Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fans group Mariners@Bangalore celebrates Mohun Bagan Day

Mariners@Bangalore, fans group from the Garden City celebrated Mohun Bagan Day today at the Play Mania sports facility, next to the Bellandur Lake. 

Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, one of the oldest football clubs in Asia, is the National Sports Club of India. Mohun Bagan was established in 15 August 1889, however, the most important day in the club calendar is 29th July celebrated every year as Mohun Bagan Day. On 29th July, 1911 the football team lifted the IFA Shield for the first time in 1911 defeating the British. 

Austin Town boy, Noel Wilson, former Mohun Bagan player (04-06) was the chief guest for the event. Noel took few hours of his busy Sunday to bless the occasion. Sporting a smart green and maroon color, Noel played a 6-a-side game with the Mariners@Bangalore members. Later in a celebration, Noel was felicitated by the group, speaking proudly of fans of his former club, he said that it is one of the best phase of his life when we was wearing Mohun Bagan jersey. 

After hanging boots a couple of season back, Noel has shown interest in coaching, he has recently completed an AFC certification. 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hero ISL a project for development of Indian Football: Jeff Slack

AIFF Media

The two-day Central Domestic Player Draft of the inaugural Hero Indian Super League concluded successfully here today (Wednesday July 23, 2014) with each ISL Clubs going for different player selection strategies, thus forming their Indian player line-up. 

Forty-two Players were up for grabs at the start of Day Two with Team Goa and North East United FC picking from their pre-selected pool of Players.
Former Indian National Team Captain Climax Lawrence was picked up by Atletico de Kolkata while his former National Team midfield duo of Steven Dias and NP Pradeep were picked up by Delhi Dynamos FC and Team Bengaluru respectively. 

The tension and the intensity increased as the Draft proceedings advanced into the final rounds with the Club representatives engaging in intense calculations in finalizing their squad. 

Over Fifteen Players who have represented the Indian National Team in the last three years and 12 Players from various Indian age-group National sides were drafted by the Clubs on Day 2 of the Hero Indian Super League.
This was the first time in the history of Indian Football that such a novel Player Draft system was executed and with promises of many more to come in the near future, all for the popularization, betterment and development of Indian Football. 

At the successful conclusion of the two-day gathering, Senior Vice-President, IMG Global Football Development, Jefferson Slack said that it was very “fulfilling to see this happen.” 

“It’s so fulfilling to see the realization of the vision and hard work. This is also a step to inspire young Indians not only to follow but also to play the sport as this is a project for the development of Indian Football,” he said.
Former Indian National Captain Bhaichung Bhutia insisted it has been a “learning process” for him. 

“Summarising the Teams as they have been picked, it’s difficult for me to pick up a favourite,” he stated. 

“It’s impressive to note that each of the Clubs have gone for different strategies while player selection. The entire process has been a great learning one for me. I look forward to see new talent emerging and maturing through Indian Super League while playing with other iconic players,” he added.
Following are the 8 Clubs Indian Player line-up with today’s selection:

Delhi Dynamos FC: Adil Khan, Manish Bhargav, Govin Singh, Jagroop Singh, Steven Dias, Anwar Ali, Manandeep Singh.
Day 1 (Francis Fernandes, Robert Lalthamuana, Naoba Singh, Shylo Malswamtluanga, Shouvik Ghosh, Shouvik Chakraborty, Munmun Lugun.)

Atletico de Kolkata: Sanju Pradhan, Kinshuk Debnath, Lester Fernandes, Subhasish Roychowdhury, Baljit Sahni, Climax Lawrence, Mohanraj Nallappan.
Day 1 (Cavin Lobo, Arnab Mondal, Denzil Franco, Rakesh Masih, Mohammed Rafique, Mohammed Rafi, Biswajit Saha).

Team Bengaluru: Abhishek Das, Jayesh Rane, Abhijit Mondal, Anthony Barbosa, Dane Pereira, NP Pradeep, Jaison Vales.
Day 1 (Harmanjot Khabra, Dhanachandra Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Gouramangi Singh, Shilton Paul, Denson Devadas, Khelemba Meitei).

Kerala Blasters FC: Avinabo Bag, Sandip Nandy, CS Sabeeth, Luis Barreto, Milagres Gonsalves, Ramandeep Singh, Renedy Singh.
Day 1 (Mehtab Hussain, Sandesh Jhingan, Ishfaq Ahmed, Gurwinder Singh, Nirmal Chettri, Sushant Matthew, Godwin Franco).

Team Mumbai: Rohit Mirza, Ishan Debnath, Nadong Bhutia, Asif Kottiyal, Peter Costa, Lalrinfela, Sushil Kumar Singh.
Day 1 (Subrata Paul, Lalrindika Ralte, Syed Rahim Nabi, Raju Gaikwad, Subash Singh, Ram Malik, Deepak Mondal).

Team Pune: Deepak Devrani, Tapan Maity, Arindam Bhattacharya, Anupam Sarkar, Pratik Shinde, Lalit Thapa, Mehrajuddin Wadoo.
Day 1 (Lenny Rodrigues, Dharmaraj Ravanan, Ashutosh Mehta, Joaquim Abranches, Pritam Kotal, Manish Maithani, Israil Gurung).

Team Goa: Mandar Rao Desai, Romeo Fernandes, Peter Carvalho, Holicharan Narzary, Pronay Halder, Prabir Das, Rowlison Rodrigues.
Day 1 (Laxmikant Kattimani, Debabrata Roy, Gabriel Fernandes, Clifford Miranda, Jewel Raja Shaikh, Alwyn George, Narayan Das). 

North East United FC: Pritam Kumar Singh, Milan Singh, Robin Gurung, Alen Deory, Redeem Tlang, Seminlen Doungel, David Ngaihte.
Day 1 (Kunzang Bhutia, Jibon Singh, Durga Boro, Aibor Khongjee, Zodingliana Ralte, TP Rehnesh, Boithang Haokip).


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bengaluru FC forms technical tie-up with Sun Group for ISL


A close look at the picture of day 1 of Central Domestic Player Draft of the Hero ISL would reveal that the two gentlemen on the right side are none other than Bengaluru FC COO Mustafa Ghouse and chief consultant Mandar Tamhane. 

So, what are they doing here? 

JSW, on Tuesday, announced that they would be getting into a technical tie-up with Sun Group's Bangalore team of the Indian Super League (ISL) for the inaugural season. 

“The tie-up is purely a technical one and does not involve players and coaching staff from Bengaluru FC. The second year could see us getting involved in a much bigger way. This is in line with JSW’s endeavour to promote Indian football,” said Mustafa Ghouse, COO of Bengaluru FC.

Hero Indian Super League: Team Bengaluru rope in Gouramangi, Jeje, Shilton in day one

AIFF Media 

The first day of Central Domestic Player Draft of the Hero Indian Super League held today, July 22, 2014 witnessed the Clubs going all out for the big names of Indian Football. Seven rounds of the Central Draft were held on Day 1, at the plush Palladium Hotel in Mumbai with last seven round due on Wednesday, July 23.

The Draft proceedings saw the participating six Club officials engage in a lot of permutations and discussion before making the final selection of their choice. It also spoke volumes about the interest and days of planning each Clubs had done ahead of the Draft and the interest the new concept in Indian Football is generating. Overall, twenty six Players who have donned the Indian National Team jersey in the last three years were drafted in by the Clubs on Day 1.

National Team midfielder Lenny Rodrigues was the first to be drafted in by Team Pune while his National Team partner in the midfield, ‘double cylinder’ Mehtab Hossain will travel down south to play for Kochi Blasters FC in inaugural edition of Hero Indian Super League. This will be the first time both Lenny and Mehtab would be seen displaying their trade for clubs outside of their hometowns, Goa and Kolkata respectively.

National Team veteran Gouramangi Singh was drafted in by Team Bengaluru who also picked up 2013 AIFF Young Player of the Year Awardee, striker Jeje Lalpekhlua.

Besides, ‘Spiderman’ Subrata Paul was drafted in by Team Mumbai while Francis Fernandes will travel North to play for Delhi Dynamos FC.

At the end of the seven rounds of Draft Day 1, the list of the drafted Players by each of the eight Hero Indian Super League clubs stay as follows:

Team Pune: Lenny Rodrigues, Dharmaraj Ravanan, Ashutosh Mehta, Joaquim Abranches, Pritam Kotal, Manish Maithani, Israil Gurung.

Team Mumbai: Subrata Paul, Lalrindika Ralte, Syed Rahim Nabi, Raju Gaikwad, Subash Singh, Ram Malik, Deepak Mondal.

Kerala Blasters FC: Mehtab Hussain, Sandesh Jhingan, Ishfaq Ahmed, Gurwinder Singh, Nirmal Chettri, Sushant Matthew, Godwin Franco.

Team Bengaluru: Harmanjot Khabra, Dhanachandra Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Gouramangi Singh, Shilton Paul, Denson Devadas, Khelemba Meitei.

Atletico de Kolkata: Cavin Lobo, Arnab Mondal, Denzil Franco, Rakesh Masih, Mohammed Rafique, Mohammed Rafi, Biswajit Saha.

Delhi Dynamos FC: Francis Fernandes, Robert Lalthamuana, Naoba Singh, Shylo Malswamtluanga, Shouvik Ghosh, Shouvik Chakraborty, Munmun Lugun.

Team Goa: Laxmikant Kattimani, Debabrata Roy, Gabriel Fernandes, Clifford Miranda, Jewel Raja Shaikh, Alwyn George, Narayan Das.

North East United FC: Kunzang Bhutia, Jibon Singh, Durga Boro, Aibor Khongjee, Zodingliana Ralte, TP Rehnesh, Boithang Haokip. 



Monday, July 21, 2014

Chhetri, Robin, Siam, and Shankar leave for Czech Republic with Indian squad

AIFF Media

A 25-member Indian squad left for Czech Republic for a 19-day exposure tour for preparation for the forthcoming Incheon Asian Games. The Team would be back on August 8, 2014. 

Four Players from the original 29-member squad – Deepak Devrani, Shouvik Ghosh, Sanjay Balmuchu, and Romeo Fernandes who were practicing under National Coach Wim Koevermans have been released from the camp and didn’t travel to Czech Republic.

The Indian squad will play three matches during the period against three different Clubs -- Senco Doubravka, FK Most and TJ Domazlice. The Team will be based in Pilsen. 

Furthermore, the squad will also be travelling to China for another exposure Tour from August 25-September 8 where they would be playing two matches against Shanghai FC and JiangSu. 

Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh, and Francis Fernandes are the three Senior Players who are part of the squad. The rest of the squad comprise of U-23 players.

The 25-member squad presently which travelled to Czech Republic is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Amrinder Singh, Ravi Kumar, Kamaljit Singh.
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Keenan Almeida, Joyner Lourenco, Shankar Sampingiraj, Sandesh Jhingan, Salam Singh, Narayan Das
MIDFIELDERS: Pronoy Halder, Rowlin Borges, Clifton Dias, Alwyn George, Siam Hangal, Lalrindika Ralte, Dhanpal Ganesh, Milan Singh
FORWARDS: Francis Fernandes (Senior Player), Seiminlen Doungel, Sunil Chhetri (Senior Player), Robin Singh (Senior Player), Haokip Thongkoshim, Alesh Sawant, Mandar Rao Desai