12 I-League clubs have decided to launch the Indian Professional Football Clubs Association (IPFCA).

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In an unified effort, twelve I-League club owners/ representatives have decided to launch the Indian Professional Football Clubs Association (IPFCA).

The decision was taken following a meeting held at the Ashok Piramal Group Business Centre - Lotus Lounge, Mumbai on Saturday, 10th March, 2012. The conclusive idea of forming the IPFCA is to safeguard the interest of its member clubs, promote and popularize the football in India.

The IPFCA, it was decided will be funded by member clubs and formed under the Society Registration Act 1860.

The clubs also spelt out IPFCA objectives, which include

  • Promote and safeguard the common interests of the clubs
  • Popularize the I-League across India
  • Help make the I-League sustainable and profitable
  • Encourage the formation of new professional clubs
  • Share best practices among member clubs
  • Get the I-League teams to play in the Asian Champions league.

    There was detailed discussion amongst the club owners and representatives regarding the progress made towards setting a focused approach for making I league a separate entity in which the clubs would have major stakes.

    Members expressed deep concern with regards to departure of Mahindra United and JCT from Indian Football and expressed their anguish that unless corrective suitable action is taken, others may follow suit.

    The members who met and outlined IPFCA were;

    1. Kingfisher East Bengal - Mr. Shantiranjan Das Gupta
    2. McDowells Mohun Bagan - Mr. Anjan Mitra, Mr. Debashish Dutta and Mr. Alokesh Banerjee
    3. Prayag United SC - Mr. Siddhartha Bhattacharya
    4. Salgaocar SC - Mr. Shivanand Salgaocar and Mr. Raj Gomes
    5. Dempo SC - Mr. Srinivas Dempo and Mr. Suvrat Thatte
    6. Sporting Clube de Goa - Mr. Peter Vaz and Mr. Victor Fernandes
    7. Chirag Kerala - Mr. Prashantan
    8. Mumbai FC - Mr. Atul Badgamia
    9. Air-India SC - Mr. Godfrey Pereira
    10. Shillong Lajong FC - Mr. Larsingh Ming
    11. Pune FC - Mr. Nandan Piramal and Mr. Chirag Tanna
    12. Churchill Brothers requested "Leave of Absence," but offered total support to the decisions and the formation of the IPFCA.

    It was also proposed that the registered office of the IPFCA will be the Pune FC office.

    An official launch of the IPFCA is expected soon.

    India bids for 2015 Club World Cup, U-17 World Cup in 2017

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    All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel launched the country's bid to host the prestigious 2015 Club World Cup and the 2017 U-17 World Cup in the presence of FIFA president Sepp Blatter in New Delhi on Friday.

    While FIFA in January had already agreed in principle to award the Under-17 World Cup to India, AIFF's decision to bid for the Club World Cup came as a surprise. The decision on the hosts of the two tournament would be taken later this month by the FIFA executive committee in Zurich.

    Blatter, who was on his second visit to India, said that country enjoys his blessings to host the U-17 World Cup since it would be a step in the right direction.

    "The U-17 World Cup fits India's scheme of things. It will be a step in the right direction in terms of grass roots development. There is a good possibility. But I am not the only one in FIFA who decides.

    "The decision has to be taken by the executive committee of the FIFA. But India have to start working now with the U-12 teams," said Blatter, flanked by two executive committee members Zhang Zilong, also the president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and Manilal Fernando.

    Source: IANS, news.taaza.com,NDTV.com

    IFA SHIELD 2012: 10 Men Chirag United Kerala lost to Brazilian Botafogo FC.

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    10.03.2012 : Botafogo FC   1-0   Chirag Kerala ( HOW - FT..)
    BOT : Alvez 90+3' :: RED CARD : Veeneth ( CUK - 61')

    BTF : Milton, Wallace, Alex, Dos Santos, Columbiano, Rafael, Bruno, Bruno Fereira, Alvez Durante, Alvez Alveira, Joao Marcos.

    CUK : Sharath K, Charles, Sukhwinder, Suman, Issaq, David, Vineeth, Vignesh, Gurjinder, T. Manoj, Sajesh P.

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    FT : Botafogo win the match 1-0.

    90+4': Visiting Brazilian team Botafogo is leading 1-0.

    90+3': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL..Botafogo scored through Alvez off a brilliant through pass of Joao Marcos.

    90': Referee added 4 minutes extra time.
    89': Still no score in the match.
    86': YELLOW CARD: Goalkeeper of Botafogo.
    84':PLAYER SHANGE : Kerala... Sunday out and Tahir in.
    83':PLAYER SHANGE : BOTAFOGO...Wellington in Columbiano out.
    82':PLAYER SHANGE : Kerala...Vigneesh out and Effilang in.
    82': YELLOW CARD..Dos Santos of Botafogo who fouled Sunday.
    80': Still no score in the match.

    79': Free kick for Botafogo. Sarath well saved Bruno's kick.
    77': YELLOW CARD: Kerala's charles for a foul.
    76': Rafael Silva playing well as snatcher and feeding the ball to their strikers mainly he has a good combination with Ramon.
    > 75': Bota fogo got a free kick. Ramon's shot went to Alvez but he was offside.
    73': Botafogo won a corner. Bruno's left sided corner cleared by Kerala defence.
    72': Still no score in the match.
    > 70': PLAYER CHANGE : CHIRAG KERALA : Fhaizmon came in place of Manoj.
    68': Good movement of Botafogo. Ramon passed to Alvez in right who gave it to Durante but finally Durante wasted time to next action and Charles cleared the ball from box.
    62': PLAYER CHANGE : Botafogo : Oliveira came in place of Alex.
    61': Chirag Kerala now down to 10 men.
    61': RED CARD: Veeneth of Kerala. 2nd caution for play acting.
    60': Both teams are playing attacking football now to score a goal.
    58': Still no score in the match.
    55': Attacking and counter attacking goint on.
    54': Botafogo won corner. Sarath saved the shot of Alvez.
    52': Easy opportunity missed by Kerala. Vignessh passed in box and Manoj was unable to shot proper ly in 6 yard box and ball went out.
    50': Well effort of Kerala again. Vineeth passed to Sukhi and his right footer missed the target.

    49': Shajeesh cross and Sunday's header went to Botafogo keeper.
    48': Ramon shot went to Kerala keeper Sharath.
    47': Corner for Kerala. Vingesh shot cleared. Counter attack
    46': 2nd half started.
    HT : It's half time now in the match. Scoreline is goalless.
    45': Referee added 2 minute as injury time.
    42': Good attack of Kerala from right side, Vignesh to Manoj but Botafogo defender came to clear the ball from box.
    40': PLAYER CHANGE: Botafogo - Bruno Theago our and Ramon Rafael came in.
    38': Free kick for Kerala. Charles shot but Sunday got offside.
    34': Free kick to Botafogo. Joao's shot saved by Sarath.
    33': YELLOW CARD: Veeneth of Kerala. pulled jersey of Wallace of Botafogo.
    32': Sukhwinder's free kick went to Keeper.
    31': YELLOW CARD: Bruno Theago for a foul.
    30': Still no score in the match.
    28': Good chance came to Kerala. Sunday's shot well saved by Milton- the keeper of Botafogo.
    27': Kerala won corner in right. Vineeth's shot went out.
    25': Again attack of Kerala through Sunday but this time he was blocked by Alex.
    24': Kerala's attack, Sunday's shot went wide.
    22': Good attack of Botafogo. Bruno to Alvez in Kerala box but well advance Sarath cleared the situation.
    17': YELLOW CARD: Kerala's Issaq who fouled Columbiano.
    17': Throw in for Kerala, cleared in Botafogo box. Counter attack.
    15': Still no score in the match.
    14': Free Kick of Botafogo. Columbiano's kick cleared.
    13': Mainly Botafogo is attacking with their Brazilian passing football. so excellent.
    10': YELLOW CARD : Columbiano of Botafogo as he fouled Issah of Kerala.
    8': Good attempt of Botafogo. Attacked from midfield. Alvez's shot went wide after beating Sharath.
    6': Match is in slow pace, playing in midfield area now.
    3': Botafogo won a corner but saved by Chirag defence.
    2': Free kick won by Botafogo. Bruno's hot went direct to Chirag keeper Sharath's Hand.
    > 1': Match Starts.

    7th ABHIJIT KADAM MEMORIAL FOOTBALL TROPHY PREVIEW: FINAL TOMORROW: Young Prayag will have a lot to tackle against PIFA

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    ...Prayag United Sports Club had a forgettable start to the tournament, but the Kolkata side is just a win away from winning the prestigious Abhijit Kadam Memorial Football Cup when they take on a strong Premier India Football Academy (PIFA) Colaba FC in the final on Sunday.

    Chips were down for the young Prayag side, but the Kolkatans survived after having lost 0-2 to Amanora Deccan XI FC in their first match. Beating Air India in their second league match before surviving against Sesa Goa in the semifinals on Friday has given them hope that they can cash in on.

    PIFA on the other hand have been very meticulous and have done their homework well before coming here. Having finished runner-up to Deccan XI FC in the Abhijit Kadam Memorial Football Shield, a state-level tournament, in December last, the Mumbai team came in prepared and but for their goalless opening match against Sesa Goa, the Colaba FC have been a tough nut to crack.

    More specifically, PIFA Colaba would be on a high given that they shut out Deccan XI FC, the winners of the football shield in December. Beating a strong local side is always tough and no doubt their semifinal stretched to the penalty shootout after they ended goalless in the regulation time.

    PIFA will rely on strikers George Wamour and Cliffod Garrett, who had their chances but failed to get the ball into the post. Then there is Henthoiba Singh, who too worked well upfront, but ended without scoring.

    Prayag on the other hand, will always be thankful to striker Anjan Dey, who scored in the third minute of the injury time after 90 minutes were over with Sesa Goa leading 1-0. Dey has been good, but his fellow forwards Bijoy Chakraborty, Arjun Chatterjee and Soumik Chakraborty need to perk up and provide assistance on the go.

    Sukumar Roy and Ananda Paul too have done well in keeping the strikers busy that saw Prayag United scoring an impressive win against Air India to book their semifinal berth. Under the given circumstances, the final of the 7th Abhijit Kadam Memorial Football Cup is sure to provide thrilling football on the morrow.

    The kick-off time for the final is 6.30 pm at the Bharati Vidyapeeth Educational Complex ground in Dhankawadi.

    Unlike in the past when celebrities attended the final ceremony, the Abhijit Kadam Memorial Foundation has decided to give more importance to the game and the players. Nonethless Vishwajeet Kadam, Managing Trustee of the foundation, will grace the occasion and inspire the players by giving away a host of prizes.