India win Street children World Cup Football

Durban, South Africa may be a Host City for the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup but this week it hosted a football tournament with a difference, with street children from 8 countries congregating in the coastal city to battle it out against each other.

In March 2010, street children from around the world will be welcomed in Durban, South Africa to compete in the first ever Deloitte Street Child World Cup.

The Deloitte Street Child World Cup brings together teams of street children from 8 different countries.Over 100 Street children 14-16 years old from Nine countries, including India, Brazil, Tanzania, Ukraine, Nicaragua, Cietnam, Philippines, the UK and South Africa, that took part in the first ever seven-a-side Street Child World Championship at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in Durban from 15 to 21 March.

The week-long tournament, organised by UK Human Rights organisation Amos Trust, followed the ground breaking work of the Durban-based Umthombo Foundation.The teams are being organised by innovative and effective street child organisations.

India,won the championship by defeating Tanzania 1 - 0 through a penalty in the Deloitte Street Child World Cup finals.

Khalsa Football Academy (KFA),a UK organisation who work with organisations in the UK, Spain, Brazil and India support young people through football initiatives that challenge stereotypes & racism, provide programmes of healthy living & lifestyles, tackle anti-social behaviour and ultimately providing a platform for children to voice there concerns. Their vision is to progress as a social organization that aims to develop village infrastructure, help street children and youth development in India.

The Result of Street Child World Championship Final of India

22.3.2010:(FINAL):Tanzania 0 – 1 India

20.3.2010:(SEMI FINAL): UK 1 – 3 India

18.3.2010:India 8 – 0 Ukraine

16.3.2010:India 0 – 1 Nicaragua

15.3.2010:South Africa 0 – 4 India


MUPC u-15 Ghana Winner : Right to dream academy

THE RIGHT TO DREAM ACADEMY became Premier Cup Champions of Ghana for the third year in succession after beating Sporting Club Accra 1 - 0 today, when a penalty decision in extra time brought the first tournament at their new facility in Akosombo to an enthralling climax.

The two teams were evenly matched throughout the final match and could not be separated in normal time. Although there were chances and flashes of brilliance on both sides, it looked increasingly likely that the tournament would have to be decided on penalty kicks when a run for goal just minutes from the final whistle resulted in a clumsy tackle and the inevitable penalty decision. Right to Dream’s Osei walked up to the spot with calm assurance before putting the ball in the net - and the result beyond doubt.

The Man of the Match award to Emmanuel Stephens from Sporting Club Accra was some consolation for the team who had started the day with high hopes of representing Ghana at the Africa Premier Cup Qualification Tournament to be held at Nike European HQ in the Netherlands in May.

As the tournament got underway, an emphatic 4 - 0 victory over Strong Tower left Sporting in the driving seat and the home side in need of a convincing win over Jaupong All-Stars. A confident performance from Right to Dream delivered a comfortable 2 - 0 result and set up an exciting finale between the local rivals.

Coach Jonathan McKinstry admitted: “Defensively Jaupong caused us no problems, our performance was sound and positional play and team communication was good. We did miss some chances though and it is important that the team raise their game against Sporting. We’ve played them several times already and the games are always close. The boys need to make a good start and stay calm under pressure and we’ll get the right result.”

The boys from Right to Dream were ecstatic after their victory. “Although last year’s team went on to finish in third place at the MUPC World Finals this is a much younger team, and we still have a way to go,” McKinstry concluded. “ However, the boys have done well and everyone did what was expected of them. Now we’ll get back to training and concentrate on improving one or two things before the trip to Holland.”

The victory for Right to Dream gives them a place at the Africa Premier Cup Qualification Tournament, alongside Egypt's ENPPI, Daga Young Stars FC from Cameroon and Premier Cup Champions from Algeria (tbc), whose qualifying tournament takes place later this month.

The Africa Champions will then take one of the final twenty places available at the World Finals of the Manchester United Premier Cup to be held in Manchester in August.

Around 9,500 teams started on the journey to find the best under-15 team in the world - the countdown continues..


Sporting Club Accra 4 - 0 Strong Tower FC

Right to Dream Academy 2 - 0 Jaupong All-Stars

Strong Tower FC 1 - 0 Jaupong All-Stars

Right to Dream Academy 1 - 0 Sporting Club Accra (ET)


1st : Right to Dream Academy

2nd : Sporting Club Accra

3rd : Strong Tower

4th : Jaupong All-Stars


Manipur - Bengal fight in the semi-final of Women's National

In an all important semi-final match in the 18th Senior Women’s Football Championship,host Manipur will face West Bengal tomorrow in Polo Ground, Khuman Lampak Main Stadium Imphal, Manipur .

Football experts are expecting an easy win for Manipur as the Manipuri eves are in devastating form scoring 46 goals in 5 group stage matches, without conceding a single goal. While on the other hand the West Bengal girls are struggling bit just edged pass Haryana on one point difference only to place behind mighty Orissa girls.

Even in the last group league match played on 19 March, Bengal suffered 0-2 defeat in the hand of Orissa. The Bengal team is looking forward for an upset in the semi-final match against Manipur. In other Semi-final Orissa will face Tamilnadu on 23 March.

In an another Semi Final Tamil Nadu will meet Orissa on 23rd March. The both matches will start from 2pm. The winners will meet at the final match which is to be played on March 25 at Polo Ground Stadium.


Sl No. Year Winner Runners
1. 1991-1992 Bengal Manipur
2. 1992-1993 Manipur Bengal
3. 1993-1994 Not Held Not Held
4. 1994-1995 Manipur Bengal
5. 1995-1996 Manipur Bengal
6. 1996-1997 Bengal Manipur
7. 1997-1998 Manipur Bengal
8. 1998-1999 Manipur Bengal
9. 1999-2000 Manipur Bengal
10. 2001-2002 Manipur Orissa
11. 2002-2003 Manipur Bengal
12. 2003-2004 Manipur Bengal
13. 2004-2005 Manipur Bengal
14. 2005-2006 Manipur Kerala
15. 2006-2007 Bengal Manipur
16. 2007-2008 Manipur Orissa
17. 2008-2009 Manipur Bengal


Chirag United beat Salgoacar to earn full points

Chirag United defeated Goal outfit Salgaocar 2-1 in the 17th round of the I-League at the Nehru Stadium on Sunday.

Salgaocar played well in the 2nd half of the match while Chirag United dominated in the first half but Salgaocar failed to display their fighting spirit which they showed against their arch rival Dempo in earlier match. In absence of their Key defence man Luciano sabrosa, Benchirifa's side was unable to resists few brilliant attacks of Chirag Strikers and for the reason conceded two Goals within the first half.

Chirag United took the lead in the 14th minute of the match through a penalty when their Brazilian striker Joshimar Da Silva was brought down inside the box by Milagres Gonsalves.In the penalty Joshimar scored nicely and reached his 14th individual Goals as top scorers.

Ashim Biswas who also scored in the last match against Mumbai FC like Joshimar, also and today missed a lot of chances doubled the lead in 44th minutes of the match when Joshimar passed him in the Box.

Salgaocar's Ekenwa and Keita was in good form and got some chances to score but Chirag Keeper Sandip Nandy played a great role today for their victory. Salgaocar reduced their margin through substitute Beevan de Mello in the 57th minute heading home a right sided Rocus Lamare corner.

Chirag United's Denson devdas has been selected man of the match today.After their 17th Round of Match, Chirag increased their points tally to 29 with 8 wins, 5 draws and 4 losts and again reached in the 3rd position while Salgaocar remained on same 18 points from equal number of outings.


Salgaocar   1 - 2     Chirag United :: ( Goa ..FT )

CU: Joshimar 14'(Pen), Asim Biswas 44'

SAL: Beevan D Mello 56' :: M.O.M: Denson Debdas(CU)

SAL: Kalyan, Rino, Samienia, Agnelo,?(Beevan), Ekene, Rocus, Keita, Melwin, Milagres, Francis

CU:Sandip,Subhasish, Du, Kingshuk, Dhanarajan, Denson,lalkamal(Jayanta),Gouranga Dutta, Joshimar, Gouranga Biswas,Asim .

FT: Match end. chirag United win by 2 - 1.Denson may be the man of the match today.

90'+5': Salgaocar got a corner. Rocus Lamare corner went away.

90'+4':Corner taken by Jayanta Sen. Ball out. goal kick for Salgaocar.

90'+3': Joshimar well attacked but Kalyan saved hios attack.Corner for Chirag. 90'+1': Asim last chance to doubled his score but missed the oppertunity.Well saved by Kalyan.

89': Chirag missed an another chance. Joshimar unable to received a tulunga pass in the Box.

87': Salgaocar well played in 2nd half. They are attacking more and more.

83': Well effort of Ekene. Sandeep nicely saved the attack timely.

80': Player c hanged by Chirag. Gouranga Dutta out and Tulunga came in his place.

76': Still Cirag is leading 2 - 1. Counter attack by Salgaocar. Beevan shot went away.

71': Corner in favour of Salgaocar. But the kick went direct to Sandip's hand.

68: du cleared an attack of Francis Fernandez. Agains attacking by Salgaocar.

66': player changing by Chirag. Jayanta Sen came in place of Lalkamal Bhowmick,

61': Powerful sudden shot of Salgaocar captain Lamare but went over the cross bar.

57': GOALLLLLLLLL .Salgaocar reduced the margin through a beautiful header of substitute Beevan D Mello from a right sided corner of Lamare.He was unmarked.

55': Salgaocar is well pluing now. Usuing their both wings.

53': Beautiful attack by Asim from left. got a loose ball and quick Passed to unmarked Joshimar. But Joshimar missed the chance to score.

47':Nice shot by Lalkamal and nice saved by Kalyan Chowbey.

46': Starts of 2nd half.. Rino Anto out and Lester Fernandex came in place in Salgaocar team

HT: It's now half time. Chirag is leading 2 - 0 now.

45': Referee added 2 minutes more.

44':Goallllllllllllllll..2nd goal of Chirag United. Asim Scored the goal. Joshimar well passed him in the box.

43': Chirag Keeper Sandip well saved a corner from right by Rocus . 37': Keita was trying to enter from left. Gouranga Biswas cleared.

36': Yellow card to Du of Chirag.

29': Gouranga to Asim in left. Asim missed again.

27': Milagres missed a chance.Got a loose ball but his shot went wide.

23': Asim Biswas long ranger well gripped by Kalyan . Good effort by Ashim.

22':Kaita long ball towards Ekene..too long pass.Counter attack by Chirag.

20': Salgaocar well attacked. Du again saved the movement of Ekene in the box. Salgaocar is attacking more and more now.

17': Sandip Nandy well saved an attack of Ekene who was trying to push the ball from left side of the Box.

17':Gouranga Dutta was trying to enter from right but offside.

15': chirag is leading 1 - 0 now.Du well cleared an attack of Ekene.

14': Goallllllllllllllll... Joshimar scored goal from the penalty.It's his 14th goal in I-League out of 309 goals in I-League so far.

13':Milagres fouled Joshimar who was advancing in the Box. referee awarded Penalty on belaf of Chirag United..

9':Dhanarajan of Chirag stopped an attack of Ekene from right.

6':Corner for Salgaocar. Subhasish cleared .counter attack by Salgaocar.

5': Asim Biswas left footer well saved by Salgaocar Keeper Kalyan.

4':Goal Kick for Salgaocar.

4': Effortless attacking by Gouranga Biswas from left.

3': Chirag Is playing in 4 - 4 - 2 System.

1': Match Starts.


East Bengal faced 2-0 Defeat in I-League against Air India

After Mohun Bagan, East Bengal also faced disappointing defeat in the 16th round of I-League against Air India. Today Air India overpowered the Kolkata side with 2-0 scoreline.

With the kick off of the match East Bengal showed the prime urgency for getting ahead in the match. In fact in first 20 minutes the Red and Gold brigade not just only dominated the match but also created certain fantastic opportunity to score goal.

But it is not the day of the Kolkata side as all the early opportunities were wasted by the East Bengal players. During this span of time Air India fought back in the match and in the 32nd minute against the run of play Kailash Patil scored the opening goal to put Air India ahead in the match.

In the second half Air India played with improved tactics and East Bengal started to lose the control of the match. And as expected in the 76th minute Opara scored the second goal for Air India. Towards the end East Bengal tried everything to reduce the margin but could not find the way of scoring and finally the match ended with 2-0 scoreline in favour of Air India. This defeat no doubt endangered the position of the Red and Golds in the League table.


Mar 21 : KF East Bengal   0 - 2     Air India :: ( YBK - FT.. )

AI : Kailash Patil 32', N.D.Opara 76' :: M.O.M : Peter Odafe(AI).

KEB : Abhra, Nirmal, Okpara, Hammond, Renedy, Alvito,Yakubu, Mehraj, Sanju, Soumik, Mehtab

AI : Arnab,Rabinder,Farid,Khelemba,Kailash,Yusuf,Vijit,Suresh, Allen,Odafe,Opara.

FT:Match End . Well played by Air India who got full points in their away match.

90': Last player changing Air India. Scorer N.D. Opera went away and Kumar Samson Singh came in his place.

90': Yakubu's last effort but his shot went away.No wing play by East Bengal.Renedy sing in Right back of Midfield?

89':Yellow card to Khelemba singh of Air india.

86':Few minutes left to end of the match. East Bengal is trying to score but Air india defence is very tight.

83': Again chance to score by Air India. Back pass by Mehraj to Abhra but Opara was there got the ball and his shot luckily went over the Bar.

82': Air India is leading by 2 - 0.

76': GOALLLLLLLLL .. 2nd goal of Air India. N.D.Opara score this time. his powerful rightfooter touched the bar and entered the goal.

72': Free Kick for East Bengal. Renedy shot well saved by Arnab Das Sharma through a corner.Odafe fouled Subhash Singh.

69': Goal Line saved by Air India. Well effort of Sounik dey.

68': Player changed by East Bengal. Mumtaj Akhtaat Came in place of Alvito.

64': Player changed by Air India. Ravinder Singh out and Jr. James Singh came in his place.

63': Alvito shot well but went away over the side bar.

62':Yakubu out and Subhash Singh came in his place.

58': East Bengal got a good chance. Sanju passed well to Yakubu in the Box. One to one situation ..Yakubu finally missed to score.

55': Again danger position in KEB Box. Yusuf Ibrahim Shot just went over the cross bar.

51': Okpara cleared the ball from the corner of Ravinder Singh.

50':Mehtab center direct went to Air India Keeper.

46': Starts of 2nd half. East Bengal will try to equalise the score.

HT:It's half time now.

44': Few minutes left to end of first half.Air India is leading 1 - 0.

41':East Bengal got a free kick. Renedy shot pass to sanju. Sanju to Yakubu.. Yakubu missed and ball came to Okpara whose shot went away over the post.

38': Air India is leading 1 - 0.

35': East Bengal midfield totally failed to impressed.

32': GOALLLLLLLLL ..Air India scored the goal .Kailash Pat il scored off a well through pass from Opera from the midfield.Nirmal and Okpara were unable to resist him.

30':Hammond to Soumik Dey but Soumik missed to receive the pass this time. Counter attack of Air India .Ball now in the midfield area of AIR..

28':Alvito passed to Yakubu but his shot went out .

25': AIR was trying to attack from left side. wall pass between Vijith and Yusuf . Finally Yusif shot but went away just outside the 2nd post.

24': East Bengal got a corner. Renedy took the shot. Nirmal header cleared by AIR defence.

21': Still no score..In the other match at YBK, Chirag United is leading 2 - 0 up to the Half time against Salgaocar.

18': Referee shown Yellow card to Air India's Allen Dias, who fouled Sanju out side the Box.

16': Mehtab well passed to Yakubu.But Yakubu shot went over the cross bar.

13': Good shot by Sanju .aMissed the target which went away over the bar.

12': Renedy crossed from right side but Air defender Khelemba was alert and cleared the ball.

9': Srill no score.

8': Okpara vs Opara. East Bengal defender Okpara well cleared an attack of Air India striker N.D. Opara.

5': Hammond long ranger went away.

4': Yakubu of East Bengal well effort.Renedy well crossed from right.Yakubu header went away.

1': Match starts.


Disappointing Defeat of Mohun Bagan against Sporting Goa in Home

Today in Yuba Bharati Krirangan Mohun Bagan faced the most disappointing defeat of this season and the Green and Maroon brigade lost with 1-2 scoreline in home against Sporting Club de Goa who are currently at the bottom of the league table. This pathetic defeat rose questions about the coaching of Satyajit Chatterjee.

Though the match not started in the same way as it ended. By taking the hame advantage Bagan players organised early attacks towards Sporting goal and as soon as in the 40th minute of the match Bareto put Bagan forward by scoring a lovely goal from a fantastic header. After the goal Bagan also increased their pressure on the visitors but suddenly in the 31st minute Adil Khan scored the equalizer from a counter attack against the run of play. This goal became the turning point of the match and the visitors soon fight back in the match.

But the real damage in waiting for the home side in the second half. Beyond doubt that Sporting started the second half with better game plan than that of the first half. In the 67th minute from affine cross of Nathanial Amos; Elija Jr. scored the most vital goal of the game and gave his team a 2-1 lead in the match.

After conceding the second goal the home side again wakes up and they tried hard to score an equalizer in rest of the time. But the defence of the visitors worked as well organised and successfully resisted all the attacks of the home side. Finally the match ended with 1-2 scoreline which brought a huge disappointment for Mohun Bagan as they wasted full 3 points in the match.


M. Mohun Bagan   1 - 2     Sporting Goa :: ( YBK - FT. )
MMB: Barreto 12' :: SDC : Adil Khan 31', Elija Jr. 67'
M.O.M: Kenji Arai(SCG)

MMB:Sangram,Surkumar,Masih,Dipak,manju,Snehasish,Isfaq,Marcos, sueoka,Barreto, Chiddi

SCG : Felix, Chinta, Adil , Gomes, Elija Jr., Amos, Kenji, Nicholas,joseph,Bibiano,Rovan.

FT : Match End. Sporting beat Mohun Bagan 2 - 1. Kenji of Sporting Goa has been declared Man of the Match.

90'+2': Sangram saved Elija Junior shot lust minute.

90': Bagan is again attacking to equalise the score.

89':Bagan missed agood chance. Chidi's shot well saved by Felix. Referee addede 3 minutes injury time.

87': Seuoka got a chance form a corner. but well cleared by SCG defence.
86':Player changed by Bagan.Branco came in place of Masih..

80': Bagan is attacking more and more. Junior of SCG shown yellow card for a foul. He fouled Marcos.

78': Marcos Free kick went away.

73': Sporting goa is leading 2 - 1. If they win, then it would be their first win in this I-League.

67':..GOALLLLLLLLLLL...Goal scored by Elija Jr... Amos crossed and Jr header beat Sangram.

65': Bagan changed an another. Manju out and Kulothungan Came in his place.

60': Still the score line is 1 - 1. Bagan is trying to score more

57': Sporing has changed a player. Nicholas Out and L.Biswasher Singh came in his place.

55':Chidi-Snehsish-Manju well passed among theselves.well attacked but finally missed the chance.

49': well attack by James. Cross the ball towards Barreto but Barreto missed the chance .His header went away.

47': 2nd half match started.Bagan has changed their player. James came in place of Isfaq.

45': Referee added 1 minute injury time.

42': Danger in Bagan Box. Elija got a ball from Bagan defence misunderstanding but his shot finaly went away.

38':Marcos Free kick went away. Referee gave Free kick in favour of Bagan for a Foul to Isfaq by a SCG defender .

35': Manju cleared an attack of Elija through his heaser.

31':..GOALLLLLLLLLLL.... Adil Khan equalised the score for Sporting Goa.

29': Barreto passed to Manju. Manju missed the chance.

28': beautiful tackle by Deepak.Amos was unable to beat him.

26': barreto unable to controll himself in the box. MArcos from left well passed him.

25': Bagan is leading by 1 - 0 and pressurising more and more to SCG defence.

22':Barreto passed to Chidi.Danger for SCG. No.. chidi failed to received the pass and Gomes cleared the ball.

19': beautiful shot by Elija Jr. but went away.

18': Snehasish to Chidi.. Chidi shot hits the bar and out.

15': Barreto to Seuoka. But cleared finally by SCG defenc.

12': ..GOALLLLLLLLLLL.. Barreto scored the goal for Baga. Snehasish well crossed from left. Barreto header went to the goal.

10': Free kick for MMB. Marcos shot went away.

6': Barreto wants to enter from left side but Adil was alert to clear the ball. 1': Match started.


Dempo Beat Churchill in an Exciting Goan Derby

A fantastic Goan derby was played today between Dempo and Churchill Brothers. In this crucial I-League encounter though Dempo won the match but Churchill also provided a fantastic fighting spirit and finally the match ended with 4-2 scoreline in favour of Dempo S.C.

With the kick off both the teams adopted attacking method to overpower each other. At first in the 26th minute of the match Ranti Martins scored a fine goal to put Dempo ahead in the match. Within 3 minutes of the opening goal Dempo scored the second goal through a brilliant shot of Climax Lawrence. The match looked to be one sided during this time unless Felix stroked back for Churchill in the 37th minute and reducing the margin to 2-1 before half time.

The match became more exiting in the second half as in the 62nd minute Ranti again put Dempo two goals ahead by adding another to the tally. In the 72nd minute Joaquim Abranches scored a fantastic goal and thus increased the margin further. Within a minute of the fourth goal of Dempo Odafe reduced the margin and kept Churchill alive in the game.

In the 82nd minute Dempo got a golden opportunity to score the fifth goal as the referee offered a penalty to them but in this occasion Beto wasted the opportunity by hitting the ball at the post. In rest of the time Churchill tried hard to reduce the margin further but failed to score any other goal and finally the match ended with 4-2 scoreline in favour of Dempo and this vital win also strengthen their position at the top of the League table.

Whereas in another match with the help of the goal scored by Henry through a brilliant header in the 55th minute of the match JCT registered a 1-0 victory over Mumbai F.C.


Dempo S.C   4 - 2   Churchill Brothers :: ( Goa - FT...)

DEM: Ranti Martins 27', 62' Climax Lawrance 31'

CB: Felix 36', Odafa 73' :: M.O.M: Ranti Martins(DEM)

82': Dempo got a Penalty but Beto's shot hits the post.

73': GOALLLLLLLL ..Margin reduced by Odafa..

72': GOALLLLLLLL ..Beautiful goal by Joaquim Abranches..

62': GOALLLLLLLL ...Ranty Martins scored again for Dempo. Well passed him by Antony pereira in side the box. Rantri's flying volly direct went to goal.

37': GOALLLLLLLL ...Margin reduced by Felix of Churchill Brothers.

29': GOALLLLLLLL ..Again goal of Dempo.. Well passed by Ranty in the box. Climax low shot went into the Goal.

26': Goalllll... Nice goal by Ranri Martins. From Left side Nicolu Borges well passed him in the top of the box.

Shillong Lajong FC vs Pune FC

Shillong Lajong   1 - 0     Pune FC :: ( Shillong - FT .. )

SLFC : F. Tuboi 73' :: M.O.M : F.Tuboi (SLFC)
PFC : Subrata, Caitano, K.Rahul, Venkatesh, Arata, Edmar, Douhou, Lalpekhula, Lal Rozama, Godwin, Chika.

SLFC : Gumphe, Aibor, Passah, Ralte, Ailad, Samson, Thanga, Tuboi, Giblee, Daniel, Okoro
73': Beautiful goal by Tuboi. James Geblee well crossed from right and Tuboi header beat Subrata Paul.


UEFA champions League 2009-10 Qr. Final to Final Draw

The two-legged UEFA Champions League 2010 Quarter Final matches will take place on the 30th/31st March and the 6th/7th April 2010. The Semi Finals will be played on 20th/21st and 27th/28th April 2010, while the final is due to be played at the Real Madrid Santiago Bernabéu stadium on 22nd May 2010.

UEFA Champions League 2009/2010 : Quarterfinals Fixtures

30 Mar 2010  :   Bayern Munich - Germany   VS   Manchester United -

30 Mar 2010  :   Olympique Lyonnais   VS  FC Bordeaux

31 Mar 2010  :   Internazionale   VS  PFC CSKA Moskva -

31 Mar 2010  :   Arsenal FC   VS  FC Barcelona -

6 Apr 2010  :   Manchester United   VS  Bayern Munich

6 Apr 2010  :   FC Bordeaux   VS  Olympique Lyonnais

7 Apr 2010  :   PFC CSKA Moskva   VS  Internazionale -

7 Apr 2010  :   FC Barcelona   VS   Arsenal FC

Semi Finals

20.4.2010 & 24.4.2010 : Winner Qr.final 2   VS   Winner Qr.final 1

21.4.2010 & 28.4.2010 : Winner Qr.final 4   VS   Winner Qr.final 3


22nd May 2010.:Real Madrid Santiago Bernabéu stadium.



A number of Indians who have been linked with “takeovers” of various English Premier League clubs are now seriously thinking of organizing a tournament on Indian soil akin to the IPL cricket tournament. A plan is underway to organize a multi-million pound event on the lines of IPL cricket.

Three well-known football agents and dealmakers, Pini Zahavi, Chris Nathaniel and Kia Joorabachian have been entrusted with the task of designing and launching a two-month football competition in India within a time span of three years. The plan is to entice the top players of the world into this competition and make it as successful as the Major League Soccer in the USA.

Pini Zahavi has been linked to the recent £ 1 billion take-over bid offer for Manchester United. The Glazer family, the present American owners have of course rejected the offer. Grapevine has it that Zahavi is working as a front either for a Chinese or a Middle East consortium. Zahavi has excellent relationships with Sir Alex Ferguson and Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich.

Chris Nathaniel, started his career in the music industry but now represents the likes of Rio Ferdinand, John Terry and Usain Bolt. His involvement with his superstar clients leads him into many projects. In the strictest sense he is not a football agent himself but rather the boss of his football agency, NVA Management. This allows him the time to work on other projects as well.

Kiavash "Kia" Joorabchian is an Iranian businessman of Armenian origin. His businessman father migrated to Great Britain following the fall of the Shah regime. Joorabchian is understood to have become a multi-millionaire from the sale of his equity company, American Capital. He founded Media Sports Investments in 2004, which he used to take over Brazilian football club Corinthians, in a 10 year deal. After he bought the club, he moved to Brazil and changed the way business was run, as the club had increased its revenue to 500% in the first year.

Joorabchian had been linked with a bid for football club West Ham United in August 2006. His company, MSI, was behind the transfer of Carlos Tévez and Javier Mascherano to West Ham United in August 2006. He was a transfer adviser at West Ham United till 2009.

Therefore, the effort by the overseas Indians to do something positive and rejuvenate Indian football is a welcome sign in the days ahead..

The Original source


Three matches ban and Rs. 15,000 fine of Chirag United Brazilian Striker Edmilson

Currently 4th position holder of I-League, Chirag United are in for more trouble as their key striker, Brazilian Edmilson Pardal has been suspended for next three matches (automatic one match and additional two) along with an amount of Rs 15,000 as fine which will be paid immediately before he starts playing after serving suspension.It has been decided by I-League Disciplinary sub committee after a meeting. It means Dhirag United will not get him upto Mahindra United Match.

Earlier, the Brazilian who scored 9 goals upto date in I-League for his team Chirag United, has been slapped with a show cause notice by the I-League committee, asking him to explain why he shouldn’t be handed out a longer than one-match ban for spitting on a Churchill Brothers footballer last Sunday in Kolkata.

In the match which Churchill won by a comfortable 4-2 margin, Edmilson was sent off by the referee in the 76th minute for spitting on Robert Lalthlamuana. Edmilson scored both the goals for Chirag United.

Chirag United are currently placed 4th in the league table, with 26 points.


Theo returns and Mohammedan sporting starts win in CFL

Mar 18 : Mohammedan S.C   3 - 1     Eastern Railway :: ( YBK - FT. )
MSC: Theo 25', 81, Lucky Imran 78'
ER :Bikahs Narginary 59':: M.O.M : Lucki Imran(MSC)

FT: Match End. Mohammedan S.C win 3 - 1 against Eastern Railway in Sahara CFL.

81': GOALLLLLLLLLLLL.Theo scored another for his team as well as 2nd of his own .Beautiful skill.This is the first match in CFL of Liberian striker of Mohammedan Theodor Sunday who just returned from his home few days back.

78': GOALLLLLLLLLLLL.Mohammedan Scored again.Lucki Imran who came in place of Bapi Chowdhury scored of a nice passs from Dipendu Biswas.

62': GOALLLLLLLLLLLL..Eastern Rail equalised through Bikash Narginary.His close rangr entered in the the goal after deflecting a MSC defender's leg.

25': GOALLLLLLLLLLLL..Theo scored for Mohammedan S.C. Rail defender Dipankar Ghosh unable to clear a ball in the box, upcoming theo got the ball and scored with his beautiful skill.


Probable TV Live matches of I-League ( Zee and Ten Sports)

Round 17: 20th March : Dempo S.C Vs Churchill Brothers(Goa) - ZEE SPORTS
Round 17: 21st March : Salgaocar Vs Chirag United (Goa) - TEN SPORTS
Round 18: 27th March : Dempo S.C Vs JCT (Goa) - TEN SPORTS
Round 18: 28th March : Sporting Goa Vs Viva Kerala (Goa) - TEN SPORTS
Round 18: 29th March : Salgaocar Vs East Bengal (Goa) - ZEE SPORTS
Round 19: 01st April : Mahindra Utd Vs Dempo S.C(Mumbai) - ZEE SPORTS
Round 19: 03rd April : Mumbai FC Vs Pune FC (Mumbai) - TEN SPORTS
Round 20: 09th April : Chirag United VS Pune FC (Kol) - ZEE SPORTS
Round 20: 10th April : Mohun Bagan VS Salgaocar (Kol) - TEN SPORTS
Round 20: 11th April : East Bengal Vs Dempo S.C (Kol) - TEN SPORTS
Round 21: 16th April : Dempo S.C Vs Chirag Utd(Goa) - ZEE SPORTS
Round 21: 17th April : Sporting Goa Vs Salgaocar (Goa) - ZEE SPORTS
Round 23: 02nd May : Churchill Bros Vs Salgaocar (Goa) - ZEE SPORTS
Round 23: 04th May : Sporting Goa Vs Mahindra Utd (Goa) - ZEE SPORTS
Round 23: 05th May : Dempo S.C VS Air India (Goa) - ZEE SPORTS
Round 23: 06th May : Salgaocar Vs Mumbai FC (Goa) - ZEE SPORTS
Round 23: 07th May : Churchill Bros VS Mohun Bagan - ZEE SPORTS (Goa)