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Why Ashley Westwood Got It Right against United Sports Club

Guest column by by Yogesh Maurya (Football coach). Today he deconstructs Bengaluru FC’s match against United SC and talks about Why Ashley Westwood Got It Right!

United SC enjoyed majority of the possession in the second half and Bengaluru FC continued to fall back and get numbers behind the ball much to the frustration of many in the crowd, as BFC’s hard work defensively was often wasted with rapid turnovers in transition. Someone in the crowd asked inquisitively, as if there was no explanation, “what the !)(#%} is wrong with them?” The answer in football is not as complicated as many tactical pundits would like fans to believe. “They are tired” I let him know.

And herein lies the difference between a smart manager and a casual fan.  When you have a 1-0 lead at home with the top of the table on the line, your central striker has had an off day missing two fairly easy chances by his standards which could have made the game a 3-0 washout, and the team is still getting into peak physical condition, you dig in, get numbers back and grind out a victory. Job well done.

Match on

Match on

One never had the feeling that United SC had that little bit of creativity, momentary brilliance, or cold blooded finishing prowess to ever really threaten.  Even late in the game, they managed a free header after some impressive build-up play but again, their lack of killer instinct was all too obvious on a soft header hit to the goalkeeper.

The first half was a tell tale sign of how BFC would triumph despite on what could be termed an off day for quite a few of the players.  United SC had lost their attacking lines, with the play-making “false 9” Eric Brown dropping very deep to receive the ball.  The issue was no midfielders pushed forward leaving deep space between United SC’s midfield line and forward line…instead of checking back, the forwards (now 2 against 4) pushed the line, hence, the end of the false 9 and the emergence of playing right into BFC’s hands…long balls against Johnson and Osano…need we say more!

The second half saw a much more effective United SC as they played through the industrious, gifted No. 7 Jayanta Sen. Sen did what he was unable to do in the first half, showing his comfort on the ball while maintaining possession and playing others into space.  Eric Brown finally pushed further up the pitch and began playing much more as a false 9 but without a strike force that could capitalize on his play-making abilities. He was left trying to create his own shots, settling many times for strikes from distance.  Had BFC pressed further up the pitch with the way Sen was playing, United SC would most certainly have broken BFC down and been given far easier chances at goal.

Bengaluru FC is a start-up. Building a team takes time and is a process.  And this process already has them at the top of the table.

Man of the Match BFC – John Jhonson

John Johnson receiving his MOTM

John Johnson receiving his MOTM


For my ticket, John Johnson and not because of the goal, but because of everything he did after the goal. The organiser, the leader, the courageous defender who along with Osano took everything United SC threw at them.

Man of the Match United SC

Jayanta Sen. Clearly a player to watch…terrific on the ball technically, has that photographic lens that the best playmakers have to see all of their options, and often chooses the best option

Indian strikers – Sunil Chhetri & Robin Singh

Robin.. all set!!

Robin.. all set!!


Robin – A player with a lot of pace that is quite anxious to show his worth and in that anxiousness, we see a player that is slightly off in knocking balls without lifting his head, losing the off-side line too easily. Just needs to relax so that his pace becomes an advantage and not a detriment


Sunil Chhetri returning from pre-match warm up

Sunil Chhetri

Sunil – Chhetri showed his class with the volley from the top of the 18 yard box late in the game that was on target.  He is a player that thrives on the ball on the counter. Out on the wing, it is challenging at times to await the ball, and I would expect him somewhere down the line to start pinching inside more.  There will come a time where he will get a freer role and can play more interchangeably with Hangal and Beingaicho when the team has matured enough to handle it.

Yogesh Maurya :

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Was a United States High School All-American football player and represented the State of New Jersey as a player in the US Olympic Development Program throughout his teenage years. He has worked with some of the top coaches in US football like former US National Coach Bob Bradley, former US International Dieter Ficken and corever youth coach Tom Reilly

Meeting to form an I-League club in Malappuram

1293073_605128026192193_1951957880_oA group of football enthusiasts from Malappuram district in Kerala attended a meeting convened to discuss the possibilities of starting a club that would eventually play in I-League.

Kerala exports a good number of footballers to various clubs across the country but does not have a club in I-league.  In the meeting convened at the Malappuram PWD guesthouse, attendees discussed the possibility of a club that would play in Malappuram 2nd Division league in the next season and eventually make it to the I-league in 3 years time.

To take decisions regarding, Forming club management, club’s Name, colour of jersey, launching date, media and social media promotion, Logo making competition and other aspects,  the 1st official meeting for the upcoming club would be held on 20th of October at Malappuram. PWD guest house.

For further information : Basim Ali –,  Sathar (Coordinator)  9995505527.

A Brief History of Royal Wahindgoh FC from Shillong

While sifting through our regular dose of football news, we came upon this piece about an exhibition match between Royal Wahindgoh FC and Kohima Komets scheduled to take place on October 13th in Kohima.  That article also had a short write up on Royal Wahindgoh FC’s history. Always a pleasure to read history….here is your monday morning history dose!


RWFC_logo-cutout23Royal Wahingdoh Sports Club was founded in 1946 and made its mark on the Shillong football scene by winning many titles. However, as the years went by, many other professional clubs began making their entry into the leagues organized in Shillong.

The amateur club found it difficult to cope with the younger clubs, and slowly its downfall began. In 2007, Wahingdoh Sports Club nearly faced relegation to the 2nd Division League, and as a result of inconsistent performance, the Wahingdoh community felt the need of a younger and more innovative approach. The club finally turned professional in 2008 after merging with Royal Football Club.

Thereafter, the club was renamed as Royal Wahingdoh FC under the able leadership of the club’s new owner Dominic Sutnga Tariang.  Several dramatic changes were made in the club, and in the same very year of its reformation, the club unexpectedly bounced back to claim third spot in the 2nd Division Regional League. Royal Wahingdoh FC fans still remember the team’s stupendous performance in the First Division 2009 season where they set a record by winning all their games besides scoring 52 goals en route to lifting the title and along with it, an entry into the top tier of Meghalaya football, Shillong Premiere League.

The club created history in Shillong Premier League 2010 season by becoming the first team to win the title on debut after beating Shillong Lajong FC through tie-breaker. Another record was set in August, 2012 when the Royals won their third consecutive Shillong Premier League finals after beating Rangdajied United FC. Royal Wahingdoh FC is currently competing in national tournaments, including the 2nd Division I League and the Federation Cup.

The RWFC team: Players: Kenio Lyngkhoi, R Lalhmangaizuala, Loveday Okechukwu, N Premsingh, Khusen Manger, Pema Bhutia, Kerionald Pyngrope, Chesterfiel Nongdhar, Syevit Tongper, Maitshaphrang Nengnong, Mankupar Rymmai, Eijingmut Lyngdoh, Karma Lepcha, Henry Kharwan, Aiborlang Khyriemmunjat, Dosel Lalruatkima and Vanlalzuia

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Pictures from the Bengaluru FC vs United SC match

Enjoy some pictures from the Bengaluru FC vs United SC match…..

Todays win against United SC has propelled Bengaluru FC to the top of the I-league table. See the latest I-league Standings.

IPL Style Football League Coming Up in Kashmir

250704_502644993112557_214348109_nSrinagar, Oct 5: The 92.7 Big FM network is going launch biggest ever football tournament of State, Big Soccer League shortly in Srinagar.
The league drawing its inspiration from world known football leagues would be based on the pattern of District franchisee each owned by corporate house. The event would be biggest ever football league held in State with players getting chance to showcase their talent at highest stage.
“We have been noticing that cricket is getting money, events while number one sport of World and JK is being sidelined. Though, J&K Football Association (JKFA) is doing excellent job. However, they lack the money power that can lift game in the State,” said a statement released by Big FM.

“Keeping all that in view we are coming up with Franchisee based league that will sideline every other league that are being held in State. Football is game of masses and we know how much crowd it can attract. Stadiums always remain full and that is what every player want, to showcase their talent in front of packed housed,” statement said.
In the inaugural year, league would be held on Eight District franchisee pattern with each District Franchisee being owned by Corporate House.
“In the inaugural year we are rolling only eight district franchisees, Srinagar, Anantnag, Ganderbal,Budgam, Pulwama, Shopian, Baramulla and Kupwara. Each team would be up for grabs in the bidding to be held shortly. The base price for each District team in the bidding process would be Rupees two lakhs. The last date for registrations of franchisees for bidding process has been fixed on October 12,” statement read.
“The event would be played on league format followed by playoffs for top four teams. The teams would be allowed to maximum of 18 players in the side plus, coach, assistant coach, team owner, mentor and physio. Each side can include maximum of three current Santosh trophy level player, maximum of four national level players, two Under-19 players, two U-17 players, three District players excluding Santosh trophy or national level Players, one outside player and rest should be club players,” statement said.
“The playing-XI should include, maximum of two current Santosh trophy players, maximum of two national level players, minimum of one U-19 player, minimum one U-17 player, minimum two district players excluding Santosh trophy or national level players, one outside player (optional) and rest would comprise of club level players,” statement said.
The organisers are planning bog things to make event an attractive affair and for that they are trying to install floodlights in order to play matches under lights. In the other things that are in plan to make event attractive, are, Entertainment on Grounds, VVIP lodges, exclusive fast food counters, lucky draws, projector screens, live dj. The organisers are also going owner players in the categories of Golden Boot Award, golden ball award, golden glove award, man of the matches, best U-19 player, best U-17 player, best club level player, best district player award and all senior players to be awarded.
“We are working hard to make this league a showpiece event. For making it smooth we will be approaching departmental teams for releasing the players, JKFA for permission to hold league and J&K State Sports Council to allow us to play on their grounds. The league will help football to achieve the position that it should have got long back,” statement said.
“We will shortly are going to announce the date of bidding and inauguration. We will also announce the name of CEO shortly,” statement added.

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Ernakulam crowned Sub-Junior Champions

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Thodupuzha: Ernakulam defeated Wayand 5-3 in penalties to take the 2014 Sub Junior Championship.


Bengaluru FC Vs United SC and other upcoming I-league fixtures

Here are the upcoming I-league matches :

Rangdajied United FC – Dempo Sports Club

2 - 2

Shillong Lajong – Sporting Clube de Goa

0 - 1

Churchill Brothers – Mumbai FC

0 - 2

Salgaocar FC – Mohammedan Sporting

3 - 0

Bengaluru FC – United Sports Club

1 - 0

Bolton Wanderers Football Club to tie up with Mumbai firm



Bolton Wanderers Football Club to tie up with Indian IT firm St Angelo’s Oce. Reports suggest chairman Phil Gartside will be in Mumbai to ink a deal for a 10-day residential football coaching and personality development camp in England.


Heart break for Kerala in the finals (Tier II) of Junior National Football Championship

Image Courtesy : Kerala Coach Purushothaman Thekkathara T G’s facebook profile.

Image Courtesy : Kerala Coach Purushothaman Thekkathara T G’s facebook profile.

Kerala lost to Sports Authority of India team 5-2 in the finals ( Tier 11) Junior National Football Championship for B.C Roy Trophy that was held at Bokaro in Jharkhand.

Kerala was in fine form throughout the championship, scripting huge margin wins against Jammu Kashmir, Rajasthan and then edged out Arunchal Pradesh on a solitary goal in the group stages. In the semifinal Kerala pipped a strong Chandigarh team 3-0.

By the time the kerala team reached the finals, they had scored over 26 goals and conceded none. However, when it came to the final Kerala fell short and lost to the SAI team. The last time Kerala won the Junior National Football Championship was in 1973. This defeat quashed Kerala’s effort to clinch the title again after 30 years. Even though not an excuse, the ground was almost unplayable due to the torrential rain that lashed in Bokaro the day before the finals.

The silver lining however is that by qualifying for the finals of Tier II, Kerala has secured a place in the Tier I of the next edition of  tournament. Kerala’s dismal performance during the recent years had them demoted to the Tier II of the tournament.

Bengaluru FC I-League match tickets available on

Bengaluru_FC_LogoTickets for the I-league matches of Bengaluru FC that will take place at the Sri Kanteerava Stadium is now available for purchase on

Tickets are definitely affordable and starts from Rs. 40 and the costliest one priced at Rs.1200.

This is a  great initiative to attract fans from the IT city, who also wouldn’t want to take the hassles of purchasing tickets at the stadium counter.


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