14 January

Original FIFA World Cup Trophy arrives in Kolkata

The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour ends on 3 December in South Africa, the day before the Final Draw for the FIFA World Cup. After visiting 50 African nations it will again start it's tour from Kolkata - The Football Capital of India.

The original FIFA world cup trophy arrived at the football Capital of India - Kolkata this afternoon by a charterd flight from Canada.Now it's waiting in a City Hotel with a strong Security.The cup will be inaugurated by Former skipper of the 1990 FIFA World Cup-winning German Lothar Mathhaus tomorrow at a city hotel.A press meet will be held regarding this on 11.30 AM tomorrow at the Hotel Ball room.

The six kg weight World Cup trophy, made of solid gold,is wating for displaying from January 15 to 17 at Salt Lake Stadium of the City for the Soccer lovers of Kolkata. On 18th Jan the Trophy will fly to Vietnam. This is the first extensive tour of the one-of-a-kind, solid-gold (and newly renovated) FIFA World Cup Trophy, which is rarely seen in public outside the nation winning the FIFA World Cup.

The tour, which began its journey from the FIFA Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, September 21, 2009, will visit 83 countries travelling in total 138,902 kilometers (86,304 miles) or more than three times the circumference of Earth. The Trophy Tour was developed through an exclusive partnership between FIFA and Coca-Cola, a FIFA Partner and one of the organization's longest-standing corporate partners.

During the Trophy Tour, fans are given the chance to enjoy a rare close-up view of the authentic FIFA World Cup™ Trophy. Free tickets to the 2009/10 Trophy Tour are available to consumers via Coca-Cola promotions in countries on the route. At events in each city, fans will have the opportunity to have a souvenir photo taken of themselves with the trophy, view a special 3-D movie showcasing memorable moments of the FIFA World Cup™, participate in interactive displays and enjoy other entertainment.

After Kolkata, the Fifa World Cup trophy will be on display at Don Mueang of Vietnam on Jan 21 . From their the coveted trophy will arrive at Thailand and will be on display at Siam Paragon on Jan 22 and 23, where there will be a welcome ceremony at the airport.

13 January

Mohun Bagan Jr. may participate in Great Wall Cup, China

M.Mohun Bagan have got an invitation to participate in The Great Wall Cup 2010 to be held in Beijing, China. The Tournament is recognised by FIFA under Beijing Football Association. The tournament will be held at Beijing Olympic Center football park on & from July 25th to 31st in 2010.Under - 18 team of Mohun Bagan Sail Football Academy may participate in this tournament.

The Great Wall Cup of Beijing is an international youth football tournament at age u-14/u-16/u-18 for boys and u-18 girls age group will be held at Beijing Olypmic Center football park on July 25th to 31th in 2010.

Since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Game, China becomes a popular sports destination to the world sports tourism. “To establish an international youth football tournament annually in Beijing and provide young people from all over the world a stadge to enjoy the fantastic game of football with a great Chinese culture experience is the goal of this tournament.”says by Mr.Yang, the director of Beijing Football Federation.

The first year of this tournament is going to invite teams from Australia, Korea, Japan, USA, Canada, Holland, Spain, South Africa,India and other countries and host teams from China. Besides the game, the participating teams will attend culture events such as learn basic Chinese, Kung Fu, and also will visit the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and experience the life and culture of China. U-18 Boys will play with Ball size No 5 as 40-10-40 time scheduled.There will be a Programme name "show your Talent without football" .Every team will prepare a show and performance it in front everyone. It could be a song, a dance, or any whatever you think its the best. Let's share the different culture and enjoy the moment.

Probable Dates and Schedule

Day 1   Friday  July 23   - Depart from home for China

Day 2   Saturday  July 24   - Arrival of teams in Beijing, China

Day 3   Sunday   July 25   - Great Wall Cup of Beijing tournament start.Opening Ceremony

Day 4   Monday   July 26   - Games and Tours

Day 5   Tuesday   July 27   - Games and Tour

Day 6   Wednesday   July 28   - Rest day from football. The Great Wall Trip

Day 7   Thursday   July 29  - Great Wall Cup of Beijing - Semi Finals

Day 8   Friday   July 30  - Great Wall Cup of Beijing - Finals and Closing Banquet

Day 9   Saturday   July 31 - Departure day or take optional tour in other cities of China

12 January

Togo set to withdraw their Participation from African Cup of Nations.

Togo football team is all set to return from Angola as the Togo government decided to with draws their participation from the African Cup of Nations. After the Friday’s incident where three people were killed and seven others were crucially injured by gunshots the entire Togo team is in panic and therefore decided to return their home without playing in the tournament. The Prime Minister of Togo Gilbert Houngbo earlier in a news conference in the Togolese capital, Lome had declared about his order to return the team to home. The captain of the National team of Togo and the Manchester City player Emmanuel Adebayor confirmed that the players had agreed with the decision of their Prime Minister.

Togo’s media officer, Stanislas Ocloo, assistant coach, Amalete Abalo, and the Angolan driver of the squad bus were killed in the gunshot on Friday. Togo’s reserve goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale was in a stable condition in a South African hospital yesterday after having surgery.

Togo had been due to play with Ghana in their coming match in the tournament but after the decision of the withdrawal of their name the group seems to have three teams in it with caused an unusual fixture of the tournament. The President of the CAF (Confederation of African Football) Issa Hayatou argued that the Angolan government had promised to make the security tighten enough in all the venues to host the tournament peacefully.

African Cup of Nations - Group League

10 Jan,   A   Angola   4 - 4   Mali

11 Jan,   A   Malawi   3 - 0   Algeria

11 Jan,   B   Ivory Coast   0 - 0   Burkina Faso

11 Jan,   B   Ghana   CANCELLED   Togo

12 Jan,   C   Egypt   1 - 1   Nigeria

12 Jan,   C   Mozambique   2 - 2   Benin

13 Jan,   D   Cameroon   0 - 1   Gabon

13 Jan,   D   Zambia   1 - 1   Tunisia

14 Jan,   A   Mali   VS   Algeria

14 Jan,   A   Angola   VS   Malawi

15 Jan,   B   Burkina Faso   CANCELLED   Togo

15 Jan,   B   Ivory Coast   VS   Ghana

16 Jan,   C   Nigeria   VS   Benin

16 Jan,   C   Egypt   VS   Mozambique

17 Jan,   D   Gabon   VS   Tunisia

17 Jan,   D   Cameroon   VS   Zambia

18 Jan,   A   Angola   VS   Algeria

18 Jan,   A   Mali   VS   Malawi

19 Jan,   B   Burkina Faso   VS   Ghana

19 Jan,   B   Ivory Coast   CANCELLED   Togo

20 Jan,   C   Egypt   VS   Benin

20 Jan,   C   Nigeria   VS   Mozambique

21 Jan,   D   Cameroon   VS   Tunisia

21 Jan,   D   Gabon   VS   Zambia

African Cup of Nations - Quarter FInals

24 January, 2010   Winners of Group A   Match 22   Runners-up of Group B

24 January, 2010   Winners of Group B   Match 23   Runners-up of Group A

25 January, 2010   Winners of Group C   Match 24   Runners-up of Group D

25 January, 2010   Winners of Group D   Match 25   Runners-up of Group C

African Cup of Nations - Semi Finals

28 January, 2010  Winners of Match 22   Match 26  Winners of Match 25

28 January, 2010   Winners of Match 23   Match 27  Winners of Match 24

African Cup of Nations -3rd/4th Place

30 January, 2010   Losers of Match 26   Match 28   Losers of Match 27

African Cup of Nations - FINAL

31 January, 2010   Winners of Match 26   Match 29   Winners of Match 27

African Cup of Nations - Group A Table

Pos.Team Pl W D L GF GA +/- Pts
1 Malawi 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 3
2 Angola 1 0 1 0 4 4 0 1
3 Mali 1 0 1 0 4 4 0 1
4 Algeria 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0

African Cup of Nations - Group B Table

1 Ivory Coast 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
2 Burkina Faso1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
3 Ghana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Togo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

African Cup of Nations - Group C Table

1 Egypt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Nigeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Mozambiq 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1
4 Benin 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1

African Cup of Nations - Group D Table

1 Gabon 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
2 Cameroon 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
3 Zambia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Tunisia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

12 January

India donates 1000 Footballs,500 Nets in Botswana

The Indian High Commission in Botswana, Africa on Friday handed over a total of 1000 footballs and 500 nets to be used in the constituency tournaments around the country.

Mr Madhav Chandra, former Minister in the High Commision of India in London, who was appointed as High Commissioner to Botswana handed over the donations to Mr Shaw Kgathi Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture in Gaborone.Mr Chandra expressed that,the donation will help in the development of sports in Botswana.

Before three days official visit of Indian Vice President Mr. Mohammed Hamid to Botswana the said donation was made.Mr Shaw Kgathi told that, the said donatios surely will boost the cooperation that exists between the two countries and will be of great benefit to those in constituency tournaments.He also assured the high commissioner of India,that the equipment would be used for Spots development at grassroots level and will be used by the in-school and out of school youth in the constituency.

He highlighted that all 57 constituencies in Botswana are participating in the tournament where more than 1100 Football teams will play.

11 January

Manchester United make £48 million annual profit

Manchester United has said it plans to raise £500m through a bond issue in order to refinance its debts.

The announcement came as the club announced pre-tax profits of £48.2m for the year to 30 June 2009, compared with a loss of £21.4m a year ago.

The profit includes the £80m fee the club received from Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo last summer.

US businessman Malcolm Glazer bought the club for £790m in 2005, borrowing heavily to do so.

Group turnover rose to £278.5m from £256.2m the previous year, the club's holding company Red Football Ltd said.

There has been much speculation in recent weeks that United was considering a bond issue to address its debts.

Although no total debt figure was disclosed in the results announcement, it has previously been reported as £699m.

The Old Trafford club paid £41.9m in interest on a £509.5m loan.

Without the sale of Ronaldo, United would have reported a loss of £31.8m, despite winning the English Premier League for the third year in a row, as well as the Carling Cup and the Club World Cup last season.

The team also finished runners up in the Uefa Champions League.

Last week, United's big-spending neighbours Manchester City reported an annual loss of £92.6m after splashing out on top-class players since new owner Sheikh Mansour bought the club in September 2008.

Current Premier League leaders Chelsea made a loss of £44.4m last year but said it was now "virtually debt-free".


11 January

New rules in Santosh Trophy from 2011?

Santosh Trophy is an annual Indian football tournament.The tournament was not played in the club level, instead various Indian states compete for the top honour which is organised By AIFF.

The tournament first began in 1941, and was the premier football competition in the country before the National Football League started in the year 1996. The trophy as named after the late Maharaja Sir Manmatha Nath Roy Chowdhary of Santosh, which is now in Bangladesh, who had been the President of the Indian Football Association(IFA - West Bengal).The runners-up trophy, Kamla Gupta Trophy, was also donated by the IFA.

In the present format of Santosh Trophy, there is a qualifying round involving 8 clusters of 3 or 4 teams each. The 8 winners from each cluster are then drawn along with 4 seeded teams, who do not have to come through qualifying, and these 12 teams are then divided into 4 groups of 3 each. This is the quarterfinal league stage, in which each of the 3 teams in the group play each other. The winners of each group then move to the semifinals. The semifinals and the final.

It has been learnt that AIFF may change some of their Santosh Trophy rules from next year means 2011.No Indian Sr. National Team Footballer can participate in this Tournament and The Tournament will be played as Zonal basis first then Final Round like Fed Cup and other Age group National level Tournaments.

  • Chuni Goswami of Bengal was the only player to play in the finals of both the Santosh Trophy Football Tournment and Ranji Trophy Cricket Tournaments for Bengal.

  • Manipur, which made its debut in 1973, won its first title in 2003.

  • Bengal and Goa were the joint winners in 1982.


    Team Wonners Runners-up
    Bengal 29 12
    Punjab 8 5
    Kerala 5 7
    Goa 5 7
    Mysore 4 4
    Railways 3 5
    Maharashtra 3 4
    Hyderabad 2 2
    Karnataka 0 1
    Andhra Pradesh 1 1
    Services 1 5
    Delhi 1 1
    Manipur 1 0
    Tamil Nadu 0 1

    10 January

    Mahindra Registered a Unique Victory against Sporting Goa.

    In a very crucial I-league encounter in Mumbai Mahindra United registered an unbelievable win against Sporting Club de Goa. Up to 86th minute of the match Mahindra was trailing by one goal but their fantastic come back in the last few minutes created an unbelievable dramatic end to the match and finally the home team registered a 2-1 victory over the visitors.

    In the beginning Mahindra started with aggressive game plan but the visitors soon took the control of the match. In the first half Sporting enjoyed the majority possession. As a result in the 43rd minute of the first half Elija Junior scored a fine goal to put Sporting Club de Goa ahead in the match.

    In the second half the boys of David Booth came out with more determinant performance and Mahindra started to play all out football in search of an equalizer but the well organised Sporting defence again and again denied the opportunities of the home team. Till 86th minute Sporting players successfully protected their goal. But the home team never gave up hope and as the award of their determination and fighting spirit in the 87th minute ultimately Thoi Singh leveled the scoreline by scoring the vital equalizer. But still the final surprise was yet to come and in the last minute of the regulation time by surprising everyone from a decent corner of Steven Dias through a fine header Paresh Shivalkar scored the winning goal for Mahindra United.

    With this vital I-League win Mahindra bettered their position in the league table. On the other hand another close defeat brought nothing but total disappointment for Sporting Club de Goa as they still remains in the bottom position of the league table.

    Behind Mahindra’s today’s victory Sushant Mathew played a significant role and thus he was selected as the Man of the Match.

    MAHINDRA UNITED/b>: Subhasish,Denzil(Thoi Singh 79'),Kali alauddin, Ajayan, Paresh,Mijin, Susanth,Steven, Rabanan, Sushil, Muritala (MD Rafi 61').

    SPORTING GOA: Barreto,Elvino,Mathew,Kanjil, Rovan, Biswasher,Tayo, Chinta, Joseph, Amos, Elija Junior.


    10.01: Mahindra United   2 - 1   Sporting Goa   ( Mumbai- FT)

    MU:Thoi Singh 87',Paresh Shivalkar 90':: SCG:Elija Junior 43'
    M.O.M : Susanth Mathew (MU)

    FT: Mahindra United has got full points. Upto 86 minutes of the match they were trailing by 0 - 1. 90': Wonderful come back by Mahindra in the match.In last Five minutes they scored two goals.
    89': GOALLLLLLLL Mahindra scored again. Paresh Shivalkar scored.Again Steven's well corner from right side..Pares's flick header went to the goal.
    87': Wonderful cross by Seven from the right flank. Thoi Singh's brilliant header went to net.
    87':GOALLLLLLLL ..Thoi sigh scored for Mahindra ..
    86': Thoi Singh shown Yellow card for bad tackle.
    83': Another oppertunity missed by Sporting. Joseph passed to Steven Fernandez in right.Open area but his shot went away out side the post.
    79': Player Chnge for Mahindra. Denzil Franco out and K.Thoi singh came in his place.Still Sporting is leading by 1-0.
    62': Player change of Mahindra. Muritala Ali out and Me. Rafi came in his place.
    60': Junior's effort in the Mahindra Box. but referee called it was offside.
    52':Muritala well effort.Steven took a free kick. well kick and Muritala's header just went away over the bar.
    50': Michael Tayo was slightly injured in his head while to prevent a Free kick of Ajayan out side their own box.
    Half Time: It's now the time for lemon break. Sporting Goa is leading 1 - 0 ( Elija Junior scored ).
    43': Good Goal. Free Kick was taken by Chinta. Mahindra defence unable to clear the ball properly. Junior was in front of Box.received the deflected ball and pushed to the net cleverly.
    43': GOALLLLLL. Elija Junior Scored for Sporting.
    41': Amos-Jiseph-Junior. Ball colledted by Subhasish well.
    39': Well attack from right side by SCG. Bishwashar Singh to Amos.Entered in the box.Amos. shot cleared by Ajyan trhough corner. No damage done in corner.
    35': Good ball crontroll by Elija. He is Trying hard to score.
    33': Sushil shingh of Mahindra got a chance to score.. his close ranger went away.
    28': Amos of SCG got an one to one situation but he kicked outside of net.
    26': Brilliant shot of Junior just outside the box.received a right side cross of Chinta..Junior's right footer well saved by Subhasish.
    24' Long ranger of Muritala Ali. Well gripped by SCG keeper Luis Barreto.
    23': Well effort of Junir. His shot saved by Subhasish.
    22': Hand ball of SCG in there area. Mahindra got a free kick.. Sushil kick went away.
    20':Ball is in Mahindra defence.. SCG is playing mostly from left wing..Amos and Junior duo are playing well.
    17':Well cleared by SCG defence.. Muritala passed to Steven on the left.
    10': SCG got a great oppertunity. Amos closer shot went away.
    7': No score yet. Mahindra got a corner.Steven Dias corner.too long.

    10 January

    Attack won't affect World Cup 2010 - Sepp Blatter.

    The recent attack on a bus of the Togo national football team in Angola would not affect South Africa FIFA World CUp in July.The local organising committee (LOC) of the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup Spokesman Rich Mkhondo said it.

    He told that,the incident took place in Angola and South Africa's preparations to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup will not affect for that.He also told taht 'We also cannot compare organisation and security in Angola with South Africa because Africa was not one country but a continent made up of 53 countries all very different and all with very different histories and political situations.

    Africa have successfully hosted three successful Fifa events in the last eight months - the Fifa Confederations Cup in South Africa and the u/17 in Nigeria and u/19 World Cup in Egypt."

    The Togo Football Federation was considering pulling out of the Africa Nations Cup in Angola on Saturday after their national team's bus came under machine gun fire, which left the bus driver dead and at least two players injured.

    But FIFA strongly condemned the attack on Togo National team Bus.Mkhondo also confident about success of FIFA World Cup.

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Saturday he had confidence in Africa and the continent's ability to organize this year's World Cup despite Friday's attack on the Togo team bus at the Nations Cup finals in Angola.Blatter said in a letter to African Football Confederation (CAF) president Issa Hayatou.

    09 January

    Chirag Beat Fed Cup Champion East Bengal in I-League

    In a very vital I-league encounter in Yuva Bharati Krirangan Chirag United registered a crucial win against the Federation Cup Champion East Bengal. The only goal of the match was scored by Edmilson from a penalty in the 66th minute of the match.

    With the kick off East Bengal organised the early attacks but could not cause any early harm to Chirag. As the match continued Chirag started to fight back in the match but still in the first half East Bengal built up majority attacks. Both the teams tried to play tough football and as a result number of fouls committed in the first half. In 23rd minute Mehtab was dangerously brought down by Arnab Mondal and that could have been a penalty but Chirag got a narrow escape as the referee overlooked the situation In spite of repeated demand of the East Bengal players referee did not pay attention to that event. As both the teams failed to convert their chances the scoreboard remained 0-0 in the half time.

    In the second half Subrata Bhattacharya’s boys developed their game and created more opportunities. In the 66th minute Edmilson was brought down by Abhra Mondal within the penalty box and Edmilson put his team ahead in the match by converting the penalty into a goal. In rest of the time East Bengal tried everything in search of an equalizer but this was not Rider’s day as the players like Yakubu and Hammond wasted numbers of close opportunities. Finally the match ended with 1-0 score in favour of Chirag United and with this victory Chirag again moved to the 2nd position in the league table.

    Because of his worthy performance in today’s match Denson Devdas was awarded as the Man of the Match.

    09.01: Chirag United   1 - 0   KF East Bengal  
    CHI: Edmilson Pardal (Pen 66')
    MOM : Denson Debdas(CHI)

    CHI: Somnath, Du, Arnab, Rahul Kumar, Dhanarajan, Denson, Asim Biswas, Soumik, Gouranga Biswas, Joshimar, Edmilson.

    KEB:Abhra,Nirmal, Okpara,Hammond, Khabra,Subhash Singh,Yakubu, Mehtab, Nabi,Sanju,Soumik.

    FT: Match End. Chirag United beat Fed Cup Winner East bengal in I- League encounter. Denson Devdas of Chirag United has been declared Man of the Match today.
    90'+4': Somnath Khara saved well a yakubu shot.East Bengal lost their last chance.
    90'+3': Abhra again saved an attack of Chirag. Joshimar missed an open net.Joshimar dribbled Nirmal in the Box.Good anticipation of Abhra..Came and block the ball by dyving..
    90'+ 2': 2 minutes more to end of the match. East Bengal is attacking but Chirag players are alert.
    90': Sanju to Baichung Baichung passed to Okpara.. but he missed.. Referee added 4 minutes.
    87': Chirag is leading by 1 - 0 over East Bengal. Fed cup winner are trying now very hard to equalise.
    86': Nirmall Chhetri effort went away.
    84':Free kick for East Bengal.No damage done.
    83': Player Changing by Chirag . Asim Biswas out and Gouranga Dutta came in his place.
    82': Referee ignored an appeal of Penalty of East Bengal.Arnab Mondol fouled Nabi in the Box.
    81':Player change for East Bengal. Bekhokhei came in place of Soumik Dey.
    77':Long throw of Chirag in KEB Box cleared by Khabra.
    75': Player Change for Chirag.. Subhasish Roy Chowdhury came in place of Edmilson.
    70': Player change of East Bengal.Baichung came in place of Hammond.
    66': GOALLLLLLLLL. Edmilson scored for Chirag through the penalty..
    66': Penalty for Chirag..Abhra fouled Edmilson in the box.

    65': Still no score.
    62': Player change for Chirag. Soumik Chakrabarty out and Malswama Hmar came in his place.
    56':East Bengal is going to change their player.Budhiram Tudu is warming up..He came in place of Subhash Singh.

    54': Du well saved an attack of Yakubu.
    53':Chirag is attaking.Edmilson effort. Nabi cleared the ball through a corner.Abhra cleared the corner kick of Gouranga.
    52': Free kick for Chirag.. Edmilson took the Kick but over the cross bar.
    49':Yellow card to Edmilson for play acting.
    48': East Bengal is in attacking mode. Khabra to Hammond. Hammond good effort outside the box.. but his shot went away.
    46': Starts of 2nd Half .No score in first haf. Both teams are trying to score now in the 2nd half.

    HT: Half Time End.
    43': Yakubu effort cleared by Chirag Defence.. Yakubu dribbled two players in the box passed to Hammond but Chirag defence was alert.
    42': Yellow card to Joshimar for elbowing Okpara in KEB box.
    39':Abhra well saved an attack of Edmilson in the Box. He dived timely on the left.. Nirmal collect the ball ant went to counter attack.Hammond shot went away.
    38':Again attack of Chirag.. Joshimar effort cleared by Nirmal Chhetri.
    38': Nabi took a Free Kick.. Khabra's header. Somnath well collect the ball.
    37': No score yet.Chirag is playing well now
    36': Yellow card to Mehtab of KEB..He fouled Edmilson.
    35': East Bengal is attacking..dangerious situation..Arnab Mondol obstracted the ball. ultimately Du saved well.
    32': Edmilson well shot but went away over the bar.
    30': Free kick by Sanju from left.. Somnath Saved well.
    29': No score yet. Both teams are trying hard. Mehtab is playing well. Soumik and Nabi is attacking from their left and right flanks.
    26': Abhra conseded a goal.. but referee called offside.. Shot taken by Joshimar.
    23': Yallow card to Arnab Mondol of Chirag United. Who fouled Mehtaab.
    20': Dhanarajan crossed..unmarked Joshimar and Edmilson in the KEB Box..But they could not reach the ball timely.. goal kick for KEB.
    18': Another effort of Subhash Singh direct went to Somnath's hand.

    15': Mehtab shot just went away..Corner taken by Sanju
    14':Abhra saved an another effort of Edmilson..He timely out from his position
    7':Abhra well saved a brilliant free kick of Edmilson
    1': Match starts..Yakubu shot hits the post..Passed by Hammond.

    09 January

    Dempo and Pune F.C. won While Lajong Made a Draw.

    In a home match Federation Cup runner Shillong Lajong ended up with just a draw against Viva Kerala. Shirajuddin scored for Viva while Anil Gurung scored for Lajong to finish the match with 1-1 scoreline and Reuben of Viva Kerala was given the M.O.M award in this match.

    In Ludhiana in their home ground JCT suffered a 1-2 defeat against Pune F.C. The visitors opened the scoreline as early as in the 8th minute but in the 35th minute Penn Orji scored the equalizer for JCT but finally in the 41st minute of the match Edmar scored the winning goal for Pune F.C. Edmar was also the M.O.M of the match.

    Whereas Dempo registered a crushing 3-1 defeat over Air-India. Though Opara opened the scoreline for Air-India in the 15th minute but Climax Lawrence scored the equalizer in the 18th minute. In 35th minute by scoring another goal Sunil Chhetri put Dempo in the lead and finally in the 79th minute Abranches increased the lead by adding another goal to the tally. Climax Lawrence was selected the M.O.M.

    09 January

    Gunmen attacked Togo National Team Bus, driver dead

    In Angola, some unidentified Gunmen have fired on a bus carrying Togo's football team to the Africa Cup of Nations, wounding more than nine people including two Togo players and reportedly killing the driver.The attackers fired with Machine-Gun on the vehicle when it crossed from the Republic of Congo into Angola's oil-rich territory of Cabinda. Rebels who have been fighting for the region's independence later said they had carried out the attack.The wounded were taken to a hospital in Cabinda.

    Some players said they wanted to pull out of the African Cup of Nations tournament following the violence, but an official in Angola said it would go ahead as planned. Togo soccer federation vice president Gabriel Ameyi said substitute goalkeeper Obilale Kossi and central defender Serge Akakpo were among those hurt.Akapao who joined the Romanian club from Auxerre last year, was hit by two bullets and lost a lot of blood but was now out of danger.But The team's top player, Emmanuel Adebayor, was unharmed, according to his club Manchester City.

    Togo, which played at the 2006 World Cup, did not qualify for this year's tournament in South Africa.The 16-team African championship starts Sunday in Angola, with Togo due to play its opening match on Monday against Ghana in Cabinda.

    Togo captain Adebayor told the BBC that "Most of the players want to go back to their family and a lot of players want to leave "because they have seen their death already.We will make a decision which is good for our life"

    Claude Leroy, a former Cameroon and Ghana coach, said African soccer authorities now had to decide whether to play the tournament.

    It was the second major gun attack on a sports team in less than a year. Several players were injured and six policemen were killed when gunmen opened fire on the Sri Lankan cricket team's bus in Lahore, Pakistan, in March 2009.

    08 January

    Bagan-Churchill I-League encounter ended with a Draw.

    Today in a crucial I-League encounter in Barasat Mohun Bagan and Churchill Brothers ended with a 2-2 draw. Both the teams were eager to register a win in this first I-League match of 2010 but due to some defensive error finally the match was ended with a draw.

    With the kick off in Vidyasagar Krirangan, Barasat the visitors established early dominance in the match and as soon as in the 9th minute of the match Odafe put the visitors ahead in the match by scoring the opening goal. After conceiving an early goal the home team tried to fight back in the match and in the 32nd minute of the match from a well directed cross of Marcos Bareto scored the equalizer for Mohun Bagan. Just before the half time Marcos missed a close opportunity of scoring and therefore the first half ended with 1-1 scoreline.

    In the second half Bagan started to play better football and as early as in the 48th minute of the match Churchill keeper Arindam Bhattacharya fouled Sueoka and referee made no hesitation to offer a penalty to the hame side and Bareto made no mistake to put his team in the lead by converting the spot kick into a goal. Now Churchill became more offensive in search of an equalizer and in the 70th minute again Odafe scored another goal to make the scoreline leveled. In rest of the time both the teams tried hard in search of further goals but till the final whistle the score remained unchanged and therefore the match ended with 2-2 scoreline.

    At the end of the match few unwanted events have been taken place as one of the spectators threw piece of rock to the field and by deflecting on the Churchill reserve bench in hit at the back of Kalu and suddenly Churchill keeper Arindam ran to the gallery to catch that particular man and a chaos has been created. Police appeared to the situation and rescued Arindam from the public stand and guarded him to the team bus safely. Though a number of Mohun Bagan fans started shouting against Churchill players but the police handled the situation in strong hands and thus the chaos could not take a further harmful shape.

    M.Mohun Bagan:Sangram,Biswajit,Azim,Barreto,Isfaq(James 79'),Surkumar, Sueoka(Tomba 72'),Masih,Marcos,Sagram

    Churchill Brothers :Arindam,Felix,Naoba,Dhanachandra,Kalu,Odafe,Paite (Charan 63'),Vashum,Gourmangi,Ito,Yumnam.


    FT: Match end. Odafa man of the match. The result is 2 - 2
    90': Referee added 3 minutes more..Score line is 2 - 2. Odafa may be man of the match today for his outstanding performance.
    88':Tomba's center from right..Chidi header went away over the cross bar.
    85':Player change for Bagan..James Singh came in place of Isfaq Ahmed.
    77': Marcos well stopped Odafa just out side the box.
    75':Barreto crossed.. but one of the defenders of Churchill pushed chidi in the box..Bagan appeal for Penalty..referee denied.
    73':Sangram well gripped an attack of Odafa in the Box.
    72': Player change for Bagan. Seouka out and Tomba Singh came in his place ..
    71': Now the scoreline is 2 - 2. In Mumbai Salgaocar is trailing 0 - 1 to Mumbai F.C.
    70':GOALLLLLL: Odafe 2nd goal.. Scored from a direct free kick.Now the score line is 2 - 2
    68':Dan Ito missed an oppertunity..Sangram missed to collect a loose ball.
    66': Yellow card to Yumnam of Churchill. He fouled Isfaq.
    64': Surkumar's left footer directly went to Arindam's hand
    63':Player change for churchill.Charan Rai came in place of Paite..
    59':Yellow card to Isfaq.He fouled Naoba Singh.
    55':chidi corssed from left..Isfaq passed him but Naoba Singh cleared the ball.
    53':Marcos slightly injured.. now fit to play
    52':Chidi solo run from left.. Clered through a corner.. Seuoka - Marcos short corner.. no impact.
    50': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL : Barreto scored from Penalty..Bagan is leading 2 - 1.
    48': Penalty for Bagan..Chidi to Marcos.. Marcos to Seuoka.. Arindam Fouled him.. Barreto went to kick..
    46': 2nd half starts.. Churchill attacked through Kalu-Odafa.. But Bagan defence alert..
    HT: It's half time now. The result is 1 - 1
    44':Chidi missed open net..Marcos well passed him..Referee added 1 minute
    38': Mohun Bagan got two corners in the mean time..Marcos effort well cleared by Churchill defence..
    36':Odafe slightly injured..Isfaq passed brilliantly in the box. too long for chidi..

    33': Now the scoreline is 1 - 1. Odafa scored first for Churchill and Barreto equalised well.
    32': Goallllll Barreto Scored. Seuoka - Marcos short Corner..Marcos well crossed from right.
    30':Marcos free kicked.. Back head by Seuoka.. no Bagan player were there..
    25': Isfaq played well from left.
    20':Isfaq to Chidi.. Chidi crossed.Gourmangi cleared..Corner for Bagan..Marcos took the corner.. chidi header.. ball went away..
    18: Odafa attacked..ball deflected from Sagram's leg and out. corner for Churchill..Biswajit cleared the corner of Ito.
    17':Barreto well moved.dribbled two players but finally cleared by Gourmangi.
    15':Bagan is now pressurising ..Isfaq dribbled two plyers in the Box but missed pass.
    13':Rakesh to Surkumar..Surkumar to Seouka..he crossed.. no impact
    12': Churchill Brothers is leading by 1 - 0. Again attacking by Odafa..Bagan defender well cleared the ball.
    9': Goallll: Odafa scored for Churchill. Well free kick by Dan Ito.. Odafa's header went to goal..Sangram was misplaced.
    8': Barreto got a chance from Isfaq's pass.. but missed the target.
    6': Sangram well saved a Dan Ito corner Kick by a corner..No damage done in the corner.
    4':Chidi got a chance..Surkumar passed him but his shot went away.
    3':Marcos passed to Chidi. Chidi to Masih.. but Masih failed to received the ball.
    2':Noaba Singh of Churchill crossed. Odafe header went away.
    1':Match starts..Mohun Bagan in attattck..

    07 January

    German Soccer legend Lother Mathhaus may arrive in Kolkata on 14th

    with FIFA World Cup Trophy .On Jan 17, at 6.30 PM at Salt Lake stadium, Lothar Mathhaus would lift the original World Cup Trophy infront of the Fans of the Football Capital of India.

    As part of the celebrations, plans have also been drawn to have an exclusive showcase.From 15th - 17th Jan, in these three days FIFA Trophy tour at the Football Capital of India includes extravagant evening of music and entertainment by Bangla Music Band Chandrabindoo Bangla Band, and a concert by Euphoria, India's popular rock band.

    The Fans of the Football of Kolkata will get an opportunity to see the real FIFA World Cup Trophy for the first time. In-addition, the chance to see the football legend Lothar Herbert Matthaus in person. Probably he will arrive at the City of Football on 14th then meet the press at Hyat Hotel at Salt Lake on 15th and will present at Salt Lake Stadium on 16th and 17th.

    Kolkata - the Football Capital of India saw Pele in 1977, Oliver Khan 2007 and Maradona in 2008 and now will see 47-year-old Lothar Mathhaus,who was named European Footballer of the Year and World Soccer Player of the Year after captaining West Germany to victory in the 1990 World Cup and first ever FIFA World Player of the Year in 1991. He has played in five World Cups (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 and holds the record for the most World Cup matches played 25 games.He also won Euro 80, and played in Euro 84, Euro 88, and Euro 2000.

    He started his coaching career at Rapid Vienna in Austria then moved to Serbian side FK Partizan, with whom he won the 2002-03 domestic title. In December 2003, Matthaus left Partizan to become head coach of the Hungarian national team. His goal was to bring the former soccer superpower to the 2006 World Cup. But Hungary failed to advance from 'A' group which included Sweden, Croatia and Bulgaria.

    Then Matthaus left Hungary and joined Brazilian Premier League 1st Divn Team Atletico Paranaense for coaching. But unsuccess Matthaus then joined as head coach in Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg and helped the team to the 2006-07 title along with Giovanni Trapattoni as director of football. But in April 2008 he was sacked after the season signed as a coach of Israeli team Maccabi Netanya of Tel Aviv for the 2008-09 season.

    07 January

    India U-19 National Camp starts at Kalyani

    India U-19 Football conditioning camp has started at Kalyani Municipality Stadium, Bengal. The boys are practicing under guidance of National Jr. Coach Colin Toal, Asst coach Francis D Souza.

    India U-19 Team will participate in 11th SAF Games Football, which will be held at Bangladesh from last week of January. India will face Afghanistan in their first match.

    07 January

    AIFF President has been appointed as a member of FIFA standing committee

    Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA ) has appointed Mr Praful M Patel,President All India Football Federation as a member of FIFA Legal Committee in the FIFA standing committee.The decision was confirmed by FIFA Executive committee meeting held in Robben Island ,South Africa in Dec 2009.

    Central Civil Aviation minister Mr. Praful Patel, who replaced ailing Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi as the AIFF President in October last year.

    07 January

    Churchill footballers mixed up in a high-altitude fiasco

    Three top Musli power-Churchill Brothers footballers got into a despicable and scandalous mid-air problem enroute to Kolkata. The airplane (Spice Jet) captain informed the ATC Mumbai of the three footballers, Ogba Kalu, Arindam Bhattacharjee and their captain Odafa Onieka Okolie having molested a lady stewardess. The flight originated from Panaji Goa for Kolkata via Mumbai.

    The footballers of the entire team have stood behind the three accused and rubbished the airlines’ claim of molestation charges although the airlines staff and some of the passengers on board have vouched for the incident having really taken place. The players have even called for CCTV footage as proof of the incident although to everyone’s knowledge there is no such facility of recording incidents inside an airplane. The CISF personnel initially deplaned and detained the footballers for questioning but later allowed the entire team to travel to Kolkata after the three accused were granted bail.

    The act has downgraded the image of the sports fraternity and an AIFF spokesman, has indicated that this act of the trio has tarnished the image of Indian football and stern action will be taken if the players were found guilty during the course of investigation.

    There is also news, though unconfirmed, that the sponsors of Churchill Brothers, who had been recently roped in are contemplating withdrawal of sponsorship support. Kerala based pharmaceutical company, Kunnath Pharmaceuticals, now sponsor the Club for Rs. 9 crores and for which the Club is now showcased as Musli Power Churchill Brothers. The MD of the pharmaceutical company is reviewing the situation and will be meeting the Churchill boss (Alemao Churchill) to discuss the fate of the tie-up in the aftermath of this incident.

    It is highly unlikely that the airhostess will get justice (if the incident had really taken place) as the Club owners, Joaquim and Churchill Alemao have tremendous clout in the political circles and could abort and suppress any proper investigation. This is in keeping with similar such incidents having taken place very recently as also their utterances post the incident.

    06 January

    I-League encounter : Mohun Bagan Vs Churchill Brothers

    The Churchill Brothers team arrived to Kolkata to play their I-League match against Mohun Bagan on 7th January, Thursday. The team came along with Odafe Okolie, Ogba Kalu and Arindam Bhattacharya who finally got their bail in a molestation case. These three Churchill players were arrested on Tuesday night as from the Mumbai Airport for allegedly pushing and teasing airhostess Minakshi Kamra and misbehaving with some other crews of the Spice Jet from Goa to Kolkata. After getting bail all the three players refusing all the charges against them and thus claiming themselves innocent.

    Thus a crucial I-League encounter is going to take place on Thursday between the two semi-finalists of the Federation Cup. Despite the events of Tuesday Churchill can come out tomorrow with the full strength as Arindam, Kalu and Odafe have already got their bails in the molestation case.

    Whereas Mohun Bagan have to play against Churchill without the dependable defenders like Deepak Mondal and N.S. Manju.Dipak picked up his injury in the Fed Cup semifinal and Manju was injured during national duty in Nehru Cup.Not only that Karim Also miss Manish Maithai, Branco, and Snehasish Chakrabarty in the vital I league encounter tomorrow.

    But Mohun Bagan will definitely come out with certain home advantage. Currently in the I-League table Churchill is standing at the top with 16 points and Mohun Bagan is now at the 5th place with 13 points. As both the teams are in close position in the title race so tomorrow’s encounter will be a valuable one.

    Mohun Bagan lost to Churchill Brothers 0 - 2 in the final of 114th IFA shield in 2009.The 18-member team for tomorrow's match of Mohun Bagan is: Sangram, Shilton, Zenith, Surkumar, Rakesh, Mandi, Azim, Biswajit, Kuluthungan, Marcos, Sueoka, Subhojit, James, Tomba, Ishfaq, Chiddi, Barreto and Suraj.

    M.Mohun Bagan : Last 10 Matches

    Date Opponent Result Competition Season
    31.12.2009. East Bengal 0:2(L) Fed Cup 2009
    26.12.2009. Mahindra United 2:0(W) Fed Cup 2009
    23.12.2009. Chirag United 0:0(D) Fed Cup 2009
    21.12.2009. Mohammedan 4:1(W) Fed Cup 2009
    13.11.2009. Pune 3:1(W) I-Lague 2009/2010
    07.11.2009. Sporting Goa 2:2(D) I-Lague 2009/2010
    02.11.2009. Mumbai 1:2(L) I-Lague 2009/2010
    29.10.2009. Lajong 2:1(W) I-Lague 2009/2010
    25.10.2009. East Bengal 5:3(W) I-Lague 2009/2010
    12.10.2009. Viva Kerala 2:0(W) I-Lague 2009/2010

    Churchill Brothers : Last 10 Matches

    Date Opponent Result Competition Season
    30.12.2009. Lajong 0:1(L) Fed Cup 2009
    26.12.2009. Sporting Goa 2:0(W) Fed Cup 2009
    23.12.2009. Mumbai 1:0(W) Fed Cup 2009
    21.12.2009. HAL 3:0(W) Fed Cup 2009
    13.11.2009. Chirag United 2:0(W) I-League 2009/2010
    08.11.2009. Dempo 3:2 (W) I-League 2009/2010
    01.11.2009. Air India 3:2(W) I-League 2009/2010
    28.10.2009. Pune 1:1(D) I-League 2009/2010
    23.10.2009. JCT 1:1(D) I-League 2009/2010
    16.10.2009. Mumbai 1:1(D) I-League 2009/2010

    06 January

    2011 Asian Cup qualifiers - Latest Results

    Japan, Iran and China became the latest teams to qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup Finals that will be hosted by Qatar in January 2011.

    Iran qualified to the finals when they beat Singapore 3-1 in away match and also secure the top spot in group 'E'. The other match between the other two teams in the group Thailand and Jordan ended in a 0-0 draw.

    Thailand, Singapore and Jordan still have a chance to clinch a spot at the finals depending on their results in the final day of the qualifying stage on March 3rd, which will see Iran will face Thailand and Jordan against Singapore in Amman.

    China drew with Syria 0-0 at their penultimate AFC Asian Cup qualifier in Group D at the Yellow Dragon Sports Center here on Wednesday. Syria Already qualified to the finals.Syria kept topping Group D with 11 points. After opening up a 5-points gap from third placed Vietnam who could only drew 1-1 away with Lebanon.

    In Sana'a, Japan survived and early scare before beating Yemen 3-2 to secure one of the top two spots in Group A.The east Asian giants and World Cup Team found themselves two goals down after just 38 minutes, but the FC Tokyo striker Sota Hirayama reduced the margin in three minutes before the break, then levelled the score ten minutes in second half, before completing his hat-trick in the 79th minute.

    2011 Asian Cup Finals qualified teams

    1 – Qatar (Hosts)

    2 – Iraq (2007 Asian Cup champions)

    3 – Saudi Arabia (2007 Runner-ups)

    4 – South Korea (2007 Third-placed)

    5 – India (2008 AFC Challenge Cup Champions)

    6 – Uzbekistan (Group C)

    7 – Syria (Group D)

    8 – China (Group D)

    9 – Iran (Group E)

    10 – Japan (Group A)

    11 – ???? (2010 AFC Challenge Cup champions)

    12 – ???? (Group A – Japan or Bahrain or Yemen)

    13 – ???? (Group B – Australia or Kuwait or Oman)

    14 – ???? (Group B – Australia or Kuwait or Oman)

    15 – ???? (Group C – UAE or Malaysia)

    16 – ???? (Group E – Thailand or Singapore or Jordan)

    05 January

    ESPN 3D to show soccer, football, more.

    Sports broadcasting will enter a new dimension in 2010 ... the third dimension, as ESPN will unveil the industry's first 3-D network.

    ESPN 3D will showcase a minimum of 85 live sporting events during its first year, beginning June 11 with the first 2010 FIFA World Cup match, featuring South Africa versus Mexico, ESPN and ABC Sports president George Bodenheimer announced.

    Other events to be produced in 3-D include the 2011 BCS National Championship Game, college basketball and football contests, up to 25 World Cup matches and the Summer X Games. Additional events will be announced at a later date.

    "ESPN's commitment to 3-D is a win for fans and our business partners," Bodenheimer said in a statement. "ESPN 3D marries great content with new technology to enhance the fan's viewing experience and puts ESPN at the forefront of the next big advance for TV viewing."

    ESPN has been testing ESPN 3D for more than two years, even showing a USC-Ohio State college football game in select theaters and to 6,000 fans at the Galen Center on USC's campus.

    "This is a turning point for 3-D," Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro told USA Today.

    Courtesy: sports.espn.go.com

    04 January

    PIFA student Hussain Vahanvaty wins Queens Park Rangers scholarship..

    Premier India Football Academy student Hussain Vahanvaty was ranked first after a 4 day intensive Queens Park Ranger camp that ended on 4th January 2010 at the Karnatak Football ground, Mumbai. He has won a six to eight week all expense training at the QPR academy in England.

    He was among the 20 boys and 6 girls selected from the South Mumbai Junior Soccer Challenge 2009 tournament held at the Cooperage Stadium to attend the camp conducted by QPR coaches in Mumbai.

    Hussain Vahanvaty, has been the PIFA Skills Contest winner and won a 10 day camp to PIFA International camp 2008 held in London, he has also played for India U14.

    04 January

    East Bengal Fans celebrates with FED Cup Teams at club Tent.

    The Federation Cup champion East Bengal team today returned to Kolkata. The Red and Gold’s supporters were eagerly waiting for their heroes in the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose airport, Dumdum. The celebration started when the plane carrying the East Bengal team landed in the airport. More than five thousands fans at airport offered a very warm welcome to the Fed Cup champion team.

    After a long wait of almost two years and three months East Bengal finally became the champion of a major tournament of Indian Football.With the Federation Cup championship title East Bengal also qualified to play in the upcoming edition of the AFC Cup.East Bengal will play Group D along with Al Nejmeh (Lebanon), Qadsia (Kuwait) and Al Ittihad (Syria) in AFC Cup. So it is the time of the double celebration for the East Bengal fans today.

    From airport the East Bengal team came to the Club at 4 PM afternoon,surrounded by huge number of fans and supporters and their coach Phillip de Rider hosted the Red and Gold flag high up with its pride and glory. The hero of the Federation Cup final goalkeeper Abhra Mondal was the centre figure of the celebration.

    The atmosphere of joy and celebration finally returned to East Bengal after a long gap. Now the East Bengal supporters are again start of dreaming for their favorite club and they urged to Coach Rider that now they want to look East Bengal also as the champions of the I-League.

    Photo Gallery

    03 January

    East Bengal win 31st Hero Honda Federation Cup 2009-10.

    East Bengal won the Federation Cup for the 6th time. Today in Guwahati in a breathtaking final encounter East Bengal beat Shillong Lajong in tiebreaker to get the Federation Cup title. In 2007 East Bengal won the Federation Cup and until today for long 840 days East Bengal haven’t won any trophy. Finally the new coach Phillip de Rider overcame the curse. On the other hand in absence of their key players like Ibor Khonjee, Giblee and Daniel the young Lajong brigade delivered fabulous fight to the Red and Golds. As the debutant in the Federation Cup Lajong left a wonderful example of fighting spirit and determination. But finally the three fantastic penalty saves of East Bengal Keeper Abhra Mondal took the trophy to the Kolkata side.

    With the kick off in the final encounter today both the teams started with attacking moves but the defenses of both the teams started to play with utmost confidence. Though in the first half both East Bengal and Shillong Lajong created number of opportunities but both the teams failed to capitalize even a single chance and thus the score remained 0-0 in the first half.

    In the second half East Bengal showed much urgency and they built up certain well-organized attacks in fact in the 57th minute of the match East Bengal got a golden opportunity but in that occasion the header of Rahim Nabi missed the net with minimum distance. Lajong also organized certain effective counters and Tuboi missed a very close opportunity to put his team ahead. In 66th minute of the match Bhaichung came out on the field in place of Rahim Nabi but due to the fine coverage of Lajong defenders Bhaichung could not make any difference in the game. After the usual time the match ended with 0-0 scoreline and therefore the match advanced to the extra time.

    In the both halfs of extra time both the teams failed to make any difference in the scoreline and therefore the match progressed to the tiebreaker with the 0-0 scoreline.

    The penalty shoot out completely belonged to the East Bengal keeper Abhra Mondal as the saved three respective Lajong penalties and give the trophy to his team. In 25th October 2009 Abhra Mondal was the keeper under the East Bengal goal who conceded 5 goals from Mohun Bagan as the first ever East Bengal keeper but he did not give up his energy and determination and today with the valuable suggestions of coach Rider Abhra proved his worth for East Bengal.

    Abhra not just only saved all three Lajong penalties in the tiebreaker but in the entire tournament Abhra did not concede even a single goal. So this edition of the Federation Cup not just only re-established East Bengal as the Champions but also gifted a new hero to the Club; Abhra Mondal. On the other hand Shillong Lajong though ended as the Runner-up but the boys of Stanley Rosario won the heart of the Indian soccer fans with their memorable fighting performances throughout the tournament.


    KF East Bengal   0 - 0 , 3 - 0 (Pen)   Shillong Lajong F.C    ( FT.. )

    KF East Bengal: Abhra, Mehraj,Soumik (Saikat 70'),Okpara, Nirmal, Khabra, Subhash (60' Budhiram), Mentaab, Sanju,Yakubu, Nabi (Baichung 66').

    Shillong Lajong F.C: Gumphe,Haokip ( Ronald 80'),Ralte,Passah,Ailad,Gatpoh,Samson, Lyngshing,Tuboi,Roland(Benkock 55'),Gurung.

    East Bengal win Fed Cup by 3 - 0 margin over Tie breaker and get a chance to play AFC cup next year..This is the First Trophy of East Bengal After 840 days.. Abhra Mondol who conseded 5 goals in Derby match on 26th october against Mohun Bagan made a record in Fed Cup. No score against him upto final and save three Penalty shoot.

    KEB :(4th Shot) : Sanju scored ( Goooooooalll 3 - 0)
    LAJ :( 3rd shot): Lyngshing shot(Abhra saved 2 - 0)
    KEB :( 3rd shot): Khabra Shot (Out 2 - 0 )
    LAJ :( 2nd Shot): Samson ( Abhra saved 2 - 0 )
    KEB :( 2nd Shot): Nirmal Chhetri ( Goooooooalll 2 - 0 )
    LAJ :( 1st Shot): Anil gurung ( Abhra Saved 1 - 0 )
    KEB :( 1st shot): Yakubu ( Goooooooalll 1 - 0)

    Tie Breaker: Who will win?.. Indian coach vs Foreign coach. Stanley Vs Rider.. First time Finalist vs 5 times winner? stay with us..
    120': End of 2nd half of Extra time ..No score is schedule time.. Now it's time for Tie Breaker to decide the winner.
    118': long throw by Saikat of KEB. Ball went to Lajong box.. well cleared by Lajong defence..Nirmal chhetri cleared an attack of Lajong.
    116': 2 minutes more to end of schedule time.. Tie breaker is coming? East Bengal missed a chance from corner..
    114': Khabra from left flank.. low cross.. Gumphe Rime well saved .
    111':Sanju's long shot direct went to Gumphe Rime's hand.
    108: 2nd half of extra time started.. Still the scoreline is 0 - 0. No goal means it's going to tie breaker..
    105' : No score yet. End of first half of extra time.
    104': No wing play in East Bengal side which Nabi and Soumik done previously .
    103': Mehraj is in deep defence.. well cleared an attack of Lajong..
    100': Anil Gurung passed Samson in the right. Okpara was alert..
    99': Lojong Boys is fighting very good.
    96': Lajong defender fouled Sanju.Free kick for East Bengal.. Yakubu kicked..Over the cross bar..
    93': Mehtab outside the field for treatment.. Samson fouled him badly..Mahtab again in the field after treatment.
    92': weak shot of Yakubu went away.. Budhiram passed him just out side the Lajong Box.
    91': First half of Extra time starts. East Bengal attacked..
    90': End of first ninty minutes.. now it's time for extra time.no score yet..
    90': Referee added 2 minutes more.. East Bengal is going to attack..
    88': East Bengal got a free kick.. Yakubu's long shot well collected by Lajong Keeper.
    86':Match is going to extra time? No score yet. Abhra well saved an attack of Lajong's Tuboi.he came out from his position timly.
    84': Ralte of Lajong well cleared an right seded attack of Budhiram..
    82':Well effort of Samsung with his left footer in KEB box..But the ball went away..
    80': Player change of Lajong. Haokip out and Ronald came in his place..
    79': Lajong defence well cleared an attack of East Bengal.
    77': Lajong defencer Passah fouled Mehtab..Mehtab is out of the field for treatment.
    75': Mehtaab was fouled by Ailad of Lajong.. no damage done in free kick.
    73': Baichung is guraded by 2 or 3 players of Lajong..Lajong defence cleared an attack of East Bengal
    70': Sanju's shot went away over the cross bar..Player change of East Bengal.. Saikat Saha Roy came in place of Soumik Dey
    68': Lajong gets a Free Kick.. Bankock is taking the shot..cleared by KEB defence..
    66': Baichung is coming for East Bengal in place of Rahim Nabi..
    64': Budhiram entered from right side.. Lajong defencder fouled him.. Free kick for East Bengal..Sanju kicked ..Khabra header saved by Gumphe Rime 60': Player change of East Bengal.. Budhiram Tudu came in place of Subhash Singh.
    57': Yakubu centered from right but well saved by Lajong defence . corner for KEB..Sanju kicked..Beautiful header of Nabi..But ball went away..
    56': Okpara well saved an attack of Lajnong in the Box..Corner for lanong cleared by KEB defence.
    55': Player change for Lajong..Bankock came in place of Roland...Baichung is warming up.
    54': Yakubu to Khabra in the left..Khabra's left footer went away.. He should stop the ball first before his shot.
    53': Nabi well crossed from right..Subhsah singh's shot went away..
    52': Well attack of Lajong from right side..Tuboi well crossed in KEB Box but Samson missed the chance.
    50': Mehrajuddin long shot off a pass from Subhas Singh went away
    48':Well cleared by Nirmal by a siding tackle off a left sided attack of Lajong

    46': Starts of 2nd half..Scoreline 0 - 0.
    Half Time : It's now time for lemon break. No score.
    45':Khabra missed..Subhash Singh passed him in Lajong box..
    42': Abhra Mondol well saved and cleared an attack of Lajong through his header.
    40': Few minutes left to end of first half.. no score yet..
    37': Corner for East Bengal.. No damage done..cleared by lajong keeper Gumphe.
    35': Gumphe Rime well saved Yakubu's 40 yard powerful punch through a corner.
    33': Free kick of Lajong..long free kick. cleared by KEB defence..Counter attack by KEB..
    32': No damge done in Sanju Pradhan's corner..KEB is pressurising more with their wings..
    31': Subhash Singh missed a golden chance to score..Yakubu passed to Soumik in the left..Soumik's well center..Subhash left footer touched Haokip's foot and went away.corner for KEB
    28': Good chance to score for KEB..Yakubu tries well..Nabi passed to Khabra..Khabra crossed in the Box.
    27' : Mehraj long clear a ball.Throw in in favour of lajong in East Bengal area..
    26': Yakubu missed a well corner kick of Sanju .he failed to received the ball i the box
    25': Haokip cleared an attack of Soumik and Yakubu from left flank
    24'Alert Okpara cleared an attack of Lajong's Anil Gurung effort
    22': East Bengal is using their two side backs Nabi and Soumik in attacking.Khabra's header again went away off Nabi centre.
    20': Nabi from right side ..dribbled one Lajong defender Roland well.but his Aimless cross went away..
    18':Mehtaab cleared a Roland of Lajong cross from left..counter attack of KEB..miss pass of Khabra.
    17': Lajong Captain Samsong tries fro left.. Soumik was there to clear well.
    16':Dangerous back pass of mehraj to Abhra.. Abhra cleared it well
    14': Ball in lajong defence area.. Sanju crossed from right..Khabra was unable to received the ball.
    13': corner for KEB..Khabra's header went away..Goal kick for Lajong
    11': Yakubu well attacked from left..Lajong defence cleared..counter attack by Gurung.. cleared by KEB defence.
    9':Roland of Lajong cleared an attack of Yakubu
    8':Anil Gurung of Lajong tries to enter.. mehraj was alert
    6': Tuboi of Lajong is attacking from right.. corner.. no damage done
    6': Soumik Dey to Mehtab..Mehtaab long centre.. missed
    5': Okpara blocked Lajong attack..
    4':Soumik tries to enter from left..
    1': Match starts.. 25000 Jam packed Neheru Stadium in Guwahati..

    03 January

    'STRIKER' Moti Nandi no more..

    Sports scribe and writer Moti Nandy no more.The veteran sports journalist died today at 2.45 AM in a vlocal Nurshing home at Belghoria, kolkata. Yesterday He was admitted to the Nurshing home when he felt seriously ill.

    Moti Nandi is a Bengali writer based in Kolkata, India. He was born in Kolkata on July 10, 1931. He is an alumnus of the University of Calcutta.

    He worked as Sports Editor for Anandabazar Patrika. Veteran journalist and author Moti Nandi was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at a glittering ceremony to mark the grand finale of the maiden edition of the Excellence in Journalism Awards 2008.

    He is noted for his depiction of sporting events and many of his protagonists are sportspersons.He first wrote story in Desh weekly on 1957.

    He first wrote for Pujabarshiki in Parichoy Magazine on 1985. His sports character Kolaboti becomes very popular to the younger audience.

    One of his novels, Koni, was filmed with Soumitra Chatterjee in one of the lead roles.


    1974 : Ananda Purashkar
    1991 : Sahitya Akademi Award (Novel Sada Kham)

    Some Best Works

    Koni(Ananda Pub.)
    Aloukik Dilu(Ananda Pub.)
    Stopper(Ananda Pub.)
    Striker(Ananda Pub.)
    Kuronn(Ananda Pub.)
    Jibon Ananta(Ananda Pub.)
    Nnaran(Ananda Pub.)
    Feraari(Ananda Pub.)
    Tulsi(Ananda Pub.)
    Dolbodoler Aage(Ananda Pub.)
    Biswa-jora Biswacup(Ananda Pub.)
    Buro Ghora(Ananda Pub.)
    Kolaboti o Millenium Match (Ananda Pub.)
    Kolabotir Shaktishel(Ananda Pub.)

    02 January

    Tough Challenge for East Bengal waits in the Fed Cup Final.

    Tomorrow in Guwahati East Bengal and Shillong Lajong will take each other in the crucial encounter of the Federation Cup final. It is East Benga'ls 13th Fed Cup final where as Lajong reached to the final as the debutant of this tournament by beating the India Football giants like Dempo and Churchill Brothers.

    Lajong will definitely create tough challenge in front of the Red and Golds to grab the trophy. Lajong coach Stanley Rosario stated that his team is pressure free but mentally prepared to present their best in the field where as Bhaichung Bhutia assured that East Bengal is very much aware about the ability of Lajong while coach Phillip de Rider claimed that his team is fully prepared as well as in well balanced condition with full confidence as they entered into the final by beating their arch rival Mohun Bagan in the semi final with considerable 2-0 margin.

    But for tomorrow’s game Lajong will definitely start with some advantages. Firstly as the first time finalist Lajong has performed already more than expectations. So they have nothing to lose in the final whereas as one of the superpowers of Indian football East Bengal must come out with certain pressure to regain the title. Secondly as the only I-League team of North Eastern India Lajong already established popularity craze in this particular part of India so tomorrow afternoon Lajong will come out with a full house support in Guwahati which can create problems for East Bengal.

    Whereas East Bengal is also aware about the formation and condition of Lajong as recently in an I-League encounter in Kolkata East Bengal beat Lajong with 3-0 scoreline. So one can expect a very exciting encounter between East Bengal and Shillong Lajong in the Federation Cup final.

    02 January

    AFC 'C' Certificate Course Commenced at Pondicherry

    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.

    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.