News for the month of July:
31. July
Bangalore A Division: HASC 1-1 KSP - Hindustan Aeronautics Sports Club finish runners-up in the Bangalore A Division and win the Habibulla Khan Rolling Cup - HMT and SAI are relegated to the B Division.
Calcutta Super Division: Mohammedan Sporting 3-0 Aryan FC; Tollygunge Agragami 2-0 Calcutta Port Trust; Eastern Railway 0-0 Food Corporation of India
Federation Cup 1998 - South Zone Qualifying - semifinal - Kannur: State Bank of Travancore, Tiruvananthapuram beat Indian Bank, Chennai

30. July
Calcutta Super Division: Mohun Bagan 3-0 Peerless SC
Federation Cup 1998 - South Zone Qualifying - semifinal - Kannur: FC Kochin 4-0 Integral Coach Factory, Perumbur
Federation Cup 1998 - North-East Zone Qualifying - semifinal - Shillong: Langsning FC, Shillong 3-1 Electric FC, Mizoram

29. July
WIFA(Mumbai) Super Division League: Mahindra&Mahindra 4-0 Rashtriya Chemical Factory

28. July
Calcutta Super Division: East Bengal 2-0 Milan Bithee; Tollygunge Agragami 1-0 Food Corporation of India
Asian U-16 Qualifying - Hyderabad: India vs Pakistan - not played due to rain, North Korea 6-1 Kazakhstan
Federation Cup 1998 - South Zone Qualifying - quarterfinal - Kannur: Indian Bank, Chennai 5-1 TG Venkatesh, Andhra Pradesh

27. July
Calcutta Super Division: Mohammedan Sporting 1-1 Calcutta Port Trust; Aryan FC 0-0 Peerless SC
DSA (Delhi) SAIL Senior Division Group A: Goan SC 2-0 Royal Rangers
WIFA(Mumbai) Super Division League: Income-Tax 0-0 Central Railway
Federation Cup 1998 - South Zone Qualifying - quarterfinal - Kannur: FC Kochin 5-0 CIL SC, Bangalore
Federation Cup 1998 - North-East Zone Qualifying - quarterfinal - Shillong: Electric FC, Mizoram 1-0 Eastern Sporting, Manipur

26. July
Bangalore A Division: ADE 0-0 HMT, ITI (Srs) 3-2 Telecom - Indian Telephone Industries (Srs) have won the Bangalore A Division this season with 41 pts from 15 matches and win the George Hoover Trophy back from last seasons champion Karnataka State Police!!!
Asian U-16 Qualifying - Hyderabad: India 6-0 Kazakhstan; North Korea 2-0 Pakistan
Federation Cup 1998 - South Zone Qualifying - quarterfinal - Kannur: State Bank of Travancore, Tiruvananthapuram 5-2 HAL, Bangalore
Federation Cup 1998 - North-East Zone Qualifying - quarterfinal - Shillong: Bloodmouth, Agartala beat AVO, Manipur

Note-1: In Pondicherry Punjab Police beat Border Security Force (Jalandhar) 2-0 in the final of the 47th BN Mullik Memorial all-India football championship.

25. July
Bangalore A Division: Govt Press 0-0 BEL, BEML(EM) 2-0 LRDE
Calcutta Super Division: Mohun Bagan 3-0 Tollygunge Agragami
WIFA(Mumbai) Super Division League: Central Railway 1-0 Air India
Federation Cup 1998 - South Zone Qualifying - quarterfinal - Kannur: Integral Coach Factory, Perumbur beat Coaching Centre FC, Pondicherry
Federation Cup 1998 - North-East Zone Qualifying - quarterfinal - Shillong: PWD SC, Nagaland - ASRF, Assam

Note-1: The Indian football team might play in the Afro-Asian Tournament next year. "It is compulsory now," national coach Syed Nayeemuddin told The Indian Express. "We have to prepare seriously for that too." However, for the time being, the coach is concentrating on the Bangkok Asian Games which is only months away. "The AIFF President (Dasmunshi) told me that our participation in the Asiad is almost certain," Nayeem continued. "In fact, he left for Delhi today to iron out things." If the Indian football team does play in the Bangkok Games, it will after 12 years. India last competed in the football event in 1986 and the performance wasn't too encouraging. "This time we have a talented team and should do better," Nayeem, the captain of the bronze medal winning team of 1970, said. Now, his primary concern is to prepare for the mega-event. "We will hold a camp at Bangalore from August 1. Although the senior players might be exempted from this camp, to fulfill their club commitments, we will have around 30 boys at Bangalore." Nayeem expects the entire team to accompany him to Germany for a preparatory tour in September. "If we can play around six good matches there, our team will be in good shape." The coach feels that the trip to Germany will be very crucial and help build the team's morale. At this juncture, an exposure tour to a European country will be of much higher value than to an Asian country. "After all, we will have to play against the Asian countries at Bangkok. So in the preparation phase, we have to face superior teams." Even the SAF Games, after the proposed visit to Germany, will be used as a preparation for the Asiad. After SAF, the AIFF might send the team on an African tour to countries like Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia also. Nayeem believes that India can pose stiff challenge for the better known teams of Asia this time.

24. July
Bangalore A Division: WAP 1-0 HMT
Calcutta Super Division: East Bengal 3-0 Peerless SC
DSA (Delhi) SAIL Senior Division Group A: Hindustan Club 2-1 Indian Air Force (Delhi) // Group B: Indian Air Force (Palam) 0-0 Frontiers Club; Hans Club 0-0 Youngsters Club
Asian U-16 Qualifying - Hyderabad: India 0-1 North Korea
Federation Cup 1998 - North-East Zone Qualifying - quarterfinal - Shillong: Langsning FC, Shillong 3-0 Young Amateurs

23. July
Bangalore A Division: ADE 1-0 ITI (Jrs); BEML(EM) 3-2 BEL
Calcutta Super Division: Mohammedan Sporting 4-2 Milan Bithee
DSA (Delhi) SAIL Senior Division Group A: New Delhi Heroes 2-1 Garhwal Heroes (with this victory ND Heroes qualify for the Super Division)
WIFA(Mumbai) Super Division League: Bengal Mumbai FC 2-0 Bank of India

22. July
DSA (Delhi) SAIL Senior Division Group A: Shastri Club 2-1 Indian Air Force (Delhi); Youngsters Club 4-3 Tarun Sangha // Group B: Mughals Club 6-1 Frontiers Club; City Club 2-1 ???
Federation Cup 1998 - East Zone Qualifying - final - Cuttack: Jorba Durga Club, Orissa 1-0 Tollygunge Agragami, Calcutta -- Orissa's champion club Jorba Durga Club now play East Bengal in the pre-quarters at home in Cuttack. Jorba Durga Club are the first overall qualifiers in the Federation Cup'98.

Note-1: Haryana State Electricity Board will face Indian Air Force (Delhi) in the opening match of the North Zone KBL Federation Cup Qualification beginning at the Sector 17 Stadium here in Chandigarh on August 2. The other teams participating are: Punjab State Electricity Board; Himalayan Tigers (HP); YMCA (J&K); JCT Mills - Phagwara; City Club - Delhi; Sports Hostel SC - Haldwani (UP); Chandigarh Youngsters Club. The prize money has been increased from Rs. 20 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh this year.

Note-2: Central Bank of India was scratched from the WIFA Super Division league. This was decided at the WIFA Super Division League committee held late last evening. The decision was taken following a protest by Air India on the banned side having played a Goa player without a valid transfer. The airmen after having been held to a 1-1 draw by the bankmen, on June 21, had lodged a protest against the player Valky D'Silva who had represented Curtorim Gymkhana in the Goa Second Division League, last season. Following inquiries with the Goa Football Association, the WIFA committee decided to scratch Central Bank from the nine-team elite league. Reacting to the league committee's decision, Central Bank, football Secretary Ajmatullah Khan was quoted to having been in dark of D'Silva's past career in the Goan league. "We will appeal against the decision," Khan added.

21. July
Bangalore A Division: ITI (Jrs) 5-4 AGORC; HASC 1-0 ADE
Calcutta Super Division: Mohun Bagan 2-1 Aryan FC; Eastern Railway 1-0 Calcutta Port Trust
DSA (Delhi) SAIL Senior Division Group A: Goans Sports Club 3-1 Collegians Club, Garhwal Heroes 3-2 Royal Rangers; New Delhi Heroes walkover against Delhi Students (as per rules Delhi Students are disqualified from the league)

Note-1: In a month or so Tollygunge Agragami will have the former national coach PK Banerjee as their technical director in this season. The last season's TD of East Bengal, said that, though the club has given him the offer, but still it is in a preliminary stage. The club secretary Mantoo Ghosh said that, the club approached him to become TD, but he has not given any green signal in this regard.

20. July
Calcutta Super Division: East Bengal 3-0 Food Corporation of India
DSA (Delhi) SAIL Senior Division Group A: Indian Air Force (Delhi) 2-0 Simla Youngs; Frontiers Club 2-0 South India // Group B: Moonlight Club 3-1 Indian Nationals
Mysore A Division: Govt Press 1-0 Railway South

19. July
DSA (Delhi) SAIL Senior Division Group A: Hindustan FC 4-0 Shahdara Club; Collegians 0-0 Garhwal Heroes; Delhi Students 0-0 Royal Rangers // Group B: Youngsters 1-0 Indian Air Force (Palam)
WIFA(Mumbai) Super Division League: Air India 1-1 Bank of India
Mysore A Division: Durgambha FC 5-1 Citizen's FC
Federation Cup 1998 - East Zone Qualifying - semifinal - Cuttack: Tollygunge Agragami, Calcutta 2-0 Tisco, Bihar

Note-1: The junior football team of Mohun Bagan flew to Denmark yesterday to take part in the Dana Cup football tournament.The team comprises of 20 footballers and coach Amiya Ghosh. The president of the AIFF, Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi presented the national flag to the captain of the team at a small function at the club tent. He promised rewards for the footballers after they come back.

Note-2: President of the AIFF, Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi, yesterday said that the Indian football team will take part in the ASIAD. Taking to newspersons in Calcutta yesterday, Mr. Dasmunshi said although the Indian Olympic Association has not given permission to the football team to take part in the ASIAD, he will get the necessary permission on his own effort. He said if required, the AIFF would send the team on its own or might take the help of sponsors. The AIFF president said he has already held talks with national coach Syed Nayeemuddin on this issue.

18. July
Bangalore A Division: Govt Press 1-0 Telecom; CIL 2-2 LRDE
Calcutta Super Division: Mohun Bagan 2-0 Calcutta Port Trust
Federation Cup 1998 - East Zone Qualifying - semifinal - Cuttack: Jorba Durga Club 3-1 Peerless SC, Calcutta

17. July
Bangalore A Division: United Bangalore 4-3 HMT
Calcutta Super Division: Mohammedan Sporting 2-0 Eastern Railway; Tollygunge Agragami 2-0 Milan Bithee
DSA (Delhi) SAIL Senior Division Group A: Hindustan FC 3-1 Simla Youngs; New Delhi Heroes 1-0 Indian Air Force (Delhi); Shastri Club 1-1 Shahdara Club; Delhi Students 0-0 Goans Sports Club
WIFA(Mumbai) Super Division League: Mahindra&Mahindra 1-0 Central Bank of India

16. July
Calcutta Super Division: Aryan FC 1-0 Food Corporation of India
DSA (Delhi) SAIL Senior Division Group B: Hans Club 3-0 Frontiers Club; South India 1-0 Indian Air Force (Palam); City Club 0-0 Youngmen; Mughals Club 0-0 Youngsters

Note-1: The Kalyani Black Label Federation Cup football tournament in this year will have 48 teams. Announcing this, president of the AIFF Priya Ranjan DasMunshi said in New Delhi on Wednesday that eight teams have been seeded directly into the quarterfinals and eight more will qualify from the five zones -- North, East, North-East, West and South. The qualifying rounds will be played on a knock-out basis. The top two teams from South Zone and the winners of the four other zones will qualify for the tournament proper, while the other two will come from a play-off among the runners-up of the four zones. The seeded teams are: defending champion Salgaocar, runners-up East Bengal, NFL champion Mohun Bagan, Mohammedan Sporting, Border Security Force, Indian Telephone Industries, Dempo SC & Churchill Brothers. The final is slated for 6.September at the Saltlake stadium in Calcutta. The 3rd place match will take place a day earlier in the same arena.
The tournament, sponsored by the United Breweries Limited, has increased the prize money for the winners by Rs.5 lakh to Rs.20 lakh, the runners-up from Rs.10 lakh to Rs.15 lakh, third place from Rs. 7,5 lakh to Rs.10 lakh. But the fourth place team will receive as before Rs. 5 lakh. All the teams playing in the tournament proper will receive Rs. 1 lakh each.
The recently-formed Mumbai-based Bengal Mumbai FC was not included in the West Zone as, according to AIFF president DasMunshi, the team would have to come through the state league and prove themselves.

Note-2: The AIFF is all set to finalise a foreign coach for the national team and trainers from Argentina and Mexico are among those shortlisted. Both the Argentinian and Mexican are top coaches with the youth development programmes of their respective countries, DasMunshi said, though he did not give any names.

15. July
Calcutta Super Division: East Bengal - Peerless SC - match had to be stopped in the second half due to heavy monsoon showers.
DSA (Delhi) SAIL Senior Division Group A: Hindustan FC 2-0 New Delhi Heroes; Indian Air Force (Delhi) 3-1 Goans Sports Club; Collegians 1-0 Shahdara Club; Simla Youngs 1-0 Garhwal Heroes
WIFA(Mumbai) Super Division League: Central Railway 1-0 Union Bank of India

14. July
Calcutta Super Division: Unabated rains played spoil-sport in today's Calcutta football league. All the matches of the IFA Super Division league were abandoned today due to inclement weather. In the match between National League and reigning champions Mohun Bagan and Calcutta Port Trust only twelve minutes of play were possible before the referee declared the match abandoned on account of poor ground condition. Both teams were tied scoreless at that time. The other Super Division match between Tollygunge Agragami and Food Corporation of India was also washed out.

Note-1: The "A" Division football league which was suspended from July 8 is likely to resume shortly, with a solution having been reached by the Karnataka State Football Association and the Bangalore District Football Association with the Karnataka State Referees Committee. It may be recalled that the league was suspended owing to a strike by the officiating referees demanding parity payment of Rs 5, for all classes of referees viz., FIFA, National and the classified referees. KSFA acting president D Vijayarangam said the decision to resume the league was taken at a joint council meeting of the KSFA, BDFA and the KSRC on Monday. When asked whether the referees' demands had been met, Vijayarangam said the situation had been "amicably resolved," and refused to elaborate further. When asked about the date of resumption, Vijayarangam said it was still undecided, as the teams had to be notified. BDFA honorary secretary S A Basheer also adopted the same line. KSRC chairman S Banerjee when asked whether the referees' demands were acceded to, parried the question saying, "There is no winner or loser. We just want to get on with the game."

13. July
WIFA(Mumbai) Super Division League: Air India 2-0 Income Tax

12. July

"!!! ALLE LE BLEU !!!" - "VIVÉ LA FRANCE"
Congratulation to France for their first ever win of the World Cup at St. Denis tonight! Their 3-0 win over Brasil was more than deserved!

After 33 days of football the 16th World Cup ended with the victory of the hostnation France. All over India football fans watched the match with large interest!!!
Who were in your eyes the stars of France'98??? In my eyes the best No.10 was France-star Zinedine Zidane, who played a sensational final! The stars in my sense where more the defensive players, like young Edgar Davids (Holland) or Laurent Blanc (France) or oldie Lothar Matthaeus (Germany). A man for the future is Michael Owen (England), whose sensational goal against Argentina was second best to Dennis Bergkamp's (Holland) goal also against Argentina. Disappointments in my eye was the whole Brazilian team, who were often lucker to win than their opponents and my favourites Germany, who had a playmaker problem!

11. July
Calcutta Super Division: Calcutta Port Trust 2-0 Milan Bithee; Peerless SC 0-0 Eastern Railway
WIFA(Mumbai) Super Division League: Bengal Mumbai FC 1-0 Central Bank

Note-1: After a period of dogged European techniques, Indian national football team is likely to get South America's magic touch. According to unofficial sources, Argentina's former international footballer, Mr. Carlos Kavenroe may take over the charge of the national team. Earlier, the president of the AIFF, Priya Ranjan Das Munshi had asked the Fifa Study Committee for a coach for India's senior contingents. The Fifa Study Committee has proposed Mr. Kavenroe's name, it has been learnt recently. Interesting to see that something is happening again in the national squad!!!

10. July
Calcutta Super Division: Aryan FC 1-0 Tollygunge Agragami
DSA (Delhi) SAIL Senior Division Group A: Indian Air Force (Palam) 1-0 Mughals SC; Tarun Sangha 1-1 Hans Club; Indian Nationals 0-0 Youngmens Club

Note-1: Frederick Noronha send me an very interesting article on Pele's views on indian footballs future, have look at it:
India doesn't lack potential: says Pele -- by Alfred de Tavares
Paris - Brazilian football legend Pele has said India does not in any way lack potential in sports, it just fails to mould its sportsmen well. "There is nothing -- I repeat nothing -- wrong with the athletic potential in India. The sad fact is the failure to mould this potential. India lacks nothing that Brazil or China has," Pele told India Abroad News Service here when asked about India's inability to excel in sports. Although reticent to be drawn into criticism of another country's difficulties, Pele, Brazil's Sports Minister, loosened up when told that his views might stimulate sportspersons and officials in India. "It has to do with the proper harnessing of the potential at the rightly malleable age," he said and went on to illustrate: "Do you know that most Chinese football players may speak Portuguese, for successive Chinese teams have been trained in Brazil!" Pele had a word of practical advice. "India does not have to look far for obtaining the right help in developing...at least, football," he said. "You have a long connection with Portugal. A more excellent football country is hard to come by. It would, indeed, be a great pity if such facility were not availed of." When asked about criticism in some quarters about the large number of Nigerians and other African players in Indian football, Pele said: "It is by no means a shame to use external influence to learn and develop expertise in fields that lack it." The enduring monarch of the world's most popular sport said, "If Nigerians, or any other players, help favourably influence Indian youth, more of them should be used; not campaigned against narrow-mindedly."
--India Abroad News Service (Credit Mandatory)

9. July
DSA (Delhi) SAIL Senior Division Group A: Shastri Club 3-0 Goans Sports Club; Hindustan FC 3-1 Delhi Police; Shimla Youngs 1-0 Delhi Students; Indian Air Force (Delhi) 0-0 Shahdara Club
WIFA(Mumbai) Super Division League: Bank of India 3-1 Mahindra&Mahindra

Note-1: India's ace football striker Baichung Bhutia appears a little disillusioned with the way football is being conducted in the country. "Everybody wants to know why we are not in the World Cup but no one wants to look into the problems." Bhutia said that a complete revamping was required. Speaking at a talk show, he opined that the World Cup was no time to experiment with rules like the tackle-from-behind. Bhutia opined that had the rule been introduced by FIFA a year earlier, there would not have been so many red cards in the tournament. "That would have given the players as well as the referees enough time to get used to the rule."

7. July
Bangalore A Division: United Bangalore 1-0 ITI (Jrs); ADE 1-1 AGORC
DSA (Delhi) SAIL Senior Division Group A: Delhi Heroes 4-0 Royal Rangers; Hindustan FC 3-1 Goans Sports Club; Shastri Club 1-1 Delhi Police; Shimla Youngs 1-1 Collegians Club

Note-1: The IFA-Bengal rescheduled its matches for the next few days of the Calcutta Super Division, the matches will now take place after the World Cup finals, so that local league players can be able to watch the matches.

Note-2: There will be no 'A' division league matches from Wednesday till further notice, according to BDFA honorary secretary S A Basheer. The matches had to be suspended as the referees officiating in the league have decided to stay away demanding uniform match fee of Rs.5 for all classes of officials. The joint-meeting of BDFA and KSFA officials and the referees committee representatives failed to reach a solution. "We were keen to reach a settlement through negotiations but the referees were adamant on their demands," said Basheer.

6. July
Bangalore A Division: BEL 3-1 SAI; KSP 2-0 Telecom
Calcutta Super Division (opening day): Calcutta Port Trust 2-0 Peerless; Eastern Railway 2-0 Aryan FC; Milan Bithee 0-0 Food Corporation of India
DSA (Delhi) SAIL Senior Division Group B: City Club 3-0 Tarun Sangha; Indian Nationals 1-0 South India; Youngmen Club 1-0 Mughals; Youngsters Club 1-1 Frontiers Club

Note-1: The first ever visit to Sweden and Denmark by the junior team of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club became uncertain as the foreign ministry has reportedly refused to grant visas. The team was scheduled to take part in the Gothia Cup organised by the Swedish FA. But, this tournament is not recognized by the FIFA. However, every year the Mayor's XI team from Calcutta took part in this tournament till 1997. This year the organisers invited Mohun Bagan. The Gothia Cup will start from July 12. At the same time the Danish Football Association invited Mohun Bagan junior team to play in Dana Cup. The tournament will start from July 22. But, the passport office asked Mohun Bagan to submit a permission letter issued by the IFA. Mohun Bagan officials went to IFA, but they refused to issue the permission letter. They said only AIFF can help them in this issue. But, the AIFF also refused to help Mohun Bagan.

5. July
Bangalore A Division: CIL 1-1 BEML(EM); ITI (Srs) 4-1 HASC
WIFA(Mumbai) Super Division League: Central Bank of India 4-2 Rashtriya Chemical Factory

4. July
Bangalore A Division: LRDE 2-2 AGORC; ITI (Jrs) 1-1 WAP

3. July
WIFA(Mumbai) Super Division League: Bengal Mumbai FC 2-1 Union Bank

2. July
Bangalore A Division: United Bangalore 3-1 WAP; CIL 3-1 SAI

1. July
Bangalore A Division: HASC 4-0 Telecom; ITI (Jrs) 5-1 BEML(EM)

Note-1: The Indian Football Association "IFA-Bengal" has decided to give cash incentives to the teams in all the six divisions this season. The teams will receive cash awards for winning each match. The Association will give Rs 2,000 to each winning team in the Calcutta Super Division. The first division teams will receive Rs 800 for a win. The second division teams will get Rs 700 and the amount will be less by Rs 100 in third, fourth, fifth and sixth divisions.


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