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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.
ISL TO START FROM 20TH NOVEMBER
It's hardly a less than a month now. The top tier league of the country will going to be flagged off on and from the 20th of November at Goa under the strict health protocol due to Covid 19 pandemic. The eleven participating teams are at Goa preparing for the tournament will fight for a spot in the AFC Champions League .
ELEVEN PARTICIPATING TEAMS:
ATK MOHUN BAGAN, BENGALURU FC, KERALA BLASTERS FC, CHENNAIYIN FC, FC GOA, MUMBAI CITY FC, NORTH EAST UNITED FC, ODISHA FC, HYDERABAD FC, JAMSHEDPUR FC, SC EAST BENGAL
FSDL has changed the format of the tournament in the seventh edition of the tournament. All the matches will be played at three different stadiums of Goa instead of different cities of the country. A limited number of people will be allowed to enter the stadium apart from the participating teams, coaching teams, medical units and officials. No spectators are allowed to enter the stadium . Star Sports have made elaborate arrangements to telecast the matches live in India as well as in abroad from 7.30 PM IST.
The attraction of the tournament has changed radically after the inclusion of the top two teams of the country, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. Mohun Bagan merged up with ATK forming a new club ATK Mohun Bagan, while East Bengal tied up with an investor Sree Cements Private Limited forming SC East Bengal.
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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 club on 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.
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. ,br> 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.”
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.
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.
INDIAN FOOTBALLERS OF ODISHA FC START TRAINING AT GOA
ODISHA FC MEDIA: 18.10.20: The Indian contingent of Odisha FC started training in groups adhering to all the health and safety norms laid out by the League on Saturday. The players under the guidance of Indian Assistant Coach and former international midfielder Mr. Steven Dias started training at their designated training pitch at Betalbatim, Goa.
Meanwhile, the foreign players have also started arriving at the team hotel. Experienced Defender Steven Taylor and forward Diego Mauricio have already checked in earlier while Hero ISL star Marcelinho and Goalkeeping Coach Rogerio Ramos arrived today.
Expressing his delight after getting on to the field for training, Stefen Dias said, "I am very excited and delighted that finally we have started training on field and I am sure that the players must have been waiting for the same as well. They have worked hard in their respective rooms following the fitness training guidelines by our Strength and Conditioning Coach Joan (Casanova). We all are looking forward to it."
Odisha FC's Head of Football Operations Mr. Abhik Chatterjee explained, "This training session was a very special one for all the players and the staff because everybody set foot on the pitch after a long period of time. The joy and the enthusiasm that the players had was very visible and it showed in the training session. Everybody was just grateful to be practising and training again. Hopefully, the players can keep this level of commitment and enthusiasm going as we will look to go from strength to strength in our pre-season training window under Head Coach Stuart Baxter soon and prepare and give our best in the Indian Super League season."
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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.
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.”
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.
COACHES AND FOOTBALLERS OF SC EAST BENGAL REACHED AT GOA TO PARTICIPATE IN ISL
16.10.20: The British coach of SC East Bengal, Robbie Fowler, the legend of Liverpool and his supporting team reached Goa to paticipate in the seventh edition of forth coming Indian Super League. According to the sources, the newly recruit foreign footballers, Danny Fox, Anthony Pilkington and Aaron Amadi Holloway arrived at Goa with Head Coach Robbie Fowler. The footballers and coaches reached Mumbai Airport early in the morning from where they reached Goa. Robert Mimis, the goalkeeper coach likely to reach Goa early next week.
It is reported that eighteen Indian footballers of SC East Bengal reached Goa this evening from their home town. Seven footballers, Md Rafiq, Samad Ali Mullick, Rafiq Ali Sardar, Sankar Roy, Narayan Das, Debjit Majumdar and Jeje Lalpeklua left Kolkata for Goa this morning. They reached Goa from Mumbai in the evening.
The Coaching team and footballers will now follow the strict rules due to Covit-19 pandemic, implemented by FSDL and local administration from their rooms at Hotel Hilton resorts at North Goa before they start their pre season training.
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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.
MOHUN BAGAN TO RECEIVE I-LEAGUE TROPHY IN A CEREMONIAL FUNCTION
16.10.20: The defending champions Mohun Bagan will receive Hero I-League Trophy at a ceremonial function at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Kolkata on Sunday, October 18, 2020. The Minister of Youth Services and Sports and PWD, Mr Aroop Biswas will be the Chief Guest of the event. The I League CEO, Mr. Sunando Dhar, would be present on behalf of the All India Football Federation on the special day. Mohun Bagan club President Mr Swapan Sadhan Bose and the entire Executive Committee members of the club will observe the function from the ball room of the hotel .
Iconic Howrah Bridge (Rabindra Setu) will be illuminated with traditional Mohun Bagan colours on 18-Oct-20 & 19-Oct-20 from 6.30 PM to 10.00 PM to commemorate the success of I League champion.
As some of the footballers are busy in ISL camp, the Trophy would be handed over to players and coaches who are available at Kolkata. The coaches and players will not be able to join the program physically due to the current pandemic scenario and commitments with their respective ISL teams. Mohun Bagan have organised to take them on a live Zoom call so they can be part of the event virtually and enjoy the memorable moment . The event would start off with the champion song followed by an audio-visual of the I-League journey for 2019-20 season.
The Mariners were forced to organise the programme in a hotel room instead of the club lawn following the protocols laid down by the Central and State Government due the ongoing Covit 19 pandemic. But the members and supporters can view the programme live on social media and club website.
Post to the ceremonial function a procession is organised with the Hero I-League Trophy from Hotel Hyatt Regency to Mohun Bagan Athletic Club through the street of Kolkata where the fans would have a chance to enjoy the occasion..
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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.
ROBBIE FOWLER & INDIAN FOOTBALLERS OF SC EAST BENGAL TO REACH GOA TOMORROW
15.10.20: The team members of SC East Bengal will reach Goa from 16th of October to participate in the maiden ISL campaign. Head coach of the Kolkata team, Robbie Fowler, Indian Assistant coach Renedy Singh along with the other support staffs will reach team hotel tomorrow. Robert mimms, the Goal keeping coach are expected to arrive at Goa early next week.
The Indian footballers Sankar Ray, Debjit Majumdar, Rafiq Ali Sardar, Md Rafique, Samad Ali Mallick, Narayan Das, Mirshad, Jeje Lalpeklua, Balwant Singh,Eugeneson Lyngdoh will reach Goa from their home towns. The footballers and coaches will be at quarantine at their team hotel following the strict rules of CoviD 19 adopted by FSDL, AIFF and local administration.
After the signing of Scott Neville, the officials of East Bengal are in a target to sign six more overseas footballers for the forth coming season. Sources reveal that Premier League footballers Danny Fox, Anthony Pilkkington and Brisbane Roar midfielder Aaron Amadi is almost set to finalize the deal with SC East Bengal. The officials are engaged in discussing with the some footballers of A League and Premier League which is expected to finalize soon.
KHALID JAMIL ADMITTED AFTER TESTED COVID-19 POSITIVE
15.10.20: North East United, the team of Indian Super League today intimated in a press note that their Assistant Coach, Khalid Jamil is undergoing treatment in a hospital at Goa after he is tested Covid-19 positive. Khalid is admitted as a precautionary measure and he is keeping well.
The press note also states that Khalid cleared all his test before travelling to Goa but tested positive after his arrival.
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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.
HABAS TO START TRAINING AT BAMBOLIM FROM MONDAY
15.10.20: The Spanish coach of ATK Mohun Bagan Antonio Habas will be the the first coach of the forth coming Indian Super League 2020-21 who will start to train his team from Monday at the practice turf of the Bambolim stadium, Goa after completing fourteen days quarantine at Goa.The coaching staffs and the three Spanish footballers Xavi Hernandez, Edu Gracia and Tiri will start field training from Monday onward.
The twenty Indian footballers are busy in their hard schedule at Bambolim under two Indian physical trainers. The coaching style and pattern seems to be much different and harder after Antonio Habas joins hi steam from Monday onward. While interacting, Habas said that they is a lot of difference between online training and practical training on the turf of the practice ground. But we have to respect and abide the rules imposed by FSDL and administration.
Fijian international Roy Krishna, is yet to arrive at Goa. He and Australian midfielder Brad Inman is expected to join the camp within Sunday. The other foreigners David Williams and Carl McHugh are at fourteen days quarantine after reaching on Monday at Goa. The Spanish coach will resume his training with twenty three footballers now, are expecting to get his full squad in the first week of November.
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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.
GRADUATES OF RELIANCE FOUNDATION SET TO JOIN ISL CLUBS
14.10.20: The young graduates of Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) academy in Navi Mumbai are now set to join the ISL clubs after they trained at the academy for five years. Nine graduates of the first batch are now set to tied up with the ISL clubs for the forth coming season.
It is intimated that Aritra Das, Muhammed Basith PT & Birendra Singh are headed to Kerala Blasters FC, G Balaji & Aqib Nawab will be at Chennaiyin FC, Muhammed Nemil at FC Goa, Thoi Singh at Bengaluru FC, Ayush Chhikara at Mumbai City FC and Koustav Dutta at Hyderabad FC. G Balaji & Aqib Nawab signs for a two years deal while other seven young stars agreed to three year contracts.
The Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Mrs Nita Ambani in her massage said, “It is a matter of great pride and joy for us that our young champs from RFYC have embarked on their professional footballing journey with ISL. We started the academy in 2015 to provide a pathway for talented young players across India to build successful professional careers in the sport. These boys arrived at RFYC in their early teens and I am delighted that they step out today as highly skilled players, who have earned a place with the best football clubs in the country.”
The Reliance Academy has earned a Two-Star Academy status by the Asian Football Confederation, the first ever academy to earn such status in India. The recognition came as another feather in the cap after it became the first youth academy in India to be granted a 5-star rating by the AIFF Academy Accreditation process in 2019. AFC grants two-star status only after an academy meets rigorous criteria based on its ability to provide leadership, planning, organisation, staffing, recruitment, finance, facilities, coaching, player health, coaching and fitness among other requirements.
At present the academy has 65 young footballers with 22 full-time staff. RFYC also supports AIFF’s coach education efforts, to help strengthen India’s wider sports knowledge eco-system.
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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.”
FC GOA PREPARING UNDER CLIFFORD WHILE SPANISH BRIGADE IS UNDER QUARINTINE
FC GOA MEDIA - 14.10.20: The new season of the ISL is well and truly upon us and this week saw the arrival of FC Goa’s Spanish contingent. Head Coach Juan Ferrando was accompanied by Strength and Conditioning Coach Javier Gonzalez along with 5 players - Edu Bedia, Igor Angulo, Jorge Ortiz, Ivan Gonzalez and Alberto Noguera.
The Spaniards will now head into a 14-day quarantine as per protocols. The Indian contingent will meanwhile continue to practice under the watchful eyes of Assistant Coach Clifford Miranda with Juan Ferrando taking note of everything remotely via recordings of the sessions till 14th October, before they enter a seven day quarantine. The entire squad will be in action for the first time by the third week of October.
Ferrando is looking forward to finally interacting with the players on a personal level once the quarantine period is over and is delighted at having landed in India - nearly 6 months after his appointment.
“I’m very excited and happy because we are here now. All these days, I have had to interact with the coaching and medical staff on video calls. I am now eager to meet them along with the players face to face,” exclaimed the new FC Goa head coach.
“To be honest, I would have loved to be here even earlier to get a feel of the place, but the circumstances as we all know, were not conducive to that. To be in the office with the coaches and work on the pitch - these are the things I love to do. And finally, I’m an inch closer to doing so. Instead of looking back and looking at the challenges, I would rather look forward to the season ahead of us. We have to factor everything in and make the best out of it.”
The season will be unlike any other season in Indian football, let alone the Indian Super League. With the pandemic raging on, the players will remain isolated whilst the stands will be bereft of fans.
However, with the safety of everyone on the top of the list in terms of priorities, the protocols demand stringent checks all over.
“It will surely be very difficult for everyone this season, but that is the same for everyone,” added Ferrando. “We are living in isolation. We’ll be together for 7 months in the same hotel. A number of players will have to spend time away from their families and homes.
It will be a task, no doubt, but this year, we have to do it for our fans and supporters. They won’t be able to be with us in the stands, but we know about the passion that they carry in their hearts. And this is a season, we will look to fight all adversities and dedicate it to them.”
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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.
RONALDO OUT OF PORTUGUESE CAMP FOLLOWING COVID 19 POSITIVE
13.10.20: The star striker of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the UEFA Nations League match against Sweden on Wednesday. This was stated by the Portuguese Football Federation following a recent medical test. It is intimated that the Ronaldo was tested Covid 19 positive though he is well and asymptomatic. Cristiano Ronaldo was released from the national camp and he is in isolation.
The remaining footballers of Portuguese team were tested negative and they are preparing for Wednesday's match.