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INDIAN FOOTBALL NEWS 2019 (JULY)
PRASUN BANERJEE FELICITATED WITH MOHUN BAGAN RATNA
KFC NEWS DESK - 29.7.19:
It was in the year 1911 when Mohun Bagan created a history on 29th of July in the pre independence era in Indian football. The footballers of Mohun Bagan, who all played bare feet, faced the far-better trained East Yorkshire Regiment of the British Army by a margin of 2-1 in the final of the IFA Shield. Every year Mohun Bagan celebrates 29th July as MOHUN BAGAN DAY and felicitate successful sports personal.
This year Mohun Bagan awarded MOHUN BAGAN RATNA to the former Indian captain and Arjuna award winner Prasun Banerjee. The 64-year-old Prasun, who is the iconic footballer, was a prominent midfielder of his times. He played in three Asian Games in 1974, 1978 and 1982. He was part of an Asian All Star XI team. This is the first time to honor a non-footballer Keshav Chandra Dutt, winner of two-time Olympic gold medal in the field of hockey for India.
Arijit Bagui, the footballer of the current football team were honoured with Karuna Sankar Memorial Award for his outstanding performance in the year 2018-19. Ashoke Chatterjee, the ex international footballer were honoured with Life Time Achievement Award, whereas the U 19 football team, the winner of the Zee Bangla Football League with P Kannan Memorial Award.
A football match was organised where the ex-footballers participated.
PROGRAMME OF MOHUN BAGAN DAY - 2019
KFC NEWS DESK - 28.7.19
: MOHUN BAGA DAY 2019 SCHEDULE BELOW
EAST BENGAL STARTED CENTENARY CELEBRATION WITH A MEMORABLE RALLY
KFC NEWS DESK - 28.7.19
: East Bengal Club started it's centenary celebration with a torch rally from Kumortuli park at North Kolkata, the place from where Red and Gold started it's journey way back in the year 1920 from the house of Late Suresh Chardra Chowdhury. The rally ended at the club tent at Kolkata maidan where the torch was handed over to the club secretary Kalyan Mazumdar by the former India international footballers Subash Bhowmick and Baichung Bhutia.
The torch was lighten by the former footballers Sukumar Samajpati and Baichung Bhutia at Kumortuli park. It is indeed a memorable rally that Kolkata witnessed today. It can be reckoned as the largest sporting rally organised by a club in India and may be in abroad. Thousands of East Bengal fanatics of all ages along with the footballers participated in the rally to make it a successful and memorable one.
NEW JERSEY LAUNCED: RED & GOLD READY FOR THE CENTENARY RALLY
KFC NEWS DESK - 27.07.2019
East Bengal launched their new jersey on the eve of the clubs centenary celebration. The home as well the away jersey was manufactured by thekit sponcer of East Bengal Kaizen Sports.
The design of the jersey was from the concept of one of the oldest jersey of the club which was used in the year 1925 or 1926. The jersey was found from the house of Nepal Chakraborty, the footballer who scored the first goal against Mohun Bagan in the first ever Derby in the year 1925.
The centenary torch rally of East Bengal will start at 9am on Sunday from Kumartuli Park near the residence of Sarada Charan Ray from where Red and Gold starts it's journey in the1920. Thousands of East Bengal fanatics with decorative tablos along with the footballers are expected to join the eventful rally which will ends at the club tent at Kolkata maidan.
AIFF TOP BRASS NAMED IN AFC STANDING COMMITTEES FOR NEXT CYCLE
AIFF PRESS RELEASE- 25.07.2019
: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has appointed AIFF top brass including the General Secretary, as well as Sr. Vice President to various AFC Standing Committees for the 2019-2023 cycle.
Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF has been included in the Finance Committee , whereas Sr. Vice President Mr. Subrata Dutta, has been made a member of the Marketing Committee. Furthermore, Mr. Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League has been inducted in the Competitions Committee, while Mr. Ravi Shankar Jayaraman, also a former referee, and FIFA Match Commissioner, has been named in the Referees Committee. Jayaraman heads the Referee department of the apex body of Indian Football. Meanwhile, Mr. Abhishek Yadav, former India captain, and current National Team Director, has been included in the Technical Committee. Besides, Mr. Narendra Aneja Kumar was named in the Audit and Compliance Committee.
AIFF PRESS RELEASE- 25.07.2019
: There are some media reports of a communication between FIFA and AIFF regarding the issues of Hero I-League and potentially a unified Indian Football League where a report of a consultation paper of FIFA and AFC in 2018 is being mentioned.
In the recent days, the AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel in his meeting with the Hero I-League clubs as well as in several recent interviews has broadly taken the same line as was suggested in the above-mentioned report.
Needless to mention that this is precisely the reason that a two-three-year window is required to resolve all contentious issues amicably with all stakeholders.
The question of Hero Indian Super League not remaining a closed league permanently has been clarified amply enough by the AIFF President, and promotion and relegation eventually would lead to the development of club football in India.
The AIFF is committed to engaging with AFC and FIFA as well as all other stakeholders for finding an early resolution to these issues.
FIFA WRITES TO AIFF AFTER GOKULAM KERALA FC AND 5 OTHER CLUBS REQUEST INTERVENTION
GOKULAM FC PRESS RELEASE - 25.7.19
As a response to the letter sent to FIFA President Gianni Infantino earlier this week by Gokulam Kerala FC and 5 other clubs, FIFA has written to the All India Football Federation seeking an update to the degree of implementation of the joint FIFA and AFC report that was prepared in 2018.
This report was made by conclusive research by a combined team of FIFA and AFC Delegates taking personal interviews with every major stakeholder in Indian Football. Official Delegates like Mr. Nick Crawford and Mr. Alex Philips from FIFA were specially flown to India to conduct intensive interviews with the major clubs in India to discuss on each and every issue the owners had in Indian Football.
The purpose of this report back in 2018 was to provide the AIFF with external expertise, a clear roadmap to establish a unified league and implement a widely-supported strategy for the development of football in India. This report was addressed to the stakeholders and not just AIFF who have kept this report with them for the past one year. This shows or rather proves that the report has solutions which do not coincide with the idea of AIFF or FSDL (the marketing partners of AIFF).
In this letter, FIFA CMAO Joyce Cook also confirms that they have been recently contacted by various top level football clubs from India in view of the ongoing fiasco in Indian Football and seeks acknowledgement on the development on the potentially unified "Indian Football League".
This was after Gokulam Kerala FC along with 5 other I-League clubs had written to FIFA President Gianni Infantino earlier this week requesting intervention on the deal that the AIFF made with FSDL. The letter also contained the sensitive MRA and up to 35 points explaining how the AIFF, through this deal, managed to ruin the already ill-treated clubs and further disrupt the future of the top league in India.
Gokulam Kerala FC and all other I-League Clubs ask Kushal Das and AIFF for the umpteenth time to release the report which consists of a clear road for the development of Indian Football which was sent by FIFA in 2018.
EAST BENGAL TO START CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS WITH TORCH RALLY on 28th July
KFC NEWS DESK - 17.7.19
East Bengal club will celebrate the 100 years of it's successful journey from 28th July onwards. In a press meeting at the club premises East Bengal officially announced the first three phases of the centenary programmes in presence of ex footballers and members. The Centenary Logo was released at the progamme.
In the opening Press Conference President Dr Pronab Das Gupta released the Logo. .Kalyan Majumdar Secretary,Dr Santi Ranjan Das Gupta Asst Secretary,Debabrata Sarkar Executive Committee Member,Bhaskar Ganguly,Manoranjan Bhattacharya and Baichung Bhutia addressed the Media. The centenary torch rally will start from Kumartoli Park on 28th of July, where the club was founded bySuresh Chandra Chowdhury way back in the year 1920.
The rally will start from Kumortuli Park and will end at the Club tent at Kolkata maidan. The second phase of the centenary programme will be on 1st of August.
The Red and Gold flag of East Bengal Club shall be hoisted and waved globally around 200 countries at 12 noon. The main events of the centenary programme will start at 5pm at Netaji Indoor stadium.
A host of footballers coach and Referees will be feliciated with awards.
LIFE TIME ACHIVEMENT AWARD TO LEGENDARY FOOTBALLERS
NAUSHA SEN MEMORIAL TROPHY: BHASKAR GANGULY
BYOMKESH BOSE MEMORIAL TROPHY: MANORANJAN BHATTACHARJEE
BEST FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR(2018-19)
BANWARILAL ROY MEMORIAL AWARD: LALDANMAWIA RALTE
IDENTIFYING & NUTURING THE ICON
: BAICHUNG BHUTIA
COACH OF COACHES:
PRADIP KUMAR BANERJEE
FELICITATION OF REFEREES
: PRATUL CHAKRABORTY MEMORIAL TROPHY: RATANKUR GHOSH
PANKAJ GUPTA MEMORIAL TROPHY : SUNIL KUMAR MULLICK
Every year East Bengal felicitate an eminent sports personality with "Bharat Gaurav Award". This year former Indian cricket captain KAPILDEV NICHANJ will receive the prestigious award.
The other personalities who will be felicitated are Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, Hon'ble Mayor Firhad Hakim, Actor Soumitra Chatterjee, Former Indian captain Saurav Ganguly .
Gadhinglaj United Football Association observed 10th Kole- Hatti- Shanmugam (Referee) trophy school football tournament
16.07.2019: MAHARASHTRA BASED Gadhinglaj United Football Association successfully complected it's 10th edition of Kole- Hatti- Shanmugam (Referee) trophy school football tournament. In this Tournament Sarvodaya School win the u14 and Gadhinglaj High School win the u-17 boys title. In This edition 24 teams participated where more than 500 kids participated at M.R. High school ground.
Tournament Organizer & club secretary Deepak kuppannva told that In the final of U-17 group Gadhinglaj High school defeated Jagruti High school by 2-0. Prashant Sawade and Kiran Rathod scored. In Semi final Gadhingalj High School beat V.D. Shinde High school by 5-0 & Jagruti High school beat Sadhana High School on sudden death 5-2.
In U-14 final Sarodaya school beat Kedari Redekar Public School on tie breaker by 3-1. In Tie Breaker Sarodaya's Pranjal Ravan, Tejas Koravi, Omkar Dhure & from Redekar school Shravan Jadhav scored.
In the prize distribution ceremony Rahul Powar, Aditya Sambhaji, Aniket Chougle, Sagar Banage ( All U17) Laxman Gurav, Omkar Dhure, Pranjal Ravan, Chinmay Yedave (All U-14) were felicitated as tournaments best player. For this prize distribution ceremony Tournament Co coordinator Sultan Shaikh, Jagruti High school Principal C.S. Mathpathi, United President Arvind Bardeskar, Director Bhairu Salwade, Sampat Savant, Pravin patil, Natha Regade, Ashish Patil, Pravin Rendale were present. In this tournament Omkar Ghagari, Omkar Sutar, Kuldeep Chavan, Ritesh Badame, Sagar Powar worked as referee.
AIFF PRESIDENT VOWS SUPPORT TO GROWING WOMEN'S FOOTBALL IN INDIA
AIFF PRESS RELEASE - 10.07.2019
: "All India Football Federation is extremely proud of you. I am very proud of you. The entire country is also very proud of you, All India Football Federation President Mr. Praful Patel told the Indian Senior Women's National team contingent in an official meeting in the Capital on Tuesday (July 9, 2019).
The Indian Women's National team squad are currently training in Delhi for preparation of the Cotif Cup later this month, and also the AFC Qualifiers scheduled later. "We have been focusing a lot on women’s football in our effort to bring glory to the sport. We know that one cannot improve without sufficient exposure. Hence, we have been stressing on exposure tours for the team. Till the time you play better teams, one cannot improve,” the AIFF President stated.
Since January 2019, the Indian Senior Women's National Team have been to Hong Kong, Indonesia, Turkey for exposure tours, and went into the AFC Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 on back of experience of having played 15 international matches in less than three months. The women also successfully defended their Women’s Senior SAFF Championship crown, and will now head to the Cotif Cup having played 18 international matches.
AIFF Women’s Player of the Year 2018-19 Ashalata Devi "thanked AIFF for all the support."We are very thankful for the exposure trips which helped us immensely. We are a much more confident unit now. Playing in Spain, and Turkey helped us to play at a high intensity," Ashalata quipped. Mr. Patel also mentioned about the impact the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 have had on Indian Football, and maintained that he foresees women's football receiving a similar fillip as India are to host the U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020.
"The U-17 Women's World Cup will be a significant step to improve women's football in India. You need to remember that the players who will play in the World Cup idolise you, and look up to you. It's you who inspire them," Mr. Patel explained. Former Indian National Team captain, and currently Director, National teams Abhishek Yadav felt the 'women's team have come a long way in the last one year."
"They have put up exceptional performances, and I would like to congratulate them for their achievements. I am also very confident that the federation, and the government will extend all their support for the team for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup," he said."You are a comparatively new squad. Utilise the exposure, and build up your career. The manner in which you have been playing has been commendable. You have to further move forward," Mr. Patel added. "It’s our duty to support you, and women’s football, and will."
"The changing character of Indian Football is reflected in your squad. I see many girls from the north eastern region of India in the team. The passion in the team is unmistakable. We want Indian Football to be broad based."
ISL would get a berth for the qualifiers of the AFC Champions League.
09.07.2019 - AIFF PRESS RELEASE
: The AIFF Executive Committee met today (July 9, 2019) in Delhi and discussed various issues including the request letter that the champions of Hero Indian Super League would get a berth for the qualifiers of the AFC Champions League.
In light of the MRA as well as the fact that in the last 5 years the entire Indian National squad are mostly being signed/playing for the Hero Indian Super League clubs, and the TV viewership and in-stadia audience having grown far more substantially vis a vis the Hero I-League, and the Hero Indian Super League clubs complying with the entire AFC Club licensing criteria, including strong Grassroots, and Youth Development Programmes which had also been certified by the Asian Football Confederation, the AIFF Executive Committee recommends to the Asian Football Confederation to positively consider their request.
Further, as the issues of Hero I-League, Hero I-League clubs and the future roadmap of Indian Football including a unified League are important issues which need to be resolved in a time-bound manner, the AIFF Executive Committee requests the Asian Football Confederation to send a high-level delegation led by Dato Windsor John, General Secretary, Asian Football Confederation at the earliest to discuss this issue with all stakeholders of Indian Football including our commercial partners FSDL to arrive at a fair solution.
In the meeting of the Hero I-League clubs along with the AIFF President, and the General Secretary, held in Delhi on July 3, 2019, some broad proposals were discussed, and a joint statement was issued by AIFF and the Hero I-League clubs.
These amicable discussions were to be presented to the AFC Executive Committee for further consideration. However, on July 8, 2019, the clubs via a letter released to the media have taken a contrary stand which is not in the spirit with which the AIFF President had met the clubs. As a result, we have, therefore, asked the AFC to find a possible solution. Furthermore, all future official communications from the AIFF are to be addressed by the media department, apart from the General Secretary, and the President himself.
AIFF PRESIDENT PRAFUL PATEL ANNOUNCES 2018-19 AIFF AWARDS
09.07.2019- AIFF PRESS RELEASE
: All India Football Federation President Mr. Praful Patel announced iconic National team striker Sunil Chhetri as the AIFF Men’s Footballer of the Year 2018-19 at the AIFF Executive Committee Meeting in the Capital today. This is the 6th time Chhetri bagged the prestigious Award having earlier won it in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, and in 2017. Chhetri was voted the winner on basis of votes from all Hero I-League, and Hero Indian Super League club coaches.
2018-19 AIFF AWARDS AT A GLANCE
AIFF Men’s Footballer of the Year 2018-19
: Sunil Chhetri (He was voted the winner by all I-League, and ISL Club coaches).
AIFF Women’s Footballer of the Year 2018-19
: Ashalata Devi (from Manipur).
AIFF Men’s Emerging Footballer of the Year 2018-19
: Abdul Sahal (from Kerala -- He was voted the winner by all I-League, and ISL club coaches).
AIFF Emerging Women’s Footballer of the Year 2018-19
: Dangmei Grace (from Manipur).
AIFF Award for the Best Referee 2018-19
: R Venkatesh (from Tamil Nadu).
AIFF Award for the Best Assistant Referee 2018-19
: Joseph Tony (from Karnataka).
AIFF Award for the Best Grassroots Development Programme 2018-19
: Jammu & Kashmir Football Association.
“The fact that this was voted by the Hero I-League and Hero ISL Coaches makes it all the more special. I am grateful to my club members, coaches, fellow players, the National team staff, and the fans for their support, love, and affection,” Chhetri said, moments after declared the winner. On being reminded about winning the Award for the 6th time, he added: “I never play for Awards. But yeah, it feels nice when your hard work gets recognized. This is an added motivation to do better.”
Apart from Chhetri, the others who have won the Award multiple times include IM Vijayan (thrice), and Bhaichung Bhutia, and Joe Paul Ancheri (twice each). Meanwhile, Abdul Sahal was declared the AIFF Men’s Emerging Footballer of the Year 2018-19. Sahal who was dubbed as the “next big thing in Indian Football” by Chhetri some days back, was also voted the winner by all Hero I-League, and Hero ISL club coaches.
Among the women, Ashalata Devi was declared the AIFF Women’s Footballer of the Year 2018-19, while Dangmei Grace won the AIFF Emerging Women’s Footballer of the Year 2018-19. The AIFF President met, and congratulated both of them. “Congratulations to you both,” he stated. “You deserve the Award. You have made us proud. I wish you best wishes for your future endeavours,” Mr. Patel added during his meeting with the Indian Senior Women’s National team in the Capital.
The AIFF Award for the Best Referee 2018-19 was won by R Venkatesh (from Tamil Nadu), while Joseph Tony was declared the winner of the AIFF Award for the Best Assistant Referee 2018-19. The 2018-19 AIFF Award for the Best Grassroots Development Programme went to the Jammu & Kashmir Football Association. “I congratulate all the winners.,” Mr. Patel said. “They serve as an inspiration for all budding aspirants, and their colleagues. We are extremely proud of all of them.”
AIFF PRESIDENT met representatives of 10 Hero I-League clubs
03.07.2019 - AIFF PRESS RELEASE
: Mr. Praful Patel, President, All India Football Federation, along with Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF, and Mr. Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League on Wednesday (July 3, 2019) met representatives of 10 Hero I-League clubs to discuss the future of the Leagues, and broad framework of football in India.
AIFF as a custodian of Indian Football is concerned about the well-being, and the future of Indian Football including Hero I-League clubs whose contribution to Indian Football has been long-standing.
Indian Football’s backbone has been the developmental and promotional activities, including the youth programmes conducted by the Hero I-League clubs. With the advent of the Hero Indian Super League, which is also a league recognised by the Asian Football Confederation, it is imperative to find a viable, and sustainable mechanism to mitigate the concerns about the future of the Hero I-League, and its clubs.
AIFF and the Hero I-League Clubs have agreed and will work together to find a solution to all issues including the calendar, scheduling, broadcasting, and the continuation of the Hero I-League for a defined period, till the roadmap is ascertained in a time-bound manner in consultation with FSDL, and the AFC.
A lot of other meaningful issues were also simultaneously discussed, and it is hoped that all issues regarding the future of the Hero I-League vis-à-vis the Hero Indian Super League will be resolved shortly.
The Hero I-League clubs were happy to have engaged in the discussions which will pave the way for a resolution of the pending issues, and thanked the AIFF President for his understanding, and patient hearing.
ISL Champions Bengaluru FC to start Soccer Schools centers in Pune
01.07.2019 - BFC PRESS RELEASE
: Indian Super League champions Bengaluru FC announced on Monday, that its expansion of BFC Soccer Schools had reached Pune, in Maharashtra, where it will soon be functional in two new centers. The new program, which will be in association with Sports Excel, will be for boys and girls between eight and fourteen years of age at Vidya Bhavan School in Model Colony, Shivajinagar, and for girls between eight and sixteen years of age at The Bishop’s Co-Education School, Undri.
“We are delighted to tie up with Sports Excel because they are a brand that understands football coaching and professionalism. We saw a good turnout in Gujarat for our first BFC Soccer Schools center outside Karnataka, and Pune was always on our radar. We want to give children in the golden age, the U8s, U10s and U12s, the opportunity to play football in a professional environment and a clear pathway to the Bengaluru FC youth academy. We’re looking to reach out to more schools within Pune, and hopefully also to other states in the future,” said club CEO, Mandar Tamhane.
With 14 functional centres in Bengaluru and their recent tie-up with Sporthood taking their reach to over 35 centres in the city over the coming weeks, BFC Soccer Schools had, earlier in June, announced their first venue outside Karnataka, with the Adani Shantigram center in Gujarat.
"This association with Bengaluru FC Soccer Schools is a big moment for us because as a club, this is one of the most successful ones in India and one that has, in its short history, made a mark on Indian football. Our holistic approach teaches them how to become better individuals, and I believe that the coaches and curriculum from Bengaluru FC will be of much benefit to these children. Hopefully, some of them can get selected into the club’s academy in the future," said Mr. Christanand Vase, Director of Sports Excel.
The program will be monitored, and the progress of the players will be tracked by the Technical Head of BFC Soccer Schools and Grassroots Development, Mr. John Kenneth Raj, who will also be providing the technical curriculum and structure, and will also be tasked with educating the coaches of Sports Excel.
KOLHAPUR Gadhinglaj United Football Association observed 4th “Football Proud” Award
30.06.2019 - GUFA PRESS RELEASE
: MAHARASHTRA BASED KOLHAPUR Gadhinglaj United Football Association successfully observed thier 4th All India level “Football Proud” Award ceremony on 29th June In his national level annual Award gave honour to the well-known football personalities, like Coach, organization, individuals etc who are associated with the beefit of football development in india by their own credibalities.
Gadhinglaj United Football Association secretary deepak Kuppavar told us that in a grand function Football Proud Award went to Jaipur- Rajasthan based reknowned AIFF match Commissioner Rabin Xavier - who is working from last 15 year to develop Rajashthan football. He is also Director & CEO of Jaipur Football Club Private Limited. Mr. Robin Xavier, who was facilitated through Kolhapur's Member of Parliament Prof. Sanjay Mandlik.
EX Cabinet Minister & MLA Hasan Mushrif, FIFA Coach Instructor Mariyano Dies, KSA Football Secretary Prof. Amar Sasane graced the grand occasion as the chief guest. Deepak also told that Last three Years their Organisatiob gave the honour of " Football Proud" to Karnataka Government lifetime sports awardee Coach Dadapeer ( Bangalore), Ex International Coach Raman Vijayan ( Tamilnadu), AIFF executive member Deepak Sharma ( Himachal Pradesh)
In the ceremony the Life time Achievement Award went to Maharashtra's Pusad ( Dist. Yavatmal) Chetana Krida Mondal. Chetana Krida monal organised All India tournaments since 1971. The Organisation President Dada Aahale, Secretary A.D. Khan was facilitated by Amar Sasane.
The Rising player Award (U 19) went to Kolhapur's Kunal Chavan iwho was falicitated by MP Sanjay Mandlik. Gadhinglaj Uniteds Sourbh Patil (Santosh Trophy) & Prashant Salwade ( U 14 Maharashtra ) also facilitated. Other than GUFC Secratry & Coach Deepak Kuppanvar, GUFA Director Satish Patil, Vice President Arvind Bardeskar, Treasurer Mahadev Patil, Director Bhairu Salwade, Prashant Daddikar, Manish Kole were also present.
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