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ATK announce two new foreign signings

Kolkata, June 6, 2018: Two-time ISL champions, ATK have signed English defender John James Johnson in an effort to strengthen their defense. ATK has also signed attacking Spanish midfielder Manuel Lanzarote Bruno this season.

Nigerian forward Kalu Uche has also joined the squad. Apart from retaining some of the local talents from last season like Debjit Majumder, Prabir Das, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Hitesh Sharma, Jayesh Rane and Komal Thatal, ATK has also signed several new Indian players. Defender Arnab Mondal, national team midfielder Pronay Halder and forward Balwant Singh, Cavin Lobo, Shaikh Faiaz, among others will be seen in the red and white jersey in the fifth season of Indian Super League.

“We are very excited with the team that we have formed. It is a good combination of Indian and foreign players, youth and experience. We have tried to form an all-round and compact squad. I am happy to welcome several new members to the ATK family and hope that together we can put up some great football this season” said Sanjiv Goenka, Principal Owner, ATK

One of the latest recruit, John Johnson began his career at the Middlesbrough Academy where he went on to make his first-team debut in 2008 against Chelsea. Later on, he played at Tranmere Rovers and Northampton Town before he joined Bengaluru FC in 2013. Previously voted the ‘Best Defender of the I-League’ by the All India Football Federation, Johnson will now be donning ATK colours in the upcoming season of ISL.

“Really excited to join ATK. Such a massive club in India, certainly looking forward to creating memorable times and winning some trophies. Thank you ATK for having me in the family.” Johnson said.

Manuel Lanzarote Bruno was in fiery form in the last season of ISL, where he scored 13 goals and provided six assists for FC Goa. Lanzarote played with the C and B teams of FC Barcelona. In 2005, he joined neighbouring UE Lleida in Segunda División, but later moved to Atlético Madrid B. Apart from this, he has also played for clubs such as Real Oviedo and UE Sant Andreu from Tercera División.

Lanzarote scored 14 goals in the 2012–13 campaign with the Arlequinats, and in 2013 he signed a deal with La Liga side RCD Espanyol.

After playing abroad with Asteras Tripoli F.C. in Greece, Lanzarote signed for the Indian Super League franchise FC Goa in 2017.

“I have enjoyed playing in India and cannot wait to begin afresh with the double champions, ATK. I hope to be able to continue with my form from the past season and help ATK win anotherchampionship.” Lanzarote said.

It’s like a group of brothers playing together: Jhingan

NEW DELHI: Perhaps none knows that Sandesh Jhingan cried as a 17-year old when India lost to Bahrain in the Doha 2011 Asian Cup.In a freewheeling interview, Jhingan travels down memory lane to the day while speaking about his love for the National Team, his self-assessment as a player, the aim at the AFC Asian Cup 2019, defending as a Team, the ‘special back-four’ and much more. EXCERPTS:

Personally, what does qualification to the Asian Cup mean to you?

It’s a big achievement for the Country as it’s a continuous process of growth of Indian Football after the last qualification in Doha 2011. Our priority from now on is to improve and try to dominate in Asia as the Asian Cup provides us with the chance to play the bigger teams. To improve we need to learn the dominance and there is still a lot of work to be done for that.

Did you follow the Doha 2011 Asian Cup?

The last time India played in Doha (in 2011), I was a 17-year old boy and remember crying after our loss to Bahrain — a match which I felt we could have won. It was an emotional moment for a boy who was in love with the National Team and the other day in Bengaluru, it was a special moment when we qualified.

What next?

The job is not done yet. This is the first step which we have achieved because we will travel to UAE not just to participate. Rather, we need to make it to the next round for which, I reiterate, we need to work harder.

What do you attribute the unbeaten streak of the National Team to?

The biggest character of this team stays that we never give up. If you look back, we had a bad run initially but since then we have been able to turn around and it has to be attributed to the mental strength of the team.The unity in the squad is commendable, it’s like a group of brothers playing football together. That’s the understanding which we have and it’s very vital for us.

Within 2 years of making your international debut, you have earned the title of ‘Mr. Dependable.’ How much have you improved as a player?

(Smiles). The fans have been a huge support and I need to thank them for that.

But I feel it’s still a long way for me to improve as a player. I still need to work harder. Obviously, I have improved my fitness immensely and whether I have improved as a player, maybe the Coach and the others can comment. All I know is that the road is long.

The defensive back four has played a major role in taking India to this level.

I think it’s not just about the back four. If you look at the match against the Kyrgyzstan, there was a moment when Eugeneson Lyngdoh tackled in our own box which otherwise could have enabled them to score. We also have Halicharan Narzary running up and down the flanks in every match to help our side-backs.

Actually, it’s collective work with one covering up for the other. The whole team does that, so it’s not right to solely credit the back four for the defending.

What’s special about the four?

It’s the blind trust which we have amongst ourselves. Pritam Kotal, Narayan Das and I have been playing together since our U-23 days and it’s been quite a long time. Inadvertently the understanding has grown over the years, but for example, in a match, I ask anyone of the back four to turn, he will do it instantly without even thinking and I will reciprocate in the same manner if they tell me too.

India beat Mauritius 2-1 in Tri-Nation Football series

MUMBAI: India came back from behind to register their eighth official win in International Football when they made short work of Mauritius 2-1 in the opening match of the Tri-nation International Football series at Mumbai Football Arena tonight.

The victory set a record in Indian Football as this is the first time ever that an Indian National Team have won eight official matches on the trot.

Meanwhile, it was India’s 14th win in their last 16 matches in the International Arena when local lad Nikhil Poojary, Amrinder Singh and Manvir Singh were handed their international debuts for the Senior National Team marking a red-letter day in their football career.

The visitors stunned the Indian defenders in the 15th minute when Jocelyn volleyed it from the inside of the box to breach the Indian defence line.

Indians, in an effort to make a comeback, restored parity in the 37th minute when Robin Singh converted a terrific defence-scathing pass from Rowllin Borges. Robin collected the ball inside the box and calmly slotted in to cancel the visitors’ early lead, as both teams went into the changing room with level pegging.

National Coach Stephen Constantine made three changes at the half-time, two of which were debuts — Nikhil Poojary and Amrinder Singh coming in to replace Jackichand Singh and Subrata Paul respectively. Balwant Singh also came in for goalscorer Robin Singh and felt best to take his name into the score sheet.

The Almighty had written a different script for the Punjab-born striker who went onto score his first goal in the National Color just after the hour-mark in his second outing for the Senior National Team.

Eugeneson Lyngdoh lofted a juicy delivery to Jeje Lalpekhula who flicked it wisely to Balwant who took all his time to tap it home to snatch a late lead in the 62nd minute.

Rafique, who replaced Eugenson who created another gullible opportunity for scoring but Halicharan Narzary blasted it onto the perimeter boards.

Another debut was handed by the gaffer as U-23 striker Manvir Singh replaced AIFF Player of the Year Jeje Lalpekhlua three minutes to the end of the regulation time.

On his first touch itself, the lanky youngster could have found the target but his looping delivery landed over the net to leave the crowd aghast. But it didn’t matter much.

Mauritius are scheduled to lock their horns with St. Kitts & Nevis at the same venue on August 22, 2017 while India will clash against St. Kitts & Nevis two days later.

Indian player salary see sharp 103 % surge in 3 years

MUMBAI: Indian Super League 2017 witnessed a sharp spike of over 103% in domestic players’ salary as compared to the inaugural year of ISL in 2014, as the ten clubs together spend INR 48.85 crore today to secure signatures of 156 players at the end of day long ISL Indian Player Draft here in Mumbai. The ISL 2014 Player Draft, the first ever player draft held ever in India, had recorded INR 24 Crore spend by eight ISL clubs.

Anas Edathodika and Eugeneson Lyngdoh, each pegged at INR 1.10 crore were the flavour of the day, predictably being picked immediately at the opening of the draft. New entrant Jamshedpur FC didn’t waste a minute to announce Anas as their first ever player on their roster while ATK secured Eugeneson at the first given opportunity.

The fourth season of Indian Super League – which will kick off on 17th November 2017, will feature 25 of the 29 Indian National Players including stars like Sunil Chhettri, Jeje, Eugeneson, Jackichand, Sandesh, Pritam, Subrata Paul and Jayesh donning colours of their respective teams over an extended 5 months League.

Coming into the Indian Player Draft, ten ISL Clubs together had spent INR 11.51 Crore in retaining a total of 22 players ahead of the 7th July 2017 deadline. Today, the Clubs looked at completing the Indian Player quota of minimum 15 and maximum 18 players, including two U21 development players.

By the end of day, 134 best and most promising players got drafted across ISL clubs with a combined salary of INR 37.33 Crore. Including the spend on retained players, total spend by clubs was recorded at INR 48.85 Crore.

The Indian Super League two-time finalist Kerala Blasters FC gave a big thumbs up to the emerging talents coming up through the ranks at college competitions, as the Sachin Tendulkar co-owned team picked up Ajith Sivan – a Nirmala College, Kochi student who was scouted through the inaugural Reliance Foundation Youth Sports campus National football championship.

At the end of the day, Bengaluru FC emerged as the most invested club on Indian players with a spend of INR 6.01 Crore on 17 players, followed by Kerala Blasters FC spending INR 5.93 crore of their purse over 16 Indian players.

With Indian Players coming on-board, the ISL clubs will now look at forming the combinations with foreign players signings. Each club is allowed to sign minimum 7 and max 8 international players for the season.

Complete list of players picked from 2017 ISL Indian Players Draft


Mumbai: The 2017 Indian Players Draft for the Indian Super League (ISL) season 4 has been concluded at St Regis in Lower Parel, Mumbai on Sunday.

A total of 134 players out of the 205 were selected from the draft, as the teams to build their squads for the 2017-18 ISL season. 22 players have already been retained by the teams prior to the draft.

Eugeneson Lyngdoh and Anas Edathodika had the costliest base price and were drafted by ATK and Jamshedpur FC respectively at Rs 1.1 crores.

Here is the complete list of players picked from draft:

ATK: Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Jayesh Rane, Keegan Perreira, Sankar Sampingraj, Anwar Ali, Hitesh Shrama, Robin Singh, Rupert Nongrum, Ashutosh Mehta, Augustin Fernandes, Ronald Singh, Kunzang Bhutia, Bipin Singh.

Bengaluru FC: Lalthammawia Ralte, Rahul Bheke, Harmanjot Khabra, Subhasish Bose, Alwyn George, Lenny Rodrigues, Zohmingliana Ralte, Thongkhosiem Haokip, Abhra Mondal, Boithang Haokip, Collin Abranches, Joyner Lourenco, Calvin Abhishek.

Chennaiyin FC: Thoi Singh, Bikramjit Singh, Dhanachandra Singh, Germanpreet Singh, Fulganco Cardozo, Pawan Kumar, Keenan Almeida, Mohammad Rafi, Dhanpal Ganesh, Sanjay Balmuchu, Francis Fernandes, Sahinlal Melloli.

Delhi Dynamos: Albino Gomes, Pritam Kotal, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Sena Ralte, Setiyasen Singh, Pratik Chowdhary, Vinit Rai, Romeo Fernandes, David Ngaihte, Sukhdev Patil, Mohammad Sajid Dhot, Rowillson Rodrigues, Munmun Lugun, Arnab Das Sharma, Simranjit Singh.

FC Goa: Narayan Das, Pranoy Halder, Chhinglensana Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Seriton Fernandes, Pratesh Shirodkar, Naveen Kumar, Mohammad Ali, Jovel Martins, Amey Ranawade, Anthony D’Souza, Mohammad Yasir, Bruno Colaco.

FC Pune City: Adil Khan, Kean Lewis, Lalchhuanmawia, Jewel Raja, Nim Dorjee Tamang, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Harpreet Singh, Wayne Vaz, Kamaljeet Singh, Baljit Sahni, Rohit Kumar, Ajay Singh, Gurtej Singh, Pawan Kumar.

Jamshedpur FC: Anas Edathodika, Subrata Paul, Mehtab Hossain, Souvik Chakrabarti, Robin Gurung, Bikash Jairu, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Shoubhik Ghosh, Sairuatkima, Sanjiban Ghosh, Farukh Choudhary, Sumeet Passi, Raju Yumnam, Ashim Biswas, Sidharth Singh.

Kerala Blasters: Rino Anto, Lalruatthara, Milan Singh, Arata Izumi, Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Jackichand Singh, Siam Hangal, Lalthakima, Pritam Kumar Singh, Samuel Shadap, Loken Meitei, Karan Sawhney, Ajith Sivan.

Mumbai City FC: Balwant Singh, Arindam Bhattacharya, Raju Gaikwad, Abinash Ruidas, Sahil Tavora, Aiborlang Khongjee, Sanju Pradhan, Zakeer Mundampara, Biswajit Saha, Pranjal Bhumij, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Kunal Sawant, Kim Kima.

NorthEast United: Hali Charan Narzary, Nirmal Chhetri, Lalrindika Ralte, Robert Lalthlamuana, Len Doungel, Reagan Singh, Ravi Kumar, Gursimrat Singh Gill, Malemngamba Meetei, Abdul Hakku, Fanai Lalrempuia, Gurpreet Singh, Sushil Meitei.

Rising India and her rising star Eugeneson Lyngdoh recollects ‘Bitter-Sweet’ feeling


NEW DELHI: When Eugeneson Lyngdoh had walked into the dressing room of the Indian National Team in March 2015, India were languishing at 173 in the FIFA Rankings, facing a stern test against Nepal in the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Qualifiers under newly appointed Head Coach Stephen Constantine who had taken over a month earlier (in February 2015).

For India thing looked bleak. It was a start of a process to undergo massive change, gradually crawling back and gaining strides in the FIFA Ladder after slumping to their lowest FIFA Ranking ever in March 2015.

Lyngdoh, in his late 20s had been overlooked till then and made his National Team debut in the first leg of the match against Nepal, which India eventually won 2-0 on aggregate. The process was, hence, underway engineered by Head Coach Stephen Constantine.

Recollecting moments from his debut Eugene says, “It was a bitter-sweet feeling for me. Sweet because I was making my National Team debut and was so proud to represent my country and bitter because there was this fear of Nepal defeating us.”

“When I was lining up on the pitch it was more like nervousness that you have before something big. Those emotions cannot be put into words.”

“We were 173. Nepal was ranked higher than us in that moment so the fear of them (Nepal) upsetting was already there,” he adds.

Thereafter, India’s climb started and so did Eugene’s. Since that 2-0 win against Nepal in early 2015, India have progressed by leaps and bounds. So much so that the Constantine’s men have jumped 78 spots and now are ranked 96 in the FIFA Rankings which were released on July 06, 2017.

As an integral member of the National Team setup under Coach Constantine, one is forced to ask the ‘Midfield Maestro’, was it all envisioned? Eugene laughs and shrugs it away. “It wasn’t but that’s the beauty of Football. We took one match at a time. We focused on our opponents and things started happening.”

“Our rise in the FIFA Ranking is because of the matches we have won. We never really cared if our Ranking was progressing. All that mattered was that we have to win the next match and hence our Ranking also improved.”

“We lost a lot of games by a one goal margin. Games were could have won, but then that is Football. However, the main thing was that we believed in ourselves, in the Coach and believed that good times will also come,” he states.

Lyngdoh was also part of the Indian Team, which won the SAFF Suzuki Championship in 2016 defeating higher ranked Afghanistan in the Finals.

“Our belief became stronger from that moment. We believed that we have the potential to go a long way. It was a surreal feeling (to win the SAFF Championship).”

It has been a year of high for the Indian National Team, breaking into the top 100 of World Football is a herculean feat for a Nation that was languishing at 173 just two years before.

So where does the Indian Team go from here? Perhaps as Eugeneson Lyngdoh said: “We take one match at a time and we believe,” seems to be the formula of India’s success at the moment