Saturday, September 7, 2019

Karnataka qualify for the Sub-Junior National final round

Karnataka pulverized its opponent Tamil Nadu with a 8-1 win in the final group match of the South Zone qualifiers of Sub Junior National Football Championship at the Bangalore Football Stadium. 

Karnataka were leading 5-0 at the lemon break, got their goals through Chandan Biju-9’, 12’, 14', 65', Parikram Bora-23', 27', Rajat R-64’, Gautam Rajesh-90'+4’. Akil Jenson scored the lone goal for Tamil Nadu. 

With this win, Karnataka top Group A, and qualify for the final round of the Sub Junior National. Kerala have already qualified from group B.  

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Karnataka thrash Andhra Pradesh 6-0

Hosts Karnataka got off to a flying start with a 6-0 win over Andhra Pradesh in the South Zone Qualifiers of Hero Sub Junior National Football Championship at the Bangalore Football Stadium today evening. 

Karnataka was leading 3-0 at the lemon break, got their goals through Gautam Rajesh-6’ Chandan Biju-23’, 75’, Rajat R-57’, and skipper Aditya Kalasur-72’ (Penalty). 

Karnataka started well and scored in the 6th minute when Rajesh made the most of the Andhra goalkeeper Piyush Singh who charged out and could not get back.

Biju scored the first of his two goals when he beat Singh with a fine shot. Midfielder Bora made it 3-0 on the half hour mark when his header brushed a rival defender and went in. With the 3-0 lead the hosts took the pedal off the gas and the play was confined mostly to the midfield.

Twelve minutes after restart, Rajat earned huge cheers from a large gathering when he struck from long range. 

Two more goals within 3 minutes, the first when Gurveer Singh was brought down by the Andhra keeper and skipper Kalasur concerted the resultant penalty in the 72nd minute. The second came when Chandan Biju finished scoring his brace and Karnataka completed their 6-0 rout. 

Karnataka play their final Group A fixture against Tamil Nadu on Saturday, September 7th. In tomorrow's game, Pondicherry take on Kerala in Group B. 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

State team for South Zone Sub-junior National Qualifiers

The following players will represent Karnataka in the South Zone sub-junior national qualifiers: 

Goalkeepers: Som Kumar, Arnav Sharma 
Defenders: Pratheek Kashyap, Tanish Tamanna, Adithya Yogesh, Soumil, Chethan Reddy, Arjun, Rahul D
Midfielders: Gautham, Adithya Kalasur, Parikram Borah, Deeveshwar V V, Anant Singh, Adrian Dylan Edwin, Gurveer Singh 
Strikers: Chandan Bija, Vinith Venkatesh, Arnav Sharma Rajat Rakesh, Rounak

Bangalore to host Sub-junior South Zone qualifiers

The Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) will be organizing the the qualifying rounds of the South Zone Sub Junior (Under-14) National Football championships 2019-20. All matches will be played at the Bangalore Football Stadium from September 3 to 8, 2019.

Six states are in the fray for the two slots to make the final rounds of the Inter-Zonal National Championships. The six teams have been divided into two groups. Group A has Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Group B consists of Puducherry, Kerala and Telangana.

Telangana and Kerala had qualified for the main tournament last year, both have been drawn in the same group this year. Karnataka was the winner of the Khelo India under-17 football tournament this year, narrowly failed to make the Sub Junior grade last year. 

Karnataka take on Andhra Pradesh in the opening tie which kicks-off at the Bangalore Football Stadium at 4.00 p.m. There will be one match every day alternately in both groups. 


  • Group A - Sept 3: Karnataka 6 (Gautam Rajesh-6’ Chandan Biju-23’, 75’, Rajat R-57’, and skipper Aditya Kalasur-72’ (Penalty)) vs Andhra Pradesh 0
  • Group A - Sept 5: Andhra Pradesh 0 vs Tamil Nadu 5
  • Group A - Sept 7: Tamil Nadu vs Karnataka 

  • Group B - Sept 4: Puducherry 0 vs Kerala 14 
  • Group B - Sept 6: Kerala 5 vs Telangana 1
  • Group B - Sept 8: Telangana vs Puducherry

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Bengaluru sign Raphael Augusto and Ashique Kuruniyan

Bengaluru FC Media

Indian Super League champions Bengaluru FC have signed Brazilian midfielder Raphael Augusto and India National team player, versatile winger Ashique Kuruniyan. 

Raphael joins the club on a two-year deal that keeps him till the end of the 2020-21 season. Augusto, a native of Rio de Janeiro, becomes the sixth foreigner on Carles Cuadrat’s roster as Bengaluru begin their ISL title-defence on October 21 at home against NorthEast United.

The twenty-eight-year-old Raphael joins Bengaluru on the back of four seasons with Chennaiyin FC, with whom he has won the league twice. He also becomes the first Brazilian to wear the blue of Bengaluru. 

The Malappuram-born winger Ashique has signed a four-year deal with the reigning ISL champions and will feature for the Blues till the end of the 2022-23 season. 

Augusto expressed his delight on the move. "I am so happy to sign for a big team like Bengaluru FC. I was amazed in the manner in which the club fought tooth and nail to win the championship last season, and it's a good feeling to be a part of that team now. Bengaluru have a very good coach, a good set of players and some amazing fans and I’m sure together, all of us can win more titles for the club.”

Bengaluru boss, Cuadrat was all praise for Augusto. “I’d like to welcome Raphael, who is a two-time league winner, to the squad. We’re all aware of, and have seen the kind of talent he possesses. The onus is now on us to get the best out of an exceptional player like Raphael. We have a season that also includes Asian competition and a title-defence, and it’s going to take experience, talent and hard work to make it a successful one. I believe that Raphael brings all three attributes to the dressing room.”

Ashique, who completed formalities on a long-term deal, expressed his pleasure at completing a move he described as a dream. “I am really glad to have committed my future to a club like Bengaluru FC. Every young footballer in the country wants to play for BFC and I am happy to be able to realise this dream. I have a lot to learn from the senior players at the club, as well as the coaching staff and while I know that there is massive competition for places, I am confident and ready for the challenge,” said the youngster. 

Bengaluru FC Coach Carles Cuadrat said the addition of Ashique gives his squad the kind of depth it needs considering the Blues will be competing in Asia too, this season. “Ashique is the kind of player who can help us in both, attack and defence. His talent, pace and guile gives us the right kind of selection problems, but more importantly, gives us options. We’re playing the AFC Cup this season and it’s important that we add Indian talent to the squad for the continental campaign. We’re looking forward to have him join the club,” said Cuadrat.

Ashique becomes the sixth new signing for the Blues this season after Manuel Onwu, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Suresh Wangjam, Prabhsukhan Gill and Raphael Augusto.