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KOLKATA DERBY-2: Back on time machine - The last Win of Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan SC against Each other...How?.

26.11.2013 : KFC. | www.kolkatafootball.com HOME PAGE

After 2008-2009 season in I-League Mohammedan Sporting going to face their city rival Mohun Bagan in their 1st leg Away derby at Salt Lake Stadium tomorrow, Rahim Nabi is likely to play tomorrow against the Meriners which was his last team.

In the first encounter of the two big teams of kolkata in NFL, held on 28th Nov 2003 at Salt Lake where Mohun Bagan won 2-0, scorers were Bareto and Renedy Singh. Apart from that match, Mohun Bagan met 7 times with Mohammedan SC in NFL/I-League where they won 4 times lost 1 time and drew 2 times.

SEE ------ Mohun Bagan lost to Mohammedan SC in NFL/I-League only one, out their 8 encounters, See below the Match report of the match

In the 10th NFL. Mohun Bagan faced their city rival Mohammedan Sporting on 14th January 2006, at Salt Lake Stadium. Mohun Bagan lost the match 0-1 when Mohammedan Striker Pattrick scored from a Free kick of Palash Karmakar. In 44th minute free kick of Palash hits the cross bar after deflecting from Mohun Bagan Keeper Subrata Pal, Pattrick followed and pushed the ball into the net.

Dipendu Biswas, Mehrajuddin wadoo, Jerry were the player of Mohun Bagan that year who are now the player of Mohammedan SC in the season 2012-14. Mohun Bagan got so many chances to equalize the score line but their striker Endem and Ibhrahim was unable to score.

Mohammedan SC keeper Gopal Das declared Man of the match as he saved several positive chances of Mohun Bagan and displayed a brilliant play. In 2nd leg Mohun Bagan win in the same margin 1-0 scored by Du on 16th may 2006.

MOHUN BAGAN : Subroto, Du, Firoze, S.Maria, Tomba, Dharamjit, Mehraj (Dipendu), Noel, Mehtab, Edem (Jerry), Ibrahim.
MOHAMMEDAN : Gopal, Palash, Kabijit, Madhusudan, Madhab, Farooq Hyder, MD. Mukhtar, Bijen, Surajit, Suman,Patrick.

The last win came to Mohun Bagan against Mohammedan SC in NFL/I-League in the 2008-2009 I-League. On 15th Sept 2009 Mohun Bagan won the match 1-0 when James Singh scored the goal in 14th Minute. Mohammedan SC Stopper Sk Azim played very well and got the Man of the Match award in the game.

MOHUN BAGAN: Sangram, Habibur, Odafe, Manju, Deepak, James, Masih, Marcos, Ishfaq, Baichung, Lal Kamal, Barreto.
MOHAMMEDAN : Naseem, Rajib, Gurpreet, Azim, Feroze, Goutam, Adebayo, E.Gray, Jyothi, Vimal. Suraj, Okoro

I-League Round-11: Pune FC hope past record holds good against Dempo SC .

25.11.2013 : KFC. | www.kolkatafootball.com HOME PAGE

PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC will hope to take a leaf out of their past dominance over Dempo SC when they face the Goan heavyweights in an I-League Round-11 encounter at the Duler Stadium in Mapusa, on Wednesday. Having won six of the 10 encounters in the league and Federation Cup over the years respectively, Pune FC will be out to exploit the indifferent run the hosts have had so far. For Pune FC, the primary objective will be to put on an improved show to secure their first win in the coastal state this season.

In Goa, Pune FC have so far played twice and ended up with contrasting results (lost to Sporting Club and drew with Salgaocar FC) and a positive result on the morrow would help moving to the top of the table. Coach Mike Snoei said: "It's a good opportunity to take the lead again, which in itself is good motivation for my boys to start with a mission on mind. I must add that we respect the opponents and I believe we can do a good job."

Hosts Dempo SC (10 pts, 9 games) are currently eighth in the table, while Pune FC (17 pts, 9 games) are third just a point behind leaders Salgaocar FC and Bengaluru FC. Both teams go into the game with results not going on expected lines. While Pune FC came from a goal down to draw 1-1 against Salgaocar, the hosts were subjected to a 1-2 home defeat by United SC.

After many years of success under their ex-coach Armando Colaco, Dempo SC are in a phase of transition under new Coach Arthur Papas and have completely revamped their squad. The Coach felt, "Dempo are struggling and I think they need time. But one thing I must say is in their last game (v/s United SC) they were a better lot, but ended disappointed."

"We must be careful with this team (Dempo), they cannot be left," Coach added.

While a few players like goalkeeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, defender Debabrata Roy along with midfielders Peter Carvalho and Clifford Miranda continue to be an integral part of the new set-up, most of the remaining positions have seen an entirely different set of players step in. Dempo’s foreign quartet of former player and Brazilian playmaker Beto, along with new players in Aussie defender Simon Colosimo, Japanese defender Shinnosuke Honda and Irish target-man Billy Mehmet haven't yet been able to adapt to the new style.

With the Goan side’s struggle evident, and having secured just two wins so far, Papas has been relying on his former Arrows' players instead of the experienced lot. Narayan Das, Pronay Halder, Holicharan Narzary and Alwyn George have all been regulars in the hosts' lineup. Dempo also features three former Pune FC players in their ranks. Striker Jeje Lalpekhlua - a regular alternative to Mehmet up front or out wide - comes up against his former team for the first time after spending six seasons at Pune FC since the start of his professional career in 2007.

Other ex-Pune FC players joining him will be centre-back Selwyn Fernandes and medio Godwin Franco who have been used mostly from the bench. The hosts will be missing services of a few players with the prominent ones being long-serving Mahesh Gawli and Samir Naik in defence. On the Pune FC team news front, Coach Mike Snoei will have the full contingent of 20 players available for selection. But the good news is that defender Calum Angus, who missed the previous two games, will start against Dempo.

"Yes he (Calum) is back. His inclusion will strengthen the defence," Coach explained. Calum's addition might be an added advantage for Pune FC as they would need to keep the goalscoring trio of Jeje, Beto and Clifford (3 goals each) under check. Pune FC's last two away games against the Goan side have resulted in wins. This includes a record 5-1 win during last season that saw Dempo's campaign go downhill. However, both teams will face each other with different men in-charge for the first time.

Nonetheless, Pune FC can take motivation from the fact that they have always scored against the Goans and have logged a total of 19 goals in the previous ten games against the hosts. With Dempo's defense being breached regularly this season, conceding 13 goals second only to bottom-placed Rangdajied United, Pune FC will hope to add to the number.

Medio Arata Izumi is no doubt the standout performer in this encounter having scored 7 times in 6 different matches against the Goans. Playmaker Douhou Pierre is also among the past-scorers against Dempo scoring in last-season's 5-1 win. On the other hand, Clifford (3 goals, all of them openers), Beto (2 goals) and Peter (1 goal) have scored in the past against Pune FC.

I-League: Mumbai FC seek first home win, host bottom-placed Rangdajied Utd

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MFC PRESS RELEASE : Mumbai FC returns to I-League action after a long break as they host bottom-placed Rangdajied United FC for the first-time ever in a Round 11 encounter at the Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune on Wednesday. Going into the game after an extended break – owing to no fixture scheduled in the previous round – a revitalized Mumbai FC side will be hoping to secure their first home win of the season.

Mumbai FC (7 pts, 9 games) are currently 11th in the table while Rangdajied United (4 pts, 9 games) sit two places below at 13th. This scenario makes the game important for either side as a win would propel them in the standings. After securing a last gasp draw against Bengaluru FC in the last home game, Mumbai FC were unlucky as they went down 0-1 away to Mohammedan SC in the previous round. However, the hosts are eager to halt their winless run at home this season and have been working hard during the break.

Both sides have bolstered their squads by signing few players recently. Mumbai FC has brought in four new faces - defenders Peter Costa and Khelemba Singh along with former India internationals medio N. P. Pradeep and striker Mohammed Rafi. After earning just one point from the last four home games, Coach Khalid Jamil wants his team to bounce back to winning ways while also hoping the new players settle in quickly.

The encounter also sees two coaches who have worked at junior-level in the Mumbai football scene come up against each other. Back in 2007-08, when Jamil was in-charge of the Mumbai FC U-19s, his counterpart and Rangdajied United Coach Santosh Kashyap was in-charge of Mahindra United U-19s. The two coaches employ similar tactics and lot will depend on how the teams gel together with the new signings.

Almost the entire team has been training in Pune with the only exception being winger Subhas Chakraborty, who suffered an injury during a practice session. Coach Jamil will however decide the final 18-man squad on Wednesday itself as he hopes to get the right combination. The match is the first-ever meeting between the two sides in any competition and Mumbai FC will hope to make their mark in this encounter against the north-eastern side. The game kicks off at 3.00 pm on Wednesday.