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3rd KING'S CUP FOOTBALL - BHUTAN 2014

 KING'S CUP BHUTAN 2014

3rd Edition of the Tournament to start from 15th November

Bhutan's biggest sporting event Kings Cup will going to be flagged off on the 15th of November at the Changlimithang National Stadium in Thimphu. This is the third occasion when the Bhutan's Football Association are organizing the tournament. Kings Cup was formerly known as Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Gold Cup which was held in Phuentshogling in the late 90s. From 2004 onward the tournament was renamed as Kings Cup and the venue being shifted to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu.

The tournament came into lime light after Bhutan Football Association involved themselves since last three years. This year nine football clubs are participating including two football clubs from Bhutan. As a result of which Kings Cup can be reckoned as one of the important and prestigious international club tournament in South East Asia.

The two I league playing clubs Pune FC, Mohun Bagan and Assam Electricity Board are the three Indian clubs participating in the tournament. The other Clubs are Druk United and Uryen Academy of Bhutan, Sheik Jamal Dhanmandi and Abhahani Kriacharka Limited of Bangladesh, Nakhom Ratchasima FC of Thailand and MMC FC of Nepal will going to play in the group league stages before the top two teams will be qualified to play the semi final.

The tournament is being sponsored by a number of corporates. Druk Air, Bank of Bhutan,and Bhutan Telecom LTd are the the main sponsor while BBS TV will going to telecast the matches of the tournament.

Last years Kings Cup recorded more than 30,000 spectators for the final game and on an average about a thousand people came to watch the game everyday. Officials expect even more turnout this year.

Last year Mohun Bagan Sail Football Academy lost to MMC FC but beat Arambagh Bangladesh.

3rd KING'S CUP FOOTBALL - BHUTAN 2014

 KING'S CUP BHUTAN 2014

KING'S CUP - BHUTAN 2014 : TABLE and GROUP


 Group A 



TEAM M W D L GF GA GD PTS Shiekh Jamal (Bangladesh) 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 7 Mohun Bagan (India) 3 1 1 1 9 8 +1 4 NAKHON RATCHASIMA F.C. ( Thailand) 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4 Druk United FC (Bhutan) 3 0 1 2 3 11 -8 1

Group B

TEAM M W D L GF GA GD PTS Pune FC (INDIA) 4 4 0 0 10 1 +9 12 MMC FC (Nepal) 4 2 1 1 10 6 +4 7 Ugyen Academy (Bhutan) 4 2 0 2 6 6 0 6 Abahani Limited (Bangladesh) 4 1 1 2 3 5 -2 4 Assam Electricity (India) 4 0 0 4 1 12 -10 0


3rd KING'S CUP FOOTBALL - BHUTAN 2014

 KING'S CUP BHUTAN 2014

KING'S CUP - BHUTAN 2014 : FIXTURES and RESULTS


15.11.2014: Druk United (Bhutan) -0-3- Sheikh Jamal Dhammandi FC (Bangladesh)
SKD Darbow, Weson Asnelme, Ruben.

16.11.2014: Abahani Limited (Bangladesh) -1-0- Assam Electricity (India)
ABA Ismail Bangoura 19'

16.11.2014: MMC FC (Nepal) -1-2-Pune FC (INDIA)
PFC : Arata 18, Eric Brown 60'
MMC : deepak 83'
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17.11.2014: Druk United FC (Bhutan) -0-5- AKHON RATCHASIMA F.C. (Thailand)

18.11.2014: Abahani Limited (Bangladesh) -0-1- Ugyen Academy (Bhutan)
UGA : Tshering Wangdi 86'
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19.11.2014: Assam Electricity (India) -1-2- MMC FC (Nepal)
ASM : Deepak Rai 37'
MMC : Dodzu 34', Shiva Shrestha 39'

20.11.2014: Pune FC (INDIA) -1-0- Ugyen Academy (Bhutan)
PUN : Seuoka 13'
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22.11.2014: Druk United FC (Bhutan) -3-3- Mohun Bagan (India)
MMB : Alex 45+1, Boya 55', sony Nordy 70'
DRU : Chencho 7', 90+4', Jigme 76'

22.11.2014: Abahani Limited (Bangladesh) -2-2- MMC FC (Nepal)
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23.11.2014: Assam Electricity (India) -0-5- Pune FC (INDIA)
PFC : Arata 14', Haokip 20', 29', 67', Rocha 83'

23.11.2014: Shiekh Jamal (Bangladesh) -0-0- NAKHON RATCHASIMA F.C. (Thailand)
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24.11.2014: MMC FC (Nepal) -5-1- Ugyen Academy (Bhutan)

25.11.2014: Abahani Limited (Bangladesh) -0-2- Pune FC (INDIA)
PFC : Lalrimpuia 86', Luciano Sabrosa (Pen 90')

25.11.2014: Mohun Bagan (India) -3-0- NAKHON RATCHASIMA F.C. (Thailand)
MMB : Sony Nordi 8', Eric Boya 54, 85'
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26.11.2014: Assam Electricity (India) -0-4- Ugyen Academy (Bhutan)

27.11.2014: Sheikh Jamal Dhammandi FC (Bangladesh) -5-3- Mohun Bagan (India)
SKJ : Emeka Darlington 5', 54' Darboe Landing 16', 63', Wedson Anselme (Pen 31')
MMB : Pankaj Moula 56', Kalsumi Yusa 64', Pirre Boya 90+2.

29.11.2014: 1st Semi : Sheikh Jamal Dhammandi FC -1-2- MMC FC (Nepal)
MMC : Norbet Cedric Aba 54'
SKJ : Sakhwat Rony 84, Dabore Landing 90+1

30.11.2014: 2nd Semi : Pune FC -1-1, 6-5 (PEN) - Mohun Bagan

FINAL
02.12.2014: Sk Jamal Dhanmumdi -1-0- PUNE FC
DHN : Yasin Khan scored 25'



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3rd KING'S CUP FOOTBALL - BHUTAN 2014


25.11.2014 : PUNE FC 2-0 ABAHANI LIMITED ( FT.)
PFC : Lalrempuia 86', Luciano Sobrosa 90'
PFC : Ansari, Ralte, Anas, Luciano, Matthew, Mumtaz, Ganesh, Lalrempuia, Bineesh, Haokip, Eric.
ABL :Ziaur, Ariful, Samad, Emon, Shahed, Omar, Nahidul, Nasirul, Aminur, Bangoura, Henry

King’s Cup, Bhutan: Pune FC sign off in style; down Bangladesh’s Abahani Ltd 2-0

PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC finished their group engagements in style by maintaining a clean record with a 2-0 win over Bangladesh's Abahani Limited in the King's Cup at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Tuesday. In a game of equal exchanges, late goals from midfielder Lalrempuia Fanai (86th minute) and defender Luciano Sabrosa (90th) helped Pune FC overcome the Dhaka-based side for a fourth consecutive win in the competition.

The result took Pune FC's tally to 12 points in four games winning Group-B with a 5-point margin ahead of MMC, Nepal (7 pts), Abahani Ltd (4 pts), Ugyen Academy, Bhutan (3 pts) and Assam State Electricity Board (0 pts). Moreover, Pune FC became the only side in this edition of the King’s Cup to end the group stage with one hundred percent record.

 Pune FC match in KING'S CUP BHUTAN 2014

Coach Karim Bencherifa rung in five changes in the line-up handing starts to goalkeeper Moniruzzaman Ansari, defender Matthew Gonsalves and Luciano Sabrosa along with medio Mumtaz Akhtar and attacker Bineesh Balan. The game began with Abahani dominating the early exchanges as Pune FC soaked pressure. However, keeper Ansari was alert to deny Shahedul Alam who let fly from 25 yards out in the 5th minute.

At the other end, Pune FC started building up pressure and themselves went close on couple of occasions through Bineesh and striker Thongkhosiem Haokip. However, despite dominating possession in the midfield Pune FC were unable to penetrate through the Abahani defense until the 25th minute when medio Mumtaz’s intelligent chip sent Haokip in the clear only for the rival custodian Md. Ziaur Rahman to rush out and make a block.

Minutes later, it was attacker Eric Brown who almost broke the deadlock. His powerful shot rattled the woodwork and came off the horizontal in the 29th minute. Thereafter, both sides kept pushing but once again fell short in the final third as the first half ended goalless.

Coach Bencherifa made a couple of changes at the start of the second half bringing in attacker Prakash Thorat and winger Snehashis Chakraborty in place of Haokip and Dhanpal Ganesh. The change made an immediate impact as Prakash went on a fantastic solo, cut past a defender and set up Lalrempuia whose attempt on target was saved by the keeper.

Minutes later, Pune FC once again went on the attack. This time, Snehashis and Brown combined down the left but the Liberian’s set up for Bineesh was blocked by defender Samad Yussif. At the other end, Abahani created their first close chance of the game in the 55th minute. Nasirul Islam did well to get past Luciano and crossed in for striker Ismael Bangoura who headed over from six-yards out.

Meanwhile, Pune FC who were camped in the opposition half kept on pushing up creating a few close chances but attempts from Bineesh and defender Zohmingliana Ralte lacked finish. Midway through the half, Prakash once again set on a solo on the right before cutting back to Lalrempuia who in turn set up Brown. The Liberian was however unlucky as his try from 25-yards out was saved by the keeper.

Into the final ten minutes, Pune FC once again went close on a couple of occasions through substitute Nikhil who fell short on applying the killer finish from close range. Just as it seemed that the match would end goalless, it burst into life in the final five minutes as Pune FC scored twice in succession.

First, winger Nikhil earned a freekick after being fouled by Samad 20-yards out. On the resultant set-piece, Lalrempuia curled in the attempt into the top corner to give Pune FC the lead in the 86th minute. The strike was also his first ever Senior goal for Pune FC.

Three minutes later, Pune FC earned a penalty with Nikhil once again at the heart of the move. The young winger showed some great control on the left and sent in a grounder to Prakash inside the box. Prakash brilliantly played dummy letting the ball go through for Bineesh who was brought down by Henry Felix as he tried to get past him.

Defender Luciano Sabrosa stepped up and made no mistake in slotting home the penalty kick past the keeper to double the lead and get his first goal in Pune FC colours. Pune FC will now face the runner-up of Group-A in the second semifinal on Sunday.

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King's Cup, Bhutan: Pune FC keen to maintain winning run; face Bangladesh's Abahani Ltd

24.11.2014 : PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC will be keen to maintain their winning run when they come up against Bangladesh's Abahani Limited in a final round Group-B encounter of the King's Cup at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Tuesday. Going into the game as the first team to have sealed a semifinal spot on the back of three consecutive wins, Pune FC will hope to close out the Group-Stage as winners with a hundred per cent record.

However, the clash against Abahani won't be an easy one for Pune FC. Abahani, who are currently third in the table, desperately need a win to give them a chance of qualifying for the semifinals. Moreover, having to depend on other results to go their way, the Dhaka-based team will have to go all-out attack on Tuesday to keep their hopes alive.

'It's a tough competition with good teams in both groups and we are happy to have qualified for the knockouts with a game in hand. We have become a very close unit and it's difficult to break us down and for that, I am proud of the boys', said Coach Karim Bencherifa after a 45-minute training session at the Changlimithang Stadium on Monday.

Having already qualified for the semis, Coach Bencherifa is expected to make quite a few changes in the starting lineup as Pune FC gear up to play their second game in three days. He added, 'Even though we have qualified, other teams too have a chance of qualification. We will be professional and approach the game like the previous ones and will try to win this game. There will be changes in the lineup but we will still put out a very good team to get the best possible result."

On the team news front, Salam Ranjan Singh will miss out having taken a knock in the previous game. However, the Pune FC squad has been boosted by the additions of Matthew Gonsalves and Snehashis Chakraborty who will be available for selection on matchday.

On the other hand, Abahani come into the game hoping for the best as their hopes of qualification were dealt a severe blow after their 2-2 draw against fellow contenders MMC, Nepal. The Bangladeshi side, who finished runners up in their national league in 2013-14, will depend heavily on the foreign trio of defender Samad Yussif, medio Ismael Bangoura and striker Henry Felix Ubom to shine on matchday alongside local players Pranotosh Das and Alam Shahed.

A win is what Abahani desparately need and they will have to give everything on matchday to have at least a mathematical chance of qualifying to the next round. The game, which will be played late in the afternoon, kicks off at 3.00 PM local time (2.30 PM IST) on Tuesday.

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23.11.2014: Assam Electricity (India) -0-5- Pune FC (INDIA)
PFC : Arata 14', Haokip 20', 29', 67', Rocha 83'

PFC Press Release : Pune FC showed no mercy in completing a huge 5-0 over Assam State Electricity Board FC in a third round Group-B encounter to seal their place in the semifinals of the 2014 King’s Cup at the Changlimithang Stadium in Bhutan on Sunday.

 Pune FC match in KING'S CUP BHUTAN 2014

The big win was powered by striker Thongkhosiem Haokip (20th, 29th, 67th minute), who scored a memorable hattrick, as well as midfielder Arata Izumi (14th) and substitute Velington Rocha (85th) who contributed in Pune FC’s third consecutive win.

Thus, Pune FC became the first team to seal a place in the last-four of the competition, and did so with a game in hand having collected nine points from their first three games. They now lead the chasing pack of Abahani Ltd, Dhaka (4 pts), MMC, Nepal (4 pts) and Ugyen Academy Bhutan (3pts), all fighting for the second place in Group-B after ASEB (0 pts) got knocked out. Going into the game, Coach Karim Bencherifa fielded the same Starting XI from the previous match with Luciano Sabrosa replacing Shoaib Syed on the bench. Pune FC began the game on the offensive and had the attacking trio of Haokip, Eric Brown and Ryuji Sueoka go close on a few occasions, before finally taking the lead in 14th minute.

A good combination play between Haokip and Sueoka had the Japanese play a quick wall pass to send Arata in the clear who made no mistake in slotting the ball past Daoga Brahma in the ASEB goal. Minutes later, Pune FC doubled their advantage as Arata turned provider. The move began with Eric sending Arata clear on the left. The India-international sprinted, turned and squared an inch perfect ball to Haokip on the run who slid the ball into the goal ahead of defender Kbiswanath Karmarkar.

Nine minutes later, Pune FC got their third goal, once again through Haokip. After Sueoka did well to steal a ball and take a crack on goal, the deflection off defender Sunil Murmo took the ball to Haokip who lunged forward to complete his brace. At the other end, ASEB were restricted to a handful of chances with the Pune FC defense clearing all attempts.

Pune FC kept the pressure on and created a few half chances in the final quarter of the first half before almost getting another goal deep into injury time. However, Eric was unlucky as his effort from the edge of the box hit the base of the framework after Sueoka did well to set up the Liberian.

The first half ended with Pune FC leading 3-0.

The second half was a similar story as Pune FC kept on attacking the rival goal but fell short of increasing their lead thanks to some deep defending by the ASEB backline.

However, Pune FC finally got their fourth goal midway through the half. Substitute Mumtaz Akhtar did well to find another substitute Nikhil Kadam on the left flank. The young winger then raced past Hemanta Brahma and played a square pass to an unmarked Haokip just on the edge of the box who kept calm and finished past the helps s keeper to complete his first-ever hattrick in Pune FC colours.

Moments later, it was midfielder Lalrempuia Fanai who almost got another for Pune FC. However, his first-time effort from 22-yards out on Eric’s pass came off the woodwork. At the other end, a down and out ASEB side was handed a lifeline to get a consolation goal in the 78th minute. The referee awarded ASEB a penalty kick after defender Salam Ranjan Singh fouled Dwimhlu Brahma inside the box. However, skipper Sanjay Boro fired his low effort on the spot kick wide to keep the score intact.

At the other end, Pune FC scored once more as Rocha's strike gave them a five goal lead. In the 85th minute, Lalrempuia picked up Srikanth Ramu's pass in the centre and found Nikhil on the left who accelerated past Mitradev Swagiary down the flank. Nikhil then found Rocha outside the box, who controlled the ball and once inside the box placed it past the ASEB custodian to complete the rout.

Into the final minutes of the game, Pune FC almost got another, however Haokip's effort from close range was saved by the keeper after Nikhil did well to set him up as the game ended 5-0.

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PREVIEW : King’s Cup, Bhutan: Pune FC aim to seal semi spot; face Assam State Electricity Board


 Pune FC match in KING'S CUP BHUTAN 2014

22.11.2014: PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC will be up against fellow Indian side Assam State Electricity Board in a crucial third round group stage encounter of the King's Cup at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Sunday. The game will be an important one for both sides for distinct reasons. To begin with, a win for Pune FC will take them one step closer to a semifinal spot. On the other hand, having lost two consecutive games, ASEB need a win to keep their faint hopes of qualification alive.

Pune FC go in to the game wanting to keep their hundred per cent record intact after logging consecutive wins in their opening two games against foreign opposition. Moreover, with only two teams out of five in the group qualifying for the semifinals, a win will not only help Pune FC (6 pts) consolidate their top spot in Group-B, but will also keep them ahead of MMC, Nepal (3 pts), Abahani Limited (3 pts), Dhaka and Bhutan’s Ugyen Academy (3 pts) in the standings.

Furthermore, the game on Sunday will be played at 3.00 PM in the afternoon and will be the third different Kick Off time for Pune FC in the competition. However, it will be a welcome change for the team with the temperature expected to be a little higher than the cold conditions after sunset. Having trained every day since their arrival in Bhutan, Pune FC had a much needed rest day on Friday as they gear up to play twice in the upcoming three days with the final group game against Abahani Limited scheduled on Tuesday.

Speaking after a training session at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Coach Karim Bencherifa said, "We changed our plans from the first game a little bit against Ugyen, and it worked well. Unfortunately we couldn’t score more than one goal but we created a host of chances against a team which has been together for a very long time."

He further added, "The match tomorrow is a very important one for us. We need to keep performing the way we have done in the first two games. A win tomorrow means we won't have to depend on other results and will be able to make a few changes ahead of the knockouts." On the team news front, Pune FC will have to deal with a few minor niggles. However, no major injury concerns will be a positive sign for the team ahead of the last two group games.

On the other hand, ASEB, who are yet to open their account in Group-B, come into the game after two hard fought narrow losses against Dhaka's Abahani Limited and MMC, Nepal. With their faint qualification hopes hanging by a thread, ASEB, featuring all Indian players, will go all out against Pune FC and will be a tough nut to crack.

Interestingly, the game against ASEB will be the second time Pune FC face the team from the north-east. Back in January 2008, Pune FC played their first-ever game as a professional team against ASEB in the Kalinga Cup in Orissa and won the clash via a tie-breaker. Furthermore, the game will also be the first time that Pune FC faces an Indian team on foreign soil.

The match, which will be played late in the afternoon, kicks off at 3.00 PM local time (2.30 PM IST) on Sunday.

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20.11.2014: Pune FC (INDIA) -1-0- Ugyen Academy (Bhutan)
PUN : Seuoka 13'

PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC sealed their second consecutive win with a 1-0 victory over Bhutan’s Ugyen Academy FC in a Group-B Round 2 encounter in the King's Cup in at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Thursday. Playmaker Ryuji Sueoka scored the only goal of the game in the 13th minute to hand Pune FC a narrow win. However, Pune FC also missed a host of close chances throughout the game due to some wayward finishing in the final third.

The win also helped Pune FC (6 pts) to the top of the table after two games ahead of MMC, Nepal (3 pts), Ugyen Academy, (3 pts), Abahani Ltd, Bangladesh (3 pts) and Assam Electricty (0 pts). Going into the game, Coach Karim Bencherifa fielded the same Starting XI from the previous game as the cold conditions once again made their presence felt.

After some half chances at either end in the opening exchanges, Pune FC went close in the sixth minute. Goalkeeper Amrinder Singh's long goalkick was headed on by striker Thongkhosiem Haokip to Sueoka who controlled well but his effort was well covered by the rival custodian. Four minutes later, Sueoka combined with skipper Arata Izumi on the right but the India-international's effort was blocked by the keeper. Sueoka controlled the stray ball but his chip was once again kept out by the keeper.

Pune FC kept the pressure on and were finally rewarded in the 13th minute with a goal. Once again on Amrinder's goalkick, Haokip flicked on and Sueoka controlled the ball with his head before firing home a half volley to give Pune FC the lead. At the other end, Ugyen almost got one back. With keeper Amrinder missing Biren Basnet's cross in from the left, Tsholtrim Yoezer had a great chance at the far post only to go misjudge the attempt.

Minutes past the half hour mark, Pune FC had two back-to-back chances fall for Haokip who missed from on both occasions. First, the striker controlled a nice long ball pumped up by defender Salam Ranjan Singh, however, his attempt from inside the box was straight into the keeper. A minute later, Sueoka worked up space on the left and cut back a neat ball into the six-yard box only for Haokip to fluff a simple tap in.

Sueoka was at the centre of all action and once again went close. This time he controlled Arata's neat pass but his blinding pile driver was somehow kept out by the rival keeper as the first half ended 1-0 in favour of Pune FC. The hosts came out all guns blazing in the second half, but the experienced Pune FC defence kept their composure to clear all attacks.

Twelve minutes into the half, Ugyen went close as medio Tshreing Dhendup fired a long ranger straight to Amrinder. At the other end, Ugyen almost conceded an own goal when defender Kinley Penjor's back header foxed their custodian but were lucky as the ball went inches wide. Ten minutes later, more drama unfolded. Pune FC were awarded an indirect freekick after a back pass collection by the keeper inside the box which led to pushing, shoving from the Ugyen's players. However, attacker Eric Brown's powerful shot was blocked by the wall.

Into the final quarter, the game had turned physical with both sides committing a host of fouls. In the meantime, Pune FC kept on pushing ahead and had a couple of chances from Arata and substitute Prakash Thorat sail over the cross bar. In the final minutes of the game, Pune FC had a glorious chance to finally get the elusive second goal. It began with Arata finding Sueoka with a great chip. The Japanese timed his run perfectly and even kept his run going despite the advanced keeper trying to pull him down. However, facing an empty goal to complete his brace, Sueoka somehow hit the ball wide.

Ugyen tried to come up with something in the final moments of the game, but Pune FC held on for a 1-0 win.

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King's Cup, Bhutan: Pune FC face Bhutan’s Ugyen Academy in Round 2

19.11.2014: PUNE FC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC will be eager to maintain their winning momentum when they take on local side Ugyen Academy FC in a second round Group-B encounter in the King's Cup at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Thursday. Pune FC go into the game having logged a morale-boosting 2-1 win over MMC, Nepal in the opener, which incidentally was also the Club’s first ever overseas win.

However, facing the Ugyen Academy team will not be easy as they too will be high on confidence after a stunning 1-0 win over Bangladesh's Abahani Limited on Tuesday. Ugyen, one of the six teams in Bhutan's top-level football league, is made up majorly of young local players. Despite that, Ugyen put on a great show and made Abahani Ltd. pay for sloppy errors, something Pune FC will need to avoid on matchday.

Coach Karim Bencherifa expects a similar performance from Ugyen against Pune FC and wants his team to be at their best against a young group after the opening round win. “It is good to begin with a win, but we should not get carried away. Ugyen is one of the best Bhutan teams in the competition. They are a young energetic bunch of players who have good coordination between them and we have to be ready," said Coach Bencherifa after a training session at the Chanjiji Stadium.

He further added, "We do have minor injuries to deal with, but we will put out a strong eleven. We are confident and will go for three points against Ugyen." Ugyen, which hails from the Punakha region, has been one of the best performing sides in the league. Having finished third in the 2012 season, Ugyen improved a lot and went on to win the national league in the 2013 season before representing Bhutan in the AFC President’s Cup in Sri Lanka earlier this year.

Furthermore, in the 2014 season they finished second in the league behind eventual champions Druk United only due to goal difference despite having equal points. On the other hand, Pune FC will once again have to deal with the cold conditions in Thimphu going into the game. But, with the match scheduled a couple hours earlier than the previous one, the conditions might be slightly better.

Nonetheless, Pune FC have been training regularly to get accustomed to the chilling conditions and having improved a lot in the past week, the Durand Cup finalists will be ready to fire on matchday. On the team news front, Pune FC do have a few players on the missing list which include Luciano Sabrosa (injury) and Velington Rocha (fever). However, Coach Bencherifa expects everyone in the team to step up in the absence of those injured.

Meanwhile, striker Thongkhosiem Haokip, who was stretchered out in the previous game, is fit and will give Coach Bencherifa another option upfront. The game which will be played under floodlights kicks off at 5.00 PM local time (4.30 PM IST) on Thursday.

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16.11.2014: MMC FC (Nepal) - 1-2 - Pune FC (INDIA)
PFC : Arata 18, Eric Brown 60'
MMC : deepak 83'
 Pune FC match in KING'S CUP BHUTAN 2014

PFC PRESS RELEASE :nHistoric: Pune FC log first overseas win; begin King’s Cup campaign with a 2-1 victory over champs MMC, Nepal. It was a day to remember for Pune FC as they opened their King's Cup campaign in style with a 2-1 win over defending champions Manang Marshyangdi Club, Nepal in their Group-B opener at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Sunday.

The win was Pune FC's first ever on foreign soil and was powered by a goal in either half from midfielder Arata Izumi (18th minute) and striker Eric Brown (60th). Substitute Deepak Rai pulled one back for MMC in the final ten minutes but Pune FC held on for a well-deserved win in their competition debut. The result also took Pune FC (3 points) to the top of Group-B along with Bangladesh’s Abahani Limited who logged a narrow 1-0 win over Assam Electricity in the day's first game.

Coach Karim Bencherifa made four changes to the Starting XI from the previous game handing starts to Anas Edathodika, Srikanth Ramu, Eric Brown and Thongkhosiem Haokip. Playing the game in very cold conditions, Pune FC did well to settle down quickly and went close on a couple of occasions inside the opening five minutes, but striker Ryuji Sueoka and Haokip were found wanting on a couple of occasions.

At the other end, MMC too went close with Shiva Shreshta's angular grounder from the edge of the box went wide at the far post. Minutes later, Arata too went close for Pune FC. After some good combination play between Sueoka down the middle and Lalrempuia Fanai on the right, the youngster's cross into the box was headed straight into the keeper by Arata.

Pune FC kept pushing up and were finally rewarded in the 18th minute. Lalrempuia's effort on the second ball off a clearance on Brown's freekick earned Pune FC a corner. Sueoka played it short to Arata who sent in a whipping cross meant for Haokip. But, with the keeper distracted by the striker, the ball ended up directly in the net.

At the other end, keeper Amrinder Singh pulled off a brilliant save to block Leonel Stephen's piledriver. Around the half hour mark, Pune FC went close on a couple of occasions through Haokip and Brown but the MMC custodian held firm. Minutes later Haokip once again went close but his left footed volley off Arata's great overhead ball ended up in the side netting. At the other end, Amrinder kept his calm to deal with a deflection off Salam Ranjan Singh on Narbet Aba's shot.

Both sides had a few half chances towards the end of the first period, but Pune FC kept their one goal lead intact going into the breather. Having soaked pressure early on in the second half, Pune FC almost increased their lead in the 52nd minute. Sueoka's corner was headed out by a defender and the second ball fell for Arata whose volley went agonisingly wide.

Pune FC's persistence paid off as they finally got the elusive second goal right on the hour mark. Brown fired in a freekick straight into the wall and it found its way through it into the goal. Seven minutes later, Haokip did well to get into the clear on the left but was checked by Leonel. The youngster got up but was brought down by a diving ‘keeper and the referee waived play on.

At the other end, defender Zohmingliana Ralte was alert as he denied striker Dodoz Zakhal who was set on dangerous run down the right flank. Into the final quarter, the pace of the game had decreased with a lot of tackles flying. And, during one such tackle, Haokip suffered an injury and had to be stretchered off and replaced by Prakash Thorat.

Into the final ten minutes, substitute Deepak capitalised on medio Dhanpal Ganesh's poor first touch on Anas' pass and scored to set up a thrilling end. However, Pune FC held on to their 2-1 win in the final minutes of the game for a famous win.

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 Pune FC match in KING'S CUP BHUTAN 2014

15.11.2014: King's Cup Preview: Pune FC look for first overseas win; face defending champs MMC, Nepal in the opener

PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC is in for a huge challenge as they ready to kick start their campaign against defending champions Manang Marshyangdi Club, Nepal in the King’s Cup at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Sunday. The game will be the fourth time Pune FC play abroad after playing three away games in the 2014 AFC Cup and will hope to log their first-ever overseas win.

The match, incidentally, the Group-B opener is the third match scheduled for the day and with the mercury dropping down, the cold climate in Thimphu will play a major role in the proceedings. Taking that into account, Pune FC, who come to Bhutan having spent three weeks in hot and humid conditions of Goa, will need to adapt to the cold conditions quickly. Moreover, the game which will be played on a high altitude, against an MMC side which hails from the region, won’t be an easy one and Coach Karim Bencherifa wants the players to be ready for the challenge.

"We come here after spending three weeks in Goa and we've got to adjust quickly with the cold weather. It will be a tough game against defending champions MMC, but we are out to do well and try to make it count,” said Coach Bencherfia after a session on the eve of the clash. Pune FC will be confident after an impressive run in the recently concluded Durand Cup, and will hope for a similar performance in their first-ever international overseas competition.

Going into the game, Pune FC is boosted by the return of skipper Anas Edathodika. The no-nonsense defender missed out on the Durand Cup exploits while recovering from a minor injury and will be raring to go. Anas will be joined by wingers Velington Rocha and Niikhil Kadam along with goalkeeper Avilash Paul giving coach Bencherifa good options ahead of the big clash. Likewise, the striker Thongkhosiem Haokip who had suffered a minor injury in Goa is also back training.

On the other hand, MMC, the reigning Nepal A-League champions, come into the game having finished as runners up in the Governor's Gold Cup, Sikkim after going down ONGC in a penalty shootout in the final. However, a win over United Sikkim FC in the earlier stages will give them confidence going into the game.

The Nabin Neupane-coached side will bank on Nepalese international and star player Anil Gurung to fire up front. The 26-year old striker will carry the experience of having played in the I-League for north east club Shillong Lajong in the 2009-10 season. Moreover, MMC who began preparations for the competition a week back, have received a boost after national team skipper Sagar Thapa too joined the squad after initially being reported to miss out. He will be joined by Ranjit Dhimal who made his national debut recently and will form the core of the team along with the foreigners.

With second choice custodian Birendra Chand not travelling with the squad, MMC have drafted in Binod Dangal of Army Club to bolster their bench strength. The game which will be played under floodlights will kick off at 7.00 PM local time (6.30 PM IST) on Sunday.

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Pune FC head to Bhutan for King's Cup

KING'S CUP BHUTAN 2014 PFC PRESS RELEASE :: A 20-member Pune FC squad will head north-east to the foothills of the Himalayas as they participate in their first ever international open overseas tournament - the King's Cup, Bhutan which begins on November 15th. For Durand Cup finalists Pune FC, the King’s Cup will be the third international tournament, and they will carry the experience of playing in the AFC Champions League 2014 Play-Off and the AFC Cup 2014 Group Stage into Bhutan.

Pune FC, who replaced Thailand’s Osotspa FC, are the third Indian side to participate in this year's competition along with Kolkata's Mohun Bagan AC and Assam Electricity Board. Ahead of the team's departure, Pune FC Head Operations Chirag Tanna said, "I am grateful to the Bhutan Football Federation for inviting us to the King's Cup. The team is motivated to do well in this prestigious tournament."

The King's Cup is not only the most prestigious football tournament but also one of the biggest sporting events in the nation. And, for the 2014 edition of the competition, a total of nine teams from Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Bhutan will face off for the title.Pune FC who are placed in Group-B, will be up against fellow Indian side Assam Electricity Board apart from defending champions Manang Marsayandi Club, Nepal; Abhani Limited, Bangladesh and Bhutan's Ugyen Academy with top two teams qualifying for the semifinals. Interestingly, Bhutan will be the fourth country to host Pune FC after Hong Kong (played Kitchee FC), Singapore (played Tampines Rovers) and Myanmar (played Nay Pyi Taw FC) played hosts in the AFC Cup 2014. Pune FC who head to Bhutan on Thursday, begin their campaign against defending champions MMC, Nepal on Sunday, 16th November at 7.00 pm. All games will be played at the Changlimithang Stadium in capital city Thimpu.

The 20-member squad announced by Coach Karim Bencherifa is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Amrinder Singh, Moniruzzaman Ansari, Avilash Paul

Defenders: Luciano Sabrosa, Zohmingliana, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Srikanth Ramu

Midfielders: Bineesh Balan, Arata Izumi, Ryuji Sueoka, Dhanpal Ganesh, Nikhil Kadam, Mumtaz Akhtar, Fanai Lalrempuia, Velington Rocha

Strikers: Eric Brown, Prakash Thorat, Thongkhosiem Haokip, Shoaib Syed

KING's CUP BHUTAN - 2014

FINAL:: 02.12.2014: Sk Jamal Dhanmumdi -1-0- PUNE FC
DHN : Yasin Khan scored 25'
PFC : Amrinder, Ranjan, Luciano, Anas, Ralte, Arata, Ganesh, Puia, Sueoka, Prakash, Eric SJD : Mazharul, Yeamin, Rayhan, Yeasin, Nasiruddin, Bhuyan, Raju, Wedson, Darboe, Emeka, Hosen.

KING'S CUP BHUTAN 2014
PIC : FB Sk Jamal Dhanmundi
PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC fought their hearts out and earned kudos from the crowd before ending up unlucky in a 0-1 loss to Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi, Bangladesh in the final of the 2014 King’s Cup at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan, on Tuesday. In a low scoring affair, Md. Yeasin Khan’s 25th minute strike proved to the winner for Sk. Jamal as Pune FC fell short in the final for the second consecutive tournament.

With the loss, Pune FC’s finished their first ever international overseas tournament as runners-up less than a month after their historic Durand Cup exploits where they suffered a similar fate in the final. The match even saw some drama late on as Sk. Jamal began to waste time and had Jamal Bhuyan sent off while Pune FC Coach Karim Bencherifa too was sent into the stands for “validly protesting” constant delays by the opponents.

KING'S CUP BHUTAN 2014 Going into the game, Coach Bencherifa fielded the same starting line-up from the previous game while making a few changes on the bench. It was Pune FC who began the game brighter and controlled the midfield in the opening ten minutes. However, just like in the Durand Cup final, they once again suffered an injury setback early on. This time, it was skipper Anas Edathodika who was stretchered out in the 10th minute with substitute Matthew Gonsalves replacing him, as Pune FC readjusted the backline.

As the game progressed, Pune FC grew in confidence and went close on a couple of occasions through attacker Eric Brown and playmaker Ryuji Sueoka. However, their efforts fell short as Sk. Jamal defended deep. Midway through the half, a defensive error cost Pune FC as Sk. Jamal took a surprise lead. Off Wedson Ansalme’s corner kick, defender Salam Ranjan Singh failed to mark Yeasmin who headed on to the target. Despite keeper Amrinder Singh blocking the effort, the balled rolled over the line giving Sk. Jamal the lead.

Having taken the lead, Sk. Jamal opted to stay back and defend deep. Pune FC kept on pushing ahead and after some half chances, went agonisingly close the 37th minute. Medio Arata Izumi in the center, did well to chip the ball for Prakash Thorat. The Pune-born attacker chested down the ball and released a left footer which was blocked just in time by Yeasin.

Pune FC continued to push ahead but failed to break the Sk. Jamal backline as the first half ended 0-1 in favour of the opponents. The second half was a similar story with Sk. Jamal holding back and only moving up on counter attacks. Three minutes in, Pune FC once again went close through Prakash. Midfielder Lalrempuia Fanai sent in a deep cross into the box at the far post. With the keeper failing to track the cross Eric headed the ball to Prakash on the face of the goal but his attempt was saved by the custodian who rushed back.

A minute later, Prakash dribbled his way past a couple of defenders before sliding the ball back to Arata on the top of the box, but the India-international drilled his effort wide.

Pune FC kept on pushing hard, and in the five minutes that followed, created a host of chances. As the massive home support egged them on, Pune FC earned consecutive corners but efforts from Luciano Sabrosa, Sueoka and Eric were saved by the Sk. Jamal keeper to keep the score unchanged.

At the other end, Sk. Jamal almost scored on a counter attack after an error from Ranjan but Matthew did well to clear Emeka Darlington’s effort. Pune FC continued to put pressure on the rival defense and almost camped in the Sk. Jamal half in the final quarter. However, despite getting inside the box, poor finishing in the final third let them down.

As the game entered the final ten minutes, Sk. Jamal opted to slow down the game using time wasting tactics which led to several bookings to their players. The game turned ugly into added time as Bhuyan Jamal was sent off for punching Sueoka in the face. The incident led to massive protests from the crowd and while protesting Pune FC Coach Bencherifa too was sent into the stands before the final whistle.

With the match done, Pune FC were given a grand stand ovation by the near capacity crowd who waited till the team walked away from the ground.

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19.11.2014: Assam Electricity (India) -1-2- MMC FC (Nepal)
ASM : Deepak Rai 37'
MMC : Dodzu 34', Shiva Shrestha 39'

MMC of Nepal won their second match of the Group league stages defeating Assam Electricity Board. At Thimpu today they won by a margin of 2-1 in a really competitive match. MMC were leading by 2-1 goal at half time.

Both the teams were in a attacking mood right from the start. Assaam Electricity had a few openings in the initial stages, but unable to utilize the situation. Assam Electricity could have taken the lead if they did not wasted the opportunities that came in their way. MMC had the chances, but the Nepalese side failed to convert the chances.

MMC striker Dodzu wasted a couple of chances before he scored in the 34th minute. His long ranger from outside the 18 yards went iside the frame work. Assam restored parity shortly in the 37th minute when Deepak Rai scored. MMC increased the lead a minute later when Shiva Shrestha increased the margin.

In the second session MMC had some chances but a brilliant performance by the Assamese goal keeper denied them. MMC wasted a penalty in the second session though they have the maximum ball possession.

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17.11.2014: Druk United FC (Bhutan) -0-5- AKHON RATCHASIMA F.C. (Thailand)

Nakhon Ratchasima of Thailand registered a 5-0 against Druk United of Bhutan in a group league match of the Kings Cup. Nakhon Ratchasima are in the positive frame of mind right from the beginning but they had to wait till the 66th minute to break the dead lock.

Druk United had some openings but unable to convert including a penalty kick at the 57th minute of the match. Nakhon Ratchasima scored the goals within a span of 26 minutes.

Druk United had to surrender in front of the strong attack of the Thai team. Mavick Yawhub, Nuttawut Chanachaun, Sarawut Janthapam, Parinya Autapon, Lee Andrew Tuck scored the goals for Nakhon Ratchasima. The last goal was scored at the 92nd minute of the match.

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16.11.2014: Abahani Limited (Bangladesh) -1-0- Assam Electricity (India)
ABA Ismail Bangoura 19'

Abahani Limited of Bangladesh won their opening match at Kings Cup. In Thimpu today they defeated Assam Electricity of India by a solitary goal. It was a chilled atmosphere at Thimpu , but the stadium was over crowded by the enthusiastic spectators who really love football.

Abahani were in a attacking mood right from the beginning and got the all important goal in the first session of the match. Abahani were gaining the maximum ball possession as the Assam Electricity Board depends on the counter attack. Abahani scored through Ismael Bangoura at the 19th minute when his powerful shot beat the Assamese goalkeeper.

Abahani had the chance to increase the lead but wasted a couple of chance in both the halfs. The easiest chance wasted by Abahani in the when Ismael Bangoura failed to convert a penalty in the 27th minute of the second session. Assam Electricity had some openings in the attacking third but unable to beat the composed Abahani defense.

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Sheik Jamal Dhanmandi of Bangladesh beat Druk United - Bhutan

15.11.2014: Druk United (Bhutan) -0-3- Sheikh Jamal Dhammandi FC (Bangladesh)
SKD Darbow, Weson Asnelme, Ruben.

Sheik Jamal Dhanmandi of Bangladesh won the inaugural match of the Kings Cup. At Thimpu today they defeated Druk United of Bhutan by a margin of 3-0. The winners were leading by a solitary goal at the half time.

The match was an entertaining match in front of the full house enthusiastic crowd at Changlimethang stadium . But Sheik Jamal proved themselves superior when Darboe Landing the Nigerian striker of the Bangladeshi team scored of a free kick from outside the penalty box. Shek Jamal created some opportunities, but unable to capitalize the situations.

In the second session Sheik Jamal continued to attack were in search to increase the lead. On the contrary Druk United were on the counters attacks but unable to open the goal mouth. Sheik Jamal Dhanmandi converted twice in the second session through Wedson Anselme and Rubel Miah and increase the lead in their favour.

3rd KING'S CUP FOOTBALL - BHUTAN 2014

Mohun Bagan Press Release : below the list of 18 players and 5 officials of Mohun Bagan Football Team which is departing tomorrow by morning flight to Bhutan to Participate in King's Cup to played at Thimpu. Mr. Sony Norde will travel on 22nd November 2014 as he is expected to arrive to Kolkata on 21st November 2014 after fulfilling his National Duty in the recently concluded Caribbean Cup .

PLAYERS

1. Mr. Randeep Singh
2.Mr. Sehnaj Singh
3.Mr. Pierre Boya
4.Mr. Sony Norde
5. Mr. Katsumi Yusa
6. Mr. Alex Petroman Da Silveira
7. Mr. Adarsh Lama Tamang
8. Mr. Prokash Roy
9. Mr. Satish Singh
10.Mr. Debjit Ghosh (GK)
11.Mr. Monotosh Ghosh (GK)
12.Mr. Jony Routh
13. Mr. Lal Kamal BHowmick
14. Mr. Sukhen Dey
15. Mr. Ujjal Howladar
16. Mr. Pankaj Moula
17. Mr. Pratik Chaudhari
18. Mr. Tirthankar Sarkar

OFFICIALS

Mr. Subhash Bhowmick - Technical Director
Mr. Djair De Miranda Garcia- Physical Trainer
Mr. Sanjoy Ghosh- Team Manager
Mr. Abhinandan Chatterjee - Physiotherapist
Mr. Bijoy Nayak - Kit Boy

BHUTAN 3RD KING'S CUP - 2014

KING'S Cup 2nd Semi Final : Mohun Bagan lost to Pune FC

30.11.2014 : MOHUN BAGAN 1-1(5-6) PUNE FC (FT) :: LIKE FB || ISL : KERALA Vs CHENNAI

MMB : Debjit, Sehenaj, Adarsh, Pratik, Sukhen, Lalkamal, Pankaj, Tirthankar, Katsumi, Boya, Sony.
PFC : Amrinder, Ranjan, Luciano, Anas, Ralte, Arata, Ganesh, Puia, Sueoka, Prakash, Eric.
Referee: Laba Khatri
KING'S CUP BHUTAN 2014 Pratik missed . Great save by Amrinder (5-6)
Anas scored for Pune FC (5-6)
Match is in sudden death
Lalkamal scored for Mohun Bagan (5-5)
Bineesh scored for Pune FC (4-5)
Tirthankar scored for Mohun Bagan (4-4)
Lalrempuia scored for Pune FC (3-4)
Randeep scored for Mohun Bagan (3-3)
Arata scored for Pune FC (2-3)
Katsumi scored for Mohun Bagan (2-2)
Luciano scored for Pune FC (1-2)
Boya scored for Mohun Bagan(1-1)
Sueoka scores for Pune (0-1)
Penalty Shootout - Pune FC to go first

End of Second Half of extra time. Match will be decided on Penalties
120':1 minute added time
119':Sony's corner went wide
119':Sony's shot blocked and corner to Mohun Bagan
118':Arata's shot, just went wide. Close to second post
117':First Substitution of Mohun Bagan: Randeep in; Pankaj out
116':Pune FC's corner, cleared in defence
115':Move through Bineesh, Nikil and Sueoka but finally blocked in defence
114': : Sk Jamal Dhanmani FC , Bangladesh beat MMC FC Nepal yesterday to reach in the Final...
113':Arata's cross to find Bineesh, but Bagan defence cleared the ball
112':Substitution of Pune FC Nikhil Kadam in place of Prakash Thorat
111':Katsumi's pass nearly find Sony, Amrinder made a timely rub to clear the ball
110':Pune FC's free kick, Adrash cleared the ball
109':Move through Prakash, Bineesh and Sueoka but Pratik again cleared the ball
108':Counter attack of Mohun Bagan, Tithankar's cross cleared by Anas
107':Puia's cross from right, Debjit save the ball. Good save by Debjit
106':Second half of extra time resumed
End of first half of injury time Score remains still 1-1 for Mohun Bagan and Pune FC
105':1 minute added time
105':Sony's shot went over the bar
104':Yellow Card to Luciano for his bad tackle to Sony. Free kick to Mohun Bagan
104':Mohun Bagan yet to make any substitution
103':Substitution of Pune FC Binesh in place of Eric
102':Short corner taken by Mohun Bagan, Pankaj's cross, Amrinder fisted it wide. Nearly a chance to Boya
101': www.kolkatafootball.com STAT : Pune FC Runners up in 127th Durand Cup lost to Salgaocar...
100':Tirthankar's corner, Dhanpal headed it out. Counter attack of Pune FC and good long run of Eric but defence cleared the ball
99':Mohun Bagan's attack through Boya, Anas tried to clear it and results a corner
97':Sony's free kick, went wide
95':Litle knock to Pratik, but he recovered
95':Ralte's cross, went wide
94':Back to back two time substitute Snehashis fumbles, but Sony is in OFFSIDE position
93':Boya's forward pass to find Katsumi, Luciano cleared the ball
92':Ralte's cross from Puia's pass blocked
91':Substitution of Pune FC Snehashis in; Ranjan out
91':First half of the extra time resumed
End of Regulation Time Match will be decided in Extra time.
90'+1':Brilliant through pass of Eric to Prakash, but a bad finish and ball went wide
90':Referee give 2 minutes of added time
88':Both the teams yet to make any substitution
84':Yellow Card to Boya for diving in box
83':Score remains still same. Both teams is looking for winner
81':Pune FC's corner, cleared in defence
77':Boya's pass to Sony but Sony is in OFFSIDE position
76':Prakash's cross, cleared in defence 75':Sehnaj's short free kick, Tithankar's brilliant shot and a fine save by keeper Amrinder
75': www.kolkatafootball.com STAT : Pune's Haokip scored hattrick against Assam Electricity in Group League.
74':Arata's foul to Katsumi, free kick to Mohun Bagan
73':Boya's shot touched side net. Close one
72':Anas's foul against Sony outside box, free kick to Mohun Bagan frok 28 yards

ISL LIVE : KERALA Vs CHENNAI

70':Both the teams maintaining same ball possession
69':Good run of Prakash and his pass to Sueoka in left flank but finally ball cleared in defence
68':Ball cleared from corner
67':Sony's powerful shot but Amrinder fisted it wide. Corner to Mohun Bagan
66': www.kolkatafootball.com STAT : In Gr. League matches Pune Scored 10 and conceded 1 while Mohun Bagan scored 9 and conceded 8 goals..
66':Arata missed a ball in midfield and a long pas of Boya to Sony but finally defence cleared the ball
64':Yellow Card to Arata for his bad tackle to Adrash
63':Close chance to Sueoka from rebound, but Sehnaj cleared the ball
62':Pune FC's attack through Prakash, Lalkamal cleared the move
61': www.kolkatafootball.com STAT : Piere Boya scored 4 goals for Mohun Bagan upto Gr. League..
60'':Mohun Bagan's corner. Sony's corner cleared by Arata.
58':Excellent run of Sueoka through right and a pass to Prakash but his shot blocked by Pratik
57':Arata got a good ball, dribbles his way and a forward pass to Prakash but defence cleared it
56':Pankaj's cross, Luciano cleared the ball
55':Chance to Eric from Arata's cross, but too long cross for him
54':Sony tried another long ranger, ball went wide
53':Chance to Sony from free kick but he could not control it properly and defence cleared the ball
52':Yellow Card to Lalrempuia Fanai for his tackle to Boya. Free kick to Mohun Bagan
51':Sueoka's free kick, defence cleared the ball rebound find LalremPuia, but his shot sailed over the bar.
50':Foul against Eric, free kick to Pune FC
49':Eric tried to get past Adrash, but finally his cross cleared by Pratik
48':Miss pass of Arata finds Sony, finally Anas cleared the ball
47': www.kolkatafootball.com STAT : In I-League Pune FC and Mohun Bagan meet 10 times so far where Pune FC won 3 and Mohun Bagan won 4, rest 3 match drew.
46':Mohun Bagan's attack through Sony in left flank, Anas cleared the ball
46':Second half resumed
HALF TIME After the end of first half in King's Cup 2nd Semifinal between Mohun Bagan and Pune FC score remained 1-1
45'+2':Sony's free kick went wide
45'+1':Luciano's foul against Boya just outside the box. Free kick to Mohun Bagan from 30 yards.
45'+1':Pune FC's attack, Pratik cleared the ball
45':2 minutes added time
43': www.kolkatafootball.com STAT : In King's Cup Gr. League - Pune FC won all 4 matches
40':Katsumi's forward pass to Sony but Sony is in OFFSIDE position
38':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Pune FC equalized through Prakash Thorat. Lalrempiua's cross, Sukeoka header it from far post for Prakash and Prakash's header beat Debjit and finds the net. First goal of Prakash in PUne FC jersey.
37':Sony tried a long ranger from 25 yards, ball went wide
36':Chance to Mohun Bagan from Pankaj's free kick, Boya's header cleared by Anas
35':Dhanpal's shot from free kick, went wide
34':Suken's bad tackle to Sueoka. Free kick to Pune FC
33':Yellow Card to Sueoka for his bad tackle to Katsumi
32':Brilliant move of Pune FC through Arata, but a fine tackle by Sehnaj to deny it
30':Mohun Bagan's free kick, Sony's shot and Luciano cleared the ball
28':Nearly another chance to Mohun Bagan through Boya, good anticipation of Amrinder to save the ball
26':Mohun Bagan's corner, Tithankar curls it beautifully but Amrinder save it
25':Eric's powerful shot, sails over the bar
24':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Pankaj Moula scored for Mohun Bagan. Sukhen's through and Pankaj finished it.
23':Nearly a chance to Boya, Luciano cleared the ball
23': www.kolkatafootball.com STAT : In 2013-14 I-league last encounter between the two Mohun Bagan beat Pune 3-1 in 16th Round.
22':Eric's cross, Prakash's weak header made it easy to Debjit to save
20':Brilliant chance to Sony from Anas's miss backpass, but his shot went wide
18':Yellow Card to Mohun Bagan skipper Lalkamal for his bad tackle to Arata
15':Brilliant chance to Mohun Bagan from free kick, Boya nearly finds the ball but keeper Amrinder save it
14':Eric's bad tackle to Katsumi, free kick to Mohun Bagan
11': A long ranger by Ranjan sailed over the ber
10': A good effort by Sueoka, but cleared by Lalkamal in time inside the 18 yards
9' : YELLOW CARD to Sehnaj Singh of Mohun Bagan for rough play
5' : Nordi receives a pass from Boya ,but cleared by Anas
3' : Pune Fc are trying to build an attack through Sueoka
0' : Match started


0m: 2nd Semi Final between Pune FC and Mohun Bagan will start soon.

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PREVIEW : JAYDIP DASGUPTA : Mohun Bagan to Face Pune FC in 2nd Semi Final

28.11.2014: Mohun Bagan and Pune FC will going to clash in the second semi final of the Kings Cup at the Changlimithang Stadium, Thimpu on Sunday evening. Pune FC are the champions from Group B, while Mohun Bagan being the second seeded team from Group A qualified on better goal average than Nakhon Ratshima of Thailand.

Mohun Bagan are having a mixed performance in the tournament. The Indian footballers of the Mariners are busy in the Indian Super League, but the overseas footballers are in the squad. The Mariners drew their first match with Druk United 3-3, won by a margin of 3-0 against Nakhon Ratshima FC of Thailand,but performed miserably against SK Jamal Dhanmandi of Bangladesh as they had lost by a margin of 3-5. Mohun Bagan are having a strong upfront comprises of Sony Nordi, Piea Bioa who are feeded by Katsumi Yuha from the midfield.

But the main concern of Mohun Bagan is their central defense, who have failed to capitalize the situations time and again in the tournament. Debjit Mazumdar, the goalkeeper of Mohun Bagan had a torrid time under the bar denying a number of opportunities from the oppornants.

On the contrary, the Durand Cup runners up Pune FC are one of the contenders of the Kings Cup. Pune FC are having an impressive performance in the Group stages as they had won all the four matches. Pune FC had scored ten goals as against they had conceded a goal so far. The team combination in all the departments proved positive under the guidance of Karim Bensharifa.

The midfield comprises of the Japanese Ruiji Sueka, Arata Ijumi, Beenish Balan and Lalrempuia Fanai are combining well as they are playing a number of passes in the middle third. Matthew Gonsalves and Luciano Sabrosa are in the central defense of Pune FC, who had given hardly any space to the opportants to create danger so far in the tournament.

It will be really a tough semifinal for Mohun Bagan as they are yet to prove their consistency. The Mariners will have to fight against the team effort of Pune FC, who had a lot of options in their line up.

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27.11.2014 : MOHUN BAGAN 3-5 SK JAMAL DHANMANI ( FT..)

MMB : Debjit Majumder, Satish Singh, Jony Routh, Alex, Pratik Chowdhury, Sukhen Dey, Tirthankar Sarkar, Sehnaj Singh, Katsumi Yusa, Adarsh Tamang, Pirre Boya.
FT : Match end. Mohun Bagan lost last match in group league to Dhanmandi by 3-5. Mohun Bagan to face Pune FC in the Semi final.
90+3': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Boya scored and 5-3 now the scoreline.
90+2': RED CARD to Wedson of Dhanmandi.
90': 5 minutes added time.
87': Yellow card to Alex of Bagan.
81': Mohun Bagan to face Pune FC if they lost today.
71': PLAYER CHANGE - MOHUN BAGAN : Jonny out and Randeep in.
70': GOALS GALORE in Bhutan. Dhanmandi is leading 5-2 Now.
64': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 5-2 to Dhanmandi. DARBOE LANDING scored.
59': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 4-2 now for Bagan. Yusa scored. Lakmal's free kick hits the post and rebounded which came to Yusa who scored.
56': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 4-1 now. Pankaj Moula reduced the margin for Mohun Bagan.
55': PLAYER CHANGE - MOHUN BAGAN : Sehnaj Singh out and Lalkamal in.
54': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 4-0 to Dhanmandi, Emeka scored his 2nd.
50': SCORE LINE - MOHUN BAGAN 0-3 DHANMANDI
48': Effort of Mohun Bagan, Yusa and Tirthankar's effort but no score.
46': 2nd half match starts.
HALF TIME : Dhanmandi is leading 3-0.
45': 2 minute added time.
43': RED card to Emeka of Dhanmani.
40': 3-0 to Dhanmani.
39': PLAYER CHANGE : Pankaj in Adarsh Tamang out.
37': Yellow Card to MMB - Pratik.
35': 3-0 is the scoreline for Dhanmandi FC.
32': SCORE LINE - MOHUN BAGAN 0-3 DHANMANDI
31': Sk Jamal is going to 3-0 ? Yes Wedson scored from spot kick.
30': Penalty To Sk Jamal against Mohun Bagan as Jony handled in box..
27': Corner win by Dhanmandi but cleared in MMB box.
26': Debjit saved a shot of Dhanmandi.
23': Mohun Bagan is trying to score.
20': Dhanmandi is leading now 2-0 over Mohun Bagan.
20': Attack of Dhanmandi, Cross of Munna but Darbow was not in line, ball cleared.
16': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL DARBOE LANDING scored the 2nd goal for Dhanmandi.
15': Still Mohun Bagan is trailing 0-1 to Dhanmandi FC.
13': MMB keeper Debjit saved a free kick of Dhanmandi.
12': In first game Mohun Bagan drew 3-3 with Bhutan side Druk United and 2nd match won 3-0 against Thailand team Nakhon.
10': SCORE LINE - MOHUN BAGAN 0-1 DHANMANDI
8': Dandmandi's Emeka Darlingtol also scored a goal against East Bengal in IFA Shield.
5': IN 118TH IFA SHIELD GROUP LEAGUE MATCH DHANMANDI FC BEAT MOHUN BAGAN 1-0 AND THE SCORER WAS SONY NORDY.
5': GOALLLLLLLLLL 1-0 to Dhanmamdi. Emeka scored goal for Dhanmandi.
1': Match starts at Bhutan.
0': Sony Nordy who is now playing for Mohun Bagan in King's cup scored a goal of 3-0 victory over East Bengal in IFA Shield for then Dhanmumdai FC.
0': In 118th IFA shield 2014 Dhanmani came to play and they beat East Bengal 3-0.
0': Mohun Bagan to face Dhaka side Dhanmandi FC in their last match of Group A.

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25.11.2014 : MOHUN BAGAN 3-0 Nakhon Ratchasima Mazda FC (FT)
MMB :Sony Nordy 8', Boya 54', 85'

MMB : Debjit Majumder , Satish Singh, Jony Routh, Pratik Chowdhury, Sukhen Dey, Pankaj Moula, Sehnaj Singh, Adarsh Tamang, Katsumi Yusa, Sony Nordi, Boya.

90+3': MATCH ENDED MOHUN BAGAN WON BY 3-0. Mohun Bagan's Gr LEague last match against Sony Dordy's former team Sk Jamal Dhanmundi..Bangladesh.
90+1': Alex came in place of Sony Nordi
90'; 3 min added time
88': YELLOW CARD to Meetee for rough tackle to Katsumi
85': It's a solo effort from Bioa, his second goal of the match
85': SCORE LINE : Mohun Bagan 3-0 Nakhon Ratchasima.
85': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL .. Mohun Bagan scored the 3rd goal
83': Andrew missed from a close distance with only Debjit to beat
80': What a save by Debjit, He denies Lee to score, Mohun Bagan leading 2-0
78': Mohun Bagan are in an attacking mood,trying to increase the lead
76': Malek came in place of Yuttana
75': Nakhon Ratchasima Mazda are in a counter attack, but cleared by Mohun Bagan defense
73': Mariners are controlling the midfield are playing a number of passes
71': Sony nordi's free kick cleaed by Thai defense
70': YELLOW CARD to Perrapat for pushing Sony Nordi from behind
69': Prompong came in place of Sarawat
67': Lalkamal Bhowmick came in place of Pankaj Moula
63': Chance wasted by the Thai team,Meetee kicks straight to Debjit from a close range
60': Mohun Bagan drew the first match against Druk United and are in a commendable position in their second match
57': Mohun Bagan are leading by a brace while Nakhon Ratchasima Mazda FC are in 9 men now
55': Mohun Bagan TD Subash Bhowmick sent off the ground by the referee
54': Pieo Boia scored , his placement from a corner beat the Thai goal keeper
54': SCORE LINE : Mohun Bagan 2-0 Nakhon Ratchasima.
54': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ....Mohun Bagan scored
52': The match seems to be a rough one as both the teams are playing tough football
50': RED CARD to Parinya , he was shown the second yellow card for rough tackle to Sony
48': YELLOW CARD to Katsumi Yusa
47': Yellow CArd to Sony Nordi
46': Second half started
HT : Mohun Bagan is leading 1-0 scored by SONY Nordi.
45': 4 minute added time. Mophun Bagan is leading 1-0 to ten men Ratchasima Mazda FC.
41': Mohun Bagan's Boya in Offside trap.
40': SCORE LINE : Mohun Bagan 1-0 Nakhon Ratchasima.
35': Shot of Nakhon but Autapol's shot just went wide over the post.
33': Yellow Card to Debjit - Keeper of Mohun Bagan.
30': Yellow card - MMB - Satish Singh who fouled Lee Andrew Tuck.
26': Nakhon Ratchasima Mazda down to 10 men now and trailing 0-1 to Mohun Bagan.
25': RED CARD - Red card to Akarawin Sawasdee of Nakhon Ratchasima Mazda as he fouled Yusa.
20': YELLOW CARD - Boya of MMB.
16': Nakhon Ratchasima beat Druk United 5-0 in first match.
15': SCORE LINE : Mohun Bagan 1-0 Nakhon Ratchasima.
14': Nakhon Ratchasima won corner kick. No impact in Bagan box.
12': Free kick to Nakhon Ratchasima but cleared in Bagan box.
10': SCORE LINE : Mohun Bagan 1-0 Nakhon Ratchasima.
8': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-0 to Bagan. Free Kick score of Sony Nordy.
6': Chance to Bagan - Sony Nordy's effort went out over the goal.
5': No score in the match. 0-0.
4': Nakhon won 1 and drew 1 match so far with 4 points in table.
1': Match starts.
0': 2nd match of Mohun Bagan in King's Cup. In first match they drew 3-3 with Druk United of Bhutam.

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22.11.2014: Druk United FC (Bhutan) -3-3- Mohun Bagan (India)
MMB : Alex 45+1, Boya 55', sony Nordy 70'
DRU : Chencho 7', 90+4', Jigme 76'

Mohun Bagan and Druk United locked in a 3-3 draw in a Kings Cup Group A match at Thimpu today. In a evenly contested match Mohun Bagan unable to win in the most easiest match of the Group. On the contrary Durk United who conceded 8 goals in the first two matches and already from the tournament came back strongly and equalized at the added time of the second session against Mohun Bagan.

Druk United took the lead at the 7th minute of the match when Chencho scored of a powerful shot. Mohun Bagan slowly gain their position in the midfield and created some opportunities. Druk United rely on the counter moves had the chance to increase the lead. Mohun Bagan equalized at the stroke of half time when the Brazilian defender Alex converts scored his debut goal for Mohun Bagan in a foreign soil.

In the second session the match was rather physical as a number of footballers of both the teams were cautioned by the referee. Mohun Bagan were down to ten men at the 79th minute of the match as Thirthakar Sarkar being sent off the ground following an illegal offense.

Mohun Bagan were almost in control of the match as Piere Boya and Sony Nordy increased the tally to3-1 within a short span. The inclusion ofSony Nordy in the second session in place of Ujjal Haoladar yield results. Sony himself had some opportunities to covert. But the drama did not end. Druk United scored their second goal at the 76th minute when Jigme scored, and continued to create pressure in the Mariners cental defense. The third goal Of Druk United scored Chencho in the 93rd minute.

Mohun Bagan will have to face Sheik Jamal Dhanmandi of Bangladesh and Nakhon Ratchasima FC of Thailand , one of the strongest teams of the tournament

22.11.2014 : MOHUN BAGAN--- 3-3 ---DRUK UNITED (FT ..)
MMB : Alex 40+1', Boya 55', Sony 70'
DRU : Chencho Gyeltshen 7', 90+4', Jigme 76'
MMB : Debjit, Satish, Jonny, Alex, Pratik, Sehnaj, Yusa, Boya, Lalkamal, Thirthankar, Ujjol.
DFC Nima, Dawa, Jigme, Egware, Jamyano, Karma, Dorji, Kunjang, Vicky, Bala, chencho.

 kinkg's cup mohun bagan match live FULL TIME Druk United hold 10-man Mohun Bagan 3-3 in their first match in King's Cup, Bhutan
90'+4':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Druk united equalized through Chencho in last minute of injury time.
90': 4 minutes of added time
88':Bala went down in box, big appeal for penalty by Druk United players but referee denied it
87':Yellow Card to Sehnaj Singh
87':Substitution of Druk: Karma Nidup in place of Kunjang
86':Jigme tried his luck from a long ranger, ball went wide
82':Brilliant chance to Chenho inside box, but his shot went wide
81':Chance to Mohun Bagan through Lalkamal's free kick, PBoya' header saved by keeper Nima
80':Yellow Card to Mohun Bagan skipper Lalkamal Bhowmik
79':RED CARD to Tithankar Sarkar. Mohun Bagan down to 10-man. TD Subhas Bhowmik looked furious about this decision.
76':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Druk reduced one more from Jigme
70':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Sony scored for Mohun Bagan. Keeper Nima missed the flight of the ball and a soft finish by Sony
63':Druk United defence cleared the ball from corner
62':Mohun Bagan's move and a corner
61':Brilliant opportunity to Chencho, but his shot went wide
60':Mohun Bagan TD Subhas Bhowmik warned by referee
56':Another chance to sony from a defensive mistake of Jamayang. Sony's left footed shot cleared by keeper Nima
55':GOALLLLLLLLLLLL Piere Boya scored for Mohun Bagan.
50':Chance to Sony, his header went wide
48':Double Substitution in Mohun Bagan: Sukhen in place of Ujjal, Sony in place of Alex
46':Second half resumes
HT : SCORELINE - MOHUN BAGAN 1-1 DRUK UNITED
45+1': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL . 1-1 now. Alex scored for Mohun Bagan.
45': 2 minuite added time.
42': YELLOW CARD TO Jigme of Druk United.
35': SCORELINE - MOHUN BAGAN 0-1 DRUK UNITED
32': Chance missed to Mohun Bagan, Druk escaped from an own goal situation.
7: GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL : Druk United is leading 1-0. Scored by Chencho.
1': Lalkamal Bhowmich captain of Mohun Bagan today.
1': The Organizers of King's Cup Allowed the teams To Register Four Foreign Players; Mohun Bagan Register Four Players Including Haiti International Nordi.

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PREVIEW - 21.11.2014 : Mohun Bagan to play their first match at Kings Cup at Thimpu against Druk United on tomorrow evening. Druk United are relatively an easier side for the Mariners as they had conceded 8 goals in their first two matches in Group A , against Sheik Jamal Dhanmandi of Bangladesh and Akhon Ratchasima FC of Thailand respectively.

Mohun Bagan will going to select younger footballers in their first line up as most of the footballers are busy in the Indian Super League. They will have to depend on their foreign recruits Pirre Boya, Katsumi Yusa, Alex and Sony Nordi. Sony Nordi is with the Haitian national team and will be missing the first match. Mohun Bagan Technical Director Subash Bhowmick is optimistic for a good performance at Bhutan and his prime target is to win the Kings Cup.

While talking to the media before leaving Kolkata, Bagan TD Subhash Bhowmick says that the higher altitude of Bhutan is his prime concern and the Mariners have to play in the artificial turf under the flood lights in chilled atmosphere.

Mohun Bagan are without a trophy since last four years. An opportunity has come in front of them to prove their superiority. An young Mariners side are in front of a challenge in the Kings Cup.



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