27 February

DPR Korea Win AFC Challenge Cup 2010 to qualify for 2011 AFC Asian Cup


DPR Korea won the AFC Challenge Cup to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup after beating Turkmenistan 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after a tense 1-1 draw after extra-time at Sugathadasa Stadium.

Goalkeeper Ju Kwang-min was the hero as the custodian crucially saved Arslanmyrat Amanov's sudden-death penalty as DPR Korea completed a spirited comeback after playing for just under an hour with 10-men following Ryang Myong-il's first-half dismissal.

DPR Korea's promising start was halted after the defender was sent-off in the 32nd minute before Berdy Shamuradov struck for Turkmenistan less than a minute later.

But with DPR Korea still managing to dominate, Turkmenistan's defence was finally breached with 14 minutes remaining as Ryang Yong-gi headed home.

And after extra-time failed to find a winner, Ri Kwang-hyok scored for DPR Korea after Mamedaly Karadanov and Ri Chol-myong had both missed their spot-kicks before Ju crucially denied Amanov.

With DPR Korea delivering on coach Jo Tong-sop's promise of a fast attacking start, Ryang Yong-gi should have opened the scoring after 13 minutes as Pak Kwang-ryong's deft flick sent the midfielder clear but Turkmenistan goalkeeper Bayramniyaz Berdiyev's provided a last ditch point blank block.

DPR Korea's cause was dealt a massive blow as defender Ryang Myong-il was shown a straight red card after clashing with Didarklych Urazov as both rose to challenge for a high ball on the touchline.

And Turkmenistan took less than a minute to capitalise on their extra-man advantage as Shamuradov breezed into the area unchallenged and fired a low angled shot across the diving Ju.

Pak Yong-jin was presented with a glorious chance to equalise for DPR Korea just five minutes after half-time, but after arriving into the area to meet Pak Kwang-ryong's flicked header, he sent a scuffed close range shot into Berdiyev's grateful arms.

DPR Korea continued to pour forward and with 14 minutes remaining Ryang Yong-gi rose above the Turkmenistan defence to send a glancing header across Berdiyev for a deserved equaliser.

Substitute Chae Tu-yong fired straight at Berdiyev with five minutes remaining following a charging run down the left wing as 90 minutes failed to separate the two sides.

DPR Korea continued to dominate in the first period of extra time and came within a whisker of a breakthrough as Chae struck the frame of the goal after six minutes with Berdiyev beaten.

The pace of the contest continued to slow with both teams showing fatigue in the energy-sapping humidity with Berdiyev's parry from Yun Yong-il's skidding long range effort the only highlight in the second period of extra-time.

After Karadanov hit the crossbar to hand DPR Korea an early 2-1 advantage in the shootout, Ri Chol-myong had a chance to win but blazed his effort wide.

But after Ri Kwang-hyok confidently converted, Ju beat away Amanov's rising effort to cue the North Koreans’ celebrations.

Courtesy: www.the-afc.com

FULL RESULTS

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Tajikistan 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 6
Myanmar 3 2 0 1 6 4 +26
Sri Lanka 3 1 0 2 4 7 -3 3
Bangladesh 3 1 0 2 3 7 -4 3

FIXTURES & RESULTS

16.02.2010 : TAJIKISTAN   1 - 2   BANGLADESH ( FT)
BAN:68'Mohammed Eminul Haque,75'Saifur Rahman Moni
TAJ:70'Yusuf Rabiev

16.02.2010 : MYANMAR   4 - 0   SRI LANKA (..FT..

MYN:39'Kyaw Thi Ha,71'Yan Paing 81',PAI Soe 87'Myo Min Tun

18 February 2010  :  Sri Lanka   1 - 3   Tajikistan
TAJ:Rabimov 13',Fatkhuloev 32', 90+2' :: SL:Dalpethado 78'

18 February 2010  :  Bangladesh     1 - 2   Myanmar
: BAN : Hossain 49' :: MYN:Tun Tun Win 16',Pai Soe 32'

20 February 2010  :  Tajikistan   3 - 0   Myanmar
TAJ: Rabimov 33', Hakimov 52', Rabiev 88'

20 February 2010  :  Sri Lanka   3 - 0   Bangladesh
SRI:Kaiz 7',Wellala Hettige 43'Shanmugarajah Goal 79'

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Korea DPR 3 2 1 0 8 1 +7 7
Turkmenistan3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7
Kyrgyzstan 3 1 0 2 2 6 -4 3
India 3 0 0 3 1 6 -5 0

FIXTURES & RESULTS

17.02.2010 : India   1 - 2   Kyrgyzstan ( Colombo - FT..)
IND:Denzil Franco (Pen - 61' ) :: KYR: ldar Amirov 16', Zemlianuhin 33'.

17 .02. 2010  : Korea DPR   1 - 1   Turkmenistan (FT)
DPR:Ryang Yong-Gi 51' :: TUR:Garadanow 36'

19 February 2010  :  Kyrgyzstan   0- 4   Korea DPR
19 February 2010  :  Turkmenistan   1- 0   India
21 February 2010  :  India   0 - 3   Korea DPR
21 February 2010  :  Turkmenistan   1 - 0   Kyrgyzstan

SEMI FINALS

24 February 2010  :  Tajikistan   0 - 2   Turkmenistan
TUR:Amanow 33' Urazow 42'

24 February 2010  :  DPR Korea   5 - 0   Myanmar
KOR:Choe Myong-Ho 6'Choe Chol-Man 12', 73'Pak Song Chol 13'Kim Song Yong 85'

FINAL

27 February 2010  :  DPR Korea   1 - 1, 5 - 4 (Pen)   Turkmenistan

27 February

Four Red Cards in SAHARA CFL Kolkata Derby


Another historical derby played in the Yuba Bharati Krirangan. Today’s CFL match between East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting turned into a historical one not because of the scoreline but because of the number of Red Cards shown in the match.

Due to a shameful fight between the players of both the teams, four players were shown red cards in the field and only in the history of Kolkata Football league when four red cards were shown in a match. Today after the match, Moidul Islam and Alok Mukherjee (Ex- Famous Footballers),the IFA appointed Judge who selected Man of the Match told that, in 1986, in Mohun Bagan - Mohammedan Sporting encounter the Sikim Governor’s Gold Cup Final Match four red cards were shown. by Referee Pradeep Nag. .

Today the match remained quit uneventful until 83rd minute. In the 83rd minute by centering a free kick situation quarrel started between Okpara of East Bengal and Eduardo Escobar of Mohammedan Sporting. Gradually the situations turned into infectous atmosphere and the other players of both the teams joined their teams’ mates and especially Alvito of East Bengal and Dipankar Roy of Mohammedan Sporting got very much involved in the event and thereby literally fight started between the players of both the teams. Finally referee Biplab Poddar showed red card to the all four players and after their exit from the ground the match was restarted.

The match finally ended with a goalless draw but it cost red cards for four vital players (two each teams) for both the teams. Thought the referee finally showed the cards but Biplab Poddar had to take drastic decision earlier to prevent any kind of misbehave in the field. But the hesitance of the referee made the situation worse. The referee must take more effective role in such situations during the match. Whereas an allegation arose that due to this unwanted event the referee conducted 17 minutes less in the match.

Only the spectators played positive role in this situation. The supporters of both the teams did not get any indulgence to the situation and they remained quit during this quarrel between the players.The numbers of the spectators were also not so high for a derby and the authority took the situation under control very quickly otherwise the fatal day of 16th August 1980 could have been returned today. The players must have to be conscious about this.

After the match in the Press meet Alvito apologies for his behavior in the field but beside this he also claimed that Eduardo was mainly responsible for this event as he repeatedly spited on Okpara during the match. On the other hand Edu did not come to the press conference but the Mohammedan Coach Sabbir Ali said that after the detailed enquiry of the event the club will take the final decision about Eduardo. Whereas the East Bengal Club authority remained silent about this event. Anyhow today another shameful day of Kolkata football was registered in the history.

KF East Bengal   0 - 0   Mohammedan S.C
M.O.M: ANUPAM SARKAR(MSC)

102': Match end ... Kolkata Derby comes to a tragic end.Four Red Cards in single match but Man of the Match award declared!!

98': MSC keeper well saved a header off Bekhokhoi.

91': May be the first time in the history of Kolkata Football, a Derby is being played 9-a side now !!.

90': Alvito of East Bengal & Dipankar Roy of Mohammedan S.C too have been shown RED Cards. Historical four RED cards in a single Kolkata Derby !!

88': Okpara & Eduardo have been booked by referee. RED Cards shown to both of them.

89': Both teams officials and IFA officials entered in the pitch.Good evidence,both officials were trying to stop the matter.



86': Clash started between Edu and Okpara, infectious fight took almost all the players of both teams in its grip. Alvito took it personally and indulged himself in a shameful incidence on field.

83': Horrifying episode in Yuva Bharati !! Pitch turns into battlefield !! Alvito indulges himself in a severe physical fight against Eduardo of Md. Sporting !! Match temporarily suspended. Dipendu Biswas of MSC, Nirmal Chhetri, Mehtab Hossain of KEM were trying to stop the event.


80':Small quarrel started between Okpara and Eduardo.both team players were there. some of them were trying to get involve in the matter.

79': Mohammedan got a free kick.Dipankar Roy fouled Budhiram Tudu. Referee shown yellow card to Dipankar of MSC.

78':Hammond to Bekhokhei ..Bekhokhei shot went away.

75': No damage done in Free Kick. Cleared by Nirmal Chhetri.

74':Nirmal Chhetri fouled Eduardo of MSC. Free Kick in right side of Corner Flag.

71':Amrit Pal Singh of MSC played well in deep defence who guarded Hammond of KEB every moment.

69':Still no score.

68': Saikat Saha Roy well overlaping from right and crossed but no EB player in the MS Box to follow the ball.

66': Mohammedan S.C another change. Dipankar Roy came in place of Sasthi Dulay.

65':Eduardo's Free Kick went away over the cross ar.

63': Nirmal Chettri well cleared an attck of Amrit Pal. MSC got a free kick.

61':Alvito's Shot well saved by Manas. Beautiful Free kick. Well Guessed by Manas.

60':East Bengal got a free kick just out sie of the MSC Box.Sovnon Chakrabarty fouled Budhiram.Referee Shown Yellow card to Rajib Ghosh of MSC.

55': Mohammedan also changed their player. Experienced Dipendu Biswas came in place of Nilenda Dewan.

54': East Bengal changed their two players at a time. Alvto D Counha and Budhiram Tudu came in place of Kima and Mumtaj.

52': Anupam is playing well i MSC defence.

51':Mohamedal lost a nice chance.Beautiful header of Anupam from a nice corner of Eduardo.It could be a goal.

50': Hammond weak shot from left side collected by Manas Barua. Okpara passed him well.

49': Lucky Imran well shot direct went to the hand of Abhra.

48': Jyothi Kumar Attack..Cleard by Saheb.

46':Danger in KEB Box, Eduado from right side attack. well shot but ent away.

46': starts of 2nd half.
HT: It's Half time now. No score.

43':Mohammedan missed a scoring chance. Eduardo shot hits the post and out.

26': Okpara blocked an attack of Eduardo of MSC.

24':Effortless long pass of Saheb Ali.No man from East Bengal in MSC box.

23': Slow game. Okpara blok an attack of Nilenra Dewan of MSC.

19':Anupam's free kick well saved by Abhra.

16':East Bengal is playing with one forward,Hammond.East Bengal is playing well and attacking more.

13':East Bengal is playing small passes. Effortless shot of Hammond. East Bengal got a Free Kick.Mehtab Shot cleared by MSC defence.

12':Bipen Thapa well cleared an attack of Poibag of East Bengal

10':East Bengal got Free Kick. Saheb shot went away.

9':Hammond was trying to enter from right side.Anupam blocked him.

8':Free Kick of East Bengal.Okpara kick cleared by Sasthi Dulay.

7':Long throw-in of Saikat of KEB.Anupam cleared.

6': Bipen Thapa well cleared an East Bengal attack.

3': Mohammedan got a corner.East Bengal defence cleared.

2': Well saved by Abhra Mondol. Lucky Imran of MSC could score.

1': Match starts.

KEB:Abhra, Nirmal, Okpara, Saheb, Saikat, Poibang, Kima(Alvito 53'), Mehtab, Bekhokhoi, Mumtaj (Budhiram 53'), Hammond.

MSC:Manas, Bipen, Amrit, Anupam, Rajib,Imran, Sovon, Sasthi, Jyothi Kumar, Nilendra(Dipendu 56'), Eduardo

26 February

Mohammedan Sporting will take on East Bengal Tomorrow


Tomorrow in a vital Sahara Premier Division Calcutta Football League encounter Mohammedan Sporting is going to face East Bengal. It’s going to be a very crucial Derby for the championship title. Currently Mohammedan is now in the third position of the League table with 20 points from 9 matches whereas from similar number of matches East Bengal gathered 18 points and thus currently remains at the fourth position in the League table.

So tomorrow’s match going to be very crucial because a win can give certain advancement in the league table to any of the two teams. So both Mohammedan and East Bengal will surely try to make their position better in the League Table.

In their previous match in the CFL Mohammedan Sporting hold Mohun Bagan with a 1-1 draw and in the E.K. Nayanar Gold Cup in Kerala Mohammedan Sporting also delivered quit impressive performance and thus reached to the semi final of the trophy and thereby was defeated against Chirag in a very close match with 5-4 (4-3) scoreline in the tie-breaker. Mohammedan coach Sabbir Ali claims that his team is well prepared for any kind of challenge.

After the coming of their new coach Phillip de Rider East Bengal’s performance graph is getting better but still the Red and Golds finished with a very disappointed result in the E.K. Nayanar Gold Cup. But tomorrow the Tourch brigade will come out with full strength and new valor. Coach Phillip de Rider is hopeful for positive result in the tomorrow’s derby. The Red and Gold brigade will definitely try to take their Tourch high especially in the centenary month of Jyotish Chandra Guha.

So tomorrow one can expect for a vital and entertaining derby encounter between East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan.

26 February

‘BARCLAYS FAN OF INDIA ’ EPL FANS TO WIN TRIP OF A LIFETIME


The winner of 'Barclays Fan of India' contest, twenty-four year old Aby Baby Kuruvilla, has just returned from the trip of a lifetime to London to see his beloved Arsenal football club as his prize for winning the competition.

During his VIP stay in the capital the die-hard Arsenal supporter from Kerala met his favourite players before enjoying the Gunners' 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League. He also received a personal tour of the Emirates Stadium and was invited onto the pitch in front of 60,000 fans for a special presentation by Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood ahead of the fixture on Wednesday 10 February.

Aby said: "This was my first trip outside of India and certainly an unforgettable experience. I had always wanted to see Arsenal play at the Emirates Stadium so winning the 'Barclays Fan of India' contest was a dream come true. The highlight for me was definitely meeting the Arsenal players in the tunnel ahead of the match; I have some amazing stories to tell my friends and family back home."

Aby also encouraged fans to enter the Barclays Around the World in 90 Minutes competition (go to www.barclaysfootball.com) which aims to find the best Barclays Premier League match day experience in the world, and offers the winner a trip to see their favourite Barclays Premier League team next season.

"My trip was fantastic, I never expected to win but it goes to show that anybody can win these competitions. The Barclays Around the World in 90 Minutes competition is another great chance for fans to follow in my footsteps and experience the trip of a lifetime."

Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger said "We are proud to have so many fans all over the world supporting Arsenal Football Club. We are delighted that Aby won this special prize and we are truly grateful for his support towards Arsenal from so far away."

Aby was crowned the most passionate Indian supporter of the Barclays Premier League out of thousands of entries through the 'Barclays Fan of India' contest after submitting a home-made video in which he sings passionately about his allegiance for his beloved Gunners.

The Barclays Around the World in 90 Minutes competition aims to find the Barclays Premier league fan who has the best match day experience anywhere in the world. Whether it's watching a match in a bar in Bangalore or gathering around a TV with mates in Mumbai. Fans can enter by going to www.barclaysfootball.com.

26 February

AIFF 2nd Divn. I-League may start from 2nd week of March


AIFF organised 2nd Divn I-League be held from March 26 to April 25 in three venues viz. Delhi, Bangalore and Tripura. .23 Club teams of India will participate in this league. Vasco S.C of Goa and Mohammenda S.C of Kolkata will play as they were relegated from last year's 1st Divn I-League.

Group A: Venue :Bangalore

BEML (Bangalore), Malabar United (Kerala), Titanium (Kerala),HAL (Bangalore), SBT (Kerala), Chandni F.C (Kerala),Golden Thread (Kerala),

Group B: Delhi

National Football Club (Delhi), ONGC (Mumbai), Simla Youngs (Delhi), Indian Hindustan Football Club (Delhi),Sesa Football Academy (Goa), Amity United (Haryana), New Delhi Heroes (Delhi),

Group C: Tripura

Oil India (Assam), JCB Bhilai (Chhattisgarh),Guwahati Town Club (Assam), Ar-Hima (Meghalaya), NISA (Manipur), Mumbai United (Mumbai),Denzong Boys (Sikkim),

Eight teams will play in the Final Round where the Winner and Runners will Qualify for 1st DIVN.I-League.The final round may be held at the end of April .

25 February

Walk for football in memory of Late J.C.Guha


People from all segments of life participated in the "Walk for Football in memory of J.C.Guha" arranged by ‘Laal-Holud Biswa’. The walk started at 3 PM from Triangular Park of South Kolkata, with Motorbykes, cars decorated with dazzling ‘Laal-Holud Biswa’ flags at the forefront.

Just before those were the Main Banner of the walk, behind which the legendary ex-players of Kolkata Maidan were walking. They were Sukumar Samajpati, Nemai Goswami, Bikramjit Debnath, Compton Dutta, Ranjit Mukherjee, Santi Mallik and many more. Ex-Fifa referee Anamika Sen were also with them. Behind them were the members of the junior team of East Bengal donning official East Bengal garments.

Organisations with their own identies participated in the walk. Members of ‘Laal-Hold Biswa’ were seen with many interesting placards in their hands. Many people joined the walk in the way. The procession reached Lake Place from Rash Behari Avenue via Lake Road. Then the programme arranged by East Bengal Club beside the house of Late J.C.Guha Started with the presence of Hon. Minister Kshiti Goswami.

After the opening ceremony, Deputy mayor of Kolkata formally inaugurated the new name-stone of J.C.Guha Sarani at the crossing of Southern Avenue and Lake Place, with the presence of East Bengal ex-footballer Manoranjan Bhattacharjee, current footballer Abhra Mondal and many others. People enjoyed the auspicous moment with cheers.

Then the ex-footballers paid their homage to J.C.Guha by recalling past memories. Ex- Indian Goalkeeper Sanath Seth, Alvito D Cunhaand and East Bengal coach Phillips De Ridder arrived at the spot. Abhra Mondol were carefully listening some words of Sanath Seth. Legendary ex-footballer Sailen Manna were at the stage, with Sukumar Samajpati, Santiranjan Dasgupta.

Manomoy Bhattacharyya and Lopamudra Mitra (a resident of the adjacent house) song a popular ‘Rabindrasangeet’. Suchitra Bhattacharjee, the noted female writer and the ex-resident of the adjacent house of J.C.Guha recalled many memories. The programme came to an end with the closing speech of the vice-president of East Bengal.

25 February

Inter Milan win 2 - 1 against Chelsea in Champions League


Inter Milan : Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Zanetti, Stankovic(Sulley Muntari), Cambiasso, Motta (Mario Balotelli),Sneijder, Eto'o(Goran Pandev), Milito.

Chelsea : Cech, Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry, Malouda, Lampard, Mikel, Ballack, Anelka, Drogba,Kalou

1 ': Match starts in the San Siro between two Giant clubs of Europe.

3 ': GOALLLLLLLLLL..Inter Milan scored first through Diego Milito.Well start by Inter Inter.Samuel Eto'o passed to Cambiasso just top of the Box of Chelsea.Cabviasso square pass to advancing Milito who beat defender Terry and scored .

5 ': Drogba just tried to beat Lucio but the Inter defender made a brilliant tackle and cleared the ball.

8 ': First yellow card of the game. Inter's Motta fouled Ballacl and Referee shown him the card.

11': Inter Keeper Julio Cesar well saved a 20 yard grounder of Soloman Kolau.

13': Free kick to Chelsea in a dangerous area. Drogba's kick hits the post and came closer to Kolau, who shoot well but Inter keeper was alert and saved it.

17 ': Another effort from Chelsea - Ballack shoots from distance, but went away.

22 ': Second yellow card of the match.Referee shown Chelsea's Kalou for a late challenge on Wesley Sneijder.

27 ': Lucio cleared an attack of Kalou who beat Maicon from left and want to enter in the Box of Inter.

30 ': Well cross from Ivanovic which Drogba does well to head but Cesar gripped easily.

32 ': Iit should be 2-0 in favour of Inter. Samuel Etoo missed a one to one closer. Brilliant pass from Sneijedr from left.

40': Ivanovic went down when he attempted to head a Frank Lampard corner. There was a small appeal for a penalty but the referee gave nothing.

44': Sneijder of Inter tries to shoot from a free kick of 40 yards but no damage done.

45': The whistle blew and and it's half time now.

47' : starts of 2nd half. Bad luck of Drogba and Chelsea.Lampard well passed to Drogba but his powerful right footer touched the cross bar and went away.

53 ': GOALLLLLLLLLL..Chelsea equalised through Solomon Kolau. Nice forward pass from Ivanovic.Now the score line is 1 - 1.

52': Cambiasso Well cleared an effort of Chelsea's Nicholas Alenka.

55': GOALLLLLLLLLL Inter 2-1 Chelsea.Cambiasso scored this time now for Inter. Sneijder crossed from the left. Carvalho headed clear but ball came to Cambiasso who hit a 20 yard half-volley.

57' : Change for Inter. Mario Balotelli came in place of Thiago Motta.

63': Inter is still leading 2 - 1.

64': Chelsea lost an another chance to equalised. Drogba to Anelka to Lampard.But bad luck of Lampard,his right footer well collected by Inter keeper.

67 ': Again changing by Inter.Goran Pandev replaces Samuel Eto'o.

70 ': Great chance for Inter. Balotelli beat Lampard and Malouda on the right but Cambiasso missed his cross where no Chelsea defender.

75 ': Inter is trying to score an another to give them a firm advantage going into the second leg. While Chelsea, also looking for an equaliser.

81': Ivanovic crosses from the right and again Cesar well cleared it.

83': Inter's last player changing .Sulley Muntari came in place of Stankovic.

90 ': Referee added Three minutes extra for injury time.

90'+3': Match end. Mourinho's Inter Milan win 2 - 1 against Chelsea.


25 February

Brazil have chosen Fairway as their base camp for South Africa World Cup .


FIFA has confirmed the training bases for all 32 World Cup finalists in South Africa.FIVE-times world champions Brazil have chosen Randburg as their base camp for the duration of the Fifa 2010 World Cup.The Kaka-led Brazil will be making their 19th consecutive World Cup finals appearance, the only country to have made every edition of the global soccer spectacle.The Brazil record at the World Cup reads; 64 matches won, 14 draws and 14 defeats in 92 games. The Other Teams Base Camps are :
01.Algeria - Zimbali Lodge
02.Argentina - High Performance Centre
03.Australia - Kloofzicht Lodge
04.Brazil - The Fairway
05.Cameroon - Oyster Box
06.Chile - Ingwenyama Conference Center
07.Denmark - Simola Hotel Country Club
08.England - Bafokeng Sports Campus
09.France - Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa
10.Germany - Velmore Hotel
11.Ghana - Rhoode Valley
12.Greece - Beverly Hills Hotel
13.Honduras - The Indaba Hotel
14.Italy - Leriba Lodge
15.Ivory Coast - Riverside Hotel & Conference
16.Japan - Fancourt Hotel & Country Club
17.Mexico - Thaba Ya Batswana
18.Netherlands - Hilton Sandton
19.New Zealand - Serengeti Estate
20.Nigeria - Hemshire
21.North Korea - Protea Hotel Midrand
22.Paraguay - Woodridge Country Estate
23.Portugal - Valley Lodge
24.Serbia - Sunnyside Park Hotel
25.Slovakia - The Villas Luxury Suite Hotel
26.Slovenia - Hyde Park Southern Sun
27.Spain - NWU Campus
28South Africa - Southern Sun Grayston
29South Korea - Hunters Rest Hotel
30Switzerland - Emerald Resort & Casino
31United States - Irene Country Lodge
32Uruguay - Protea Hotel Kimberley


24 February

Bollywood Singer Kailash Kher signed to sing for FIFA World Cup 2010


Bollywood singer Kailash Kher has been signed to sing three songs for an album to be associated with the FIFA World Cup 2010. Mobile service providers T-Mobile and Fender Guitars, who are the official sponsors for the sporting event, will be coming out with the album.

The singer, who came into the limelight with the song, Allah ke bande (Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II) in 2002, and is known for his sufi songs, Teri deewani and Saiyyan, is currently in Los Angeles recording the tracks, and will be there till the end of the week.

Kher will also be singing with Grammy-nominated Nigerian singer, King Sunny Ade, and a European rock act, Flying Machine, on the album, that will be distributed across the world.

One of his songs is a solo while he will sing a duet with Algerian singer Cheb Khaled (of Didi, Aicha fame) and a third song with Khaled, Nigerian singer King Sunny Ade and European rock band Flying Machine.

The tracks will be released in April, while the FIFA World Cup is scheduled to begin on 11 Junec in Soutgh Africa.


24 February

Chirag United beat Lajong to win 3rd E.K. Nayanar Memorial Gold Cup


Today in Kerala in an exciting final match of the third edition of the E.K. Nayanar Gold Cup Chirag United registered a 3-0 victory over Shillong Lajong to be the Champions of the tournament. In absence of Subrata Bhattacharya Chirag achieved this remarkable success under the guidance of Anjan Nath who is long associated with the club. In fact in their path of glory Chirag overcame even the tough hurdles like East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting.

In fact in the final Chirag registered this comfortable victory even without their key players Joshimar and Arnab Mondal. With this win Chirag continues their fabulous run in this particular season. In fact just before the beginning of the second leg of the I-League the vital victory in the E.K. Nayanar Gold Cup not just only signify the backup strength of the team but Chirag also gained must needed confidence from the trophy to continue their remarkable run in the I-League as well as in the Calcutta Football League.

Whereas on the other side the day ended with another disappoint for Shillong Lajong who in spite of their fantastic performances again came next to the champion team similar like the Federation Cup where the team of Stanley Rosario stood runners up next to the champions East Bengal. But again like their dramatic entrance in the trophy after the withdrawal of the name of Churchill Brothers from the tournament Lajong showed tremendous fighting spirit and determination in their way to the finals.

In the final encounter of the tournament since the kick off Chirag United established their complete hold in the match and as soon as in the 15th minute of the match Edmilson Marquez put Chirag in early lead with his brilliant world class goal which he scored with a solo move by beating five Lajong players. Immediately after the first goal in the 17th minute from a well direct pass of Denson Devdas Gouranga Dutta further extended the lead. In rest of the first half Chirag continued their dominance but the Chirag forwards could not extend the lead further in the first half.

In the second half nothing changed in the match and finally in the 77th minute substitute Lalkamal Bhowmick scored the third and final goal for Chirag to confirm the victory of the Kolkata side. Finally towards the closing minute Lajong tried hard to reduce the margin but ultimately the Lajong forwards failed to make any difference in the scoreline and finally the match ended with 3-0 score in favour of Chirag and with this the Kolkata side became the champions of the third edition of the E.K. Nayanar Gold Cup.

The arrangement was huge throughout the tournament. Honorable Home and Tourism Minister of Kerala Shri K. BalaKrishnan was the chief guest in the final match. Almost all the matches were attended by 20000 to 30000 spectators. In the final the number of crowed crossed the 30000 mark. It not just only a great sign for the popularity of the Kerala football but it also showed the craze for football in India even outside of Kolkata and Goa which is a very good sign for Indian football. Despite all these a controversy raised about the tournament regarding the sale of the tickets with charge of high bribery and corruption but the organizers of the tournament in particular and the KFA in general has denied from all these charges and they claimed that the entire event was directed with full efficiency and honesty.

Any how the E.K. Nayanar Gold Cup in this edition only concentrated mainly with the I-League teams while in the previous editions of the tournament foreign teams took part but in this edition only the Indian teams played which is a very good attempt for the betterment of the Indian football.

Chirag United:Sandip, Rahul, Safar,Kingshuk, Dhanraj, Gouranga Dutta Denson,Mathew, Gouranga Biswas, Edmilson, Parveen Kumar.

Shilong Lajong F.C:Lalthummawaia, Peka, Kynta, Ramengmawia, Khiangte,Passah, Okoye, Roming Thanga, Anil Gurung, Romeo,Tuboi,

FT: Match End .Chirag United win the 3rd EK Nayanar Memorial Gold Cup by beating shillong Lajong 3 - 0.
77': GOALLLL:..Another goal of Chirag United through Lalkamal Bhowmick.Now Chirag is leading by 3 - 0.
75': Good effort of Chirag. one of their player missed the target in a very close situation.Lajong is trying hard to reduce the margin.
60': Chirag United still dominating.Trying to increase the margin.Edmilson is playing very well.
50': Chirag defence ablocked an attack of Tuboi of Lajong.
46': Starts of 2nd Half. Chirag is leading 2 - 0.
HT: It's half time now.
43': Few minutes left to end of first half. Edmilson got a chance mut missed the target.
40': Lajong got a chance to reduce the margin through Anil Gurung and Tuboi duo attack but Rahul Kumar was alert to clear the ball.
33': Well defending by Dhanarajan and Sarar Sardar.Chirag is pressurising more in Lajong Box.
25': Chirag is leading by 2 - 0 now.
18':GOALLLL: Gouranga Dutta increased the margin for Chirag United.Denson Debdas well crossed from right side.
18': Chirag is leading by 1 - 0.
15':GOALLLL: Chirag scored the goal through Edmilson.Beautiful skillful field goal by Edmilson who beat five Lajong defenders in the Box and scored.
9': Chirag United is in attacking mode.Parveen Kumar and Edmilson lead the Chrag attack well.
More than 30,000 football fans at the stadium to watch the Final.Mr. Kodiyeri Balakrishnan,Hon'ble MIC - Minister for Home and Tourism present in the Stadium as Guest.
24 February

Bollywood Singer Kailash Kher signed to sing for FIFA World Cup 2010


Bollywood singer Kailash Kher has been signed to sing three songs for an album to be associated with the FIFA World Cup 2010. Mobile service providers T-Mobile and Fender Guitars, who are the official sponsors for the sporting event, will be coming out with the album.

The singer, who came into the limelight with the song, Allah ke bande (Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II) in 2002, and is known for his sufi songs, Teri deewani and Saiyyan, is currently in Los Angeles recording the tracks, and will be there till the end of the week.

Kher will also be singing with Grammy-nominated Nigerian singer, King Sunny Ade, and a European rock act, Flying Machine, on the album, that will be distributed across the world.

One of his songs is a solo while he will sing a duet with Algerian singer Cheb Khaled (of Didi, Aicha fame) and a third song with Khaled, Nigerian singer King Sunny Ade and European rock band Flying Machine.

The tracks will be released in April, while the FIFA World Cup is scheduled to begin on 11 Junec in Soutgh Africa.


24 February

We are very much pleased : Family members of Late J.C.Guha


The locality (para) around ‘Subarna Aloy’, 23 Lake Place Kolkata - 700 029 which was once the abode of Late J. C. Guha (ex-General secretary, East Bengal Club) wore a festive look as members of the East Bengal Fan Club ‘Laal-Holud Biswa’ and the local club ‘Adi Lake Pally’ decorated the road leading to the residence with photo-chains, hanging posters, flags etc., hours before the Kolkata Municipal Corporation had re-christened the road, “Lake Place” as J. C. Guha Sarani.

The house presently has five relatives of Late J. C. Guha as residents. They are Karmabrata (Bacchu) Ghosh (brother), Swapna Ghosh (sister-in-law), Goutam Ghosh (nephew), Sudipa (Bubun) Sharma (niece) and Sujit Sharma (son-in-law).

The representatives of East Bengal Fan Club ‘Laal-Holud Biswa’, Sri Prasanta Gupta and Sri Joydeep Brahma caught up with the family members of Late J. C. Guha at ‘Subarna Aloy’, for an interview exclusively for www.kolkatafootball.com after the renaming of the road .

On being asked by kolkatafootball.com about the birth centenary of Late J. C . Guha being celebrated by different organisations. Three programmes were on the card for the 25th. February and what was his feeling at this juncture? Mr. Karmabrata Ghosh expressed his overwhelming gratitude towards the fan club, “Lal-Holud Biswa”, and those connected with East Bengal Club and Kolkata Municipal Corporation for this gesture. He however lamented that this should have been done much earlier.

Q :The birth centenary of J.C.Guha is being celebrated by different organisations. Three programmes are on the card for the 25th. February. What are your feeling at this juncture?

Karmabrata:We are charmed and overwhelmed. The renaming of the road could have taken place much earlier. Anyway, it’s better late than never. I convey my gratitude to East Bengal Fan-Club ‘Laal-Holud Biswa’ which took the initiative of the renaming, local club "Adi Lake Palli" for their co-operation, East Bengal Club and people related to this renaming procedure.

Sudipa : When I was a child, I didn’t realize that J.C.Guha was such a big name, he was only my ‘Jethu’ then. Afterwards I gradually realised that. Today I am feeling the weight of his name.

Sujit : I am really excited.

Q :In his birth-centenary year, what is your expectations from different organisations?

Karmabrata:East Bengal Club is planning for a football tournament in his name, they will celebrate the whole centenary year. On behalf of ‘Laal-Holud Biswa’, you have already organised "J.C.Guha Sit and Draw Competition" in this locality few days ago, you have long programmes throughout the year. That much we expect. We are happy with this.

Sudipa :It will be nice if an exhibition on him takes place in this centenary year. Moreover we want people specially of the residents of this road to use the new name of the road, otherwise the new name will remain unused and wiil disappear from the mind of the people gradually.

Sujit :If we can mention the newly named road at the nearest bus-stand then the people will not forget it. Prasantada, I feel, if you take the initiative, it can be done.

Q :Thanks sujit, for your faith on us. Bubun, the most memorable point you recall.

Sudipa :He was a big name of the society. Even many of the artists of Mumbai(then Bombay) were his friends. But the funny thing is this, I was the only person who dared scolding him.

Karmabrata:He brought me not as his brother, but as his son.

Q :- Which of the East Bengal players were close to him?

Karmabrata :All the players of East Bengal were his beloved. Laltu Bhattacharjee was very close to him, like his son. Santa Mitra, Parimal Dey, Arun Banerjee(related to athelatics) were also very close to him. Sudhir Karmakar stayed at this house, also did Naimuddin.

After this conversation, some questions on personal likings/dislikings of J.C.Guha were asked. The answers received from different family members have been summarized in a compact form.

Favourite food : Mango-cake, palm-pickle and orange squash.

Favourite actor : K.L.Saigol

Favourite singer: S.D.Barman

Favourite songs :'Bhajan’ of Subhalakshmi.

Other involvement: Apart from the football world, J.C.Guha used to spend his time mostly with his family members.

He used to travel: whole world.

His pet : Hector(A German Shepard) . He loved Hector like his son. Hector died after an accident on a wednesday. So he started taking veg on that day. Hector loved ‘sandesh’, so he gave up taking ‘Sandesh’ after Hector’s death.

Footballers he recruited in his tenure(1945-1970) : Abdul Saley,Apparao,Venkatesh, K.P.Dhanaraj,Ahmed Khan,Poltu Roy,Chandan Singh,Hassan(Pakistan),Kempia,Bir Bahadur, Sanat Sett,Subhaish Guha, Tulsidas Balaram,Narayan, Ram Bahadur,Arun Ghosh, Sukumar Samajpati,Santo Mitra, Asim Moulik, Nur(Sri Lanka), Parimal Dey, Prasanta Sinha,Naimuddin,Afjal Khan, Habib, Shyam Thapa, Sunil Bhattacharyya, Sudhir Karmakar, Subhash Bhowmick, Kalan Guha, Kajal Chatterjee, Samaresh Chowdhury and many more.


24 February

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Stuttgart holds Barcelona as Bordeaux takes advantage


It was Champions League’s week 2 of Top 16 showdowns as Barcelona was stunned by Stuttgart in a eventful encounter.

Stuttgart started cautiously against holders Barcelona and capitalized for their home turf as Cacau headed the first goal for the German side courtesy Timo Gebhart’s cross in the 25th Minute of the game.

Stuttgart had some of the best chances in the game but all went into vain as Zlatan Ibrahimovich did well to equalize for the Catalans giants just 7 minutes into the second half of the game.

Stuttgart who is performing well under their Swiss coach Christian Gross will have a daunting task in their hand when they face Barcelona again at Camp Nou in their 2nd leg showdown.

The other match that was played last night saw Laurent Blanc’s Bordeaux exploiting the home team Olympiacos. Michael Ciani’s header in the injury time of the first half saw Bordeaux taking an away lead going into their home match. If Bordeaux manages to slay the greek giant in their home leg then they will enter the UCL Quarter final after a 22 year gap. They last got through this round in 1988.

Stuttgart started cautiously against holders Barcelona and capitalized for their home turf as Cacau headed the first goal for the German side courtesy Timo Gebhart’s cross in the 25th Minute of the game.

Stuttgart had some of the best chances in the game but all went into vain as Zlatan Ibrahimovich did well to equalize for the Catalans giants just 7 minutes into the second half of the game. Stuttgart who is performing well under their Swiss coach Christian Gross will have a daunting task in their hand when they face Barcelona again at Camp Nou in their 2nd leg showdown. The other match that was played last night saw Laurent Blanc’s Bordeaux exploiting the home team Olympiacos. Michael Ciani’s header in the injury time of the first half saw Bordeaux taking an away lead going into their home match. If Bordeaux manages to slay the greek giant in their home leg then they will enter the UCL Quarter final after a 22 year gap. They last got through this round in 1988.

23 February

Chirag United vs Shillong Lajong FC final tomorrow in 3rd EK Nayaar Memorial Gold Cup


Chirag United of Kolkata will face Shillong Lajong FC in the final of 3rd EK Nayanar Memorial gold cup Football Tournament which will be held tomorrow at Kannur, Kerala.Chirag who beat Lajong 2 - 0 in their Group League match through their two Brazilian Edmilson and Joshimar will face some problems tomorrow in their upfront and defence. Joshimar and Arnab Mondol will see the match as a spectator due to their double yellow card booking.But Anjan Nath's boys are confident about their win.In I-League last encounter between the two at YBK, Chirag won the match 2 - 0.

Lajong who beat host team Viva in the semi Final of the tournament is depending upon their Nepali recruit Anil Gurung who scored two goals in the match.

To reach in the Final Chirag United

14th FEB: Chirag United 2 - 1 Pune FC
17th FEB: Chirag United 2 - 0 Shillong Lajong
18th FEB: Chirag United 1 - 1 KF East Bengal
21st FEB:Chirag United 1 - 1, 4 - 3 (Pen) Mohammedan S.C

Where to reach in the final Shillong Lajong

17th FEB: Shillong Lajong 0 - 2 Chirag United
19th FEB: Shillong Lajong 0 - 0 KF East Bengal
20th FEB: Shillong Lajong 1 - 0 Pune FC
22nd FEB: Shillong Lajong 2 - 0 Viva Kerala

Probable teams of Chirag
Sandip, Dhanarajan, Kinsghuk,Safar,Subhashish Roy Chowdhury Gouranga Datta,Denson Devadas, Matthew, Gouranga Biswas,Edmilson,Parveen Kumar.

Probable teams of Shillong Lajong
R Lalthummawaia, Ralte,Laldingliana,Vanlal Peka,Ailad Kynta, Gatpoh ,Ramengmawia, Tuboi, Roming Thanga,Lyngshing ,Anil Gurung

23 February

AFC Asian Cup 2011 Finals draw on April 23


The official draw for the AFC Asian Cup 2011 Finals will be held on Friday, April 23, 2010, here in the capital of Qatar.

This decision was taken at the 8th meeting of the AFC Asian Cup Organising Committee which met here on Monday under the chairmanship of AFC Vice-President Zhang Jilong. The members discussed a number of issues to pave the path for the January 7-29 Asian football extravaganza next year.

At the outset, Zhang welcomed new committee member Asad Taqi of Kuwait.

“We are very happy to have Asad Taqi in our committee and his vast experience will help us as we aim to organise a good tournament,” said the chairman.

AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam emphasised the importance of this particular meeting and called upon the members to explore ways and means to enhance the commercial image of the AFC Asian Cup. “We are delighted to see the progress in the organisation of the AFC Asian Cup. I am very happy to see the firm commitment of the Local Organising Committee,” said Bin Hammam.

“The AFC Asian Cup is the jewel in the crown of AFC competitions and we want to see the tournament develop commercially as well as from the view point of organisation.

The AFC President stressed on pricing the tickets in a range that would be affordable and attractive to all sections of the Qatari population.

“We want the AFC Asian Cup to be a catalyst for the development of grassroots football as well as leave a rich legacy behind for the host nation.”

The members discussed in detail the marketing and promotion plans, ticketing and pricing, the final draw preparations and the draw mechanics.

AFC ASIAN CUP 2011 : TEAMS QUALIFIED TILL DATE

AFC Asian Cup 2007: Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Korea Republic (All three teams have a bye to the main competition)
AFC Challenge Cup 2008: India
AFC Challenge Cup 2010: TBC
Hosts: Qatar

Group A: Japan, Bahrain
Group B: TBC on Match Day 6 on March 3
Group C: Uzbekistan, UAE
Group D: China PR, Syria
Group E: IR Iran, TBC on Match Day 6 on March 3
Match day 6 is scheduled for 3rd March 2010.
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Courtesy: www.the-afc.com

22 February

Mohun Bagan beat Eastern Railway in IFA Premier League


23.02.2010 : M.Mohun Bagan   (Ishfaq 38') 1 - 0   Eastern Railway (MMB - FT)
MMB: Shilton,Zenith,Sagram,Azim,Souvik,Isfaq,Snehasish, Lalram (Tomba 53'), Subho Kumar (Branco 86'),Barreto,Sueoka (Micky 93')
M.O.M:Ishfaq Ahmed (MMB)

94': Overall though not a very good performance by Mariners, but they got 3 points. Sueoka came close to scoring few times but could not convert the chances.
93': Micky in Sueoka out.
92': What a save by Shilton, dives and saves a certain goal. Corner cleared by Ishfaq.
92': Ishfaq has been adjudged Man of the Match.
91': Barreto pass to Sueoka, but cleared by GK. Sueoka trying hard to score, but luck is not with him. He is lying injured.
90': Zenith wrong pass, Eastern Railway attack, shot from outside box, over crossbar.
89': Eastern Railway putting pressure, ball gathered by Shilton.
89': Mohun Bagan playing much better football in 2nd half, but overall did not get as many positive chances as compared to last 2 matches.
88': Bikash to Figo, dangerous for MB box, but ball goes to Shilton.
87': Sueoka goes to Subho Kumar's position in central midfield. Immediately gives a great pass to Branco who is ruled offside.
86': Branco in Subho Kumar out.
84': Sueoka pass to Tomba, cuts in from right, but as he tries to take a shot, fouled, but referee ignores incident.
84': Bapan Bera in, Bapi Haldar out for Eastern Railway.
83': Souvik holds the ball for too long, snatched by opponents.
82': Corner taken, shot from outside box, goes out. Barreto comes to defence to clear the ball.
81': Long throw by Rail, cleared for corner.
80': Free kick, headed out by Snehasish.
80': Mandi fouls Figo, Eastern Railway gets free kick.
79': Match resumes, Souvik to Barreto, he goes down right flank, cross, Sueoka heads the ball, tries to give pass to Souvik, but cleared by defence.
78': Tanmoy Ghosh of Eastern Railway lying injured.
77': Eastern Rail counter attack, but Mandi covers the ball nicely, ball goes out of goalline.
76': Subho to Barreto, excellent play by the Brazilian as he gets past 2 players and takes a shot, ball comes out of goalkeeper's hand, Sueoka is in the right position in right time as he snatches the ball, but takes a poor shot as ball goes towards corner flag.
75': Sueoka to Zenith, gets throw in.
74': Figo head cleared by defence.
73': Another good pass by Ishfaq to Snehasish in left flank, he runs, but cross hits outside of post.
72': Barreto to Souvik to Sueoka, tackled by Kalyan, Sueoka injured and going out in stretcher, Kalyan gets yellow card.
71': Very lucky escape for Eastern Railway. Ishfaq pass, Snehasish run, cross, goalkeeper was standing in first post, with the full goal open, Sueoka's flick hits goalkeeper.
70': Tomba to Barreto. Barreto dribbles past 2 player and sends a through towards Tomba, but he is ruled offside.
67': Eastern Railway attacking more now.

67': Another free kick against Mohun Bagan as Tomba handles the ball. Brilliant free kick, Shilton jumps up to gather the ball.
66': Free kick by Eastern Rail, Shilton comes out and brilliantly fists the ball out.
64': Mandi clears for corner, Eastern Railway gets corner. From corner, Figo's head goes out.
63': Sueoka sprints down left flank from midfield, cleared for corner. From short corner, ball goes to Zenith, his cross meant for Subho, the latter is offside.
62': Subho to Tomba - Zenith, back to Mandi, switch flanks to Ishfaq - Snehasish - Subho, fails to control, Eastern Railway attack, cleared by Azim. Lot of short passes by Mohun Bagan players in midfield.
61': Snehasish free kick, Sueoka flick just out of target. This is a new style, low free kick we are seeing today, introduced by new coach Satyajit, this one has already resulted in a goal in first half.
60': Pass from midfield to Sueoka, as he tries to enter box, Dipankar Ghosh pulls him down and gets yellow card.
59': Bapi Halder cross from right going past Snehashish, unmarked Anthony Soren head goes out of target. Eastern Railway attacking more down left back position of Mohun Bagan where Snehashish is playing. However, Mohun Bagan is attacking more down left flank with Ishfaq and Snehasish combining well.
58': Ishfaq to Barreto inside box, Barreto mispass, cleared by defence.
57': Niladri Chakraborty in Saikat Mandal out for Eastern Railway.
55': After Tomba's introduction, he goes to right half, Souvik comes in central midfield with Subho.
54': Zenith cross towards Ishfaq, ball just went out of his reach.
53': Tomba in Lalramluah out.
51': Snehashish cross from left, Ishfaq fails to control the ball, it goes over goalline.
50': Kalyan Lodh in Biswanath Sengupta out. Change in goalkeeper of Eastern Railway.
49': Match starts after break. Eastern Railway made few moves, one shot from outside box went straight to Shilton.
HT: End of First Half.Barreto is playing well.Bagan got some positive chances.
42':Mohun Bagan is leading 1-0 now.Few minutes left to end of First half.
38': GOALLLLLLLLLLLL..Isfaq scored for Mohun Bagan. Beautiful Free Kick of Snehasish and Isfaq pushed well with his right footer.
35':Good effort by Barreto.Solo run.crossed towards ER box but well alert ER Defender.Cleared the ball.
32': Still no score.Barreto well kick but went away.Isfaq passed him
21':Zenith crossed from right.Barreto unable to received the same and ER defender cleared the ball.
17': Subho Kumar's powerful long ranger hits the post and went away.
8': Barreto missed a chance off a brillint pass from Subho Kumar.
5': Snehasish well crossed from left which directly hits the cross bar and went away.
2': Match starts. Snehasish is playing in left back position.

22 February

homage to Late J.C.Guha : Walk for Football


Laal-Holud Biswa’ a fan-club of East Bengal which has engaged itself with various types of sports and socio-cultural activities since its birth on 15th. August, 2008. It has already conducted several mobile and live quiz contests in different programmes, celebrated the 80th. Foundation Day of East Bengal Club in the presence of famous ex-players and officials of East Bengal Club, organised two mobile question sessions with the Hony. Secretary and Asst. Secretary of East Bengal Club.

It has also organised a seminar of 25th. February, 2009, on the birthday of ex-secretary of East Bengal Club, Late J.C. Guha. ‘Laal-Holud Biswa’ has organised ‘J.C.Guha Sit and Draw Competition’ on 3.1.2010 at Abhaycharan Vidyamandir, 22 Lake Road, Kol-29.

The Birth centenary of the legendary ex-secretary of East Bengal Club, Late J.C. Guha, will start from 25.2.2010. On 25th February, 2010, the road named ‘Lake Place’ will be renamed as ‘J.C.Guha Sarani’. The formal inauguration of the renaming of the road will take place on that day at 4 PM at the presence of the Hon'ble Mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya of Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

To pay homage to Late J.C.Guha, ‘Laal-Holud Biswa’ will organise ‘Walk for football to pay homage to Late J.C.Guha’ from Triangular Park (Rashbehari Avenue) to Lake Place. Footballers, ex-footballers, officials of different football clubs, members of different clubs, school students and various other eminent persons will participate in the walk.

The route of the walk will be from Triangular Park via Rash Behari Avenue-S.P.Mukherjee Road, Sardar Sankar Road to Lake Place.

following ex-footballers are invited and most of them are expected to join at the walk. Names of the ex-footballers invited and expected to join are - Surajit Sengupta, Mihir Bose, Tapan Das, Nemai Goswami, Bikramjit Debnath, Ashoke Chanda, Tushar Rakshit, Ranjit Mukherjee, Prasun Banerjee, Atanu Bhattecharjee, Prasanta Banerjee, Satyjit Mitra, Shyamal Banerjee, Krishnendu Roy, Santi Mallik, Chaitali Chatterjee, Kuntala Ghosh Dastidar.

Short Profile of Late J. C. Guha

1. Full Name   :   Jyotish Chandra Guha
2. Father’s Name   :   Late Satish Chandra Guha
3. Mother’s Name   :   Late Subarno Probha Guha
4. Date of birth   :   25th February, 1911
5. Place of Birth   :   Bikrampur, Dhaka, Bangladesh

About Him

6. Early childhood and Education : Late J. C. Guha was an immensely talented and meritorious student who came over to Calcutta after finishing his schooling and completed his graduation from Saint Xaviers College, he thereafter set sail for England to become a barrister.

7. Career   :   During his stay in Calcutta he began getting noticed as an accomplished goalkeeper and played for Sporting Union, Aryans and his favorite East Bengal Club with distinction.

He was the first choice goalkeeper for the first Indian tour overseas to Ceylon under the captaincy of Late Gosto Pal. His excellence under the bar gave India a 4-1 win over an European XI.

The over six foot and handsome Late J. C. Guha during his stay in London came to the notice of the Arsenal coach Herbert Chapman who gave him an opportunity to join the Gunners but somehow he could not impress the authorities in the trial match.

8. Association with East Bengal Club   :   On his return to India he first joined Bhowanipore Club and thereafter East Bengal club. In 1942 he became the Assistant Secretary of East Bengal Club and together with a few enterprising officials created a very strong football team.

9. Major achievements   :   He was an excellent sports administrator having a very in-depth knowledge about the game. A person who could unearth latent talent, he was the mastermind in presenting us excellent footballers like Fred Pugsley, Babakhan Abdul, M. Apparao, P. Venkatesh, Dhanraj, Ahmed Khan, Saleh and a host of others such as Parimal Dey, Shyam Thapa, Subhas Bhowmick and Mohammad Habib. The last man spotted and selected by him for the Club was Samaresh (Pintu) Choudhury.

10. Demise   :   In 1970, Late J. C. Guha lost the Club election and went into self desired oblivion.On 11th June, 1983 he breathed his last at his Lake Place residence. With it ended an era of one of the most successful football administrator of Kolkata’s maidan.

22 February

FIFA World Cup 2010 : Group D Analysis


Welcome to Group D. A group headed by the all-time favourites, Germany. One just cannot expect a World Cup without “Die Mannschaft”. They are always there. Either as underdogs or the red hot favourites, the defending champions or the dark horses, the most under-rated side or the most over-rated side, the unorganised outfits or the most disciplined unit, the scrapers or the masters in getting the results, YOU JUST CAN’T IGNORE THEM! They always make it through and are not just a big team for nothing. They are like cockroaches.

They almost always, manage to survive the toughest conditions, battling hard against the odds and always come through on big occasions. Joachim Low has taken over from where Juergen Klinsmann left off. They almost won the Euro 2008, had it not been for a fantastic spanish outfit and the last edition of the World Cup was theirs for the taking with home advantage, players in top form and an attacking and ruthless style of football. However, they had to bow out to the ultimate Champions Italy. Nevertheless they left a mark, finishing third. This time around surprisingly, they have, pretty much, the same constituents and ingredients in the sqaud as last time.

Michael Ballack will lead from the front as captain fantastic and their midfield maestro, Klose once again will spearhead the attack while Mertesacker and co will guard in defence. The team looks good with a fine mix of old -wine experience in form of Ballack, Klose and Freidrich, matured young talents from yesteryear as Podolski, Schweinsteigger, Lahm and Piotr Trochowski and exhuberant new generation youngsters like Mesut Ozil, Marko Marin, Aaron Hunt and Serdar Tasci. The team plays the usual German way, with power, pace and venom all over the pitch. They have no style, flair or panache about the way they go and quite honestly they need no style or flair. They need result and they know how to get them, somehow or the other.Watch out for Marko Marin and Mesut Ozil as they announce their arrivals in the biggest stage as the next superstars of World football.

But hold on. I almost forgot as I am going about with Deutscheland. Here also we have Serbia, Ghana and the underdogs Australia. Honestly, in terms of putting up a challenge in front of the Germans, I don’t quite see Australia anywhere near that. Ghana, however, have a chance of halting them. May be even with a draw. Serbia, on the other hand, have a decent chance of beating them on their day. They qualified top from their group in qualifiers consisting of France, Romania and Austria. They boast of some powerful and precisive strikers in the form of Milan Jovanovic, the towering Nikola Zigic, Marko Pantelic and Danko Lazovic. However, it is their defence that can scare any opponent.

With Neven Subotic, Aleksandar Kolarov, Ivica Dragutinovic and the sensational Nemanja Vidic lining up in defence, it even looks tough for a team like Spain to break open the defence lock. Alongside the quality the players possess, the average height of their backline numbers 1.89 metres with an average weight of 87 kgs. Imagine a Lionel Messi or an Aguero or a Robinho or Ronaldo or perhaps David Villa or even Wayne Rooney who often run down their opponents, meeting and clashing against these gigantic towers who can also run with power and force their opponents on the mat.

They might well have to take evasive measures in case one of these defenders comes charging in for a heavy tackle or just stops and stands like a wall in front or may be just budges one of them on the run. Injuries or sheer dismissal of their presence from the sight of the thousands watching with one heavy blow causing them to fly away can be very humiliating at the same time quite hopeless. Their sheer presence and physical style of play can be very intimidating, no matter what or how much anyone talks about the individual dribbling skills, pace and trickeries of these superstars put on show. Serbia not only possess strong defenders and tall target men but also skillful midfielders as Krasic, Kuzmanovic, Zoran Tosic, Stankovic and Bosko Jankovic. Tosic will be the player to watch out for out there with his stinging runs down the left and some pin point accurate crosses to be headed in by the tall target men waiting inside the box.

The Black stars will definitely be fighting for the second spot, if not the top, which looks very likely. Although, they made it to the semi-finals in the CAF Nations Cup this year itself without Michael Essien, they would still need to work hard. Being in Africa would definitely grant them an advantage and they would almost certainly have Michael Essien back in the squad this time unlike the last world cup. Sulley Ali Muntari, Anthony Annan and Asamoah Gyan will definitely make up the team’s own star list whereas Opoku Agyemang, Andre Ayew, the son of the great Abedi Pele and Derek Asamoah will feature as the young starlets ready to shine for their country in this grand stage. John Mensah and John Paintsil will be the experienced defence warlords at the back.

Serbia will definitely be the team to challenge for them but on their day may be even Germany can be dealt with. Australia as the fourth team might be even happy to finish third. After all, they don’t have Guus Hiddink anymore and everyone knows what a difference he makes to a side no matter which side it may be. Mark Viduka is long gone and Harry Kewell is not the same anymore. Mark Bresciano and Vincenzo Grella might be the lone source of inspiration from midfield and Lucas Neill with his rich English Premier League experience, as now a Turkish league player, might put in some valuable contribution in collecting points. In any case, their chances look quite dull.

As said earlier, Germany should progress comfortably whereas Ghana and Serbia will have to fight it out for the second spot. It will be very hard to predict who finishes second here as Ghana might put the homely conditions to the fullest use or perhaps Serbia can collect the maximum points. Serbia vs Ghana will surely be a match that can determine a lot. Ghana vs Germany and Germany vs Serbia will also be attracting viewers. My prediction will have Germany as toppers and Serbia finishing second.

22 February

Lajong FC beat Viva Kerala to reach in the Final of 3rd EK Nayanar Memorial Gold Cup


Shillong Lajong FC,today entered the finals in the third E K Nayanar Memorial Gold Cup Football Tournament at Jawahar stadium here tonight.They beat host Viva Kerala 2 - 0.

Ljong's Nepali recruit Anil Gurung,who was selected for a trial in Chelsea FC reserve team and Woking Club in England, scored the brace in front of strong 30,000 spectators who supported local team.In 35th minutes of the match Lajong took lead through Anil when his team mate Gatpoh well crossed from right flank and unmarked Anil headed home beautifully.The result of first half was 1-0.

Five minutes before ending of the match Anil scored another and secured the victory of Lajong off a brilliant pass from Roming Thanga in the top of the Viva Box. Viva missed an easiest chance when a long ranger of M P Sakeer hit the post and went away, R Lalthummawaia of Shillong Lajong has been declared man of the match.

Earlier in the first semi-final Chirag United, Kolkata beat another Kolkata team Mohammedans Sporting Club, via tie breaker.The Final will be held on 24th Feb.

22 February

Indian Tigers Football Academy’s
training program for under six years.


The Indian Tigers Football Academy introduces a brand new special training programme for children under six years of age. The club which is INITIATED BY the EX CHELSEA PROS has provided special training for boys and girls during the past two years.

The under-six program is modeled in a particular way in order to enhance and nurture the child’s skill and create a perfect and sound upbringing of football at a very early age. The most important and distinguishing point in the program is the fact that the curriculum and training programme is scientifically designed and constructed in keeping with international training objectives and norms.

Various coaches from Chelsea have visited Mumbai and exchange various ideas and prepared different roadmaps after immense research for different age groups in our academy. The under six programme, too, was conceptualized by international and Indian coaches in the academy.

Sherley Joseph Singh, CEO, Indian Tigers Football Alliance says, “Coaching children under six years of age presents some additional challenges due to their immaturity, short attention span,and less developed muscles.We also need to deal with a great variation between personalities, physicalsize, and abilities. Our objective is that all of the kids have fun, make friends, and learn some Football skills that will help them decide to continue to the next level.”

The goal of this camp is to introduce the children to basic concepts like dribbling and kicking and making it fun enough that they want to keep playing as their bodies and minds mature.