PART-2 : 13.03.2014 : INDIAN PLAYER TRANSFER --- GOSSIP...GOSSIP.--- RUMOR.....RUMOR FOR SEASON 2014-155
Kneeling- Myron Fernandes, Romeo Fernandes, Sahil Tavora, Deryl Endro, Mandar rao Dessai, Nickson Castanha
Standing- Allwyn George, Narayan Das, Pronoy Halder, Shallum Pires, Prabir Das, Holicharan Narzary
Commenting on this development the Chairman of the Dempo Sports Club, Mr. Shrinivas Dempo said: " Dempo Sports Club is committed to give young Goan and Indian players an opportunity to develop and serve the Club and the National Team in future. I have seen that many promising players fade away as they do not get the necessary exposure.
Our aim is not only to build a strong Dempo Sports Club for the future but also to help in building a strong National Team.” Our aim is not only to build a strong Dempo Sports Club for the future but also to help in building a strong National Team."
The Dempo Chief Coach Mr. Arthur Papas said "I am thrilled to have played a part towards ensuring the long term viability of Dempo SC by completing the signings of all these players aged between 17 to 22 to long term contracts, all have been either part of the first team squad this season or scouted throughout the year and possess the required characteristics based on the clubs playing style.
It has been my priority since arriving at the cub to create a balanced first team squad for the future that combines the most talented young Goan players supplemented with Indian youth internationals from all over the country and this has now been achieved. In the short term we still need to find the right balance as we are dealing with a first team where results are critical but I am confident and believe in all the players who have committed their futures to Dempo SC"
PART-1 :INDIAN PLAYER TRANSFER --- GOSSIP...GOSSIP.--- RUMOR.....RUMOR FOR SEASON 2014-15
05.03.2014: The football calender for the year 2013-14 are proceding towards the end. Alike every year the top teams of India are planning for the next year and have started to talk with their targeted players and even with the coaches.
The British coach Trevor James Morgan are at present at the head lines of the story. Morgan is the most successful coach in India in the recent past and East Bengal played in the AFC Cup three times in a row during his tenure.
MohUn Bagan had a talk with the British coach initially, but once East Bengal arrived at the war feild the scenario changed. A group of East Bengal officials belive that Morgan is the correct person who has the capibility to bring East Bengal back in the right rack. Trevor Morgan are also in the short list of Bangaluru FC.
Mohun Bagan on the contray are interested to discuss and plan for the coming season with the Morrocan coach Karim Bensharifa. The meeting is likely to be held shortly. The name of the former United Sports Dutch coach Elco Schattori are also in the discussion.
The Mohun Bagan officials are interested to build up a strong team in order to regain their pride. The mariners are also interested to include Penn Orji in their squad. Though the deal is yet to be finalised.
East Bengal are not at all satisfied with the performances of the their foreign recruits. East Bengal officials are in search to include new foreign players and with some successful Indian footballers.
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27.06.2014 : EAST BENGAL has registered 9 footballers today at IFA office
. The United Sports striker Md Rafiq signed for East Bengal today. Rafiq had a successfull mission with United opt to change due to the financial turmoil for the last couple of years. The Red and Gold are successful in retaining the same squad as they have signed and registered Mehtab Hossain, Soumik Dey, Dipankar Roy, Abhijit Mondal, Abhra Mondal, Arnab Mondal, Abhishek Das, Safar Sardar and nilendra Dewan at the IFA Office today. East Bengal will going to start pre season training from 2nd of July onwards .
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26.06.2014 : Mohun Bagan have roped Nigerian Fatai Adisa
. After confirming Japanese mideo Katsumi Yusa, kolkata Giant Mohun Bagan have roped in their second foreign recruit namely Fatai Adisa. The Lagos based Central defender is the Professional player aged 27 (3rd march 1986) years plied his trade in the Yemen Football League at Al-Oruba Club since 2009. Before that he played for Al-Ittihad Club in the Yemen League.
The defender has also represented AL-Oruba Club in AFC Cup 2012 edition and played against East Bengal in 2012 (EB lost both leg). The player will be examined medically by the Club Doctors once the player arrives at Kolkata and a physical test will also be conducted by the Technical Director and the Physical Trainer of the Team in presence of the Technical Committee.
2000/2001 -INJECTOR FC OF ILORIN (NIGERIA)
2002/2004 -KWARA UNITED FC OF ILORIN (NIGERIA)
2004/2006 -STANDARD BAKU FC (AZERBAIJAN)
2007/2008 -SALAM GURUFAH FC (YEMEN)
2008/2009 -ITEHAD FC OF IBB (YEMEN)
2009/2010 -AL-OROUBA FC (YEMEN)
2010/2011 -AL OROUBA FC (YEMEN, LEAGUE CHAMPION)
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25.06.2014 : EAST BENGAL has REGISTERED 10 Footballers today at IFA office
East Bengal begins their club transfer campaign, when they registered and signed a host of young footballers along with the senior most member and the Brand Ambassador Alvito D Counha at the IFA Office today. The young stars from the U-19 team Wasim Akram Mullick, Jiten Murmu and Kishan Bag are now included in the senior team of Red and Gold, while Pralhad Roy from Mohun Bagan Sail Academy, Sandip Ray the young goalkeeper from IFA Academy are selected to dawn the Red and Gold colour. Amit Chakroborty ( Bastab Roy's coaching Camp - Uttarpara FCC) and Vivekananda Banerjee from Goerge Telegraph, Abhinash Ruidash from Bhawnipur FC, and Souvik Bol from Southern Samity are also registered their name in East Bengal's favor.
East Bengal may start their CFL Premier League campaign on 3rd August.
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24.06.2014 : BENGALURU FC - Head Coach, Johnson and Osano To Be With BFC Till End Of 2015-16 Season
Bangaluru FC official Press Release : Bengaluru FC head coach Ashley Westwood and the central defensive pair of John Johnson and Curtis Osano have all signed extensions to their existing deals that will keep them with the I-League champions till the end of the 2015-16 season, the club announced on Tuesday.
"I am delighted and proud to be signing an extension of two years with the club and excited to carry on the dream and vision of the owners in making Bengaluru FC unique in Indian football. This club was all about long-term planning and I'm looking forward to the next chapter and trying to defend the title," said Westwood.
The Englishman was the focus of praise from all quarters last season when he guided Bengaluru FC to the I-League title on debut in stunning fashion, finishing four points above East Bengal. Club COO Mustafa Ghouse expressed his delight at the new deals. "We are very excited and pleased on extending Ashley’s contract with BFC. We have a very ambitious vision for the club and feel Ashley is the right person to drive it ahead. His work ethic and dedication toward the club and our dream is unparalleled.”
Joining the gaffer with extensions are Johnson and Osano who have, by far, been the most reliable central defensive pair in the League last season. "I am delighted to have signed this new deal. It's been a brilliant last season and I cannot wait to get back and start the new season. The club has been brilliant to me from day one and I hope to repay the Bengaluru FC and its fans with more success in the coming years," said Johnson.
The usually soft-spoken Osano said he was “over the moon and really excited” about signing the extension. "Since day one I was committed to Ashley and the club. It's a great feeling to be wanted by a winning and efficient team."
The duo had been linked to a few clubs at the end of the season but the signing of the extension has quelled all the rumours. "We at BFC are very excited by the fact that the two pillars of our champion team have agreed to sign an extension with the club. Both John and Curtis are an integral part of our team and philosophy and will continue to play a major role in the years ahead," said Bengaluru FC CEO, Parth Jindal.
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24.06.2014 : The Dempo Sports Club of Goa has finally declared their football team for the year 2014-15. The team is really a combination of talented youths as well as experienced campaigners. Dempo is successful to sign the foreigners who are experienced in Indian soil.
Goal : Gurpeet Singh, Luxmikant Kattimani.
Defenders : Debabrata Roy, Shallum Pires, Samir Naik, Rawilson Rodriges, Pramatesh Maulingkar, Narayan Das, Prabir Das, Haroon Fakhruddin.
Midfeild : Rameo Fernandez, Chillord Miranda, Mander Rao Desai, Peter Carvalo, Shek Jewel Raja, Gabriel Fernandez, Shail Tavora, Allwyn Goerge, Pranay Halder, Vinit Rai, Nichson Castana, Darel Endro.
Forwards : Joy Feraro, Myron Fernandez, Holicharan Narjary, Tolgey Ozbey, Uttam Rai.
Dempo are in touch with the Nigerian striker Cheddi Eddeh, though the deal is yet to be finalized.
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17.06.2014 : Mohun Bagan has finalized the following outstation footballers and submitted their inter transfer forms to the patient body. The players are Randeep Singh (Salgaocar). Sehnaj Singh (Mumbai FC), Jeje Lalpekhuha (Dempo), Satish Singh (Churchill Brothers) and Binay Singh (Shillong Lazong FC).
Mohan Bagan had started their pre season training under Subash Bhowmick and Physical Trainer Didar Miranda Gracia and it is expected that these out station footballers will join the practice session shortly. While another Kolkata Giant East Bengal to start their practice season from 2nd July.
Goan side Salgaocar has signed United SC keeper Abhijit Das for 3 years contract.
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Pune FC appoint highly-experienced Coach Karim Bencherifa
PUNE PRESS RELEASE - 09.06.2014 : Pune Football Club has appointed highly-experienced Moroccan coach Karim Bencherifa ahead of the 2014-15 season. A former I-League and Federation Cup winning coach, Bencherifa becomes Pune FC’s fourth foreign coach signed since the inception in 2007.
on 8.04.2014 in our may-june column (PART-7) We wrote about Karim's Pune FC discussions.
Pune FC Owner, Nandan Piramal said: "I would like to welcome Karim to Pune FC and would like to wish him the very best of luck." Having coached twelve different teams in five different countries from three continents in a career spanning over two decades, Bencherifa brings along of wealth of experience.
East Bengal signed Luis Bareto in a three years contract. Bareto was serving for Mohammedan Sporting last year and opt to seek a transfer to play in the I league. Luis Bareto's inclusion in East Bengal will definately strengthen the last line of defense undougthly.
Having signed a two year contract, Head Coach Karim Bencherifa added: "I would like to thank the Pune FC management for offering me the position of chief coach of the team. “I am excited to be associated with such an outstanding organization club."
"I am confident I would be able to make a meaningful contribution with the help of the staff, the player’s fans and everybody around the club." Pune FC Head Operations, Chirag Tanna, said: “Karim is an excellent fit for our club. Karim has worked well with young players and has managed to get the best out of them. His knowledge and experience on Indian football is second to none and our young players will learn a lot from him.
"I would like to wish Karim the very best of luck for the coming season." Forty-six year old Bencherifa, a midfielder during his playing days, plied his trade at three Rabat (Moroccan capital city) clubs - Club A.S.M.F. Rabat (1987–89), Stade Marocain (1990–92) and 3COM Rabat (1992–93) before turning to coaching.
At the start of his coaching career, Bencherifa had stints at a few capital city clubs in his native country. He worked with Club B.M. Rabat (1993-94, U23 Head Coach, 4th in D1), Club A.S.T. Rabat (1994–95, Head Coach, 3rd in D3) and Club U.S.P. Rabat (1996–97, Head Coach, 7th in D2) before being appointed at the helm of the Moroccan Womens' team (1997-98) and leading them to the Arab Championships.
During the 1997-98 season, Bencherifa was also actively involved in National Football Center, Maroc, guiding the youth players of the country.
In the following two years, he managed two more Moroccan sides, Club O.C. Youssoufia (1998-99, Head Coach Amateur D1) and Club S.A. Salé (1999–2000, Assistant Coach, D1 Pro) before heading to Europe and taking charge of Maltese Premier League side Floriana FC (2000-02). During his two years at Floriana, Bencherifa guided them to a fifth and sixth place finish respectively.
A year later, Bencherifa was appointed the head coach of the Brunei national team (2003-04) before moving to Singapore to take charge of S-League side Tanjong Pagar United in 2004 for a short stint. The Moroccan coach thereafter moved to another S-League side Woodlands Wellington (2004-06) guiding them to a third and fifth-place finish in the two seasons.
It was in 2006 when Bencherifa first stepped on Indian soil to take charge of Goan side Churchill Brothers. During his two year stay in Goa, he guided newly promoted Churchill to a fourth (2006-07) and second (2007-08) place finish in the top-flight. That followed a two year stint at Mohun Bagan (2008-10) where he guided the Kolkata-giants to a second and fifth place finish in the I-League.
Bencherifa returned to Goa in the following season and led Salgaocar FC to an I-League (2010-11) and a Federation Cup (2011) double in his two and a half year stint with the Vasco-based club. Midway through the 2012-13 season, Bencherifa joined Mohun Bagan (2012-14) once again and saved them from relegation in the same season.
06.06.2014: Dempo Sports Club is delighted to announce the contract extension of forward Tolgay Ozbey and Afghan international Haroon Amiri for one more year. Australian Tolgay Ozbey was the star performer for Dempo SC during the second phase of the I-league where he scored nine goals in eight appearances including a 4 goal blitzkrieg against Churchill Brothers SC in March 2014.
Commenting on his contract renewal Tolgay said "I'm very delighted to have signed for next season; I enjoyed my 4 months at dempo very much and cannot wait for the start of the new season."
Afghanistan's national team captain Haroon Amiri has also extended his contract with the golden eagles after an impressive stint in the I-League. His pairing with Australian Simon Colosimo gave a tough time to the opposition strikers and managed to keep five clean sheets in nine matches played by Dempo SC in 2014 I League.
Mohun Bagan renewed contract with Soumya Bhattacherjee who joined the Mariners last year as a physiotherapist and Rehab Specialist. Soumya is an experienced youth in the Indian Football scenario who had worked for various I League playing clubs. The contact will continue for a year while Ex- United SC's Brazilian Garcia Miranda will act as a Physical Trainer.
On the other hand Mohun Bagan signed Churchill Brothers 21 year old Defender Satish Singh. Satish Singh is a player of Uttarpara Football Coaching Camp of Hooghly, Bengal under coaching of Ex- Footballer Bastab Roy.
Commenting on his resigning for the club Amiri said "I am glad to stay here for another season, as I am enjoying my time here at Dempo SC. I definitely have improved as a player over the past 4 months under the guidance of Mr Papas and rest of the staff. I hope to improve from last season, and contribute towards the club picking up some silverware in the coming season"
Dempo head coach Arthur papas was pleased to have signed the duo and added "As a club we are very pleased to have re-signed both Tolgay Ozbey and Haroon Amiri. It was evident that both were instrumental in our resurgence last season and by re-signing both of them we move a step closer to completing our squad for season 2014/15. Without doubt Tolgay and Amiri will continue to influence our group positively, add much needed stability & continue to entertain our fans in the way they did last season".
While Former India U23 defender Rowilson Rodrigues has signed on a one year contract with Dempo Sports Club. The 27 year old had spent two seasons with Dempo Sports Club earlier and was also a part of the I-League winning team in 2011-12. Rowilson is a product of the SESA Academy and stated his playing career with Churchill Brothers from 2006 till 2011. He later joined Mohun Bagan in 2013 after spending two seasons with Dempo Sports Club.
"I am happy to come back to Dempo Sports Club for the new season. This is the finest club I have ever been with and I am looking forward to play under the leadership of Arthur Papas" said Rowilson.
Commenting on Rowilson’s return, Dempo head coach Arthur Papas said "I am really glad to welcome Rowilson to Dempo for season 2014/15. He is someone we observed very closely throughout the season and is a commanding presence as a central defender and adds quality into a position we did not have sufficient depth in last season.
Having been with the club in the past it is nice to welcome him back to Dempo SC and our fans should be excited that we have been able to bring back a local Goan player with the qualities of Rowilson". Rowilson will report to the club on 1st of July 2014 for pre-season training.
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Tolgay, Amiri extend their contracts with Dempo SC while Rowilson rejoins
05.06.2014: Dempo Sports Club is delighted to announce the contract extension of forward Tolgay Ozbey and Afghan international Haroon Amiri for one more year. Australian Tolgay Ozbey was the star performer for Dempo SC during the second phase of the I-league where he scored nine goals in eight appearances including a 4 goal blitzkrieg against Churchill Brothers SC in March 2014.
Commenting on his contract renewal Tolgay said "I'm very delighted to have signed for next season; I enjoyed my 4 months at dempo very much and cannot wait for the start of the new season."
Afghanistan's national team captain Haroon Amiri has also extended his contract with the golden eagles after an impressive stint in the I-League. His pairing with Australian Simon Colosimo gave a tough time to the opposition strikers and managed to keep five clean sheets in nine matches played by Dempo SC in 2014 I League.
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30.05.2014 :Pune FC, Coach Mike Snoei part ways. Pune Football Club and Coach Mike Snoei have decided to part ways after mutually agreeing to terms.mThe Club would like to thank Mike for the integrity with which he has worked at the club and would like to wish him best for the future. The management will announce the new coach shortly.
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27.05.2014 : Mohun Bagan strengthen their striking force when they signed Jeje Lalpekhula of Dempo Sports club. Jeje , who is an important member of the Indian national team played for Pune FC in the year 2012 before he shifts to Dempo. An agreement for 12 months has been signed between Jeje and Mohun Bagan today in the late evening. The agreement was made in presence of Mr. Debashis Dutta , Director of United Mohun Bagan Football Team Pvt Ltd. The Agreement will be effective from 2nd June 2014. Earlier Mohun Bagan confirmed Dharmraj Ravanan (Churchill), Dhanachandra Singh (USC), Lalkamal bhowmich (USC), Balwant Singh (Churchill).
East Bengal are in discussion with the Nigerian midfeilder Penn Orji though the deal is yet to be finalised. In our previous review published on 09.5.14 we mentioned that East Bengal are interested to include Dudu Omegbemi of Salgaokar in their squad. The Red and Gold officials are still in discussion with this Nigerian striker. Dudu on the other hand are having offers from the other I-League playing clubs, and yet to confirm his decision. But, sources said that Dudu is likely to finalize his decision in favour of East Bengal shortly.
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18.05.2014 : East Bengal will conduct their pre- season conditioning camp from 18th June onwards. The Red and Gold chief coach Armando Colaco wants to concentrate mainly on the pre-season camps in order to be successful in I League and AFC CUP. East Bengal are in search of the marque players which has been implemented by AIFF in order to make the I league more attractive and competitive.
Mohun Bagan after finalizing their Indian players are in search of suitable foreign recruits. The Japanese midfielder Katsumi Yusa have signed the agreement some days back for another year. The Mohun Bagan recruiting officer along with their Technical Director Subash Bhowmick are in constant discussion.
In this regards a Meeting of the Board of Directors of United Mohun Bagan Football Team Pvt Ltd will be held tomorrow at the Club Tent where Technical Director Mr.Subhash Bhowmick will be introduced to the Board of Directors during the meeting.
The Lebanese striker Akram Mogabi are in the short list of Bagan, though the chapter of Sony Nordi are almost closed as this Haitian are demanding an exorbitant payment.
Mohun Bagan were in discussion with the German born New Zealand world cupper Shane Edward Smelz, who is at present playing for Sydny FC in A League and played almost 50 international matches for New Zealand and had participated in 2010 World Cup at South Africa scored a goal against Italy in a group league match.
Mohun Bagan officials are already having a series of discussion with Shane but this deal may not be finalized due to some specific reason.
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ARMANDO COLACO WILL CONTINUE AS EAST BENGAL'S COACH
15.05.2014 : Armando Colaco will continue to seat in the dug out of the Red and Gold. In a media meeting today at Kolkata, this was declared by the East Bengal General Secretary Mr Kalyan Mazumdar. He joined the Team last year on 15th November, 2014 and on his first venture won the crucial Derby for East Bengal. During his tenure he won the Kolkata Premier League and was Runners Up in the I League. Earlier he had won 5 NFL/I League titles for Dempo Club and was also the Head Coach of the senior Indian Team in 2011.
While interacting Mr Mazumdar said that the agreement will continue for a year. During this term Armando will not be permitted to accept any other consignments. In an e-mail send to the club secretary, Armando said that he feels extremely proud and honored while accepting the offer as a coach in his second term. Armando added that his prime target is to work hard in order to achieve the desired result.
Armando will be assisted by Ranjan Chowdhury as his deputy while Sailen Saha as goalkeeper coach. East Bengal will going to appoint a Physical Trainer (Gym-specialist) and a Nutrition Expect soon.
East Bengal will going to participate in the AFC CUP 2014 which is likely to commence at the end of the year. This will be East Bengal's forth participation in a row OUT OF 5 YEARS in an AFC tournament which is indeed a landmark for any club in Asia.
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14.05.2014 : East Bengal are yet to declare the name of their coach, but it is now quite clear that Armando Colaco will going to continue in the coming season. We had already mentioned in our reviews that the deal are in the final stage. But what will Mohun Bagan do ? The Mariners had finalized Subash Bhowmick as their Technical Director who does not have 'AFC A' license.
Today in an executive meeting at Football House it was decided by the AIFF that all Coaches or Technical Director should have an AFC A-License degree.The AIFF decided that a Coach or Technical Director without a valid AFC A-License degree, if appointed by any Club, would not be allowed to sit on the reserve bench or dugout. He will not be allowed to coach the Team both during the match and even during the practice sessions.
They also won't be allowed to enter the Dressing Rooms before or after the match. So, it clearly indicates that experienced coaches like Subash Bhowmick, Subrata Bhattacherjee and Sukbinder Singh will be restricted to coach any I-League playing clubs unless they possess an AFC A-License degree.
In this context Mohun Bagan or Subash Bhowmick may appeal to the AFC to resolve this situation. But, how AFC reacts it's really a question now. East Bengal has signed Peter Carvalo of Dempo Sports Club to strengthen their midfeild.
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11.05.2014 : Who will be in the Red and Gold dug out in the coming season ? It is expected that the decision will be finalized shortly by the club management. But, who are in the run to seat in the hot seat.
The discussion are almost in the final stage with Armando Colaco and it is expected that the Goan will agree to accept the offer of East Bengal. The Dutch coach Elco Satorie, Sammy Omelo of Kenya and Rodalfo Zapata of Argentina are even in the shortlist of East Bengal. The name of Trevor James Morgan are also in the discussion.
A group of East Bengal officials are in contact with the British coach, though Morgan is likely to sign the agreement of AFC Leopards of Kenya. But no wonder the swing may turn around in East Bengal’s favor if condition arises. It is likely that Subasish Roy Chowdhury of Dempo will join the Red and Gold.
Mohun Bagan has finalized Katsumi Yusha, the Japanese midfeilder and are in search of the other foreignners to fulfill the quota. The Mriners are interested to include Akram Mogabi and Sony Nordi in the squad, but the deal is yet to be finalised. But the inclusion of Cliffird Miranda are practically impossible as this midfeilder are in a two years agreement with Dempo Sports Club.
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09.05.2014: The ex-international and the "Arjuna" award winner Deepak Kumar Mondal returns to East Bengal after a span of ten years. Deepak joins East Bengal after being graduated from TFA in the year 2000. Deepak was an important member of East Bengal which won the Asean Cup at Zakarta in the year 2003. This experienced TFA Cadet deep defender has the ability to play in any position in deep defense. He lead United Sports Club for last two years, decided to join the Red and Gold.
East Bengal Nigerianl Striker Echidi Edeh is on his way to join Goan side Dempo Sports Club. Sources said that Chidi disagreed the financial conditions of East Bengal and opt to transfer himself to the Goan club from where he joined the Red and Gold two years back. Meanwhile East Bengal are in discussion with Dudu Omagbemi of Salgaocar. It is likely that Dudu Omagbebi may take a decision to play for a club in Kolkata ?. Time will tell it.
The episode of Armando are yet not over. Today the East Bengal officials mailed a letter with some specific terms to Armando. If Armando disagrees then Red and Gold will have to finalise a new coach for the coming season. The news is that the Red and Gold are in discussion with Rodalfo Zaparta ( we have already mentioned in our preview) of Argentina and with the Ex- United SC Dutch coach Elco.
Mr. Swapan Sadhan Bose President of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club and Director Mohun Bagan today welcomed Mr. Subhash Bhowmick, eminent Footballer and Coach as the Technical Director of Mohun Bagan Football Team for the season 2014-2015. Mr. Subhash Bhowmick signed a One Year Contract with the Club.
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08.05.2014: Who will be the new coach of East Bengal? We have already mentioned that the chances of Armando Colaco to be in the dug out are impossible as the Red and Gold denied to accept the proposal of the Goan coach. As per out PART 15 news on 4th MAY regarding Ex- East Bengal Coach James Morgan, he has signed one year contract with Kenyan side FC Leopard.
East Bengal officials are in search of an overseas coach for the coming season. Sources said that the Red and Gold are in discussion with 48 years Rodalfo Zapata of Argentina ?? who have Rolo Zapata Soccer Academy in Buenos Aires. He has the Professional coaching experience in Argentina, Canada, Nigeria, South Africa and USA Zapata is one of the successful coach in the African nation, Nigeria. Though the deal is yet to be finalized. Rodalfo Zaparta were in the shortlist of East Bengal last year before the joining of Marcos Phalopa.
07.05.2014- PART-18 :The chances of Armando Colaco to be in the Red and Gold dug out are impossible now as the discussion between the duo failed to yield Trevor James Morgan have joined AFC Leopard last week so the chances of the British coach are practically impossible. In this connection the East Bengal Secretary Kalyan Mazumdar said that the club are in search of a new coach and he is optimistic to declare his name shortly.
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06.05.2014: Salgaocar has signed the Ivory Coast midfielder Douhou Pieree with a years contract. Douhou decided to transfer in the Goan Club,had served for Pune FC and Mahindra United. Bangaluru FC has agreed to continue with their Australian striker Sean Rooney , who was incidentally the 2nd highest scorer in the recently concluded I League. S Udanth Singh of TFA has joined Bangaluru FC with a two years contract. We had already mentioned in our 13th edition on 30.4.14 that Bangaluru FC had released Liberian midfielder Jhonny Menyongar..Sporting Clube has signed Jarman Jeet Singh of TFA for the coming season.
Peter Carvalo of Dempo Sports Club and Denzil Franco of Churchill Brothers are likely to join the Red and Gold.
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05.05.2014: After confirming Lalkamal Bhowmick, Mohun Bagan also in contact with United Stopper Bello Rasaq. Meanwhile, regarding the another defender of United SC Dhanchandra Singh, Mohun Bagan informed through a press release that, Dhanachandra has signed on a Two Year Contract (2014-2015 & 2015-2016) to play for the Green-Maroon brigade. The agreement was made in presence of Mr. Debashis Dutta and Mr. Srinjoy Bose, Directors of United Mohun Bagan Football Team Pvt Ltd. The contract was signed yesterday at around 8:30 pm at the residence of Mr. Srinjoy Bose.
Mohun Bagan are in a target to finalize the deal with Rahim Nabi and Manish Maithani of Mohammedan Sporting and Sanjay Balmuchu, Satish Singh, Dharmadas Ravanan and Balwant Singh of Churchill Brothers. Souvik Chakroborty of United Sports Club are also in the shortlist of Mohun Bagan.
East Bengal have signed Jiten Murmu and Kishan Bag from their U-19 team which participated in the U–19 I League. Meanwhile, the East Bengal officials are in discussion with Calum James Angus of Pune FC. It is likely that Peter Carvalo and Clifford Miranda of Dempo Sports Club may join the Red and Gold. Salgaocar is trying to contact United Sc keeper Abhijit Pal.
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04.05.2014: FORMER EAST BENGAL COACH TRAVOR JAMES MORGAN GOING TO JOIN KENYAN TOP DIVISION CLUB while Odafa re-signed Churchill Brothers.
Trevor James Morgan is going to join the Nairobi based Kenyan Football Club AFC Leopards as chief coach. The Leopards Secretary George Aladwa said that they are impressed with the credentials of British coach Trevor James Morgan. Former Kenya Commercial Bank coach Abdallah Juma has been appointed the assistant coach.
The two coahes Morgan of Britain and Emanuele Flippini of Italy were both interviewed by the Leopards top bosses on Monday and Travor Morgan has succesfully passed the test. So, the chances of Trevor James Morgan to join East Bengal came to an end. Sources said that Morgan will meet the footballers of AFC Leopards very shortly.
AIFF RELEASE : Goan outfit Churchill Brothers have successfully notched up the services of Nigerian goal-poacher Odafa Okolie on a three-year deal, the Club announced in a statement today. The owner of the Club, Mr Churchill Alemao, welcomed back the 28-year-old after he ended his three-year stint with Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan. 'Odafa is a wonderful player who has brought tremendous joy to this club with his goals,' Alemao said.
'I am very happy to welcome him back to the Churchill Brothers family.' Odafa had previously joined the Red Machines in the 2005-06 season and scored over 100 goals for the club before departing for Mohun Bagan at the end of the 2010-11 season. He captained Churchill Brothers Goa to their first I-League triumph in the 2008-09 season while also winning the Durand Cup twice during his previous stint at the Goan Club.
On an individual level, Odafa, fondly known has the 'Goal Machine’ by his fans, has been the I-League's top scorer on three consecutive occasions, which was during the 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2010-11 season. 'Churchill Brothers Goa is like an extended family to me, and I am really glad to return home,' the Nigerian said, moments after penning the deal.
'I will give my best and hope to win many trophies here again.' Ms. Valanka Alemao, CEO of Churchill Brothers Goa also welcomed the signing and said, 'It's great to have him back. I am sure Odafa will work hard and help the team achieve its goals for the 2014-15 season.'
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03.05.2014: Mohun Bagan has strengthen their midfield when they signed Lalkamal Bhowmick of United Sports today evening. Lalkamal were in the shortlist of the Mariners, and today this midfielder have decided to return back to Bagan after five years. Mohun Bagan have successful in signing the United deep defender Bello Razak which ultimately ends the term of the Nigerian defender Icheazona.
Sources said that the experienced defender and the ex Indian captain Dipak Kumar Mondal is likely to sign for Bagan shortly. In our previous reviews we mentioned that Mohun Bagan have completed the deal with 16 young footballers along with their captain Shilton Paul for the coming season.
Who will be in the dug out of Red and Gold in the coming season ? Intially the East Bengal officials were interested with the Goan coach Armando Colaco who submitted his probable list to the club. But the decision of Armando is still pending. Meanwhile, Churchill Brothers have offered Armando to take charge of their football team .Even, Edward Hansa are in the shortlist of Churchill as their coach. It is expected that the deal will be finalised very shortly.
A group of EastBengal officials are still in contact with the British Coach Trevor James Morgan who are having offers from other I league playing clubs including Pune FC. As expected Odafa joins Churchill today after being released by Mohun Bagan last week.
Mehtab Hossain has confirmed that he will continue with East Bengal in the coming season. East Bengal also in searching of Foreign defender. This was declared by the Red and Gold midfeilder at a press meeting in the club premises today. East Bengal has released R Vasum, Nilerandra Dewan and Safar Sardar, but the goalkeeper Gurprit Singh Sandhu may ask for his release as he has been offered by Bangaluru FC. Sources said that East Bengal are in discussion with Subasish Roy Chowdhury of Dempo Sports Club..
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27.08.2014 : Pune FC capture Sporting Goa Captain Matthew Gonsalves.
. 27.08.2014: PFC OFFICIAL RELEASE : Pune FC has completed the signing of Sporting Clube de Goa captain and defender Matthew Gonsalves for the upcoming season.The highly-experienced Goan joins Pune FC after spending ten years with Sporting and will be a valuable addition to Karim Bencherifa's squad. Matthew thus becomes the sixth new player signed this season after Ryuji Sueoka, Luciano Sabrosa, Snehashis Chakraborty, Raju Yumnam and Jessel Carneiro.
Pune FC Head Operations, Chirag Tanna said: "Mathew gave us a torrid time when we played against him last year. He is an versatile defender with "a never say die" attitude and he will be a valuable addition to our squad."
Thirty-five-year-old Matthew spent his early days as a footballer playing for various local teams. However, his career really took off when he was signed by Sporting Goa from Mormugao Port Trust in 2004. Since then, the Goan has been the mainstay of Sporting for ten seasons in a row while also captaining the side.
During his long stint at Sporting, Matthew has represented Goa in the 2008 Santosh Trophy and was also a part of the India team at the Special Olympics Asia Pacific. At Pune FC, Matthew becomes the fourth Goan in the squad this season joining state-mate Anthony D’Souza, Velington Rocha and the recently signed Jessel Carneiro.
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23.08.2014 : Bengaluru FC, PUMA unveil new home kit for 2014-15 season
. 23.08.2014: BENGALURU FC OFFICIAL RELEASE : Bengaluru FC along with kit partners PUMA unveiled the club’s new home colours for the 2014-15 season, at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bangalore, on Saturday. The club's trademark blue received a slick makeover and was presented by ten fans to the players in front of BFC's famed West Block A stand.
The shirt features red contrast piping along the side of the shirt and white tipping on the sleeves. The slim fit style of the shirt brings a youthful look to the kit, with a tailored button down collar. Present at the launch were MD PUMA India Rajiv Mehta, Head of Marketing PUMA India Issac John, Bengaluru FC COO Mustafa Ghouse, Director Kunal Agarwal, Head Coach Ashley Westwood and the BFC players led by skipper Sunil Chhetri.
The home kit was unveiled with an exclusive video that showcased the fans giving their stamp of approval on the kits after putting it through several tests. Ten lucky fans who were selected through multiple digital contests held by BFC via social media were invited to be part of this exclusive launch and handed over the new PUMA jersey's to BFC players: Sunil Chhetri, John Johnson, Robin Singh, Siam Hanghal, Rino Anto, Udanta Singh and Josh Walker. The players even engaged in a casual game of football with the fans - the first time the kits have been used on the playing field.
Talking about the launch, Mustafa Ghouse, COO Bengaluru FC said: "This is a very special moment in the history of Bengaluru FC. We are used to being drowned in a sea of blue and the slick new kit from PUMA is going to make it even more special. We're sure our boys cannot wait to take the pitch in the new colours. This tie up with PUMA speaks much about our ambitions as a club."
PUMA India MD, Mr. Rajiv Mehta said - "We are very excited to unveil our first kits ever for a football club in India and are even more excited to be associated with a club like Bengaluru FC. BFC is one of India's fastest growing and best managed clubs, we look forward to developing the football scenario in India with them."
Club Director Kunal Agarwal said the unveiling of the jersey was a landmark moment in Bengaluru FC's history. "The fans have played such a special part in our title triumph last season and it was only fitting that they are involved in an important moment that marks the beginning of the coming season. This is a very special day for all of us at the club."
The playing kits feature PUMA's Dry Cell technology that incorporates highly functional materials to keep the players dry by superior moisture management which draw sweat away from skin, enabling quicker evaporation; contrast piping on the sides and ergonomic design for function as well as comfort. The club's away and third kits will be unveiled in the coming weeks. The BFC home and away replica jerseys will be available for fans to purchase at select PUMA stores Bangalore from October, 2014.
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21.08.2014 : Pune FC add Raju, Snehashis and Jessel to the roster for the season ahead.
. PUNE FC OFFICIAL RELEASE : Pune Football Club has completed the signings of defenders Raju Yumnam and Jessel Carneiro along with midfielder Snehashis Chakraborty for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
While Raju joins Pune FC from Churchill Brothers, Snehashis comes in from United SC and Jessel joins from Dempo SC. The trio thus become the first Indian players to be signed under Coach Karim Bencherifa.
Pune FC Head Operations, Chirag Tanna said: "We have been monitoring the progress of Raju and Snehashis for a couple of years now and we are glad to have finally signed them. Jessel is an exciting young player who has done very well in the Goa league in the last couple of seasons. He has trained with the team for a couple of weeks now and we believe he has the potential of being a really good player for us."
Twenty-five year old Snehashis, who is an experienced pro in the Indian circuit, began his youth career at the erstwhile Eveready Association (now United SC) in the 2004-05 season. The following season he made the move to East Bengal's youth side and represented them for two years.
In 2007-08, the Bengali medio moved back to United SC and was part of their senior side for two seasons before moving to Mohun Bagan in 2009-10. Snehashis represented Bagan for four consecutive seasons before moving back to United SC in the 2013-14 season. At Bagan, Snehashis played for two seasons under Bencherifa, once in 2009-10 and then in 2012-13.
Raju, also twenty-five year old, began his professional career with Goan-side Churchill Brothers in 2011. His consistent performances over the years saw him make the left back position his own. At Churchill, the Manipur-lad was an integral part of the side that won the Durand Cup and IFA Shield in 2011, I-League in 2012-13 and the Federation Cup in 2014. He also played a crucial role in Churchill’s campaign in the AFC Cup in 2013 and 2014 before bringing his three year association with the Goans to an end.
Twenty-four year Jessel began his youth career with a brief spell at Salgaocar FC before moving to Dempo in 2008. The Curtorim-born defender represented Dempo in the Goa Pro League as a junior for two seasons, before moving into the main team in 2010. Apart from being a regular in the state league, Jessel has also represented Goa in Santosh Trophy during his six year stay at Dempo. All three players have been training with the Pune FC squad currently in Goa for the preseason.
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16.08.2014 : Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has finalized an agreement with Stabaek Football Club of Norway
The Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has finalized an agreement with Stabaek Football Club of Norway. Gurpreet, who played for Indian Arrows and East Bengal Club of India is a promising goalkeeper was in trial for last one month. At last the Norway club authorities are impressed with Gurpreet's performance and finalized the deal which will last for three years as he signed for Norwegian club Stabæk on 15 August 2014.
The graduate from DAV college Chandigarh Gurpreet is the fan of Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar and Indian International goalkeeper Subrata Pal.
Stabaek is a Norwegian premier league club founded in the year 1912. Stabaek played in the UEFA Cup and participated in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions league. This year Stabaek is in 9th position in the Norway professional league with 23 points from 19 matches. Now Jersey no 22 Indian Goalkeeper Gurpreet singh Sandhu will start his European career in Norway under coach Bob Bradley. He is one of the 10 foreign footballers in the team.
Years Team 2009–2014 East Bengal 2010–2011 Indian Arrows (loan) 2014– Stabaek - Norway National team 2010 India U19 2010-2011 India U23 2011 India
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14.08.2014 - PFC PRESS RELEASE : : Pune FC bring on Ryuji Sueoka, Luciano Sabrosa for the season ahead
Pune Football Club have signed Ryuji Sueoka and Luciano Sabrosa for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Japanese midfielder Sueoka joins Pune FC after spending the previous season with East Bengal, while Brazilian defender Sabrosa having spent last season with Mohammedan Sporting.
Hailing from a rural helmet of Chizami village under Phek district, Khewtelhi Thopi has the ambition to play in big Football club’s of the country from his school days till his graduation.His ambition became a reality as the 24 year-old , known as Thopi inked a five-month deal with Rangdajied Football Club Shillong on August 5. He is one of the few Naga players who is all set to don the jersey of big football clubs in the country.
Mohun Bagan's Marquee Player Pierre Boya, a Professional Football Player of Cameroon for the 2014-2015 football season has arrived in the city today at Kolkata. The Player has had an illustrious professional football playing career in Europe. Boya is the Third Foreign recruit for the Green and Maroon for the Upcoming season.
In the summer of 2007, Boya was transferred to Rapid Bucure?ti, Romania. On 31 August 2010, Boya returned to FK Partizan for his second stint with the Club after signing a one and a half year deal, after the club qualified for the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League. In August 2012, Boya joined Danish Superliga side Randers FC for the rest of the 2012–13 season. He joined Albanian club Kukësi during the 2013–14 season. Boya has also represented in four International Matches for the Cameroon National Team between 2005 and 2007. Below is Mr. Pierre Boya Club Career detail
The Nigerian striker Dudu Omegbemi joins East Bengal. After Ranty Martins and Leo Bertos, the Red and Gold officials are successful enough to finalize the deal with the Nigerian striker who played Salgaocar in last season. Sources said that the agreement may be signed within a week.
Mohun Bagan AC has decided that this year Mohun Bagan Ratna will be awarded to Mr. Arumainayagam, ex-footballer of the Club who also had a great contribution to Indian Football and who served the Club loyally. On 29th July in the occasion of " MOHUN BAGAN DAY" both will be given the said award.
Mohun Bagan Japanese Footballer Katsumi Yusa will be given " Late Karuna Sankar Bhattacharjee Award " for the beat footballer of the year and Sailen Manna Memorial Award for Best Sportsperson of the Year Award to be given to Mr Leander Paes.
East Bengal has signed 4 footballers today at IFA (WB) office They are
1. Raju Gaikawad
Mohun Bagan signed Sony Norde, the Haitian professional football player as their fourth foreign recruit for forthcoming football season. The 25 year old striker with his prolific and mesmerizing performance caught the eyes during his visit to Kolkata when he represented Lt. Sk. Jamal Dhanmondi Club in the 118th IFA Shield Tournament and won many hearts in Kolkata.
East Bengal has signed Leonida Christos "Leo" Bertos a New Zealand World Cupper on a two year contract.Bertos an attacking midfielder would be the Marquee player of the team for 2014-15 I League. Bertos was born on 20th December, 1981 and started his club career with Wellington Olympic in 1997. He later on played for the English clubs,Barnsley,Chester City, Rochdale and Scarborough before joining Wellington Phoenix.
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Pune FC add Liberian Eric Brown for the season ahead
. 25.10.2014 : PFC OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC has completed the signing of Liberian playmaker Eric Brown for the upcoming 2014-15 season. The 24-year-old left-footed midfielder joins Pune FC after spending the previous season with Kolkata's United SC and teams up with Ryuji Sueoka and Luciano Sabrosa as the third foreign signing of the season. Pune FC Head Coach, Karim Bencherifa said: 'Eric Brown is a player I have followed in last few seasons. With ONGC FC and United SC, he had a positive impact on the Club’s performance and we hope he will do even better with our Club. I do wish him the best of luck.'
Eric thus becomes the second Liberian player signed by Pune FC after Boimah Karpeh (2013). Overall he is the seventh African player to ply his trade for Pune FC in the I-League behind Douhou Pierre (2009-10, 2011-14), Chika Wali (2009-10, 2011-13), Lamine Tamba (2010-11), Mandjou Keita (2010-12), James Moga (2012-13) and Karpeh (2013).
Eric began his Indian sojourn? with former I-League side ONGC FC in the 2012-13 season. His seven goals in 20 appearances for the oilmen helped them to a respectable ninth-place finish in the table. The following season, he moved to Kolkata to join United SC. His contribution to the squad was immense as he scored ten out of the team’s twenty two league goals in the entire season. Despite financial problems at the club, Eric’s effort helped them to a tenth-place finish in the I-League.
Currently in Goa, Eric has been training with the rest of the team for a week and will be raring to go.
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Mumbai FC sign 19 year old prodigy, Meldon D'Silva
. 16.10.2014 : MFC OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE :: Mumbai FC have added another player to their squad in Meldon D'Silva. The young Center Back displayed his delight on signing for Mumbai FC. "I am very happy to sign for Mumbai FC. This club has some excellent players alongwith an excellent coach in Khalid Jamil. I am looking forward to playing in the I-League and the Federation Cup and want to win every game with this club."
Meldon comes with a robust youth career. His previous clubs were Dempo SC, Salgaocar Juniors and Wilred Leisure SC (of the Goa Professional League). The 19 year old was also part of the Goa (India) team that recently won Gold in the Lusofonia Games. He contributed by scoring the first goal of the match and in the process, helping the Indian team beat Mozambique 3-2 in the final.
Mumbai FC Head Coach Khalid Jamil said, "We are happy to have someone like Meldon in the team. He is a very confident boy and if look at his youth career you will know that he has had a very strong base. He too is really excited to be a part of the Mumbai FC team. I am sure he will do well here."
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Mumbai FC extend contracts of Sanjiban Ghosh and Ritesh Perambra
. 13.10.2014 : MFC OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE :: Mumbai FC have extended contracts Goalkeeper Sanjiban Ghosh and Defender Ritesh Perambra. Ritesh has been a part of Mumbai FC for a few years now. He climbed up the ladder and got promoted to the senior team in the 2012-13 season.
The 29 year old spoke about his long term relation with Mumbai FC, "It's been a great journey with this club. I have always been confident about my ability and I am at my peak right now. It's always good to maintain a certain level of consistency in football and I have always managed that."
The 23 year old defender added, "Mumbai FC have maintained a core of players and have strengthened a lot during this transfer window. We obviously aim to achieve better results and get higher up the table in the upcoming season."
Goalkeeper Sanjiban Ghosh too was ecstatic on extending his new contract. He said, "This club gave me a very good opportunity to display my talent and hence I owe a lot to this club. I am playing at the highest level in Indian Football today and I couldn't be happier to extend my contract here. I am eagerly waiting for the season to begin."
Mumbai FC Head Coach Khalid was delighted on keeping the duo. "Ritesh is a very consistent boy. He just keeps on improving by the day. Sanjiban has shown great attitude at this club. I see a bright future for him at this club. He just needs to keep working hard and compete."
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Defenders Kamaljeet Kumar and Nihal Chandran pen contract extensions at Mumbai FC
. 11.10.2014 : MFC OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE :: Defenders Kamaljeet Kumar and Nihal Chandran recently penned contract extensions with Mumbai FC. Kamaljeet immediately became a part of the Mumbai FC squad back in 2007 before leaving for Pune FC in 2010. He re-signed for Mumbai in 2012 and has been at the club ever since.
On signing his new contract Kamaljeet said, "I wanted to stay here at this club and continue performing at the highest level. Like, always I'll give my best to the team. The club has shown great ambition this transfer season and we hope to finish higher up the table in the I-League and give a strong performance in the Federation Cup."
24 year old, Nihal, is one of many players to have climbed the ladder from the youth squad and play for Mumbai FC's senior team, was really happy to extend his contract. "I am happy to commit to this club. It's been fantastic here. I am thankful to Khalid Jamil who gave me an opportunity to perform at the highest level. We’ll try to do better this season and get a good spot in the I-League."
Team Manager Henry Picardo confirmed the contract extensions. "Yes, Nihal and Kamaljeet will be Mumbai FC players next season. Kamaljeet has been here since the club started and Nihal too represents the philosophy of this club of producing it's own players. Both are fantastic defenders and it's always good to have them in the squad."
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Nidhin Lal and and John Coutinho extend stay at Mumbai FC
. 10.10.2014 : MFC OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE :: Goalkeeper Nidhin Lal and Midfield player John Coutinho penned contract extensions with Mumbai FC. John started his career with Mumbai FC youth team and managed to quickly climb up the ladder and make his mark in the Senior team as well. On signing the extension John said, "Mumbai FC is very close to my heart. The club has become my family and I am really happy to extend my contract here." The 25 year old has been a part of Mumbai FC since 2008 and made his mark on the senior team in the 2011-12 season.
Nidhin Lal, who has been at Mumbai FC since 2011, previously played for Pune FC and Indian Bank. He was also part of the Kerela team who stood third in the Santosh Trophy in 2012. "It's been a great time at Mumbai FC. I see us having a very good season ahead. I have been here for a few years and it's been a great learning experience under Khalid Jamil and Henry Picardo."
Mumbai FC Head Coach Khalid Jamil opined, "We have done some good business already this season but it's also important to retain players that we already had last season. John and Nidhin have been a part of the squad for a few years now. It's good to have them in our squad".
Speaking about John, "Players like John are part of the Mumbai FC philosophy. It's always good to see your youth players rise up the ranks to be part of the senior team." He also praised Nidhin, "His attitude has been fantastic since Day one. I believe he has great potential and he'll do well if he continues working hard the way he does."
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Mumbai FC sign prolific forward, Josimar Da Silva
. 09.10.2014 : MFC OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE :: Mumbai - October 9, 2014: Mumbai FC have added the spectacular forward, Josimar Da Silva Martins, to their squad. The Brazilian scored 13 goals in 23 I-League matches for Mohammedan SC which was the second highest tally of goals last season.
On completion the signing of Josimar, Mumbai FC Head Coach Khalid Jamil said, "Josimar is a fantastic signing for us. He will provide a focal point for all our attacks and I see him scoring a lot of goals for us this season. He is a confident lad. Besides his sterling work up front, his link up play too is really good. Josimar brings with him vast experience of playing in the I-League as well as robust and consistent performances over the past few seasons."
Josimar comes with a good mix of experience. His previous clubs include Mohammedan SC, Salgaocar and Prayag United in India and Ponte Preta & Clube De Regatas in Brazil. The 30 year old displayed his happiness on signing for Mumbai FC as he stated, "It's going to be really exciting playing here for this club. Mumbai FC has always been a difficult team to beat. I along with my new teammates want to help the club move higher up the table. There are so many good players at this club."
He added, "I have always liked playing in Mumbai, it's a beautiful city with enthusiastic people and I look forward to working with Khalid Jamil and Henry Picardo. I am eager to meet my new team-mates. I-League is getting stronger by the season with better players and more professional clubs coming into the fray. I am upbeat and geared up for the challenges that lie ahead in this gruelling football league."
Mumbai FC Team Manager, Henry Picardo was all praise after completing the signing. "We all know what Josimar is capable of. We have all seen his exploits at previous clubs. With over 50 goals in just 4 or 5 seasons is a brilliant record. Just having his name on the team-sheet strikes fear in the minds of defenders."
With an average of 11 goals per season, Josimar is an important addition to the Mumbai FC squad.
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Mumbai FC bolster defence with Kali Allaudin
. 08.10.2014 : MFC OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE :: Mumbai FC have added another defender to their ranks in Kali Allaudin. On completing his move Kali said, "It's a pleasure to be a part of the Mumbai FC squad. The club has made some good signings recently and the squad will keep on getting stronger as we train together. I hope to play a big part in the upcoming season for Mumbai FC. I am itching to play the I-League and Federation Cup again."
The 30 year old Center Back has previously played for Air India, Salgaocar, Mahindra United and more recently with Mumbai Tigers. Kali added, "I have always liked playing in Mumbai. My time at Air India and Mahindra United was quite fruitful and I am really excited to start a new chapter at Mumbai FC."
Dy. Vice President Mr. Atul Badgamia confirmed, "Yes, we have signed Kali to strengthen our defence. He will provide depth to the squad and his experience will help him gel with the team very quickly." Kali is eager to join his new team-mates for the pre-season.
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Mumbai FC sign Justine Stephen
. 06.10.2014 : MFC OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE :: 26 year old center back, Justine Stephen, has joined Mumbai FC for the upcoming season. He recently plied his trade at Mohammedan and was also a part of the Mumbai FC squad in 2012-13.
An ecstatic Justine said, "I am happy to be back here. The last time I played for Mumbai was really fun. I managed to gel with the squad well. At Mohammedan I lacked game time because of personal issues back home. I am looking forward to the starting afresh at Mumbai FC. To be honest, it feels like I never left."
Justine was a crucial member of the Mumbai FC squad in 2012-13 and Mumbai FC Head Coach, Khalid Jamil was happy to have him back. "I have closely followed Justine’s career. He has the pedigree to perform consistently. He played a crucial role for all the clubs he has represented. He is an important addition for us."
Justine is eager to join his teammates for pre-season training and is looking forward to the start of the Federation Cup in December 2014.
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Allan Dias recently completed his move to Mumbai FC
. 30.09.2014 : MFC OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE Air India player Allan Dias recently completed his move to Mumbai FC for the 2014-15 season. Allan joined Air India as a youngster and showed great progress on the field.
The 28 year old defender said, “I am really excited to play in the I-League again. Mumbai FC is a top club & I am at the peak stage of my career and hence it is the right move for me. I am thankful to Khalid bhai who approached me and then convinced me to join Mumbai FC. I am looking forward to meet and train with my new teammates soon.”
Mumbai FC team manager, Mr. Henry Picardo, confirmed the signing. “Yes, Allan has agreed to play for Mumbai FC. He is a strong player, both mentally and physically. The best thing about him is the commitment with which he performs. It helps him maintain his consistency and I am sure he’ll do well here at Mumbai FC. Also, he understands what playing in Mumbai is like. He understands the club’s philosophy and the way the Head Coach wants the team to play.”
The Sahar wonderboy took a great leap from playing for his brother’s club, Jolly Boys FC, to captaining the Air India FC. Allan will be playing in the I-League after a gap of two years. His playing career also includes stints with RCF, Sea View and Jolly Boys FC, all as a youngster.
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Bengaluru FC China-bound for pre-season tour
. 20.09.2014 : BFC OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE : I-League Champions To Play Top Chinese and Hong Kong Teams With an Eye On AFC Champions League And Cup Bengaluru FC, on Saturday, announced that the club would be travelling to China as part of their pre-season preparations. Scheduled to leave on Wednesday, the I-League champions will play three practice matches over two weeks.
BFC will be taking on Hong Kong Premier League side Eastern AA on September 28. The team are current champions of the Hong Kong FA Cup and have won the First Division four times. In their second fixture, the Blues will be up against another club from Hong Kong, Kitchee SC. Kitchee are currently in the semifinals of the AFC Cup and have enjoyed much success in the League. Westwood's team will end their trip with an October 9 game against Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F Football Club. Coached by former England manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Guangzhou finished 3rd in the 2014 season of the Chinese Super League.
Coach Ashley Westwood said the tour would be an ideal preparation given the club's participation in Asian competitions this season. "We are really looking forward to test ourselves in a foreign country at a different standard. We were proven and deserved champions of the I-League last season but now we are going to test ourselves at a different level. Playing some competitive games against teams from China and Hong Kong will give us an idea of how we will figure in the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup. We are really grateful to the management and the owners for supporting our view and enabling us to set the benchmark of one of the most professionally run clubs in India."
Regrouping in July after winning the League last season, Bengaluru FC travelled to Goa for a couple of friendlies against Salgaocar and Pune FC. But the club believes the trip away from Indian shores will bode the club well for the season ahead. "The team has worked very hard to win the League last year and, as a club, we felt that they should get the best possible preparation for the AFC games and the season in general," said Mustafa Ghouse, COO, Bengaluru FC.
Westwood hopes his boys make the most of the chance. "Hopefully the players will relish and flourish at this opportunity the club has given them to keep improving all the time and make a name for themselves in Indian football," he concurred.
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Mumbai FC have added another player to their ranks in Collin Abranches.
. 16.09.2014 : MFC OFFICIAL RELEASE : Mumbai FC have added another player to their ranks in Collin Abranches. Deputy Vice President of Mumbai FC Mr. Atul Badgamia confirmed the signing, "Yes, Collin has been added to our Mumbai FC squad. He is someone who has the hunger to win matches and hence he'll play an important role in the upcoming season."
22 year old Collin, who plied his trade previously for Air India, Salgaocar and Mohammedan, said, "I am very happy on signing for Mumbai FC. I have a lot of trust in the team and in Coach Khalid and Henry. My aim is to help my team win trophies. I`m excited to play for the Mumbaikars and I'm sure I’ll have a great time playing at this club." Collin comes with a good amount of experience having already played over 50 I-League games.
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Mumbai FC add Japanese flavour to their ranks by signing Taisuke Matsugae
. 09.09.2014 : MFC OFFICIAL RELEASE : Mumbai – 9th September, 2014: Mumbai FC have signed Japanese player Taisuke Matsugae for the 2014-15 season. Having played for Shillong Lajong last season and for teams in the 2nd Division of J-League previously in Japan, the 31 year old brings with him a lot of experience to the Mumbai FC squad. Taisuke is the first foreigner signed by Mumbai FC and also fills the club's Asian quota.
The Mumbai FC Head Coach Khalid Jamil said, “Taisuke will bring a lot of creativity to the Mumbai FC attack. He has the ability to unlock any defense and he also has a very good eye for goal. Taisuke will fit into my game plans very well. A player who can play both as a midfielder and as a false 9 (forward) is always a valuable asset.”
In 2007 Taisuke joined Blaublitz Akita who played in the Japan Football League. He stayed at the club from 2007 to 2013 in which he played in 96 league matches and scored 19 goals in his time at the club. At Shillong Lajong he played 31 matches scoring 4 goals for them in the process.
On signing for Mumbai FC Taisuke said, “I am happy to be at this club. I enjoyed my time playing in the I-League last season and wanted to continue playing in this league. I will give my best at this club. I hope to join my teammates for our pre-season soon.”
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Pune FC sign attacker Bineesh Balan for the upcoming season
. 04.09.2014 : PFC OFFICIAL RELEASE : Pune Football Club has completed the signing of seasoned attacker Bineesh Balan for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Bineesh, a former I-League and Federation Cup winner, joins Pune FC after a trophy-laden six season spell with Goan side Churchill Brothers. The Thissur-born attacker thus becomes the fifth Indian and seventh overall signing under Coach Karim Bencherifa.
Pune FC Head Operations, Chirag Tanna said: 'Bineesh's explosive pace and eye for goal makes him an important signing for our Club. He played a very important role when Churchill Brothers won the I-League a couple of years back, and I am certain that he will do very well at Pune FC.”
Speaking after completing formalities, Bineesh said: 'I am extremely happy to be a part of the Pune FC family. I have won a lot with Churchill Brothers in the last six years, and want to achieve the same success with Pune FC.'
Twenty-five year old Bineesh began his footballing career with the famed Tata Football Academy which he joined as a fifteen year old in 2004. In the four years he spent at the academy, Bineesh represented TFA in various competitions at state and national level before graduating in 2008.
At the start of the 2008-09 season, the youngster was snapped up by Churchill Brothers where he began his professional career and his consistent performances saw him become the mainstay of the side over six seasons.
During this period, Bineesh went on to win the I-League in 2008-09 and 2012-13, Durand Cup and IFA Shield in 2011, and the Federation Cup in 2014 for the Goan side. Furthermore, the Keralite also played a crucial role in Churchill's campaign in the AFC Cup in 2013 and 2014.
Bineesh also added a distinctive record to his name in the 2012-13 season, when he scored a hattrick inside 40 minutes in Churchill's 8-4 win over Sporting Goa.As a youngster, Bineesh has also represented Indian age group sides (U14 & U19) in various international competitions.
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02.09.2014 : Mumbai FC sign Kundan Chandra as Head of Youth Development
. 02.09.2014 : MFC OFFICIAL RELEASE : One of India's premier football clubs, Mumbai FC, signed AFC A License Coach, Kundan Chandra, as the Head of Youth Development. Kundan Chandra is an AIFF 'D' License Instructor along with being an AIFF Scout for the U17 World Cup. Chandra brings his valuable expertise to Mumbai FC in areas such as Youth Football, Grassroots, Women’s Football as well as organizing football festivals.
On signing for Mumbai FC Chandra said, 'My objective is to produce players of high quality who are technically, mentally, psychologically and physiologically fit and are also model citizens of the society. We are in process of designing and implementing one of the most ambitious grassroots football structures in India. It will be my endeavor to make sure that all the Mumbai FC Youth Teams perform to the best of their ability and the players subsequently go on to represent club and country. I am looking forward to this mammoth responsibility.'
Mumbai FC Dy. Vice President, Atul Badgamia displayed his pleasure on this appointment and said, 'We are pleased to appoint Kundan Chandra and we feel he is the right man for the job. His has worked in grassroots football, youth football, coach education and all other aspects which will only help us create a robust youth system for our club.'
This will be Chandra's second stint at Mumbai FC, the last one being in 2012-13 as the Head Coach for the Mumbai FC U20 team. He was an Indian Navy Official for 20 years and used to play and then coach the Indian Navy team in the Inter-services, Local and National tournaments. Chandra brings with him over 10 years of coaching experience which includes being the Head Coach of Indian Navy, Bengal Mumbai FC, PIFA Colaba and Mumbai FC U20 team. He is a dedicated, resourceful & innovative teacher whose passion is investing his energies in youth development.
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29.12.2014: Mehrajuddin Wadoo is Bharat FC's latest recruit
BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bharat FC took another important step towards fortifying their backline, adding experienced defender Mehrajuddin Wadoo to the squad. Wadoo who has already joined Bharat FC's pre-season training camp is on loan from Indian Super League side FC Pune City for the 2014-15 season. Bharat FC will be playing their inaugural I-League season which kicks off on January 17.
The 30-year-old Wadoo who can play across the backline but was used as a right-back by his ISL side comes to Bharat FC off the back of a successful season. He made 10 appearances for FC Pune City, earning praise for his work-rate and willingness to push up the field to help out in the attacking third.
Wadoo, who hails from Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, is also credited with popularizing football in the valley. One of the first footballers from the state to earn a professional contract, Wadoo has plied his trade with some of the most reputed Indian clubs. Having begun his career with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Bangalore in the 2002-2003 season, Wadoo wasted no time in carving out a credible reputation for himself.
He moved to Indian Telephone Institute the next season but left to join Sporting Clube de Goa after just six months at ITI. At the beginning of the 2004 season, he joined Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan AC, spending three seasons with the Mariners. He then switched to Mohun Bagan's fierce rivals East Bengal, playing for them from 2007 to 2011. The following season, Wadoo turned out for Salgaocar before returning to Kolkata at the beginning of the 2012-2013 season to play for Mohammedan Sporting.
The defender is also a full international for India. Having represented his country on 31 occassions, Wadoo has also scored two goals for India. It was his goal that clinched the 2005 SAFF Cup final for India against Bangladesh in Karachi. Wadoo has also been part of Nehru Cup triumphs in 2007 and 2009 apart from being in the Indian squad that won the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup.
Bharat FC's head-coach Stuart Watkiss said that he had been impressed by Wadoo's awareness and also his willingness to play in multiple positions during the ISL. “Mehraj is a fantastic player. He has a lot of experience and we can use that same experience as we look to build a strong, cohesive unit. He has been a rock for his Super League side during the ISL and we hope that he transfers that same form with us here at Bharat FC,” he said.
Kunal Agarwal, director of Bharat FC, said that apart from Wadoo's experience, the 30-year-old was an excellent role-model for youngsters and fans of the club. “Mehraj is probably one of the finest footballers in our country. He is very humble, hardworking and approachable, values that Bharat FC holds very dear to its heart. Apart from that, he is brilliant with the ball at his feet and I am sure he will be an important asset to the side,” he said.
Wadoo himself said that working with an experienced back-room staff and the idea of creating something from scratch was what attracted him towards Bharat FC. "The club is young but the ideas that we want to work on are great. Training sessions are very interesting, the coaching staff is bringing a lot of new exciting ideas in and I think moving to Bharat FC was the right decision for me as far as my own career is concerned," said Wadoo.
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29.12.2014: SPORTING GOA SIGNED KEEPER SANDIP NANDI AND DEFENDER BISWAJIT SAHA
SCG PRESS RELEASE : Sporting Clube de Goa reinforced their squad ahead of their opening Federation Cup match, by signing experienced goalkeeper Sandip Nandy and left wing back Biswajit Saha, at the SCG Headquarters in Panjim on Sunday. Biswajit joined from Atletico de Kolkata with whom he helped win the ISL tournament, while Sandip was part of the Kerala Blasters side which finished as runners up in the same competition.
Despite tasting glory recently, Biswajit is very hungry to do well and is willing to put in the hard work and discipline needed to hold down a first team place. "I came to Sporting Clube de Goa because of the fantastic facilities and I am fully motivated to succeed here," remarked the 27 year old Biswajit.
Former India International, Sandip turns 40 next month and believes he has a lot more to offer. He has played in the Indian national league since 1999, representing a whole host of top Indian clubs along the way. "I wanted to play for an ambitious club and I am very happy to have joined Sporting Clube de Goa," stated Sandip.
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Ogba Kalu signed Sporting goa
. 27.12.2014: PRESS RELEASE SCG : Sporting Clube de Goa has completed their four foreigner quota after Nigerian Midfielder Ogba Kalu rejoined the club at the SCG Headquarters, in Panjim on Saturday.
Kalu had initially signed for the Flaming Oranje in 2011 and completed three fruitful seasons, where he finished as the club's top goal scorer on two occasions.
With the Federation Cup about to kick off, Sporting Goa moved swiftly to extend his stay in the Goan capital and utilize his valuable experience as a role model for the young talented players to learn from.
Kalu joins Anthony Wolfe (Trinidad & Tobago International), Boima Karpeh (Australia) and Kofi Dankwae (Niger) as the foreign contingency.
'It feels great to be back,' remarked a smiling Ogba Kalu during a tough training session.
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Mumbai FC Signed Mohammed Rafi and Climax Lawrence
. 26.12.2014: PRESS RELEASE MFC : Mumbai FC have added two more players to their squad in Mohammed Rafi and Climax Lawrence. The two players plied their trade for Mumbai FC last season too and Head Coach Khalid Jamil was more than happy to get the duo for another season.
Khalid on the signings - "These two players were precious assets last season. Rafi is a very good player with an attacking nous. He can provide as well as score. He adds depth to our forward line." He added, "Everyone who follows Indian Football knows how good Climax is. He brings in so much experience with him. He is a very humble person and he shares helps the youngsters in improving their game."
On getting back with the Mumbai FC squad Rafi said, "I had a great time last season. It was a great experience playing under a coach like Khalid Jamil. I look forward to a fantastic season." A delighted Climax Lawrence said, "This will be my second season at the club. I am happy to continue here."
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Zoran Lemajic appointed Bharat FC's goalkeeping coach
. 24.12.2014: PRESS RELEASE BFC : Bharat FC gave the finishing touch to their technical staff, adding goalkeeping coach Zoran Lemajic on Wednesday. The 54-year-old Montenegrin joined Bharat FC on Wednesday, immediately joining the first team for preseason training. Lemajic joins Bharat FC from Qatari side Al-Ahly Doha. Bharat FC will compete in its inaugural I-League season which kicks off on January 17.
Lemajic, born in Niksic in erstwhile Yugoslavia, was an accomplished goalkeeper who has played for a number of clubs in Europe. Having begun his career at FC Pristina in Kosovo, Lemajic had spells at Portuguese sides Farense, Boavista, Sporting Lisbon, Maritimo and also spent a couple of seasons at Scottish Premier League side Dunfermline Athletic FC.Lemajic also made one international appearance for Yugoslavia, making his debut against Hungary.
Hanging up his boots at the end of the 1997-1998 season, Lemajic dived into coaching, serving as the goalkeeping coach for FK Mogren and OFK Grbalj, two premier teams in his native Montenegro. He then moved on to become the goalkeeping coach of the Serbia and Montenegro team which qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics as well as the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
His last assignment was with Qatar Stars League side Al-Ahly. Prasad Kapre, head of operations at Bharat FC, said that Lemajic's reputation as an expert goalkeeping coach apart from the experience that he has gained working with some top goalkeepers was the reason behind Bharat FC getting the Montenegrin on board. 'Zoran has coached teams which have qualified for the World Cup. He is an experienced coach, someone who is up to speed on the latest technical changes and adjustments needed for professional footballers to succeed. He has already started working with our 'keepers and we are confident of developing them to their full potential,' he said.
Stuart Watkiss, head coach of Bharat FC said that with Lemajic's arrival, a factor crucial to a football team's success had been fortified. 'Goalkeepers are highly important components in professional football. A good, well-trained goalkeeper can give a team a lot of safety and confidence, allowing the side to express itself better upfront. Zoran has worked with some great 'keepers and having seen him work with our goalkeepers over two days, I am sure he is a great addition to the coaching staff," said Watkiss.
Lemajic, said that a chance to work in a vibrant culture along with the chance to work with some talented young shot-stoppers was the main reason behind his consenting to take over the role at Bharat FC. 'This is a great adventure. I am really looking forward to making our goalkeepers technically sound, strong and very confident as we look to start the season on a strong note,' he said.
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J.Prasad, Rajinder Kumarmove to Bharat FC
. 23.12.2014: PRESS RELEASE BFC : Bharat FC continued their transfer activity, signing midfielder J Prasad and forward Rajinder Kumar on Tuesday. 26-year-old Prasad arrived from I-League second division side Bhawanipore FC while Rajinder Kumar has been without a club since the end of the 2013-14 season of the I-League. Prasad and Kumar have already joined Bharat FC's pre-season training camp. Bharat FC will compete in its inaugural I-League season which kicks off on January 17.
Prasad, born in Bangalore to former Karnataka state footballer P Jayashelan, began playing football at the age of 10. The nephew of former India footballer P Manoharan, Prasad was part of the Sports Authority of India centre in Bangalore, playing for their under-19 team. He moved to TollygungeAgragami in 2007-2008, making eight appearances for the Kolkata side. The following season, he moved to Pune FC spending four seasons with them. The midfielder made the switch back to Kolkata at the end of the 2011-2012 season, signing with Mohammedan Sporting.
He started every game of the second division in the 2012-2013 season helping Mohammedan Sporting win the championship to earn promotion to the I-League. In January 2014, he moved to Bhawanipore FC, playing in the second division of the I-League for his new side.
Rajinder Kumar, a product of the renowned Chandigarh Football Academy, has played for the India under-19 side. The 21-year-old was also part of the Pailan Arrows team in the 2011-2012 season, logging 20 appearances and scoring three goals. The following season he transferred to Kolkata’s United SC, making four appearances in the Federation Cup, scoring two goals. Son of a stone mason from Chandigarh, Kumar signed up with the Indian Super League but was not picked up in the domestic player draft.
Stanly Rozario, assistant coach at Bharat FC, said that both players were talented performers who had the potential to properly utilize the platform that Bharat FC would provide for them in the I-League. “Both these players impressed the coaching staff enough in the trials. They are energetic, talented and both possess great technique. Bharat FC believes in investing and nurturing young talented players and the acquisition of Prasad and Rajinder is proof of that,” he said.
Stuart Watkiss, head coach of Bharat FC, said that Prasad's calmness in midfield coupled with Kumar's energy upfront was crucial to the team. 'Rajinder is young, he is quick and he has got an eye for goal. He manages to get into good positions to receive the ball and that is something I was impressed with. Prasad has been around for some time and he is very assured on the ball. He reads the game well and is judicious with his passing,' he said.
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Bikramjeet, Simranjeet and Vignesh join Bharat FC
. 22.12.2014: PRESS RELEASE BFC : Bharat FC added more domestic players to their squad, signing on defender Bikramjeet Singh, midfielder Simranjeet Singh and attacking midfielder G Vignesh. While Bikramjeet moves to Bharat FC from Pune's DSK Shivajians, Simranjeet and G Vignesh join from Churchill Brothers SC and South United FC respectively. Bharat FC will compete in its inaugural I-League season which will begin from January 17.
The 21-year-old Bikramjeet, a central defender, was an integral part of the India under-19 team in 2010-11 for the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers, playing all five games for the Arthur Papas coached side. Having begun his football at the Paldi Academy in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, Bikramjeet also figured for the Pailan Arrows in the 2011-2012 season, making seven appearances. For the 2012-13 season, he went out on loan to second division side DSK Shivajians, playing in the I-League second division.
Simranjeet Singh, who hails from JaitoSarja village in Gurdaspur district, is a graduate of the Tata Football Academy. Having graduated in 2012, Simranjeet spent a season with Pailan Arrows, making eight appearances in the 2012-13 season. He then moved to Churchill Brothers SC in 2014, making one appearance for his new side in the Durand Cup against Vasco SC. Simranjeet has also been a youth-international for India, having two substitute appearances to his name during the AFC qualifiers, playing for the India under-22 side.
G Vignesh, the 26-year-old from Bangalore can play in a variety of positions across midfield. Primarily an attacking midfielder, the crafty Vignesh has been used in wide positions on either flank by his previous coaches. Having joined Pune FC in the 2009-2010 season, he broke into the first team in the 2011-2010 season, making regular appearances under Derrick Perreira. In the 2012, he left Pune FC for Chirag United Kerala playing for them in the I-League second division. In 2013 he moved to Bangalore side, South United.
Prasad Kapre, head of operations at Bharat FC, said that all the three players had managed to impress the coaching staff during the invitational trials. “All the three were really liked by all our coaches. They are young, have good experience, Simranjeet and Bikramjeet have international experience, and I am sure those factors have been taken into consideration while selecting them,” he said.
Bharat FC's head coach, Stuart Watkiss, said that the three boys had stood out during the trials with their potential and each had a unique ability which would be beneficial to the team. "Vignesh is very calm with the ball at his feet and has a very assured touch. Bikramjeet has presence and manages to get into good positons defensively. Simranjeet has lots of energy, has enough in the tank to run the whole day and his tenacity in winning the ball back is great," said Watkiss.
While Simranjeet and Bikramjeet said that the experience of working with foreign staff and some acclaimed foreign players was great motivation, Vignesh said that the move to Bharat FC was very important for his confidence. "I have earlier played in the I-League and I knew that I was good enough to play at this level. The last couple of years have been a little tough but with the start that we have had at Bharat FC, I am confident that I can return to my best form very soon." Said Vignesh.
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. 21.12.2014: PRESS RELEASE PFC : Pune FC add defender Munmun Lugun for 2014-15 season. Pune FC have completed the signing of defender Munmun Timothy Lugun on an 18-month contract ending in 2015-16.
The twenty-one year old defender joins Pune FC after spending three months with Delhi Dynamos and will be a valuable addition to Karim Bencherifa’s side ahead of the upcoming Federation Cup and the I-League.
?Chirag Tanna, Pune FC Head ?Operations said, "We have been tracking Munmun's progress for the last couple of years and I am glad we have finally signed him. I would like wish him the best of luck for the season ahead."
Karim Bencherifa, Pune FC Head Coach said, "I was following Munmun closely for last few seasons; he is young and energetic side back. I hope that he will be a valuable addition for the Pune FC squad this season."
After completing formalities, new signing Munmun said, "I am very happy to have signed for Pune FC. I will play with my heart for the club and will give my best every time I step on to the field."
Ranchi-born central defender Munmun, began his footballing career with Simla Youngs FC as a youngster. Coming up through the ranks, he also represented Simla Youngs FC in the I-League 2nd division for a couple of seasons in 2010 and 2011.
He turned professional in 2012 as a nineteen-year old, when he was signed up by United Sikkim for their campaign in the I-League 2nd division. The youngster helped the Sikkim-side to the championship of the second division and promotion to the top-flight in mid-2012.
The following season Munmun made his top-flight debut with United Sikkim and was a mainstay of their defense making a total of 24 appearances in the I-League 2012-13.
With United Sikkim relegated, Munmun made the switch to another newly promoted side Rangdajied United. Once again, he became an integral part of the defense making 18 appearances in the I-League and helped his team survive relegation despite having a poor start.
As a seventeen-year old, Munmun also skippered the Delhi Junior team in the 47th Junior National Dr. BC Roy trophy held in Kolkata in 2010.
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. 19.12.2014: PRESS RELEASE BFC : Bharat FC sign Manjeet Singh, ShahinlalMeloly for 2014-15 season
BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bharat FC made their first domestic signings for the 2014-15 season of the I-League, acquiring goalkeeper ShahinlalMeloly and striker Manjeet Singh on season-long deals. Manjeet Singh joined Bharat FC from Churchill Brothers SC while ShahinlalMeloly was a free-agent. Bharat FC will participate in their inaugural I-League season which kicks off on January 17.
Manjeet Singh, born in Batala village, Gurdaspur district of Punjab, is an experienced front-man, having plied his trade with a number of top Indian professional clubs. Having been trained at the Mahilpur football academy in his native Punjab, Manjeet moved to JCT for the 2003-04 season before switching to MohunBagan a year later. He then spent three years with Mahindra United, before transferring to Salgaocar SC for the 2008-2009season. After stints at Air India and Mumbai Tigers, Manjeet moved to Churchill Brothers, playing in the 2014 Durand Cup for the Goan side. The 28-year-old is also a full international for India, having made 12 appearances for the senior national side. He was also part of the Indian team that won the Nehru Cup in 2007.
Shahinlal, a goalkeeper, hails from Calicut in Kerala. Having taken up football at the age of 12, Shahinlal was a quick learner, progressing to play for his district and for his state within a couple of years. The 24-year-old then joined now-defunct side Viva Kerala for the 2008-2009 season. He moved to Bharat FC’s cross-town rivals, Pune FC, in 2011, playing regularly from 2011 to 2013.
Bharat FC’s head of operations, Prasad Kapre, said that Manjeet’s experience and Shahinlal’s potential was behind the club signing up the two players. “Manjeet has played in the NFL and the I-League for a long time. He has also been part of the national team and he definitely has the quality to perform at this level. Shahinlal is young and Bharat FC is committed to giving young talented players a chance to prove themselves,” he said. Head coach Stuart Watkiss said that he was impressed by Manjeet’s tactical awareness and strength during Bharat FC’s invitational trials. “Manjeet’s got a great head on his shoulders. He is calm, thinks every pass through and has a great eye for goal. His movement and tenacity was what impressed me the most. Shahinlal is a good young ‘keeper. He commands his area well and is quite confident of his abilities,” he said.
While Manjeet said that the chance to play in a well-drilled professional setup was the clinching factor behind his move, Shahinlal said that the chance to work with a high-quality technical staff was his motivation behind signing on the dotted line. “The coaches are really good. I am sure I will learn a lot of things by just interacting with them. We have had some good training sessions and we are looking forward to making a strong start to our I-League campaign,” said Manjeet.
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. 17.12.2014: PRESS RELEASE BFC : Bharat FC appoint Ian Farmery as first team physiotherapist
Bharat FC have further bolstered their technical staff, adding physiotherapist Ian Farmery to the technical team. The 28-year-old Farmery, joins Bharat FC from Barnsley FC, a League One club based in Yorkshire, England. Bharat FC will compete in the 2014-15 I-League season slated to begin from January 17. Farmery will join fitness and conditioning coach Lindsay Davis in developing an effective injury prevention and rehabilitation system at the club.
Farmery, a native of Doncaster in South Yorkshire, is an experienced physiotherapist with robust professional experience. The 28-year-old has a physiotherapy degree from the University of Salford and has spent more than three years working with the first team of Barnsley FC. Skilled in diagnosing and assessing injuries, Farmery is also proficient in developing precise rehabilitation programs allowing the athletes to successfully return to the sport within a definite time-frame. He has also been awarded post-graduate diplomas in soft tissue therapy, acupuncture and sports massage among others.
Incidentally, Farmery is a former footballer himself. Selected to join Barnsley FC's youth setup at the age of 13, he was offered a football scholarship three years later. He progressed all the way up to the reserve team of the club before an injury put an end to his football ambitions. Managing Director of Bharat FC, Amit Kalyani, said that the misison of recruiting a highly qualified and efficient technical staff had been completed with Farmery's appointment. "Injuries are part and parcel of sport, but with Ian on-board, we have someone who has a lot of experience in handling and treating these injuries in the right manner. Ian has worked well with elite footballers and I am sure he will be a big asset to Bharat FC," said Kalyani.
Bharat FC's head coach, Stuart Watkiss, said that effective management of injuries and sound technical knowledge were the factors that were critical to Farmery’s selection. "I have seen Ian’s work at Barnsley FC and it has been impressive. Working in the Championship teaches you a lot of things and we are confident that Ian can transfer all that learning to benefit our team. We want Bharat FC to be the fittest team in the I-League and Ian’s role will be crucial to us achieving that objective," he said.
Farmery for his part said the chance to work in a part of the world that he had always wanted to explore was behind his signing on the dotted line. "I absolutely love working in football and derive immense satisfaction in treating players to help them get back on the pitch. I am extremely competitive and I will be working very hard to make my stint at Bharat FC successful," said Farmery.
. Lindsay Davis joins Bharat FC as fitness and conditioning coach
Bharat FC hasstrengthened their technical staff, signing renowned fitness and conditioning coachLindsay Davis. The 47-year-old Davis, comes to Bharat FC with a wealth of experience in areas like nutrition, sports therapy, rehabilitation programs, conditioning, massage, agility and endurance building among many others. The Englishman joins Head Coach Stuart Watkiss and assistant coach StanlyRozario as part of the technical team. Bharat FC will make its inaugural appearance in the 2014-15 I-League season that kicks off on January 17.
Davis' last assignment was with Central FC, a Pro-League club from Trinidad and Tobago. Prior to that, he has worked with the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Jerez Spain, Oxford United Football Club and also served secondments at Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona and Lokomotiv Moscow FC. Managing Director of Bharat FC, Amit Kalyani, said that Davis' immense knowledge in conditioning, sports science and allied fields were the chief reasons behind his appointment. "Lindsay comes to us highly recommended. He has a proven record of having improved the fitness of athletes that he has worked with. He is an important asset to us at Bharat FC as we aim to make our squad the fittest in the I-League," he said.
Davis said that the professionalism and high standards of excellence at Bharat FC were the clinching factors behind his move to Pune. "I am passionate about fitness and this assignment allows me to work with a very talented bunch of footballers in a new vibrant setting. Indian football has great potential and my aim at Bharat FC is to build a squad which is physically and mentally robust," he said.
Head coach of Bharat FC, Stuart Watkiss, said that Davis would play a very important role at the club as it readies to embark on a gruelling I-League season. "Over the next six months, the players are going to be playing a lot of football. It is essential that we condition and train their bodies to absorb the workload. Lindsay has great experience working in diverse cultures and his input will be very crucial to the club as we look to have our squad in prime physical shape over the course of the season," said Watkiss.
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Experienced Hassell is Bharat FC’s latest capture
. 02.12.2014: PRESS RELEASE BFC : Bharat FC announced the signing of their second international player, unveiling defender Robert ‘Bobby’ Hassell for the 2014-15 I-League season. Hassell will join the Pune-based club from Barnsley FC, England. Bharat FC will participate in its inaugural I-League season, scheduled to start on the 17th of January.
Hassell, 34, can play in a variety of positions across defence and the midfield. Having begun his career at Mansfield Town in the 1997-1998 season, he made 164 appearances for his club scoring three goals. In 2004, Hassell moved to Football Championship side Barnsley FC. It was at Barsnley FC that Hassell blossomed, going on to make 270 appearances over a ten-year stint from 2004-2014, netting eight goals as well.
The 34-year-old can operate at right-back as well as centre-back. During his spell at Barnsley FC, Hassell has also been deployed in a holding midfield role. A strong no-nonsense defender, Hassell earned a name for himself with his consistent performances in his first full season for Barnsley FC in 2004-2005. Making 43 appearances over the season, Hassell established himself as a defensive regular.
A fan favourite at Barnsley FC, Hassell was named the club captain for the 2011-2012 season. Kunal Agarwal, Director at Bharat FC, said that it was Hassell's experience and versatility as a player that made the club sign him. “Bobby gives us a lot of options with his proficiency in both defence and midfield. He has over 450 appearances to his name in England and the youngsters at the club can definitely learn a lot from him. His calm nature and inspirational presence will also be invaluable as we aim to start strongly in our first season," he said,
Stuart Watkiss, head-coach of Bharat FC believed that with Hassell's addition, the team had a defensive fulcrum around which he could construct his squad. “I have seen Bobby play in the Championship for ten years on a very consistent basis. There is no question about his quality and after having spent so much time at a very high level, I believe that he can transfer a lot of knowledge to the younger players in the team. Bobby's vast experience allows him to read the state of the game really well. With a very cool head on his shoulders, he will provide us the clarity of thought required to close out games," said Watkiss.
Hassell himself said that when the chance to work with Stuart Watkiss came up, it was hard for him to say no. "I have worked with Stuart at Mansfield Town and I have complete faith in his coaching abilities. Bharat FC is a highly interesting project, one that provides me the chance to dabble in a bit of coaching as well. It allows me to explore a new part of the world and contribute towards building an exciting team," he said.
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Bharat FC bag New Zealand international Kris Bright
. 26.11.2014: PRESS RELEASE BFC : Bharat FC has signed its first player for the 2014-15 season of the I-League, acquiring New Zealand international Kris Bright on a season-long contract. Bright will turn out for Bharat FC in the new I-League season slated to start on the 17th of January. The 28-year-old Bright, son of 1982 World Cupper David Bright, is a proven goal-getter having played in the Australian A-League, the Dutch first division along with top-flight football in Norway, Finland, Greece and Hungary. Bright spent the 2013-14 season with English Conference Premier side Lincoln City FC, making seven appearances and scoring two goals.
The lanky Bright has a solid goal-scoring record in every league he has played in. Out of a total of 178 appearances for clubs from 2004-2005 till 2013-14, the Kiwi has scored 88 goals. Bright is also a full international for New Zealand having made six appearances for his national team. He has also scored one goal for New Zealand, finding the back of the net in a friendly against Thailand in 2009.
Bright made his name at hometown club Waitakere City, scoring 30 goals in 22 appearances in the 2004-2005 season. He then subsequently played 11 games for A-League club New Zealand Knights scoring once before moving to Holland with Fortuna Sittard. However, after spending a year with Fortuna Sittard, Bright moved to Norway with Kristiansund BK. It was here that the lanky striker flourished, netting a phenomenal 28 goals in 24 appearances for the Norwegian side. Spells at Greek Super League side Panserraikos were followed by appearances for Shrewsbury Town, Honved Budapest, FC Haka and IFK Mariehamm. Bright has also played for the New Zealand under-17 and under-20 sides, scoring a total of 10 goals over 12 appearances for both sides.
AmitKalyani, Executive Director of the Kalyani Group and Managing Director of Bharat FC, believed that it was Bright’s sharpness and awareness in front of goal that drew the club towards him. “Kris is a prolific goal-scorer and someone who can ably lead the line as we aim to start our first season strongly. He has managed to score in every country that he has played in and I am sure his Indian stint will be full of goals too,” he said.
The 28-year-old Kiwi said that the chance of leading the line at a new club and the responsibility of driving his side’s attacking endeavours were the main reasons that he agreed to the move. “I was very excited about coming to India after speaking to Stuart (Watkiss) and getting to know more about the project. Leading the line is something that I immensely enjoy and I hope to perform really for Bharat FC. Also, I would get a chance to interact with the young Indian players and pass on a few things that I have learnt over my career,” he said.
Stuart Watkiss, Bharat FC’s head-coach said he was impressed by Bright’s imposing presence and his eye for goal. “I have watched Kris a few times in England and it is apparent that he is a very fine striker. He manages to get into good positions, is very strong aerially and is sharp in front of goal. I am sure he will be a profitable asset for us in the I-League,” he said.
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Calum Angus signs for Dempo SC .
. 24.11.2014: PRESS RELEASE DEMPO : Dempo SC have secured in the services of English Centre - Back Calum Angus for the 2014/2015 season. A product of the Portsmouth Academy, Angus is known for his tough tackling and has the ability to play out from the back with ease. Angus is a very efficient leader and has played for Portsmouth FC (England) and GAIS (Sweden).
Angus joins Dempo SC after having won 5 Man of the Match awards in the I-League last season and will be the lynchpin of the Dempo SC rearguard this season, who with a blend of experience and youth in their ranks will be considered one of the favorites to have a successful season under the watchful eyes of Mr Arthur Papas.
"I am very happy and I'm looking forward to this exciting challenge with Dempo SC. I was very impressed with the style with which Dempo SC played last season. The club has built a very good squad under the guidance of Mr Papas and I will give my best for the club and have a great season." Angus quoted after signing on the dotted line for Dempo SC.
Dempo SC Head Coach Mr Arthur Papas said "We are extremely pleased to announce the signing of Calum Angus for the upcoming season. He is a player we coveted for some time after his impressive showing last season and has many characteristics both on and off the field which match the culture we are trying to establish at Dempo SC. We are very confident he will play a major part in helping Dempo SC achieve its goals for the coming season".
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Mariano Dias joins Salgaocar FC in a coaching role.
. 05.11.2014: PRESS RELEASE SALGAOCAR : Salgaocar FC have further strengthened their coaching unit after roping in another of their former players, Mariano Dias. Mariano, whose role sees him primarily involved with the Senior Team, shall work closely with former team mates at Salgaocar, Head Coach, Derrick Pereira and Assistant Coach, Mario Soares.
In addition, he shall also assist with the club's youth development program. He is an AFC 'A' license holder and is currently on the verge of obtaining his Pro License having completed all of the respective modules. "I am thrilled to re-join Salgaocar, a club I spent a majority of my playing days. I thank the management for the opportunity and I hope to contribute to the club’s success", Mariano said.
Over the years, the club has turned to it's former long serving players and offered them various coaching roles at the club. Savio Medeira, Assistant Coach of the Indian National team, who also played in the same era as Mariano, coached Salgaocar SC for several years before taking up his current role.
Mariano's playing career saw him spend 8 years at Salgaocar between 1981 and 1989 before switching to MRF. He wound up his career at Churchill Brothers SC, a side he steered clear of relegation as Head Coach during the 2013-14 season in addition to having won the Federation Cup in the same year. He started his coaching career with an assignment with the India U14s during the AFC U14 festival and followed the assignment with a 2 year stint at Sesa FA. He was then assigned the responsibility of coaching the State team for the Santosh Trophy and continued in the role until 2011 before receiving a call up to the National team as Assistant Manager.
Coincidentally, he held the position of Technical Director – Youth Development at the club in 2010-11. Mariano, a big propagator of development at the grassroots, went on to add, “Having worked closely with the club’s youth development system, I can vouch that Salgaocar FC are by far, one of the best in the country in that regard.”
Mariano's first assignment in his new role is the on-going Durand Cup, where Salgaocar FC are scheduled to play Bengaluru FC in the first semi-final tomorrow morning.
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Serbian born Australian Defender Milan Susak will going to be the 4th foreigner of East Bengal.
. East Bengal will going to sign Milan Susak as their forth foreigner after Ranty Martins, Dudu Omegbemi and Leo Bertos. According to the club sources the deal is almost finalized. Milan Susak, is a Serbian born footballer played in Australia. Susak is an experienced defender played in A league was a member of Brisbane Roar’s 2010-11 A-League winning squad. Though Susak played for Al wasi, a team of U.A.E. pro league in 2013-14.
Milan Susak is a product of Sydney FC football Academy, continued his carrier with the Australian football club after his successful stint in the Academy. He had to change his decision and joined FC Vojvodina of Serbia as he failed to earn a single first team appearance. Milan Susak was at FC Vojvodina, for five years and played 16 matches. During his stay at the FC Vojvodina Milan was twice sent on loan to FC Veternik in 2003, where he scored 3 goals in 20 matches and later had a spell with FC Pivara, adding 9 appearances to his career record.
In 2007 Susak joined FC Adilade United in 2007, and transferred to FC Unterhatching in the subsequent season. During 2010-12 Susak played for different A league playing clubs including FC Adlilade and FC Brisbrane Roar.
In December 2012 Susak joined the Iranian club FC Sepahan. Susak is the only Australian footballer who has played in three Asian Champions League campaign's with three different clubs in different countries. In February 2012 it was announced Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda had signed Susak. He made his official debut for Tianjin on 25 February, in a 2-1 CFA Super Cup defeat against Guangzhou Evergrande. On 5 December 2012, he signed a contract with Iranian champions Sepahan.
Full Name : Milan Susak Date of birth : 29 January 1984 (age 30) Playing position : Defender 2001–2002 Sydney Olympic 2002–2007 FK Vojvodina 2003–2004 FK Veternik (loan) 2006–2007 CSK Pivara (loan) 2007–2008 Adelaide United 2008–2010 SpVgg Unterhaching 2010–2011 Brisbane Roar 2011 Minangkabau (loan) 2011–2012 Adelaide United 2012–2013 Tianjin Teda 2013 Sepahan 2013–2014 Al Wasl 2014– East Bengal
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17.03.2015: Sporting Clube de Goa register Alber and Glan after Odafa
SCG PRESS RELEASE : Sporting Clube de Goa have injected some young Goan blood into their squad after registering Alber Gonsalves and Glan Martins for the second phase of the I-League, in Panjim, on Tuesday.
After joining from Sesa Football Academy in the summer, the twenty year old Glan made four appearances for the Flaming Oranje in the Goa Pro League. After suffering an injury Glan worked hard in training to force his way back in to the Coaches plans.
“Glan is a good defensive midfield player, who has the ability to win the ball and unlock opposing defences with his ball distribution,” remarked the Sporting Clube de Goa Head Coach Mathew D’Costa.
Alber who turns twenty five this month, netted five times for Sesa Football Academy in the first round (nine matches) of the Goa Pro League, which caught the attention of the Sporting Goa management. He has been training with the club for the last three months and has shown promise.
“Alber is most constructive on the wing, where he can use his pace to burst forward and cross or is equally dangerous cutting in and having a shot at goal,” explained Mathew.
The draw of the second round will be held at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on 14th April, 2015. The dates of India's next matches: In 2015: 11th June 16th June, 3rd September 8th September, 8th October 13th October, 12th November 17th November.
Sporting Clube de Goa seek Odafa's scoring touch
As soon as they knew that the three time golden boot winner Odafa Oneyka Okoli was available, Sporting Clube de Goa were the quickest of the blocks and succeeded in getting the prized signature. The transfer formalities were completed at the clubs headquarters in Panjim, today.
Odafa had rejoined Churchill Brothers at the start of the season hoping to guide his former club back to I-League glory, but after the club were not allowed to take part in this seasons I-League, Odafa had been getting a little restless when the Goa Pro League came to an end.
Sporting Goa is currently bottom of the I-League table with just three points from eight matches. The recent introduction of the defensive duo Sandesh Jhinghan and Miguel Garcia steadied the ship.
It’s now goals they are after. They have dominated teams and created ample opportunities but have frustratingly fallen short inside the opposition’s box, with only three goals so far.
With Churchill Alemao giving his blessing for the sake of his favourite football son’s career and the better interests of Goan football, it looks like Odafa joining Sporting Goa is a marriage made in heaven.
Speaking on the occasion, Odafa expressed his happiness in being back in the top flight of Indian Football and promised to take up the challenge of putting Sporting Goa back on the map.
“I am delighted to have signed for the Flaming Oranje. Their current position does not give a true account of the pedigree and the stature of the club and I will play my part in helping my new team mates get back on track,” remarked Odafa.
Odafa’s journey in Indian football started in 2003 in Kolkata with Mohammedan Sporting, before moving to Bangladesh for a short stint with Muktijoddha.
He soon returned to India in 2005 with Churchill Brothers where his sheer athleticism and eye for goal started to flourish. Between 2007and 2010 he was the I-League’s highest goal scorer for three straight seasons, while also helping Churchill Brothers to win the I-League in 2009.
His success led to a big money move to Kolkata where he donned the colours of Mohun Bagan for three years before moving back to Varca.
“The name Odafa Onyeka Okoli is synonymous with goals in Indian football. We believe his addition to the team will give us that much needed boost. His track record speaks for its self,” stated Sporting Clube de Goa President Peter Vaz.
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13.03.2015: Palestine international Omar Jarun becomes Bharat FC's fourth foreign player
BHARAT FC PRESS RELEASE : Bharat FChave completed their quota of foreign players, having signed Palestinian international, Omar Jarun, on an 18-month long deal. The 31-year-old Jarun joins Bharat FC from Canadian side Ottawa Fury which plays in the North American Soccer League. Jarun, a full international for Palestine, also fulfills the Asian player criteria as per All India Football Federation’s regulations with regard to foreign players in the I-League.
Bharat FC are currently placed eighth in the 11-team Hero I-League. The Lions are preparing to face Royal Wahingdoh FC in Shillong on the 21st of March before travelling to Goa to face Dempo SC at Fatorda on the 27th of March.
Jarun, born to an American mother and father of Palestinian descent in Kuwait, emigrated to the United States of America when he was seven. Having started his professional career with American side Fort Wayne Fever in the 2004-2005 season, the strapping centre-back moved to Chicago Fire Premier, Atlanta Silverbacks and the Vancouver Whitecaps. He left the Whitecaps at the end of the 2008-2009 season and moved to Poland, playing forFlotaSwinoujscie appearing 18 times for the Polish side. The following season he movd to Pogon Szczecin, spending two seasons with the club. Jarun has also played for Arka Gdynia in Poland and has also spent a season with Sporting Charleroi in Belgium’s First Division.
Standing at an imposing height of six feet five inches, Jarun accepted Palestine's invitation to play for its national side in 2007. He has made 11 international appearances. He was also part of the successful Palestine side that won the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup in the Maldives.
Known to be very powerful in the air and a no-nonsense defender, Bharat FC's head coach Stuart Watkiss said that Jarun's height and defensive acumen would serve the team well as it headed into three very crucial months. "We are playing a lot of games in the next three months and it is important that we have the right players to get the positive results. Omar is someone who I have followed for quite some time. He is strong, has a very calm head and knows exactly what his job is. His height is a factor and allows us to possess a credible threat while going forward," he said.
Amit Kalyani, Managing Director of Bharat FC, said that Jarun's signing was a big boost to the team and would definitely add to the overall strength of the team. "Omar is a very experienced player. Apart from a host of clubs in North America, he has played a high level of football in Europe. His experience and quality will help Bharat FC further raise its game. He has also tasted success recently with Palestine at the AFC Challenge Cup and we hope that he can transfer that same success here in India," he said.
Jarun for his part said that the chance to play in an interesting league competition and the growing popularity of football in India played an important role in him coming to India. "Bharat FC has a very interesting vision. It is a club with high ambitions and serious about what they are doing. Also, the club has managed to assemble a top-notch coaching staff and that was one of the other reasons behind me choosing to come to India," he said.
The 31-year-old also said that it was the unpredictability of the I-League that attracted him towards the move. "The competition is very unpredictable and any team has the potential to win on any given weekend. From what I have seen, the League is played with a lot of passion and I think I am in for a very intense experience," he said.
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27.02.2015: Salgaocar FC signed Sanju Pradhan
SALGAOCAR PRESS RELEASE : Regarded widely as one of the most talented youngsters to make a mark in recent times, Sanju Pradhan, former East Bengal skipper and winner of the inaugural Indian Super League with Atletico de Kolkata has signed on the dotted line for Salgaocar FC. A day after acquiring the services of attacking Yemeni International, Khaled Baleid, the Greens have further strengthened their squad with the loan signing of the diminutive Sikkimese until the end of the season.
Sanju started his professional career with Air India in 2006 before being roped in by East Bengal in 2008. He served the club for 5 long years and was handed the reins of captaincy in 2011. He then had a brief spell with Dempo SC in 2013-14 before being roped in by Atletico de Kolkata for the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League.
At Salgaocar, Sanju will re-unite with schoolmate and childhood friend, Bikash Jairu. Both coincidentally were first spotted at the ‘Search for More Bhaichungs’ programme and trained together at the Namchi Sports Hostel in Sikkim.
At 25, the Sikkimese has already won every major title in the country barring the I-League, including 2 Federation Cup titles, the IFA Shield and 1 Super Cup in addition to having played at the Asian level in the AFC Cup. He was also part of the senior national side that went on to lift the Nehru Cup in 2012. He will sport Jersey No. 9 at Salgaocar.
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26.02.2015: Salgaocar FC signed Yemen International, Khaled Hasan Baleid
SALGAOCAR PRESS RELEASE : Salgaocar FC have completed their quota of foreign signings after having acquired the services of Yemen International, Khaled Hasan Baleid until the end of the season. Khaled arrived in Goa in the wee hours of the morning and signed on the dotted line for the Greens after clearing his medicals.
Salgaocar FC have been on the lookout for their fourth foreigner under the Asian quota for a while now and had shortlisted a couple of players in the process. Eventually, Khaled was found most suited to coach Derrick Pereira's scheme of things given his versatility. He is adept at playing as an out and out striker as well as a winger. He has in the past also been deployed as a withdrawn striker for both club and country to good effect.
"We've been found wanting going forward in our last 2 games and the signing of Khaled should provide us with a few more options in attack", remarked the Salgaocar gaffer.
Khaled, aged 28, has been part of the Yemen national side for a few years now and even scored in his country's 6-3 win over India in Pune in 2010 in an International friendly. He represented the Yemen national youth side at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2003 and was also part of the team that finished Runners-up in the AFC U-17 Championship a year prior, losing to South Korea in finals via penalties.
More recently, he has won the League title and President's Cup with Al Tilal, Yemen, a club he has long served. He will sport Jersey No. 16 at his new club.
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02.02.2015: Seasoned campaigner Syed Rahim Nabi signs up with Bharat FC
BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bharat FC has added another big-name Indian player to its roster in the form of the experienced Syed Rahim Nabi. The 29-year-old joins Bharat FC from ISL franchise Mumbai City FC, after having captained the franchise in its inaugural season. Bharat FC currently occupies the eighth spot in the 11-team Hero I-League. The club recorded a creditable goalless draw against Dempo SC in their first ever I-League encounter and were then unlucky to fall to a 1-2 defeat against Royal Wahingdoh FC.
Nabi's acquisition though is sure to fortify an already experienced and talented squad at head coach Stuart Watkiss' disposal. The 29-year-old Nabi, born in Pandua in West Bengal, is a versatile player who can play as a defender, midfielder and has also been deployed in a striking role with profitable returns.
A graduate of the Tata Football Academy (TFA), Nabi began his career with Kolkata side Mohammedan Sporting, spending the 2002-03 and 2003-04 season with them. He tallied 31 appearances and managed to find the net 11 times. In the 2004, he moved to traditional powerhouse East Bengal FC, spending seven seasons with East Bengal.
He logged 113 appearances over these seven years gradually becoming one of the most integral parts of a very competitive side. Over these 113 appearances, the diminutive Nabi scored 26 goals. In 2011, he moved to East Bengal's cross-town rivals MohunBagan AC, playing 47 times for the Mariners over two years and managing to score four goals. In his glittering club career, Nabi has won the 2009 Federation Cup with East Bengal and also clinched the 2014 IFA Shield with Mohammedan Sporting.
A full international for India, Nabi is one of the few players who have served the country with distinction over a period of time. The 29-year-old has 69 international caps and has also scored eight goals for the national side. He played a starring role in India's triumph at the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup and has also won the Nehru Cup on three occasions.
Bharat FC's head coach, Stuart Watkiss, said that Nabi's versatility and his immense knowledge of the Indian game would come in very handy as the team entered a crucial phase of the season. "Nabi is a great player. He has the ability to play as a full-back and that is one area that we have struggled a little. He gives the side natural balance and I think he will be a great addition to this team," he said.
Amit Kalyani, Bharat FC's managing director, said that Nabi's performance over the years, his form in the ISL and his experience were what attracted the club towards the 29-year-old. 'Nabi is one of the most respected and skillful players in the game today. I am sure the team will benefit from his experience as well as his versatility which allows us to experiment with team combinations to a certain degree. He has a great attitude and it will be a big boost to have someone of his caliber in the dressing room," he said.
Nabi said that the chance to play in such a strong and well-drilled outfit was something that he could not say no too. "When I heard about Bharat FC's interest, I was quite excited. I have heard a lot of good things about the club and getting a chance to play in this team is really great. I have already done a couple of sessions and the intensity is amazing. The coach is really working hard on all the players and I am sure we will have a successful season ahead," he said.
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31.01.2015: Brandon Fernandes signs for Sporting Clube de Goa
SCG PRESS RELEASE : It's been a long anxious wait but it has finally paid off. Young Goan football talent Brandon Fernandes has been given clearance to play for Sporting Clube de Goa who he has been training with since September. The International transfer certificate came a few days back and the club has now completed the registration with the Aiff today. It was one year ago that Brandon Fernandes scored to help usher Goa-India to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Mozambique and clinch the Lusofonia football gold medal. It was a proud moment for the whole of Goa.
. PHOTO: (Left to Right) Sporting Clube de Goa President Peter Vaz unveils new signing Brandon Fernandes, along with Brandon’s father and GFA Executive member Jaju Fernandes.
For someone who made his debut in the Gfa age group league at the age of nine, the last 365 days has been very unusual for Brandon as he has not played a single professional match, after frustratingly waiting for International clearance from South Africa. Brandon's career started at a very young age where he played for the youth teams of Fransa and Velsao Pale, before making the move to Salgaocar where he started to gain a reputation as a promising talent. He represented Goa and later India at nearly all the age categories from thirteen to nineteen.
In 2008 when Manchester United ran a skills competition in Goa, Brandon finished on top of the pile which saw him travel to the theatre of dreams at Old Trafford, in England where he stormed into the top ten in the skills category amongst a host of players from top nations. Brandon came back to Goa and continued to make headlines through his exploits on the field with club and country, also scooping accolades and recognition as a young sportsman by winning BIG FM and Geno awards. In 2010 his talent caught the attention of the ASD Academy, Cape Town in South Africa.
It was not easy leaving his friends and family behind, but his rather ambitious nature encouraged him to pack his bags and follow his heart. During his stint in South Africa he would come back to represent the national team. He eventually played for Salt Water Blackpool in the South African second division.
His sparkling performances allowed him to travel to Europe and have trials with the likes of Leicester City, Reading and Sunderland in England and also St Mirren in Scotland where he had to come home after sustaining an injury. Although he did not manage to bag the elusive contract in Europe, Brandon believes his experience to date has given him the perfect grounding.
"Having played with foreign players in the academy and on trial, my confidence with the ball has improved. We were shown how to keep the tempo high when attacking which came from lots of repetition in practice," remarked Brandon. Brandon's child hood idol remains to this day as Cristiano Ronaldo, but he now models his game around Spanish attacking midfielder Isco.
Brandon is just as hungry today as when he first kicked a ball and believes despite having a head start over his peers he has a little groundwork to catch up having watched from the stands for the past year. "I want to thank the Sporting Clube de Goa President Peter Vaz and the Flaming Oranje for giving me this opportunity to reignite my career," remarked Brandon.
His short term goals are to create assists and score goals for Sporting Goa and play his part in helping the team win major silver-ware. Thinking long term he wants to break into the senior national team and eventually fulfill his dream of playing abroad. "Brandon is a bright young Goan talent, we had no hesitation in signing him and believe if he can keep his head down and stay motivated he can carve out a long and illustrious career in the game," stated Sporting Clube de Goa President Peter Vaz.
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25.01.2015: Sporting Clube de Goa complete signing of Miguel Garcia
SCG PRESS RELEASE : I-League outfit, Sporting Clube de Goa completed their four foreigner quota after signing Portuguese defender Miguel Angelo Moita Garcia at Don Bosco ground, Panjim, over the weekend.
. Miguel is familiar to Indian football having recently played in the ISL tournament for North East United, although he admits Goa is a little bit warmer than the North East. “When I first came to the North East it was very cool, but soon started to warm up after the first month. Goa’s temperature is even hotter, but I will acclimatize.
Miguel was part of the world famous Sporting Clube de Portugal Academy from the age of fourteen. "In Portugal it was an honour to play for the Sporting Club of Portugal and similarly I was attracted to the name and Infrastructure of my new club as they promote a Sporting culture in Goa," stated Miguel.
Miguel started his career as a right back and has now established himself as a centre back, where he will be mostly utilized for the Flaming Oranje.
Miguel is a couple of weeks shy of his 32nd birthday, but can remember his teenage years fondly where he roomed and Schooled with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Ricardo Quaresma at SCP. As a defender, Miguel had to face the fancy footwork of these formidable wing wizards in training which sharpened his skills, especially his concentration and alertness.
Miguel won the Taca de Portugal with SCP in 2007, but the fondest memories of his career to date are the two Uefa Europa League runners up medals he has picked up. The first came in 2005 when SCP narrowly lost out to CSKA Moscow. The second time was playing for Sporting Braga in 2011, where they were beaten by Portuguese rivals FC Porto.
Miguel has also played in Italy for Reggina, in Turkey for Orduspor and in Spain for Mallorca. The other Portuguese outfit he has turned out for was Olhanense.
"Miguel has played against the top strikers in the world from Alan Shearer to Radamel Falcao. His recent stint in India shows he has the proven credentials to adapt and excel. He also has strong leadership qualities which is important," remarked Sporting Clube de Goa President Peter Vaz. Miguel looks certain to make his debut against Panjim rivals Dempo Sports Club in the I-League on Tuesday.
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23.01.2015: Pune FC sign Portuguese playmaker Edgar Marcelino for the season ahead
PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC has completed their foreign quota with the addition of seasoned Portuguese playmaker Edgar Carvalho Figueira Marcelino for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. The 30-year-old midfielder joins Pune FC after a brief stint with FC Goa in the ISL, and adds valuable experience to the squad.
. As a fourth overseas player in the squad, he replaces Liberian Eric Brown and joins Japanese attacker Ryuji Sueoka, Brazilian defender Luciano Sabrosa and Montenegrin striker Darko Nikac in the Pune FC squad.Chirag Tanna, Pune FC Head Operations said, "We felt that the squad needed a creative midfielder and Edgar fit the bill perfectly. I would like to wish Edgar the very best of luck for the I-League."
Karim Bencherifa, Pune FC Head Coach said, "I am very happy that Edgar was able to joins us today for the training. He is a good player and has a very positive attitude. I wish him the best for the season ahead.”The Coimbra-born midfielder began his youth career with a brief stint with Academica (1996-97) before moving to European giants Sporting Clube de Portugal where he spent five years coming up through the youth ranks.
At the start of 2002-03 season, Edgar was called up to the reserve side of Sporting and played for two seasons in the second division. The midfielder then had loan spells at Penafiel (2004-05) in Portugal and RBC Roosendaal (2005-06) in the Netherlands.
The following year, he made the big move to Portuguese top flight side Vitória de Guimarães (2006) before heading to Cyprus to represent AC Omonia (2007-08) during which he played UEFA Europa League. A successful season in Cyprus saw him move to Spanish second division side Racing Club de Ferrol (2008). However, Edgar moved back to Cypriot signing with APOP Kinyras FC (2008-11) and helped them to a domestic cup title the first season.
In his two year stint at APOP, he became an integral part of the side even representing them in the UEFA Europa League. At the start of 2011-12 season Edgar moved to his native land to represent top-flight side Estoril GD (2011) before moving down south to play for Moroccan side Kawkab Marrakech (2011-12).
Edgar then had stints with Cypriot-based AEP Paphos (2013) and Oman’s Al Seeb FC (2013-14) before moving to India with FC Goa (2014). The first ever Portuguese player to play for Pune FC, Edgar also becomes the fourth European to ply his trade for the club after Spaniard Raul Fabiani (2013), Englishman Calum Angus (2013-14) and the recently signed Montenegrin striker Darko Nikac
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20.01.2015: Romuald Boco confirmed as Bharat FC's marquee signing
BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bharat FC bolstered their squad for the 2014-15 season of the I-League with acquisition of marquee player RomualdBoco. The 29-year-old Boco joins Bharat FC from English League One side Chesterfield FC. Boco is a versatile midfielder but prefers to play in advanced positions, having been mostly deployed as an attacking midfielder through large parts of his career. Bharat FC will play their first ever I-League fixture against Dempo SC on 24th January at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati sports complex, Mahalunge-Balewadi with the game slated to kick-off at 7 pm.
. Born in Bernay, France, Boco holds dual French-Beninese citizenship. He has collected 48 international caps for Benin, playing for them in the 2004 African Cup of Nations. He was the captain of the side that played the 2008 edition. Boco also represented his country in the 2010 edition, putting in several impressive displays over the course of the tournament. Boco has also had a chequered club career, having played for a host of English sides.
He began his career in his native France in the 2004-05 season playing for Chamois Niortais. In the June of 2005 he was transferred to Accrington Stanley FC where he spent three seasons logging 73 appearances and scoring seven goals. He then moved to Ireland, plying his trade for Sligo Rovers in the Irish Premier Division for two seasons, making 57 appearances and scoring eight goals.
Further spells at Burton Rovers, a return to Sligo Rovers was followed by a season in the Chinese Super League where Boco turned out for Shanghai East Asia. After his return from China, Boco played once again for Sligo Rovers moving on to Accrington Stanley, Plymouth Argyle and Chesterfield FC.
Amit Kalyani, Managing Director of Bharat FC, said that Boco's vast experience and also his ability to be an effective playmaker was the reason the club had acquired his services. "Boco comes to us highly recommended. He is an excellent player and someone who has done well at every club that he has played for. He also has experience of playing in Asia and that will be helpful for him to acclimatize quicker to Indian conditions and the style of play," he said.
Bharat FC's head coach, Stuart Watkiss, said that Boco's addition would provide the team with a very vibrant and creative influence in midfield, one that would increase Bharat FC's potency in attack. "Boco is a very skillful player. His ball control and distribution are immaculate and his addition has come as a big boost to us. He can lend his weight to the attack and also ensure that we are always in the game with his precise passing," said Watkiss.
Boco said that he was excited to play in India and also looked forward to training under Stuart Watkiss. "I have observed Stuart's work at a number of English clubs. People back in England say only good things about his managerial approach and I am very excited to be working with him. I have played earlier in Asia and I hope to transfer that experience here and help the team achieve some good results," he said
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16.01.2015: Pune FC sign Montenegrin striker Darko Nikac as marquee player
PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC has completed the signing of Montenegrin international Darko Nikac as their marquee player for the upcoming 2015 I-League season. The twenty-four year-old striker joins Pune FC after spending the first half of the 2014-15 season with Montenegrin top-flight side OFK Grbalj for who he struck six times in eleven games.
. As a full Montenegro-international, Darko becomes Pune FC's marquee signing and joins fellow overseas players Luciano Sabrosa and Ryuji Sueoka in the lineup. Chirag Tanna, Pune FC Head Operations said, "We are very pleased announce that we have signed Darko Nikac for the 2014-15 I-League season. We wish him the very best for the upcoming season."
Karim Bencherifa, Pune FC Head Coach said, "Darko is a young striker we were following for some time now. We have taken the right amount of time to observe all the players we have signed to make sure they fit into our system. I wish Darko the best for the season ahead." The Titograd-born striker began his professional career at FK Mladost in 2009 on a loan spell from parent club FK Buducnost. A successful loan period at the Podgorica-based club saw him return back to FK Buducnost.
During his four-year stay at the FK Buducnost, Darko was an integral part of the team that clinched the league title in 2011-12 apart from finishing runners up on three occasions. Moreover, he also helped Buducnost to a cup title in 2012-13. Darko also represented FK Buducnost in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League on multiple occasions before making a switch to another top-flight side OFK Grbalj at the start of 2014-15 season.
Having started his professional career as a nineteen-year-old, Darko has also represented the Under-21 national team before making his senior national team debut in 2013. Darko thus becomes the third European player to ply his trade for Pune FC after Spanish striker Raul Fabiani (2013) and English defender Calum Angus (2013-14).
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15.01.2015: Lajong sign Uilliams, Minchol & Penn Orji.
SLFC PRESS RELEASE : Shillong, 15th January, 2015: Shillong Lajong Football Club is delighted to announce the re-signing of Brazilian Uilliams Souza & Former Captain Minchol Son.
. Lajong has also secured the services of Nigerian Penn Orji. Penn has been hugely successful in his playing career in India, last playing for ISL finalist Kerala Blasters. Orji has been playing in India for the past 5 years with Kolkata giants East Bengal & Mohammedan Sporting having previously played for JCT. He has joined the Reds this season boosting the attacking threat of the team.
Uilliams and Minchol wore the red of Lajong in the I-league last season with the former scoring 7 goals for the Club and Minchol at the heart of the defence helping the team secure a 6th place in the I-League. Both players are very familiar with the Club and cannot wait to play in front of Lajong Fans again this season.
The Club will also retain the services of Cornell Glen, who scored 14 goals last season in the I League. Mr. Larsing M. Sawyan said 'I am very excited about the prospects of the Uilliams, Minchol, Penn & Glen joining a strong Lajong contingent to help the team do better than last season. We hope they live up to the expectations of the Club & Fans and wish them all the very best this year.'
Shillong Lajong FC will play its first match of the new I-League season at home against local rivals, Royal Wahingdoh FC on the 18th of January 2015 at 4:30pm.
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15.01.2015: Pune FC add seasoned medio Ishfaq Ahmed for the season ahead
PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC have completed the signing of seasoned midfielder Ishfaq Ahmed for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.
. The thirty-one year old midfielder joins Pune FC on loan after a short stint with Kerala Blasters in the ISL and will be a valuable addition to Coach Karim Bencherifa's side ahead of the upcoming I-League. Chirag Tanna, Pune FC Head Operations said, 'Ishfaq is a versatile player who has come off a very strong ISL campaign. We wish him the very best at the club."
Karim Bencherifa, Pune FC Head Coach said, 'I know Ishfaq very well and for a long time. He is a good player and also a good human being. He has played under me at Mohun Bagan and Salgaocar FC where we have won trophies. He is not only an experienced player who works very hard on the field, but also a utility player who can play in various positions.”
Interestingly, Ishfaq has already played under Coach Bencherifa at two different clubs in the past and will hope to gel in quickly. Speaking after completing formalities, Ishfaq Ahmed said, "It's an amazing feeling to be part of Pune FC, one of the most professional clubs in India. I hope to give my best every time I step onto the field and help the team in winning the I-League title."
The Srinagar-born midfielder began his professional career with Bangalore-based side HAL SC after a short stint with the Jammu & Kashmir Under-21 side. After a successful stint with HAL, Ishfaq made the switch to Goan side Dempo SC in 2003. His four-year stay in Goa saw him clinch two national league titles in 2004-05 and 2006-07 along with a Federation Cup in 2004.
At the start of the 2007-08 season, he moved to Kolkata's Mohun Bagan where he became an integral part of the side. It was at Bagan where Ishfaq first played under Karim Bencherifa in 2008-09 season. While in Bagan, Ishfaq helped the side to a Federation Cup title in 2008 as well as runners up finish in the I-League (2008-09) apart from a couple of Calcutta League titles.
Following a four-year stint at Bagan, Ishfaq moved back to Goa joining Salgaocar to play once again under Bencherifa, and helped his team to the Federation Cup title (2011).
Thereafter, Ishfaq had stints with Kolkata giants East Bengal (2012-13) with whom he also won his fourth Federation Cup, and Mohammedan SC (2013-14) before playing for Kerala Blasters. Furthermore, Ishfaq has also represented India at the junior and senior level on multiple occasions.
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12.01.2015: Bharat FC snap up DharmarajRavanan on season-long loan
BFC PRESS RELEASE : With the 2015 Hero I-League season approaching, Bharat FC took an important step towards beefing up their defence, adding experienced defender DharmarajRavanan to the squad. The 27-year-old Ravanan joins Bharat FC from ISL franchise FC Pune City on a season-long loan. Bharat FC kick-off their campaign against Dempo SC on the 24th of January at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Mhalunge-Balewadi.
. Born in Tamil Nadu in the industrial town of Neyveli, 27-year-old Ravanan started his professional footballing career with the Chennai-based Indian Bank FC. Having been noticed in a local tournament in Bangalore by then Dempo coach Armando Colaco, he was signed up by the Goan team for the 2005-06 season.
The following season he moved to Kolkata, joining up with MohunBagan AC before moving to Mumbai the following season to ply his trade for Mahindra United. The centre-back who can also be deployed on the flanks in a defensive role spent three seasons with Mahindra United, racking up impressive showings before moving back to Goa, this time opting to play for Churchill Brothers SC.
It was at Churchill Brothers SC that Ravanan made a name for himself. Partnering a host of foreigners in central defence, Ravanan managed to impress with his steady nature of play and his composure at the heart of defence. Anointed club-captain for the 2012-13 season, the Tamil Nadu lad put in a spectacular showing, making 25 appearances over the season as Churchill Brothers SC clinched the I-League title. The very next year, he won the 2014 Federation Cup, again donning the captain’s armband for his side. The 27-year-old was also a very integral cog in the FC Pune City side in the ISL, playing all 14 matches for his team.
Kunal Agarwal, Director Bharat FC, said that Ravanan's experience of playing in the I-League and his reputation as a calm defender would help the side immensely. "We are really happy to have signed such a decorated player in DharmarajRavanan. He has played a high standard of football, has shown that he can take up a leadership role effectively and is a super centre-back. We are sure the team will benefit immensely from having a player of Ravanan’s caliber," he said.
Bharat FC's head-coach Stuart Watkiss, said that he had followed the defender closely in the ISL and he was impressed by the way he went about his business. 'Ravanan's biggest strength is that he is a very steady defender. He does not panic, does not hoof the ball up –front wildly. He is assured on the ball and assertive in the air. I want my team to keep its shape at all times and Ravanan is a player who can help us do that," said Watkiss.
Ravanan for his part said that the chance to work with a top-quality coaching staff and to play with a number of seasoned Indian players was why he agreed to the move. 'Bharat FC has managed to assemble a really competitive outfit in such a short time. When I saw the coaching staff, the facilities and the exposure that we as players would get by being at this club, it didn’t really take me long to sign on the dotted line,' he said