INDIAN & INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL NEWS - APRIL : 2014

We want to be the first club from India to qualify for the AFC Champions League: Jindal.

 Bengaluru FC wants to play AFC Champions League

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Bangalore: Bengaluru FC, on Wednesday, addressed the media formally for the first time since being crowned I-League champions after beating Dempo 2-4 in Goa, on Monday. Club CEO Parth Jindal, COO Mustafa Ghouse, coach Ashley Westwood, assistant coach Pradhyum Reddy, skipper Sunil Chhetri and team consultant Mandar Tamhane addressed a packed media gathering where they spoke about Bengaluru FC's historic triumph and plans ahead.

"This has been a fantastic journey for all of us at the club. The fact that we are I-League champions is yet to sink in. Things will only get bigger and better from here. When we started we were fighting with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) that we don't get relegated. So, to come here as a champion, is unexpected. One thing is for sure, we are not going let go of the title soon. But for that we will have to improve and reinforce our team. We want to be the first India team to qualify for the AFC Champions League," said Jindal.

Westwood, who along with the team was given a rousing reception at the Bangalore airport, said it was an absolute honour to lead this team to the title. "Any championship title is a huge success. I wouldn't compare it to anything else but it's a fantastic honour and I am really proud and privileged to be the head coach. It's right up there with the most successful things I have done throughout my career. It's the greatest feeling in the world and I wouldn't take any shine off it by comparing it with anything else," said the Englishman when asked if he thought his success at BFC was the biggest in his career as player or coach.

While the title has been conquered, there is an individual award at stake and that could come Bengaluru's way too. Skipper Sunil Chhetri is tied top scorer on 14 goals and with the game against Sporting Clube de Goa left, he could well be on track to bag the award. "People have said that I play for the country but never turn up for clubs and I'm glad they do that. It only motivates me to perform better. There is the possibility of me ending up top scorer in the League and that says a lot," said Chhetri who has been a revelation playing on the left, a position he has never operated from in his career.

SLUM TEEN TO TRAIN AT OLD TRAFFORD.

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Press Release Mohun Bagan AC : 23.04.2014 - Rajib Roy, 16, a member of the Mohun Bagan Kolkata Goalz team, has been selected to train at Manchester United Football Club. Rajib is a member of the Mohun Bagan Kolkata Goalz team, which he joined two years ago at Rabindra Kanan Park, situated near the locality in which he lives.

Kolkata Goalz is a community-based football training initiative of English Premier League, British Council, Kolkata Police,Kolkata Municipal Corporation and AIFF. Its prime objective is to impart social bonding and values among the young kids of the under-privileged society and to bridge the gap between the community and police through the beautiful game of football.

Rajib will be visiting Manchester United on 15 days training under the watchful eyes of the Youth Coaches of the Club. He was spotted by Manchester United Scouts in a school football tournament. Rajib, who lives in Sonagachi, a red light area of Kolkata, with his mother and 11-year-old sister, grew up playing barefoot football and watching his favorite team Mohun Bagan play. After joining the Kolkata Goalz team he realized his lifelong ambition to play football under professional coaches of the Mohun Bagan Club.

We feel proud with the success of Rajib, who will not only cherish his success to be the part one of the biggest club of the world but will also be a role model for over 1,000 youngsters who are part of the Kolkata Goalz project. Rajib is elated at this unique opportunity and thanks his mentors, coaches and friends and last but not the least Kolkata Goalz. The McDowell Mohun Bagan and Kolkata Goalz family wishes him luck and hopes that he will be to able realize his dreams.

The footballlink sports jr. football league at Delhi starts.

 the football links sports in delhi 2014

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Press Release News : 21.04.2014 - TheFootballlink Sport kicked off the third season of the Junior League on 19th April at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. Director General of the Sports Authority of India, Mr. Jiji Thompson attended the inauguration of the league which plays host to over 500 children from various schools and academies across Delhi/NCR. 25 matches were played in the Under-9, Under-12, Under-14, Under-16 and Under-19 age categories over the weekend.

The league aims to promote the sport of football for a healthy lifestyle as a build up to the much-awaited FIFA World Cup in Brazil, later this year. The league is powered by Chevrolet, with Adidas as the Equipment Partner, Sunday Guardian as the Associate Partner, Midascare as the Pharmaceutical Partner, Portea as the Physiotherapy Partner, Rooh Afza as the Refreshment Partner and McVitie's as the Biscuit Partner.

In addition, Sports Authority of India is the Sport Partner, Delhi Soccer Association is the Official Partner and Football Players Association of India is an Associate Partner. The next league day is 27th April and the league officially concludes on the 18th of May.