Thursday, October 9, 2014

[Pic Gallery] Pre-season friendlies - Bengaluru FC in Guangzhou, China

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BFC 0 Vs Eastern AA, Hong Kong 2 - Beikhokhei battles with an Eastern AA player

BFC 0 Vs Eastern AA, Hong Kong 2 - Rooney's run is halted by an Eastern AA defender

BFC 0 Vs Eastern AA, Hong Kong 2 -  Beikhokhei battles with an Eastern AA player

BFC 0 Vs Guangzhou R&F, China 3 -  Eugeneson tries to block a pass from a Guangzhou R&F player
BFC 0 Vs Guangzhou R&F, China 3 - Thoi battles for possession with a Guangzhou R&F player

BFC 0 Vs Guangzhou R&F, China 3 - Beikho vies for the ball with a Guangzhou R&F player

BFC 0 Vs Guangzhou R&F, China 3 - Thoi makes a pass under pressure from a Guangzhou R&F player

BFC 0 Vs Guangzhou R&F, China 3 - Lyngdoh attempts a pass 

[Pre-season friendlies] Bengaluru go down to Guangzhou R&F

Bengaluru FC Media 

Bengaluru FC ended their pre-season tour of China with a 3-0 defeat to Chinese Super League team Guangzhou R&F at the Guangzhou University Sports Complex, in Guangzhou, on Thursday. The Sven-Goran Eriksson-coached team went into half time with a 2-0 lead and put the friendly beyond doubt with a late third. 

Bengaluru came close on two occasions within a matter of minutes in the second half but Sean Rooney struck straight at the ’keeper just before CK Vineeth’s volley from an Udanta Kumam cross, came off the post. 

Just like in the game against Eastern AA, Bengaluru conceded early when striker Zhang Shao turned in the box to shoot R&F into a 4th minute lead. Ashley Westwood was forced to make an early substitution when midfielder Josh Walker had to be pulled off after landing awkwardly on his shoulder, making way for Darren Caldeira. 

The hosts went 2-0 up in the 29th minute after Guangzhou’s Zhang Yuan made most of a weak back pass, rounding ’keeper Pawan Kumar before finishing from an angle. Bengaluru FC did manage to ask the R&F defense a few questions and Eugeneson Lyngdoh’s strike from 20 yards missed the target by just a little.
Bengaluru FC stepped up their game in the second half where Westwood threw in Vineeth for Beikhokhei Beingaichho on the left. The pace on the flanks with Udanta on the right, saw Bengaluru keep the R&F defence alert.  

However, Zhang Chenlong finished matters, calmly finishing after being put through from the midfield.  

The big positive for Bengaluru was Westwood’s boys being up to the task on the physical front. The Blues’ game even drew praise from the R&F manager. “Though it was a friendly, it was a game with high intensity and that’s always good to see. I feel Bengaluru FC came strongly at us and were physically very good. It was a game we enjoyed being part of,” said Eriksson. 

Westwood said the trip was a good exercise for his team who will be vying for an AFC Champions League spot this season. “The aim of the trip was to test ourselves in Asia as we have aspirations of qualifying for the AFC Champions League. Guangzhou R&F are chasing current AFC Champions League winners Guangzhou Evergrande, in the Chinese Super League so the competition we faced doesn’t get much harder,” he said.  

The gaffer was pleased with the fight his side showed in the game against a technically superior side. “We competed hard and we matched them physically and showed them our fitness which was encouraging. We came knowing we can compete at this level. Obviously, there’s a bit of a gap in terms of technical quality and Guangzhou R&F are a few years in front of us in terms of being established. These are the kind of teams we are looking forward to competing with in the future and if we keep working hard, we definitely can compete,” said Westwood. 

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bengaluru FC to play pre-season friendlies in China

Bengaluru FC media 

Bengaluru FC, on Saturday, announced that the club would be travelling to China as part of their pre-season preparations. Scheduled to leave on Wednesday, the I-League champions will play three practice matches over two weeks. 

BFC will be taking on Hong Kong Premier League side Eastern AA on September 28. The team are current champions of the Hong Kong FA Cup and have won the First Division four times. In their second fixture, the Blues will be up against another club from Hong Kong, Kitchee SC. Kitchee are currently in the semifinals of the AFC Cup and have enjoyed much success in the League. Westwood’s team will end their trip with an October 9 game against Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F Football Club. Coached by former England manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Guangzhou finished 3rd in the 2014 season of the Chinese Super League. 

Coach Ashley Westwood said the tour would be an ideal preparation given the club’s participation in Asian competitions this season. “We are really looking forward to test ourselves in a foreign country at a different standard. We were proven and deserved champions of the I-League last season but now we are going to test ourselves at a different level. Playing some competitive games against teams from China and Hong Kong will give us an idea of how we will figure in the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup. We are really grateful to the management and the owners for supporting our view and enabling us to set the benchmark of one of the most professionally run clubs in India.” 

Regrouping in July after winning the League last season, Bengaluru FC travelled to Goa for a couple of friendlies against Salgaocar and Pune FC. But the club believes the trip away from Indian shores will bode the club well for the season ahead. “The team has worked very hard to win the League last year and, as a club, we felt that they should get the best possible preparation for the AFC games and the season in general,” said Mustafa Ghouse, COO, Bengaluru FC. 

Westwood hopes his boys make the most of the chance. “Hopefully the players will relish and flourish at this opportunity the club has given them to keep improving all the time and make a name for themselves in Indian football,” he concurred. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Amateur Football League final this Sunday

All you football lovers, spend you Sunday evening with an exciting final round clash of The Amateur Football League played between title contenders Horizons FC and Sunday FC, both team comprising of talented footballers from BDFA Super Division teams. 

A total of 12 teams participated in this 11-side tourney, also present in the final day event will be the Bengaluru FC head coach Ashley Westwood, who too played this tourney with another team. 

Matches are played at 3 pm, BGS International School, off Mysore rd. Bangalore. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

HAL failed to register a team for the current season

Sometime back we reported that the once football powerhouse of South India, HAL, is dying a slow death ( 
Little did we realized that that it would happen anytime soon! 

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Sports Club (HASC), which manages the sports wing of this government institute, could not prepare football team for this season. The primary reason may be attributed to a vigilance-related issue. 

A close source reported that, fund misappropriation to the tune of crores has been surfaced. Apparently, there’s no account for expenses incurred between 2010 till date.