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ISL allure Bengal with mouth-watering opening game night at Kolkata

KOLKATA: Indian Super League (ISL) today announced the fixtures for 2018-19 until the mid-season break, featuring 12 rounds and 59 games with a kick-off in Kolkata.

The fifth edition of ISL will commence with a new look ATK – a two-time champion, renewing its seasonal rivalry against Kerala Blasters FC on Saturday, September 29, at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium).

The following Super Sunday promises to be an equally enthralling game night in south India, pitting last season’s runners-up Bengaluru FC against champions Chennaiyin FC on September 30 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru.

The upcoming season will have three breaks, two for FIFA windows (October 8 – 16, 2018 and November 12 – 20, 2018), and one, starting from December 17, 2018, for the Indian national team’s preparatory camp ahead of the AFC Asian Cup in UAE.

Fixtures for 2019 will be announced on a later date.

The League has moved away from double-headers on weekends this season, while having the kick-off for all matches at 7:30 pm (IST). View the fixtures here.

FC Pune City sign former Celta Vigo midfielder

Pune, August 23 2018: Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Pune City today announced the signing of the Spanish defensive midfielder Jonathan Vila to add variety to their midfield for the 2018-19 season.

After signing Jonathan, FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, “Jonathan is a midfielder who likes to sit in front of the back four. His proficiency in performing defensive duties in midfield and his ability to build attacks from the back will be ideal for us.”

Jonathan began his youth career with Celta de Vigo and made his La Liga debut in 2006 including playing the UEFA Cup 2006-07. After a decade long run with Celta, the midfielder was traded to Beitar Jerusalem FC in 2014 and played the Israeli Premier League. In 2017, the Spanish midfielder moved back to Spain to join Recreativo de Huelva.

Head coach Miguel Angel Portugal said, “Vila’s work ethic is tremendous and his vast experience in midfield will be vital for our squad. To my mind, he is a right fit for our plans for the coming season and the team will look up to him to shoulder responsibilities on and off the field.”

Excited after joining the ISL with FC Pune City, Jonathan said, “I am turning a new page in my career and this will be my first season in India. Adapting a new culture and lifestyle is a part of this new challenge and I will make sure that I create a positive impact with my game on fans and the club.”

Neroca FC on the verge of signing former Mohun Bagan, East Bengal defender

IMPHAL: Neroca FC are said to be on the verge of signing Brazil-born naturalized Equatoguinean defender Eduardo Soares Ferreira for the forthcoming 2018/19 I-League campaign.

IndiaFooty sources have revealed that the player’s deal to join Neroca FC is as good as done, although it is yet to be confirmed by the Orange Brigade.

Eduardo, who spent his youth career playing for the likes of Fluminese, Flamengo and Corinthians, has played for top flight clubs in Brazil, Colombia, South Africa and Iran before moving to India with Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Pune City in 2016.

After the conclusion of ISL 2016, the 34-year-old turned for Mohun Bagan in the I-League 2016/17 before switching allegiance to East Bengal in the next season. However, Eduardo was released from East Bengal at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Neroca FC have retained Varney Kallon, Felix Chidi Odili and Aryn Williams from the previous season beside signing much-traveled Italian goalkeeper Mauro Boerchio.

ATK announced signing of a Moroccan midfielder

Kolkata, July 13, 2018: Two-time ISL champions, ATK have signed another foreign international, Noussair El Mimouni for the upcoming season of ISL.

Mimouni is a defensive midfielder who has represented Morocco in U-23. He has played more than 100 games in the Moroccan first division with club Moghreb of Tetouan. With Moghreb of Tetouan, he participated in the African Champions League as well as Club World Cup and won two league titles with them.

He was currently playing for the club Ittihad Tanger but will be seen with ATK this season. The experienced Moroccan is expected to bolster the midfield which already has the likes of Manuel Lanzarote Bruno.

“Noussair El Mimouni has been a very valuable addition to the ATK family. I am very happy with the way the team is shaping up and I am sure that his presence in the midfield will strengthen the team.” said ATK coach Steve Coppell.

“I am delighted to be signing for a big club like ATK and look forward to having a successful season in the Indian Super League.” said Mimouni.

Former ATK coach linked with Jamshedpur FC job

JAMSHEDPUR: Indian Super League franchise Jamshedpur FC are believed to be in talks with former ATK and FC Pune City coach Antonio Lopez Habas regarding the vacant head coach role, having lost Steve Coppell to ATK earlier this month.

The 61-year-old mentor, who is known for his mercurial nature, is currently unattached following his departure from FC Pune City just before the last campaign, has reportedly emerged as a favourite to land the job with the Men of Steel.

The Spaniard has a wealth of experience in coaching across Spain, South America and Africa besides spending three seasons in ISL. Habas guided ATK to the title in 2014 and a final four spot in 2015 before joining FC Pune City ahead of third season, however, his tenure with the Stallions did not proved fruitful and the team failed to reach play-offs.

Speaking to the IndiaFooty.com, an Jamshedpur FC official said they are talking to a number of coaches without revealing their names.

FC Goa sign top Indian winger

PANJIM: FC Goa have announced the signing of Manipur winger, Jackichand Singh from Kerala Blasters FC.

The winger has represented Maharashtra duo FC Pune City and Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) in the past and has made his move to Goa for the forthcoming season of the football mega event.

Jackichand was picked up by FC Pune City in the first ever football player auction in the second season of the league and went on to score one goal for the club before moving to Mumbai City FC the following season. At Mumbai, Jackichand was an integral part of the attacking contingent and contributed to the success of the team on the pitch.

The Manipuri then moved to Kerala Blasters FC for the recently concluded edition of the ISL and had his best personal season in the history of the competition. The winger went on to score two goals, including one against the Gaurs and assisted three more for the club. Jackichand has also pulled on the blue of the national team on 16 occasions, contributing to two goals in the process.

Said Jackichand on his move to FC Goa, “Signing for FC Goa is a very proud moment for me and it was something I really wanted. The attractive brand of football the team plays under Sergio Lobera is one of the main reasons why I wanted to join this team and I’m very happy that I’m here now,”. He added, “I can’t wait to get out on to the pitch and showcase what I have to offer to the amazing fans of the club. It’s a well-known fact that the fans always back the team and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of them at the Fatorda stadium.”

FC Goa Head Coach Sergio Lobera was excited at the prospect of the wily winger joining the ranks and said, “I think it is a really good signing. His profile adapts very well to our philosophy and is a player with a tremendous turn of pace and ability to destabilize defenders. He is good at one on one situations as well and provides assist to the team while also being able to score goals. I’m happy with the effort the club has put in to sign the player because I am certain that he is a player who will help us achieve our goals,” he mentioned.

Delhi Dynamos rope in Bikramjit Singh and Rana Gharami on long-term deals

MUMBAI: Delhi Dynamos FC have today completed the signing of midfielder Bikramjit Singh and defender Rana Gharami on long-term deals. Bikramjit comes on the back of a Indian Super League (ISL) winning campaign with Chennaiyin FC. Rana, on the other hand, played a pivotal part in helping Mohun Bagan finish third in the I-League and a semi-final finish in the inaugural Super Cup.

The 25-year old Bikramjit started his career with the Pailan Arrows back in 2010 before moving to Churchill Brothers, where he guided the Goan club to an I-League title in 2012 and then a Federation Cup in 2013-14 season.

The midfielder then moved to Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan where he continued his successful career as he bagged both the I-League and the Federation Cup in successive seasons during his three-year stint with the club.

Prior to Chennaiyin FC in the ISL, Bikramjit starred for FC Goa in the first two editions of the tournament, before being roped in by ATK where he was part of the title winning squad.

“This is a club which is very close to my heart as I feel at home here. Dynamos have a strong group of players in the squad and I am really excited and looking forward to contributing as much as I can. I’ve had two really successful ISL seasons and I want to make it three in a row by helping Delhi win their first title,” Bikramjit said upon signing for the club.

Joining Bikramjit in the squad will be Kolkata-born defender Rana Gharami. The 27-year old starred in West Bengal’s Santosh Trophy triumph in 2016-17 and also won the Sikkim Gold Cup last year with Mohun Bagan.

Rana’s addition will provide a major boost in the backline of the squad.

“I am looking forward to my first ISL season. I’ve had a strong season with Mohun Bagan in the I-League as well as the Super Cup last season, but I want to go one better and win the titles this time around,” Rana said.

ISL 4: Coppell & Co. look to push their fine form forward

Jamshedpur, February 9: Jamshedpur FC will look to continue their push towards the top four of the Indian Super League when they take on NorthEast United FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Saturday. Steve Coppell’s side have won their last two home games, against Kerala Blasters and Delhi Dynamos, but they return to their base after three away games where they collected six out of a possible nine points.

Jamshedpur’s organised brand of football has seen a surprising and unlikely rise into the playoff spots but they cannot take it easy because their challengers Mumbai City FC and FC Goa have both played fewer games. The only result that could keep Jamshedpur in the hunt is a win — and three points will also put the teams below them under pressure to win their remaining games.

“We hope that we continue the good form at home. But now, each and every game becomes vital. Three points are more significant now. Almost every game these last few weeks have been almost must-win for us. It would be great to win tomorrow, but if we don’t, it’s not the end of our ambitions this season,” Coppell said.

As for NorthEast United, which has failed to win in their last three games, their head coach Avram Grant conceded that results have not gone their way but the performances have surely seen an upsurge since he took over.

“When you are a footballer you always have to push yourself no matter the situation and that is what we will do tomorrow as well. In the last game (0-1 loss to FC Pune City), the team fought well and you can see the players playing well. There is frustration in what happened in the games before this but we have shown a good mentality to win games, irrespective of the results,” said the coach who had a few injury concerns to deal with.

Coppell said that every team will have niggles at this point in the season, but was hoping his side would be 100 per cent fit for the game tomorrow.

ISL 4: Bengaluru FC down Chennaiyin, extend lead at the top

Chennai, February 6: Bengaluru FC registered a comfortable 3-1 victory over Chennaiyin FC and extended their lead at the top of the Hero Indian Super League table to seven points at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai, on Tuesday.

The visitors created more chances and deservedly took away all three points from the game.

Bengaluru FC opened the scoring with barely a minute on the clock through Boithang Haokip. Chennaiyin FC equalised through Francisco Fernandes in the 33rd minute but Bengaluru FC turned it around in the second half with goals from Miku (63rd minute) and Sunil Chhetri in added time.

Chennaiyin FC were reduced to 10 men in the 71st minute after Henrique Sereno picked up his second booking.

Bengaluru surged ahead early. After some neat play down the right, Harmanjot Khabra’s deep cross towards the far post found Sunil Chettri, who headed it down for Haokip to push it into the net, and the midfielder did so sliding the ball through the legs of Chennaiyin FC goalkeeper Karanjit Singh.

The visitors could have easily doubled their lead given the number of opportunities they created in the first 30 minutes of the game. Albert Roca’s men were finding their way to the opposition byline with easy. But as it is in football, you often get punished for not taking your chances, and that’s what happened.

In the 33rd minute, Francisco brought Chennaiyin FC back on level terms with a headed goal. Jerry Lalrinzuala put in a zipping cross into the box from the left and the Goan midfielder got himself between two Bengaluru FC centrebacks to thump the ball into the top right hand of Gurpreet Singh’s goal.

In the second half, John Gregory’s side took the game to the visitors but it were Bengaluru FC who regained the lead in the 63rd minute. The visitor’s top scorer Miku was on hand to bundle the ball across the goal-line after Chennaiyin FC goalkeeper Karanjit Singh parried Chettri’s shot at the near post into the Venezuelan’s path.

Seven minutes later, things got from bad to worse for the home side. Henrique Sereno was dismissed after picking up his second yellow card for a foul on Miku. The home side looked headed for a second consecutive defeat but they were soon handed a lifeline when the referee pointed to the spot for Harmanjyot Khabra’s foul on Dhanpal Ganesh inside the box.

Chennaiyin FC top scorer this season, Jeje Lalpekhlua, took the responsibility from the spot only to be denied by Singh in Bengaluru’s goal.

In added time, Bengaluru added a third to finish the tie through Chettri after Udanta Singh laid the ball for his captain to score his ninth goal.

ISL 4: ATK pay the penalty against Jamshedpur

Kolkata: A penalty from Trindade Goncalves was enough to hand Jamshedpur FC an important 1-0 win over ATK at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata, on Sunday.

Jamshedpur FC are now locked on 19 points with fourth placed FC Goa on the Hero Indian Super league points table. With just 12 points from 12 matches, twice champions ATK are now staring at an early exit from the ISL.

After a lacklustre first half which saw both teams unable to create chances going forward, the game burst to life after the restart. Just three minutes into the second half, Jerry Mawihmingthanga found Trindade in the box after some neat play down the right wing but the Brazilian’s shot struck the post.

Two minutes later, Jamshedpur had a big penalty shout after ATK centre back Jordi Figueras brought down Trindade inside the box. The referee, however, saw nothing wrong and let the game go on. Jamshedpur FC and Trindade, however, kept knocking on ATK’s door.

The Brazilian again came close to breaking the deadlock in the 56th minute after Izu Azuka’s cross found him unmarked in the box with the goal gaping at his mercy. Trindade, however, fluffed his line guiding the ball wide of the post.

Despite having missed a few opportunities to take the lead, the visitors kept the pressure on ATK who had very little going forward. Jamshedpur took the much-deserved lead in the 66th minute. Trindade made up for the missed chance earlier by winning a penalty and then slotting it past ATK goalkeeper Debjit Majumder from the spot.

Even after going a goal down, there wasn’t much improvement in ATK going forward. At the other end, Jamshedpur were making Debjit work hard under the ATK crossbar. With ten minutes to go for full time, Jamshedpur made a tactical change to hold on to what they had. Izu Azuka was taken off to make way for Andre Bikey.

In the 85th minute, Kevin Belfort, who replaced goal scorer Trindade, had a great opportunity to seal the tie. Belfort found himself clear on goal but was unable to get the better of Debjit. However, as it turned out, the miss didn’t matter as Trindade’s penalty was enough to hand Jamshedpur FC all three points.