuit of the elusive goal. Givson, on 73 minutes, tried his luck from 40-odd yards only to see his shot sail over the crossbar. Five minutes later, India finally got the breakthrough from what was India's fourth corner of the day.

India will face off with New Caledonia in their next fixture on Wednesday (August 21, 2019).

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INDIA u19 in OFC TOURNAMENT - Papua New Guinea 2019

17.08.2019 : OFC Youth Development Tournament 2019. Papua New Guinea has been drawn alongside Tahiti and Estonia in Group A while Group B is made up of New Caledonia, India and host Vanuatu.
INDIA u19 in OFC TOURNAMENT - Papua New Guinea 2019
INDIA Squad : Prabhsukhan SINGH (GK) 2. Muhammed RAFI (DF) 3. Jitendra SINGH (DF) 4. Akash MISHRA (DF) 6. Vikram PARTAP (MF) 7. Ninthoinganba MEETEI (MF) 9. Aman CHETRI (FW) 10. Givson SINGH (MF) 11. Manvir SINGH (FW) 12. Gurkirat SINGH (DF) 13. Lalbiakhlua JONGTE (GK) 14. Ricky SHABONG (MF) 15. Jeakson SINGH (MF) 16. Bikash YUMNAM (DF) 17. Ravi BAHADUR (MF) 18. Sumit RATHI (DF) 21. Niraj KUMAR (GK) 23. Sanoop CHANDRAN (MD) 24. Thoiba SINGH (DF) 25. Hormipam RUIVAH (DF)

INDIA - HEAD COACH : Floyd PINTO (IND)

18TH aUGUST 2019: India (vs) vANUATU : Korman Stadium : Port Vila, Vanuatu
18TH aUGUST 2019: Estonia (vs) Papua New Guinea

15TH aUGUST 2019: Tahiti (2-1) Papua New Guinea
15TH aUGUST 2019: New Caledonia (3-1) vANUATU


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IFA OBSERVED 39th Football Lovers’ Day (August 16, 2019)


IFA OBSERVED 39th Football Lovers’ Day (August 16, 2019)
16.08.2019 : 948 Football Lovers donated their valuable Blood Today at Khudiram Anuhilan Kendra - Kolkata in memory of those 16 Football Lovers who died in 1980 Derby Match between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan at Eden Garden. Out of 948 doners 480 people are from Kolkata. 45 people from Burdwan, 44 people from Chittaranjan, 36 people from Siliguri, 68 people from Taki, 20 people from Kulti, 34 people from Purulia, 189 people from Ghatal, 32 people from Midnapur other district organisation under IFA. ( LAST YEAR IT WAS 1043 A TOTAL).

It was August 16, 1980. A grimmest tragedy in the soccer field shocked the sports lovers when it claimed the lives of as many as 16 football lovers at the Eden Gardens.Thereafter, thousands of well-meaning lovers of the game and the people in general took an oath and the same day every year is being jointly observed by The Indian Football Association (W.B.) and Association of Voluntary Blood Donors, West Bengal as Football Lovers’ Day, when thousands of people from all walks of life assemble to offer their gift of blood voluntarily.
IFA OBSERVED 39th Football Lovers’ Day (August 16, 2019)
Today at Khudiram Anuhilan Kendra - Kolkata, Popular ex-footballer Jamshed Nasiri inaugurate the event. Shri Arup Biswas, ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs, Govt.of West Bengal, Shri Prasun Banerjee, Ex-Footballer & MP, Shri Subrata Dutta, Senior Vice President, AIFF & Chairman, IFA, Shri Ajit Bandopadhyay, President, IFA, Shri Joydeep Mukherjee, Secretary, IFA and other assistant secretaries are present there. Family members of Alok Das, Robin Adak and Madanmohan Bagli were also present in today's event.

 
Year Donors   Signatories
1981 1203 	Sri Sailen Manna
1982 976 	Sri Umapati Kumar
1983 973 	Sri Tejesh Ch. (Bagha) Shome
1984 855 	Sri Chuni Goswami
1985 1489 	Sri Sahoo Mewalal
1986 1455 	Sri Tulsidas Balaram
1987 1577 	Sri Pradip Kumar Banerjee
1988 1438 	Sri Subhas Bhowmick
1989 1140 	Sri Samar (Badru) Banerjee
1990 1054 	Sri ShyamThapa
1991 1147 	Sri Ahmed Khan
1992 1281 	Syed Naimuddin
1993 1130 	Sri Byomkesh Bose
1994 1104 	Sri Sukumar Samajpati
1995 729 	Sri Arun Ghosh
1996 1223 	Md. Habib
1997 1114 	Md. M.A. Sattar
1998 929 	Sri Prodyut Barman
1999 1144 	Sri AmalDutta
2000 1183 	Sri Sanat Seth
2001 1115 	Sri Nikhil Nandy
2002 1106 	Sri Santo Mitra
2003 951 	Sri Surajit Sengupta
2004 1162 	Sri Subrata Bhattacharyya
2005 1077 	Sri Baichung Bhutia
2006 837 	Sri Goutam Sarkar
2007 887 	Mr. Peter Thangaraj
2008 832 	Sri Parimal Dey
2009 685 	Sri Prasun Banerjee
2010 1240	Sri Atanu Bhattachariya
2011 1326	Sri Sudhir Karmakar
2012 1045	Sri Bhaskar Gunguly
2013 1208	Sri Mrityunjoy Banerjee
2014 1281	Sri Manas Kumar Bhattacharyya
2015 1141	Sri Sibaji Banerjee
2016 1053	Sri Pradip Chowdhury
2017 983	Sri Aloke Mukherjee
2018 Sri 	Manoranjan Bhattacharyya.


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EAST BENGAL 100 YEARS CELEBRATION - EX FOOTBALLERS EXHIBITION MATCH



EAST BENGAL 100 YEARS CELEBRATION - EX FOOTBALLERS EXHIBITION MATCh

13.8.2019: EAST BENGAL ( RED and GOLd Jersey ) win 5-2 Against EAST BENGAL (White Jersey) EX Footballers Exhibition Match. Rahim Nabi scored Hattrick, Sasthi Dulay and Dipankar Roy scored for RED East Bengal while Sanju Pradha score two for White East Bengal today.
Team A.( RED-GOLD) : Sandip Nandy, Surya Bikash chakraborty, Debjit Ghosh, Anit Ghosh, Dulal Biswas, Saumik Dey, Mehtab Hossain, Rahim Nabi, Subhash Chakraborty,Tushar Rakshit, Sasty Duley, Dipankar Roy, Chandan Das, Habibur Reheman, Mahdab Das, Bibash Ghosh, Soumitra Chakraborty
( COACH : Subhas Bhowmik)

Team A.(white) : Sangram mukherjee, Amar Deb, Naushad Musa, Suley Musah, Deepak Mondal, Gurwinder Singh, Robert, Sanju Pradhan, Alvito D'cunha, Harmanjot Khabra, Renedy singh, Charlton chapman, Bijen Singh, M. suresh, Iliyas pasha
COACH : Armando Colaco).

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MOHAMMEDAN SC HONOURED IRANIAN EX MAJID BISHKAR..


MOHAMMEDAN SC HONOURED IRANIAN EX MAJID BISHKAR.

13.8.2019 - MSC PRESS RELEASE : The Iranian Icon is widely regarded as the best foreign player ever step foot in Kolkata maidan, played for Mohammedan Sporting from 1982 to 1987, and helped the Club to win over 16 trophies which includes Federation Cup (2), Rovers Cup (2), Bordoloi Trophy (2), Independence Day Cup, Sait Nagjee Cup, Nizam Cup, Airlines Gold Cup, Peerless Cup and Sanjay Gandhi Gold Cup.

Felicitating Bishkar, Mohammedan Sporting Hony. General Secretary Jb. Mohammed Qamaruddin said, “We are really honoured to have Majid Bishkar among us. I have no words to express the contributions which he has made towards the club, to which we are most grateful.” Bishkar also sounded overwhelmed by Mohammedan Sporting’s gesture and said it was indeed a touching moment to see Subrata Bhattacharya, once his most fierce nemesis, waiting for him.

The two legends enthralled the journalists with interesting anecdotes as hordes of photographers captured the rare moment of these two being together.Bhattacharya walked down memory lane to live their intense rivalry on the field and said Bishkar will forever be regarded as the greatest foreign player in Kolkata football.

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EAST BENGAL 100 YEARS CELEBRATION -- EVERYTHING, EXCEPT THE RED & GOLD COLOUR DID NOT CHANGE- MAJID BISHKAR..

KFC NEWS DESK: 12.8.19 East Bengal Club welcomes Abdul Majid Bishkar, the Iranian star on Monday, in a rainy evening at the club tent. Majid is one of the iconic star who played in India for a span of seven years in Kolkata giants East Bengal and Md Sporting respectively.
EAST BENGAL 100 YEARS CELEBRATION - EX FOOTBALLERS EXHIBITION MATCh
It was in the year 1980 the star footballers of East Bengal decided to leave the club and joined Md Sporting and Mohun Bagan. Except Manoranjan Bhattacharjee ,Md Habib and Sudhir Karmakar there were no star footballers in East Bengal squad. East Bengal officials signed two Iranian footballers from Aligarh Muslim University, Abdul Majid and Jamshed Nasisri to strengthen the team.

Majid created a history during his regime in East Bengal. The Iranian proved himself as one of the best foreign recruit in Indian football under the able guidance of P K Banerjee within a very short span.

East Bengal officials were successful in bringing back Majid after thirty two years in Kolkata on the occasion of Sports Day which is a part of the clubs centenary programme. Majid himself was astonished when he found hundred of East Bengal fanatics were at the Kolkata airport to receive him even at 2am in the night. He was rather thinking that one or two club officials may be at the airport to receive him.

While interacting with the media along with Jamshed Nasiri at the East Bengal club Majid answered to various questions asked by the journalist.

1) BEST GOAL SCORED BY MAJID : Against Mohammedan Sporting at the Rovers Cup final. He scored against Bhaskar Ganguly.
2) BEST MATCH IN INDIA : In arjeeling Gold Cup. East Bengal were trailing against Mohun Bagan by 0-2, But won the match finally by a margin of 3-2.
3) TOUGHEST DEFENDER TO FACE : Subrata Bhattacharjee
4) SADEST INCEDENT : When 16 football fans lost their life in the derby against Mohun Bagan in the year 1980.
5) BEST INDIAN FOOTBALLERS DURING HIS TIME : Manoranjan Bhattacherjee, Md Habib, Sudhir Karmakar, Premnath Philips, Harjinder Singh.


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IVakiria FC close out in dominant fashion
11.08.2019: : 🔸FINAL SCORE: NCC FC 0-3 Vakiria FC
VIC: C.Zairemmawii 19, 29, Grace H.Lalrampari 66
🔸FINAL SCORE: NCC FC  <b><font color=red> 0-3 </b></font> Vakiria FC

The final of the Independence Day Celebration Women's Football Tournament was played at Lammual, Aizawl on Saturday evening under floodlights with Vakiria FC winning 3-0 against a valiant NCC FC side. Much more experienced side Vakiria FC dominated the play early on - C Zairemmawii opened the scoring with a typical strikers goal by quickly converting a half chance leaving NCC FC custodian no chance to react.

Zairemmawii doubled Vakiria's goal by a brilliant freekick from outside the box. It was a much fitter side NCC who came out stronger in the second half, dominating the midfield and as they outran their opponents, but couldn't find a meaningful opening in front of goal.

However, it was Vakiria FC who scored against the run of play in the 66th minute with the help of a clever finishing by Indian international player Grace H Lalrampari, who flew home just in time to play the final match from Indian national team's European exposure trip.
🔸FINAL SCORE: NCC FC  <b><font color=red> 0-3 </b></font> Vakiria FC
NCC FC had a chance to reduce the margin by could not convert from the spot in the dying minutes. It was Vakiria FC who celebrated after the final whistle with a 100% record from the group stage to claim the coveted trophy.

▪️Champions, Vakiria FC (Rs 30,000/-)
▪️Runner's Up: NCC FC (Rs 20,000/-)
▪️Top scorer: Jenny VL Hmangaihsangi (6 goals) Chanmari Women's FC (Rs 1,000/-)
▪️Best Player: K.Lalruatfeli, Vakiria FC (Rs 1,000/-)
▪️Fair Play: NCC FC (Rs 10,000/-)

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INDIA PROBABLE SQUAD 2022 Qualifier match against Oman & Qatar

05.08.2019: Indian Football Team Head Coach Igor Stimac names probables for the training camp ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier match against Oman & Qatar. The list of players is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS : Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh, Vishal Kaith.

DEFENDERS : Rahul Bheke, Nishu Kumar, Pritam Kotal, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Anwar Ali (Jr.), Narender Gahlot, Sarthak Golui, Adil Khan, Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhasish Bose, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Mandar Rao Dessai.

MIDFIELDERS : Nikhil Poojary, Udanta Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Raynier Fernandes, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul Samad, Amarjit Singh, Pronay Halder, Brandon Fernandes, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan

FORWARDS : Balwant Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Jobby Justin, Farukh Choudhary, Manvir Singh.

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