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INDIAN FOOTBALL NEWS 2019 (OCT)
MANCHESTER UNITED LIKELY TO PLAY IN KOLKATA
: The Premier League team Manchester United likely to play a pre season exhibition match at the city of joy in the middle of 2020. East Bengal club is celebrating their centenary and the match will be a programme of the one hundred years celebration.
A high level delegation lead by Allan John Dawson (Football Director) were at the city for the last two days.The other members of the delegation were Christoffer Laurens Komen, director of tours and friendlies of the club and officials Philip Malcolm Smith and Matthew Charles Jones.
The Manchester United delegation undertook a recee of the Club infrastructure and held discussions with the Club Secretary Mr Kalyan Majumdar and senior Executive Committee member Mr Debabrata Sarkar in respect of the proposed match. Though the date of the match is yet to be finalised.
The delegation had a discussion with the Sports Minister of West Bengal Arup Biswas and had detailed inspection at Yuba Bharati Kriangan. The Manchester United officials were highly impressed with the facilities - grounds, media facilities dressing room, and galleries, of the iconic stadium. Later they will visit some of the hotels of Kolkata.
According to a reliable source Manchester United are planning to play another exihibition match in a different venew in India. If everything works according to the plan then Kolkata will witness yet another high profile football match in the middle of 2020.
Hero I-League club owners and officials meeting with AIFF and FSDL
AIFF PRESS RELEASE- 15/11/2019
:Hero I-League club owners and officials lauded the efforts made by AIFF and FSDL to bring DSport as the new broadcasters for the upcoming season of the league. Earlier this week, the All India Football Federation announced that DSport will broadcast all the matches of the Hero I-League with an eight-camera setup. The various clubs in the league lauded this move as we head into the new season.
“I think that it’s really good that all the matches will be broadcasted on DSport. I feel that the I-League is one of the best properties in the country. So we are really looking forward to DSport building and strengthening the league with its broadcast,” said Churchill Brothers Director Valanka Alemao. Punjab FC director Ranjit Bajaj went on to term the DSport deal as a “new dawn” for the Hero I-League, urging all fans to tune in to their channels and platforms.
“This is like a new dawn for Indian Football. Now, with DSport coming in, we all need to download their app and tune in to their channel to watch the I-League matches,” said Bajaj. Sandeep Chattoo, co-owner of Real Kashmir FC said, “Our fans are really looking forward to the upcoming games. We have a fantastic following of fans, not just back home, but now all over the country. With DSport coming in, it will be a fantastic experience for all the fans, as all the matches will be telecasted.”
The Kolkata Giants – Quess East Bengal and Mohun Bagan – have two of the largest fan-bases across the country, and their club management welcomed this move. Green and Maroons Director Srinjoy Bose believes that there this move is a huge “boost” for the game.
“It’s very important for a new broadcaster to come in and show interest in football. A sports broadcaster coming in and showing interest is definitely a boost for the game,” he said. “With the help of AIFF and FSDL, we have changed the thinking on I-League. I-League will now be a much attractive and interesting event this year.”
Quess East Bengal CEO Sanjit Sen rounded off perfectly, saying that the overall quality of the league will also improve with the new broadcast deal. “I would like to sincerely thank AIFF, FSDL and DSport. There will be television broadcast and there will be streaming broadcast, so we really feel that it will improve the overall league, and we are looking forward to it,” he said.
TWO NOMINATIONS FOR INDIA AT UPCOMING AFC ANNUAL AWARDS 2019
AIFF PRESS RELEASE- 15/11/2019
: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced the nominees for the AFC Annual Awards Hong Kong 2019 on Friday (November 15, 2019), with India receiving nominations in two categories.Senior Women's National Team captain Ashalata Devi has been nominated for the AFC Player of the Year (Women) award while the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is one of three federations named as nominees for AFC President Recognition Awards for Grassroots Football (Developing).
Ashalata, who has been named alongside China's Li Ying and Japan's Saki Kumagai, expressed her delight at the nomination, saying it is a "dream come true". "This really is like a dream come true for me. You never really think of these milestones when you are growing up but I'm very happy that the hard work that I've put in over the years has got recognition on the continental level," she said.
The centre-back added, "I would like to thank our coaches Maymol Rocky and Chaoba Devi for giving me the right guidance and motivation over the years. Also, the credit goes to my amazing teammates. It is an absolute privilege to lead them out onto the pitch every single match." Head coach Maymol Rocky praised Ashalata on this honour, saying, "She really deserves this and it is a testament to the hard work put in by her over the years. I am really happy for her and for the whole team as well, who have been highlighted at continental level with this nomination."
India, along with Singapore and Hong Kong, have been nominated for the AFC President Recognition Awards for Grassroots Football (Developing) this year, having won the award previously in 2014 as well. The nomination coincides with the launch of the Golden Baby Leagues earlier this year, which will lay emphasis on young children between ages under 6 to under 12 as they form the golden age for learning – both for girls and boys.
It has already started making waves across the country – and is aimed at enabling a smoother transition for young kids who aim to make it big and popularize the sport across India. The final award ceremony will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on December 2
Australia international David Williams wins ISL Hero of the Month Award for October
09.11.2019-AIFF PRESS RELEASE
: Australia international David Williams has won the ISL Hero of the Month Award for October. The 31-year-old saw off competition from several star names in the Indian top tier competition including Bartholomew Ogbeche of Kerala Blasters, two time Golden Boot winner Ferran Corominas of FC Goa, Sergio Castel of Jamshedpur and Amrinder Singh of Mumbai City FC.
Williams has been rewarded for his outstanding performance last month scoring three goals and one assist for his new club ATK in the Indian Super League 2019-20 season. The former Willington Phoenix striker scored a brace against Hyderabad FC in a 5-0 home game and the decisive winning game against Chennaiyin FC in the away game.
He emerged as a clear choice by a panel of seven expert, comprising of commentators. A two-day voting by fans gave Ogbeche an edge over Williams, however the expert panel clearly voted for the Australian unanimously. Williams received the Hero of the Month Award trophy from his coach Antonio Habas ahead the ATK’s home game against Jamshedpur FC on Saturday.
Born in Brosbane, Australia, Williams had training stints with Belgian side Club Brugge KV and Premier League team Liverpool during his youth before signing his first professional contract with Queensland Roar. The striker has played for various A-League sides over the course of his career and also for European clubs like Brondby and Haladas. The Australian international was in Wellington Phoenix's books last season, where he scored 11 goals in the A-League and developed a lethal partnership with Roy Krishna, with whom he is piling his trade at ATK in ISL this season.
AIFF APPOINTS THOMAS DENNERBY AS HEAD COACH OF U-17 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP TEAM
09.11.2019-AIFF PRESS RELEASE
: The All India Football Federation confirms the appointment of Thomas Dennerby as the Head Coach of the Indian Women's U-17 team for the FIFA U-17 Women's World India 2020. The 60-year-old UEFA Pro Diploma holder comes with a rich experience of 30 years of coaching, in which he guided Sweden Women's National Team to a third-place finish in the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011, and a quarterfinal spot in the 2012 London Olympics.
His last assignment was with the Nigerian Senior Women's National Team where he coached the Super Falcons in the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019. He also guided the Nigerian women to win the AWCON 2018, and was awarded the 2018 Coach of the Year in Nigeria. Sweden are currently ranked 5 in the FIFA Ranking, while Nigeria are at 36.
Welcoming Dennerby on board, Mr. Praful Patel, President, All India Football Federation said: "Thomas is the right candidate to coach the Women's U-17 Team in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2020. I am confident that with his vast experience, he will be able to implement the technicalities of modern day football among the future generation of the Indian women's football team. I wish him good luck." Meanwhile, Dennerby thanked AIFF for making him a "part of the project".
"It is a big challenge to be coaching the host of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2020. I am extremely humbled and grateful to the AIFF for giving me the responsibility to groom the team for the World Cup," he stated. "There are 12 months still left for the mega event and that with my experience of having coached in World Cups, Olympics, European Championships, I would be able to stitch them into a formidable team. The optimism and cooperation amongst all in the Federation makes me feel we will achieve it together," he further stated.
The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is slated to held from November 2-21, 2020.
Mr. Klas Molin, Ambassador of Sweden to India in his statement said, "I'm very happy and proud to learn that former Swedish National Women's Football Coach Thomas Dennerby is taking charge of the Indian U-17 Women's National Team for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. "Sweden has a long and rich history of football with the Women's National Team currently ranked 5 in the world. We have also won medals in several World and European Championships. Women's football is important as a sport and as a route to empowerment and equality. We look forward to supporting India on this exciting journey," Mr. Molin further stated.
"Thomas Dennerby is a well-known and respected personality in Swedish Football – both as an excellent former player, and as a coach. I wish him and India's promising team and the entire Indian footballing community all the best for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and beyond." All India Football Federation General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das said, "Indian women's football would immensely benefit under Thomas Dennerby.
"His credentials as a coach is sure to add immense value to the players, and the overall ecosystem of women's football in India. I am sure he will help the U-17 Women's team evolve into mature players in their quest to bring further glory to women's football in India." Besides, Dennerby has also coached in the FIFA World Cup in China 2007, the 2009 European Championships for Women, and was involved with the Swedish FA for scouting and analytical purposes in European Championships in 2013 and 2017, FIFA World Cup 2015, and the Rio Olympics in 2016.
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