INDIAN & INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL NEWS - MAY : 2015

INDIA 38 Probable sQuad announced for 2018 World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification matches against Oman and Guam

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AIFF press release : National Coach Stephen Constantine announced his preliminary squad of 38 probables for India's forthcoming back to back 2018 World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification matches against Oman and Guam respectively. The list of 38 would be trimmed to 26 post completion of the ongoing edition of the Hero I-League.

The selected 26 Players along with the support staff would be reporting to the Camp in Bangalore on June 3 with the practice kicking-off from the following day, from June 4. India play their first match at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore on June 11 while the next match against Guam will be played in Guam on June 16. India have been clubbed in Group D along with Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan and Guam.

Speaking to www.the-aiff.com Constantine felt the Qualifiers provide India an opportunity to rub shoulders with the best.

"We are on the platform where we wanted to be. We are now competing against the best Teams in Asia and it's the stage for the best Teams to compete against each other,' Constantine told www.the-aiff.com.

"We have selected a group of Players that have impressed for their respective Clubs in the last two-three months. The list would be brought down to 26 for the preparatory Camp."

The squad of 38 probables stay as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Subrata Paul (Salgaocar SC), Arindam Bhattacharya (Kalyani Bharat FC), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Stabaek FC), Sanjiban Ghosh (Mumbai FC).

DEFENDERS: Rino Anto, Lalchhuanmawia (both Bengaluru FC), Reagan Singh, Lalhmangaihsanga (both Royal Wahingdoh FC), Pritam Kotal, Dhanachandra Singh (McDowell Mohun Bagan), Robert Lalthlamuana, Arnab Mondal, Gurwinder Singh (all Kingfisher East Bengal), Sandesh Jhingan (Sporting Clube de Goa), Augustin Fernandes (Salgaocar SC), Aiborlang Khongjee (Shillong Lajong FC).

MIDFIELDERS: Cavin Lobo, Md. Rafique (Kingfisher East Bengal), Eugenson Lyngdoh, CK Vineeth (both Bengaluru FC), Godwin Franco, Jackichand Singh, Saityasen Singh (all Royal Wahingdoh FC), Sehnaj Singh (McDowell Mohun Bagan), Dhanapal Ganesh (Pune FC), Mandar Rao Dessai, Francis Fernandes, Germanpreet Singh (all Dempo SC), Harmanjot Singh Khabra (Kingfisher East Bengal), Rowlin Borges (Sporting Clube de Goa) Bikash Jairu (Salgaocar SC).

FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh (Both Bengaluru FC), Holicharan Narzary (Dempo SC), Jeje Lalpekhlua (McDowell Mohun Bagan), Thongkhosien Haokip (Pune FC), Sumit Passi (Sporting Clube de Goa), Lalchhawnkima (Royal Wahingdoh FC).

Salgaocar FC's U-14 were crowned Champions of the GFA 1st Division U-14 league

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 Salgaocar FC's U-14 were crowned Champions of the GFA 1st Division U-14 league

salgaocar press release : Salgaocar FC's U-14 were crowned Champions of the GFA 1st Division U-14 league after finishing the season unbeaten on 30 points from a possible 36. 'The Greens' won 9 of the matches played and drew 3, scoring a whopping 43 goals in the process, whilst conceding only 9. Whilst Salgaocar did play all of their first leg matches, as many as 3 teams withdrew from the tournament during the course of the second leg, thereby ensuring an early finish to the league.

Salgaocar's teenagers drew much praise from several quarters for their attacking and entertaining style of football. The team's success can be attributed to the hard work by the players and coaching staff with Aaron Barreto and Samward Pereira exhibiting outstanding performances during the tournament.

Thus far this season, Salgaocar's juniors have emerged with 2 trophies already. In addition to the triumph of the U-14s, the U-19s annexed the GFA Third Division title whilst also qualifying for the final leg of the All-India U-19 I-League played in Pune, where they finished third. With the U-18s and U-20s performing exceedingly well in the GFA U-18 league and the Taca Goa respectively, the count is far from over. The success is also testimony to the club's famed Youth Development System, upon which huge emphasis is laid.

It is also no secret that the club's investment on youth development is significantly higher than most I-League clubs, with the budding footballers being provided the best facilities and training all year round opposed to merely for a couple of months, prior to and during a tournament. In addition, sessions on various important aspects including diet and nutrition are held for all the youth teams through the course of the year.