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Mohun Bagan to fight it out in court

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Mohun Bagan A.C. has had a long standing tie-up with UB Group since 1998 as the Sponsor of the Football Team and formed a company in the name of United Mohun Bagan Football Team Pvt. Ltd.

United Mohun Bagan Football Team Pvt. Ltd. had executed a Sponsorship agreement with United Spirits Limited dated 11th June 2013 for 10 years to provide financial assistance of Rs. 8 crore per year and from there on the sponsorship fund was deposited to our account every month, but since November 2014 the fund was unilaterally stopped by USL without any prior intimation.

Upon our inquiry with USL (East Division) and subsequent followup at their Head office, we came to know that Shareholders did not approve the said deal in their EGM dated November 28, 2014. However, in spite of not receiving any payment, Mohun Bagan continued in their commitment to give proper mileage and visibility to the brand “McDowell” as mentioned in the agreement.

On the other hand, Mohun Bagan have constantly tried to resolve the issue on the basis of our cordial relationship with USL but all our effort was unfruitful.

After hearing the current situation the Executive Committee Members of Mohun Bagan A.C. discussed that there is no other option but to file a liquidation suit against USL and thus recommended the Board of Directors of United Mohun Bagan Football Team Pvt. Ltd. to initiate the same as soon as possible to recover outstanding dues and implementation of the contract executed on 11th June 2013.

DSK Shivajians to play in I-league

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If reports are anything to go by, AIFF received a boost after Pune based team DSK Shivajians submitted their bid for playing in the top division of India, the I-league. With Bharat FC and Pune FC pulling out of the top flight, it was expected that I-league would be a nine team affair in the upcoming season.

DSK based in Pune, is running an academy in partnership Liverpool is easily expected to clear all the licensing criteria essential for I-league clubs to fulfill.

 

DSK submits bid, set to become I-League’s 10th club

Guwahati FC raring to go in the 2nd Division I-League

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Guwahati, India:  Newly formed Guwahati FC is raring to go as they prepare for the 2nd Division I-League 2015-16. The club is aiming for promotion to the first tier of Indian football and is leaving no stone unturned in its quest. They have appointed legendary former Indian National player and Coach, Subhash Bhowmick as their Technical Director. Mr Bhowmick has previously managed top clubs such as East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Churchill Brothers, Salgaocar among others. He comes on board as a mentor and guide and the team will benefit greatly from his vast experience.

 

Durga Boro, Guwahati FC, Football, Axom Sports, North East, Club, New, Proffesional, Soccer, Friendly, Anthem, Launch, Assam, 2nd division, I-league, Durga Boro, Subhash BhowmickGuwahati FC has also recently successfully held trials for its first team, with some top talent being recruited from top division clubs in India. They have announced the signing of top Assamese attacker, Durga Boro, who will bring a lot of quality to the first team. They will be announcing many more exciting signings in the days to come.

The club will face Mohammedan Sporting in their first match of the 2nd Division I-League on 14th November in Kolkata. The other teams in the Eastern Conference are Neroca FC, Himalayan Gangtok SC and Fateh Hyderabad FC. Three teams will qualify from the Conference for the main Group.

 

The club has recently tied up with Delhi-based Anglian Management Group (AMG) and Brazil’s Clube Atlético Paranaense (CAP) to set up the first international football Academy in North-East India based out of Guwahati. The Academy plans to train a hundred elite youth footballers from various age groups each of the next three years as well as run numerous programmes throughout the year aimed at attracting many more youth to the sport.To kick off their youth programs, they will be competing in the U-18 and U-15 I-League 2015-16 which will start in November.

 

Guwahati FC, which was formed at the end of 2014, aims to establish itself by developing local talent in partnership with AMG and CAP. The club intends to leverage AMG’s international connections and experiences managing football clubs in India and in Europe as well as CAP’s globally-renowned youth football programmes.

“We are looking forward to a great campaign in the 2nd Division I-League and will definitely aim to qualify to the top tier. We will remain passionate and dedicated about the cause of building the sport of football in India from the bottom up, as evidenced by our setting up the Guwahati FC Youth Academy in partnership with Anglian Management Group and Clube Atlético Paranaense.” said Sanjive Narain Co-owner Guwahati FC.

Indian Super League 2015 : Auction and Draft – Complete Transfer List

indian super league 2015, ISL, Football, India, HeroISL, IMG, IMG-Reliance, Ambani, Reliance, Domestic Players, I-league, Free Agent, Bengaluru FC, Auction, Draft, TransfersIndian football team captain Sunil Chhetri bagged the highest offer of Rs. 1.20 crore in the auction conducted for Indian Super League 2015. He will be playing for Mumbai City FC. Eugeneson Lyngdoh the 28 year old midfielder came a close second by breaking through the 1 crore ceiling, winning a bid price of Rs 1.05 crore successfully bought over by FC Pune City.

The Indian Super League Players Auction, the first ever auction of football players in India, saw the eight franchises battle it out for 10 of India’s finest players in Mumbai earlier today.

Ten players who have featured for the Indian national team and had missed the Indian Super League’s (ISL) inaugural season went under the hammer for the eight teams in the first-of-a-kind auction. UK based Charlie Ross began the auctioneer proceedings by making clear the rules of the process. What followed next was a test of business skills and a fight between the franchises to pick the players of their choice.

Charlie Ross was at his best as the auctioneer that witnessed Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri bagging the highest bid, a whopping Rs. 1.20 Crore from Team Mumbai City FC.  Eugeneson Lyngdoh the 28 year old midfielder came a close second by breaking through the 1 crore ceiling, winning a bid price of Rs 1.05 crore successfully bought over by FC Pune City  following a round of bids from Mumbai City FC, Atletico de Kolkata and NorthEast United FC.

Rino Anto, India’s best right back turned out to be the dark horse of the ISL bagging a surprise bid price of Rs 90 lakhs when he was picked up by Atletico de Kolkata. Charles Ross was in total rhythm for Rino’s bid bringing up the amount to Rs. 90 lakhs from the base price of Rs. 17.50 lakhs. Chennaiyin FC grabbed a sweet deal with Karanjit Singh, the only available goal keeper at the auction for his base price of Rs. 60 lakhs. Chennaiyin FC also bid successfully for Thoi Singh, the 24 year old talented midfielder for Rs 86 lakhs.

The much anticipated second season of the Indian Super League (ISL) will kick off on the 3rd of October with its opening match to be played between Chennaiyin FC and Atletico de Kolkata, winners of the first season of the ISL at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai.

Details of the players and auction bid price for Indian Super League 2015 is as below:

 

Sr No
Player
Buying Team
Base Price
Auction Fee
1Sunil ChhetriMumbai City FCRs. 80 LakhsRs. 1.20 Crore
2Eugeneson LyngdohFC Pune CityRs. 27.50 LakhsRs. 1.05 Crore
3Rino AntoAtletico de KolkataRs. 17.50 LakhsRs. 90 Lakh
4Thoi SinghChenaiyin FCRs. 39 LakhsRs. 86 Lakhs
5Arata IzumiAtletico de KolkataRs. 40 LakhsRs. 68 lakhs
6Karanjit SinghChennaiyin FCRs. 60 LakhsRs 60 Lakhs
7Seityasen Singh  NorthEast United FCRs. 20 lakhsRs 56 Lakhs
8Robin SinghDelhi Dynamos FCRs. 40 LakhsRs. 51 lakhs
9Jackichand SinghFC Pune CityRs. 20 LakhsRs. 45 Lakhs
10Anas EdathodikaDelhi Dynamos FCRs. 40 LakhsRs. 41 lakhs

Details of players who were picked as part of the draft for Indian Super League 2015:

Player
Price
Draft
Team
ALBINO GOMES (DT)1000000DRAFTEDMUMBAI CITY FC
GUNASHEKAR VIGNESH1200000DRAFTEDDELHI DYNAMOS FC
ZODINGLIANA RALTE (DT)200000DRAFTEDDELHI DYNAMOS FC
PRATESH SHIRODKAR1600000DRAFTEDMUMBAI CITY FC
ZOHMINGLIANA RALTE900000DRAFTEDNORTHEAST UNITED FC
MARLANGKI SUTING900000DRAFTEDNORTHEAST UNITED FC
KEEGAN PEREIRA3200000DRAFTEDMUMBAI CITY FC
FANAI LALREMPUIA (DT)180000INSTANT TRADINGFC PUNE CITY
NIDHIN LAL1600000DRAFTEDCHENNAIYIN FC
GOVIN SINGH800000DRAFTEDFC PUNE CITY
LALIT THAPA1000000DRAFTEDFC PUNE CITY
PETER CARVALHO1200000DRAFTEDKERALA BLASTERS FC
RAJU YUMNAM1000000DRAFTEDNORTHEAST UNITED FC
ASHUTOSH MEHTA2000000DRAFTEDMUMBAI CITY FC
PRABIR DAS (DT)1250000DRAFTEDDELHI DYNAMOS FC
KUNZANG BHUTIA (DT)400000DRAFTEDATLÉTICO DE KOLKATA
JUSTIN STEPHEN1500000DRAFTEDCHENNAIYIN FC
LALHMANGAIHSANGA RALTE900000DRAFTEDCHENNAIYIN FC
LALCHHAWNKIMA900000DRAFTEDATLÉTICO DE KOLKATA
RAVI KUMAR (DT)1000000DRAFTEDDELHI DYNAMOS FC
DEBJIT MAJUMDER1500000DRAFTEDMUMBAI CITY FC
REAGAN SINGH1300000DRAFTEDNORTHEAST UNITED FC
CK VINEETH1500000DRAFTEDKERALA BLASTERS FC
SUSHANTH MATHEW800000DRAFTEDFC PUNE CITY
AUGUSTIN FERNANDES2600000DRAFTEDATLÉTICO DE KOLKATA
ZAKEER MUNDAMPARA2300000DRAFTEDCHENNAIYIN FC
GURJINDER KUMAR2700000DRAFTEDFC PUNE CITY
SHANKAR SAMPINGIRAJ (DT)1000000DRAFTEDKERALA BLASTERS FC
SIAM HANGHAL (DT)834000DRAFTEDNORTHEAST UNITED FC
LALCHHUANMAWIA FANAI1500000DRAFTEDMUMBAI CITY FC
SEHNAJ SINGH (DT)1800000DRAFTEDDELHI DYNAMOS FC
THONGKHOSIEM HAOKIP (DT)1,80,000DRAFTEDFC GOA
VICTORINO FERNANDES16,00,000DRAFTEDFC GOA
NAOBA SINGH18,00,000DRAFTEDDELHI DYNAMOS FC
BRANDON FERNANDES (DT)12,00,000DRAFTEDMUMBAI CITY FC
LALTHUAMMAWIA RALTE 13,90,000DRAFTEDNORTHEAST UNITED FC
CAVIN LOBO20,00,000DRAFTEDKERALA BLASTERS FC
BIKASH JAIRU 15,00,000DRAFTEDFC PUNE CITY
DHANPAL GANESH9,00,000DRAFTEDCHENNAIYIN FC
AMRINDER SINGH (DT) 4,50,000DRAFTEDATLÉTICO DE KOLKATA

Out of the 114 players listed for draft only 40 were picked by the team. Here is a list of players who fell out of contention. Some of them appeared in the first edition of ISL.

 
Player Name
Position
1Beikhokhei BeingaichhoForward
2Soram PoireiGoalkeeper
3Malemnganba MeiteiMidfielder
4Shilton D'SilvaMidfielder
5Fulganco CardozoMidfielder
6Uttam RaiForward
7Chinta Chandrashekar RaoDefender
8Alwyn GeorgeMidfielder
9Germanpreet SinghMidfielder
10 Rahul BhekeDefender
11Avinabo BagDefender
12Abhinash RuidasMidfielder
13Lalkamal BhowmickMidfielder
14Sampath Kutty ManiMidfielder
15Collin AbranchesMidfielder
16Reisangmei VashumMidfielder
17Salam Ranjan SinghDefender
18Munmun LugunDefender
19Velington RochaMidfielder
20Lalramluaha HmarMidfielder
21Matthew GonsalvesDefender
22Nikhil KadamMidfielder
23C. LallawmzualaDefender
24 Nikhil BernardGoalkeeper
25Abhra MondalGoalkeeper
26Prohlad RoyMidfielder
27Mohammad RafiqueMidfielder
28 Luis BarretoGoalkeeper
29Aslon OliveiraForward
30 Brian MascarenhasDefender
31Gilbert OliveiraDefender
32Karma TsewangMidfielder
33Nicolau ColacoDefender
34Thangjam Saran SinghMidfielder
35Joseph LalfakzualaMidfielder
36 Beevan D'MelloMidfielder
37Cajetan FernandesMidfielder
38Keenan AlmeidaDefender
39L. Bishorjit SinghGoalkeeper
40 L. Premkumar SinghGoalkeeper
41C LaldinmawiaMidfielder
42 MalsawmtluangaMidfielder
43A Sushil MeiteiMidfielder
44Loken MeiteiMidfielder
45Pradeep MohanrajMidfielder
46Samuel ShadapDefender
47Jessel CarneiroDefender
48Bineesh BalanMidfielder
49Tirthankar SarkarMidfielder
50Manish BhargavMidfielder
51Pankaj MoulaForward
52Rowllin BorgesMidfielder
53Sumeet PassiForward
54 Velito CruzMidfielder
55Samir NaikDefender
56Deepak DevraniDefender
57Jaison ValesMidfielder
58Tapan MaityMidfielder
59Manandeep SinghForward
60Asif KottayilMidfielder
61Steven DiasMidfielder
62 Durga BoroForward
63Rakesh MasihDefender
64Pratik ShindeMidfielder
65Milagres GonsalvesForward
66Sukhen DeyDefender
67Shilton PaulGoalkeeper
68Satish SinghDefender
69Nim Dorjee TamangDefender
70AayushmaanMidfielder
71Shouvik GhoshDefender
72Ngouba SinghDefender

 

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

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.

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.

Bengaluru FC’s Ashley Westwood interested in national team job

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According to a report in Gulf News, Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood has expressed interest in taking up the coaching role of Indian national team. All India Football Federation has to scout for a new manager for the national team after the current coach Wim Koevermans recently stepped down.

Ashely Westwood guided Bengaluru FC to last season’s I-league title. This was a remarkable achievement since it was Bengaluru FC’s debut appearance in India’s top tier league. Previously he has donned the role of assistant coach at English clubs; Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers.

“If they think I’m good enough then obviously they would have to approach the club, but I don’t really know how that works, I’m just interested in doing a good job for whoever that would be. I’ve studied the opposition throughout India and watched a lot of football and I’ve watched it for a purpose and I’m learning all the time. That’s what I want to keep doing, I want to keep learning and striving and bettering myself, said Ashley Westwood to Gulf News.

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East Bengal unveils team and launch a deodorant!

I-league club East Bengal launched their football team in a glittering ceremony at South City Mall in Kolkata. The ceremony saw the East Bengal team for next season being unveiled. 

East Bengal, Football, Kolkata, South City Mall, Launch, Apart from launching the team, East Bengal also took a big step towards club merchandizing by launching a brand of deodorant named the “East Bengal Deo”

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Heartbreak for Kashmir, Federation Cup to be hosted in Goa

Football, Indianfootball, Federation Cup, Kerala, SoccerAccording to a report in Times of India, Federation Cup which was to be hosted in Kashmir in May 2015 will be postponed to December 2015 and  will be shifted to Goa.

A senior official from AIFF was quoted in TOI saying “We have asked Goa if they are willing to host the tournament in December 2014. Unfortunately, there is now a change in plan and the Federation Cup cannot be played in May (2015) since the Indian team has international assignments and many players consider May as off-season,”

AIFF is finding it difficult to squeeze in different tournaments, the internationals and the upcoming Indian Super league in next year’s calendar. The report in TOI says that Federation cup was postponed because many players are busy with Asian Games preparations and the lined up International friendlies. Clubs like Dempo and Sporting Clube De Goa will be in a highly disadvantageous position if Federation Cup takes place in May. They have 5 and 4 players respectively in the Asian Games preparatory squad.

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