10 DEC

KENKRE FC , Mumbai will play in 2nd DIVN I-League 2010-11..

Araldite KENKRE FC blanked BMFC 3-0 in the Final of the I-League Division 2 Qualifier Maharashtra Club Championship. In a tight affair the deadlock was broken when Kenkre’s Charanjeet Singh volleyed in a Fransico Salin cross from the left wing.

The score remained 1-0 as the resolute Kenkre defence thwarted any chance created by the BMFC attack until the 85th min when substitute Taha Kachwalla settled the tie by latching on to a through pass and coolly laying it off for the incoming Mathew Odje to tap in. Taha wasn’t done there as he managed to grab his maiden goal of the tournament just minutes later and again Fransico Salin was the provider.

En route to the Final ARALDITE KENKRE FC topped their group by thrashing PTM (Kolhapur) 5-1, held by Deccan XI (Pune) 1-1 and beating Akbar Travels (Mumbai) 2-0 As a result of their triumph over BMFC, ARALDITE KENKRE FC have been crowed Maharashtra Club Champions and will thereby represent Maharashtra State in the upcoming I-League Division 2 Qualifiers to be held next year.

Araldite Kenkre FC vs BMFC (FT Score: 3-0; Goalscorers: Charanjeet Singh, Mathew Odje & Taha Kachwala)

10 DEC

Barclay EPL Trophy Tour : Former Indian Football players falicitated..

Left to Right; Mr. Karan Bhagat (Managing Director Barclays Corporate), Indian Football Legend, Mr. Sanath Seth and Mr. Satya Bhansal (Managing Director Barclays Wealth) at an event to unveil the Barclays Premier League Trophy India Tour in Mumbai .

Barclays, the official sponsor of the world’s most popular domestic football league - The Barclays Premier League - announced the Barclays Premier League Trophy India tour in some metro cities of India. Over 13 million football fans enjoyed EPL matches every season and the EPL also enjoys a huge fan following across India.

The Barclays Premier League trophy was created by Royal Jewellers Asprey of London. It weighs 4 st (25 kg; 56 lb), and is 76 cm (30 in) tall, 43 cm (17 in) wide and 25 cm (9.8 in) deep.

former footballers who were honoured today after the glittering Barclays Premier League trophy was unveiled in Mumbai today. Churchill Brothers football club owner Churchill Alemao along with some other former Football players who were honoured in the occasion at ITC Grand Central Hotel Ballroom, Mumbai.

The former players who present in the occasion were Jamshed Nasiri, IM Vijayan , Bernard Pereira, Godfrey Pereira, Akheel Ansari, Kiron Khongsei, Former goalkeeper Bhaskar Maity , Ilyas Pasha, Sanath Seth , Jo Paul Ancheri.

The trophy will be shown in 4 metro cities of India for Football fans. From 10th, 11th & 12th Dec in Mumbai, in Chennai on the 13th Dec, in Pune on 14th, 15th & 16th Dec, and in New Delhi on 17th & 18th Dec.

During its visit, Barclays, together with former India internationals, will conduct a football coaching clinic for a group of underprivileged children of the 'Magic Bus' foundation in Mumbai on December 11th

09 DEC

Barclays EPL Trophy Tour in India press conference tomorrow

It's an amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with the Barclays Premier League trophy - the prize that some of the best players in the game have held triumphantly aloft.

On the momentous India tour of the Barclays Premier League trophy , some veteran Indian footballers will felicitate for their contribution to the beautiful game Tomorrow at ITC Grand Central Hotel Ballroom 1 & 2 of Mumbai by the organizer.

Satya Bansal Managing Director, Barclays Wealth and Karan Bhagat Managing Director, Barclays Corporate will present in the occasion. The programme will start at 11.30 AM IST.

In India, Barclays Corporate primarily targets the commercial banking needs of larger local corporates and the local operations of multi-nationals, in close association with the firm’s wealth and capital management operations. It also has retail banking services on offer in India.

09 DEC

AIFF SIGNS IMG RELIANCE FOR COMMERCIAL RIGHTS

Goal of Maximizing the Sporting and Commercial Potential of Football in India from Grassroots to the Professional Level. The All India Football Federation (AIFF), the premier body governing the sport in India, announced that IMG Reliance, the joint venture between IMG Worldwide and Reliance Industries, has acquired all the commercial rights to football in India. The 15-year agreement, calls for IMG Reliance, in cooperation with the AIFF, to improve, popularize and promote the game of football throughout India, from the grassroots to the professional level.

Under the leadership of Mr. Praful Patel, AIFF is committed to develop football as one of the top sports in the country. Towards this goal, AIFF has decided to partner with IMG Reliance which has exposure and access to best global practices.

The agreement with AIFF grants IMG Reliance all commercial rights to football in India, including sponsorship, advertising, broadcasting, merchandising, film, video and data, intellectual property, franchising and new league rights. Recently, the AIFF amicably negotiated an early termination of their existing commercial arrangement with Zee Telefilms Limited. AIFF acknowledged the great contribution to the sport that Zee had made during their involvement.

The AIFF has also mandated IMG Reliance to develop the branding and marketing aspects related to national team, domestic competitions and participating teams. It would also look at scheduling, restructuring and reformatting of the domestic competitions. In addition, IMG Reliance plans to develop, operate and administer a new professional football league in the country. Through AIFF, IMG Reliance will also work with the member associations in developing these various proposals.

IMG Reliance and the AIFF will work together to develop Indian football talent, significantly impact the competitive level of the sport as well as attract high quality international players. This will include training facilities, modeled on IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida, This agreement with the AIFF follows IMG Reliance's recent similar announcement of acquiring the commercial rights to basketball in India, in cooperation with the Basketball Federation in India.

“The AIFF has a vision for the sport of football in the country. Our engagement with IMG Reliance comes at a pivotal stage of this pursuit to enhance the quality of football and develop the sport across the country. IMG Reliance brings together an unparalleled advantage of the execution capabilities of Reliance and the global expertise in marketing and development of sports of IMG. We have shared our learnings of the past and agreed on the tasks in hand as we embark on this exciting journey with them,” said Praful Patel, President, AIFF.

Commenting on the development, Mrs. Nita Ambani, Member on the Board, IMG Reliance said, “As the youth of India make a mark in the global stage, we need to invest in developing platforms which can help our talent to realize their potential. IMG Reliance is committed towards developing these platforms and the tie-up with the All India Football Federation is a significant step in this direction. I am thankful to Shri. Praful Patel and all the senior office bearers at AIFF and it is a privilege to partner them in the joint pursuit of developing Indian football to its truest potential.”

"We are incredibly excited about the future of football in India,” said Ted Forstmann, Chairman and Chief Executive of IMG Worldwide. "It is the second most popular sport in the country with a massive and passionate fan following. The excitement and exuberance that was evident in the streets of the major cities in India during this year's World Cup, as well as the estimated 110 million Indian television viewers of the games, is a good indication of potential for future success.

With the cooperation and participation of the AIFF, IMG Reliance is committed to making football a commercially exciting and successful sport in India. In a country with a population of 1.2 billion people and incredibly talented athletes, it’s a realistic goal that India aims for a future World Cup berth. Together with our Indian Basketball deal, this gets IMG Reliance off to a fantastic start,” Forstmann concluded.

Courtesy: www.the-aiff.com

09 DEC

PIFA Colaba FC finish 3rd in the Maha League - 2nd Division I-League playoffs

PIFA Colaba FC beat Akbar Travels 2-1 in the Maha League 3/4th place playoffs to round off a successful I-League 2nd Division qualifying campaign

PIFA Colaba FC ended the I-League 2nd Division qualifying campaign on a high after beating Akbar Travels 2-1 in the playoff round to finish 3rd overall. The Colaba outfit, who have been flying high in the Elite Division as well this season, were unfortunate to be defeated on penalties in the semi-finals but showed character to win at Cooperage on Wednesday. The goals came from Canopy Chu and Souvaid Ansari.

The team is sponsored by PIFA, coached by Nirvan Shah (UEFA licensed) and managed by Sudhakar Rane. The Colaba outfit, who were promoted from the Senior to the Super division in their very first year of formation in 2006-07, followed it up with an extraordinary second consecutive promotion the next season into the Elite division. PIFA Colaba started out as PIFA Colaba youngster FC, an initiative of the "PIFA Foundation for the benefit of sports" who sponsor them. Last year, PIFA Colaba FC U19 team & U15 team got promotions, they will play the 1st Division & 2nd division respectlively in 2010-11.

The side is coached by Nirvan Shah has maintained performance and result levels on a very restricted budget. All the players are paid and even though this is not their main income it helps support their family. The team is currently looking for sponsorship in order to facilitate development and player growth and strive for even better results in the future.

The PIFA Academy also has other laurels to be proud of recently with various members being selected to play for India at different age levels. Kunashni Parikh was elected Vice Captain of the U-16 Girls team this year while Natasha Merchant was called up to the U-14 girls side last year. Harshad Meher and Ajith Bhoir were part of the Indian U-15 side in 2008 with Hussain Vahanvaty representing India at U-13 level in 2009. Many more children from the Academy have played for the State team as well. PIFA is in charge of several State, School and Academy teams who have done increasingly well under their guidance over the years.

1 Kishan Sulegai (GK)>
2 Vincent Asuquo (Captain)
3 Clifford Garrett (VC)
4 Canopy Chu
5 Nitesh Monde
6 Souvaid Ansari
7 Sam Cruz
8 Nasar Syed
9 Mazhar Shaikh
10 George Udo
11 Nagesh Swamy
12 Uday Konar
13 Dashyang Kachru
14 Sarfaraz Ansari (GK)
15 Utsav Bachani
16 Siddesh Shinde
17 Muneer Shaikh
18 Ganesh Kamath
19 David Dsouza

09 DEC

UEFA Champions League 2010-11 : Day 7 Results

8.12.2010 : Arsenal 3 - 1 Partizan Belgrade
ARS:Van Persie (pen 30),Walcott (73), Nasri(77)
PAR:Cleo (52)

8.12.2010 : Bayern Munich 3 - 0 FC Basel
BRN: Ribery (35, 49), Tymoschuk (37)

8.12.2010 : Marseille 1 - 0 Chelsea
MAR:Brandao (81)

8.12.2010 :Zilina 1 - 2 Spartak Moskva
SPR: Alex (54), Ibson (61)
ZIL:Majtan (48)

8.12.2010 :Real Madrid 4 - 0 Auxerre
REM: Benzema (11, 72, 88), Ronaldo (49)

8.12.2010 : AC Milan 0 - 2 Ajax
AZX:De Zeeuw (57), Alderweireld (66)

8.12.2010 :CFR Cluj 1 - 1 AS Roma
CRF:Traore (88)
ROM:Borriello (21)

8.12.2010 :Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 0 Sporting Braga
: Rat (78), Luiz Adriano (83)

08 DEC

Sweet revenge of East Bengal against Super Cup Winner Dempo in I-League.

East Bengal continues their winning strike in the I-League. Though in their second I-League encounter of this season East Bengal registered another close win but they successfully registered their revenge of Super Cup defeat by defeating Dempo in Goa with 1-0 scoreline and Coach Morgan proves that like an ideal British Gentleman he is also a man of words as he keeps his promise of defeating Dempo which he made indirectly to the East Bengal supporters.

In the first half East Bengal definitely proved that they are the better side among the two teams but failed to make any change in the scoreline. Okpara got a chance to score from Mehtab Free Kick but Kattimani well saved Okpara's header in 28th minutes . Tolgey's shot hits the cross bar just after ten minutes and out. Robin singh got two chances to score but Katimani the keeper of Dempo saved both times.

In the 50th minutes of second half Tolgey scored the brilliant goal which finally kept the difference between both teams. Tolgey capitalized a misunderstanding situation between Dempo Stopper Dominic Noronha and Keeper Kattimani and lobbed the ball over Kattimani who was advancing to block him last minmute. Tolgey proves his worth by making the scoring his daily habit.

After conceding the goal Dempo tried hard to fight back in the match but all the attempts of the home side effectively denied by the well constructed East Bengal defense to secure full 3 points from the away encounter. In the dying minute of the match Referee denied a score of Ranty Martins due to offside offence. After the end of 2nd round East Bengal now have with 6 points while defending Champions Dempo with 1.

East Bengal keeper Sandip Nandy has been declared man of the match for his outstanding goal keeping.

East Bengal: Sandeep, Naoba, Okpara, Gurwinder, Soumik, Sanju (Sunil Kumar) , Mehtab, Sushant (Alvito), Penn (Ravinder), Robin, Tolgey.

Dempo: Kattimani, Debabrata, Dias, Noronha, Pixoto, Franco, Carvalho, Kalu, Borges, Cliffton, Ranty.

88': Ranty scored but Referee denied and said it was offside.

50':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL..Tolgey scored for East Bengal. Got a ball from behind and placed the ball over Kattimani who was advancing from his place. A misunderstanding between Dempo stopper Dominic and Keeper Kattimani which used by clever Tolgey.

East Bengal played well in first half, attacked with two wings. Missed some goal scoring chances. Tolgey, Okpara and Robin Singh got chances to score but missed. Dempo Keeper Kattimani played well.

08 DEC

HAL thrash Mohun Bagan in I-League 2nd round match.

Mohun Bagan again started their I-league campaign in a very disappointing manner as today in their second game Mohun Bagan faced 1-2 defeat against HAL in home. Pathetic defence line and disastrous defence formation caused a very lose defeat. Today’s point loss definitely raise question about Stanley’s role and tactics. The margin could have increase more if HAL did not waste some easy chances of scoring. Total disastrous performance delivered by Mohun Bagan.

From the very beginning HAL kept their pressure over the match. In the 21st minute from a casual accidental mispass of Sangram Mukherjee Vijesh Kumar opened the scoreline for HAL. In the 30th minute when through a brilliant effort Bareto scored the equalizer then it was thought that Bagan would definitely fight back from the behind. But it was the away side that showed more urgency for scoring after the equalizer. In the remaining time of second half no change was happened in the scoreline.

In the second half Mohun Bagan defence continued their childish attitudes and in couple of occasion bar denied HAL from scoring the winning goal. On the other hand Bareto remain unlucky as another fantastic attempt of him missed the net for couple of inches. Finally in the 80th minute Murlidharan scored the winning goal for HAL to secure full 3 points from the match and to left utter disappointment for the homeside.

LIVE Play by Play

08.12. 2010   ::   Mohun Bagan  1 - 2   HAL ( YBK - 90'.)
HAL: Bijesh Kumar 21', Murli 80'

MMB: Barreto 30'

MOM: Murli (HAL)

MMB : Sangram, Karan, Rahul, Dhanarajan, Harpreet, Snehasish, Manish, Jayanta, Ashim, Barreto, Muritala.
HAL: Pramod, Srikant, Kenneth, Murali, Vijaykumar, Hamza, James ( R.C.Prakash), Bijesh, Metei, Abeola.

FT: Match end. HAL player Murlidharan has been declared Man of the Match today.

92': Goutam Debnath came in place of Bijesh Kumar of HAL.

90': Referee added 4 minutes extra.

90': Muritala missed a golden chance.

86': HAL is leading 2 - 1 now.

80': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL..2nd goal of HAL. Murlidharan scored through a header.

74': Player change of Bagan. Souvik in and Jayanta out.

72': Good effort of Barreto from left. His shot hits the post and out.Bad luck of Barreto.

70': Sangram well saved Xavier Bijoykumar's croner kick.

68': Rohit chand attacked from left but Rahul Kumar cleared his effort by corner.

66': Long ranger of R.c. Prakash went to Sangram's hand.

62': Abeola injured in mouth to collect a ball with Harpreet of Bagan.

57': HAL changed their player. R.C.Prakash came in place of James Singh.

55': Nice effort of Muritala, HAL defence cleared by corner.

54': Harpreet attacked from left. Crossed but out.

53': Isfaq is warming up in sideline.

51': still the scoreline is 1 - 1.

46': 2nd half started.

HT: It's half time now. Scoreline is 1 - 1.

45': Snehasish attacked from left ball went to Ashim but misused the chance with an effortless volley.

43': Bagan got a corner but cleared by HAL defence.

40':Left sided attack of HAL cleared by Bagan defence.

35': Nice effort of Manish from a long rager. Dhanarajan crossed from left.

31': Barreto got a pass from Muritala and beat two defenders of HAL with his speed and scored through his left footer. Now the scoreline is 1 - 1.

30':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL..Barreto equalized the score.

27': Free kick for Bagan. Snehasish kick cleared by HAL defence.

23': HAL is leading 1 - 0 now.

22': Sangram great mistake to clear a back pass of Karan which went to Bijesh who was in front of Box got the ball scored with a punch.

21': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL...HAL scored through Vijesh Kumar.

18':Good move of HAL but Sangram saved it.

13': Corner for Bagan. Snehasish corner went out.

11': Ashim header went to Hal Keeper from a left sided cross of Muritala.

10': Muritala wanted to enter from left but HAL defender blocked him.

8': Still no score.

6': Jayanta to Ashim in right but cleared by HAL.

5': Nice effort of HAL from left. Vijoy Kumar cross cleared by Bagan defence.

3': Long ranger of Jayanta went out but it was nice effort of Jayanta outside from HAL Box.

2': Bagan attacked from left through Ashim, ball went out.

1': Match started. Hal was in action.

08 DEC

Mumbai FC stun their arch rival Pune FC in I-League

AIFF XI and ONGC match ended 1 - 1 at Gurgaon. ONGC striker BabaTunde scored and ONGC was leading in first half but in 2nd half Jeje Lalpekhula equalized in 78th minutes.

TEAM AIFF XI: Jagroop, Raju, Inderpreet, Lalrozama, Abhishek, Subodh Kumar, Jewel Raja, Milan, Jibon, Jeje, Malswamfela.

In the other match of the day Mumbai FC beat their arch rival Pune FC 2 - 0 at Kolhapur today where Kuttami scored in 19th minutes and Pune stopper Gurjinder Kumar score own goal while went to clear a ball in the box.

07 DEC

IMG-Reliance to sign 700 crores sponsorship deal with AIFF tomorrow for 15 years agreement

It will be good news for Indian football fans AIFF is going to sign a 700 crore sponsorship deal for 15 years with IMG -Reliance tomorrow at Delhi for the sponsorship and marketing rights of Indian football activities, including the I-League. Rs 200 crores for first five years and the rest 500 crores for last ten years. This years I-League has already ended its 2nd Round match without any title sponsor and telecast partner.

A reliable source of AIFF told that IMF-Reliance high officials and AIFF Officials will be present in the deal meeting tomorrow at Delhi. AIFF also be decided their Telecast partner of I-League 2010-11 which they advertised in their website recently. Against the advertisement kolkata based three channels 24 Ghanta who telecasted today's I-League 2nd Round match between Mohun Bagan and HAL from Salt Lake and joint bidder Kolkata TV and Channel 10 were among those which have applied against the proposal of Advertise.

It has been learnt also that Reliance-IMG will first transfer Rs.70 crores to AIFF to pay out its existing deal with Zee Sports. The world's leading sports marketing and management company IMG Reliance Pvt Ltd has already decided to sponsor the AIFF U-15 football team for four years.

In March 14, 2010 at Mumbai the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and IMG announced an equal joint venture to develop, market and manage sports and entertainment in India name IMG Reliance Pvt. Ltd.

08 DEC

UEFA Champions League 2010-11 : Day 6 Results

07.12.2010 : Benfica 1 - 2 Schalke 04
SHL :Jurado (19), Howedes (81)
BEN :Luisao (87)

07.12.2010 : Man. United 1 - 1 Valencia
MAN:Anderson (62)
VAL: Pablo 32'

07.12.2010 : Twente 3 - 3 Tottenham
TWN :Landzaat (pen 22), Rosales (56), Chadli (64)
TOT :Wisgerhof (og 12), Defoe (47, 60)

07.12.2010 : Warder Bremen 3 - 0 Inter Milan
WAR:Prodl (39), Arnautovic (49),Pizarro (88)

07.12.2010 : Lyon 2 - 2 H. Tel-Aviv br> LYO:Lopez (61), Lacazette (87)
TEL:Sahar (62), Zahavi (68)

07.12.2010 : Barcelona 2 - 0 Rubin Kzan
BAR : Fontas (51), Vazquez (82)

07.12.2010 : FC Kopenhagen 3 - 1 Panathinaikos
KOP :Vingaard (26), Gronkjaer (pen 50), Cisse (og 73)
PAN: Kante (90+2)

07.12.2010 : Bursaspor 1 - 1 Rangers
BUR :Yildirim (79)
RAN : Miller (19)