INDIAN FOOTBALL NEWS 2019 (MAY)


Garhwal Heroes FC WIN DSA ( Football Delhi ) Senior Division Open Clubs Football League Championship
31.05.2019 - Garhwal Heroes FC clinched DSA ( Football Delhi ) Senior Division Open Clubs Football League Championship title at Dr. A after defending champions Indian Air Force ( New Delhi ) 5-3 in the tie - breaker after leveling 1-1 draw at the end of regulation period of 90 minute and extra time of 15 minute.

Garhwal Heroes FC WIN DSA ( Football Delhi ) Senior Division Open Clubs Football League Championship


Garhwal Heroes took 1-0.lead in 45+1 minute through Aman Thapa who later on also received late Roshan Lal Sethi memorial trophy being emerging player of the championship from his son Vivek Sethi. Air Force equalized score 1-1 in 75th minute. In the tie-breaker emerged the winners when converted kicks 4 kicks but opponents converted 2 kicks. The prize of one lac fifty thousand and seventy five thousand were awarded to winner.

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FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 to kick off on 26 October
31.05.2019- FIFA PRESS REEASE: Following on from a FIFA inspection visit to Brazil and further discussions with the Local Organising Committee (LOC), FIFA can today confirm that the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 will be played from 26 October until 17 November.

FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 to kick off on 26 October

The venues and the full match schedule will be confirmed ahead of the draw, which has been scheduled for 11 July 2019 at the Home of FIFA in Zurich. Media representatives interested in attending the draw can email media@fifa.org.

“Throughout the past years, Brazil has successfully hosted a variety of competitions, including the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics. We are convinced that Brazil’s event expertise, coupled with the unique football passion of their fans, will contribute to the success of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019. We would like to thank the CBF and all Brazilians who have embraced this tournament, demonstrating once more their unique love for the beautiful game,” says FIFA Deputy Secretary General (Football) Zvonimir Boban.

So far, 23 of the 24 participating teams are also confirmed. Beside hosts Brazil, the following member associations have qualified:

AFC: Australia, Japan, Korea Republic and Tajikistan
CAF: Angola, Cameroon, Nigeria, 4th TEAM TBC
Concacaf: Canada, Haiti, Mexico and the USA
CONMEBOL: Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Paraguay
OFC: New Zealand and the Solomon Islands
UEFA: France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain


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INDIA U19 TO PLAY AGAINST RUSSIA AND BULGARIA IN GRANATKIN MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
29.05.2019 - AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The India U-19 National Team will travel to Russia in the first week of June to take part in the forthcoming Granatkin Memorial International Football Tournament in St. Petersberg. All the matches would be hosted at the iconic Petrovsky Stadium, which was earlier the home stadium of both the Russian National Team, as well as Zenit St. Petersberg.
The 30-member squad is as follows:
GOALKEEPERS : Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Aryan Niraj Lamba, Raj Kumar Mahato, Sachin Ammanath Suresh, Niraj Kumar, Lalbiakhlua Jongte.
DEFENDERS : Vanlalnghenga, Hormipam Mishra, Akash Mishra, Muhammed Rafi, Sumit Rathi, Shabas Ahammed, Moothedath, Gurkirat Singh, Narender, Jitendra Singh, Sanjeev Stalin.
MIDFIELDERS : Jeakson Singh Thounaojam, Ninthoinganba Meetei Khumanthem, Givson Singh Moirangthem, Vikram Partap Singh, Ricky John Shabong, Lalchhanhima Sailo, Sanoop Chandran, Muhammed Basith Parathodi, Robin Yadav.
STRIKERS : Harmanpreet Singh, Rohit Danu, Haokip Luntinmang, Ridge Melvin Demello, Lalthanmawia Renthlei.

India's schedule in the tournament is as follows:

June 4: India vs Russia (IST 8.30pm).
June 6: India vs Moldova (IST 2.30pm).
June 9: India vs Bulgaria (IST 2.30PM).

India have been clubbed in Group A with hosts Russia, Bulgaria, and Moldova. The 12 teams participating in the tournament have been divided into three groups, with Argentina, Armenia, Turkey, Greece, Iran, Kyrgyz Republic, Takikistan being some of the other participating teams.In the first round, the Indian colts being coached by Floyd Pinto will be playing three matches, and will thereon go on to play another two play-offs, depending on their position in the group.

Pinto foresees the tournament as a "small but important part for our preparation."This is going to be the first tournament where all of these boys will play as a collective unit. We are trying to have a close look at how the boys are going to take the challenge against such high-quality oppositions like Russia, Bulgaria, and Mondova,” he stated.

He added: "We are very excited because this is our first chance of playing some International matches. This is a small but very important part of preparation ahead of the AFC U-19 Qualifiers in November."With a few boys already having played in the previous edition of the tournament, Pinto feels “their experience will come in handy.”I'm sure the boys who played last year will help the team settle down in a much better fashion. The experience will help us be better prepared than we were in the last edition,” he explained.

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AIFF CONDUCTS GRASSROOTS LEADERS COURSE IN SHILLONG
27.05.2019 - AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Twenty-one coaches, from the states of Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur, Assam, Sikkim, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, formed part of the AIFF Grassroots Leaders Course organized by the Meghalaya Football Association (MFA) in Shillong, Meghalaya. AIFF Head of Grassroots and Instructor Anju Turambekar led the course whereas Arki Nongrum, CEO of Meghalaya Football Association was also present for her assistance.

AIFF CONDUCTS GRASSROOTS LEADERS COURSE IN SHILLONG

“The role of football in the sporting culture of the North-Eastern States is evident by the steady influx of talent across all age-groups and if you look at any successful team across the country including the national teams, they all have significant partaking of players from the North-East region,” Turambekar said.

Meghalaya has been at the forefront of several significant development programs recently including the Meghalaya Baby League and an ambitious Grassroots Program reaching out to all parts of the state thanks to the vision and dynamism of the leadership team led by Mr. Larsing Ming Sawyan, Vice President, AIFF as well as President of MFA.

“The North-East zone has a strong footballing culture and we, at the MFA, are making all efforts to initiate Grassroots development programmes that, we believe, are fundamental to take the game forward. We intend to solidify our developmental foundations by creating a larger network of certified Grassroots coaches and stakeholders who are focused on one goal – holistic development of the game and using the power of football to drive change in their communities.” Said Sawyan.

The course was also designed to identify Instructors in North East region who can form part of the Grassroots Development Program in the coming months. Selected candidates will need to attend the first-ever North East - AIFF Grassroots Instructors’ Course which will take place in the month of June, 2019.

“In the near-future, we want our AIFF Grassroots Philosophy to be championed by Instructors who have grown up playing the beautiful game in their respective regions and hence understand their local needs, speak the language and are able to form connections and impact their local coaches in an effective manner,” Turambekar, AFC Grassroots Panel Member, added.

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ELEVEN COACHES CLEAR AFC B DIPLOMA COURSE SUCCESSFULLY
Eleven out of twenty-four coaches have successfully completed the AFC B Diploma course which was held in Mahrashtra. Module 1 was held during November 12-26, 2018 followed by Module 2 which was scheduled from March 5-9, 2019.
The successful candidates are as follows:
1. Arun Mishra
2. Ryan Edwin D'Souza
3. Kaizad Fakir Ambapardiwalla
4. Vijith S Shetty
5. Mahesh Vijay Jagtap
6. Ajaz Ahmad Bhat
7. Tarun Shetty
8. Stephan Tawnthansanga
9. Archie Dias
10. Maclin Gaul D'Penha
11. Adrian Gregory Dias

The Pro-Passed coach's list is as follows:
1. Anthony Fernandes

Three coaches are listed Fame in the aforementioned course:
1. Tabia Othallo
2. Jasmeet Singh
3. Mohammed Hason Khaleeli

Nine coaches who have failed to clear the course successfully are as follows:
1. Shrungar Tarak Raul
2. Adewale Abdulateef Seriki
3. Emmanuel Pradeep Pooranaraj
4. Rupesh Madkar
5. Jathanna Suprith Sadanand
6. Sanjit Naik
7. Prasad Ratnakar Shetty
8. Shinoj Madathil
9. Oscar Melvin Henry Alva

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STIMAC CAN DO GREAT THINGS FOR INDIAN FOOTBALL, BRANDON, BHEKE SAY IN UNISON
21.05.2019 - AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The Indian National Team had their first practice session under newly-appointed Croatian Head Coach Igor Stimac at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi today (May 21, 2019). The squad has assembled to prepare for the forthcoming Kings’ Cup in Buriram, Thailand. The King’s Cup is slated for be held in Buriram on June 5, when the Blue Tigers take on Curacao in their first match.

STIMAC CAN DO GREAT THINGS FOR INDIAN FOOTBALL, BRANDON, BHEKE SAY IN UNISON

The former Croatia national team manager wasted little time in formalities and got right into the thick of action aiming to lead the Blue Tigers on an upward surge after inspiring performances in the AFC Asian Cup earlier this year.Speaking on the side-lines of the practice session, Rahul Bheke who got his National Team call-up said: “The coach greeted everyone with a Namaste and shared his plans about Indian Football.”

He further explained: “As a team, the coach wants us to play together as a unit and if we have to be one of the best teams in Asia, we have to think big and follow our dreams.” “He is very much positive about the growth of Indian Football and wants to take us further into being one of the best team in Asia,” he added.

Stimac took the squad to some fitness tests on the opening day. Besides Bheke, Brandon Fernandes, who got a call-up to the National Camp for the first time since 2015 stated: “I was training a bit in the offseason. But now I am here and I want to give my cent percent in every session.”

Lauding the experience of Stimac, who was part of the Croatia team in the 1998 World Cup where they finished third, Brandon said: “He is a very experienced coach and can do great things for this country. His plans and goal is to improve us and I feel that it was a good choice to appoint him.” “I will be taking it day by day. My first target is to get into the final list for the King’s Cup. So right now I am focussing on that,” Brandon maintained.

Bheke signed off: “This is a chance which I can’t afford to blow up. I will give my best in the camp.” Brandon nodded.

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INDIA TO HOST INTERCONTINENTAL CUP AT AHMEDABAD
INDIA TO HOST INTERCONTINENTAL CUP AT AHMEDABAD
19.5.19: The Second edition of Intercontinental Cup will be played at Ahmedabad. This was officially announced by All India Football Federation in a press release today.

The tournament will start from 7th of July at the newly built Trans Stadia Arena at Ahmedabad and the final of the competition is schedule on the 18th of July.
Besides the defending champions and host India, the other participants are Syria, DPR Korea and Tajikistan. The tournament will be played in a round robin league format. The top two teams of the league will play in the final.
India won the opening edition of the competition when they defeated Kenya by a brace of Sunil Chetri in the final at the Mumbai Football Arena.


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ANIKET YADAV JOINED WITH BACKBURN ROVERS FIRST TEAM
17.05.2019 : Aniket Jadhav, 18-year-old Jamshedpur FC player who is the first professional Indian player to train for three months at famous Blackburn Rovers in England, having arrived at Rovers' Academy. Aniket was invited to join by Rovers boss Tony Mowbray with Rovers first team training session ahead of the season finale against Swansea city and Mowbray.

Tony Mowbray added the young boy have good basics to his game and he was able to join in with the session. He was enthusiastic, he worked hard with the group and hopefully he enjoyed it. He hopes that the professional level of coaching in an elite level Academy will stand Aniket in good stead for the future and create habits that will hopefully become rooted and become part of the foundation of his career....Courtesy --... www.rovers.co.uk

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STIMAC ANNOUNCES LIST OF 37 PROBABLES FOR PREPARATORY CAMP
16.05.2019 - AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Indian National Team Head Coach Igor Stimac has announced a list of 37 probables for India’s preparatory camp for the Kings Cup slated to be held in Buriram, Thailand from June 5-8, 2019.
STIMAC ANNOUNCES LIST OF 37 PROBABLES FOR PREPARATORY CAMP

THE LIST OF 37 PROBABLES STAY AS FOLLOWS:
GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Vishal Kaith, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Nishu Kumar, Rahul Bheke, Salam Ranjan Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Adil Khan, Anwar Ali, Subhasish Bose, Narayan Das.
MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Jackichand Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Anirudh Thapa, Raynier Fernandes, Bikramjit Singh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Pronay Halder, Rowllin Borges, Germanpreet Singh, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul, Amarjit Singh, Redeem Tlang, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Nandha Kumar, Komal Thatal, Michael Soosairaj.
FORWARDS: Balwant Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Jobby Justin, Sumeet Passi, Farukh Choudhary, Manvir Singh.

The preparatory camp will be held in New Delhi from May 20.

Speaking to www.the-aiff.com, Stimac said: “I respected the choice of the squad which represented India in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. The rest of the players have been added post my research watching Hero I-League and Hero ISL matches. I found some players quite interesting, and have summoned them to the camp.”

“I congratulate all the players, and wish them good luck,” he added. “I am eagerly waiting to land in New Delhi, and get on the task immediately. I have always cherished new challenges, and I am looking forward to coaching the Blue Tigers.”

Striker Jeje Lalpekhlua who is likely to be operated in the third week of May wasn’t considered for the camp, as was a host of other players like Halicharan Narzary (knee injury), Mandar Rao Desai (hamstring injury), Ashique Kuruniyan (knee injury), Narender Gehlot (knee injury), and Jerry Lalrinzuala. The Kings Cup will be followed by the Hero Intercontinental Cup in July.

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EX-INTERNATIONALS EXPERIENCE AIFF GRASSROOTS LEADERS COURSE IN MANIPUR

07.05.2019: AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Seventeen coaches including several prominent ex-international footballers participated in the first of three All India Football Federation (AIFF) Grassroots Leader Courses hosted in Imphal, Manipur and organized by Tata Trusts that concluded at the Eastern Sporting Union Ground on Sunday (May 5, 2019).

AIFF 'D' LICENSE COURSE - CONDUTED BY IFA ENDED TODAY

The four-day course, conducted by AIFF Instructors Shailesh Karkera and assisted by Kuntala Ghosh Dastidar, focused on coaching methodology at various youth age groups as well as Introduction to Futsal. Surkumar Singh, one of India’s most decorated footballers in recent memory reflected on his experiences over the four days of learning.

“These past four days have been an eye-opening experience for me personally. To understand how children behave at different ages and the methods used to train them was something I found fascinating. This course helped me immensely and in turn I hope that I can inspire and coach my kids to become better players,” he said.

Khelemba Singh - a Hero I-League winner with Salgoacar SC, one of the rare footballers to have donned the colours of both Kolkata giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, and current Technical Head of Tata Trusts in Manipur spoke about his experiences of the course.

“Having already attended the D and C License courses, I was not expecting the amount of knowledge and relevant content that this course provided and it was delivered to us by the instructors in a format which was very easy to understand. The Futsal session was very interesting because I was personally under the impression that it is easier to play Futsal since it is a small format but now I realize it is extremely demanding and you need to have a lot of technical ability to play the sport," he said. The course concluded with a Grassroots Football Festival that involved a total of 85 children engaging in a series of matches and technical workshops.

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AIFF 'D' LICENSE COURSE - CONDUTED BY IFA ENDED TODAY

04.05.2019: : The AIFF 'D' coachig course conducted by IFA WB has ended today with 22 participants at Kancharapara Katagunj Dr. b.R. Ambedkar Sports Club Ground. The Course instructor was IAN LAW which start from 29th April. Amar Bose and Dinesh Gyan was the co ordinator deputed from IFA in the course.

THE 22 PARTICIPANS NAME : SUBRATA PAUL, TANMOY DHAR, SUNDAR MANDI, ANIL TUDU, SUNKANTA ROY, TARIF AHMED, SARIDDHA SHOME, SHAKIL AHMED, SUROJIT DEBNATH, AVIJIT DEY, NANI GOPAL KARMAKAR, ADITYA GUPTA, SUROJIT GHOSH, SOUMYASWIP DEY, JIBAN CHANDRA DEY, ARUN KUMAR ROY, PROSENJIT ROY,PRADIP KUMAR DAS, SUKUMAR DAS, SUMAN SIKDAR, SAJEER MP, SAYANTAN DAS ROY.

AIFF 'D' LICENSE COURSE - CONDUTED BY IFA ENDED TODAY
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HERO INDIAN WOMEN’S LEAGUE 2018-19 TO KICK OFF IN LUDHIANA

04.05.2019: AIFF PRESS RELEASE : t’s that time of the year again! The Hero Indian Women’s League is back and the top female players of the country and from abroad are raring to go as the tournament is set to kick-off at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana, Punjab on Sunday, May 5.

HERO INDIAN WOMEN’S LEAGUE 2018-19 TO KICK OFF IN LUDHIANA
HERO INDIAN WOMEN’S LEAGUE GROUPS AND TEAMS
GROUP I : Rising Student’s Club.. Gokulam Kerala FC... FC Alakhpura... Hans Women’s FC ... Central SSB Women’s Football Team...Panjim Footballers.
GROUP II : Manipur Police SC -- Sethu FC -- Bangalore United FC -- SAI-STC Cuttack -- FC Kolhapur City -- Baroda Football Academy

Defending champions Rising Student’s Club kick-start the 2018-19 Hero IWL edition as they face-off against Gokulam Kerala FC on Sunday. As many as 12 teams, who are divided into two groups of six each, are set to participate in the tournament. Group I consists of Rising Student’s Club, Gokulam, FC Alakhpura, Hans Women Football Club, Central SSB Women Football Club and Panjim Footballers. Meanwhile, Group II consists of Manipur Police, Sethu FC Bangalore United FC, SAI-STC Cuttack, FC Kolhapur City, and Baroda Football Academy.

“Women's football in our country is going through an exciting phase. We have seen the Indian Women's Team produce some great results at the International front,” said All India Football Federation General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das. “We are sure to see the rise of more talented players in the third season of the Hero Indian Women's League. I would like to thank the Punjab Football Association for their support in hosting the IWL, and wish the participating clubs all the best for the tournament in Ludhiana,” he further said.

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