20,000 spectators steal the show in first Friendly : Holland win 2-0 .

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HOL: Annebel, Tieleman.
Women of the Match : Myrusha Victoria ( Holland)

IND : Aditi, Suprava, Swati, Ashalata, Prameshwori, Supriya, Premi, Subhaprava, Rinaroy, Tuli, Romi,

AIFF RELEASE :: For the players, it was a 90-minute match. But for the 20,000 odd spectators it was a 150-minute celebration of Women's football here at the Chhatrapati Shahu Stadium in Kolhapur on Thursday (January 17).

The stadium was packed half an hour before kickoff and remained such for the next 30-minutes after the match. The vociferous crowd echoed only one sentiment while cheering "India India" throughout the length of the International Friendly between The Indian Women Team and their Dutch counterparts. That women's football is here to stay.

"I can't control my emotions. This is amazing. I have never felt so proud playing football. I bow down to the crowd's unparallel support," Aditi Chauhan, goalkeeper of the Indian Team quipped. Her eyes were watery, and so were few of her teammates'.

The visitors were bathing in the euphoria of the moment. All of them had their cameras out, they surely did not want to miss out on a moment like this.

"This is the first time in my life that I am witnessing such frenzy for women's football. Even in Europe where football for women is respected and well sought after, this madness is never seen. This is crazy, I'm loving it so much to tell when I return home" an animated Myrusha Victoria, full back of the Dutch side who was also adjudged the Man of the Match, confessed.

Coming to the match, which surely took the backseat amidst such unbridled frenzy, the Indian Women failed to get the better of their Dutch counterparts, losing 2-0, but the SAFF Cup Champions can be proud of the fact that gave a good account of themselves against the 14th ranked outfit in the FIFA Women's Rankings.

Annebel ten Broeke and Sylvana Tieleman scored in each half to notch up the win for their side. While Broeke prodded home off Jolien van der Jeest's cross from the right flank, Sylvana had to just tap in after Yentl Abbing set her up beautifully with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Barring the two occasions which determined the outcome of the tie, Anandi Barua's girls were the more convincing of the two sides for the better part of the match. A fact that is nothing short of incredible!

The Indian eves were also unfortunate not to have levelled in the 25th minute when Swati Rawat muffed an easy chance from Ashalata Devi's free kick which the Dutch goalkeeper failed to collect.

The hosts proved their mettle by dominating the midfield against the European heavyweights. The likes of Subhaprava Rout and Swati Rawat stringed together some delightful passes with the two women up front. But the Indian strikers - Prameshwari Devi and Rinaroy Devi - could not get the better of the tall Dutch backline, a point their Coach Barua had made earlier.

The Oranjes played a high line from the outset forcing the hosts to drop deep. But the Indians adjusted well attacking on the counter and concentrating on ball possession in the middle of the park.

The searing heat and sultry conditions made life difficult for the Dutch resulting in frequent intervals in the opening exchanges. Post the breather, India looked more enterprising in the final third. They seemed to have worked up a plan to get past their tall markers.

“We played well, I would say 75% of what we are capable of. In football you have to score goals to win. We missed couple of sitters today, but overall I'm happy that we played so well against the mighty Dutch. I am sure the girls will learn a lot from their little mistakes up front and give their best in the next game in Navi Mumbai," Coach Barua said after the match. The next Friendly is on Sunday (December 20) in Navi Mumbai.

AIFF takes serious exception of Mr. Kalyan Mazumder's derogatory remarks .

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AIFF PRESS RELESE: All India Football Federation is extremely concerned and surprised by the statements made by Mr. Kalyan Mazumder, the General Secretary of Kingfisher East Bengal Club in the Media.

It appears that serious aspersions and imputations have been made against All India Football Federation and its officials directly and by innuendo by Mr. Kalyan Mazumder, inter alia, to the extent that the decision of the Executive Committee in respect of and arising out of Reference by Mcdowell Mohun Bagan was obtained through "under hand and/and or under the Table modus".

Such aspersions have been made through Print Media publications with clear intent to denigrate and defame All India Football Federation and its responsible Office Bearers which would cause damage and serious prejudice to the reputation, image, credibility and goodwill of the AIFF.

AIFF has taken serious note of the above uncalled for and malicious defamatory statements, which are in clear breach of the AIFF Disciplinary Code as well as the AIFF Code of Ethics and accordingly necessary actions is being initiated against Mr. Mazumder, the General Secretary of Kingfisher East Bengal Club.

IFA Jr. Football League 2013: Kolkata leg matches are scheduled to start from 22nd January, 2013..

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Pailan-IFA Junior Football Tournament 2012- 2013, saw the end of its District leg matches today. The district level matches were played in the 4 venues of the 4 zones- west, south, north and east. Matches in Midnapore D.S.A. (west) and Nadia D.S.A. (south) kicked off from 20th December, 2012 and matches of Jalpaiguri D.S.A. (north) and Malda D.S.A. (east) started from 8th January, 2013.

Medinipore DSA qualified in this round from the west zone, beating the other participants of the group, Manbhum (Purulia), Chandernagore and Bankura. Howrah DSA qualified from the south zone beating Nadia, Hooghly, South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas.

From the north zone, Siliguri M.K.P. qualified beating Dakshin Dinajpur, Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling Gorkha Hill SA from its group. The qualifier of the east zone is Burdwan DSA, who beat Murshidabad, Malda, Uttar Dinajpur and Birbhum, of its group.

The Kolkata leg matches are scheduled to start from 22nd January, 2013. The tentative venues selected so far are, the Makardah Stadium, E.B./Aryan Ground and the M.B./C.F.C. Ground. The final round of matches would be played between the best 4 teams of each group on home and away basis.


17.01.2013: MALDA D.S.A. 1-0 BIRBHUM D.S.A
15.01.2013: Malda DSA 1-1 JALPAIGURI
15.01.2013: Jalpaiguri DSA 4-2 Coochbehar DSA
14.01.2013: SILIGURI D.S.A. 2-0 JALPAIGURI
14.01.2013: MALDA D.S.A. 1-1 BURDWAN
11.01.2013:iliguri DSA 4-0 Darjeeling DSA
11.01.2013: Bhardhaman DSA 7-0 Birbhum DSA
10.01.2013: BIRBHUM D.S.A. 2-4 UTTAR DINAJPUR D.S.A.
08.01.2013 : Malda D. S. A..   4-0   Murshidabad DSA.
08.01.2013 : Jalpaiguri DSA   2-0   Dakshin Dinajpur DSA
30.12.2012: SOUTH 24 PARGANAS D. S. A..   0-2   HOOGHLEY DSA.
27.12.2012: PURULIA D.S.A.   0-2   BANKURA D.S.A.
27.12.2012: HOOGHLEY D.S.A.   1-1   HOWRAH DSA.
26.12.2012: NADIA D.S.A.   0-1   SOUTH 24 PARGANAS D.S.A.
S-24 : Gopal Munsi
26.12.2012: CHANDANNAGAR D.S.A.   1-1   BASNKURA DSA.
21.12.2012 :HOOGHLY D.S.A.   2-1   NORTH 24 PARGANAS D.S.A.
HOL : Shk Alam Ali, Srinath Das
N24 : Amar Majumdar.
20.12.2012: NADIA D.S.A.   1-0   HOOGHLY D.S.A.
NAD : Sanjay Das

20.12.2012: MIDNAPORE D.S.A.   1-1   MANBHUM S.A. (PURULIA)
Scorer - Dhiraj Basnek (Midnapur) :: Scorer - Baidyanath Bauri(Manbhum)