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YUBABHARATI KRIANGAN KOLKATA TO HOST THE FINAL OF U-17 WORLD CUP

KFC NEWS DESK - 27.3.17: The "MACCA OF INDIAN FOOTBALL" Kolkata, to host the final of the U-17 World Cup Final. This was officially announced by Javier Ceppi, the Tournament Director after a week long inspection in different venews within the country. The 21 member FIFA delegation lead by Jaime Yarza, Head of Events, along with the Local Organizing Committee had a detailed inspection regarding different aspects at Delhi, Kochi, Goa, Navi Mumbai, Guwahati and Kolkata. Finally, the delegation declare Vivekananda Yubabharati Kriangan of Kolkata as the venew to host the final of the mega event on the 28th of October . In fact Kolkata will be the head quarter and main operational center for the most prestigious event ever organise in India.

The tournament will start in New Delhi and Navi Mumbai with the first double headers being held on 6 October. The quarter-finals will be in Goa, Guwahati, Kochi and Kolkata, while Guwahati and Navi Mumbai will host the semi-finals. The last match at New Delhi will be on 16th October as there are always a high rate of pollution during Dewali festival. The FIFA delegation feels that Yubabharati Kriangan is one of the top class stadium in India fulfilling the highest standard among the other venews in the country.

MATCH SCHUDULE
1. DY PATIL STADIUM (NAVI MUMBAI): Group A : 6 Group league matches, 1 Round of 16 match and 1 Semifinal
2. JAWAHARLAL NEHRU STADIUM (NEW DELHI): Group B : 6 Group league matches, 2 Round of 16 match
3. JAWAHARLAL NEHRU STADIUM (GOA) : Group C : 6 Group league matches, 2 Round of 16 match and 1 Quater final
4. JAWAHARLAL NEHRU STADIUM (KOCHI) : Group D : 6 Group league matches, 1 Round of 16 match and 1 Quater final
5. INDIRA GANDHI ATLETIC STADIUM (GUWAHATI) Group E :6 Group league matches, 1 Round of 16 match, 1 Quater final and 1 Semifinal
6. YUBABHARATI KRIANGAN (KOLKATA) Group F : 6 Group league matches, 1 Round of 16 match, 1 Quater final, 3/4 Place and THE GRAND FINAL

The Head of Events, Jaime Yarza while addressing to the media said, “The FIFA U-17 World Cup is an exciting milestone for the growth of football in India and it has now reached a very important stage. The match schedule has been created following a thorough analysis of players’ health, competition format, team movements, weather, local festivities, geography and other factors. Each venue will host at least eight matches, and we took existing infrastructure into account, as well as local enthusiasm, when allotting the matches.”

The LOC Tournament Director Javier Ceppi added while introducing the official slogan: “This is the first time that India is hosting a FIFA tournament. It will be also the first time an Indian team will play in a FIFA competition. In recognition of the increasing excitement about the beautiful game in India, ‘Football Takes Over’ was the first and most fitting choice as the official slogan for the tournament. Soon we will open ticket sales and fans will have great opportunities to attend matches at discounted rates. We are expecting huge interest from football fans in this historical FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.”

The draw for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 will take place on 7 July in Mumbai.

FIFA DELEGATES FEELS DY PATIL STADIUM SHOULD BE BENCHMARK FOR U 17 WORLD CUP

KFC NEWS DESK - 24.3.17: The 21 member FIFA delegation while inspecting the D Y Patil stadium for the U 17 World Cup expressed their satisfaction with the progress of work. The delegation stated that D Y Patil stadium in Mumbai should be treated as benchmark for other venues in the country.

Jamie Yarza, the head of the delegation while interacting with the media said, I said last year that I was happy with the stadium and I haven’t changed my mind. It is a fantastic stadium and most of the works which we have requested to be able to host four teams and all the logistical organisational aspects of the World Cup have been completed. In that sense we have no worry everything will be in place. The new dressing rooms are of very high quality and we are very happy with all the preparations. This will be one of the best stadiums in the country to the host the matches and we are proud to be here. ”

The Prime Minister's office are in touch with the preparation of the stadium and they are receiving reports every Monday. DY Patil is the only venue inspected so far, that has got a positive review from FIFA . The delegation had earlier raised various concerns after inspecting venues at New Delhi and Kochi. Jamie Yarza refrained from confirming whether DY Patil Stadium would be awarded a marquee game or possibly the final of the tournament.

FIFA DELEGATION ARE INSPECTING THE VENEWS OF U 17 WORLD CUP

KFC NEWS DESK - 23.3.17: The U -17 FIFA World Cup are now at the door step as a 21 members of FIFA delegation and the Local Organising Committee are inspecting the probable venews for the World Cup. This is most important part of the inspection by the FIFA technical committee to check all the important aspects for the mega tournament which is expected to be kick off at October.

The capital city of India, New Delhi being finalize as one of the venew for the U 17 World Cup. A 21 member delegation lead by Jaime Yarza, are inspecting the venews for the U 17 World Cup to assess the progress of preparations for the tournament. In the media meeting after inspecting Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the other important places at New Delhi Jaime Yarza said, “There has been some work which has gone on to the stadium and that is very commendable. However, now that the tournament is less than 200 days away, work needs to gather pace, especially at the training sites."

The tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee, Javier Ceppi added, “There has been a fair amount of work and improvement in Delhi since the last FIFA visit. We are very thankful to the Sports Authority of India for all the work that has been put into the renovations of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the two training grounds”.

The Jawharlal Nehru Stadium at Goa are one of the important venew for the U 17 World Cup. Goa is a football lovable state and the Government headed by the chief minister Manohar Parrikar promised to give full support to devolope the infra structure for the tournament. While talking to the media the chief minister said, Goa is known for its love for football and we will ensure that no stone is left unturned in preparations for the tournament. It will be a wonderful opportunity for all Goans to witness a spectacle such as the World Cup."

Jaime Yarza, the head of the tournament for the U 17 World Cup was pleased with the progess of the work as he said, “I am pretty excited to see the way the stadium has shaped over the last year – since I last came here, it played host to the World Cup Qualifiers and from the reports, I gauge that the authorities here did a great job at it."

Kochi in Kerala is one of venew for the U 17 World Cup. The FIFA delegation are not satisfied with the progress of work in Kochi. Though Kochi is a football crazy state but the work are at the satisfactory level which was marked by the FIFA delegation during their inspection at the stadium. The Head of Tournaments of FIFA, Jaime Yarza said in the Press conference , “I was here last February and, to be honest, while some work has happened, it’s by far not enough, which is a matter of deep concern. The State Government must get involved, giv us an unrestricted support and get the urgency of the situation, because there are a lot of changes that need to be made to the stadium. The works need to be done by 15th May and given the large amount of renovation that must happen, works have to go on full speed. Also, the situation of the stores is quite concerning: from a Security standpoint they cannot be opened during the tournament. There are stores with fuel tanks, which is a grave safety and security concern, so their equipment also need to be taken out. Overall, work needs to happen, and State Government needs to make them happen fast.”

The FIFA delegation will inspect the stadiums at Novi Mumbai, Guwahati and Kolkata. Sources said that Yubabharati Kriangan at Kolkata will going to declare as the main venew of the tournament. The Government of West Bengal are doing a splendid job to devolope the stadium as one of the finest with all the modern facilities that are required for a successful tournament.

AIFF ANNOUNCED A 24 MEMBER SQUAD FOR THE UPCOMING MATCHES

18.3.17: AIFF today announced a 24-member Indian National squad for the International Friendly against Cambodia in Phnom Penh and the inaugural Group A League match against Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers UAE 2019.

GOALKEEPERS: Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, TP Rehenesh

DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Nishu Kumar, Sandesh Jhingan, Arnab Mondal, Anas Edathodika, Dhanapal Ganesh, Fulganco Cardozo, Narayan Das, Jerry Lanrinzuala. MIDFIELDERS: Jackichand Singh, Udanta Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Milan Singh, Md. Rafique, Rowllin Borges, Halicharan Narzary, CK Vineeth.

FORWARDS:
Jeje Lelkephlua, Sunil Chhetri, Daniel Lalhimpuia, Robin Singh.

COACH: Stephen Constantine

While interacting regarding his team Stephen Constantine said," The character showed by the boys in the Camp has been exemplary. They worked very hard and we are looking forward to getting a result in both the matches. We are ready for the dual challenge.

HERO MOTO CROP ASSOCIATED WITH U-17 WORLD CUP

FIFA MEDIA RELEASE: 16.3.17- Hero MotoCorp has signed up as a National Supporter for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 which will be held across 6 host cities between 6-28 October this year.

Headquartered in India, Hero MotoCorp is the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer and has had a long-standing association with various disciplines of sports. Hero MotoCorp will play a vital role in supporting the competition locally in India.

With the signing of the agreement, Hero MotoCorp has filled the second of six National Supporter slots for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.

Speaking at an event in Delhi, India, today to mark the announcement of the new partnership, FIFA’s Chief Commercial Officer Philippe Le Floc’h said: “FIFA is very happy to welcome Hero as a National Supporter of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017. Hero has been an active supporter of sport in India for several decades and expressed its interest in being part of this important tournament from its very early stages. Both Hero and FIFA share a vision of further developing and strengthening the beautiful game here in India.” Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee and President of the All India Football Federation Praful Patel said: “Hero has been a long-time partner of Indian football and as the company that has helped us the most in developing the game in our country, it was natural that it would be associated with the most important football event that India has ever hosted. Hero’s role as a National Supporter of the competition reaffirms the long-term commitment it has for the development of the sport. Along with Bank of Baroda, I believe Hero will be a great partner to work with as we embark on this exciting journey.”

Commenting on the association, Mr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Managing Director & CEO of Hero MotoCorp said, "Hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup is a significant landmark for India and Indian football and at Hero MotoCorp, we are immensely proud of being associated with this event. Football is a rapidly growing sport in India, particularly among schoolkids and our commitment to supporting the game has grown strongly over the past few years. I am sure that our association with the FIFA U-17 World Cup will go a long way to further popularising football across India, and I look forward to seeing the future international stars in action and wish all of the teams the very best of luck."


EAST BENGAL NEEDS TO EARN MAXIMUM POINTS AGAINST CHENNAI

PREVIEW - 11.3.17: East Bengal to face the challenge Chennai City FC in a fourteenth round encounter in the current edition of I League at the Jawharlal Nehru stadium, Chennai on Sunday evening. It is must win situation for Red and Gold in order to stay as a contender for the tittle. The three top seeded team in the competition, Aizawl FC, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are in a neck to neck tie and a loss of point would change the League table considerably.

EAST BENGAL
PLAYED:13
WON :8
DRAWN : 3
LOST : 2
GOAL SCORED:24
GOAL CONCEDED:9
POINTS :27
After a loss against Churchill Brothers in the last match at Barasat, East Bengal are in a target to earn maximum points against Chennai City FC on Sunday evening. East Bengal won the first round at Barasat by a margin of 3-0 needs to repeat the history at Chennai.

CHENNAI CITY FC
PLAYED: 13
WON : 2
DRAWN : 4
LOST :7
GOAL SCORED: 9
GOAL CONCEDED:20
POINTS : 10

On the contrary Chennai City FC failed to create any positive impact in their maiden appearance in the tournament. Chennai City currently placed at the ninth position in the I League table require points in order to place them in a comfortable position in the I League table.

The match will kick off at 7.05 PM

.4.03.2017: AIZAWL FC 2-0 MUMBAI FC (FT)
AFC : Beton Kamo 65', 79'
MOM : Beton Kamo - AIZAWL FC

AFC : Albino, Kingsley, Zote-a, Amna, Jayesh, Danmawia, Alfred, Chullova, Brandon, Kamo, Ashutosh.

MFC : Kattimani, Shariyar, Mehraj, Reagan, Munmun, Densil, Asheer, Clyde, Thoi, Alex, Anderson.

CHURCHILL VS MOHUN BAGAN (7 PM )

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MOHUN BAGAN TO FACE CHURCHILL BROTHERS AT GOA

Mohun Bagan to face Churchill Brothers at the Tilak Maidan, Goa in an important encounter in the current edition of I League. Mohun Bagan currently placed at the third position in theLeague table just behindthe arch rival East Bengal and Aizawl FC, requires a win on Saturday evening in order to stay as a contender for the tittle.
MOHUN BAGAN
PLAYED:9
WON :6
DRAWN : 3
LOST : 0
GOAL SCORED: 15
GOAL CONCEDED : 4
POINTS :21

Churchill Brothers being allowed to participate in the I League by AIFF after the Goan side promised to fulfill the required criteria in order to complete the Club Licensing. The former I League champions are yet to prove their supremancy in the current edition of I League as they are placed at the eighth position after the end of the eleventh round. Churchill Brothers lost to Mohun Bagan in the first round at Kolkata are eager to challenge the Mariners at home are optimistic for a result in their favour.
CHURCHILL BROTHERS
PLAYED: 11
WON :2
DRAWN :3
LOST: 6
GOAL SCORED: 13
GOAL CONCEDED : 17
POINTS : 9

After a successful mission in the preliminary stages in the AFC Cup, the Mariners are in a target to aquire the pole position in the I League. Mohun Bagan will continue with the same set of footballers against Churchill Brothers are confident for a positive result on Saturday evening. The Mariners will depend primarily on Sony Nordi and Darriel Duffy in the upfront. Moreover, Mohun Bagan is the only team in the competition who are yet to face a defeat and conceded less number of goals in the competition so far.

The match will kick off at 7.05 pm.

The following list of Players & Officials are traveling for the above schedule match.
PLAYERS

1. DEBJIT MAJUMDER
2. SHILTON PAUL
3. PRITAM KOTAL
4. EDUARDO FERREIRA
5. ANAS EDATHODIKA
6. BIKRAMJIT SINGH
7. SUBHASISH BOSE
8. PRABIR DAS
9. SOUVIK CHAKRABARTI
10.SOURAV DAS
11.BIKRAMJIT SINGH (SR.)
12.SONY NORDE
13.KATSUMI YUSA
14.SEHNAJ SINGH
15.JEJE LALPEKHLUA
16. BALWANT SINGH
17. DARRYL ALEXANDER DUFFY
18. SARTHAK GOLUI
OFFICIALS 1. MR. SANJOY SEN - HEAD COACH 2. MR. SANKARLAL CHAKRABORTY - ASST. COACH 3. MR. ABHINANDAN CHATTERJEE - PHYSIOTHERAPIST