Thursday, October 20, 2016

Top FIFA ranking for India since August 2010

India moved to their best-ever FIFA Rankings since August 2010 when they jumped 11 places to move to 137 in the October FIFA Rankings released today (October 20, 2016). India who defeated 114th ranked Puerto Rico in an International Friendly in Mumbai in September garnered 230 points for the month. 

It was last in August 2010 that India were ranked 137 which stayed India’s best ever FIFA Ranking since then.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bengaluru creates history, make it to the final of AFC Cup

Bengauru FC Media

Albert Roca’s boys script a stunning comeback to send the reigning champions Johor Darul Ta’zim packing with 3-1 win. It was a packed Sree Kanteerava Stadium, an inspired and stunning second half comeback saw Bengaluru FC etch their names in the annals of Indian football history by becoming the first club to make the final of the AFC. 

A brace from skipper Sunil Chhetri and a debut goal from Spanish defender Juan Gonzalez saw Bengaluru set up a summit clash against Iraq’s Air Force Club who beat Lebanese side Al Ahed in the first semifinal on Tuesday. What made the win even more special was the fact that it was the first time the Blues had beaten the Malaysian club in five meetings. 

For all the pressure Bengaluru threw at Johor, it was the visitors who scored first when Amrinder Singh’s parried save from a strike looped up and Safiq Rahim was at hand to nod home from five yards out. 

The Blues didn’t let the early set-back daunt them and began building up play with big spells of possession. And their best chance came in the 27th minute when 30 seconds of madness saw the ball whizz past the face of the JDT goal three times before Chhetri’s strike took a bit off the crossbar on its way out. 

But the skipper did have his goal in the 41st minute after Eugeneson Lyngdoh swung in a sublime corner that Chhetri sent into goal at the far post with a smartly flicked header, beating Mohammed Izham all ends up. 

Buoyed by the equaliser, Bengaluru refused to let half-time kill the tempo as Chhetri, Vineeth and Eugene kept causing all sorts of trouble for the JDT defence. But the buzz at the Fortress turned into a deafening roar when Chhetri picked his moment in the 66th minute to send home a screamer from 30 yards out as Bengaluru finally got the lead they deserved. 

Juan capped off a dominant performance and put the battle to bed when he rose to head home a free kick from Lyngdoh in the 76th minute. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Bengaluru set to take on Johor Darul Ta'zim tomorrow

AIFF Media 

Hero I-League champions Bengaluru FC are taking on AFC Cup champions Johor Darul Ta'zim in the much-anticipated second leg of the AFC Cup semifinal at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on October 19, 2016. The first leg ended in a 1-1 stalemate where Eugeneson Lyngdoh scored a peach of a goal against the Malaysian outfit in their home. 

Johor Darul Ta'zim gaffer Mario Gomez, who has to deploy his pawns sans the attacking trio comprising of Jorge Pereyra Díaz, Mohd Amri Yahyah and Juan Martín Lucero, sounded pretty cautious ahead of tomorrow's match against Bengaluru FC.

"Obviously it's (missing three key players) going to hurt us but we have to work on other strengths to seal the spot in the AFC Cup final."

He didn't mince his words to praise Bengaluru FC as well, "Bengaluru have done a splendid job back at our home and they are obviously having an advantage, thanks to their away goal. But I'm a person who prefers to work and obviously we're coming tomorrow to win the tie."

On the other hand, Bengaluru FC coach Albert Roca stated that "this could be special for Indian Football."

The astute Spaniard coach shared with the media that his team won't shy away to play an attacking brand of football tomorrow as they have been doing under his stewardship.

"We know that we have scored against them in Malaysia, which is important. But, our intention is not to sit back and defend. We want to go out and try to score more goals because we will not be able to reach the final with a defensive mindset."

Eugeneson Lyngdoh, who scored a peach of a goal against the defending AFC Cup champions Johor Darul Ta'zim in the first leg, addressed the media as well and cleared his intentions of rewriting the Indian Football history tomorrow.

"Obviously it's about the representation of our country on the bigger stage. We have played up to our potential, but the job is far from done and we need to step up tomorrow to get it done ahead of our home crowd."

Albeit the mercury is soaring up regarding tomorrow's high-octane encounter, Albert Roca mentioned that 'this is a game of football and there will be more such games in the future.'

"I consider that this is a very important match for Indian because only two teams have reached the semifinals and none have reached the final. The people are realizing that this could be special for Indian football. As for me, I try to be calm because I want the team to be calm as well. I do not want them to be overconfident because this is a game of football and there will be more such games in the future. As of now, there is a game tomorrow and we will try to do our best", he signed off on a positive note.

The match is scheduled at 7 PM on October 19, 2016, and it'll be telecast on Star Sports 1 & Star Sports HD 1.

Former state footballer Nisar Ahmed passes away

Former footballer of erstwhile Mysore state, Nisar Ahmed expired yesterday afternoon at Bangalore. He was 75 years old and left his wife and two sons. 

Nisar Ahmed started his football career with Muslims Heroes, famous football club during the 60s and 70s. Also, he played for ASC before bagging a job in AGORC. As a footballer, Nisar’s association with his employer lasted for two decades. 

Nisar represented Mysore in Santosh Trophy in 1969. Nisar started as a goalkeeper, later transformed to a forward line player known for his lethal left foot. He literally scored in every matches for AGORC. 

His body taken to a Masjid at Munireddy Palya today afternoon and post prayer the body taken to the burial ground.

KSFA and BDFA condoled the sudden death of former footballer who displayed outstanding performance during 60 and 70s.    

Monday, October 17, 2016

U-16 Youth League - Bangalore-Chennai Zone


  • Saturday, October 15, 2016, Bangalore Football Stadium - 3:30 PM: Ozone Football Academy 4 (K Chiranjan Singh-4', Umashankar-20', Ajay Alex A (Capt)-45', Ignatius John–62') Vs Boca Juniors Football School India 0 
  • Sunday, October 16, 2016, SSN College of Engineering, Chennai - 3:30 PM: Mahogany 1 (Aslam 23') Vs Roots Football School 4 (Nanda Kumar-44', Manoj Kumar-48', Basha-79', Steve-84') 
  • Saturday, October 22, 2016, Bangalore Football Stadium - 3:30 PM: Ozone Football Academy Vs Roots Football School
  • Sunday, October 23, 2016, SSN College of Engineering, Chennai - 3:30 PM: Mahogany Vs Boca Juniors Football School India 
  • Saturday, October 29, 2016, Bangalore Football Stadium - 4 PM: Roots Football School Vs Ozone Football Academy 
  • Sunday, October 30, 2016, SPT Sports Ground, Sarjapur Rd. - 3 PM: Boca Juniors Football School India Vs Mahogany 
  • Saturday, November 5, 2016, SSN College of Engineering, Chennai - 3:30 PM: Mahogany Vs Ozone Football Academy 
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016, Bangalore Football Stadium - 4 PM: Roots Football School Vs Boca Juniors Football School India  
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016, SPT Sports Ground, Sarjapur Rd. - 3 PM: Boca Juniors Football School India Vs Ozone Football Academy 
  • Sunday, November 13, 2016, Bangalore Football Stadium - 4 PM: Roots Football School Vs Mahogany 
  • Saturday, November 19, 2016, Bangalore Football Stadium - 3:30 PM: Ozone Football Academy Vs Mahogany 
  • Sunday, November 20, 2016, SPT Sports Ground, Sarjapur Rd. - 3 PM: Boca Juniors Football School India Vs Roots Football School 

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