Monday, July 6, 2020

Bengaluru FC conferred two-star Academy status by AFC

Bengaluru FC Media 

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has conferred JSW Bengaluru Football Club’s Youth Development Program with a two-star Academy status, in addition to its endorsement of the All India Football Federation with full membership of its AFC Elite Youth Scheme. Bengaluru FC are the only professional football club to gain the recognition, with Reliance Foundation Young Champs Academy being the other.

“We are delighted to confer to the AIFF the AFC Elite Youth Scheme full membership status and the Reliance Foundation Young Champs Academy and JSW Bengaluru FC Academy the two-star Academy status,” stated Dato Windsor John, General Secretary of the AFC.

The status, which is subject to re-evaluation after three years as per Article 6 of the AFC Elite Youth Scheme Regulations and Guidelines, has been granted to both entities for their ‘truly remarkable’ academies, according to Kushal Das, General Secretary of the All India Football Federation.

“I would like to congratulate Reliance Foundation Young Champs Academy and JSW Bengaluru FC Academy for receiving the two-star status. Their academies are truly remarkable and have been promising ones to deliver future stars of the sport,” said Das.

The Bengaluru FC Grassroots Development Program, set across Bengaluru and Bellary, has been in operation since the establishment of its BFC Soccer Schools Program in 2014. Over the years, BFC Soccer Schools has added as many as 20 centres across three states, expanding to Maharashtra and Gujarat, in addition to Karnataka. 

Further to this, the club has added the U7, U9 and U11 day-boarding academies in Bengaluru, the club’s U13 and U15 Residential setup in Bellary, the U18 and Bengaluru FC Reserve team and the most recent Elite Program, which brings the best children from BFC Soccer Schools under one roof. Several graduates of the club’s Academy now ply their trade with the first team, a pathway that has proven successful for the club’s Youth Development program.

“We are very happy to be given this recognition, and it only increases our responsibility towards Youth Development in the country. We have always maintained that the progress of our Grassroots program and Academy team is a marker to the success of the club, and we look forward to setting the benchmark higher in the coming years,” said club CEO Mandar Tamhane.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Bengaluru sign Thai League 1 all-time leading scorer Silva

Bengaluru FC Media 

Bengaluru FC have signed versatile Brazilian striker Cleiton Silva on a one-year deal with the club having the option to extend it by another year, the Blues announced on Saturday. The 33-year-old, who started his career with Brazilian side Madureira, moved to Thailand where he spent a better part of the decade playing for Muangthong United and Suphanburi, apart from stints in Mexico and China. 

Silva, who also operates on the wing, became the first foreign player to reach the 100-goal mark in Thailand and finished top scorer of the Thai League 1 for two seasons. He also tops the charts of the all-time leading scorers of the League. His biggest success came at Muangthong where he racked up 57 goals in 79 appearances and won three major trophies in as many seasons at the club. 

The Brazilian, who was in talks with the Blues last season before the deal didn’t materialise, said he was glad to have finally made the move. “I’ve signed with Bengaluru FC because I want to be a champion, and this is a club that is always after titles. I have that opportunity once again at BFC. I want to make the club and its fans happy. I have been following the club for some time now, because we were in talks a while ago. And I liked what I saw. I am looking forward to making my way to Bengaluru and am excited to meet my new teammates, the fans and embrace the city,” said Silva. 

Silva becomes Bengaluru’s first new foreign signing of the season after the club had handed extended deals to Juanan Gonzalez, Dimas Delgado and Erik Paartalu. 

Bengaluru FC coach Carles Cuadrat said Silva’s addition was an important one, given his penchant for scoring. “Cleiton has a proven track-record when it comes to scoring and this is an area we needed to strengthen on the squad. The goals aside, he even has an eye for a quality final pass and we’re looking forward to working with him.”
“Cleiton is a player we had been tracking closely through last season and even Carles believed we should bring him to Bengaluru when the chance arises. We’re glad that things fell in place and that he is now part of our charge for the coming season,” said club CEO, Mandar Tamhane.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

KSFA invites new football clubs

Press release

The Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) is opening affiliation to new clubs to the lowest Divisions for all the approved District Football Associations in the state for the 2020- 21 season. 

Clubs, institutions, and groups of players can apply for Associate Club Membership to the KSFA either directly or through their respective District Football Associations. In the absence of District Football Associations, clubs in such districts may apply directly to KSFA and based on the number of clubs the governing body will form Associate DFA's with terms and conditions. 

For Bangalore District Football Association, clubs seeking admission to the C Division should kindly note that they will get affiliation to two new Districts/Zones (North and South) which will take shape from the 2020-21 calendar year. Such clubs will play the Leagues stage in grounds in others parts of Bengaluru District and not in the Bangalore Football Stadium.

Clubs, institutions, and groups of players should have been involved in promoting the game for at least three years, should have access to a training or playing field, should have a qualified coach and should have the financial ability to fund the requirements of the club in competitions - Yearly registration fees, Central Registration System fees, Jerseys and kit, entry fees for events and cater to other needs of its players and officials.

Clubs owners who are already owning a team with KSFA/BDFA as on date are not eligible to apply under the scheme.

Those interested may mail details of their entity with number of players, venue area or district of operation and other relevant information. E-mail applications before June 30, 2020 to, for any details or clarification. Interested persons can also visit the KSFA office during office hours. 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

KSFA governing body member Mohanraj pass away

Mr. M Mohanraj, Governing board member of the Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) and Vice President of the Karnataka Olympic Association (KOA), passed away 3 pm today. He was 89 years of age.

Having played the game of football at school, college, university and for the state teams, Mohanraj moved onto have an illustrious professional career retiring as an Assistant Welfare Officer, AG’s Office, Govt. of India in the year 1989. He also served as an administrator for Karn
ataka Vidyashala (1993-1995) and for St. John’s English School (1995-1997). 
Also, he had an illustrious career in the realm of sport administration having served at the All India Football Federation, Karnataka State Football Association, Bangalore District Football Association as well as the Karnataka Olympic Association. 

Through the years 1978 to 1985, Mohanraj served as the manager for the Karnataka State Team many times. His other stints as manager included the Pre-Olympic Indian Team at Bangkok/India, 1999 and the Indian team that participated in the pre-world cup qualifying rounds in Brunei Darussalam in 2001.

In 1982 he was the technical member of the Asian Games held at Delhi and was the organizing secretary of the pre-World Cup Qualifying Round held at Bangalore in the summer of 2001. He was also instrumental in setting up the Karnataka Soccer Welfare Trust and was on its board as the Hon. Treasurer.

‘In the passing away of Mohanraj Sir, the football fraternity of the city, of the state and of the country has lost a soul whose passion and dedication towards the game will be remembered forever,’ said Mr N A Haris, KSFA President.

Mohanraj’s funeral will be held tomorrow, 11 am, at Hebbal Crematorium. 

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Indian Football stalwart Chuni Goswami no more

Chuni Goswami, the Indian Football stalwart who led India to win the gold medal in the 1962 Asian Games in Bangkok expired today evening at a private hospital in Kolkata. 

Chuni-da, as the Arjuna awardee and Padma Shri is fondly known amongst the football supporters. Also, he was a member of the Indian team which finished as second behind hosts Israel in the AFC Asian Cup in 1964. He had scored India’s third goal against the 3-1 victory against Hong Kong en-route to the final.

He is also one of the six Indian Footballers to have received the prestigious Padma Shri Award, others being the Late Gotsho Paul, late Sailen Manna, PK Banerjee, Bhaichung Bhutia, and Sunil Chhetri, along with the Arjuna Award. 

Earlier this year, Chuni Goswami was honoured by the Indian Postal Department, who issued a postal stamp on his 82nd birthday (January 15, 2020). He was the third Indian footballer after the late Gostho Paul (1998), and late Dr Talimeren Ao (2018) on whose name a postal stamp has been issued by the largest postal network in the world. 

Quite ironic that the country lost two football greats, Chuni Goswami and PK Banerjee, in a span of one month.