2009 - DECEMBER NEWS         


Gabriel E Joseph the AFC instructor and the Director of Coaching AIFF is
demonstrating for the participants of AFC 'C' coaching certificate course
in Pondicherry.

02.01.2010 :: Asian Football Confederation ‘C’ coaching certificate organized by the All India Football Federation in association with the Pondicherry Football Association commenced on 30th December, 2009 with Mr. Gabriel E Joseph the Director of Coaching, All India Football Federation as the Course Instructor.

The Secretary of the Pondicherry Football Association Mr. V. Balasubramaniam inaugurated the course on 30th December, 2009 that will continue upto 14th January, 2010. Tne participants are from Pondicherry , Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. They are M/s V. Virasaravannane, V. Murugan, G. Ranjit, A. Joseph Raj, K. Suresh, K.Balamurgan, P. Santhoshkumar, M. Lucien, V. Vinothkumar, P. Arun, G. Raja, A. Jasen, R. Sivakumar, C. Yuvaraj, P. Saravanan, Noah Augustine Rozario, Thoppil Dasan Jayan, Ebin Rose. D, Manoj Kumar, and C. Suresh kumar.

Gabriel E Joseph the AFC course instructor is supervising the activities
in the AFC 'C' coaching course in Pondicherry.

The practical sessions are being conducted at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, Pondicherry while the the theoretical classes are conducted in the conference hall of the Lion’s Club, Pondicherry . Technology that was being used by Mr Gabriel E Joseph with the help of the expert I.T. support person Mr. Charles.G.J is giving ample opportunity for the participants to improve themselves as their practical session activities are captured through the video and shown in the screen every day in the theoretical classes besides guiding for the the use of technology for the technical tactical work to be carried out in the field.

During the period of the course the participants will have to undergo three practical and three theoretical examinations. Besides Football other related topics covered are the laws of the game, nutrition, physiology, hygine, sports safety and first aid and advantage of technology in the field.

India will face Afghanistan in opening of
SAF Games Football 2010

31.12.2009 :: South Asian Games (also known as SAF Games ) are a bi-annual multi-sport event held among the athletes from South Asia. The governing body of these games is South Asian Sports Council (SASC) which formed in 1983.

In 11th edition of SAF Games Football at Chittagong Bangladesh, Indian football team will face their first match against Afghanistan on January 29 at M A Aziz Stadium.Four-time champions India in Group B along with defencing champions Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. In Group 'B' host Bangladesh will fight against Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan. The Group B Match will be played at the Bangabandhu Stadium Dhaka.

India will send its u-19 team instead of U-23 under SAFF Cup champion coach Sukhwinder Singh.Very recently Indian U-19 Football team played well at Iraq in U-19 AFC Cup Qualifying matches.India Team will be practiced at Kalyani Stadium from 4th January 2010.

In the last edition in 2006 in Colombo, Zaidinmawia Hmar (captain) leaded U-20 India team finished 4th after losing 5 - 6 (Pen) to Sri Lanka in the semi-final and also lost 0 - 2 to Nepal in the bronze medal play-off. Now in 2010 SAF Games will start again after a 3 years gap.

Winners of SAF Games Football

1984 : Nepal (Beat Bangladesh 1 - 0)
1985 : India (Beat Bangladesh 0 - 0, 5 - 3 )
1987 : India (Beat Nepal 1 - 0 Md. Farid)
1989 : Pakistan (Beat Bangladesh 1 - 0) - India 3rd Place
1991 : Pakistan (Beat Maldives 2 - 0)
1993 : Nepal (Beat India 2 - 2, 6 - 5)
1995 : India (Beat Bangladesh 1 - 0 Sabbir Pasha)
1999 : Bangladesh (Beat Nepal 1 - 0) - India 3rd Place
2004 : Pakistan (Beat India 1 - 0)
2006 : Pakistan (Beat Sri Lanka 1 - 0)
2010: ????

Tournament Fixtures


Group - A:Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan
Group - B:Pakistan, Sri Lanka Afghanistan and India


Jan 29: India vs Afghanistan
Jan 29: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka

Jan 30: Maldives vs Bhutan
Jan 30: Bangladesh vs Nepal

Jan 31: India vs Sri Lanka
Jan 31: Pakistan vs Afghanistan

Feb 1: Maldives vs Nepal
Feb 1: Bangladesh vs Bhutan

Feb 2: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan
Feb 2: Pakistan vs India

Feb 3: Nepal vs Bhutan
Feb 3: Bangladesh vs Maldives

Feb 5: Group A winners vs Group B runners-up - Semi 1
Feb 5: Group B winners vs Group A runners-up - Semi 2

3rd/4th Place play off :

Feb 7: Looser of Semi 1 vs Looser of Semi 2


Feb 8: Winner of Semi 1 vs winner of Semi 2

Women's Fixtures

Jan 29: India vs Sri Lanka
Jan 29: Bangladesh vs Nepal

Jan 31: India vs Pakistan
Jan 31: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka

Feb 2: Nepal vs Sri Lanka
Feb 2: Bangladesh vs Pakistan

Feb 4: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
Feb 4: India vs Nepal

Feb 6: Pakistan vs Nepal
Feb 6: Bangladesh vs India

Feb 8: Final.

East Bengal beat Mohun Bagan to reach
in the Fed Cup Final 2009.

31.12.2009 ::Debashis Majumder ::The last East Bengal-Mohun Bagan derby of 2009 ended with 2-0 scoreline in favour of East Bengal. With this Fed Cup semi final win over their archrival East Bengal entered into the final where they will face Shillong Lajong who confirmed their place in the final after beating Churchill Brothers in the first semi final yesterday.

As in their last I-League encounter on 25th October, 2009 Mohun Bagan registered a 5-3 win over East Bengal the Red and Gold was eager to return the complement to their arch rivals and from the kick of today’s match this determination was present in the team East Bengal. Very early in the first half when a fabulous free kick of Sanju Pradhan was saved by Mohun Bagan keeper Sangram Mukherjee then a glance of the aggressive character of East Bengal’s game plan has been expressed. But it was Mohun Bagan who showed early dominance in the match and early in the first half Mohun Bagan got a golden opportunity to go ahead in the match as because of an unconvincing brought down of Isfaq within the penalty box by the East Bengal defenders caused a penalty to Mohun Bagan but Bagan lost the advantage as the experienced striker like Bareto wasted the opportunity by kicking the penalty outside of goal. It proved the most crucial turning point of the match and from this time East Bengal started to get back in the match.

In the second half the match began with 0-0 scoreline but soon in the 54th minute Yakubu opened the scoreline with a fine goal by capitalizing a corner. After this goal East Bengal took the hold of the match. East Bengal was the dominant team in the second half. Mohun Bagan forwards like Bareto and Chidi could not make much harm to the East Bengal goal due to the fantastic performance delivered by Okpara in the defence. In Mohun Bagan side only Isfaq Ahmed tried hard to get the equalizer but towards the end of the match Mehtab Hussain scored the second and final goal for East Bengal and with it he also confirmed East Bengal’s place in the final of this edition of the Federation Cup.

In final East Bengal will face Shillong Lajong who qualified to the final for the first time. The advantage of the final definitely goes to Lajong as they have nothing to loss. On the other hand East Bengal will play for their pride, honour and reputation. Moreover Lajong coach Stanley Rosario was the coach of East Bengal in the last season so he was well aware about the club and in Guwahati Lajong will get innumerable support during the final. Whereas in favour of East Bengal we can say that earlier in an I-League encounter in Kolkata East Bengal beat Lajong with 3-0 scoreline in this year. So East Bengal must have prepare for a tough challenge in final from Shillong Lajong for the Federation Cup title.

East Bengal:Abhra Mondal, Uga Okpara, Nirmal Chetri, Rahim Nabi, Saumik Dey, Mehrajuddin Wadao, Subhas Singh (Baichung 78'), Mehtab Hussain, Sanju Pradhan, Alvito D’Cunha(Bhudiram Tudu 23') ,Yusif Yakubu.

Mohun Bagan:Sangram Mukherjee,Surkumar Singh,Deepak Mondal( Sagrm Mandi 33'), Skeikh Azim,Rakesh Masih (Mickey Fernandez 52'/Souvik Chakrabarty 79') ,Sueoka ,Biswajit Saha, Ishfaq Ahmed,James Singh, Chidi Edeh , Barreto.

Yellow Card:Ishfaq Ahmed (89' MMB), Mickey Fernandez (MMB 60'),Sk Azim (MMB 13'), Okpara (KEB 70'), Soumik Dey(KEB 45'), Mehtaab Hossain (KEB 36')

4th Issue of Soccer Journal 90 Minutes coming soon

31.12.2009 ::The fourth issue of India’s only soccer journal ’90 Minutes’ has been published. This issue contains six valuable articles. According to the Editor Subhransu Roy an article on the blue samurai in field of Japanese soccer has been written by Sonali Roy, whereas Prasun Bandyopadhyay has written a valuable article about the different styles of International Soccer.

H. Sarojini Devi has written a unique article on BMI Manipuri Women Soccer players and Debashis Majumder has written a valuable article on the origin and character of the ‘Calcutta Football’ during the colonial era.

While Paramita Roy has written a Bengali article on ‘Football in Moti Nandi’s writing’. Finally in this issue Kashinath Bhattacharya has done the review of Tony Mason’s book ‘The Passion of the People? Football in South America’.

FIFA World Cup will come to Kolkata on Jan 16-17th..

31.12.2009 :: Debashis Majumder ::The FIFA World Cup Trophy will visit to the city from 15 to 17 of January, 2010. The Trophy is 36.8 cm (14.5 inch) high, 6.175 gm (13.16 pounds) in weight and is made of with 18 carat gold. The base of the trophy contains two layers of semi precious malachite and the bottom side of the trophy bears the engraved year and name of Each FIFA World Cup winner since 1974.

The Kolkata visit of the FIFA World Cup is part of a worldwide gala tour. The trophy will tour to 86 countries and will cover 134, 017 kms distance in its journey. Except Kolkata in India the Trophy will be also showcased in Delhi in January, 2010. The tour began its journey in 21st September, 2009 from the FIFA headquarter of Zurich and will end in South Africa on 4th May, 2010. The tour will continue for over 225 days.

The event is sponsored by Coca-Cola Company and it is the official sponsor of the FIFA World Cup since 1978. Mansoor Siddiqui, the Director, integrated marketing communications of Coca-Cola, India argued that the tour will definitely creat a connecting platform for the soccer fans of India. The soccer fans will not just only get the chance to get a close view of the FIFA World Cup but along with it the fans can have a souvenir photo taken of them with the trophy and will also get the opportunity of viewing a 3-D movie showcasing movements of the FIFA World Cup, participate in interactive displays.

The commercial campaign and advertising of this event has already started in different news-papers and Television channels. No doubt it will going to be an unique event of the New Year and for the soccer fans of the city the visit of the FIFA World Cup in Kolkata will be the most exciting New Year Gift.

From 6.30 PM at Salt Lake Stadium on 17th January, FIFA original World Cup Trophy will be seen.

Shillong Lajong Reached to the Final of Fed Cup

30.12.2009: Debashis Majumder :A dream run is going on for Shillong Lajong in the Fed Cup as they reached to the final of the tournament in their very first appearance. With a full house support in Guwahati the team of Stanley Rosario beat mighty Churchill Brothers with 1-0 scoreline and secured their place in the final.

With the kick of the young brigade of Lajong started to play with maximum concentration and determination. With perfect game plan Lajong was eager to take early lead. In fact in the 20th minute Tuboi made a good attempt but on that occasion Churchill keeper Latit Thapa successfully protected the goal. But with the rising pressure of Lajong towards Churchill goal a golden opportunity came in the 29th minute when Giblee delivered a fantastic high cross to Tuboi and Tuboi scored a fantastic goal by beating Naoba and Rowilson in a fine turn. After conceding the goal Churchill came out with their full strength in search of an equalizer and as soon as in the 35th minute Odafe got an golden opportunity to return the goal back when he was brought down by the Lajong defenders with in the penalty box and the referee awarded a deserved penalty to Churchill. Odafe himself took the spot kick but experienced Lajong keeper Gumphe Rime not just only saved the penalty but also the day for Lajong. In spite of their repeated attack Churchill could not open the goal of Lajong in the first half.

In second half with couple of substitutions Churchill started to attack more vigorously but their star striker Odafe remained more or less quite as he was kept under tight marking by the Lajong defenders. While Ogba Kalu also was pretty much out coloured today. On the other hand Lajong defence played with such confidence and determination that the Churchill players failed to cause any harm to the Shillong Lajong. Despite that towards the end of the match Churchill got another fabulous opportunity to level the score but again Odafe wasted the chance. As with the final whistle Lajong won the match with 1-0 scoreline and took them into the final of this edition of the Fed Cup.

The final opponent of Lajong will be determined by tomorrow’s big semi final between two Kolkata Giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. According to the record in the first Federation Cup in 1977 ITI (Indian Telephone Industries) and in 1978 joint winner East Bengal only won the Federation Cup in their very first appearance in the tournament. Now the record is waiting in front of Lajong but it is sure that whoever (either Mohun Bagan or East Bengal) face Lajong in the final will definitely face tough challenge in the final encounter.

Target Federation Cup: KF East Bengal

30.12.2009 :: Another big match is coming up on 31st December, 2009 as the second semi-final of Federation Cup. Again the Kolkata Giants East-Bengal and Mohun Bagan will face each other in a crucial encounter.

Still now in this season East Bengal could not make justice with the expectations. In Durand Cup and IFA Shield this year East Bengal delivered disappointing performance. Above all in an I-League encounter on 25th October, 2009 East Bengal for the first time ever received 5 goals from Mohun Bagan. So the team is facing tough time in this season. But the name of the team is East Bengal and this name matters. East Bengal has the ability to overcome all the hurdles to re establish themselves as the champions and the Fed Cup brought such an opportunity for the team.

Under the new coach Phillip de Rider who East Bengal already started to fight back. In the Fed Cup in round robin league the Red and Gold brigade overcome all the hurdles with unbeaten status as the team registered wins against JCT and Salgaokar and made a draw against Viva Kerala. More important in the last round robin league match against JCT Bhaichung Bhutia scored the winning goal for his team. This surely indicates a threat to the Maroon and Greens.

East Bengal team is now in well balanced condition. In defence Okpara playing with great efficiency while in mid field East Bengal has the talent like Mehtab Hussain. Whereas in upfront the deadly combination of Yakubu, Hammond and Bhaichung can create panic to the defence of any I-League team. Moreover East Bengal also has the utility footballer like Rahim Nabi and master of dead ball situation Alvito D’ Cunha who can change the course of the game any time.

East Bengal is the 5 time champions and 7 time runners up of the Federation Cup. From the Fed Cup of 2007 onwards East Bengal and Mohun Bagan facing each other in the semi final. In 2007 East Bengal beat Mohun Bagan with 3-2 scoreline and they became the champions by defeating Mahindra United in final. In 2008 in the Fed Cup semi final Mohun Bagan beat East Bengal in penalty shootout scoreline and by defeating Dempo in the final the mariners became the champions of the Fed Cup, 2009.

So from this statistics the East Bengal fans can take this crucial semifinal encounter as the semi decider of the championship. East Bengal is ready and well prepared to take all the challenges from Mohun Bagan and the Red and Gold brigade is also ready with all the positive answers. So the winning of the Federation Cup by East Bengal will be the best New Year gift from the team to its supporters.


30.12.2009 :: It’s a Bengali nostalgia. It is the most awaited clash in Indian football, which divides the whole of Bengal into two almost equal halves. Since 1925, it has been the topic of heated discussion in every Bengali household, locality and “adda”s. It’s the 2nd fiercest derby in the history of world football after the “Milan” derby. When Mohun Bagan and East Bengal take the field in the flood lit Nehru stadium in Assam on New Year’s Eve, the whole of Bengal will wait with bated breath for the result.

As soon as the curtains came down on east Bengal’s last match in Silchar, it was official. The arch rivals will battle it out for the third consecutive time in the last three years for a place in the finals of India’s most prestigious tournament, the Federation Cup. And if the last two encounters are anything to go by, the audiences are in for a feast of football.

Both teams come into the match with contrasting backdrops. Mohun Bagan are one of the form teams this year. They are the runners of both the IFA shield and the Durand Cup and are just three points behind a possible top spot in the ONGC I-league. They are way ahead in the CFL with maximum points from 6 games. Above all, they are riding the euphoria of the “5 goal payback” of 1975 in the recently concluded derby. New signing Edeh Chiddi has been in red hot form and so has been new Asian signing suoeka ryuji. They have won 9 of their last 10 games drawing only one and their enigmatic striker Jose Ramirez Barreto has finally shrugged of his long injury stint and is looking sharp as ever. On the whole, they are looking like a well oiled machine at this moment.

East Bengal on the other hand has had a disastrous start to the season. Group stage elimination from both IFA shield and Durand led to the resignation of their mercurial coach Mr. Subhash Bhowmik and all their foreign recruits were shown the door. They were also handed a drubbing in their first derby clash against their arch rivals where they were convincingly beaten 5-3. Since then though, they started to turn around. New foreign recruit Okpara brought in the much needed solidity in defense and the Nigerian Abel Hammond along with wily old fox Yusuf Yakubu has brought in the potency in attack. They have also had a decent run lately and their enigmatic striker Baichung Bhutia in on his way back to full match fitness. But they still have a long list of injuries and are slowly but surely trying to find their way under their new Belgian coach, Phillip Di Rider.

But when it comes to this famous clash, the form book goes out of the window. It’s always is a 50-50 affair. It’s a match where tempers run high; emotions are displayed like never before. Crunching tackles, flurry of cards, goalmouth skirmish, argument with referees, everything is present. The ground takes the shape of a battle field, where the opponents are vouching for each other’s blood. It’s like two sets of blood hounds going for each other’s throat.

The battle cries have already started with Karim Bencharifa stating that he has no time to think about East Bengal’s combinations and Baichung stating that 5 goals will not happen every time. So it’s a request to all the fans of both the teams to sit back and enjoy. It is surely going to be a humdinger of a contest. Just can’t wait for the match to start. Wishing both the team’s best of luck.

Probable teams

MOHUN BAGAN : sangram, Biswajit, Azim, Deepak, Surkumar, James, Seouka, Masih, Isfaque, Barreto, chiddi.

EAST BENGAL : Abhra, Okpara, Nirmal, Soumik, Mehraj, Nabi, Beikhokei, Alvito, Sanju, Subhas Singh and Yusuf Yakubu,

“Now its time for the mouth to stop and for the feet to do the talking”
Courtesy: Debabrata Dutta : Member of Mariners on the Move (A Mohun Bagan Fans Club)

AIFF Jr. National Qr. Final - Final Fixture

29.12.2009 :: 46th Junior National Football Championship for Dr BC Roy Trophy ,Mandya ,Karnataka : Groupings for Quarter Final Round on conclusion of cluster Rounds.

Group A

JHARKHAND (Winner Cluster I)
TAMIL NADU (Winner Cluster IV)
PUNJAB (Winner Cluster VII)
KARNATAKA (Winner Cluster VIII)

Group B

BENGAL (Winner Cluster II)
ORISSA (Winner Cluster III)
MANIPUR (Winner Cluster V)
MIZORAM(Winner Cluster VI)

Fixtures for Quarter Final Round :



01-01-10 : BENGAL Vs ORISSA M.V.S B




03-01-10 : MIZORAM Vs BENGAL M.V.S B

03-01-10 : ORISSA Vs MANIPUR M.V.S B



05-01-10 : MIZORAM Vs ORISSA M.V.S B

05-01-10 : BENGAL Vs MANIPUR M.V.S B

Semi Finals

07-01-10 Winners Group A Vs Runners up Group B 3.30pm M.V.S X

08-01-10 Winners Group B Vs Runners up A 3.30pm M.V.S Y

Final :: 10th Jan 2009 at 3.30 PM.

32 Colleges in 115th Elliot Shield ......

28.12.2009 :: 32 colleges of West Bengal will take part in the 115th edition of Elliot Challenge Shield football tournament organised by the Indian Football Association (IFA) which will start from 29th Dec.The Tournament was started in the year 1894.

The semifinals of this year's Tournament will held on 24 th and 25th January 2010 while the final will be played on 28th January. Soft Drinks company Coca-Cola, will be the title sponsors for this edition.

The matches will be played on a knock-out basis at four venues — Mohammedan Sporting ground, Barasat Stadium, Khardah Stadium and Makardah Stadium. The final of the tournament may be played at Mohun Bagan ground.

The winners will get Rs 75,000, Runners-up will get Rs 50,000.The losing semi- finalists will get Rs 10,000 each.The best player of each match will receive a cash award of Rs 1,000 while the highest scorer, Man-of-the-tournament and fair play trophy winners will be getting Rs 5,000 each.

Last Year Sir Gurudas College defeated Jadavpur University 4-1 to clinch the Elliot Challenge Shield.Presidency college of Kolkata won this Shield for Eight Times including five consecutive wins from 1904 to 1908.

Probable Fixtures of ONGC I-League ( 2nd Leg)
of Kolkata Teams......

28.12.2009 :: Probable 2nd Leg Fixtures of Three Kolkata Fooball Teams KF East Bengal, M.Mohun Bagan and Chirag United in ONGC I-League 2009-10 . The Fixture may be changed by AIFF if necessary.


05.03.2010 : East Bengal VS Pune F.C
10.03.2010 : Lajong F.C Vs East Bengal
14.03.2010 : East Bengal Vs Mahindra Utd
20.03.2010 : JCT Vs East Bengal
27.03.2010 : Salgaocar Vs East Bengal
02.04.2010 : Mohun Bagan Vs East Bengal
11.04.2010 : East Bengal Vs Dempo S.C
16.04.2010 : East Bengal Vs Mumbai F.C
24.04.2010 : Churchill Brothers Vs East Bengal
29.04.2010 : East Bengal Vs Sporting Goa
04.05.2010 : East Bengal Vs Chirag United
09.05.2010 : East Bengal Vs Air india
0?.0?.2010 : East Bengal Vs Viva Kerala


06.03.2010 : Chirag United Vs Mohun Bagan
10.03.2010 : Mohun Bagan Vs Pune F.c
15.03.2010 : JCT Vs Mohun Bagan
20.03.2010 : Viva Kerala Vs Mohun Bagan
27.03.2010 : Mohun Bagan Vs Lajong F.C
02.04.2010 : Mohun Bagan Vs East Bengal
10.04.2010 : Mohun Bagan Vs Salgaocar
17.04.2010 : Mohun Bagan Vs Air India
24.04.2010 : Mohun Bagan Vs Mahindra United
28.04.2010 : Mohun Bagan Vs Dempo S.C
07.05.2010 : Churchill Brothers Vs Mohun Bagan
12.05.2010 : Mohun Bagan Vs Sporting Goa
0?.0?.2010 : Munbai F.C Vs Mohun Bagan


06.03.2010 : Chirag United Vs Mohun Bagan
0?.0?.2010 : Chirag United Vs Churchill Brothers
13.03.2010 : Mumbai FC Vs Chirag United
21.03.2010 : Air India Vs Chirag United
28.03.2010 : Chirag United Vs Mahindra United
01.04.2010 : Chirag United Vs Viva Kerala
09.04.2010 : Chirag United Vs Pune F.C
16.04.2010 : Dempo S.C Vs Chirg United
21.04.2010 : JCt Vs Chirag United
28.04.2010 : Shillong Lajong FC Vs Chirag United
04.05.2010 : KF East Bengal Vs Chirag United
09.05.2010 : Salgaocar SC Vs Chirag United
0?.0?.2010 : Chirag United VS Sporting Goa

Round 9 - 13

Groups and Fixtures of AFC Challenge Cup 2010 ......

28.12.2009 ::The Asian football Confederation (AFC) has finalised the match schedule for the AFC Challenge Cup 2010 to be held in Sri Lanka next year.

Tajikistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Group A while defending champions India, DPR Korea, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan have been placed in Group B.

The tournament, for Asia’s second tier national teams will takes place from February 16-27 in Colombo with the winners qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup in 2011.

India hosted the last tournament in 2008 with the hosts winning and qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup 2011 finals. A similar incentive awaits the 2010 winners.

The last time Sri Lanka staged a major regional event was last year, when they co-hosted the SAFF Championship with Maldives.

GROUP - A : Tajikistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka , Bangladesh

GROUP - B : India, DPR Korea, Turkmenistan , Kyrgyzstan


16.02.2010 :: Tajikistan VS Bangladesh, Sughatadasa Stadium, 1600hrs (local time)

16.02.2010 :: Myanmar VS Sri Lanka, Sughatadasa Stadium, 1900hrs (local time)

17.02.2010 :: India VS Kyrgyzstan, Sughatadasa Stadium, 1600hrs (local time)

17.02.2010 :: DPR Korea VS Turkmenistan, Sughatadasa Stadium, 1900hrs(local time)

18.02.2010 :: Bangladesh VS v Myanmar, Sughatadasa Stadium, 1900hrs(local time)

18.02.2010 :: Sri Lanka VS Tajikistan, Sughatadasa Stadium, 1600hrs(local time)

19.02.2010 :: Kyrgyzstan VS DPR Korea, Sughatadasa Stadium, 1600hrs(local time)

19.02.2010 :: Turkmenistan VS India, Sughatadasa Stadium, 1900hrs(local time)

20.02.2010 :: Tajikistan VS Myanmar, Royal College Sports Complex, 1500hrs(local time)

20.02.2010 :: Sri Lanka VS Bangladesh, Sughatadasa Stadium, 1500hrs(local time)

21.02.2010 :: India VS DPR Korea, Sughatadasa Stadium, 1500hrs(local time)

21.02.2010 :: Turkmenistan VS Kyrgyzstan, Royal College Sports Complex, 1500hrs(local time)

24.02.2010 :: Semi-final 1 : Sughatadasa Stadium, 1530hrs(local time)

24.02.2010 :: Semi-final 2 : Sughatadasa Stadium, 1900hrs(local time)

27.02.2010 :: 3rd/4th Place : Sughatadasa Stadium, 1530hrs(local time)

27.02.2010 :: Final : Sughatadasa Stadium, 1900hrs(local time)hrs(local time)

FIFA World Cup 2010 - Group B Analysis......

28.12.2009 :: Pushpargha Chatterjee, CANADA ::“Easy” is a relative term. Although grammatically “easier” should be the word but I think Argentina have an easy group considering their recent performances on their way to qualification. Well honestly, nothing comes easy but may be, in this case scenario, we can use the word for Argentina because they have managed to avoid teams like France, Portugal, USA, Denmark and Ivory Coast. Argentina is a team that should not be concerned about qualification but they should be more concerned about reaching the semis and finals in World Cups. Sadly however, such is the state of the team that the draw for them will give Diego and co a sigh of relief. Yes, they are still favorites to go through to the next round but will the likes of South Korea, Nigeria and Greece make it easy for them. No way!

Messi has been named the best player in planet but for Argentina he remains a question mark. There is a difference between Club football and International football. Often stars have literally struggled to cope up with the pressure of playing for their nations and there have often been buzzes of their loyalties, dedication, and commitment while questions have been raised about money and professionalism being a part of the players’ success and failure for club and country respectively. Anyways, I don’t think it has been the case with Messi. He is a young lad who has achieved a lot at 22 and still has a long way to go. There already is immense pressure on him to deliver for club and country and everytime he achieves something, the pressure and expectancy increases so it’ll not be surprising if he falters at this stage. The fact that he won the FIFA Footballer of the year award only doubles the pressure and expectations. All the eyes around the footballing world now will be on him hoping he will pull out a piece of magic and win the cup single-handedly which is not fair but that is football and life.

The reason for Argentina’s worries has been nothing more than poor team chemistry. The players don’t know where to play, how to play, what to do, which way to go, and I think if anyone is to be blamed at all then it has to be Diego. His management system has been put into question by not only the media but also footballing experts and it doesn’t look good for Argentina. Simply put, Messi and others have been misused. But in the end of it all, Argentina is Argentina and Maradona is Maradona. How often have we seen that the team that struggle to qualify achieve glory in the end. Although Argentina and Diego can’t thrive on this but they can still start fresh and be positive about it.

Argentina have some fantastic players in the form of Tevez, Messi, Kun Aguero, Higuain, Di Maria and Pablo Aimar but they will still miss Riquelme and his playmaking abilities if he is not available for the cup which looks very likely. Greece looks like the team to give Argentina the biggest problem. Their compact and defensive style of play will make the Argentines work doubly harder with some rash challenges coming in and some physical play. Greece’s closing down style of play will make it very difficult for the Messis and Agueros to find space to run which has been their biggest strength with low centre of gravity as they will be cramped and will be involved in a cagy fight and Argentina historically have struggled in such cagy fights.

Once you close down spaces to players like Messi, Aguero and Tevez, half the game is won as these players cannot fight for the ball physically with the tall and strong Greeks with no place to run. One on one duels will be tough to fight in as in modern day football, there is very little time to breath, forget make a move. Although Messi is special and may be he can do something about it. The physical approach will be hard to deal with whereas long ball play, which is often sought as a remedy for tackling the closing down approach might not suit well for the Albicelestes for the same reason that most of their players are short with an average height of 178 cms compared to 187cms to that of the Greeks and therefore a playmaker of Riquelme’s calibre would be sorely missed who could orchestrate the game from the midfield without much running to do and could pass and skillfully play around with the ball in very short and tight spaces with some beautiful tricks.

Moreover, they will also have to be careful at the back with the lingering threat of Charisteas, Gekas, Samaras and Salpigidis in the penalty area. Greece do have some very good players in their side with teenage sensation Soitiris Ninis being the one to watch out for. His devastating runs with pace on the right hand side and clever cut-ins will be troublesome for any side. Karagounis will be in charge of all the playmaking duties whereas Kyrgiakos, Seitaridis and Torosidis will be rock solid at the back. Nigeria will fancy their chances as the third team and might sneak through with the homely atmosphere of Africa all around. They have good players as Aiyegbeni Yakubu, Obafemi Martins and Obinna upfront and Joseph Yobo and Shittu in defence. Odemwingie will be a special player to watch out for with sudden burst of pace and tricks alongside the evergreen and reliable Kanu whereas John Mikel Obi will be the midfield orchestrator. The only problem that Nigeria currently are facing is having an able coach to guide them to the success path as Shaibo Amodu the current coach has not been very impressive.

South Korea is the weakest team in the group. This is a world cup played in Africa and not Korea and 2002 is long gone when they finished fourth. South Korea are no longer the same side they used to be and history will definitely not repeat itself. There will be not dubious decisions by referees for god’s sake and we won’t have any upsets from Korea this time. They have not performed very well in Qualifiers and many a times have looked dismal and I don’t see that changing. Park Ji Sung will be the key player but other than him, the side doesn’t possess any form of inspiration.

It will be a tough group phase for them and they are very likely to go home with no points. The key matches in the group would obviously be between Argentina and Nigeria and also Argentina and Greece. Meanwhile Greece vs Nigeria would probably determine the second team to go through alongside Argentina. My prediction from this group might come as a surprise to many as I would say Nigeria finishes top with the home like atmosphere all around, drawing Argentina and winning the other games with 7 points and Argentina sneaking through in second with a draw against Greece and the super eagles and beating South Korea with 5 points.

Teams to go through(My calculation) ::Nigeria 1st and Argentina 2nd


Argentina | Nigeria | Korea Republic | Greece

12 June 2010    Argentina   VS   Nigeria  (19.30 PM IST)
12 June 2010    Korea Republic   VS   Greece  (17.00 PM IST)
17 June 2010    Argentina   VS   Korea Rep  (17.00 PM IST)
17 June 2010    Greece   VS   Nigeria  (19.30 PM IST)
22 June 2010    Greece   VS   Argentina  (24.00 PM IST)
22 June 2010    Nigeria   VS   Korea Rep  (24.00 PM IST)


27.12.2009 ::Debashis Majumder(Kolkata) And Babu Singh (Silchor) :: Football lovers in India and abroad will get to witness a Derby as they bid goodbye to 2009, a year that has gone reasonably well for Indian Football. In the 31st Hero Honda Federation Cup, K.East Bengal will take on Defending Champions M.Mohun Bagan on 31st December in a Semi Final match. The other Semi final would be between Churchill Brothers and qualifier of Group D, which has been thrown wide open.

The Federation Cup Semi final Derby clash between the Kolkata Giants would actually be a repeat of the 2007 and 2008 editions. In 2007 at Ludhiana, KEB had defeated MMB by 3-2 while MMB had extracted revenge the next year at Kolkata in a penalty shoot out. Incidentally the winner of the Semi Final had also won the Federation Cup and gone on to play in the coveted AFC Cup.

In today’s much awaited match, KEB needed a win over JCT Mills to be absolutely sure of a semi final berth. However their ambitions received a rude jolt right in the 26th minute when Harmanjot Singh Khabra received a second yellow card for a cynical foul on Penn and received marching orders. Down to ten men, KEB struggled hard to keep the JCT marksmen at bay. Custodian Abhra Mondal came up with great saves on a number of occasions. The KEB defence was also alert with Nirmal Chetri and Okpara making timely clearances to deny the JCT strikers, Penn and Henry. The 25,000 spectators who made it a full house at Silchar were vociferously supporting KEB.

KEB Belgian Coach De Ridder made two substitutions in the second half. In an attempt to go for goals inspite of being down to 10 men, he brought in Budhiram Tudu in place of Subhas Singh in the 62nd minute and Bhaichung Bhutia in place of Alvito D’Cunha in the 72nd minute. His second replacement paid him rich dividends as Bhaichung scored in the 80th minute. Latching on to a Yakubu pass, the mercurial striker scored with a measured grounder that found the net past the outstretched hands of JCT keeper Karanjit, who otherwise had a good day in office today. This was Bhaichung’s first goal for the Red & Gold Brigade in this season and it could not have come at a better time! The last ten minutes found the entire KEB team running to protect their citadel and as the clock ticked JCT forwards ran out of ideas and conceded defeat. Motivation was low for the Mill men because their chances of qualification was as good as none even if they had won this match.

Both KEB and MMB have a few players with yellow cards but yellow cards earned in the Quarter final stage will not be carried over to the Semi Final round. However Red cards will be carried over so KEB will miss Harmanjot Khabra. Both camps will be on a cautious note because lot is at stake in this tournament. In case Churchill Brothers moves to the Final, the other Finalist (winner of the Derby) will automatically get to play in the AFC Cup 2010 even if it fails to win the Fed Cup since Churchill Brothers (winners of last year’s I-League) will play in the AFC Champions’ League Play Off in 2010.

MMB supporters will be banking on the fine form and confidence of their Team and their great record in the Federation Cup to win the Derby while KEB bolstered by this morale boosting victory will be looking to end an otherwise dismal year on a high note. Only Time will tell which Team Lady Luck will favour on New Year’s Eve at Guwahati.

East Bengal::Abhra, Okpara, Nirmal, Soumik , Mehraj, Khabra (Red Card), Beikhokei, Alvito , Sanju, Subhas Singh and Yusif Yakuibu,

JCT : Karanjeet, Jaspal, Gurwinder, Sarbajeet, Daljeet, Jaswinder, Penn, Sakatar, Baleep Jr., Baldeep,Henry


MATCH ENDS. ITS KEB vs MMB in the Semis. 90+2': Corner for KEB. Ball cleared.

90': 3 minutes added time

87': KEB now busy defending the all important. Penn shot saved brilliantly by Abhra

80': GOALLLLLL ..Baichung scored for East Bengal. Bhaichung grounder off a Yakubu pass grazes past the outstretched Karanjit's hands and gives a 1-0 lead for ten-men KEB. A great sigh of relief for KEB fans all over.

76': Good save off Penn by KEB Goalkeeper Abhra. JCT move thwarted

73': Bhaichung's first outing for KEB in the Fed Cup. His presence will surely boost the KEB forward line. JCT defenders also alert. A very interesting match ahead!

72': Bhaichung Bhutia in, Alvito out.

69': Ball ambling around aimlessly in the midfield. Both Teams are short on goal scoring ideas.

64': jct also trying to get a goal but KEB defence is alert

62': Budhiram Tudu in, Subhas Singh out. Bhaichung also warming up. KEB now going all out for a goal to make sure of a Semi Final Berth

60': Abhra foils a corner

57': Sanju and Alvito playing well for East Bengal..

54':Mehraj cleared an attack of Henry.JCT is attacking.Abhra saved a shot of Shakatar.

52':Penn attaked and fouled Abhra Mondol in his hand..

46': 2nd half started..JCT is again attacking from left flank..Tries to cross the ball..missed pass.

46': 2nd half is going to be started..result is 0 - 0.Must win situation of East Bengal to enter directly in the Semi Final on the Tournament.

HALF TIME : It's now the time of lemon break. 10 Men East Bengal 0 - 0 JCT.

45'+ 2': Corner for JCT. no impact.. Half Time..

45': 2 minutes added by Referee..Abhra saved a long ranger of Henry through corner..

42': No score yet..3 minutes remaining to end first half..Sanju to Yakubu..Yakubu tries to enter in the box.. but JCT defence alert..

40': Abhra saved an well attack of penn.

38': Tremendous pressure in East Bengal defence .JCT all out attacking now..but Okpara and Nirmal struggling well to block the attacks.

32': Sanju Prodahan's 40 yard punch hit the cross bar and out.

28': Alvito well crossed to Yakubu but his effort cleared by JCT Defence

26': RED Card to Khabra of East Bengal..He fouled JCT Striker Penn from Behind.this is his 2nd yellow card..for the reason he is now out from the game. Ten Men East Bengal will face JCT.

23': No score yet..25,000 capacity Stadium is jam packed..

20': Henry of JCT well attacked.EB Defence cleared..

17':Subhas Shing passed to Yakubu..Cleared by JCT Defence..

15': JCT is putting more pressure to East Bengal Defence..Nirmal and Okpara well blocked.

14': Yellow card to Jaswinder..He fouled Subhash Singh of East Bengal

12':Karanjeet Saved well of Soumik was one to one situation..Sanju well passed to him.

10': Yellow card to Khabra of East bengal..

5': Well crossed by Subhash Singh ..Yakubu header..went away..

3':Abhra good save.. kicked by Henry of JCT..East Bengal attacking.. Yakubu to subhash..missed pass

1': Yakubu passed to Sanju ..Sanju tried but offside..

Shillong Lajong will face Churchill Brothers
in the Fed Cup Semi-Final....

27.12.2009 ::Debashis Majumder ::Shillong Lajong will play against Churchill Brothers in the first semifinal of the Federation Cup on 30th December, 2009. Stanley Rosario’s team had a dream run in this edition of the Fed Cup as they reached to the semi final in the year of their first appearance in the championship and again by beating the team like Dempo S.C.

Today in the vital Group D encounter Lajong made 1-1 draw against Pune F.C. as Anil Gurung scored for Lajong and Douhou for Pune F.C. Later in another Group D encounter Dempo registered 2-0 victory over Air-India and with this result Lajong confirmed their place in the semi final against the mighty Churchill Brothers.

On the other hand in a Group A match Viva Kerala made 1-1 draw with Salgaokar but this result had no further value as East Bengal had already qualified for Semi-final from this group and on the last day of this year in the second Fed Cup semi final East Bengal will take up their arch rival Mohun Bagan.

Mohun Bagan Confirms their Place in the Fed Cup Semi-Final....

26.12.2009 ::Debashis Majumder(Kolkata) And Babu Singh (Silchor) :: Mohun Bagan reached to the semi-final of this edition of the Federation Cup. Today in the most crucial Group-B encounter in Guwahati the boys of Karim Bencharifa registered a 2-0 victory over David Booth’s Mahindra United to confirm their place in the semis.

Earlier before the kick-off Mahindra had certain advantage as they won both the previous games. So they just needed a draw to qualify for the semi-finals but on the other hand Mohun Bagan needed a desperate win to reach to the semi final and the boys of Karim Bencharifa delivered 5 star performances to fulfill the target.

With the kick off Mohun Bagan adopted attacking measure to find the vital goal. But the first real opportunity of scoring came to the other side but Sushil Singh’s shot went outside on that occasion. Bareto played an excellent game today and he created certain good chances for his team. Gradually Mohun Bagan took the hold of the game and increased pressure to the Mahindra goal. As a result of the repeated attack finally the Mahindra defence committed a silly mistake as in the 40th minute Bareto was brought down by D.Ravanan inside the penalty box and the referee made no hesitation to award a penalty to Mohun Bagan in Bareto made no mistake to put his team ahead in the match by converting the spot kick into a goal.

In the second half with 1-0 lead Mohun Bagan tried to increase their lead and as early as in the 49th minute Chidi scored a fine goal to double the lead for Mohun Bagan. Mahindra also developed certain effective counters during this span of time but today the Bagan defence played with certain efficiency and overall keeper Sangram Mukherjee gave no chances to the Mumbai team to score even a single goal. On the other hand Chidi also wasted couple of close chances otherwise Mohun Bagan could have further extended their lead. Finally the match ended with 2-0 score in favour of Mohun Bagan and the team of Karim Bencharifa secured their place in the semi-final of the Fed Cup.

Earlier in another less important Group-B match Chirag United with the help of 29th minute goal of Lalampuia registered a 1-0 victory over Mohammedan Sporting.

Whereas in Silchor in a vital Group C encounter Churchill Brothers won against Sporting Club de Goa with 2-0 scoreline and also confirmed their entry in the semi-final. Odafe Okolie scored in 71st minute and the final goal was scored by Khanthang Paite in the 89th minute.

In another Group-C encounter in Silchor Mumbai F.C. registered a 4-2 win over HAL.

MOHUN BAGAN:Sangram, Biswajit, Dipak, Azim, Surkumar, Ishfaq, Masih, Sueoka, James(Tomba 92'), Barreto (Souvik 93')and Chiddi


MATCH ENDS, Mohun Bagan reach semi finals of Federation Cup.
90+3: Barreto out, Souvik in.
90+3: Tomba pass to Barreto, but he came back from offside position.
90+2: Steven corner, cleared by defence.
90+2: Tomba in, James out. 90+2: Mohun Bagan on their way to Semi Finals. Muritala dribbles past Dipak and his shot, what a save by Sangram.
90+1: Mohun Bagan controlling the game in midfield, plays at least 12 passes amongst themselves.
90: 3 minutes injury time. Mahindra now continuouly hitting Mohun Bagan players. Now Ajayan hit Barreto from behind.
89: Muritala gets YELLLOW CARD. Fifth booking for Mahindra.
88: Sueoka foulued very badly by Ajayan, gets YELLOW CARD. Mahindra gets their FOURTH BOOKING in the match.
87: Long pass from midfield to Paresh, his cross to Rafi, he heads the ball straight to Sangram.
86: Barreto pass towards Chiddi, but intercepted by defence.
85: Barreto holds the ball, pass to Chiddi, pass to Ishfaq, but his shot straight to goalkeeper.
84: Chiddi makes counter attack, fouled. Free kick, Barreto head goes to Subhasish.
83: Corner headed by Justin, Sangram makes a diving save, but James was covering the goal nicely. Next corner again fisted out by Sangram.
82: Paresh cross from left flank, hits Azim and goes out.
80: Free kick for Mahindra. Meanshile in MB box, Justin hits Sueoka off the ball with his elbow. Free kick of Steven, hits MB player and goes out. Corner for Mahindra. Steven corner, cleared by Azim.
79: Muritala pass to Rafi, his shot from outside box goes out.
79: Denzil pass to Rafi, he plays wall pass with Steven, Rafi cross, Dipak clears the ball.
78: Chiddi attacks down right flank, but nicely intercepted by Debabrata and Mahindra gets throw in.
77: Last change for Mahindra, Paresh in Pradip out.
77: MB attack down left flank, Ishfaq pass to Biswajit, his cross cleared by defence.
76: Mahindra plays a number of passes amongst themselves but Steven's cross cleared out by Azim.
75: Denzil cross, Pradip's head, headed out by Dipak for corner. Corner very well collected by Sangram.
74: Surkumar pass to Chiddi, but his head goes out for throw of Mahindra.
73: Churchill leading by 2-0 in Silchar and have almost reached semi finals of Federation Cup. Pass to Chiddi from Surkumar but he is ruled offside.
72: Sangram's long ball towards Ishfaq, cleared for throw. Barreto pass to Sueoka in box, he could have taken the shot himself, prefers to pass the ball to Barreto, ball goes over goal line.
71: Azim fouls Muritala. Cross from left, brilliant clearance by Dipak diving and heading the ball out for corner. Corner straight to Sangram.
70: Surkumar lobbed the ball for Chiddi but he fails to control the ball.
69: Barreto to Ishfaq but his pass headed by Pradip.
68: Sushant injured after a collision between him and Sueoka.
67: Surkumar throw to Chiddi, but Ajayan pulls him down. Pass from midfield to Barreto, he tries to give a pass to Chiddi, but cleared by defence.
66: James to Barreto, but he puts the ball out of play as Surkumar is injured.
65: Surkumar to Sueoka, back pass to Dipak who passed the ball back to James, but ball cleared by Mahindra. Mohun Bagan controlling the game with lot of short passes.
64: Rakesh and Barreto plays a wall pass but ball cleared by Pradip. Long ball by Azim for Chiddi but free kick against him.
63: Mahindra makes double change.
62: Pradip lobs ball for Sushil, comes to Mijin, Rakesh clears the ball.
61: Brilliant play by Barreto, comes to midfield and snatches ball from Muritala but his pass intercepted by Pradip.
60: Debabrata scoops the ball for Mijin, his pass to Muritala, but he fouls Rakesh.
59: Muritala tries to control the ball but handles the ball. Surkumar long pass for Chiddi, he falls down, but referee says play on.
58: Sueoka pass for Chiddi who tries to enter box, but Justin makes good covering to clear the ball.
57: Ishfaq and Biswajit combines well down left flank but ball goes out.
56: Sueoka corner goes to unmarked Rakesh, what a miss, easiest miss of the match, heads over cross bar.
55: James pass to Barreto in left side, he enters box, Sushant clears for corner.
54: Sueoka cross, deflects for corner. From corner, Chiddi's shot again deflects for corner.
53: Sueoka intercepts the ball from Sushil in midfield. MB gets free kick.
52: Pradip long ranger straight to Sangram.
50: Steven says something to Ishfaq, he retaliates.
49: GOOOALLL..Chiddi scored for Mohun Bagan. Ishfaq gives pass to Biswajit in left flank, low cross for Chiddi, first he fumbles, then he pushes the ball inside goal, Mohun bgan takes 2 goal lead.
49: Chiddi scored for Mohun Bagan.
49: Briliant corner by James, Rakesh leaps to head but free kick against him for pushing.
48: James-Surkumar-Chiddi, brilliant pass for Sueoka, his cross from right flank cleared by defence before ball comes to Barreto.
47: Mijin cross from left flank, straight to Sangram.
46: Mahindra attack, ball cleared by Ishfaq. Sushant fouls Ishfaq.

2nd half starts.

Mahindra dominated first part of the half but Mariners came back strongly and leading by 1-0, could have scored few more goals, corner from James hit post. Mahindra had also their chances but Sangram saved 2 shots.
45'+1': Very bad foul by Pradip on Chiddi. Pradip shown YELLOW CARD. 3RD YELLOW CARD FOR MAHINDRA PLAYER. Free kick cleared by defence, ball comes to Chiddi, but his left footed shot from edge of box goes sailing over cross bar.
45': James corner, Masih head goes out.
44': Mahindra gets corner, cleared by defence. Isfhaq attack down left flank, his cross, deflects and comes to Chiddi, his shot from outside box deflects out for corner.
43': Steven free kick hits wall.
42': Rakesh gives away free kick in front of own box. Mahindra gets free kick.
41': GOOOALLL..Brilliant penalty, Subhashish was moving in the line, Barreto shot goes to left corner of goal, Subhashish dives but cant save the ball.
41': Barreto scores from penalty.
40: Barreto pushed by Ravanan in penalty box, MB gets penalty. RAVANAN SHOWS YELLOW CARD.
39': Chiddi through pass to Ishfaq, but his brilliant flick cleared by Subhashish. Corner fumbled by Subhasish, defence clears.
38': Mahindra cross but free kick against Sushil. Good attack by Mohun Bagan, Azim to Rakesh to James to Surkumar in right flank but he gives mispass.
37': Ajayan pass from left to Mijin, his cross comes to Muritala, his flick goes over crossbar.
37': Corner cleared by Sueoka.
36': Biswajit to Rakesh, he gives a wrong pass, Mahindra attack, Sushil gets ball in front of box, very good right footed shot, saved by Sangram diving to his left.
35': Surkumar shot hits wall, MB gets throw. Mahindra counter attack, cleared by Azim. Ajayan cross ball goes out.
34': Chiddi fouled in midfield, MB gets free kick.
34': Pradip long ball for Muritala, brilliant covering by Surkumar, heads back the ball to Sangram.
33': Ishfaq to Barreto, but his pass for Chiddi goes straight to Ravanan.
32': Mahindra attack cleared by Dipak.
31': Short corner, James cross, Chiddi jumps to head the ball, but given offside, though action replay showed he was not offside.
30': Biswajit-Rakesh-Chiddi ball cleared by defence. Ball then comes to Ishfaq, he earns a corner.
29': Ishfaq injured after Sushant hits him with elbow. Sushant GETS YELLOW CARD.
28': Steven free kick, ball goes over goal line.
27': Steven gets a free kick in right side.
26': Chiddi pass to Ishfaq in left flank, very good pass for Barreto, but he miscues the shot with his left foot, ball goes out.
25': Surkumar pass to Barreto, Barreto tries to get the ball, Justin clears for corner. James corner HIT POST and comes from Ishfaq to Barreto, his shot from close range goes out. Great attack by Mohun Bagan.
24': Sueoka pass for James, cleared by defence. Muritala attack down left flank, but his cross goes out.
23': Biswajit poor cross from left side, ball goes out.
22': Chiddi pass to James, offside.
21': Sueoka tripped by Pradip. Ishfaq long pass towards Chiddi, goes to goalkeeper.
20': Pradip pass to Steven in right flank, back pass to Muritala, his shot goes over crossbar. Mahindra attacking more now.
19': Wall pass between Mijin and Muritala, ball goes to Sangram. Hand ball by Pradip in midfield, pass by Azim but Mohun Bagan player offside.
18': Clash between Sueoka and Pradip. Pradip long pass straight to Sangram.
17': Corner, cleared by Azim. Justin long shot straight to Sangram.
16': Pradip floats a long ball for Muritala, Azim heads out for corner.
15': Muritala showing boot, free kick against Mahindra. Mohun Bagan attack. Long ball by Rakesh for Barreto, ruled offside.
14': Ball cleared by Dipak, goes out. Mahindra attack, Biswajit heads out the ball.
13': Sushil pass to Muritala, tries to dribble, but Sueoka makes brilliant interception. Attack by MB, Barreto tries to keep the ball in play but fails.
12': Short corner, Sueoka to James, poor cross straight to Subhasish.
11: Pradip long pass for Muritala, cleared by Biswajit. Counter attack by MB, gets free kick. cross from left by Ishfaq, ball comes to Barreto who brilliantly takes the ball from his right foot to left and his shot, fisted by Subhasish for corner.
10': Pradip free kick, long range shot, Sangram fists the ball out, cleared by defence.
9': James-Surkumar pass back to James, cross straight to goalkeeper.
8: Pass towards James, cleared for throw by Debabrata.
7': Ishfaq-Barreto-Chiddi plays pass in midfield, but ball cleared by Mahindra defence, through pass to Muritala, his cross collected brilliantly by Sangram.
6: Clash of heads, James and Ajayan injured. Game resumes, Sushil pass intercepted by Biswajit.
5': Barreto pass to Sueoka, forward pass to James, his cross goes out of reach of Chiddi.
4': Muritala cross, ball deflects comes to Sushil, his shot goes out.
3': Sushant Mathew attacks, cleared by Dipak. Barreto cross for Chiddi, saved by Subhashish.
2': Barreto cross, ball goes to Ishfaq, his right footed shot straight to GK.
2': Mohun Bagan gets free kick, James free kick, cleared by Pradip.
1': Match starts. Mahindra makes the first attack, ball goes out, goal kick for MB. Next attack by Mahindra, Sushil left footed shot goes over cross bar.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS - Indian Football in 2009.....

25.12.2009 ::Debashis Majumder ::The year 2009 is proved a very eventful year for Indian football. Nehru Cup and SAFF Cup triumphs along with vital domestic and international events in Indian football made the year 2009 very much significant.

The highlight of Indian football in 2009 was definitely the retaining of the Nehru Cup by beating the 2007 Runners-up Syria in a breathtaking penalty shoot-out (tie-breaker) in New Delhi in the final encounter of the championship.

Except that this year Indian football team also qualified for the AFC Asian Cup, 2011. Though Bob Houghton’s boys lost to Syria and Lebanon in the round robin league of the AFC Challengers Cup but the team re-organised themselves and finally came out as the Champions of the AFC Challengers Cup and also qualified for the AFC Asian Cup, 2011.

During the AFC Challengers Cup Indian Skipper Bhaichung Bhutia played his 100 international match for his nation. He became the first Indian and 37th Asian as well as 152nd International player to play the 100 matches for the national team.

Towards the end of the year India U-23 football team won the SAFF Cup in Bangladesh by beating the previous edition champion Maldives in a crucial tie-breaker.

The starting year 2009 became special for the Indian football as the Prince of the game and the living legend Diego Armando Maradona came to India just few weeks ago. He visited the Football Capital of India - Kolkata and observed the football craze of the city.

Besides these achievements and glories the year 2009 also brought certain disappointments for the Indian football. First of all Indian Women team was delisted from FIFA Ranking in July after failing to play a single international match for 18 months. This event caused severe criticism of the AIFF from the former players.

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In India Christmas was celebrated with great fervour and joy. However Football added to the joy and merriment of the masses in various parts of the country including Bengal. Many football tournaments were held on 25th December 2009 and the overall Winner everywhere was "FOOTBALL".

The 6th edition of Mega Football Tournament organised by Milan Sangha Club of Ashoknagar (50 Kms from the city of Kolkata) in the District of North 24 Parganas was among those innumerous football tourneys held today. New Dey paints of Shyambazar defeated Debalaya Coaching Centre of Berachampa by 2-0 to be crowned Champions. The final match was witnessed by about 14,000 spectators from in and around the locality.

It is no wonder then that Football is the most popular sport of the world.

Secondly, an ambitious football academy to be set in Goa in collaboration with the telecom giant Bharti Airtel, which had earmarked Rs. 100 Crore for the proposed state of the art centre was, abandoned after a land dispute.

Thirdly, in 2009 except the Nehru Cup the Indian team played just one international friendly against Hong Kong and they lost the match with 1-2 scoreline.

The AIFF also dropped its ambitious ‘Goal 2011’ project due to lack of financial resources as well as some clubs were also against of it.

Dempo S.C. also missed the chance to play in the prestigious AFC Champions League after their 0-3 loss against Al-Sharjah of U.A.E.

The year proved as a heart breaking for Sunil Chhetri as his dream of playing in English League came to an end due to his rejection by the Coventry City and then failed to get the work permit to play in United Kingdom after being selected by the Queen Park Rangers.

Whereas in domestic level in 2009 Churchill Brothers emerged as the best team as they won both the titles of I-League and Durand Cup in 2009. Churchill also won the Prestigious IFA Shield title in 2009. Churchill’s Star striker Odafe Okolie rose as the most effective foreign player in 2009.

But the most significant event in domestic football in this year was the controversy between Mohun Bagan and Bhaichung Bhutia. The AIFF appointed an arbitrator to end this controversy and finally Bhaichung signed for East Bengal.

The year 2009 also experienced a historical event in domestic football. In 25th October in the running I-League Mohun Bagan registered 5-3 victory over their arch rival East Bengal. Before this day Mohun Bagan never score 5 goals against East Bengal. Whereas 34 years earlier in 1975 in a IFA Shield match East Bengal beat Mohun Bagan with 5-0 scoreline. History repeated itself but this time the colour changed. Not only had a five goal victory of Mohun Bagan but in this match Chidi scored 4 goals for Mohun Bagan which had never happened before in a Mohun Bagan-East Bengal I-League derby.

This is a summary of the eventful 2009 in Indian football. In 2010 Indian football will look forward with more significant events as the new year will definitely come with new lights and hopes for the Indian football.

East Bengal Keeps Their Fed Cup Dream Alive.....

24.12.2009 ::Debashis Majumder(Kolkata) And Babu Singh (Silchor) :: A vital 1-0 victory against Salgaokar keeps East Bengal’s Federation Cup dream alive. Today in Silchor in a very crucial Group-A encounter against Salgaokar Phillip de Rider’s team registered a 1-0 win which kept them still in the competition.

After a goalless draw against Viva-Kerala today East Bengal played with much more determination against Salgaokar. From the very first minute East Bengal started to create opportunities of scoring and finally in the 25th minute of the match from a decent cross of Sanju Pradhan, Yusuf Yakubu scored a fine goal to put East Bengal in the lead. East Bengal could have increased their lead in the first half but Yakubu wasted couple of good opportunities. Salgaokar also built certain counters but Okpara in East Bengal defence played so brilliantly that the Salgaokar forwards could not create any danger to East Bengal goal.

In the second half East Bengal continued their dominance and again created number of goal scoring chances but were also repeatedly wasted by the East Bengal forwards. Till the final whistle no more goals has been scored and the scoreline remained 1-0 in favour of the Red & Golds.

Whereas in another Group-A match in Silchor today Viva Kerala hold JCT with another goalless draw and this result definitely provided some help to East Bengal to find their place in the semis.

While in Guwahati in a Group-D encounter Shillong Lajong registered a significant 2-1 victory over Dempo. Lajong opened the score with the 7th minute goal of Anil Gurung but in the 35th minute with the help of the self goal of Daniel Dempo scored the equalizer. Finally in the 82nd minute of the match Tuboi scored the winning goal for Lajong.

Where as in another Group-D encounter Pune F.C. vs. Air India match ended in a 1-1 draw.


KF East Bengal   1 - 0   Salgaocar    :: Refresh (..FT...)
KEB: Yakubu 25'

East Bengal ::Abhra,Soumik,Okpara,Nirmal,Khabra,Mehtab,Mehrajuddin, Sanju,Alvito, Yakubu,Subhash

Salgaocar: Kalyan,Angelo,Costa,Luciano,Almedia,Francis,Cajetan, Rocus,Manjit,Raleng,Keita

FT: Match end..East Bengal win the match 1-0.

90':Salgocar is atacking all out..Counter attack.. Sanju to Subhash..cleared by Kalyan..

87: Sanju to Yakubu..Yakubu tried but Kalyan came forward and saved the attack.

85': Almedia saved an attack of Yakubu..Subhas Singh shown Yello card..he fouled Manjit..

82':East Bengal got a free kick..Salgaocar defence fouled Subhash Singh..Okpara shot cleaed by Salgaoar defence. 80':Ten minutes left..East Bengal is putting pressure with both wings.

79':Player change of KEB..Alvito out and Mumtaj Akhtar in..Nirmal Chhetri well saved an attack of Keita.

75': Subhash Singg of KEB fouled Peter costa..referee ignored.

73':Sanju is attacking..Crossed from right side to Yakubu..Yakubu shoot..went away..Angelo Colaco well cleared a long throw in of EB player..

70':East Bengal is still leading 1-0.Sanju Prodhan is playing beautiful..Luciano Sabrosa of Salgaocar well blocked yakubu attack

68':Abhra Mondol the keeper of KEB well saved a Salgaocar's Jr. No 10 attack....

65': Sanju again..Passed well to alvito..Alvito shot missed the target..

63': Sanju well passed to Subhash Sigh to left..Subhash singh's shot saved by a Salgaocar defender through a corner..No impact in corner..

53': Sajnu long shot went away..

51': Mehraj cleared a well attack of Salgaocar.

49': Salgaocar defender fouled Sanju just out side the box..Free kick for KEB..Alvito took the shot but deflected from defence wall of Salgocar..

HT: East Bengal is leading 1- 0.

40':Mehraj's free kick clered by Salgaocar defender.

34':Okpara of KEB well cleared a Manjit Singh's good corner

25': ..Goallllll..Yakubu scored fro East Bengal..Sanju Crossed from left and Yakubu scored..

23':Subhash Singh from left..passed to Khabra..defence well cleared the ball.

18': Khabra to sanju..sanju shoot..went away..

5': Yakubu effort..went to Salgaocar box..dribbled one defender but couldot control the ball..

3': East Bengal is attacking..Sanju from left..his shot well gripped by Kalyan.

AIFF I-League Round 9 - 13 Final Fixture released....

23.12.2009 :Round IX of the ONGC I League kicks off on Friday,8th Jan 2010 with Mcdowell’s Mohun Bagan Playing Musli Power Churchill Brothers at YBK,Salt Lake Stadium Kolkata.In two other matches on 8th Jan ,Chirag United plays Kingfisher East Bengal while Mumbai FC plays a Home match against Salgaocar SC Goa. The match no 57,58,59 may play 7th instead of 8th which depends on Federation Cup results.

Three matches will be played on Saturday,9th Jan featuring AI Vs Dempo at Mumbai ,lajong Vs Viva at Shillong and JCT Vs Pune Fc at Ludhiana. In the last round XIII match of the ONGC I League Mahindra United plays Sporting clube de Goa on Sunday,10th Jan at Mumbai.



23.12.2009 :The 32d edition of AIFF Federation Cup League cum Knock- out Football Tournament already started from 21st December at Assam. Guwahati , Silchor are the two venues where 14 I-League 1st Division Football Teams are participating. The winners will qualify for the 2010 AFC Cup.

Through a press release AIFF announced that they have got the famous two-wheeler manufacturers of India Hero Honda as Sponsor of this prestigious Tournament.Last year AIRCEL was the sponsor of this Tournament held at Kolkata and Barasat. Hero Honda Company of India will also be the title sponsor of International Hockey's showcase event - The FIH Men's Hockey World Cup 2010. which will be held in March 2010 in New Delhi.

the AIFF also released the schedule for the I-League from the ninth to 13th round, starting from January 8.

After the 13th round, which ends on February 3, there will be a break as India will prepare for its title defence in the February 16-27 AFC Challenge Cup in Sri Lanka.

Chirag Hold Mohun Bagan with a Goalless Draw ....

23.12.2009 ::Debashis Majumder(Kolkata) And Babu Singh (Silchor) :: Today in a crucial Fed Cup Group -B encounter in Guwahati Chirag United hold Mohun Bagan with a goalless draw. But this draw could not help Chirag as they were out of the tournament. Whereas for Mohun Bagan the situation became tougher and they have to beat Mahindra United in their last group match to reach the semis.

Today both the teams started with attacking mentality but the players of both the teams missed number of easy chances in the first half. In the 33rd minute of the first half Bagan’s mid-fielder Snehasish Chakraborty was injured badly when he was brought down by Praveen Kumar but surprisingly the referee did not show any card to Praveen. Towards the closing minutes of the first half Chirag developed better moves but the forwards wasted all the created chances.

In the second half both the Kolkata teams played in a similar way and defenses of both the teams hold each other successfully but the forwards failed to find the net. More or less the second half remained uneventful and finally the match ended with the 0-0 scoreline.

Whereas today in a Group-C encounter in Silchor Churchill Brothers beat Mumbai F.C. with 1-0 scoreline. The only goal of the match was scored by Odafe Okolie from a penalty in the 70th minute of the match.


M.Mohun Bagan   0-0   Chirag United (...FT....)

MMB:Sangram, Surkumar, Mandi, Azim, Biswajit, James (Tomba 61'), Rakesh, Sueoka, Snehasish (Ishfaq 37'), Barreto and Chiddi.

CU: Somnath, Rahul, Kingshuk, Du, Narugopal, Tulunga, Denson, Jayanta, Gouranga Biswas (Gouranga Dutta 68'), Parveen Kumar (Safar Sardar 79', Hardip Saini 89') and Edmilson.

Match ends.
90+2: Corner for Chirag, cleared by defence.
90+1: Very good save by Somnath, Chiddi chips from 20 yards out, he fists the ball out. Corner from Sueoka, fisted out by Somnath.
90: Edmilson gets loose ball but cleared by Biswajit.
90: Surkumar cross, Rahul pushes the ball out for corner.
89: Now Safar who came few minutes back is now replaced and Hardip comes in his place.
88: Tulunga counter attack, cross, Edmilson cant get to ball.
88: Brilliant play by Chiddi, getting a ball from Sueoka, but timely tackled by Safar. Ishfaq corner straight to goalkeeper.
86: Chirag defensive, by replacing striker with defender.
85: Gouranga attack from left flank , but Sueoka comes back and foils the move, ball goes to Ishfaq, but poor miss pass from him. Ball again comes to Ishfaq, pass to Chiddi, tries to take a shot like his goal last day, but ball goes over cross bar.
84: Another lucky escape for Chiag. Barreto gives a very good cross from left, Sueoka just fails to get a touch, ball hits Narugopal and cleared for safety.
83: Chirag attack via Gouranga, but cleared by Surkumar.
82: Ishfaq briliant pass to Barreto in left flank, but his cross goes out.
81: Tomba fouled. From Free kick, Chiddi turns and takes a shot but ball goes out.
80: From corner, ball comes to unmarked Barreto, but he misses the easiest chance of the match, his head goes out from close range.
79: Parveen out Safar in.
79: Chirag attack, but misspass towards Edmilson. Barreto to Tomba, to Sueokato barreto again, who holds the ball, back pass to Surkumar, who lobs the ball to Tomba, pass to overlapping Surkumar, his shot goes out from corner.
78: Sueoka good play, pass to Tomba, whose cross, Somnath jumps, Chiddi also leaps up to head the ball, but his head goes out, goal was empty.
77: Surkumar free kick again headed out by Du.
77: Mohun Bagan continously attacking, Tomba fouled in front of box. Surkumar will take free kick.
76: Barreto to Sueoka, his shot from inside box hit a player.
75: Chiddi comes to midfield, snatches ball, back pass to Azim, but his pass goes to Chirag player.
73: Biswajit to Ishfaq, to Chidi tries to get past, but cleared. Free kick for Chirag, cleared by Tomba.
71: Barreto gets into box but his shot deflects for corner. From corner, Du clears the ball. Chirag counter attack, Gouranga gets ball from Denson, cleared by Azim.
70: Barreto misses an easy goal. Tomba brilliantly keeps the ball from going out, Chiddi dribbles past Du, gives to Barreto, his placement completely foxes Somnath who could not move, but ball goes narrowly out. Mohun Bagan dominating.
69: Azim fouled.
68: Goal of Mohun Bagan disallowed, cross from Biswajit, Sueoka scores, on the way it looks as if it hit hand of Chiddi, referee gives handball and disallows the goal.
68: Gouranga Dutta in for Gouranga Biswas.
68: Tomba earns another corner, as his cross deflects off Chirag player. Corner cleared by defence.
67: Tomba free kick, Kingshuk clears for corner.
67: Long ball from Du but cleared by defence. Ball comes to Surkumar, he makes a run, but fouled by Narugopal in central circle.
66: Barreto free kick straight to goalkeeper. Mohun Bagan playing better in 2nd half.
65: Barreto fouled by Kingshuk in front of box. Free kick for Mohun Bagan.
64: Poor goal kick straight to Chiddi, but his shot lacked power, straight to Somnath.
63: Biswajit center, Barreto back head, out of target.
62: Brilliant interception by Sueoka but cleared by defence.
61: Tomba in James out.
60: Rakesh Masih long ball to Barreto, but his pass to Chiddi, cleared by Du. Return ball James pass to Sueoka, his cross cleared by defence.
58: Jayanta fouls Biswajit, Chiddi comes and arguing with referee.
57: Sueoka cross, Ishfaq tries to head but Rahul clears the ball.
56: Good save by Sangram. Narugopal pass to Tulunga, plays wall pass with Parveen, Tulunga takes shot, Sangram dives to save the ball, rebound ball Edmilson shot, cleared by Azim.
55: James pass to Ishfaq, his pass to Chiddi, cleared by defence. James cross Chiddi leaps up to head the ball, cleared by Somnath.
54: Rahul Kumar long free kick, cleared by Mandi for corner. From corner, ball goes out.
53: Biswajit gets YELLOW CARD for foul on Tulunga.
53: James cross, Barreto turns and tries to take the shot, but ball hit his hand.
52: James to Surkumar, his cross cleared by defence.
51: Ishfaq to Rakesh, long ball from Biswajit, cleared by Du.
50: Chirag attack, Azim clears the ball for safety.
49: James cross straight to goalkeeper.
48: Parveen shot deflects off Mandi for corner.
47: Another horrible decision, James cross, Kingshuk handles the ball down, but neither referee or linesman sees, sure penalty.
46: 2nd half starts, in Silchar Churchill leading by 1-0, Odafe scored from penalty.
HALF TIME, Chirag played slightly better football but Parveen should have received marching orders. Parveen missed the easiest chance of the half and Barreto was brought down, should have got penalty. Snehashis was injured and has been taken out by ambulance.
45: Clash of heads, Rakesh and Denson lies in ground, but nothing results.
43: Brilliant football by Barreto, gets past 2 players, pass to James, but cleared by defence.
42: James fouled by Narugopal by his elbow, this also deserved a yellow card.
41: Ishfaq goes down after clashing with Edmilson, this foul was unintentional by Edmilson.
40: Now Ishfaq goes down injured, Parveen taps him badly, intentional foul, Parveen still not booked, Ishfaq is fit.
39: Jayanta pass to Edmilson, Azim clears for throw. Long throw by Rahul, cleared by Azim.
38: Good cross from Tulunga, fisted out by Sangram. Chirag playing better football.
37: Ishfaq in Snehasish out.
36: Ishfaq warming up.
34: Ambulance in ground, Snehasish will be replaced.
33: Gouranga to Narugopal, pass to Denson, his cross cleared by defence. Snehasish tries to head out the ball, INJURED VERY BADLY, fouled by Parveen, definitely a card offence, but referee does not show any card. Snehasish might have to be replaced.
31: James free kick cleared by Kingshuk, ball comes to Parveen in midfield, James pulls him down, referee shows James YELLOW CARD.
30: Devdas free kick, Sangram misses, Masih heads out, Jayanta heads the ball back, Barreto clears the ball.
29: Tulunga through pass towards Edmilson, Azim fouls him, but replay shows Azim's leg hit ball first. Free kick in right side of box.
28: James cross, Chiddi heads, does not connect properly.
27: Very good through pass by Jayanta for Tulunga, his cross meant for Edmilson, nicely gathered by Sangram.
26: Pass to Chiddi from Sueoka, his shot blocked by Du. Chirag attack, Jayanta tries to give through pass to Edmilson, nicely cleared by Azim.
25: Another briliant attack, Snehasish pass to Barreto, who tries to turn but it seemed he was pulled by his elbow, referee did not give penalty.
24: Best attack by Mohun Bagan. Barreto gets the ball, nicely shields and gives pass to Chiddi, who gives return pass to Barreto inside box, but Rahul Kumar clears the ball. From corner ball comes to Barreto in left side, but his cross cleared by defence.
22: Jayanta Sen long ranger, way out of target.
21: Azim clears the ball. Du lobs the ball, Mandi clears the ball.
20: In absence of Dipak, Mohun Bagan defence in little pressure. Attack by Mohun Bagan. Surkumar to Barreto, but his through pass cleared by defence.
19: Mohun Bagan attack, Chiddi to Sueoka, but Chirag defence covers up nicely, ball goes out of goalline.
19: Tulunga free kick, Du tries to head, Sangram makes good collection.
18: Chiddi to Rakesh, but another mis pass towards James.
17: Surkumar shot hits wall. Chirag attacks, Narugopal to Gouranga in left flank, Azim makes a good tackle.
16: Another attack by Mohun Bagan, Chiddi gets the ball but bad foul by Denson Devdas, he gets YELLOW CARD.
15: Tulunga corner cleared by MB defence. Surkumar lobs the ball, Chiddi fouls Denson.
15: Brilliant run by Gouranga, his shot deflects off Mandi for corner.
14: Free kick for Mohun Bagan, Surkumar long kick, back header by Chiddi, Sueoka just misses the ball.
13: James cross, cleared by Du, ball comes to Snehasish, but gives a wrong pass.
12: Barreto makes a run but his pass just goes past Sueoka.
11: Rakesh Masih slightly injured but is okay now.
10: Rakesh to Barreto, brilliant long pass from Barreto, James fails to trap properly, but still gives a pass to Chiddi, whose shot intercepted by Du, ball goes to Somnath.
8: Sangram comes out and clears the ball before Edmilson could get to the ball.
7: Edmilson gets a loose ball, but brilliant tackle by Mandi.
6: Surkumar pass to Sueoka, who enters box from right flank, his cross goes to Barreto, left footed shot over cross bar.
5: Sueoka cross but cleared by Du.
5: Du pass to Denson, to Narugopal, to Jayanta, to Rahul - Edmilson, pass to Tulunga, his shot from edge of box goes to Parveen Kumar, miscues shot, lucky escape for MB.
4: Azim throw, Chiddi dribbles nicely past defender but his cross deflects for corner. Sueoka corner headed out by Chirag defence.
3: Chirag attack, Tulunga to Rahul, his cross straight to Sangram.
2: Barreto tries to get a ball but fouls Rahul.
1: Match starts, Mohun Bagan makes the first attack.

Federation Cup Campaign ends for Mohammedan S.C . ....

23.12.2009 ::Debashis Majumder(Kolkata) And Babu Singh (Silchor) :: Mohammedan Sporting’s Federation Cup fight came to an end for this year. Today in a vital Group-B encounter Mahindra United beat Mohammedan with 1-0 scoreline.

In the first half Mahindra came out with early attacks but Mohammedan also soon organised themselves. Today’s match was a do or die situation for Mohammedan but the boys of Shabbir Ali failed to deliver enchanted performance. The first half remained quite un-eventful though Mahindra certainly was the better one among the two.

Early in the second half Mahindra increased their pressure and in the 52nd minute when a powerful strike of Muritala Ali was deflected by the Mohammedan keeper then Paresh Shivalkar followed the rebound and put the ball into the net to put his team ahead in the match. In rest of the time Mohammedan players tried hard but the Mahindra players were alerted and they protected the lead successfully till the end and finally the match ended with 1-0 score in favour of Mahindra. With this win Mahindra is now at the top of the Group-B and they need just a draw against Mohun Bagan to reach the semis.

While in Silchor in a vital Group-C match Sporting Club de Goa registered a 2-0 victory over HAL and Nathanial Amos scored both the goals for Sporting Club de Goa respectively in the 15th and 72nd minute of the match.

East Bengal Started Fed Cup with a Goalless Draw . ....

22.12.2009 ::Debashis Majumder(Kolkata) And Babu Singh (Silchor) :: East Bengal Started Federation Cup Campaign with a Goalless Draw against Viva Kerala.

East Bengal continues their disappointing performance also in the Fed Cup. Today East Bengal started their Federation Cup campaign in Silchor with a goalless draw against Viva Kerala which made their way to the semis tougher.

Today the boys of Phillip de Rider delivered a very low grade performance and finally managed to make just a draw. With the kick off both the teams tried to dominate each other but none of them could not take the hold of the match. East Bengal organized some early attacks but all of them were wasted due to the lack of finishing abilities of the East Bengal forwards. On the other hand Viva also built certain well organized counters but again their forwards also wasted the chances. In the 25th minute of the match East Bengal missed a golden opportunity when well stricken free kick of Yakubu went outside the goal. In the 30th minute keeper Abhra Mondal made a vital save for East Bengal.

As well as in the second half both the teams came out with more disappointing performances and made the match an uneventful one. Till the final whistle both the teams failed to score even a single goal as the players of both the teams wasted considerable number of scoring opportunities which ultimately resulted a ordinary goalless draw in the final scorecard.

In another Fed Cup encounter in Silchor Salgaokar registered a 1-0 win over JCT as Mandjou Keita scored the decider in the 17th minute of the match.

Whereas in Guwahati in a Fed Cup match Pune F.C. upset Dempo S.C. by defeating the later with 2-1 scoreline. In the 75th minute of the match Cliford Miranda first put Dempo ahead in the match but only two minutes later Izumi Arata found the equalizer for Pune F.C. while in the 87th minute Edmar scored the winning goal for Pune F.C.

In another Group D match in Guwahati Shilong Lajong hold Air India with 2-2 scoreline. Tuboi and Daniel scored the goals for Lajong where as Khelemba Singh and Kailash Patil scored the goals for Air India.


KF East Bengal   0 - 0   Viva Kerala   
KEB : Abhra,Soumik,Okpara,Nirmal,Khabra,Mehtab,Bekhokhei,Sanju,Alvito, Yakubu,Subhash.
VIV : Sarath,Bello Rasaq,Amarwant,Sisupalan,Sirajuddin,Sakeer,Karma, Reuben,Shibinlal,Marsook,Surjith VV.

92': Match end..East Bengal hold by Viva Kerala to a goal less draw.
92': Yakubu out for his injury..Mumtaaj Aktaar entered in his place..
.. 91':Rueben attacked well..EB defence cleared the counter attack.
90': Last chance of Yakubu..His free kick went away..
89':Alvito got a chance to score ..his shot hitted the post and Viva keeper collect the ball in 2nd attempt.
85' : yellow Card to East Bengal midfielder Mehtab Hussain
83': No score yet..few minutes more to end of the match..
80':Baichung warms up but again sited down..
76': No score yet..
65': Khbra's shot from a well pass of Subhash Singh just missed the target.
46': Mehrajuddin came in place of Bekhokhei..
46': 2nd half started..Both teams are determined to score in the match.
45': Half Time..No score yet.. East Bengal 0 - 0 Viva Kerala.Both teams are playing well.VIva enjoying slightly more supremacy..But East Bengal is unlucky when Yakubu's powerful shot hitted the post and went away..
39':Subhash Singh entered from right side..crossed tha EB player in the Box ..
37': Okpara save a Shibinlal Movement.
30': Abhra well saved Shibinlal close ranger..
27':Goal Kick for KEB..KEB attacked from left side..passed to .Alvito but his shot went away.
25': Yakubu Freekick hitted the post..chance missed by KEB
24':Viva fouled Bekhokhei..
20': Alvito's free Kick went away..
18': Yellow card to Viva Captain Sakeer..He fouled Sanju of KEB just out side the box
15': Well saved by Sarath..Sanju shot off a corner..
11':Khabra's header went away off Sanju corner..
10':Viva putting pressure in KEB defence..Reuben and Sisupalan duo strikes more..
9': Khabra well tackle a Viva attack..
8':Mehtab took a corner for KEB but no impact..
7':Viva Attack.. Reuben enters in the box..Okpara blocked the ball through a corner..
5':Bekhokhei attacks...Viva defence cleared ..Goal Kick for Viva.High kick of Sarath.
3':East Bengal strikes..Nirmal Chttri tries to cross from right..Viva defence cleared..Goal Kick.
0':Match is going to be started at Silchor..

"Jaago" A Bangladeshi Film about Soccer
will be released soon

22.12.2009::The premier of Bangladeshi film ‘Jaago’ has been held recently at the Madhumita Cinema hall,Bangladesh. The story of the film entirely based on Soccer, as the film centering on a Soccer match between the ‘Comilla Azad Boy’ of Bangladesh and ‘Tripura Eleven’ of India. Though there has been no previous record of winning against the visitors, the home team finally registers victory due to their determination, concentration and hard work.

‘Jaago’ is directed by Khizir Hayat Khan and Adnan Karim is the producer of the film. Whereas the film has actors like Ferdous and Bindu in the leads and well known play back singers of Bangladesh such as Kumar Biswajit, Bappa Majumder, Ornob, Kona, Srabanti Ali and others have also lent their voices for the film. The screenplay of the film has also done by Khizir Hayat Khan himself.

‘ATN Bangla’ and ‘Radio Foorti’ are the media partners of ‘Jaago’ and the film has been sponsored by ‘Citycell’.

The film will inspire the craze of football in Bangladesh as it deals with the old passion of victory along with patriotism.

‘Jaago’ is expected to be released very soon.Maximum shots of this film has taken on locations in Dhaka and Cox Bazar, Bangladesh.The movie sure to appeal to soccer fans on both sides of the Bengal border.

Lionel Messi named Fifa's World Player of the Year

22.12.2009 ::Barcelona Mega Star Lionel Messi has been named the Fifa Fifpro World Player of the Year. The Argentina and Barcelona forward won it for the first time for helping his club win an unprecedented six trophies, including the Champions League , Spanish La Liga, Spanish super Cup title, Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League 2008 and receltly FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.2008-09 season that saw Messi score 38 goals in 51 games in all competitions.

The 22-year-old beat last year's winner Cristiano Ronaldo, his two club mates Andres Iniesta and Xavi, and Brazil midfielder Kaka. He was presented with the trophy at an awards ceremony in Zurich.

The FIFA prize was voted on by 147 coaches and captains of national soccer teams from around the world. Messi finished first in balloting, with 1,073 points, ahead of Ronaldo (352 points), Hernandez (196), Kaka (190) and Iniesta (134).

Brazil's Marta was the recipient of the women's award for the fourth consecutive year. England's Kelly Smith, who left Arsenal to play in the new Women's Professional Soccer league for Boston Breakers earlier this year, was named amongst the top five.

Two England players made it into Fifa's World XI, along with three other Premier League players. The England and Chelsea captain John Terry and Liverpool's Steven Gerrard were among the players named tonight in the Fifa World XI. Manchester United defenders Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres also made the team

The XI, voted for by members of the FIFPro

  • Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid).
  • Defenders: Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra (Manchester United), John Terry (Chelsea) and Dani Alves (Barcelona).
  • Midfielders: Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).
  • Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Fernando Torres (Liverpool).
  • Portugal and Real Madrid Star C.Ronaldo won the Fifa Puskas award for the best goal of the 2008/09 season for his long-range effort for Manchester United against Porto in the Champions League in April.

    The Fifa Fair Play Award was given posthumously to Sir Bobby Robson who passed away on July 31 following a long battle against cancer. He was 76.For his "outstanding commitment to the values of fair play throughout his career". The award was collected by his widow Elsie.

    Mohun Bagan Registered
    4 -1 Victory over Mohammedan S.C in Fed Cup. ....

    21.12.2009 ::Debashis Majumder(Kolkata) And Babu Singh (Silchor) :: Mohun Bagan started their Federation Cup Campaign today with a fantastic 4-1 win against Mohammedan Sporting. Mohun Bagan kept the maximum dominance of the match and finally registered a comfortable victory with considerable margin against their Kolkata rival Mohammedan Sporting.

    Today Mohun Bagan started the match with dominant outlook and from the very first minute of the match Bagan started to build early attacks towards Mohammedan goal and as early as in the 5th minute of the game from a brilliant cross of James Singh Jose Bareto scored the opener with a fantastic header. After conceding the early goal Mohammedan tried to fight back in the match and in the 19th minute Bagan keeper Sangram Mukherjee made a crucial save. But Mohammedan started to increase their pressure and in the 32nd minute skipper Jyoti Kumar by taking the misunderstanding of Bagan defence scored the equalizer. But after conceding this goal Mohun Bagan again turned into much more offensive and in the 41st minute from another header Sueoka Ryoji scored the second goal of Bagan to put his team again in the lead.

    In the second half both the teams built several attacks but the defenses of both the teams played much more alerted game. More or less most of the second half remained uneventful but the final twists came in the final minutes of the match. In the 90th minute Bareto again proved his brilliance by scoring another fantastic goal for his team. Whereas in the final minute Chidi also opened his account in this edition of Federation by scoring the fourth and final goal for Mohun Bagan.

    This crucial victory in the first match put Karim Bencharifa’s team in the top of the group and for Shabbir Ahmed the day ended with a huge disappointment as his team lost the match with a considerable margin.


    Mohamedan S.C   1 - 4   M.Mohun Bagan(... FT..)
    MMB: Barreto 5',90', Seuoka 41',Chidi 93' :: MSC: Jyothi Kumar 32'

    MMB:Sangram,Surkumar,Dipak,Azim,Biswajit,Rakesh,James, Sueoka,Snehasish,Chidi,Barreto..

    MSC: Nasim,Sanjoy(Goutam 26'),Amrit, Anupam, Bipen,Jyothi, Babin,Sovon,Rajib,Theo, Eduardo..

    93':GOALLLLLL. Chidi scored the 4th for Bagan.

    90': GOALLLLLL. again Barreto scored for Bagan from an well pass from Chidi.Match end. Mohun Bagan win 4-1 against Mohammedan S.C.

    86': Player changed of Mohun Bagan Isfaq came in ple of Snehasish Charabarty.

    85':Mohammedan got chnce to equalised..
    84':Player change of Mohammedan S.C. Jyothi Kumar out and Dipendu Biswas ame in his place.

    82': Chance missed by Barreto..his shot just went away..

    80':Tomba Singh came in place of James Singh.

    75': Sangram save a close ranger of Eduardo shot

    74': Surkumar Singh's powerful shot hitted the cross bar.

    71': Eduardo shot missed the target..

    69':James well shot cleared by Nasim.

    66':Another attack by MSC..Eduardo attempt cleared away by MMB defence.

    62':Mohammedan got a free Kick..taken by Eduardo..went away..Bagan is leading 2-1.

    60':Surkumar of Bagan fouled Sovan Chakrbaty of MSC and referee shown him Yellow card.

    51': Long ranger of Eduardo went away off a free kick..

    49':Barreto wall pass with Chidi to enter in the MSC Box but Defence cleared the ball.

    HT: It's now Half Time..Mohun Bagan is leading 2-1.

    45': Few minutes more to end of first half

    43':Well move of Barreto..dribbled two MSC players in the box..but MSC defence cleared well the ball through a corner.

    41':GOALLLLLL..Seuoka scored the 2nd for Bagan.. Barreto passed to James .. then James crossed well and Seuoka header went way after beating Nasim.

    38':Euardo's shot went away..

    36': Barreto tried to head a long cross from midfield..but MSC defence fouled him.

    32':GOALLLLLL..Jyothi Kumar equalised for MSC.beat Surkumar from a goal mouth Millie and scored well.

    30': Bagan is leading 1-0.

    26':Player Change for Mohamedan. Sanjay Parte out and Goutam thakur came in his place..MSC got a corner but no impact..

    23': Chidi shot went away from Seuoka pass.

    20':Rajib Ghosh of MSC blocked a Bagan attack

    18':Well save by Sangram..Eduardo shoot off theo's pass .

    16':Sk. Azim of Bagan shown yellow card for pulling down a MSC player out side hs own box..

    10':Mohammedan S.C pressurised to Bagan defence.. but Dipak,Masih was alert..

    8':Mohammedan got Direct Free Kick..Eduardo's shot well collected by Bagan Keeper Sangram

    5': GOALLLLLL Barreto scored for Bagan. short corner-seuoka passed to James..James crossed and Barreto's back header went to Mohammedan Goal..Bagan is leading 1-0.

    3':surkumar Center from right..Chidi received..passed to seuoka..but he missed

    2': James pssed to Barreto..Missed the target..

    Chirag United made a Disappointing Start
    in Federation Cup ....

    21.12.2009 ::Debashis Majumder(Kolkata) And Babu Singh (Silchor) :: Chirag United failed to continue their good performances in the I-League and Sahara Premier Division CFL in this edition of the Federation Cup as in their opening match against Mahindra United Subrata Bhattacharya’s team faced a disappointing 1-2 defeat.

    With the Kick off both the teams tried to dominate each other but early in the first half Chirag missed couple of chances which proved crucial at the end of the day. Gradually Mahindra also built some effective chances and in couple of occasions Sushil Singh wasted the easy chances. Finally in the 45th minute of the first half from a well directed free kick of Steven Dias Sushil Singh opened the scorecard with a fine header.

    Early in the second half Mahindra kept their dominance and in the 62nd minute by a powerful grounder N. Pradeep scored the second goal for his team. After conceding the second goal Chirag tried their best to fight back and in the 78th minute Chirag was awarded with a penalty when Edmilson was brought down by the Mahindra defence inside the penalty box. From this spot kick Edmilson made no mistake to reduce the margin. In spite of several attempts Chirag failed to get the equalizer due to efficient performance of the Mahindra defence and finally the match ended with 2-1 scoreline in favour of Mahindra.

    On the other hand in Silchor Churchill Brothers registered a comfortable 3-0 victory over HAL. Khanthang Paite scored two goals respectively in the 20th and 75th minutes whereas the other goal was scored by Odafe Okolie in the 65th minute of the match.

    In another Federation Cup encounter in Silchor Sporting Club de Goa lost by 1-2 scoreline against Mumbai F.C. In the 23rd minute Dane Pereira opened the scoreline for Mumbai F.C. but as soon as in the 28th minute Nathanial Amos scored the equalizer for Sporting but finally in the 76th minute a crucial goal scored by Subhas Chakraborty gave a 2-1 victory to Mumbai F.C. in the match.


    Mahindra United   2 - 1   Chirag United (.. FT..)
    MU : Sushil Singh 45', Pradip 62'
    CU: Edmilson 78' (penalty)
    CHI : Somnath, Dhanrajan, Du, Safar, Narugopal, Denson,Jayanta,Gouranga Dutta, Gouranga Biswas, Parvin Kumar, Edmilson.

    FULL TIME SCORE Mahindra United wins 2-1.

    90': Injury time, still Mahindra leading 2-1. 3 minutes added time given by fourth referee.

    86': Dhanrajan gets marching order as he gets second yellow card in the match, he fouled Thoi very badly.

    85': Thoi in Muritala out.

    81': Muritala shot saved by Somnath flying to his left.

    80': What a chance wasted by Edmilson, runs down right flank but hit straight to Subhasish.

    79': Basudeb in for Gouranga Dutta.

    78': GOALLLLLL..Edmilson tripped down by Justin, Chirag gets penalty. Edmilson has pulled one back, score 2-1 now in favor of Mahindra.

    75': Mijin in, Paresh out.

    72': Gouranga foxed Subhasish, tries to put the goal in empty goal, but angle was very acute, ball goes out, poor judgment by Mahindra goalkeeper.

    69': Sushil shot narrowly miss target. From counter attack, Edmilson cross cleared by Mahindra defence

    68': Kingshuk Debnath in from Safar Sardar. Sardar was playing really well, a surprising substitution indeed.

    67': Muritala almost breaks free but cleared by Chirag defence.

    66': Chirag trying to put pressure being 2 goals down.

    62': GOALLLLLL..Pradip scores a very good goal. Muritala pass to Sushil, his back pass to Pradip, who takes a grounder shot from outside box that beat goalkeeper.

    58': What a chance wasted by Sushil. One of the best moves of the game. Muritala pass to Paresh in right flank, his pass to Sushil inside box, he was unmarked, but can't push the ball inside empty goal.

    55': Muritala wastes an easy chance as he lobs the ball over bar from close range.

    50: Both team playing attacking football but lot of offside decisions given by linesman.

    46: Match starts after halftime.

    HT: It's now Half Time.. Mahindra United is leading 1-0.

    45':GOALLLLLL..Sushil Shingh scored through a well header from Steven Dias Free Kick..

    42': Again attack of Mahindra.. a Powerful punch of K.Ajayan went away..

    36':Mahindra got a free kick.Somnath Khara saved well of K.Ajyan Shot.

    30': Sushil Singh of Mahindra good attempt..his header missed the target.

    22': Another Chirag Attack by Edmilso went away.

    17':Gouranga Biswas missed a close change to make goal..

    14':Chirag United keeps pressure in Mahindra Defence.

    2': Chirag United in attacking mode..Good attack from left flank.

    GFA lead to public to decide Final all star Goa xi
    on the occasion of its Golden Jubilee celebration ....

    21.12.2009 ::The Goa Football Association (GFA) has entrusted the responsibility to the Goan populace to pick the final All Star Goa Team, comprising 11 star footballers who played for the state in the last 50 years (since 1959) so as to honour the ‘best eleven’ during the GFA’s Golden Jubilee celebration function on December 22.

    The GFA at a press conference held at its headquarters on Friday, revealed a gleaming list of 59 stalwarts, consisting of players mostly known to those in the pre-liberation era, but made up of only a few known to the younger generation with the likes of Mahesh Gawli, Climax Lawrence, Bruno Coutinho, Felix D’Souza making the list.

    Having relied mainly on the likes of greats of yesteryears comprising Bent Minguel Fernandes, Dr Wilson, Rene D’Souza and Henry Brito, the GFA arrived at a list of players who played in the first 25 years since inception of GFA in 1959. The last 25 years were dealt by the GFA committee itself as a big list was cut down to around 70 to 80 players.

    However, with the idea being to pick a final list of 50 players, the GFA then depended on experienced administrators in the form of AIFF secretary Mr Alberto Colaco and Mr Antonio Botelho, both former GFA secretaries, to trim the list down further. But as proclaimed by Mr Botelho, both he and Mr Colaco too were left with an arduous task of picking the best 50 and almost did a near perfect job by finally succeeding in arriving at a list of 59. Not a bad effort considering that the D-Day for Golden Jubilee is hardly 12 days away.

    But as conceded by GFA secretary, Mr Savio Messias, the job of selecting players for All Star Goa team turned out to be much harder than expected and with the experience of Mr Colaco and Mr Botelho coming in handy - both of whom have seen almost everyone in the list ply their trade during their younger days – the task of picking the final 11 who would make it to the All Star Goa Team is now left to the people in general, both old and young to make their choice and select the Star XI. Although a few players named in the list are no more, the choice is vast, considering that football has evolved over the past 50 years, more importantly in relation to the playing formation which has shed its old self fom the earlier 2-5-3 to the present 4-2-4 or 4-3-3.

    With the fate of All Star Goa Team now left to the people, the GFA wants them to select the players and mail their final choice of Eleven Players to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or the ticked list may also be deposited at GFA offices or any of the Champs/Angleys outlets. The last date to submit entries is December 18. It may be noted that the sender should intimate his name, address and telephone number with the list.

    The list of 59 players, which needs to be pruned to an All Star Goa team comprises 7 goalkeeper, 16 defenders, 19 midfielders and 17 strikers.

    The 50th anniversary celebrations will be held at Wild Orchid, Majorda on December 22 and the gala function is likely to be graced by AIFF president Mr Praful Patel and secretary Mr Alberto Colaco. Presidents and secretaries of GFA clubs will also be invited. The members of the star Goa team will be presented with a silver plate by GFA vice-president Mr Vinod Parkkot, in memory of his father. The winner’s name who selects the all star Goan team will also be declared at the function and rewarded.

    Courtesy: Soccer Journal 90 Minutes

    Kalyani Municipality win HM Winner Challenge Trophy ....

    20.12.2009 :: Sankar Dhar :: Last year U-15 Manchester United Premier Cup India Finalist Kalyani Mumicipality Football Adademy win This years HM Winner Challenge Trophy .Today at Hind Motor they beat Peerless Bidhannagar Football Academy in Sudden death.

    Team Manager Sankar Dhar told us that the full time score was 1 - 1 and Kalyany won the match via tie breaker and sudden death.Kalyani beat Sir Dukhiram Football Coaching Centre 2 - 0 to reach in the Final of the tournament. Before that they made 2 - 2 draw against Mohammedan S.C and 1 - 1 against Avenue Sammilani FA.

    Biswajit Haldar of Kalyani got man of the Match in final and other three matches of his team also.Team coach Chinmoy Chatterjee (Ex-India International ) and Asst. Coach Debabrata Biswas told that Biswajit is one of the promising footballers of their camp.Football fan and Municipality Chairman Santanu Jha also praised his boys after winning the tournament.

    Reknowned Ambassador Car Manufacturer Company of India,Hind Motor's (HM), Uttarpara unit has organised this under-17 football tournament 'HM Winner Challenge Trophy' at its factory ground which was started 13th Dec. The Tournament was inaugurated by veteran footballer Padmashree Pradeep Kumar Banerjee.

    Hindustan Motors also have a Football Academy,the first Indian car company to start production in the country, will provide its own football ground, gymnasium and hospital facilities for 40 students between the age of 14 and 16. Former India Internatioinal Footballer Goutam Sarkar took charge of this Adademy as Chief Coach.

    Mohammedan S.c, Sir Dukhiram Mazumder Coaching Centre,Avenue Sammilani,host Hind Motor's F.A Kalyani Mumicipality F.A, Bidhan Nagar Minucipality F.A etc were the participant of this tournament.To win the trophy Kalyani Municipility got an amount of RS. 50,000 and Runners-up Bidhannagar team got Rs. 30,000.Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and renowned magician PC Sarkar (junior) were present to grace the closing ceremony of this event today.

    Winning start of ND Heros in Delhi League....

    20.12.2009 :: Former Delhi League champions New Delhi Heroes FC defeated Shastri FC by 1-0 in the opening match of DLF Delhi Senior Division League at the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium, Delhi on 20th December, 2009

    In the first half of the match both the teams were pitted against each other. But N D Heroes drew the first blood in the 32nd minute when Harvinder Singh scored a goal from the corner which gave his team a 1-0 lead. On the other hand the Shastri FC couldn’t convert any of their chances into goal.

    In the second half of the match ND Heroes FC doggedly blocked every move of Shastri FC. ND Heroes dominated the game very well from the beginning. The final score remained 1-0.

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