Aakriti Mehrotra | Editor- Premier League

Aakriti's analysis usually focus on the English Premier League and occasionally on the French Ligue 1.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee promised a bumper grant of ₹6.5 crore to different professional football clubs in the state for the development of the sport’s infrastructure.   These grants will be equally divided between 13 clubs, with each side set to receive ₹50 lakh for infrastructural developments. While Kolkata giants East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting are all included in this list of 13 clubs, Banerjee announced that office football sides in the state will not benefit from this grant. Speaking on the 97th Foundation Day of East Bengal FC, Banerjee also promised an extra grant of ₹2 crore for the Red and Golds, so that the Kolkata giants can install floodlights and renovate their stadium, according to a report in local Bengali newspaper Anandabazar Patrika. East Bengal legends like Shyam Thapa and Shyamal Ghosh were felicitated with lifetime achievement awards by the club on its foundation day, while current Red and Golds playmaker Do Dong-Hyun was awarded the club’s Player of the Year […]

Bengaluru FC are set to sign star Turkish striker Umut Bulut, as they look to prepare their squad for the upcoming I-League season. The Blues, who are set to take a new direction after the departure of their former coach Ashley Westwood, have appointed Albert Rocca as their new manager for the upcoming season. Bengaluru have struggled up front last season, with star Indian striker Robin Singh spending most of his time on the bench. Also, their North Korean forward Kim Song-Yong failed to impress last season, managing to score only four goals. Thus, the Blues are looking to boost their strike force, and are set to table a bid around the region of €3 million (a little over ₹22 crores) for Bulut’s services, according to Turkish newspaper Haber Gazetesi. Bulut has played for Turkish giants Trabzonspor during the earlier part of his career. He also spent a couple of seasons in the Ligue 1 with Toulouse before returning to his homeland with […]

The India under-16 side romped home to a 5-0 victory over the Sportfreunde Siegen U16 team in Germany, on Saturday. Midfielder Komal Thatal scored the first goal in the 14th minute, after being played through by Mohammed Rakip. India U16 Team Win Against Sportfreunde Siegen FChttps://t.co/vDaTebsm4H pic.twitter.com/VZxEThloK0 — Indian Football Team (@AiffMedia) July 30, 2016 While the German side still looked for an answer to this quick goal, Aman Chetri doubled the lead for the young Blue Tigers, who went into half time with a comfortable 2-0 lead. Komal completed his brace in the second half, while Narender and Rakip scored again, to complete the 5-0 humiliation of Sportfreunde Siegen. Chennaiyin FC sign Hans Mulder Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC have signed former Delhi Dynamos midfielder Hans Mulder for the upcoming season of the franchise-based tournament. The 29-year-old Dutch-Spanish midfielder has been a regular for the Delhi Dynamos in the first two seasons of the ISL. However, despite his good performances, […]

Atletico de Kolkata will not get the 68,000-seater Salt Lake Stadium for the third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL), despite meeting with West Bengal state sports minister Arup Biswas on Thursday.   Biswas confirmed this new development on Friday, saying that hosting ATK’s home matches at the Salt Lake Stadium will hamper the renovations being made in preparation for the U17 FIFA World Cup next year. Instead, the West Bengal sports minister recommended the 22,000-capacity Vidyasagar Stadium in Barasat, near Kolkata, as an alternate venue. “Hosting the Under-17 World Cup is a priority for us and we cannot let anything come in the way while getting the Salt Lake Stadium ready for the occasion,” Biswas was quoted as saying in the local edition of The Hindu. The sports minister also revealed that the state government is spending ₹60 crores on the Salt Lake Stadium, which is why it is imperative that the renovation is not impeded. Kolkata giants East Bengal and […]

Indian Super League side North East United FC have appointed former Portugal national team coach Nelo Vingada as their new manager for the upcoming season.   Vingada was the manager of Portugal between 1993 and 1994, and later went on to coach top Asian national sides like Iran, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. The 63-year-old has also had coaching experience at club level as an assistant manager at Benfica in the 1997/98 season under renowned Scottish manager Graeme Souness. #Highlanders! Have no fear…#HeadCoach, #NeloVingada is here!#NEUFC #8States1United #HeroISL #WelcomeNelo pic.twitter.com/ZCZP2CNpvR — NorthEast United FC (@NEUtdFC) July 22, 2016 “The team looks forward to learning from his (Vingada’s) tremendous leadership skills and the strategic acumen,” NEUFC owner John Abraham was quoted as saying in an ISL press release. “His international experience makes him the most suitable coach to nurture and lead the team. Nelo has already proved himself as a winner and his attitude matches the vision we harbour for the club.” NEUFC […]

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs led Mumbai 5s to victory in the inaugural Premier Futsal competition after a penalty shootout win against Kochi 5s.   The final of the tournament turned out to be a rather low-scoring affair, with the score being tied at 1-1 after the fourth quarter as both teams tried to get the measure of each other before committing themselves in attack. Another trophy added to Ryan Giggs’ cabinet! Well done, Mumbai 5s! #PremierFutsal #NaamHaiFutsal 🏆🏅 pic.twitter.com/3r6M1kiptE — Premier Futsal (@PremierFutsalHQ) July 24, 2016 Despite the low score however, the match was not lacking in excitement as we saw a total of 31 shots in the 40 minutes of play. It was former Real Madrid star Michel Salgado’s Kochi who shot into the lead with Moraes tucking the ball into the far post in the first quarter. Mumbai launched themselves forward in attack after going down 1-0 and constantly kept knocking on the Kochi goal. However, most […]

Former Barcelona player Ronaldinho is set to miss the rest of the Premier Futsal tournament in India, as he had to go back to Brazil on Monday. Ronaldinho, who was playing for the Goa outfit, will miss his side’s home leg of the tournament, with the second phase moves to the coastal state. The Brazilian had mesmerised fans in Chennai, scoring five goals against Paul Scholes’ Bengaluru on Sunday. However, the Brazilian World Cup winner had to leave for his native land, as he has been selected as the ambassador for the upcoming Rio Olympics. While Premier Futsal confirmed Ronaldinho’s departure via their official Twitter account, they also named former Brazil World Cup winning captain Cafu as a replacement for the former Barcelona and AC Milan man. Cafu will be replacing him as @10Ronaldinho has been selected as the brand ambassador for Rio Olympics 2016. #PremierFutsal #NaamHaiFutsal — Premier Futsal (@PremierFutsalHQ) July 18, 2016 Ronaldinho himself sent out a video message […]

FC Barcelona legend stole the show on the last day of the Chennai leg of Premier Futsal 2016, pumping five goals past a hapless Bengaluru side as Goa won 7-2. There were some doubts creeping in about Ronaldinho’s ability at the age of 36, as Goa lost their first match of the tournament 4-2 at the hands of Kolkata. The ex-Barcelona attacker was said to be carrying a minor injury during that game. Ronaldinho bounced back with a stellar performance on Sunday, scoring five goals against Paul Scholes’ Bengaluru. The former Barcelona and AC Milan man opened the scoring, to give Goa an early lead. Scholes’ side bounced back with two quick goals, as Jonathan made the score 2-1 in Bengaluru’s favour. However, Ronaldinho was just getting warmed up all this while, and the Brazilian started running riot after this point.  He scored two quick goals to put Goa back in the lead, and complete his hattrick. After half time, the […]

Former Real Madrid star Michel Salgado’s Kochi 5s side came out victorious over Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs’ Mumbai 5s side, with a comprehensive 4-1 scoreline on Saturday. It was a rather tight game to start off with, as both the sides began cautiously, trying not to make any mistakes. In fact, the match remained scoreless till the end of the second quarter. Michel Salgado was instrumental in preserving the deadlock, as he made a number of blocks to keep Mumbai out. However, the game burst into life in the third quarter, as Mumbai started to make a few mistakes. Giggs fouled Salgado a couple of times, taking Mumbai’s fouls tally up to five, which automatically granted Kochi a penalty. Deives Moraes stepped up to take the penalty with a long run up from the half-way mark, and scored the first goal of the match. It did not take Mumbai long to get back into the game though, as Giggs started off […]