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KFC NEWS DESK - 21.6.17 : Khalid Jamil finally agreed and signed a deal with East Bengal as a chief coach. Khalid was adjudged as the best coach of the year by the All India Football Federation after his successful mission with Aizawl FC in the recently concluded season.

East Bengal officials are in touch with one of the youngest ( 40 years) coach of India since long. Finally Khalid agreed to sign in favour of Red of Gold at Kolkata today in a two years deal. East Bengal were in problem after Trevor Morgan resigned and the newly recruited coach Mridul Banerjee injured himself during the practice session at the flag end of I League.

It is a good gain for East Bengal as Khalid Jamil proved himself time and again during his short spell as a coach. But,it will be a real hard task for him to be successful coach in a high profile club like East Bengal where performance stands as main criteria.

Born at Kuwait City, the AFC Pro License coach Khalid started his carrier with Mumbai FC from where he joined Aizawl FC in the concluding season . As a midfielder Khalid Jamil played for twelve years in Mahindra United and Mumbai FC .Khalid was an important member of Indian national team that won SAAF Cup in the year 1997.

While interacting in the media meeting at Kolkata, Khalid said it's a challenge for him to see East Bengal as the champion club in I League. While answering to a question Khalid said, " I had a dream to play in a big club like East Bengal which eventually did not happen. Now I will fulfill my dream in guiding East Bengal to became the champion club of India. I will proceed step by step. I know that I have to work under pressure. But, I know how to deal with it. I'm ready for this pressure,""

Khalid Jamil was offered by the ISL franchisee Mumbai City FC to join as assistant coach, but he preferred to took the challenge to join East Bengal.


KFC NEWS DESK - 20.6.17 : Arnab Mondal to lead East Bengal in the forth coming 2017-18 season. Though Arnab were in the target of ISL franchisee Atletico De Kolkata, but the central are in an agreement with Red and Gold for yet another year. Mehtab Hossain after having a long association with East Bengal will quit finally and he is likely to join the Kerala Blasters to play in the ISL.

East Bengal are in the process of building up a strong squad to play in the CFL which will likely to start in the middle of August. According to a reliable source, Red and Gold likely to register twenty eight footballers for the Kolkata football league and finally make some required changes during the I League.

The footballers who are already with agreement with East Bengal are:

GOAL : Mirshad (Kerala)

DEFENDERS : Samad Ali Mullick,Gurwinder Singh,Deepak Kumar,Lalramchulova (Aizawl FC),Arnab Mondal,Tanmay Ghosh (Mohun Bagan),Mehtab Singh (Youth Devolopement), Rahul Ghosh (Youth Devolopement)

MIDFEILDERS : Cavin Lobo, Md Rafiq, Nikhil Pujari, Abhinash Riudas, Brandon Fernandez(Aizawl FC), Md Alamna (Aizawl FC), Surabuddin Mullick ( Tollygunj Agragami),Richard Costa (Churchill Brothers), Yayni Langva (Youth Devolopement), Suranjit Singh (Youth Devolopement).

FORWARD: V.P.Suher, Vidyasagar Singh (Youth Devolopement),Jobi Justin (Kerala).


KFC NEWS DESK - 10.6.17:The All India Football Federation are planning to organise a new Super League to decide the participants of AFC cup. At New Delhi today, the President of AIFF , Prafulla Patel said, that I League and ISL will run simultaneously for the current season.

In a meeting attend by the officials of East Bengal , Mohun Bagan,Churchill Brothers and Lajong FC , AIFF made it clear that the two clubs of Kolkata, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan will not going to be included in the current years ISL. The two new franchisee Bangaluru FC and Tata will get a chance to play in the current years Indian Super League.

The President of AIFF are of the opinion that neither of the teams from ISL and I League will directly participate in the AFC organised tournaments. The top four teams of both the leagues will play in the Super League which will ultimately decide the qualifying team for the AFC tournaments.The Super League will be played in home and away basis with eight teams and fifty two matches. The winners and runners up teams of Super League will play in the AFC Cup and in ACL.

The officials of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan said that they will inform their decision to AIFF only after the Executive meeting of the concerned clubs at Kolkata. According to the sources that the Kolkata clubs will be meeting on Wednesday to decide finally.

The planning of ornanising Super League after the conclusion of I League and ISL are hardly feasible as AIFF will get only six months after the conclusion of U 17 World Cup. Indian national team will be in a busy schedule of international matches in home and abroad during that time.


AIFF MEDIA RELEASE - 8.6.17: All India Football Federation’s Executive Committee was chaired by AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel in Mumbai on Thursday (June 8, 2017). Besides AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das; Vice Presidents Mr. Subrata Dutta, Mr. KMI Mather, Mr. Larsing Ming, Mr. Manavendra Singh, Treasurer Mr. ZA Thakur, all other members except Vice-President Mr. Subhash Chopra, Mr. Deepak Kumar and Ms. Sara Pilot attended the Meeting.

Mr. Chirag Tanna and Mr. Rochak Langer represented FSDL in the meeting as invitees while AIFF Technical Director Mr. Savio Medeira, Technical Director, AIFF, Mr. Joy Bhattacharyya, Project Director, FIFA U-17 World Cup were also present.

As per the requisites of the newly amended Constitution, former India International Player Abhishek Yadav was appointed as one of the members of the AIFF Executive Committee while Mrs. Anjali Shah was nominated as the second woman member of the AIFF Executive Committee.

Mr. Kishore Taid, COO, apprised the Committee with a presentation reviewing AIFF’s four-year strategic plan, while Goutam Kar, Director, Referees, AIFF gave a presentation on Referee Development matters.

The Committee approved the proposal of implementing a fine of Rs. 1 lakh for per criteria missed by the Clubs in the AFC Licensing criteria and allowing them to play as is the current norm in the AFC.

The Committee agreed to the proposal of the SAFF Committee to play the SAFF Championship in Bangladesh from May 1-12, 2018.

The Committee also approved the proposal to allow Referee Assessors doubling up as Match Commissioners as and when required.
Mr. Henry Menezes also briefed the Committee about Football developments in Maharashtra under WIFA.

Meanwhile, Joy Bhattacharya, Project Director, FIFA U-17 World Cup, India 2017 also provided an update on matters relating to the U-17 World Cup.

The committee was apprised of the meeting held in Kuala Lumpur with all the stakeholders including FIFA and AFC. As per the recommendations of the AFC, a commission would be instituted to find a medium and long term solution taking into account the history, commitment and contributions made for more than 100 years, as well as the new skills. The AFC feels that this road map can be prepared by the end of the year.

However, considering the uniqueness of the forthcoming season wherein India is hosting the U-17 World Cup till October 29, and the fact that the National Team would be playing nine more International matches (including the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers), it is imperative that India put forward their best foot forward to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup, the AIFF will discuss with stakeholders before a final decision is reached.


KFC NEWS DESK-7.6.17 : The all important meeting at Kuala Lampur on Wednesday afternoon failed to yield any positive result as AFC feels it will take time to evaluate and discuss regarding the current scenario of Indian Football. Though AFC opined for a positive road way which is ultimate for the development of Indian football in the near future.

The AFC general secretary Windsor John summoned the representatives of All India Football Federation along with the representatives of different I League clubs, ISL playing franchises and Football Players Association to discuss and review regarding the merger of I League and ISL.

The marketing partner of AIFF, IMGR wants that both the leagues to continue simultaneously which was strongly opposed by the representatives of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. East Bengal's President Dr Pranab Das Gupta, Vise President Dr Santi Ranjan Das Gupta and the Finance secretary of Mohun Bagan Debasish Dutta evaluated the historic achievements of the Kolkata giants and their contribution in Indian football since last 100 years. East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are in favour of only one League in the country with an inclusion of maximum number of teams in the competition.

The reperentaive of IMGR Sundar Raman and Chirag Thanna explained the marketing strategy and how ISL are targetting to devolope Indian Football. Former Indian international footballers Baichung Bhutia and Renedy Singh who represented FPA are in favour of a single league with an involvement of maximum number of footballers. It was observed after the inclusion of ISL a huge number of footballers were unemployed, while some are playing in both the leagues. This situation in Indian football should be taken care of religiously.

AFC did not recognise ISL as the top tier League as it was quite evident after the meeting that only the I league playing clubs will be eligible to play in the AFC organized tournaments. The officials of AIFF and IMGR are interested to include the ISL champions to play in ACL. On the contrary, AFC did not discuss anything regarding the franchise fees which IMGR requires to participate in ISL. Moreover, AFC instructed AIFF to seat with the I League playing clubs in order to finalise this year's League structure. The secretary general of AFC Windsor John while addressing said that the contribution of the 100 years old club cannot be neglected while the marketing strategy of the new clubs should also be taken under consideration.


AFC MEDIA RELEASE - 7.6.17: Stakeholders in Indian football have agreed a clearly defined road map to create the right structure for Indian club football in the coming years which would culminate in a new and sustainable future for the game across the country.

At a roundtable meeting held today Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur - facilitated by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) - a consensus was reached on working together to find the way forward for the development of Indian club football.

Chaired by AFC General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John, the meeting included representatives of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the Sports Ministry of India, the I-League and ISL clubs as well as from the world governing body, FIFA, the players’ representatives and the AFC.

Agreement was reached that the ultimate goal was to establish the right structure for league football in India and that a strong league would help develop better players and coaches, which would enhance the national team and that would then, in turn, assist the continued growth of club football.

In the meeting, it was agreed that the history, commitment and contributions made for more than 100 years as well as the new skills, investments and marketing and promotional skills required respect.

The AIFF will decide the format for the short-term and there was an agreement around a road map to deliver medium and long-term plans for the game in India through a detailed process.

Independent research would be commissioned and analysed before being evaluated by the AIFF and the stakeholders, with the decisions on the medium and long-term pathway being taken as soon as possible after the FIFA U-17 World Cup, held in India later this year.

Dato’ Windsor said: “There was a desire by people, who are extremely passionate about the game, to marry the strengths of both the traditional and the new, which helped in delivering the objectives of the meeting in which the AFC listened to the key stakeholders.

“The objectives were clear; to help provide a road map for the future development of Indian football by reaching a consensus on the way forward. It was a significant step forward that there was unanimous agreement that the right structure for the game should be paramount.

“The stated vision of the AFC is to be the number one sport in Asia, and so to achieve that aim Indian football and its development is extremely important. There is no doubt that Indian football has huge potential, and the meeting was convened so that potential could be realised.

“There is a need to find solutions which ensure that Indian football is protected and that there are opportunities for young players, who must not be lost to our game.”

Kushal Das, the AIFF General Secretary, added: “We are grateful to the AFC for facilitating the meeting which is crucial to the development of football in India. We must go through this process to create the best future for the game in our country. In the meantime, we have to decide on the short-term future of the game as soon as possible.”


KFC NEWS DESK-1.6.17 : The AIFF President, Prafulla Patel finally responded to the letter of IFA secretary Utpal Ganguly. The IFA Secretary in his letter reminded him regarding the revised road map of Indian football which the AIFF President promised to send by 25th May to East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. In fact 25th May was the final date of submitting the bid documents to participate in the forth coming Indian Super League.

In his letter, mailed to Utpal Ganguly ,the AIFF President stated that if required he will going to seat with the Kolkata giants again. Prafulla Patel in his letter mentioned that the rich heritage of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan will be honoured.

Meanwhile, IFA Secretary, Utpal Ganguly will discuss the contents of the letter sent by Mr Prafulla Patel with the clubs at the week end to decide the next course of action. The clubs are now preparing to attend the all important meeting on the 7th of June at Malayasia. Though it will be decide after evaluating the letter of Prafulla Patel on Saturday.


KFC NEWS DESK - 27.5.17 : The two arch rival in Indian football East Bengal and Mohun Bagan will continue to stay in the same platform and protest against the policy of AIFF and IMGR the marketing partner of the parent body. In a joint press meeting at Kolkata in presence of IFA Secretary Mr Utpal Ganguly the officials of the arch rival clearly stated that if the problem are not being solved regarding their participation in ISL then the two big clubs of Kolkata will be forced for a more stronger protest in the near future.

In his massage, the General Secretary of Mohun Bagan,Mr Anjan Mitra strongly said, " No East Bengal and Mohun Bagan no ISL ". Mr Mitra further said that we will not allow any business in the name of football. Money cannot buy everything. Football will be played in true sense and spirit.

The Kolkata giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan likely to quit the meeting at Kualalampur on 7th June between the stake holders of ISL and AFC, if the parent body AIFF did not respond to the urge of the arch rivals regarding the roadmap which was to be sent by the AIFF President ,Prafulla Patel after the meeting at Mumbai. The approach of AIFF was quite negative as they are yet to share the roadmap with the Kolkata clubs East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.

While talking to the media at Kolkata, IFA Secretary Mr Utpal Ganguly said that he will going to send a reminder on 29th May to the parent body. The decision of attending the meeting the at Kualalmpur will be decide only after the response and the decision of AIFF.

While interacting the Finance Secretary of Mohun Bagan, Debasish Dutta made it clear that they are demanding on following points which need to solve by AIFF.

1) The Kolakta clubs are ready to play in a proposed merger league. The clubs will not going to pay franchisee fee of 15 crore .

2) The clubs are ready to play in I League as well as in ISL. But the leagues are in to be played in four months each and not in the same time under any circumstances.

3) The Kolkata clubs are not ready to accept the proposal of two leagues for seven months at a time. The clubs demanded for money from the central pool.

While answering a question Mr Debabrata Sarkar the East Bengal official said that if Prafulla Patel wants, we will play the ISL. Mr Sarkar are of the opinion that if AIFF President wants then the arch rivals will play in ISL. He is the main hurdle in between.

The meeting was attended by East Bengal's President Dr Pranab Das Gupta,Vise President Dr S.R. Das Gupta General, Secretary Kalyan Mazumdar,official Debabrata Sarkar, while Mohun Bagan was represented by General Secretary Anjan Mitra, Finance Secretary Debasish Dutta and Football Secretary Satyajit Chatterjee along with IFA Secretary Utpal Ganguly.

The chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, asked the officials of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan not to bowdown in front of the continuous pressure from AIFF and IMGR. She will personally talk with ATK franchisee owners regarding the venew. The IFA Secretary Utpal Ganguly feels that the crisis will be solve in the near future. Though the clubs are ready to fight and protest against the policy of AIFF and IMGR.


23.5.17: The chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee request the officials of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan not to bow down in front of the continuous pressure from IMGR, the marketing partner of All India Football Federation. The club officials of East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting along with the IFA Secretary Utpal Kumar Ganguly were summoned by the chief minister at the administrative head quarter West Bengal, Nabanna this evening.

Earlier, the officials of the three big clubs and IFA Secretary had a detailed discussion regarding the approach of IMGR with the Sports Ministers of West Bengal, Arup Biswas and Luxmiratan Shukla at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata. The Club officials of the three big clubs of Kolkata and IFA Secretary then had a discussion with the chief minister at Nabanna where they intimated how IMGR are in a mood to popuralise Indian Super League in place of I League in the forth coming season.

The chief minister were briefed regarding the franchisee free of Rs 15 crore which the participating teams have to pay to IMGR. Mamata Banerjee were also intimated regarding the meeting with the AIFF President Prafulla Patel and Secretary Kushal Das.

The chief minister urged the officials of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan not to bow down in front of the pressure of IMGR. He assured that state government will support the clubs in order to overcome the crisis which the clubs are facing.

Meanwhile, Mohun Bagan will going to collect the bid on Wednesday though the club officials stated that it does not meant their participation in the tournament.


AIFF PRESS RELEASE - 23.5.17: All India Football Federation (AIFF) and its marketing partners, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), have shared the national football team’s yearly fixtures beginning March 2017 wherein the India National Team will play 15 competitive games including 8 matches in India (March 2017-March 2018). All the international fixtures will be broadcast live on Star Sports and its digital platform, Hotstar.

Having successfully broadcast many international footballing events and leagues, the Star Network are now set to wow India's sports fans with a world-class live television experience of its national team. Speaking on the development, a Star India Spokesperson said, “This is a huge step forward for us. Broadcasting the national fixtures is a significant addition to our line-up of football properties and validates our network as the premier destination for football fans. We are pleased to showcase India’s international matches which will provide a special experience to fans to follow the India National Team during primetime on our on-air and digital platforms.”

The National team have already played and won 2 games beginning March 2017- friendly against Cambodia and AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Myanmar. With a clear focus to increase home games, AIFF recently launched the annual multi-country Champions Cup to be played by 4 countries including India in August 2017. The competition will be held from August 18-27, 2017 where the team will play 4 games provided they reach the finals.

The India National Team play their next friendly against Nepal in India on June 6, 2017, before taking on Kyrgyzstan in the Home leg on June 13, 2017, in their bid to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in UAE. Followed by the Champions Cup in August, the team returns to its AFC Asian Cup qualifier campaign as they play the last team in the group, Macau in the away leg on September 5, 2017.

The national team will take part in two training camps between October 2017 to November 2017 where they also play the home games of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers against Macau (October 10, 2017) and Myanmar (November 14, 2017). India National Team will also come together for additional friendly games at Home on October 4, 2017, November 8, 2017, and March 22, 2018, against teams yet to be confirmed. The last match of the AFC Asian Cup qualifier will be played in an away leg against Kyrgyzstan on March 27, 2018.

The National team played a total of 6 games that included 4 home games in the same duration last year.


22.5.17 : The Syrian midfielder Mahmud Amna signs a deal with East Bengal. The Syrian international who was playing for the I League champions Aizawl FC decided to change the colour in favour of the Kolkata outfit for the forthcoming season.

Mahmud Amna was the key man in Aizawl FC's midfield last season. East Bengal were in search of a box to box midfielder who is capable of controlling the game. The inclusion of Amna in the East Bengal squad would yield result in the coming season.


19.5.17 : East Bengal Club today in a Press Release to media stated nothing was finalised regarding the deal with the sponsors, UB Group if the club participate in the Indian Super League. It was published in a newspaper published from Kolkata and some web channels that a deal of 25 crores was finalised.


We refer to a section of the Media Reports which have stated that UB Group have agreed to provide Rs 25 crores to Kingfisher East Bengal Football Team for their participation in the ISL.

We would like to reiterate that the news Reports are baseless and figment of Media imagination in entirety.No such deal has transpired between the Club and their sponsors.We also feel that such malicious reports are being intended to create a wedge between the Club and the sponsors and accordingly strongly deny the same.

With Best Wishes

Kalyan Majumder

Managing Director

Kingfisher East Bengal Football Team Pvt Ltd


17.5.17 : The Kolkata giant East Bengal finally collected the bid documents to participate in the Indian Super League. East Bengal officials collected the necessary documents from the MG-Reliance office at Mumbai. While Mohun Bagan are yet to collect the bid documents, though sources said that the Mariners are likely to collect shortly.

The General Secretary of East Bengal Kalyan Mazumdar while interacting said, “We have collected the Bid documents in Mumbai. But this doesn’t guarantee our participation." East Bengal will verify the dotted lines in the bid before they decide finally. Mohun Bagan are still in discussion regarding their involvement in the ISL as Anjan Mitra, the General secretary of Mohun Bagan said that they are still to decide.

The arch rivals East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are on the same platform regarding their participation in the Indian Super League. The officials of both the clubs had a discussion with Prafulla Patel, the President of AIFF at Mumbai some days back.


ISL PRESS RELEASE - 11.5.17: Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), organisers of the Indian Super League - a city based football league established in India in 2014 under the sanction of the All India Football Federation, plans to invite bids from interested parties to enrol and participate in the Indian Super League from its fourth edition to be staged in year 2017-2018.

FSDL will be floating the tender through ‘Invitation To Bid’ (ITB) to be available on working days starting 12th May 2017 to 24th May 2017.

Bids are invited from prospective team owners in respect of 10-cities ie, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cuttack, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Siliguri and Thiruvananthapuram.

Under and subject to the ITB, one (01) to three (03) new winning bidders shall be enrolled and awarded the right to participate in the Indian Super League. It being clarified that in case of the city of Kolkata being awarded to the winning bidder, the respective team shall hold its home games outside Kolkata for the next two consecutive Indian Super League Seasons (2017/2018 and 2018/2019)

All bidding parties will need to fulfil the eligibility criteria and other requirements specified in the ITB including but not limited to summary of plans to operate their team in the league, including the business model and plan to develop the sport at the grassroots level. The Bid documents must be submitted on Thursday, 25th May 2017.

Eight Teams currently participate in the Indian Super League- Atletico de Kolkata, Chennaiyin FC, Delhi Dynamos FC, FC Goa, FC Pune City, Kerala Blasters FC, NorthEast United FC and Mumbai City FC.




Mr. Praful Patel
All India Football Federation

Respected Sir,
Kind reference is invited to our meeting held on 6th May 2017 at Trident Hotel, Mumbai, in presence of the following persons with regards to the build up of a roadmap for future and improvement of Indian Football.

Mr Praful Patel, President, AIFF
Mr Subrata Dutta, Senior Vice President, AIFF
Mr Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF
Mr Sunando Dhar, CEO, I League
Mr Srinjoy Bose, Director, United Mohun Bagan Football Team Pvt Ltd.
Mr Debashis Dutta, Director, United Mohun Bagan Football Team Pvt Ltd.
Dr Pronab Dasgupta, President, Kingfisher East Bengal Team
Dr Santi Ranjan Dasgupta, Director, Kingfisher East Bengal Team
Mr Debrabata Sarkar, Director, Kingfisher East Bengal Team In accordance to the above mentioned meeting, we would like to highlight the main points which were discussed during our conversation.

1. You had distinctively stated in the course of our meet that the ILeague will continue to be the official Leagu of the Nation.
2. The winner of ILeague will continue to participate in AFC Champions League under the statutes and auspices of AFC and AIFF.
3. You also raised your attention to the fact that for the improvement of Indian Football, the duration of Indian Super League should be expanded to a longer period and it should run parallel with ILeague.
4. On this, we made a suggestion that ILeague and ISL tournament should be played for 4 months each separately.
5. We appreciate your acceptance that the Broadcast and Production of the ILeague should be improved. You also mentioned that the quality of production of ILeague has gone down drastically and needs proper redressal.
Also, the production and broadcast should be at par as ISL which will in turn have a wholistic impact for teams to rope in quality sponsor for them, which will also be good for the brand ILeague.
6. You have agreed that both I League and ISL will be equally nurtured by AIFF as a way forward for Indian football.
7. You have said at the meeting that you will allot some financial help from the central pool for I League clubs.
8. You have assured that the merger between ILeague and Indian Super League tournament will be done within the next three years.
9. We are confident about your words and commitment. We are sure that as you had mentioned that after you come back from the AFC meeting, you will share the blueprint of the road ahead for the betterment of Indian Football.
It was a pleasure meeting you and discussing the prospects of Indian Football at length in order to put things in the right direction from the upcoming football season. We now look forward to receive the blueprint/roadmap as mentioned above.
Thanking you
Warm Regards
Srinjoy Bose



KFC NEWS DESK - 6.5.17: The month long controversy regarding the merger of I League and ISL seems to continue as anything is yet to finalise regarding the fate of two leagues. Though the President of All India Football Federation, Prafulla Patel declares that I League will going to continue as the prime league of India. Mr Patel were in a discussion with the officials of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan at Mumbai today regarding the fate of I League and ISL and the participation of the two major clubs in the tournaments .

Apart from the AIFF President, Senior Vise President Subrata Dutta, Secretary Kushal Das ,I League CEO Sunanda Dhar were present in the meeting. Srinjay Bose and Debasish Dutta represented for Mohun bagan , while East Bengal were represented by Dr Santi Ranjan Dasgupta, Dr Pranab Dasgupta and Debabrata Sarkar.

The AIFF President made it clear that ISL is just a tournament but I League is the number one league in the country. The merger of two leagues are likely to be discuss after three years since then I-League and ISL will run simultaneously for six to seven months.

In a Press Release AIFF stated that the revised road map is yet to finalise. AIFF are in discussion with AFC and will implement the right path in the interest of Indian football. It is likely that Prafulla Patel will discuss the demands of the two major clubs, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan as well as of IMG Reliance in the FIFA World Congress and with the officials of AFC.


29.04.2017- GFA Press Release: The Executive Committee of the Goa Football Association met today for a Special Meeting under the Chairmanship of the President, Mr. Elvis Gomes in their office at Panaji and accorded approval to include one team on Direct Entry basis provided the team arranges to participate in the U20 (Taca Goa) and any one of the other youth leagues. The GFA also decided to keep a stiff entry fee of Rs. 30 lakhs and a security deposit of Rs. 20 lakhs for the direct entrant. It may be recalled that four teams were seeking Direct Entry in the GPL.”Corporate Teams are welcome. The GFA wants to go for a longer duration league from the coming season. Corporate Clubs would be providing opportunities for aspiring upcoming players in addition to the existing top clubs who have been instrumental in keeping the game going at the Professional Level”, stated GFA President Elvis Gomes.

The Goa Football Association also cleared the apprehension about the approval to the Sevens Premier League Tournament introduced for the first time and scheduled to commence on 30.04.2017 by unanimously granting approval and also clearing various doubts raised by the participating clubs about the organization of the tournament. “The Members agreed that such innovations can be tried and since only registered Professional Clubs were participating in the tournament at the end of the season, the outcome can be watched for future decisions. The AIFF have also informed that the decision could be taken by the GFA” added Mr. Gomes.

Further, the GFA will also introduce Futsal to the clubs from the coming season with the tournament most likely being scheduled during the monsoons. “We are introducing Futsal for the first time for registered clubs from the coming season and all preparations are underway”, Mr. Gomes added.

Meanwhile, the GFA approved the ‘D’ License Course to be held from 01.05.2017 to 05.05.2017 at Duler with Mr. Bibiano Fernandes and Mr. Caetano Pinho as the instructors.

The GFA also approved the decision of the Disciplinary Committee and imposed a fine of Rs. 20,000/- on Mr. Sanju Mandrekar (Manager), Rs. 10,000/- on Mr. Elvis Rodrigues (Secretary), and Rs. 5,000/- on the Coach of Penha de France Sports Club for their involvement in acts of indiscipline recently. It may be recalled that all the three were placed under suspension and the suspension would be lifted on the payment of the fines. The GFA also imposed a fine of Rs. 5,000/- each on Mr. Elton Godinho (Player of Portais Sporting Club), Mr. Akshay Dabholkar (Player of A.A. de Moira), and Mr. Marshall D’Mello (Manager of A.A. de Moira) for acts of indiscipline on the field of play. The GFA also penalized the match officials who erred by not following the Official Competition Rules of the GFA during the match between A.A. de Moira and Portais Sporting Club.

The GFA further approved to provide all support to the CISF organized Oorja U-19 Cup, which will be held in Goa from 01.05.2017 onwards.


KFC NEWS DESK - 29.4.17: Who will be champions of the current edition of I league ? It seems to be a million dollar question in Indian football. The two teams Mohun Bagan Club of Kolkata and Aizawl FC of the North Eastern state are on the race of winning the most prestigious tittle of Indian football. The two matches are schedule at the same time at Kolkata and Shillong. At Kolkata Mohun Bagan will face the challenge of Chennai City, while in the North Eastern derby at Shillong Aizawl FC will play against Shillong Lajong FC in a crucial encounter.

Indian football are on the verge of a history on Sunday evening. Aizawl FC the I League leaders with 36 points needs a draw against Shillong Lajong FC to create a history in Indian Football. Aizawl FC were relegated in the last year but were permitted by AIFF to play in the current years I League. The North Eastern outfit within a very short span proved themselves as one of the dominating force in Indian football.

Mohun Bagan the second seeded team in the competition with 33 points requires a win against Chennai City in order to stay as a contender for the tittle. But in such condition Aizawl FC should face a defeat against Shillong Lajong FC. The mariners beat Aizawl at home 3-2 but lost to them away 0-1 thus taking their head-to-head advantage out of the equation. On the goal difference count, Mohun Bagan are ahead by four goals than Aizawl.

It's a few hours from now to decide the champions of the current edition of I League. The football fanatics of the North Eastern state of Aizawl are eagarly waiting to see the new champions. But a lost against Shillong Lajong FC will open a new way for the Mariners to became the champions twice within a short time of three years


KFC NEWS DESK-19.4.17: It's really a sad story for Mridul Banerjee. The Santosh Trophy winning coach in his very first day with Red and Gold hurt himself during the practice session at the club ground this morning. Mridul Banerjee was replaced by the British coach Trevor Morgan who was forced to resign on Monday evening.

According to a reliable source Mridul was suffering from injury of Achillis Tendon which requires a month or more to get fully fit to resume normal duties. In the meanwhile Ranjan Chowdhury will act as Assistant coach in the remaining matches of I League while Manoranjan Bhattacharjee will perform his duty as a team manager. Mridul Banerjee likely to be in the dugout of East Bengal at the Federation Cup if he recovers from his injury.


KFC NEWS DESK - 18.4.17 : Mridul Kanti Banerjee joins East Bengal as chief coach. Mridul Banerjee joins hand with Red and Gold after Trevor James Morgan mailed his resignation yesterday. East Bengal nominated a three member technical committee which includes Manoranjan Bhattacharjee, Bhaskar Ganguly and Tushar Rakshit to appoint the new coach and as well as to look into the technical aspects. This technical committee finalise the inclusion of Mridul Banerjee,the AFC-A License holder,for a short term. Mridul will be in charge of Red and Gold for the remaining two matches of I League and Federation Cup.

Armando Colaco was in the race to became the coach of East Bengal but the equation changed when the Goan denied to join East Bengal in a short term basis. This opens a new way for Mridul Banerjee who incidentally was the coach of Bengal that won the Santosh Trophy for the 32nd time at Goa earlier this month. Mridul Banerjee was appointed as coach within a very short time after Trevor Morgan resigned.


KFC NEWS DESK - 17.4.2017 : The British coach of East Bengal Trevor James Morgan resigned Sources said that Trevor Morgan mailed his resignation to the Football Secretary of East Bengal and request him to release with immediate effect. This was Trevor Morgan's second term with East Bengal. Morgan had a successful first term where he was responsible of winning all the domestic tournaments in India except the I League.

After a good start in the current edition of I League, East Bengal failed to prove their supremacy at the flag end of the tournament. The Red and Gold lost the last four matches against Churchill Brothers, Chennai City FC, Mohun Bagan and DSK Shivajians which ultimately ends their dream of winning the I League. This forced the British coach to quit even when the I League are at the final stage.

East Bengal officials are now in search of the new coach who will be in charge for the remaining matches of I League and Federation Cup. It is likely that the Goan coach ARMANDO COLACO will be in the dug out of East Bengal. East Bengal officials are having a round of discussion with Armando though the deal is yet to be finalise. East Bengal are also in contact with Mridul Banerjee who was the coach of Mohammedan Sporting Club and victorious Bengal team that won Santosh Trophy earlier this month. Meanwhile, Ranjan Chowdhury who is in charge of the Academy will going to look after the senior team till the any coach joins.


14.04.2017 : BY JAYDIP DASGUPTA : It's very auspicious day......the 1st day of Bengalee calendar year, Termed as Poila Baishakh in Bengal.Usually chanted among Bengalees as Subho Nababarsa. Like all other Clubs, business communities, social organizations Kolkata's football fraternity also celebrate this day with Puja and much fun fare.

In Calcutta Maidan, traditionally Mohun Bagan and East Bengal organise Bar Puja to inaugurate the football season with a pious mood. In earlier days, both the clubs present their teams of the forthcoming season at their respective ground and sweets were distributed among the members and supporters and football lovers present at that time.

But now the changes in the football calendar of the country, mainly due introduction of I- League and Indian Super League it becomes difficult for the clubs to present their new football team at the ground at that time. But still there is a function and celebretarions in the clubs at least to keep the age old tradition of the club. East Bengal, usually declare the name of their Captain of the Football team for ensuing season. As, East Bengal will lead by deep defender Arnab Mondal in the forth coming season. Though I League are at the flag end and Fedaration Cup will be played at Cuttack at the end of I League.

In fact, previous year's performances has got a distinct impact on the Gathering of the crowd in the respective club grounds.Actually Goal Post or Bar Post are relaid in the ground after the completion of Bar Puja. Basically this Puja Is mainly meant for the different Gods to please them to get the divine grace to get the goals in different matches.Most of the senior officials of the clubs were Present in the occasion to show their solidarity for success of the club in the forthcoming season.

This year the enthusiasm among the Mohun Bagan supporters as compared to East Bengal are more as the Mariners are one of the contenders of winning the I league.


AIFF PRESS RELEASE: 6.4.17: Indian Football has had a new awakening in recent years and this upswing seems to be reflecting in the FIFA Rankings with the Senior National Team achieving a ranking of 101, its best ever in over two decades.

The new ranking which were released by FIFA earlier today (April 6, 2017) saw India jump 31 places from its last rank of 132 (March 2017). This is India’s best ever FIFA ranking since May 1996 when India were also ranked 101.

The ranking of 101 elevated India to 11th ranked team in Asia, thus, inching closer towards realizing larger dreams.

India’s highest FIFA ranking achieved so far has been 94 which was attained in February 1996 while India were ranked 99 in November 1993 and 100 in October 1993, December 1993 and April 1996.

The last couple of years have been extremely encouraging for Indian Football, wherein the National Team has had 11 victories in 13 matches (including an unofficial match against Bhutan) scoring a total of 31 goals.

These wins also include some historic results -- 1-0 victory over Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers – the first ever win in Myanmar in over 64 years, and India’s first ever win in an away encounter in over a decade when they beat Cambodia 3-2 in an International Friendly. The 4-1 win at home for India last year against Puerto Rico was also commendable.

National Coach Stephen Constantine said: “It has been a difficult road. Bringing in new blood and creating competition for places in the Team has been a process, and I’m pleased we are moving in the right direction.”

“It’s been a total Team effort. Unless Mr. Patel (AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel) and Mr. Das (AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das) allowed me to do the things and the manner I wanted it to be done, this won’t have been possible ever,” he stressed. “I also need to thank the support staff for their commitment to the team.”

The Indian National Football Team, governed by the All India Football Federation were ranked 171 when Constantine took over as National Coach for the second time in February 2015 and slipped further to 173 in March 2015 in the FIFA ladder even before Constantine could have his first game in charge against Nepal, which India eventually won 2-0 on aggregate.

Speaking on the achievement AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel said: “This is a great achievement and a fruitful reward for the hard work displayed by the team and the support staff on a regular basis. We at AIFF look forward to supporting the team and the coach in their endeavours to ensure sustained growth of Indian Football.”

Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary AIFF, congratulated the team saying: “The AIFF is committed to providing the best of exposure and facilities for the National Team in the form of arranging International Friendlies and preparatory Camps. We are delighted to achieve this milestone and hope to display the same character in our coming matches.”

Post achieving the new ranking India will play Lebanon in their first International Friendly at home on June 7, 2017, before taking on the Kyrgyz Republic at home on June 13 in their next AFC Asian Cup qualifier match.


KFC NEWS DESK - 3.4.17 This will be first ever effort of ALL INDIA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION conducting a scouting workshop for license coaches of Bengal. The workshop was attended by 30 male and female coaches. The workshop held at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata from 10 AM which was conducted by Indian National Senior Football Team Coach Stephen Constantine, Savio Medira - Acting Technical Director of National Football Team, Abhishek Yadav-Ex International Footballer and CEO of U-17 World Cup Indian team.

The Senior Vice President and President of Indian Football Association Mr Subrata Dutta, Mr. Lakshmi Ratan Sukla (Youth and Sports affairs- Govt of West Bengal) and ex-India International Manas Bhattacharyya were present in the said workshop.

Mr Subrata Dutta told That AIFF conducted this scouting programme on the request of Sports Minister of West Bengal Mr. Arup Biswas which was assisted of West Bengal Football governing body IFA, which is the first ever effort of AIFF in India. Mr Dutta added that the scouting workshop will be organise in the other 29 states of India gradually.

Stephen Constantine, the Indian senior team coach discussed about the phylosophy and idology of player souting among the present coaches and advised the coaches to adopt the system of working which he explained and implementing. In this context Stephen discussed that Manchester City, the English Premier League team deployed 36 football scouts for searching the football talents. He also advised that, AIFF scouting process will be organise from village level to national level where scouts would be financially benefited through AIFF incentive if their scouted footballer got a chance in State or National Football team.

An exhibition match will be played between West Bengal State Football Academy U-18 boys versus IFA U-18 XI at Mohun Bagan ground which will be a part of scouting programme.


AIFF PRESS RELEASE: All India Football Federation (AIFF) plans to introduce a new invitational multi-continental Champions Cup competition in August 2017. The newly proposed Champions Cup will be an annual affair played between four Countries, starting 2017.

The Champions Cup may possibly see participation from an Asian, African and a North American Country in addition to hosts India. AIFF with inputs from its marketing partner FSDL have studied the current National Team’s engagement and have devised a strategic National calendar program to ensure the Senior National Team train and play more often through the year, with special attention to increase the number of home games for the National Team.

Speaking on the newly introduced Champions Cup, Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF said: “We are quite excited on the prospect of introducing the new Champions Cup from 2017. AIFF and its partner FSDL have worked together over the last couple of months in studying the past and current year’s National Team engagements and how other countries are performing in Asia. The introduction of the Champions Cup is a result of conscious efforts at our end to ensure the National Team receives enough Training Camps, International Friendlies as well as competitive games. We are in talks with various Football Associations from AFC, CAF and CONCACAF. We envision to consistently climb through the FIFA Ranking charts by playing matches against good opponents.”

The National Team has won 11 of their last 13 games under Coach Stephen Constantine and this momentum puts them on a springboard to be ranked in top 100 by the end of this year. Indian National Team was ranked 132 in the rankings released by FIFA in March and with the recent wins against Cambodia and Myanmar, India is expected to be ranked just outside the top 100 in the rankings to be released in April.


JAYDIP DASGUPTA - 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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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."


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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