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John Abraham Launches North East United Football Club- Indian Super League 2014

10.06.2014: Official Press Release : Football fans across the North East were ecstatic when Guwahati was selected as one of the eight franchise cities of the proposed Indian Super League (ISL). The ISL is a football League promoted by IMG, Reliance and Star India which is all set to kick off from mid September to November 2014.

The ISL received an overwhelming response as numerous corporate houses of the country and top sporting institutions as well as a galaxy of top Bollywood stars bid to own a team from the proposed 9 cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Goa, Kolkata and Guwahati. In April this year, the winning bids were announced and the consortium comprising of Bollywood actor John Abraham and Shillong Lajong FC were awarded the Guwahati Franchise. Guwahati had found its place in the list of 8 cities for the 1st edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) in place of Chennai.

The team was unveiled in an event held in the city today and named “North East United Football Club". Speaking at the function, John Abraham said "I am a firm believer in the footballing talent that exists in the North East and proud to be associated with owning a football Club from the region. Our objective is to harness the talent and combine the footballing potential of the region into one team that we hope shall become an engine and platform that will power Indian football forward in the future."

The event was also attended by a host of actors and personalities from the Assamese film industry who were present to lend their support and encourage the team besides officials of the Assam Football and Guwahati Sports Association and other dignitaries. Also present at the function were Bolywood Producer Ronnie Lahiri who is a designated advisor and mentor of the Franchise and Sanjiv Narain co - promoter of the Franchise.

Larsing Sawyan, Managing Director of Lajong said "A United Team of the North East based out of the region's largest city has the potential to compete at the highest level in the country and with North East United, we hope to continue to fulfil the sporting aspirations of the people of the region and assist in propelling football in the country to higher levels".

India is a country of 1.2 billion people where over 50% of the population is below 25 years of age. Sports is therefore gaining traction in the country and is mostly followed by everyone in this age group. The aim of the Franchise is to take football to the next level in the North East in order improve the overall development of the sport in India and also provide new opportunities to talents across the region.

The league which will be organised by IMG-Reliance and Star India which has the support of the All India Football Federation, promises to bring international football stars who will be playing alongside the Indian Footballers and create a new era of football in the country.
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North East United FC appoint Ricki Herbert as Manager

Lajong sign African Cup winner Isaac Chansa 19.08.2014: N.E United Press Release : Former New Zealand National Team Coach at helm for inaugural Indian Super League. North East United Football Club today announced former long-time New Zealand Men's National Team Coach Ricki Herbert as their Manager for the forthcoming Indian Super League. Ricki managed the Kiwi 'All Whites' for 8 years from 2005-2013. He also represented the New Zealand National team at World Cup 1982.

Ricki Llyod Herbert, 53 led the New Zealand team to the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa. New Zealand performed admirably at the World Cup and came out of it as the only unbeaten team at the World Cup. They battled much fancier opponents such as Italy, Paraguay & Slovakia in their group, eventually drawing the games. During his tenure with the 'All Whites', their FIFA ranking improved from 156 to 48.

Ricki also coached A-League side Wellington Phoenix from 2007-2013 taking them to A-League Preliminary Finals in 2010. During his long coaching career Ricki has also overseen the New Zealand Olympic team preparation and was Technical Director of the country's Technical development programme. He was appointed by FIFA to be a part of the 14 member Technical Development Studies group led by Gerard Houlier at the recently concluded FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. The group was responsible for tracking and studying technical strategies and trends employed by various teams at the World Cup.

The club also announced Lajong FC Head-Coach Thangboi Singto will be working with Ricki Herbert at NorthEast United FC in the capacity of Coach. John Abraham, co-owner NorthEast United FC while announcing the appointment said 'Ricki is the perfect fit for our plans at NorthEast United FC. His experience at the highest levels of competitive Football and his youth focussed philosophy matches the blue print of NorthEast United FC perfectly. With him on board we look forward to competing in the inaugural season of Indian Super League.'

v Expressing his delight at being handed over the technical reins at NorthEast United FC, Ricki said 'The Indian Super League presents a great opportunity and challenge and with the Football crazy NorthEast fans backing us all the way, we'll be putting out best foot forward. I look forward to this exciting journey.'
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Lajong sign African Cup winner Isaac Chansa, to play for NorthEast United FC..Reds forward Cornell Glen to also play the ISL for Guwahati based Franchise.

Lajong sign African Cup winner Isaac Chansa

08.08.2014: SLFC OFFICIAL MEDIA RELEASE : Zambian International & African Cup of Nations 2012 Winner, Isaac Chansa has been signed by Lajong FC and will also be plying his trade for NorthEast United Football Club in the prestigious Indian Super League, due to start on October 12, 2014.

The club has also confirmed, Cornell Glen will be joining the NorthEast United ranks. Both Cornell Glen & Isaac Chansa were cleared by ISL organising committee to be the designated International players for NorthEast United.

Chansa a key member of the 2012 African Cup of Nations winning Zambian side, last played for Zambian Premier League club side Zanaco FC last season before making his move to North East of India. He has also featured previously for clubs such as Helsingborgs IF in the Swedish Top Division and Orlando Pirates in the South African Premier Soccer League.

Chinese Super League Side Henan Jianye FC secured his services from Orlando Pirates in 2012 for a total deal value worth a little over Dollar 1 Million. He was also part of the Zambian side that took on Japan in the Pre-World Cup 2014 International Friendly in USA. Chansa whose natural position is in Centre Midfield was quoted saying "I am happy and look forward to this new challenge. I will do my best to contribute in the team's success in any way I can and repay the faith shown in me by the team management."

Meanwhile 2006 World Cupper and Trinidad & Tobago's 5th highest goal scorer ever; Cornell Glen, will also be playing for NorthEast United FC in the Indian Super League. Cornell who scored 13 goals for Shillong Lajong FC in the 2013-14 I-League season, was the only international player from the I-League to have got a go ahead from the League Organising Committee to play in the ISL. With bags of experience including that of playing in the MLS teams Cornell will bring an edge to the NorthEast United forward line.

Speaking on the occasion, John Abraham, co-owner of NorthEast United & Lajong FC said: "To get an African Cup of Nations Winner & a World Cupper brings in a lot of experience and competitive edge to the team. We are happy to have secured their services and looking forward to having them play for the teams."

Larsing 'Ming' Sawyan Managing Director Lajong FC said "Both Cornell & Chansa are proven performers who have competed at the highest levels. We are happy to have these accomplished and technically gifted players playing alongside our local boys."
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North East United FC sign Joan Capdevila as their Marquee Player.

Joan Capdevilaas signs North East United Football Club- Indian Super League 2014

World Cup 2010 & Euro 2008 winning Spanish defender to play in the Indian Super League. NorthEast United Football Club has signed World Cup 2010 & European 2008 Championship Winner, Spanish Defender, Joan Capdevilaas their Marquee player for the inaugural season of Indian Super League.

Capdevila who marshalled the left back position for the La Roja, was a prominent member of the sides that won both the World Cup in 2010 and European Championship in 2008. He has played over 400 games with 36 goals in the Spanish La Liga for big Guns like Espanyol, Athletico Madrid, Deportivo, and Villarreal.

Capdevilla last season played for La Liga Club, Espanyol and expressed his delight on recently signing for NorthEast United FC, "At this stage, after winning everything to be won a new challenge was needed. After speaking to John Abraham about the way he is passionately looking to promote football in India and the project of NorthEast United FC, it excited me to take up this challenge.

India is a huge country and it should be a privilege for me to be a small part in popularising this global game here and working with the young talented footballers of North East India."

NorthEast United FC co-owner John Abraham said "We at North East United FC are very excited that Joan Capdevilla is a marquee player for our team. We are confident that his achievements in the game and his presence in our team will motivate our younger Indian players and his inputs would help us build a strong team for our future. Speaking with him when he was in Brazil I got a sense of his passion for the game and especially his excitement for joining our team was motivational and unparalleled. We look forward to his arrival in India."

Lajong FC Managing Director and NorthEast United FC co-owner, Mr.Larsing M. Sawyan feels "This is the best thing that has happened to NorthEast United FC. A player of Joan Capdevilla's calibre will definitely add impetus to our ambitions in the upcoming ISL. Football fans from the NorthEast are already familiar with him and we believe the excitement of the ISL in NorthEast has already reached a high level. We welcome Joan Capdevilla to NorthEast United FC and hope he can help us bring success both on and off the field."
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ISL 2014 2014 - N.E. UNITED (SEPT)

North East United Signs signing of Koke For ISL 15.09.2014: N.E UNITED PRESS RELEASE : Sergio Contreras Pardo commonly known as "“Koke" is a 31 year old Spanish striker who has joined the 'youngest team' in the ISL - The NorthEast United FC. Koke started his football career in 2001 which makes him a big asset to the team as he brings with him a wealth of experience .He will be benefiting the NorthEast FC’s attack by bringing onboard 13 years of professional football experience.

Koke a native of Malaga in Spain started his career with Malaga. He soon went on to play for Marseille in France and then had a good run at Sporting Lisbon in Portugal .He then went on to play for the Greek super league team Aris for 5 years where he captained them for 2 years in that duration,this period clearly was some of the best years of his football career. Moreover, Koke’s efforts helped them to finish fourth in the 2006–07 Super League Greece season.

On his new journey with North East United FC Koke expresses "I am very eager to start training with my new teammates and am excited about this new journey. I look forward to a great season and to score some winning goals for my team."

NEUFC coach, Ricki Herbert is looking forward to this new addition to his team. He stated, "The arrival of Koke at North East United is one of excitement and anticipation. His experience and pedigree is much awaited and we all look forward to his appearances as a North East United player"

The North East United FC is excited to have this exemplary striker on board, and hopes that his presence will assist them in their fight to take home the ISL title.
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Alexandros Tzorvas arrives in India to join the NorthEast United Football Club..

North East United Signs signing of Alexandros Tzorvas For ISL 15.09.2014: N.E United Press Release : As the ISL starting line inches closer in sight, The North East United FC comes together one player at a time. On Saturday, the 13th of September 2014 the club received one of their key international players - Alexandros Tzorvas who landed in Mumbai on his onward journey to the team training camp.

Tzorvas is known to be one of the most well known goalkeepers worldwide. He was the first choice goalkeeper for his country in The 2010 FIFA World Cup and again during the UEFA Euro 2012. He is now been signed as one of the key goalkeepers on the NEUFC side .When asked about his thoughts on playing the Hero ISL he stated " I am excited to be playing for the NEUFC and look forward to a good season on a new turf with my new teammates. Also I hear that football as a game has a huge fan following especially in the North East and look forward to a new learning under the guidance of Coach Ricki Herbert. I am sure we will all work together and bring success for the club. Moreover I would like to thank all the people of the club for giving me this opportunity. Lastly I am proud to be the first Greek player to play in India and hope I am not the last."

One by one the troupes of the North East side are slowly coming together for the inaugural season of the Hero ISL. On Tzorvas being a part of the club Herbert stated, 'It is with great excitement, that North East United has secured the services of Tzorvas to the player squad. Tzorvas will bring a wealth of experience and confidence to the North East United environment, thus enhancing the very strong philosophy of the football club in creating an exciting and enthusiastic brand, with a very youthful component. His World Cup experience in 2010, and the volume of International appearances he has made, can only be of a strong and positive benefit to the Franchise.'

The clubs two young Indian signings 21 year old Rehenesh Paramba and 20 year old Kunzung Bhutia will be the other two goalkeepers for NEUFC and are fortunate to have someone like a Tzorvas to learn from. . Coach Ricki Herbert adds, 'The opportunity for two Indian Goalkeepers to work alongside him, will certainly offer them both a great deal of development. I look forward to his arrival and the chance to work with him during the inaugural season of India Super League.'

When asked about whether he would explore India post the ISL Tzorvas commented. 'I love communicating and understanding the culture of the country, so if time does permit me from my club commitments I would surely like to take my wife to the Taj Mahal. On this note we hope that NEUFC has a good season at this Hero ISL.'
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NorthEast United FC signs another jewel to their treasure.

North East United Signs signing of James Keene For ISL 12.09.2014: N.E UNITED PRESS RELEASE : North East United FC has brought on board yet another international player to add more European experience to the team, with the signing of James Keene, a 28 year old English Striker who is a product of the Portsmouth FC youth scheme in England.

He debuted, in the 2005 English Premier League as a Portsmouth Striker under Henry James 'Harry' Redknapp, who is one of the senior most managers in English professional football.

Also he is plugged as Elfsborg's top European scorer of all-time in Sweden; and has also been an integral member of the club's Champions League team. James had a very successful career in Sweden between 2007 to 2013 and was considered one of the brightest stars in the Swedish League.

After signing for NEUFC, Keene expressed,“I am very proud to be part of NorthEast United FC and it's great to know that the North East is the power house of Indian Football and that the people here are very educated about the game as well.”

The team is currently working tirelessly every day to be prepared for the league that will commence on October 12th, 2014. Towards this preparation, he added 'All of us are training very hard at the moment and the training is fantastic, especially working under an experienced Coach - Ricki Herbert. We are excited for the matches to start and hope that this new league will take Indian Football to the global stage."

With this new inclusion made to their team, The NorthEast United has only upped their ante, James Keene is a big asset to them with the wealth of experience that he brings having played extensively on the international front. He will only add value to the NEUFC attack to make their mark in the Hero ISL inaugural season.
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North East United Signs Three Big Names-Garcia, Mtonga and Tzvoras For ISL

North East United Signs Three Big Names-Garcia, Mtonga and Tzvoras For ISL 03.09.2014: N.E UNITED PRESS RELEASE : North Eastt United Signs Three Big Names-Garcia, Mtonga and Tzvoras For The Indian Super LeagueNorthEast United Football Club has made yet another big announcement with the signings ofPortuguese Defender Miguel Garcia, Zambian Midfielder Kondwani Mtonga and GreekGoalkeeper Alexandros Tzvoras for the inaugural edition of the Hero Indian Super Leaguewhich will kick off on the 12th of October 2014. North East United Signs Three Big Names-Garcia, Mtonga and Tzvoras For ISL Miguel Garcia is a Youth Academy Product of Sporting Clube De Portugal which is a PremierClub in Portugal, and made his debut appearance in the 2003-04 Season for the Senior Team.The Portuguese sensation has also played in The UEFA Cup and appeared in the Finals forSporting Lisbon in 2005 with a final appearance in 2011 for Sporting Club de Braga.The 31 year old Stopper Back has also played for Italian Football Club Reginna during the2007-2008 season. After his one year stint with the Italian club he inked a new deal with thePortuguese Club, Sporting Clube Olhanense in 2009 for six months.

He also featured forSporting Clube de Braga in the 2010-11 season and moved to Turkey to play for TurkishFootball Club, Orduspor for two seasons (2011-13). He then went on to sign for SpanishFootball Club, RCD Mallorca (2013-14).Garcia was also part of the under-21 2004 UEFA European Championship and his team had an incredible third place finish.On signing his contract with NorthEast United FC Garcia stated, “I am very happy to be apart of this Club. I have been in Shillong for a week now and everyone here is very friendly.
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1 	Greece 		GK 	Alexandros Tzorvas
2 	India 		DF 	Aiborlang Khongjee
3 	Czech Republic 	DF 	Tomáš Josl
4 	Zambia 		MF 	Kondwani Mtonga
5 	Senegal 	DF 	Massamba Sambou
6 	Zambia 		MF 	Isaac Chansa
7 	South Korea 	MF 	Do Dong-hyun
8 	Colombia 	FW 	Luis Yanes
9 	England 	FW 	James Keene
10 	Spain 		FW 	Koke
11 	Spain 		DF 	Joan Capdevila
??	Tand Tobago 	FW 	Cornell Glen
13 	India 		GK 	Rehnesh TP
14 	New Zealand 	MF 	Leo Bertos
15 	Portugal 	DF 	Miguel Garcia (footballer) (Captain)
16 	India 		DF 	Robin Gurung
17 	India 		MF 	Zodingliana Ralte
18 	India 		DF 	Jibon Singh
19 	Brazil 		MF 	Guilherme Felipe de Castro
20 	India 		MF 	Milan Singh
21 	India 		FW 	Redeem Tlang
22 	India 		MF 	Boithang Haokip
23 	India 		FW 	Seminlen Doungel
24 	India 		MF 	Alen Deory
25 	India 		FW 	Durga Boro
26 	India 		MF 	David Ngaihte
27 	India 		GK 	Kunzang Bhutia
30 	India 		DF 	Pritam Kumar Singh
Manager 		New Zealand 	Ricki Herbert
Coach 			India 		Thangboi Singto
Performance Coach 	England 	Lee Taylor


1.Massamba Lo Sambou 
AGE : 27 
EXP TEAMS: AS Monaco, Le Havre, Nantes, Atromitos, Troyes, 
PLAYED- 107 
ISL TEAM – North East United


2.Tomáš Josl 
AGE : 29 
EXP TEAMS:  Kromeriz, Tatran Presov, Ruch Chorzów, Vysocina 
Jihlava LAYED- 101 
ISL TEAM – North East United FC


3. Guilherme Felipe de Castro 
AGE : 22 
EXP TEAMS: CA Paranaense Youth Team 
Played - ??
scored - ??
ISL TEAM – North East United FC


4.Luis Alfredo Yánes Padilla 
AGE :  31 
EXP TEAMS: Santa Fe, Lille, La Equidad, Cucuta, Junior, Bucaramanga 
Played -  234 
scored -  64
ISL TEAM – North East United FC 


5. Do Dong-Hyun 
AGE :  20 
EXP TEAMS: Brisbane Roar, FC Gifu 
Played -  8 
scored -  0
ISL TEAM – North East United FC


13/10 : N.E United FC ( 1-0 ) Kerala Blasters FC - GUWAHATI
N.E.U : Koke 45' :: MATCH REPORT

16.10.14 : 16:30 :: North East United FC ( V/S ) Atletico de Kolkata

19.10.14 :: 19:00 :: North East United FC ( V/S ) FC Goa
24.10.14 :: 19:00 :: Mumbai City FC ( V/S ) North East United FC
29.10.14 :: 19:00 :: Delhi Dynamos FC ( V/S ) North East United FC
03.11.14 :: 19:00 :: FC Pune City ( V/S ) North East United FC
08.11.14 :: 19:00 :: Chennaiyin FC ( V/S ) North East United FC
15.11.14 :: 19:00 :: North East United FC ( V/S ) FC Pune City
18.11.14 :: 19:00 :: Atletico de Kolkata ( V/S ) North East United FC
24.11.14 :: 19:00 :: North East United FC ( V/S ) Delhi Dynamos FC
27.11.14 :: 19:00 :: North East United FC ( V/S ) Chennaiyin FC
01.12.14 :: 19:00 :: FC Goa ( V/S ) North East United FC
04.12.14 :: 19:00 :: Kerala BlastersFC ( V/S ) North East United FC
10.12.14 :: 19:00 :: North East United FC ( V/S ) Mumbai City FC


SCORER Koke - 1