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AIZAWL FC TO CHALLANGE EAST BENGAL AT HOME

PREVIEW - 19.2.17: East Bengal to play the first match of the second leg against Aizawl FC at an away encounter in the current edition of I League. The Red and Gold Brigade had a back to back to back draws in the last two matches against the arch rivals Mohun Bagan followed by Shillong Lajong FC at Siliguri. Aizawl FC, currently placed at the third position in the I League table just behind the leaders East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.

HEAD TO HEAD
TOTAL MATCHES : 3
EAST BENGAL WON : 2
AIZAWL FC :0
EAST BENGAL SCORED: 6
AIZAWL FC: 3

East Bengal are leading the I League table with twenty one points after the end of ninth round. Though Mohun Bagan are at identical points but East Bengal are leading with a better goal average. It is a must win situation for East Bengal at Aizawl on Monday afternoon in order to stay as a leader in the I league table. It is likely that Trevor Morgan will going to replace some of his footballers and play in a new strategy in order to over come the strong North Eastern outfit. Arnab Mondal, Roberts, Romeo Fernandez and Abhinash Ruidas will be included in the first eleven against North Eastern outfit. In the first round ,East Bengal came from behind through Ivan Bukenka and drew level and shared points against Aizawl FC at Barasat.

The Red and Gold Brigade are expecting a tough challenge from Aizawl FC. While interacting in the pre match media meeting Trevor Morgan, the chief coach of Kolkata outfit said, We are not expecting anything less than a tough game from Aizawl FC tomorrow. Aizawl FC are having a fantastic season.

EAST BENGAL
PLAYED:9
WON : 6
DRAWN: 3
LOST : 0
GOAL SCORED:18
GOAL CONCEDED: 4
POINTS: 21

On the contrary Aizawl FC are having a dream run so far in the tournament. Aizawl FC deputed Khalid Jamil as their chief coach, who did a splendid job to build the team as an unit. Aizawl FC are yet to face a defeat at their home ground at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium,are confident to put up a strong fight against East Bengal on Monday.

AIZAWL FC
PLAYED:9
WON : 5
DRAWN: 2
LOST : 2
GOAL SCORED:12
GOAL CONCEDED: 9
POINTS: 17

Aizawl FC are optimistic for a postive result on Monday evening. Khalid Jamil while discussing in the pre match meeting said, It will be a tough match tomorrow, all players will have to give their best if we want to have a positive result tomorrow.

The tenth round match between East Bengal and Aizawl FC will going to tough clash as both the teams require points in order to maintain their position in the I League table. The match will kick off at 2.05 pm .



15.2: CLICK4 SCORE : EB VS LAJONG (4.30 PM)

15.02 : AIZAWL FC 1-1 BENGALURU (FT.)
AFC : Brandon 40'
BFC : Sunil Chhetri 45' :: TABLE

AFC : Albino, Kingsley, Z.Ralte, Al Amna, Jayesh, Alfred, Lalram Chullova, Brandon, Kamo, Ashutosh, Lalruatthara.

BFC : Amrinder, Sandesh, Salam, Khabra, Sena, Lenny, Lyndoh, Watson, Udanta, Sunil, Daniel
90': SCORE 1-1.
HT : SCORE: AFC 1-1 BFC
45': 2 minute added time.
45': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-1. A powerful 30 yard shot of Sunil beats Aizawl keeper.

40': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-0 to AIZAWL FC. Brandon scored off a pass from Asutosh Mehta.

BFC PRESS RELEASE : Albert Roca believes that a tough fixture away from home against a team in form could be just what Bengaluru FC need to fix a wobble as the Blues take on Aizawl FC at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, in Aizawl, on Wednesday.

A combination of injuries, suspensions and moments of poor luck has stretched the Blues winless streak to four games in the League. But the Spanish coach was confident that his side are close to turning a corner if the chances being created in attack are anything to go by.

Weve been playing some good football and its only a matter of putting to bed the chances we are creating. Against Minerva, we were plain unlucky. But thats football. Weve picked ourselves up and are focused on the challenge that Aizawl will throw at us. They are a team thats high on confidence and are playing at home which means everything is against us. Its going to be a test of our character and Im sure the boys will be up to it.

Having played a game more than Bengaluru, Khalid Jamil-coached Aizawl are third on the table with 16 points and have turned up with some impressive performances this season. Their biggest win came last weekend when Aizawl clawed back from a goal down to beat Churchill Brothers 3-1 at home.

Bengaluru, meanwhile, come off the back of a frustrating 1-1 stalemate at home against Minerva Punjab FC, where a late own goal canceled skipper Sunil Chhetris opener, his fourth goal in as many games. The Blues will be without foreign centre backs John Johnson and Juan Gonzalez, who are still serving suspensions, and the coach expects expects a tough clash on Wednesday.

Aizawl are doing well and it is important to be cautious in our approach as we know that we cannot afford to slip up again. We cannot take them lightly or be complacent and have to put our chances away if we are to take anything away from this game, he said.




YUBABHARATI LIKELY TO HOST THE FINAL OF THE U 17 WORLD CUP

FIFA MEDIA RELEASE - 25.10.16 A 13 members FIFA delegation led by Tracy Lu and Marion Mayer-Vorfelder along with the Local Organising Committee ratified Kolkata as a venue for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017. Culminating the trip which saw them visit all the 6 venues for the tournament � Kochi, Navi Mumbai, Goa, New Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata between October 19-25, 2016, the delegation deemed progress to be satisfactory and seemed upbeat about India�s first ever FIFA tournament.

The delegation also revealed the dates for the tournament, which will be hosted by the ratified cities, between 6th and 28th October 2017.Emphasis was placed on the state of the pitches and training sites to make sure they would be up to the mark when the tournament commences. Issues that were discussed with the local authorities included stadium infrastructure, competitions, marketing, media, television, tourism and public promotions and transport, among others.

On behalf of the LOC, Project Director Joy Bhattacharjya highlighted the historical occasion that this represents. �This World Cup has the potential of changing Indian football and we need everyone�s support to make it happen. The kind of work that the different State Governments have put so far has been great and now we are looking forward to keep working with them towards increasing the foothold of the Event on their States and across the country. Everyone really needs to go all out to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity for Indian sports, and that will be our focus for the coming year�.

Talking about the results of the official inspection, Event Head for the tournament, Marion Mayer-Vorfelder said, �The state of West Bengal has shown tremendous enthusiasm in getting this venue ready and we are thoroughly impressed. The association of Football to the state of West Bengal goes back to the nineteenth century and we are really happy to announce it as a FIFA World Cup venue. From what my team saw, it was acknowledged that preparations for the marquee event have begun in full swing and the efforts put in by the State Governments and other stakeholders were welcomed and accepted.�

The press conference attended by Mr. Aroop Biswas, Minister � Sports, Government of West Bengal, Mr Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Minister of State for Sports, Government of West Bengal, Mr SA Baba � IAS & Principal Secretary � Sports for the Government of West Bengal and Mr Subrata Dutta � President of the IFA.Elated with the announcement, Mr Biswas said �We are extremely happy that Kolkata has officially been ratified as a World Cup venue; we believe that this is one of the best stadiums in the country and the work that has been put in by the state government across the venue are in alignment with our vision to develop sports here. Come 2017 thus, we are excited to showcase the enthusiasm that the state has for the game for the world.�

Besides visiting the stadium, the delegation also assessed the condition of the training sites proposed for the venue, namely the VYBK Practice Grounds 1 and 2, and the SAI Netaji Subhas Eastern Regional Centre Pitch 1 and 2. With regards to the overall preparedness of the venues, Javier Ceppi, Tournament Director of the LOC added, �We are very happy to complete the process of ratification of venues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 with Kolkata. This goes to show that, a year from the Tournament, we are in a good place with the progress made. We now need to concentrate on all the details that will make this Tournament successful. We are extremely appreciative of the support that the Government of West Bengal has given us right from the start. The World Cup has taken its rightful place here as the single most important football event that this football crazy state has ever hosted.�

The next official FIFA inspection is scheduled early next year to ascertain the progress on the pending works and the operational planning for India 2017.


ATLETICO TO FACE MUMBAI CITY IN SECOND ROUND ENCOUNTER

PREVIEW : 24.10.16 - Atletico De Kolkata and Mumbai City FC will going to meet in the second round league match in the third edition of Indian Super League at Rabindra Sarobar stadium on Tuesday evening. The first round encounter ended in a 1-1 draw as both the team shared points. Atletico De Kolkata are the only unbeaten team in the competition are confident enough to gain full points. While the chief coach of Mumbai City Fc's Coastarican coach Alexandre Guimaraes are of the opinion that his team will adopt the right strategy in order to consolidate a commendable position in the league table.

The view of the two coaches in the pre match press conference :

ATLETICO DE KOLKATA PLAYED :
WON :
DRAWN :
LOST :
GOAL SCORED :
GOAL CONCEDED :
POINTS :

JOSE MOLINA: "I hope when we play against Mumbai City FC at home all the players will be ready. I hope they will give their best, try to win and take all three points. If we go top of the table that is good but that is not the most important thing now. We want to win the three points. Getting the three points matters most because that takes us closer to our goal, the semis. It doesn�t matter if we are on top of the table then.�

ATLETICO DE KOLKATA
PLAYED : 5
WON : 2
DRAWN : 3
LOST : 0
GOAL SCORED : 6
GOAL CONCEDED : 4
POINTS : 9

ALEXANDRE GUIMARES "We go to play against Atletico de Kolkata to get the points that we didn't get against FC Goa.�

The Costarican coach will have to juggle with his squad after several of his players picked up injuries. Leo Costa and Anwar Ali could only make it to the bench in the previous match because of injuries, while Pronay Halder and Defederico had to be substituted. Boithang Haokip is still recovering from the knock against Kerala Blasters, leaving Guimaraes very little to pick from, especially since four of his players are still on duty with Bengaluru FC in the AFC Cup.

The match will kick off 7 pm IST.


Brazil announced squad for Argentina and Peru match

Brazil coach Tite has made only one change to his squad for the November World Cup qualifiers against Argentina (November 10) and Peru (November 16).
Tite added Sao Paulo's Rodrigo Caio due to the absence of Real Madrid's Casemiro. Chelsea midfielder Oscar was left out of the squad.

Brazil squad:
Goalkeepers: Alex Muralha (Flamengo), Alisson (Roma), Weverton (Atletico Paranaense)
Defenders: Daniel Alves (Juventus), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Marquinhos (PSG), Miranda (Inter Milan), Thiago Silva (PSG), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo)
Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Giuliano (Zenit), Lucas Lima (Santos), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Willian (Chelsea)
Forwards: Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras), Neymar (Barcelona), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

ATLETICO YET TO TASTE A WIN AGAINST DELHI DYNAMOS

PREVIEW - 21.10.16: Atletico De Kolkata will face the challenge of Delhi Dynamos in an important outing on Saturday evening at Kolkata. The match promises to be important for both the teams as ATK needs full points in order to climb the ladder in the league table. Atletico De kolkata yet to taste a win against Delhi Dynamos in the last two editions of the competition are placed at fifth position in the league table with six points. Delhi Dynamos requires point in order to consolidate further for a position among the first four teams in the competition are also with six points but they are a step ahead of their oppornant.

The views of the coaches in the pre-match press conference :

JOSE MOLINA

PLAYED : 4
WON : 1
DRAWN : 3
LOST : 0
GOAL SCORED :5
GOAL CONCEDED :4
POINTS : 6

"We try to improve because we want to win but okay, one more point, 10 more matches still to play, five more matches here at home. The bad thing is that we again didn�t win at home but the good thing is we didn�t lose. Offense Nato and Tiri are now fit and they are likely to be included in the squad. It will be a tough match against Delhi Dynamos, but we are confident enough for a positive result."

GIANLUCA ZAMBROTTA

MUMBAI CITY FC PLAYED : 6
WON : 2
DRAWN : 2
LOST : 2
GOAL SCORED : 6
GOAL CONCEDED : 6
POINTS : 8

"It will be a tough match against ATK as the match is important for us. ATK is a good team and playing quite satisfactorily. ISL is promising to be a competitive tournament shortly.The last match in particular was difficult for Delhi as we had to fight back twice from a two-goal deficit. Fortunately, because of some mistakes from the Mumbai City FC team we could come back from 3-1 down."

The match will kick off at 7 pm IST.



DY PATIL STADIUM : VENEW FOR U-17 WORLD CUP IN MUMBAI

20.10.16 Navi Mumbai, October 20, 2016: The 23-member strong delegation comprising experts from FIFA and LOC visited the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai today, and ratified the venue for next year�s FIFA U-17 World Cup.

The stakeholders of the D.Y Patil Stadium had ensured the work was done to fulfil all compliance criteria for the final ratification. Tournament director Javier Ceppi was happy with the preparations at the Navi Mumbai and said, �Credit goes to the DY Patil group, they have been a fantastic partner into making a World Cup in Navi Mumbai a reality. The choice to ratify them as a Venue was not hard, because this is a world-class facility with world-class owners. We hope that this is a great step to make football even bigger in Maharashtra.�

The basis for the ratification for the Navi Mumbai venue not only focused on the main DY Patil Stadium and the training sites, but also took into account the interest that local authorities took throughout the process. Dr Vijay Patil, president of D.Y. Patil Sports Academy was present at the conference and was immensely proud at the prospect of hosting India�s first football World Cup in his Stadium. He exuded, �I am delighted to know that Navi Mumbai is selected as the venue for FIFA U17 World Cup. I wish to place on record deep appreciation for FIFA, AIFF and its president Mr Praful Patel WIFA and all individuals who have worked hard to ensure this tournament is a huge success. Navi Mumbai is a fast growing city with a large youth population base. it is fast transforming into an education hub which is similar to the change Boston has seen in 1900 s." The CEO of the Western India Football Association (WIFA), Mr. Henry Menezes was present at the media meeting.

Particular attention was paid to the state of pitches and the four training sites that include DY Patil Football Ground, DY Patil Cricket Ground, Yeshwatrao Chavan Maidan, and Navi Mumbai Sports Association Ground.

FIFA Project Lead for the U-17 World Cup Ms Tracy Lu too expressed her satisfaction with the progression of preparation at the venue, �We were here in February last time and we are really pleased with the progress made here. The initiative taken by the owners of the facility is incredible and we are proud to be associated with them. They have invested a lot to modify the cricket facilities to suit the requirements of a FIFA U17 World Cup; also we are extremely happy with the exceptional work that has been put in here to get the training sites ready.� Navi Mumbai became the second venue to be approved after Kochi got the green light to host next year's marquee youth tournament.

The delegation will visit Goa on 22nd October.


INDIAN WOMEN�S LEAGUE PRELIMS TO KICK-OFF ON OCT 17

AIFF Press Release: The preliminary round of the inaugural edition of the Indian Women's League 2016-17 will kick-off in Cuttack on October 17, 2016. Ten Teams across the Country will lock horns to qualify for the National Finals which will be held later.
The Teams have been divided into two groups and the top finisher from each group will earn a ticket to the Finals.
Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF termed it as a �historical moment� for Indian Football, let alone the Women Footballers.
�Promotion of Women�s Football stays on our priority list at All India Football Federation and this League is going to further enhance our process. Our primary aim is to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2018 and the League will offer the perfect platform for our Women Footballers to showcase their talent,� he told AIFF.
"Indeed this is a historical moment for Indian Football. There have been quite a few Women Footballers who have plied their trade abroad in the recent past. But with our own Indian Women's League coming up the ecosystem will be more sustainable and fool proof."
AIFF Technical Director Scott O�Donell felt that the League will enable the girls to �foresee a career ahead.�
"The women Footballers will feel the urge to prove themselves as they can foresee a career ahead. The youngsters who used to look up to Bembem Devi, Aditi Chauhan and others are being given the platform to prove their worth. A professional league is always needed to sustain a Player's career and that's what has been planned,� he stated to AIFF.
�Besides, this will also provide motivation for many young girls who are currently part of our GR Programmes across India.�
The 10 Teams who have been divided into two Groups are as follows:

Group I: Royal Wahingdoh FC (Meghalaya), Alakhpura FC (Haryana), Rising Student FC (Odisha), New Quartz FC (Kerala) and Bodyline FC (WIFA).
Group II: Eastern Sporting Union FC (Manipur), KRYPHSA FC (Manipur), Jeppiyar Institute FC (Pondicherry), Sudeva Moonlight FC (Delhi) and UPFC (Uttar Pradesh).

JEJE IS THE MOST PROMISING FOOTBALLER OF INDIA : MATERAZZI

1.10.16 : The champions of the first two edition of ISL Atletico De Kolkata and Chenniyian Fc will going to meet at the Rabindra Sarobar stadium, Kolkata on Sunday evening. The reactions of both the coaches in the pre match media meeting.

JOSE MOLINA : "I think in football it�s not about revenge. They won last season and we can do nothing about that. If we win tomorrow against Chennaiyin FC, we will not play last season�s final. It�s already over. This is not a revenge match; it�s a new season.Of course, this is my first match in the ISL and I am happy about that. We had a good pre-season in Spain and now 10 days in Kolkata. I think we are ready. I have confidence in my players and the team. To start against the champions is also difficult. They are a strong team and it will be a tough match but like I told you before, I have absolute confidence in my team. �

MARCO MATERAZZI: �First of all, I�m happy to be here for the third year and I�m proud to be here. Every year you start again and for me there is no key player, there is only the team. Last year, we have shown we can be a strong team. I want to thank all the players that were there with me last year, particularly Bruno Pelissari, but as I said, every year is different. We will start this adventure again with new players and what matters actually is the team, and there are no key players.I think Jeje should not just be the best striker, he should be the best player of India. And I�m not just saying this because we have him on our team. He really is a really, really good player. His growth was amazing, and over two years unbelievable. He is a very important player for me but also for India as well. And he is an icon that can help develop football in India,�

ATLETICO DE KOLKATA IS ALL SET TO CONQUER IN THE THIRD EDITION

23.9.16: Atletico De Kolkata is now set to dominate in the third edition of Indian Super League after a successful pre season camp Los Angeles de San Rafael ground at Spain. In a media meeting at Kolkata the ISL franchisee introduced their 'New team anthem' and 'New tag line' in presence of the co-owners Mr Sanjiv Goenka,Mr Utsav Parehk and Marquee footballer Helder Postiga,Ian Hume and Arnab Mondal. The champions of the inaugural edition of ISL Atletico de Kolkata brand their new song and the team management announced the new tagline " Aamar Bukey ATK" in order to boost up the footballers and the fanatics.

While interacting with the media at Kolkata, Sanjiv Goneka the co-owner of the team feels that this year the team is comprised of dynamic Indian and foreign recruits who are all set to exhibit their skills in the competition.Mr Goenka urged the football lovers to pray for ATK so that the franchisee can came back with the trophy. While answering Mr Goenka added that Rabindra Sarobar stadium will be completely ready before the first match on the 2nd October against Chenniyian FC. Though he did not clearly stated the time of the match as the environmentalist had a strong protest against the match under the flood lights. The Marquee footballer Helder Postiga is now fully fit to dawn the red and white colours of ATK. Postiga are in a good shape and had a successful season of five months with Rio Ave FC. Postiga added that he feels proud to be a member of ATK team and is ready to play a positive brand of football in the tournament.


MISSION IX MILLION STARTS AT GOA

23.9.16: The pilot for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 - Mission Eleven Million kicked off today here in Goa. Principals and Physical Education teachers from 50 schools attended the workshop which launches what will eventually reach out to 12000 schools over 29 states, thus becoming the biggest school contact program ever held in India.

Dignitaries, who were part of the pioneer program will start activity in their schools on 26th September and eventually the Festival will be held at the Benaulim Ground where 25 students from each school will participate. Targeting kids aged between 10 to 18 years, it also aims at engaging boys, girls and special children together.

Talking at the event, Scott O�Donell, Technical Director, All India Football Federation said, �It�s all about having fun and getting more and more kids involved.

It�s about getting away from the smart phones, laptops, sometime from the books. It�s about having some quality fun time.�

He even went on to explain the importance of the 4v4 game to the teachers, �We used to play 11v11 game during our childhood days. But a 4v4 game will make the children interact more among themselves, and then only our purpose will be served.

Moreover, there will be incentives for the kids and the teachers as well. Promising kids will be handed over FIFA U-17 World Cup tickets and many more. Even there will be endowments for the teachers as well, including an opportunity to appear in the AFC licensing grassroots course.�

Also present at the event was Javier Ceppi, Tournament Director, LOC, FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017. Reminiscing his childhood, he exuded, �It�s about creating memories, the relationships I forged on the football field have endured the most; I wish these kids see towards the game and how we are helping them to change their perception towards the game. For us, to be honest, it�s not a project, it�s a mission. It�s almost going to be like the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in sports�.


EAST BENGAL AWARDED THREE POINTS BY IFA

20.9.16: East Bengal awarded full three points by IFA against the arch rival Mohun Bagan, as the later did not turn up to play the Derby at the Kalyani Municipal stadium on 7th September. The sub committee today decided to grant three points to the CFL champion East Bengal and further decided to deduct two more points from Mohun Bagan only after an inspection of the mails. The committee will see that if Mohun Bagan refused to play or they requested to change the date of the match.

The officials of Mohun Bagan Srinjay Basu and Debasish Dutta were showcased by the sub committee for their comments in different media. IFA will send the showcase letter to the officials and they need to respond within seven days.

EAST BENGAL TO START THEIR MISSION IN BORDOLOI TROPHY

18.9.16: After a successful triumph in the Kolkata CFL ,East Bengal will start their mission in the 64th edition of the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Trophy Football Tournament which will be held under floodlights from September 18 to September 30. As many of the footballers are busy in the preparation for Indian Super League, East Bengal will play the tournament with the junior footballers as well as some footballers from the academy.

KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL SQUAD for BORDOLOI TROPHY
Luis Barreto, Dibyendu Sarkar, Avilash Paul, Samad Ali Mallick, Callum Angus, Kaushik Sarkar, Arashpreet Singh, Deepak Singh, Prohlad Roy, Nikhil Poojary, Jiten Murmu, Dong Hyun Do, Somide Adeleja, L. Sanathoi, M. Clinton, T. Suranjit, Mehtab Singh, Chinglen, Yami Longvah, Bidyasagar Singh, Lalchhanhima, Prakash Sarkar.

Head Coach cum Manager: Ranjan Chowdhury.
Asst. Coach cum GK Coach: Abhijit Mondal.


DSK Shivajians FC appoint John Andrews as Strength and Conditioning Coach

07.09.2016 : DSK PRESS RELEASE : DSK Shivajians appointment of 37 years old John Andrews as the new Strength and Conditioning Coach for the first team. John is a UEFA 'A' License Coach, who has expertise in strength and conditioning, joins First Team Manager Dave Rogers backroom staff for the season ahead. John is also an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer with a Degree in Physical Education and Health.

Andrews, 37, was a professional footballer before he retired and ventured into coaching. He coached HvitiRiddarinn and Afturelding Women�s Team in the past. Following the latter, he diverted his focus on to strength and conditioning of players, developing FRP Fitness for regular people.

Talking about John�s appointment, Dave, said: �I have known John for many years throughout my football career. We played against each other many times. He has always been a man of integrity and complete professionalism in the way he conducts himself. I decided to bring in John because his knowledge and attention to detail in Strength & Conditioning which is second to none.�

John is also an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer with a Degree in Physical Education and Health.

His football career spanned over 16 years, where he played for the likes of Grantham Town, Mansfield Town, and Coventry City. John also played for Cork City in Ireland back in 2002. He ended his football career in the first division of Iceland with Afturelding.

Expressing his excitement on joining DSK Shivajians, John said: �It is an honour and a pleasure to be on board the most exciting and developing club in India. My goal here is to improve the strength, well-being, and overall health of the players and to push DSK Shivajians to the next level of our football journey. Thank you for the opportunity, and I look forw

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MOHUN BAGAN DENIES TO PLAY THE DERBY ON 7TH

5.9.16: The much awaited CFL Derby between the arch rivals East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are uncertain now. The match is being schedule on the 7th of September at the Kalyani Municipal stadium .The drama regarding the derby continues as Mohun Bagan refused to play due to improper distribution of tickets and inadequate time for proper training schedule before the high profile match.

In a letter to IFA, the General Secretary of Mohun Bagan, Mr Anjan Mitra wrote, the club are having 6324 valued members.IFA communicated earlier to Mohun Bagan that 4000 tickets will be provided for the Derby. Furthur ,Mr Mitra mentioned that today evening IFA e mailed and informed to reduce the number of tickets to 2000 as the Government authorities did not permit the temporary structures to be filled up during the course of the match.So, how Mohun Bagan will cope up with the shortage of the entry passes.

Mohun Bagan are not satisfied regarding the training schedule before the Derby. While interacting with the media at the club tent Mr Debasish Dutta,the Finance Secretary of Mohun Bagan said the technical committee of the club are of the opinion that footballers did not knew the pitch of Kalyani. So, it requires two practice sessions to get accustomed before the match.

Meanwhile, East Bengal are ready to play the Derby on 7th September.But they will not participate in the Derby after the schedule date. IFA Secretary, Utpal Ganguly are in a mood to host the Derby on 7th September at Kalyani.

ISL CONDUCTS WORKSHOP FOR MATCH OFFICIALS

ISL PRESS RELEASE - 2.9.16: The Hero ISL Referee Workshop conducted by FIFA instructor, Ishiyama Noburu from Japan at Mumbai came to an end on Thursday. The three-day long workshop from August 30 to September 1 is an initiative taken by the ISL in keeping with its objective to help football grow across all aspects by conducting numerous theoretical as well as practical sessions.

A total of 26 AIFF match officials- 13 referees and 13 assistant referees were trained at the workshop that focused on enhancing the knowledge, application and interpretation of the laws of the game with effective teamwork and communication amongst the officials.

Speaking on the occasion, Ishiyama Noburu said, �The partnership between the ISL and the AIFF has developed into a very professional and collaborative relationship putting referee development at the heart of their priorities. This is my second stint as I have trained the Referees in the first ever workshop in 2014 as well. I have seen a significant increase in the officials� knowledge and experience which is clearly demonstrated through their higher level of interaction during the practical and theory teaching sessions.�

The workshop included sessions on topics that were segregated into new interpretation of laws, teamwork in match officials, management skills and field training.

KALYANI : PREPARING FOR THE FIRST EVER DERBY

27.8.16: Kalyani, a small industrial town in the district of Nadia to host the most prestigious match of Indian football. After a prolonged discussion, IFA decided to organize the CFL Derby between the two arch rivals East Bengal and Mohun Bagan at the Kalyani Municipal stadium on 7th of September. Though Kalyani Stadium hosted the match between East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting and some important matches of I League in the past but this will be first instance when a high profile match is organize at the industrial town of Kalyani. The other two high profile matches of the CFL between East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting and Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting will be held at Kalyani on 11th and 14th September respectively.

After a week long dilemma regarding the date and the venew of the Derby IFA finally decided and declared Kalyani as the new venew where a temporary gallery will be install for the Derby at the two ends of the ground. According to the organizers almost sixteen thousand spectators are likely to witness the match and 25% of the counters sales will be shared by the participating teams and the remaining amount by IFA. The Kalyani Municipality are in touch with the local Police authorities for security on the match day in and outside the playing arena on 7th September. It is expected to have almost twelve thousand security personnel on the Derby day at Kalyani stadium.

The members of both the participating teams can collect their entry passes on production of their current years valid membership cards. A limited number of tickets (Rs 100/-) will be on sale by the organizers from the counters of the stadium.

The Derby will start at Kalyani Municipal Stadium at 3 pm IST.


ANDHERI SPORTS COMPLEX : HOME STADIUM FOR MUMBAI CITY FC

26.8.16: Mumbai City FC today formally announced that the Shahaji Raje Bhosle Kreeda Sankul (known popularly as the Andheri Sports Complex � BKLP) will be their new home stadium for the upcoming season of the Indian Super League.

The Complex houses the Mumbai Football Arena which was constructed and developed in accordance with FIFA guidelines earlier this year and will now host Mumbai City FC�s home matches come October. The Arena will serve as the team's fortress and stronghold and will house the club's passionate supporters for the season.


STEPHEN CONSTANTINE ANNOUNCES 28 FOOTBALLERS FOR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

25.8.16: The commercial capital of India, Mumbai will going to host an International match after sixty one years. India played the last International match at Mumbai against USSR in the year 1955. Indian national coach Stephen Constantine announced his probable squad of 28 footballers for India�s forthcoming International Friendly match against Puerto Rico which is to be played on the 3rd September at Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai.

The squad against Puerto Rico are :

GOALKEEPERS: Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh
DEFENDERS: Rino Anto, Sandesh Jhingan, Arnab Mondal, Keegan Pereira, Chinglensana Singh, Pritam Kotal, Narayan Das, Fulganco Cardozo.
MIDFIELDERS: Vinit Rai, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Pronay Halder, Jackichand Singh, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Bikash Jairu, Udanta Singh, Halicharan Narzary, Rowlin Borges, Alwyn George, Germanpreet Singh, Md. Rafique, Arjun Tudu.
FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumeet Passi.

The selected footballers will have to report at Mumbai on the 28th August, while the camp will start on and from the 29th August.

SPANISH CENTER FORWARD JUAN BELENCOSO SIGNS FOR ATLETICO DE KOLKATA

ATLETICO DE KOLKATA PRESS RELEASE - 25.8.16 : The champions of inaugural edition and the semi finalist of the second season of Indian Super League, Atl�tico de Kolkata, announced today the signing of Spanish Centre Forward JUAN CARLOS RODRIGUES BELENCOSO and added more fervor in their strong International line up of players. Known for his hard working nature and skills, Belencoso is a fan favourite with his clinical finishes and played for Kitchee FC in Hong Kong. Belencoso also played for sides like Albacete Balompi�, UB Conquense, CD Lugo and C�diz CF. From 2002 to 2008, following a brief spell in Portugal, Juan Belencoso competed mainly in Segunda Divisi�n B, representing in that level Real Ja�n, M�rida UD, CE L'Hospitalet and CD Baza. After the announcement of signing dynamic Indian players and retaining seven international recruits including marquee player for this season now the addition of Belencoso will add to the composition and strength of the team.

Juan Belencoso : Born in Elche de la Sierra, Albacete, Belencoso started playing as a senior with amateurs Deportivo Rayo Cantabria. From 2002 to 2008, following a brief spell in Portugal, he competed mainly in Segunda Divisi�n B, representing in that level Real Ja�n, M�rida UD, CE L'Hospitalet and CD Baza. Belencoso reached Segunda Divisi�n for the first time in the 2008�09 seasons, signing with local Castile-La Mancha club Albacete Balompi�. He made his debut in the competition on 31 August 2008, coming in as a late substitute in a 2�1 home win against Sevilla Atl�tico, but only scored twice in the league over the course of two full seasons.

MOHUN BAGAN AGREED TO PLAY THE CFL DERBY

22.8.16: At last Mohun Bagan agreed to play the much awaited CFL Derby against their arch rival East Bengal. This was decided in a meeting at Kolkata after a joint meeting between the IFA Secretary Utpal Ganguly and Mohun Bagan officials Anjan Mitra, Debasish Dutta and Srinjay Bose. Though the venue and the date of the Derby is yet to be finalized.

Mohun Bagan officials refused to play as they were demanding 25% shares from TV broadcasting and ticket sale. While interacting after the meeting in a club at Kolkata , Utpal Ganguly , IFA Secretary said that Mohun Bagan are demanding logically and it is likely that 25% share from the ticket sale will be given to the participating teams and the rest 50% will be enjoyed by IFA. But it is not possible to share the amount from the TV broadcasting rights.

There will be an executive meeting of IFA shortly to finalize the venue and date of the biggest carnival of Indian football .

RABINDRA SAROBAR : THE NEW HOME VENUE FOR ATLETICO DE KOLKATA

21.8.16: A new home venue for Atletico De Kolkata. The champions of the inaugural edition of Indian Super League, Atletico De Kolkata will play their home matches at Rabindra Sarovar Stadium at South Kolkata. This was officially announced by the Kolkata franchisee in a Press Release. The ISL franchisee were forced to changed the home ground as Yubabharati Kriangan is under renovation for the U-17 World Cup.Kolkata�s Rabindra Sarobar Stadium built in 1961, has a capacity of 22,000 spectators.

The Atletico officials are in search of a new home venue since long and finally decide to set up their new fortress at Rabindra Sarobar which is located at the heart of South Kolkata with good communications through roads, circular railway and Metro Railway from all parts of the city and it's surroundings. It will be undoubtedly a new era in the history of Rabindra Sarobar on 2nd of October when Atletico De Kolkata will face Chenniyian FC in the third edition of ISL. Rabindra Sarobar hosted a number of I league and some international matches along with CFL in the recent past.


GUHAWATI TO HOST THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE THIRD EDITION OF ISL

20.8.16 :Football Sports Development Ltd, the promoters of Hero Indian Super League have finally decided that Guwahati,to host the opening ceremony of the third edition of Hero Indian Super League 2016.
The North East region of India have established itself as the emerging football powerhouse in the country. By awarding Guwahati the rights to host ISL 2016 opening ceremony, Football Sports Development wishes to celebrate North East�s contribution to the development of Indian football and recognise the potential it has in shaping the future of the beautiful game in the country.
Indira Gandhi Stadium, Sarusajai, with a capacity of 30,000 will be the venue of grand opening ceremony along with the inaugural match of the competition. The North East United will play the opening match against Kerala Blasters FC after the opening ceremony.



SAYED NAYEEMUDDIN HONORED WITH "MOHUN BAGAN RATNA" ON MOHUN BAGAN DAY

29.7.16: One the most important day in the club calendar is 29th July when Mohun Bagan Day is celebrated every year. It was on 29th July 1911 ,when Mohun Bagan lifted the IFA Shield for the first time in pre independence era defeating East Yorkshire Regiment in the final.

In a glamours function at the club ground Mohun Bagan felicitated Sayed Nayeemuddin with "MOHUN BAGAN RATNA" and a cash award of one lack.The award handed over to Sayed Nayeemuddin by the General Secretary of Mohun Bagan Mr Anjan Mitra. It was really a proud moment for Nayeemuddin ,who honored with "ARJUNA" and "DRONACHARYA AWARD" by the Government of India . The "FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR" awardee Sony Nordi and Jeje Lalpeklua were not present to receive their awards.

In the afternoon two exhibition matches played where the ex footballers participated.The second match played between Sports Journalist and the film stars of Tollygunj Film Industry.

ADELEJA SIGNED FOR EAST BENGAL AS THIRD FOREIGNER

East Bengal signed Somide ADELEJA as their third foreigner. ADELEJA was on trail in practice session and in exhibition matches since last few days and finally signed today after receiving confirmation from the head coach Trevor Morgan .

According to a reliable source that,Trevor Morgan was not satisfied with the performance of ADELEJA during the practice session but had no other option after the Haitain striker Wedson refused to join. ADELEJA signed to play the Kolkata CFL as the officials are in search of a good striker to play in the I League and other tournaments.

ADELEJA played for Mohammedan Sporting club in Kolkata but played the second division I League for Guwahati FC in the recent concluded season.

SAYED NAYEEMUDDIN WILL BE AWARDED WITH "MOHUN BAGAN RATNA"

27.7.16: Mohun Bagan Day to be celebrated on 29th of July at the club ground in Kolkata maidan. Mohun Bagan will going to felicitated footballers along the personal from the other discipline of sports on 29th evening.
The ex-footballer and coach Sayed Nayeemuddin will be awarded with "MOHUN BAGAN RATNA" while Jeje Lalpeklua and Sony Nordi will be felicitated with the "FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR" award for their outstanding contribution in the recently concluded season.
Sayed Nayeemuddin can be rated as one of the successful central defender in Indian football. In the young age Nayeem was under the guidance of S.A.Rahim, one of the legendary coach at Hyderabad. Nayeem was introduced in Kolkata by J.C.Guha of East Bengal and later played in all the three big clubs of Kolkata- East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting quite successfully. Nayeem represented India in a number of important international matches.
Sayed Nayeemuddin was the coach of India National team as well as the three giants of Kolkata. He is rightly awarded with "DRONACHARYA AWARD" by Government of India in 1990 for his contribution to sport in India. He is also the recipient of the prestigious "ARJUNA AWARD". Syed Nayeemuddin remains one of the most educated coaches in Indian football is known to be a strict disciplinarian and expects.

ADELEJA SIGNED FOR EAST BENGAL AS THIRD FOREIGNER

East Bengal signed Somide ADELEJA as their third foreigner. ADELEJA was on trail in practice session and in exhibition matches since last few days and finally signed today after receiving confirmation from the head coach Trevor Morgan .

According to a reliable source that,Trevor Morgan was not satisfied with the performance of ADELEJA during the practice session but had no other option after the Haitain striker Wedson refused to join. ADELEJA signed to play the Kolkata CFL as the officials are in search of a good striker to play in the I League and other tournaments.

ADELEJA played for Mohammedan Sporting club in Kolkata but played the second division I League for Guwahati FC in the recent concluded season.

SAYED NAYEEMUDDIN WILL BE AWARDED WITH "MOHUN BAGAN RATNA"

27.7.16: Mohun Bagan Day to be celebrated on 29th of July at the club ground in Kolkata maidan. Mohun Bagan will going to felicitated footballers along the personal from the other discipline of sports on 29th evening.
The ex-footballer and coach Sayed Nayeemuddin will be awarded with "MOHUN BAGAN RATNA" while Jeje Lalpeklua and Sony Nordi will be felicitated with the "FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR" award for their outstanding contribution in the recently concluded season.
Sayed Nayeemuddin can be rated as one of the successful central defender in Indian football. In the young age Nayeem was under the guidance of S.A.Rahim, one of the legendary coach at Hyderabad. Nayeem was introduced in Kolkata by J.C.Guha of East Bengal and later played in all the three big clubs of Kolkata- East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting quite successfully. Nayeem represented India in a number of important international matches.
Sayed Nayeemuddin was the coach of India National team as well as the three giants of Kolkata. He is rightly awarded with "DRONACHARYA AWARD" by Government of India in 1990 for his contribution to sport in India. He is also the recipient of the prestigious "ARJUNA AWARD". Syed Nayeemuddin remains one of the most educated coaches in Indian football is known to be a strict disciplinarian and expects.

MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING REGISTERED FOOTBALLERS AT IFA OFFICE

27.7.16: Mohammedan Sporting Club today signed and registered fifteen footballers at the IFA office, Kolkata. The fifteen footballers consists of two foreign recruits. The footballers who signed in favour of Mohammedan Sporting are :
Lancine Toure (Foreigner), Manvir Singh, Nitesh Chhikara, Mumtaz Akhtar, Imran Khan, Rana Ghrami, Leonce Dodoz (Foreigner), Sheikh Faiaz, Dipankar Das, Mobin Rai, Nabin Hela, Kamran Farooque, Amir Hossain, Vinay Singh and Sourav Chakraborty.

STEPHEN CONSTANTINE SELECTED TWENTY THREE PLAYERS FOR PRE SEASON CAMP

27.7.16: A squad of 23 Players have reported for a pre-season training Camp for the National Team under National Coach Stephen Constantine.
The Indian National Coach while interacted said, �The squad is made up of a combination of Academy and Club Players. Players from Bengaluru FC and East Bengal haven�t reported to the Camp.The Camp will be hugely beneficial to the Players. We have been trying to expand the squad and give opportunities to new ones and make a bigger pool of Players. This is another perfect example that had we not done that, we wouldn�t have been able to assemble Players for the Camp,�

The squad is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Subrata Paul, T.P Rehenesh, Laxmikant Kattimani, Albino Gomes.
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Fluganco Cardozo, Chinglesana Konsham Singh, Aiborlang Khongjee, , Koushik Sarkar, Gurjinder Kumar.
MIDFIELDERS: Isaac Chhakchhuak, Rowlin Borges, Dhanpal Ganesh, David Lalrinmuana, Vinit Rai, Germanpreet Singh, Pronoy Halder, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Jackichand Singh.
FORWARDS: Halicharan Narzary, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumeet Passi.

The footballers from the Kolkata teams are not released for the camp as the players are busy in preparing for the Kolkata CFL.

DO DONG HYUN:"THE FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR"

26.7.16: The Korean midfielder Do Dong Hyme will be honored as the "Footballer of the Year" on 1st of August on the occasion of "East Bengal Day" (97th Foundation Day) at Khudiram Anushilany Kendra, Kolkata. This was announced by Kalyan Mazumdar, the General Secretary of East Bengal in a Press meeting at the club tent. The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee will occupy the chair of chief guest, while a host of ex-footballers and ministers will be present on the occasion. The footballers of the yesteryear Shyamal Ghose and Shyam Singh Thapa will be felicitated with the "Life Time Achievement Award" for their outstanding contribution in football.

The Awardees are :

BHARAT GAURAV : MILKHA SINGH , Rs 2 lacks cash award.

LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT : SHYAM THAPA, Ramesh Chandra Sen Memorial Award, Rs 1 lack cash award.
LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT : SHYAMAL GHOSE, Bomkesh Bose Memorial Trophy and Rs 1 lack cash award

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DO DONG HYUN , Banwarilal Roy Memorial Trophy and Rs 50 thousand cash award.
BEST REFEREE : MRIGANSHU BHATTACHARJEE , Pratul Chakraborty Award.

Shyamal Ghose was the proud captain of Red And Gold in the year 1977, when East Bengal bagged the Kolkata League tittle without losing a single point. This is still a all time record in the history of the club. The fifth edition of the "Football Almanac" will be published which consists of rare collection of records and articles. The Football Almanac will be published by Mamata Banerjee while Arandhaty Ghose , chief Post Master General,West Bengal will release a Special Day Cover.

While interacting at the Press meeting,East Bengal's General Secretary Kalyan Mazumdar recalls 26th of July as the "Red Letter Day" for Indian football. It was in the year of 2003 East Bengal won the ASEAN CUP at Indonesia.

"AMAL DUTTA TROPHY" FOR THE BEST COACH IN CFL

23.7.16: The CFL Premier Division Group A matches will going to start on and from the 27th of July. This was officially announced by IFA in a media meeting at Kolkata. The first match will be played between George Telegraph and Aryan Club(Champions of Kolkata Footsal League) at the Vidyasagar Kriangan, Barasat.
The defending champions East Bengal will start their campaign in the league on 4th of August against Bhawnipur club. As the ground is not prepared, East Bengal will play their CFL matches either at Howrah stadium or at Kalyani Minucipality stadium. But, Mohun Bagan will play at their home ground at Kolkata maidan under the newly constucted flood lights. The matches of Mohun Bagan will start at 5.30 pm. Mohun Bagan will kick off in the CFL against Aryan Club on 6th August, whereas Mohammedhan Sporting Club will play their first encounter aginst Army XI on 5th of August. The date of the Derby clash between the two arch rivals East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are yet to be finalise.
This year the best coach of the tournament will be honoured with 'AMAL DUTTA TROPHY'.The champions of the CFL will be awarded with a trophy along with the cash award from this year onwards. The trophy will be handed over to the winning team at the end of the penaltimate match . IFA has made arrangements to telecast 30 matches live, which includes the all the matches of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.



EAST BENGAL SIGN THEIR FOREIGN RECRUITS

East Bengal signed their foreign recruits Do Dong Hyme and Calam Angus at the IFA office today. Do Dong Hyme will play his second season for East Bengal while this will be the first CFL expedition for the central defender Calam Angus. The other two footballers who signed in favour of East Bengal are the left back Deepak and a talented young star Nikhil Pujari.

ATLETICO DE KOLKATA INTRODUCED JOSE MOLINA AS HEAD COACH

15.7.16: The winner of the inaugural edition of ISL, Atletico De Kolkata today introduced their Head coach Jose Francisco Molina Jimenez in a media meeting at Kolkata. Molina came in place of Antonio Lopaz Habas who managed the Kolkata franchisee of the Indian Super League in the first two editions.

Jose Molina was not new in Kolkata. In fact Molina came to Kolkata as a member of Kitchee FC of Hong Kong to play in the AFC Cup against East Bengal.Jose Molina has been successful manager for clubs like Villarreal B and C divisions, Getafe B division and in Kitchee FC. While interacting with the media Molina said that he is confident enough to perform well in third edition of ISL. He know some of the footballers especially of East Bengal who played against him during his tenure with Kitchee FC.

Atletico De Kolkata will start their pre season training camp at Madrid on and from 22nd of August. As Molina said that he will have a close look to his footballers at the training camp at Madrid and plan his stategy.
Atletico De Kolkata are yet to finalize their marquee footballer. The co owner of the Kolkata franchisee Sanjib Goenka said that the decision regarding marquee will be finalize shortly. Atletico De Kolkata unveiled their official team jersey in the media meeting.

ATLETICO SIGNED THREE INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLERS

Atletico De Kolkata signed three international footballers for the upcoming Indian Super League. The footballers who signed in favour of the Kolkata franchisee are Stephen Pearson, Dani Mallo and Pablo Jos�.

Stephen Pearson is a known footballer in ISL. The Scottish footballer played for Kerala Blasters in the inaugural season of the competition. Pearson is a Scottish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Scottish Premiership club Motherwell. He began his career at Motherwell and joined Celtic in 2004, where he won domestic honours including two Scottish Premier League titles.

After signing two Indian goalkeepers Debjit Mazumdar and Shilton Paul, Atletico signed Daniel Mallo Castro the Spanish goalkeeper. Daniel played at Deportivo de La Coru�a, where he served almost exclusively as third-choice in the first team. Mallo later joined Portugal's S.C. Braga for 2006�07, he started the first half of the following campaign, also featuring for the club in the Portuguese and UEFA Cups.

Pablo Jos� Gallardo Zurera is a Spanish central defender plays for Dream Metro FC of Hong Kong.

Diago Forlan, the Uruguan striker and the German midfielder Michel Balak are in the run for the marquee footballer of Atletico De Kolkata. The officials of Atletico are in discussion regarding their marquee footballer. Sources said that the name of Diago Forlan as a marquee footballer of the Kolkata franchisee will be declared shortly.

HAITIAN STRIKER WEDSON LIKELY TO JOIN EAST BENGAL

27.6.16The Haitian striker Wedson Enselem likely to join East Bengal in the forth coming season. Wedson played for SK Jamal Dhanmandi in the recently concluded season. East Bengal are in search of a positive striker in place of the Nigerian goal machine Ranty Martins.
Wedson played in the IFA Shield in the year 2013 at Kolkata representing Dhanmandi along with Sony Nordi.Sources said that the deal are almost in the final stage and Wedson may sign in favour of Red and Gold shortly.

27.06.2016 : IFA CFL PREMIER FOOTBALL LEAGUE - A 2016 PLAYERS REGISTRATION STARTED TODAY AT THE IFA OFFICE. BHOWANIPUR CLUB SIGNED 11 FOOTBALLERS WHICH INCLUDES LALKAMAL BHOWMICK AND MANISH BHARGAV FROM MOHUN BAGAN AND JONNY ROUTH FROM EAST BENGAL.

AIFF SURPRISED AT THE DECISION OF THE GOAN CLUBS
EAST BENGAL MOHUN BAGAN OFFICIALS EXPRESSED THEIR ANGER

24.6.16: All India Football Federation were shocked to know the decision of Salgaocar SC and Sporting Clube from I League. In a Press Release, AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das said: �We along with our Marketing partners have been very transparent sharing our thoughts with all stakeholders regarding the way forward for Indian Football. It was clearly stated that the shared draft was only a proposal ad we would like suggestions from various stakeholders. The AIFF has been receiving various suggestions and the last one was received only a week back.Since it involves setting the road map for Indian Football every aspect needs to be carefully considered. So the assumption made by the Clubs that AIFF has not responded is presumptuous and speculative."

He also added that while �there is no denying the contribution made by the Clubs who have been associated with Indian Football for a long time, it was also evident that they were unable to create fan base to sustain themselves.�

�The purpose of the proposal was to enable Clubs to create a sustainable model for the future which has unfortunately been wrongly interpreted by some of the Clubs,� he further stated.

Reacting to the allegations of the Clubs about financial matters, Mr. Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League said: �The amount for fielding age-group sides in the respective competitions of AIFF which were pending since 2008, was agreed in an I-League committee meeting that the same would be adjusted against the I-League participation fees. This has been in practice for the last 3-4 years.�

Meanwhile at Kolkata, the officials of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan expressed their anger after two I League playing Goan clubs decided to quit from the top tier competition of the country. Mohun Bagan General Secretary Anjan Mitra said that all the state associations should seat in an urgent meeting regarding the issue.He said that he may opt for legal advices if this problem persists. Anjan Mitra added the day as a 'BLACK DAY' in Indian football.
East Bengal secretary Kalyan Majumdar feels that there is hardly anything left in the I League. He said who will play the league now.......It's another nail in the coffin of Indian football.

EAST BENGAL FOOTBALL TEAM FOR 2016-17

24.6.16 : East Bengal announced the football team for the year 2016-17. Abhijit Mondal the experienced goalkeeper joined as the goalkeeper coach of Red and Gold. East Bengal signed 23 footballers till 24.6.16.

GOALKEEPER : Avilash Paul, Luis Xavier Barreto, Dibyendu Sarkar.
DEEP DEFENDERS: Arnab Mondal,Babu Mondal,Calam Angus (F), Gurwinder Singh, Kaushik Sarkar, Deepak Kumar, Narayan Das, Samad Ali Mullick, Rahul Bheke,Robert Lalthalmuana.
MIDFIELDERS: Abhinash Das, Cavin Lobo,Bikash Jairu, Lalrindika Raltey,Mehtab Hossain, Nikhil Poojery,Pralhad Ray
FORWARDS : Do Dong Hyun, Jiten Murmu, Md Rafiq
HEAD COACH : Trevor James Morgan
ASSISTANT COACH : Richard Dayden
GOALKEEPER COACH: Abhijit Mondal

The pre season training of East Bengal will start from 4th of July .

SHOCKING NEWS: SALGAOCAR AND SPORTING CLUBE WITHDRAW FROM I LEAGUE 2016-17.

24.6.16: It is indeed a shocking news for Indian football. The two Goan clubs Salgaocar SC and Sporting Clube decided to withdrawn their senior football team from I League.........

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SCOTTISH STRIKER DARREL DUFFY JOINS THE MARINERS

23.06.2016: The Scottish striker Darrel Duffy will join Mohun Bagan in the forth coming season. The Scottish striker played for Salgaocar SC, became the second best scorer after Ranty Martins. .........

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SPORTING GOA MAY WITHDRAW FROM I LEAGUE

21.6.16: Sporting Clube could be the another football club who may withdraw their senior football team from the main stream of Indian football. According to a reliable source the Goan football club will not going to participate in I League in the upcoming season. Though the news is yet to be announced officially. If Sporting Goa quits from I League, it will be a real tragic for Indian football.

Recently, The All India Football Federation in a meeting with the I League playing clubs and ISL franchisee proposed for a three tier football system in India.AIFF focused ISL as the prime tournament in the country and introduction of Super Cup where the top teams from the lower divisions will play off against the lower-ranked ISL teams.

Sporting Goa showed their dissatisfaction and protest regarding the new proposed system in the meeting. The club Cidade de Goa (City of Goa) was purchased by Sporting's current owners and renamed Sporting Clube de Goa in 1999..Sporting entered the finals of 2005 Federation Cup, and emerged as the runner-up. In the following season, the club reached the finals once again, but lost in penalty shoot-out to Mohun Bagan. After getting relegated from the I-League in 2010 Sporting Goa participated in the 2011 I-League 2nd Division and won promotion by finishing in 2nd place.
FOOTBALLERS AWARDED BY BANGALURU FC

28.5.26 The central defender John Johnson was named as Players� Player of the Season while skipper Sunil Chhetri finished as the top scorer for consecutive third year.The I League champions Bangaluru FC recognized and rewarded top performers at the annual awards night ceremony, in Bengaluru, on Friday.

AWARD WINNERS

Players�Player of the Season � John Johnson
Top Scorer of the Season � Sunil Chhetri
Fans� Player of the Season � Rino Anto
Young Player of the Season � Malsawmzuala
Goal of the Season � Eugeneson Lyngdoh vs East Bengal FC

Meanwhile,the officials of Bangaluru FC decided to release footballers for ISL only after AFC Cup. Bangaluru FC will play the quarter final of AFC Cup on September.

AIFF'S UNREALISTIC DECISION CREATES CONTROVERSY IN INDIAN FOOTBALL

18.5.16 : The All India Football Federation and it's corporate partner IMGR presented a new roadway in a meeting at New Delhi which ultimately created a lot of controversy in Indian football. AIFF presented Indian Super League, which started just two years back as the premier football tournament of the country. The I league (started way back in the year 1996 by the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh at Yubabharati Kriangan,Kolkata) playing clubs are now forced to play in a newly formed league (League 1 and League 2) where there is no chance of a promotion in the premier league. Incidentally I League is a recognized tournament of FIFA and AFC where almost all the clubs have fulfilled the AFC's club licensing criteria, whereas ISL is yet to be recognized by FIFA or AFC.

The new proposed league will ultimately lead to the closure of many I league playing clubs as they will have to play without any motivation and certain direction. Moreover the budget of the I league playing clubs are low as compared to ISL franchisee clubs. AIFF is demanding an amount of fifteen crore as guarantee money from the I league playing clubs and only two clubs will be included in the ISL. This created a furious reaction to the I league playing clubs - Mohun Bagan, East Bengal Sporting Clube and Salgaocar FC who protested strongly against this unrealistic decision of AIFF. The AIFF Senior Vise President Subrata Dutta himself opposed the new roadway, though he is in favour of one league. But, President Praful Patel while interacting said ,"Football is a game of serious investment. It is no more an amature sport".

The president of Sporting Goa, Peter Vaz are among the critic who firmly protested against the proposal. While interacting Vaz said," "Qualification to the top league should be entirely on merit. You cannot ignore what I-League clubs have done all these years." The I league playing clubs of Goa, Salgaocar FC , Sporting Goa and Dempo Sports Club are going to seat and decide the plan of action within a few days. In Kolkata, the officials of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan along with IFA secretary Utpal Ganguly are planning for the next action against the unrealistic action of the AIFF and it's marketing partner. The AIFF officials ignoring the past history of Indian football which cannot be neglected. The ISL is yet to create a fan base and violating the rules imposed by FIFA and AFC in several occasions. Even the franchisee clubs of ISL had to distribute free tickets to fill up the stadiums. It is now a millon dollar question that what will be the fate of the clubs who are serving Indian football for years.

TREVOR MORGAN SUBMITS HIS TEAM LIST TO THE OFFICIALS

9.5.16 : East Bengal will assign British coach Trevor James Morgan for a term of two years. After a discussion ,East Bengal officials handed over an agreement copy to Trevor Morgan which he will going to sign and submit shortly.

Morgan had given a list of probable footballers to Santosh Bhattacharjee, the Football Secretary of Red and Gold.Sources said that East Bengal will release Bello Rasaq, Bernard Mendy, T.P.Rehenesh, Luis Barreto, Gurwinder Singh, Harmonjot Khabra S. Malsamtulunga,Jaoquim Abranches, Shehnaj Singh and Deepak Mondal. Though the fate of Ranty Martins will be finalize after a discussion with the Nigerian goal machine.

East Bengal will retain Arnab Mondal, Mehtab Hossain, Saumik Dey, Do Dong Hung, Sanju Pradhan, Robert and Lalrindika Ralte for the forth coming season. Morgan will going to select the new foreigners and other footballers.The selection of the Indian footballers will be finalize jointly by Morgan, club officials and some senior footballers.


DONG TO CONTINUE IN EAST BENGAL

Do Dong Hyme, the South Korean midfielder will play in East Bengal in the forth coming season. After a discussion with the British coach Trevor Morgan it was decided that the Korean will sign an agreement for a year with Red and Gold.

AIFF TO INTRODUCE 'INDIAN SUPER CUP' & 'CHAMPIONS CUP'

17.5.16: The AIFF after an important meeting at New Delhi is now all set to introduce Indian Super Cup in place of Federation Cup from 2017-18 football season. The representatives of 29 clubs from the ISL franchisee and the I League playing clubs were present at the meeting. The top four teams from I League and top four team from ISL will participate in the new tournament, Indian Super Cup. The champion and runners up of the Indian Super Cup will participate in the AFC Cup. The AIFF football calendar will start from September and end at March and within the said period all the three tournaments I League, Indian Super League and Indian Super Cup will be organised. Though the new format of the new tournament and the number of participating teams in both the leagues are yet to be decided. The footballers will have to decide now where they will play - I League or ISL.

It is expected that two new teams will join in the ISL from two different cities where they will be no relegation. Whereas, I League will have relegation as usual. The I league will be in three divisions as I League Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3. from 2017-18 season.

AIFF'S PROPOSED CALENDER FROM 2018
August : Champions Cup
September � March : ISL,I League 1 and I League 2 [November � February : Women�s League]
April � May : Super Cup

It will be a big challenge for the I League playing clubs to compete with the ISL clubs. The I league playing clubs are generally a low budget (10-15 Crore)clubs , whereas the ISL franchisees are a high budget( 40 crore) clubs though they are yet to create a fan base. Even many I league playing clubs are still in search of a good sponcer since several years. The new Super Cup can see three teams from Kolkata if they qualify - East Bengal and Mohun Bagan who are dominating Indian football for years, created history almost in all the tournaments they played with a strong fan base world wide and the newly introduced team of ISL Atletico De Kolkata who are yet to create it's fan base and dominance in Indian football.

A new international invitational football tournament will be introduced by AIFF where six countries will participate alike Nehru Gold Cup football tournament. This tournament will be organized every year at the start of the season.


YUBABHARATI LIKELY TO HOST THE FINAL OF U-17 WORLD CUP

18.2.16: Vivekananda Yubabharati Kriangan likely to host the final of the U-17 World Cup in 2017 . A group of FIFA delegates visited Yubabharati Krianagan today and had a close inspection in and around the stadium. The stadium are already under renovation for the U-17 World Cup as the State Government declares that the stadium will be completed according to the FIFA guideline before the U-17 World Cup.

Kolkata will going to be the main organizing venue for the U-17 World Cup in 2017. This was stated by the Vise President of AIFF Subrata Dutta. The city of joy will going to be the main center for television broadcasting from where live coverage can be seen in 207 countries. The capacity of the stadium will be reduced to eighty five thousand from one lacks twenty thousand after the settings of bucket chairs all along the stadium. There will be a new VVIP enclosure along with a hospitality box in the middle tier of the main block. The Press Box will be shifted to the upper tier where a media center will be constructed for smooth coverage of the tournament. There will be renovations in the dressing rooms,match commissioners room,press conference room and in medical room . The entry gate of Yubabharati will be increased from nine to five.

The FIFA delegates had a round of talks with the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Administrative head quarter and are quite satisfied with the progress of work at Yubabharati. The delegate will inspect the stadium in October and February before the commencement of U-17 World Cup.

GIANNI INFANTINO :NEW PRESIDENT OF FIFA

Gianni Infantino elected as the President of FIFA. Infantino, a 45 years old lawyer from Switzerland elected as a successor of Sepp Blatter when he defeated his nearest rival Bahrain's Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa in the second round of voting .Infantino earned 87 votes out of 207 votes, as Sheikh Salman were just two votes behind . Infantino took the charge of FIFA in one most crucial stage of World football.The Swiss authorities are in the process of investigating the bidding which involves 2018 and 2022 World Cups while numerous officials have been indicted in the U.S over allegations of racketeering and money laundering.

Gianni Infantino, who spent seven years as secretary-general of the Union of European Football Associations, European soccer�s governing body, also said he would explore expanding the World Cup to 40 teams from 32 starting in 2026, with the new spots going mainly to South America, Africa and Asia.