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I-league to start off with no telecast and title sponsor

I-League_logo.svgI-league will kick off this Saturday but there is no confirmation on the telecast and title sponsor.  Even though AIFF published an article on their website saying that fans would be able to watch the season opener between Churchill Brothers vs Salgaocar FC, broadcaster Ten Action has not so far put up the schedules on their website.

If you are to go by available reports, there will be no telecast for the 1st round of matches. Supposedly the broadcaster has not been able to recce of the stadiums so far and they are going to do it at the earliest.

I-league will also be without a title sponsor this season as well. IMG-Reliance, the marketing partners of AIFF have been striving to rope-in  a sponsor but so far that efforts have not been fruitful.

From the battle field – Amad Ahmad Al Kaddour from Syria plays for Churchill Brothers

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Syrian footballer Amad Ahmad Al Kaddour has signed for Churchill Brothers for the upcoming season of I-league. The talented forward spoke to DNA about the ongoing civil strife in his nation. He is from Aleppo, a city which has been featuring in international news very often these days as it it a city where fierce battle between the opposition and Syrian Army is taking place.

While football is the top sport in Syria, the ongoing civil strife has forced footballers to move abroad to ply their trade. He recounted the horror of getting hit by missiles and gunfire while practicing in Aleppo.

Read more : Syrian football striker Amad Ahmad Al Kaddour urges Indians to pray for the safety of his family back home




Tolgay Ozbey ecstatic but Luciano Sabrosa out for at least a month!

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Tolgay Ozbey, the Turkish descent Australian footballer was visibly ecstatic after a sparkling performance from him guided Mohammedan Sporting to victory in the 126th edition of Durand cup.

“It’s taken a great toll on my body having played four matches in eight days. But if this is the outcome, then I am ready to sacrifice and bear the pain over and over again,”  he said to NDTV.

However injury to Luciano Sabrosa dampened the spirits a bit. It looks like he will be out for at least six weeks.

Read more :  Mohammedan Sporting can win big matches, now proved: Tolgay Ozbey


Mohammedan Sporting win Durand Cup after 73 years

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Mohammedan Sporting, the 122 year old Kolkata club won the 126th edition of the prestigious Durand Cup.  Sporting defeated ONGC 2-1 in the finals. They last won the cup before independence in 1940 when they defeated the Warwickshire Regiment. Durand Cup is Asia’s oldest football tournament.

Australian striker Tolgay Ozebey was the hero for Mohammedan sporting by setting up a goal in the 36th minute and scoring one in the 44th minute. ONGC scored a goal in the 56th minute through free-kick but couldn’t eventually match sporting

Read more : Mohammedan Sporting create history, win Durand Cup after 73 years


Will a Kerala team participate in Federation cup?

Fed_CupWith Kerala being the hosts for the next Federation Cup, the big question is will a Kerala team get to participate?

With no team in the fray for I-league and no team reaching the final stages of I-league second division last time around, technically there is no place for any Kerala team in the Federation Cup.

If Malayalam media reports are to go by, Kerala FA will be placing a request to AIFF to include a Kerala team for Federation Cup. Kerala Police, SBT and Eagles FC are the names that are being touted. AIFF’s indifference towards departmental clubs means, if a slot is allowed, Eagles FC has a fair chance to make it.



Manjeri, in Malappuram district would be the venue if the ongoing stadium construction gets completed by the time of the championship.

Tamil Nadu announce team for Junior National Championship

250X250_2915920375180d69b6d912Tamil Nadu has announced their 20 member team for the 49th Junior National Football Championship, for BC Roy Trophy.

Tamil Nadu is placed in Group C of Tier I. The other team in the group are Jharkhand, Assam, and Delhi. Tamil Nadu will take on Jharkhand on September 20th, Assam on 22nd September and Delhi on  the 24th of September.

The Tamil Nadu team is as follows :

Team: A John Roshan (goalkeeper), M. Kabilan (goalkeeper), M Udhaya Kumar, P Yuvaraj, R Kumaravel, G Suresh Kumar, R Suganthanraj, S Pretham, S Ahamed Asrarul, A Sikkandar Batcha, S Samu, P Sundara Moorthy, M Raj Kumar, J Ranjith, SA Bebitto, Y Puvirajan, K Gopinath, A Abdul Gafoor, Ajith, Dane Aaron Anthony. Coach: LR Titus.

23-member U-16 Squad to leave for Kuwait on Thursday

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The 23-member Indian U-16 National Squad for the AFC U-16 Championship (Qualifiers) to be held in Kuwait from September 21has been announced.

The Squad, who have been crowned SAFF Champions recently, will be leaving for Kuwait City, on Thursday (September 19, 2013).

The Boys will be coached by Goutam Ghosh.

The 23-member Squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Anuj Kumar (Uttar Pradesh), Subrata Das (West Bengal), M Dheeraj Singh (Manipur)

Defenders: M Jayananda Singh (Manipur), Jerry Lalrinzuala (Mizoram), T Kishan Singh (Manipur), Prosenjit Chakraborty (West Bengal), Amit Tudu (West Bengal), Amey Ranawade (Maharashtra), Krishanu Santra (West Bengal)

Midfielders: Bugde Vineet Bikas (Goa), Bodo Baoringdao (Assam), Kyntiew Kharlukhi (Meghalaya), Surya Tirkey (Jharkhand), Anirudh Thapa (Uttarakhand), Deependra Singh Negi (Uttarakhand), Aaron Franklin (Goa), Laishram Bedashwor Singh (Manipur), Nuruddin (Uttar Pradesh), Hoble Kapil Satish (Goa)

Forwards: Nijwm Muchahary (Assam) Edmund Lalrindika (Mizoram), Krishna Pandit (Chandigarh).

Head Coach: Goutam Ghosh

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Bengaluru Football stadium to get flood lights

Bengaluru_FC_LogoPrior to their very first I-league match, new entrant Bengaluru FC briefed media about their plans to attract fans to the Bangalore stadium by providing a class experience.

The stadium is being repainted and bucket seats will be coming up in a while.  Plans are also made to install temporary flood lights by the second half of the season.

Ashley Westwood the coach of the team sounded optimistic about the team’s chances in the upcoming season and stressed that the team is devoid of any injuries.

Arbor Brewing company, a micro brewery situated just outside the Bangalore stadium is announced as the pub partner of the club. You can either watch team playing at the stadium or down a few specially brewed pitchers at the pub and then head to the stadium or even watch the clubs’ matches at the  pub itself. The pub will also sell Bengaluru FC merchandise.

It is also learnt that the club has a tie up with the city FM channel Radio City.

Mustafa Ghouse, CEO of the club also discussed about the ticketing strategies and the tie up with online ticketing partners that we reported yesterday.

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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Shillong Lajong releases their squad for I-League

Shillong_LajongShillong Lajong FC today released the names of its squad for 2013-14 season.

“These are the registered players in the I-League. The Club is also happy to announce that Minchol Son and Wailadmi Passah is the Captain and Vice-Captain of the Club respectively for the I-League 2013-14 Season,” the club said in a statement.

The team will be departing for Goa tomorrow and will take on Dempo in their first I-League match on the 22nd September, Sunday.

Captian - Minchol Son

Captian – Minchol Son
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The full list is given below:

Lalthuammawia Ralte, Vinay Singh, Kunzang Bhutia, Minchol Son, Wailadmi Passah, Kh. Jibon Singh, Robin Gurung, C.Lallawmzuala, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai, Taisuke Matsugae, Boithang Haokip, Seikhohao Tuboi, Lalramluaha Hmar, Singham Subash Singh, Cornell Glen, Uilliams Souza Silva, Samuel Shadap, Lalrammuana, Rakesh Pradhan, Ongnam Milan Singh

Source : Shillong Lajong FC releases team list for 2013-14 season

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