Great Initative By A Fan’s Club Member

Rajat Mukherjee who is a member of Red & Gold Lovers Fan’s Club, donated र 30’000 INR to East Bengal FC. From Siliguri Rajat Mukherjee is not only a member of Red & Gold Lovers but he is allso Vice-President of the Fan’s Club.

Formed in 2012 Red & Gold Lovers is affilated by East Bengal, which more commonly known as RGL, and it is one of the biggest & most popular fan’s clubs of East Bengal have, which has many units in allover West Bengal.

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RGL is not only a fans club but in past it was attached with many social affairs like donating cloths to East Bengal’s ground staff, one of their major achivements was the 2013 Asean Day Celebretation which marks the 10th anniversary of East Bengal’s historical Asean Cup triumph in 2003.

At present RGL has over 100 active members who are not only supporting their beloved club, but they are involving them selfs with many social activites.


On the surface it may seem just another victory. But Mizoram’s recent triumph in the recently concluded 68th Santosh Trophy is much more than that. The seeds for glory were sown long back and the Football mad State is just reaping the benefits at the moment.


“Mizoram Football Association is a great example of how a State Association should be run,” All India Football Federation General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das tells said “It just goes on to show that if a State Association,  embarks on a proper program including Youth Development and a League with the right intent, they can achieve glory,” he adds.


In 2013, apart from the Santosh Trophy glory, Mizoram also annexed the 48th BC Roy Trophy when they defeated Assam 6-1 in the Final in Ranchi.


“This should come as an eye-opener for all others. AIFF will always support Football’s cause in other States provided they show the same purpose and intent just as it has been supporting Mizoram FA. But he State Associations need to be proactive. They need to create and drive their own Programme in line with AIFF’s overall objectives,” Das further states.


“Very often, many a State Association complain of lack of funds. The same applies to Mizoram FA as well. But they have proved time and again that it has never come as an obstacle for the growth of the Sport in the State,” Das argues.


One needs to remember that the Mizoram Football Association won the 2013 AIFF Award for the Best Member Association, an Award which was instituted for the first time by AIFF. The Award was awarded to Mizoram FA for their involvement and eagerness to upgrade using help from AIFF in Grassroots and Coach Education.

The implementation of the AIFF Grassroots Pilot Project in Mizoram has been a success and the Project stays the role model for other States to implement future Grassroots Development initiatives.

Picture : Ropuia Ralte







East Bengal Take On Shillong Lajong In The Round 21 Encounter Of The I-League

East Bengal take on Shillong Lajong in the round 21 encounter of the Airtel I-League at the Salt Lake Stadium on Friday evening.

A win would see East Bengal overtake fifth-placed Lajong as they currently trail the North-East club by two points and have played three less games.

The red-and-gold brigade come into this fixture on the back of a morale-boosting 2-1 win against Mohammedan Sporting. That result ended a sequence of five games without a win in all competitions but more importantly has given them hope of mounting a title challenge.

But the Kolkata giants have lacked consistency all season with 22 points dropped already after 15 outings while they haven’t won back-to-back I-League fixtures for more than 12 months.

Armando Colaco’s side will also be without Nigerian central defender Uga Okpara, who came off with an injury in the Mohammedan clash and could even be ruled out for the rest of the campaign.

However East Bengal recorded their biggest win of the season when the sides met in Shillong back in October as a James Moga brace and one each from Edeh Chidi and Cavin Lobo saw them comfortably win 4-0.

That victory came during the tenure of Brazilian Marcos Falopa and now they would be aiming to do the double over Lajong under the guidance of Colaco.

“The performance was more pleasing about the Mohammedan game than the result. Now we must build on that win by securing three more points,” Colaco was quoted as saying.

Thangboi Singto’s Lajong side have been in the top five for the majority of the campaign but have failed to win after the break with two points from three games.

In their last game, Lajong drew 2-2 away at Pune FC and Singto would happily settle for another point on their travels.

Lajong have been quite strong going forward as only league leaders Bengaluru FC have scored more but they have only kept three clean sheets in 18 games and thus have a negative goal difference.

The I-League head-to-head record is quite even with three wins each and a draw in seven meetings and East Bengal have the chance to beat Lajong twice in the same season for the very first time.

Club Licensing Workshop For 2nd Division Clubs

The second Airtel I-League Club licensing seminar of 2014 successfully wrapped up at the AIFF Headquarters, Football House, New Delhi, on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Present for the occasion were representatives from the Clubs qualified to the Second Division League Final Round 2013/14.

The main objective of this meet was to give the Clubs an insight into the top tier of Indian Club Football – I-League. One of the five Clubs qualified to play the Final Round of the 2nd Division League – Hindustan FC, Royal Wahingdoh, United Sikkim FC, Bhawanipore FC, and Kalighat Milan Sangha – will get the opportunity to attain promotion to the I-League next season.

The representatives from the five Clubs interacted at length with the speakers from the AIFF on various topics – The I-League regulations and match operations, the Indian Club Licensing Regulations, the Youth Development Plan, and Media Management.

“The AIFF wants to educate the second division teams about the steps and the philosophies needed for a smooth transition to the I-League,” Col. BMR Mehta, Asst Gen Secy – Administration, AIFF, said, in the inaugural address.

Mr. Sunando Dhar, CEO, Airtel I-League addressed the Club representatives that the main motive of the meeting was to ensure that the 2nd Division Clubs get more or less prepared for the I-League.

“I hope you can take lot of things out of this [meeting]. We will ensure that you don’t have to start from scratch when you get promoted to the I-League,” he said.

“You will be going back here with a few pointers, and I wish you all the best”.

Mr. Akshay Rohatgi, Manager, I-League, AIFF, showcased a presentation on the I-League regulations, the match day operations and organisations. His session was followed by a demonstration of the Indian Club Licensing Regulations and the Online Licensing Process by Mr. Indranil Das, Executive, Club Licensing, AIFF.

Post lunch, a session was conducted by Mr. Pushpargha Chatterjee, Manager – Academies and Coaching – AIFF, on the Youth Development Plan. He showed a presentation and cited examples of overseas football Clubs having a rich youth system and a dedicated academy structure.

The session concluded with a presentation on Media Operations by Mr. Debayan Mukherjee, Media Coordinator, AIFF. He demonstrated that the interaction of the fans with the Club should be given a major importance and stated the importance of having a dedicated website. Not only that, he also explained the rules with which the media interact with the players and officials.

Anoop Abraham, General Manager, Royal Wahingdoh FC, expressed that the meeting benefited him and his Club as a whole will benefit a lot.

“I have to commend AIFF for this initiative as it has compelled clubs to get serious about the business of football,” he said.

“This is a good step towards making us all sit up and have a serious look into the way we operate and the right approach towards the same. Extending this for the 2nd Division I-League clubs is also a good move as we look to implement the club licensing in the right spirit.”

The Final Round of the 2nd Division League gets under way on March 23, 2014. It will be played over two legs – in Silchar and Aizawl. Only one team will attain promotion to the I-League next season, and the winner will be known on April 11.

List of participants:

Hindustan FC: Arjun Nijhawan, Siddharth Chettri, DK Bose

Royal Wahingdoh FC: Anoop Abraham, Dinesh Renthlei, Ivan Raplang Doonai, Damang Syngkon

United Sikkim FC: Swaraj Singhi, Melbin Thomas Jose

Bhawanipore FC: Satyabrata Paul, Bishnu Chakraborty

Kalighat Milan Sangha: Partho Biswas

Bengaluru FC Defeated United SC 3-1

Table toppers Bengaluru FC defeated United SC 3-1 in the round 21 encounter of the Airtel I-League at the Kalyani Stadium in Kalyani on Thursday afternoon to go seven points clear.

Thoi Singh gave Bengaluru the lead just before halftime but Eric Brown equalised for the hosts from the spot early in the second period. However an own goal from Dhanachandra Singh and a late strike from India captain Sunil Chhetri saw Ashley Westwood’s side record their fourth away win of the campaign.

The result also keeps United SC very much in the relegation battle as they remain only five points above rock-bottom Churchill Brothers but have played two extra games.

It was a pretty even contest in the early stages with ball possession being similar and neither side created any clear opportunity in the opening quarter but Bengaluru striker Robin Singh had to come off with an injury.

Bengaluru started to take control after the hour mark and showed more purpose going forward. They had the first real attempt of the game when Rooney tested United SC custodian Jayanta Paul while Chhetri also had a penalty claim denied.

The visitors strong finish to the half was rewarded with a goal after a fine team move. Rooney and Chhetri exchanged passes before the Australian found an unmarked Thoi, who scored from close range.

Bengaluru started the second half strongly also but from a counter attack, the purple shirts won a penalty when Shouvik Chakraborty was brought down inside the box by Keegan Pereira. Brown coolly converted the spot-kick to restore parity.

Bengaluru raised their tempo further after conceding with Chhetri going close with a volley. The away side regained their lead just after the hour-mark when a Rooney header went into the back of the net after a taking a deflection off Dhanachandra.

The goal came after Rooney headed Rinto Anto’s cross goalwards but the final touch came off Dhanachandra and the match officials later credited it to the unfortunate United SC defender.

Despite going in front, Bengaluru continued to attack and could have put the game to bed when Rooney found himself free inside the box but his shot was saved by Paul while Chhetri’s effort from the rebound was cleared of the line by Bello Rassaq.

At the other end, United SC did create a couple of great opportunities to equalise but Waheed was wasteful while substitute Surajit Bose was also booked for diving.

Both sides made plenty of changes in the final 15 minutes with Bengaluru also losing defender John Johnson through injury.

Chhetri finally sealed the points late on by capitalising on an error from Dhanachandra and slotting past Paul for his 13th of the campaign.

A-Licence Coaching Course Will Be Conducted In Goa

All India Football Federation will be conducting an AFC A-Certificate Course in Goa from May 1 to 27, 2014. The Course will be conducted by Mr. Lim Kim Chon, an AFC Instructor from Malaysia.

The application procedure has been opened online at the official website of All Indian Football Federation, as AIFF is receiving applications from across India. Candidates eligible to apply for the Course would be required to possess the following:


1. AFC B-Certificate Course


2. 1 year work experience as AFC B-Certificate coach


Candidates have to apply only online with necessary supporting documents. The last date for receiving applications for the Course is March 25, 2014.



India Stays Talking Point In Soccerex

Mr. Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League represented All India Football Federation in a Soccerex initiative which was held at the Marriott Hotel, Amman, Jordan on May 5, 2014. Besides Mr. Dhar, AFDP Founder, HRH Prince Ali Bin Hussein and Mr. Duncan Revie, CEO, Soccerex, were also present as India stayed one of the key talking points in the function.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Revie announced that Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF would lead a delegation of key stakeholders from Indian Football to the Asian Forum in May 2014.

The Forum will be held on May 13-14, 2014 at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre by the Dead Sea in Jordan.

Speaking at the same Event, Dhar opined that he was very much ‘optimistic about India’s Football growth in the next 5-6 years.’

“India is going through a major transformation and the results of the last decade’s work are visible. India is witnessing huge progress on various fronts which include the I-League, the National Team Development Programme and Grassroots Development,” he said.

“India has won the bid to host the FIFA 2017 U-17 World Cup which will be a game changer for the Sport in the Country,” he added.

Mr. Osvaldo Ardiles, Brand Ambassador for Soccerex, also a member of the triumphant 1978 Argentina squad which won the 1978 World Cup was also present at the Event.

The Asian Forum would be followed by the Soccerex Global Convention which will be held in Manchester from September 6-10, 2014 which would be attended by a delegation of around 50 representatives from Indian Football. The delegation would be facilitated by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (FICCI) along with AIFF.

Pic: (From left): Mr. Osvaldo Ardiles, HRH Prince Ali Bin Hussein, Mr. Duncan Revie and Mr. Sunando Dhar pose at the Soccerex Press Conference in Jordan.

Cortesy : AIFF Media

East Bengal Edged Past Mohammedan Sporting

East Bengal edged past Mohammedan Sporting 2-1 at the Salt Lake Stadium on Tuesday evening to move up to the seventh spot in the Airtel I-League table.

James Moga’s opener was cancelled out by Mohammedan’s Taro Hasegawa in the first half but Edeh Chidi settled this entertaining encounter with a late winner in the second period.

The result keeps Mohammedan Sporting in the bottom two with 18 points from 17 outings while East Bengal are now 11 behind league leaders Bengaluru FC and still have three games in hand.

Most Kolkata derbies in this season’s I-League have been cagey affairs but this one was a lively contest from the very first whistle with both sides looking to score early.

Both teams created half chances but the first real save of the game came from Luis Barreto as he did well to parry away Moga’s long-range freekick.

Just a few minutes later, the deadlock was broken after some nice interplay between East Bengal’s two foreign strikers as Chidi’s flick was missed completely by Mehrajuddin Wadoo, allowing Moga to go clean through and score past Barreto.

The goal gave East Bengal momentum with the pairing of Chidi and Moga looking dangerous.

Reacting to his team’s problems, Mohammedan coach Sanjoy Sen replaced young Monirul Mondal with Japanese Hasegawa and the black and whites were slightly fortunate not to concede a penalty when Nirmal Chettri appeared to have pushed Chidi inside the box.

Just after the half-hour mark, East Bengal suffered a big blow when Nigerian central defender Uga Okpara had to come off with an injury.

Almost immediately after Okpara’s withdrawal, Mohammedan equalised through Hasegawa, who caught Robert Lalthlamuana napping after a cross from Dhanarajan and headed past Abhijit Mondal.

Mohammedan ended the half strongly as they looked to capitalise further on the absence of Okpara in the East Bengal backline but they didn’t really test Abhijit.

The IFA Shield and Durand Cup holders were on the front foot at the start of the second half also and had a penalty shout when Penn Orji’s shot hit Raju Gaikwad’s hand.

Syed Rahim Nabi also went close for Mohammedan but they had a big setback when Brazilian centre-back Luciano Sobrosa went off injured.

Mohammedan continued to look dangerous going forward and were unfortunate to not go in front when Josimar’s powerful shot rattled the woodwork.

That bit of luck brought East Bengal to life with Ryuiji Sueoka nearly finding the target after a nice team move.

It was end-to-end action for the final half hour but East Bengal looked more likely to score next as Chidi narrowly missed the target while Naoba Singh’s chip hit the post.

East Bengal finally scored the winner when Chidi controlled Shylo Malswamtluanga’s cross inside the box and found the back of the net with a cool finish.

Mohammedan Sporting pressed hard for the equaliser but the red-and-gold brigade held on for their first victory in four I-League fixtures.

Courtesy : AIFF MEDIA

A Unique Tournament On 15th & 16th March To Be Held In Chembur (Mumbai)

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A tournament on 15th and 16th March to be held in Chembur. We invite all teams to participate. Its a 7-a-side tournament with rolling subs. The tournament will have a preliminary group stage guaranteeing at least three matches per team.

At ordinary tournaments in Mumbai the fees is Rs. 1000-1500 and usually these tournaments are knockout ones. So if you lose a match, you have basically paid Rs. 1000-1500 for one match. But at Chembur Cup you are assured to play three matches at an entry fee of just Rs. 2000 that comes up to Rs. 666.67 per match. more Matches, More Matches More Fun. Come register in Chembur Cup.

Individual Player registrations are open at Rs. 200. If you don’t have a club, don’t worry organizers will get you a team to play in. Teams of people who have registered Individually will be created.

Entry Fee:- Rs. 2000
Prize Money:- Rs. 10,000 for winners and Rs. 5000 for Runners-Up
Format:- 7+3
Dates 15th and 16th March, 2014

For Enquiries contact: 
Sachim Karekar +918097567835 
Maitreya Sohani +919920288028
Nawaz Sheikh +919867906961

It Is Not Easy But There Is Never Anything Impossible

From the moment he has set foot in the Airtel I-League, he has started making his impact felt. Nigerian forward Dudu Omangbemi has played four games so far in the competition for Salgocar FC and he has scored in each one of them. Not only that, he has also been the Man of the Match on three occasions.


How has your journey with Salgaocar FC been so far?

It has been great and going really well for me and the team. It’s an Honour to play for a team like Salgaocar FC, who respects you and appreciates what you are doing for them. And all the management and co-worker of the team have been really great and helpful.

4 goals in 4 matches – what targets have you set for this season?

Goal wise, I haven’t set any target for myself this season here. I have set a target to win as many games as I can with the team and score as many goals as I can. As long as the team is winning, I am pleased with it.

What differences have you noticed between the National Football League (NFL) and the I-League?

There have been a lot of differences, at the time of National football League there was not much money then and now in I League money has flown in a lot. On top of that, the quality is greater now. Several National and Internationals players have been roped in to make the game different now.

How have you developed as a player over the years? I have developed a lot,both physically and mentally by working hard andfighting for a place in the team. Playing abroad has given me more confident and more experience in the game and playing in European qualification matches made me more developed and experienced.

Tell us what you like the most about Salgaocar FC.

Appreciation. They are a team who appreciates you and respects every bit of you. They have got a bunch of talented players and great foreign players as well and the coaches and the management are nice and appreciative.

I have played with Salgaocar before while I was with Sporting Clube de Goa [during the NFL days]. I had come on loan and I will say then i did enjoy my time also with the team.

Salgaocar have always been a great team in Indian football and have always got many great talented players both foreign and local.

Any similarities you find between Nigerian football and Indian football?

I haven’t been following Nigerian football that much but I have followed India football a lot and I can tell any one can win the title here in India.

You’ve played in the Hungarian league, the Finnish league, and now you have returned to India. Where have you enjoyed playing the most?

I have enjoyed every bit of my playing in all countries I have played. However, you can’t compare European football with Indian and my time in India has been really amazing and great.

How have the fans and the teammates been?

Well I haven’t noticed any fans yet, but my team mates have been amazing, friendly and jovial. We keep joking and having fun with each other.

Who is your favourite footballer?

I have got a lot of favourite footballers, but I will only say Ronaldo of Brazil is my favourite, even though he has quit playing.

Lots of Nigerian footballers are making their mark in Indian football. what is your take on this?

I will say well done to them. I had know some before I left and the same people I knew then are still doing amazing and playing really well and doing good in their respective Clubs.

However we have got many other foreign players too from different countries, who are doing really great here.

Finally, what do you think of Salgaocar’s chances this season?

I think with the way we are performing now makes us genuine title contenders if we don’t lose any match. I know it is not easy but there is never anything impossible!


Courtesy : AIFF Media Team & Salgaocar FC