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3rd KING'S CUP FOOTBALL - BHUTAN 2014

 KING'S CUP BHUTAN 2014

3rd Edition of the Tournament to start from 15th November

Bhutan's biggest sporting event Kings Cup will going to be flagged off on the 15th of November at the Changlimithang National Stadium in Thimphu. This is the third occasion when the Bhutan's Football Association are organizing the tournament. Kings Cup was formerly known as Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Gold Cup which was held in Phuentshogling in the late 90s. From 2004 onward the tournament was renamed as Kings Cup and the venue being shifted to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu.

The tournament came into lime light after Bhutan Football Association involved themselves since last three years. This year nine football clubs are participating including two football clubs from Bhutan. As a result of which Kings Cup can be reckoned as one of the important and prestigious international club tournament in South East Asia.

The two I league playing clubs Pune FC, Mohun Bagan and Assam Electricity Board are the three Indian clubs participating in the tournament. The other Clubs are Druk United and Uryen Academy of Bhutan, Sheik Jamal Dhanmandi and Abhahani Kriacharka Limited of Bangladesh, Nakhom Ratchasima FC of Thailand and MMC FC of Nepal will going to play in the group league stages before the top two teams will be qualified to play the semi final.

The tournament is being sponsored by a number of corporates. Druk Air, Bank of Bhutan,and Bhutan Telecom LTd are the the main sponsor while BBS TV will going to telecast the matches of the tournament.

Last years Kings Cup recorded more than 30,000 spectators for the final game and on an average about a thousand people came to watch the game everyday. Officials expect even more turnout this year.

Last year Mohun Bagan Sail Football Academy lost to MMC FC but beat Arambagh Bangladesh.




3rd KING'S CUP FOOTBALL - BHUTAN 2014

 KING'S CUP BHUTAN 2014

KING'S CUP - BHUTAN 2014 : TABLE and GROUP


 Group A 


TEAM M W D L GF GA GD PTS Shiekh Jamal (Bangladesh) 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3 Druk United FC (Bhutan) 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0 Mohun Bagan (India) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NAKHON RATCHASIMA F.C. ( Thailand) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Group B

TEAM M W D L GF GA GD PTS Abahani Limited (Bangladesh) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Assam Electricity (India) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MMC FC (Nepal) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Pune FC (INDIA) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Ugyen Academy (Bhutan) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


3rd KING'S CUP FOOTBALL - BHUTAN 2014

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KING'S CUP - BHUTAN 2014 : FIXTURES and RESULTS


15.11.2014: Druk United (Bhutan) -0-3- Sheikh Jamal Dhammandi FC (Bangladesh)
SKD Darbow, Weson Asnelme, Ruben.

16.11.2014: Abahani Limited (Bangladesh) -V/S- Assam Electricity (India)

16.11.2014: MMC FC (Nepal) -V/S-Pune FC (INDIA)
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17.11.2014: Druk United FC (Bhutan) -V/S- AKHON RATCHASIMA F.C. (Thailand)

18.11.2014: Abahani Limited (Bangladesh) -V/S- Ugyen Academy (Bhutan)

19.11.2014: Assam Electricity (India) -V/S- MMC FC (Nepal)

20.11.2014: Pune FC (INDIA) -V/S- Ugyen Academy (Bhutan)

22.11.2014: Druk United FC (Bhutan) -V/S- Mohun Bagan (India)

22.11.2014: Abahani Limited (Bangladesh) -V/S- MMC FC (Nepal)

23.11.2014: Assam Electricity (India) -V/S- Pune FC (INDIA)

23.11.2014: Shiekh Jamal (Bangladesh) -V/S- NAKHON RATCHASIMA F.C. (Thailand)

24.11.2014: MMC FC (Nepal) -V/S- Ugyen Academy (Bhutan)

25.11.2014: Abahani Limited (Bangladesh) -V/S- Pune FC (INDIA)

25.11.2014: Mohun Bagan (India) -V/S- NAKHON RATCHASIMA F.C. (Thailand)

26.11.2014: Assam Electricity (India) -V/S- Ugyen Academy (Bhutan)

27.11.2014: Sheikh Jamal Dhammandi FC (Bangladesh) -V/S- Mohun Bagan (India)

29.11.2014: 1st Semi : Winner Groop A -V/S- Runners Group B

30.11.2014: 2nd Semi : Winner Group B -V/S- Runners Group A
12.2.2014 : FINAL

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 Pune FC match in KING'S CUP BHUTAN 2014

15.11.2014: King's Cup Preview: Pune FC look for first overseas win; face defending champs MMC, Nepal in the opener

PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC is in for a huge challenge as they ready to kick start their campaign against defending champions Manang Marshyangdi Club, Nepal in the King’s Cup at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Sunday. The game will be the fourth time Pune FC play abroad after playing three away games in the 2014 AFC Cup and will hope to log their first-ever overseas win.

The match, incidentally, the Group-B opener is the third match scheduled for the day and with the mercury dropping down, the cold climate in Thimphu will play a major role in the proceedings. Taking that into account, Pune FC, who come to Bhutan having spent three weeks in hot and humid conditions of Goa, will need to adapt to the cold conditions quickly. Moreover, the game which will be played on a high altitude, against an MMC side which hails from the region, won’t be an easy one and Coach Karim Bencherifa wants the players to be ready for the challenge.

"We come here after spending three weeks in Goa and we've got to adjust quickly with the cold weather. It will be a tough game against defending champions MMC, but we are out to do well and try to make it count,” said Coach Bencherfia after a session on the eve of the clash. Pune FC will be confident after an impressive run in the recently concluded Durand Cup, and will hope for a similar performance in their first-ever international overseas competition.

Going into the game, Pune FC is boosted by the return of skipper Anas Edathodika. The no-nonsense defender missed out on the Durand Cup exploits while recovering from a minor injury and will be raring to go. Anas will be joined by wingers Velington Rocha and Niikhil Kadam along with goalkeeper Avilash Paul giving coach Bencherifa good options ahead of the big clash. Likewise, the striker Thongkhosiem Haokip who had suffered a minor injury in Goa is also back training.

On the other hand, MMC, the reigning Nepal A-League champions, come into the game having finished as runners up in the Governor's Gold Cup, Sikkim after going down ONGC in a penalty shootout in the final. However, a win over United Sikkim FC in the earlier stages will give them confidence going into the game.

The Nabin Neupane-coached side will bank on Nepalese international and star player Anil Gurung to fire up front. The 26-year old striker will carry the experience of having played in the I-League for north east club Shillong Lajong in the 2009-10 season. Moreover, MMC who began preparations for the competition a week back, have received a boost after national team skipper Sagar Thapa too joined the squad after initially being reported to miss out. He will be joined by Ranjit Dhimal who made his national debut recently and will form the core of the team along with the foreigners.

With second choice custodian Birendra Chand not travelling with the squad, MMC have drafted in Binod Dangal of Army Club to bolster their bench strength. The game which will be played under floodlights will kick off at 7.00 PM local time (6.30 PM IST) on Sunday.

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Pune FC head to Bhutan for King's Cup

KING'S CUP BHUTAN 2014 PFC PRESS RELEASE :: A 20-member Pune FC squad will head north-east to the foothills of the Himalayas as they participate in their first ever international open overseas tournament - the King's Cup, Bhutan which begins on November 15th. For Durand Cup finalists Pune FC, the King’s Cup will be the third international tournament, and they will carry the experience of playing in the AFC Champions League 2014 Play-Off and the AFC Cup 2014 Group Stage into Bhutan.

Pune FC, who replaced Thailand’s Osotspa FC, are the third Indian side to participate in this year's competition along with Kolkata's Mohun Bagan AC and Assam Electricity Board. Ahead of the team's departure, Pune FC Head Operations Chirag Tanna said, "I am grateful to the Bhutan Football Federation for inviting us to the King's Cup. The team is motivated to do well in this prestigious tournament."

The King's Cup is not only the most prestigious football tournament but also one of the biggest sporting events in the nation. And, for the 2014 edition of the competition, a total of nine teams from Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Bhutan will face off for the title.Pune FC who are placed in Group-B, will be up against fellow Indian side Assam Electricity Board apart from defending champions Manang Marsayandi Club, Nepal; Abhani Limited, Bangladesh and Bhutan's Ugyen Academy with top two teams qualifying for the semifinals. Interestingly, Bhutan will be the fourth country to host Pune FC after Hong Kong (played Kitchee FC), Singapore (played Tampines Rovers) and Myanmar (played Nay Pyi Taw FC) played hosts in the AFC Cup 2014. Pune FC who head to Bhutan on Thursday, begin their campaign against defending champions MMC, Nepal on Sunday, 16th November at 7.00 pm. All games will be played at the Changlimithang Stadium in capital city Thimpu.

The 20-member squad announced by Coach Karim Bencherifa is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Amrinder Singh, Moniruzzaman Ansari, Avilash Paul

Defenders: Luciano Sabrosa, Zohmingliana, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Srikanth Ramu

Midfielders: Bineesh Balan, Arata Izumi, Ryuji Sueoka, Dhanpal Ganesh, Nikhil Kadam, Mumtaz Akhtar, Fanai Lalrempuia, Velington Rocha

Strikers: Eric Brown, Prakash Thorat, Thongkhosiem Haokip, Shoaib Syed

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Sheik Jamal Dhanmandi of Bangladesh beat Druk United - Bhutan

15.11.2014: Druk United (Bhutan) -0-3- Sheikh Jamal Dhammandi FC (Bangladesh)
SKD Darbow, Weson Asnelme, Ruben.

Sheik Jamal Dhanmandi of Bangladesh won the inaugural match of the Kings Cup. At Thimpu today they defeated Druk United of Bhutan by a margin of 3-0. The winners were leading by a solitary goal at the half time.

The match was an entertaining match in front of the full house enthusiastic crowd at Changlimethang stadium . But Sheik Jamal proved themselves superior when Darboe Landing the Nigerian striker of the Bangladeshi team scored of a free kick from outside the penalty box. Shek Jamal created some opportunities, but unable to capitalize the situations.

In the second session Sheik Jamal continued to attack were in search to increase the lead. On the contrary Druk United were on the counters attacks but unable to open the goal mouth. Sheik Jamal Dhanmandi converted twice in the second session through Wedson Anselme and Rubel Miah and increase the lead in their favour.

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