First-ever Scouting Workshop kicks-off in Goa

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First-ever Scouting Workshop kicks-off in Goa

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : All India Football Federation's first-ever Scouting Workshop, a "Nationwide drive," kicked off in Goa on Sunday (July 12). The two-day Workshop, a virgin concept as far as Indian Football is concerned is being conducted by noted International Scout Derek Bragg who has regularly been scouting for many a National Federation, EPL and other Clubs from Elite Leagues in Europe since the last 20 years.

The 25 participants in the Course includes many a Former International Player namely Mahesh Gawli, Climax Lawrence, Shanmugam Venkatesh, Samir Naik, Noel Wilson amongst others. Besides, Abhishek Yadav, presently Director of Scouting, AIFF, Lee Johnson, Head Coach India U-19 National Team and National Coach Stephen Constantine are also attending the Workshop.

'The primary objective of this Workshop is to identify talent in India. India is a vast Country with 1.2 billion people. We need to create a Team off the field,' Bragg stated. “Once a Coach (name withheld on purpose - someone who has Coached at the highest level) approached me to scout for a wing back. The profile he needed was clear - they needed to be 6 feet able to defend balls at the posts. He needed to be strong,' Bragg informed.

'So I need not look at Players who would be of lesser height. My job was easier,' Bragg continued. 'So you are not there to be entertained and select on your own.' Understanding the reports need to be foolproof, Bragg insisted that 'reports need to be balanced. You also need to put yourself in the Coach's seat when reading your reports and always insist on a Feedback.'

Speaking from his own experience, Lee Johnson, attending the Workshop as a participant warned that very often scouts picked Players as per their 'own liking.' 'But such Players may not fit into as per the philosophy of the Club or the Team,' he opined.

Complementing Johnson, Bragg stressed: 'Never recommend Players whom you like; recommend Players who fits into the philosophy.' 'Philosophy is most important, not the system,' Constantine echoed. 'I don't have eyes everywhere for me to look at all the Players who are playing all over in this vast Country. You all are my eyes,' he urged.

'Be prepared to brave the rain, snow, heat and other unpleasant conditions. Scouting is a never a glamorous job. You won't ever be on front pages and Prime time television. Scouts work behind the scenes. But they are the real people,' Bragg added.

Constantine even mentioned that he 'starts taking notes right from the warm-up.' 'Once I became a scout, I improved as a Coach,' Bragg informed. 'You need to look and identify from the body language.' The Workshop will consist of both theory and practical sessions.

AIFF Invite Applications For Second Division League 2015-16

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11.07.2015 - AIFF PRESS RELEASE : All India Football Federation today notified all the state associations to send in the nominations of clubs for Second Division League 2015-16 by 20th July 2015. The interested clubs need to submit the following documents to respective state association who will eventually liaison with AIFF:

Last completed top most division local league result of the club
Certificate of Incorporation under Companies Act

Recent performance of the club in the premier local league would be the primary yardstick which will eventually make them eligible to play in the Second Division League 2015-16, which is tentatively slated to be held between November, 2015 and would run till May, 2016. The winner of the Second Division League 2015-16 will be promoted to Hero I-League 2016-17 subsequently.

The Clubs have to adhere to the Licensing Criteria for 2nd Division League, which will be shared with the interested clubs by the end of July, 2015. Youth development program will be stressed mostly and the clubs, who are vying for the spot in Second Division League, must field a full-fledged team in the upcoming U19 I-League as well as U15 I-League.

Aizawl FC triumphed over local rival Chanmari FC, Kolkata giants Mohammedan SC, veteran Hindustan FC and four eminent teams to seal their place in the upcoming Hero I-league 2015-16. They have shown tremendous enthusiasm and tenacity to cement their place in the league where they would rub their shoulders with big brothers like McDowell Mohun Bagan, Bengaluru FC and others.

Nevertheless, Royal Wahingdoh, the promoted team from Second Division, was the surprise package last season and received every bit of accolades from the football pundits across the nation. Now it's about a few months more, while we would be introduced to another bunch of Jackichand and Seityasen, countdown begins now.


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DEBJIT, KARUNASHANKAR  AND  ARUMANAIGAM ARE TO BE FELICITATED 11.07.2015 : Debjit Mazumdar, the young goalkeeper of Mohun Bagan to be honoured with the "Mohun Bagan Player Of The Year" award on Mohun Bagan Day on the 29th of July for his extraordinary contribution in the recently concluded season. This was decided in a working committee meeting of Mohun Bagan at Kolkata. Debjit will be honour with "Karuna Bhattacharjee Memorial Award".

Syed Rahim Nabi received the Karuna Sankar Bhattacharya Award for being the Best Footballer of the year 2012 from Prasun Banerjee...........Denson Devadas received the Karuna Sankar Bhattacharya Award for being the Best Footballer of the year 2013 from subrata Bhattacharyya

The working committee decided to honour with "Mohun Bagan Ratna" to the legendary footballers of the yester years KarunaShankar Bhattacherjee and Arumaynaigam

Karunashankar Bhattacharjee was not only associated with the club as a footballer, he was occupying the position of Football Secretary and Assistant General Secretary for a period of time. KarunaShankar to be honoured posthumously. Arumaynaigam was one of the successful footballer played a number of important national and international matches.

The best footballers of different age group teams of the Academy U-13, U-15, and U-19 will also be faliciated on the 29th evening at the Mohun Bagan Club ground at Kolkata. The members of the victrous I League team will be honour with a cash award of Rs 10 thousand while Shilton Paul to lead Mohun Bagan in the forth coming season. Shilton can be rated as one of the successful footballer of the club. It is under his leadership Mohun Bagan won the I league after a long span of thirteen years.


2001 : Padmashree Sailen Manna
2002 : Dr. Talimeron Ao
2003 : Shibdas Bhaduri (Posthumous)
2004 : Padmashree Gostha Paul (Posthumous)
2005 : Padmashree Chuni Goswami
2006 : Umapati Kumar (Posthumous)
2007 : Dhiren Dey (Posthumous)
2008 : M.A Sattar
2009 : Samar Banerjee
2010 : Hiralal Mukherjee, Bhuti Sukul, Sudheer Chatterjee, Monmohan Mukherjee, Rajen Sengupta, Neelmadhav Bhattacharya, Kanu Roy, Habul Sarkar, Abhilash Ghosh, Bijoydas Bhaduri (All posthumous)
2011 : Padmashree Pradip Kumar Banerjee
2012 : Jarnail Singh (Posthumous)
2013 : Balaidas Chatterjee(Posthumous)
2014 : Arumoynaigam (Will be given in 2015)
2015 : Karuna Shankar Bhattacharyya