22.05.2017: Dempo Sports Club will bring curtains on their Golden Jubilee celebrations with the felicitation of the club’s best 50 players of all time and release of a commemorative book that documents the club’s rich history.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and president of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Praful Patel will release the book at the Taleigao Community Centre on Tuesday, May 23, at 6.30pm.

Dempo’s best 50 players of all time, many of them legends of the game in Goa, will each be felicitated for their exceptional contribution. The players were selected by a panel of experts which included the club’s former players and coaches.

Since inception in 1967, Dempo Sports Club have won a plethora of honours which includes a record haul of five National Football League and I-League titles. Dempo were also the first Indian club to qualify for the semi-finals of the AFC Cup and take part in the AFC Champions League play-offs.

“For us at the Dempo group, football is everything and it is this all-consuming love of the beautiful game that has propelled us to keep the club going for the past 50 years,” said group chairman and club president Shrinivas Dempo.


19.05.2017: FIFA Nominate Mr. Shrinivas V. Dempo as Goa Venue Director for the L.O.C of FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.


AIFF SR. VP MR. SUBRATA DUTTA ATTEND ONE OF THE DELEGATES FROM INDIA - Subrata Dutta, Senior Vice President of All India Football Federation, will participate at the World Football Forum in Changsha. Mr. Dutta will provide insight into the current situation and perspectives of football in India. He is heavily involved in FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 - hosted later this year by India. Subrata Dutta is also a member Audit and Finance Committee of AFC. On 19th May he will deliver speech in the conference and another delegate Mr. Sunanda Dhar - CEO of AIFF also deliver his speech in the Conference "SUBJECT - New Geography spotlight – India".
18.05.2017 : The World Football Forum, a high profile international conference focusing on the multi-billion dollar business of football, opened in Changsha International Convention and Exhibition Centre today, with speeches by Zhang Jian, First Vice President & General Secretary of Chinese Football Association, Xiang Lili, Executive Vice Governor of Hunan Province, Li Shun, Director of Hunan Sports Bureau and Li Ping, Director, Changsha Sports Bureau. OVER 2000 PARTICIPANTS FROM 43 COUNTRIES ALONG WITH 1100 MEDIA MEN ATTENDED THIS 5TH EDITION OF CONFERENCE
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The event in 2017 is the first ever edition to take place outside of Europe, and brings the global football industry to the heart of football’s ‘new geography’ - to one of the sport’s most exciting and fast-growing new markets – China.

Leading international business experts attended a numerous number of plenary sessions on a wide range of topics. Dr. Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, Founder of Association of European Professional Football Leagues presented his view on the future of world football. Mike Wragg, Head of Research of Nielsen Sports spoke about China as the epicentre of the new geography of football. Dr. Tony Xia, Owner & Chairman of Aston Villa FC discussed three dimensions in the new geography of the football: culture, capital and technologies.

The day also included a panel discussion on the topic of grassroots development and educating China’s kids which was attended by David Lopez, Managing Director of Asia, Soxna/ Evergrande Academy Guangzhou and Mehrdad Sadraei, Leader of Junior Football Leagues at Mission Hills. Forum Director Edward Cowell moderated the session.

Another session was dedicated to the new rules of engagement: connecting with a new generation of fans. Social media has allowed football clubs and players to reach their fanbase more directly than ever before, but effective fan engagement is dependent on staying ahead of social media trends. Speakers were Suzanne Case, Head of Digital of Asian Football Confederation and Romuald Nguyen, Managing Director China of Federation Francaise de Football.

Experts also discussed coaching programmes, academies, football schools – a huge growth industry in China and made a close up look at esport as the world’s biggest new spectator sport.

The business day ended with a no-holds-barred one on one conversation between Aston Villa owner Tony Xia and iSportconnect Chairman Michael Cunnah in the latest of our series of WFF editions of the exclusive iSportconnect Directors' Club -gathering sports executives together for insights from key decision makers.

The first day closed with the WFF Gala Reception and Dinner at 5-star Wanda Vista Changsha. Edward Cowell, WFF Director, said: “ The results of the Forum’s first day confirmed the demand for international dialogue - and especially with China. Participants appreciated the attendance of high-profile speakers and the Forum’s framework was conducive to the kind of informal but high level networking which really works"