Thursday, September 20, 2018

Puttaiah Memorial Trophy (Super Division) 2018-19


Group AGroup B Group C Group D
Ozone FCB
MEG
Students Union 
Bangalore Dream United 
ADE 
South United FC 
CIL

ASC 
Bangalore Independent 
Kickstart FC
Bengaluru FC 
FC Bangalore United
Jawahar Union 


Fixture


  1. Fri, 21-09-2018, 3.45 pm – Group D: Jawahar Union Vs FC Bangalore United
  2. Sat, 22-09-2018, 3.45 pm - Group A: Ozone FCB Vs Students Union  
  3. Sun, 23-09-2018, 3.45 pm - Group A: MEG Vs Bangalore Dream United  
  4. Mon, 24-09-2018, 3.45 pm - Group B: South United FC Vs ADE 
  5. Tue, 25·09·2018, 3.45 pm - Group B: ASC Vs Bangalore Independents 
  6. Wed, 26·09·2018, 3.45 pm - Group D: Bengaluru FC Vs Jawahar Union 
  7. Thu, 27·09·2018, 3.45 pm - Group A: MEG Vs Ozone FCB 
  8. Fri, 28·09·2018, 3.45 pm - Group A: Bangalore Dream United Vs Students Union 
  9. Sat, 29·09·2018, 3.45 pm - Group B: ADE Vs CIL 
  10. Sun, 30·09·2018, 3.45 pm - Group C: Bangalore Independents Vs Kickstart FC
  11. Mon, 1·10·2018, 3.45 pm - Group D: Bengaluru FC Vs Bangalore United
  12. Tue, 2·10·2018, 3.45 pm - Group A: Bangalore Dream United Vs Ozone FCB
  13. Wed, 3·10·2018, 3.45 pm - Group A: Students Union Vs MEG
  14. Thu, 4·10·2018, 3.45 pm - Group B: CIL Vs South United FC 
  15. Fri, 5·10·2018, 3.45 pm - Group C: Kickstart FC Vs ASC 
Semifinal 

  • Tue, 9·10·2018, 3.45 pm – Group A Winner Vs Group C Winner
  • Wed, 10·10·2018, 3.45 pm – Group B Winner Vs Group D Winner

Final - Sun, 14·10·2018, 3.30 pm - 



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bengaluru announce 25-member squad for ISL

Bengaluru FC Media

Bengaluru Football Club have named their 25-man squad for the 2018-19 edition of the Indian Super League which kicks off in little under two weeks, the club announced on Tuesday.

Having selected a new-look squad from the player-draft after making the move to the ISL last year, the Blues, who finished top of the league with a record tally of 40 points, have retained as many as twelve players this season while five youngsters make the move up from Bengaluru FC B.

Head coach Carles Cuadrat who took charge of the side in the AFC Cup Inter-Zone semifinal last month, has been working hard with the boys and expects a tough season when the league kicks off in two weeks. “Our season began much before most clubs given we had our AFC Cup commitments. This has given us time to work with the squad we have. We have managed to retain a fair number of players from last season which is always a good thing. This season will also see five players from Bengaluru FC B fight for a place on the team and that is always encouraging as a club. There’s a good mix of experience and youth and every one of the players is hungry. It’s going to be a tough season, but one that we will give everything we have,” said the Spaniard.

While Sunil Chhetri will continue to lead the squad in his sixth season as a Blue, goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, defenders Rahul Bheke and Harmanjot Khabra along with attackers Boithang Haokip, Thongkhosiem Haokip and Udanta Singh are the Indian players to be retained. Midfielder Kean Lewis and defender Sairuat Kima are the new domestic players signed earlier this season while, defenders Rino Anto and Gursimrat Singh Gill and goalkeeper Soram Poirei return to Bengaluru.

Among the foreigners, Miku, who netted 20 goals last season will lead the forward line alongside Chhetri and joining him are Dimas Delgado, Juanan Gonzalez and Erik Paartalu. With the teams now allowed to sign only seven foreigners, as compared to eight last season, the Blues have brought in Xisco Hernandez, who made his debut last month in the AFC Cup, as well as attacker Chencho Gyeltshen and new signing Albert Serran.

The five BFC B boys making the move up to the first team include Bidyananda Singh and Asheer Akhtar, who have made their BFC debut in the AFC Cup, along with Altamash Sayed, Aditya Patra and Ajay Chhetri. While all five impressed for BFC B in the 2nd Division League last year, Ajay was even part of U18 team last season and helped the team all the way to the final phase of the Youth League in Shillong.

The Blues begin their Indian Super League campaign against defending champions Chennaiyin FC at the Fortress on September 30.

Team

Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Soram Poirei Anganba, Aditya Patra (U21)

Defenders: Rahul Bheke, Albert Serran, Sairuat Kima, Juanan Gonzalez, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Rino Anto, Nishu Kumar, Asheer Akhtar, Gursimrat Singh Gill

Midfielders: Erik Paartalu, Kean Francis Lewis, Dimas Delgado, Bidyananda Singh, Boithang Haokip, Francisco ‘Xisco’ Hernandez, Ajay Chhetri (U21), Altamash Sayed

Forwards: Nicolas Ladislao Fedor ‘Miku’, Sunil Chhetri, Thongkhosiem Haokip, Udanta Singh, Chencho Gyeltshen 


Friday, August 31, 2018

Bengaluru sign Albert Serran to bolster defense

Bengaluru FC Media 

Bengaluru FC, on Friday, announced the signing of 34-year-old center-back Albert Serran, ahead of their Indian Super League campaign, set to kick off in a month’s time. A widely travelled defender, Serran joins the Blues as their seventh foreign signing, having turned out for Carles Cuadrat’s men in two pre-season friendlies, against Villarreal CF B and FC Barcelona B. 

“It's a great experience in my career to sign for Bengaluru FC. The pre-season in Spain was great and I had the chance to meet the staff and players. I was given a warm welcome and felt very good from the beginning. I'm expecting to arrive in Bengaluru soon, to know more about the fans and the city,” said Serran after completing formalities. 

Born in Barcelona, Serran is a product of RCD Espanyol’s youth system and appeared in three La Liga games during his time with the Periquitos. In 2008, Serran signed a three-year deal with Swansea City, then in the Football League Championship. Serran left Swansea in 2011 and went on to play for AEK Larnaca, Alcorcon, Anorthosis Famagusta and Doxa Katokopia, before joining Albanian Superliga champions FK Kukesi in 2017. Serran’s most recent contract was with Morrocon side Chabab Rif Al Hoceima. 

Having bowed out of the 2018 AFC Cup with a 5-2 aggregate loss to Altyn Asyr FK, the Blues prepare for their Indian Super League opener, against Chennaiyin FC, at the Kanteerava Stadium on September 30.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Bengaluru FC look to turn tide against Altyn Asyr

Bengaluru FC Media

Carles Cuadrat’s Bengaluru FC are confident of climbing the proverbial mountain when they take on Altyn Asyr today at the Kopetdag Stadium, for a spot in the Inter-Zone final of the AFC Cup. Having suffered a 3-2 defeat at home, the Blues will need to win by a two-goal margin in the capital in what could be a comeback for the ages.

Though Cuadrat admitted that conceding three goals at home was far from the ideal scenario going into a second leg, he was confident that the late fightback at the Kanteerava has given his side belief and a chance against tough opponents. “Altyn Asyr is a good team who have been doing well in this competition. When they came to Bengaluru, they were in the middle of their league commitments and you could tell by how fit they were. They took advantage of the options they had in front of our goal. It was a bit of a shock to go down by three goals at home but we slowly took control of things in the second half and we had enough chances to put them in trouble. We have two goals that make us believe we have a shot at going ahead in this competition,” said the Spaniard while addressing the media on Tuesday.

The team from Turkmenistan didn’t have much of the ball in the first leg, but they made their reliance on the counter attack matter, with clinical finishing. Cuadrat said the early goals were a tad bit disappointing because they knew how the visitors would tackle the tie. “When you’re down a goal at home you want to get right back into it and that’s where we conceded another one on the counter attack. We have been watching Altyn Asyr’s games in the AFC Cup and we know they don’t really have a lot of possession during the game. Most games they usually have around 45 percent possession. They know they must defend well and punish the other teams on the counter. So, it wasn’t a surprise.”

The Blues will do well to be wary of the threat that the hosts possess through Altymyrat Annadurdyyew and Wahyt Orazsahedow, both of who were on target in Bengaluru. Winger Myrat Yagsyyew, who had to be substituted early in the game owing to a groin injury, remains a doubtful starter for the fixture.

The biggest positive that Bengaluru FC can take from the defeat and into the second leg is the attitude they displayed even after conceding three goals. The attack switched gears in the second half and had Altyn Asyr defending in numbers. The Blues were left feeling hard done-by after two stonewall penalty decisions were waived away by the referee. But goals from Rahul Bheke and Erik Paartalu were justice to the kind of turnaround they orchestrated.

Harmanjot Khabra, who missed the game with illness, has made the trip to Turkmenistan and it needs to be seen if he will have a part to play on Wednesday. Cuadrat also hinted at a possible rejig in the way he approaches the game and the team he rolls out. “We weren’t happy with the way things went in the first game and we would like to fix that. If it means us having to change and reshuffle, we will. In the end, we don’t have an option but to keep trying things that can keep us alive in the competition,” he said.

The winner of the tie will go on to face North Korean side 4.25 SC in the Inter-Zone final after they cruised past Singapore’s Home United FC 11-1 on aggregate in the other semifinal clash.

The game kicks off at 5 pm IST. 


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Puttaiah and Prasanna Kumar Memorial Cup to take place in September


Puttaiah and Prasanna Kumar Memorial Cup, the knockout football tournament for the Super and A Division teams respectively will commence on the second week of September. Bangalore District Football Association (BDFA) invites entry from the BDFA Super and A Division teams. 

Entry fee for the participating teams are: 

Super Division 
  • Professional club – 6,000/- 
  • Institutional club – 4,000/- 
  • Private club – 2,000/-  
A Division
  • Professional club – 5,000/- 
  • Institutional club – 3,000/- 
  • Private club – 2,000/- 

Clubs should ensure that they have submitted players’ Registration Form ‘A’ for the 2018-19 season on or before August 31, 2018. 

The last date of receiving entry fee is September 8, 2018.