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When stars arrive, they leave a trail…

As we went down the green winding paths of a small village in Kannur, little boys in brown shorts clutched their toys and stared at us. For them, a sudden furor in their otherwise quiet neighborhood was a surprise. For us, it was an even bigger surprise, knowing the roots of one of Indian football’s best attacking wingers.

Vineeth CK, Sunil Chhetri, Wedding, Kerala, Kannur, Star, Indian Football, Captain, Soccer, Kerala, North Kerala, Biriyani, Thalassery, Having been brought up in a normal middle class family, Vineeth C K’s father was a school teacher and his mother, a housewife. He went to a boarding school, and would write back longingly for peanut bars and biscuits, ending his weekly correspondence with a big signoff of kisses. His mother fondly remembered the letters, and spoke of his tantrums as a child. Nothing has changed – Vineeth’s popularity in Kannur is nothing less than that of a movie star. He knows it well, but addresses warmly, scolding them at times, and being the child they all knew him as. This is the love we saw, showered during his wedding to his college sweetheart, last month. People swarmed the house, had funny flex banners put up, and Vineeth walked through all this nonchalantly, like he expected nothing less. For all these people, he was “muth” (Malayalam for ‘pearl’), the true son of the soil, who made it big from his humble roots, from the green patches of their land to a world of Indian football.

 

The Facebook profile pictures of many in Kannur, for a long time to come, would be Vineeth CK, Sunil Chhetri, Wedding, Kerala, Kannur, Star, Indian Football, Captain, Soccer, Kerala, North Kerala, Biriyani, Thalassery, selfie with the captain of the India Football Team – Sunil Chhetri, who attended the wedding of his teammate. While the star player of Indian football attended the two day long celebrations in Kannur, news of his arrival flashed across the village, and into the city. Vineeth had indeed made them proud – here was the finest Indian football player posing for photographs, eating Thalassery Biriyani, and interacting with them like one amongst them. Chhetri patiently posed for every photo, shook every hand that got stretched, said “Nice to meet you” to every single smile that came his way, hugged and kissed little starry eyed children, and stayed grounded through it all. Chhetri’s presence made people believe that the game they loved and worshipped was rooted strongly with players who knew not just their game, but also never forgot their journey of hard work and dedication.

 

Vineeth’s journey to the Indian Football team is one of hard work, patience and dedication, and so is the story of every player who plays the game of football in India today. With authorities turning a near blind eye to the game and its growth, the stories of such successes is what makes it worth to believe in the magic of a beautiful game called football.

Sreedhanya decided to pen this light note after attending Vineeth CK’s wedding in Kerala.

Indian Super League 2015: Domestic Player Auction and Draft

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IMG-Reliance who owns the Indian Super league earlier announced the set of rules and regulations for the second edition of the tournament. You can read it here. Unlike the first season in which there was only a domestic draft for teams to select players from, for the new season teams have the option of selecting from an auction and draft. Here is the List of players up for auction and draft for the second season on Indian Super league. Auction and draft for Indian Super League 2015 will take place in Mumbai on July 10.

Auction

Sr. N0.
Name
Age
Position
Current Club
Base Price (INR Lakh)
1Eugeneson Lyngdoh
28
Midfielder
Bengaluru FC
27.50
2Rino Anto
27
Defender
Bengaluru FC
17.50
3Robin Singh
24
Forward
Free Agent
40.00
4Sunil Chhetri
30
Forward
Free Agent
80.00
5Thoi Singh
24
Midfielder
Free Agent
39.00
6Anas Edathodika28
Defender
Free Agent
40.00
7Arata Izumi32Midfielder
Free Agent
40.00
8Jackichand Singh
23
Midfielder
Royal Wahingdoh FC
20.00
9Seityasen Singh23MidfielderRoyal Wahingdoh FC
20.00
10Karanjeet Singh
29
GoalkeeperFree Agent
60.00

Draft

Sr. N0.
Name
Age
Position
Current Club
Base Price (INR Lakh)
1Beikhokhei Beingaichho24ForwardBengaluru FC15
2CK Vineeth26ForwardBengaluru FC15
3Keegan Pereira27DefenderFree Agent32
4Lalthuammawia Ralte22GoalkeeperBengaluru FC13.9
5Shankar Sampingiraj20MidfielderBengaluru FC10
6Shilton D'Silva22MidfielderFree Agent8
7Siam Hanghal21MidfielderBengaluru FC8.34
8Soren Porei22GoalkeeperFree Agent6
9Malemngamba Meetei23MidfielderFree Agent12.5
10Gunashekar Vignesh26MidfielderFree Agent12
11Chinta Chandrashekar Rao26DefenderBharat FC12.2
12Justin Stephen27DefenderBharat FC15
13Fulganco Cardozo27MidfielderBharat FC8.9
14Uttam Rai19ForwardDempo SC6.5
15Prabir Das21DefenderDempo SC12.5
16Alwyn George23MidfielderDempo SC19
17Germanpreet Singh18MidfielderDempo SC4
18Rahul Bheke24DefenderEast Bengal FC10
19Avinabo Bag25DefenderEast Bengal FC4
20Abhinash Ruidas22MidfielderEast Bengal FC5
21Lalkamal Bhowmick29MidfielderFree Agent15
22Sehnaj Singh21MidfielderFree Agent18
23Collin Abranches23MidfielderFree Agent13
24Nidhin Lal24GoalkeeperFree Agent16
25Reisangmei Vashum27MidfielderFree Agent20
26Ashutosh Mehta24MidfielderBharat FC20
27Sampath Kutty Mani28MidfielderBharat FC17.5
28Amrinder Singh21GoalkeeperPune FC4.5
29Lalit Thapa30GoalkeeperFree Agent10
30Dhanpal Ganesh20MidfielderPune FC9
31Fanai Lalrempuia18MidfielderPune FC1.8
32Lalramluaha Hmar24MidfielderPune FC4.5
33Matthew Gonsalves36DefenderFree Agent15
34Nikhil Kadam21MidfielderPune FC2.4
35Raju Yumnam26DefenderPune FC10
36Salam Ranjan Singh19DefenderPune FC1.8
37Munmun Lugun22DefenderPune FC6.5
38Velington Rocha23MidfielderFree Agent6
39Zohmingliana Ralte27DefenderPune FC9
40Thongkhosiem Haokip21ForwardPune FC1.8
41C. Lallawmzuala24DefenderRoyal Wahingdoh FC9
42Lalchhawnkima23DefenderRoyal Wahingdoh FC9
43Lalhmangaihsanga Ralte26DefenderRoyal Wahingdoh FC9
44Marlangki Suting28MidfielderRoyal Wahingdoh FC9
45Nikhil Bernard25GoalkeeperRoyal Wahingdoh FC4.8
46Reagan Singh23DefenderRoyal Wahingdoh FC13
47Albino Gomes21GoalkeeperFree Agent10
48Aslon Oliveira21ForwardFree Agent10
49Augustin Fernandes27DefenderSalgaocar FC26
50Luis Barreto34GoalkeeperEast Bengal FC7.5
51Cavin Lobo27MidfielderEast Bengal FC20
52Abhra Mondal28GoalkeeperEast Bengal FC6
53Prohlad Roy22MidfielderEast Bengal FC5
54Mohammad Rafique22MidfielderEast Bengal FC10
55Bikash Jairu27MidfielderEast Bengal FC15
56Brian Mascarenhas23DefenderFree Agent14
57Beikhokhei Beingaichho24DefenderSalgaocar FC23
58Karma Tsewang26MidfielderFree Agent18
59Nicolau Colaco30DefenderSalgaocar FC23
60Thangjam Saran Singh28MidfielderFree Agent33
61Zakeer Mundampara24MidfielderFree Agent23
62Joseph Lalfakzuala19MidfielderShillong Lajong FC2
63Beevan D'Mello28MidfielderFree Agent24
64Cajetan Fernandes26MidfielderFree Agent20
65Keenan Almeida23DefenderFree Agent15
66Peter Carvalho34MidfielderFree Agent12
67Pratesh Shirodkar26MidfielderFree Agent16
68Ravi Kumar21GoalkeeperSporting Clube de Goa10
69Rowllin Borges22MidfielderSporting Clube de Goa10
70Sumeet Passi19ForwardSporting Clube de Goa10
71Velito Cruz24MidfielderFree Agent10
72Victorino Fernandes26ForwardSporting Clube de Goa16
73L. Bishorjit Singh23GoalkeeperRoyal Wahingdoh FC3
74L. Premkumar Singh20GoalkeeperRoyal Wahingdoh FC4.8
75Ngouba Singh20DefenderRoyal Wahingdoh FC6
76C Laldinmawia23MidfielderRoyal Wahingdoh FC4.2
77Malsawmtluanga26MidfielderRoyal Wahingdoh FC6
78A Sushil Meitei18MidfielderRoyal Wahingdoh FC1.8
79Moirangthem Loken Singh18MidfielderRoyal Wahingdoh FC3.6
80Pradeep Mohanraj24MidfielderFree Agent14
81Samuel Shadap22DefenderShillong Lajong FC3.5
82Kunzang Bhutia21GoalkeeperShillong Lajong FC4
83Nim Dorjee Tamang19DefenderShillong Lajong FC2
84Aayushmaan Chaturvedi20MidfielderMohun Bagan1.2
85Brandon Fernandes20MidfielderFree Agent12
86Jessel Carneiro24DefenderPune FC5
87Bineesh Balan26MidfielderFree Agent8
88Shouvik Ghosh22DefenderMohun Bagan20
89Tirthankar Sarkar21MidfielderMohun Bagan5
90Manish Bhargav21MidfielderMohun Bagan12.5
91Pankaj Moula22ForwardMohun Bagan6
92Debjit Majumder27GoalkeeperMohun Bagan15
93Sukhen Dey25DefenderMohun Bagan4.2
94Shilton Paul26GoalkeeperMohun Bagan22.5
95Satish Singh21DefenderFree Agent6
96Zodingliana Ralte19DefenderShillong Lajong FC2
97Samir Naik35DefenderFree Agent12
98Deepak Devrani22DefenderFree Agent9
99Jaison Vales26MidfielderFree Agent7
100Tapan Maity30MidfielderFree Agent7
101Manandeep Singh22ForwardFree Agent8
102Asif Kottayil30MidfielderFree Agent10
103Steven Dias31MidfielderFree Agent12
104Govin Singh27DefenderFree Agent8
105Biswajit Saha27DefenderFree Agent16
106Anupam Sarkar30DefenderFree Agent7
107Naoba Singh27DefenderFree Agent18
108Durga Boro27ForwardFree Agent7
109Rakesh Masih28DefenderFree Agent10
110Pratik Shinde20MidfielderFC Pune City3
111Gurjinder Kumar24MidfielderSalgaocar FC27
112Milagres Gonsalves28ForwardFree Agent6
113Lalchhuanmawia Fanai25DefenderBengaluru FC15
114Sushant Mathew34MidfielderFree Agent8

Lucio is the Marquee Player for FC Goa

Lucio, Brazil, ISL, Hero,  Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, FC Goa, Leverkusen, Football, Goa, Soccer, Champions League, Winner, Indian Super League, Season 2, IILucimar Ferreira da Silva (born 8 May 1978), commonly known as Lúcio has signed by the Goan franchise for the second edition of ISL.

We had reported about this development earlier.

The Goan Franchise has gone ahead and confirmed the signing.

In his career spanning over 17 years, he has played for top European clubs like Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Bayer Leverkusen. He last played for Palmeiras in Brazil. Lucio won the 2002 World Cup with the Seleção, Champions League with Inter Milan in the 2009-10 season and a league treble with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. This is a top class marquee player. Good luck to FC Goa for the second season.

Guam vs India fallout – training your gun at the right people?

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Back in 2010, Indian football was at a similar critical juncture. The only difference was that, we were losing to good teams in friendlies but not in any World Cup qualifiers as it is happening now. However, the script looks almost the same. Experts, former coaches and players were taking pot shots at the team. Back then, we were preparing for our appearance in 2011 AFC Asian Cup. In the aftermath of defeat in the Guam vs. India 2018 World Cup qualifier, I am trying to analyze if it is fair to criticize the newly appointed coach and the freshly drafted in national team players.

 

The difference is that we were prepared much better for the Asian Cup than what we are right now. Bob Houghton had selected a coterie of players who went through extensive training for around one and half years. We even played a lot more friendlies before our appearance in the 2011 Asian Cup. We played around nine friendlies in the run up to the Asian Cup. Our campaign in AFC Cup in Group C was not spectacular but what it showed was that extensive preparations could limit the damage. We did not see damning score lines against top teams such as South Korea, Bahrain. (Subjective. 4-1 defeat to South Korea is not a damning score line according to me!)

 

Cut to 2015, we have a coach who has been appointed around 6 months ago or so; a team that practiced for a week, devoid of match practice or friendlies, struggling against teams that have been improving fast, off late. In short, the defeat to Guam is not really a surprise.

 

The other question is how the same team that showed some amount of promise against Oman went very awry against a lower ranked Guam. There are two reasons for this. Even though the 2-1 score line was a respectable one against Oman, we were saved by the callousness of Omanis. If they were a bit more clinical, score line would have been even worse. Our team played with a good drive and players playing their hearts out against Oman. The main reason behind that drive was the great home support the team received in Bangalore.

 

Team took a long trip of about 27 hours to reach Guam after the home defeat to Oman. They were treated to a super humid tropical climate and played on an artificial turf. After the first defeat against Oman, fans were already on an overdrive against the coach, team selection, and players. And our players completely forgot the basics while we succumbed to the pressure from a very good Guam side.

 

While these are no excuses to redeem the team from the bad performance, we should also understand the undue expectations we have on our team. Our media also does not help the case by repeatedly parroting Guam’s size and population in every other reference to the defeat. It is nice to compose a title for an article or a tweet by mentioning the size and population of Guam but that diverts the attention from the real issues that plagues our football system. Several small nations consistently do well in football, just as bigger nations like India and China continuously under-perform in football.

 

One and a half year long practice and nine friendlies in 2010 did not earn us a single win in 2011 Asia Cup. How can you expect a team that was assembled ten days ago the Oman fixture to perform miracles?

 

Rather than venting your ire on the coach and players, the criticism should be directed towards the shambolic fixture management by the custodians of Indian Football, the AIFF.

Do go through these insightful articles that came out in the media after the defeat to Guam.

 

 

Bengaluru FC vs Mumbai FC aftermath -Abusive Chants – Ok or Not Ok?

Abuse, Chants, Football, Bengaluru, Bangalore, Mumbai, Bengaluru FC, bottle, thrown, incident, Khalid Jamil, Ashley Westwood, fine, Verdict, Pradyum Reddy, Amoes, Gowtham PuraAIFF has pronounced its verdict on what transpired in Bengaluru during the Bengaluru FC vs Mumbai FC match. A lot has been discussed on the social media and other forums about the conduct of the fans and officials.

Now that the verdict is out, we are publishing a short note from a person who is closely connected to football in Bangalore. He knows the Bangalore football scene very well and this is his take on whether the fans should indulge in abusive chants and if so what is the limit. He wish to remain anonymous, so we are not going to publish his name.

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This write up is after the BFC vs. Mumbai FC game in Kanteerava stadium, which ended in a 1-1 draw. I decided to write this for all the fans who have been supporting their club to the best, but also indulge in abusing and use foul language on opponents and their staff.

My friends and I sat in west block A to watch the game and as the players entered, there were cheers and claps for players of BFC, which was a nice thing. Once the Mumbai FC players entered the field and as the game kicked off, I was kind of feeling very bad to hear abuses being hurled at Khali Jamil and their player right from the start whistle. Families who turned up with their kids for the match were feeling discomfort because of the abusive nature of the chants and I did even see some families who had come for the match moving away from the crowd.

Come on, are we cheering the club and encouraging them or the fans wants to just have fun abusing and using foul language on the opponents and coaches, make them furious and in the end get to see what happened in that game?

India is not a country where football is the richest game unlike cricket. If it were, then no one would even bother about all the nonsense people talk. Most of the clubs in India are run with less funds, no proper facilities, unlike a professional setup like BFC who has made huge investments and provide best facilities for players to perform to their best. Most clubs do not even pay salaries to players on a regular basis and not all football players are from well-to-do families to let go everything. Most players are struggling to live a good life and they have to struggle and sacrifice a lot to play in our top tier league – I-league.

Let us also not to forget that BFC is one of the first corporate entities to have invested in Indian football, and they have all the means to provide the best facilities for players to perform well, which is very much appreciated, but that doesn’t mean fans who go to watch matches abuse and insult other clubs and players who are struggling every year to sign good players and form a decent team to play in the league.

Most of the clubs are operating with a much lesser budget/investment than that of BFC. Mumbai FC was about to be shut down like Mahindra United and had not signed a single player even when they had just one month for the deadline as they couldn’t rope in a sponsor for the club. Finally, after roping in a sponsor, they mostly signed players who were either rejected by other clubs and a few were retained from their previous squad.

They struggle so much and though being an underdog club, when they take on most clubs, they still manage to put in decent to good performances. In all their four matches against BFC before this, they managed a draw and I consider that a commendable feat.

Therefore, how the fans behave in stadiums is what the outcome they get too. Abusing, provoking and using foul language on players and coaches for no reason would definitely leave anyone angered and flustered. The composition of players in I-league is seeing a drastic change now. We have some foreigners who have played world cup for their nations. Abusing and taunting players of such stature does not hold good for our football. We have to learn from better players and start playing good football because football should not end just with clubs. It has to take Indian football to higher standards.

Go out in large numbers to support BFC but never indulge in abusing or insulting opponents. We may never know the struggle of the club and the players are undergoing to keep them going at this level.

Football can become a popular game in any country only when there are more number of people attending matches and if that has to happen, the fans who go the to cheer the teams should cheer good football . When I mean good football, even if the away team plays fair and good football we should have the heart to appreciate that too. Now, if cheering or appreciating the opponent team is difficult, let us not indulge in mindless abuse. Let us all enjoy the beautiful game in a beautiful way.

ISL Season II – Salary Cap to come in!

ISL, Indian Super League, Player Draft, Soccer, League, India, Football, France, Czech Republic, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Brazil, Portugal, Colombia , South Korea , Argentina, Canada, Serbia, Senegal, Burkina Faso, England, Greece , Cameroon,Reports suggest Football Sports Development Ltd (FSDL), the controlling body of Indian Super League held its first governing council meeting today. Apart from reviewing the first season, the governing council also laid out the player guidelines for the next season. The following are the main decisions from the meeting.

Salary Cap :

ISL season II will have a salary cap for players. 20 crores will be the cap.

Marquee Player :

Each club “must have a minimum one marquee player”. Clubs can retain marquee players from the 1st season or go ahead sign from the open market, with approval from ISL.

Foreign Players :

Clubs can retain a minimum of one and maximum of five international players. Clubs are allowed to sign international players from the market directly by themselves.

Domestic Players :

A minimum of one and maximum of six can be retained by the clubs. Players who are not retained by clubs can be signed by other clubs in an open market that will extend till April. If the released player still dont land a contract, they will be made part of a domestic draft.

Squad Size :

A club requires 22 players including 2 developmental ones. A team would consist one marquee, eight international and 13 domestic players (two U-23 players). Maximum squad size allowed is 25.

ISL will create a pool of 12 to 15 Indian international players who missed out on the 1st season. Each club can add one of these players to their roster through and auction.

Apart from this, there will be a domestic player draft as well.

An ISL spokesperson is quoted as saying, “The new set of rules are defined to encourage clubs in player retention, assist them in managing the player costs and provide a level playing field for each club to prepare for the second season with reasonable and broadly equitable chance of winning the ISL 2015. ”

This is a gist extracted from the reports that are emerging now. Finer details will emerge in the days to come. Keep watching.

 

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
YearsTeamApps†(Gls)†
2004–2005Waitakere City2230
2005–2006New Zealand Knights111
2006–2007Fortuna Sittard111
2007–2008Kristiansund2428
2009Panserraikos71
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.

Crystal Palace Tie up with Mumbai City FC

Crystal Palace, Indian Super League, Premier League, Barclays, Live, Mumbai, Mumbai City FC, Hero ISL, ISL, Mark Bright, England, EPL, Football, IndiaEnglish Premier League club Crystal Palace has tied up with Mumbai ISL franchise Mumbai City FC. Mumbai City FC along with Star Sports and Crystal Palace will stage a trial on thursday December 11th for 16-19 years olds in Mumbai.

12 players selected from this trial will be invited to perform their skills at the Barclays Premier League’s international fan park in Mumbai where live Premier League matches are to be screened.

A Crystal Palace delegation, led by club ambassador Mark Bright, will be assessing the selected footballers and the winner of the Play for Palace will travel to London to train with Crystal Palace’s young prospects.

Mark Bright who has scored more than 100 goals for Palace was quoted saying,

“This will be the chance of a lifetime. The winner of the competition will get a fantastic experience playing at the Academy and then go back to India to become an ambassador for Palace.

“This is a unique initiative. Everyone has a favourite local team and favourite overseas team – we want football fans in India to follow us.

“We know cricket is the number one sport in India, but football is global and it would be great to see an Indian-born player in the Premier League one day. They would become an idol and an inspiration”.

Crystal Palace chief executive Phil Alexander was quoted in the media saying, “We are very excited to be going to India to show ourselves to a new army of fans. The Premier League is booming in India and it’s a great chance for us to extend the club’s reach”.

A Mumbai City FC spokesman is also quoted in the reports. He said : “India,and Mumbai in particular, has a lot of football talent waiting to be harnessed and promoted. This initiative will provide a great platform for the youth of the city to showcase their skills and win the opportunity of a lifetime”.

More on the same here.

How much will you shell out to watch Indian Super League?

Atlético de Kolkata, Indian Super League, Kolkata, Football, Ticket, Ticket Genie, Price, Indian Football, League, Sourav Ganguly, 200, Utsav parekh, Luis Garcia, EntertainmentFootball fans across the nation were curious about the pricing of upcoming Indian Super League’s tickets. Atlético de Kolkata is the first team in Indian Super League to come out with ticket prices for their seven home matches. We can expect rest of the franchises to also follow suit and price tickets for their respective home games along these lines.

 

It is confirmed that Atlético de Kolkata supporters will be shelling out anything between Rs. 200 to Rs. 2500 to watch their home matches. Tickets are already available online at atleticodekolkata.ticketgenie.in.

 

The Kolkata franchise has also provided an option of purchasing a season ticket, where a fan needs to pay only for six matches and get to watch the seventh home match for free.

 

Sourav Ganguly and Utsav Parekh, co-owners of the Atlético de Kolkata has urged fans to turn up to the stadium early, as plenty of entertainment both before kickoff and at halftime is planned.

 

“We want the people to come with their families and have a good time at the stadium. Plenty of entertainment is being lined up,” said Sourav Ganguly in a press note from the league.

Details of ticket prices are below:

Prices that are being offered

Rs. 200/-; Rs. 300/-; Rs. 400/-; Rs. 500/-; Rs. 750/-; Rs. 2000/- (for the opening match) and Rs. 1250/- (for the remaining 6 matches); Rs. 2500/- (Hospitality tickets)

Discounts for institutional and corporate bookings From 100 to 500 tickets booked – flat 5% discount; Above 500 tickets booked – flat 10% discount

Ticket Helpline Numbers: 8697045013, 8697045107, 080-49125900

Courier Helpline: 8697045236, E-Ticket: 8697045427, Bulk Booking: 8697045387

Kerala home to the only FIFA 2-Star certified football field in India

Thrissur, Football, Ground, Artificial field,  Fifa, 2, certification, rating, national games, kerala, Kerala Blasters, TrainingAccording to a press note from Great Sports Infra and the wikipedia, Thrissur in Kerala is home to the only football field in India to currently have a FIFA 2-Star certification the highest rating for artificial turf from FIFA. Kerala has waited far too long for an artificial turf installation. FIFA assisted artificial pitches were being laid across India but some how Kerala kept missing its chances.

Kerala football fraternity is generally elated as Indian Super League team Kerala Blasters have set up the stadium as its training base and a recent friendly with Kerala Police drew a decent crowd.

Press Note from Great Sports Infra : –

The Corporation Stadium in Thrissur, Kerala becomes the only Football field in India to currently have a FIFA 2-Star certification the highest rating for artificial turf from FIFA. This world-class Football field was conceptualized and planned by the Kerala Government for the upcoming 35th National Games to be held from January, 15th, 2015.

The synthetic turf was imported from the world leader in artificial grass, FieldTurf, USA. This project was meticulously planned, designed, engineered and installed by Great Sports Infra Pvt. Ltd – FieldTurf’s exclusive licensee for Southeast Asia.

The FIFA recommended 2-Star certification is issued after a series of both on-site and lab tests conducted by a FIFA approved laboratory. The on-field tests included vertical ball rebound, angled ball rebound, ball roll, shock absorption, rotational resistance, linear friction and deformation, while the product’s composition and resilience were tested with special equipment in the lab.

“We thank the National Games Secretariat for giving us this opportunity to be part of this prestigious national event.  This is one of 5 projects – including two IAAF standard athletic tracks, FIH standard Hockey field and Futsal field – that we are executing for the National Games.” says GSI Managing Director, Mr. Anil Kumar.

“Passing a FIFA 2-Star test is a true testimony to FieldTurf system’s quality, performance and durability. And we complement this with our vast experience and engineering skills in executing these projects as per world-class standards. It’s also good to know that Kerala Blasters (Kochi’s Franchise) for the maiden Indian Super League have set-up their training base at Corporation Stadium, Thrissur.” says GSI Director of Operations, Lt. Col. John K John.

Great Sports Infra has, to date, installed over 100 sports fields in India, including over 15 FIFA standard Football fields, FIH approved hockey fields, IAAF certified athletic tracks, and several indoor & outdoor sports facilities for the government, defence, educational institutions, corporate campuses, residential societies & training academies. 

 

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