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Manuel Lanzarote named as ATK captain for entire season

Kolkata, 20th September, 2018: Two-time Indian Super League (ISL) winners ATK on Thursday unveiled their new look official team jersey for the upcoming season, a symbol of new found grit and determination and announced the beginning of preparations for the fifth season. Mr. Sanjiv Goenka, Principal Owner ATK along with Steve Coppell, Head Coach, ATK and Assistant Coach ATK, Sanjoy Sen revealed the new look jersey and shared the team management’s plans for the upcoming fifth edition of ISL.

The jersey design embodies the bold stripe pattern while the red and blue colours echo the ethos of the club. The already known colours of ATK stand for the values of the club.

ATK had a fruitful preseason in Spain. Steve Coppell and his men had been playing in Pinatar Arena Football Center, San Pedro del Pinatar ahead of the season opener and won two out of their three practice matches.

“We are happy to unveil the team’s new jersey for the upcoming fifth season of Indian Super League. The new jersey is the symbol of the strength and the passion the club carries with it. We are quite excited after the preseason and the players are raring to go,” said Sanjiv Goenka.

“I am eagerly waiting for the start of the tournament. We have had a fruitful preseason in Spain where we got our chance to test all our players and now it is time to prove our mettle on the stage that matters.” Steve Coppell said.

The Tickets for the ATK games are available online at www.bookmyshow.com and are priced at Rs. 50, 100, 200, 400, 1,000 and 3,500.

FC Goa set their sights on Iranian world cupper

GOA: FC Goa have reportedly set their sights on much travelled Iranian midfielder Masoud Shojaei as a possible replacement for Spanish winger Manuel Lanzarote, who has joined ATK last month.

Shojaei, who is only Iranian to play three World Cup finals, has captained his national team against Morocco in group stage of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. Shojaei’s contract with Greek Super League champions AEK Athens has recently expired and he is expected to join a new club within a few days.

Although the 34-year-old, who played for famous Spanish club Osasuna from 2008 to 2012, has been also linked with Greek Super League side Apollon Smyrnis and Iranian Premier League club Nassaji Mazandaran, but his previous association with FC Goa coach Sergio Lobera may work in the favour of the Gaurs. Shojaei has played under Lobera at Spanish club Las Palmas in 2014.

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.

ISL 4: FC Goa edge Jamshedpur to bounce back to winning ways​

Margao (Goa): Manuel Lanzarote scored a fine brace to continue his form to end FC Goa’s three-match winless run as his side beat Jamshedpur FC 2-1 in a game of missed chances. The win keeps Goa in the race for the playoff spots in Hero Indian Super League, two points ahead of Mumbai City FC, who are 5th.

Andre Bikey fouled Brandon Fernandes to give away a penalty after the attacking midfielder had brilliantly combined with Lanzarote. The latter had to retake his shot and put it in the same spot as previously to give Goa the lead.

Jamshedpur came all guns blazing at the start of the second half and the pressure told when Jerry Mawihmingthanga found Trindade Goncalves unmarked in the box for an easy header. With 54 minutes on the clock, the game opened up for both teams. Ferran Corominas and Lanzarote both fired warning shots before producing an exceptional move to get back in the lead.

Brandon’s ball was perfectly weighted for Lanzarote and he beat Tiri with ease – did the same with the keeper – and wheeled away in celebration.

Substitutes Kervens Belfort and Farukh Choudhary almost made an immediate impact when they combined to create a close chance. Jamshedpur poured forward in numbers, and Belfort was at it again when he set up Izu Azuka who missed a golden chance from near the six yard box.

The Gaurs could have finished the game off when Edu Bedia and Manvir Singh broke forward. They managed to even round the goalkeeper with clever play but still missed the goal. It could have avoided a tricky finish for them, but they held on – Jamshedpur only troubling them with a last minute corner.

Coppell’s side started the game on the front foot, attacking with real purpose in the opening exchanges before Lanzarote reminded them of the quality FC Goa have up front. His freekick nearly found Mohamed Ali. For all their positive intent, Jamshedpur could only manage to threaten from distance early on. Trindade Goncalves and Izu Azuka both attempted from outside the area – one was blocked, and the other just wide.

Lanzarote was culpable of wasting a great chance when excellent play from Corominas and Brandon set him free. But Lanzarote chose to shoot and blazed it over instead of looking for a pass. Narayan Das then put it just over with a shot from distance. Just when it seemed like a half of few chances would end 0-0, Brandon was brought down in the box by Andre Bikey and Goa had the telling penalty.