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Shillong Lajong Ties Up With St.Anthony's College Mass Media Department.

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Shillong Lajong FC has announced a first of its kind tie-up with the Mass Media department of St.Anthony's College, Shillong, for the 2013-14 I-League Season. The tie up is yet another flagship program of the Club, wherein the students of the College will be given an opportunity of a lifetime to work hand in hand with the Club and will get a nation-wide platform and exposure to showcase and display their creativity and talent.

The premier educational institute, one of the region's leading colleges, has provided its students with an incisive educational edge with the tie-up and the move has been seen as a truly wonderful initiative by Shillong Lajong FC. The tie up will also be an added advantage to the students, some of who may want to pursue a career in the sports industry, more so with the ever-increasing important role that the media is playing in Indian Football.

Commenting on the tie-up Dr. Cherry Kharshiing, the HOD of the Mass Media Department of St.Anthony's College, said, "On behalf of St. Anthony's College and the Mass Media department I take this opportunity to place on record this historic tie up. We are glad that this opportunity has come our way where our students can further sharpen their sports journalism skills, an area which is often given a backseat in journalism.

With this internship programme we hope that we will be able to raise up sports journalists of quality and responsibility who will be able to make a difference to sports journalism in Meghalaya. We wish Shillong Lajong the very best in this season of the I-League!" The tie up between two of the North-East premier entities in their own right will certainly be an impetus for the Student community of the region, with the prospect of being closely associated with their favourite Lajong stars.


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GFA PRESS RELEASE : Emergency Meeting was held with the Emergency Committee of GFA, Organizing Committee of the I League, and the representatives of I-League Clubs under the chairmanship of Senior Vice President Mr. Elvis Gomes.

The meeting was called in the light of the alleged incident of assault on a spectator by the security personnel engaged by GFA to provide security services at the venue at Duler. It was unanimously decided that the security services should be discontinued until further decision in this regard. Various other issues for improvement of crowd control were also discussed.

It was decided that bottles of any kind shall be strictly prohibited from carrying inside the venue. As a result, a suggestion to make drinking water available inside the venue through vendors who would serve in cups was accepted. It was also decided that the Government would be requested to increase police cover for all matches by deploying

more police personnel at the venue. In this connection, Mr. Elvis Gomes and Mr. Schubert Furtado along with GFA President Mr. Dempo would be calling on the Chief Minister to appraise him of the difficulties faced at Duler and seek his help.A major decision to increase the parking space on the southern side was also taken by taking the help of the Mapusa Municipal Council.

The issues such as irregular and haphazard parking on the northern side which blocks the access of the ambulance to the venue also came up for discussion and it was decided that parking on the northern side shall be regulated to allow clear passage to the ambulance.

It may be noted that Duler as a venue poses huge challenges particularly when a top-rated match is held in view of the limited space available for crowd movement outside the stadium. The parking of vehicles all along the periphery of the ground is a cause for concern. In this context, the Vice-President Mr.

Gomes has also appealed to the fans to cooperate with the GFA and the organizing committee of the I-League in ensuring a trouble-free tournament at Duler by understanding the difficulties faced at the venue. "We cannot afford to lose the venue due to such avoidable incidents" said Mr. Gomes.

Those present for the meeting were

Mr. Lavinio Rebello (Vice-President North GFA), Mr. Schubert Furtado (Competitions Committee Chairman GFA), Mr. Welvin Menezes (Deputy Chairman Competitions Committee GFA), Mr. Lawrence Gomes (I-League Organizing Secretary Mormugao), Mr. Babli Mandrekar (I-League Organizing Secretary Bardez), Mr. Alberto Colaco (Representative of Dempo SC), Mr. Sawant (Representative of Dempo SC), Mr. Jovito Lopes (Representative of Churchill Brothers SC), Mr. Victor Fernandes (Representative of Sporting Clube de Goa), Mr. Edward Noronha (Representative of Sporting Clube de Goa), Mr. Angelo Albuquerque (Representative of Sporting Clube de Goa), and Mr. RAJ Gomes (Representative of Salgaocar FC).

2014 World Cup : More than 6 million Fans applied for a ticket.

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2014 FIFA WOrld Cup is knocking the door, 5 times World Champpion Brazil will host it for 2nd time after 1950 where they lost to Uruguay in the final. For the reason a huge demand of the ticket of 2014 is growing among the Brazilians. As per FIFA news more than 6 millian football fans has applied for the ticked which is almost double of the total available.

As per the high demand, FIFA will hold a random draw to allocate the tickets to those who applied in the first phase, which ended on Thursday. The second phase will be started from Nov. 5-28th, where the ticket will be available on the basis of first-come, first-serve. FIFA will give another chance to the fans again on 8th December to buy the ticket when the fans will know the World Cup draw determines where and when each of the 32 teams will play.

FIFA also said that, they have got the application from 203 Countries. Most of the request applied for opening and Final game which is average more than 7 lakhs. the Fans of Brazil made 70 percent of the requests, followed by Americans, Argentines and Germans. Each applicant could request for up to four tickets for a maximum of seven of the 64 matches.

FIFA said in the report that, more than 6.1 million ticket requests came from Brazil followed by Americans (374,065), Argentines (266,937), Germans (134,899), Chileans (102,288), English (96,780), Australians (88,082), Japanese (69,806), Colombians (55,379) and Canadians (49,968). FIFA said it has until Nov. 4 to inform applicants whether they will get the tickets they applied for in the first phase.

UEFA wants to launch 54 nations National Football League.

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European Football Governing Body UEFA plans to make international football more attractive and more profitable. They are looking for national teams playing a new Nations League competition. Last Month the UEFA executive committee meeting in Dubrovnik plans that they would using existing dates for friendlies in the international calendar to launch a new league involving all 54 member nations rating into 1st Division to 9th division in a 6 nations in each Group.

In the meeting, discussion were about how to improve the attractiveness of international football from 2018 onwards. As a part of a discussion about how to improve the attractiveness of international football from 2018 onwards. The Uefa executive committee will now examine the idea in more detail before deciding whether to adopt.

As per Enghislh Daily, The Guardian , the 9 divisions that may happen under the Nations League. With promotion and relegation. As per the new concept, the winner of the first division would be Uefa's Nations League champion and win a substantial prize, with the bottom team in each division being relegated in favour of the winner of the tier below.


1st division - Spain, Germany, Holland, Italy, England, Portugal.
2nd division - Russia, Greece, Croatia, Sweden, France, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
3rd division - Ukraine, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic.
4th division - Republic of Ireland, Serbia, Norway, Slovakia, Turkey, Israel.
5th division - Slovenia, Austria, Romania, Montenegro, Poland, Finland.
6th division - Scotland, Armenia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus.
7th division - Wales, Northern Ireland, Albania, Iceland, Lithuania, Macedonia.
8th division - Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Kazakhstan.
9th division - Liechtenstein, Faroe Islands, Malta, Andorra, San Marino, Gibraltar.