Monthly Archives: November 2013

Louis Saha Confirms Interest from India

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Before Indian Super League got postponed, a slew of announcements came in about star players that were going to be involved in the league.  Louis Saha, former Manchester United and Everton player was one among them.

Louis Saha has now officially confirmed about the interest from India. In an interview with with, titled Life after United, Saha said the following –

“I like to discover new things. If I could help launch another league, I would be happy to discuss that. At the same time, things have to be clear with me and I will think about it, that is for sure. India is something that would be exotic,”

Subrata Paul gets a deal with top Denmark club

 FC Vestsjaelland, Denmark, Subrata Paul, Subrata Pal, Denmark, Goal Keeper

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According to reports, India’s top goal keeper Subrata Paul has been offered  a six-month contract with Danish Superliga football team FC Vestsjaelland. Subrata has been asked to report at the club on January 3rd.

FC Vestsjaelland climbed to the top tier of the 12 team Denmark League this year. If the deal works out Subrata Paul will be the fourth Indian to play his trade in Europe. (If you have an addition to this list, let us know! ) The others being Mohammed Salim who appeared for Celtic in the 30’s, Baichung Bhutia who played for Bury FC in England and Sunil Chhetri who appeared for Sporting Lisbon B.

Subrata Paul earlier had training stints with  Red Bull Leipzig in 2012, a third division German football club.

We wish Subrata Paul all the best for his stint with  FC Vestsjaelland.

Here is a link to the HT story.

India Submits Bid for hosting 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup

AIFF, India, FIFA, U-17 World Cup, 2017India has officially submitted the bid for hosting the U-17 World Cup in 2017. Read on the note that was published on the ALL India Football Federation’s website.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) can confirm that India has submitted its bid to host the prestigious 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017.

“We are happy that we could submit all the necessary bid documents before the deadline,” AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das told

“I am grateful to our President Mr. (Praful) Patel for the initiative taken in following up with the Government in terms of the guarantees required, and ensuring the all the guarantees were ready and could be submitted in time,” added Mr. Das.

Airtel I-League CEO Mr.Sunando Dhar submitted the bid documents to FIFA’s Director of Competitions Division Mr. Mustapha Fahmy at the FIFA Headquarters in Zurich on Tuesday (November 12, 2013).

“I was at Zurich to submit our bid documents for hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017. The bid will be taken up in the FIFA Executive Committee meeting on December 3,” Mr. Dhar confirmed.

“FIFA was very happy to receive the guarantees from the Government and the official bid from AIFF. We are eagerly waiting for the final verdict now,” he added.

Other nations competing for the bid include Uzbekistan, Ireland and the 2010 World Cup host South Africa.

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Sports Authority of India (SAI) Setting Up 300 Crore Football Academy in Kerala

Sports Authority of India, SAI, Football, Academy, Kerala, Kozhikode, India, 300 CroreSports Authority of India will set up a 300 crore worth football academy in Kozhikode confirmed Kerala chief minister Oomen Chandy today.

“They have agreed to set up the academy at the land that will be given by the University of Calicut-Kozhikode. ” said Chandy.

Source : IANS

Results from U-14 National Championship

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The U-14 National Championship is currently underway in Kalyani, West Bengal. Here are the results from the competition.


Semi-final :

Manipur took on Kerala and Maharashtra played West Bengal in the semis. Following are the results.

Match Score
December 14, 2014
Pondicherry Karnataka
December 14, 2014
Tamil Nadu Andhra Pradesh
5 - 1
December 14, 2014
Sikkim Orissa
1 - 13
December 14, 2014
Maharashtra Daman and Diu
12 - 0
December 14, 2014
Madhya Pradesh Gujarat
0 - 5
December 14, 2014
Himachal Pradesh Delhi
2 - 1
December 14, 2014
Uttarakhand Haryana
1 - 1
December 15, 2014
Mizoram Meghalaya
3 - 0

Quarter Final :

Group A : Kerala, Karnataka, Haryana and West Bengal

Group B : Maharashtra, Goa, Manipur and Punjab

Match Score
December 12, 2014
Orissa Jharkhand
5 - 2
December 12, 2014
Daman and Diu Madhya Pradesh
1 - 6
December 12, 2014
Goa Gujarat
8 - 0
December 12, 2014
Mizoram Assam
3 - 0
December 12, 2014
Nagaland Arunachal Pradesh
December 12, 2014
Haryana Himachal Pradesh
2 - 0
December 12, 2014
Delhi Uttarakhand
1 - 0
December 12, 2014
Kerala Andhra Pradesh
7 - 0
December 12, 2014
Tamil Nadu Karnataka
1 - 2

In Group A, Kerala and Karnataka has registered one win each and West Bengal and Haryana is still seeking their first win. West Bengal will take on Karnataka and Haryana will take on  Kerala on 15th November.

In Group B, Maharashtra and Manipur has registered a win and a draw, Goa has one win and a defeat and Punjab has lost all their matches so far. Manipur will take on Punjab and Goa will meet Maharashtra on 15th November.

Match Score
December 11, 2014
West Bengal Chhattisgarh
5 - 1
December 11, 2014
SAI Bihar
4 - 1
December 11, 2014
Tripura Manipur
0 - 16

Results from the 2nd and 3rd Day of U-14 National Championship



The U-14 National Championship is currently underway in Kalyani, West Bengal. Here are the results from the matches happened on November 11th and 12th.


Match Score
December 10, 2014
Jharkhand Sikkim
14 - 0
December 10, 2014
Goa Madhya Pradesh
6 - 1
December 10, 2014
Maharashtra Gujarat
6 - 0
December 10, 2014
Arunachal Pradesh Mizoram
December 10, 2014
Nagaland Assam

Match Score
December 9, 2014
Meghalaya Tripura
9 - 1



AFC Medical Conference to be held in India in 2015

AFCIndia will be hosting the 5th AFC Medical Conference in April 2015, the organisers announced on Tuesday, giving an opportunity to the people in the country to understand more about the medical science behind the game of football.

“After Malaysia, Japan and Oman it is now India which has been given the privilege and honour to host the biggest sports medicine conference of Asia,” Organising Secretary, AFC Medical Conference-2015, PSM Chandran said in a release.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) with the patronage of the International Football Federation ( FIFA) will conduct the event from April 2-4, 2015.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) with the patronage of the International Football Federation ( FIFA) will conduct the event from April 2-4, 2015.

All India Football Federation (AIFF) will host the conference which will see renowned expert scientists covering evidence based information on sports science and medicine.

In addition, participants will have exposure to latest medical equipment and technologies, pharmaceuticals, physiotherapy and rehabilitation, fitness equipment as well as health products during the three day programme.

Source : Press Trust of India

Results from the First Day of U-14 National Championship



The U-14 National Championship is currently underway in Kalyani, West Bengal. Here are the results from the first match day – November 10th.


Match Score
December 8, 2014
Assam Mizoram
2 - 3

Ministries provide guarantees, India to submit U-17 World Cup bid

FIFA, Football, Indianfootball, India, Soccer, U-17 World Cup 2017The uncertainty over India presenting its bid documents to host the 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup before the stipulated deadline ended on Friday with the government furnishing the required guarantees so that AIFF can submit the documents to the sport’s world governing body.

With just a few days left before FIFA closes the bidding process, there was speculation that India may not be able to submit the final bid documents before the November 15 deadline due to delay by various ministries in giving the necessary guarantees.

The bidding countries are required to submit written guarantees on tax exemptions for broadcasters and sponsors, foreign exchange remittances, security, transport and accommodation of players and provision of visas.

But the Sports Ministry on Thursday got the clearance from several ministries regarding the guarantees required to present the final bid documents to the FIFA, which will decide the host country in its Executive Committee meeting next month.

“We have got the clearances from several ministries on the guarantees the FIFA requires from bidding countries. We have sent the guarantee documents signed by the concerned ministry authorities to the AIFF. The AIFF can now submit them to the FIFA,” a top Sports Ministry official told PTI.

“The guarantees were on eight different heads including security, tax exemption, foreign currency inflow,” he added.

AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das confirmed that the ministry has handed the guarantees to the federation.

“We have received the guarantee documents from the Ministry and so we are submitting them to FIFA. Let us see what happens,” he said.

The countries wishing to host the mega event were required to submit a declaration of interest by May 15 and submit the hosting agreement with the complete Bid Book by November 15. The final decision on the host country will be taken at the FIFA Executive Committee meeting next month.

Three other nations — South Africa, Ireland and Uzbekistan — have already submitted their bids. India’s chances of winning the hosting right is strong as it was FIFA which mooted the idea of the country hosting the mega event. The world body felt that if India can host the mega event, it could go a long way in lifting the profile of the game in the second most populous country in the world.

In a visit to the country, FIFA President Sepp Blatter and then his secretary Jerome Valcke, have supported India hosting the event, provided it builds the required infrastructure and facilities.

Earlier in June, the government had given the go-ahead in in principle to India’s bid to host the mega event. The Prime Ministers Office had also cleared it.

While the expenses of hosting the event will be borne by FIFA and AIFF, the government has assured additional financial assistance.

“While the expenditure for upgradation of stadia (Rs 95 crore) will be provided as additional central assistance to the State Governments, a sum of Rs 25 crore is kept as a contingency to ensure smooth conduct of the tournament,” the Ministry had said in a statement.

“AIFF and FIFA have agreed to bear the entire expenditure of hosting the tournament. The amounts required are to be raised through sponsorships and other commercial agreements,” it had said.

Source : Press Trust of India

NISA crowned Champions of 8th Manipur State League

NISA, North Imphal Sporting Association, Football, Manipur State League, MSL, India, Football, SoccerThe North Imphal Sporting Association (NISA) clinched the title of 8th Manipur State League after defeating the defending title winners SSU Singjamei in penalty shoot out.

The match ended in a stalemate 1-1 after SSU managed to take the lead in the 18th minutes and NISA equalizing in the 27th minute through a penalty. In the ensuing penalty shoot out NISA emerged winners 6-4.

Winners NISA take home Khumukcham Joykisan Singh Trophy with a cash prize of Rs 2 lakhs and the runners up SSU received Rs 1 lakh and Kh Leonlee Devi Trophy.

Kh Satish, adjudged top scorer with 9 goals in the league wins the Martin Khumukcham Trophy and INR 20000 cash prize. Md. Imran Khan of SSU adjudged the player of the tournament gets Jemsun Khumukcham Trophy and INR 20000 cash prize.

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