INDIAN FOOTBALL NEWS 2019 (JULY)

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.

EAST BENGAL TO START CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS WITH TORCH RALLY
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 .

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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.

Gadhinglaj United Football Association observed 10th Kole- Hatti- Shanmugam (Referee) trophy  school football tournament

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.

Gadhinglaj United Football Association observed 10th Kole- Hatti- Shanmugam (Referee) trophy  school football tournament

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.

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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).

AIFF PRESIDENT VOWS SUPPORT TO GROWING WOMEN'S FOOTBALL IN INDIA

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."

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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.

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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.

AIFF PRESIDENT PRAFUL PATEL ANNOUNCES 2018-19 AIFF AWARDS

“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.”

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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.

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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.

ISL Champions Bengaluru FC to start Soccer Schools centers in Pune

“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.

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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.

KOLHAPUR Gadhinglaj United Football Association observed 4th “Football Proud” Award

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)

KOLHAPUR Gadhinglaj United Football Association observed 4th “Football Proud” Award

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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