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.



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).

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).
Martin Diaz (Uruguay)
Adilson (Brazil)
Wellington Silva (Brazil)
Marcinhio (Brazil)
Luis Alfanso Paez (Colombia)
Odair Fortes (Cape Varde)
Sambinha (Guinea-Bissau)
Jose Gonsalvez (Portugal).
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)
John Johnson (England)
Juanan Gonzalez (Spain)
Erik Paartalu (Australia)
Diman Delgado (Spain)
Antonio Dovale (Spain)
Braulio Nobrega Rodriguez (Spain)
MIKU( Venezueala)
Eduardo Garcia (Spain)
Inigo Calderon (Spain)
Raphael Augusto (Brazil)
Rene Mihelic (Slovenia)
Jaime Gavilan (Spain)
Gregory Nelson (Netherlands)
Minnal Jude (Nigeria)
Mailson Alves (Brazil)
Henrique Sereno (Portugal)
Lucian Golan (Romania)
Everton Santos(Brazil)
Rafa Jorda (Spain)
Marcio Rosario (Brazil)
Chille Emana (Cameroon)
Thiago Santos (Brazil)
Leo Costa ( Brazil)
Gerson Vieira (Brazil)
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)
Jose Luis Espinosa Arroyo (Spain)
Sameehg Doutie (South Africa)
Kervens Belfort (Haiti)
Andre BIkey(Cameroon)
Trindade Goncalves (Brazil)
Talla N'Diaye (Senegal)
Memo (Brazil)
Iain Hume(Canada)
Courage Pekuson (Ghana)
Nemanja Lakic-Pesic ( Serbia)
Wes Brown (England)
Paul Rachubka (England) Mark Sifneos(Netherlands) Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria)
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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.



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