Monthly Archives: January 2014

I.M. Vijayan and Jo Paul Ancheri launches Indian Football Foundation

Indian Football Foundation (IFF) launched

On 29th January night at a glittering ceremony the Indian Football Foundation (IFF) was launched at Kohinoor Continental, JB Nagar, Andheri (East). IFF supported by Lions Club of Bombay Willingdon Crescent.Indian Football Foundation, Football, Mumbai, Lions Club of Bombay Willingdon Crescent, Dinesh Nair, I M Vijayan, Godfrey Pereira ,  Jo Paul Anchery , Jacinto D’silva, Soccer, Grassroots, Indianfootball

IFF is the brainchild of,

  • Shri Dinesh Nair – Indian International
  • Shri I M Vijayan- Arjuna Awardee
  • Shri Godfrey Pereira – Chatrapati Shivaji Awardee
  • Shri Jo Paul Anchery – Indian International
  • Shri Jacinto D’silva – Indian International

IFF Academy’s objective is to provide the mainstream of national football a perennial pool of young footballers trained and oriented to international standards.

A team of Certified coaches will provide training to age groups U – 8 to U-14, especially Grass Roots. Also in association with Lions Club of Willingdon Crescent the academy hopes to provide free coaching to talented Underprivileged Children.

In the coming year Lions are planning to take the Soccer fiesta to multiple centers thus multiplying  impact while helping in spotting  talent at the Grassroots.Indian Football Foundation, Football, Mumbai, Lions Club of Bombay Willingdon Crescent, Dinesh Nair, I M Vijayan, Godfrey Pereira ,  Jo Paul Anchery , Jacinto D’silva, Soccer, Grassroots, Indianfootball

Lions Willingdon Promotes Football

Lions Club of Bombay Willingdon Crescent’s Mission is to “Create a Multi Sport Facility” at the Lions Municipal Sports Complex , near Milan Sub-way , Santacruz (West)

Our Vision is  to “Nurture Talent at the Grassroots”. Towards this end, the Lions  organised the first edition of the “Lions Willingdon Soccer Fiesta” from 5th to 19th January 2014. 117 teams participated across 7 categories for the prestigious trophies.

The Soccer Fiesta was inaugurated by Climax Lawrence, ex-India Captain and Yusuf Yakubu, Ghana World cup player. Both of them currently play for Mumbai FC.

Lions Willingdon Stars – a team of India internationals led by I M Vijayan, Godfrey Pereira, Jo Paul Anchery, Jacinto D’silva, Steven Dias and Dinesh Nair played an exhibition match against the “Best of Corporate” team on the finale day in front of early 500 football lovers who witnessed the match and the award ceremony.

On the Finale day U 10 Futsal comprising of over 100 children was appreciated and enjoyed by all.Indian Football Foundation, Football, Mumbai, Lions Club of Bombay Willingdon Crescent, Dinesh Nair, I M Vijayan, Godfrey Pereira ,  Jo Paul Anchery , Jacinto D’silva, Soccer, Grassroots, Indianfootball

Results “Soccer Fiesta – Jan 2104”

U – 12

  • Winner : St. Annes Malad
  • Runner Up : Lycum Sports Club

U – 14

  • Winner : KSA

Open Clubs

  • Winner : MYJ – IC Extension
  • Runner Up : Macabi


  • Winner : Geostanne United
  • Runner Up : Freunds


  • Winner : Don Bosco Shelter
  • Runner Up : Rainbow Foundation


  • Winner : Bandra Packers
  • Runner Up : Companeros


  • Winner : Indigo Airlines
  • Runner Up : Online Tourism & Freight Pvt Ltd

Tentative dates for the next Soccer Fiesta – 6th to 21st December 2014

Bengaluru FC Signs Vineeth!

Bengaluru FC has announced that they have signed C.k Vineeth Vineeth CK, സി. കെ വിനീത് , Indianfootball, Kerala, Kannur, Football, Soccer, KSEB, Viva Kerala, Bengaluru FC, United SC till the end of this season.

The Kerala born midfielder came up the ranks through the erst while Viva Kerala and was the highest Indian goal scorer 2012-13 edition of the I-league!

We wish Vineeth a successful stint with Bengaluru FC and hope they sign him on permanently!

Bengaluru FC sign Vineeth

Goa Announce Santosh Trophy team, unveil Airtel and Puma as Sponsors

Goa, Santosh Trophy, Football, Puma, Airtel, Kit, Sponsors, Soccer, West Zone, Indianfootball, GFA, Goa Football AssociationSantosh Trophy may be losing it’s sheen but that hasnt stopped Goa Football Association (GFA) from roping in Airtel as the title sponsor and Puma as their kitting partners.

Goa Santosh Trophy team will wear a slick pearl white Jersey by Puma while Airtel will also be sponsors. GFA president Shirnivas Dempo along with technical director of the team Vishwas Gaonkar, unveiled the team and the kit at a function in Panaji.


Steven Fernandes (C), Reagan Juliao (GK), Jerson Pereira, Prajyot Naik, Maio Mascarenhas, Meldon Silva, Neville Miranda, Stanley D’Silva, Ponif Vaz, Lenston Alfonso, Sachin Gawas, Perryson Rebello, Guirish Naik, Valeriano Fernandes, Nicholas Fernandes, Brandon Fernandes, Agnelo Colaco, Lavino Fernandes, Umesh Harijan and Alvito Miranda.


Santosh Trophy 2014 : Zonal Qualification Round Fixtures and Results

The mega Santosh trophy 2014 fixtures and Results page is here for you to enjoy.  If you get carpel Santosh Trophy, Football, South Zone, North-East Zone, East Zone, West Zone, North Zonetunnel syndrome by scrolling endlessly, we are not to blame.  More states being added every year means a much bigger fixture list year on!

Scroll on, the fixtures and results will appear here!

South Zone (Chennai, JN Stadium)

Teams Qualified for final round in Siliguri  : Tamil Nadu, Kerala

Andhra Pradesh – Andaman & Nicobar Islands

5 - 0

Tamil Nadu – Kerala

1 - 0

Karnataka – Andaman & Nicobar Islands

12 - 0

Kerala – Andhra Pradesh

3 - 1

Andaman & Nicobar Islands – Tamil Nadu

1 - 10

Karnataka – Andhra Pradesh

5 - 2

Tamil Nadu – Karnataka

1 - 1

Andaman & Nicobar Islands – Kerala

17 - 0

Kerala – Karnataka

3 - 2

Andhra Pradesh – Tamil Nadu

0 - 4

North Zone

Teams Qualified for final round in Siliguri  : Uttarakhand, Punjab

Haryana – Chandigarh

2 - 1

Delhi – Uttarakhand

2 - 3

Punjab – Himachal Pradesh

2 - 1

Uttar Pradesh – Jammu & Kashmir

0 - 3

Chandigarh – Delhi

0 - 3

Uttarakhand – Haryana

1 - 1

Himachal Pradesh – Uttar Pradesh

0 - 1

Jammu & Kashmir – Punjab

0 - 1

Haryana – Delhi

1 - 1

Uttarakhand – Chandigarh

1 - 0

Punjab – Uttar Pradesh

4 - 0

Jammu & Kashmir – Himachal Pradesh

0 - 0

North-East Zone

Teams Qualified for final round in Siliguri :  Railways, Mizoram

Mizoram – Nagaland

3 - 0

Railways – Tripura

7 - 0

Meghalaya – Assam

4 - 2

Arunachal Pradesh – Mizoram

0 - 5

Nagaland – Manipur

0 - 9

Tripura – Meghalaya

0 - 1

Assam – Railways

1 - 0

Mizoram – Manipur

2 - 0

Nagaland – Arunachal Pradesh

2 - 0

Manipur – Arunachal Pradesh

3 - 1

Railways – Meghalaya

2 - 0

Assam – Tripura

2 - 2

West Zone

Teams Qualified for final round in Siliguri : Goa, Maharashtra

Maharashtra – Gujarat

3 - 0

Goa – Daman and Diu

5 - 0

Gujarat – Madhya Pradesh

2 - 2

Pondicherry – Goa

0 - 3

Daman and Diu – Pondicherry

3 - 3

East Zone

Teams Qualified for final round in Siliguri : Services, West bengal

Jharkhand – Sikkim

1 - 2

West Bengal – Chhattisgarh

1 - 0

Orissa – Bihar

5 - 0

Services – Jharkhand

4 - 0

Chhattisgarh – Orissa

0 - 0

Bihar – West Bengal

1 - 2

Sikkim – Services

0 - 1

West Bengal – Orissa

0 - 0

Bihar – Chhattisgarh

2 - 1

Tamil Nadu Announces Santosh Trophy Squad

Tamil Nadu Football Association, Tamil Nadu, Santosh Trophy, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman Nicobar, C M Ranjith, Football, States, Siliguri, South Zone, Soccer, IndianfootballTamil Nadu has announced the squad for the upcoming Santosh Trophy. P Sudhakar will lead the team that will take part in the South Zone leg starting in Chennai from January 26th.

In the South Zone leg, Tamil Nadu will take on Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman Nicobar Islands. The top two teams from South Zone will qualify for the final phase to be held in Siliguri from February 2014.

Tamil Nadu squad:

S Rajini Kumar, A Arun Pradeep (vice-captain), TG Raj Guru, D Edison, K Satish, M Murthy, S Sandosh Kumar, F Francis Beschi, R Shiva Priyan, Wayne Antonio D’Silva, S Karthick, L Charles Anandaraj, Patil Vikram Vishwas, V Ashok Kumar, D Joffin, S Pravin Raja, P Sudhakar (captain), Santhakumar, A Raegan, H Ameerudeen.

Chief coach: CM Ranjith.

Assistant coach: P Rajeev.

Goalkeeping coach: M Muruhuvendan.

Manager: J Standy Dhanaraj.

West Bromwich Albion Looking for Indian Sponsors

English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion are in talks with some leading Indian companies after their current sponsor decided to pull the plug in the wake of striker Nicolas Anelka’s controversial racism-linked goal celebration in an EPL match.

Albion, a mid-table EPL side, will have to find a new sponsor after London-based property company ‘Zoopla’ decided not to renew their two-year USD 3 million sponsorship deal which runs till the end of current season over Anelka’s ‘quenelle’ gesture which some say is an inverted Nazi salute and has anti-Semitic connotations.     West Bromwich Albion, EPL, India, Premier League, U.K, Britain, Football, Soccer, League, Indianfootball, Sponsor

Albion Sales and Marketing Director Adrian Wright said at the sidelines of an event here that he would meet some top corporates in the country for a possible deal for the main sponsor of the club.

“We are going to meet some top corporate houses in India which have shown interest in becoming a sponsor. It’s in a preliminary stage but if an Indian company becomes our sponsor it would be a great development for us. We are going to meet them before we fly out in Saturday,” Wright said.

“If it happens the name of an Indian company will be seen for the first time on the jersey of an EPL club during Premier League matches,” he said after the launch of its ‘Pass It Forward’ grassroot international coaching programme in India.

It is learnt that the corporates Albion are going to meet include Airtel, Reliance, Tata and JCB and the meetings have been arranged through the FICCI and CII.

A meeting with Reliance company assumes significance as Albion are reportedly interested in buying a franchisee of Indian Super League proposed to be organised by IMG-Reliance in September.

West Bromwich may be interested in having an Indian company as main sponsor as it has a large Asian population in its surroundings. West Bromwich town is located just a few kilometres from Birmingham, which is Britain’s one of the most Asian populated cities.

Wright even went to the extent of saying that the first team of West Bromwich Albion may plan to play exhibition matches in India in the coming years.

  “I am surprised that such a beautiful stadium (Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium) has not been used much for football matches. I know Bayern Munich played here (in Bhaichung Bhuitia’s farewell match in 2012) but the current pitch is not good for top-class football. I am told a new pitch will be laid. If that is done, our first team may play here in near future,” Wright said.

Under its ‘Pass It Forward’ programme, Albion would send FA (Football Association of England) qualified coaches to train Indian youngsters from all walks of life, including from the deprived sections of society. The club also plans to hold a Youth Football League and Street Football Leagues in India.

Albion have joined forces with Youth Football International, a coaching organisation based here.

“‘Pass it Forward’ coaching sessions will be held at schools and in some of New Delhi’s most deprived areas during the week-long trip. Under the programme, we will send coaches to India to train youngsters six times a year,” Wright said.

“It is a long-term programme for five-six years initially. In each trip, the coaching programme will be conducted from seven to 10 days. We will come back in March and then may be in August or September. We will not come in peak summer months,” he said.

“We don’t have any international coaching programme in other countries. This is the only one we have outside UK. We want to have a long-term relationship with Indian football.”

Gareth Conte of the YFI said promising players from among the selected Indian youngsters will be trained at the academy in West Bromwich Albion.

“Our coaching approach will be different. Around 30 per cent of youngsters will be from among deprived sections of society. We want to bring changes in their lives through football. The best among the youngsters will be trained in our academy. Who knows some of them may play for India in 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup which India is hosting,” Conte said.

He said the club also plans to spread out in other Indian cities later on.

“As of now, our focus is in New Delhi. But we are hoping that in the next five-six years, we want to spread out in around 50 Indian towns and cities. We want to help in raising the profile of Indian football,” he said.

Source : PTI

Kerala Announces Santosh Trophy Squad

Kerala, Football, Kerala Football Association, India, Indianfootball, Soccer, KFA Kerala has announced its Santosh Trophy team. Goal Keeper Jean Christian will lead the side and striker R. Kannan is the vice-captain of the team. There are eight new comers in the team.

Kerala team was undergoing a camp in LNCPE, Thiruvananthapuram. Last year’s captain Rahul P has been omitted from the team due to an Injury.

Santosh Trophy is being held in Zonal basis this time around. Kerala will start its campaign against Tamil Nadu on January 26. Kerala will take on Andhra Pradesh on 28th January, Andaman on February 1st and  karnataka on February 3rd.

Kerala Team : SantoshTrophyLogo

Goal Keeper : Jean Christian, N. Noufal, P.P Nishad.

Defenders : Sherin Sam, V.P. Surjith, N. Jhonson, B.K Anagh, A. Shaji, S. Lijo, T. Sajith

Midefilders : P.K. Shibulal, Jipson Justice, K.P. Aneesh, Jijo Joseph, R. Prasoon, K.P. Prameesh

Forwards : T. Usman, V.P Suhair, C. Nasarudeen, R. Kannan

Coach: A.M. Sreedharan, Assitant Coach : Satheevan Balan.

Manipur Announce Squad for Santosh Trophy

Manipur, football, Indianfootball, North EastAll Manipur Football Association (AMFA) has announced the squad for Santosh trophy.

Selected players are L Premkumar Singh (LANGSNING), T Khongsai (NEROCA), Ch Kumar Singh (TRAU), Thangthang Kom (SSB), Y Krishnakumar (CRPF), Th Itomba Singh (NISA), Daniel L Hmar (TRAU), A Herojit Singh (Trugpu), Md Sohail Shah (NEROCA), Thang Kuki (AR), Md Shidur Rehman (SSU), L Gouro Singh (NEROCA), MD Imran Khan (SSU), Md Riyas Khan (SSU), N Sushil Meetei (NEROCA), Christopher Kamei (NISA), Kh Naoton Singh (ZFC), Th Premkumar (TRAU), L Sanatomba (NISA), Kh Satish (NEROCA).

Manipur will take part in the zonals of 68th National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy (NE zone) to be held at Aizawl, Mizoram.

Sushant Mathew Joins Rangdajied United on Loan

Rangdajied United, Shillong, Football, Soccer, I-league, India, Federation Cup, IMG - Reliance, Indianfootball, Meghalaya, Kerala, WayanadVastly experienced kerala player Sushant Mathew has joined Shillong outfit Rangdajied United on loan from IMG-Reliance.

Sushant Mathew who had a splendid career with big clubs such as Mahindra United, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan is currently in Kerala with Rangdajied United squad for the upcoming Federation Cup.

“Sushanth is a talented player and I know him very well. He always comes out with hundred per cent effort and that will help us in Federation Cup and remaining I-League matches,” said Santosh Kashyap to TOI.

We wish Sushant Mathew a successful stint with Rangdajied United.

Australian Coaches to Train Manipur Boys

Manipur, football, Indianfootball, North EastImphal, January 12 2014 : All Manipur Grassroots Football Parents’ Association would organize a football coaching programme starting from January 14 at 6 am everyday.

The coaching would be conducted and guided by popular Australian coaches.

The association has notified to all the parents of those boys who took part in the recently concluded grassroots football coaching camp held between July and September to take part in the said programme as well.

The boys should report with playing kits along with their parents.

Source: Hueiyen News Service

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