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

ISL MEDIA DAY : COACHES VIEW - kolkata
ISL MEDIA DAY : COACHES VIEW

KFC NEWS - 12.11.2017 : ISL observed Media Day at a function in a city hotel at Kolkata and introduced it's four franchisees, Delhi Dynamos, North East United , Jamshedpur FC and ATK . The chief coach one Indian and one International footballers of the teams expressed their views regarding the forth coming ISL which will going to commence on and from the 17th April.

The coaches and footballers of all the franchisees are of the opinion that ISL will be more competitive in this edition.


ISL MEDIA DAY : COACHES VIEW - kolkata
VIEWS OF THE COACHES :

MIGUEL ANGEL (DELHI DYNAMOS): "Now the league is better. More team which means it will be more competitive. It's growing every year which is good for the country. I hope next season the duration of the league increases to nine months." While analysing his team Miguel said, "I like possession but the reason is for better finishing for goals. We don't want possession for our enjoyment. It depends on the opponent as well. If you have possession you can control the game. It's very important. But the most important is to score goals. In football you cannot stick to one tactics. I compete for winning. Ball possession is important for winning not for enjoyment."

Regarding the first match against Pune City FC Miguel said, "I know their team. I know Lucca who played in Atletico Paranaense with me. Marcelinho is a former Delhi Dynamos player. (Ranko) Popovic plays his team in a 4-3-3 formation. I want a winning mentality in my team."

JOAO CARLOS PIRES DE DEUS (NORTH EAST UNITED): We have the best Indian player in our squad in my opinion, which is Rowllin Borges. Hali Charan (Narzary) and him are both part of the national team and we have other quality domestic talents as well. “Our aim is to reach the semi-finals, but football is a complex game and not easy. However, it can be made simple with definite ideas. My players understand very well what our concept of the game is. So, let’s start as quickly as possible and enjoy it.”

STEVE COPPLE (JAMSHEDPUR FC) : “As a new club, everything is brand new. Those of you who make the trip (to Jamshedpur) will appreciate the work that is going on in the stadium. I don't think I can say anything about expectations, because it's a new team that doesn't have much experience in the league. But we’re hoping to go as far as possible. While interacting Steve added "India and ISL is an Unique experinece."

TEDDY SHERINGHAM (ATK): "I was initially skeptical and asked myself whether I needed to come all the way to India to manage. But then I spoke with people - Steve Coppell (Jamshedpur FC's current head coach) of course and even David James (former Kerala Blasters head coach) and they all had good things to say. Then when I was told we'll be playing in front of 60,000 supporters, I thought that's the sort of atmosphere I want to manage in, It will be an obvious challenge but if it came down to choosing to play in front of 3,000 or 60,000, I would choose the latter. I expect a large number of fans even at the Salt Lake stadium during our home games."

Sheringham confirmed that ATK will be without their star signing Robbie Keane, who is nursing an achilles injury and will not be part of the opener.

THE FORTH EDITION OF INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE WILL KICK OF ON 17TH NOVEMBER WHEN TWO TIMES CHAMPIONS ATK WILL FACE KERALA BLASTERS FC AT KOCHI


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ISL is not a tournament anymore, it is a proper league now
‘ISL is not a tournament anymore, it is a proper league now’

ISL PRESS RELEASE - 10.11.2017: In the space of just two months and three days, head coach Alexandre Guimarães completely changed the fortunes of Mumbai City FC. A club which was associated with inconsistency and a leaky defence was transformed into one which finished on top of the table and kept a staggering nine clean sheets. If the Costa Rican can pull off such a feat in a little more than 60 days, then this year's Hero Indian Super League — which is exactly two months longer than the earliear seasons — will give him and other head coaches time to impart their ideas on their squads in a more effective manner.

"I think this season,there will be enough time for recovery, preparation and even try different styles. A longer league means every manager will have more time to impart their ideas to their team and know players better," he said.

Guimarães is the only returning head coach, unless you count Albert Roca, who was in charge of Bengaluru FC when the club was part of the Hero I-League last season. But while Guimarães didn't bat an eyelid before accepting the offer to coach in Mumbai for one more year, FC Goa midfielder Bruno Pinheiro said that a longer season was the biggest reason in his return to India. Pinheiro played for the Gaurs in the first season and is back after a two-year gap.
ISL is not a tournament anymore, it is a proper league now

"One of the main reasons for me agreeing to come back is the extension of the league. The biggest advantage of this is for the players, who need time to recover and a longer season means better performances," the Portuguese said. Chennaiyin FC manager John Gregory didn't mince words while discussing the lengths of the previous Hero ISL editions.

"I remember seeing the fixture lists from previous seasons and there was a point where Chennaiyin played three games in six days. That was too much to ask for from players. As for training drills, I won't do anything different compared to England, where Championship clubs play 46 games in 38 weeks along with (midweek) cup games as well. But a longer league gives coaches and players enough to know each other," the 63-year-old said.

Iain Hume, who has been synonymous with the Hero ISL, said that he would have come back for another season irrespective of the duration, but stated a 4-month long duration meant that "earlier the ISL was a tournament, now it is a league."Hume also said that he doesn't see a longer league being a hindrance in attracting top names to the Hero ISL, adding that the likes of former Manchester United players Dimitar Berbatov and Wes Brown signing up for the league proved that the decision to increase its length was a sign of progression.

"More teams and a longer league mean that the league will become more and more established," says Hume.Serbian Ranko Popovic, who takes over from Antonio Habas at FC Pune City said that he was impressed with how receptive the Indian players have been so far to his methods, but said that shorter leagues mean "too much vacation time."

"That was the only surprise for me that players have to come back from such a long vacation. In Europe, we get a month or two, and that is the way forward for the Hero ISL," he said.Pune's winger Kean Lewis said that it was a big plus point for players' welfare to be employed for a longer period of time. All the head coaches who spoke at the Hero ISL's Media Day today in Mumbai, were categorical about the number of ideas they wanted to implement on their teams — and that all these ideas needed time to be executed.

With the duration of the league lasting for double the time of its previous editions, this will be the season that coaches and players will cherish in terms of learning and executing their skills on the pitch.

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FC Goa dominate Mohun Bagan in pre-season friendly
FC Goa dominate Mohun Bagan in pre-season friendly

FCG PRESS RELEASE - 09.11.2017: FC Goa looked comfortable in a 2-0 victory over Mohun Bagan AC in their second pre-season game in Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The Gaurs got on to the score sheet before the Kolkata club could even touch the ball through Manuel Lanzarote’s lobbed goal. A second goal in the first half courtesy of Ferran ‘Coro’ Corominas was enough to seal victory.

The Gaurs got off to the perfect start in their second pre-season friendly in Goa as they found themselves a goal to the good before Mohun Bagan AC even managed to touch the ball. Edu bedia controlled the ball in midfield and put in a sublime aerial through ball for Lanzarote who got on to the end of it and lobbed the onrushing Shilton Paul for the lead. The Gaurs were in control of the game from the first whistle and continued to create a number of chances. Bruno Pinheiro almost found FerranCorominas with another long ball but the striker was unable to get on to the end of it. Coro however, had the chance to double the lead moments later after he was played in by Edu Bedia but his shot flew high above the crossbar. The visitors were struggling to get a hold of the game as the Gaurs controlled the ball and kept the pressure on the opposition defence.

In the 21st minute, Mandar Rao Dessai and Coro combined to double the Gaurs’ lead. A good counter attacking move from the home side saw Edu feed the ball to Mandar on the left. The makeshift left back instinctively ran into the box and squared the ball for Coro who tapped home. Sony Norde was presented with a chance to pull a goal back for his side a couple of minutes later but his shot from just outside the box was straight at skipper LaxmikantKattimani who made the stop easily. Youngster Liston Colaco who started the game for the Gaurs then had a couple of chances to triple the lead but was unable to convert. SeritonFernandes intercepted the ball well and slipped in a superb through ball for the pacy youngster who ran on to the ball but was unable to lob the keeper who came off his line.

It was Lanzarote’s turn to test the keeper once more after he received the ball outside the box and thundered a superb shot at Shilton who managed to parry. Not long after, the Gaurs received a free-kick just outside the box. Lanzarote stepped up once more to curl an effort towards the far post. He had the keeper beaten but the ball crept inches wide of the post. FC Goa should have had the third goal right at the end of the half when Coro slipped a ball through for Brandon whose attempted lob went just wide of the far post.

It was more of the same in the second half. The Gaurs looked to keep hold of the ball and pass it around while attempting to unlock the Mohun Bagan defence. Sergio Lobera brought on Ali Mohammad and Sergio Juste for Chinglensana Singh and Bruno Pinheiro. Like in the first half, FC Goa got off to a good start with Lanzarote sending Coro through with a good pass. The striker however, attempted to shoot from distance and skied his effort. As the half progressed, Bagan began to apply pressure while FC Goa found it increasingly hard to keep possession for long periods like they did in the previous half.

Brandon was presented with an opportunity to shoot after Lanzarote set him up outside the box but the winger shot straight at the keeper. It was Mandar’s turn to test the keeper shortly afterwards after he found himself with some space in the box but once again his shot was saved. Norde looked a lot livelier in the second half and jinked past a few defenders in the box and shot at Kattimani’s goal. The keeper however was up for the task and blocked the shot. Liston got yet another chance to increase the lead after Lanzarote fizzed a superb ball across the box. The youngster ran through unmarked and somehow shot the ball wide under no pressure.

Sergio made a host of changes thereafter to test out his bench strength as his team got back into a passing rhythm. Bagan had the opportunity to sneak a goal back after a good cross found an unmarked striker in the box but his first time shot flew over the crossbar. The Gaurs continued to push forward in an attempt to score a third but were unable to do so before the referee called time on the contest.

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BENGALURU FC LOST TO MINERVA PUNJAB in FRIENDLY MATCH 2-1
BENGALURU FC LOST TO MINERVA PUNJAB in FRIENDLY MATCH 2-1 : Chencho Gyeltshen brace and Micu for BFC

09.11.2017: Bhutanese Ronaldo Chencho Gyeltshen’s hattrick helps Minerva Punjab FC pip former Indian Champions and AFC Cup finalists Bengaluru FC at home. Northern powerhouse Minerva Punjab FC were invited to play Former I-League Champions and AFC Cup finalists Bengaluru FC at the Bengaluru FC Residental Academy, Vidyanagar, Bellary today. The Mohali based club who recently had a dream run in their debut season of Punjab League missing the title by a whisker to Punjab Police continued their dream run against Bengaluru FC.

Gaffer Juan Luiz Perez fielded his full strength squad against the Blues who boast of names like European defender, Sapinard Juanan – Englishmen John Johnson, Former Barceona “B” midfielders Dimas Delgado and Edu Garcia. Former Venezuelan international Nicolas Ladislao Fedor Flores (Miku) also made his way into the Bengaluru Line Up for the game.

Mohali based club Minerva Punjab FC started on a brilliant note as Mumbaikar Abhishek Ambekar took the first dig at the goal in the very first minute but was brought down on the edge of the box earning a free kick which was to no avail. The next few minutes in the game, the Mohali based team dominated the possession as they flodded the Bengaluru box with constant attack, Striker Girik Khosla came close to scoring on a couple of occasions along with William Opoko but couldn't bring about a change to the scoreline.

Their hardwork however finally paid off when in the 9th minute when midfield lynchpin William Opoko chipped in a brilliant ball to Bhutanese import Chencho Gyeltshen who slotted home the first for Minerva Punjab FC leaving the Bengaluru FC defence and dugout stunned! Right Back Kamalpreet Singh too displayed a rock solid performance as he dropped in some brilliant cross from the flank for Girik, Chencho and William on various occasions as their attempts missed the target by inches. Bhutanese Ronaldo Chencho Gyeltshen however doubled the lead for the visitors again in the 32nd minute thru William Opoko brilliant thru ball to make it 2-0 in the Half an Hour mark.

Bengaluru FC however pulled one back thru their experienced Venezuelan International Nicolas Ladislao Fedor Flores (Miku) to make it 2-1 as both teams went for a Half Time break at the end an exciting 45 minutes played. The game started with a couple of changes made to both team’s line up as Minerva brought in Souvik Das in favour of Girik Khosla and Abhishek Ambekar in favour of Rahul Das, Bengaluru FC’s Miku took a long attempt at the goal on the stroke of the second half whistle but our custodian Arshpreet Singh collected it comfortably launching a quick attack from the back via Kamalpreet Singh who fed it well to Chencho on the attack but the Bhutanest failed to convert the attempt. Bengaluru FC held possession into the centre of the park trying to break the rigid Minerva defenders but failed to do so on several occasions, Venezuelan hitman Miku however pulled an equaliser for the home team thru a deflected shot leaving the Minerva gaffer furious as he yelled instructions from the sideline reconstructing the Minerva attack. The spainards efforts paid off well as Bhutanese international Chencho Gyeltshen completed his Hattrick making it 3-2 for Minerva Punjab FC bringing the visitors back into the game. The match ended with the score board remaining unchanged as Minerva Punjab FC emerged victorious against a highly experienced Bengaluru FC team. With the win, Minerva Punjab FC maintain their 100% win record in the pre-season previously defeating Indian Air Force Football GTeam on various occasion and now Bengaluru FC first Team at home in Bengaluru.

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ROBBIE KEANE TO LEAD ATK IN ISL
ROBBIE KEANE TO LEAD ATK IN ISL

KFC NEWS DESK - 06.11.2017: The Irish footballer Robert David Keane to lead ATK in the forth edition of Indian Super League which will going to commence from the middle of November. This was announced by Mr. Sanjiv Goenka, Principal Owner, ATK in a media meeting at Kolkata today. Keane was an experienced striker scored a number of important goals while playing for Tottenam Hotspur, Liverpool , West Ham United and Aston Villa. He scored sixty eight international goals in 146 matches for his country Ireland.

ATK unveiled their new official team jersey for the forthcoming season which is a symbol of passion for the team. The philosophy for the new jersey is The red, blue and white colours bring to life the energy and the burning passion that makes ATK a team with an edge. The progressive bold stripe design patterns capture a sense of high speed acceleration, with a brilliant balance to back it.

While interacting in the meeting Mr. Sanjiv Goenka said, “We are happy to unveil the team’s new jersey for the upcoming fourth season of Indian Super League. The new jersey signifies the passion and the burning desire of the team to win. Genesis advertising has come up with an impeccable design for the new jersey. Also ATK has performed exceedingly well in the Pre-Season held in Dubai. I am sure the younger footballers of the team have gained rich experience working alongside legends like Robbie and Teddy.” Mr Goenka announced that ten thousand tickets for the first match at home against Pune City FC will be on sale the amount of which is less than Rs 100/-.

ATK reached the city on Saturday evening after a good pre season training at Dubai.Teddy Sheringham, Head Coachof ATK while briefing the media said, “I am eagerly looking forward to the fourth edition of Indian Super League. The team looks in good shape after the Pre-Season in Dubai. It has been exciting so far and I hope that the team will fight to retain the crown this year.”

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isl team chennaiyin fc in thailand tour

Chennaiyin FC returns home after Thailand tour.

CFC PRESS RELEASE - 02.11.2017 : Chennaiyin FC returned to the city in the early hours of Thursday morning after a three week pre-season training camp at Hua Hin, Thailand. Just like previous seasons, Chennaiyin received a warm welcome from fans at the airport despite their arrival being after midnight.

There were flags, garlands and custom made banners accompanied by player chants. Despite several changes in the Chennaiyin squad under the new guidance of English coach John Gregory, the supporters were full of enthusiasm and introduced chants even for the newcomers.

CFC’s training base in Thailand was at True Arena, Hua Hin, which is 125 miles away from Thailand’s capital city Bangkok. The 2015 ISL champions played three friendly matches in Thailand. They lost 2-0 against newly promoted Thai Premier League side Air Force Central FC and also were beaten 3-1 by Thai Premier League outfit Thai Port FC.

Chennaiyin defeated Thai Premier League’s Bangkok United FC 3-0 in their final pre-season friendly in Thailand. The preparations for the fourth season of the Hero Indian Super League will resume with an afternoon training session at SDAT Nehru Park later today. CFC start their campaign with a home fixture against FC Goa on Sunday November 19 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Karanjit Singh, Pawan Kumar, Shahin Lal Meloli

Defenders: Dhanachandra Singh, Fulganco Cardozo, Henrique Sereno (Portugal), Inigo Calderon (Spain), Jerry Lalrinzuala, Keenan Almeida, Mailson Alves (Brazil), Sanjay Balmuchu

Midfielders: Anirudh Thapa, Bikramjit Singh, Dhanapal Ganesh, Francisco Fernandes, Germapreet Singh, Jaime Gavilan (Spain), Raphael Augusto (Brazil), Rene Mihelic (Slovenia), Thoi Singh

Forwards: Gregory Nelson (Netherlands), Jeje Lalpekhlua, Jude Nworuh (Nigeria), Mohammed Rafi Madambillath, Baoringdao Bodo

Head Coach: John Gregory