Rabu, 10 Oktober 2012

VIDEO: Arsenal new signing Lukas Podolski learning 'London-Slang'

German international Lukas Podolski joined EPL side FC Arsenal in the summer from his home town club FC Cologne. And Poldi as he is fondly called is not known for his language skills, rather the lack of it. Here in this video Arsenal legend Ray Parlour tries to teach Podolski some 'London Slang' and the Kölsche Jung isn't doing too bad...

Reach funny video to watch, not only for Arsenal or Germany fans

WIFA to revive Rovers Cup in July/August 2013

The Western Indian Football Association (Maharashtra) is set to once more organise the Rovers Cup next year with the help of their new marketing partners Sporting Ace after years of trying to revive the tournament.

The last Rovers Cup had been held in December 2000/January 2001 with 14 time record champions Mohun Bagan AC winning the final 2-0 against Churchill Brothers SC through goals from Jayanta Sen and Dulal Biswas.

The Rovers Cup is being revived in 2013 with a record Rs 1 crore (10 Million) as prize money. The date is also set with the tournament slated to be played from July 27 to August 11, 2013 at the then refurbished Cooperage ground which is set to open by the end of this year.

The organisers are set to invite I-League sides and foreign teams for a new start to the once prestigious Rovers Cup.

WIFA signs Rs 100-crore deal with Sporting Ace to develop football in Maharashtra!

The Western Indian Football Association, who run and organise football in Maharashtra, has entered into a strategic partnership with Sporting Ace Private Limited (SAPL) and they have come-up with an ambitious and dynamic blueprint to develop and grow football in the state with development and promotion plans rolling out simultaneously in all the districts of Maharashtra.

This historic partnership between WIFA and SAPL will see an infusion of around Rs 100 crore (1 Billion) for a period of 10 years, with the funds being used to aggressively promote the sport at the grassroots level, grow the bank of young football players, increase the number of certified coaches, spread gratification in cash and kind, spread football to every nook and corner of the state, bring football of the highest standard through the revival and creation of aspirational tournaments and ensure that every youngster will have a realistic chance of reaching the pinnacle of the beautiful game.

The partnership was announced at a press conference in Mumbai today in the presence of WIFA Vice-Presidents – Dr. Vishwajeet Kadam, Maloji Raje Chatrapati, Liaiqaut Hussain and Sunil Dhande. Representing SAPL were Managing Director Sagar Pol Chowdhury plus Directors Zulfikar Mohammed and Kingshuk Gupta, while also present were WIFA Honorary Secretary Souter Vaz and WIFA CEO Henry Menezes.

The initiatives outlined under the partnership between WIFA and SAPL includes the biggest talent hunt in Asia, The Mahayudh - targeting over 5,000 teams and around 50,000 players from across Maharashtra, revival of the prestigious 122 year old Rovers Cup, besides aggressive programs for Coach and Referee education with the objective of creating 5,000 certified coaches and 1,000 certified referees within the next three years.

"Nearly one year of research and ideating with extensive fact-finding trips throughout the various affiliated districts, has been undertaken before both WIFA and SAPL came-up with a blue print that has been deemed to be achievable. Earlier while most development plans would revolve around the bigger cities, first-hand information has made it clear that football is very popular in all the districts of Maharashtra and enjoys a huge following amongst the younger generation. This interest only needs to be channelized in the right direction, with the best facilities and just rewards awaiting those who excel. This is what the partnership between WIFA and SAPL is confident of achieving," said Souter Vaz, WIFA Honorary Secretary.

"We believe in WIFA's vision and commitment towards developing and growing football in Maharashtra. A lot of man hours have gone into coming up with a vision that is definitely ambitious but at the same time realistic. At SAPL we are confident that this historic partnership will galvanise and inspire more and more youngsters to play the sport of football with much more passion and commitment as there is a bright future awaiting all those who share this vision," said Sagar Pol Chowdhury, Sporting Ace MD.

India Under-14 Boys off to a winning start in SAARC Tournament

The India Under-14 Boys opened their campaign in the U-14 SAARC Tournament with a 2-1 victory over Afghanistan at the Tokinosumika Sports Centre in Shizuka, Japan. Striker Krishna Pandit scored both of India's goals in the first half.

Pandit opened the scoring immediately after kick-off. The goal scored after only 30 seconds was the fastest goal in the tournament so far. Krishna followed a Amey Ranawade pass and chipped it over the rival goalkeeper. The second goal came in the 5th minute off a set-piece movement. Ranawade again set-up the goal, when he made a run on the right wing and his cross was directed into the net by Krishna.

Changing over, Afghanistan went all out. But Jerry, Amit Tudu and Amey Ranawade in the Indian defence stood tall. Afghanistan eventually managed to pull one back in the injury time. in a match that was played in two halves, each of 25 minutes duration.

Head Coach Sajid Dar said i'’s important to stick to the philosophy. "This is a good exposure for us and overall development stays the priority. We played in a 4-3-3 format and the boys stayed keen in keeping possession all throughout."

Assistant coach, Goutam Ghosh lauded the boys for sticking to the basics. "This was the first time the boys played on an artificial turf and they adapted well. They implemented all has been taught in the training sessions."

Besides India, eight more teams – Japan Football Association Academy 1, Japan Football Association Academy 2, Pakistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Nepal are taking part in the Tournament. India will be playing overall four matches in the tournament and it is about the international exposure for the boys.

VIDEO: The Sport Esprit Academy work in India

UK-based Sport Esprit Academy launched its first football project in India in June 2012. Their first project saw them coach over 2,000 children from across India where they selected the best 20 players who were put forward for a final camp to select a boy for a football scholarship program in England. On July 20, the Sport Esprit Academy handed out their first-ever football scholarship to Dilsher Singh Sandhu from Delhi.

Selasa, 09 Oktober 2012

I-League - Round 1: A high scoring start to the season!

The 2012/13 season of the I-League kicked-off on October 6 with four matches across India with three further matches on October 7/8 and the 14 team league will run 26 rounds until late-April 2013.

The I-League kicked-off with a bang as 26 goals were scored in only seven matches at an average of 3,71 goals per match. Interestingly three of those matches ended in 3-2 home victories though there was a goalless draw amongst the games between Sporting Clube de Goa and East Bengal Club which spoiled the stats, while big spending Prayag United SC went top of the league after Round 1 following a 5-1 trashing of Air India.

The positive surprise of the opening round were newly promoted United Sikkim FC, who infront of their home fans at the Paljor Stadium in Gangtok scored a 3-2 comeback victory against 2010/11 I-League champions Salgaocar SC.

The negative one of the opening round goes to Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan AC who continued their poor run of form under new coach Santosh Kashyap as they suffered a 0-2 away loss to Shillong Lajong FC.

Round 1 Stats

06-October-2012: United Sikkim FC 3-2 Salgaocar SC (Gangtok)
Goals: 0-1 Ángel Guirado Aldeguer (50'), 1-1 Salau Nuruddin Olawale (52') , 1-2 Milagres Gonsalves (56'), 2-2 Lineker Machado (64'), 3-2 Sandesh Jhingan (75')

06-October-2012: Pailan Arrows 3-2 Mumbai FC (Kolkata)
Goals: 1-0,3-2 Holicharan Narzary (34',76'), 1-1 N.D. Opara (39'), 1-2 Sargolsem James Singh (45'), 2-2 Ongnam Milan Singh (50')

06-October-2012: Dempo SC 2-1 Churchill Brothers SC (Margao)
Goals: 1-0,2-1 Ryuji Sueoka (2',74'), 1-1 Roberto Mendes Silva (47')

06-October-2012: Shillong Lajong FC 2-0 Mohun Bagan AC (Shillong)
Goals: 1-0 Boithang Haokip (63'), 2-0 Lalramluaha Hmar (90')

07-October-2012: Sporting Clube de Goa 0-0 East Bengal Club (Margao)
Goals: none

07-October-2012: Prayag United SC 5-1 Air India (Kolkata)
Goals: 1-0,2-1,3-1 Ranty Martins Soleye (13',32',57'), 1-1 Micky Fernandes (23'), 4-1 Asif K. (65'), 5-1 C.K. Vineeth (80')

08-October-2012: Pune FC 3-2 ONGC (Pune)
Goals: 1-0 Pune FC 3 Jeje Lalpekhlua (22'), 2-0 Singam Subash Singh (47'), 2-1 Jatin Singh Bisht (55'), 2-2 Katsumi Yusa (62'), 3-2 Shanmugham Venketesh (72')

AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ Logo launched!

The Organisers earlier in the day revealed the logo for the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ in Melbourne at the draw of the qualifiers. Designed by a Sydney agency, WiteKite, the logo depicts a stylised player, kicking a football from the east coast towards Asia. The ball also represents the Australian summer sun arcing west from Australia to Asia. The four golden bands forming the map of Australia represent the four host cities. The design is completed by the Australia 2015 script, in a relaxed personal hand-written style.

Michael Brown, CEO of the Local Organising Committee said that the logo reflects an event that will be a festival of football.

"It will be celebrated in January, the height of the Australian summer holiday season, so the colour palette is warm, festive and embracing of all participants from across Asia," he said.

"The logo needed to embody the values of the competition, represent the host nation and most importantly excite and connect fans, teams and stakeholders. We believe the designers have done a great job in achieving all three aims," Michael Brown ended.

Lutz Pfannenstiel: I've heard about Subrata Pal's potential

On the second day of the AIFF organized Goalkeeping Course, 'Art of German Goalkeeping' the course instructor Lutz Pfannenstiel spoke about an Indian Goalkeeper, Subrata Pal.

The buzz in the classroom amongst the participants was unmistakable. Lutz Pfannenstiel clarified, "I know, I know… I am talking about his stint with RB Leipzig in Germany."

To the surprise of the participants, Lutz Pfannenstiel knew quite a bit about Subrata Pal but that is not uncommon for a scout like Lutz who has been a personal friend of mine for many, many years and he has been briefed about Indian football by me before he left.

Lutz pointed out that Subrata's stint with the German outfit in division four (Regionalliga Nordost) was a very fruitful one and assured that the standard of the fourth tier in Germany is as good as the Premier League in other parts of the world.

"I got good reviews about him (Subrata). The standard in the German fourth division League is very high I can assure you that. So his stint with Rasen Ballsport Leipzig must have been very good. I've heard about his potential. The standard in Germany is very high and level of competition stays intense."

He continued as the coaches listened. "Germany is the place for goalkeepers! So Pal's training could only have gone in one direction… that is good."

The two-hour long theory session also saw Pfannenstiel stress on the importance and transformation of equipments of a goalkeeper, training methods and so on. Videos were shown to the participants to explain the drills they need to perform in their next practical session.

Speaking on the transformation of equipments Pfannenstiel said, "The equipments of a goalkeeper has changed over the years. From the ball which swings a lot now than probably ten years back, to their gloves, everything has changed. A goalkeeper of the 80's would find life difficult nowadays."

"The need for good quality equipments is paramount. In Africa you don't find good goalkeepers. The reason is that kids who choose goalkeeping have harrowing experience standing under the bar. The grounds are full of stones and they are the ones who have to do the diving. So naturally they don't want to do it again. This is where good quality kits come into play."

Pfannenstiel also pointed out some features of how coaches should train their goalkeepers. "A goalkeeper trains alone with his coach. He is in that way separated from the main team's training. But the Head Coach stays the most important. A goalkeeper’s training is always special," Lutz said.

"If you are a National Team Goalkeeping Coach you have limited time with your goalkeepers. So you have to out your training plan in a nutshell. But if you are with a club you have time and this is where club keeper training comes into the fray."

2015 AFC Asian Cup: Draw for Qualifiers are out!

The road to AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ became clearer on Tuesday as the Preliminary Draw for Asia's biggest football event was conducted in Melbourne. Twenty teams were drawn into five groups of four teams each. Teams will play home and away against each of their group opponents between February 2013 and March 2014.

The winner and runners-up from each group will qualify for the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ Finals along with the best third-placed team from among all the groups. These 11 teams will join automatic qualifiers hosts Australia, defending champions Japan, South Korea, North Korea (2012 AFC Challenge Cup winner) along with the winner of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.

The Asian Football Confederation has decided to simply the qualifiers and only accommodate 20 teams in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers instead of all nations like in the past. This also means that India won't be playing in the qualifiers.

"The preliminary draw has thrown up some great contests, and we are sure to see some exciting matches over the next 18 months," said AFC Acting President Zhang Jilong. "We're thrilled that AFC's newest member, Australia, will be hosting Asia's flagship national team competition for the first time."

Frank Lowy, Chairman of Football Federation Australia and the Local Organising Committee said that Australia was determined to deliver the best Asian Cup yet and promised a festival of football!

"This will be the largest football competition ever staged in our country. It will be a feast of international football, and we"re confident that Australians will get behind all the 16 teams, as we have shown for other major events."

Mr. Lowy also thanked State and Commonwealth Governments for their support of the event. "We are working with five Governments to deliver AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015. Their support and expertise has been invaluable," he said.

Premier of Victoria, Ted Baillieu, said that Melbourne would be a festival of sport in January 2015. "Melbourne will once again be the centre of world sport in hosting both AFC Asian Cup 2015 matches and the Australian Open at the same time. The AFC Asian Cup is another jewel in Melbourne's major events crown."

Matches for the competition proper will take place in Victoria, New South Wales, ACT and Queensland, with venues to be confirmed in early 2013. It is expected that tickets will go on sale in early 2014.

AFC Asian Cup Organising Committee Chairman His Royal Highness Tengku Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah praised Australia and the Local Organising Committee for preparations to date. "The AFC was impressed with the progress update provided by Michael Brown and his team. While there is much work still to be done, we are confident that Australia will deliver a very special competition, one that will leave a lasting legacy for the game both in Australia and across Asia."

The AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ Qualifiers Groups are

Group A: Jordan, Syria, Oman, Singapore

Group B: Iran, Kuwait, Thailand, Lebanon

Group C: Iraq, China, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia

Group D: Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen, Malaysia

Group E: Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Hong Kong

VIDEO: Kohima Komets - The Story so far

Next month Nagaland Premier League club Kohima Komets celebrate their first anniversary. It has been an interesting journey for the club since their inception and the creation of the NPL has helped it to come into existence and push for greater heights.

Senin, 08 Oktober 2012

2014 AFC Challenge Cup: India submits hosting bid!

The All India Football Federation has formally handed in its bid to the Asian Football Confederation to host the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup, which is a qualification tournament for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup for the second tier nations in Asia.

India in 2008 last hosted the AFC Challenge Cup in Hyderabad and New Delhi with Team India winning the tournament with 4-1 final victory against Tajikistan to qualify for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar. But earlier this year Team India fared miserably at the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup in Nepal by losing all matches. The tournament was won by North Korea who qualified for Australia in 2015.

But the will to host does not mean a spot in the final tournament of eight nations at the AFC Challenge Cup. With 20 nations applying to participate in the pan-Asian tournament, there will be qualifiers set to be played in March 2013 to determine the final eight nations.

Once the final eight nations have been confirmed, only then will the Asian Football Confederation confirm the hosts for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup though sources within the AFC say that India have good chances to become the hosts if India qualify for the final round.

Certainly it is a wise move by the AIFF to hand in its bid documents and believe that Team India gets through the qualifiers.

AIFF Under-14 Academy Team lands in Japan

A 16-member All India Football Federation Regional Academy Team landed in Shizuoka, Japan to participate in the Under-14 SAARC Programme. The Programme is being held from October 7-20. This is the first overseas exposure trip for AIFF's Regional Academy boys.

The boys headed into the Programme from a Under-14 National Training Camp which was organised at the Pailan World School in Joka, Kolkata. Sajid Dar stays the Head Coach with Goutam Ghosh being his deputy while Vishnu Nair is the physio of the team.

AIFF Under-14 Academy Team

Sam Noronha (Goa), Subrata Das (West Bengal)

Amey Ganesh Ranawade (Maharashtra), Jayananda Singh (Manipur), Jerry Lalrinzuala (Mizoram), Prasenjit Chakraborty (West Bengal), Amit Tudu (West Bengal)

Aaron Franklin Hermiz (Goa), Saravanan Kiran (Karnataka), Bugde Vineet Vikas (Goa), Bodo Baoringdao (Assam), Kyntiew Shaphrang Kharlukhi (Meghalaya)

Mohammed Hasil (Kerala), Krishna Pandit (Chandigarh), Zonunmawia (Mizoram), Laishram Bedashwor Singh (Manipur)

AIFF organised ‘Art of German Goalkeeping’ kicks-off in Mumbai

The All India Football Federation organised goalkeeping course titled 'Art of German Goalkeeping' kicked-off at the Cooperage ground in Mumbai today.

This first of its kind course is being organised by AIFF in association with the German Olympic Association (DOSB) and German Football Association (DFB). Former German Goalkeeper Lutz Pfannenstiel is conducting the week-long course which will comprise of theory and practical sessions, stressing on various positions of the goalkeeper and how the dynamics have changed in recent years.

Pfannenstiel, a scout for Bundesliga outfit TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, also spoke on the basic role of a goalkeeping coach and explained the difference between a normal coach and a goalkeeping coach citing examples.

"The position of a goalkeeper has transformed over the years. Now a goalkeeper has to be a good footballer as well. Manuel Neuer is the best example of a modern day goalkeeper. He is a motivator in the side," Lutz said.

"Shot stopping skills alone are not enough anymore. A goalkeeper needs to distribute the ball well and on counter-attacks he plays a key role in building the first block of a move," Lutz added.

"In the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Lehmann got the nod ahead of Oliver Kahn because Lehmann was more a modern day goalkeeper than Kahn, who was of course the best shot stopper."

Twenty eight coaches including those contracted with the AIFF are attending the one week course.

"A goalkeeper is a team player and a lone warrior. He trains differently as well. But again he is the motivator if the side," Lutz further added.

"Goalkeeping coaches are not like normal coaches. You see Jose Mourinho perhaps never kicked a football. Arsene Wenger was not a great player. But they are world class coaches. But a person who cannot kick the ball well cannot be a goalkeeping coach. In training you need to shoot the ball perfectly and in chest height for your goalkeeper to get good practice."

Lutz Pfannenstiel, who has the unique distinction of having been the only professional football to play in on all six Continents maintained that it is the responsibility of goalkeeping coaches to make their second and third choice custodians 'feel important'.

"A goalkeeper's position stays static on the football pitch. You can have two world class strikers playing but not two great goalkeepers. So for a coach it is very important to keep his second and third choice keepers happy and make them feel important. They should be fielded in Friendlies and less important matches."

The 90 minute educative session was followed by an hour of practical session where the 28 participants were taught relevant drills.

The list of coaches stay as follows

Tanumoy Basu, Mario Aguiar, Feroz Sheriff, Henry Picardo, Subrata Dasgupta, Abdul Siddique, Raghuvir Khanolkar, Pramod Brid, Abdul Quadeer, Premkanta Singh, William Koso, Mohammed Yusuf Ansari, Utpal Mukherjee, T.K. Majumdar, Richard Sanchez, Sebastian Noronha, Chandrakant Naik, Ashok Panda, Nirvan Shah, Vivek Gupta, Gavin Araujo, Lokesh Kukrety, Nitesh Dimri, Hameed K., Fysal K. Bappu, Manoj Nair, Gumpe Rime, Abun Gobi Singh

VIDEO: I-League match highlights from Sunday

Yesterday a couple of matches were played in the 6th I-League in Kolkata and Margao. Here are the match highlights and post-match statements from Bengali sports program XtraTime!

Prayag United SC 5-1 Air India

Ranty Martins Soleye speaks after the match

East Bengal coach Trevor Morgan after the match against Sporting Clube de Goa

2nd Orissa Womens League to kick-off October 9

The second edition of the Odisha Women's League organised by the Football Association of Orissa will be played from October 9 to 19 at the Bidanasi Ground in Cuttack. A total of eight teams from across the state would be taking part in the league-cum-kncokout format.

Group A consists of Odisha Police, Mangala Club, Radha Gobinda Club and Radharaman Club; while in Group B East Coast Railway take on Chauliaganj Club, Sunshine Club and Chand Club.


Group A
Odisha Police, Mangala Club, Radha Gobinda Club, Radharaman Club

09-Oct-2012: Odisha Police - Mangala Club
09-Oct-2012: Radha Gobinda Club - Radharaman Club
11-Oct-2012: Radha Gobinda Club - Mangala Club
11-Oct-2012: Odisha Police - Radharaman Club
13-Oct-2012: Mangala Club - Radharaman Club
13-Oct-2012: Odisha Police - Radha Gobinda Club

Group B
East Coast Railway, Chauliaganj Club, Sunshine Club, Chand Club

10-Oct-2012: East Coast Railway - Chauliaganj Club
10-Oct-2012: Sunshine Club - Chand Club
12-Oct-2012: Chauliaganj Club - Chand Club
12-Oct-2012: East Coast Railway - Sunshine Club
14-Oct-2012: East Coast Railway - Chand Club
14-Oct-2012: Sunshine Club - Chauliaganj Club

16-Oct-2012: Winner Group A - Runners-Up Group B
16-Oct-2012: Winner Group B - Runners-Up Group A

19-Oct-2012: Winner SF1 - Winner SF2

VIDEO: Bryan Robson - The Legend (ARS Series)

As the inaugural Indian-leg of the Airtel Rising Stars came to a close in Bangalore last month, Manchester United legend Bryan Robson flew down to inspire and motivate the Rising Stars in their attempt to make the final 12. Bryan gives insights on the so-called 'greatest club in the world ever' and talks about how important youth is for the development of football.

Minggu, 07 Oktober 2012

London has more world class stadia then India!

Last week I spend a couple of days in London and on my way in flying over London I had the chance to see numerous football and sporting venues from above. Then and there I realised that a metropolis of the size of London with a population of over 8 million has more world class stadia for football then a country of 1,2 billion in India. It was a harsh, but true realisation in the air over London...

While flying into London I saw and recognised White Hart Lane (Tottenham Hotspurs), the Emirates Stadium (Arsenal FC), the new Olympic Stadium in Stratford, Stamford Bridge (Chelsea FC) and Wembley. Only five stadia one could say, but as we had to wait for our turn to land the pilot unintentionally took a route close to these venues though I missed out on Upton Park (West Ham United), Craven Cottage (Fulham FC) and Loftus Road (Queens Park Rangers FC) as London boasts of six English Premier League clubs and as many as 14 clubs across the four English professional leagues.

The interesting fact is that these venues are brand new like the Olympic Stadium, redeveloped like Wembley or older one's like White Hart Lane, Craven Cottage or Loftus Road; but all these venues have a certain standard that fans can enjoy when they watch football or sporting events and clubs are thinking of further redevelopment or shifting to new state of the art venues.

In Indian football or sports in general we talk about infrastructure, but there is a massive lack of it. No venue for football in India is really world class with the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi coming the closest, but still after many millions spend on the stadium ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games there are massive deficiencies at the ground and inside the building before it can be called a truly world class venue.

Maybe the officials think about this and work on plans to change it or otherwise we will continue to have the situation as was prevalent at the 2012 Nehru Cup in New Delhi and the 2012 Federation Cup in Jamshedpur and Siliguri.

Infrastructure is one key element of sporting development...

Löw names Germany squad for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Germany coach Joachim Löw has named his 21 players squad for the next couple of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Ireland (Friday, October 12) and Sweden (Tuesday, October 16).

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Munich makes his return to the squad after missing the Germany matches following Euro2012, while Schalke 04 teenager Julian Draxler misses the matches due to a broken arm and injured striker Mario Gomez of Bayern Munich could also not be selected.


Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern München), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96), Marc-André ter Stegen (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Holger Badstuber (FC Bayern München), Jérôme Boateng (FC Bayern München), Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philip Lahm (FC Bayern München), Per Mertesacker (FC Arsenal), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund)

Lars Bender (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (FC Bayern München), Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München), Mesut Özil (Real Madrid), Lukas Podolski (FC Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Bastian Schweinsteiger (FC Bayern München), André Schürrle (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)

Miroslav Klose (Lazio Roma)

Goa Pro League - Preliminary Round: Complete Fixtures!

The 10 team preliminary round of the 'Kingfisher' Goa Pro League kicked-off on Tuesday, October 2 with nine round of matches to be played until late-November 2012.

This year the Goa Pro League will feature ten teams - Dempo SC, Churchill Brothers SC, Salgaocar FC, Sporting Clube de Goa, Vasco SC, Sesa Football Academy, Goa Velha SC, Margao SC, Wilred Leisure SC and Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim. As per the format, the Goa Pro League 2012/13 will be played in two phases.

Also with the Pro League being held parallel to the I-League, it means that the four Goan I-League participants will have to give fringe and younger players the chance to show themselves in the local league.


Round 1
10-Oct-2012: Goa Velha Sports Club - Margao Sports Club
09-Oct-2012: Churchill Brothers SC - Sesa Football Academy
09-Oct-2012: Wilred Leisure SC - Sporting Clube de Goa
09-Oct-2012: Vasco Sports Club - Dempo Sports Club
29-Nov-2012: Salgaocar FC - Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim

Round 2
01-Nov-2012: Sesa Football Academy - Margao Sports Club
30-Oct-2012: Sporting Clube de Goa - Dempo Sports Club
31-Oct-2012: Goa Velha Sports Club - Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim
01-Nov-2012: Wilred Leisure SC - Salgaocar FC
31-Oct-2012: Churchill Brothers SC - Vasco Sports Club

Round 3
02-Oct-2012: Vasco Sports Club 0-1 Margao Sports Club
??-Oct-2012: Churchill Brothers SC - Salgaocar FC
02-Oct-2012: Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim 3-0 Wilred Leisure SC
03-Oct-2012: Dempo Sports Club 1-0 Goa Velha Sports Club
03-Oct-2012: Sporting Clube de Goa 1-2 Sesa Football Academy

Round 4
14-Oct-2012: Margao Sports Club - Wilred Leisure SC
14-Oct-2012: Goa Velha Sports Club - Churchill Brothers SC
15-Oct-2012: Sporting Clube de Goa - Vasco Sports Club
15-Oct-2012: Sesa Football Academy - Salgaocar FC
15-Oct-2012: Dempo Sports Club - Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim

Round 5
17-Oct-2012: Margao Sports Club - Churchill Brothers SC
19-Oct-2012: Wilred Leisure SC - Vasco Sports Club
18-Oct-2012: Salgaocar FC - Goa Velha Sports Club
18-Oct-2012: Sporting Clube de Goa - Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim
19-Oct-2012: Sesa Football Academy - Dempo Sports Club

Round 6
22-Oct-2012: Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim - Margao Sports Club
22-Oct-2012: Dempo Sports Club - Salgaocar FC
24-Oct-2012: Sesa Football Academy - Vasco Sports Club
23-Oct-2012: Sporting Clube de Goa - Churchill Brothers SC
23-Oct-2012: Goa Velha Sports Club - Wilred Leisure SC

Round 7
07-Nov-2012: Margao Sports Club - Salgaocar FC
09-Nov-2012: Vasco Sports Club - Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim
08-Nov-2012: Churchill Brothers SC - Dempo Sports Club
09-Nov-2012: Wilred Leisure SC - Sesa Football Academy
07-Nov-2012: Goa Velha Sports Club - Sporting Clube de Goa

Round 8
14-Nov-2012: Margao Sports Club - Dempo Sports Club
14-Nov-2012: Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim - Sesa Football Academy
15-Nov-2012: Salgaocar FC - Sporting Clube de Goa
15-Nov-2012: Vasco Sports Club - Goa Velha Sports Club
13-Nov-2012: Churchill Brothers SC - Wilred Leisure SC

Round 9
21-Nov-2012: Margao Sports Club - Sporting Clube de Goa
21-Nov-2012: Sesa Football Academy - Goa Velha Sports Club
20-Nov-2012: Dempo Sports Club - Wilred Leisure SC
21-Nov-2012: Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim - Churchill Brothers SC
20-Nov-2012: Salgaocar FC - Vasco Sports Club

'The Art of German Goalkeeping' course in Mumbai from tomorrow

A high performance goalkeeping instructor course titled 'The Art of German Goalkeeping' will be held from October 8 to 15 at the Cooperage Ground in Mumbai.

The course will be conducted by instructors Lutz Pfannenstiel and Feliz Imm from Germany, who are on a three week coaching instruction trip to India as part of a partnership between the German Olympic Association (DOSB) and German Football Association (DFB) plus their Indian partners All India Football Federation, Indian Football Association (West Bengal), Mizoram Football Association and Western Indian Football Association (Maharashtra).

The course in Mumbai is being organised by WIFA under the aegis of the AIFF, DOSB and DFB with the course open to AIFF affiliated coaches plus those from I-League clubs and Academies.

AIFF's Technical Director for Regional Academies Scott O'Donell would also conduct some modules of the program. The coaching program includes theory as well as practical sessions and the participants would be introduced to the German way of goalkeeping.

"This is a great initiative. This course will be the first of many such activities that will take place at Cooperage in the coming months," added WIFA CEO Henry Menezes.

Before coming to Mumbai the duo of Lutz Pfannenstiel and Feliz Imm have been in Kolkata (West Bengal) and Aizawl (Mizoram) over the last couple of weeks to do general coaching courses.

VIDEOs: I-League match highlights from Saturday

The 6th edition of the I-League kicked-off yesterday with four matches across the country. Here are the match highlights, especially the goals, from Bengali sports program XtraTime!

Shillong Lajong FC 2-0 Mohun Bagan AC

Pailan Arrows 3-2 Mumbai FC

Dempo SC 2-1 Churchill Brothers SC, United Sikkim FC 3-2 Salgaocar FC

Sabtu, 06 Oktober 2012

Sleeping Giant: An Indian Football Story: London Première a grand success!

The documentary film 'Sleeping Giant: An Indian Football Story' had its world première at the 'Kicking & Screening Soccer Film Festival' ( festival link ) in London at the Everyman Cinemas in Belsize Park on Wednesday evening. I myself flew across from Düsseldorf to London to be there for the première as I myself am part of the documentary by giving my opinion, thoughts and insights on Indian football.

The Everyman Cinemas at Belsize Park is a small, cosy, old fashioned little cinema and it was the fitting location to show the documentary for the first time to the general audience besides also having some of the protagonists of the documentary present, many of whom had never met before.

The story of the documentary has two strings, one which follows the two winners of the 2009 South Mumbai Soccer Challenge, Hussain Vahanvaty and Shaun Fernandes, on their six week training trip at Queens Park Rangers FC in London after showing how these two boys were spotted at the South Mumbai Soccer Challenge and then the second string being the situation of Indian football.

Director Daniel Glynn, producer Mat Hodgson and their whole team at Ad Hoc Films worked close to two-and-a-half years to produce the documentary and I have to say, the outcome is a great piece of filmography!

After the screening première there was a Q&A session moderated by renowned British Indian journalist Mihir Bose which included director Daniel Glynn, producer Mat Hodgson, QPR youth coaches Steve Gallen and Marc Bircham besides myself, all who have something to do with the documentary. We did go into a little more detail about the Indian football though having little time to discuss it then taking about Indian football's situation could go on and on.

I thoroughly enjoyed being there for the première meeting a lot of old friends and making new one's and I can only recommend everything who is interested in Indian football or maybe even not, to watch the documentary.

Here the link to the 'Sleeping Giant: An Indian Football Story' Facebook Fanpage

VIDEO - Früh Kölsch SportTalk: The Bezirksliga club in & around Remscheid

Last Monday, October 1 I moderated my SportTalk show here in Germany - the Früh Kölsch SportTalk from the Bergische Sportarena in Wermelskirchen within a pub within an indoor sports complex. Here the youtube video of the whole SportTalk!

The topic on Monday night was football in and around Remscheid with a focus on the clubs playing in the Bezirksliga (7th German division). Participating in the SportsTalk will be Jóse Ramón Flórez (Coach, Hastener TV), Acar Sar (Coach, TürkGücü Remscheid), Michael Röttgen (Assistant Coach, SC Ayyildiz Remscheid) and Frank Marquardt (Sports Director, SV 09/35 Wermelskirchen) and Peter Kuhlendahl from the newspaper Remscheider General Anzeiger.

Goa Pro League promises plenty of action and Good times!

UB Groups 'Kingfisher' announced their continued association of Goa's Professional Football League on Friday, ensuring the Good Times will continue for the world's most popular sport in Goa. Kingfisher also announced their support for the Goa State football team and the promotion of a Beach Football Tournament.

The 'Kingisher' Goa Pro League in the last three years saw some scintillating football action, coupled with exciting initiatives, this is the fourth consecutive year that Kingfisher has come forward to support pro football in Goa.

The 4th edition of the Kingfisher Goa Professional League was announced at a press conference in Panjim on Friday by Samar Singh Sheikhawat, Senior Vice President (Marketing), United Breweries in the presence of Shrinivas Dempo, Goa Football Association president, Dilip Jayaram, Procam International CEO, managers and coaches of the participating clubs as well as some of the leading players who would be seen in action.

Kingfisher will also continue to sponsor the Senior Goa State team that participates in the Santosh Trophy. The Kingfisher Beach Football Challenge too has proved to be a big hit among the teams and it received a tremendous response in the first year, with 16 teams participating in a festive atmosphere. A record turnout is expected once again for these championships in the current season, the dates for which will be announced later.

The Kingfisher Goa Pro League, which kicked-off on Tuesday, October 2; continues to be promoted by Procam International, one of the country's foremost Sports and Leisure Management Company.

Speaking on the occasion, Samar Singh Sheikawat, Senior Vice-President (Marketing), United Breweries said, "Kingfisher Premium is a young, trendy, sporty brand with youth appeal. The brand has always been closely associated with various sporting activities which includes its sponsorship of Force India, Cricket and football. We recognize the passion which the Goans share for Football and Kingfisher and therefore it gives us immense pleasure to provide them with a platform which brings the 2 together."

Commenting on the continued promotion of the Kingfisher Goa Professional League, Dilip Jayaram, CEO, Procam International had this to say, "Procam International, along with Kingfisher are committed in their vision to promote the game of football in Goa on a massive scale. The Kingfisher Goa Pro League has enjoyed tremendous response and support from the sports loving populace of Goa and we hope to make it bigger and better this year."

Shrinivas Dempo, GFA President, assured the gathering that the Association would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the league was a grand success. "The GFA is committed towards promoting the game of football and all efforts will be made to deliver the most professionally organsied league in the country," said the President.

Welcoming the sponsors and partners on board, Mr. Dempo said, "Goan football is making grand progress over the last few years. The Goa Professional League, also known as the Kingfisher Pro League and being the GFA's Flagship event, will once again be the focus of all attention."

The 4th edition of the Kingfisher Goa Pro League will feature ten teams - Dempo SC, Churchill Brothers SC, Salgaocar FC, Sporting Clube de Goa, Vasco SC, Sesa Football Academy, Goa Velha SC, Margao SC, Wilred Leisure SC and Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim. As per the format, the Goa Pro League 2012/13 will be played in two phases.

The 1st Phase: The ten Teams will play in a round robin league (each team to play the other teams once). There will be nine rounds of five matches each, i.e. a total of 45 matches. The first Phase is scheduled to be concluded by the end of November 2012.

2nd Phase: The top five teams from the first phase will play in the Kingfisher Goa Super League, while the bottom five teams will play in the relegation league. There will be ten matches in each of these leagues i.e. Super League and Relegation league, making it a total of 20 matches. The Super League and the Relegation League will be played in the two-month period between December 2012 and January 2013. The Super League will culminate in the Kingfisher Super Cup, a knock-out based format between the top four teams in the league to decide the eventual winners of the Kingfisher Goa Pro League. All the Super Cup matches will be played under floodlights.

The matches will be played at the following venues: Duler Stadium, Mapusa (North Goa); Poriat Ground, Calangute (North Goa); Tilak Maidan, Vasco da Gama; PJN Stadium (South Goa); and Raia Panchayat Ground (South Goa).

Match Analysis to Showcase State of the Art Performance Suite in London

As part of its expansion into the United Kingdom and Europe, Match Analysis will be attending the prestigious Leaders in Performance conference in London, England on October 10/11. Match Analysis will showcase its latest products and innovations at Booth 9 in the Exhibit Hall.

"We will be demonstrating our product line for the first time in Europe," said Mark Brunkhart, President of Match Analysis. "Over the last decade, Match Analysis has been the preferred provider of almost every major professional club in North America as well as the national sides of the US, Mexico, and Canada. We've developed arguably the most advanced system on the market, but unfortunately very few in the UK and Europe have had the opportunity to see it for themselves. Leaders in Performance presents a perfect opportunity to introduce a new market to a world class alternative."

"North American sports analysis is booming and remains at the absolute cutting edge of performance technology. The innovations and developments here often go largely unnoticed in Europe. Our approach is unique! Match Analysis takes an expansive view of analysis and the impact it has on the entire organization. We believe in a more ubiquitous and integrated process where every person responsible for winning matches is a user of the system. The result is that analysis has greater reach, video is everywhere, and communication is paramount."

Match Analysis will be demonstrating K2 Panoramic Video, integrated TrueView visualizations, its highly regarded Mambo Studio video editing system, as well as Tango Online, Tango ToGo, and Tango Live. The complete suite of tools spans every aspect of the organization from coaching staff to player to marketing to media to live analysis and education as well as league wide support.

"Leaders in Performance represents a great opportunity to push the state of the art," said Stephen Hamilton, Director of Business Development and Marketing (North America). "As Match Analysis expands into Europe, Leaders is the perfect venue to introduce some of the best coaches, analysts, and club management to a wider breadth of possibilities. We feel the timing is perfect to bring a new choice to the market, and the engineers at Match Analysis have spent the last decade developing a truly revolutionary tool set."

Delegates interested in seeing Match Analysis’ industry leading technology are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by contacting Nick Soye, Commercial Director (Europe) by phone at +44 7795 838497 or by e-mail at Delegates may also visit the booth during show hours for a demonstration of the company’s latest developments and technology.

VIDEO - TenAction+: I-League 2012/13 Promo

The I-League is set to kick-off later today across India with Ten Sports retaining the rights to show up to 75 matches live and delayed on their TenAction+ channel. Here the promo of the channels I-League coverage on the opening weekend.

Jumat, 05 Oktober 2012

Shillong Lajong FC name squad for I-League

Northeastern I-League club Shillong Lajong FC have named their preliminary 26 players squad for the marathon league which is set to run until end-April 2013. The squad under new Scottish coach Desmond Bulpin looks stronger then last season as the club has been able to bring in quality players.

But not only that Lajong FC has also integrated four of their Academy players into their senior team with defender Samuel Shadap getting a professional contract while the trio of Th. Bipin Singh, Lalrinzualka Khiangte and Jacob Lalrawngbawla will hope to follow in Samuel's footsteps.

Interestingly the team is made-up only of players from India's three Northeastern states of Meghalaya, Manipur and Mizoram plus four foreigners from Africa and North Korea.


Lalthuammawia Ralte, Sanasam Basant Singh (United Sikkim FC)

M. Subhas Singh, Govin Moirangthem Singh (United Sikkim FC), Min-Chol Son (FC Korea, JAPAN), Wailadmi Passah, Rollingson Hungyo (Pune FC), C. Lallawmzuala, Samuel Shadap

Lalchuanmawia, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Chitrasen Chandam Singh (Churchill Brothers SC), Samson Ramengmawia, John D. Menyongar, Lalramluaha, P.C. Lahlimthara Mahlima, Potsangbam Renedy Singh, Boithang Haokip, Jibon Singh (Pailan Arrows)

Gbeneme Friday (Mumbai FC), Ebi Theophilus Sukore (Mumbai FC), Sushil Kumar Singh, Saikhohau Tuboi (Tiddim Road Athletic Union, Manipur)

Academy Boys
Th. Bipin Singh (Wanghi F.A., Manipur), Lalrinzualka Khiangte, Jacob Lalrawngbawla

Rodingson Sangma
NEW: Th. Bipin Singh (Wanghi F.A., Manipur), N. Rojit Singh (BOSV Betul, Madhya Pradesh)

VIDEO: No Indian Super Cup in 2012

This season there will be no Indian Super Cup due to lack of sponsorship as per the AIFF and I-League sources to Bengali sports program XtraTime. Normally I-League winners Dempo SC and Salgaocar FC as Federation Cup champions would have faced each other in the one-off match.

AIFF signs professional contract with Indian FIFA referees

Indian FIFA Referees Pratap Singh, C.R. Srikrishna and M.B. Santosh Kumar signed a professional contract, the first of its kind in India with the All India Football Federation at Football House, the AIFF Headquarters yesterday.

This is the first time any referee has been brought under a contract system in India. The event took place as the two-day Match Commissioner and Referee Assessor Education Course ended at the AIFF Headquarters. AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das signed the contract along with the three referees.

Head of Referees Department Goutam Kar, who conducted the seminar, spoke about the significance of the matter. “It is an epoch making day for referees in India. This is a seven month contract which the three referees are being signed. They will get their monthly salaries and all other expenses except match fee will be taken care of by AIFF," he informed.

"The contract will run from October to May on a trial basis. After assessing its pros and cons we will extend it," Goutam Kar added.

FIFA referee Pratap Singh said, "I feel honoured to be a part of this professional system. It means we have to put in that extra bit on match days and do our job more prudently and with care. We are thankful to AIFF for choosing us."

Santosh Kumar added it's a dream come true. "We have got the boost to give our best and improve ourselves. We have been trusted with added responsibility and we are ready to grateful to AIFF."

C.R. Srikrishna maintained, "Our responsibility has increased. We cannot let AIFF down. I want to thank the Federation for thinking us worthy of the contract." VIDEO: FC Remscheid return to winning ways

My German home town club FC Remscheid returned to winning ways returned with a 5-2 against FSV Vohwinkel on Wednesday afternoon, Germany's Reunification Day. After their first win in weeks, FCR are now on six points in the Landesliga (sixth division)

Here my report for in German

Indian Football: Transfer Season 2012/13 - Version 4

Ahead of the I-League here is the latest updated list of Transfers 2012 from across India of the I-League, 2nd Division sides and further clubs. The team squads are now mostly complete with additions plus I have added some more non-I-League sides.

Here an updated list of Transfers 2012

RETAINED: Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Laxmikant Kattimani, Tyson Caiado, Luis Xavier Barreto, Reagan Juliao, Valeriano Rebello, Mahesh Gawli, Creson Antao, Rowilson Rodrigues, Selwyn Fernandes, Covan Lawrence, Samir Naik, Debabrata Roy, Jessel Carneiro, Shallum Pires, Anthony Pereira, Joe Rodrigues, Climax Lawrence, Godwin Diogo Franco, Peter Carvalho, Marcus Peixito, Clifford Miranda, Romeo Fernandes, Nicolau Borges, Aaron Fernandes, Koko Sakibo, Joaquim Abranches, Joy Ferrao, Clifton Gonsalves
NEW: Jovito Fernandes, Bharat Thapa, Vincy Fernandes, Seriton Fernandes, Mandar Rao Dessai, Aniston Fernandes, Micky Vaz, Myron Fernandes (all Dempo Under-20), Ryuji Sueoka (Salgaocar SC), Basileo Rego (Goa Velha SC), Nickson Castanha (Wilfred Leisure SC, Goa), Rohan Ricketts (Exeter City FC, ENGLAND), Stephen Offei (Maccabi Be'er Sheva, ISRAEL)
LEFT: John Charles Dias, Micky Fernandes (both Air India), Dominic Noronha, Brian Mascarenhas (both Salgaocar SC), P.K. Anil Kumar (Mohun Bagan AC), Ranty Martins Soleye (Prayag United SC), William Colaco (Mumbai FC), Sidroy Alfonso (Goa Velha SC), Johnny D'Cruz (Wilred Leisure SC, Goa), Terence Fernandes, Richard Fernandes, Savio Fernandes, Yusuke Kato, Densill Theobald

RETAINED: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Jayanta Pal, Saikat Saha Roy, Abhishek Das, Thokchom Naoba Singh, Uga Okpara, Raju Eknath Gaekwad, Gurwinder Singh, Sunil Kumar Thakur, Soumik Dey, Robert Lalthlamuana, Sanju Pradhan, Reisangmi Vashum, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Charan Rai, Mehtab Hussain, Susanth Mathew, Subodh Kumar, Penn Ikechukwu Orji, Alvito D'Cunha, Khanthang Paite, Robin Singh, Baljit Singh Sahni, Seiminlen Doungel
NEW: Jaspal Singh Parmar, Ishfaq Ahmed, Chidi Edeh (all Salgaocar SC), Lalrindika Ralte, Jagpreet Singh (both Churchill Brothers SC), Abhijit Mondal, Arnab Mondal (both Prayag United SC), Manandeep Singh (Air India), Cavin Peter Lobo (Mumbai FC), Safar Sardar (Mohammedan Sporting Club), Priyant Kumar Singh (Tollygunge Agragami)
LEFT: Nirmal Chetri, Tolgay Ozbey (both Mohun Bagan AC), Beingaichho Beokhokhai, Budhiram Tudu (both United Sikkim FC), Debjit Majumdar, Nabin Hela (both Bhowanipore Club, Kolkata), Sandip Nandy (Churchill Brothers SC), Abhra Mondal (Pune FC), Ravinder Singh (Prayag United SC), Branco Vincent Cardozo (Air India), Biswarup Deb (Aryan Club, Kolkata), Sunil Kumar (Dodsal FC, Mumbai)

RETAINED: Felix D'Souza, Lalit Thapa, Denzil Franco, Yumnam Raju Mangang, Sudhakaran Naveen Kumar, Hardeep Singh, Dharmaraj Ravanan, Rauf Sher Khan, Steven Benedic Dias, Roberto Mendes Silva, Lenny Rodrigues, Israil Gurung, Jerry Zirsanga, Henry Arnaud Antchouet Rebienot, T. Bineesh Balan, Xavier Vijayakumar, Jaison Vales, Thangjam Saran Singh
NEW: Gurtej Singh Sr, Bikramjit Singh, Ajay Singh (all Pailan Arrows), Bilal Khan, Sanjay Balmaehu, Manpreet Singh (all Tata Football Academy), Bilal Sheikh El Najjarin, Akram Moghrabi (both Al Nejmeh SC, LEBANON), Sandip Nandy (East Bengal Club), W. Tomba Singh (Salgaocar SC), Satish Singh (Southern Samity), Surjit Singh (Ar-Hima FC), Amandeep Singh (Tollygunge Agragami), Alesh Sawant (Brasil Futebol Academia/Calangute Association, Goa)
LEFT: Lalrindika Ralte, Jagpreet Singh (both East Bengal Club), Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, Mundampara P. Sakeer (both Prayag United SC), M. Mohammed Rafi, Durga Boro (both Dodsal FC, Mumbai), Joshuah Vaz, Prannoy Godinho (both Goa Velha SC), Arindam Bhattacharya (Mohun Bagan AC), Chitrasen Chandam Singh (Shillong Lajong FC), N.D. Opara (Mumbai FC), Hardeep Singh (Kalighat Milan Sangha), Lenny Pereira (Margao SC), Felipe Gomes, Antun Mathew Kovacic
UNKNOWN: Joshua Rebello, Ashley Fernandes, Savio Diogo Carneiro, Melroy Fernandes, Sabino Bryan Rodrigues, Nascimento Silveira, Melwyn Rodrigues, Y. Jaikumar, S. Parthiban, Lionel Rodrigues, Ovlito Dias, Nicholas Fernandes, Richard Costa
COACH: Mariano DIAS (new), Subhas Bhowmick (TD)

RETAINED: Shilton Pal, Deepak Sumanta, Rakesh Masih, Syed Rahim Nabi, Manish Mathani, Sheikh Jewel Raja, Snehashis Chakroborty, Sourav Chakraborty, Manish Bhargav, Odafe Onyeka Okolie
NEW: Naveen Kumar, Lalrozama Fanai, Rajib Ghosh, Bijendra Rai, C.S Sabeeth (all Pailan Arrows), Irungbam Khelemba Meetei, Biswajit Saha, Mehrajuddin Wadoo (all Salgaocar SC), Nirmal Chetri, Tolgay Ozbey (both East Bengal Club), Denson Devadas, Arjun Chatterjee (both Prayag United SC), Anyichie Echezona Celestine, L. Lalrinfela (both Southern Samity), P.K. Anil Kumar (Dempo SC), Arindam Bhattacharya (Churchill Brothers SC), Warundeep Singh (Sporting Clube de Goa), Aibor Khongjee (Shillong Lajong FC), Cyprian Stanley Okoroigwe (Mohammedan Sporting Club), Dipendu Biswas (Bhowanipore Club, Kolkata), Mohan Sarkar (Aryan Club, Kolkata), Nirapada Mondal (Gauhati Town Club), Milton Bhowmick (IFA Academy)
LEFT: Kingshuk Debnath, R. Dhanarajan, Joseph Muralidharan, Gouranga Datta, Ashim Biswas (all Mohammedan Sporting Club), Dipendu Dowary, Abinash Ruidas, Goutam Thakur, Hudson Lima da Silva, Jose Ramirez Barreto (all Bhowanipore Club, Kolkata), Anwar, Sakatar Singh (both United Sikkim FC), Irungbam Surkumar Singh, Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep (both Dodsal FC, Mumbai), Nallappan Mohanraj (Pune FC), Sangram Mukherjee (Prayag United SC), Souvik Chakraborty (Air India), Souvik Mondal (Kalighat Milan Sangha, Kolkata), Sunil Chhetri (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Sudipta Banerjee, Satish Kumar Jr, Jagtar Singh, Daljit Singh, Bungo Thokchom Singh
COACH: Santosh KASHYAP (new)

RETAINED: Shahinlal Meloly, Amrinder Singh, Othallo Tabia, Ramu Srikanth, Anes Edathodika, Chika Wali, Caitano Costa, John Benedick, Gurjinder Kumar Singh, Shanmugam Venkatesh, Karma Tsewang, Maninder Singh, Douhou Sey Djidja Pierre, Izumi Arata, Asim Hassan, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Singam Subash Singh, Jeh Williamson
NEW: Kamardeep Singh, Sujie Kumar M., Nikhil Kadam (all Pune FC Under-19), Valente Silva, Velington Rocha (both Margao SC), Abhra Mondal (East Bengal Club), Nallappan Mohanraj (Mohun Bagan AC), James Moga (Sporting Clube de Goa), Zomingliana Ralte (Shillong Lajong FC), Sukhwinder Singh (Chirag United Kerala), Mumtaz Akhtar (United Sikkim FC), Daisuke Nishiguchi (FC Olimpia Balti Moldova, MOLDOVA)
LEFT: Sarif Molla, Surjeet Singh, Thangjam Abung Meetie, Lalrimawma Lianhna Rintea, Premjeet Singh, F. Lalrempuia, William Lalnunfela (all Pune FC Under-19), Subrata Pal, Baldeep Singh, Lester Mark Fernandez (all Prayag United SC), Jayashelan Prasad, P.M. Britto (both Quartz SC, Kozhikode), Kamaljeet Kumar (Mumbai FC), Rollingson Hungyo (Shillong Lajong FC), Dhanpal Ganeshan (Pailan Arrows), Paresh Shivalkar (Dodsal FC, Mumbai), Thangmin Lal Gangte (KSC, Manipur), Mandjou Keita (Kelantan FC, MALAYSIA), Nanjangud Shivananju Manju, Nirmal Kumar, Karthik Govind; Kamardeep Singh, Sujie Kumar M. (on loan, both Quartz SC, Kozhikode)

RETAINED: Karanjit Singh, Vinay Singh, Presley Mascarenhas, Luciano Sabrosa, Nicolau Colaco, Augostinho Fernandes, Rahul Kumar, Roy Rodrigues, Rosario Mendes, Rocus Lamare, Randeep Singh, Cajetan Fernandes, Anthony Barbosa, Aliston Fernandes, Godfrey Silva, Beevan D'Mello, Gilbert Oliveira, Francis Fernandes, Balwant Singh, Mohammad Dada Nabeel, Milagres Gonsalves, Marcus Mascarenhas, Thounaojam Dinesh Singh, Clifton Dias
NEW: Pawan Kumar, Collin Abranches, Royston D'Souza, Bijay Baspore, Sandesh Gadkare (all Air India), Albino Gomes, Allwyn Fernandes, Jos Joquim Vaz, Melwin Fernandes (all Salgaocar Under-20), Dominic Noronha, Brian Mascarenhas (both Dempo SC), Fulganco Cardozo, Angelo D'Souza (both Sporting Clube de Goa), Keegan Pereira, Chhangte Malswamkima (both Mumbai FC), Abdullah Hamza Amaba, Kshetrimayum Malamnganba Meitei (both HAL SC), Karan Atwal, Quinton Norman Jacobs (both United Sikkim FC), Agnelo Colaco (Vasco SC), Steven Fernandes (Sesa Football Academy), Aslon Oliveira (Margao SC), Karan Sawhney (Tata Football Academy), N. Tomarjit Singh (NEROCA, Manipur), P. Kishan Singh (SAIL Football Academy), Sean Daniel Rooney (Deltras FC, INDONESIA), Ángel Guirado Aldeguer (Global FC, PHILIPPINES)
LEFT: Jaspal Singh Parmar, Ishfaq Ahmed, Chidi Edeh (all East Bengal Club), Irungbam Khelemba Meetei, Biswajit Saha, Mehrajuddin Wadoo (all Mohun Bagan AC), Ryuji Sueoka (Dempo SC), W. Tomba Singh (Churchill Brothers SC), Keenan Almeida (Sporting Clube de Goa), Gagandeep Singh (Air India), Karthik Kisku (Southern Samity), Rino Anto (Quartz SC, Kozhikode), L. Bobbychand Singh (Dynamo Club, Guwahati), Macklas Moraes (Wilred Leisure SC, Goa), Vivek Singh Kaira, Maxime Belouet, Abdullah Hamza Amaba (Vasco SC, released in the season)

RETAINED: Sukhen Dey, Bapi Saha, Deepak Kumar Mondal, Bello Razaq, Anupam Sarkar, Chinta Chandrashekar Rao, Gourshankar Dutta, Gouranga Biswas, Shylo Malswam Tulunga, James Lukram Singh, Lal Kamal Bhowmick, Francis Xavier, Thoudam Joychandra Singh, Tanmoy Ghosh, Parimal Burman, Snehashish Dutta, Kayne Vincent, Shankar Oraon, Mohammed Rafique, Shankar Seal
NEW: Subrata Pal, Baldeep Singh, Lester Mark Fernandez (all Pune FC), Arindam Ghosh, Asif Kottayil, Usman Ashik, C.K. Vineeth (all Chirag United Kerala), Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, Mundampara P. Sakeer (both Churchill Brothers SC), Ishan Debnath, L. Dhanachandra Singh (both Mumbai FC), Bivas Sarkar, Lal Mohan Hansda (both Pathachakra, Kolkata), Ranty Martins Soleye (Dempo SC), Ravinder Singh (East Bengal Club), Sangram Mukherjee (Mohun Bagan AC), Tapan Maity (Mohammedan Sporting Club), Gour Naskar (Southern Samity), Dipak Mondal Jr (Aryan Club, Kolkata), Soumik Rai (BNR, Kolkata), Carlos Hernández Valverde (Melbourne Victory, AUSTRALIA)
LEFT: Somnath Khara, Narugopal Hait, Jayanta Sen (all Mohammedan Sporting Club), Abhijit Mondal, Arnab Mondal (both East Bengal Club), Denson Devadas, Arjun Chatterjee (both Mohun Bagan AC), Justine Stephen, Subhas Chakraborty (both Mumbai FC), Jagroop Singh (Air India), Sheikh Shabbir Ali (United Sikkim FC), Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Soumik Chakraborty, F. Liandala, Crispin Chetri, Sena, Suhas S.N., Yakubu Yusif, Josimar da Silva Martins

RETAINED: Gerald D'Mello, L. Ashok Singh, Mathew Gonsalves, Boubacar Keita, N. Samananda Singh, Valzinho Fernandes, Rovan Pereira, Konthoujam Boboi Singh, Singam Rojen Singh, Mohammed Ali, Mauricio Freeman Peixoto, Jovel Martins, Adil Ahmed Khan, Lairenjam Bisheshwor Singh, Ogba Kalu Nnanna, Stephen Barretto, Joyner Lourenco, Rowlinn Borges, Pedro Gonsalves, Joseph Pereira, Mackroy Peixoto, Victorino Fernandes, Ningthounjam Pritam Singh, Dawson Fernandes
NEW: Agnelo Gomes, Joseph Clemente, Velito D'Cruz (all Margao SC), Valentino Rodrigues, Pratesh Shirodkar (both Sesa Football Academy), Charles Cardoso, Clayton Dias (both Sporting Clube de Goa Under-20), Keenan Almeida (Salgaocar SC), Sourav Chakraborty (Bhowanipore Club, Kolkata), Wellington Fernandes (Goa Velha SC), Anil Hansda (Tata Football Academy), Amandeep Singh (JCT Academy), Mario Lobo, Bertrand Benik Tequwa Bong (Al Shamal, QATAR)
LEFT: Milagrio Medeira, Avelino Fernandes, Michael Faleiro (all Vasco SC), Fulganco Cardozo, Angelo D'Souza (both Salgaocar SC), Warundeep Singh (Mohun Bagan AC), James Moga (Pune FC), Gabriel Fernandes (Mumbai FC), Prajot Naik (Sesa Football Academy), Wilton Gomes (Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim), Jae-Hyun Park, Kailo Karpeh
UNKNOWN: P. Niroshan Mani, Charanjit Singh

RETAINED: Harshad Meher, V. Prem Kumar, Lamine Tamba, Ramandeep Singh Randhawa, Vijith Shetty, Santosh Koli, Hringsolal Thomte, Allan Dias, Pratek Chaudhury, Prakash Thorat, Abhishek Ambekar, Rahul Bhere, Ezeh Nna Henry, Soccor Velho, Neil Gaikwad
NEW: John Charles Dias, Micky Fernandes (both Dempo SC), Baldeep Singh, Ong Teshering Lepcha (both United Sikkim FC), Branco Vincent Cardozo (East Bengal Club), Souvik Chakraborty (Mohun Bagan AC), Gagandeep Singh (Salgaocar SC), Jagroop Singh (Prayag United SC), Pradeep Mohanraj (Chirag United Kerala), Donald Rocha (Goa Velha SC), Sukhwinder Singh, Johnny Chandran Singh, Nikunj Khandelwal, Akshay Kumar Mall, Sailesh Jadhav, Harold Fernandes, Wilfred Anthony; Elijah Obagbemiro Junior (Salgaocar SC, in the season)
LEFT: Pawan Kumar, Collin Abranches, Royston D'Souza, Bijay Baspore, Sandesh Gadkare (all Salgaocar SC), Arup Debnath, Nisthar Kali Alaudeen (both Dodsal FC, Mumbai), Manandeep Singh (East Bengal Club), Kunal Sawant (Mumbai FC), Sandeep Sangha (ONGC), Chanchal Saha (George Telegraph SC, Kolkata), Oken Singh (Kenkre FC, Mumbai), Amit Nandy (Kalighat Club, Kolkata), Frederic Endro (Santa Cruz lub of Cavelossim), Alex Mario Ambrose (retired), Takayuki Omi (retired), Emmanuel Anoskie
UNKNOWN: Haobijam Napoleon Singh, Uttam Leishangthem Singh, Manjit Singh, Kumar Samson Singh, T. Narender Meetei, Muhammed Shafi M., Abhishek Matthew, Satvinder Singh, Bhuvan Krishna Joshi, Satwinder Singh
COACH: Godfrey PEREIRA (new)

RETAINED: Lalthuammawia Ralte, M. Subhas Singh, Rodingson Sangma, Wailadmi Passah, C. Lallawmzuala, Samson Ramengmawia, John D. Menyongar, Lalramluaha, Samuel Shadap, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Boithang Haokip, Lalchuanmawia, P.C. Lahlimthara Mahlima, Potsangbam Renedy Singh, Sushil Kumar Singh
NEW: Gbeneme Friday, Ebi Theophilus Sukore (both Mumbai FC), Sanasam Basant Singh, Govin Moirangthem Singh (both United Sikkim FC), Chitrasen Chandam Singh (Churchill Brothers SC), Rollingson Hungyo (Pune FC), Jibon Singh (Pailan Arrows), Saikhohau Tuboi (Tiddim Road Athletic Union, Manipur), Th. Bipin Singh (Wanghi F.A., Manipur), N. Rojit Singh (BOSV Betul, Madhya Pradesh), Min-Chol Son (FC Korea, JAPAN)
LEFT: James Strongman Giblee, Iyikwobe Christopher Chizoba (both Kalighat Milan Sangha, Kolkata), Lalnunmawia, Ronald Zothanzama (both Dinthar FC, Mizoram), Aibor Khongjee (Mohun Bagan AC), Zomingliana Ralte (Pune FC), Soram Poirei Anganba (Pailan Arrows), Mashangva Genius Zenith (United Sikkim FC), L. Romenjit Singh (Royal Wahingdoh FC), Henry Gangte (Dodsal FC, Mumbai), H. Lalmuamkima (Luangmual FC, Mizoram), Gumpe Rime (retired, SLFC Goalkeeping coach)
UNKNOWN: Racy Khiangte, Lalrengmawia, Tuishim Mashangva, Joy Mrong Kaaraswai

RETAINED: Sanjiban Ghosh, Faizal Rehman M.A., Peter Costa, Haroon Ritesh Perambara, Fakruddin Amiri Islam, Dane Lloyd Pereira, Nicholas Lewis Rodrigues, Ashutosh Mehta, John Coutinho, Rohit Mirza, Sampath Kumar Kuttymani, Abhishek Yadav, Jayesh Dilip Rane
NEW: Justine Stephen, Subhas Chakraborty (both Prayag United SC), William Colaco (Dempo SC), N.D. Opara (Churchill Brothers SC), Kamaljeet Kumar (Pune FC), Gabriel Fernandes (Sporting Clube de Goa), Kunal Sawant (Air India), Sharath K. (Chirag United Kerala), Sargolsem James Singh (HAL SC), Evans Quao, Eric Brown
LEFT: Keegan Pereira, Chhangte Malswamkima (both Salgaocar SC), Ishan Debnath, L. Dhanachandra Singh (both Prayag United SC), Gbeneme Friday, Ebi Theophilus Sukore (both Shillong Lajong FC), Ajmaludheen M., Salil Usman (both Quartz SC, Kozhikode), Cavin Peter Lobo (East Bengal Club), A.C. Nithinlal, Mintu Saha, Noel Anthony Wilson, Goutam Debnath, Nihal Chandran, Karan Amin, Peter Siddiqui, Pachau Lalam Puia, Neeraj Sharma, Rolfred Coutinho, Manuel D'Souza, Tushar Poojary, Darren Caldeira, Shahnawaz Bashir, Kingsley Chioma

LEFT: Arindam Ghosh, Asif Kottayil, Usman Ashik, C.K. Vineeth (all Prayag United SC), Shahbas Shaleel, Sherin Sam, Noushad K., Manoj Manoharan (all Quartz SC, Kozhikode), Sukhwinder Singh (Pune FC), Pradeep Mohanraj (Air India), Sharath K. (Mumbai FC), Shaiju Mon (Pailan Arrows), David Sunday (Mohammedan Sporting Club), Gurjinder Singh (Southern Samity), Suman Datta, Faisal T., Jimshad U., O.K. Javed, Krishnan Nair Ajayan, Gunashekar Vignesh, Manoj T.M., Jagdeep Singh, Charles Dzisah, Isaac Boakye, James Effiong
COACH: ???

RETAINED: Shayan Roy, Deepak Devrani, R. Vishal Kumar, Souvik Ghosh, Prathamesh Maulingkar, Bikramjit Singh Jr, Arijeet Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Sonu Beniwal, Pritam Kotal, Avinaba Bag, Shilton Sydney D'Silva, Shenaz Singh, Ongnam Milan Singh, Prabir Das, Tirthankar Sarkar, Shankar S, Malsawmfela, Holicharan Narzary, Rajinder Kumar, Sumit Passi
NEW: Ravi Kumar, Mohammed Irfan Khan, Chingkhel Meetei Yumnam, Ravinder Singh, Pronoy Haldar, Jayabrata Dhar, S. Siam Hanghal, Simranjeet Singh, Randhan Meetei Yumnam, Pankaj Kumar Sona, Alwyn George (all Tata Football Academy), Dhanpal Ganeshan (Pune FC), Soram Poirei Anganba (Shillong Lajong FC), Shaiju Mon (Chirag United Kerala), Deepak Prakash (HAL SC)
LEFT: Naveen Kumar, Lalrozama Fanai, Rajib Ghosh, Bijendra Rai, C.S Sabeeth (all Mohun Bagan AC), Gurtej Singh Sr, Bikramjit Singh, Ajay Singh (all Churchill Brothers SC), Jibon Singh (Shillong Lajong FC), Krishanu Banerjee (Mohammedan Sporting Club), T. Lalnunpuia (Royal Wahingdoh FC), Loukik Jadhav (Dodsal FC, Mumbai), Kamaljeet Singh, Amarwant Singh, Gurtej Singh Jr, Narayan Das, Lalnunka
COACH: Arthur PAPAS (new)

RETAINED: Amar Deb, R.C. Prakash
LEFT: Pramod P., T.V. Biju Kumar, Goutam Debnath, Femi Joseph Adeola, Kaushik Bose, Ethesham Bucks, Konsam Ajitkumar Singh (all Mohammedan Sporting Club), Abdullah Hamza Amaba, Kshetrimayum Malamnganba Meitei (both Salgaocar SC), Sargolsem James Singh (Mumbai FC), Deepak Prakash (Pailan Arrows), Bijoy Das (United Sikkim FC), Muttath Sudheesh (Vasco SC), Rohit Chand, Aleksandar Sujdovic
UNKNOWN: Liliyan Kennath, Prakash Koley, Rajendra Prasad, Satish Kumar Sr, Sarbjeet Singh, Chandandeep Singh, Bhola Prasad, Ramesh, J. Karthigeyan, Sukalpa Mondal, Praveen Kumar, B. Prakash, Vinoth Kumar V., Sunder Raj Rajan

RETAINED: Monotosh Ghosh, Harpreet Singh, Syed Farid, K. Romen Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Munmun Timoty Lugun, Sagar Rai, Jiten Rai, Mayal Dok Lepcha, Nim Tshering Lepcha, Sahinsha Ansari, Baichung Bhutia, Tenzing Tsephel Bhutia, Vikram Singh Gill
NEW: Beingaichho Beokhokhai, Budhiram Tudu (both East Bengal Club), Anwar, Sakatar Singh (both Mohun Bagan AC), Nima Tamang, Mobin Rai (both Sikkim Sports Academy), Sheikh Shabbir Ali (Prayag United SC), Mashangva Genius Zenith (Shillong Lajong FC), Bijoy Das (HAL SC), Ashish Chettri (Royal Wahingdoh FC), Salau Nuruddin Olawale (Green Valley SC, Assam), Lineker Machado (Union Bank of India, Mumbai), Gokul Oram (Samaleshwari FC, Orissa), Hardip Singh Saini, Rahul Jaiswal, Sanjeev Mali, Raju Debnath, Thupden Bhutia, V. Lalthanpuia, Nadong Bhutia, Tae-Yoon (KOREA), Míchael Steven Rodríguez Gutiérrez (CS Herediano, COSTA RICA), Sogan Kokou (TOGO)
LEFT: Karan Atwal, Quinton Norman Jacobs (both Salgaocar SC), Baldeep Singh, Ong Teshering Lepcha (both Air India), Sanasam Basant Singh, Govin Moirangthem Singh (both Shillong Lajong FC), Mumtaz Akhtar (Pune FC), Arnab Das Sharma (Mohammedan Sporting Club), Mayosing Khongreiwo (Langsning FC, Shillong), Khangembam Thoi Singh (Dodsal FC, Mumbai), Pranesh Dewan, Martin Louis Joseph Daniel, Harish Sharma, Hiralal Chetri, Nganingmi Shimran, Prantosh Roy, Afzal Ansari, Ayeni Bidemi Daniel, Babatunde John Oladele

RETAINED: Prasenjit Ghosh, Bilifang Narzary, Parwinder Singh, A. Naresh, Bimal Minz, F. Lalmuanpuia, Sachin Gawas, Jatin Singh Bisht, Katsumi Yusa, Rajib Boro, Tarif Ahmed, Kailash Patel
NEW: Mohammed Adeola Hassan, Surabuddin Mollick (both Mohammedan Sporting Club), Kamal Thapa, Robin Gurung (both Ar-Hima FC), Sandeep Sangha (Air India), Rehnesh T.P., David Lalrinmuana, I.K. Echukwu, Oneyama Eke
LEFT: Al-Hassan Abubakar, Olagoke Akinsel Isamit (both Police AC), Silva Andrea (Calcutta Port Trust), Sujay Dutta (Calcutta Customs), Krishna Shirodkar (Cuncolim Union, Goa), Kabijit Khotel (Calcutta), Sandip Das (Calcutta)
UNKNOWN: M.C. Dhanesh, Kenistan C., Joel Sequeira, Gary D'Mello, J. Modi, Reuben D'Souza, Wahid Mohammed, Ashish Pandey

RETAINED: Sheikh Azim, Phool Chand Hembram, Mohammed Mukhtar, Gautam Kujur, Monirul Mondal Mullah, Alfred K. Jaryan
NEW: Pramod P., T.V. Biju Kumar, Goutam Debnath, Femi Joseph Adeola, Kaushik Bose, Ethesham Bucks, Konsam Ajitkumar Singh (all HAL SC), Kingshuk Debnath, R. Dhanarajan, Joseph Muralidharan, Gouranga Datta, Ashim Biswas (all Mohun Bagan AC), Somnath Khara, Narugopal Hait, Jayanta Sen (all Prayag United SC), Mohammed Mustafa Ali, Amit Kumar, Satish Patel (all Tata Football Academy), Subhankar Dey, Sujoy Mondal (both Vasco SC), David Sunday (Chirag United Kerala), Krishanu Banerjee (Pailan Arrows), Arnab Das Sharma (United Sikkim FC), Shin Ho Jun (Langsning FC), Pralay Dutta, Akhil Rajbanshi, Sanath Roy, Bengkok Nameirakpam, Mohammed Nasim, Rohit Kalshotra, Lzwala Singh, Daniel Aji (signed in the season)
LEFT: Naseem Akhtar, Sudip Das, Amrit Pal Singh, Suraj Mondal (all Southern Samity), Mohammed Adeola Hassan, Surabuddin Mollick (both ONGC), Suman Datta, Surojit Bose (both Dodsal FC, Mumbai), Safar Sardar (East Bengal Club), Cyprian Stanley Okoroigwe (Mohun Bagan AC), Tapan Maity (Prayag United SC), Suman Dey (Bhowanipore Club, Kolkata), Sovan Das (Calcutta Port Trust), Sukhdeb Ghosh (Eastern Railway SC, Kolkata), Debkumar Sashmal, Mohammed Hatchibuddin Mondal, Bikash Narzary, P. Ummer Farooque, Gobinth Adhikari, Felix, Maharaj Hossain, Dibyandu Chanda, Femi Joseph Adeola (released in the season)

RETAINED: Saroj Pradhan, Nikhil C Bernard, Kareem Omolaja Nurain, Algan Jones Sun, Lalchhawnkima, Miliancy Khongstia, H. Malsawmtluanga, T. Jackichand Singh, Tenzing Dhondup, I. Seityasen Singh, Lalhmangaih Sanga, Zosangkima, C. Laldinmawia, Chencho, Beekay Bawar
NEW: L. Romenjit Singh (Shillong Lajong FC), T. Lalnunpuia (Pailan Arrows), T. Premchand Sharma (Southern Sporting Union, Manipur), A. Niruchand Singh (DMRAO, Manipur), Ennio Di Girolamo Silva (BRAZIL), Kunzang Bhutia, Reagan Singh, Rodin Sangma, Bickyson Kharkongor
LEFT: Ashish Chetri (United Sikkim FC)
UNKNOWN: Sanju Thapa, Karma Tshreing Lepcha, Brolington Warlarpih, Bowari Khongstia, Baskhem Carter Shanpru, K. James Singh, Kerionald Pyngrope, Tyllilang Syiem, Chesterfield Nongdhar, Samuel R. Hmar, Ph. Boy Singh, Perry S. Koli

RETAINED: Rajni Kumar, Agnelo Noronha, Sarvanand Korgaonkar, Agnelo Barreto, Christofer Borges, Aniket Dilip Jadhav, Aiken Dias, Jose Colaco, Milind Shinde, Rahul Kandulkar, Rohan Sagar Kamble
NEW: Milagrio Medeira, Avelino Fernandes, Michael Faleiro (all Sporting Clube de Goa), Bitu Singh, Jyotesh Palkar, Rajat Chopdekar (all Brasil Futebol Academia, Goa), Muttath Sudheesh (HAL SC), Lesly Fernandes (Sesa Football Academy), Mario Mascarenhas (Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim), Faizal Sheikh (Brasil Futebol Academia/Calangute Association, Goa), Amar Halankar, Bruno Furtado (BRAZIL), Felix Odili, Monday Kingdom Felix, Abdullah Hamza Amaba (Salgaocar SC, signed in the season)
LEFT: Subhankar Dey, Sujoy Mondal (both Mohammedan Sporting Club), Melroy D'Silva, Mario Crasto (both Goa Velha SC), Menino Fernandes, Jerose Oliveira (both Wilred Leisure SC, Goa), Agnelo Colaco (salgaocar SC), Julius Irabor Akpele (Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim), Andrew Igado, Isa Ali Isa
UNKNOWN: Elvino Fernandes, Sagar Bhatkande, Sunil Sharma, Kishan

RETAINED: Thokchom Roshan Singh, Jayganesh Goltekar, Andrew Don Bosco, Valinton D'Silva, Charles Miranda, Girish Naik, Inacio Colaco, Agnelo Quadros, Joston Lourenco, Chikudi Chukwama
NEW: Jerson Pereira, Melvin Lobo, Nevil Miranda (all Sesa Juniors), Prajot Naik (Sporting Clube de Goa), Sunny Singh, Yogesh G. Kadam
LEFT: Bruno Colaco, Stanley Coutinho, Frehauf Fernandes, Rakshak Naik (all Margao SC), Valentino Rodrigues, Pratesh Shirodkar (both Sporting Clube de Goa), Steven Fernandes (Salgaocar SC), Lesly Fernandes (Vasco SC)
UNKNOWN: Neves Fernandes, Shishuram Chutia, Amol Salgaocar, Marcus Fernandes, Edwin Lucas, Daniel Albert Vales, Samson Fernandes, Shadab Shaikh, Daniel Fernandes, Amritpal Singh, Jonychand Singh, Richard Colaco, Felix Barreto

RETAINED: Abhijit Das, Rajib Ahmed, Mriganka Sharma, Kaushik Biswas, Sovan Chakraborty, Suman Ghosal, Nilendra Dewan, Moirangthem Basanta Singh,
NEW: Sudip Das, Amrit Pal Singh, Suraj Mondal (all Mohammedan Sporting Club), Manash Barua, Marcos Alexandro de Carvalho Pereira (both Bhawanipore Club, Kolkata), Karthik Kisku (Salgaocar SC), Gurjinder Singh (Chirag United Kerala), Naseem Akhtar (Mohammedan Sporting Club/Green Valley SC, Guwahati), Munna Mullick (Aryan Club, Kolkata), M. Parthiban (Indian Bank), David K.C. Ngaihte (Tarun Sangha, Delhi), M. Ram Kumar Singh (Arrows FC, Tamil Nadu), S. Heman Singh (Malki SC, Meghalaya), Pranit Lama, Avijit Das, Rahul Bhattacharjee, Shyam Mondal, Mithun Naha, Ajoy Saha, Imran Khan, Amitava Chakraborty, Eduardo da Silva Escobar (BRAZIL)
LEFT: A. Echezona Celestine, L. Lalrinfela (both Mohun Bagan AC), Gurpreet Singh, Nazimuddin Mollick (both Bhawanipore Club, Kolkata), Gour Naskar (Prayag United SC), Jamir Ali Mandal (Police AC, Kolkata), Prasanta Chakraborty (Calcutta Port Trust), Avijit Ghosh (Dodsal FC, Mumbai), R.K. Jimmy Kazip (Delhi United FC), Govinda Maity (BNR, Kolkata), Zico Zorengsanga (Dinthar FC, Mizoram), Pronoy Roy, Uken Debbarma, Chandan Das, Debayan Saha, Soraisam Dharamjit Singh, Babin Biswas, Habibur Rehman Mondal, Deepak K., Manas Das, Thang Somi Ruivah, Prateek Joshi, Gopal Das, Sheikh Moidul, Sanku Debbarma, Sheikh Sanjib, Thuksuma Boy, Eehe Zara, Alfred Alfie Ndyenge
COACH: Shabbir ALI

RETAINED: Rupak Dutta, Sagram Mandi, Johny Routh, Rahul Mistry, Subhojit Majumdar, Jagannath Sana, Swapan Oraon, Santosh Oraon, Souvik Ghosh, Surajit Chakraborty, Uttam Debnath, Biswajt Biswas
NEW: Dipendu Dowary, Abinash Ruidas, Goutam Thakur, Hudson Lima da Silva, Jose Ramirez Barreto (all Mohun Bagan AC), Debjit Majumdar, Nabin Hela (both East Bengal Club), Gurpreet Singh, Nazimuddin Mollick (both Southern Samity), Suman Dey (Mohammedan Sporting Club), Subho Kumar (Aryan Club, Kolkata), Amit Singha Roy, Amit Kundu, Sayantan Das Roy, Kalia Kulothungan, Richard Gariseb
LEFT: Manash Barua, Marcos Alexandro de Carvalho Pereira (both Southern Samity), Satish Singh (Churchill Brothers SC), Dipendu Biswas (Mohun Bagan AC), Sourav Chakraborty (Sporting Clube de Goa), Satyajit Bose (Aryan Club, Kolkata), Amit Chakraborty (George Telegraph SC, Kolkata), Sukuruddin Laskar (Kalighat Club, Kolkata), Ndudirim Henry Chukwukere (Eastern Railway SC, Kolkata), Dulal Biswas (retired), Sudipta Kar, Bapi Chowdhury, Amar Sardar, Sukanta Banerjee, Manas Das, Sukumal Santra, Sanjib Santra, Sabir Khan, Tubai Lohar, Amar Ganguly, Bachchu Chowdhury, Tilak Saha, Ram Sarup, Ankit Sharma, Douglas da Silva, Samuel Ike
COACH: Dulal BISWAS (new)

RETAINED: Siddesh Morje, Joseph Rodrigues, Jolan Lourenco, Valerio Vaz, Atish Shetgaonkar, Zico Costa, Alber Gonsalves, Augusto Monteiro, Nestor Dylan Dias, Trevor Dias, Clyde Dias, Cliff Fernandes, Saprem Diukar, Royden Camelo
NEW: Criston Fernandes, Ranvil Castanha, Chatur Naik, Sohan Shinde (all Panjim Footballers), Adolf Caiado, Jesmon Carvalho, Abhijit Salgaoncar (all Vagator Parish Youth), Joshuah Vaz, Prannoy Godinho (both Churchill Brothers SC), Melroy D'Silva, Mario Crasto (both Vasco SC), Dietmar Fernandes, Jason Fernandes (both ABC Arambol), Parshuram Kaddinawar, Prakash Khatri (both Brasil Futebol Academia, Goa), Andson D'Souza, Shane Temudo (both Goa Velha Under-20), Sidroy Alfonso (Dempo SC), Ligorio Alvares (Calangute Association), Ferran Fernandes (Clube Sao Miguel de Taleigao), Nerry Afonso (Dempo Juniors), Francis Fernandes, Rahul Dhar, Vishnu Singh
LEFT: Basileo Rego (Dempo SC), Wellington Fernandes (Sporting Clube de Goa), Donald Rocha (Air India), Bruno Fernandes (Wilred Leisure SC), Soma Korgaonkar, Cruz Gomes, Randell Dias, Gary D'Mello, Nelson Fernandes, Xavier Estrocio, Tyson Fernandes, Pio D'Sousa, Elias D'Sousa, Parsuram Kaddinawar, Denzil Pritto, Morbimore Pinto, Gautam Kanconkar, Volvino Rego, Freddy Oliveira, Kunal Rodrigues

Retained: Jason D'Mello, Remus Gomes, Jolex Fernandes
NEW: Wilton Gomes (Sporting Clube de Goa), Frederic Endro (Air India), Julius Irabor Akpele (Vasco SC), Thomas Joaquim D'Souza (Calangute Association, Goa), Pacy Perryson Rebello (Margao SC), Samson Fernandes, Raymond Fernandes, Agnelo D'Souza
LEFT: Mario Mascarenhas (Vasco SC), Sunford Cardozo (Margao SC), Bibiano Fernandes (retired), Monday Ugboji, Emmanuel Okoro
UNKNOWN: Desmond Fernandes, Marcus D’Costa, Levino Fernandes, Floyed Colaco, Joston Pereira, John Barreto, Daison Cardozo, Bitu Singh, Floyd Colaco, Dickson Rogtao
COACH: Kannan PRIOLKAR (new)

NEW: M. Mohammed Rafi, Durga Boro (both Churchill Brothers SC), Irungbam Surkumar Singh, Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep (both Mohun Bagan AC), Arup Debnath, Nisthar Kali Alaudeen (both Air India), Suman Datta, Surojit Bose (both Mohammedan Sporting Club), Rabindra Ghosh, Jishaan Ahmed (both Nagpur FC), Sunil Kumar (East Bengal Club), Paresh Shivalkar (Pune FC), Henry Gangte (Shillong Lajong FC), Loukik Jadhav (Pailan Arrows), Khangembam Thoi Singh (United Sikkim FC), Bikash Jairu (Ar-Hima FC), Avijit Ghosh (Southern Samity), Vinay Kumar (Jammu&Kashmir Police), Nitesh Saini (Uttaranchal Heroes Club), Varinder Singh (Mahilpur), Rahul Kumar, Anthony Fernandes, Demba Diakhate
COACH: Bimal GHOSH (new)

RETAINED: Ricardo Cardozo, Mohammed Moniruzzaman Ansari, Suraj Kumar, Kamaldeep Singh, Gurpreet Singh, S.K. Rohit, Jarmanjeet Singh, Rocky Singh, Sanjiv Kumar, Manas Sarkar, Harpreet Singh, Biswajit Sardar, Baidyanath Das, Vineet Rai, Deepak Tirkey, Udanta Singh
NEW: Seiminlum Kipgen, Khaikhogen Kipgen (both JSYC, Manipur), Thiyam Chingkheinganba, Sh. Roland Singh (both USAL, Manipur), Konsham Chinglensana Singh (Air India Juniors), Hitesh Sharma (Chandigarh Football Academy), Sourav Das (Bata SC, Kolkata), Samrat Chowdhury (SAI Siliguri), Toki Zomuanpuia (Dinthar FC, Mizoram), Ramandeep Kumar (Youth FC - Rurka Kalan, Punjab), Asil K. (SEPT, Kerala), L. Jonathan Ginthianlal (Kuki Sporting Club, Manipur), Longjam Lamyamba Meitei (RYDO, Manipur), O. Romtan Singh (NIPSO Club, Manipur), Rajak Nag (Sports Hostel - Cuttack, Orissa), Abdul Bilal (Independent Club, Orissa), Sandeep Alhan, Aibanbha Kupar Dohling, Vijay Kumar, M. Rahul Raj, Arjun, Shashi Prasad Keshri
LEFT: Ravi Kumar, Mohammed Irfan Khan, Chingkhel Meetei Yumnam, Ravinder Singh, Pronoy Haldar, Jayabrata Dhar, S. Siam Hanghal, Simranjeet Singh, Randhan Meetei Yumnam, Pankaj Kumar Sona, Alwyn George (all Pailan Arrows), Bilal Khan, Sanjay Balmaehu, Manpreet Singh (all Churchill Brothers SC), Mohammed Mustafa Ali, Amit Kumar, Satish Patel (all Mohammedan Sporting Club), Karan Sawhney (Salgaocar SC), Anil Hansda (Sporting Clube de Goa)

Kamis, 04 Oktober 2012

VIDEO: 1st DSA Inter School Girls Football Tournament

In their latest video feature Anglian Football looks once more at girls football in New Delhi. 'Come on, Women Power!' As one of the girls at the tournament exclaims.

An overview of the 1st DSA Inter-School Girls Football Tournament, in which schools from across Delhi battled for Football Supremacy. They caught up with the girls during the tournament, only to get mesmerized by their enthusiasm, infectious energy and love for the game.

German Football Coaching tips for Mizoram

On their current trip to Mizoram, German coaching instructors Lutz Pfannenstiel and Felix Imm of the German Football Association (DFB), have stated that Mizoram can produce footballers of world class if the abundant talent among young footballers is properly harnessed, as the duo feel there was no reason why budding footballers from the Northeastern state cannot graduate to world standard players.

The coaches, who are in Aizawl to train local footballers and local coaches, were pretty impressed by the potential and high spirits of the young players.

“The potential is clearly visible in the spirited and entertaining game played by the young players," former goalkeeper Lutz Pfannenstiel said.

Lal Thanzara, President of Mizoram Football Association had requested Rainer Schmiedchen, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kolkata, to provide good coaches for Mizoram, the Consul General promptly expressed keen interest in exploring football talent in the state and took initiative to bring German coach to the state back in May 2012.

The world goalkeeper Lutz Pfannenstiel, who is the first footballer to have played professional football in all the six continents of our planet, said that for the past few days he and Felix Imm had been watching the local Mizo football keenly and concluded that the state has enough talent to make it to international standards.

The German duo is in the process of training local football coaches who will be participating in the upcoming Mizoram Premier League.

"We hope that some coaches may be inspired by what they learned during the training to try to find those same footballing truths for themselves and having found them, apply them to their own teams in Mizoram," said the German duo.

"The players need psychological, physical, moral, medical and sports support. This is how we do it back in Germany and there is no reason why we can’t do it in India or Mizoram," Lutz said at the press confidence.

"Our sincere thanks go to Lal Thanhawla, chief minister of Mizoram who paved the way for Mizoram Football Association to meet Consul General of Germany and our President Lal Thanzara, their efforts have paid off, not only for Mizoram, but also for India," said Lalnghinglova Hmar, Honorary Secretary of the Mizoram Football Association.

The coach education programme with the German coaches started on October 1 and runs until October 6 with 28 coaches from Mizoram attended the programme.

4th Milind Deora Junior Soccer Championship to kick off on October 6

The 4th edition of the Milind Deora Junior Soccer Championship organised in association with English Premier League club Queens Park Rangers FC will kick-off on Saturday, October 6. South Mumbai will witness football packed weekends in the month of October at one of India's largest community football tournaments.

The Championship would also serve as a talent hunt for thirty talented youngsters who will be shortlisted for a coaching clinic that will be conducted exclusively by the Queens Park Rangers coaching teams from the UK. From this training camp, the two most talented youngsters will be selected for a five week long training stint at the Queens Park Rangers in-house coaching facility in London.

This year, the tournament will witness around 4000 students from 200 schools, with teams in the under-8, U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16 and U-18 categories of boys and girls competing at Mumbai's Western Railways football grounds at Lower Parel. The Championship is open to all South Mumbai schools including Municipal schools, Government aided schools and Private schools. The tournament will provide an equal and fair opportunity to talents from different backgrounds to showcase their skills on a common platform.

Talking about the championship, Minister of State for Communications and IT, Milind Deora said, "Football is a growing passion amongst today's youth. By organising such championships I hope to provide a platform to the youth to exhibit their football skills. I hope to provide football enthusiasts with the necessary infrastructure and help the coaches identify talent. I am sure that with a cohesive effort, we will be able to popularize and develop the sport in India."

QPR's head of community program, Andy Evans said, "We have been associated with the Milind Deora Soccer championship for the last four years; the participants have been increasing and we have witnessed some astounding talent. Even though this championship aims at bringing the South Mumbai community together, I am sure we would find some serious talent here who might play for India or even in the EPL."

The tournament is organised by the Milind Deora Initiative and EPL side Queens Park Rangers in association with Nirmal Lifestyles and managed by Saran Sports.

SportsMeet-Bangalore, October Edition on October 13!

The fifth edition of the SportsMeet in Bangalore has Sports Journalism as its topic and it will be held from 2 pm onwards on Saturday, October 13 at the Central Block, 3rd Floor, Christ University on Hosur Road, Bangalore.

SportsMeet - Bangalore is a platform where the sports professionals (athletes, coaches, physios, managers, and so on), sports business, sport enthusiast, and sports management aspirants network, discuss, and collaborate.

SportsMeet is ideal for companies who run their business on Sports – developing grassroot athletes to providing sport infrastructure to schools or managing athletes, looking for a consortium of sorts where they can network, integrate, interact.

The main event will be followed by networking and snack party.

Here the Agenda

14:00 - 14:30: Registration and Networking
14:30 - 14:45: Demo from Game On Sports Management (Roots Sports) – A Sports Management company, organizing and promoting Sports
14:45 - 15:30: Evolution of Sports Journalism – Kalyan Ashok, Senior Sports Editor at the Hindu
15:30 - 15:45: Demo from – website, largest sports writers network
15:45 - 16:00: Demo from One Thousand Hockey Legs – An NGO promoting Field Hockey at the grass root level
16:00 - 16:30: Snacks and Networking

Those interested to attend the SportsMeet on Saturday please contact Subhajyoti Banerjee (9008299122). There is a registration fee of Rs 100 for the event.