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Indian Boys Impress at the Nike All-Asia Camp in Doha

Every year Nike conducts an All Asia Camp where young talents from Asian countries are trained and scouted by coaches from top clubs like Manchester United, Barcelona and Inter-Milan.

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Rakesh Oram, Dheeraj Singh, Milan Basumatary, Bidyananda Singh, Gursimrat Singh

This time around the camp was conducted at the Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar. India sent five prodigies to attend the camp. Gursimrat Singh (centre back), Rakesh Oram (winger), Milan Basumatary (striker), Bidyananda Singh (midfielder) and Dheeraj Singh (goalkeeper) attended the three day camp conducted by top coaches from Manchester United, Barcelona and Inter-Milan.On the final day of the camp, players who impressed the coaches are selected to play in an All Stars game. Gursimrat Singh and Bidyananda Singh from India were selected to play in this All-Stars match. Bidyananda Singh scored the opening goal in the match.

Bidyananda Singh, an AIFF Navi-Mumbai academy starlet further impressed the coaches and was selected as the MVP of the camp by Barcelona coaches. Bidyananda Singh who plays in a defensive midfielder role, impressed the Barcelona coaches at the camp and is reportedly to be on their radar.

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Bidyananda Singh with his blonde hair was dubbed the Indian Honda while at the Aspire Academy because of his uncanny resemblance with Japanese Intentional Keisuke Honda. “They also called me that because they couldn’t pronounce my name,” said the 16-year-old to TNIE. Such opportunities for players from India will help foreign clubs and scouts to keep a tab on the talent that is available in India.

Ivan Bravo, Director General of Aspire Academy, said to The Peninsula, “We are very pleased to host young Asian footballers. The importance of the training is not only the fact that coaches from European Leagues get to identify future stars of football, but also their visit gives them a closer look at amazing sporting facilities at the academy, giving them a feel of the love in the Gulf, especially Qatar.”

In 2013 Social Media brings fans even more closer to the Sport

Social Media, Sports, Football, India, Indianfootball, Soccer, Kerala, Winter Olympics, Shiv KeshavanWe have been hearing about social media, the role it supposedly played in protests, revolutions and some times even in regime changes. But what happens in sports, especially in India? While all the international sporting events do trend on Social Media, here in India with the surge of smart phones, a quiet revolution is taking place.

Social media has helped the enthusiast to be closer to the action. For instance take football, we are at point where we could track state league matches happening in Mizoram or Arunachal and at the same time listen to some quirky over the top rumors of  foreign players that are going to play in the I-league.

The only struggle is to the be in the right network. And If you are in, bits and pieces of information, multimedia in pictures and even videos would dot your timeline. And that is how the unfortunate gallery collapse video from Bekal, Kerala went viral world wide.

On 15th December before a seven a side match, the gallery collapsed. There were innumerable people filming a small kid juggling football on the ground and there the gallery sunk in like a houdini act taking down 100s of people. Within hours the video was up on youtube being watched and shared by many. Eventually we saw it appear on!

Pictures, score updates, posters of upcoming matches, almost everything that you need is on social media today when it comes to football. There are also Clubs, players, administrators and media on social media who intervenes in the streams of conversation on sports.

The sports educationists are in there too. Academies, schools, Training camps, all of them are using social media to engage and publicize their efforts.

There are lively communities and discussion boards where not so gracious people fight over and also have meaningful discussion on the sport. There are #hashtags that you can follow to stay updated on sports. For football in India, #Indianfootball and #ileague offers constant stream of information.

The real attraction is also about getting to know the sport in your backyard. A Seven-a-side football fan from Kerala can stay updated himself through scores, pictures and videos on the go. Sporting attractions which were largely local and not in the mainstream gets more traction through social media, there by increasing the interest of people.

Social actions such as crowd funding and crowd sourcing could be a good way forward for sports in India. The recent example of Winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan is a move in that direction. Mobile data and applications such as Whatsapp and other messengers are also helping the fans and supporters  to engage real time.

While we mainly track football we have also come across fan pages and twitter profiles for other sports too. Social media is forging a new way in India for sports, it has changed the way enthusiasts enjoy their sport.

FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour in India

FIFA, World Cup, Trophy, Tour, India, Kolkata, 2014, BrazilKolkata will get a chance to see the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy that will come down to the city from Kathmandu where the trophy is today on in its tour.

Over the last month Kolkata has been witnessing football madness with celebrations across city paras and communities as part of Coca-Cola’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Campaign.

The trophy will station in Kolkata for 3 days from 22nd of December to 24th of December.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola is on its longest journey to date, visiting 88 countries over a span of 9 months.

Check out more details here.

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Comes to India

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FIFA has picked India to host the 2017 U-17 World Cup

Manchester City to Hold Football Clinics in India

Manchester City, India, Football Clinic, Jet Airways, Football, Soccer, Delhi, Mumbai, EPL, Premier LeagueManchester City FC football coaching clinics, a grassroots program for young children that aims at improving their technical football skills, will take place in the Capital from December 1 to 8.

The clinics will also include coaching on positioning, dribbling, passing and shooting the ball and will be conducted in a fun atmosphere with emphasis on teamwork and interacting with the coaches to benefit from their vast knowledge.

This is the first joint initiative taken by Etihad Airways and equity alliance partner, Jet Airways, since the transaction for the purchase of 24 per cent of Jet Airways by Etihad Airways was concluded on November 20.

This is Etihad Airways’ first coaching initiative to be held in India aiming to promote sport among the Indian youth.

Etihad Airways is the main partner and shirt sponsor of Manchester City FC and has hosted several football clinics in Abu Dhabi as well as in China, Seychelles and Nigeria.

A coaching team headed by Manchester City’s Community Ambassador Alex Williams MBE, an ex-professional goalkeeper with the club, will visit Mumbai and Delhi to lead 11 training sessions for up to 1,000 children.

The week-long activities will kick off in Mumbai with mall promotions at High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel followed by a four-day coaching program in Mumbai.

The team will then travel to Delhi where they will deliver a similar grassroots coaching program and conclude with a major promotion at the DLF Emporio Mall, Vasant Kunj.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways chief commercial officer said: “Etihad Airways has a proud tradition of hosting grass roots sporting events globally and we are very excited to be bringing our Manchester City FC football clinics to India to celebrate the completion of our partnership with our equity partner Jet Airways.”

Gaurang Shetty, Senior VP, Commercial, Jet Airways said: “We recognise our responsibility to society and stand committed to creating more such opportunities for the development of Indian youth by way of the programs we conduct.”

Source : PTI

Subrata Paul gets a deal with top Denmark club

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According to reports, India’s top goal keeper Subrata Paul has been offered  a six-month contract with Danish Superliga football team FC Vestsjaelland. Subrata has been asked to report at the club on January 3rd.

FC Vestsjaelland climbed to the top tier of the 12 team Denmark League this year. If the deal works out Subrata Paul will be the fourth Indian to play his trade in Europe. (If you have an addition to this list, let us know! ) The others being Mohammed Salim who appeared for Celtic in the 30’s, Baichung Bhutia who played for Bury FC in England and Sunil Chhetri who appeared for Sporting Lisbon B.

Subrata Paul earlier had training stints with  Red Bull Leipzig in 2012, a third division German football club.

We wish Subrata Paul all the best for his stint with  FC Vestsjaelland.

Here is a link to the HT story.

East Bengal defeats Semen Padang 1-0

Kf_east_bengal_logoIn the first leg of the quarter-finals of the 2013 AFC Cup, East Bengal defeated Indonesian club Semen Padang in front 40,000 roaring spectators in Kolkata today.

East Bengal’s Japanese player Ryuji Sueoka scored the solitary goal of the match in the 71st minute of the match.

Match report : East Bengal pip Semen Padang, eye semis berth in AFC Cup

Football fans across India were denied a chance to watch the match because there was no telecast of the match. However the return leg of the match on 24th September to be played in Indonesia will be live in India starting from 1.30 p.m in the afternoon. Semen Pedang vs EB_ESPN






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