INDIAN FOOTBALL NEWS 2020 (AUG)


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IFA TO OBSERVE THE TRAGIC HISTORY OF KOLKATA FOOTBALL AS 'FOOTBALL LOVERS DAY'


15.8.20: The 16th of August 1980, is the tragic day in the history of Indian football. At the Eden Gardens of Kolkata ,sixteen ill fated football lovers had to sacrifice their life in a CFL derby between the arch rivals East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. The incident took place after Referee Sudhin Chatterjee ordered Dilip Palit of East Bengal and Bidesh Bose of Mohun Bagan to march-off the ground following a collision between the two footballers at the 57th minute of the match.
IFA TO OBSERVE THE TRAGIC HISTORY OF KOLKATA FOOTBALL AS 40th 'FOOTBALL LOVERS DAY'

Usually, the fans of the rival clubs sit in separate galleries, but on that day the fans of both the clubs were at Block D which is one of the prime reason of the incident. The incidence took place at the upper tier of Block D. Young fans jumped off the high stands on to concrete floors to save themselves while many tried to flee through the narrow gates, which led many to fall down after police took action to stop chaos between the supporters of both the clubs. It caused an inevitable stampede that took the lives of 16 football fans in the ill fated 70 minutes Derby match which ended goalless.

The 16 ill fated Fans who died on 16th August 1980 :
Dhananjoy Das, Uttam Chawule, Asim Chatterjee, Alok Das, Prasanta Dutta, Sanat Basu, Rabin Adak, Kartik Majhi, Samir Das, Nabin Naskar, Shayamal Biswas, Kalyan Samanta, Biswajit Kar, Madan Mohon Bagli, Kartik Maity, Himangshu Sekhar Das.

IFA had to suspend the CFL as well as IFA Sheild in 1980 following the saddest incedence of Kolkata maidan.

Unlike every year, IFA along with Association of Voluntary Blood Donors, West Bengal will observe the day as FOOTBALL LOVERS DAY on 16th of August in memory of the 16 ill fated football lovers in Kolkata as well as some other cities of West Bengal. IFA Secretary Jaydeep Mukherjee while discussing with kolkatafootball.com said, Each donor will get a certificate of honor which is duly signed by Compton Dutta, Captain of Mohun Bagan on that year as well as that ill fated match day of 16th August 1980 against arch rival East Bengal.

IFA TO OBSERVE THE TRAGIC HISTORY OF KOLKATA FOOTBALL AS 40th 'FOOTBALL LOVERS DAY'

EAST BENGAL: Dilip Paul, Dilip Palit, Manoranjan Bhattacharjee, Sudhir Karmakar, Satyajit Mitra (C), Md Habib, Samar Bhattacharjee, Md Khabaji, Tapan Das, Majid Biskar, Jamshed Nasiri.

RESERVE BENCH: Nasir Ahmed, Md. Najib, Subhash Roy, Amit Guha, Somnath Banerjee, Lafituddin, Sumit Bagchi, Tomas Mathuz, Bibhas Sarkar.-------- COACH: P.K.Banerjee.

MOHUN BAGAN : Sibaji Banerjee, Compton Dutta (C), Subrata Bhattacharjee, Pradip Chowdhury, Shyamal Banerjee, Gautam Sakar, Prasun Banerjee, Manas Bhattacharjee, Mihir Bose, Xavier Payas, Bidesh Bose.

RESERVE BENCH: Jagadish Ghosh, Pratap Ghosh, Francis D' Souza, Shyam Thapa, Ranjit Mukherjee, Kesto Mitra, Munish Manna, Sanjib Chowdhury, Ashok Chakrabarty------- COACH: ARUN GHOSH

In the year 2019, 948 football lovers donated their valuable blood. 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.

THE DETAILS OF BLOOD DONATION CAMP GIVEN BELOW
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 1043 Manoranjan Bhattacharyya.
2019 948 Jamshed Nishiri.


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I-LEAGUE AND 2ND DIVISION QUALIFIER TO BE HELD AT KOLKATA

14.8.20: The forth coming edition of I League 2020-21 and the qualifiers of 2nd Division I League will be played at Kolkata. This was officially announced by AIFF after a video conference of League Committee.The meeting was chaired by Subrata Dutta, Senior Vice President, All India Football Federation and Chairman, League Committee. Besides, AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das and League CEO Mr. Sunando Dhar, Mr. Souter Vaz, Mr. Anil Kumar, Mr. BK Roka and Mr. Chirag Tanna attended the meeting.
I-LEAGUE AND 2ND DIVISION QUALIFIER TO BE HELD AT KOLKATA Earlier, Minister of Sports, Government of West Bengal grants the requisite permissions to organise the Hero 2nd division qualifiers, and subsequently the Hero I-League 2020-21 including arranging for practice sessions for the participating clubs, the Committee unanimously decided to grant hosting rights of the Hero 2nd division qualifiers, and the Hero I-League to IFA, Kolkata.

While interacting in the meeting Subrata Dutta said,“We must ensure that we adhere to the standards to live up to the expectations of the football lovers in the country. The Leagues need to be organised in a manner which will set an example for others to follow. We need to leave no stone unturned and have a number of workshops to educate all stakeholders as we are currently working against all odds. We need to adhere to all the safety protocols to ensure that not a single player or official gets infected,”

Mr Dutta added that the Leagues would be held in one venue. It is likely that the matches will be played at Kolkata, Barasat and Kalyani. In his massage reagarding the venew AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das said, “Organising the league in one single venue under current circumstances is not easy. We need to think rationally. I reiterate that we should, and will do what is best to ensure the safety of the players.”

The qualifiers of 2nd division I league will act as dress rehearsal for the Hero I-League. The schedule and date for the Hero 2nd division qualifiers and the Hero I-League, however, would be finalised once the guidelines from the Central Government are issued.

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GOKULAM KERALA FC CONCLUDED BABY LEAGUE


12.8.20: Pantheerankavu Football Training Centre emerged winners in the Under-10 and under-12 categories while Crescent Football Academy won the under-8 title in the Gokulam Baby Football League held at Ginga Turf in Karaparambu here.
GOKULAM KERALA FC CONCLUDED BABY LEAGUE
PIC: GKFC PRESS RELEASE

The tournament was conducted as part of All India Football Federation initiative and had received tremendous response from various academies in Kozhikode. The group stage of the tournament was completed but due to Covid19 situation, the knockout stage was not held. The league leaders in each category were declared as winners.

OMFC Academy Malappuram, Orange Football Academy, and Rajiv Youth Brigade emerged runners-up in the U12, U10 and U8 categories respectively. Close to 200 players participated in the tournament.

Following players were adjudged best players in each categories

Under12 - Nihal (Friendly Football Academy)
Under10 - Sharon (Orange Football Academy)
Under8 - Athishav PK of COSC Sports Academy
Best goalkeeper - Sahil Muhammed Rahoof of Orange Academy

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SUDEVA FC SREENEDHI FC GRANTED I LEAGUE PLAYING RIGHTS


12.8.20: Sudeva FC of Delhi and Sreenidhi FC of Visakhapatnam granted playing rights in Hero I-League from 2020-21 and 2021-22 respectively. The members of the bid committee of the All India Football Federation and representatives of Pricewaterhouse Coopers today finalise in a video conference these two clubs and grant their patricipation in I League.
SUDEVA FC SREENEDHI FC GRANTED I LEAGUE PLAYING RIGHTS
PIC: AIFF PRESS RELEASE The conference were attended by Mr. Subrata Dutta, the Chairman of the League Committee, AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das, League CEO Mr. Sunando Dhar, Mr. Tetea Hmar (Executive Committee member), and Mr. ZA Thakur (Treasurer, AIFF) attended the meet as did Mr. Chirag Tanna.
The bid committee members finalised these two clubs after scrutinising the clarifications sought for from the submitted documents by Sudeva FC (Delhi), Sreenidhi FC(Visakhapatnam), and Ryntih (Shillong).

The Chairman of the League Committee, Mr Subrata Dutta in his massage welcome these two teams as he said, "I on the behalf of AIFF, welcome Sudeva to the Hero I-League family. I wish them all the best and look forward to a competitive league.I would also like to congratulate and welcome Sreenidhi from the 2021-22 edition of the Hero I-League. With Sudeva FC joining the fray, we now have 12 teams competing in the next Hero I-League."

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INDIA'S WORLD CUP & ASIA CUP QUALIFYING MATCHES POSTPONED


12.8.20: The three important internatinal matches of India in the qualifiers of Asian Cup and Qatar World Cup 2022 qualifiers were postponed by AFC and FIFA following Covit 19 Pandemic. The matches are likely to be played on 2021.
INDIA'S WORLD CUP & ASIA CUP QUALIFYING MATCHES POSTPONED

In a Press statement AFC stated."In light of the current COVID-19 situation in many countries, FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have jointly decided that the upcoming qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, originally scheduled to take place during the international match windows in October and November 2020, will be rescheduled to 2021.

With the aim of protecting the health and safety of all participants, FIFA and the AFC will continue to work together to closely monitor the situation in the region and to identify new dates for the respective qualifying matches. Further details on the new dates for the next round of qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup 2023 will be announced in due course." India is schuduled play at home against Qatar at home on October, two World cup qualifying matches Afganistan at home and an away match against Bangladesh on November.

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EAST BENGAL TO OBSERVE "SPORTS DAY" on 13th august 2020

10.08.2020 : Kolkata Giant East Bengal Club will obserbe their "Sports Day" on 13th August in memory of their Ex- General Secretary Deepak Das ( Poltu). A Blood Donation Camp will held regarding the occasion at Netaji Indoor Stadium from 10.30 AM sharp on the day. East Bengal joint hands with Sneha Foundation to take care of orphan boys and girls.
EAST BENGAL TO OBSERVE East Bengal Club will help the IFA CFL 5th Division playing all clubs to provide Football to inspire the young footballers as well as Club will finalcialy help to Chittaranjan Hospital of Kolkata as a social responsibility. On the Occation Chief Guest will be "Arup Biswas - Hon'ble Sports Minister of West Bengal", Special Guest will be IFA Secretary Joydip Mukherjee and Veteran Sports Personality Sanbaran Banerjee along with East Bengal Club President Pranab Dasgupta, Secretary Kalyan Majundar,

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Churchill Brothers Sports Club has arranged the sponsorship for Goa Professional League (GPL)


8.8.20 - GOA F.A PRESS RELEASE : The AIFF has asked the GFA to conduct an investigation on the red lagged matches of Goa Professional League involving seven teams concerning six league matches held from 16th October to 19 November 2019. Mr.Churchill Alemao, GFA President stated that the AFC Report itself states that there “was suspicious betting patterns indicative of match-manipulation.”
Churchill Brothers Sports Club has arranged the sponsorship for Goa Professional League (GPL) PIC- pixabay Mr. Alemao pointed out that the AFC Report in all six matches highlighted that “there was a highly suspicious live betting, there being substantial betting evidence that the outcome of the matches were unduly influenced with a view to gaining corrupt betting profits. In some matches it was a failed manipulation attempt,” the report added.

The preliminary conclusion of the AFC Report states: “There is clear and overwhelming betting evidence that the course or result of the matches were unduly influenced with a view to gaining corrupt betting profits.” Consequently, Mr. Alemao stressed that an investigation will be undertaken in this case of “suspicious match fixing” based on “suspicious betting patterns”. As such, the need to give an authentic picture that there is suspicion. The 5-Member investigative panel is likely to be headed by a Retired Judge and will comprise lawyers and others.

Sports Radar is a London based company that tracks all bets placed on sports events around the world, using a monitoring software. There are instances where bets are placed on events in a match like yellow cards, red cards, goals scored, goals conceded, match result. In many countries abroad this is completely legal. In India , betting is illegal. The Sports Radar concludes that due to this suspicious betting pattern, it indicates fixing. A report is then sent to AFC/AIFF showing red flags. It is only after the findings of the inquiry it is established whether the match was fixed or not.

In the case of GPL, the AFC suggested that there is evidence of suspicious betting pattern which indicates fixing, there being no proof as yet to establish that match fixing actually took place. SPONSORSHIP FOR GOA PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE

Meanwhile, Churchill Brothers Sports Club has arranged the sponsorship for Goa Professional League (GPL) through Accord Sports Inc for three years – Rs. 25 Lakhs for 2020-21, Rs.30 Lakhs for 2021-22 and Rs. 40 Lakhs for 2021-22 with TV, Satellite, Cable, digital coverage, billboards, merchandising, fanzones, screening, branding, etc. The Sponsorship has been arranged by Mr. Churchill Alemao, President of Churchill Brothers Sports Club and Churchill Brothers Sports Club, CEO , Ms. Valanka Alemao with the help of Kolkata’s Ms . Deepa Das Munshi, wife of former late AIFF President Mr. P . Das Munshi.

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RETURNS AFTER 149 DAYS..


7.8.20: The UEFA Champions League 2019-20 is backafter 149 days for Corona virus Lock down. The 2019/20 season will return with the remaining fixtures of the round of 16 beginning on August 7. UEFA Champions league second round schedule:

08.08.2020 (2nd Leg) : Juventus (V/S) Lyon : (12:30 am IST) The first leg Lyon won by 1-0)
NOTE : Juventus lost in first leg to Rudy Garcia's Lyon through a first-half score of Lucas Tousart. Previous head-to-head: Juventus 1-1 Lyon, Lyon 0-1 Juventus, Juventus 2-1 Lyon, Lyon 0-1 Juventus. Juventus have been crowned Serie A champions for the ninth year in a row finishing just one point ahead of Inter Milan but On the final match day, manager Maurizio Sarri’s side lost 1-3 to AS Roma,

08.08.2020 (2nd Leg) : Manchester City (V/S) Real Madrid (12:30 am IST - Man City won 2-1 in First Leg)
Note : Pep Guardiola's team Man city won first Leg against Zinédine Zidane's Real Madrid where Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne score the goals. Josep Guardiola's side Man City have won 13 of their last 22 European matches, home and away, losing six. Between 2008 and 2012, Guardiola amassed 14 trophies as Barcelona coach, including the UEFA Champions League in 2009 and 2011 – beating Madrid in the semi-finals in the latter campaign. Guardiola's Bayern München side lost 0-5 on aggregate to Madrid (0-1 a, 0-4 h) in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RETURNS AFTE 149 DAYS

09.08.2020 (2nd Leg) : Bayern Munich (V/S) Chelsea ( 12:30 am IST - Bayern Munich won the first leg 3-0)

09.08.2020 (2nd Leg) : Barcelona (V/S) S.S Napoli (12:30 am IST - The first leg ended 1-1)

Teams that have already qualified for the quarter-finals: Paris Saint-Germain / Atletico Madrid / RB Leipzig / Atalanta

Quarter-final

12.08.2020 : 1st Quarter final : Atalanta vs Paris Saint-Germain
13.08.2020 : 2nd Quarter final : RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid
14.08.2020 : 3rd Quarter final : Possible : Napoli / Barcelona / Chelsea / Bayern Munchen
15.08.2020 : 4th Quarter final : Real Madrid / Manchester City / Lyon / Juventus

Semi-final

18.08.2020 : Semi-final-1
19.08.2020 : Semi-final-2

13.08.2020 : FINAL

Recent winners: 2019: Liverpool
2018: Real Madrid
2017: Real Madrid
2016: Real Madrid
2015: Barcelona
2014: Real Madrid
2013: Bayern Munich
2012: Chelsea
2011: Barcelona
2010: Inter Milan
2009: Barcelona

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KALYANI LIKELY TO HOST 2ND DIVISION I LEAGUE


4.8.20: Kalyani, likely to host the Second Division I League which expected to start from the middle of September. In a meeting between the Sports Minister of West Bengal Arup Biswas, IFA Secretary Joydeep Mukherjee and the two participating clubs Md Sporting and Bhawanipur FC it was agreed to host the tournament in Kolkata. Now, the decision will be finalised by AIFF.

The two teams Md Sporting and Bhawnipur are yet to start their practice session as it was decided by the Goverment that there will be no Sporting events as well as the practice session til 31st of August.

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GOA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION LETTER TO AIFF


03.08.20: GFA PRESS RELEASE : Goa Football association Letter to AIFF

GOA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION LETTER TO AIFF

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EAST BENGAL 100TH BIRTH DAY - SOME EX PLAYERS REPARCATION


01.08.20: East Bengal Club celebrates 100 years today. On this auspicious occasion we have a talk with some footballers, who have played for East Bengal, about their feelings regarding playing for the club.

EAST BENGAL 100TH BIRTH DAY - SOME EX PLAYERS REPARCATION In conversation with East Bengal ex Brazilian Footballer DOUGLAS SILVA ( 2002-2005) he says - “I would like to say congratulations and many many more years to come. I am a blessed person that I have played for this big club with one of the best fans all over the world and part of the 23 clubs that I played in my entire life as a footballer. East Bengal Club will be forever in my heart, and always. I thank fans for the love that I got from them since 2002, it's almost the same or more.”


EAST BENGAL 100TH BIRTH DAY - SOME EX PLAYERS REPARCATION DIPENDU BISWAS ( 2007-2008) – “East Bengal is a historical club. This club has millions of supporters around the world. I have played there wearing Jersey Number 10 and scored so many Goals and won Trophy. I like to see East Bengal to play in Indian Super League. I don’t know about this year whether East Bengal will play ISL or not, but I wish to see East Bengal in ISL . I have so many memories with East Bengal, from scoring in derby to winning NFL, Federation Cup and CFL. Three big clubs Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Mohammedan Sporting complement each other. I feel proud that I played all three clubs with jersey no. 10.“


EAST BENGAL 100TH BIRTH DAY - SOME EX PLAYERS REPARCATION HABIBUR RAHAMAN MONDOL ( 2004-2006) who pakyed East Bengal from 2004-2006 and won so many trophies as well as weared National Team Jersey for so many times tells us regarding this day – “It is a historical day in Indian Football. East Bengal is one of popular team not only in India but also from Asia. My heartiest wishes to all the officials and supporters on this special day. I am proud to be part of this club in my career.” I expect more success of this Gianbt club in Future and also salute the avid fans of the Red and Gold Bridgade.


EAST BENGAL 100TH BIRTH DAY - SOME EX PLAYERS REPARCATION Ex East Bengal player and versatile footballer RAHIM NABI ( 2004-2011) said that - “I have spent the majority of my playing career in East Bengal. East Bengal is one of the top clubs in India. This club is always very close to myself. Now the club is celebrating 100 years, it’s really a proud moment to us. “.Talking about the future of East Bengal, Nabi said –“East Bengal must participate in Indian Super League. ISL is top league now. With this huge amount of broadcast in ISL, more people can know about East Bengal.


EAST BENGAL 100TH BIRTH DAY - SOME EX PLAYERS REPARCATION PRASANTA CHAKRABORTY (1996-97) – “East Bengal is not only a name, it’s an emotion. Wearing this jersey, you have got back a dream which you have lost. Whenever I wear this jersey, it gives me the urge to do something more and more. I feel really proud that I have represented this club and those times are the glorious moments of my career.” I am so delighted in the 100th years of the club and remenber all off my happy moments in this club till my death. East Bengal fans are the power of the Club. I salute them from my heart and also pray for more and more success in coming years.


EAST BENGAL 100TH BIRTH DAY - SOME EX PLAYERS REPARCATION SANGRAM MUKHERJEE (1999-2004) Ex-skipper of East Bengal, Goalkeeper Sangram Mukherjee tells us that– “It is a special day to me as I started my professional career from East Bengal Club. I congratulate East Bengal for completing 100 years. I wish East Bengal will continue their successful journey with these amount of spectators to 1000 years. ”


EAST BENGAL 100TH BIRTH DAY - SOME EX PLAYERS REPARCATION Goalkeeper and Ex-Skipper of East Bengal, SUMIT MUKHERJEE tells us on this day that -“I have been captain of a club which has now 100 years of glory. It’s not only a club, but it is an identity of the people of Bengal. I am proud to be a part of this club. This is not only known in India, but all over the world. I wish East Bengal to reach much more success and glory in coming years.”


EAST BENGAL 100TH BIRTH DAY - SOME EX PLAYERS REPARCATION Ex- East Bengal player and currenty AFC 'B' license coach TRIJIT DAS ( 2000-2002) said" I am so glad and delighted to be a part of this World famous football team. I fulfiled my dream play in East Bengal in the year 2000 to 2002. One of the top rated clubs of Asia East Bengal has completed it's 100 glorious years. Hope East Bengal will shine more and more in upcoming yrars. I also admired the fans of East Bengal since last 100 years. Congratulations East Bengal --- Go ahead.


EAST BENGAL 100TH BIRTH DAY - SOME EX PLAYERS REPARCATION Ex- East Bengal player RANJAN DEY tells us that - “People know us because we played for clubs like East Bengal, Mohun Bagan. In my childhood, even in my dreams, I don’t believe that I will ever play for East Bengal. Respect of all the fans towards East Bengal and effort of all the officials throughout this journey, make this club one of the most popular clubs in India. It is an honour to me to play for East Bengal and with this I even represent my country. ”


EAST BENGAL 100TH BIRTH DAY - SOME EX PLAYERS REPARCATION ND RAFIQUE (2014-2018 / NEXT SEASON) tells us regarding this special day that – “East Bengal is in my emotion. I have played for East Bengal for early and also signed now. As a player, I feel proud to be part of this team which celebrates 100 years now. It’s tough to express how I am feeling now. I have never seen these passionate supporters in other teams where I played. I wish East Bengal will continue their glorious journey in long long years”


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