INDIAN & INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL NEWS - MAY : 2014

Age 54, Bolivian President Evo Morales Signed Divn 1 team Sports boys to play in the League

 Evo Morales signed Sports Boys team

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He is 54 but blind fan of Soccer. He is the most Popular President of Soutn American Football Nation Bolivia. Yes we are talking about Evo Morales, the Hon'ble President of Bolivia. Can you emagine? He signed for Bolivian Premier Liague Team Sport Boys for an one year contract to play in the rest of the League?

Yes, The Fan of the Sport Boys from his boyhood, Morales will play for the team every match for 20 minutes only. The midfielder Morales will earn 1,480 bolivianos per month (Dollar 214), the legal minimum wage in the Bolivia.

"It will be historic as the acting president of a country play professionally," said Mario Cronenbold, whose club is based in Warnes, 30 kilometers north of the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

The 54 years old Football fan President, will wear club Blue Jersy No 10 and his debut in upcoming Copa Sudamericana likely will be after ending of the World Cup in Brazil.

But this is not for first time, Morales played so many football Matches, Exhibitions, In 26th April 2008 President Morales played 37 minutes for club Litoral FC in the Municipal tournament organised by the Football Association of La Paz. once hr broke his nose in a collision with an opposite side goalkeeper during a game in 2006 and left playing football but Morales is still an avid Football Fan.

For the Signing of Nation's President, the Sport Boys club Coach Nestor Clausen, (1986 World Cupper with Argentina) is very much happy and proud.

In 2007 he played a match at Hernando Siles stadium in La Paz which is located 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) above sea level with Diego Maradona and playing an hour-long game, in a protest against efforts to stop Bolivia playing its international fixtures at high altitude. Morales leded Bolivia lost 4-7 to Maradona led Argentina. Maradona made three of the seven goals he defeated President Evo Morales, made by several of the players who ranked Bolivia World USA 1994.

very important AIFF CLUB LICENSING MEETING TOMORROW

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AIFF Press Release : A day before the First Instance Body is scheduled to meet at Football House (on May 21, 2014) Airtel I-League CEO Sunando Dhar stays optimistic the I-League Clubs will fare better this time around than last year. "It has been our commitment to implement the Indian Club Licensing Regulations for I-League Clubs.," Dhar told www.the-aiff.com on the eve of the important meet.

Licensing is an annual process where all Clubs eligible to compete in the I-League based on sporting merit need to have a License under the AIFF's Indian Club Licensing system."The Asian Football Confederation has also gone out of its way to appreciate our endeavour to make the I-League Clubs more professional unit through the Indian Club Licensing," he added.

Apart from Pune FC who fulfilled the Licensing criteria in the first year itself, all other Clubs were given a one-year exemption to comply with the same for the just-concluded Season. Failing to do so would mean a no show in the country's top tier competition from next season onwards. But Dhar feels that all the other Clubs have put in a lot of effort to meet ends.

"It's heartening to see that all the Clubs have really put in a lot of effort into this and hopefully we will get better results in comparison to last year," Dhar quipped.On agenda is the decision to issue the National & AFC Licenses to the License applicants for the 2014/15 Season including newly promoted outfit Royal Wahingdoh will be taken by the above aforementioned body.

The call will be taken on the basis of the documents provided by all the parties concerned and the Inspection which was conducted by the AIFF Inspection Team in the month of April/May 2014. The 14 Clubs in question are Bengaluru FC, Dempo SC, Pune FC, Salgaocar SC, Churchill Brothers, East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Sporting Clube de Goa, United SC, Mumbai FC, Rangdajied FC, Shillong Lajong FC, and Royal Wahingdoh and Mohammedan Sporting SC.

AIFF Grassroots Course was concluded in the Ahmadabad, Gujarat

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AIFF Press Release : The first-ever All India Football Federation Grassroots Course was concluded in the Ahmadabad, Gujarat on Monday (May 19, 2014). The Course was facilitated by Kahani Academy in Gujarat. "We at Kahaani believe that strong root can produce a large and strong tree, Manisha Shah (Kahani Academy Founder and ADFA committee Member) told www.the-aiff.com.

"A child with proper guidance at early age can become a good, strong and passionate sports person. That is why we have decided to do this All India Football Federation Grassroots Course. Kahaani will like to take this Grassroots level to all the districts of Gujarat. We thank AIFF for giving us this opportunity," she added.

This was the ninth AIFF Grassroots Course this year. On last day of the course 120 kids participated in the Football Festival. Ms. Anju Turambekar was the Course Instructor from AIFF.

The coaches are all current Grassroots football coaches and are involved in coaching kids between 6-12 year of age. The Course aims to equip the coaches with the know-how in organizing, implementing Grassroots Football. The course ended with a Grassroots festival which was organized by the participants themselves with the guidance of the course Instructor.