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INDIA FOOTBALL NEWS - APRIL 2017 :: NEWS GALLERY - YEAR (2013-2016)

KOLKATA MAIDAN CELEBRETES "BAR PUJA" ON BENGALI NEW YEAR 1424


15.04.2017 : PIC : JAYDIP DASGUPTA : It's very auspicious day. the 1st day of Bengalee calendar year (1424 AD), Termed as Poila Baishakh in Bengal. Usually chanted among Bengalees as Subho Nababarsa. Like all other Clubs, business communities, social organizations Kolkata's football fraternity also celebrate this day with Puja and much fun fare.

In Calcutta Maidan, traditionally Mohun Bagan and East Bengal organise Bar Puja to inaugurate the football season with a pious mood. In earlier days, both the clubs present their teams of the forthcoming season at their respective ground and sweets were distributed among the members and supporters and football lovers present at that time.

But now the changes in the football calendar of the country, mainly due introduction of I- League and Indian Super League it becomes difficult for the clubs to present their new football team at the ground at that time. But still there is a function and celebretarions in the clubs at least to keep the age old tradition of the club. East Bengal, usually declare the name of their Captain of the Football team for ensuing season. As, East Bengal will lead by deep defender Arnab Mondal in the forth coming season. Though I League are at the flag end and Fedaration Cup will be played at Cuttack at the end of I League.


In fact, previous year's performances has got a distinct impact on the Gathering of the crowd in the respective club grounds.Actually Goal Post or Bar Post are relaid in the ground after the completion of Bar Puja. Basically this Puja Is mainly meant for the different Gods to please them to get the divine grace to get the goals in different matches.Most of the senior officials of the clubs were Present in the occasion to show their solidarity for success of the club in the forthcoming season.

This year the enthusiasm among the Mohun Bagan supporters as compared to East Bengal are more as the Mariners are one of the contenders of winning the I league.

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Indian U-17 World Cup Team left for an exposure Tour to Europe.

AIFF PRESS RELEASE - 11.04.2017 : The U-17 World Cup Team presently preparing for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 left Indian shores for an exposure Tour to Europe where they would be playing a series of practice matches in Portugal, France, Italy and Hungary and a tournament in Italy.

The 26-member squad accompanied by seven officials including Head Coach Luis Norton de Matos will be practising in Lisbon till May 15, 2017, where they are expected to play practice matches against U-17 Youth Teams of leading Portuguese Clubs including the likes of Sporting Lison, Benfica, Estoril, Setubal amongst others.

The squad would then be proceeding to Paris to play a practice match against PSG U-17 Team. The Team also has a match scheduled against the Italian U-17 National Team in Rome and will also be participating in the Lazio Cup.

The Lazio Cup is a tournament played among 16 teams and expected teams which are to participate in the Tournament include Albania U-17, Colombia U-17, a Team from CAF Canadian selection, and a number of Clubs like Fiorentina, Lazio, Sampdoria, Cagliari, Pescara, Serie B Italia, Serie C Italia and 4 local teams.

The Team also has confirmed matches against Hungary U-17 and matches against Spanish Clubs during their tour to Spain. AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das said: “All India Football Federation wants to provide the best of exposure to the U-17 World Cup Team in our quest to field a competitive Team for the World Cup.”

“The practice matches against various youth National Teams and youth Teams of Clubs playing in Premier Division Leagues will serve as a unique experience for our boys as they prepare for the World Cup,” he added. “We also need to thank SAI for their continuous support.” The FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 kicks-off on October 6, 2017.

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Salgaocar FC beat Dempo SC 3-1 to win the finals in the Bangali Sangha Ambarnath Tournament

SFC PRESS RELEASE - 10.04.2017 : Salgaocar FC reigned supreme in Mumbai, when they won the finals in the Bangali Sangha Ambarnath Tournament played in Ambarnath.

The Green Brigade played three matches in the tournament. The opening was against Abbas Union FC, Hyderabad who had two foreigners to strengthen their squad, but that did not bother Salgaocar FC when they took the field. Aslon Oliviera, Brian Masacarenhas and Suraj Hadkonkar scored for Salgaocars who won 3-0, which set the momentum for the their Semi Finals.

Salgaocar FC met Mumbai FC in the semi-finals which ended in a draw, and the penalty shootouts were introduced to declare the winner. Umesh Harijan, Suraj Hadkonkar, Clencio Pinto and Jovel Martins took responsibility for the kicks and made no mistakes in converting. Goalkeeper Bruno Colaco stood tall in between the frames denying two goals with great saves to put Salgaocar FC through to the finals beating Mumbai FC 4-1.

The Finals turned out to be a Goan Derby between the Goan Footballing Power Houses Salgaocar FC versus Dempo SC. The Greens dominated majority part of the match with beautiful game of play. Umesh Harijan and Pedro Gonsalves marshalled the mid-field with good combination play. The first half was played goalless. The second half was full excitement which saw goals and flashes of red cards. It was Pedro Gonsalves who opened the scoring in the finals with a sublime finish, leaving rivals keeper with no chance.

It was late in the 80th minute when SFC goalkeeper Bruno Colaco brought down a Dempo man inside the box, the referee pointed to the spot and much to the surprise of everyone Bruno saw red. Beevan D’Mello stepped up to convert the chance and put Dempo on equal terms. Not long after the celebrations, Clencio Pinto of Salgaocars was brought down in the box and Pedro once again added his name to the score sheet making it 2-1. Pedro completed his hattrick in great style as he placed his shot well out from 25-30 yards which settled the game. Nixon Castanha was sent off for Dempo with a rash tackle. The Finals ended with a 3-1 victory in favour of the current Goan Champions Salgaocar FC.

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AIFF ORGANISE SCOUTING WORKSHOP FOR LICENSED COACHES

KFDC NEWS DESK - 04.04.2017 This will be first ever effort of ALL INDIA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION conducting a scouting workshop for license coaches of Bengal. The workshop was attended by 30 male and female coaches. The workshop held at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata from 10 AM which was conducted by Indian National Senior Football Team Coach Stephen Constantine, Savio Medira - Acting Technical Director of National Football Team, Abhishek Yadav-Ex International Footballer and CEO of U-17 World Cup Indian team.

The Senior Vice President and President of Indian Football Association Mr Subrata Dutta, Mr. Lakshmi Ratan Sukla (Youth and Sports affairs- Govt of West Bengal) and ex-India International Manas Bhattacharyya were present in the said workshop.

Mr Subrata Dutta told That AIFF conducted this scouting programme on the request of Sports Minister of West Bengal Mr. Arup Biswas which was assisted of West Bengal Football governing body IFA, which is the first ever effort of AIFF in India. Mr Dutta added that the scouting workshop will be organise in the other 29 states of India gradually.

Stephen Constantine, the Indian senior team coach discussed about the phylosophy and idology of player souting among the present coaches and advised the coaches to adopt the system of working which he explained and implementing. In this context Stephen discussed that Manchester City, the English Premier League team deployed 36 football scouts for searching the football talents. He also advised that, AIFF scouting process will be organise from village level to national level where scouts would be financially benefited through AIFF incentive if their scouted footballer got a chance in State or National Football team.

An exhibition match played between West Bengal State Football Academy U-18 boys versus IFA U-18 XI at Mohun Bagan ground which will be a part of scouting programme where IFA XI won 1-0 in the match.

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AFC-AIFF Match Commissioner’s Workshop kicked off in Kolkata yesterday (April 1, 2017) and the two-day long workshop concluded today.
02.04.2017: AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Mr. P Sivakumar, an eminent FIFA & AFC Match Commissioner from Singapore is the instructor of the workshop where 20 AIFF-appointed Match Commissioners, including 5 AFC-appointed Match Commissioners from India are invited to attend the workshop to grab the minute details of the match operation from the seasoned personnel himself.

Mr. Subrata Dutta, Senior Vice President, All India Football Federation, opened the session this morning with his good wishes for the Match Commissioners and Mr. Sivakumar himself.

“Match Commissioners are the eyes & ears of a football match organisation, hence the role is very crucial. The successful completion of a match depends not only on the organisers but the Match Commissioner also”, Mr. Dutta mentioned. He added more, “It’s like the third team playing the game. A football match is not a 90-minute affair, it’s beyond that and the onus is on the Match Commissioner to run the show smoothly.”

Mr. P. Sivakumar mentioned during the opening ceremony, “I’m pleased to have contributed to this workshop by sharing the best practices and Matchday organisation with the AIFF Match Commissioners. I’m really pleased to convey which I could realise over the two-day workshop that they are truly interactive and they have shown the proactiveness in the interactive discussions to find out the solution.”

“The primary goal of the workshop was the stadium inspection exercise and observing the Hero I-League match between Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC where the AIFF Match Commissioners were given a task to conduct the stadium inspection as per the AFC matchday checklist and to report on their observations using the AFC Mach commissioner’s report”, Mr. Sivakumar concluded on being asked how the sessions would hone the AIFF Match Commissioners’ skills.

“Mr. Sivakumar is a very knowledgeable person when it comes to Match organisation and the two-day workshop will definitely help the AIFF Match Commissioners to get the insights of the Match organisation and eventually it’ll take our match organisation one step higher”, Mr. Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League commented.

“On the behalf of AIFF, I’d like to take the opportunity to wish all the luck to the budding Match Commissioners and the existing ones as well. Your success is the success of the country”, Mr. Dutta concluded.

The Indian Match Commissioners who attended the workshop is noted below:

Adlear D’cruz, Arunava Bhattacharya, Anil Kumar P, Balasusubramanium B, Lalrawngbawla, Binod Kr. Singh, Anthony John D’Costa, Dinesh Nair, Sanjay Kumar, Goculdas S. Nagvenkar, Jayendra Nagvenkar, Michael Andrews, Prince Rufus, Ratheesh Kumar V, Ravishankar J, Shirzad Bhatena, Palliri Sujesh Rajan, Walter Edward Pereira, Suvrat Suresh Thatte and Akshay Rohatgi.

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AIFF TO LAUNCH MULTI-CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONS CUP IN AUGUST
02.04.2017: AIFF PRESS RELEASE : All India Football Federation (AIFF) plans to introduce a new invitational multi-continental Champions Cup competition in August 2017. The newly proposed Champions Cup will be an annual affair played between four Countries, starting 2017.

The Champions Cup may possibly see participation from an Asian, African and a North American Country in addition to hosts India. AIFF with inputs from its marketing partner FSDL have studied the current National Team’s engagement and have devised a strategic National calendar program to ensure the Senior National Team train and play more often through the year, with special attention to increase the number of home games for the National Team.

Speaking on the newly introduced Champions Cup, Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF said: “We are quite excited on the prospect of introducing the new Champions Cup from 2017. AIFF and its partner FSDL have worked together over the last couple of months in studying the past and current year’s National Team engagements and how other countries are performing in Asia. The introduction of the Champions Cup is a result of conscious efforts at our end to ensure the National Team receives enough Training Camps, International Friendlies as well as competitive games. We are in talks with various Football Associations from AFC, CAF and CONCACAF. We envision to consistently climb through the FIFA Ranking charts by playing matches against good opponents.”

The National Team has won 11 of their last 13 games under Coach Stephen Constantine and this momentum puts them on a springboard to be ranked in top 100 by the end of this year. Indian National Team was ranked 132 in the rankings released by FIFA in March and with the recent wins against Cambodia and Myanmar, India is expected to be ranked just outside the top 100 in the rankings to be released in April.