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Kerala in fine form at the 49th Junior National Football Championship

Image : Asianet

Image : Asianet

The 49th Junior National Football Championship is currently underway in Jharkhand. Except score update on the AIFF website, there is hardly any news coming through from the championship.

Kerala being led by Anantha Murali from Thrissur who was earlier selected to train in Germany through the Bajaj – Allianz  football camp is in fine form so far. I don’t expect to jinx Kerala’s journey  in the tournament but their form deserves to be mentioned.

In their first group match, they mauled Jammu & Kashmir 12-0, with Anantha Murali scoring five times. The second match against Rajasthan also saw a huge score line. Kerala walloped Rajasthan 10-0.

The last time i wrote about Kerala’s appearance in Junior National Football Championship was in 2010. Unlike today, Kerala was in tatters at that time.  They lost to Mizoram (4-0) and Chandigarh (6-0) in the group stages. I did not even bother to check the score line for other matches then on.

However, this time around the Kerala team looks to be in good nick. There is long way to go in the championship. Hope the winning streak continues and they win the championship.

Kerala will take on a formidable opposition in Arunachal Pradesh tomorrow and that result should give us a idea about our chances in the championship.

Results so far :

Kerala 12 -0 Jammu & Kashmir

Kerala 10 – 0 Rajasthan

Upcoming  Group D fixture : Kerala Vs Arunachal Pradesh, 24th September

Top Scorer : Anantha Murali with 7 goals so far.

Pictures from the Bengaluru FC Vs Mohun Bagan match

We were at the Bengaluru Football stadium watching Bengaluru FC taking on Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan in their opening fixture of Airtel I-league. There was a good buzz about this match, fans turned up in good numbers and Bengaluru FC did not disappoint by putting a good performance. It was unlucky for them that the match ended up in a stalemate.

An average camera and my pathetic photography skills means the pictures aren’t that great. As the season progress, i should get better at clicking pictures. However this time around you will have to settle with this.

A personal experience of watching my first ever I-league match at a stadium + a match report will be up tomorrow. Till then enjoy the clicks.


Soccer Pill Hangout on Indian football

Thanks to Vikram Venkateswaran and Kunal Mehta, I was offered a chance to appear on the 10th episode of Soccer Pill Google hangout on the opening day of I-league. I appeared on their great show and talked about Indian Football in general and the I-league season that just started off.

It was a great experience to be part of the show and voice my opinions on Indian football.  Watch all other episodes of Soccer Pill hangout here.  Watch the episode on Indian Football and let us know what you think of it.

India hold Tajikistan to a draw in AFC U-16 qualifiers

afc_2012_sqIndia held Tajikistan to a draw (1-1) in their first match in AFC U-16 qualifiers at Kuwait. At half time, India were trailing 1-0 with Tajikistans’ Saidov Karomatullo scoring a goal from a corner in the 36th minute of the match.

India managed to equalize when we got a penalty after an Indian player was brought down in the Tajikistan box. Prosenjit Chakraborty managed to convert from the spot making it 1-1.

From what we managed to watch over a jittery stream, Tajikistan did look like a very formidable opposition and Indians did put a good show. While on paper the result looks good, in terms of qualification for the final rounds happening in Thailand next year, this is not a good result. To qualify we have to either win the group or be in the top five runner-up teams from a total of 10 groups in fray. You can check India’s upcoming fixtures and the rules and regulations that guide the qualification here.

Match summary and Stats here : India Vs Tajikistan

Pune FC and Salgaocar register wins in Airtel I-league

I-League_logo.svgNew season of Airtel I-league got off to an exciting start today with Pune FC and Salgaocar FC registering wins.  The match between Sporting Clube de Goa and Mumbai FC ended in a stalemate.

Results from the opening day are as follows :

Pune FC  Vs   Mohammedan Sporting  (3-1)

Salgaocar Vs Churchill Brothers (1-0)

Mumbai FC  Vs Sporting Clube de Goa  (1-1)

Quality foreigners dot I-league this season

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Many say I-league has lost its sheen, it is not a viable package and so on. While all the criticism lingers on and some of them being true,  it has to be said that this season’s I-league has attracted a formidable array of foreign imports.

Some years ago, foreign players mostly came from Africa and then on, some from Brazil. But were they good enough for the salary they were being paid here?  I am unsure about that aspect. However, clubs have moved on from their traditional hunting grounds in Africa and Brazil and is recruiting decent players from Australia, Europe, Middle East and Asia now.

This season’s I-league has a former world cup player,  some players who plied their trade in EPL and lower division English leagues and some from Spain and Portugal.  Quality attracts eye-balls too.  For instance, Bengaluru FC has recruited Ashley Westwood as their coach. He started his career as a Manchester United academy player and went on to don coaching roles at Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn. His pedigree certainly helped in getting  sky-sports interested about his Indian assignment at Bengaluru FC.  Skysports reporting about an I-league coach would  have been unthinkable a few years ago.

While there has been passing remarks in the media about the foreigners in I-league this season, there has been no comprehensive report about them anywhere.  Withstanding the question on how they will help Indian Football develop, as a package I-league does need good foreign imports to raise the quality of football.

Today TOI has taken some time out and has written a decent article about the foreign imports in I-league this season – Influx of quality foreign players on the upswing

Watch AFC U16 Qualifiers

Dug out a live streaming link of AFC U16 Qualifiers happening in Kuwait.

Click here to see the live stream : India Vs Tajikistan

Airtel I-league kicks off today

I-League_logo.svgA  brand new season of I-league is here. 13 teams across India will fight it out the premier league of the country. Check the squads of all the participating teams here.

The matches from the opening weekend are as follows :

21-Sep-13 Mohammedan Sporting Club Pune FC 3:00 PM
21-Sep-13 Mumbai FC Sporting Clube de Goa 4:00 PM
21-Sep-13 Churchill Brothers SC Salgaocar FC 4:00 PM
22-Sep-13 United Sports Club Rangdajied United FC 2:45 PM
22-Sep-13 Bengaluru FC McDowell Mohun Bagan A.C 4:00 PM
22-Sep-13 Dempo Sports Club Shillong Lajong FC 4:00 PM

Results from 49th Junior National Football Championship

500px-India_FA.svgI-league has been garnering all the attention of Indian football fans so far and rightly so. However, young footballers from across India is fighting out in Jharkhand in the 49th Junior National Football Championship for BC Roy Trophy.

The tournament has been on for the last two days and there has been no coverage at all the media. It is rather very unfortunate that any coverage eludes this tournament where the upcoming football stars of this country fight it out.  The following are the results so far from the championship.

The competition has entered the semifinal phase for the two tiers – I & II.  In the first semifinal of Tier I that happened today (25th – Sep), Sports Authority of India (SAI) defeated Maharashtra by a solitary goal.

In the second semi-final taking place tomorrow, Kerala will take on Chandigarh.

Keep a watch here, we will bring you the semi final and final results.

Finals Tier I  : 


Mizoram Vs Assam


Finals Tier I I :


SAI Vs Kerala


 Semifinals Results Tier I I :


Punjab Vs Mizoram



Madhya Pradesh vs Assam


Semifinals Results Tier I :


Chandigarh Vs Kerala



Maharshtra vs SAI


Group Stages results :

25-Sep Mizoram  Vs Orissa
25-Sep Uttar Pradesh Vs Haryana
25-Sep Goa Vs Meghalaya
25-Sep Karnataka Vs Punjab
25-Sep Madhya Pradesh Vs UttaraKhand
25-Sep West Bengal Vs Manipur
24-Sep Tamilnadu Vs Delhi
24-Sep Jharkhand Vs Assam
24-Sep Arunachal Pradesh  Vs Kerala
24-Sep Jammu & Kashmir Vs Rajsthan
24-Sep Sikkim Vs Tripura
24-Sep Chandigarh Vs Gujarat
23-Sep Madhya Pradesh  Vs West Bengal
23-Sep Haryana Vs Mizoram
23-Sep Uttar Pradesh Vs Orissa
23-Sep Bihar Vs Nagaland
23-Sep Himachal Pradesh Vs SAI
22-Sep Kerala Vs Rajasthan
22-Sep Tamil Nadu Vs Assam
22-Sep Orissa Vs Haryana 
22-Sep Delhi Vs Jharkhand 
22-Sep Tripura Vs Gujarat 
22-Sep Sikkim Vs Chandigarh 
22-Sep Arunachal Pradesh  Vs Jammu & Kashmir
21-Sep West bengal Vs Uttarakhand
21-Sep Punjab Vs Meghalaya
21-Sep Madhya Pradesh Vs Manipur
21-Sep Karnataka Vs Goa
21-Sep   Mizoram Vs Uttar Pradesh
21-Sep   Nagaland Vs Maharashtra
21-Sep   Chhattisgarh Vs Himachal Pradesh
20-Sep Assam Vs Delhi
20-Sep Jharkhand Vs Tamil Nadu  7-1
20-Sep Chandigarh Vs Tripura  6-0
20-Sep Gujarat Vs Sikkim
20-Sep Jammu & Kashmir Vs Kerala  0-12
20-Sep Rajasthan Vs Arunachal Pradesh  0-8
19-Sep Maharashtra Vs Bihar  3-2
19-Sep Sports Authority of India (SAI) Vs Chattisgarh  6-0

Fixtures : India’s matches in AFC U-16 Qualifiers

afc_2012_sqIndia is in Group A comprising Kuwait, Tajikistan, Lebanon and Bhutan.  India will start of the qualifiers campaign by taking on formidable Tajikistan on 21-sep.  There are a total of ten groups and the winners from all the groups and the best five runners-up will qualify for the finals happening next year in Thailand.

India’s fixtures for the qualifiers are as follows.

21-Sep Tajikistan Vs INDIA 19.20 IST
25-Sep INDIA Vs Lebanon 23.20 IST
27-Sep INDIA Vs Bhutan 23.20 IST
29-Sep Kuwait Vs India 23.20 IST


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