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AIFF ANNOUNCES INDIAN SQUAD FOR WORLD CUP

AIFF PRESS RELEASE - 21.9.17: beckons for Indian football as twenty one players have been selected for the first ever Indian squad to participate in a FIFA World Cup, the Indian U-17 World Cup Squad, which will participate in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India. India have been drawn in Group A alongside USA, Colombia and Ghana, and will face USA on October 06, followed by Colombia and Ghana on October 09 and October 12 respectively at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

GOALKEEPERS: Dheeraj Singh, Prabhsukhan Gill, Sunny Dhaliwal
DEFENDERS: Boris Singh, Jitendra Singh, Anwar Ali, Sanjeev Stalin, Hendry Antonay, Namit Deshpande
MIDFIELDERS: Suresh Singh, Ninthoinganba Meetei, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Abhijit Sarkar, Komal Thatal, Lalengmawia, Jeakson Singh, Nongdamba Naorem, Rahul Kannoly Praveen, Md. Shahjahan
FORWARDS: Rahim Ali, Aniket Jadhav
"We believe that we are prepared for the FIFA U-17 World Cup”, said Head Coach of the India U-17s Luis Norton de Matos. “We have worked hard and made progress, but at the same time we go directly to a high level competition against some of the best teams in the world”

“We will fight to win each match even if there is only five percent chance of winning. We will not give up and nothing is impossible in football”
“We plan to show the world that we are on the same page as them”, Matos added.
In an effort to field a strong team for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) provided exposure tours for the India U-17s wherein the Indian Colts faced Macedonia, Serbia and Benfica amongst other teams. The Indian Colts had also participated in a Four-Nation Tournament in Mexico where they lost against Mexico and Colombia, but held Chile to a 1-1 draw with ten-man.

“Against Chile and Macedonia we registered good results but the FIFA U-17 World Cup will be a competition and competitions are different from friendly matches”, Matos informed.

“However, the level of the players is very high and we plan to give it our all once the FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks-off”, Matos quipped.


COLUMBIA REACHED NEW DELHI TO PLAY THE WORLD CUP

KFC NEWS DESK - 21.9.17: The South American nation Columbia is the first team to arrive at India to participate in the U - 17 World Cup. Columbia is placed in Group A, will play two of their group matches in New Delhi and one match in Navi Mumbai. The team reached Indira Gandhi International airport at New Delhi at around 3 pm in the morning.

Columbia finished third in the South American U-17 Championship that was held earlier this year and qualify to play the tournament.

While interacting in the early morning the Colombia coach Orlando Restrepo said, “We’re delighted to be here. The boys and the staff are all looking forward to a competitive tournament where we will put our best foot forward”.

Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee, Javier Ceppi said, "It is very exciting to have Colombia as the first team coming into the country. With their arrival, the Tournament now enters into the last stage, with the National Teams starting their preparations actually on-ground to get used to the conditions in India. We encourage all fans to welcome all the teams that will start arriving from now onwards and to show the hospitality of this wonderful country".

The other nations will arrive India shortly to play the U 17 World Cup.

FIFA AND AFC DELEGATES VISIT KOLKATA GIANTS TODAY

KFC NEWS DESK - 14.9.17: A two member FIFA and AFC delegates today visited East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedhan Sporting Club at Kolkata. The delegates had a close view of the current infrastructure of the club. The two member deligation comprises of FIFA Consultant Mr. Nic Coward and Head of AFC-UEFA Affairs Mr. Alex Phillips.The delegation was accompanied by I league CEO Sunanda Dhar and IMGR official Chirag Tanna. The delegation are in a visit before the finalise the roadmap of Indian football.

East Bengal showed a power point presentation and proposed for a one nation league where 18 teams can participate. Red and Gold made it clear that they will not going to pay the franchisee fee under any circumstances but they are ready to pay the entry fee if required.

The finance secretary of Mohun Bagan Debasish Dutta informed the delegates regarding the rich heritage of the club. The delegates had a close view of the ground, galleries, fan zone and other important infrastructures of the club. Mohun Bagan informed the delegation that the club was formed in the pre independence era which was long before the the Fedaration was formed.

The FIFA and AFC officials visited Mohammedan Sporting Club tent and had a round of discussion with the officials. In the meeting the Club has demonstrated it's rich legacy and the recent success in Youth Development. The delegates took note of the points made by the Club and praised for it's efforts in Youth Development.

Earlier, yesterday the delegation had a meeting with IFA Secretary Utpal Ganguly and President Subrata Dutta. The IFA officials clearly stated that the clubs of Kolkata, East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting are dominating the Indian football since last 100 years with a huge fan base all over the world. So, it will be impractical if the main league of the country organised without the involment of the these Kolkata clubs. The IFA officials informed the deligation regarding the craze of football in CFL and show the video coveragares in this regard.

It is expected that FIFA and AFC will finalise the roadmap of Indian football in the month of November


HIGHLY RATED YUBABHARATI HANDED OVER TO FIFA OFFICIALLY

KFC NEWS DESK - 10.9.17: The Vivekananda Yubabharati Kriangan, the venew of the final of U-17 World Cup was officially handed over to FIFA. The Sports secretary of West Bengal, Saeed Amhed Baba signed the documents in presence of the Sports Minister of West Bengal Arup Biswas and hand over the papers to Director of the Local Organising Committee Javier Cippi at a function today. The chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee will formally inaugurate the newly renovated World class stadium from Uttar Kanya, Siliguri on the 12th of September.

The Director of the LOC, Javier Ceppi was highly impressed about the infra structure of the stadium. Ceppi added that Yubabharati can be compared with any of the World Cup final hosting venews in the world with all the necessary requirements. Javier Ceppi rated the stadium as 10/10 and stated that it's really looks as a meseum or as a seven star hotel from inside.

The capacity of Yubabharati Kriangan, are now reduced to eighty thousand from one lack twenty thousand. Though 66687 individuals will be allowed to enter the stadium during the World Cup match due to security reasons. While interacting Javier Ceppi said that security will be the main criteria in the spectators zone during a World Cup match and if required stadium will be evacuated within eight minutes.


AFC ASIAN CUP 2019 QLF || IFA CFL-CLICK

05.09
: MACAU 0-2 INDIA (FT) || REFRESH

IND : Gurpreet, Pritam, Sandesh, Anas, Narayan, Udanta, E.Lyngdoh, Rowllin, Holicharan, Sunil, Jeje

MAC : Ho Man, Lei Ka, Carlos, Choi, Paulo, Tong, Seng, Hou, Cheng, Le Ka, Hang
REF: Ahmed Faisal(Jordon).

FULL TIME 11 matches unbeaten run continues for India with a fine 2-0 win against Macau.
90'+2':India added one more goal but ruled out due to OFFSIDE
90': 3 minutes to be added on in Macau Olympic Complex.
89':Jackichand's cross, cleared in defence.
86':Players Change in India: Germanpreet in place of Jeje.
85':Holicharan's cross to find Balwant, went just wide.
82':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Balwant scores again for India. Misunderstanding in Macau defence and Balwant capitalise it.
79':Players Change in India: Jackichand in place Udanta.
79':Holicharan's shot, went wide.
78':It's complete India's dominance so far in 2nd half.
75':Macau's move after a long time, Anas cleared it.
74':Udanta's cross, Balwant's another header went over the bar.
72':Rowllin's corner, Balwant's header find side net.
71':Attack through Sunil and Jeje. Defence cleared it. Another corner.
70':Udanta tries one, inches wide.
69':Rowllin's corner, Sunil tries acrobatic but finds Ho Man.
69':Another corner to India.
66':Udanta's cross, blocked.
64':Another corner to India, short corner, cross but Balwant is in OFFSIDE position.
63':Rowllin's corner, cleared in defence.
63':What a strike by Pritam. His long ranger effort and a fine save by Ho Man. Corner to India.
61':Pritam's cross, Balwant's another fine header, went wide.
60':Udanta's cross from right flank, went wide.
58':Sunil's shot, blocked.
57':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Narayan's cross and Balwant's fine header finds the net.
54':Sunil's free kick, went over the bar.
53':Foul against Udanta, free kick to India in a very good position.
50':Pritam's cross, Sunil's header DENIED BY THE POST. Keeper Collect the ball after that.
49':Pritam's cross, Balwant's fine header missed by a whisker.
48':Narayan's cross, Balwant's flick, went wide.
47':Holicharan's cross, blocked and cleared.
47':Jeje's header from cross, went wide.
46':Rowllin's corner, cleared in defence.
46':India's corner.
46':Second half resumed.
46':Players Change in India: Balwant Singh in place of Eugeneson Lyngdoh.
HALF TIME Score remains goalless at half time between Macau and India.
45':1 minute of added time.
44':Udanta's cross from right, Jeje's flick blocked.
43':Narayan's cross from left flank, cleared in defence.
42':Wide corner, cleared in defence.
41':Holicharan's cross, Sunil's shot, blocked in defence. Corner to India.
39':Narayan's cross from left flank, Jeje's header just over the post.
37':Chance to Sunil with a good one two with Eugeneson, but fine block in Macau defence.
35':Back to back two chance to India, first Eugeneson's long ranger hit the post, rebound chance to Rowllin, straight to Ho Man.
33':Nearly a chance to Jeje, cleared in defence.
32':Narayan's cross to find Jeje, but cleared in defence.
30':Holicharan's shot, straight to keeper Ho Man's hand.
29':Macau's free kick, sails over the bar.
28':Yellow Card to Eugeneson. Free kick to Macau in a very good position.
27':Sunil's shot from 30 yards, went wide.
26':Eugeneson's short corner, cleared in defence.
25':First corner to India.
23':Rowllin's aimless long pass, went wide.
21':Macau's move, cross from right flank, went wide.
15': SCORE: INDIA 0-0 MACAU
11':Eugeneson's shot, straight to keeper's hand.
4': Rowlin to Narayan in left but aimless cross of Narayan went out.
1': India in Blue/Blue and Macau in Green/Green Jersey.
1': Match starts at Macau.
INDIA TEAM LAST 6 MATCH SCORES
Friendly      India 3-2 Cambodia  
Asian Cup QLF India 1-0 Myanmar 
Friendly      India 2–0 Nepal 	 
Asian Cup QLF India 1–0 Kyrgyzstan 	 
Series 	      India 2-1 Mauritius 	 
Series 	      India 1-1 St. Kitts  
PREVIEW - AIFF PRESS RELEASE : There are tall skyscrapers, the sea and skyscrapers again. From a distance you spot the flyovers or rather the bridges over one section of the sea, acting as the connector between two lands (islands) separated by the sea.

There’s a belief in Macau that man can connect everything which hasn’t been connected by nature, and almost everyone mentions of the ‘impossible project’ of the Hong Kong Zhuhai Bridge of which some 35 km will span over the sea.

Team India, caught in between the fluctuating weather of rain, humidity and a bit of hard-earned sunlight in Macau toils hard to connect their dreams to reality. A day prior, a sneak peek into the Team Camp makes you aware of their attitude: ‘Karenge ya Marenge.’ “2019 isn’t far and we have to be there.”

National Coach Stephen Constantine, however, is cautious. “I feel Macau were a bit unlucky against the Kyrgyz Republic,” he mentions. “But we are here to play our game and we need to concentrate on ourselves,” he declares. “It’s true that we are at the top of the table at the moment but we need to work harder if we are to stay there,” he warns.

India have won both their matches in Group A so far by solitary goal margins, both match-winners against Myanmar (away) and the Kyrgyz Republic coming from the ‘Clinical Captain.’

As the bus travels by the sea, the boys peep out. Barely a week after Typhoon Hato hit the city, uprooted trees, broken window panes, blown away railings, lie around. There’s devastation, there’s sorrow.

The Indian dressing room, nevertheless, is a happy one. There’s intense competition among all for a berth in the playing XI but the bench is always backing the XI. That has added to the confidence and the camaraderie among all; unity followed.

“It’s not about who plays on the field. We all are playing for a cause,” he informs. “It’s Mission Macau,” he gestures with his clenched fists. And it’s not just him. Ask any player or any support staff for that matter, all have been working tirelessly as a ‘Team’ to achieve the mission.

Captain Sunil Chhetri adds: “We are a confident group. We are confident of our abilities. But we are not judging Macau by what happened to them in their last two matches. It’s a fresh match, and we start afresh.”

Playing an away match comes with its own set of burdens. The food is not what one is used to, there’s always the language barrier, getting used to the time difference of two and a half hours isn’t that easy in three days – but all of that doesn’t deter the men on the mission. Missions are always accomplished under hardships, it’s never served to you on a platter.

Post-Typhoon Hato, there are still black clouds overhead, and they threaten to deliver at any moment. It has been raining non-stop since Sunday (September 3, 2017) evening. But courtesy the drainage system of the city, there’s not a single place stays waterlogged, and so is the turf. It’s lush green, with magnificent buildings overlooking it from all sides.

“We are used to the rain. It was raining even in Bangalore and Mumbai. We are professionals and as professionals, we need to adjust to the weather,” Chhetri states.

In International Football, acclimatisation holds the key, doesn’t it? For a Team who has made all fans dream back home with their away match record in the last few months, the dream continues – the Asian Dream, to move closer to that coveted Championship. It’s all about Mission Macau and those 90 minutes.

Vasco SC take on Sporting Goa in AWES Cup 2017

VASCO PRESS RELEASE - 9.9.17: Vasco Sports Club will be looking to win season’s first Cross-Town derby match when they take on Sporting Clube de Goa in their Group D opening fixture of the 1st AWES Cup 2017, at Duler Football Stadium, on Monday at 4:00 pm.
“I am not worried about our opponent; we will be playing our game. I have best youngsters in my ranks along with some experienced seniors. However, there are two injuries in the squad, a midfielder and a defender is injured. So we will take a final call on them tomorrow.” Vasco head coach Eban Misquita said.
Vasco did not enjoy their pre season at their best as they had experienced mix with two defeats at the start at the hands of Salgaocar FC and FC Goa, followed by a commanding 3-1 win over FC Goa, but their last two friendlies ended in a hard fought 2-2 draw against Corps of Signals and Guardian Angel SC.
“This is our first match and I have not seen Vasco playing. So we will go out there and our style of football. I had a very good preseason and I will be happy to see my boys carry in that form.” SCG head coach Mateus Costa said.
SCG coach Costa has managed to build a strong team roping in Peter Carvalho, Alesh Sawant and Girish Naik from FC Bardez. While, he has also managed to retain most of their last season players which helped them to finished runners up in the Goa Professional League 2016-17, making them one of the strong sides in the Goan football. Sporting had a very successful preseason, compared to the Port Towners as they were unbeaten in their all five matches. Their recent win was against Corps, defeating them 2-0.
It was 3-0 in the favour of the Panjim based club when they had met in the Goa Pro League match last December. However, Vasco assistant coach-cum-player Mickey Fernandes expecting a good fight between the two sides as he said “I am expecting a good show down from my boys. They are giving more than 100% in the practice sessions and trying hard to get prove their calibre to get into the starting XI. I think this positive attitude will help the team to perform well.”
KOLKATA WELCOMES U 17 WORLD CUP TROPHY

KFC NEWS DESK - 1.9.17: The winners trophy of the U 17 World Cup today unveiled by Shri Aroop Biswas, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of West Bengal at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra, Kolkata today. Kolkata, the venew of the final of the Mega football event unveiled the trophy in presence of the footballers of the yester years along with the current squad of the two giants of Indian football East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.

The champion trophy of the U 17 world Cup will be Kolkata till Sunday for display. The Trophy will be on display at the Mission XI Million festival at South City International School tomorrow. The trophy will be at Eco park on Sunday for the football lovers. The distinguish footballers who were present at the function today are Pradip Banerjee, Sayed Naimuddin, Shyam Thapa, Compton Dutta, Bidesh Bose, Krisnendu Roy, Aloke Mukherjee and Prasun Banerjee. The trophy will be handed over to the champions of the tournament at Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan on 28 th of October.

THE DATE OF CFL DERBY FINALISED

KFC NEWS DESK - 26.8.17 : The CFL Derby between the two arch rival East Bengal and Mohun Bagan will be played on the 24th of September. IFA CFL PREMIER A: REVISED FIX - Kolkata Derby date announced.. CLICK IT & R-E-A-D

This was finally declared by the parent body IFA that the CFL Premier Division Group A Derby will be played at Khanchanjenga Kriangan, Siliguri or at the Kalyani stadium . After a long discussion IFA finally came to a conclusion regarding the current year's CFL Derby date. IFA were in a mood to organise the Derby on the 17th. But due to Viswakarma Puja and Mahalaya the date of the Derby was changed.

In a new fixture published by IFA it is notified that the other two important CFL Premier A matches between Mohun Bagan vs Mohammedan Sporting and East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting will be played at the Kalyani Municipal ground on 10th and 16th of September respectively. Both the matches will start at 2.45 pm. Though the time and venue of the Kolkata Derby are yet to be finalised .




HOST CITY LOGO OF U-17 WORLD CUP LAUNCHED BY MAMATA BANERJEE

FIFA MEDIA RELEASE - 23.8.17: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, today, launched the Host City Logo for Kolkata, the venue of the final of FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.

The logo, an iconic representation of the state’s heritage and the Official Emblem for the tournament will form an essential link in the promotions and communications regarding the Host City. It will be important in building anticipation and interest for the event at a local level.

Also present at the launch were Project Director, LOC, FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 - Joy Bhattacharjya, Tournament Director - Javier Ceppi and Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs for the state of West Bengal, Aroop Biswas.

The iconic Vivekanand Yuva Bharati Krirangan will host ten matches this October including the all-important final, which effectively means that the winner of the first FIFA tournament in the country will be crowned in Kolkata.


BRAZILIANS CHARLES JOINS EAST BENGAL

KFC NEWS DESK - 23.8.17 : After signing Japanese Katsumi Yusa East Bengal signed Brailian Striker Charles who played in Chennai City FC in I-League who scored 9 goals.


KATSUMI YUSA JOINS EAST BENGAL

KFC NEWS DESK - 22.8.17 : The Japanese midfielder Katsumi Yusa joins East Bengal in a one year deal. It is indeed a good gain for Red and Gold in the transfer market to sign the Japanese in the Asian quota. Katsumi is the second footballer after Mahmoud Al Amna, the Syrian international, who joined East Bengal as an Asian footballer. The Japanese was playing in India since 2011 proved to be the live wire of Mohun Bagan in the last four years .Katsumi was responsible for Mohun Bagan's I League in 2015 and Federation cup win in 2016, was an important footballer in the Mariners squad. Katsumi played seventy eight matches for Mohun Bagan. The Japanese came to India in the 2011 ,played for ONGC for two years before he roped in to Mohun Bagan in the year 2013.

Katsumi Yusa will be unavailable in the CFL, but he will join East Bengal in the forth coming I League. The inclusion of Katsumi along with Al Amna will definitely gain momentum in the Red and Gold midfield. The 29 year old Japanese midfielder Katsumi Yusa is the forth foreign recruit for East Bengal.

19.08.2017: (TRI SERIES) : INDIA 2-1 MAURITIUS(FT..)

MOM: Robin Singh
IND: Subrata, Pritam, Sandesh, Anas, Narayan, Jackichand, Eugeneson, Rowllin, Halicharan, Robin, Jeje

MRI: Kevin, Louis, Pascal, Emmanuel, Maminiaina, Jean Fredeic, Jean Mervyn, John, Kevin, Joseph

FULL TIME India beat Mauritius 2-1 in their first match of Tri-Nation Series.
90': 5 minutes of added time.
89':Chance to Manvir, but his chip just over the bar.
88':Chance to Mauritius from corner, shot went wide.
87':Players Change in India: Manvir Singh in place of Jeje. Manvir made his debut today
87':Corner to Mauritius.
85':Players Change in India: Jerry in place of Halicharan.
83':Nikhil's cross from right flank, cleared in defence.
82':Players Change in Mauritius: Marel in place of Jean.
79':Halicharan's shot, touched side net. Missed a golden opportunity.
78':Sandesh's free kick, Balwant committed hand ball.
73':Players Change in India: Md. Rafique in place of Eugeneson.
73': Players Change in Mauritius: Luther in place of Mervyn
70':Kevin's free kick, Straight to Amrinder's hand.
67':Players Change in Mauritius: Jesson in place of Justin.
66':Jeje's shot, blocked.
61':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL Balwant Singh scored for India. Jeje's pass, balwant's fine run and a sublime finish, finds the net.
59':India's corner. Eugeneson's cross, Sandesh's header, went over the bar.
55':Halicharan's shot, went wide.
53':John's shot, went wide.
50':Yellow Card to Rowllin Borges for his bad tackle.
48':Nikhil's cross, cleared in defence.
46':Chance to Fredeic from Joseph's pass, Amrinder saves it.
46':Second half resumes.
46':Players Change in India: Nikhil Poojary in place of Jackichand Singh, Amrinder Singh in place of Subrata Paul, Balwant Singh in place of Robin Singh.Debut match for Nikhil and Amrinder.
HALF TIME Score remains 1-1 at half time between India vs Mauritius at Mumbai Football Arena.
45':1 minutes of added time.
43':Pascal's long ranger, went over the bar.
40':Eugeneson's free kick, keeper Jean-Louis punched it out.
37':GOAAALLLLLLLLLLL Robin Singh equalised for India. Rowllin's forward pass to Robin and his left foooted shot finds the net.
28':Robin's header, cleared in defence.
25':Kevin's long ranger, went wide.
22':Narayan's free kick, Sandesh's header, went wide.
20':Foul against Robin, free kick to India.
18':Pritam's cross, Jeje's header cleared in defence.
14':GOALLLLLLLLLLL Jean Mervyn Jocelyn scored the goal. His shot deflected and finds the net.
13':Score remains still goalless.
8':Joseph's shot, straight to Subrata's hand.
5':Mauritius's attach, Halicharan cleared the ball.
0':Kick off.
0': Indian SR. football team will take on Mauritius in the first game of the tri-nation football series today at the Mumbai Football Arena.
It's a preparation match of India before taking part in the AFC Asian Cup qualifier where India will play 183-ranked Macau away on September 5, and at home on October 10, in their next two 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying games.
In tri-nation invitational football tournament, Mauritius and St Kitts and Nevis will be the two teams against India to be held in Mumbai from August 19-24.

Chennai City FC & Neroca FC signed Foreigners

KFC News Desk -12.8.17: Chennai City FC signed Ghana's midfielder Baafi Jackson Kwabena and Nigerian striker Michael Lucky Kelechukwu for the upcoming I-League. Michael Lucky Kelechukwu played for I-League 2nd division Guwahati based side FC Green Valley. Neroca FC signed Haitian International midfielder Jean Francis Fabien Vorbe. 2007 U-17 World Cup captain Vorbe was the top scorer in the tournament's qualifying rounds.

IFA ANNOUNCED THE PREMIER DIVISION SCHEDULE

KFC NEWS DESK- 9.8.17 East Bengal to play the opening encounter against NBP Rainbow CFL Premier Division 'A', on 12th of August. This was announced by IFA secretary Utpal Ganguly at a press meeting in Kolkata today. The fixture released on Wednesday evening is only up to the third round, but IFA secretary are quite confident to play the final rounds before Puja or at the end of September.

The venew of the CFL Derby between the two arch rivals East Bengal and Mohun Bagan is likely to be at Siliguri or at Kalyani. The Kalyani stadium is under renovation and the capacity of the stadium will be increase up to 23000. It is likely that IFA may host the Derby at Kalyani only after verifying the completion certificate from the concerned authority.

The matches will be played at 3 pm, but the matches of Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting will be played under flood light at Mohun Bagan ground and Barasat stadium respectively. East Bengal will play in the own home ground at Kolkata maidan as the matches will kick off at 3 pm.

IFA announced that the champion team will be honoured with Rs 25 lacks, while the runners up team will get a cash award of Rs 20 lacks. The 'Man of the Match' of each match will be honored with Rs 5 thousand. This year ten teams will fight to bag the honour.

CFL Premier A 4 TOP TEAMS Fixture:

Pathchakra SC
13th August vs Mohamedan
17th August vs Southern Samity
21th August vs Mohunbagan


Mohammedan Sporting
13th August: vs Pathachakra
17th August: vs Tollygunje Agragami
20th August: vs Southern Samity

Mohun Bagan
14th August: vs Southern Samity
18th August: vs Railway FC
21st August: vs Pathackahra

East Bengal
12th August: vs Rainbow FC
16th August: vs Calcutta Customs
19th August: vs Peerless SC


27th August Mohun Bagan vs Mohammedan Sporting
10th September East Bengal Vs Mohun Bagan
16th September East Bengal vs Mohammedan Sporting


Mumbai City FC signed Rafa Jorda, FC Pune City signed Marcos Tebar

05.08.17: Mumbai City FC signed Ex-Levante center forward Rafa Jorda. 33 year old Spanish footballer Rafa played in La Liga 3 seasons with Numancia in 2004-05 season and with Levante in 2010-12 season. He also played in Chinese Super League side Guizhou Renge FC.

FC Pune City signed Real Madrid's product, 31 year midfielder Marcos Tebar. Marcos played for Delhi Dynamos in last year Indian Super League.

Delhi Dynamos signed Juan Leandro Vogliotti, Mumbai CIty FC signed Everton Santos

03.08.17: Delhi Dynamos signed Argentine 32 year striker Juan Leandro Vogliotti for the upcoming season of Indian Super League. He played different clubs of Argentina, Colombia and Bolivia also spent one season in Maldives's Victory club.

Mumbai CIty FC signed Ex-PSG winger, Brazilian attacking midfielder Everton Santos. Starting his career in Santro Andre club of Brazil, he played for Corinthians in 2007. 30-year old Everton also played in South Korean K League for long time in different clubs like Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, FC Seoul, Ulsan Hyundai.

INDIAN WOMEN TWO GOOD FOR MALAYSIA

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.

34 PLAYERS ARE CALLED FOR SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM CAMP IN CHENNAI

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: PLAYERS INCLUDED BEFORE DRAFT

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


PRASHANT NARAYAN CHOUDHARY FROM JAIPUR INVITED FOR TRAIL IN TOP CLUBS OF MEXICO

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.



JSW AND TATA STEEL WINS THE BID TO PARTICIPATE IN INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE

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.”



I-League & ISL clubs cofirmed their foreigners

KFC News Desk -18.8.17: Jamshedpur FC signed Haiti International striker player Kervens Belfort. Belfort played for Kerala Blasters in the last season of Indian Super League.

Bengaluru FC signed Indian International goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. Gurpreet played for Norway's football side Staebaek Football club.

Newly Promoted I-League side signed Ex-Indian International defender Gouramangi Singh.

Aizawl FC signed East Bengal's goal keeper Abhilash Paul.


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.