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.
EAST BENGAL APPOINTS MRIDUL BANERJEE AS NEW COACH
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.
TREVOR MORGAN RESIGNS : ARMANDO COLACO OR MRIDUL BANERJEE ARE IN THE RADER OF EAST BENGAL..
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.
KOLKATA MAIDAN CELEBRETES "BAR PUJA" ON BENGALI NEW YEAR
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.
INDIA ARE IN 101 WORLD RANKING :11TH IN ASIA
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.
AIFF ORGANISE SCOUTING WORKSHOP FOR LICENSED COACHES
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 TO LAUNCH MULTI-CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONS CUP IN AUGUST
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.
YUBABHARATI KRIANGAN KOLKATA TO HOST THE FINAL OF U-17 WORLD CUP
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.
FIFA DELEGATES FEELS DY PATIL STADIUM SHOULD BE BENCHMARK FOR U 17 WORLD CUP
KFC NEWS DESK - 24.3.17: The 21 member FIFA delegation while inspecting the D Y Patil stadium for the U 17 World Cup expressed their satisfaction with the progress of work. The delegation stated that D Y Patil stadium in Mumbai should be treated as benchmark for other venues in the country.
Jamie Yarza, the head of the delegation while interacting with the media said, I said last year that I was happy with the stadium and I haven’t changed my mind. It is a fantastic stadium and most of the works which we have requested to be able to host four teams and all the logistical organisational aspects of the World Cup have been completed. In that sense we have no worry everything will be in place. The new dressing rooms are of very high quality and we are very happy with all the preparations. This will be one of the best stadiums in the country to the host the matches and we are proud to be here. ”
The Prime Minister's office are in touch with the preparation of the stadium and they are receiving reports every Monday. DY Patil is the only venue inspected so far, that has got a positive review from FIFA . The delegation had earlier raised various concerns after inspecting venues at New Delhi and Kochi. Jamie Yarza refrained from confirming whether DY Patil Stadium would be awarded a marquee game or possibly the final of the tournament.
FIFA DELEGATION ARE INSPECTING THE VENEWS OF U 17 WORLD CUP
KFC NEWS DESK - 23.3.17: The U -17 FIFA World Cup are now at the door step as a 21 members of FIFA delegation and the Local Organising Committee are inspecting the probable venews for the World Cup. This is most important part of the inspection by the FIFA technical committee to check all the important aspects for the mega tournament which is expected to be kick off at October.
The capital city of India, New Delhi being finalize as one of the venew for the U 17 World Cup. A 21 member delegation lead by Jaime Yarza, are inspecting the venews for the U 17 World Cup to assess the progress of preparations for the tournament. In the media meeting after inspecting Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the other important places at New Delhi Jaime Yarza said, “There has been some work which has gone on to the stadium and that is very commendable. However, now that the tournament is less than 200 days away, work needs to gather pace, especially at the training sites."
The tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee, Javier Ceppi added, “There has been a fair amount of work and improvement in Delhi since the last FIFA visit. We are very thankful to the Sports Authority of India for all the work that has been put into the renovations of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the two training grounds”.
The Jawharlal Nehru Stadium at Goa are one of the important venew for the U 17 World Cup. Goa is a football lovable state and the Government headed by the chief minister Manohar Parrikar promised to give full support to devolope the infra structure for the tournament. While talking to the media the chief minister said, Goa is known for its love for football and we will ensure that no stone is left unturned in preparations for the tournament. It will be a wonderful opportunity for all Goans to witness a spectacle such as the World Cup."
Jaime Yarza, the head of the tournament for the U 17 World Cup was pleased with the progess of the work as he said, “I am pretty excited to see the way the stadium has shaped over the last year – since I last came here, it played host to the World Cup Qualifiers and from the reports, I gauge that the authorities here did a great job at it."
Kochi in Kerala is one of venew for the U 17 World Cup. The FIFA delegation are not satisfied with the progress of work in Kochi. Though Kochi is a football crazy state but the work are at the satisfactory level which was marked by the FIFA delegation during their inspection at the stadium. The Head of Tournaments of FIFA, Jaime Yarza said in the Press conference , “I was here last February and, to be honest, while some work has happened, it’s by far not enough, which is a matter of deep concern. The State Government must get involved, giv us an unrestricted support and get the urgency of the situation, because there are a lot of changes that need to be made to the stadium. The works need to be done by 15th May and given the large amount of renovation that must happen, works have to go on full speed. Also, the situation of the stores is quite concerning: from a Security standpoint they cannot be opened during the tournament. There are stores with fuel tanks, which is a grave safety and security concern, so their equipment also need to be taken out. Overall, work needs to happen, and State Government needs to make them happen fast.”
The FIFA delegation will inspect the stadiums at Novi Mumbai, Guwahati and Kolkata. Sources said that Yubabharati Kriangan at Kolkata will going to declare as the main venew of the tournament. The Government of West Bengal are doing a splendid job to devolope the stadium as one of the finest with all the modern facilities that are required for a successful tournament.
AIFF ANNOUNCED A 24 MEMBER SQUAD FOR THE UPCOMING MATCHES
18.3.17: AIFF today announced a 24-member Indian National squad for the International Friendly against Cambodia in Phnom Penh and the inaugural Group A League match against Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers UAE 2019.
GOALKEEPERS: Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, TP Rehenesh
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Nishu Kumar, Sandesh Jhingan, Arnab Mondal, Anas Edathodika, Dhanapal Ganesh, Fulganco Cardozo, Narayan Das, Jerry Lanrinzuala.
FORWARDS: Jeje Lelkephlua, Sunil Chhetri, Daniel Lalhimpuia, Robin Singh.
COACH: Stephen Constantine
While interacting regarding his team Stephen Constantine said," The character showed by the boys in the Camp has been exemplary. They worked very hard and we are looking forward to getting a result in both the matches. We are ready for the dual challenge.
HERO MOTO CROP ASSOCIATED WITH U-17 WORLD CUP
FIFA MEDIA RELEASE: 16.3.17- Hero MotoCorp has signed up as a National Supporter for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 which will be held across 6 host cities between 6-28 October this year.
Headquartered in India, Hero MotoCorp is the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer and has had a long-standing association with various disciplines of sports. Hero MotoCorp will play a vital role in supporting the competition locally in India.
With the signing of the agreement, Hero MotoCorp has filled the second of six National Supporter slots for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
Speaking at an event in Delhi, India, today to mark the announcement of the new partnership, FIFA’s Chief Commercial Officer Philippe Le Floc’h said: “FIFA is very happy to welcome Hero as a National Supporter of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017. Hero has been an active supporter of sport in India for several decades and expressed its interest in being part of this important tournament from its very early stages. Both Hero and FIFA share a vision of further developing and strengthening the beautiful game here in India.”
Commenting on the association, Mr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Managing Director & CEO of Hero MotoCorp said, "Hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup is a significant landmark for India and Indian football and at Hero MotoCorp, we are immensely proud of being associated with this event. Football is a rapidly growing sport in India, particularly among schoolkids and our commitment to supporting the game has grown strongly over the past few years. I am sure that our association with the FIFA U-17 World Cup will go a long way to further popularising football across India, and I look forward to seeing the future international stars in action and wish all of the teams the very best of luck."
EAST BENGAL NEEDS TO EARN MAXIMUM POINTS AGAINST CHENNAI
PREVIEW - 11.3.17: East Bengal to face the challenge Chennai City FC in a fourteenth round encounter in the current edition of I League at the Jawharlal Nehru stadium, Chennai on Sunday evening. It is must win situation for Red and Gold in order to stay as a contender for the tittle. The three top seeded team in the competition, Aizawl FC, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are in a neck to neck tie and a loss of point would change the League table considerably.
DRAWN : 3
LOST : 2
After a loss against Churchill Brothers in the last match at Barasat, East Bengal are in a target to earn maximum points against Chennai City FC on Sunday evening. East Bengal won the first round at Barasat by a margin of 3-0 needs to repeat the history at Chennai.
CHENNAI CITY FC
WON : 2
DRAWN : 4
GOAL SCORED: 9
POINTS : 10
On the contrary Chennai City FC failed to create any positive impact in their maiden appearance in the tournament. Chennai City currently placed at the ninth position in the I League table require points in order to place them in a comfortable position in the I League table.
The match will kick off at 7.05 PM
.4.03.2017: AIZAWL FC 2-0 MUMBAI FC (FT)
AFC : Beton Kamo 65', 79'
MOM : Beton Kamo - AIZAWL FC
AFC : Albino, Kingsley, Zote-a, Amna, Jayesh, Danmawia, Alfred, Chullova, Brandon, Kamo, Ashutosh.
MFC : Kattimani, Shariyar, Mehraj, Reagan, Munmun, Densil, Asheer, Clyde, Thoi, Alex, Anderson.
CHURCHILL VS MOHUN BAGAN (7 PM )
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MOHUN BAGAN TO FACE CHURCHILL BROTHERS AT GOA
Mohun Bagan to face Churchill Brothers at the Tilak Maidan, Goa in an important encounter in the current edition of I League. Mohun Bagan currently placed at the third position in theLeague table just behindthe arch rival East Bengal and Aizawl FC, requires a win on Saturday evening in order to stay as a contender for the tittle.
DRAWN : 3
LOST : 0
GOAL SCORED: 15
GOAL CONCEDED : 4
Churchill Brothers being allowed to participate in the I League by AIFF after the Goan side promised to fulfill the required criteria in order to complete the Club Licensing. The former I League champions are yet to prove their supremancy in the current edition of I League as they are placed at the eighth position after the end of the eleventh round. Churchill Brothers lost to Mohun Bagan in the first round at Kolkata are eager to challenge the Mariners at home are optimistic for a result in their favour.
GOAL SCORED: 13
GOAL CONCEDED : 17
POINTS : 9
After a successful mission in the preliminary stages in the AFC Cup, the Mariners are in a target to aquire the pole position in the I League. Mohun Bagan will continue with the same set of footballers against Churchill Brothers are confident for a positive result on Saturday evening. The Mariners will depend primarily on Sony Nordi and Darriel Duffy in the upfront. Moreover, Mohun Bagan is the only team in the competition who are yet to face a defeat and conceded less number of goals in the competition so far.
The match will kick off at 7.05 pm.
The following list of Players & Officials are traveling for the above schedule match.
PLAYERS 1. DEBJIT MAJUMDER 2. SHILTON PAUL 3. PRITAM KOTAL 4. EDUARDO FERREIRA 5. ANAS EDATHODIKA 6. BIKRAMJIT SINGH 7. SUBHASISH BOSE 8. PRABIR DAS 9. SOUVIK CHAKRABARTI 10.SOURAV DAS 11.BIKRAMJIT SINGH (SR.) 12.SONY NORDE 13.KATSUMI YUSA 14.SEHNAJ SINGH 15.JEJE LALPEKHLUA 16. BALWANT SINGH 17. DARRYL ALEXANDER DUFFY 18. SARTHAK GOLUIOFFICIALS 1. MR. SANJOY SEN - HEAD COACH 2. MR. SANKARLAL CHAKRABORTY - ASST. COACH 3. MR. ABHINANDAN CHATTERJEE - PHYSIOTHERAPIST