INDIAN & INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL NEWS - JULY : 2015

        

HON'BLE PRESIDENT OFINDIA TO INAUGURATE MOHUN BAGAN'S 125TH BIRTHDAY

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 HON'BLE PRESIDENT OFINDIA TO INAUGURATE  MOHUN BAGANíS 125TH  BIRTHDAY 27.07.2015 : : Mohun Bagan are on the verge of the historic landmark of celebrating their 125th birthday. President Mr Pranab Mukherjee will going to inaugurate the celebration programme which is schedule at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata on the evening of 22nd August. This was declared by the General Secretary of Mohun Bagan in a press meeting at the club tent today.

While interacting Mr Mitra said that President Mr Pranab Mukherjee will hand over "Mohun Bagan Ratna" award to Arumagaium and Late Karuna Shankar Bhattacharjee (posthumously). The I League champion team along with Katsumi Yusa {Mohun Bagan player of the year} will be felicitated on the evening of 22nd August.

Mohun Bagan will going to invite a host of dignities. The Governorof West Bengal, Chief Minister, the Mayor of Kolkata, AIFF Secretary, Vise President, BCCI President and Secretary are among the invites who are likely to present on the occasion. Mohun Bagan will observe Mohan Bagan Day on the 29th of July in respect to the historical win of 1911 IFA Shield. There will be three football matches where the ex footballers, nursery and academy trainees, Sports Journalist and the artist of Tollywood are going to participate.

Bengaluru FC shake off the dust as pre-season kicks off

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Bengaluru FC shake off the dust as pre-season kicks off 27.07.2015 : BFC Press Release : Bengaluru FC, on Monday, kick-started their pre-season program with a light training session in front of more than 100 fans who flocked to welcome the team at the Bangalore Football Stadium. Back after a two-month break from a successful season that saw Ashley Westwood's boys win the Federation Cup and finish runners-up in the I-League, the Blues began shedding turf rust as the gaffer said his team would look to slip into the routine.

"It's nice to see some fresh faces with the boys coming back in. We have done a lot of traveling to be back here so it's just a case of familiarizing ourselves with the routine again," said Westwood, speaking to the press after the session.

New signing Seiminlen Doungel joined the team while a delay in visa formalities means striker Kim Seong-Yong will land in the city in another three days. When asked whether the Blues would be adding to the armoury with new signings, Westwood said he is keeping his options open. "We've left ourselves maybe three or four slots to fill. We are talking to somebody who'll come in tomorrow or on Wednesday. That will be another starting XI contender. We're in a bit of a different situation compared to some other sides, we're looking at players who can come in and affect an AFC Cup game."

On being asked if the Bengaluru FC players" participation in the upcoming Indian Super League would take a toll on the club's I-League preparations, Westwood thought otherwise. "We've had two years to prepare for the ISL. The elite players in the country are prepared to withstand a 40-50 game season. They're modeled on European players which is what our training techniques require. We played over 35 competitive games last year. We had a few friendlies as well, which makes it a 40 game season last season and we had almost no injuries. There are only 14 games in the ISL and 20 games in the I-League which leaves you on 34 games so they'll be well prepared and it won't affect us."

The pre-season program that lasts a little less than a month could see BFC play a few friendlies. "We are in talks with an Indian academy side about playing a couple of friendlies in August. We've just got to make sure that any game we play will be a worthwhile experience," said the gaffer.

In an immense show of support, the Blues' faithful arrived at the stadium prior to the training session, setting up banners and chanting the team bus on its way in. "It feels great to be back. I was in the dressing room when I heard the fans singing outside and it gave me goosebumps. I knew at that point that West Block A was back," said striker Robin Singh, who scored 9 goals for the Blues last term.