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Tactial Preview of Mumbai City FC – ISL Season II

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Anelka’s inexperience as a manager would be Mumbai City FC’s biggest weakness this season says Maulik Mehta. Here is an excellent tactical preview of Mumbai City FC from him. Read on.

Mumbai City Football Club the team with a lot to prove this season!! Restricted by injuries to key players in the inaugural season their campaign didn’t had a happy ending.The club’s hopes were dashed last season as they finished second from the bottom of the table in the eight-team competition. However, having assembled a squad of powerful, attacking players for the second season, the club looks a rejuvenated side aiming to finish their unfinished business.

Mumbai City FC, Hero ISL, Indian Super league, Season, 2, II, Football, Soccer, League, IndiaPersonally with the embarrassment of riches MCFC possess in attack they should employ a 4-1-3-2 formation or a 4-4-2 diamond primarily at home or against goal shy teams who come to sit back and defend. Norde & Moritz should cut inside allowing the fullbacks to net in crosses from wide and form a potent attacking threat. However, the presence of only one defensive midfielder in the form of Juan Aguilera will make them susceptible on the break. Also, non-tracking back by wingers could be an issue that could be looked upon by the opponents. Any alterations could include the involvement of L.Ralte on the wings or as an attacking midfielder that could allow Sunil Chhetri to form a terrifying partnership with the French superstar. Ashutosh Mehta & L.Mawia could be used in the right and left full back spots especially when the games come thick & fast. However any injury to Subrata Paul would disrupt their whole campaign since their backups Albino & Debjith are young & lack big match experience. It would be fascinating & interesting to see who replaces and how they cope when Subrata Paul isn’t around.

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A more holistic approach could be used during away matches where you need to make sure you don’t concede early and keep the match tight and counter attack the rivals. They can use a 4-4-1-1 formation without the ball and a 4-2-3-1 formation during ball possession which could keep them compact as well as maintain stability during attack as well as in defense. They could use piqiounne & subhash singh mainly in the second half to hold the ball up and run at the defenses which could eventually lead them to a goal or two.Also Gabriel Fernandes mainly a right wing player known for its attacking prowess as well as tracking back could come on to preserve the goal lead.

Personally speaking I can’t see Mumbai city employing a back 3 with the lack of wing backs slots. The Indian pair of Gabriel & Rowilson along with much talented Brandon Fernandes could be used predominantly from the bench.

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Anelka and Piqiounne could be used in alternate matches however I don’t see both of them starting in a single match. Also, Subhash Singh with the wealth of stamina and pace could be used from the start, however I do question his ball holding skills. Honestly Subhash Singh could be destructive on the right flank or as a 2nd striker. The likes of Mortiz, Norde, Chettri & Cmovs would remain the players to watch out for MCFC this season.

This season MCFC may not be the favorites but they do have a great team lined up. However it remains to be seen how Nicolas Anelka manages and sets his team up. Most ISL Teams have Managers with wealth of experience & it remains to be seen how Anelka copes with the demanding nature of the league. This could turn out to be their biggest weaknesses. Also, they do have a tendency to concede 3goals though their requisite power packed midfield has the capability to score 4 and win it for the team.

Personally, I do think they will finish just outside the top 4 not because they don’t have a great side mainly because other sides are much stronger than MCFC.

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United SC Sign Former East Bengal Goalkeeper Abhijit Mondal

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United Sports Club on Tuesday registered a total number of eleven players at the IFA Office ahead of 2015-16 Calcutta Football League (Premier Division).

The former United SC keeper Abhijit Mondal, who was member of club’s maiden Durand Cup winning squad in 2010, making his return at the club after spending two successful seasons at East Bengal.

United SC, Kolkata, Football, India, IMG - Reliance, Indian Super League, ISL, Abhijit Mondal“It feels great to become a member of purple family again. I still remember when we won the Durand Cup in 2010, we also had a young team like this year therefor I am very much hopeful to repeat that performance once again,” Mondal said.

Meanwhile the club has also signed seasoned campaigner Sashti Duley along with a host of young but talented footballers like Usman Ashik, Sreanshu Das, Ajay Nag, Md. Rashid, Shaibuddin KK, Subhajit Biswas, Suhair VP, Sahbaz Salil and Md. Rafi.

Calcutta Football League – Officer’s Choice Blue to be the title sponsor

Calcutta Football League, Indian Football Association, Kolkata, Football, India, Mohammedan Sporting, Derby, 2015, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Allied Blenders and Distillers, Star Jalsha, Jalsha Movies, Bengal, Football, SoccerIn a media meet held today, Indian Football Association (WB) [ IFA] announced their agreement with Allied Blenders and Distillers Pvt Ltd. (ABD) under which, Officer‟s Choice Blue will be the Title Sponsor for the forthcoming Calcutta Football League Premier Division – A for the next 4 years.
Earlier, ABD had also supported various events of IFA , which included District League and IFA Shield.

Through such Title Sponsorship, ABD is confident of increasing visibility of the brand substantially.
In the media meet, IFA also circulated the complete fixture of „ Officer‟s Choice Blue Calcutta Football League Premier Division – A 2015 – 2016, which is the top most division of Calcutta Football League, which started in 1898 and is the oldest and biggest league in Asia and one of the oldest league in the world having nearly 8,500 registered players in Calcutta Football League.

This season a total of 11 teams , who last year participated in the Championship round of Calcutta Football League Premier Division, will be playing in the Officer‟s Choice Blue Calcutta Football League Premier Division – A. The participating teams are :-

  • Army XI Club
  • Aryan Club
  • B N R Recreation Club
  • East Bengal Club
  • Kalighat M S
  • Md. Sporting Club
  • Mohun Bagan A C
  • Police A C
  • Sports Authority of India
  • Southern Samity
  • Tollygunge Agragami

4 teams finishing at the bottom of the league table of Officer‟s Choice Blue Calcutta Football League Premier Division – A will exchange their position in 2016 – 2017 with the 4 teams finishing at the top of Calcutta Football League Premier Division 2015 – 2016.

These 11 teams, which includes 2 I- League playing teams from Bengal i.e, Kingfisher East Bengal and Mohun Bagan will be vying for the coveted top slot of Officer‟s Choice Blue Calcutta Football League Premier Division – A 2015 – 2016 where the Champion will get Rs. 25 lacs and the Runners Up will get Rs. 20 lac as Prize Money. Apart from the Prize Money for Champions and Runners Up, there are also financial awards for teams finishing at 3 to 7 based on their ranking in the tournament.

The matches of Officer‟s Choice Blue Calcutta Football League Premier Division – A will be primarily played in the following grounds :-

 

  • East Bengal / Aryan Ground
  • Mohun Bagan / CFC Ground
  • Mohammedan Sporting / Howrah Union Ground
  • Vidyasagar Krirangan (Barasat Stadium)
  • Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium)

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Utpal Kumar Ganguli, Hony. Secretary of IFA , who is also the Vice Chairman of ABD said “ IFA welcomes their association with Officer’s Choice Blue as the Title Sponsor of Officer’s Choice Blue Calcutta Football League Premier Division – A and sincerely thank ABD for extending their support to Calcutta Football League Premier Division – A in particular and football in Bengal, in general. The association between IFA and ABD will help improving the standard and quality of Officer’s Choice Blue Calcutta Football League Premier Division – A and we hope, it will increase the league’s excitement in the days to come”.

Mr. Ganguli further expressed his appreciation for the support extended by Star Group , who are the Television Sponsor for Officer‟s Choice Blue Calcutta Football League Premier Division – A and have decided to telecast live this year‟s 33 matches out of 55 matches of Officer‟s Choice Blue Calcutta Football League Premier Division – A.

In a message sent from Mumbai, Mr. Bikram Basu, Chief Operating Officer, Sales & Marketing of Allied Blenders & Distillers said, “Football is sure to regain its eminence and trend as a major sport. The Calcutta Football League is one of India’s premier tournaments, and Officer’s Choice Blue takes pride in firming a long term association with IFA. With this Officers Choice Blue scores a beauty in it’s bond with the City of Joy.”

 

Official spokesperson of Star said, “We have witnessed the birth of a footballing nation post the inaugural season of the Hero Indian Super League. As the leading broadcaster in the state, our association with IFA is a strategic step towards strengthening relationship with football loving audience in Bengal. We would like to elevate the viewers’ experience to a new level by showcasing intimate details and capturing raw emotions on the field through use of technology. We are happy to partner with IFA for the telecast of Officer’s Choice Blue Calcutta Football League Premier Division– A”

Star Group also highlighted for enhancing the broadcast quality and viewers experience, they will be taking various steps , which includes :-

  • Tight Scheduling – giving the league a tournament like character
    • All derby games scheduled on Sundays
    • Matches to be telecast everyday at same time . Kickoff @ 3.30 pm
    • League to be held at one go- no breaks in between
  • Production scale up
    • Use of Super Slow Motion and Reverse angle camera.
    • 10 camera replay to be used in broadcast
    • Stylish Pre Mid Post match analysis with female anchors/ host and noted ex footballers as experts
    • 2 commentators and 1 football expert to work in tandem in the commentary box.
    • Quality In match graphics at par with International football telecast
  • Promotion – high decibel promotion on
    • Major broadcast vehicles – Star Jalsha and Jalsha Movies
    • Digital platforms and OOH sites

Kerala Footballer Ananthu Murali Signs 3-year Deal with DSK Shivajians F.C.

Ananthu Murali, DSK Shivajian FC, Football, Pune, Soccer, Kerala, Thrissur, India, Junior, Bajaj Allianz, Germany, Bayern MunichFootball has always been a passion for Ananthu Murali. The 18 year old footballer from Thrissur started his footballing career at the age of 6 with Red Star Football Academy. He has played for the Thrissur district Football team in U-13, U-14 categories and has also been the captain in the ’11-’12 season. He was also the captain of the Kerala state junior football team in the interstate tournament in 2014. Ananthu was one among the 5 footballers and the only player from Kerala who were sent to Bayern Munich for training in 2014 by Bajaj Allianz.

Sportico Ventures Pvt Ltd, the renowned Sports management company based out of Cochin spotted Ananthu during his training with the National Junior team in Goa. The company arranged a trial for him at the DSK Shivajians F.C. in Pune. He trained with the top players in the team and proved his potential on the first day itself. After a week’s trial and scouting, Ananthu has signed a 3-year contract with the I-League second division club and will be representing the team in the coming season.

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
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WC Qualifiers 2018- India Vs Oman: Why the tie promises to be a humdinger!

India, Oman, World Cup, Qualifier, 2018, Russia, Football, Soccer, Asia, AFC, bangalore, Kyazzonga, Sunil Chhetri, Subrata Pal, Al HabsiHere is a preview by Sumit Bhattacharya

The countdown has begun.

11th of June 2015. 19:00Hrs.Bengaluru.India Vs Oman. First match in the second round of WC 2018 Qualifiers for India. It is going to be a crunch tie for India from many angles. The big question is, can India defeat Oman or at least snatch a point?!Let us examine.

 

History:

 

From a nondescript history, Oman rocket-blasted into the Asian football horizon only in the 1990s. Indian football on the other hand plummeted into the bottom of its history roughly during the same period.

The current FIFA ranking of Oman and India are 101 and 141 respectively. India faced the Red warriors twice in WC qualifiers in 2004.Oman won the away match 5-1 but India managed to pull off a draw in the away match 0-0.The most recent encounter was in 2012 when India was again thrashed 5-1.

However for the past few months, Oman is not in its best of forms. It was battered in the Asian cup 2015 in January by Asian power houses. In preparatory friendlies, Oman was held to a goalless draw by a lower ranked Bahrain on 3th May  and on 5th June, another lower ranked Syria beat Oman 2-1. What it signifies that Oman has still some distance to go to be the best even in Asia. A glance at the social networking sites of Omani football will reveal widespread resentment against the French coach. Some fans even predicted a win for India. (https://www.facebook.com/OmanNationalFootballTeam/timeline)

Meanwhile team India is on an upswing and has improved a lot since they last played Oman. Most of the sloths and technically amateurish players, blessed by the previous coach have been replaced by a far fitter and faster lot of hungry youngsters who are hardly afraid of anyone on ground.

So the match is likely to be played without the baggage of history  and would definitely be a test of character for the boys in Blue.

 

Indian football reloaded:

 

Till date, National team fixtures normally meant no live telecast, sparse crowd consisting mostly of media and security personnel with a few hundred diehard fans. However this time it is a different story altogether. The amount of excitement and enthusiasm that is being witnessed about this match at Bengaluru is unprecedented. The minuscule number of fans who believed that India could make it big in football is growing exponentially each passing day. After the glitzy inaugural edition of the hugely popular Indian Super League and a far improved I-league 2015, expectation is running high. Thousands of guys are hoping against hope for a miracle win by the blue tigers. Sony Six has started airing promos for the match. Various online forums are abuzz with the selection of team and team composition Tickets sales have started online and one is expected to have a full house at Sree Kanteerava stadium. If so, then it will indicate how popular the game of football has really become in cricket crazy India.

 

Home advantage:

 

Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Oman has a capacity of around 34k.All the other stadiums have capacities of less than 15k to below 10k.So it is pretty safe to assume that most of Oman’s players are not used to playing in front of huge crowds. Thus a vociferous, hostile crowd of over 20 thousand might prove to be a factor in a crunch game like this. High humidity of Bengaluru is also going to be a crucial factor. Playing surface of Sree Kateerava is an area of concern for Oman too. Team manager Mohammed Al Alawi had visited the Stadium recently and found the surface “uneven and bumpy”. However all the Indian players are well versed with pitch which will be an added advantage for India.

So it remains to be seen how far India can exploit the home conditions.

Team Oman vis-à-vis team India:

Physicality:

Traditionally West Asian teams are physically stronger than their Indian counter parts. However Oman is an exception. A closer look will reveal that this Indian team has players equally well built if not stronger.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu -1.97 m, Arnab Mandal- 1.79m,  Sandesh Jhingan  1.88m, Dhanachandra Singh- 1.80m, Rino Anto- 1.74m, Dhanpal Ganesh- 1.85m,Robin Singh-1.85m, Lalchhuan Mawia- 1.82, Gurwinder Singh-1.83m , Saityasen Singh -1.78m,Augustin Fernandes- 1.79m,Holicharan Narzary -1.79m are all tall enough to match most of their opponents. Here is a view of Oman player’s heights:

GK-Ali Al Habsi(1.84m),Al Busaidi(1.73m) – Al Musalami (1.75m)–Sallam Amur – Ali Salim(1.65m), Eid Mohammed(1.83m) – Ahmed Kano(1.79m), Raed Ibrahim(1.78m) – Al Hosni(1.81m) – Qasim Said(1.78m), Al Muqbali(1.81m)

 

Department of Fitness:

Fitness of Indian players has always been an area of concern. However with the improvement of training facilities and introduction of professional trainers, team India has made remarkable progress. As evident from the matches against Nepal or the recently held AFC cup matches. Indian players appeared far fitter than their predecessors. They ran full throttle till the very end. Jackichand Singh, Saityasen Singh, Eugensen Lyngdoh,Sandesh Jhingan or Sehnaj Singh can be as fast as anybody. So this time Oman just might find it tough to run past the Indians unlike previous matches.

Game plan:

Anyone watching I-league 2015 or The ISL season#1 will vouch for the improvements of Indian players as far as the passing or ball possession is concerned. The Omanis are known to play short passes too. It will be really interesting to see how the battle of midfield goes. Expect an all out battle as India is expected to go for pressing football to break up the rhythm of Omanis. Oman, if put under pressure is prone to leaving a lot of open spaces for the opponents. It remains to be seen how Mr. Constantine and his boys take advantage of these loopholes.

Former France international Paul Le Guen, in charge of team Oman, has come under fierce criticism off late for Oman’s recent performances. He has made quite a few changes from the squad which took part in Asian Cup in Januray 2015. Regulars like Jaber Al Owaisi(DF), Al Shatri(DMF),Hassan Mudhafar(LB), Yaqoob Abdul Karim(FW) and Said Al Ruzaiqi(FW) have been axed.

Anyway India needs to watch out for the striker Abdul Aziz Al Muqbali, the set piece master Ahmed ‘Kano’ Mubarak, nippy young wingers, Raed Ibrahim and Qasim Said. Experienced customer  Ahmed ‘Kano’ Mubarak is another threat who gets dangerous during his attacking forays.

Meanwhile India would be relying on Mr. Ever Dependable Sunil Chhetri and the brute strength of the mercurial Robin Singh with Saityasen and Jackichand Singh providing ample support. Defence looks solid but availability of the emerging star Sandesh Jhingan might be a dampener as he is carrying a shoulder injury. However the sturdy Dhanachandra Singh’s role will be most crucial along with that of the big kid, Dhanpal Ganesh for quick overlaps and breaking of Oman’s flow. The extremely talented Eugeneson Lyngdoh will have to carry the mantel of midfield.

 

Parting notes:

Oman is obviously the favorite to win the tie. However rest assured that India will come hard at them. It is   going to be a test for Mr. Constantine’s acumen as his team selection, leaving out Romeo or Brandon Fernandes and benching Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, has come under a lot of criticism from the fans. If Oman fumbles a bit and India puts up an above par show then an upset win is not all that impossible for India though even a draw is being considered by many to be a respectable result. If so then this surely will be a watershed moment for Indian football.

Second Season of The Amateur League (TAL) is Underway

The Amateur League ,TAL, Football, Bangalore, bengaluru, soccer, india, Indianfootball, Amateur,)The Amateur League (TAL) is an 11-a-side football league that takes place in Bangalore and is open to all amateur and professional footballers. The aim of The Amateur League is to provide footballers with constant 11-a-side (that’s where all the fun is!) action throughout the year. The Amateur League takes place only on weekends

TAL (Season 1) took place during June 2014 – September 2014 at BGS IRS with 12 teams participating in a round robin format. Teams were made of up players from all walks of life. Schoolkids, college students, professional footballers, expatriates and corporate individuals all came together to provide diverse footballing action. The season went down to the wire, with Horizons FC and Sunday FC going head-to-head on the final day to determine the winner. Sunday FC needed a win to lift the trophy but a draw ensued thereby crowning Horizons FC as the champions of the inaugural season.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATAL (Season 2 – Division 1) is currently underway with the opening game-week taking place on 22nd March at Holy Ghost Church grounds, Fraser Town. The new season started with more than half of the teams returning from Season 1 while a couple of teams merged to form new teams as well welcoming some new exciting teams. The season is almost at its mid-way point and the quality of action has only gotten better. Defending champions, Horizons FC sit at the top of the table albeit only goal difference from Saints FC. Gremio FC is also in the picture to lift the title only 3 points behind Horizons FC and Saints FC. New additions to the league included the likes of Flipkart FC, Project 7 and Rare Dare FC. Division 1 takes place on Sundays

With the increase of people wanting to play in the league, The Amateur League has decided to create Division 2, which will begin in the second week of May at the same ground as Division 1. With the division system created, TAL plans to have promotion and relegation within the league to increase competitiveness. The bottom two teams of Division 1 will be relegated and the top two teams of Division 2 will be promoted. With teams signing up quickly, Division 2 has only a few spots open. Division 2 takes place on Saturdays.

The Amateur League was created with the objective of providing all footballers a chance to experience the game at a professional standard.All teams get customized jerseys with players’ name and numbers adding league experience. Reports, photos, video highlights and statistics all of which add to the experience of the league accompany the game-days. The Amateur League website, www.theamateurleague.com is currently under construction but all of the data can be accessed on TAL Facebook page as well (www.facebook.com/TheAmateurLeague).

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.

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