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ISL (2019-20) MATCH:20, BENGALURU
10.11.19: BENGALURU FC 3-0 CHENNAIYIN FC (FT)
BFC : : ERIK PAARTALU (14'), SUNIL CHETRI (25'), SEMBOI HAOKIP (84')
Hero of the Match : - Erik Paartalu - BENGALURU FC
Club Award :- Bengaluru
Limitless Player of the Match : - Sunil Chhetri - BENGALURU FC
Winning Pass of the Match :- Raphael Augusto - BENGALURU FC
Emerging Player :- Ashique Kuruniyan - BENGALURU FC
BFC: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Rahul Bheke, Juanan, Harmanjot Khabra, Nishu Kumar, Udanta Singh, Dimas Delgado, Raphael Augusto, Erik Paartalu, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sunil Chhetri.
CFC: Vishal Kaith, Tondonba Singh, Lucian Goian, Eli Sabia, Edwin Vanspaul, Anirudh Thapa, Dhanpal Ganesh, Rafael Crivellaro, Andre Schembri, Rahim Ali, Nerijus Valskis.
REFEREE: AJIT MEETAI
ISL MEDIA RELEASE: Defending champions Bengaluru FC earned their first win this season after a terrific 3-0 result over arch-rivals Chennaiyin FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium here on Sunday.
Australian midfielder Erik Paartalu got the ball rolling for Bengaluru with the opening goal (14’) before captain Sunil Chhetri made it 2-0 with a sensational strike (25’). Thongkhosiem Haokip rounded off a fine victory with a late goal (84’).
The win lifts Bengaluru to the fifth position in the Hero Indian Super League while Chennaiyin, who are yet to score a goal after four games, are rock bottom.
Bengaluru FC asserted their dominance right from the start, creating several chances in the opening 10 minutes. Chennaiyin custodian Vishal Kaith was called into action early in the fifth minute when former Chennaiyin man Raphael Augusto did brilliantly to get to the byline and find Juanan with a cutback. The Spaniard’s first-time shot was blocked by Kaith with his legs.
Augusto continued to torment his former team and should have scored five minutes later when Udanta Singh’s cross found his way to him, but he could not sort his feet out in time.
Kaith then had to pull off another save to prevent Udanta from scoring after being sent through on goal by Chhetri.
Bengaluru’s domination paid off in the 14th minute when Erik Paartalu, returning from injury, rose highest inside the box to head home a corner from Dimas Delgado.
Even after taking the lead, Bengaluru continued to maintain control of the game as Chennaiyin struggled to cope with their rivals.
Not surprisingly, the second goal came in the 25th minute. It was once again Augusto who proved to be a thorn in Chennaiyin’s side. His excellent lofted ball from inside his half found Chhetri in space down the right. The star forward beat his marker and unleashed a rasping drive from the edge of the box to beat Kaith all ends up and send the home crowd into raptures.
The defending champions continued to assert their supremacy, displaying swagger and confidence as Chennaiyin looked out of sorts.
After the break, Chennaiyin displayed a bit of urgency and John Gregory sent in Lallianzuala Chhangte for Rahim Ali. However, apart from a header from Dhanpal Ganesh which went wide, Chennaiyin could not trouble their rivals much.
Bengaluru continued to cruise through the game, giving their opponents no chance to stage a comeback.
In the 83rd minute, Chennaiyin almost pulled a goal back when Dhanpal Ganesh tried to flick in a corner from Dragos Firtulescu, but his effort bounced back off the post.
Bengaluru, however, punished Chennaiyin almost immediately. A long ball from Paartalu found Haokip who held off Eli Sabia and scored past Kaith to complete a resounding win.
THE PROBABLE FIXTURE OF I LEAGUE (2019-20). THIS FIXTURE SENT TO THE PARTICIPATING CLUBS FOR APPROVAL. THE FINAL LIST WILL BE PUBLISHED SOON.
I-LEAGUE 2019/20: EAST BENGAL FIX / BELOW MOHUN BAGAN MATCH DAY DATE TEAM VS TEAM CITY KO TIME 2 TUESDAY 3-Dec-19 QEB RKFC YBK KOLKATA 7:00 PM 10 SATURDAY 7-Dec-19 MPFC QEB CHANDIGARH 2:00 PM 13 TUESDAY 10-Dec-19 NFC QEB IMPHAL 2:00 PM 21 SUNDAY 22-Dec-19 MB -DERBY- QEB YBK 5:00 PM 26 SATURDAY 4-Jan-20 CB QEB GOA 5:00 PM 37 WEDNESDAY 15-Jan-20 QEB GKFC YBK 5:00 PM 44 TUESDAY 21-Jan-20 QEB AFC YBK 7:00 PM 47 SATURDAY 25-Jan-20 CCFC QEB COIMBATORE 5:00 PM 52 SATURDAY 1-Feb-20 QEB ARW YBK 5:00 PM 62 THURSDAY 13-Feb-20 QEB MPFC YBK 7:00 PM 66 MONDAY 17-Feb-20 ARW QEB BHUBANESHWAR 7:00 PM 71 SUNDAY 23-Feb-20 QEB TRAU YBK 5:00 PM 77 SATURDAY 29-Feb-20 QEB CB YBK 5:00 PM 85 TUESDAY 3-Mar-20 GKFC QEB KOZHIKODE 7:00 PM 87 MONDAY 9-Mar-20 RKFC QEB SRINAGAR 2:00 PM 91 SUNDAY 15-Mar-20 QEB -DERBY-MB YBK 5:00 PM 100 SUNDAY 22-Mar-20 QEB CCFC YBK 5:00 PM 105 SUNDAY 5-Apr-20 QEB NFC YBK 5:00 PM 106 TBD AFC QEB AIZAWL
I-LEAGUE 2019/20: MOHUN BAGAN FIX MATCH DAY DATE TEAM VS TEAM CITY KO TIME 3 SATURDAY 30-Nov-19 AFC MB AIZAWL 2:00 PM 7 SUNDAY 8-Dec-19 MB CB Kalyani 7:00 PM 12 WEDNESDAY 11-Dec-19 MB TRAU Kalyani 5:00 PM 18 SUNDAY 15-Dec-19 MB GKFC Kalyani 5:00 PM 21 SUNDAY 22-Dec-19 MB -DERBY- QEB YBK 5:00 PM 30 MONDAY 6-Jan-20 RKFC MB SRINAGAR 2:00 PM 34 THURSDAY 9-Jan-20 ARW MB Goa 5:00 PM 36 MONDAY 13-Jan-20 MPFC MB CHANDIGARH 2:00 PM 42 FRIDAY 17-Jan-20 NFC MB IMPHAL 5:00 PM 51 FRIDAY 31-Jan-20 CCFC MB COIMBATORE 7:00 PM 58 SUNDAY 9-Feb-20 MB MPFC Kalyani 5:00 PM 68 FRIDAY 14-Feb-20 MB NFC Kalyani 5:00 PM 73 SATURDAY 22-Feb-20 CB MB GOA 5:00 PM 76 SUNDAY 1-Mar-20 TRAU MB IMPHAL 5:00 PM 81 WEDNESDAY 4-Mar-20 MB CCFC Kalyani 5:00 PM 86 SATURDAY 7-Mar-20 MB AFC Kalyani 5:00 PM 91 SUNDAY 15-Mar-20 QEB -DERBY-MB YBK 5:00 PM 96 SATURDAY 21-Mar-20 MB ARW Kalyani 5:00 PM 101 SATURDAY 4-Apr-20 MB RKFC Kalyani 5:00 PM 108 TBD GKFC MB KOZHIKODE
TRAU FC SIGNED 7 FOOTBALLER FROM BENGAL
03.09.2019: Newly promoted I-League side TRAU FC confirmed signing of 7 footballers from Bengal. Among them some players played for two Kolkata giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan also....They Are Abhinas Ruidas, Abhishek Das, Tanmoy Ghosh, Mithun Samanta, Shayan Roy, Joydev Das and Rahul Das.
TRAU FC also signed experienced centre back Deepak Devrani, who also played for sevral clubs like East Bengal, Indian Arrows,Sporting Club de Goa, Mohun Bagan and Minerva Punjab.
28-year old Ghana's striker Abednago Tetteh, who played for Real Kashmir FC last season joined TRAU FC this season. 31-year old Carribean midfielder, Gerard Williams and 28-year old Ugandan centre-back, Isaac Isinde also joined TRAU FC this season. 31 year old Nigerian right-back Uche Oguchi, played for Al-Ahli (Bahrain), FC Heartland and Enugu Rangers (Nigeria) also joined the club.
They also signed some experienced local footballers having I-League, ISL experience before like Yendrembam Denechandra Meitei, Moirangthem Loken Meitei. After signing sponsor deal with Kolkata based Sports Management & Development company Aciesta Sports Alliance Pvt. Ltd. TRAU FC looking forward to build up a good squad in their Maidan I-League Campaign.
Chennaiyin FC sign Brazilian attacking midfielder Rafael Crivellaro
Chennaiyin FC signed 30-year-old attacking midfielder Rafael Crivellaro on a free transfer for the 2019-20 season. The Brazilian joins CFC after a two-year spell at Portuguese top-tier side C.D. Feirense.
"I am very happy to join Chennaiyin FC, a new experience in a new country with a lot of new hopes and expectations. Along with my new teammates, I hope to have a great season. I have also heard a lot about the city and the club's passionate supporters. I am really looking forward to my time in Chennai and India," Rafael said in Chennaiyin FC website.
MOHUN BAGAN ANNOUNCED THEIR 6TH FOREIGNER
Mohun Bagan signed Spanish footballer Julen Colinas Olaizola as their sixth foreigner. Real Sociedad product, Julen Colinas has played for Spanish Segunda Division B club UCAM Murcia last season.
Spanish winger played in 10 Copa Del Ray matches and was on score sheet on three occasions. He featured in 16 La Liga 2 games as well and scored one goal. He played for Spanish clubs like Real Sociedad B, Real Unión, CD Toledo, CyD Leonesa, Lleida Esportiu.
EAST BENGAL ANNOUNCED THEIR 6TH FOREIGNER
East Bengal FC announced the signing of the Spanish versatile attacker Juan Mera González. This 25 years old has played for teams like Leioa, Teruel, Racing Ferrol, Celta de Vigo II, Sporting Gijón. He is the sixth foreign player recruited for 2019-20 season.
DIPENDU BISWAS, APPOINTED AS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR OF MOHAMMEDAN SC
20/8/2019 : DIPENDU BISWAS,THE FORMER INDIAN INTERNATIONAL APPOINTED AS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR OF MD SPORTING AS SUBRATA BHATTACHARJEE RELIVED FROM HIS DUTIES. SAHEED SUNKARNMI RAMON WILL ACT AS HEAD COACH.
SUBRATA BHATTACHARJEE, THE EXPERIENCED COACH FAILED TO PROVE HIMSELF IN DURAND CUP AND IN CFL MATCHES IN HIS SHORT SPELL. MD SPORTING EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TODAY DECIDED TO RELIEVE SUBRATA AND DEPUTE DIPENDU IN THE DUG OUT. THIS IS DIPENDU'S FIRST MISSION AS A TECHNICAL DIRECTOR IN ANY TEAM IN KOLKATA MAIDAN.
AFGHAN DEFENDER MASIH SAIGHANI RETURNED BACK TO INDIA, JOINS CHENNAIYIN FC
19.08.2019: : 32 year old Afghanistan defender returns to India, as he joins Indian Super League side Chennaiyin FC for the upcoming season on a free transfer.
Saighani played for Aizawl FC in the 2017-18 season. During Aizawl he played AFC Champions League qualifier, AFC Cup, I-League, Super Cup as well as Mizoram Premier League. Later he joined Abahani Limited, Dhaka where he played against his current side Chennaiyin FC in the AFC Cup. During his time at Aizawl, Saighani also played in the Super Cup 2018 match against Chennaiyin FC.
"It will be an honour to play for Chennaiyin FC, head coach John Gregory and the club’s fantastic supporters. I am very thankful for this opportunity. Chennaiyin and the Hero Indian Super League have always impressed me, and I am excited to participate in the tournament. Moreover, I can’t wait to play in front of the Chennaiyin fans. A team is always as strong as its supporters, and Chennaiyin are extremely strong in that regard. The fans can be certain that I, along with the rest of the team, will put our best foot forward." - Saighani told to club official website after signing the deal.
KERALA BLASTERS FC SIGNED SEITYASEN SINGH
17.08.2019: :Kerala Blasters FC signed 27 year Indian International winger Seityasen Singh for the upcoming season.
Seityasen started his professional career Royal Wahingdoh. Later he played for Kerala Blasters in 2015. He played various I-League, ISL clubs like Salgaocar, NorthEast United, DSK Shivajians, Delhi Dynamos.
MINERVA PUNJAB FC SIGNED MUNMUN LUGUN
17.08.2019: : After Bali Gagandeep, Munmun Lugun returned back to Minerva Punjab FC ahead of upcoming season.
26 year old left back started his professional career from Simla Youngs in 2nd Division I-League . He joined United Sikkim Football Club in 2012 and won 2nd Division I-League to promote them to I-League. Later he played for Randajied United, Delhi Dynamos, Pune FC, Minerva Punjab FC, Mumbai FC, Mumbai City FC.
Recently Bali Gagandeep also returned back to Minerva Punjab FC for the upcoming season. They also confirmed the signing off right winger Beikhokhei Beingaichho. 28 year old IFA Academy product Beikhokhei played long time in East Bengal as well as Bengaluru FC.
ATK SIGNED JAVI HERNANDEZ
16.08.2019: :ATK today confirmed the signing of 30 year attacking midfielder Javi Hernandez.
Real Madrid product Javi started his professional career in Real Madrid B. After that he played several clubs in Spain, Sweden, Poland, Azerbaijan, Romania.
This will be his first season in any club in Asia.
MOHUN BAGAN CONFIRMED THEIR 5TH FOREIGNER
10.08.2019: : Mohun Bagan today confirmed their 5th foreigner Daniel Cyrus from Trinidad & Tobago.
6 ft 3.5 inch defender Daniel played as a central defender and can also operate as right back. 28 year old Daniel played several clubs in Trinidad & Tobago, USA, Vietnam, HOnduras, Saudi Arab.
During his club career he played for various league like Major League Soccer, TT Pro League, Vietnamese V League, Liga Nacional De Ascenso, CONCACAF Champions League, AFC Champions League etc.
Years Team Apps 2010–2012 FC Santa Rosa 3 2011 Caledonia AIA (loan) 5 2011 Sporting Kansas City (loan) 2 2012–2017 W Connection 21 2014 Hà Nội T&T (loan) 26 2015 Chicago Fire (loan) 4 2017–2018 Juticalpa 29 2018–2019 Al-Orobah 16Cyrus also have a regular choice defender in his National Team. Representing Trinidad and Tobago in different age group, Cyrus played for senior team for last 9 years. He played 79 matches so far for the senior team where Trinidad & Tobago played CONCACAF Gold Cup, Carribean Cup. One significant match among that is in Oct 11, 2017, where Trinidad & Tobago beat USA in 2-1 in their World Cup Qualifier Match where USA knocked out of the World Cup after 1986.
After Cornell Glen, he will be second player from Trinidad & Tobago to represent Mohun Bagan club.
MINERVA PUNJAB FC SIGNED TWO FOREIGNER
09.08.2019: : Minerva Punjab FC signed Brazilian winger Sergio Barboza Jr. and Nigerian striker Orok Orok Essien for the upcoming season.
After Danjuma Kuti, Dawda Ceesay this two new signing will boost Minerva Squad in this season.
Though Sergio is a new face in India, Orok Orok have experience in Indian Football. Orok Orok played for East Bengal, Mumbai FC.
NORTHEAST UNITED SIGNED CROATIAN WORLD-CUPPER ROBERT JARNI AS NEW HEAD COACH
04.08.2019: : NorthEast United signed Croatian World-Cupper Robert Jarni as new head coach ahead of upcoming season.
50 year old Croatian International Winger Robert played for various clubs like Real Madrid, Juventus. he is one of the member of Croatian World Cup team in 1998 where they finished in 3rd position.
Robert started his managerial career as assistant manager to Sergije Krešić at Hajduk Split. Recently he managed Croatian U-19 Football Team.
EAST BENGAL SIGNED RONALDO OLIVEIRA
04.08.2019: : East Bengal signed young striker Ronaldo Oliveira from Salgaocar FC on a 3 year deal.
Ronaldo have a impressive display in the trial for East Bengal, help him to join Kolkata giant in a long term deal. He scored more than 10 goals for Salgaocar in the last season's Goa Professional League with a 4 goal against FC Bardez. He also played brilliantly in AWES Cup, where he scored a goal against ISL Side FC Pune City.
MINERVA SIGNED SANJU PRADHAN
03.08.2019: : Minerva Punjab FC confirmed the signing of 29 year old winger Sanju Pradhan aheadof upcoming season.
Sanju have a vast experience in playing various Indian football clubs. He started his professional career from Air India. Later he joined East Bengal in 2008 and played 5 seasons their. He also played for Dempo SC, ATK, Salgaocar, NorthEast United, FC Pune City, DSK Shivajians, Mumbai City FC.
He also represent Indian National Team Nehru Cup and SAFF Suzuki Cup.
Under his playing career he won Federation Cup 2 times with East Bengal and Calcutta Football League - Premier Division 2 times with East Bengal.
He is also the first person to play 4 different Indian Super League club.
Gokulam Kerala FC sign two Goalkeepers
02.08.2019: GKFC PRESS RELEASE : Gokulam Kerala FC have signed goalkeepers CK Ubaid and Vigneshwaran Bhaskaran for the upcoming season.
Ubaid is from Kannur and has played for East Bengal last season. Vigneshwaran, who is known as Vicky, has represented Chennai City FC, Minerva Punjab, and Churchill Brothers. He has also played for second division clubs Fateh Hyderabad, and Sudeva FC.
Ubaid started his career with Viva Kerala in 2012 before moving to Dempo SC in Goa. He later played for Air India and ONGC in Mumbai before moving to East Bengal FC.
“I started my career in Kerala and now I am back. Being a Malayali the transfer means a lot to me. I am going to represent a club from my home. It is a different feeling to play in front of the fans in Kerala,” said Ubaid.
“I have not received much opportunity to play in my home and I need to utilise it to the maximum. I have already joined the pre-season camp in Kozhikode and we will be playing Durand Cup after one week. We hope we could make the Malayalis proud in the tournament,” said Ubaid.
Vicky also feels that the upcoming season would be a major one for the Malabarians. “I am happy to play in Kerala. The football culture over there is overwhelming and I think it would be a great season one for Gokulam. I am honoured to be part of the club and the place,” said Vicky.
Gokulam Kerala FC head coach Santiago Varela said, “We are training hard for Durand Cup. I am happy to hear that we have signed two good goalkeepers. I wish them best for the next upcoming season.”
GKFC sign Brazilian Bruno Pelissari
29.07.2019: GKFC PRESS RELEASE : Gokulam Kerala FC have signed Brazilian midfielder Bruno Pelissari for the upcoming season. The player has joined the training camp held at EMS Corporation Stadium on Saturday and will feature for the Malabarians in the Durand Cup set to start on August 8.
Bruno is the second foreign signing of the Malabarians after Ugandan striker Henry Kisekka. The Brazilian, who has played for the Indian Super League sides Chennaiyin and Delhi Dynamos, has immense experience playing in India.
He has played in India for three seasons and has scored seven goals. “He is a wonderful player, who can create lot of chances. It is great to see such a player in the team. He has trained along with us only for a couple of training session but I can see the talent in him,” said Gokulam Kerala FC head coach Fernando Santiago Varela.
Jamshedpur FC appoints experienced and seasoned Antonio Iriondo as Head Coach.
26.07.2019 - JFC PRESS RELEASE : JJamshedpur FC has signed Antonio Iriondo as their head coach for the 2019-20 season. The Spaniard joins JFC after managing various clubs in Spain’s La Liga, Segunda Division and Segunda B in a 27-year-long career. Antonio comes with a massive pedigree having managed 985 games during his entire career span dating back to 1992. The 65-year-old started his career at Carabanchel who played in the Segunda B back then. Later, he switched to Rayo Majadahonda where he worked for 4 years.
After his first stint with Rayo Majadahonda, he managed Tercera Division B clubs Amoros, Manchego, Madridejos and Atletico Pinto. Antonio was then appointed as the head coach for Rayo Vallecano B in 2002 and was later promoted to their senior team (who played in La Liga) as an interim head coach for nine matches towards the end of the 2002-03 season. Subsequently, Antonio was appointed at the helm of UD San Sebastián de Los Reyes, CD Toledo (two stints), San Fernando CD (two stints) and then started his second stint in 2012 at Rayo Majadahonda. With the latter, he achieved promotion to the third division in 2015 and took the clubs to the playoffs for the first time in their history in 2017.
In the 2017-18 season, Antonio achieved promotion to Segunda División with Rayo Majadahonda, after beating FC Cartagena in the play-offs. Antonio ended his seven-year-long spell at the club in 2019 before joining the Jharkhand-based Indian Super League club Jamshedpur FC.
ATK ropes in Spanish centre-back, Agustín García Iniguez
July 26, 2019: Agustín García Íñiguez (more popularly known as Agus), centre-back defender for the Cypriot club, Nea Salamina signs with ATK for the upcoming season. He will be joining Anas Edathodika to fortify the defence of the team.
Agus appeared in seven La Liga games representing Albacete Balompié before joining the Real Madrid B-team for the 2004–05 season, where he returned for the 2008–09 campaign.
In 2010, Agus signed for three years with Córdoba CF. He continued competing in his country's division two, representing AD Alcorcón, RCD Mallorca and Albacete.
In 2016, Agus signed with Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. In 2017, he moved to the Danish 1st Division and joined Esbjerg fB on a two-year deal, where he also played as a striker.
AHMED JAHOUH EXTENDS HIS STAY WITH FC GOA
25.07.2019 Morocco's International midfielder Ahmed Jahouh extends his stay with FC Goa for one more season. Ahmed Joined FC Goa in loan from Morrocan Football Side Fath Union Sport in 2017.
He made 39 appearances so far for FC Goa.
KERALA BLASTERS SIGNS REHENESH
25.07.2019Kerala Blasters signs goalkeeper T P Rehenesh ahead of upcoming season. This is their third goalkeeper signing after Bilal Khan and Shibinraj Kunniyil.
26 year old goalkeeper played for NorthEast United and made 46 appearances so far in last 4 seasons. He played several other clubs like East Bengal, Shillong Lajong, ONGC, Mumbai Tigers, Randajied United.
He didn't played much in the last season's ISL but have a good season in 2017-18.
DELHI DYNAMOS SIGNED ARIDANE SANTANA
24.07.2019 Delhi Dynamos signed Spanish forward Aridane Santana from Cultural Leonesa.
32 year old forward played for Leonesa last season and scored 9 goals in his 21 appearances.
He played for Segunda Division club CD Tenerife for long time where he scored 44 goals in his 130 appearances.
“I am really happy to be in India. The Indian Super League is a very promising league and I hope to score as much as possible for my team. I have watched the team’s play last season, and I believe I will not disappoint coach Gombau and the team with my gameplay,” said Santana to club official websiteafter signing up for the Delhi Dynamos
MOHUN BAGAN SIGNS LALRAM CHULLOVA
24.07.2019 Mohun Bagan confirmed the signing of defender Lalram Chullova for the upcoming season.
23 year old started his professional career in Aizawl FC in 2015-16 season under Khalid Jamil. He is the part of Aizawl FC's I-League winning side squad in 2016-17.Later he moved to East Bengal along with coach Khalid.
He is been sensational in East Bengal defence last season. There are various rumours about him after he denied to renew his contract with East Bengal.
He is yet to join Mohun Bagan's training under Kibu Vicuna but will join soon.
Dario Vidošić, Australian midfielder joins ATK
22.07.2019 Croatian born Australian footballer, Dario Vidošić joins ATK for the upcoming season. He started his career in the A-League side Queensland Roar from 2006–07 season.
He played for German club 1. FC Nürnberg in the Bundesliga. In 2017, Vidošić joined Wellington Phoenix for a couple of months, before moving onto Melbourne City.
Vidošić made his International debut in their last World Cup qualifier match against Japan in 2009.
In 2006, Vidošić was selected in the Australian Under-20 squad and competed in the 2006 AFC Youth Championships in India.
EAST BENGAL CONFIRMS SIGNING OF ABHIJIT SARKAR
20.07.2019 Abhijit Sarkar, the Chennaiyin FC and Indian Arrows star signs for Quess East Bengal FC on a season long loan deal. The 19 year old attacking midfielder from Bandel, West Bengal was an integral member of the U-17 World Cup team. Abhijit signs for Indian Super League side Chennaiyin FC.
He played 20 matches for Indian Arrows in last 2 seasons and scored 5 goals so far in the I-League.
GOKULAM KERALA FC appoint Fernando Santiago Varela as head coach
18.07.2019 Spanish coach Fernando Santiago Varela has returned back to Gokulam Kerala FC as the head coach of the team for the upcoming season. Spaniard was of coach of Gokulam Kerala FC last season but due to personal reasons before the I-League started he returned back to Spain.
Fernando Varela has previously coached Catalalan club CF Gava. He also written a book ‘Futbol Inteligente’ on football training.
“We will be vying for top honours this season. Already the players have started fitness sessions and now I will oversee the training sessions. We have to prepare well for the Durand Cup. It is great to be back here and now I have got a historic tournament as my first assignment,” said Fernando Varela to Gokulam FC after rejoining.
DELHI DYNAMOS SIGNED ARSHDEEP SINGH
18.07.2019 :Delhi Dynamos today announced the signing of goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh ahead of upcoming season.
21 year old AIFF Elite Academy product Arshdeep played for Minerva Punjab FC in the last 4 seasons. he made his professional debut for Minerva Punjab against Shillong Lajong in the I-League in the year 2017.
MOHHAMEDAN SPORTING REGISTERED 4 PLAYERS TODAY AT IFA OFFICE
16.07.2019 - MSC PRESS RELEASE : Mohammedan Sporting Club today registered four players at IFA Office, Kareem Omolaja Nurain (Minerva Punjab), Musa Mudde (Gokulam Kerala), Prosenjit Chakraborty (Chennaiyin FC) and Subhranil Bose (Vasco Sports Club).
GOKULAM KERALA FC SIGNED TWO KERALA YOUNGSTAR
11.07.2019 - GKFC PRESS RELEASE : Gokulam Kerala FC have signed two Kerala players, Mohammed Salah K and Alex Saji, for the upcoming I-League season. Mohammed Salah is a wing-back and had played for Gokulam in the 2017-18 season but moved to SAT Tirur in the previous season.
Alex Saji was the captain of the Kerala Blasters U18 team and was part of their reserve team. He plays as defender and is from Wayanad. “It is an honour to play for Gokulam Kerala FC. There are lot of Kerala players in the club and this is a golden opportunity for me to learn,” said Alex Saji after signing.
Mohammed Salah, who is from Malappuram, believes that he could excel in his second stint at the club. “I am happy to be here back. The club means a lot to me and I would try to do my best to help the club win the titles,” he said.
Both the players will be part of Gokulam’s Durand Cup squad also. “These youngsters have a great opportunity to excel and these signings show that the club stands with the vision of promoting young Kerala players to national level,” said VC Praveen, the president of the club.
DELHI DYNAMOS SIGNED SPANISH DEFENDER
10.07.2019 :Delhi Dynamos signed Spanish defender Carlos Delgado. 29 year old Malaga product Carlos will be playing his first strinct outside Europe.
He played for Valencia in UEFA champions League match against Lille. Centre Back Carlos even played for various other clubs like Sparta Rotterdam, Valladolid B, Almería B, Orihuela, Leganés, Recreativo, Albacete, Castellón.
"I am really looking forward to this challenge in India and joining the Dynamos. I believe we have a good squad for this season, and I am really happy to be a part of it. I believe in Coach Gombau’s philosophy and just can’t wait to start my training with the squad," Delgado told the official Delhi Dynamos website after securing the move.
MO SALAH RETURNS BACK TO GOKULAM KERALA FC
10.07.2019 :Gokulam Kerala FC resigned left wing back Mohammed Salah. 24 year old Mo Salah played for Gokulam Kerala FC in 2017-18 season.
He played for Sports Academy Tirur in the last season. He even played various clubs like Delhi United FC, DSK Shivajians.
KERALA BLASTERS SIGNED BILAL KHAN
10.07.2019 : Kerala Blasters FC signed goalkeeper Bilal Khan.
Bilal played for various clubs like Churchill Brothers, Mohammedan Sporting, FC Pune City, Gokulam Kerala FC, Real Kashmir FC. Last season he was been sensational in Real Kashmir.
ROMARIO JOINS MOHUN BAGAN ON LOAN FROM FC GOA
10.07.2019 : FC Goa signed winger Alexander Romario Jesuraj on a 3 year deal from I-League champion Chennai City FC. Romario will spend this season in Mohun Bagan on loan deal.
Romario made 34 appearances for Chennai City FC in the last two season. He is one of the regular first team player.
Albert Serran signs one-year extension with Bengaluru FC
10.07.2019 : Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC have extended the contract of defender Albert Serran who has put pen to paper on a deal which keeps him with the Indian Super League champions till the end of 2019-20 season, the club announced on Wednesday. The 34-year-old defender thus becomes the fourth foreigner to stay on for Carles Cuadrat’s side for the upcoming season.
Serran who joined Bengaluru FC after a trial in Spain, went on to become an important part in Cuadrat’s defence, establishing a formidable partnership with fellow countryman Juanan Gonzalez at the heart of the backline. Starting 15 games, he made a total of 17 appearances as the Blues claimed their maiden Indian Super League title.
AIZAWL FC EXTENDS TWO MORE PLAYERS
8.7.19: Defender Lalhriatrenga and goalkeeper Lalawmpuia extended their stay at Aizawl FC for one more season.
Aizawl FC starts the pre-season training today.
MOHUN BAGAN CONFIRMED THEIR THIRD FOREIGNER
6.7.19: Mohun Bagan has signed Francisco Javier González Muñoz for the 2019-20 season. The 30 years old Central Defensive Midfielder is from Córdoba, Spain.Real Madrid youth product Fran played various clubs in Spain and Hong Kong.
JAMSHEDPUR FC SIGNED ISAAC VANMALSAWMA
5.7.19: Jamshedpur FC signed attacking midfielder Isaac Vanmalsawma on a two years deal from Chennaiyin FC.
22 year old Isaac played I-League for Shillong Lajong, later he played for ISL side FC Pune City, Chennaiyin FC. He made his international debut against Bhutan.
“I am extremely happy to join Jamshedpur FC and take my career forward. I am looking forward to being part of such a talented squad. I can’t wait to start working with my team-mates and hopefully we can achieve great things together.”- Isaac told in club official website after signing the deal.
MOHUN BAGAN REGISTERED 21 PLAYERS TODAY IN IFA OFFICE
5.7.19: Total 21 players today have signed at IFA office in favour of Mohun Bagan:- VP Suhair, Imran Khan, Naorem Nongdamba, Dibyendu Sarkar, Debjit Majumder, Lalramzuava Khiangte, Dhanachandra Singh, Lalchwam Kima, Sankar Roy, Sukhdev Singh, Bikramjit Singh, Surabuddin Mollick, Shilton Paul, Sk. Faiaz, Azharuddin Mallik, Ashutosh Mehta, Arijit Bagui, Gurjinder Singh, Babun Das, Shilton D' Silva, Koushik Sarkar
ATK SIGNED INDIAN INTERNATIONAL DEFENDER ANAS EDATHODIKA
5.7.19: Indian International Defender Anas Edathodika signed for ATK on a one year deal from Kerala Blasters, club announced today.
32 year old defender played for various I-League and ISL sides like Mumbai FC, Pune FC, Delhi Dynamos, Mohun Bagan, Jamshedpur FC, Kerala Blasters.
After his brilliant spell in 2016-17 season he got International team call. Later he along with Sandesh Jhingan made a fine partnership in India's central defence. He announced his National team retirement after the Asian Cup but rolled back again last month.
Under Antonio Lopez Habas this year ATK made some high profile signigns like Roy Krishna, David Williams. Signing of Anas made their defence line also strong.
JAMSHEDPUR FC SIGNED JITENDRA SINGH
4.7.19: Jamshedpur FC added one more Indian Arrows player Jitendra Singh on a three year deal until 2022. 18 year old defender Jitendra played for U-17 World Cup. He represents India in U-20 level also.
Versatile defender Jitendra played 30 matches in the I-League in last two seasons. Jitendra becomes the fourth recruit for Jamshedpur FC from Indian Arrows along with Narender Gahlot, Amarjit Singh and Aniket Yadav.
“I am really excited to wear the Jamshedpur FC jersey and play for the club. I would want to give the best for my team and for the fans. I am happy to be a part of the Jamshedpur FC family. I have seen the fans and I want to say that you guys are amazing. Please keep supporting us the way you have been. Without your support it’s not possible to achieve the goals for the club.”- Jitendra told to Club official website after signing the deal.
CHENNAI CITY FC RETAINS AJITH KUMAR
4.7.19: I-League defending champion Chennai City FC retains the service of Ajith Kumar Kamaraj until 2022.
22 year old left back Ajith Kumar played all 20 I-Leagye matches and 3 Super Cup matches for Chennai City FC in the last season. This is his first season of I-League. Despite offers from various ISL, I-League clubs, Ajith prefers to stay with his parent club.
EAST BENGAL SIGNED SPANISH DEFENDER MARTI CRESPI
3.7.19: East Bengal today announced the signing of Spanish Central defender Martí Crespí Pascual for the upcoming season.
Crespi played for La Liga as well as Spanish Segunda Division. In last 3 years he played for China League one.
32 year old Real Mallorca product, represent Spain in different age group. He played for Delhi Dynamos last season.
East Bengal registered 15 Footballers today at IFA office,9 out of them are from junior team. Manoj Mohammed, Prakash Sarkar, Pintu Mahato, Lalrindika Ralte, Sanchanyan Samaddar, Samad Ali Mullick also signed today.
KERALA BLASTERS FC SIGNED SHIBIN RAJ
3.7.19: Kerala Blasters FC signed Shibin Raj from Gokulam Kerala FC.
26 year old goalkeeper joined Gokulam Kerala FC last year from Mohun Bagan. He made 10 appearances in the last season.
JAMSHEDPUR FC SIGNED NARENDER GAHLOT
3.7.19: Jamshedpur FC signed Indian U-17 defender Narender Gahlot in a 3 year deal until 2022 from Indian Arrows.
18 year old Chandigarh Football Academy product represents India in U17 label. He played for Indian Arrows in the last season.
“When this opportunity came towards me I did not wait long to say yes to it. I am thankful to the management for giving a young player like me the chance to showcase my talents at the biggest stage in Indian Football. I want to visit Jamshedpur soon and make sure the fans are very proud of me. Jam ke khelo Jamshedpur.”- Narendra told in the club official website.
Bengaluru FC add Sachin Badhade - AFC ‘A’ Licensed Coach To Take Over U15 Side In Bellary
2.7.19: Bengaluru FC have confirmed the addition of I-League winning coach Sachin Badadhe to the Academy staff . The 39-year-old AFC ‘A’ License holder joins the Blues’ residential set up in Bellary after guiding I-League side Minerva Punjab to a third-place finish in Group E of the AFC Cup.
DELHI DYNAMOS SIGNED ARGENTINE MIDFIELDER
2.7.19: Delhi Dynamos today announced the signing of Argentine Midfielder Martín Pérez Guedes.
27 year old attacking as well as left midfielder played various Argentina's Primera División side throughout his career. He played for Racing Club, Olimpo, Quilmes, Temperley, Mitre, Defensores de Belgrano.
Having spent his entire career in his home country, this will be Guedes' first venture outside his country.
This will be Delhi Dynamos's 4th foreign signing after Marcos Tebar, Diawandou Diagne, Xisco Hernandez.
MOHUN BAGAN SIGNED LALRAMZAUVA KHIANGTE
1.7.19: Mohun Bagan announced the signing of Lalramzauva Khiangte for the season 2019-20. 22 year old midfielder joined on a permanenet move from FC Pune City.
GOKULAM KERALA FC SIGNED LALROMAWIA
30.6.19: Gokulam Kerala FC signed midfielder Lalromawia for the upcoming season.
21 year old midfielder Lalromawia played for Chhinga Veng FC in the last season. He scored 3 goals in his 9 appearances in the 2nd Division League.
MOHUN BAGAN EXTENDS CONTRACTS OF SHILTON, KIM KIMA
29.6.19: Mohun Bagan extends the contract of goalkeeper Shilton Paul and defender Lalchhawnkima for one more season.
31 year old goalkeeper Shilton joined Mohun Bagan in 2006, played more than 200 matches for Mohun Bagan.
28 year old defender Kim Kima joined Mohun Bagan in 2008. Kim Kima played several clubs like Royal Wahingdoh, ATK, Aizawl FC, Delhi Dynamos, Mumbai FC, Mumbai City FC.
EAST BENGAL EXTENDS LONG TERM CONTRACT WITH ACADEMY FOOTBALLERS
28.6.19: East Bengal FC extends contract with footballers of their academy, Prakash Sarkar, Manoj Md. and P.C. Rohlupuia’s from 2020 to 2023.
Defender Manoj played 16 games for East Bengal last season, while Midfielder Prakash and Rohlupuia are also two promising young star played some important matches for Red and Gold.
ATK SIGNED AUSTRALIAN STRIKER DAVID WILLIAMS
28.6.19: ATK today confirmed the signing of another Wellington Phoenix striker David Williams for the upcoming season.
31 year old Australian International striker played for various A League side like Queensland Roar, North Queensland Fury , Sydney FC , Melbourne City. Williams has also played in Europe for Denmark club Brøndby and Hungary club Haladás.
Last season he scored 11 goals in his 25 appearances for Wellington Phoenix. He will join his Wellington Phoenix partner Roy Krishna in the ATK forward line.
DELHI DYNAMOS SIGNED GAURAV VORA
27.6.19: Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos signed Gaurav Bora from FC Pune City.
Gaurav Bora played for I-League Champion Chennai City FC on loan from FC Pune City in the last two season. 20 year old young defender is being sensational in the Chennai City FC's throughout the last season. Gaurav also remembered for his 2 goals against Minerva Punjab FC in the final match day of I-League, which help them to win the trophy.
GOKULAM KERALA FC SIGNED MALEMNGAMBA MEITEI
27.6.19: Gokulam Kerala FC today announced the signing of 27 year old midfielder Malemngamba Meitei for the upcoming season.
Neroca FC youth product Meitei started his professional career from Neroca FC. later he played various clubs like HAL, Salgaocar FC, Mumbai FC, Bengaluru FC, NorthEast United FC, TRAU FC.
Meitei is also part of the Neroca FC squad when they won 2nd Division League title in 2016-17 season.
NEW ASSIGNMENT FOR BASTAB ROY IN RED & GOLD
25.6.19: East Bengal appointed Bastab Roy as Head of Youth Development to strengthen the grass root level. Bastab will also be in charge as Assistant Coach of The Senior Football Team for the upcoming season. Bastab worked as the deputy of Alexandro Menendez in the recently concluded season. Abhra Mondal will going to continue as the goalkeeping coach in East Bengal .
DELHI DYNAMOS SIGNED XISCO HERNANDEZ FROM BENGALURU .
25.6.19: Xisco played a key role in Bengaluru FC's title winning season, where he played 20 matches scored 1 goals with 5 assists. 29 year old RCD Mallorca youth academy product, played played most of his career in the Spanish Segunda Division B. He joined Bengaluru FC last season from Atlético Baleares.
“I am happy to be back in India after a successful first season outside Spain. Coach Gombau has vested immense trust in me and I am very sure that I will be able to deliver as per his expectations. Delhi has a very young squad and I see a lot of potential in the team. Once again, really happy to join Delhi Dynamos and I can’t wait to roar.” - Xisco said in official Delhi Dynamos website after signing the deal.
AIFF RESPONDED TO THE JOINT PRESS RELEASE OF I LEAGUE CLUBS
KFC NEWS DESK - 24.6.19: All India Football Federation immediately reacted after the joint committee of I League playing clubs released a press release after their meeting at New Delhi this afternoon.
The representatives and members of the I League playing clubs discuss their future action , if AIFF declares ISL as the top priority league of the country.
In a Press statement AIFF stated, " The AIFF as a custodian of Indian Football has always endeavoured to balance to the interest of all stakeholders, and the Hero I-League, and its clubs. To say that the future of Hero I-League, and the clubs will not be taken into consideration for any future decisions of the AIFF would be unfair."
"Furthermore, while the decision of the AIFF Executive Committee cannot be per-judged, it must also be borne in mind that AIFF has already spoken to its commercial partners FSDL about the concerns of the Hero I-League clubs."
It is surprising that the clubs have accused the AIFF President about not giving them any audience for their grievances. "In fact, the only time they sought an audience was before the commencement of Hero Super Cup, where they were duly informed that the AIFF President will meet them any day between April 10-14, 2019, as the President had prior commitments for the FIFA Council Election on April 6 in Kuala Lumpur, as well as the Lok Sabha general elections."
"Despite the assurance, the clubs did not meet the President, and rather pre-maturely pulled out of the Hero Super Cup, causing huge financial losses and negativity for a tournament for they had confirmed their participation. It must be mentioned that post pulling out of the Hero Super Cup no appointment has been sought by the Clubs till date."
"As a custodian of Indian Football, the AIFF and the President are always happy to engage with all stakeholders including I-league Clubs for the betterment of Indian Football."
What will be the future of Indian football ? A lot of eventful thing will going to happen in the next few days.
INDIAN FOOTBALL TRANSFER NEWS 2019-20
YAN LAW IS THE NEW HEAD COACH OF MINERVA PUNJAB FC
22.06.2019 Minerva Punjab FC announced their new coach Yan Cheng Law for the upcoming season.
He is the youngest AFC A license coach of India.
PEDRO MANZI EXTENDS HIS STAY
21.06.2019 I-League Champion Chennai City FC announced that their star striker Pedro Manzi extends his contract till 2022.
30 year old Uruguayan-Spanish professional Pedro scored 25 goals including 4 hattricks for Chennai City FC in the last season.
DELHI DYNAMOS SIGNED SENEGALESE DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER
20.06.2019 Delhi Dynamos confirmed the signing of Senegalese International Diawandou Diagne for the upcoming season on a free transfer.
24 year old former Barcelona- B team player represents his country in different age group as well as in the senior team.
“I have played in Europe amongst some of the best in the world, and I am eager to bring all my experience on the field here in India,” - Diagnetold to official website after signing the deal.
MOHUN BAGAN CONFIRMED THEE NEW SIGNING
20.06.2019 Mohun Bagan today announced the signing of Nongdamba Naorem, Sheikh Faiaz and Imran Khan.
Naorem joined on loan from Kerala Blasters FC. FIFA U-17 World Cup star 19 year old Nongdamba Naorem is an Minerva Punjab FC youth product. After U-17 World Cup he played for Indian Arrows and later he joined Kerala Blasters.
25 year old midfielder Imran Khan played for Mohammedan Sporting, Fateh Hyderabad FC, FC Goa and Gokulam Kerala FC. Versatile player Imran have a very good pace and capable to play as left winger or central attacking midfielder.
Mohun Bagan retains Sheikh Faiaz for the upcoming season. Last season Faiaz joined Mohun Bagan on loan from ATK. Faiaz will continue to wear Mohun Bagan jersey again in this season.
KERALA BLASTERS SIGNED RAHUL KP
20.06.2019 Kerala Blasters signed U-17 World Cup Star Rahul KP from Indian Arrows.
19 year old Rahul Kannoly Praveen scored six goals for the Arrows in his 39 appearances. Rahul become the fifth former India U-17 player to be picked by the south-coast club, after Dheeraj Singh, Mohammad Rakip, Nongdamba Naorem and Jeakson Singh.
“It feels special, to be blessed with an opportunity to play for my home team. I’m ready to give it my all and work really hard to achieve the goals of the club for the season. Joining Kerala Blasters feels like family and I can’t wait to play in front of the fans at Kochi”, Said Rahul to the official website after signing for Kerala Blasters.
MUMBAI CITY FC CONFIRMED THEIR DOUBLE SIGNING
19.06.2019 Mumbai City FC today confirmed the signing of Brazilian attacker Diego Carlos and defender Sarthak Golui from FC Pune City.
31 year old Brazilian winger Diego Carlos joined FC Pune City in 2017 and scored 4 goals in his 24 appearances. 21 year old AIFF Elite Academy product Sarthak played for FC Pune City for last 2 season after coming from Mohun Bagan.
MOHUN BAGAN SIGNED NEW SPANISH FORWARD
19.06.2019 Mohun Bagan confirmed the signing of Spanish striker Salvador Pérez Martínez, from Doxa Drama FC, Greece. The 29 years old forward, popularly known as Salva Chamorro,started his professional career in Villarreal.
He started playing for Villarreal's reserve teams like Villarreal C and Villarreal B between 2008-2012. Chamorro also played for Barcelona B in 2016. Chamorro played mostly in Segunda División and Segunda División B in Spain. He helped UE Llagostera to become champion of Segunda División B in 2013-14 by scoring 11 goals. Chamorro has also played in countries like Portugal, Greece and Hong Kong.
Salva Chamorro said to the Mohun Bagan website ” This is a challenge I am really looking forward to. After I spoke with Kibu and read about the legacy of Mohun Bagan, I never had any doubts in mind. I am looking forward to working with Kibu, meeting the team and getting started.“
KHALID JAMIL JOINED ISL SIDE NORTH EAST UNITED
19.06.2019 I-League winner Coach Khalid Jamil joined ISL side North East United for 3 years contract. He will be as Head of Academy and Assistant Coach to the first team.
2016–2017-Aizawl FC (I-League win)
2018-2019- Mohun Bagan
After winning the league with Aizawl, Khalid Jamil joined East Bengal as the head coach during 2017–18 season. In January 2019, he was appointed the head coach of Mohun Bagan for the reminder of the season.
CHENNAI CITY FC EXTENDS THE CONTRACT OF ROBERTO ESLAVA
18.06.2019 : I-League Champion Chennai City FC extends the contract of their Spanish Central defender Roberto Eslava's contract for 3 more year.
31 year old Eslava joined Chennai City FC last year and played 15 matches. He even scored 2 goals in the last season.
ATK SIGNED FIJI SKIPPER ROY KRISHNA
18.06.2019 :Indian Super League side ATK today announced the signing of Fiji's skipper Roy Krishna on an one year deal.
31 year old striker Roy played for various side of New Zealand like Waitakere United, Auckland City, Wellington Phoenix.
The Johnny Warren Medalist Roy is very much popular due to his goal scoring abilities. In last season he scored 18 goals and also won Golden Boot.
REAL KASHMIR FC SIGNED SCOTTISH STRIKER KALLUM
17.06.2019 : Real Kashmir FC announced the signing of Kallum Higginbothom from Dunfermline Athletic, Scotland. Kallum is an experienced striker who has played at the highest level in the UK. Kallum has played for top teams such as Huddersfield Town, Motherwell, Kilmarnock and Motherwell.
Bengaluru FC sign midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh
17.06.2019 : Bengaluru Football Club have completed the signing of former player Eugeneson Lyngdoh on a one-year deal, the club announced on Monday. The 32-year-old midfielder once again joins the Indian Super League champions after a two-year stint with Kolkata-side ATK, who had signed the Shillong-born playmaker during the ISL draft in 2017.