Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bengaluru FC part ways with Gaffer Westwood

Bengaluru FC, on Tuesday, announced that the club would be parting ways with coach Ashley Westwood by mutual consent, bringing to end a successful three-year association during which the Blues won two I-League titles and one Federation Cup crown. The Blues have also made the quarterfinals of the AFC Cup this season under Westwood and will look to go a step further when the continental competition resumes in September. 

The Englishman was at the helm of affairs since the club’s inception in 2013 where the Blues went on to stun Indian football by winning the I-League in its debut season. 2014 too was a successful season where Bengaluru won the Federation Cup, finished second in the League and made the knock-out stages in the AFC Cup. 

In his parting note Ashley said, "I am extremely proud of my time and achievements during my tenure at BFC. I came to the country with a blank canvas, tasked with helping to build a club from scratch, improve Indian football and to try to produce some players to go on to represent the country. I feel with 3 major trophies, multiple ‘Coach of the Year’ awards and developing as many as 10 players to go on to represent India across different ages, I have achieved all of my objectives. I would like to thank the players, staff and management team for their efforts and support and I also want to thank the most important and fundamental part of this club, the fans." 

Gaffer further added, "My time with BFC has been a memorable one and I'll never forget all that we achieved. I'm saddened to leave but I know I have left the club in a very strong position as Champions of India once again and safely through to the quarter finals in the AFC Cup. I wish the club all the best for the future."

From the club, their CEO Parth Jindal stated, "It's been an extremely difficult time for the management of the club to part ways with Ashley Westwood. The decision hasn’t been the easiest to take but like always, it is one made in the best interests of Bengaluru FC."

Friday, May 27, 2016

Former junior national and LRDE footballer Edwin passes away

Former Karnataka state junior and LRDE footballer S Babu, popularly known as Edwin, passed away today 6:30 am at the Bowring Hospital. Edwin was only 49 years old and was suffering from severe asthma for last 15 days. 

Hailing from the breeding ground of football, Gouthampuram, Edwin represented State in Junior Nationals in 1988. He used in play in mid-field position with outstanding knowledge about ball distribution. Edwin joined LRDE in 1992. 

He left behind his wife, a son, and a daughter.

His body was kept in Gouthamapuram, later taken to Ulsoor, LakshmiPuram Burial Ground. The burial took place at 5 pm.  

KSFA and BDFA  condoled the untimely death of the footballer. BDFA observed a minute of silence in today's C Division match between NP Kempe Gowda and Young Muslims. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Bengaluru FC march into Last-8 of AFC Cup

Bengaluru FC Media 

Bengaluru FC carved history for themselves as the Blues marched into the quarterfinals of the AFC Cup beating Kitchee SC 3-2 in a pulsating game at the Mong Kok Stadium, in Hong Kong, on Wednesday. A brace from skipper Sunil Chhetri (31st and 33rd minute) and a winner from young Daniel Lalhlimpuia (51st) sent Ashley Westwood’s boys through to the last-eight making them the only Indian club left in the competition.

The Blues bowed out at the same stage in the same stadium last season when they went down 2-0 to South China AA. But Bengaluru did more than just exorcise the ghosts rolling out a fantastic performance in every department on the pitch.

Kitchee shot into a 7th minute lead when Rufino sneaked into the box and nodded home skipper Lo Kwan Yee’s cross from the right, on the bounce. Bengaluru got to work without much ado, passing the ball around and forcing freekicks and corners out of the hosts.

The Blues got really close from one such chance when Eugeneson Lyngdoh chose to smartly roll a freekick in the box, catching the Kitchee defence by surprise. But ’keeper Wang Zhenpeng charged out to keep attempts from Curtis Osano and Daniel Lalhlimpuia at bay.

However, the equalizer came just a minute later when Lyngdoh was brought down by Huang Yang in the box, prompting referee Fu Ming to point to the spot. Skipper Chhetri stepped up and sent an audacious chip over Zhenpeng who already committed to make it 1-1.

Chhetri’s second came only two minutes later and just like his first, it wasn’t short on class. A beautifully stitched move saw Rino send in a cross that was headed away by a Kitchee defender only to reach as far as Chhetri who smashed it home on the volley after picking his corner and silencing the Mong Kok.

But a moment of weakness in defence three minutes from half-time saw Kitchee capitalize to make it 2-2. Christian Kwesi slid one in the box as Paramo Jorge sneaked ahead of the Blues defence line, got past Osano and fired past Amrinder.

The tie being a knock-out meant that the away goals rule would not come into play and Bengaluru would need only a win to progress and Lalhlimpuia responded with what would eventually be enough. The youngster made the most to pounce on a poor back-pass by Kwesi, intercepting the ball and putting it past Zhenpeng to make it 3-2.

After the third it was the Blues’ show who kept the attacks constant but were let down by some wayward finishing.
Daniel had probably the best chance of the game in the 88th minute when, after being sent through on goal and getting past Kitchee’s high line, the striker skipped past Zhenpeng only to shoot wide as the Blues bench watched in disbelief.

The misses however didn’t come back to haunt Bengaluru as the defence kept things tight to see the Indian champions past the line.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bengaluru FC take on Kitchee in AFC Cup pre-quarter finals

Bengaluru FC Media

Bengaluru FC will eye the big chance to make the quarterfinal of the AFC Cup when they take on Kitchee SC in a vital one-off Round-of-16 fixture at the Mong Kok Stadium, in Hong Kong, on Wednesday.

The Blues put behind a slow start to string together wins and finish second behind Cup holders Johor Darul Ta’zim in Group H, earning them a spot in the knock-out stages of the competition for the second season running. And Technical Analyst Mathew Holland, who will be at the Bengaluru touchline as coach Ashley Westwood serves the third of his four-game suspension, hoped the team would rise to the occasion. “We’re up against a very tough team in Kitchee who have done well in the group stages. But so have we, getting wins in the middle. It’s a Round-of-16 game which is always going to be tricky but we are confident because we always prepare well. It’s going to be an exciting game,” said 

Holland while addressing the media on Tuesday.
Interestingly, the Blues are no strangers to the Mong Kok turf, having played South China AA at the same stage of the competition last season. The game ended 2-0 in favour of the Hong Kong side on a heavy surface but Blues midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh was confident of the team putting together a performance that would pull them across the line this time around.

“The mood in the dressing room is that of confidence. There’s a desire among the squad to go one better this season and we hope to be able to translate that desire on the pitch. When we played South China we had one eye on the I-League title decider against Mohun Bagan which we had to play three days later. This time around there’s no sharing of focus which is a good thing,” said Lyngdoh who was named midfielder of the I-League for a second season running.

Westwood has rolled out a unique playing XI in almost every game this season and it will be interesting to see how the gaffer approaches this one.

Kitchee finished top of Group F with four wins, one draw and a loss and conceded just once in the group stages and Bengaluru’s attack will have to be on top of their game if they are to take the game to the hosts. The Blues will however be without CK Vineeth who sits out with a sore shoulder while Kim Song Yong missed the trip owing to visa issues.

The game kicks off at 5.30 pm IST and will be televised live on Star Sports 4.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Fixture - BDFA C Division League 2015-16

A total of 82 teams are given entries in the BDFA C Division. Teams are divided in 16 Groups - A to P. The top team from each group will qualify for the knock-out stage. 4 semi-finalists will be promoted to the B Div for the 2016-17 season.

Group A Group B Group C
1. Bentex
2. Sporting Youths
3. Veterans
4. JJ Sports
5. Town SC, Hoskote
1. Tornados
2. Queens Stars
3. South India
4. Bangalore Wanderers
5. Netaji
1. Maharaja Socials
2. Nationals
3. Rovers
4. Navarathna
5. Sarvagna Nagar
Group D
1. Bosch
2. JS Sports 
3. Rebels FC
4. ITC
5. Crescent
Group E
1. Vehicles
2. United FA 
3. Hampinagar
4. Chinnappa Garden
5. Vinayaka
Group F
1. LA Masia
2. Indiranagar
3. C2 FC
4. Triveni
5. Bangalore Gunners
Group G
1. Blitz 
2. Excelsior
3. Vijayanagar
4. Rabbani
5. Vel Social 
Group H
1 East West 
2 Indian Institute of Science
3 Young Muslims 
4 NP Kempe Gowda
5 Sunrise
Group I
1 Bangalore Yellows
2 Binny
3 Young Gems
4. South Western Railway
5 Rangers

Group I 
  • 27-05-2016: Bangalore Yellows 0 Vs Binny 3 (Deepan-45', 49', Jeswin-46') 
  • 29-05-2016: Rangers 5 (Akasay-1', 30'+1' Jayanth-30', Nicoloas-39', Charles-46') Vs Bangalore Yellows 1 (Avinaash-43') 
  • 29-05-2016: Binny 4 (Deepan-19', 55', Jeswin-31', Harish-50') Vs Young Gems 0 
  • 31-05-2016: Young Gems 2 (Nithin-15', 55') Vs Rangers 1 (Akshay-27' [P]) 
Group H 
  • 26-05-2016: Indian Institute of Science Vs East West
    East West did not turn up, match awarded to Indian Institute of Science  
  • 27-05-2016: NP Kempe Gowda 0 Vs Young Muslims 3 (Nitesh-40', 51, Vishnu-55')  
  • 28-05-2016: Indian Institute of Science 2 (Kiran-12' [OG], Nishank-45') Vs Sunrise 1 (James-29'
  • 30-05-2016: Sunrise 2 (Inder Kumar 50', Arun 60'+) Vs Young Mulslims 5 (Rinod-25', Nitesh-39', Morwin-40', 47', Devendra-54) 
  • 31-05-2016: Indian Institute of Science 1 (Boppanna-18') Vs NP Kempe Gowda 0  
  • 1-06-2016: NP Kempe Gowda Vs  Sunrise 
Group G 

  • 26-05-2016: Blitz 7 (Rajan-2', 4', 11', Mithun-43', 45', 46', Kishore-52') Vs Excelsior
  • 26-05-2016: Rabbani Vs Vijayanagar 
    Vijayanagar did not turn up, match awarded to Rabbani 
  • 28-05-2016: Excelsior 0 Vs Vel Social 1 (Mario-43') 
  • 28-05-2016: Blitz 4 (Ranjan-8', 20', Sachin-11', Mithun-46') Vs Rabbani 0 
  • 30-05-2016: Rabbani 6 (Naveen-11', Pinto-37', 45', Arvind-41, 49, Dev Kumar-42') Vs Excelsior 0 
  • 30-05-2016: Vel Social 0 Vs Blitz 11 (Multan-10', 32', 40', Ashwin-15', 18', 23', 26', Ranjan-31', 51', Mithun-37', 58') 
  • 1-06-2016: Vel Social Vs Rabbani

Group F 

  • 16-05-2016: La Masia 2 (Sunil-3', Samuel-4') Vs Indira Nagar 1 (Pruthvi-45')
  • 16-05-2016: C2 FC 4 (Vivek Menzel-11', Yashwanth-30'+1', Aashish-57', Abhijeet-60'+1') Vs Triveni 0 
  • 18-05-2016: Triveni 3 (Naveen-12', Murgan-22', Shiva-49') Vs Indiranagar 2 (Abhishek-9', Premkumar-54')
  • 18-05-2016: Bangalore Gunners 3 (Praveen-9', Ruban-20', Ribin-38') Vs C2 FC 1 (Manoj-60') 
  • 20-05-2016: Bangalore Gunners 2 (Ruban-30'+1', Bravin-40') Vs LA Masia 1 (Rayan-60'+1') 
  • 21-05-2016: C2 FC 5 (Vivek Menzel-14', Prayag Sunder-18', Hemanth-24', Aashish Paul-30', 57') Vs Indiranagar 0 
  • 23-05-2016: Bangalore Gunners 2 (Ruban-33', Sukinder-16') Vs Triveni 1 (Shivakumar-18')
  • 23-05-2016: La Masia 1 Vs C2 FC 5 (Ricardo-3', 11', 23', Aashish-40', Manoj-51') 
  • 24-05-2016: Triveni 1 (Murugan-35') Vs La Masia 3 (Shasidhran-18, Derrick-29', Geoffery-50')
  • 24-05-2016: Indiranagar 1 (Dharshan-46') Vs Bangalore Gunners 2 (Barvin-58, Suginderan-60'+3')
Group E 
  • 15-05-2016: United FA 8 (Tenzin-11', Renchin Sanpo-29', 30'+1', Hansibi-35', 38', 49', Tenzin Jugney-37', Gonpo-51') Vs Vehicles 2 (Shiva-24', 35')
  • 16-05-2016: Chinnnappa Garden 1 (Harishith-54') Vs Hampi Nagar 2 (Kunal-36' [OG], Govindaraj-2')
  • 17-05-2016: Vinayaka 1 (Riyazuddin-32') Vs Hampi Nagar 1 (Harshith-17') 
  • 18-05-2016: Chinnappa Garden 0 Vs Vehicles 4 (Vinod-10', Shiva-19', Anbu-59', Stephen-60') 
  • 19-05-2016: Hampi Nagar 2 (Vinayaka-39', 54') Vs United FA 2 (Tenzin-3', 27', 30. Hanshiba-36', Tenzin Sherab-42', 52', Tenzin Tashi-58') 
  • 20-05-2016: Vinayaka 1 (Amogh-16') Vs Vehicles 8 (Shiva-27, 37, 42, Prem-39', Dhanush', 44', 45', Anbu-57', 59') 
  • 21-05-2016: Chinnnappa Garden 0 Vs United FA 7 (Tenzin-11', Gonpo Dhondup-14', 31', 34', 57', 58', Hanshiba-56') 
  • 23-05-2016: Hampi Nagar 0 Vs Vehicles 5 (Prem-4', Dinesh-17', 43', Shiva-58', 60')

Group D 
ITC have withdrawn their team from the league
  • 15-05-2016: Bosch 2 (Obul Reddy-30'+1', 55') Vs JS Sports 1 (Monesh-24')
  • 15-05-2016: Rebels Vs ITC
    * Rebels got walkover from ITC, as the later did not turn up, Rebels will get 3 pts + 2 goals 
  • 17-05-2016: Rebels 4 (Dhanush-58', Rahul-59', Ranjan-60'+1', 60'+2') Vs Crescent 0 
  • 19-05-2016: Crescent 0 Vs Bosch 6 (Aron Roy-3', 10', 39', Obul Reddy-6', 23', Vinay-40') 
  • 20-05-2016: Rebels FC 1 (Ajey-13') Vs JS Sports 2 (Muan-26', Kanteerava-60'+1')
  • 22-05-2016: Bosch Vs Rebels 
  • 22-05-2016: Crescent 0 Vs JS Sports 4 (Sunil-18', Monish-32', 54', Ashok-52')

Group C 

  • 04-05-2016, 2:45 pm, Maharaja Socials Vs Nationals
    Maharaja Socials got walk-over as Nationals did not turn up
  • 04-05-2016, 4 pm, Navarathna Vs Rovers
    Rovers got walk-over as Navarathna did not turn up
  • 08-05-2016, 2:45 pm, Sarvagna Nagar 1 (Rakesh-41') Vs Maharaja Socials 3 (Manju-16', Johnson-32', Omprakash-56')
  • 08-05-2016, 4 pm, Rovers Vs Nationals 
  • 10-05-2016, 2:45 pm, Sarvagna Nagar 1 (Yogith-14') Vs Rovers 3 (Lokesh-27', 29', Simon-44')
  • 11-05-2016, 4 pm, Rovers 1 (Satish-50') Vs Maharaja Socials 1 (Johnson-18') 
  • 12-05-2016, 1:30 pm, Sarvagna Nagar Vs Nationals 
  • 13-05-2016, 4 pm, Nationals Vs Navarathna 13-05-2016 Fri
  • 14-05-2016, 1:30 pm, Navarathna Vs Maharaja Socials 
  • 14-05-2016, 2:45 pm, Rovers Vs Sarvagna Nagar
Group B 
  • 03-05-2016, 4 pm, Tornados 4 (Jabbar-14', Siraj-16', 26', Junaid-30') vs Queens Stars 2 (Sachin-28', 48')  
  • 04-05-2016, 1:30 pm, South India 3 (Karthick-10', Anand-25', 37') Vs Bangalore Wanderers 2 (Ravi-8', Avinash-10')
  • 07-05-2016, 4 pm, Netaji 0 Vs Bangalore Wanderers 6 (Prajwal-2', 18, 4, Arun [OG-10'], Akshay-22', Mario-57')
  • 08-05-2016, 1:30 pm, Queens Stars 2 (Abhishek-27', Sachin G-48') Vs South India 5 (Anand-10', 15', 16', Preetham-41', Kavi Mani-51')
  • 09-05-2016, 4 pm, South India 5 (Karthick-7', Preetham-10', Anand-40', 46, Mohan-60'+1') Vs Netaji 0 
  • 10-05-2016, 1:30 pm, Tornados 1 (Junaid 47') Vs Bangalore Wanderers 0 
  • 11-05-2016, 2:45 pm, Netaji Vs Queens Stars
    Netaji got walk-over as Queens Stars did not turn up
  • 13-05-2016, 1:30 pm, Bangalore Wanderers Vs Queens Stars 
  • 13-05-2016, 2:45 pm, Tornados Vs Netaji 
  • 14-05-2016, 4 pm, South India 0 Vs Tornados 4 (Shabir-22', 38', Kasim-46', 47')
 Group A 
  • 03-05-2016, 1:30 pm, Sporting Youths 3 (Shivu-2', 50', Prasad-49') vs Bentex 0 
  • 03-05-2016, 2:45 pm, Veterans 4 (Avinash-29', 45', Lawrence-22', Ramesh-35') Vs JJ Sports 0 
  • 07-05-2016, 1:30 pm, Veterans 2 (Avinash-1', Satish Kumar-41') Vs Town SC, Hoskote 0 
  • 07-05-2016, 2:45 pm, JJ Sports 3 (Silverster Steven-27', 52', Akshay-30'+2') Vs Sporting Youths 3 (Dhandu-2', Sanjay-30', Muniraj-44')
  • 09-05-2016, 1:30 pm, Bentex Vs JJ Sports
    Bentex got walk-over as JJ Sports did not turn up 
  • 09-05-2016, 2:45 pm, Sporting Youths 1 (Sanjay-55') Vs Town SC, Hoskote 2 (Sai Kumar-13', 60'+3')
  • 10-05-2016, 4 pm, Bentex 1 (Shiva-51') Vs Veterans 4 (Mohan-11'Avinarh-29', Satishkumar-30', Ronoldo-60') 
  • 11-05-2016, 1:30 pm, Town SC, Hoskote vs JJ Sports
  • 12-05-2016, 2:45 pm, Veterans 5 (Satishkumar-24', 31', Avinash-35', 58', Nagaraj-59') Vs Sporting Youths 0 
  • 12-05-2016, 4 pm, Bentex 2 (Shivu-5', Rahul-32') Vs Town SC, Hoskote 2 (Nagaraj-34' Gnanesh-46')