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KFC NEWS DESK - 1.8.17 East Bengal Club of Kolkata today observed it's 98th birthday. In a colorful function at the Netaji Indoor stadium in the evening Red and Gold felicitated a number of Sports personality in presence of Sports Minister of West Bengal Arup Biswas and a host of dignitary and members and supporters.

Dhanraj Pillay, one of the India's finest hockey player were honored with "BHARAT GAURAV" award. Dhanraj Pillai participated in World Cup, Olympics, Asian Games and Champions trophy with unique distinction.

The man who was successful in national and international level both as a footballer and coach, Sayed Nayeemuddin, were felicitated with "LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT" award.In fact Sayed Nayeemuddin is the only footballer in the history of Indian football who is the recipient of ARJUNA AWARD(1970), and DRONACHARYA AWARD(1992). Nayeemuddin was felicitated with Nasa Sen Memorial Trophy and a cash award of Rs 1 lack.

In the year 2003 East Bengal proved it's supremacy in an international tournament at Indonesia. The man who lead East Bengal to win the prestigious ASEAN CUP was Subash Bhowmick. Bhowmick was instrumental to build up a new infrastructure in East Bengal and won a number of tournaments as a coach in East Bengal.

Subash Bhowmick was a successful footballer during the seventies played for East Bengal and as well as Mohun Bagan. He was the member of the Indian national team that won the bronze medal at Bangkok Asian games in the year 1970. Subash Bhowmick was felicitated with Bomkesh Bose Memorial trophy and a cash award of Rs 1 lack..

The tough and hard working central defender, who was the member of East Bengal which won the CFL for a record number of seven consecutive years 2010-2016 Gurwinder Singh were felicitated with PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD. Gurwinder was the recipent of a Golden Boot and Banwarilal Memorial award.

The ex FIFA referee Chaitaly Paul and ex FIFA Assistant referee Dhanapati Ray were awarded with Pratul Chakraborty and Pankaj Gupta memorial trophy respectively for their contribution in football.

In the morning at the club tent the flag was hosted by the club secretary Kalyan Mazumdar and East Bengal captain Arnab Mondal in presence of the footballers and supporters.


31.07.17 - AIFF Press Release: A brace from substitute Pyari Xaxa enabled a dominant Indian Women’s National Team beat Malaysia by two goals in the International Friendly played at the MP Selayang Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Monday (July 31, 2017).

After a barren first half, Pyari scored in the 79th and the 86th minutes respectively. India’s dominance was complete all throughout and except for a brief spell in the second half, Malaysia didn’t have much to boast about in the match.

The first half was totally one-sided. India’s burst right from the kick-off caught Malaysia unaware. There was a flurry of attacks from the wings as well as down the middle and Malaysia just defended in desperation. It was the perfect start for India.

In the 4th minute, Grace dribbled her way into the box but her shot went straight to rival Goalkeeper Nurul Azurin. The very next moment, Dalima Chhibber’s shot from outside the box went straight to Nurul. The first corner followed, as early as the 8th minute.

The first ten minutes set the momentum for the rest of the half. But despite all the dominance, India were not able to convert it into goals. Too much excitement forced players to take a crack from long even when their teammates were in the clear, and at times they preferred to hold on to for long enabling the rival defence to outnumber them.

India’s best chance came in the 24th minute when an acrobatic Nurul dived full length to deny Kamala Devi’s header from entering the net and then in the 27th minute, even as Nurul missed the flight of a Prameshwori Devi free-kick, it was headed out off the line by defender Eslilah Esar.

Head Coach Maymol Rocky did bring in her first substitution in the 28th minute – Anju Tamang coming in for a subdued Sanju. Anju did add to the thrust but Malaysia were able to hold on as both teams headed to interval locked goalless.

Changing over, Malaysia were faster off the blocks. For the first 10 minutes, India chased as the Malaysian girls, fresh from the break played in the gaps. But the spell didn’t last long.

But India, in their quest to recover, slowed down proceedings to eventually frustrate the hosts. Even as most of India’s attacks were down the right, it was Prameshwori on the left who created something out of nothing most of the times she had the ball.

In the 67th minute, substitute Pyari Xaxa’s grounder, a tracer bullet went straight to Nurul.

Three minutes later as Malaysia’s Malini hit the post, it perhaps inspired Pyari to better her – the speedy striker feinting past her marker and placing it into the net in the 79th minute.

In the 83rd minute, Bala leapt higher than all to meet Dalima’s corner but it rebounded off the post. But it didn’t matter much as Pyari scored her second in the 86th minute.

INDIA: Panthoi; Dalima Chhibber, Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna, Umapati Devi; Prameshwori Devi (Mandakini Devi 88'), Bala Devi (Captain), Premi Devi, Sanju (Anju Tamang 28'), (Pyari Xaxa 51') Dangmei Grace, Kamala Devi.


31.07.17 - AIFF Press Release: The Indian Senior National Team will be camping in Chennai prior to the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifiers fixture which is scheduled on September 5, 2017.

After back-to-back wins against Myanmar and the Kyrgyz Republic in the first two fixtures, India will fly to Macau for their third match in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers Group A match.

The boys would be assembling in Chennai on August 11, 2017.

Meanwhile, it'll be the first Senior National Team Camp for Sarthak Golui, Davinder Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Anirudh Thapa and Manvir Singh who showed their grit in the recently-concluded AFC U23 Championship Qualifiers in Doha.

Out of the 34 players who are called upon by Constantine for the forthcoming camp, there'll be 10 players who donned the National colour in the recently-AFC U23 Championship Qualifiers in Doha.

The list of probables stays as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Albino Gomes, Vishal Kaith, TP Rehenesh

DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Arnab Mondal, Anas Edathodika, Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Lalruatthara, Salam Ranjan Singh, Sarthak Golui, Davinder Singh

MIDFIELDERS: Dhanapal Ganesh, Jackichand Singh, Seityasen Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Bikash Jairu, Milan Singh, Udanta Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Md. Rafique, Rowllin Borges, Halicharan Narzary, Germanpreet Singh, Anirudh Thapa

FORWARDS: Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumeet Passi, Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh, Balwant Singh, Manvir Singh

Delhi Dynamos signed their second foreigner: Matias Mirabaje

31.7.17: >Delhi Dynamos signed Ex-Clube Atletico Paranaense attacking midfielder Matias Mirabaje. 28 year old midfielder played for U-20 Uruguay National team.

Chennai City FC signed two U-23 players For Hero I-League 2017-18

22.7.17: Chennai City FC announced the signing of two U-23 player central midfielder S Rajapandi and winger S Pandiyan from Chennai Super Division side Viva Chennai for the upcoming I-League.

AIFF Invites New Bids For Hero I-League 2017-18

AIFF MEDIA RELEASE - 21.7.17: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has noticed issue to invite bids for new clubs for the Hero I-League across leading dailies of the nation.

Bids are invited from prospective team owners in respect of cities – Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi, Ranchi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bhopal, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Malappuram and Trivandrum, among others.

Under this invitation to tender, the winning bidders will be granted the right to own and operate a new club which will compete in I-League in each year from 2017 onwards and will have the opportunity (if applicable and subject to qualification) to compete in the AFC (Asian Football Confederation’s) club competitions.

“We are looking forward to welcoming vibrant outfits in Hero I-League. The new entrants will surely bring newer challenges and fresh football dynamics which would provide more competitiveness and thrill to the league”, said Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League.


ISL MEDIA RELEASE - 19.7.17: 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


JAIPUR FC PRESS RELEASE - 18.7.17: Prashant Narayan Choudhary from Jaipur, Rajasthan is the first Indian to be invited for trials in Mexico by some leading Professional clubs of Mexico. Before this Prashant has been playing for more than two years in Barcelona, Spain and has been part of many top Leagues that gave him the confidence to move for next phase of his life and play professional.

Prashant has been part of trails of Celaya FC, Universidad Guadalajara and many more. The Agents and Coaches are really happy on the performance and the technical report clearly shows that Prashant is really good in Speed and Endurance compared the players who have been part of the Trials in the clubs which is a added benefit for any Indian.

Rafael Jardon an ex-Player from Club America who has watched and guided Prashant closely is very positive for him to be signed in by a leading club in Mexico. Prashant is currently practicing and working on his fitness and will be in India for a Sabbatical break for a month. Prashant said that Playing in Mexico is one of the dreams has come true but for me the honor would be to play for India one day and play for some professional team in India as Indian football has changed so much today and he can see future for many Indian players like him who are chasing their dreams.


AIFF PRESS RELEASE: Indian Super League – a globally renowned football competition from the Indian sub-continent will be seen in its new avatar this 2017-18 season.

After successfully establishing Indian football in the global arena and achieving the rare milestone of being the third most attended football league globally, the three-season young Indian Super League is positioned to provide exponential growth to the sport in India.

Much to the popular demand of a longer Indian Super League and Football Sports Development Limited’s (FSDL) objective of spreading the beautiful game to India’s vast geography, the ISL in its fourth edition will witness an expanded five-month module with number of participating clubs increasing to ten from its original eight founding member city clubs.

Football Sports Development Limited – the joint venture between IMG- Reliance & Star India today announced the addition of two of India’s largest conglomerates Tata Steel Ltd. – a US$ 18.12 billion company and subsidiary of Tata Group (US$ 103.51 billion 2015-16) and Jindal South West (JSW) Group – US$ 9 billion corporate into the fold of Indian Super League.

The inclusion of two new clubs came through the ‘Invitation To Bid’ tender process floated by FSDL last month. An independent panel along with consulting firm EY evaluated the bids to present its report today to the panel, in the presence of All India Football Federation General Secretary Mr Kushal Das.

Tata Steel Ltd., which has won the bid to participate in ISL from Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, are the pioneering Indian corporate to have provided national football with perennial pool of young footballers since 1987 through its Jamshedpur based facility – Tata Football Academy.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sunil Bhaskaran, Vice President Corporate Services, Tata Steel and Chairman TFA,said: “This is a momentous occasion for Tata Steel, which has always been a pioneer in the development of sports in the country, especially football. Our entry into the coveted Indian Super League reinforces our commitment to provide a fillip to the development of football in the country. We are extremely excited to have won the bid for our hometown Jamshedpur and will provide the best of facilities for football to prosper in the eastern part of our country”.

JSW Group which owns the successful football club Bengaluru FC through its subsidiary JSW Sports won the right to participate in ISL from Bengaluru city. JSW Group has to its credit established a very successful and professionally run football club in I-League within a short period of 3 years; winning the competition twice including in its debut year.

Parth Jindal, CEO, JSW Bangaluru FC attributed JSW Group’s decision to bid for an ISL team to the “interest of long-term future of Indian football”.

Mr Jindal said, “We’re glad that our bid to be part of the ISL has been accepted. A lot of time and thought has gone into our decision of wanting to be part of the Indian Super League. The biggest factor has been the interest of the long-term future of Indian football. A longer league is the right road ahead.”

Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF expressed satisfaction on the bid evaluation process, saying, “The interest shown by India’s two large corporates to be part of ISL and Indian football’s growth story is an indication of the growing popularity of the sport in the country. Their contribution to Indian football has been immense and will only set the high standards in ISL.”

India U-19 will play two International friendlies against Singapore U-19 team on June 19 and 21.

The matches are hosted by All India Football Federation and will be organised by Goa Football Association at Bambolim Sports Complex. Both the matches are scheduled at 7.30 p.m. and are to be played under the flood lights.
GFA Hon General Secretary Welvin Menezes has urged the fans to come out in large and support the young Indian colts. “I invite fans, players, coaches and youth to come and support the teams on both the days.”
“The entry will be free for the fans as we want as many people to witness the clash and cheer our home team.” Menezes said.