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Delhi Announce Squad for Final Round of Santosh Trophy

Delhi, Football, Soccer, Association, DSA, NationalDefender Abhishek Rawat will lead 20-member Delhi State Football team for the final round of the 69th Senior National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy -2014-2015 scheduled to be held at Jalandhar and Ludhiana ( Punjab ). respectively from March 1 to 15. Mid-fielder Ashu Nathani has been named as vice-captain of the team.

Ten ( 10 ) top qualifying state teams of the country will vie for top honours in the final round of the 69th Senior National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy-2014 – 2015 scheduled to be held Jalandhar and Ludhiana respectively in Punjab from March 1 to 15.

The ten participating teams have been divided in two groups of five teams each which are as :

Group- A cluster at Ludhiana – Assam, Punjab, Maharashtra,Services and West Bengal. Group- B cluster at Jalandhar -Delhi, Railways, Kerala, Goa and Mizoram

Delhi open its campaign against Railways while hosts- Punjab take on Assam in the inaugural matches scheduled on March 1.

Meanwhile, defender Abhishek Rawat will lead a 20-member Delhi State team in the championship. The Delhi Soccer Association ( DSA ) selection committee comprising of Sharafatullah-chairman, Rajiv Gupta- convenor, Hafiz Shahid, Dilip Ghosh( members ), Ranjit Tapa, Dharmender Khorala, Aftab Ashraf -coaches have named mid-fielder Ashu Nathani as vice-captain of the team after a fifteen days selection-cum-coaching camp held at Akshardham and Race course Air Force ground respectively.

The team declared by the selection committee is as under :

Goal-keepers :

Vikrant Sharma, Sandeep Singh Bisht, Rakshit

Defenders :

Abhishek Rawat ( Captain ), Pawan Joshi, Pushpender Kundu, Sonu , Vijay Kumar, Anil Bara , Sumit Rawat, Vikas Rawat

Mid-fielders :

Ashu Nathani ( Vice-captain ), Monu Chowdhery, Dheeraj Jangpangji, Ankit Sharma, Dilsher Singh Sandhu,

Forwards :

Abhay Rana, Atinder Mani, Mahinder Singgh, JohnShain.

Officials : Liquat Ali – Manager, Ranjit Thapa – Chief Coach, Dharmender Khorala, Aftab Ashraf – coaches

Reputed sports goods manufacturing company ‘ COSCO ‘ India has sponsored the kit of Delhi state team.

AFC goalkeeping certificate course in Maharashtra

AFCAccording to reports from Manipur, AIFF will be conducting an AFC Goalkeeping Level 1 Certificate Course from February 15 to 20 in Maharashtra.

Candidate can apply online by logging onto AIFF Website within December 31 and register for the course.

Source : AFC goalkeeping certificate course

I-League champions Bengaluru FC Tie up with SAP for Fan Engagement

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SAP Labs India today announced that for Bengaluru Football Club (BFC), it has created a state of the art, innovative mobile application to unify the club’s growing fan base. Developed ahead of BFC’s second campaign in the I-League which kicks off on January, 17, 2015, the multi-featured application allows for superior fan engagement through social activities and communities, match day experience sharing, group discounts, news and updates, and real time visualization.

Technology today provides sports organizations with the opportunity to connect with fans by transforming interactions through online channels, mobile, and social media. BFC is a good example of this, having grown its following with dedicated fan pages and communities on social networks like Facebook and Twitter with over 61,000 likes and 7500 followers, respectively.

“As a club based in India’s technology capital and aiming to be the best in Asia, we are constantly researching new and emerging ways to provide our fans with opportunities to connect with Bengaluru FC. Partnering with SAP, which provides innovative software solutions, will only deepen the connect and engagement that we wish to have with our growing fan-base.” said Mustafa Ghouse, COO of Bengaluru FC.

With the adoption of an easily extensible and scalable architecture, users of the BFC customized mobile application will have intuitive card based content staging and easy navigation through and within sections. Fans also receive context relevant news and updates. Some unique features of the app include ‘Swarm’, a real time visualization of how fans converge towards the stadium or other hangouts, including Arbor Brewing Company, the home pub for the season; and ‘Share-a-Ride’ which allows fans to carpool to the stadium on game day.

“SAP is transforming the sports and entertainment industry across the world through new technologies and platforms. In this instance, our technology is enabling Bengaluru FC to deliver a consistent and engaging fan experience.” said Dilipkumar Khandelwal, MD, SAP Labs India, EVP & Head of Suite Engineering, Products and Innovation.

Globally, a growing number of sports leagues, teams, and stadiums work with SAP to develop integrated business management solutions that help them run their businesses. The SAP for Sports & Entertainment solution portfolio helps the industry run better, from fans to athletes to teams and league. In the field of sports, SAP has worked with the German Football Association, The International Cricket Council (ICC), TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, the Women’s Tennis Association, the National Football League(NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) among others.

New Professional Football Club unveiled in Assam – FC Guwahati

FC Guwahati, Football, Axom Sports, North East, Club, New, Proffesional, Soccer, Friendly, Anthem, Launch, AssamAxom Sports Enterprose Pvt Ltd is proud to present Guwahati’s own football team, FC GUWAHATI. For a long time it was felt that it was imperative for Axom to have its own Professional club football to bring our past glory back. FC Guwahati is the answer to this aspiration of football loving public of Axom. This initiative will give impetus to talented footballers of Axom who can aspire to play professional football for their own ‘Axomi Moromi’ team. FC Guwahati is co-owned by individuals who by their own right have achieved in their respective fields. They have combined together to create a platform for aspiring footballers of Axom. FC Guwahati plans to play top-level professional football in the years to come.

The co-owners are

  1. Sanjive Narain
  2. Jayanta Baruah
  3. Bipul Saikia
  4. Capers Investments ( Assam) Private Limited
  5. Zubin Garg
  6. Dudul Choudhary
  7. Kamal Chandra Das
  8. Pulak Goswami

Today we are unveiling the logo of FC GUWAHATI, which expresses the vibrancy of the game of football played in Axom, meanwhile co-owner Zubin Garg is giving the finishing touches to FC GUWAHATI’s anthem-song and the kits of players will be formally released during the launching ceremony.

The process to select a professional management team is currently on. For the coaching positions foreign coaches have been short-listed and we will finalize them very soon.

Currently we are on a talent-sourcing endeavour to create the first batch of players of FC GUWAHATI. We are chalking out an integrated and comprehensive football development plan to nurture the talent of footballers of Axom. We will share on this once the plan is ready. This will include a football academy with own grounds, a swimming pool, a gymnasium, a hostel among others.

.FC GUWAHATI will be formally launched in a gala-ceremony playing a foreign football team in an exhibition match. Many personalities from Bollywood and sports fraternity will be invited, & this mega event will precede the exhibition match.

We have requested Assam Football Association (AFA) and Guwahati Sports Association (GSA) for all their support to make this team a success which they have also assured to do wholeheartedly.

Press Note : Axom Sports

Federation Cup 2014-15, revised fixtures

Football, Indianfootball, Federation Cup, Kerala, SoccerSchedule of 2014-15 is altered by All India Football federation. The competition will take place in Goa starting from 28th December and ending on 11th January. Ten participating clubs are divided in to two groups. Group A matches will take place in JN stadium, Margoa and Group B Matches in Tilak Maidan, Vasco

Group A :

Mumbai FC, Royal Wahingdoh FC, Dempo SC, East Bengal Club, Sporting Clube de Goa.

Group B :

Bengaluru FC, Salgaocar FC, Pune FC, Shillong Lajong FC, Mohun Bagan AC

Group A fixtures :

Date : 28-Dec

Mumbai FC – Royal Wahingdoh


Date : 29-Dec

Dempo Sports Club – Kingfisher East Bengal Club


Date : 30-Dec

Mumbai FC – Sporting Clube de Goa


Date : 31-Dec

Royal Wahingdoh – Kingfisher East Bengal Club


Date : 01-Jan

Dempo Sports Club – Sporting Clube de Goa


Date : 02-Jan

Mumbai FC – Kingfisher East Bengal Club


Date : 04-Jan

Sporting Clube de Goa – Royal Wahingdoh


Date : 05-Janc

Dempo Sports Club – Mumbai FC


Date : 06-Jan

Kingfisher East Bengal Club – Sporting Clube de Goa


Date : 07-Jan

Royal Wahingdoh – Dempo Sports Club


Group B fixtures :

Date : 28-Dec

Bengaluru FC – Salgaocar FC


Date : 29-Dec

Pune FC – Shillong Lajong


Date : 30-Dec

Bengaluru FC – McDowell Mohun Bagan


Date : 31-Dec

Salgaocar FC – Shillong Lajong


Date : 01-Jan

Pune FC – McDowell Mohun Bagan


Date : 02-Jan

Bengaluru FC – Shillong Lajong


Date : 04-Jan

McDowell Mohun Bagan – Salgaocar FC


Date : 05-Jan

Pune FC – Bengaluru FC


Date : 06-Jan

Shillong Lajong – McDowell Mohun Bagan


Date : 07-Jan

Salgaocar FC – Pune FC



(Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao):

Date : 09-Jan

Winner Group A – Runners-up Group B
Winners Group B – Runners-up Group A


Date : 11-Jan

(Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium)
Winner SF 1 – Winner SF 2

Bharat FC lands Kris Bright, New Zealand International

Kris Bright, New Zealand, football, Soccer, India, Pune, I-league, Club, Bharat FC, Stuart Watkiss, Stanley Rozario, All WhitesNewly formed I-league club Bharat FC has signed their first player Kris Bright. Bright is a much traveled New Zealand international. Football News India had earlier revealed about this transfer.

Before landing in India, Kris Bright has played in Netherlands, Norway, Greece, England , Hungary, Malta and Finland. He has also earned six caps for the New Zealand national team and scored one goal.

Kris Bright’s Career Snapshot – Wikipedia

Personal information
Full nameKris William Bright
Date of birth(1986-09-05) 5 September 1986 (age 28)
Place of birthManukau, Auckland, New Zealand
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current teamBharat FC
2004–2005Waitakere City2230
2005–2006New Zealand Knights111
2006–2007Fortuna Sittard111
2009–2010Shrewsbury Town273
2011Budapest Honvéd102
2011–2012Balzan Youths115
2012Bryne FK124
2012FC Haka133
2013IFK Mariehamn239
2014Lincoln City72
2014–Bharat FC00
National team
New Zealand U-1776
New Zealand U-2054
2008–2013New Zealand61

Amit Kalyani, Executive Director of the Kalyani Group and Managing Director of Bharat FC, believed that it was Bright’s sharpness and awareness in front of goal that drew the club towards him. “Kris is a prolific goal-scorer and someone who can ably lead the line as we aim to start our first season strongly. He has managed to score in every country that he has played in and I am sure his Indian stint will be full of goals too,” he said.

The 28-year-old Kiwi said that the chance of leading the line at a new club and the responsibility of driving his side’s attacking endeavours were the main reasons that he agreed to the move. “I was very excited about coming to India after speaking to Stuart (Watkiss) and getting to know more about the project. Leading the line is something that I immensely enjoy and I hope to perform really for Bharat FC. Also, I would get a chance to interact with the young Indian players and pass on a few things that I have learnt over my career,” he said.

Stuart Watkiss, Bharat FC’s head-coach said he was impressed by Bright’s imposing presence and his eye for goal. “I have watched Kris a few times in England and it is apparent that he is a very fine striker. He manages to get into good positions, is very strong aerially and is sharp in front of goal. I am sure he will be a profitable asset for us in the I-League,” he said.

With inputs from Bharat FC’s press note.

I-league to Kickoff on January 17, 2015 in Bengaluru

ileague, football, india, soccer, league, bengaluruFollowing are the main decisions of the I-League and Federation Cup Committee meeting that took place today.

  • To kick-off on January 17th in Bengaluru
  • 75 out of the 110 league matches to be telecast by Ten Sports.
  • Web streaming of the matches to be available.
  • Registration of players will be done centrally through states associations.
  • Further discussions will be held on whether Goal Keeping coach can be seated on the bench during the match.
  • AIFF will monitor practice sessions of I-league Clubs.
  • Only A-License holders will be allowed to conduct coaching and training.
  • Coaches without A-license will not be allowed sit on the bench or even enter the dressing room on a match day.
U-15 League
  • To be a 16 team affair that would kickoff in the next calendar year.
  • Teams from 10  I-league clubs, 4 other academies and two AIFF academies will take part in the tournament.
  • Coca-Cola would be a sponsor for the tournament.
I-league 2nd Division
  • To take place in two venues which are not yet finalised.
  • 8 participating teams Clubs are
    • Aizawl FC
    • Chanmari FC
    • United Sports Club
    • Mohammedan Sporting
    • PIFA Sports
    • Kenkre Sports
    • Hindustan FC
    • Lonestar Kashmir FC.
I-league U-19
  • To kick-off in 2nd week of December.

Bharat FC is here! The New I-league Club from Pune

ileague,  pune, football, kalyani group, Bharat fc, Soccer, stuart watkiss, Santley Rozario The Kalyani Group on Sunday launched their football club named “Bharat FC”. The Group unveiled the name and philosophy of its football cluband launched the club-crest during a press conference at the city’s JW Marriot. The unveiling of the name and the club-crest was done by AmitKalyani, Executive Director Kalyani Group, KunalAgarwal, Director Bharat FC along with Stuart Watkiss and Stanly Rozario, the head-coach and assistant coach of Bharat FC respectively.

The club crest celebrates the spirit of People’s Club featuring the iconic India Gate monument with a majestic lion striding powerfully through it and a football graphically developed to show people standing in a huddle. All of this coming together to be part of a royal shield impressively forming the club crest in striking red and blue colours.

Elaborating on the Philosophy of the team, AmitKalyani said that, “The very ethos of Bharat FC is rooted in being a People’s Club. It is India’s Club based in Pune.And this philosophy is instrumental in giving its elements to the club-crest and its baseline “Together. Forever.Triumphant.” He added that “Though we are the Puneri team, the idea of spreading the magic and joy of football all through our country was foremost on our minds. Bharat FC aims not just to be Pune’s favourite team but one that all of India can identify with and follow.”

Talking about the way forward, Amit Kalyani,added that, “We will focus on all aspects of football and going forward we will look at further enhancing the youth development and grass root programs. We are looking at bringing talent from India and abroad and adopt best practices for building a strong foundation for Bharat FC.”

Stuart Watkiss, who has been appointed as head-coach of the team, said that it was the Kalyani Group’s pursuit of excellence that drew him towards the club. “We look to promote excellence and a deep sense of commitment on the football pitch. These two values are very close to the Kalyani Group’s heart and we hope to translate the same on the pitch. Building a club from scratch, assembling a competitive team, playing attractive and effective football are our current goals and we will be going all out to achieve them,” he said.

Kunal Agarwal, Director Bharat FC, said that the chance to construct an ultra-professional football club, one able to hold its own with the best in Asia was the clinching factor behind him coming on board. “Raising the bar for football clubs in India is something that has always been a passion for me. A well-managed, professional club can offer a lot of benefits for society as a whole apart from serving as a catalyst for the growth of the standard of football in India. I believe that Bharat FC gives us the opportunity to build a family that would strive to deliver a lot more beyond football to the entire community so everyone can share the success,” he said.

Bharat FC will start its games with the I-League slated to start in January 2015. Bharat FC will be playing its home games at Balewadi stadium in Pune.

Logo Philosophy

The club-crest has iconic India Gate monument representing the knowledge, sacrifice and wisdom that has gone into making India the glorious and diverse country that it is. The India Gate is crowned by a football that has been graphically developed to show people standing in a huddle, symbolizing the unity and teamwork that will be the cornerstones of Bharat FC. The lion beneath India Gate has been integrated to symbolize the courage, grace and athleticism which will be the hallmarks of the team. All the three elements have been contained within a royal shield which signifies the resolve and steadfastness of the football club as well as the Kalyani Group.

The primary colours in the club-crest of Bharat FC are red and blue. Red signifies passion, activity and a vigorous impatience to move forward all the time. Blue epitomizes truth and loyalty, two qualities that have always been a very integral part of the Kalyani Group’s philosophy and will be important pillars in Bharat FC as well.

About Kalyani Group

The Kalyani Group, established in mid 1960s, is an Indian multi-national with high technology, engineering & manufacturing capability across critical sectors such as Engineering Steel, Automotive, Industrial, Renewable Energy, Urban Infrastructure and Specialty Chemicals. Guided by visionary leadership of Mr BN Kalyani, Group Chairman, with strong emphasis on market leadership through technology and it’s over 10,000 strong engineering global workforce, the group today is a market leader in all its respective business segments.

Bengaluru FC’s Ashley Westwood interested in national team job

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According to a report in Gulf News, Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood has expressed interest in taking up the coaching role of Indian national team. All India Football Federation has to scout for a new manager for the national team after the current coach Wim Koevermans recently stepped down.

Ashely Westwood guided Bengaluru FC to last season’s I-league title. This was a remarkable achievement since it was Bengaluru FC’s debut appearance in India’s top tier league. Previously he has donned the role of assistant coach at English clubs; Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers.

“If they think I’m good enough then obviously they would have to approach the club, but I don’t really know how that works, I’m just interested in doing a good job for whoever that would be. I’ve studied the opposition throughout India and watched a lot of football and I’ve watched it for a purpose and I’m learning all the time. That’s what I want to keep doing, I want to keep learning and striving and bettering myself, said Ashley Westwood to Gulf News.

Read more : Westwood interested in vacant India job

East Bengal unveils team and launch a deodorant!

I-league club East Bengal launched their football team in a glittering ceremony at South City Mall in Kolkata. The ceremony saw the East Bengal team for next season being unveiled. 

East Bengal, Football, Kolkata, South City Mall, Launch, Apart from launching the team, East Bengal also took a big step towards club merchandizing by launching a brand of deodorant named the “East Bengal Deo”

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