INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE - 2017 (NEWS)
ISL 2017 PLAYER DRAFT

FC GOA friendlies - Sergio Lobera promises an attacking brand of football

02.11.2017: FCG PRESS RELEASE : The FC Goa first team squad returned to Goa following a successful 20 days of training and pre-season friendlies at the La Manga Club in Murcia, Spain. The Gaurs will play three more friendlies before the start of the season against Bengal giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan AC. The first of these friendlies will be played against East Bengal at the Bambolim Athletic Stadium at 6pm on 3rd November 2017. It will be a reunion for left back Narayan Das who was a player with the club not too long ago.

Head coach Sergio Lobera was happy about the fact that the team was able to travel to the La Manga club, a venue that has hosted the likes of Liverpool FC, Chelsea FC and FC Barcelona in the past. “I’m happy with the club’s efforts to take us to Murcia. As of now, results don’t matter. Results will come when the league starts. If we take results from Spain into account, we have to also remember that the teams we played have been playing together for the last four or so months while for us, it was the first time that this set of players played together. In my opinion, we had a fantastic pre-season,” he said.

The match against East Bengal will be played behind closed doors for tactical reasons. The head coach insisted that it was a collective decision and that he has nothing to hide. “We need to get some things right about the team. Hence we took a collective decision to play only this match behind closed doors. Personally, I have nothing to hide. Additionally, we might have some injuries in the team. Some players might miss out on the friendlies due to these knocks but for the ISL, they should all be fit,” he noted.

The former Barcelona assistant match has a set philosophy when it comes to coaching teams with emphasis given to retention of the ball. “I believe in a brand of attacking football. My team will always hold on to the ball as long as they can and play from behind. We are not going to be a team that sits back and plays defensively. When we have the ball, we will look to push forward. Passing is of importance. Moving the ball around is an important aspect of the game and while I don’t believe in doing it excessively, I want the final pass to be into the net of the opposition team. I have play” he explained, when asked about the style of football his team is expected to play.

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FC GOA to take on East Bengal and Mohun Bagan in pre-season friendlies.

31.10.2017: FCG PRESS RELEASE : The FC Goa first team squad has returned to Goa following a successful pre-season in Murcia, Spain. Having picked up three impressive victories on the trot in their last three outings, the Gaurs are in buoyant mood ahead of the start of the fourth season of the Hero Indian Super League.

FC Goa will play three more pre-season friendlies in Goa before their curtain raiser against Chennaiyin FC on 19th November 2017. The first of the three games will be played against Bengal giants East Bengal on 3rd November 2017. The match will be played behind closed doors and won’t be open for public viewing.

The Gaurs will also take on Mohun Bagan AC on 9th November 2017 in what promises to be an exciting encounter before ending their pre-season preparation against Gokulam FC on 12th November 2017. All three matches will be played at the Bambolim Football stadium and will kick off at 6pm on their respective dates.

Manuel Lanzarote Bruno is the top scorer for the Gaurs so far with four impressive pre-season goals. Strikers Ferran Corominas and Adrian Colunga got on to the scoresheet three times as well with Manuel Arana scoring once. Goan midfielder Brandon Fernandes scored his first goal for the club in the last game against FC Cartagena B.

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ATK win all three pre season practice match in DUBAI-UAE

31.10.2017: ATK PRESS RELEASE : Two-time ISL Champions, ATK is on the verge of completing the gruelling pre-season at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex, the state-of-the-art facility in Dubai. With two football grounds housing classic facilities, along with an excellent indoor gym for players to sweat it out.

ATK, with the new look side and a new coach at the helm of affairs, is charged up to perform to the best of potential in the upcoming season of Indian Super League 2017. The training module has been designed by Head Coach Teddy Sheringham to get the footballers in right physical shape for the fourth season of Indian Super League commencing on 17th November.

ATK started their pre-season campaign from 12th October and will return to Kolkata to acclimatize to the home conditions on 4th November. The red and white brigade won all their three practice matches in style with Irish and English Premier League legend Robbie Keane scoring three goals showing glimpses of his agility as a versatile forward, always searching to net those memorable goals.

The new Indian line up too impressed with their skills and goal scoring abilities with Striker Bipin Singh Thounaojam and Forward Robin Singh being among goals. Portuguese forward Santos Branco better known as Zequinha along with domestic midfielder, Rupert Nongrum also adding to the score line. The last practice match will be played tomorrow. ATK is practicing twice in a day, with the schedule being morning 9:00 am to 11:00 am and Evening 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (under lights).

Score line – Practice Matches

match-1 : ATK (3-0) DUBAI ALL STARS
ATK : Robbie Keane -2, Robin Singh

MATCH-2: ATK (2-1) DUBAI IRISH FOOTBALL CLUB
DUB : Joe Jerry
ATK : Bipin Singh Thounaojam, Rupert Nongrum

MATCH-2: ATK (3-2) – Dibba Al-Hisn Sports and Culture Club
ATK : Robbie Keane, Zequinha,Bipin Singh Thounaojam
DIB: Shadi and Malek.

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FC Goa go down to FC Cartagena in first pre-season friendly in Spain.

15.10.2017: FCG PRESS RELEASE : FC Goa took on FC Cartagena in their first pre-season friendly at the La Manga Club in Murcia, Spain but were unable to come away with a victory as the Spanish outfit ran out 4-1 winners. FC Cartagena player Kuki Zalazar got onto the scoresheet in the first minute and the lead was doubled 12 minutes later.



Adrian Colunga got the Gaurs back in contention with a good team goal in the 18th minute, but the team was unable to pull another goal back as Cartagena added another couple of goals before half-time. The Gaurs put on an improved performance in the second half but were unable to get onto the score sheet.

Laxmikant Kattimani was handed the captain’s armband ahead of the match and started in goal. Chinglensana Singh and Bruno Pinheiro started as the central defence pairing with Seriton Fernandes and Jovel Martins starting as full backs. Pronay Halder and Ahmed Jahouh were given the task of playing in central midfield with Brandon Fernades, Manuel Arana operating on the wings. Edu Bedia played as an attacking midfielder behind Adrian Colunga.

The Gaurs got off to a bad start as they conceded two goals within the first 13 minutes after defensive lapses. Cartagena striker Kuki Zalazar was quick to pounce and put his side ahead seconds after kick off and Cristo was on hand to double the lead. Brandon was replaced by Mandar Rao Dessai early on after he picked up a minor knock. Thereafter, Sergio Lobera’s men settled down and looked for a way back into the game and they were rewarded with their persistence after a good team move saw Arana slip a lofted through ball to Colunga who promptly put the ball in the back of the net to bring the Gaurs back into contention. Seriton was the first player to go into the referee’s book for a tackle in an attempt to win possession back.

With Sergio Lobera’s men looking to push forward, they were caught out in defense as Zalazar scored his second of the evening. Three minutes later, the Gaurs were 4-1 down with Poley beating the defense to net Cartagena’s fourth goal with the referee calling time not long after.

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There were a host of changes for both teams in the second half. Sergio Juste, Pratesh Shirodkar, Mohammad Ali, Manuel Lanzarote, Coro, Liston Colaco, Yasir Mohammad, Kingsley Fernandes and Manvir Singh came on for Bruno, Seriton, Chinglensana, Arana, Colunga, Jovel, Edu, Jahouh and Pronay respectively. The Gaurs put on a much improved second half performance as they tried to salvage something from the encounter. Sergio Juste, Ali and Liston looked sharp in their first match for the club, with Pratesh impressing as well. However, the Gaurs were unable to get the ball into the back of the back. Cartagena did manage to score a fifth goal late on, but the referee’s flag for offside denied them.

FC Goa signs MoU with three North East based clubs


26.09.2017 - FCG PRESS RELEASE : FC Goa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with three clubs from the North East region in a ceremony held in Shillong recently. FC Goa, represented by Sujay Sharma, Head of Player Recruitment and Analysis agreed a partnership with Mawkhar Sports Club, Mawlai Sports Club and Royal Wahingdoh Sports Club wherein the Goan club will offer technical expertise to the aforementioned clubs while in return, will have the option to sign players from these clubs in the future for a fixed fee. The memorandum was signed following a brief presentation by each of the three clubs.

The Royal Wahingdoh Sports Club was established in the year 1964 and is best known for its superb run of form in the 2014-2015 I-league season. Royal Wahingdoh impressed in their first season in the top division, finishing third behind the likes of Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC, in the process finishing above traditional big guns, East Bengal, Sporting Clube de Goa, Salgaocar SC and Dempo SC.

The North East region has constantly produced top Indian talent over the years and FC Goa will look to further help develop the sport in the region through this venture. Additionally, the club will look to give youngsters an opportunity to play the sport at the highest level in the future.

Akshay Tandon, President of FC Goa is happy with the club’s tie up with the north east clubs. “We are pleased to have got into a formal partnership with these three clubs. We are excited at the prospect of having an opportunity to scout talent from the state of Meghalaya. The state, much like Goa holds a real passion for football and the enthusiasm the state has for the sport is commendable. These three clubs have played a vital role in developing that passion,” he said.

FC Goa have invested a lot in the youth this season and Tandon reiterated the club’s aim to develop the sport. “With us sharing a common vision in the development of promising young talent, this was a wonderful opportunity for us to work together. We hope that this tie-up will give the young players an opportunity to develop their talent by instilling professional ethics in their training and best practices into their coaching. As it’s been well documented, we have focused a lot of our efforts in investing in youth this year and this is another step in that direction. We are confident that in the coming years that we will see these investments coming into fruition,” he explained.

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FC Goa to travel to Spain for pre-season


20.09.2017 - FCG PRESS RELEASE : A new-look FC Goa will fly to Murcia, Spain on October 7th 2017, for a run of pre-season games before the start of the fourth edition of the Hero Indian Super League. Under new management in the form of ex-Barcelona assistant coach Sergio Lobera and Goan football legend, Derrick Pereira, the Gaurs have invested heavily in local talent and a vibrant mix of experienced international players.

New ISL entrants, Bengaluru FC also travelled to Murcia for pre-season training ahead of their AFC Cup campaign and played Segunda Division – B side UCAM Murcia CF.

The 27-man squad, which will include four development team players will travel to Murcia and train and play five friendlies at the La Manga Club which boasts of world class facilities including eight natural grass FIFA international standard pitches and a match pitch that can accommodate up to 800 spectators. In addition, there is also a 5-a-side pitch, a High-Performance Sports centre and a fitness centre at the training facility.

Playing against quality opposition will help the squad gel together and improve their chemistry. Besides, utilizing the wealth of facilities available there will certainly help the team in their quest for a first ISL crown. “I'm pleased that the team is able to travel to Spain for our pre-season. It’s a vital part of our preparations and with the quality of the opposition there, we will have a good opportunity to test ourselves. We are training in some of the best facilities and this will stand the team in good stead come the season,” said head coach, Sergio Lobera.

The Gaurs have potentials friendlies lined up against the likes of FC Cartagena, UCAM Murcia CF, Mar Menor FC, Lorca FC, Almeria FC and former La Liga side Real Murcia before returning to Goa on October 27th, 2017.

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ISL 2017-18 FOREIGN PLAYERS LIST UPTO 16.09.2017 OF 10 TEAMS

ATK : 8
Robbie Keane (Ireland)
Jose Egas dos Santos Branco (Portugal)
Conor Thomas (England)
Jussi Jaaskeläinen (Finland - GK)
Carl Baker (England)
Jordi Figueras (Spain)
Tom Thorpe (England)
Njazi Kuqi (Finland).

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DELHI DYNAMOS: 8
Paulinho Dias (Brazil)
Matias Mirabaje (Uruguay)
Juan Leando Vogliotti (Argentina)
Gabriel Cichero (Venezuela)
Kalu Uche (Nigeria)
Guyon Fernandez (Netherlands)
Edu Moya (Spain)
Jeroen Lumu (Netherlands).
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N.E.UNITED 8
Martin Diaz (Uruguay)
Adilson (Brazil)
Wellington Silva (Brazil)
Marcinhio (Brazil)
Luis Alfanso Paez (Colombia)
Odair Fortes (Cape Varde)
Sambinha (Guinea-Bissau)
Jose Gonsalvez (Portugal).
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FC GOA: 8
Manuel Arana (Spain)
Ferran Corominas (Spain)
Ahmed Jahouh (Morocco)
Bruno Pinheiro (Portugal)
Sergio Juste Marin (Spain)
Manuel Lanzarote (Spain)
Adrian Colunga (Spain)
Eduardo Bedia Pelaez (Sapin)
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BENGALURU FC 8
John Johnson (England)
Juanan Gonzalez (Spain)
Erik Paartalu (Australia)
Diman Delgado (Spain)
Antonio Dovale (Spain)
Braulio Nobrega Rodriguez (Spain)
MIKU( Venezueala)
Eduardo Garcia (Spain)
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CHENNAIYIN FC 8
Inigo Calderon (Spain)
Raphael Augusto (Brazil)
Rene Mihelic (Slovenia)
Jaime Gavilan (Spain)
Gregory Nelson (Netherlands)
Minnal Jude (Nigeria)
Mailson Alves (Brazil)
Henrique Sereno (Portugal)
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MUMBAI CITY FC 8
Lucian Golan (Romania)
Everton Santos(Brazil)
Rafa Jorda (Spain)
Marcio Rosario (Brazil)
Chille Emana (Cameroon)
Thiago Santos (Brazil)
Leo Costa ( Brazil)
Gerson Vieira (Brazil)
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FC PUNE CITY: 8
Marcos Tebar (Spain)
Marcelo Leite (Brazil)
Rafa Lopez Gomez (Spain)
Jonatan Lucca (Brazil)
Damir Grgic (Croatia)
Diego Carlos (Brazil)
Robertino Pugliara (Argentina)
Emiliano Alfaro (Uruguay)
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JAMSHEDPUR: 7
Jose Luis Espinosa Arroyo (Spain)
Sameehg Doutie (South Africa)
Kervens Belfort (Haiti)
Andre BIkey(Cameroon)
Trindade Goncalves (Brazil)
Talla N'Diaye (Senegal)
Memo (Brazil)
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KERALA BLASTERS 7
Iain Hume(Canada)
Courage Pekuson (Ghana)
Nemanja Lakic-Pesic ( Serbia)
Wes Brown (England)
Paul Rachubka (England) Mark Sifneos(Netherlands) Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria)
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Bengaluru FC juniors to face Japan’s Avispa Fukuoka in friendly
 Bengaluru FC juniors to face Japan’s Avispa Fukuoka in friendly
28.07.2017 : BFC PRESS RELEASE : JSW Bengaluru FC’s Academy U18s side will face Japanese side Avispa Fukuoka’s U18s in a friendly, to be played at the Bangalore Football Stadium, on August 5, the club announced on Monday. The match, which has been approved by the Asian Football Confederation, will see the Blues’ academy side take on an international opponent for the first time.

“We’re very pleased that our Academy side will be playing Avispa Fukuoka in what’s going to be a fantastic experience for our youngsters. This is our future and it’s important that we give them as much quality exposure as possible. I hope our fans come out to back the boys,” said club COO, Mustafa Ghouse.

The match plays its part in strengthening Indo-Japan ties, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe last year. Avispa Fukuoka U18s, whose senior side takes part in the Japanese J2 League, have planned tours to India and Korea, as U18s Head Coach Yusuke Ogura says that playing against strong opposition is the aim.

“This year is a turning point in ties between Japan and India. This served as one of the main reasons why we planned this tour. This is the first time we will visit India and I’m looking forward to the game against Bengaluru FC. I have heard that they are a strong team and we will do our best against them,” Fukuoka U18s Head Coach Yusuke Ogura said.

The match is set to kick-off at 3:30 pm IST on Saturday, August 5th.

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Bengaluru FC kick-off pre-season; fans welcome new-look squad at BFS
n Bengaluru FC kick-off pre-season 2017-18 26.07.2017 : BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bengaluru FC kicked off their 2017-18 pre-season with an open training session at the Bengaluru Football Stadium on Wednesday in front of the Blues’ faithful who turned out in numbers to vociferously cheer their heroes on.

With the AFC Cup Inter-zonal Semifinal against North Korean side April 25 SC fast approaching, the Blues wasted no time in starting off their pre-season training in the city three days post the ISL Draft.

Speaking on the sidelines of the season’s first ever training session, Head Coach Albert Roca was delighted to be back in action. “We’re happy to be back on the field. Our target is to build on last season’s progress as we move into a new chapter in the club’s history. But before our domestic season begins, we’ve got big matches coming up fast in the AFC Cup. We don’t want to waste any time and prepare the best way possible for the first leg at home. The Spain tour will also help us massively as it gives us a good opportunity to gel as a squad,” he said.

The day at the BFS began with an introductory meeting between the new players and the staff, both technical and non-technical as the club welcomed its new signings into the fold. Albert Roca and co. then quickly briefed the players about their expectations for the tough season ahead while encouraging them to train at the highest level always.

Club captain Sunil Chhetri said he was confident of the task ahead despite the reshuffle in the squad. “Things will get tougher from here given we have only just assembled a squad. But we’ve got a really good set of players that I’m confident will turn into a unit with time. There’s a nice blend of experience and youth and it’s going to be an exciting season ahead.”

On the field, it was all about sessions in endurance training which was overlooked by the entire coaching staff. The idea was to assess the players’ physical condition before the day was rounded off with a core session. The players and staff then interacted with the fans before posing for selfies and signing autographs.

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AFC approves AIFF proposal, grants official status to ISL
n AFC approves AIFF proposal, grants official status to ISL
25.07.2017 : AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Following the recommendation from the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the Competitions Committee of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) approved that the ISL Champions will play in the AFC Cup. The significant decision was taken at a meeting held by the Competitions Committee of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in Doha today.

AIFF’s recommendation to the AFC was that the ISL winner should be allocated an AFC Cup Qualifier spot.

On the back of strengthening club participation from eight to ten teams in the Hero Indian Super League, its soaring viewership and the league’s commitment to grassroots football paying off, ISL has sparked a change which will now see a newer, longer league.

Both in terms of number of matches moving up from 61 to 95 and the duration from two and a half months to five months, the longer ISL season is expected to boost the quality of Indian football.

Hero Indian Super League 2017 Player Drafts held last Sunday in Mumbai witnessed ten clubs spend INR 48.85 crore to secure signatures of 156 players.

The fourth season of Hero Indian Super League – scheduled to kick off on 17th November 2017, will feature a minimum of 150 and maximum 180 Indian players including 29 Indian National Players.

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Roca’s Boys To Play Friendlies Against Murcia CF And Baniyas S&R In Ten-Day Pre-Season Trip
BENGALURU FC Friendlies Against Murcia CF And Baniyas 24.07.2017 : BFC PRESS RELEASE : A new-look Bengaluru FC side will kick off their pre-season training this week in the city before heading to Spain early next month for a 10-day training camp. The Blues will train at the state-of-the-art facilities at Pinatar Arena in Murcia during their stay in the Mediterranean region. Having finalized their squad on Sunday at the ISL Draft, Bengaluru FC Head Coach Albert Roca will now have an eye on the crucial AFC Cup Inter-Zonal semifinal against North Korean side April 25 SC as he prepares his squad for the first leg at home on August 23.

“The facilities at Pinatar Arena are top-class and I thank the management for providing us with this opportunity. The arena will provide us with everything we need to get up and running as fast as possible. Among all the other ISL teams, we’ll be in action first in the AFC Cup and it’s important that we utilize this time well so that our team settles in quickly. While we have managed to retain the core of our team, there are a lot of new signings which means that we need to put in that extra effort in pre-season to gel as a unit,” explained Roca.

During their stay, the Blues are set to face Spanish Segunda-B Division side UCAM Murcia CF (August 9) and 2016-17 UAE Pro League side Baniyas S&R(August 15) in friendly games.

The Blues base - the Pinatar Arena - boasts of six natural grass (Bermuda and ray grass) floodlit football pitches at FIFA standards with special areas designated for goalkeepers and a stadium with a capacity of 3,500 spectators that hosts friendlies and tournaments. The Arena also has top-class fitness centers with all the latest equipment from health and fitness innovators.

While the facility recently hosted an U21 tournament between national teams of Australia, Austria, Finland and Netherlands, they have regularly hosted training camps of top-flight clubs from all over Europe. A few of them include, German heavyweights Borussia Dortmund and FC Kaiserslautern, Spanish sides Levante UD and UD Almeria, Russian powerhouses CSKA Moscow and FC Zenit apart from Ulsan Hyundai (South Korea), FC Twente (Netherlands), Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) and Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine).

This will be the second time the Blues travel abroad for a pre-season training camp having earlier visited China at the start of the 2014-15 season. Back then, the Blues faced off against Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Guangzhou R&F FC (0-3) from the Chinese Super League and Hong Kong Premier League’s Eastern AA (0-2). The 23-man team departs from India on August 5th and is scheduled to return on August 16th.


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ATK NO LONGER TIED UP WITH SPANISH CLUB

ISL 2017 PLAYER DRAFT
KFC NEWS DESK-22.7.17: ATK are now no longer a part of the world famous Spanish football club Atletico De Madrid. This was stated by the principle owner of the ISL franchisee ATK, Sanjiv Goenka in the first official media meeting at Kolkata. While answering a question Mr Goenka said, that the new name of ATK stands as ' Amar Tomar Kolkata', though he did not want to go in details regarding the full form of ATK at first. While discussing Sanjiv Goenka said, Atletico De Madrid did not spent a single penny in the last three years. All the investments of ATK were borne by the Indian partners Sanjiv Goenka, Utsav Parekh, Harsh Neotia and cricketing legend Saurav Ganguly.

Sanjiv Goenka did not go into any controversy with the Kolkata giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. As he says that the Kolkata giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan has rich legacies and they are the idol of the football fans all over the country. Even we are the fans of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan from our childhood. He added that they are'Big brother' and we are 'Infants'. We will not going to compete with anyone of them.

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ATK INTRODUCED TEDDY SHERINGHAM & ASTLEY WESTWOOD

ISL 2017 PLAYER DRAFT
KFC NEWS DESK - 22.7.17: The defending champions of Indian Super League, ATK today presents their Head coach and Technical Directer who will be in charge of the team in the forth season. The Principle owner of ATK, Sanjiv Goenka today introduced Teddy Sheringham as Head coach and Astley Westwood as the Technical Director at a media meeting at Kolkata .

Astley Westwood is a common face in Indian football in the recent years. Astley was responsible for a successful and steady growth of Bangaluru FC in Indian football. This will be the first instance when Teddy Sheringham being introduced in a top tier football in India.

While interacting in the media meeting Teddy Sheringham, the Head coach of ATK said,“I am extremely thankful to the ATK management for giving me an opportunity to be a part of Indian Super League by being the head coach of this fantastic team. My focus would be to understand methods and tactics of each player and align them to get optimum output and also lend them my field expertise. I hope to have a great run in here. I am confident for a successful mission with ATK in the upcoming tournament.”

In his massage the Techinical Director Astley Westwood stated, " I feel excited to be a part of vibrant ATK family and thank everyone out here. It feels great to be associated with a champion team. Kolkata’s enthusiasm for football will make the journey all the more exciting. I will do my best to make the boys comfortable and get the best out of each one .”

ATK retained Debjit Mazumdar and Prabir Das in the squad will are ready to snatch some important footballers from the Draft on tomorrow morning.

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ISL: PLAYERS INCLUDED BEFORE DRAFT

ISL MEDIA RELEASE - 19.7.2017: Hero India Super League season 2017-18 Player Draft scheduled to be held on Sunday, 23rd July in Mumbai will feature ten clubs, including the new two entrants - Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru FC - who will vie for the finest footballers from a strong army of 200 plus Indian players.

Hero ISL regulations allow Clubs to have a minimum of 15 and maximum of 18 Indian players in the squad, including two U21 development players mandatorily. The Clubs were allowed to retain a maximum of two senior players from their 2016 squad, in addition to retaining upto three U21 players to fill up the development player quota.

Eight of the nine teams have made the most of the retention regulation for the season by signing 22 Domestic Players in a bid to create the core of their squad, while Delhi Dynamos have opted to begin on a fresh note for the upcoming season.

As the new team in ISL, Jamshedpur FC will get the first pick in both 1st and 2nd rounds of the Player Draft, while Delhi Dynamos FC will be the second club to exercise their right in the opening round. FC Pune City who have retained only 1 senior player will join the above two in the second round. The rest of the six clubs, except Chennaiyin FC will join the Player Draft from the 3rd round.

Chennaiyin FC will be the only club to join the Player Draft from 4th Round. The 2015 champions have retained promising youngster Jerry Lalrinzuala – a capped Indian player falling under U21 category, in addition to their two senior players retention and hence will have to miss the first three rounds.

ISL 2017-18 Player Draft will witness a total 15 rounds. The sequence for selection of Player Draft rounds for each club will be determined by a draw of lots on Saturday evening.

The Instant Trading Card, first successfully introduced during ISL 2015 Player Draft, allows teams a second chance to trade an already picked player. From the third round onwards, any Club may, within 15 seconds of another Club announcing its Draft pick, press the buzzer to activate the “Instant Trade” process. Representatives of the clubs will then head to the Instant Trading Table to propose, negotiate and close the deal within a stipulated time.

Atletico de Kolkata

Sr Retained: Debjit Majumdar, Prabir Das.
U21 Retained: None
No of players to be selected : Min 13 including two U21.
Entry in Draft Round : 3

Bengaluru FC
Sr Retained : Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh
U21 Retained : Nishu Kumar, Malsawmzuala
No of players to be selected : Min 13
Entry in Draft Round : 3

Chennaiyin FC
Sr. Retained: Jeje Lalpekhlua, Karanjit Singh U21 Retained: Jerry Lalrinzuala (capped), Anirudh Thapa No of players to be selected : Min 12 Entry in Draft Round : 4 Delhi Dynamos FC
Sr. Retained: None
U21 Retained: None
No of players to be selected : Min 15 including two U21
Entry in Draft Round: 1

FC Goa
Sr. Retained: Laxmikant Kattimani, Mandar Rao Dessai
U21 Retained: None
No of players to be selected : Min 13 including two U21
Entry in Draft Round : 3
FC Pune City
Sr. Retained: Vishal Kaith
U21 Retained: Ashique Kuruniyan
No of players to be selected : Min 14 including one U21 Entry in Draft Round : 2

Kerala Blasters FC
Sr. Retained: CK Vineeth, Sandesh Jhingan
U21 Retained: Prashanth Karuthadathkuni
No of players to be selected : Min 13 including one U21
Entry in Draft Round : 3

Mumbai City FC
Sr. Retained: Amrinder Singh, Sehnaj Singh
U21 Retained: Rakesh Oram
No of players to be selected : Min 13 including one U21
Entry in Draft Round : 3
North East United FC
Sr. Retained: Rowllin Borges, TP Rehenesh
U21 Retained: None
No of players to be selected : Min 13 including two U21
Entry in Draft Round : 3
Jamshedpur FC
Sr. Retained: None
U21 Retained: None
No of players to be selected : Min 15 including two U21
Entry in Draft Round: 1

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