Friday, July 31, 2015

[EVENT] 2nd Edition of Blues Cup on August 1 and 2

Blues Sports Team in association with Dream United presents 2nd Edition of Blues Cup – a corporate football tournament on August 1 and 2 at Kicks On Grass

A total of 24 teams divided in 8 groups will be playing this two-day long tournament. In this league-cum-knockout tourney, participating teams will be vying for 2 Cups. 

Winner of Cup 1 would get richer by 25K with several goodies from Nike and so on. 

The best attraction should definitely be the Women Championship, which is a rare scene in Bangalore Football. 

The 2nd edition of Blues Cup is supported by BookTheField and Vedantu.

BookTheField an android app through which you can book grounds for friendly games, team practice. Also one can register for tournaments happening in and around Bangalore as the same will be listed in the app. so next time you want to play tournaments, you can find it in the app. 

Vedantu is a live online tutoring platform that enables personalized learning. Vedantu uses technology to bring together teachers and students on a single platform to enable live learning between them.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

[Pic Gallery] Ulaganathan attend Mohun Bagan Day

Namma-Bengaluru's Ulaganathan, star player of Kolkata-maidan in 70's and early 80's attended Mohun Bagan Day at the Mohun Bagan tent yesterday, July 29. 

This day is the most important day in the club calendar. On July 29, 1911 Mohun Bagan lifted the IFA Shield for the first time in defeating the mighty British team East Yorkshire Regiment. 

Ulaga, as he's popularly known, played for eight seasons Mohun Bagan, he's extremely popular till date

Enjoy the pictures... 

Pic courtesy: Tridip Sheet and Shiladitya Mitra  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bengaluru bolster squad with Alwyn George signing

Bengaluru FC Media 

Bengaluru FC have signed midfielder Alwyn George on a one-year deal with the club having the option of extending it by a year, the Blues announced on Wednesday. Ashley Westwood, in his pre-season press conference on Monday, had mentioned about the possibility of filling in three to four slots on the team for the new season and George’s signing marks the beginning of the process.

A product of the Tata Football Academy where he spent a little more than three years, George went on to play for Pailan Arrows before spending two seasons at Dempo who were relegated from the I-League last season. He has also played for the senior and under-23 national teams.

Having caught Westwood’s eye the moment the gaffer saw him train with the national team, George was always on the Blues’ radar. “We’re delighted to have Alwyn on the team. He is the first Indian player who had my attention simply because of the potential and natural ability he put on display. A lot more was expected of him but, for whatever the reasons be, he hasn’t been able to do justice to his potential. He’s certainly a player who we can improve and get him back to his best. I see this signing as an asset to the team,” said Westwood of his latest acquisition.

George was part of the Dempo squad over the last two seasons but struggled to get adequate playing time which even saw him lose his spot in the national team. But the talented youngster believes his stint at BFC will be the perfect springboard he needs. “I am really excited to have signed for Bengaluru FC. No one comes close to them when it comes to running things professionally and I am glad I will get to experience that first-hand. The last couple of years haven’t been my best but I now want to prove that I can force my way into the starting XI of any team,” said George on completing his signing.

Named ‘best young Indian player of the season’ by the Football Players Association of India for two seasons in a row (2012-13 and 2013-14), Nagpur-born George said he was also looking forward to playing in front of the boisterous BFC fans who he had come up against while at Dempo. “I’ve been witness to the kind of support the club enjoys and I am really looking forward to playing in front of those passionate fans. I want to also repay the coaches faith in signing me and I want to play my part in helping the club become champions again.”

George’s first day at training included a session at the gym with the team.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Bengaluru FC fans flock to stadium to welcome the team

Pic source: Bengaluru FC and West Block Blues 

Carried on by the West Block Blues, a premier fan group of Bengaluru FC, around 70-odd fans gathered at the Bangalore Football Stadium prior to the training session, setting up banners and chanting the team bus on its way in. 

They assembled at the stadium for the Bengaluru players, for their initial pre-season training.

Bengaluru FC kick off pre-season today

Bengaluru FC Media 

Bengaluru FC kick-started their pre-season program with a light training session at the Bangalore Football Stadium today. After a two-month break from a successful season Ashley Westwood’s boys began shedding turf rust as the gaffer said his team would look to slip into the routine. 

“It’s nice to see some fresh faces with the boys coming back in. We have done a lot of traveling to be back here so it’s just a case of familiarizing ourselves with the routine again,” said Westwood, speaking to the press after the session.

New signing and team’s Asian player Kim Seong-Yong will land in the city in another three days owing to delay in visa formalities. 

When asked whether the Blues would be adding to the armory with new signings, Westwood said he is keeping his options open. “We’ve left ourselves maybe three or four slots to fill. We are talking to somebody who’ll come in tomorrow or on Wednesday. That will be another starting XI contender. We’re in a bit of a different situation compared to some other sides, we’re looking at players who can come in and affect an AFC Cup game.”

On being asked if the Bengaluru FC players’ participation in the upcoming Indian Super League would take a toll on the club’s I-League preparations, Westwood thought otherwise. “We've had two years to prepare for the ISL. The elite players in the country are prepared to withstand a 40-50 game season. They're modeled on European players which is what our training techniques require. We played over 35 competitive games last year. We had a few friendlies as well, which makes it a 40 game season last season and we had almost no injuries. There are only 14 games in the ISL and 20 games in the I-League which leaves you on 34 games so they’ll be well prepared and it won't affect us.” 

The pre-season program that lasts a little less than a month could see BFC play a few friendlies. “We are in talks with an Indian academy side about playing a couple of friendlies in August. We’ve just got to make sure that any game we play will be a worthwhile experience,” said the gaffer.