Monthly Archives: October 2013

In Pictures – AFC A License Course, Thiruvananthapuram

As we reported earlier, AIFF Technical Director Rob Baan is currently conducting the AFC A license Certificate Course in Thiruvanathapuram. 25 coaches including one from Japan is attending the course. Here are few pics from Thiruvananthapuram.


Former Kerala Players Jo Paul Ancheri and V.P Shaji


Narayana Menon who managed India U-14 team for AFC U-14 Qualifiers, 2013 can also be seen..

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India U-16 Coach Goutam Ghosh with Rob Baan

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AFC A License Course at Thiruvananthapuram

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KFA Announces Kerala Premier League

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Kerala Football Association (KFA) has today tied up with The Ramco Cements Ltd and announced a football league where 12 teams would be in fray.

The MOU signed today with Ramco will support the following activities.

Kerala State Premier League :

A 12 team affair that includes a Kerala state youth team. The proposed league will take place between March to May 2014.  The following teams are expected to take part – KSEB, Titanium, Kerala Police, AGs, SBT, Eagles FC,  Golden Threads FC, Excise, Cochin Port Trust and the Kerala youth team.

Kerala State Inter-School District and State League :

An inter state district and state level school league to played in Home and Away format.  The technical title sponsor of the league would be Eagles FC.

Santosh Trophy:

Ramco will be title sponsor of the Kerala team for the next Santosh Trophy competition to be held in Siliguri.

Mohammedan Sporting signs IMG – Reliance players

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If reports in Malayalam media is anything to go by, IMG – Reliance and IPFCA has sort out issues. Five of the IMG – Reliance contracted players will be joining Mohammedan Sporting.

Rahim Nabi, Ishafaq Ahamed, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Manish Maithani and Louis Barreto has Joined Mohammedan Sporting says the report.

It is also reported that Kerala players Mohammed Rafi and N.P Pradeep is travelling to France to train with Bordeaux.

Delhi Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium Pitch getting Refurbished by IMG – Reliance

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IMG – Reliance the marketing partner of All India Football Federation has started re-laying the football pitch at Delhi Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium.  Once the re-laying is over the pitch will be of International standards.  The practice pitch at the stadium is also being refurbished.

It is understood that IMG – Reliance has sought the help of Grogory Gillin, former Wembley stadium expert and current director Venue Operations Pt Ltd, Singapore for the refurbishment exercise.

The main pitch will be of international standards with aerated turf and over seeded by RYE Grass imported from USA. The stadiums at other cities such as Kochi, Chennai, Guwahati, Mumbai, Pune and Goa will also refurbished based on Gillin’s recommendations.

Louis Saha signed by IMG – Reliance for their league

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Reports are coming through that Louis Saha former Manchester United and France forward has been signed by IMG – Reliance. He is the first marquee player signed by IMG – Reliance for their upcoming IPL- Style league.

There names of seven other marquee players will be revealed in the days to come.

AIFF Planning Certification for Grassroots Centers

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According to a report from Goa, AIFF is planning to implement certification for Grassroots centers. Once Implemented, it will bring all grassroots centers/school in a state under the state association. It will also ensure certain requirements are fulfilled and the centers will follow a same philosophy of development.

In future anyone who runs a grassroots center in a school, club or community can apply for affiliation with the respective state associations by fulfilling some basic criteria. The criteria are basic and are focused more on ensuring that the grassroots principles of AIFF and FIFA are followed.

Once the criteria is fulfilled, grassroots centers will be provided and affiliation certificate which will be valid for a year.

Guwahati Confirmed to Host IMG – Reliance League

According to reports Guwahati in Assam is confirmed to host the proposed IPL Style IMG – Reliance football League.

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Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium- Guwahati.
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Guwahati and Hyderabad were optional venues with one of them to be selected eventually for the tourney. With IMG – Reliance and Sports Authority of Assam (SAA) signing an MOU on 17th October, it is confirmed that the league will be played in Guwahati.

It is understood that according to the MOU, the city will host seven matches of the proposed league, RS 2 lakh will be the rent for the infrastructure per match and a per day rent of Rs 60,000 will be paid by IMG – Reliance.

As part of the renovation of the stadium, new floodlights will be installed which will enable high quality telecast of the matches. The turf work is also expected to commence soon to prepare the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium, Guwahati for the league.

IMG – Reliance Planning European Exposure Trip for Contracted Players

Subrata Paul, Denmark, FC VestsjaellandGourmangi,  Denmark, FC VestsjaellandToday it got confirmed that Indian goal keeper Subrata Paul and defender Gourmangi Singh will be traveling to Denmark for a two month long trial with Danish Premier League club FC Vestsjaelland.

Reports now suggests that IMG – Reliance is in talks with European clubs to arrange exposure trips for their other contracted players. IMG – Reliance would be keenly looking for opportunities for their contracted players as they are all currently cooling heels without playing time. 50 players contracted to them have missed out on the ongoing I-league as IMG – Reliance could not reach and agreement with I-league clubs.

Manchester United Trophy will Tour India in January 2014

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Celebrating their 20th league title Manchester United along with their sponsors DHL is planning to tour their Premier league trophy to various locations in the world.

After a send off in Manchester later this month, the trophy will tour will kick-off in Rio De Janeiro on 30 October. In November the trophy will tour various locations in Latin America. In December trophy will be taken to various locations in Asia.

In the month of January Manchester United Trophy will tour India. The trophy tour locations in India are Delhi and Bombay. Exact Dates for the tour is yet to be announced.

Check out the Destination of the trophy tour here

India vs Nepal Friendly on November 19

NEW DELHI: All India Football Federation confirms another International Friendly for the Indian Senior National Team against Nepal on November 19, 2013. India would now be playing on both the FIFA dates in November 2013 as an International Friendly against Philippines had been confirmed earlier.

As per the October FIFA Rankings India are ranked at 154 while Nepal are at 165.

India and Nepal have played 14 International Matches between them with India having won 9 matches. Nepal have won 3 matches including their 2-1 victory in the 2013 SAFF Championships in Kathmandu when the two Teams last met. Two matches have ended in a draw.

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