Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Vignesh to lead state in Santosh Trophy

The selectors finally declared the team for the South Zone qualifying round for 72nd Santosh Trophy, the yearly Senior National football championship. Matches will be held at Bangalore Football Stadium, from January 17 to 22. 

Experienced campaigner Vignesh G will be captaining the team. Vignesh currently plays for Bangalore Super Division team Ozone FCB he will be assisted by Sunil Kumar from Students Union. Also, Vignesh captained last year in Santosh Trophy. Karnataka played their qualifiers at Calicut, Kerala, where the team ended their campaign in a disastrous note. 

Other than the delay in declaring the final squad of 20 players, what is interesting this year’s number of standby players, which is ten in compare to four from last year. 


Shain Khan CP (Bengaluru FC), Abhishek Das (Ozone FC), Sunil Kumar M (Vice Captain)
(Student Union FC), Shafeel PP (B'lore Independents), Anto Rashith (Ozone FC), Leon Augustine (Bengaluru FC), Vignesh G (Captain- Ozone FC), Solaimalai (South United FC), Shamanth (Student Union), Ramesh B (B'lore Eagles), Shahabaaz Khan (Bengaluru FC), Edwin Rosario (B'lore Independent), Liton Shil (MEG), Shashi Kumar V (Students Union FC) Rajesh S (RWF), Keith Raymond Stephen (South United), Azaruddin SK (Bengaluru FC), Amoes (Student Union) Vignesh D (Ozone FCB), Anup Theres Raj (Ozone FC)

Stand Bye
Shreyas (Mysore), John Peter (Bangalore Independent),  Shaik Muzeeb (MEG), Myron Mendes (Bengaluru FC), Sudharshan Lokur (Belgaum District), Franklin Amalraj (Young Challenger), Akshay N (Student Union), Sharath Mohan (Student Union), Abhishek Ramesh (Bangalore Independent) , Satish Kumar (South United) 

Manager M Kumar
Chief Coach - P Muralidharan
Coach - Harish VK
Goal Keeping Coach - SS Shahi
Physiotherapist - Ayethapalli Prasad

Saturday, January 13, 2018

U13 Youth League: Roots defeat Bengaluru FC

Bengaluru FC boys tasted their first defeat in their U13 Youth League (Bangalore Zone) campaign by Roots Sports School. Playing home, at the Bangalore Football Stadium today morning, BFC boys went down by an early goal from Gabriel Savage. 

Maintaining an all-win record (9 wins, 27 pts), Roots Football School continue to stay at the top of the table, and only need a point to qualify to the final round. Bengaluru have played two games less, they are on second spot with 18 pts from 7 games. They must win their remaining matches to top the table. 

Both teams meet again on Sunday, Jan 28, 3 PM, in BFC’s away encounter at Padukone Dravid Center For Sports Excellence, Yelahanka. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Balaji receive Karnataka Olympic Association Award

Former India international and keeper of ITI, Pune FC, and HAL, Balaji Narasimhan, was awarded by the Karnataka Olympic Association (KOA) last night at an event held in the State Youth Centre. He was presented a cheque of One lakh rupees along a memento by Vajubhai Vala, the Governor of the state. 

Also, awarded were the ten active sportspersons, two former players, and a sports medicine and media expert. 

Keen to take up coaching seriously, Balaji was a part of the Pune FC since its inception in 2007.

List of Awardees
Daniel S Farid (badminton), Anil Kumar (basketball), Naveen John (cycling), Pradhan Somanna (hockey), V Avinash (judo), Sharmadaa Baluu (tennis), B Nikhil (shooting), M Avinash (swimming), V Kushi (table tennis), Sandeep Kate (wrestling)
Retired sportspersons: Subramani (hockey), Balaji Narasimhan (football), Udaya Kumar (tennis) 
Hemanth Sampaje (media), Dr. Kiran Kumar Kulkarni (sports medicine)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Fixture - 72nd Santosh Trophy South Zone Qualifiers

Group A Group B
Andhra Pradesh
Tamil Nadu
Andaman Nicobar

* Andaman and Nicobar have withdrawn their team from the competition


Wednesday, 17 January, 2018: Karnataka vs. Telangana
Wednesday, 17 January, 2018: Services vs. Pondicherry
Thursday, 18 January, 2018: Kerala vs. Andhra Pradesh 
Friday, 19 January, 2018: Telangana vs. Services 
Friday, 19 January, 2018: Pondicherry vs. Karnataka 
Saturday, 20 January, 2018: Andhra Pradesh vs. Tamil Nadu 
Sunday, 21 January, 2018: Telangana vs. Pondicherry 
Sunday, 21 January, 2018: Karnataka vs. Services 
Monday, 22 January, 2018: Tamil Nadu vs. Kerala 

Santosh Trophy South Zone qualifiers kick off on Jan 17

The glamor and sheen of Santosh Trophy, the Senior State Nationals, is all over but Bengaluru is set to host the Santosh Trophy South Zone qualifiers. 

Eight teams are divided in two groups, the winners from both groups will advance to the final stage. Matches will be held at the Bangalore Football Stadium from January 17 to January 22. 

Participating teams include, host Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Pondicherry, Andaman & Nicobar and Services. Karnataka, Services, Telangana and Pondicherry are in Group A and Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andaman & Nicobar in Group B. 

Though AIFF have yet come up with the tournament fixture, but looks like the inaugural match will be played between host Karnataka and Telangana. 
The zonal pattern was introduced in 2014, last time Santosh Trophy was hosted in 68-69, during the erstwhile Mysore era. Played at Sri Kanteereva Stadium, Mysore beat Bengal in the final. 

Final team list, tournament fixture, etc., are not yet out. 

Regarding the controversy surrounding a player who attended the training camp without any football experience, KSFA president, NA Haris, quietly understated any kind of partiality in the selection of the team, “I have received several personal recommendations, only the deserving played would make the final cut.” 

However, what is suspicious is the manner in which the undeserving player was called in the selection camp, for which the KSFA President had no answer.