Monday, April 21, 2014

[PICS] Dempo Vs Bengaluru FC match-day pics

Courtesy: BFC Media

Only a win away from the crown

Bengaluru FC Media

Bengaluru FC takes on Dempo Sports Club at the Fatorda Stadium, Goa, today. Knowing that victory would see them crowned I-League champions in what has been an already successful season for the club. League leaders for most of the season, Bengaluru are on 41 points from 22 games and a double over Dempo would end the chase by closest rivals East Bengal who are on 40 points from 23 games. 

The Ashley Westwood-coached team had beaten Dempo 3-1 at home early in the season where a brace by Sean Rooney and a Siam Hanghal screamer did the job for Bengaluru who have their belief strengthened after the big win away against Mohun Bagan a fortnight ago. 

East Bengal’s win over Pune FC on Saturday meant the Kolkata side is still in the reckoning for the title. And while the result is deemed to have put Bengaluru under pressure, Westwood believes otherwise. “There is no pressure on us whatsoever. We are confirmed to finish top 3 and that was far higher than what was expected of me and my squad. The pressure is on East Bengal who have won back to back games only once this season and were expected to win the League with their squad and finances,” said Westwood, who is serving a one-match suspension and will not be on the sidelines on Monday. 

Dempo are coming off a 1-1 draw against Mumbai FC and are currently sixth on the table. The Goa side know that a win against Bengaluru could see them finish as high as fourth should other results aid their cause. They will, however, be without Australian striker Tolgay Ozbey who misses the game with a suspension. 

But Westwood believes Dempo have an impressive squad that will be looking to prove a point in beating the leaders. “Dempo are a good side with a great squad who have underachieved this season so I'm sure they will be very tough opponents and will try to get a feather in their cap by beating us.” 

Bengaluru have traveled with a completely fit squad and have been looking sharp and the performance against Bagan was testament enough. Midfielder Thoi Singh has been the man of the moment, scoring two goals in as many games and the team will have to chip in with inspired performances if they are to seize the chance to give an impressive season a special end. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fixture - BDFA B Division League, 2013-14

Here’s the partial fixture of the BDFA B division league, which starts tomorrow, April 20 and will go on till May 4. B Division will resume only after completion of Super and A division. Super and A division starts on May 5. 

  1. 20-April, 3:00 PM: Bangalore Mars 0 Vs Income Tax 4 (Shivakumar-28', Joseph Denial-37', Lokesh M-39', 55)
  2. 20-April, 4:30 PM: Sri Gajanana 0 Vs Oriental 0 
  3. 21-April, 4:30 PM: Dharmaraja Union 0 Vs RBI 1 (Saleem-3')
  4. 22-April, 4:30 PM: Jupiter Vs ISRO 
  5. 23-April, 4:30 PM: Government Press Vs Minerva
  6. 24-April, 3:00 PM: Southern Blues Vs Bangalore Eagles
  7. 24-April, 4:30 PM: Bangalore Mars Vs Sri Gajanana
  8. 25-April, 3:00 PM: Income Tax Vs RBI
  9. 25-April, 4:30 PM: Dharmaraja Union Vs Oriental
  10. 26-April, 3:00 PM: Jupiter Vs Bangalore Eagles
  11. 26-April, 4:30 PM: Minerva Vs ISRO
  12. 27-April, 8:00 AM: Southern Blues Vs Bangalore Mars
  13. 27-April, 9:30 AM: Government Press Vs Dharmaraja Union
  14. 27-April, 3:00 PM: Oriental Vs RBI
  15. 27-April, 4:30 PM: Income Tax Vs Sri Gajanana
  16. 28-April, 3:00 PM: Bangalore Eagles Vs ISRO
  17. 28-April, 4:30 PM: Jupiter Vs Minerva
  18. 29-April, 3:00 PM: Income Tax Vs Government Press
  19. 29-April, 4:30 PM: Sri Gajanana Vs Southern Blues
  20. 30-April, 3:00 PM: Dharmaraja Union Vs Minerva
  21. 30-April, 4:30 PM: Oriental Vs Jupiter
  22. 1-May, 3:00 PM: RBI Vs Bangalore Mars
  23. 1-May, 4:30 PM: Government Press Vs ISRO
  24. 2-May, 3:00 PM: Income Tax Vs Minerva
  25. 2-May, 4:30 PM: Bangalore Eagles Vs Dharmaraja Union
  26. 3-May, 3:00 PM: Southern Blues Vs Oriental
  27. 3-May, 4:30 PM: Jupiter Vs Government Press
  28. 4-May, 8:00 AM: Bangalore Mars Vs Bangalore Eagles
  29. 4-May, 9:30 AM: Sri Gajanana Vs Minerva
  30. 4-May, 3:00 PM: Dharmaraja Union Vs Southern Blues
  31. 4-May, 4:30 PM: RBI Vs ISRO 

Friday, April 18, 2014

[Announcement] Commencement of BDFA League 2013-14

The much awaited BDFA league is about to start - Super and A division will commence from Monday, May 5 and B division will commence from Sunday, April 20 at Bangalore Football Stadium. 

More details following soon.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Mariners host Bengaluru tomorrow

AIFF Media 
Table toppers Bengaluru FC take on Mohun Bagan in the Airtel I-League at the Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday evening.
The sides played out a 1-1 draw in the opening weekend of the season back in September and the fixture was Bengaluru’s first-ever. Since then the I-League debutants have gone on to have a remarkable campaign as they are three wins away from clinching the title. All three of their remaining games are away from home.
Ashley Westwood’s side though have won their last two away matches against Kolkata opposition and the gaffer is confident going into the business end of the season.
“We got three away games which suits me, because we travel, we know where the boys are, we know what they are eating, we know what they are up to, which just makes the whole thing a bit more controlled without being a control freak if you like. We will be really focused to try and get something out of the season,” Westwood was quoted saying.
Following Salgaocar’s 2-1 win over Pune on Friday, Bengaluru’s lead at the top is now down to just one point but like them Mohun Bagan too are under pressure to get a win in order to guarantee their I-League survival.
The Mariners are currently six points clear of the drop zone but could still finish in the top half if they win their last three games. Karim Bencherifa’s side won 3-1 away at Sporting Clube two weeks ago and the Moroccan is keen on building on that impressive performance.
“Bengaluru are top because they have simply been consistent with a lot of hard work being put in by everybody at the club. We got a good result in the last match and hopefully that can push us on to finish the season on a high,” Bencherifa stated.
The subplot of this game is that Mohun Bagan could do their arch-rivals East Bengal a favour but Bengaluru will be determined to get an away victory especially after dropping points in their last two I-League outings.