Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Medio Alvaro Rubio leave Bengaluru FC, returns to Spain

Bengaluru FC Media

Spanish midfielder Alvaro Rubio has called time on his short but impactful Bengaluru FC sojourn after seeing out his contract that ended on November 30.  Brought in by coach Albert Roca in July to add experience to Bengaluru’s AFC Cup campaign, 37-year-old Alvaro was a vital factor in the Blues reaching the final in Doha. 

The former Real Valladolid captain who came to Bengaluru having played more than 300 La Liga games didn’t need time to stamp his class in midfield. 

“I had a stupendous experience at BFC. Personally, it was a positive development for me and I am very grateful to the players, management, fans and everyone associated with the club. I wasn’t from the country but they always made me feel home. I am sure that this club has a great future ahead. I would like to thank everyone again and I hope we meet soon,” said Rubio from his home in Spain.

Donning the No.9 shirt at Bengaluru, the wiry Rubio made light of his age and frame, controlling play in the middle for the Blues. His composure on the ball and his distribution caught the delight of teammates and fans alike. “Alvaro was brought with a specific plan in mind for the AFC Cup and he leaves having done everything that was asked of him. He’s been a great professional and in a short time has managed to be an influence on the youngsters in the team who I believe, have learned much from him. We wish him luck and thank him for his time with Bengaluru FC,” said Roca. 

Bengaluru beat Dempo in U16 Youth League, through to final round

Bengaluru FC Media 

Goals on either side of the break from Amay Morajkar and Lalrintluanga Chawnglut gave Bengaluru FC U16s a 2-0 win over Dempo and qualification to the final rounds of the U16 Y-League at the Duler Stadium, in Goa, on Wednesday. Needing just a point to progress, the Blue colts refused to leave things to chance with solid performance that saw them finish atop the Rest of India, Zone-1 standings with three wins in as many games.

The opening goal came in the 11th minute when Saqlain Khan was brought down at the edge of the penalty area. Amay’s perfectly placed free-kick beat the wall and went past the reach of the Dempo ’keeper, giving BFC the lead. 

John Kila made just one change to the BFC side that had won against Sporting Clube de Goa on Monday with the suspended Nonganba Singh replaced by Lalrintluanga. The midfielder’s through pass come closest to doubling the lead but for Lalrinzuala Lalbiaklana, whose shot could only rattle the Dempo woodwork. 

Refusing to sit back, the Blue Colts continued to dominate proceedings and twenty minutes into the second half, a strike from 30 yards saw Lalrintluanga double BFC’s lead. 

“I am very happy with the performance of these boys. We’ve had little time to prepare but they’ve gelled well together and the results are there for all to see. We are excited to have made it through to the final round but it’s going to be tougher and there’s a lot of work to be done,” said Kila following the game. 

The Blues wrapped up their group commitments in dominating fashion scoring ten times and conceding just once and Kila lays it down to discipline. “We trained these young boys on the pitch and in the gym, giving them a mentality to win football matches. It was a balanced effort from defending well at the back and attacking with discipline and we hope we can do the same in the final rounds.” 

The final rounds of the U16 Y-League are scheduled to begin in January.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Bengaluru FC colts beat Sporting in U16 Youth League

Bengaluru FC Media

A strong display of attacking football from Bengaluru FC’s U16 Academy side saw them go top of the charts in the U16 Y-League with a 4-0 win over Sporting Clube de Goa at the Duler Stadium, in Goa, on Monday. Following up on their victory over Salgaocar in the opening match on Sunday, the Blue Colts have now scored eight goals and conceded just one in the Rest of India, Zone-I group.

The young Blues attacked from the word go with Rahul Rajan having a go in the opening minutes, followed by tries from Lalrinzuala Lalbiaklana and Nonganba Singh. Rahul made it two goals from as many games when Lalrinzuala’s square pass found him unmarked in the area to slot home the opener in as early as the 9th minute.

The John Kila-coached side went in at the break having doubled their advantage with midfielder Amay Morajkar’s perfectly placed strike finding the top corner from over 25 yards. 

Rahul turned provider as a reverse of the first goal allowed the 16-year-old to grab his third assist of the group stages, setting up Lalrinzuala for the Blue Colts’ third on the day. Winger Nonganba made it 4-0 with a neat finish in the 64th minute, only to receive his marching orders for a second bookable offense moments later.

The Blue Colts will face Dempo SC U16s needing just a point to qualify to the final rounds from the Rest of India Zone-I, at the same venue on Wednesday.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Fixture: 6th Parikrma Champions League 2016

Day 1 - 24th November, 2016  
  • Anns High School, Goa 3 (Raj Pratap-11', Rahul R-12', Sevil P in the 13') vs Ryan International School 0  
  • Inventure Academy 0 Tie-breaker 4 (Rahul Menon, Aryan Kamdar, Yashodave Joshi, Rohan Xavier) vs Jain International School 0 Tie-breaker 2 (Nikhil Daswani, Bob Chengappa) 
  • Greenwood High School 4 (Sidarth Bargava-17', Chirag-34', Rishab Harjani-35', Suman S Dev-37') vs Stonehill Government High School 0 
  • Indus International 3 (Kevan Keane Lyndoh-23', Ghalib Halin-25', 33') Vs St. Josephs’ Boys High School 1 (Kevin-27')
  • DPS East 2 (Xavier Dmelo-37, Aaron Barreit-40') vs St. Loyola High School, Goa 0
  • Farook Higher Secondary School, Kerala 3 (Jawad P P-7', Akhil K-31', Muhammed Shahbas K-33') vs Vidyashilp Academy 0 
  • Parikrma 3 (Prem-10', 17', Sanjay N-48') vs St. Aloysius High School 0 
  • Vidya Niketan School 0 vs DPS North 1 (Jagruth-14') 
Day 2 - 25th November, 2016 - Quarter final
  • St Ann’s School 3 (Sunil P Dessai-6', 27', Diptesh D Naik-40') vs Inventure Academy 0 
  • Greenwood High School 0 Tie-breaker 4 (Siddarth Bargava, Naman, AKS, Suman S Dev) Vs Indus International 0 Tie-breaker 5 (Kevin Babu Chirmel, Adrien Lee, Ghalib Halim, Shikrith Poddar, Parishith Ramesh Babu) 
  • Farook  Higher  Secondary School, Kerala 2 (Akhil K-3', Fawad K-34') Vs St. Loyola High School, Goa 0 
  • Parikrma 2 (Hafiz Basha-28', Nandha Kumar-36') Vs DPS North
Day 3 - 26th November, 2016 - Semifinal & Final
  • St Ann’s School 0 Tie breaker 6 (Diptish D Naik, Rahul Vithal, Rahul R Mapsekar, Anil P Desai, Brijesh R Kandolkar, Pranil P Naik) vs Indus International  0 Tie breaker 5 (Kevin Babu Chiramel, Adrian Lee, Parishith Ramesh Babu, Paz Sangma, Nikhil Chengappa )  
  • Farook Higher Secondary School 2 (Girish Raju-23rd min, Akhil K-39' min) Vs Parikrma 0

  • Farook Higher Secondary School, Kerala 0 Tie breaker 4 (Favad K, Mohammed Ishal, Akhil K (jersey, Girish Raju ) Vs St. Ann’s School 2 0 Tie breaker.
    (Diptesh D Naik , Rahul Vittal Kananaik) 
  • Player of the Tournament-  Favad K, Farook HSS, Kerala
  • Top Scorer (5 goals) – Aaron Barriet, St Loyola School, Goa 
  • Best Goal keeper – Mohit  Yeshwanthm, St Ann’s High School, Goa
  • Best Defender – Shrikrit Poddar Indus International
  • Best mid fielder – Manav Kapoor, DPS North
  • Best Coach – Ravi Babu, Parikrma 
  • Fair play – St Loyola High School, Goa 
  • Best Striker – Girish , Farook HSS, Kerala 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Difficult to think of a top league without top I-League teams: Sunando Dhar

CEO of I-League appeared unfazed about Sporting Clube de Goa’s exit and termed it as unfortunate. Dhar was present at the Garden City today inaugurating the Parikrama Champions League at the Bangalore Football Stadium. He added, “We were talking to everyone about the restructuring of Indian football. Nothing was finalized and everyone was kept in the loop. But Sporting didn’t want to wait that long.”

Apparently, few new teams have shown interest to be part of the I-League and now that the deadline has been extended, AIFF is confident of getting more bids. 

Interestingly while the Goan fans have shunned I-League in past few seasons, ISL is running packed houses. If they had the kind of fan base that an East Bengal or a Mohun Bagan or a Bengaluru FC has today, they couldn’t have pulled out of the league. The fans wouldn’t allow them to do so. Unfortunately that kind of fan base is missing in Goa. 

The fans have increased in Bengaluru, the North East, in Kolkata, and also in other places barring Goa.

On the ISL merger, in which a team per state was an ISL plan, however, for a National League, the best teams should play. In the history and fans, there isn’t a better team that Mohun Bagan or East Bengal in India. 

Dhar sounded confident about the presence of the Kolkata giants, “Don’t think there is anyone looking at a top league without Bagan or East Bengal. The discussions are going on and we hope to reach a conclusion. Not to forget Bengaluru FC, who has been the best team in last three years and it is difficult to think of a top league without the top team.”