Rob Baan is very famous in The Netherlands: Maria

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The Netherlands Women's Team may have got the better of their Indian counterparts in the first of the two International Friendlies in Kolhapur. But their Coach Maria van Kortenhot was candid enough to admit that her rivals matched them move for move.

"India played really good. As much as I was impressed and overwhelmed by the reception, I am thrilled by their football as well. I think they play to plan and pass the ball well. Their midfield is strong," Maria said post match.

I think they need to play much more. They have the aptitude to pick up very fast. The girls were quick to recuperate after the early goal and did not get overawed by the occasion. They played god football and tried to score. This is very important," added the Coach.

Asked whether she has any idea about Indian football, Maria said: "I know that Wim Koevermans is the Head Coach of the Indian National Team. I know him personally. We both at some point of time were/are part of the Dutch Football Federation. I have interacted with him many times. And of course, who doesn't know Mr. Rob Baan. He is very famous in The Netherlands."

Maria also said that the Dutch involvement in Indian football will help the latter immensely in the long run. "I hope that the players of India play like Holland someday! I maybe sounding unreal right now, but Indian football is in the right direction. You see coaches in Holland are well reputed all over the world. And the fact that Mr. Baan and Wim have taken up the cause, is great."

Football and my family stay inseparable: Prince Malojiraje

For Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj, The Maharaja of Kolhapur, football and family come in the same breath, his younger son Chhatrapati Malojiraje, who is also one of the vice-presidents of Western Indian Football Association (WIFA), told www.the-aiff.com.

"My father has been a football buff throughout his life. For him, it is football and family that's his life," Malojiraje said at the Grand Dinner organised by the Royal family for the Indian and the Dutch teams on Thursday (January 17, 2013).

"We have a personal ground inside the Palace. The Indian team had their 7-day camp here. This ground is personally looked after by my father. That explains his interest in football. When he got to know about the International Friendlies, he was over the moon!" added Malojiraje.

The officials of the All India Football Federation and the Kolhapur local women's team were also invited. What was heartening to see was that these aspirants getting a chance to meet and converse with the Indian as well as the Dutch coach and players. "This is a unique experience for me. I spoke to some of the Dutch players and their Coach. It was so enriching," skipper Tuli Goon said.

Indian Team Coach Anadi Barua was overwhelmed. "It's once in a lifetime that you get to interact with a Royal Family. And Football took us to the Palace. It's such heartening to know that the Maharaja is a football buff," he said. "Patronage for sports had stayed a hallmark of Indian Royal Families. The trend still continues."

"Enriched" participants lavish praise on Medicine Conference

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Participants lavished huge praise on the closing day of the Football Medicine Regional Course jointly organised by FIFA, AFC and All India Football Federation. The five-day course which kicked-off on January 14 came to a close on Friday (January 18) at the Le Meridien Hotel in the Capital.

The Course was attended by 42 participants (doctors) from 12 countries including 12 Indian doctors who went back 'enriched' after being ‘taught' by Prof. Jiri Dvorak, Head, Chief Medical Officer, FIFA; Dato Gurcharan Singh, Chairman, AFC Medical Committee and Prof. Shane Brun, FIFA and AFC Medical Instructor, amongst others.

"The idea was to educate doctors (both from India and abroad) to deal with Medical Emergencies, promote health and promote and safeguard safety and medical organisation of a Tournament. Many participants told me that the practical oriented sessions were something which they had never been part of," Dr. Manabendra Bhattacharya, Chief Medical Consultant, AIFF told www.the-aiff.com.

"I found out the participants to be knowledgeable but also found out that most didn't have the opportunity to practice on a daily basis," Dato Gurcharan Singh maintained. "We tried to prepare them for a better tomorrow."

Prof. Brun, standing next added: "Doctors can bring in such a massive change to the society. Across the World, it's important they enjoy the support of the Government as well as their colleagues."

Iranian Lady Doctor, Dr. Zohreh Haratian admitted that she goes back "enriched."

"I'm grateful to what my Professors have taught me," she said. "I promise to go back to my country and share it with everyone."

Pakistani doctor, Fazal-ur-Rahman who was one of the attendees felt the Course helped him gain "more exposure."

"If I am able to implement even 50 percent of what I have been taught, I know I will be able to make a difference in my country," he maintained.

AFC Medical Officer, Dr. Nisith Ranjan Chowdhury, thanked AIFF for bringing such a "Course to India."

"There has been no FIFA-AFC affiliated Medical Conference in the region (SAFF) in the last ten years or even more. Doctors need to keep themselves abreast with the developments which is not always the case. This Course bridged the gap," he opined.

The day also saw the participants visiting the WADA Accredited Doping Laboratory besides a session conducted on ‘Fight against Doping' and ‘Supplements in Doping' by Prof. Dvorak and Dato Gurcharan Singh. Certificates were handed out to all the participants at the closing ceremony.

58th National School Under-17 and 19 Football Girls Championship 2012-13: Maharashtra U-19's enter last-8.

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Hosts Maharashtra Under-19 girls rallied to score a hard-fought 6-5 sudden-death win over Uttar Pradesh and enter the Pune Football Club 58th National School Under-17 and 19 Football Girls Championship 2012-13, organised by Directorate of Sports and Youth Services, Pune, Maharashtra and Zilla Krida Parishad, at Balewadi Sports Complex, on Friday.

Trailing by a goal, Maharashtra found their hero in Alisha Ranikhenawala who scored from long range to cancel Uttar Pradesh's Ruby Kayal strike. In the ensuing tie-breaker, both teams were tied 4-4 to push the game into sudden-death wherein Snehal Manchkar's conversion sealed the win for Maharashtra.

The win, thus, helped Maharashtra enter the last-8 in both sections with the Under 17's qualified on Thursday to earn a bye by topping the group. Meanwhile, Haryana turned out to be the only team to score wins in both sections in the prequarterfinals and advance.

The quarterfinal line-up is;

Under-17: Maharashtra v Haryana; Delhi v Manipur; Bihar v Mizoram; Nagaland v Jharkhand Under-19: Goa v Jharkhand; Chhattisgarh v Odisha; Tamil Nadu v Maharashtra; Haryana v West Bengal RESULTS (Pre-Quarterfinals) Under-17: Haryana: 1 (3) (Jyoti) bt Assam: 1 (1) (Meghali Borvah)
Delhi: 2 (Dalima, Eakmbra) bt Chhattisgarh: 1(Raimati)
Nagaland: 6 (L. Lum 3, Neichutuo 2, Vizonouo) bt Tamil Nadu: 0
Mizoram: 5 (Irene Lalnshhawmi 2, Laihmin Sohhuahpuii, Lalman Puii, Edenthari) bt Madhya Pradesh: 0

Under-19: Jharkhand: 5 (Sandhya Kachhap 2, Mini Hansda, Singi Kachhap, Dular Marandi) bt Uttrakhand: 1 (Anita Rawat)
Chhattisgarh: 6 (Manju Shori 4, Bharati Harpal, Vijeta Berman) bt Madhya Pradesh: 0
Maharashtra: 1 (5) (Alisha Ranikhenawala; Yashshree, Alisha, Nirmala Dhurve, Roshini Dadachandani, Snehal Manchkar) bt Uttar Pradesh: 1 (4) (Ruby Kayal; Shikha, Deepshika, Ruby Kayal, Beauty)
Haryana: 3 (Reena Devi 2, Nirmala Singh) bt Gujarat: 0.

Futsal in Delhi: F-Cube Championship 2013: Road to Manchester powered by footballLink, Delhi..

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Following the success of TheFootballLink International Festival 2012 held in October 2012, the largest football festival ever organised in the country which saw 256 teams participate in the F Cube category, TheFootballLink is now organising the sixth edition of the F-Cube Championship powered by Epson who are the official partners of Manchester United Football Club, England.

The top two players of the tournament decided by all the participants themselves through a voting system will get an all expenses paid trip to watch Manchester United Live in March from the prestigious Centennial Suite at Old Trafford – a dream for every football enthusiast.

The winning team of the tournament will take home a prize of Rs 30,000 and the runners-up Rs 15,000. Apart from these exciting goodies like jerseys, bags and t-shirts will be given out during the Tournament.

The tournament will be held on 20th January and 27th of January, 2013 amongst 64 teams at the Netaji Subhash Sports Complex in Jasola Vihar.