Saturday, August 11, 2018

Karnataka win the inaugural match of sub-junior national qualifier

Karnataka thrashed Pondicherry 6-0 in the inaugural match of the sub junior national (South Zone) 
qualifying round at the Gachibowli Stadium, Hyderabad today. 

State boys are grouped along with Pondicherry and host Telangana whereas thAuguse other group consists of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. Karnataka will play their next group match against Telangana on August 15. 

Rayaan Shakeer scored a brace for the state team - opened the account in the third minute of the game followed by another one in 78 minute. Konthoujan Binod Singh, Udit. G, and Pranav. B scored a goal each. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Chhetri signs on with Bengaluru until 2021

Bengaluru FC Media 

Bengaluru FC skipper Sunil Chhetri put pen to paper on a fresh one-year deal at the club, the Blues announced on Tuesday. The deal, which adds to his current contract at the club, will see the AIFF Player of the Year be a part of the JSW Group-owned side until the end of the 2020-2021 season. 

Thirty-three-year old Chhetri had earlier signed a three-year deal with the Blues ahead of their move to the Indian Super League last season. Chhetri, who is the longest serving player at the club, spoke of his delight at the extension. 

“I have always said that this club and these fans have been the most fantastic experience of my life and signing a new deal here is only a way of giving back to a club that has given so much to me. I’ve made some fantastic memories here and I believe there are many more to make,” he said. 

Having won the club’s Top Scorer of the Year award for five consecutive seasons, Chhetri is Bengaluru’s highest goal scorer, with 71 goals in 144 appearances. 

“It’s special to have Sunil Chhetri play for us. He is, by far, the fittest player around and he has proven so many times that age is just a number. We are excited to have Sunil the player, more excited to have Sunil the leader and most excited to have Sunil the enigma. His hunger, desire and passion is immense and he is the torchbearer of Indian football. For us, the club was built around Sunil and continues to do so. We hope he stays for as long as possible at BFC in the capacity of a player and beyond,” said Parth Jindal, CEO of Bengaluru FC. 

Bengaluru FC are currently in pre-season training at their residential facilities in Bellary, following which they will fly out to Spain for a preseason camp. The Blues’ first competitive match of the season kicks off in less than a month, when they take on Turkmenistan’s Altyn Asyr FK in a two-legged Inter-Zone semifinal of the AFC Cup, on August 22 and 29.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bengaluru start pre-season, Carles Cuadrat assumes role as head coach

Bengaluru FC kicked off the first leg of their 2018-19 pre-season with an open training session at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Saturday. All seven new signings - Kean Lewis, Rino Anto, Sairuat Kima, Gursimrat Gill, Soram Poirei, Chencho Gyeltshen and Xisco Hernandez - along with retained players put in a shift under the watchful eyes of newly appointed Head Coach Carles Cuadrat. 

The Blues begin their competitive season with a two-legged AFC Cup Inter-Zone semifinal clash against Turkmenistan’s Altyn Asyr FK and Cuadrat says the challenge ahead is one he is looking forward to. 

“I’m very happy to be back. When you see the kind of supporters we have and the hard work that goes into the club, you feel proud to be part of it. We have a long preseason now and we will do our best to prepare ourselves for the Asian challenge. We’re aware about the quality of the opponents at this stage of the competition and that we need to be at our best going into the start of the campaign.” 

While Cuadrat took to the field as Head Coach for the first time ever, skipper Sunil Chhetri became the first player to enter a sixth season as part of the club.
“It’s a great feeling to be back on the pitch. We’ve had some time away from the game to refresh ourselves and everyone is now very enthusiastic for the new season. There are a few new signings in the squad and with more time at our hand this time around, we want to be better prepared for the knockout stage of the AFC Cup,” said Chhetri on the sidelines of the first session. 

The supporters turned up in numbers to create an atmosphere as the Blues introduced Assistant Coach Gerard Zaragoza, who has experience at Lekhwiya SC, Torpedo Kutaisi, Locomotive Tblisi and RCD Espanyol. Zaragoza’s most recent stint came as assistant to Michael Laudrup at Al-Rayyan SC in Qatar.  Joining Zaragoza as part of the newly appointed backroom staff was Goalkeeping Coach Cristian Patru, formerly of FC Dynamo Brest in the Belarusian Premier League. 

The Blues head to the BFC Residential Training facilities in Bellary on Monday, before travelling to Spain for the second leg of their pre-season.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Journey of BTM FC

BDFA C Division league, which apparently is the bottom rung league does not catch everyone's fancy. A quick look inside and you will find a plethora of teams participating – 62 in total divided in 10 groups in the preliminary stages. 

The quality of the matches would leave a lot to be desired but the effort put in by the clubs is immense. All four teams who made to semis got promoted to B Division - Sunrise FC won the league defeating Goans in Final, other semifinalists being South India and BTM FC. 

Talking about enthusiasm with limited resources and continuous effort, BTM FC made it to the next grade this time. 

The club founded in 2009 by a bunch of amateur footballers from BTM Layout locality. BTM FC soon registered as a non-profit organization (NPO) and got accredited to BDFA. 

They made their debut in C Division in 2010 and could qualify to the knock-out round, which continued for the next five season. What's remarkable was that they kept persisting without giving up. Finally the same set of players crossed the hurdle in their sixth attempt and promoted to B Division. 

BTM FC squad 
Syed Taha (GK), Maqsood, Prithive (Captain), Aditya, Khalid, Nishanth, Sunith, Lohith, Prashanth, Shashidhar, Ashrith, Rajesh, Mandeep, Srinath, Yugal, Anup, Samvartha, Praveen, Manjunath, Mayur, Girish
Coach : Abiram Krishna

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Carles Cuadrat is the Bengaluru coach for this season

Bengaluru FC Media

Spaniard Carles Cuadrat has been named the new coach of Bengaluru FC in a one-year deal that keeps him with the Blues till the end of the 2018-19 season, the club announced on Thursday. An assistant coach at the club for two seasons, Cuadrat takes over the baton from Albert Roca who bid farewell to Bengaluru earlier in May.

“We are thrilled at announcing Carles as our new head coach. Alongside Albert, he played a massive part in changing the way we played football. Given the long association the two have shared, it’s reassuring to know that our philosophy remains intact. Carles has been a popular figure in the dressing room and with the fans and we couldn’t have asked for a better choice as we make an important transition,” said club CEO, Parth Jindal.

Cuadrat’s second season with the Blues had to be cut short after a surgery on his knee forced him to resign and return to Spain in December.  And the 49-year-old said he was delighted to be able to come back in a new role at the club.

“I am very happy to come back to the club, to the fantastic people who work for it and to the fans who I have always had a special place for, in my heart. I am also grateful to the management for reposing such faith in me. What Albert achieved at the club is special and it won’t be easy to replicate. But I will be giving this opportunity everything I have, and I believe with the right amount of hard work and passion, we can keep achieving success at BFC.”

An academy graduate at FC Barcelona, Cuadrat had coaching stints with the age-group teams at the Catalan giants before traveling to Galatasaray with Roca as part of Frank Rijkaard’s staff. He then became assistant to Roca at the Saudi Arabia and El Salvador national teams before joining Bengaluru FC at the start of the 2016-17 season during which he won the Federation Cup with the Blues.