Delhi Dynamos FC in association with Indian Super League today conducted its grassroots scouting festival for the Reliance Foundation Young Champs Programme. The Dynamos kicked off their grassroots programme for 2016 with an open trial on Wednesday (March 30) which saw a whopping turnout of over 350 people out of which they shortlisted about 120 kids. These shortlisted kids took part in the final round of selections held earlier today at the New Willingdon Ground, Chanakyapuri. At this festival, the coaches from Delhi Dynamos FC, along with coaches appointed by the ISL, selected the best talent. The top 110 players selected from the open trials along with further scouted players from the Club’s various grassroots initiatives formed the cream of the talent for the festival. The trials were jointly conducted by Delhi Dynamos coaches and Reliance Foundation Young Champs Coaches in assistance with their team of Elite Coaches. The trials also saw Robin Singh, one of the biggest assets for […]

The I-League title race has been thrown wide open, as Mohun Bagan striker Jeje Lalpekhlua scuffed a 96th minute penalty, as East Bengal won the first Kolkata Derby of 2016 2-1. East Bengal’s out of form playmaker Do Dong Hyun scored a goal each in either half, to take home the man of the match award in this crucial game. The match was shifted to the Kanchenjunga stadium in Siliguri, due to renovation works going on at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, but that did not affect the turnout much, as around 30,000 supporters are believed to have traveled from the West Bengal capital, to watch this six pointer. However, the match got off to a slow start, as both the sides looked to size each other up. Mohun Bagan were looking to launch on the attacks early on, but they seemed to be missing the pace of Sony Norde on the flank. Without the threat of the Haitian […]

India lost their final FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Turkmenistan 2-1, after the visitors completed a remarkable comeback to score two second half goals and win the match. The match in itself was already an inconsequential one, as the positions of both the teams in the group had been decided from before. While Turkmenistan were destined to finish third in Group D, the Indians were rooted to the spot, regardless of the result of the match. However, the two sides were still battling for pride at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Tuesday night. Indian defender Sandesh Jhingan had put the Blue Tigers into the lead with a 26th minute header, much to the delight of the home fans. However, Turkmenistan slowly clawed their way back into the game, with goals from Arslanmyrat Amanow (48th minute) and second half substitute Serdarali Atayew. The visitors had gotten off to a decent start launching a flurry of attacks on the Indian […]

The Indian National Football team takes on Turkmenistan in the final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at Kochi. India are destined to finish last in the group and hence will have to play in the playoffs to secure a berth in the third round of the 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers. A win however in this match will be a big shot in the arm for Constantine and his boys as it will prove to some extent that India were not hugely behind Turkmenistan and Guam who have finished third and fourth in the group. Team News And Tactical Brief India Constantine is likely to adopt an attacking approach in a bid to win this match and build on a strong run of domestic performances that saw the team beat Guam and Afghanistan on way to the SAFF Championships triumph. The Blue Tigers will be rejuvenated by the return of their inspirational skipper Sunil Chhetri who missed the match against Iran […]

It is an exciting time for football fans in India with the FIFA U-17 World Cup set to be held in the country next year. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to be quite excited about the prospects of the sport in the country as well. Addressing the nation on his radio programme Mann Ki Baat, Modi highlighted the importance of the sport in the country. “India had a good run in football earlier but that is not the case now. Our rankings are also very low,” said Modi in his address to the nation. The PM also went on to state that the sport must be taken to every village in the country, and the upcoming U-17 World Cup is a great opportunity to do that. I see that our youth is enjoying football like EPL. Its important to take football to every village & FIFA U-17 is a great opportunity: PM — PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 27, 2016 “Due to […]

Antonio Conte, who is heavily tipped to join Chelsea FC after Euro 2016, has reportedly been impressed by Romelu Lukaku and is likely to make the Everton striker his top priority, if he were to take over at the West London club later this year. Conte, who is the head coach of the Italian national team at the moment, has confirmed that he will leave his post in the summer, and has been strongly linked to Chelsea. According to the Sun, the Italian wants to bring Lukaku back to Chelsea in the summer, in order to boost the Blues’ attack. Chelsea could face stiff competition for the Belgian striker from Premier League rivals Manchester United, who are also facing their own problems up front. Interestingly, Lukaku’s father has said that he wants his son to play for the Red Devils. However, Lukaku himself has played down these comments, saying that it is just his father’s point of view and that he would like to […]

Keen to improve their options up front, Manchester United are preparing themselves to make the big money signing of PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.   The 34-year-old striker, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, has shown that he still has the quality to compete at the highest level. The Swede has 35 goals in all competitions this season, two of which came in PSG’s high-profile Champions League tie against Chelsea. According to the Daily Star, Manchester United are prepared to give Ibrahimovic a contract worth around £250,000-a-week — a deal that could make him the highest paid player in the Premier League. Juventus make Hazard their prime target Eden Hazard continues to be linked with a move away from Chelsea in the summer despite his indifferent form this season, with Italian giants Juventus reportedly joining PSG and Real Madrid in the race for his signature. According to a report in Tuttosport, the Blues want the on-loan Juan Cuadrado […]

India suffered their sixth loss of the 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign, after suffering a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Asian giants Iran on Thursday, at the Azadi Stadium, in Tehran. The Blue Tigers started off well, but a brace from Iran captain Ehsan Haji Safi and a goal each from Sardar Azmoun and Alireza Jahan Bakhsh were enough to see the away side off, as Iran went three points clear at the top of Group D of the Asian Qualifiers. India started the match on a positive note, with the Narayan Das troubling the Iranian defenders on the flanks. The visitors, who were expected to mostly sit back and absorb the pressure, almost went into a shock lead, as Holicharan Narzary pulled the trigger, with Iran custodian Mohammad Rashid Mazaheri coming off his line. Luckily fo the hosts, the shot was just inches above the target. However, all that positive momentum was broken for India, as referee Vo Minh […]