INDIAN FOOTBALL TRANSFER NEWS 2020 (OCTOBER)



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SAIRUAT KIMA SIGNED FOR SUDEVA FC


21.10.20: 22 year old center back Sairuat Kima signed for new I-League side Sudeva FC.
22 year old Sairuat Kima started his youth career from hometown club Chanmari FC. later he joined DSK Shivajians. He started his professional career from DSK Shivajians. Later he played for Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru FC.

so far he made 2 appearances for Bengaluru FC in Indian Super League, where he payed 145 minutes with a passing accuracy 74%.
He played for Indian U-23 team also.

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FORMER LYON DEFENDER BAKARY KONE SIGNED FOR KERALA BLASTERS FC


21.10.20: Kerala Blasters FC announced the signing of 32 year old defender from Burkina Faso, Bakary Kone ahead of the upcoming Indian Super League season.
Kone started his professional career from his hometown club Etoile Filante, later he promoted to senior team to start his professional career. In 2011, he joined the French giants, Olympique Lyon and made 141 appearances in his 5 year stay. During this phase he even played UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League. During this phase he won Coupe De France in 2011-12, Trophee Des Champions in 2012 and also runners-up of Ligue 1 in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 season.

Later he joined La Liga side Malaga. Later he again join Ligue 1 side Strasbourg. In last two seasons Kone moved to Turkey and Russia. He represent his country Burkina Faso in African Nations Cup and also as a skipper of the team. With 81 appearances, Kone is currently the third most capped player for his country.

“I am really excited about signing for Kerala Blasters and coming to India for the first time. I have heard a lot about the Indian Super league from (Nicolas) Anelka and he had very positive things to say. I know KBFC has one of the biggest fanbases in the ISL and I am motivated to give my 100% to the club each time I take the field. Can't wait to join my teammates and the coaching staff in Goa and get started", said Bakary Kone in club media.

“Kone is a player with notable experience and skill, having played for renowned clubs in top European Leagues. His presence will surely improve the defensive setup of our squad this season. Kone is motivated to get in shape quickly and give his best to help us fight for top positions in the League. I have no doubts about his ability and the quality he adds to the squad”, said Karolis Skinkys, Sporting Director, Kerala Blasters FC

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ROUNDGLASS PUNJAB FC SIGNED ABHINAS RUIDAS, RUPERT NONGRUM, SANJU EXTENDS HIS STAY


21.10.20: Punjab FC signed winger Abhinas Ruidas and Rupert Nongrum ahead of the upcoming season.
Abhinas started his professional career from East Bengal. Later he played for Atletico De Kolkata, Mumbai City FC, Mohun Bagan, TRAU FC. 25 year old Abhinas also played for Indian U19 side.

24 year old Rupert started his professional career from Shillong Lajong FC. Later he played for Delhi Dynamos, ATK and NorthEast United. Rupert also played for India U19 side. On the other hand 31 year old midfielder Sanju Pradhan extends his stay with Punjab FC with one more year.

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NICHOLAS JOHN JOINED JAMSHEDPUR AS AN ASIAN FOOTBALLER


21.10.20: The Austrlian striker Nicholas John Fitzgerald signed an agreement with Indian Super League Club, Jamshedpur FC. The 28-year-old is a winger is the club’s seventh foreign signing for the season, joined as an AFC Asian player.

Nicholas won the A-League twice, first in 2011-12 with Brisbane Roar and again in 2012-13 with Central Coast Mariners. He has also won the FFA Cup with Melbourne City in 2016. The Aussie striker has made a total of 218 appearance and 23 goals in 10 years across allcompetitions in Australia. He began his career as an U21 player for Central Coast Mariners in 2010 where he also made his senior team debut.

Nicholas John played for Brisbane Roar in 2011 and went on to represent A-League clubs like Central Coast Mariners again, Melbourne City, Western Sydney and Newcastle United Jets. The winger has also played in the coveted AFC Champions League during his time in Australia.

While talking with the club media Nicholas said, "I am really glad to start this new adventure with Jamshedpur FC. I promise to give my best to the club and play my heart out for the fans. I am looking forward to play under the tutelage of a coach like Owen Coyle’s caliber, something every player dreams of. We will give our best shot to get the team to win the ISL trophy."

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BARTHOLOMEW OGBECHE START A NEW PHASE WITH MUMBAI CITY


21.10.20: Mumbai City FC announced the signing of striker Bartholomew Ogbeche. The Nigerian centre-forward joins the Mumbai clubon a year-long deal for the 2020-21 season.

Ogbeche lead NorthEast United FC in the year 2018-19, scoring 12 goals in 18 games. Continuing his tryst in the ISL, he went on to represent Kerala Blasters in the 2019-20 campaign and finished with 15 goals in 16 games, the joint top goal-scorer in the division. Ogbeche is also a full international, having represented Nigeria on several occasions including twice in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

The 36-year old kicked off his youth career at Lobi Stars in Nigeria and was then signed by Paris Saint-Germain into their youth system before making his first team debut for the French giants in 2001-02 at just 17. An illustrious journey began for Ogbeche, playing in France (Bastia, Metz), the UAE (Al Jazira), Spain (Alavés, Valladolid, Cádiz, Xerez), Greece (Kavala), England (Middlesbrough) and the Netherlands.

While talking with Mumbai City FC media Bartholomew Ogbeche said,“I’m very happy and excited to be here at Mumbai City. Besides the brilliant mix of youth and experience in our team, the apparent quality and level of the squad speaks volumes about the ambitions we have here at the club.”

“In my two years in the ISL, I’ve come up a fair few times against Sergio Lobera’s team, and our Coach’s positive and free-flowing brand of football perfectly fits my style and idea of the game as well. I can’t wait to get started as I look forward to a great season with my new family.”

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TRAU FC SIGNED CHANSO HORAM, RETAINED JOSEPH MAYOMA


21.10.20: TRAU FC signed former Neroca FC, Mumbai City FC midfielder Chanso Horam and retained their Nigerian striker Joseph Olaleye Mayoma.
18 year old midfielder Chanso started his youth career from Yarkhok United and help them to qualify for the Manipur State League in 2019. He even represent Manipur in Santosh Trophy. In last season he played for Neroca FC and played 18 matches for them after his I-League debut against Gokulam Kerala FC in November.

23 year old Nigerian striker Joseph joined TRAU FC last year and played 24 matches, where he scored 7 goals.

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ROUNDGLASS PUNJAB FC SIGNED JOSEBA BEITIA, SUMEET PASSI, BIKRAMJIT SINGH, CHENCHO GYELTSHEN


20.10.20: I-League side Roundglass Punjab FC signed I-League winning Mohun Bagan's player of the season Joseba Beitia on a 2 year's deal until 2022. Punjab FC also signed Sumeet Passi and Bikramjit Singh on a 2 year's deal until 2022. Bhutanese striker Chencho rejoins Punjab FC on a 2 year's deal after a fine I-League title winning 2017-18 season.
30 year old Spanish central midfielder Beitia played a vital role for Mohun Bagan, helped them to win I-League 2019-20. He made 20 appearances for Mohun Bagan last season and scored 4 goals.

28 year old left back Sumeet played for Jamshedpur FC in last 3 seasons, where he made 28 appearances and scored 3 goals. Sumeet also played for Indian National team for 3 games so far.27 year old midfielder Bikramjit played several top clubs throughout his careers like Mohun Bagan, Churchill Brothers, FC Goa, Atletico De Kolkata, Chennaiyin FC, Delhi Dynamos, Odisha FC.

24 year old Bhutanese forward Chencho rejoins Punjab FC team after 2017-18 season. Chencho won I-League with Minerva Punjab FC that season, later played for Bengaluru FC and Neroca FC. "Absolutely delighted to join Roundglass Punjab FC. An excellent club and a great team. I am very excited and will try to do my best" - Beitia said in club media after signing the deal.

""I can not express how excited I am. My job is to score goals & I will try my best to score as many as possible to help the team to win the title." -Summet Passi said in club media. Bikramjit quotes after signing the deal "It is a great moment to me to join Roundglass Punjab FC. I have a emotional touch as well, as I belong to Punjab. I will give my best to the team."

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CHURCHILL BROTHERS SIGNED BAZIE ARMAND


20.10.20: Churchill Brothers signed Ivorian defensive midfielder Bazie Armand ahead of the upcoming season.
Starting his Indian career from Calcutta Football League Premier A Division side Rainbow AC 2016-17 season, Bazie played for top clubs like East Bengal, Minerva Punjab FC, Mohammedan SC, Real Kashmir FC.

During his time with Minerva Punjab FC he won I-League in 2017-18 season. Earlier that season he also won CFL Premier Division title with East Bengal.

In last two season he played for I-League side Real Kashmir FC, where he made 22 appearances and scored 4 goals.

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NORTHEAST UNITED SIGNED GUINEAN STRIKER IDRISSA SYLLA


20.10.20 : NorthEast United FC have confirmed the signing of Guinean striker Idrissa Sylla ahead of the 2020-21 season.
29-year-old forward began his youth career with French side Le Mans before spending a season on loan with third tier side SC Bastia. He then move to SV Zulte Waregem, before moving to Belgian giants RSC Anderlecht. He played UEFA Europa League during his time at Anderlecht. Later he joined English Championship side Queens Park Rangers. Later he moved once again in Belgium and played for Belgium’s Jupiler Pro league side Zulte Waregem and KV Oostende in last season.

He also has more than 20 caps for the Guinea national team and has scored five goals for his country. “This is my first move to Asia and I am really intrigued to experience the sport in this part of the world. I had a positive conversation with the Club about the project and I am very excited to be a part of NorthEast United. I am looking forward to working with the coaches and my teammates to make this season a fantastic one for the Club and its fans,” Idrissa said in club media after penning his contract.

Northeast United’s Executive Director Priya Runchal said in club media, “We are excited to bring into the team someone of Idrissa’s quality. He is a striker who is technically sound, an aerial threat and has been a proven goal scorer throughout his career. We expect him to hit the ground running here in India and give the fans plenty of reasons to cheer.”

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SC EAST BENGAL ANNOUNCED THEIR SQUAD FOR ISL


20.10.20: SC East Bengal before their maiden appearance in India Super League declared the name of 28 footballers who will going to participate in the tournament. Among them are 22 Indian footballers and 6 foreigners signed agreement with the club. SC East Bengal announced the name of the members of the coaching team headed by Robbie Fowler. The name of the declared footballers and coaches are:


GOALKEEPERS: Debjit Majumdar, Mrishad Kootapunna, Sankar Roy, Mohammed Rafique Ali Sardar

DEFENDERS: Gurtej SIngh, Narayan Das, Samad Ali Mallick, Lalramchullova, Mohammed Irshad, Rohen Singh, Abhishek Ambekar, Rana Gharami, Scott Neville, Daniel Fox.

MIDFIELDERS: Sehnaj Singh, Bikash Jairu, Yumnam Gopi SIngh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Wahengbam Angousana, Mohammed Rafique, Moirangthem Loken Singh, Surchandra Singh Chandam, Jacques Maghoma, Matti Steinmann

FORWARDS: Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh, Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Anthony Pilkington.
COACHING TEAM:
HEAD COACH : Robbie Fowler
ASSISTANT COACH: Anthony Grant
INDIAN ASSISTANT COACH: Renedy Singh
SET PIECE COACH: Tenece McPhilips
Goalkeeping Coach: Robert Mimmis
Sports Scientist: Jack Inman
Physiotherapist: Micheal Harding
Analyst: Joseph Walmsley


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MOHAMAD RAKIP SIGNS FOR MUMBAI CITY FC


20.10.20: Mumbai City FC confirm the signing of defender Mohamad Rakip. The young right-back joins the Islanders on a deal that will keep him at the club until 2022.

Mohamad Rakip, a product of AIFF Elite Academy, and secured a move to Kerala Blasters in 2017, where he started by playing for their B team in the I-League 2nd Division during the 2017-18 campaign. Rakip eventually progressed to the senior team at Kerala Blasters, making 26 appearances for the club over the next two seasons. Rakip was also a part of the preliminary Indian squad ahead of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup under coach Luis Norton de Matos, making multiple appearances in preparatory games.


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BENGALURU FC ANNOUNCED THE SIGNING OF FRAN GONZALEZ & KRISTIAN OPSETH


20.10.20: Bengaluru FC, today announced the signing of Spanish center-back Francisco Fran Gonzalez and Norwegian striker Kristian Opseth ahead of the 2020-21 Indian Super League campaign.

Fran Gonzalez is no stranger to the land, having plied his trade with Mohun Bagan in their title-winning 2019-20 I-League campaign. The Spaniard - who has had stints in Cyprus, Thailand, Poland and Hong Kong - scored 10 goals for the Mariners last term, and was joint-second highest goalscorer in the I-League. Kristian Opseth, started his career at Kaupanger IL in Norway, before stints at Førde, Sogndal and Bodø/Glimt FC in the Norwegian Divisions. The 30-year-old spent the 2018-19 season in Turkey with Erzurumspor before his most recent stint in the A-League with Adelaide United.

Bengaluru FC Head coach, Carles Cuadrat said the signings of Opseth and Gonzalez would lend solidity to an already strong squad. He added, “The additions of Kristian and Fran to the squad for this season makes us a very competitive team and that’s what we at Bengaluru FC strive to be season after season. Fran has won a title last season, and is familiar with Indian conditions. Meanwhile, Kristian is a proven goalscorer and along with Deshorn Brown and Cleiton Silva, he gives us the confidence we need in attack.”

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MUMBAI CITY IN A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH PUMA


20.10.20: Mumbai City FC are now tied up with Global sports brand PUMA in a strategic long-term partnership. PUMA will become the Official Kit Partner of the Club, starting the 2020-21 football season.

PUMA is one of the world’s leading Sports Brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories. For more than 70 years, PUMA has relentlessly pushed sport and culture forward in more than 120 countries by creating fast products for the world’s fastest athletes. PUMA offers performance and sport-inspired lifestyle products in categories such as Football, Running and Training, Basketball, Golf, and Motorsports. It collaborates with renowned designers and brands to bring sport influences into street culture and fashion.

Bimal Parekh, co-owner of Mumbai City FC, in his massage said , “We are delighted to be partnering with PUMA who share Mumbai City FC’s ambitions to push boundaries within our industries and support the communities in which we operate. This coming season is set to be a very exciting one for our club and we look forward to having PUMA at the heart of it.”

Abhishek Ganguly, General Manager, PUMA India and Southeast Asia, “We are excited to welcome Mumbai City FC into the PUMA Family. They are a fantastic team, with many promising talents who are committed to write a new chapter in Indian football. It’s also great to see City Football Group’s global experience and expertise support transformative benefits for the club. We are looking forward to supporting their collective ambitions as they strive for continued success on the pitch in the upcoming season.”

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JAKUB SYLVESTR, SLOVAKIAN STRIKER JOINS CHENNAIYIN FC


20.10.20: Chennaiyin FC announce that Slovakian center-forward Jakub Sylvestr has joined on a free transfer for the duration of the 2020-21 season. The 31-year-old former Slovakia international joins CFC from the Israel top flight after the expiry of his contract at Hapoel Haifa FC. And Sylvestr is set to become the first player from Slovakia to feature in the Indian Super League.

A center-forward capable of playing across the line in the attacking third, Sylvestr began his professional career at Slovan Bratislava in his homeland, with whom he won the Slovakian League and Cup titles. He then repeated the feat at his next club, which was Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia, winning both the League and Cup.

Sylvestr then arrived in 2. Bundesliga, the German second division, to join Erzgebirge Aue. There he finished the 2013-14 season as the league’s top scorer with 15 goals. That was followed by stints at FC Nuremberg and SC Paderborn in Germany before a brief stay at Aalborg BK in Denmark.

Sylvestr then made the move to Israel and scored 20 goals in 49 starts at four clubs, spread over two-and-a-half seasons. One of the clubs was Bnei Yahuda, with whom he won the 2018-19 Israel State Cup. And he last featured for Hapoel Haifa in the 2019-20 season.

At the international stage, Sylvestr represented Slovakia at the youth level before making his senior debut in 2010 against North Macedonia in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier. His last appearance for Slovakia came in 2014 against Malta, with former CFC forward Andre Schembri in the opposition.

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SC EAST BENGAL CONFIRMED THEIR 6TH FOREIGNER


19.10.20: SC East Bengal going to sign Congolese midfielder Jacques Maghoma ahead of the upcoming season.
32 year old midfielder Maghoma started his youth career from Tottenham Hotspur. He started his professional career from League 2 side Burton Albion. Later he joined English Championship side Sheffield Wednesday and then Birmingham City.

Maghoma won the Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season award in 2017/18 for English Championship side Birmingham City. DR Congo international has made 180 appearances for Blues and netted 21 goals in last 5 seasons. He is going to be 6th foreigner of SC East Bengal after Scott Neville, Anthony Pilkington, Aaron Holloway, Danny Fox, Matti Steinmann.

Meanwhile SC East Bengal finalize a list of footballers who will not be registered in the forth coming 2020-21 Indian Super League. It is intimated that Omid Singh, Jaime Santos Colado, Girik Khosla, Vikas Saini, Prakash Sarkar, Manoj Mohammad, Brandon Vallalremdika, C K Vineeth, Rino Anto, Novin Gurung, Cavin Lobo, Keegan Perreira, lalrindika Raltey and Boithang Haokip will not be registered within the squad that will participate in Indian Super League.

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HABAS JOINED THE PRACTICE SESSION AT BAMBOLIM GROUND


19.10.20: The Head coach of ATK Mohun Bagan, Antonio Habas started to train his team at the Bambolim ground, Goa from today onwards after completing fourteen days quarintine period. The Spanish coaching team and the three footballers Tiri, Xavi Hernandez and Edu Gracia joined the practice session from today morning. The Indian squad alreay under phycical and sequence trainning under the two Indian physical trainners since last week.

Since the time of preparation is very short in Indian Super League, Habas has planned for trainning sessions in two phases. The first session will start at morning after breakfast followed by the second session in the evening.

The festive season is round the corner in India and especially in Bengal. ATK Mohun Bagan squad are having a host of footballers from Bengal who will really miss the flavour and excitement of Durga Puja. Antonio Habas himself are quite aware of the greatest ever festival in Bengal. He himself enjoyed Durga Puja during his stay in Kolkata. While interacting with ATK Mohun Bagan media Antonio Habas, the Head coach said that he will going to continue the hard practice session during festive days in order to build up a truly competetive team in the tournament.

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SC EAST BENGAL ANNOUNCES RE-JOINING OF NARAYAN DAS


19.10.20: SC East Bengal today confirmed the rejoining of prolific Indian National team left back Narayan Das ahead of the upcoming Indian Super League season. Narayan played for Odisha FC last season.

27 year old defender Narayan played for East Bengal in 2015-16 season. Tata Football Academy product Narayan started his career from Pailan Arrows, later played for Dempo SC and FC Goa before joining East Bengal earlier. After that he played for FC Pune City, FC Goa, Delhi Dynamos and Odisha FC. After playing for India U19, U23 side, on November 2013 Narayan made his senior team debut against Nepal. Later he played 29 matches so far for the country.

Narayan played 90 matches in Indian Super League throughout his 6 seasons, where in his 7412 minutes play, he made 6 assists. He made 360 clearances, 193 tackles, 158 interceptions, 141 blocks, 194 crosses, 22 shots so far in his Indian Super League career.

"Having donned Red and Gold Colours before, I know how it feels to play for SC East Bengal. I am over the moon to sign for this club which is 100 years old. I have grown up watching East Bengal play and I cannot wait to take the field and put my best foot forward." said Narayan in club media.

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ADAM LE FONDRE JOINS MUMBAI CITY FC


19.10.20: Mumbai City FC announce the signing of striker Adam le Fondre on a season-long loan from A-League side Sydney FC. The 33-year-old Englishman joins the Islanders ahead of the 2020-21 ISL season, bringing in tons of experience and quality to the Mumbai City FC attack.

Le Fondre was on the move again, joining Cardiff City. Several loan spells followed during his three-year stay at Cardiff, before signing permanently for Bolton Wanderers. In 14 seasons in English football, Le Fondre scored 183 goals and made 44 assists in 532 appearances. In 2018, he moved abroad for the first time to A League’s Sydney FC. Alfie enjoyed tremendous success in Australia, leading Sydney toward two Grand Final wins and one Premiers in two seasons, netting 45 goals and 4 assists in 67 appearances. With 228 goals, Adam Le Fondre sits in 6th place in the list of English goal-scorers in the 21st century.

Born and raised in Stockport, Greater Manchester, Le Fondre came through the ranks at Stockport County in 2004. A loan spell at Rochdale in 2007 was made permanent where Le Fondre would go on to spend two seasons. A move to Rotherham United followed before he made the switch to Reading in 2011. Le Fondre, or Alfie as he’s fondly known, went on to become a pivotal figure in the Reading set up and was influential in their run to the Championship title and promotion to the Premier League in his debut season at the club. While they faced the drop back to the Championship the very next season, Le Fondre topped the scoring charts for Reading in each of his three seasons with the Royals.

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AKASHDEEP SINGH JOINS SUDEVA FC


18.10.20: 27 year old defender Akashdeep Singh Kahlon joined Delhi based new I-League side Sudeva FC ahead of the upcoming season.
Akashdeep played for Punjab FC in the last season. After starting his career from Indian Arrows, Akashdeep joined Minerva Punjab FC in 2015-16 season and played till last season. During his time at Minerva Punjab FC, right back Akashdeep played top tournaments like I-League, AFC Cup, AFC Champions League Qualifier and Super Cup.

He won I-League with Minerva Punjab FC in 2017-18 season.

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DIPANDA DICKA JOINS REAL KASHMIR FC


18.10.20: 31 year old Cameroonian forward Dipanda Dicka joins I-League side Real Kashmir FC ahead of the upcoming season.

2 times I-League top scorer Dipanda Dicka played for Punjab FC last season. Vastly experienced Dicka is a known face in Indian Football. He started his journey in Indian Football through DSK Shivajians. Later he played for Shillong Lajong FC, Mohammedan SC, Mohun Bagan before joining Punjab FC last season.

He won best striker in 2016-17 and 2017-18 season with Shillong Lajong FC and Mohun Bagan scored 11 and 13 goals in 17 and 18 matches respectively.

In CFL Premier, he played for Mohammedan SC in 2016-17 and scored 12 goals to become top scorer. In next season he scored 10 goals for Mohun Bagan in CFL Premier to become 2nd highest scorer after Kromah.

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SC EAST BENGAL ANNOUNCES THE JOINING OF DANIEL FOX


18.10.20: SC East Bengal officially announces the joining of Scottish central defender Daniel Fox for the up coming season. The experienced central defender joined Red and Gold from the Premier League club, Wigan AC.

Daniel Fox played more than 465 matches in clubs like Stranraer FC, Coventry, Walsall, Celtic, Burnley, Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic. Fox scored 12 goals in various division of English league that he participated. The international career of Daniel Fox is short, as he played only 4 matches for Scottish senior team.

While interacting after signing in SC East Bengal Daniel Fox said, "I am thirilled to be a part of SC east Bengal . A club rich in history. I have rubbed shoulders with the very best in the Premier league, and would love to share the benefitof my experience with the squad. the challange of representing the Red and Gold motivates me to reach for new heights." After Scott Neville, the defender from A league,the joining of Daniel Fox in SC East Bengal will definately strengthen the defence with Samad Ali Mullick, Gurtej Singh and Narayan Das to assist.


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MUMBAI CITY FC ANNOUNCE THE SIGNING OF DEFENDER MOURTADA FALL


18.10.20: Mumbai City FC today announced the signing of Senegalese defender Mourtada Fall. Mourtada signs in a 2 years deal with Mumbai City FC and will play for the team until 2021-2022 season.

32-year-old centre-half started his playing career with Moroccan club Moghreb Tétouan and won won the Botola Pro 1 in 2011-12. During this phase he played under coach Sergio Lobera. Later he played for Kuwait's Al-Arabi SC and Morocco's Wydad Casablanca and won the Botola Pro 1 and the CAF Champions League. In 2018-19 season, Mourtada joined Indian Super League side FC Goa with former coach Lobera. Mourtada has also scored 9 goals and provided 3 assists in 43 appearances over two seasons, earning the tag of a goal-scoring defender and won the 2019 Super Cup and the 2019/20 ISL League Shield.

“I have had the fortune of playing under coach Sergio Lobera twice before. When the opportunity of joining him again came by and at a club like Mumbai City, I did not have to think twice. He knows me very well both, as a player and as a person, and I am ready to give my best for him, for this huge club and for the passionate fans of Mumbai City. We have a fantastic group here and some very talented youngsters. I hope I can share some of my experiences, grow together with my teammates and help the team achieve our goals.” - Mourtada Fall said in club media.

"It is a huge statement from our club to have signed Mourtada. He’s a player I know quite well. Mourtada is a thorough professional on and off the pitch and even with all his experience, he always wants to learn more and become better. A player of his calibre is hard to find and we’re very happy that he’s chosen to join us here at Mumbai City.” - Coach Lobera comments in club media after the announcement.

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SC EAST BENGAL SIGNS JEJE LALPEKHLUA


18.10.20: SC East Bengal announced the signing of Indian National Team striker Jeje Lalpekhlua ahead of the upcoming Indian Super League season. After spending 5 seasons in Chennaiyin FC, Jeje joined SC East Bengal.

29 year old striker started his professional career from Pune FC, later he played for various top clubs including arch rival Mohun Bagan, Dempo SC, Chennaiyin FC. He represent India in 56 matches and scored 23 goals for the country. He played 69 matches so far in Indian Super League, where he scored 23 goals and have 7 assists in his 5015 minutes play. He had been with Chennaiyin FC since 2014 and is the team’s leading goal scorer in the Indian Super League. He won I-League with Mohun Bagan and ISL with Chennaiyin FC.

"Every Footballer in India wants to play for SC East Bengal one day. It is such a big institution. I am thrilled to join SC East Bengal in its first year of taking part in the ISL. I cannot wait to don the Red and Gold colours and give my best every time I take the field." - Jeje told in club media after signing the deal.

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VINIL EXTENDS HIS STAY WITH CHURCHILL BROTHERS


17.10.20: 23 year old midfielder Vinil Poojary extends his stay with Churchill Brothers for 2 more years until 2022.
Starting his professional career with Ozone FC, Bengaluru, Vinil joined Churchill Brothers in 2018-19 season. He played for Churchill in last two seasons in I-League and Goa Professional League.
He made his debut in I-League when he came as substitute against Punjab F.C. on October 2018. He made 14 appearances so far in the I-League and scored 2 goals.

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GERMAN MIDFIELDER STEINMANN JOINS SC EAST BENGAL


17.10.20: SC East Bengal agreed a deal with German midfielder Mattie Steinmann. Sources said that the agreement will last for one year. The 25 years old defensive midfielder played for Wellington Phoenix last season.

Steinmann played almost all through his career mainly in Hamburger SV and in the lower division clubs in Germany followed by 2nd division club in Denmark before he shifted to Wellington Phoenix of New Zealand in A-League. SC East Bengal already confirmed 3 foreigners so far - Anthony Pikkington, Aaron Amadi Holloway and Danny Fox and all of them already arrived at Goa for the pre-season.

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SC EAST BENGAL ANNOUNCES THE JOINING OF AARON AMADI AND ANTHONY PILKINGTON


17.10.20: The debutant team in ISL, SC East Bengal officially announced the signing of Irish international midfielder Anthony Pilkington and British Aaron Amadi Holloway for the forth coming season.

Aaron Amadi joined East Bengal after playing 23 matches for Brisbrane Roar in A League. Though Aaron played for the European clubs mostly, but the 27 years footballer shifted to Brisbane Roar in the recently concluded season. Aaron Amadi played under Robbie Fowler in Brisbane Roar last season. In his massage Aaron said,“I am excited to play in India and for SC East Bengal. The club is steeped in history and that what excites me most is their passionate fans. This season, we would have to play in front of empty stands but I can't wait to play at home with the stadium packed to the rafters.”

Anthony Pilkington is an experienced striker played almost 400 matches for Wales, Premier League and in other tournaments. The 32 years old strikers played in Premier league clubs like Cardiff, Norwich City and Wigan AC. Pilkington appeared in nine international matches for Ireland since his debut in 2014. While interacting with the club media Anthony Pilkington said, “SC East Bengal is one of the most followed clubs in India, and to don their shirt in the ISL is a matter of pride. I know expectations are always sky high when you are playing for SC East Bengal and I am ready to face the challenge head-on. I am looking forward to working with the gaffer and I believe we have the squad to fight for the title.”

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HUGO BOUMOUS JOINS MUMBAI CITY FC


17.10.20: Mumbai City FC are delighted to announce that the Club has completed the signing of Hugo Boumous from FC Goa for an undisclosed fee. The attacking midfielder joins the Islanders on a contract that will keep him at the club until 2022.

The 25-year old French-Moroccan joins the Islanders off the back of an excellent 2019-20 season with the Goan outfit, which saw him win the ISL Golden Ball with 10 goals and 11 assists in 15 appearances. Having graduated from the youth set up at Stade Lavallois in France, Boumous signed his first professional contract with the club in May 2015 and made his debut later that year. Boumous was later signed at Moroccan club Moghreb Tétouan in 2016 by then head coach Sergio Lobera. He went on to play for the club for a season and a half, playing his debut campaign at Moghreb under the Spaniard’s tutelage.

In January 2018, he followed Lobera to FC Goa, where Boumous managed to register an impressive tally of 20 goals and 17 assists in 47 games across all competitions, winning the Indian Super League Sheild (2019-20) and the Super Cup (2019) in the process.


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SC EAST BENGAL ANNOUNCED THEIR NEW LOGO


17.10.20: Shree Cement East Bengal Foundation (SCEBF) officially announced that the club will play in the Indian Super League (Hero ISL) as SC EAST BENGAL. In a press release SC East Bengal intimated that the club introduces a new logo.
In his massage Managing Director of Shree Cement, Mr. H.M.Bangur told the club media,“The club’s new logo retains the primary assets like the emblem of a flaming torch and its colours which showcases a merger between the rich legacy of East Bengal, its contribution to Indian football along with Shree Cement’s support to keep the flag flying high.”

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Mr H M Bangur added in his massage “It’s a start of the new and exciting partnership for all of us with East Bengal, and we’re happy to share the evolution of the club’s logo. Our crest and brand identity has been a bold one, and I am sure that this will only take the legacy of the club forward.”
The Joint Managing Director Shree Cement, Mr. Prashant Bangur while interacting with club media said,“We’re proud to be presenting the new logo which salutes our rich footballing legacy, while embracing a modern outlook. The fans are the heart and soul of SC East Bengal, and we will work together as one family trying hard every day to keep the flag flying high. The fans are the heart and soul of SC East Bengal, and we will work together as one family trying hard every day to keep the flag flying high. ” The Head coach Robbie Fowler and other team members are at quarantine at Hilton Resort according to the rule of FSDL and AIFF.

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GOKULAM KERALA FC EXTENDS RAHUL KP'S CONTRACT


16.10.20: Gokulam Kerala FC have renewed 21-year-old forward Rahul KP’s contract for 3 more years until 2023.
Gokulam Kerala FC academy product Rahul promoted to senior team last year. He was picked for Gokulam’s title-winning Durand Cup campaign, Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup at Bangladesh, and I-League last year.

Rahul KP came into limelight when he became the joint top-scorer in Kerala’s title winning 2017-18 Santosh Trophy season, where he netted five goals in the final leg to help Kerala bring back the prestigious trophy to home after a 13-year-long gap.

“Gokulam Kerala FC is the club that has made me dream big. I have been part of Gokulam Kerala FC during academy years and now I am extremely happy to represent the club for three more years. The club is like a home to me and I am proud to be a Malabarian,” said Rahul KP in club media upon extending his contract.

“This promising youngster has lot of potential to emerge as one of the best strikers in India. He has moved up the ladder starting from our U-18, reserve team and finally in to the Senior team last year. We at GKFC in recognition of his hard work, commitment and the desire to excel extended his contract for a further period of 3 years which he deserves,” said Dr. B Ashok Kumar, the CEO of GKFC.

“The contract extension of Rahul KP is an example of how we aim to steer the club forward. He is a player who has come through our academies and with consistent performance we have awarded him with a contract extension. It is a great pleasure to see our local players getting opportunity through our club,” said Gokulam Gopalan, the chairman of GKFC.

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HYDERABAD FC SIGNED THREE YOUNG STARS ON A LONG TERM DEAL


16.10.20: Hyderabad FC signed three promising young domestic talent from Indian Arrows – Akash Mishra, Rohit Danu and Lalbiakhlua ‘Biaka’ Jongte today on a long term deal until 2022-23 season. Three young stars played I-League for Indian Arrows and also represent Indian in different age groups.

18 year old full back Akash Mishra spent three years training in Germany at U Dream Football Academy. Later in 2018, he returned back to India and broke into the India U18 side and help them to clinch SAFF Championships in 2019 before joining Indian Arrows.
“Among many things that excite me about Hyderabad FC is the rich football history of the city. Hyderabad has produced many star players for the country in the past and I cannot wait to be a part of the club ahead of the new Indian Super League season,” said Akash in club media.

18 year old striker Rohit Danu is AIFF Elite Academy Product, was the youngest member of India’s camp for the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2017. He is the youngest ever goal scorer in the I-League, with his goal for Arrows against Aizawl in January 2019, at the age of 16.
“Signing with HFC is the start of a new journey for me in my career. I am proud to have signed for the club and as a youngster, I will try my best to learn and improve myself as a player. I am glad for the chance the club has given me at such a young age,” added Rohit in club media.

18 year old goalkeeper Biaka Jongte helped India U-15s to the SAFF Championship victory in 2017.He was also a part of the Indian squad that reached the quarter finals of the AFC U16 Championship in 2018. After named the ‘Best Goalkeeper’ in a four-nation tournament in Serbia, he also added the SAFF U19 Championship to his honours last year and also have a impressive spell with Indian Arrows last season.

“I am really happy and proud to be a part of HFC. I already feel comfortable here and feel that this club is the perfect fit for me to improve as a player. I look forward to playing as much as I can and give my 100% in training,” said Biaka in club media.

HFC co-owner Varun Tripuraneni said in club media, “Our philosophy at Hyderabad FC is to have a right mix of young and experienced players. We see the youngsters as a crucial part of not just our squad, but our overall project and we’re very happy to have signed Biaka, Akash and Rohit. All three of them have been training with the team in Goa and we believe they will become important players for our club in the future.”

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MUMBAI CITY FC SIGNED FARUKH CHOUDHARY


16.10.20: Mumbai City FC have today confirmed the signing of forward Farukh Choudhary on a 3 year's deal until 2023.
23 year old forward started his youth career with the Diamonds Football Club, and moved on to Air India’s U-15 side and Central Bank of India and later joined Pune FC U19 side. His first senior debut came when he joined Lonestar Kashmir FC in 2015-16 season. Farukh later joined Kerala Blasters FC and mostly played for Mumbai FC on loan. In 2017 he joined Jamshedpur FC in ISL draft and played for Indian Super league, where his performance in last three season earns the National Team spot for him.

He played 10 matches for the country so far. In Indian Super League he played total 46 matches, where he scored 3 goals and made 4 assists. In his 3062 minutes play in ISL, he made 59 shots, 62 crosses, 74 tackles, 26 interceptions, 25 blocks, 24 clearances.

Farukh Choudhary said in club media, “The feeling of representing your own hometown is unmatched, and I want to thank Mumbai City for giving me the opportunity to do the same at the highest level of football in the country. The vision in place at Mumbai City was a key factor and I am confident this is the right step for me and my development at this stage of my career. I’m excited to start this new chapter of my life. We’re going to miss playing in front of our fans this season, but we’ll bring the spirit of Mumbai to the pitch here and we’ll be playing for them.”

Head Coach, Sergio Lobera said in club media, “With his dynamism and versatility, Farukh adds a new dimension to our attack and we were keen on bringing him to the club. He’s young, he’s hungry and has the ability to influence the game on his own. All of us at Mumbai City are confident that Farukh has a big future ahead of him and we hope he can help us as much as we want to help him grow.”

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SUDEVA FC SIGNED GURSIMRAT SINGH GILL


16.10.20: New Delhi based I-League side Sudeva FC signed young center back Gursimrat Singh Gill ahead of the upcoming season.
Former Chandigarh Football Academy academy product joined AIFF Elite Academy later. 22 year old defender later played for Indian Super League side NorthEast United and Bengaluru FC.

> He played 12 matches in Indian Super League so far, where in his 446 minutes display he made 23 clearances, 16 tackles, 10 blocks and 4 interceptions. He was part of the Bengaluru FC's AFC Cup team and also part of the 2018-19 ISL winning side.

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NEROCA FC SIGNED WEXLIN SHOBHURAJ


15.10.20: Neroca FC today announced the signing of young defensive midfielder Wexlin Shobhuraj ahead of the upcoming season. He played for PIFA Colaba FC in last season.

Started his career with PIFA and played in Mumbai District Football Association tournaments, Wexlin catch eyes for his work rate on and off the ball. Versatile midfielder Wexlin can play in Centre Midfield or a Defensive Midfield role.

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TRAU FC SIGNED KOMRON TURSUNOV


15.10.20: TRAU FC signed Tajikistan National Team striker Komron Tursunov ahead of the upcoming season. Komron played for Mohun Bagan in last season during their I-League title winning campaign.

Beginning his professional football career at FC Regar-TadAZ in Tajik League, 24 year old striker joined top-flight rivals FC Istiklol midway through the 2017-18 season, and remained with them for almost two years. Later he joined Mohun Bagan in last season.
He also made his debut for the Tajikistan national team, and played 14 international matches for his country till date. He is now in the national camp for Tajikistan for a match against Iran.

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VIKRAM PRATAP SINGH JOINED MUMBAI CITY FC


15.10.20: Mumbai City FC today announced the signing of India U-20 striker Vikram Partap Singh. The 18-year-old joins the Mumbai City FC on a deal which will keep him at the Club until 2023, with an option to extend for a further year.

Vikram Pratap can be reckoned as one of the talented young star of the country scored some important goals for Indian Arrows in I League in the concluded season. Starting at Chandigarh Football Academy and progressed to the senior set-up in 2018,Vikram Pratap featuring for and captaining the Indian Arrows. Having developed a reputation as one of the most promising young footballers in the country with a goal-scoring instinct, Singh found the back of the net 5 times in 27 appearances for the Indian Arrows over two seasons. He has also represented India at the U-16, U-17 and U-20 level – most notably in India’s strong performance in the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship – and boasts of a strong goal scoring record across all age categories.

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FATKHULO FATKHULLOEV OF TAJIKISTAN JOINED CHENNAIYIN FC


15.10.20: Chennaiyin FC have completed the signing of Fatkhulo Fatkhulloev on a free transfer for the 2020-21 season. Fatkhulloev joined Chennaiyin FC as an Asian quota footballer.

The 30-year-old winger who can operate on either flank, is all set for a first stint in India with tons of experience. Fatkhulloev is central Asian country Tajikistan’s most-capped international with 68 senior appearances so far, and he joins CFC after a spell at FK Khujand in the Tajik top flight.

At club level, Fatkhulloev spent the majority of his senior professional career at FC Istiklol, with whom he won an impressive six Tajik top flight championships and five Tajik Cup titles during an initial eight-year stay. He also helped Istiklol reach the AFC Cup final twice during that period.

At the senior international level, he has nine goals in 68 appearances, including two strikes against India – in the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup final defeat and in a 2013 international friendly win. Fatkhulloev was a key member of the Tajikistan squad that finished third in the 2006 U-17 Asian Championship, scoring in the third-place playoff win against Syria. He was also pivotal in helping Tajikistan reach the round-of-16 stage of the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, with Fatkhulloev netting in the group stage victory over USA.

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NORTHEAST UNITED FC SIGNED GHANA NATIONAL TEAM STRIKER KWESI APPIAH


14.10.20: NorthEast United FC today signed Ghana National Team striker Kwesi Appiah ahead of the upcoming season.
30 year old striker started his professional career from Ebbsfleet United. Later he played for various clubs including top clubs like Crystal Palace. In last 3 seasons he played for English League 2 side AFC Wimbledon.

He represent Ghana National Team in 6 occasions after his debut in Ghana's 2–1 win over South Africa on 2015. He played for Ghana in African Nations Cup. “I am really excited to be a part of this squad and cannot wait to be on the pitch again with my new teammates. I have heard a lot of good things about this league and the team from my fellow compatriots and it is an honour to represent this great region in one of the fastest growing leagues in the world,” Appiah said after putting pen on paperin club media.

“Kwesi is coming in from the English Championship, which we know as one of the most competitive leagues in the world. He has had memorable stints at various clubs during his career and we are excited about the quality he will bring to the team,” NorthEast United’s Executive Director Priya Runchal said in club media.

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MANDAR RAO DESAI JOINS MUMBAI CITY FC


14.10.20: Mumbai City FC officially announce the signing of Mandar Rao Desai. Mandar joins the Club having put pen to paper on a two-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year. This was intimated in a press release today.

The 28-year old Goan is an experienced campaigner having featured for and captained fellow Hero ISL side FC Goa for the last six seasons, winning the League Shield and the Super Cup. He was the captain of the Goa side which reached the ISL final and lifted the Super Cup last season. He makes the move to the Islanders along with incoming Head Coach Sergio Lobera ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Mandar clocked in 100 appearances for his former side across all competitions, scoring 6 goals and providing 11 assists. Mandar made 97 appearances in Indian Super league where in his 7691 minutes play, he made 2920 passes, 104 tackles, 104 clearances, 62 interceptions, 55 blocks, 203 crosses, 94 shots.

The left-back also recently became a Indian senior National Team after making his debut in 2019 and has 5 caps to his name.
Mandar Rao Dessai said in club media, "I am delighted to have joined a huge club like Mumbai City FC, and I’m really looking forward to committing the best years of my career to Mumbai City. It was an easy decision for me to make with the ambitious project we have here at Mumbai City, and a chance to reunite with head coach Lobera in my new colours certainly helped. I’m looking forward to linking up with my new teammates, and I hope we have a successful year for us and for our fans back home in Mumbai.”

Head Coach, Sergio Lobera said in club media, "A player of Mandar’s calibre is going to bring in a lot to this team that we’re trying to build here at Mumbai City. He has the traits of a leader amongst many other qualities, which will certainly help us. We are very happy to have him here at Mumbai City and we’re confident that he can be a vital figure for us, both on and off the pitch.”

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KEENAN ALMEIDA REJOINS CHURCHILL BROTHERS


13.10.20: 28 year old Goan right back Keenan Almeida rejoins Churchill Brothers for the upcoming season. He played for Mumbai City FC in the least season.

Salgaocar youth product Keenan played for various top sides after his professional debut for Sporting Goa. He played for FC Goa, Churchill Brothers, Salgaocar FC, Chennaiyin FC, Hyderabad FC, Mumbai City FC. Keenan made 15 appearances in the Indian Super League where in his 1122 minutes display he made 51 clearances, 42 tackles, 16 blocks and 13 interceptions.

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MANVIR SINGH SIGNS FOR SUDEVA FC


13.10.20: Sudeva FC signed 19 year old young forward Manvir Singh for the upcoming season.

Manvir started his youth career from Ozone FC, later made his professional debut for Ozone FC. Later he played for Indian Arrows in last season on loan from Kerala Blasters FC. He represent Indian U-20 National Team in 5 times and scored 2 goals.

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SCOTT NEVILLE JOINS EAST BENGAL


13.10.20: A League defender Scott Neville joins ISL club Sree Cement East Bengal Foundation on loan from Brisbane Roar. The deal will last for one year. The Joint Managing Director of the club Prashant Bangur thanked the officials of Brisbane Roar for making the the deal possible.

Scott Neville played almost in all the matches in the recently concluding season, though he missed out two matches in A League. Thirty one years old Neville is one of the experienced footballer in A League played for more than 200 matches in last twelve consecutive seasons.
In his massage Scott Neville said in club media, "India presents a new challenge and I cannot wait to don the red and Gold colours and take the field. There will always be massive expectation from us and I am aware of that."

Scott Neville joined East Bengal as one of the important foreign recruit in central defense. Officials are in touch with the other footballers especially who had an experience of playing in Premier League and A League. It is expected the news of more signing will come shortly.

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SERGIO LOBERA JOINS MUMBAI CITY AS NEW HEAD COACH


12.10.20: Mumbai City FC has today announced the appointment of new Head Coach, Sergio Lobera, ahead of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020/21 season.

The Spaniard has a wealth of coaching experience in leagues around the world in a career spanning almost 25 years. Lobera has managed clubs in Spain, Morocco and in India and also had a spell as assistant manager of FC Barcelona in 2012. Commenting on his appointment, Sergio Lobera said:

“I am absolutely delighted to join Mumbai City FC. I have enjoyed my time in the ISL so far, but for me there is still much to be achieved and I believe we will have the players, partners and management to be very competitive next season. I think the Islanders have huge potential and I’m looking forward to working with the players as soon as possible.The opportunity to work with Mumbai City FC and City Football Group in the next chapter of my career was also a big attraction of the role and I am impressed by the infrastructure, connectivity and thinking that goes across all of their clubs around the world”.


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SUDEVA FC SIGNED PINTU MAHATA


11.10.20: Delhi based I-League side Sudeva FC signed former Mohun Bagan, East Bengal winger Pintu Mahata ahead of the upcoming season.

Mohun Bagan youth product Pintu promoted to senior team in 2016. He made his senior debut against Bengaluru FC in the I-League. He won Calcutta Football League 2018-19 season with Mohun Bagan. 23 year old winger Pintu joined East Bengal in last season and played both Calcutta Football League and I-League.

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MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING TERMINATED YAN LAW


11.10.20: Mohammedan Sporting Club on Sunday have terminated the contract with Head Coach Yan Law. The Club has already sent a termination letter to Mr. Yan Law at 5:11 PM. This was intimated by a Press Note from Mohammedan Sporting Club. The decision took immediate effect following reviews conducted by the Club’s General Secretary Sk. Wasim Akram and the club’s management. Assistant Coach Saheed Ramon will be in charge of the team for the remaining matches of the I-League qualifier.

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ARINDAM EXTENDS HIS STAY WITH ATK MOHUN BAGAN


11.10.20: Goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya signs a two-year extension with ATK Mohun Bagan until 2022.
30 year old goalkeeper Arindam started his professional career from Churchill Brothers. After spending 5 years there he played for Mohun Bagan. Later he rejoined Churchill Brothers and even played for several other clubs like FC Pune CIty, Bharat FC, Sporting Goa, Bengaluru FC, Mumbai City FC, before joining ATK at 2018-19 season.

He played 56 matches so far in Indian Super League, where in his 4989 minutes play, he made 153 saves out of 493 shot faced and among them 213 are shot on target. "Winning the ISL while representing Kolkata was very special. Playing for the Mariners this year will be an honour. I have amazing teammates who shield me on the pitch and I too will give my all as we attempt to defend the trophy." Arindam said in club media after signing the extension.

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CHENNAIYIN FC SIGNS PORTUGUESE STRIKER


11.10.20: Chennaiyin FC have completed the signing of Esmaël Gonçalves, better known as Isma, on a free transfer for the 2020-21 season. The 29-year-old Portuguese attacker who is capable of playing anywhere across the forward line, is set for a first stint in India following a spell at Japanese club Matsumoto Yamaga.

With UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and AFC Asian Champions League experience in his repertoire, Isma is well-versed in operating across the frontline, highlighted by his record of netting 75 goals in almost 250 career appearances. sma’s youth career comprised Boavista in Portugal and Nice in France; and he went on to make his senior team bow for the latter in 2011.

The former Portugal U-21 international then signed for Rio Ave in the Portuguese top-flight, spending three seasons there. His time there included loan moves to St. Mirren (Scotland), Veria (Greece), APOEL Nicosia and Anorthosis Famagusta (both Cyprus). Isma won the 2012-13 Scottish League Cup with St. Mirren, scoring in the semi-final win against Celtic on debut. He followed that up with a goal and assist in the final against Hearts.

During the short stay that ensued at APOEL Nicosia, Isma won the Cypriot Super Cup in 2013. While his other stint in Cyprus with Anorthosis Famagusta saw him play with former Chennaiyin duo of legend Iñigo Calderón and Andrea Orlandi. At the international stage, Isma has represented African country Guinea-Bissau, his nation of birth.

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KERALA BLASTERS FC SIGNED ZIMBABWEAN DEFENDER


10.10.20: Kerala Blasters FC announced the signing of the Zimbabwean Defender, Costa Nhamoinesu for the upcoming season.
He played for top clubs like Polish side Zaglebie Lubin and Czech Republic side Sparta Prague.During his time at Zaglebie Lubin he became the most highly rated centre backs in the Polish League with 136 appearances and five goals for the club. Later in Sparta Prague he made made over 200 appearances and also captained his side during the club’s Europa League and UEFA Champions League campaigns over the years.

“Kerala Blasters has a fantastic plan for the season. I’m intrigued and fascinated to meet my new teammates, learn new cultures and do my best to help the club achieve their goals. I’m also very impressed by the vibe that is presented by the fans. I strongly believe that a club with such a vibrant,strong, energetic and passionate fanbase deserves great performances on the pitch! I would like to thank the management for believing in me and my agent for familiarizing me with the culture around the club. Looking forward to learn more about Kerala and the club.One love, YELLOW ARMY!”, Saif Costa to club media.

“I am extremely happy to sign a player of great calibre as Costa. Having captained the Czech football giants, Sparta Prague with over 200 appearances for the club, Costa bringsin a mixture of experience and rich expertise to our squad. His achievement is Europe is impressive and is reflective of his character andtalent. We look forward to working with him for the upcoming season.” said Karolis Skinkys, Sporting Director, Kerala Blasters FC in club media.

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ODISHA FC SIGNED SOUTH AFRICAN MIDFIELDER COLE ALEXANDER


10.10.20: Odisha FC signed South African midfielder Cole Alexander on a 2 years deal ahead of the upcoming Indian Super League season. He played for Bidvest Wits in the South African Premier League last season. Hellenic FC and Ajax Cape Town youth product, started his professional career from Ajax Cape Town. 31 year old midfielder played for various South African clubs Vasco Da Gama, Chippa United, Polokwane City and SuperSport United before joining Bidvest Wits.

Cole Alexander expressed in club media, “I am extremely delighted to join Odisha FC and play in the Indian Super League for the first time. It will be really great to play under Coach Stuart Baxter again and I can’t wait to meet my teammates. I am very excited and looking forward to the season ahead. I have heard a lot about the special fans that the Club has and though they will not be in the stadiums with us this year, we will carry them in our hearts and try and make them proud. I hope we can achieve something special at Odisha FC in the upcoming seasons.”

Odisha FC Head Coach Mr. Stuart Baxter commented on club media, “We are delighted to secure Cole to our squad. I have worked with Cole with Bafana and he brings a combination of high energy, character and quality. His personality will enrich our squad environment and I am sure he will be popular among our fans.”

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ROBBIE FOWLER JOINED EAST BENGAL AS HEAD COACH


09.10.20: Robert Bernard Fowler, the England international and legendary Liverpool player joined East Bengal FC as a head coach for the upcoming season. A-League's January 2020 "Coach of the Month", Robbie will join East Bengal on a two year's deal until 2022. This was officially confirmed by Shree Cement East Bengal Foundation in a press release.

East Bengal are now a part of Indian Super League confirmed their participation after successful submission of BID and necessary documents, now deputed Fowler as head coach in their new mission. The investors of East Bengal, Shree Cements Pvt Ltd were in discussion with Robbie Fowler since last few weeks which ultimately negotiated and agreed between them finally.

Mr. H. M. Bangur, Managing Director of Shree Cement, said in his massage, "We are happy to appoint legendary Robbie Fowler as the Head Coach for the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) season. It is a two-year contract as of now but we hope to have a long, fruitful, and trophy laden collaboration. Robbie comes in with a wealth of experience having played with and against the best."

Robbie Fowler was a product of Liverpool Academy played for the senior team from 1993-2001 before he joined Leeds United. He was Liverpool's third highest goal scorer with 183 goals to his credit in his 250 Premier League matches. The Liverpool legends managerial career starts when he was deputed as player manager in Thailand's premier division club Muangthong United in 2011-12.

Robbie Fowler, one of the high profile coaches was successful in managing A League team, Brisbrane Roar FC in the last season. Brisbane Roar finished forth with forty points from 26 matches, thus qualifying for the final stages of the tournament. But had to leave, as the tournament was declared as cancelled following the Corona Virus pandemic.

Apart from Robbie Fowler, East Bengal deputed seven foreign coaches who have top-level coaching experience.
The coaching team of East Bengal is as follows.
1. Head Coach: Robbie Fowler
2. Assistant Coach: Anthony Grant
3. Set piece Coach: Terence McPhillips
4. Goalkeeping Coach: Robert Mimms
5. Sports Scientist: Jack Inman
6. Physio: Michael Harding
7. Analyst: Joseph Walmsley
8. Indian Assistant Coach: Renedy Singh

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NORTHEAST UNITED SIGNED ASHUTOSH MEHTA


7.10.20: Ashutosh Mehta has signed for NorthEast United FC ahead of the upcoming Indian Super League season. After winning I-League last season with Mohun Bagan, defender Ashutosh Mehta returns back to Indian Super League.

After starting his football career with Mumbai FC, Ashutosh joined Indian Super League side FC Pune City, later he joined Mumbai City FC. He then joined Aizawl FC and won I-League at that campaign. Later he played for ATK and FC Pune City before joining Mohun Bagan in the last season.

29 year old, Ashutosh played 42 matches so far in the Indian Super League, where in his 2752 minutes play, he make one assist. He made 123 clearances, 86 tackles, 48 interceptions and 33 blocks. He made 1007 passes, 70 crosses and 9 shots so far in his Indian Super League career.

"I'm very excited to be a part of NorthEast United FC for the coming season. As always, I'm going to start working with the mentality to win. I hope together, we can make this season a special one. I can't wait to get back on the pitch and celebrate this beautiful game," Ashutosh said in club media after signing.

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FC GOA RELEASED THEIR OFFICIAL SQUAD NUMBERS


7.10.20: FC Goa today announced their full team lists with jersey numbers to compete both Indian Super League and AFC Champions League. There are 12 new faces in this squad. Details in as follows:
2 Sanson Pereira (New Signing)
4 Ivan Gonzalez (New Signing)
5 Alberto Noguera (New Signing)
6 Leander D’Cunha
7 Seiminlen Doungel
8 James Donachie (New Signing)
9 Jorge Ortiz (New Signing)
10 Brandon Fernandes
11 Princeton Rebello
13 Mohammad Nawaz
14 Alexander Romario Jesuraj (Loan Return)
16 Phrangki Buam (New Signing)
17 Igor Angulo (New Signing)
19 Makan Chothe (New Signing)
20 Seriton Fernandes
21 Saviour Gama
22 Redeem Tlang
23 Edu Bedia
24 Lenny Rodrigues
26 Ishan Pandita (New Signing)
27 Aiban Dohling
29 Devendra Murgaonkar (New Signing)
31 Shubham Dhas
32 Naveen Kumar
37 Mohamed Ali
41 Dylan D’Silva
42 Sarineo Fernandes
43 Aaren D’Silva
44 Nestor Dias
45 Flan Gomes


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FC GOA STARTS PRE SEASON UNDER CLIFFORD MIRANDA


6.10.20: The 2020/21 season has begun. FC Goa has started preparations for the upcoming season which will see the Gaurs defending their ISL League Winners’ Shield in addition to representing India in the AFC Champions League.

The team, under the watchful eyes of Assistant Coach Clifford Miranda, have begun pre-season with the majority of the Indian contingent. Only Ishan Pandita and Len Doungel, who are currently undergoing their quarantine period as per the League protocols are yet to join. The first few days saw the players going through their paces, with the focus being on regaining their fitness after a long off-season owing to the current pandemic. Since Saturday, the team has been doing double sessions both at the training ground and the gym to work on their physical attributes, core and sharpness along with on the ball drills.

A midfield mainstay, Lenny Rodrigues sounded ecstatic on his return to the ground with his fellow Gaurs. “This has been a long and unusual off-season for us all. It’s been tough for us all. Now to get back on to the ground and start doing the things that we love, I am thrilled,” stated the man who many call Mr Goa. “This preseason will be crucial like every other. But the circumstances through which we have gone through and to come this far, this feels like an achievement. I would like to thank all the frontline workers for what they have done these past few months. We are here today because of their efforts.

“It’s unusual this season because we are used to seeing fans throng the ground for our first practice session of the season. For now, I would like to tell them that we know that you have us in your hearts and we yearn as much as you to do this together. However, for now, we need to maintain protocol so that we come out safe from this pandemic which is still out there and deadly as ever. Keep cheering for us.”

The initial days of the camp will see the Gaurs practice at the Ella Ground in Old Goa before switching to the club’s very own practice facility in Salvador do Mundo. The team is regularly in contact with head coach Juan Ferrando and the coaching staff for session plans, updates and feedback. The Club is also actively working on the transport and logistics for the international contingent, and hopes to have the entire squad at the earliest.

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KERALA BLASTERS SIGNED ENGLISH FORWARD GARY HOOPER


5.10.20: Kerala Blasters FC announced the signing of the experienced English Forward of Premier League, Gary Hooper for the upcoming season.

32 year old forward started his youth career from North London side Tottenham Hotspur Academy. Prolific English forward joined Celtic in 2010, where he played UEFA Champions League, Europa League. During his time at Scottish giant Celtic, he led the team to the Domestic Double in 2012-13 season by scoring 31 goals in his 51 appearances.

Later he joined Premier League side Norwich City and end that season as club's top scorer, though they are relegated. Though in next season, they are promoted once again, where Gary scored some important goals for his club. Later he joined Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. In Last season he played for A-League side Wellington Pheonix as a replacement of Roy Krishna. He scored 9 goals in last season where his team finished 3rd.

“I am really looking forward to the next chapter in my career with Kerala Blasters. I hopemy experience can help the team and I can score important goals to help us challenge for the ISL title. Can’t wait to meet my team-mates and start training for the new season.” said Gary Hooper in club media.

“Gary has a natural killer instinct on the field and can score some unbelievable goals. I’m positive that our fans will soon come to love Gary for his high-level goalscoring quality. I’m very happy to have a player of such calibre join the team and look forward to working with him for our upcoming season.” said Karolis Skinkys, Sporting Director, Kerala Blasters FC in club media.

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MEMO MOURA SIGNED FOR CHENNAIYIN FC


04.10.20: Brazilian footballer Emerson Gomes de Moura, popularly Memo Moura signed for Indian Super League side Chennaiyin FC ahead of the upcoming season.

32 year old defensive midfielder have plenty of experience in Indian Super League with Delhi Dynamos and Jamshedpur FC. In his 4 seasons he played 64 matches so far in Indian Super League, where in his 5461 minutes display, he scored 3 goals and have 3 assists. He made 3128 passes, 39 shots, 18 crosses, 223 clearances, 212 tackles, 101 interceptions, 78 blocks so far in his Indian Super League journey.

Brazilian Born defensive midfielder Emerson Moura started his professional career from Santa Cruz. Later he played for various sides like Botafogo, Fluminense, Linense, Mogi Mirim, iyin family. The upcoming season will be fantastic, I am certain." - Emerson Moura told in club media after signing.

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ANTONIO HABAS AND SPANISH FOOTBALLERS TO REACH GOA ON SUNDAY


3.10.20: The Head coach of ATK Mohun Bagan Antonio Lopez Habas along with his support staffs will arrive at Goa from Madrid on tomorrow morning. This was intimated from ATK Mohun Bagan camp today. Habas will be the the first coach of the current edition of ISL to reach Goa.

The other coaching staffs who are coming with Habas from Madrid are Assistant coach Manuel Perez, Goal keeper coach Angel Pindado, Physio Luis Alfonso and Physical trainner Alvaro Ross Burnell.

The Spanish footballers of the current squad of ATK Mohun Bagan Xavi Hernandez, Edu Gracia and Jose Luis Espinosa Arroyo (Tiri) will be at the same flight from Madrid to Goa via Paris with Antonio Habas. The Spanish footballers and the coaching team after reaching the team camp at Goa will be in a fourteen days quarantine. The Goverment of India grant them a special permission to stay in quarintine at Goa in place of Mumbai.

Habas was planning for a fourty five days camp before the start of the tournament which seems to be impossible at the current situation. Due to pandemic situation the footballers and coaches should have to follow the restrictions imposed by the administration. It is expected that Mohun Bagan will start feild trainning in the middle of October. Till then the Spanish coach will have to restrict himself on the online classes.

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ISHAN PANDITA JOINS FC GOA

3.10.20: FC Goa today announces that the club has secured the services of the promising 22-year-old forward, fighting off competition from other Indian Super League sides. Pandita penned an initial one-year deal with the club and is set to be a part of the squad that challenges both in the Indian Super League and the AFC Champions League this season.

Ishan became the first Indian sign a professional contract with a club in La Liga in 2016 when he joined the setup at CD Leganes. There he turned out for the club’s U-19 side, which at the time plied its trade in the Division de Honor Juvenil, the top level of the Spanish system for youth players.

Hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, Ishan was born in New Delhi before moving to Philippines and then Bangalore. In order to get better training and learn the game, he moved to Spain in 2014. After spending his initial days in the youth set up of UD Almería, he moved to CD Leganes. He then moved to Nastic de Tarragona for a stint in their U23 side before signing for Lorca FC.

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NEROCA FC CONFIRMED TWO MORE SIGNINGS


03.10.20: Neroca FC confirmed signing of 22 year old winger Varghese Jayan and 19 year old local boy Sinam Momocha Singh.
Varghese Jayan joined Neroca FC from Jungfrau Punggol FC in Singapore National Football League Div 2. He completed a two year professional training stint with Singapore top tier side Geylang International FC.
Momocha played for clubs like FC Imphal City, SBSA and Rebel FC.

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TRAU FC SIGNED AMIT TUDU


02.10.20: TRAU FC signed center back Amit Tudu for the upcoming season.
Graduating from the FC Pune City Academy, Amit joined Delhi Dynamos from ISL player draft. 22 year old center back has played for the India U-16’s and was part of the team that won the U-16 SAAF Cup in 2015. In last season, he yet to break his debut in Indian Super League for Odisha FC.

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RAHUL KP PENS CONTRACT EXTENSION


02.10.20: Rahul Kannoly Praveen extends his contract with Kerala Blasters FC for 3 more year until 2023.
Indian U-17 World Cup player joined Kerala Blasters last season from Indian Arrows. During his time at Indian Arrows he scored 5 goals and have 3 assists. In his last season in Indian Super League he played 8 matches and scored 1 goal.

“Kerala Blasters is home to me and the support of the fans means everything. I was very happy with my conversation with the Sporting Director and his plans for me at the club. This is only the beginning of my career, there is definitely more room for improvement and I’m confident that Kerala Blasters is the right place for me to develop even further. Hence, I’m very happy to stay back at the club, one that truly belongs to my home-state and make the best use of this great opportunity to perform at the top and prove myself.”, said Rahul in cub media.

“Rahul is a fantastic young talent who can take on the opposition with his pace and power. He is also an amazing player to work with, owing to his willingness to work hard and eagerness to learn. The club is invested in developing quality young performers like Rahul and I’m positive that he will be a great player, not just for Kerala Blasters but also for the country. He has a promising future and I wish him all the very best for the season.” said Ishfaq Ahmed, Assistant Coach, Kerala Blasters FC in club media.

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NORTHEAST UNITED SIGNED AUSTRALIAN DEFENDER DYLAN FOX


02.10.20: NorthEast United signed Australian defender Dylan Fox ahead of the upcoming season. Dylan played for Australia A-League side Central Coast Mariners in the last season. Starting his youth career from Sutherland Sharks, 26 year old Dylan played for several clubs. During his time at Wellington Phoenix, he was named the “Player’s Player of the Season” and the runner up for the “Player of the Year” after Roy Krishna for the 2017-18 Season.

Dylan said to club media, “I am really excited to join the NorthEast United family and I can’t wait to get started. I am really thankful for the head coach and the management for putting the trust in me this season and I am looking forward to having a good season together.”

NorthEast United’s Executive Director Priya Runchal said in club media “Dylan is a proven player in the A-League and a vital addition to our defence. Alongside Lambot and a good mix of young and experienced Indian defenders, we believe that we have a strong defence going into the season. We look forward to watching Dylan perform on the pitch”

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ATK MOHUN BAGAN IS UNDER SURVEILLANCE OF HABAS AT QUARANTINE

2.10.20: The seventh edition of Indian Super League is going to kick of at the end of November in Goa. Most of the participating teams are at quarantine in Goa before their pre season practice session. The Indian footballers of the newly merged team of the tournament, ATK Mohun Bagan are now at a picturesque resort at Kovelosim close to the beach in Nimmen. The team management has chosen the resort instead of hotels so that the footballers did not feel themselves monotony and mentally fit before the tournament.Twenty footballers are in separate rooms of the beautiful cottages with greenery all around.

This time the situation is a quite different. The only way of connection between the footballers are over their mobile phones as they have to follow the strict protocol implemented by the administration as well as FSDL and AIFF. Footballers are not allowed to meet in the dinning halls or even in the lawns of the resort. The meals of the footballers are served at their cottage rooms.

The distance between Madrid and Goa is almost eight thousand kilometers which is being eased twice a day, eleven in the morning and at five in the afternoon. The twenty Indian footballers of ATK Mohun Bagan are doing their physical trainings online under the strict surveillance of Alvaro Ross Burnell, the physical trainer of the team as Head coach Antonio Habas is keeping a close look of the training session. The two India physical trainer Bhaskar Sengupta and Noel Augustine are at the resort with the footballers to help them during their training session.

The physical trainer, Alvaro is undergoing new training one after another to increase the fitness of the footballers. The most successful coach of ISL Antonio Habas, the Head coach informed in Whattsapp group whenever he feels some of his footballer are not correct. Though Habas is still in Spain but he and his coaching team is keeping a close watch on the entire team regarding their fitness and diet chart. A total of ten types of menu is included in the menu chart of the footballers which will be followed for the next fourteen days.

The overseas footballers of ATK Mohun Bagan and Head coach Antonio Habas and his coaching staffs will reach Goa shortly before the start of the final practice sessions followed by the tournament.

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AIFF Statement regarding Hero I-League Qualifiers


1.10.20: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) in close coordination with the Indian Football Association and competent medical authorities are conducting regular COVID-19 tests on all participating officials, players and support staff for the forthcoming Hero I-League Qualifiers slated to kick-off in Kolkata on October 8, 2020.

It is to be notified that one player each from FC Bengaluru United and Bhawanipore FC have tested positive. All appropriate medical support is being given to the teams, and the players who tested positive are under medical supervision in a quarantined environment as required by the safety measures and COVID-19 protocols put in place for the tournament.

We request the media to kindly not speculate and allow some space to the concerned players.

In addition, and as part of our commitment to ensure the safety of all participating teams and operational staff, the AIFF and the IFA will continue to conduct Covid-19 tests for all required personnel in line with the agreed safety regulations..

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BENGALURU FC STARTS THEIR PRE-SEASON WITHOUT FOREIGN FOOTBALLERS


1.10.20 - BFC MEDIA: As many as 29 Bengaluru FC players have begun their pre-season training at the club’s Academy facility at the Inspire Institute of Sport, in Bellary, the club announced on Thursday. Having made their way to the North Karnataka district after three rounds of testing in Bangalore and one in Bellary, the team and staff quarantined for four days before beginning their training on Thursday.

With the club’s foreign contingent still awaiting their Visas, first-team Indian Assistant Coach Naushad Moosa and the rest of the Indian staff have been handling the sessions, while in contact with Head Coach Carles Cuadrat and the rest of the technical staff, who are in Spain.

“We would have liked to begin our pre-season with a complete team – that includes foreign staff and players, but given the situation with visas and travel, this was a hurdle we saw coming and had planned for it in advance. This is Naushad Moosa’s fourth season with the club and that’s a big advantage. The moment we received an indication from the League about the season beginning in the third week of November, we went about planning to ensure our pre-season begins on time,” said club CEO Mandar Tamhane.

While a host of the club’s new signings having joined the squad in Bellary, the pre-season is also being used as a chance to assess as many as nine youngsters who have travelled as part of the club’s reserves setup.

“What we are in the middle of is not the most ideal situation, but it is one we have little control over. However, our work at the club doesn’t stop, and we have been in touch with the players and the coaches on what we expect from them. I have been in touch with the management with regard to scouting for players, arranging pre-season games and other aspects. Importantly, we are working every day to ensure that we can join the team as soon as possible,” said Head Coach Carles Cuadrat.

With the Indian Super League season set to kick off in November, the Blues expect a three-week preseason training stint in the state-of-the-art Inspire Institute of Sport campus, ahead of a trip to Goa, where their home matches will be played out of the Nehru Stadium, in Fatorda.

“As players, we’ve been impatient and excited to train together and you can feel the energy among the boys in Bellary. We’ve all been training independently for too long now and were waiting to begin our pre-season. I cannot wait for the rest of the boys and the coaching staff to join us soon,” said goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.

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VARNEY KALLON REJOINS NEROCA FC


01.10.20: Liberian center back Varney Kallon rejoins Neroca FC for the upcoming season.
27 year old Kallon played for Neroca FC for 3 years before from 2016-2019. He even played for Peerless SC in the CFL Premier Division. In last season he played for Kelantan FA in Malyasia Premier League.
He played 35 matches for Neroca FC and scored 3 goals.

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NORTHEAST UNITED SIGNED BELGIAN DEFENDER BENJAMIN LAMBOT


01.10.20: NorthEast United signed Belgian defender Benjamin Lampot ahead of the upcoming season.
3 year old defender started his youth career from Belgian side White Star Bruxelles. He made his professional debut from Belgian side Tubize. He played for Various clubs of Belgium, Azerbaijan, Cyprus like Antwerp, Lierse, Simurq, Cercle Brugge before joining Nea Salamina last season.

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ATK MOHUN BAGAN SIGNED GLAN MARTINS


01.10.20: ATK Mohun Bagan signed midfielder Glan Martins ahead of the upcoming season.

Starting his youth career from SESA FA and later Sporting Goa, Glan made his professional debut for Sporting Goa. During his time at Sporting Goa he played I-League and Goa Pro League. In 2015 he made his professional debut after come as substitute of Brandon Fernandez against Bharat FC in I-League.

After spending 5 years in Sporting Goa, 26 years old midfielder Glan played for Churchill Brothers in last season in I-League and Goa Professional League.

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NEROCA FC SIGNED FORMER CD LEGANES PLAYER ARYAN GUPTA


01.10.20: Neroca FC signed 21 year old midfiedler Aryan Gupta. Aryan played for Spanish first division club, CD Leganes in Under 23 tournaments for season 2018-2019.

After starting his footballing journey at Steve McMahon Football Academy, Noida boy Aryan later joined football academy Intersoccer madrid in 2016. For there he played for Spanish side Alcarcon U-18 side in 2017, later played for UB Conquense U-23 side also.

Neroca FC also signed center back Saikhom Thomas for the upcoming season. 33 year old defender represent Manipur in Santosh Trophy. He played I-League for Rangdajied United. He also played for various other clubs like Ar Hima, NISA, AIM, AFC.

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FC GOA SIGNED DEVENDRA MURGAONKAR


01.10.20: FC Goa signed 21 year old forward Devendra Murgaonkar from Salgaocar FC in a undisclosed fees on a 3 years deal until 2023. He will be 3rd Goan young player after Leander D’Cunha and Sanson Pereira. highly rated forward Devendra scored 20 goals in the Goa Pro League in 2018-19 season and also scored 9 in last season as season have to stop due to pandemic. He represent Goa in the Santosh Trophy Team.

“Devendra is a player who has consistently performed at the Goa Pro League and has racked up goals, season after season. He’s a clever player who drops to assist in the build-up and also finds himself smart pockets of space. We are confident that he will suit our style of football. We hope that his development will be accelerated by training, being surrounded by players from the first team and by gaining minutes at the ISL level.”

FC Goa’s Director of Football, Ravi Puskur stated in club media, “This is something like a dream come true for me. I have been an FC Goa fan since the Club’s inception and now I get to wear the colours and get onto the field, taking on the best in India. So, you can say I am living my dream right now. I feel blessed to have this opportunity and I want to take advantage of this with both hands.” - Devendra told in club media.

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