Monday, May 20, 2019

Bengaluru seal final spot with comeback win over Sudeva in Hero Sub Junior League

AIFF Media 

Sudeva FC and Bengaluru FC (BFC) faced off in an absorbing battle that saw great end-to-end action. BFC started off on the front foot as they created some early openings but just six minutes into the match, it was Sudeva who took the lead through midfielder Hiti Seb from the penalty spot. 

The side from Bengaluru upped the ante as a result, coming close to scoring on several occasions. Ishaan Raghunanda had a chance to shoot from the right flank and kept his shot on target, which was tipped past the post by keeper Pankaj Bhandari in the 16th minute.

Four minutes later, they were inches away from equalizing as a chipped effort from the BFC striker was cleared off the line in an acrobatic manner by Sudeva’s Bijay Champia. Soon, Rohit Negi had a chance from a free-kick from the right flank but his curling effort landed on the top of the net.

With the half coming to an end, BFC were not to be denied in the third minute of added time as they scored their first with a goal straight from the training ground. Skipper Gautam Rajesh played a short corner and crossed the ball from the left flank, which was headed in at the far post by defender Vinith Venkatesh.

Scoring just before the break certainly upped BFC’s confidence and they carried it on in the second half – taking the lead in the 40th minute. It was another aerial ball that did the trick as Ishaan’s cross from the right found Chandan Biju unmarked and he headed it home to make it two to BFC.

Sudeva tried hard to find their way past a sturdy BFC defence but could not gain the upper hand. In the 53rd minute, Bengaluru were inches away from their third goal as forward Yodhin Rishyak struck a powerful shot from the top of the box but saw it come back out off the post.

In the end, Bengaluru held on for the win and made their way into the final, that will take place at the Don Bosco Ground in Margao on Wednesday (May 22, 2019).

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Kean Lewis signs extension with Bengaluru

Bengaluru FC Media 

Bengaluru FC have announced Kean Lewis’ contract renewal, as the winger committed his future to the Blues, signing a deal that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2019-20 campaign.

The TATA Football Academy graduate was part of the Mahindra United academy where he played at various youth levels, and signed with Bengaluru ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. Twenty-six-year-old Kean claimed the assist for Erik Paartalu’s winner against ATK at the Fortress, and was instrumental in several appearances off the bench in Bengaluru’s run to the Indian Super League trophy.

“I’m very happy to have signed on with Bengaluru FC for another season. I was given the opportunity to play in several positions last season, which shows that the coach has faith in me. It gives me more chances to play, which was a key factor in my decision. Further to that, the team, the management, and the core of the club is intact, which bodes well for our chances of retaining the title and I’m really looking forward to that,” said Kean, after completing formalities on his one-year deal.

Carles Cuadrat, who has signed on with Bengaluru for two more seasons, said that he was happy to see Kean back in the fold.

“We're happy to offer Kean another year because he's been an important player for us throughout the course of last season. Kean made a difference coming off the bench in crucial moments and whenever we needed him. As a player who understands the philosophy of this club and our style of play, we stand to benefit from having him as part of the squad for another year,” said Cuadrat. 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Cuadrat pens new deal with Bengaluru FC

Bengaluru FC Media

Bengaluru FC have reached an agreement with Carles Cuadrat to further the Spaniard’s stay with the Indian Super League champions in a new two-year deal that keeps him with the Blues till the end of the 2020-21 season, the club announced on Wednesday.

Having taken over the reins from Albert Roca at the end of the 2017-18 season, Cuadrat – in what was his first stint as head coach of a team – led the Blues their sixth title in as many seasons when they beat FC Goa in the ISL final at the Mumbai Football Arena, in March, this year.

“I am delighted to continue my stay at a club that functions like a closely-knit family. I have spent three years at Bengaluru FC and the fact that I’m willing to add two more, is testament of how happy I am at the club and in the city. We achieved success last season and I would like to build on it. Importantly, we will be competing in Asia again and that’s a challenge we are all relishing. All footballing reasons aside, the love and support the fans have shown me definitely had a part to play in my decision of signing on a new deal,” said Cuadrat.

Cuadrat, who arrived at the club as Roca’s assistant in 2016, took over from his mentor last year in what was a seamless transition. And while he kept the foundations that Roca laid, intact, Cuadrat brought his own ideas to the table that the dressing room were quick to credit as the reason the Blues got across the finish line in the ISL.

Under the Spaniard, Bengaluru became the first team in the history of the ISL to have won the title after finish on top of the table in the group stages. The Blues also boasted of an unbeaten record at home through the season.

Speaking on the deal, club CEO, Parth Jindal said, “After winning the Indian Super League last season and getting the team to perform the way it did, Carles attracted attention from a host of clubs in the country and even the continent, who wanted to secure his services. However, the fact that he has chosen to stay with Bengaluru FC is a fantastic testament to his belief in the project of this club and country, which is to put Indian football on the world map. He’s turned down lucrative deals to stay with us, and that is a very encouraging sign.

Given his La Masia background, he has been the perfect mentor for the young Indian players and that is an important aspect for us at Bengaluru FC. I am certain we will enjoy more success with Carles at the helm.”

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

TRAU trounce Ozone 2-0 in Second Division League

Ozone FC Bengaluru suffered their second loss in 2nd Division League final round match against  TRAU FC, Manipur, thus making it difficult to stay in contention for I-League promotion. 

With only one team in fray, Ozone got a favourable draw in this edition by playing all home games in the beginning. However, they failed to any take advantage as they managed to win only the first game, which got followed by two back-to-back losses. 

Meanwhile, TRAU registered an all-win record thus far, they are now at 9 points, and look a strong contender for #ileague promotion. TRAU took an early lead with a Yami Longvah goal, he completed a brace in 12th minute of the match. 

Ozone will now travel to Aizwal and face  Chhinga Veng Football Club on May 15.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Ozone being Second Division final round with a convincing win

Ozone Bengaluru FC  

Ozone Bengaluru FC recorded a fantastic start in the final round of Hero Second Division League today at the Bangalore Football Stadium. Playing at home against Lonestar Kashmir, they notched a 3-0 win. Sabeeth scored a brace (45’+3’, 68’) while Rinreithan Shaiza scored the third goal in 68th minute of the match.  

The game was somewhat one-sided affair with visitors focusing more on playing a defensive game. 

This years Second Division League is played in home and away format. Ozone is playing the first three games including the one played today at home. 

In another match played today, TRAU defeated Chhinga Veng 3-1. Ozone will play their next game on Sunday, May 5 against Chhinga Veng.