INDIAN FOOTBALL NEWS (AUGUST 2021)
GFA's Futsal Championship from September 1. BELOW FIXTURE
26/08/21 - GFA PRESS RELEASE : The much-awaited GFA's State Futsal Championship for men will kick off from September 1 at the Empire Sports, Nuvem with Sporting Clube de Goa clashing against FC YFA in the tournament opener. Sirvordem SC will take on Youth Club of Manora in the second match of the day.
The participating eight teams have been potted in two groups which will battle out in the league cum knock out phase. The finals will be held on September 12 to determine the State team to represent the AIFF Futsal Championship.
Group A : FC YFA, Sporting Clube de Goa, Sirvodem SC, Youth Club of Manora.
Group B : SCC Cavelossim, Panjim Footballers, Goa Velha SC and Ambelim Sports Club.
The top two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals scheduled to be played on September 7. The entire tournament will played at Empire Sports Nuvem. The competition shall be played in accordance with the FIFA lawsof the Game.
01/09/2021 : Sporting Goa ( VS ) FC YFA, 6 p.m.
01/09/2021 : Sirvodem SC ( VS ) YC Manora, 7 p.m.
02/09/2021 : Ambelim SC ( VS ) SCC Cavelossim, 6 p.m.
02/09/2021 : Panjim Footballers ( VS ) Goa Velha SC, 7 p.m.
03/09/2021 : FC YFA ( VS ) YC Manora, 6 p.m.
03/09/2021 : Sporting Clube de Goa ( VS ) Sirvodem SC, 7 p.m.
04/09/2021 : SCC Cavelossim ( VS ) Goa Velha SC, 6 p.m.
04/09/2021 : Ambelim SC ( VS ) Panjim Footballers, 7 p.m.
05/09/2021 : Sirvodem SC ( VS ) FC YFA, 6 p.m.
05/09/2021 : YC Manora ( VS ) Sporting CLube de Goa, at 7 p.m.
06/09/2021 : Panjim Footballers ( VS ) SCC Cavelossim, 6 pm
06/09/2021 : Goa Velha SC ( VS ) Ambelim SC, at 7 pm.
Apollo Tyres partners with KONAMI to launch eSports Tournament across multiple regions, in association with Manchester United.
26/08/21 - PRESS RELEASE : Leading tyre maker, Apollo Tyres and global video game publisher KONAMI, in association with Manchester United, today announced the launch of ‘Apollo Tyres United League’, an ambitious eSports Tournament played on eFootball PES 2021 for mobile. The mobile-based eSports Tournament will be held across multiple regions -- India, Australia, South Africa, Middle East, South East Asia, Sri Lanka and Nepal -- and will be first-of-its-kind both in terms of the format of the tournament and the overall partnership.
Apollo Tyres is the Global Tyre Partner of Manchester United Football Club and KONAMI is the Official Video Game Partner of the iconic English Football Club, and this is the first time that Apollo Tyres is conducting an initiative of this scale for eSports. The ‘Apollo Tyres United League’ will be held in 3 categories, one each for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels, and more than a million gamers are expected to participate. The three winners across the categories stand a chance to win the grand prize - a trip to Old Trafford that includes a matchday experience at the hallowed stadium and the chance to play in-person against Manchester United’s eSports players.
The first phase of the tournament kickstarts on August 26, 2021. The finals will be played on September 1 and the winners of the Apollo Tyres United League shall be announced on September 7, 2021.
“As eSports grows bigger and bigger in India, as well as globally, it presents us with a unique opportunity to engage with our existing and potential consumer base among Generation Z and the young millennials. We feel that the Apollo Tyres United League is the perfect opportunity for us to mark our foray into the ever-growing bandwagon of eSports, complementing our existing investments in football, internationally as well as for the domestic market”, said Satish Sharma, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA), Apollo Tyres Ltd.
In India alone, it is estimated that there are more than 150,000 professional eSports players with a viewership of over 17 million people and these numbers are set to grow exponentially over the next few years. KONAMI’s eFootball series, which is the gaming title for Apollo Tyres United League, has a long history of supporting eSports in the region, with PES 2018 featured in the 2018 Asian Games.
“Exploring shared partnerships through our eFootball partner clubs has been an area of great interest, and I am very happy that this collaboration between Apollo Tyres, Manchester United and KONAMI has become a reality. Our company will continue to innovate in eSports; finding new ways to support mobile eSports players as well as console”, commented Naoki Morita, European President at KONAMI Digital Entertainment B.V.
“It is fantastic to see Apollo Tyres and KONAMI collaborating in such an exciting and innovative way, bringing a new kind of engagement to hundreds of thousands of Manchester United fans across many regions. This collaboration is a great example of the kinds of relationships we nurture and encourage amongst our commercial partners, driving awareness and real business impact for both brands”, said Sean Jefferson, Director of Partnerships, Manchester United.
AFC Club Competitions Ranking Update - India's Slot in AFC Champions League 2023
25/08/2021 : After yesterday's Group D matches, India currently seating at 12th position in West Zone behind Bangladesh. As Bangladesh did not qualify to knock out stage, so they will not get direct ACL 2023 slot. India still have a chance to get direct ACL 2023 slot and it all depends on ATK Mohun Bagan right now.
A must win match of ATK Mohun Bagan against the winner of today's encounter between FC Nasaf vs Ahal FC to stay in contention of AFC Champions League 2023 direct spot for India. Overall India is in 21st position with 21.838 points. So far India acquired 3.510 points in 2021.
As per the rule of AFC in each region, the associations ranked 7th to 10th are each allocated one direct slot and the associations ranked 11th to 12th are each allocated one play-off slot.
India was in 8th position previously, that's why FC Goa get direct entry in AFC Champions League 2021.
Fixtures of the 13th SAFF Championship 2021 at Maldives
FIXTURE - BELOW
19/08/21 : The 2021 SAFF Championship will be the 13th edition of the SAFF Championship, the biennial international men's football championship of South Asia organised by SAFF. Initially, The tournament was postponed again to October with Maldives as host.
After suspension of Pakistan and withdrawal of Bhutan, the format was changed from group and knockout stage to a single group round robin format where the top two teams advance to the final
INDIA APPRATED FOR 13 TIMES AND WON 7 TIMES (1993, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015)
01 October 2021 : Nepal (--VS --) Maldives
01 October 2021 : Sri Lanka (--VS --) Bangladesh
03 October 2021 : Bangladesh (--VS --) India
03 October 2021 : Sri Lanka (--VS --) Nepal
06 October 2021 : India (--VS --) Sri Lanka
06 October 2021 : Maldives (--VS --) Bangladesh
08 October 2021 : Maldives (--VS --) Sri Lanka
08 October 2021 : Nepal (--VS --) India
11 October 2021 : Bangladesh (--VS --) Nepal
11 October 2021 : India (--VS --) Maldives
Illish vs Chingri and East Bengal - Mohan Bagan Derby!
16.08.2021 : PRESS RELEASE ( IFA SHIELD-UK) : - Bengali diaspora revives traditional Kolkata maidan’s rivalry with IFA Shield in UK When the epic song ‘Saab khelar sera bangalirtumi football’ (Bengali’s football is the best amongst all sports) was sung by the legendary singer late Manna Dey exactly half a century back, little did he know that the song would not only make the movie DhonnyiMeye a super hit in its time but would also create what is still today the most romantic and passionate ethos of all the Bengalis world over, ie football and along with it the eternal rivalry of East Bengal and Mohan Bagan or illish vs chingri
PIC: ARIJIT SARKAR
Kolkata maidan’s century old legacy of the friendly enmity between the two giants of Calcutta Football League truly brings out the vibes and the essence of ‘bangaliana’ amongst not only the Bengalis in the city of joy but also amongst a group of Bengali diaspora in UK, so much so that they came up with this unique event of organising the Aidias Indian Fans Alliance (IFA) Shield UK this year on 15 th August in London. The theme was none other than ‘play football the Bengal way’, reminiscing the above song in its spirit and flavour. Needless to say that the fun-fare of day long football was complimented by delectable spread of illish and chingri delicacies arranged by organisers.
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This group of likeminded Bengalis in UK from different walks of life and profession were united by the spirit of ‘bangal and ghoti’, when the unbridled love of Bengalis, the century old rivalry of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan is almost lost from the Kolkata maidan. It was quite refreshing to see the tradition and heritage of old Kolkata in sporting rivalry was revived in UK, when Mr. Anirban Mukhopadhyay,a die-hard EB fan and a noted name amongst the Bengali diaspora in UK first conceived this unique idea of reviving the traditional football rivalry between East Bengal and Mohan Bagan on the banks of Thames, far away from the mecca of ‘bangalir’ football and the Ganges way back in 2018 and the first edition of the IFA Shield UK was held. It was a runaway hit, with the theme song sung by none other than Babul Supriyo who was also the non-playing captain of the Mohan Bagan team in the shield; with his counterpart of rival East Bengal being Chima Okerie.
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This year the organiser, Heritage Bengal Global (HBG is an all women not-for-profit organisation in UK) under the Presidentship of Milly Basu, decided to hold the event on 15 th August, after the unlocking of the covid restrictions by the UK government keeping up with the fervour of the recently concluded Euro and Copa America 2020 last month.
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Bhaskar Bhattacharyya, who was heavily involved in the organisation of the tournament right from 2018, has been instrumental in getting the FA accreditation for this year also. Dipanjan Nandi another co-organizer member from Harrow was responsible for coordinating jerseys, fan clubs interaction and promotion back in Kolkata.
Interestingly IFA Shield 2021 theme song was been sung by the renowned Bollywood singer Shaan, with music by the upcoming Bollywood music director Sunjoy Bose. The song was originally penned by AbhraMalakar, an avid EB supporter from Kent. The event organisation also had support from Subhojit Ghosh Chourdhury and Debashis Ghosh from Kolkata alongwith Kaushik Ghosh, the famous artisan from Kumartuli who designed both the shields for men and women.
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Since the idea of this event first came from the age old Bengali saying health is wealth, this year saw several doctors from NHS- UK participating on the pitch in EB-MB jerseys. Not just limited to sports and health, the event also had participation from Kolkata’s South Point School ex-student’s Pointers Business Forum came up in full support to form a linkage to Bengal – British business corridor to connect SMEs on both sides.
Aidias IFA Shield UK 2021 was played at the Slough town FC ground following regular football norms and the tournament comprised of the Men’s shield played between the best EB and MB teams after a round robin ‘derby’league of three EB and three MB teams named after their respective Fan Clubs in Bengal. The EB Teams were ‘Prabashe East Bengal’, ‘Red & Gold Warriors’ and BADGEB; and the MB teams are ‘Mariners Base Camp’, ‘Andul Mariners’ and ‘Rokte Amar Mohan Bagan’. The final was played between BADGEB and mariners Base Camp with Mohun Bagan team winning 3-1.
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This year Smt. Lakshmi Chopra memorial shield was an addition for the eves, played by the women of the Bengali diaspora donning EB and MB jerseys, in memory of the late mother of renowned Indian realtor and educationist Mr. Pradip Chopra, a Director of the HBG. Both EB and MB teams were declared joint winners. This year event was also special as it celebrated 100 years of Calcutta derby rivalry in UK with three and half centuries of football history of Bengal with the clubs East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and George Telegraph collectively. A special football training Bootcamp was also organised for the children.
Virendra Sharma, MP of Ealing and Southall was the guest of honour who emphasized on the need of outdoor sports for the children. Kolkata football legend, Chima Okerie was the chief guest and jointly gave away the prizes to the winners.
IFA FINDS A NEW TITTLE SPONSOR
16.08.2021 : Indian Football Association (WB) are now tied up with Sister Nivedita University as the tittle SPONSOR of CFL and other tournaments. This was officially announced at a function today at Kolkata in presence of IFA officials and Chancellor of the University Mr Satyam Roy Chowdhury.
CFL will going to start from 17th August at MOHUN BAGAN ground with the match between Kidderpore FC and Peerless FC. Mr Satyam Roy Chowdhury after signing the agreement with IFA said that "we are happy to sign in such a special day of football."
He elaborated how Techno India Group is dedicated in sports apart from the different vocational courses.Sister Nivedita University is now operating a Sports Management course with a number of enthusiastic students. Techno Group is not new in Kolkata maidan. Techno is associated with Aryan Club and other clubs of Kolkata. .
Jharkhand to host Indian women's national team camp from August 16
13.08.21: Jharkhand to host the Indian Women's National Team camp in Jamshedpur from August 16, 2021 for preparation for the AFC Women's Cup India 2022 – the flagship continental championship. AFC Women's Asian Cup which is scheduled to be held in India from January 20-February 6, 2022. India are also to play host to the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup from October 2022 onwards.
Senior Women's Team, Head Coach Thomas Dennerby has named a list of 30 probables who will be camping in Jamshedpur. Dennerby has previously guided Sweden's Women's National team to a 3rd-place finish in the FIFA World Cup in 2011, and a quarter-final spot in the 2012 London Olympics. He also served as the Head Coach of the Nigerian Women's National team wherein he coached the Super Falcons to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. He also helped the Nigerian women to win the AWCON Award 2018, and was awarded the 2018 Coach of the Year in Nigeria.
The 30-player list is as follows :
GOALKEEPERS: Aditi Chauhan, Sowmiya Narayanasamy, M Linthoingambi Devi, Shreya Hooda
DEFENDERS: Jabamani Tudu, Ashalata Devi, Sweety Devi, Hemam Shilky Devi, Michel Castanha, Ritu Rani, Ranjana Chanu Sorokhaibam, W Linthoingambi Devi, Kritina Devi Thounaojam, Anju Tamang, Asem Roja Devi
MIDFIELDERS: Indumathi Kathiresan, Sangita Basfore, Martina Thokchom, Dangmei Grace, Soumya Guguloth, Sumithra Kamaraj, Mariyammal Balamurugan, Sanju, Manisha.
FORWARDS : Renu, Karishma Shirvoikar, Sandhiya Ranganathan, Sumati Kumari, Daya Devi, Pyari Xaxa.
George Telegraph SC associated with IFA SHIELD UK - 2021
13/08/21: PRESS RELEASE - GEORGE TELEGRAPH : George Telegraph SC (Since 1925) - one of the oldest Football and Sports Clubs of Kolkata now associated with IFA SHIELD UK - INDIAN FANS ALLIANCE AS A HERITAGE PARTNER for IFA SHIELD UK-2021
The IFA SHIELD-UK acceredited by the English FA is organised by the Bengali Community living in the United Kingdom to celebrate and promote Bengal Football. The Tournament will be played from 11 am to 7 pm at slough Town FC, Arbour Park, stoke Road. Torunament for both Men and Women. Laxmi Chopra Memorial IFA Shield UK for Women and Aidias IFA Shield Uk for Men.
This year the event will take place on 15th August 2021 featuring three games between COVID warriors, another for Women and the main attraction will be fans clash by the name of EAST BENGAL - MOHUN BAGAN. Bollywood Singer Shaan Mukherjee sang the Theme Song. On the day 29th August They will celebrate the winning of IFA shield by Mohun Bagan in the year 1911.
The guest of honour for this year's tournament will be Indian Football Lefengary Foreigner Cheema Okorie abd MP Virendra Sharma ( Chairman of the Indo-British Parliamentary Group.
Thomas Dennerby to take charge as Head Coach of Indian Senior Women’s Team 13 Aug 2021
13/08/21: PRESS RELEASE - AIFF: In India's bid to prepare for the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022, as per the decision of the AIFF Technical Committee, Thomas Dennerby will be taking charge as Head Coach of the Indian Senior Women’s National Team with immediate effect. India are the hosts of the Continental Championship from January 20-February 6, 2022.
Dennerby, who was earlier in charge of the Indian U-17 Women’s World Cup squad, has an experience of over 30 years in coaching several National squads with much success. The UEFA Pro Diploma Holder had guided Sweden’s Women’s National team to a 3rd-place finish in the FIFA World Cup in 2011, and a quarter-final spot in the 2012 London Olympics.
He also served as the Head Coach of the Nigerian Women’s National team wherein he coached the Super Falcons to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. He also helped the Nigerian women to win the AWCON Award 2018, and was awarded the 2018 Coach of the Year in Nigeria.
“I am grateful to the All India Football Federation for finding me suitable for the job. It’s an honour to be taking over as the Head Coach of the Indian Senior Women’s National team,” Dennerby stated. “I have been in India and am aware of the huge potential. It is a big challenge to get the girls ready for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup. Life is all about challenges, and I relish it,” he added.
AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das averred: “With his vast experience, Thomas will bring in immense value addition to the women’s team. He is acquainted with India and we look forward together for him to improve our team technically, and competitively.”
Dennerby will move to take charge of the Indian U-17 World Cup squad once the AFC Asian Cup ends in February 2022. Till then, the U-17 girls will be training under the watchful eyes of Assistant Coach Alex Ambrose, who will be working in close coordination with Dennerby.
The AIFF in consultation with Thomas Dennerby and relevant stakeholders has also laid down a composite calendar for the development of women’s football, which also targets a number of International exposure tours for the Women’s Team leading to the AFC Asian Cup India 2022 which kicks off on January 20, 2022 -- all of which are subject to materialisation in view of the current pandemic situation which prevails all over the world, restricting travel worldwide.
AIFF expects covid restrictions and quarantine rules to get flexible in different countries soon, and with requisite permissions landing from the Governments of the respective countries, the Women’s team will be travelling abroad for International Friendlies.
In addition, subject to the pandemic situation improving in India and with consent coming in from the Government of India, there are plans to host an International tournament for Women’s in India soon.
At the domestic level, the Senior National Championships are planned to be held in November; while a probable window for the Hero IWL is March/April 2022 in Bhubaneswar. The Head Coach was very clear that it would not be prudent to allow National Team players to participate in Hero IWL before the Asian Cup in 2022, and accordingly it will be held after the Asian Cup.
Participation in both the competitions will be granted solely to players/staff who have got themselves fully vaccinated.
MANCHESTER CITY FEATURE FILM ‘TOGETHER’ RELEASED TODAY, REVEALING EXCLUSIVE, NEVER BEFORE SEEN FINAL MOMENTS OF RECORD-BREAKING 2020/21 SEASON
12/08/21: PRESS RELEASE - MAN CITY : Manchester City has today released a new City Studios feature film, ‘Together’ which captures exclusive, never before seen footage of the final months of a record-breaking and historic season. Shot by a small, embedded camera crew permitted inside the player bubble, the feature film captures behind-the-scenes footage of players and staff across the closing stages of the 2020/21 Premier League and domestic cup competitions, as well as the Club’s first appearance in the Champions League Final.
‘Together’ is released today at 10am exclusively to CITY+ members for one week before being released globally on YouTube
Football fans across the world can go behind the scenes of the final moments of Manchester City’s season like no other, through a new and exclusive City Studios feature film ‘Together’ released today. The film captures never before seen footage of the closing months of a record-breaking and historic season for the Club.
In an unprecedented season which continued to navigate the challenges of the pandemic, and at a time when fans have physically been further away from the team than ever before, the film brings viewers together on an immersive journey through the closing games of the Premier League and domestic cup competitions, as well as the Club’s first appearance in the Champions League Final.
Shot by a small, embedded camera crew permitted inside the player bubble operating a multi-camera set-up, the feature film captures up close, behind-the-scenes moments of the players and staff during some of the biggest moments of last season.
The title ‘Together’ represents the team’s spirit, bond and unity, and is a motto that travelled to every changing room and every match to reflect the support that Manchester City felt from their fans around the world throughout one of the most challenging seasons to date.
By tuning in, fans can experience Manager Pep Guardiola’s team talks, exclusive footage of club legend Sergio Aguero’s final few weeks, dressing room speeches from Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan and see the bonds formed between this special group of players.
Gavin Johnson, Media Director at City Football Group, said: “We’re delighted to be able to release this feature film today for fans across the globe to enjoy. Despite the challenges and restrictions we faced during the 2020/21 season, our small, embedded crew was able to capture some truly special, behind-the-scenes moments of the climax to an extraordinary campaign.
INDIAN NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM CAMP WILL BE HELD IN KOLKATA
AIFF PRESS RELEASE-08/08/2021 : Keeping an eye on their preparation for the forthcoming International Friendlies in September 2021, the Indian National Team will be camping in Kolkata from August 15, 2021, onwards. All players and staff will be assembling by the day with training sessions starting from the next day (August 16, 2021).
This marks the return of the National Team camp in Kolkata after 15 years, with the Blue Tigers last having camped in Kolkata way back in 2006 prior to the FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Saudi Arabia. The camp will be conducted under a secured bio-bubble adhering to the laid-down health parameters in wake of the current pandemic situation. The contingent will also be undergoing regular testing.
National team Head Coach Igor Stimac has named his initial list of 23 probables, leaving out players from ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC owing to the two club’s commitments in the AFC Cup in the Maldives. Players from both clubs will be joining the squad immediately after finishing their club commitments in the continental tournament.
Head Coach Igor Stimac averred: “I am very happy to meet with my players again and get ready for the upcoming challenges forward together.”
“We wish both the Indian clubs good luck and hope they do well in the AFC Cup. Meanwhile, we need to check on the rest of the players who will kick-off the camp with us next week, and choose the best ones until the rest of the players join us,” Stimac, who coached Croatia to qualification for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, added.
The 23 players joining the camp on August 15 are as follows:
GOALKEEPERS: Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, Vishal Kaith.
DEFENDERS: Asish Rai, Seriton Fernandes, Rahul Bheke, Adil Khan, Chinglensana Singh, Narender, Akash Mishra, Mandar Rao Dessai.
MIDFIELDERS: Bipin Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Lalengmawia, Glan Martins, Jeakson Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Sahal Abdul Samad, Yasir Mohammed, Halicharan Narzary.
FORWARDS: Rahul KP, Farukh Choudhary, Ishan Pandita, Rahim Ali.
The ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC players who will be joining the camp after their AFC Cup duties are as follows:
GOALKEEPERS: Amrinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Ashutosh Mehta, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhasish Bose.
MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Pronay Halder, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Ashqiue Kuruniyan
FORWARDS: Liston Colaco, Manvir Singh, Sunil Chhetri.
AIFF lays down National Team calendar for rest of 2021
AIFF PRESS RELEASE-04/08/2021 : All India Football Federation (AIFF) has set out the Indian National Team’s football calendar for the remainder of 2021. Amidst the impact of the pandemic on sports globally, International football has seen a hold up forcing AIFF to revisit the calendar faced with uncertainties, postponements, and unfortunate call-offs.
AIFF has endeavored to make the most of the lost opportunities of the past 15 months arising due to the pandemic with an effort to work in sync with its international commitments and the importance of the domestic events.
The action begins with Bengaluru FC playing their (pending) AFC Cup qualifier against Club Eagles (Maldives) on August15. This will be followed by the league stage draw featuring ATK Mohun Bagan from 18-24 August. Fans could be in for a double treat if Sunil Chhetri led BFC manage to cross the first hurdle. These matches will be brought live from Maldives to Indian homes.
Concurrently, the Federation will convene a 15-day camp for its Senior Men’s team starting August 15 in preparation for the two International games India is likely to play during the FIFA window of Aug 30-September 7. Conversations are ongoing with a few federations and a final confirmation will be made in the coming days.
Plans are also afoot to ensure the smooth integration of the players from BFC and ATK MB players returning from the Maldives to the Indian camp in regard to covid protocols.
By the first week of September, the clubs are expected to commence their pre-season and will see all India International players available. A three-week window, till end of September will ensure club coaches roll out their pre-season training plans in full gear.
The start of October will see AIFF reconvening the National camp for India’s participation in the (twice postponed) biennial international men’s football event, the SAFF Championship 2021 featuring five member nations. The tournament will be played till October 15, with India playing 4 games in a round robin format and would hope for an appearance in the final.
Immediately after the SAFF championship, India will start its preparation camp for its Group E engagement in AFC U-23 Asian Cup 2022 Qualifiers. While the Indian international players will return to their respective clubs from the SAFF Championship, the U23 players who would be summoned will be joining the preparatory camp.
GOKULAM KERALA FC STARTS PRACTICE EMS Corporation Stadium KERALA
02/-8/21-GKFC PRESS RELEASE : Gokulam Kerala FC men’s team have kickstarted the pre-season camp for the upcoming season at EMS Corporation Stadium here on Monday.
Gokulam Kerala FC will be defending Durand Cup and ILeague this season and are also qualified to participate in the AFC Cup. Durand Cup will most likely happen in September/October and ILeague is scheduled to happen in December.
Twenty-seven players of Gokulam Kerala FC are now in the selection camp. Of these, eight are new players, and the other eight are from the reserve team. Four foreigners will also join the camp after their signings and visa procedures are over.
Gokulam Kerala’s Italian head coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese and other technical staff had already reached the city one week before to prepare for the camp.
“We are looking forward to defending the titles successfully and make a mark in the AFC Cup. With the right mentality and philosophy, we believe that the players would be able to achieve it,” said Vincenzo Alberto Annese.
“Like last year we wanted to give opportunity for our reserve team players this year also. We have included eight of them in the preseason camp. We believe with the right preparation and a good pre-season we can accomplish what we have done last year,” said Gokulam Kerala FC president VC Praveen.