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11th January, 2011

East Bengal slumped to a shock 4-1 loss against Aryan Club in Kolkata Football League yesterday. The Red & Golds took the lead in the match held in their home ground but allowed four goals into their net in last half hour, despite having Tolgey, Mehtab and Penn on the field. Charles bagged a hattrick for Aryan Club. After the match the players had to face fans anger, something all too common in Kolkata football. East Bengal players could not leave the field for 25 minutes after the final whistle. Players as well as Trevor Morgan were subjected the trash talking from fans, some of the fans also threw stones and bottles at the players. Mounted Police had to lathi charge after the match to disperse the angry crowd. This was East Bengal’s worst loss since 1954 in Kolkata League (to a smaller club) when the same Aryan Club defeated them 4-0. Aryan Club, which did exceptionally well in last season’s KFL defeated East Bengal 3-1 in last season also, under the tutelage of current coach Raghu Nandi. The point difference between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan has now shrank to just one, opening the oppurtunity for the Green & Maroons for a title triumph which looked improbable few days ago.

West Bengal State Government handed Rs. 1 crore to each of the big three clubs in Kolkata – Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan SC. This money will be used in infrastructure development.

10 boys from different parts of India have been selected to play FC Bayern Youth Cup in May, to be held in Germany. Check this article on for more details.

Alan Gow has been declared unfit for play in I-League by AIFF’s medical team. This opens up the way for East Bengal to register a new foreign player.

AIFF can take a revolutionery step from next season. Every club has to submit a report about how much money they are getting from the sponsors and they have ensure that only 65% of this money will be invested in player salaries. The rest has to be utlised for infrastructure and youth development. (Report from Pratidin)

Nehru Cup can be held between 15th and 25th August. Six teams will be divided into two groups, matches of one group will be held in Delhi and the other in Kolkata or Pune. Other than India, two teams each from Africa and Asia and one team from Eastern Europe are supposed to participate.

Churchill Brothers’ striker Henry Antchouet was dropped from Gabon’s final squad for AFCON 2012.

10th January, 2011

The talk of the town right now is Baichung Bhutia’s farewell match against Bayern Munich on Tuesday. A full strength Bayern side has arrived for this match including the likes of Mario Gomez, Frank Ribery, Arjen Robben and Philip Lahm. This is undoubtedly the most star studded touring side to have ever come in India. News from Indian training practice suggests that Sushil Singh will start upfront with Baichung while Nirmal Chhetri, Gourmangi Singh, Govin Singh and Rahim Nabi is likely to start in defence.

Alan Gow is travelling to Delhi in order to get himself examined by AIFF appointed doctors. If Gow is proved to be physically unfit after the examination then East Bengal will be allowed to terminate his contract in mid-season.

AIFF has finalized the venues for I-League Second Division. Group-1 will be held in Silchar, Group-2 in Cuttack and Group-3 in Delhi. Matches will start from 1st February.

I League Division Two Groups:

Group A (Silchar)

1) Green Valley
2) Eagles FC
3) Southern Samity
4) Bhawanipore FC
5) United Sikkim FC
6) Ar Hima
7) Aizawl FC

Group B (Cuttack)

1) Royal Wahingdoh FC
2) Sesa FA
3) Quartz FC
4) Kalighat FC
5) Techno Aryan
6) Gauhati Town Club
7) Kenkre FC
8 ) Samaleshwari FC

Group C (Delhi)

1) Mohammedan SC
2) Vasco Sc
3) Golden Threads FC
4) Luangmual FC
5) Simla Youngs FC
6) Langsing FC
7) PIFA Colaba
8 ) KGF ACademy

Mohun Bagan’s KFL match against Southern Samity on 12th January has been cancelled due to security and logistical issues. IFA is yet to set a date for re-match.

A brace from Chikwudi Chukuwama and another goal from Valerio Rodriguez led SESA FA to a 3-1 win over Calangute Association in Goa Pro Relegation League. Calangute Association got relegated after this loss. In another match Margao SC and Goa Velha SC played out a 0-0 draw which ensured both teams stayed up in elite league.

Seven years back IFA had launched a West Bengal State League to include clubs from outside Kolkata. However, the league never managed to become very popular. In order to make the league more popular IFA will be launching a revamped version of the league in the form of Bengal Soccer League. The new format will combine existing State League and the SP Roy Trophy. Champion and runner-up club from every district will be taking part in the Soccer League. 40 teams are expected to take part with the final and semi-final being held in Kolkata. The league will start on 4th Feb and will be concluded on 20th Feb. Tower Group has agreed to sponsor the Soccer League. The champion team will get Rs 1.5 lakhs, runner-up 1 lakh and semi-finalists will receive Rs. 50,000 each. (Report from Pratidin)

Goa Football Association is in the process of remodeling their youth development program under Norman Boardman, who is associated with FA Australia. They have formed a committee which includes the likes or Armando Colaco, Brahmanand Sankhwalkar and Bruno Coutinho among others. Also Mr. Shrinivas Dempo, President of GFA has stated that FC Midtjylland have expressed an interest to play a game in Goa in December this year.

Goa will be hosting the final round of the Coca Cola Mir Iqbal Hussein Trophy (U-16 Nationals). The floodlights in Goa are expected to be ready by the 20th of January.

9th January, 2011

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Goan Giant Football Club Dempo Sports Club is going to launch their won website on the 27th of January 2012. Along with the launching of website it will be included the launching of Dempo Sports Club merchandise, launch of Dempo SC Fan Club and the visit of Mr. Klaus to Goa (Academy Director of FC Midtjylland, the Danish club that has a tie up with Dempo). Dempo will also be revealing the names of the two boys from Dempo Juniors who will be travelling to Denmark for training at the FCM (FC Midtjylland) Academy.

Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov’s match officiating has been roundly praised by all sections of local media. However, IFA had to cough up a whopping Rs. 6 lakhs to employ Ravshan, including their travel and accomodation expenses.

Trevor James Morgan and several other footballers have come in support of beleagured Sandip Nandy. Nandy’s error led to Mohun Bagan’s opening goal in the Kolkata derby and he had to leave the stadium wrapped up by security guards to escape fans’ ire. Abhra Mandal, East Bengal captain who was surprisingly loaned out to Pune FC mentioned that he expected Nandy to bounce back in style soon. Mohun Bagan ‘keeper Sangram Mukherjee and Subrata Pal have also come out in support of their colleague.

Pratidin has published an interview of Baichung Bhutia on eve of his farewell match against Bayern Munich. On being asked if he wanted to come into management Bhutia had this to say – “I might not join the Federation right now but I will try to improve the condition of Indian football via United Sikkim and Baichung Bhutia football school. My dream is to make United Sikkim a model club in India. We have an unprofessional outlook in terms of sponsors and I am trying the change it. They can invest money for their own financial profit. Investing money in Indian football is not like giving money to charity. A sponsor can invest money and make profits at the end of year. All this can be made possible if United Sikkim qualify for I-League. Thus, I cannot join the Federation right now.”

Manish Bhargav’s performance in Kolkata derby seems to have sparked off a new found interest in Mohun Bagan-SAIL Academy. Academy chief Tapan Roy reportedly received calls from Dempo, Salgaocar regarding availibity of Academy players. Even East Bengal expressed an interest of signing Manish on a 4 year contract. Bhargav arrived in the MB-SAIL Academy in 2009 and is contracted with the club till 2013. The Academy has produced players like Vashum and Sankar Oraon in recent times but rarely made money from outgoing players. This has changed this season when the Academy was paid money for each of the eight players who graduated out. (Report from Pratidin)

Pep Moratalla, ex Barca player who is conducting training camps of FCBescola had this to say about Indian Football:
India is a great place and it has a lot of talent as far the football is concerned but there is no one to spot these talents. So camps like these would help India in spotting these talents and in turn take India to take to new heights

Pune FC has confirmed the signing of NS Manju on a loan move which will see the defender stay in Pune till end of 2011/12 season.

Blackburn Rovers has offered Indian team their training facilities for 10 days before the AFC Challenge Cup. Venky’s group has also sponsored many of the national team games held in Pune.

  • Jose

    Thanks. Hope we get to read football news from all over the country.

  • Soumik

    A leading Bengali daily reported the demise Amiya Banerjee (not Bhattacharya), a former Mohun Bagan stalwart of the ’50s and ’60s who was a forward (not a defender) alongside Chuni Goswami. Cant confirm the accuracy of the report yet, but as soon as I can, I will update my comment.

    • Somnath Sengupta

      Thanks for pointing it out. The correction has been made.

  • Rahul Saxena

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  • ajit

    this is great. you are doing wonderful job

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