Tuesday, June 18, 2019

State sub-junior team trials 2019

The Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) will be conducting selection trials at the Bangalore Football Stadium from Thursday, June  20, 2019, 3.00 pm onward. Boys born in the age band of January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2006 and who possess original birth certificates, which contains their name and whose birth has been registered within a year are eligible. 

Players with playing kit and age certificates should be present at the BFS, Ashoknagar at 3.00 pm on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Bengaluru sign Eugeneson Lyngdoh

Bengaluru FC Media

BFC have completed the signing of former player Eugeneson Lyngdoh on a one-year deal, the club announced on Monday. The 32-year old midfielder once again joins the Indian Super League champions after a two-year stint with Kolkata-side ATK, who had signed the Shillong-born playmaker during the ISL draft in 2017. 

A favourite among the supporters, Lyngdoh first joined Bengaluru FC in 2014 after stints with Meghalaya’s Shillong Lajong and Rangdajied United. Going on to become a vital part of the side under Ashley Westwood and then under Albert Roca, Lyngdoh scored some crucial goals for the Blues en route to winning three major trophies apart from helping the club to a maiden AFC Cup final in 2016. 

“Ever since I first signed for Bengaluru FC I knew I was making the right decision. Now that I’m here again I want to relive those moments and create new ones. I'm looking forward to being back on the pitch and fighting for titles once again,” said an elated Lyngdoh who becomes the third Indian signing for the season after youngsters Prabhsukhan Singh Gill and Suresh Wangjam. 

Bengaluru coach, Carles Cuadrat said he was delighted at having Lyngdoh back in BFC colours. “I have worked with Eugeneson before and I know the kind of influence he has on the dressing room. He is a good professional with good habits and I have no doubt about the fact that he will help the side improve and more specifically, the youngsters on the squad. He knows how we like to play, so we already have a head start with him,” said Cuadrat. 

At Bengaluru, Lyngdoh scored 16 goals in 74 appearances in three seasons while winning the Federation Cup in 2014-15 and 2016-17 and the I-League in 2016-17. The creative midfielder even bagged the AIFF Player of the Year award for 2015. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Bengaluru set to launch Soccer Schools program in Gujarat

Bengaluru FC Media

Indian Super League champions Bengaluru FC announced on Friday that its newest BFC Soccer Schools center will soon be functional at the Adani Shantigram Football Ground, in Shantigram, Ahmedabad. 

With 14 functional centres in Bengaluru and their recent tie-up with Sporthood taking their reach to over 35 centres in the city over the coming weeks, Adani Shantigram will be the first venue outside Karnataka to have a BFC Soccer School.

“We’re really proud to announce our first center outside Karnataka, at the Adani Shantigram Football Ground. During the Summer Camp earlier this year we had classes in Mangalore, and the move to Gujarat highlights another step towards harnessing the talent from outside Karnataka. We hope to be able to identify children with potential and add them to our academy in the coming years through BFC Soccer Schools,” said Naushad Moosa, the club’s Head of Youth Development.

Beginning on June 4, 2019 classes will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 6 and 7 pm for children between five and sixteen years of age. 

The program will be conducted by licensed youth coaches of the club, who will monitor the progress of the players while also following the technical curriculum provided by the club’s Head of Youth Development.

For more information or to register, call 9925111383, mail guj.soccerschools@bengalurufc.com or log on to soccerschools.bengalurufc.com

Delgado signs one-year extension with Bengaluru

Bengaluru FC Media 

Bengaluru FC completed the contract extension of influential playmaker Dimas Delgado after the Spaniard signed a new one-year deal on Monday that keeps him with the ISL champions till the end of 2019-20 season. 

The Gramanet-born midfielder who turned 36 in February played a crucial part in Bengaluru FC’s Indian Super League triumph last season being the top assist provider for the Blues. In fact, ever since joining the club back in 2017, the Spaniard has been an ever-present figure in the Bengaluru side, first under Albert Roca and then, Carles Cuadrat. 

Delighted at extending his stay with the ISL Champions, Dimas said, “I’m so happy and proud to be able to continue for another year at Bengaluru FC - a club which has shown a lot of respect and affection towards me and my whole family.  I felt at home here ever since I arrived in 2017. The two seasons so far have been fantastic and I have enjoyed every bit of them personally and professionally.” 

“We have a fantastic technical staff that I respect and admire a lot. It’s easy to work with them and of course, we also have some great players in our team. I want to continue helping the club to win more titles and in becoming better every year. I feel like I'm at the best club in India with the best fans, and I hope to continue enjoying this fantastic experience,” added Dimas, who was also the Blues top passer in each of the last two seasons in the ISL. 

While he emphasised the importance of tying down Dimas to the club, Bengaluru FC Coach Carles Cuadrat said, “There’s little need to explain how vital a presence Dimas has been to this club over the last two seasons. He very clearly dictates the way we end up playing and I’m very happy that we will have his experience and leadership for another season. Like I’ve said before, it’s important that we keep as much of the core of this team together and Dimas’ extension is a step in that direction.” 

Dimas becomes the third foreigner in the squad for the upcoming season alongside fellow Spaniard Juanan Gonzalez and Australian Erik Paartalu, both of whom already signed extensions last season.

South United appoint Alfredo Fernandes as Head Coach

South United Media 

South United Football Club officially announced the appointment of Alfredo Fernandes as their new Head Coach. The Bengaluru club were able to attract Mr. Fernandes after two seasons in-charge of the Churchill Brothers I-League side and one season spent as Technical Director at the club. 

Speaking ahead of the announcement, Alfredo Fernandes said, “I was thrilled to see the long-term vision and passion shown by South United FC. The plans and ideas they have for the club are what drew me to the job and I’m excited to be a part of this endeavour. 

“The club has come a long way so far and my goal will be to carry on this incredible journey and build on it as we move forward to try and achieve our long term and short term goals.” 

SUFC are soon holding trials for aspirants who want to play for the senior team during the 2019-20 season and are keen to have Mr. Fernandes involved from the very beginning. 

The AFC ‘A’ License holder, Alfredo Fernandes, began his coaching career with Young Strikers after spending 18 years as a professional footballer. As a player he represented the likes of Dempo SC and Churchill Brothers among others. 

He finished his playing career at Young Strikers and then coached the side for 3 years. Following that, he joined Churchill Brothers to coach their U-20 side and played the role of Assistant Coach for the senior side for 10 years before taking over as Head Coach in 2016. He remained head coach of the side for 2 seasons before taking the post of Technical Director at the club.