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I-League Round-15: Mohun Bagan and Dempo should regain supremacy in Indian football.

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JAYDIP DASGUPTA : Mariners to meet the Dempo Sports Club of Goa in a crucial encounter at home tomorrow at YBK from 5.00 PM. It is almost the mid session of the 2013-14 I-League, but neither of these two giants of Indian football has proved their supremacy. Dempo who are the champions of NFL/I league are in the process of rebuilding their team as they have engaged a number of young and talented footballers in the squad. Mohun Bagan on the contrary are depending on the individual brilliance of some footballers especially on Odafa who is yet to be at his peak to showcase the magic.

After a improvised win against the United Sports ,Bagan equalized the deficit against the Mumbai FC in their last match almost at the flag end of the game. Karim is utilizing some of his young footballers along with the experienced campaigners. But what Mohun Bagan is lacking is the consistency of performances which is required to be one of the utmost thing in a tournament like I league.

The cohesion and the connection between the midfield and the striking line up are the major set back which is proved to be negative in Bagan's performances. Mohun Bagan is required to perform as a team rather than the some one's individual sparkling. The injury of the Nigerian goal machine has effected a lot and Odafa has to be back in his pick which will help the Mariners to regain their lost glory. The newly recruited striker Christofer had scored a brace in his first match against United Sports, but he failed to prove impressive against Mumbai in his last match.

Dempo has came to Kolkata without their foreign recruits, held goalless against Mohammedan in the last match. This is basically a young Goan side now and it is the task for Maricio Alfanso to rebuild the team. Except the match against East Bengal at Kalyani, Dempo's performance in the I league are not to the required expectation.

The marshal in the Dempo midfield Beto is nursing his injury. This experienced Brazilian along with Clifford Miranda controls the Dempo midfield and the absence of Beto is a real set back. Beto generally controls the midfield and works as a pivot and at the same time he plays in front of the central defenders to stop opponents attack. Though Dempo has concentrated on team game, but has to develop a lot to regain their supremacy.

Karim and Maricio must have in a target to earn full points which is the prime requirement at this stage of I league in order to climb the ladder.

I-League Round-15: Shillong Lajong to face Sporting Goa at home.

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SLFC PRESS RELEASE : Sporting Clube De Goa will play host to Shillong Lajong FC in what will be a thrilling encounter in the 15th round of the I-League on the 14th of December at the Duler Stadium Mapusa, Goa at 3:30pm. The match will be live on Ten Action.

The Reds are in fourth place with 20 points and form is definitely on their side. The Goan side heads into this match in a very good form as well and are currently in 2nd position with 21 points. The contest will certainly be an entertaining 90 minutes of football with both teams battling it all out to be in the top two of the I-League standings.

Lajong known to be the underdogs, have silenced the critics this season as they have definitely proved a point with very promising performances this season away from home. The Shillongites are on high spirits after a 1-0 win in Goa over reigning champions Churchill Brothers SC on Tuesday and it may also be mentioned that Shillong Lajong opened the I-League campaign with a stupendous 3-0 win over former National League champions Dempo SC in Goa itself.

Crossing over, the host hold a better record on paper than the visitors with 6 wins and 3 draws compared to Lajong's 5 wins and 5 draws so far in the league. These two team previously met on the 5th of October and it was the Goan outfit who took home all the three points after a 1-0 over Lajong in Shillong.

The Flaming Orange head into this game after a goalless draw against Goan rivals Salgaocar FC.According to the I-League.org, Spanish Coach Oscar Bruzon said "Our opponents for tomorrow are Shillong Lajong FC and that is what we should worry about. Not the positions, not who is ahead of us, or who remains behind."

He also said, "I know the Shillong Lajong FC coach (Thangboi Singto) quite well and I like the team. I saw both their matches in Goa which they won and their organisation is immaculate. We will have to be at our best to break them down." Meanwhile Shillong Lajong FC Coach Thangboi Singto said, "Sporting Clube is a very good side and Lajong has to play to the best ability to beat them."

When asked if the team will face any added pressure he explained, "There is no added pressure to the team. We need to believe and have a good start. Winning mentality is a must for this game. To win we need consistency and a disciplined performance."

Coach Thangboi Singto also elucidated, "The team wants to say a big thank you to all the Lajong fans. We hope that you will always support the team at all times as we will also try our best to bring smiles to all the Lajong faithfuls." Shillong Lajong will be missing Uilliams who is still injured and has not travelled with the team to Goa and is currently undergoing treatment in Shillong.

Singto also commented on Captain Minchol Son who missed two games on the trot, "The team needs their Super Captain and we will take the final call on him tomorrow." The Reds are definitely capable of handling the best of teams on their day and will settle for nothing less than a win when they play Sporting Clube De Goa tomorrow at the Duler Stadium.

Head To Head

I-League :05-Oct-2013 Shillong Lajong FC (0-1) Sporting Goa
I-League ??:08-Jan-2013 Sporting Goa (0-0 Shillong Lajong FC
I-League :28-Oct-2012 Shillong Lajong FC (1-2) Sporting Goa
I-League ?:31-Mar-2012 Shillong Lajong FC (0-1) Sporting Goa
I-League :01-Oct-2011 Sporting Goa (4-3) Shillong Lajong FC

I-League : Bengaluru FC sign three youngsters on loan till end of season .

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BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bengaluru FC on Friday announced the loan signings of three players from the now-defunct Pailan Arrows squad. Goalkeeper Soram Poirei, midfielder Randhan Meitei and defender Shankar S will be part of Ashley Westwood's squad till the end of the season.

A player from Pune FC's youth academy, twenty-two-year-old Poirei played for Shillong Lajong in the 2011-12 season before spending the next season at Pailan Arrows. Local lad Shankar - who has had a taste of the I-League with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited - and Meitei from Manipur complete the list.

"The boys come highly recommended from assistant coach Pradhyum Reddy and we will, over the next few months, be providing them with a platform to do well in Indian football. We will also be assessing them to see if they can make their way into a highly competitive squad," said Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood.