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ANTONIO HABAS ARE ON CLOSE DOOR PRACTICE AT GOA
28.10.20: The footballers of ATK Mohun Bagan are preparing under Spanish coach Antonio Habas at the practice turf of Bambolim ground even in the scorching heat of Goa. Antonio Habas incidentally is the most successful coach in the history of Indian Super League who guided his team (ATK) to win the trophy twice out of the six tournaments played so far.
The Spanish coach is following tradition of preparing his team in close door even in the new normal situations. The surroundings are being covered with thick black sheets so that no one can see what is happening inside the practice ground from near by roads. Antonio Habas wants to keep secret his stategies especially the situation from dead ball moves and comers.
ATK Mohun Bagan are now practicing in two sessions even during Puja, which is likely to change from Thursday in order to avoid the heat and humidity at Goa. ATK Mohun Bagan are maintaining almost the same team except a few like Sandesh Jhingan, Subasish Bose, Glen Martins, Brad Inman. This has helped a lot for Habas while preparing for the seventh edition of the tournament. The footballers are aware of the style of the Spanish coach, who himself have started situation and Positional practice within a very short time. It is expected that Roy Krishna and Brad Inman will start to train themselves after completing the quarantine period from Saturday onwards.
The footballers have had a memorable time in the evening during Puja. The team management arranged for special Bengali delicacies during the dinner which is enjoyed by the footballers.
FC GOA ANNOUNCES 30 MEMBER SQUAD FOR ISL 2020-21
28.10.20: After the completion of the domestic transfer window, FC Goa submitted a list of 30 footballers to FSDL. The squad shows 6 foreigners in addition to 14 players from the home state, Goa. 11 players from last season are being included in the squad.
FC Goa’s squad for the 2020/21 season of the Indian Super League is as follows:
GOALKEEPERS: Mohammad Nawaz, Naveen Kumar, Shubham Dhas, Dylan D’Silva.
DEFENDERS: Sanson Pereira, Seriton Fernandes, Leander D’Cunha, Iván González (Spain), Mohamed Ali, James Donachie (Australia), Sarineo Fernandes, Aibanbha Dohling, Saviour Gama.
MIDFEILDERS: Lenny Rodrigues, Nestor Dias, Edu Bedia (Spain), Princeton Rebello, Alberto Noguera (Spain), Brandon Fernandes, Phrangki Buam, Redeem Tlang, Makan Winkle Chothe, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Jorge Ortiz (Spain), Flan Gomes, Seiminlen Doungel.
STRIKERS: Igor Angulo (Spain), Aaren D’Silva, Devendra Murgaonkar, Ishan Pandita.
HEAD COACH: Juan Ferrando.
In his massage the Head Coach of FC Goa said, “I am very happy to see a very good disposition to work hard and take another step towards improvement amongst all the players. After all, this preseason will be pretty different from previous ones for everyone and attitude is the key.Throughout the campaign, I would like to see the team improve week by week and game by game. Our goals as a team are to reach the playoffs and have a good showing in the AFC Champions League.”
RELIANCE FOUNDATION GRADUATES JOIN CHENNAIYIN FC
28.10.20: Chennaiyin FC (CFC) announced the signing of youngsters Ganesan Balaji and Aqib Nawab after the duo graduated from the Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) setup recently. The club is also pleased to confirm that Chennai-born BY Revanth has been promoted from the CFC B team to the senior team and will be joining the club’s Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 squad in Goa as the stipulated fourth goalkeeper. Furthermore, youth team starlets Mohamed Liyaakath and Rahul K. (both aged 16) will also continue their development at Chennaiyin after signing new multi-year contracts.
18-year-olds Balaji and Nawab have also signed for Chennaiyin on multi-year deals respectively and will also be registered for CFC’s 2020-21 ISL squad.
With the addition of Balaji, Nawab and Revanth, the Chennaiyin roster for the new season comprises 21 domestic and seven overseas players. Furthermore, it also takes the number of developmental players (born on or after January 1, 2000) to seven.
21-year-old Revanth is a talent unearthed by Syed Sabir Pasha, the club’s Assistant Coach and Technical Director of Youth Development. Having impressed during his two seasons with the club’s B team, Revanth now receives the opportunity of training and improving with the senior team in Goa. An agile shot-stopper who is also comfortable with the ball at his feet, Revanth has trained with the senior team for a short spell in the past, ahead of the 2019 AFC Cup campaign.
Balaji, another Chennai boy, was initially a part of the Chennaiyin grassroots program in 2015, before joining RFYC. He now returns as a versatile presence on the left flank, capable of operating as left-back or left wing-back. Nawab, who hails from Kolkata, is another exciting prospect who can don multiple hats as center-back or right-back.
MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING ROPE IN DEFENDER ARIJIT BAGUI, MANOJ MOHAMMAD
28.10.20: Mohammedan Sporting signed experienced defender Arijit Bagui and Manoj Mohammad ahead of the upcoming I-League season.
27 year old right back Arijit played for Bhowanipore FC in the recent I-League qualifier, where they finished 2nd. In last two seasons, Arijit played for Mohun Bagan, where he made 29 appearances and scored 3 goals.
21 year old young left back Manoj started his senior career from East Bengal. East Bengal youth academy product, Manoj played for East Bengal senior team in last two seasons.During his time at East Bengal, he played I-League, CFL Premier, Durand Cup.
Starting his career from Kalighat MS in 2013-14 season, Arijit played for 2nd Division League for them in 2014. Later he joined Peerless SC. During his time at Mohun Bagan, he won Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup in 2017, 2018–19 Calcutta Premier Division and then I-League 2019-20. He won Best Footballer award at Mohun Bagan for his brilliant display in 2018-19 season.
CHURCHILL BROTHERS SIGNED LUKA MAJCEN
28.10.20: Churchill Brothers signed Slovenian forward Luka Majcen ahead of the upcoming season.
31 year old forward started his professional career from Slovenian club NK IB Ljubljana, where he won Slovenian Cup and Slovenian Super Cup.
Later he played several Slovenian clubs like Rudar Velenje, Koper, Triglav Kranj, Gorica, Krka. This will be his first stint outside Slovenia.
PUNJAB FC EXTENDS TWO FOREIGNERS CONTRACT
28.10.20: Roundglass Punjab FC extends contracts of two foreigners - Brazilian defender Danilo Quipapá and Nepal's skipper goalkeeper Kiran Kumar Limbu ahead of the upcoming season.
26 year old Brazilian defender Danilo joined Punjab FC last season and played 13 matches for them, where he scored 1 goal.
Kiran played for Punjab FC in last two seasons, where he made 24 appearances so far. 30 year old goalkeeper made 62 appearances for his country Nepal. He is been part of Minerva Punjab FC's I-League winning 2017-18 squad.
SUDEVA FC CONFIRMED TWO MORE SIGNINGS
28.10.20: Delhi based I-League side Sudeva FC confirmed two more signings - defender Lalramhmunmawia and Zohmingliana Ralte ahead of the upcoming season.
Captain of Aizawl FC in 2016-17 I-League Championship, Zohmingliana Ralte played for Chennaiyin FC last season. Starting his career from Shillong Lajong FC, he played for several clubs like Pune FC, NorthEast United FC, DSK Shivajians and Bengaluru FC.
23 year old Lalramhmunmawia played for Aizawl FC in last 3 seasons, where he won the 2019-20 Mizoram Premier League.
FIFA President has tested positive for Coronavirus.
27.10.20: 50 years old FIFA President Gianni Infantino has tested positive for Coronavirus. But the Swiss lawyer had mild symptoms and went to self isolation and to remain for 10 days in quarantine. The Global soccer's governing body FIFA said on Tuesday.
' FIFA wishes president Gianni Infantino a speedy recovery.' Recently, FIFA president visited Qatar's progress for hosting the 2022 World Cup and praised after visiting the 60000 capacity Al Bayt stadium.
MANOLO MARQUEZ JOINED HYDERABAD FC'S PRACTICE SESSION
27.10.20: Hyderabad FC Head Coach Manolo Marquez joined the squad and oversaw his first pre-season training session for the club, at HFC’s Training Ground in Guirim on Tuesday. The Spaniard was joined by his fellow overseas coaching staff who stepped on to the field after completing the necessary quarantine procedures.
Monalo after his first practice session told the club media, “Getting back to training felt really good. We spent a long time away from our passion and we spoke about the same with the staff before the start of the training session. I think everyone who loves football would enjoy getting back on to the fiel. The overseas players will obviously be very important for the team. They trained for the first time but I am really happy with the attitude of all the players, including the local players. I think the players are happy as well, as almost the entire team trained together.”
Apart from the staff, Manolo was also joined by the foreign players in the Hyderabad squad in Joel Chianese, Joao Victor, Lluis Sastre, Odei Onaindia, Fran Sandaza and Aridane Santana.
The practice session attended by Assistant Coach Xavi Gurri, who was the interim coach in the latter half last season, along with Thangboi Singto, Jose Carlos Barroso,Strength and Conditioning Coach and Goalkeeping CoachMarc Gamon .