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INDIAN FOOTBALL NEWS 2019 (JANUARY)
30.01.2019: Second season of Futsal League official kicks off
The 2nd edition of the RFL Plastics Mizoram Football Association Futsal League was kicked off on Tuesday Evening at Chanmari YMA Hall in Aizawl. Government Deputy Chief Whip Lalrintluanga Sailo kicked off the league which will commence from January 31st, 2019 at Electric Veng YMA Indoor Stadium. The league will have 16 teams, whose kits were unveiled at the kickoff, while team captains each participated in an oath-taking ceremony.
Group A - Zothan Futsal, Chanmari FC, Armed South FC, Laipui FC Laipuitlang, Ramhlun South FC, Lawmna FC Dinthar, Bawngkawn FC, Saron Veng FC, and FC Ramhlun Venglai
Group B - Chhinga Veng FC, FC Bungkawn, Durtlang FC, Zonuam FC, Electric Veng FC, Whetstone Ramthar, IDBI FC Tuikual North and FC Leitan.
30.01.2019: FINAL SQUAD and COACH OF KERALA SANTOSH TROPY 2019 - VILAI
: Midhun V (Kannur), Mohammed Azhar (Malappuram), Hajmal S (Palakkad)
: Mohammed Shareef YP (Malappuram), Alex Saji (U-21,Wayanadu), Rahul V Raj (Thrissur), Lijo S (Thiruvananthapuram), Mohammed Salah (Malappuram), Francis S (Thiruvananthapuram), Safvan M (U-21,Malappuram);
: Seesan S (Thiruvananthapuram), Gifty C Gracious (U-21, Kottayam), Mohammed Inayat (U-21, Thiruvananthapuram), Mohammed Parakkottil (U-21, Palakkad), Jipson Justus (Thiruvananthapuram), Jithin G (Thrissur);
: Anurag PC (U-21,Thrissur), Christy Davis (U-21,Thrissur), Stefin Das (Thiruvananthapuram), Sajith Paulose (Thiruvananthapuram)
:V.P Shaji // ASS COACH - Milton Anthony // GK COACH - Subhees Kumar PC.
FINAL SQUAD and COACH OF BENGAL SANTOSH TROPY 2019 - VILAI
30.01.2019: BENGAL TO PLAY BIHAR ON 3RD FEB AND SIKKIM ON 7TH FEB 2019 IN QLF MATCH
23.01.2019 : INDIA
HONG KONG (FT.)
: Pyari Xaxa 68'
: Aditi Chauhan, Dalima Chhibber, Sweety Devi, Jabamani Tudu, Ashalata Devi, Sangita Basfore, Ratanbala Devi, Sanju, Grace Dangmei, Indumathi Kathiresan, Anju Tamang
AIFF PRESS RELEASE
: The Indian Women’s National Team completed back-to-back victories over hosts Hong Kong, with the second coming thanks to a tightly-fought 1-0 win on Wednesday, January 23. The only goal of the game was scored by forward Pyari Xaxa, as the Indian eves now set off for Indonesia for a couple of more preparatory friendlies.
This 1-0 victory comes on the back of a 5-2 Triumph over the same opposition on Monday. India got off to a good start as forwards Dangmei Grace, combined with Indumathi and Anju Tamang to produce swift attacks, while the home side depended on set-pieces in an effort to inflict damage on the Indians. Coach Maymol Rocky’s team earned a free-kick from just outside the 18-yard box on the 17th minute, but Ratanbala Devi’s shot was well negotiated by the Hong Kong defence.
Hong Kong goalkeeper Yuen Ki NG was on top form in this match, as she made save after save on both sides of the half-time whistle, to deny India the lead. However, a substitution on the stroke of half-time seemed to do the trick for coach Maymol and her girls. Pyari Xaxa’s introduction after the changeover completely changed the tempo of the game, as India launched on a flurry of attacks.
Yuen Ki NG made as many as six saves after half-time before Sanju was finally able to unlock the Hong Kong defence on the 68th minute, setting Xaxa through with a delicate pass, which the latter put into the back of the net with great aplomb. Unfortunately, Xaxa hobbled off with an injury in the dying moments of the match and had to be replaced by Sandhiya Ranganathan.
The women’s team is now set to travel to Indonesia, where they will face off against the Indonesia Women’s National Team on January 27 and 30.
Hat-trick of titles for DPS East in BOOST BFC Inter-School Soccer Shield
23.01.2019: BFC PRESS RELASE
: School From Dommasandra Clinches U8, U12 And U14 Titles; DPS North, Greenwood High Wins Titles In Girls Categories Delhi Public School East continued their dominance in the BOOST BFC Inter-School Soccer Shield 2019 as they clinched three titles on the final day of the competition at the Bangalore Football Stadium, on Wednesday.
While DPS East defended their titles in the U12 and U14 categories, they also emerged victorious in the newly introduced U8 category in the Boys’ section. Greenwood High International School claimed the honours in the U10 category as Gowthampura (Inter-Community Cup) and Shubhodhini School (Dream A Dream Cup) triumphed in their respective sections. Meanwhile, DPS North (U10) and Greenwood High (U12) claimed top honours in the Girls’ section which was introduced for the first time this year.
In the big final of the day, a goal each from Kshitij, Amogh and Chandan helped DPS East clinch the title in the U14 category as they beat Inventure Academy in what was a repeat of last year’s final. The triumph was DPS East’s third in the category in the competition’s history.
Earlier in the day, it was DPS North who clinched the U10 title while Greenwood High International bagged the U12 title in what was the first-ever Girls’ category in the Soccer Shield. It was just one goal that separated the winners from the runners up in both sections as Tanvi Nair (DPS) and Aarushi (Greenwood High) handed their respective schools 1-0 wins in the final.
Last year’s runners-up Gowthampura rode on Manoj’s winner to beat Austin Town 1-0 and emerge champions in the Inter-Community Cup. Shubhodhini School meanwhile prevailed over Round Table School 2-1 in the penalty shootout, after both sides were tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation time, to clinch the Dream A Dream Cup.
DPS East beat DPS North thanks to Aryanak’s sole strike in the U8 final while Greenwood High International School hammered four past Vibgyor High School, Haralur to claim the U10 title. Sehajvir starred in the final with a hat-trick to his name and Rahul chipped in with a goal.
DPS East made it two titles for the day when they beat Greenwood High 1-0 thanks to Ayush’s winner in the U12 category before making a hat-trick of trophies later in the day. The presentation ceremony was presided by Head Coach Carles Cuadrat along with Assistant Coaches Gerard Zaragoza and Naushad Moosa.
Fair Play : Girls U10: Inventure Academy
Fair Play : Girls U10: Mallya Aditi International School
Fair Play : Boys U8: Nagarjuna Vidyaniketan
Fair Play : Boys U10: St. Joseph’s Boys School
Fair Play : Boys U12: St. Xaviers, Belgaum
Fair Play : Boys U14: Prestige International School, Mangalore
Community Cup: PNT Colony
Dream A Dream Cup: Round Table School
Best Players : Girls U10: Tanvi Nair (DPS North)
Best Players :Girls U10: Avani (Greenwood High)
Best Players :Boys U8: Rithvik (DPS North)
Best Players :Boys U10: Saathvik (Greenwood High)
Best Players :Boys U12: Aayush Goel (DPS East)
Best Players :Boys U14: Rayan (Head Start Academy)
Community Cup: Darshan (Austin Town)
Dream A Dream Cup: Yeshwanth (Shubhodhini School)
RESULTS, DAY 9
Girls, U10 : Final: Greenwood High International School 0-1 DPS North (Tanvi Nair)
Girls, U12 : Final: Greenwood High International School 1 (Aarushi) -0 Head Start Academy
Boys, U8 : Final: DPS East 1 (Aryanak)-o DPS North
Boys, U10 : Final: Greenwood High International School 4 (Sehajvir (3), Rahul) - 0 Vibgyor High School, Haralur
Boys, U12 : Final: Greenwood High International School 0-1 to DPS East 1 (Ayush)
Boys, U14 : Final: DPS East 3 (Kshitij, Amogh, Chandan) - 0 Inventure Academy
Inter-Community Cup : Final: Austin Town 0-1 Gowthampura 1 (Manoj)
Dream A Dream Cup : Final: Round Table School 1 (Samuel)-1 Shubhodhini School 1 (Yeshwanth) via Tie-Breaker 1-2
21.01.2019 : INDIA
HONG KONG (FT.)
: GRACE, ANJU, SANJU, SUMITHRA, RATNABALA
: Cheung Wai Ki, Chung Pui Ki
: Aditi Chauhan; Sweety Devi, Ashalata Devi, Dalima Chhibber, Jabamani Tudu; Sangita Basfore, Sanju Yadav, Indumathi Kathiresan; Ratanbala Devi, Dangmei Grace, Anju Tamang
AIFF PRESS RELEASE
: The Indian women’s team got their tour of Hong Kong off to a great start with a 5-2 win over the hosts on Monday, January 21. Dangmei Grace was the star of the show for India as she netted twice to give the away side the early lead while Sanju, Sumithra and Ratanbala chipped in with one goal each to make it a memorable win for India.
The Indian eves started off on the front foot, when Indumathi played Grace through on goal before the latter slotted it into the net to earn the early lead. While Cheung Wai Ki equalised for Hong Kong on the 17th minute, it took Grace just five minutes to restore India’s advantage after she combined well with Anju Tamang.On the stroke of half time, India defender Dalima Chhibber sent in a cross that was masterfully nodded past the goalline by Sanju, to make the score 3-1 in India’s favour.
Hong Kong came out all guns blazing in the second half and eventually managed to reduce the deficit in the 70th minute as Chung Pui Ki scored from a corner. However, India still had the lead and managed to double it once again on the 82nd minute when Sumithra latched on to a pass from second-half substitute Pyari Xaxa, to make it 4-2. The icing on the cake was finally provided by Ratanbala, who combined with Sanju to score the fifth Indian goal.
The Indian eves are set to play their next game against the same opponents on Wednesday, January 23 with kick-off slated for 6 PM IST.
INDIAN WOMEN'S TEAM TO PLAY FRIENDLIES AGAINST HONG KONG AND INDONESIA
AIFF PRESS RELEASE 15.04.2019
: In preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers Round 2, the Indian Senior Women’s National Team will be playing two matches each against the senior national teams of Hong Kong and Indonesia.
The 25-member squad will leave Indian shores on January 19, 2019, to travel to Hong Kong to play back-to-back friendlies on January 21st and 23rd and thereafter will travel to Indonesia to play matches on January 27th and January 30th.
“In our quest to qualify from the Round 2, we have to play against tough teams and both Hong Kong and Indonesia will provide us with challenges of their own and help in our development,” said Head Coach Maymol Rocky. “The Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 will be a test and a challenge for all of us and we are preparing to script history and make the nation proud.”
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 are slated from April 1-9, 2019 with the draw for the same yet to take place.
The 25 players selected are as follows:
: Aditi Chauhan, M. Linthoingambi Devi, Sowmiya Narayansamy, Shreya Hooda
: Ashalata Devi, Sweety Devi, Jabamani Tudu, Dalima Chhibber, Lako Phuti, Michel Castanha, Poly Koley
: Sangita Basfore, Sanju Yadav, Sumithra Kamaraj, Ranjana Chanu, Indumathi Kathiresan, Ranjita Devi, Manisha
: Roja Devi, Anju Tamang, Ratanbala Devi, Pyari Xaxa, Dangmei Grace, Sandhiya R., Mamta
January 21: vs Hong Kong
January 23: vs Hong Kong
January 27: vs Indonesia
January 30: vs Indonesia
HAL, ITI legends to face-off at BFS
BFC PRESS RELEASE 15.04.2019
: Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC, on Tuesday, announced that it would be organising an exhibition game between erstwhile football powerhouses, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC (HAL) and Indian Telephone Industries FC (ITI) at the Bangalore Football Stadium, on Saturday, January 19 at 4 pm.
Speaking on the decision to organise the game, club COO, Mustafa Ghouse said, “HAL and ITI are institutions, not only in Karnataka but on the Indian football map and this game is our way of honouring their contribution to the sport. We’re proud that Bengaluru FC belongs to a city that has a rich football history and a lot of it is down to these two teams.”
Notable players who will be taking part in the showpiece event include RC Prakash, Balaji Narasimhan, M Babu, Sunil (ADE), Muralidharan and Ilyas Pasha for ITI, while HAL will have the likes of Xavier Vijayakumar, Sunil, Satish Kumar and Gangadharan in their ranks.
Proceeds from the sale of tickets to the game, which will be available on matchday at the Bangalore Football Stadium, will go to the HAL and ITI teams, and will be priced between Rs. 30 and Rs. 100.
HAL---: Basheer, Jeevanandan, Willian Crasta, Satish Kumar, Sunil, U Babu, Rajendra, Raju Sr., Paul, Somu, Gangadaran, Lawrence Sr., Lawrence Jr., Xavier Vijayakumar, Arvind, Yoganathan, Jacob, Vinod.
RD Babu (Coach), Ravindranathan (Manager).
ITI---: Sundareshan, Mohan Kumar, Shakaf, Subramaniam, Aslam Khan, P. Kumar, Thomas, Rahmathulla, Rajashekar, Emanuel, Fairoz, John Kenneth Raj, Karun Raj, Vigalmani, Raja, Nazeer Ahmed, Ambrose, RC Prakash, Lionel, Vishnu, Muthukrishna, Ashwath Murthy, Rozario Estebiero, Ronnie Estebiero, Padmanabhan, Sendhil, Avijit Chaterjee, Francis, Verghese, Venkatesh R., Manohar, Harry Frank, Kumar, Harry Philips, Dinakaran, Antic, Tamilmuthu, Charles.
Sri. Kantharaj (Coach), M Babu (Manager).
AIFF THANKS CONSTANTINE FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION
AIFF PRESS RELEASE 15.04.2019
: All India Football Federation President Mr. Praful Patel thanked Stephen Constantine for his contribution to Indian Football. Constantine who had taken over as the Head Coach of the Senior Men’s Indian National Team in February 2015, announced his decision step down after India bowed out of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2015 on Monday (January 14, 2018).
Constantine’s contract with AIFF ran till January 31. In his statement, Mr. Patel said: “It’s been a wonderful journey. We have travelled a long distance together, and the world has seen it all. I would like to wish Stephen all the very best for the future, and thank him for all his efforts and contribution towards Indian Football.”
AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das in his statement said: “We respect and accept his decision. I would like to thank Stephen for guiding us through a very critical phase in Indian Football. Under his guidance we witnessed some of the most successful days in Indian football in recent times. It’s time for Indian Football to enter a new phase. I wish Stephen all the best in his future endeavours,” Mr. Das stated.
In the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, India who were clubbed with hosts UAE, Thailand and Bahrain in Group A, finished on 4 points. After a splendid start in the tournament where the Blue Tigers beat Thailand 4-1, they went down to UAE 0-2 and 0-1 to Bahrain in the next two games, thus bowing out.
Hero I-League matches to be broadcast on Hotstar and Jio TV
AIFF PRESS RELEASE 03.04.2019
: Football fans in India can now tune into Hotstar and Jio TV to watch the fixtures of the Hero I-League which will not be televised. The online broadcast on Hotstar and Jio TV will be underway from tomorrow onwards (January 04, 2019) when Neroca FC face Shillong Lajong in a 2 pm kick-off in Imphal.
“We did not want the fans to miss out on the Hero I-League action. Having worked this out with our commercial partners Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), we have come to the conclusion that the matches which will not be broadcast, will be available online,” AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said. “These matches will be shown with commentary, highlights and replays.”
Hero I-League CEO Sunando Dhar added, “The commitment was to show all the matches, and we are happy that they will be live streamed so that football fans can now follow their favourite teams.”
The non-televised matches from Saturday, January 5 onwards, can be viewed on Hotstar or Jio TV, starting with the match between Aizawl FC and Indian Arrows, which kicks off at 2 pm on the same day.
ILEAGUE 2ND DIVISION: MOHAMMEDAN SC AND RAINBOW SC OF KOLKATA SIGNED PLAYERS
02.01.2010: Kolkata based teams Mohammedan SC and Rainbow AC to start in upcoming 2nd DIVN I-League 2019. Both the teams recruited some new footballers in their squad. See below
: BABUN DAS ( PATHACHAKRA), SK. RINTU ( FCI), INZAMAN-UL- HAQUE ( PEERLESS), MD. SAMIRUL ALI ( RAILWAY FC), ROBIN MODI( SOUTHERN SAMITY), TANMOY MITRA( COAL INDIA).
: E. LYNDOH(MSC JR.), KHUSANT CHOWHAN(GOKULAM FC), BALWINDER SING( PATHACHAKRA), STEFENSAN PALE( ATK), JOY EMRONG(REAL KASHMIR), PANKAJ MOULA( PEERLESS), ASHIM DEY( GEORGE TE), LALTU MONDOL( GEORGE TELE), AMARENDU CHAKRABORTY( SOUTHERN SAMITY), NIRMAL MUNDA ( UNITED SC), ASIF ALI MOLLAH.
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