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July 31

Calcutta Premier League: Mohun Bagan AC 0-1 Calcutta Port Trust SC - Goal: 0-1 Sujit Dey (87').
After the great banquet of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the football-starved fans of Calcutta were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 31st of July, the day of the first big match of the Sahara Calcutta Football League 2006. Defending champions Mohun Bagan AC took on a spirited side representing Calcutta Port Trust at the Mohun Bagan ground today. The fans of Mohun Bagan were expecting a goalfeast after the arrival of numerous superstars of Indian football during the summer. After ninety minutes of gruelling football, they had to return home from an expected feast more hungry than they were prior to the match after a resolute Calcutta Port Trust not only put up a solid defence to deny Mohun Bagan a goal but also managed to sneak in a winner three minutes from the end of regular time. A stunned Mohun Bagan contingent were left pondering what could have been when the dependable Deepak Mondal made a horrible mistake to leave Sujit Dey with only the goalkeeper to beat. Sujit Dey was calmness personified as he took the ball past Subrata Pal and slotted home the winner before Mohun Bagan skipper Sanjeev Maria could reach the spot. With very little time left, Mohun Bagan tried their best to score an equaliser but their best was just not good enough to prevent a dream win for Calcutta Port Trust.
Earlier, the first half had ended goalless after Mohun Bagan missed some good chances. Chinmoy Sarkar was replaced by Palash Karmakar as early as the 28th minute. The Mohun Bagan coach used up all three substitutions just past the hour mark but to no avail. Koushik Prasad and Tapan Maity gave a stellar performance for Port Trust and the latter was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match for his valiant effort in midfield. Perhaps the only positive for Mohun Bagan was the performance of youngster Ayan Chowdhury who looked confident despite failing to convert some good chances. Baichung Bhutia was stifled by a good defensive display by the Port Trust players but he showed his class in the 76th minute with a terrific back-volley that went wide of the target. In the end, Mohun Bagan had to rue the chances they missed throughout the game. Perhaps, their coach will have to examine whether a sense of complacency had crept into the minds of his players because all of us are familiar with the story of David and Goliath. However, nobody will deny that Calcutta Port Trust deserved their victory for the manner in which they took the fight to the Calcutta giants. The surprise result has made the league very interesting and it is only the beginning - a thrilling saga of football awaits us in the near future.
MOHUN BAGAN: Subrata Pal; Gautam Debnath (63' Basudeb Mondal), Sanjeev Kumar Maria, Deepak Kumar Mondal, Manas Das; Chinmoy Sarkar (28' Palash Karmakar), Suman Datta, Satyajit Bose, Subhas Chakraborty; Baichung Bhutia, Pachau Lalam Puia (54' Ayan Chowdhury).
CALCUTTA PORT TRUST: Sandip Guha, Soumen Sarkar, Subhash Banerjee, Rabindranath Karmakar, Akshay Das (90+1' Basanta Chowdhury), Srimanta Das, Mithun Naha, Avinash Thapa, Kaushik Prasad, Tapan Maity, Sujit Dey.
Yellow Cards: Gautam Debnath (54'), Subhas Chakraborty (59', both Mohun Bagan), Srimanta Das (57', CPT).
Chirag Man-of-the-Match: Tapan Maity (Calcutta Port Trust).
Referee: Debasish Mishra.

Post match Comments:
Chirag Man-of-the-Match Tapan Maity (Calcutta Port Trust):

  • I owe my success to the coach and want to thank him for all the help. I hope that I will be able to perform even better in the future.
  • Our coach told us not to think about the opposition. He wanted us to go out on the field and play our natural game. He told us that if we play properly, everything would be all right.
  • We came here for a draw but got a win. The result was extremely good for us.
    Calcutta Port Trust coach Aloke Mukherjee:
  • We deserved to win this match.
  • Mohun Bagan were missing some key players today but some key players were missing from my team also.

    Guwahati Super Division: Jewel Star Club 0-3 Assam State Electricity Board - Goals: 0-1 L Deben Singh (4'), 0-2 Zimi Singh (12'), 0-3 Suresh Das (29').
    Nadkarni Cup, Mumbai - Pre-Quarterfinal: Union Bank of India 2-0 Bank of India
    Nadkarni Cup, Mumbai - Quarterfinal: Akbar Travels 2-1 Maharashtra State Police - Goals: 0-1 Uday Badkar (44'), 1-1 Joseph Pereira, 2-1 Sumesh KK (76').
    20th Punjab State Super League: JCT Mills 1-0 Border Security Force - Goal: 1-0 Baldeep Singh (9').
    2nd Uttaranchal Cup, Delhi - Semifinal: Indian Air Force, Delhi 3-0 Simla Youngs - Goals: 1-0 R Thapliyal (16'), 2-0 Thomas (39'), 3-0 Kalyan Pal (53').
    2nd Uttaranchal Cup, Delhi - Semifinal: Indian Nationals FC 1-0 Indian Air Force, Palam

    Note-1: The Asian qualifiers for the Beijing Olympics 2008 - Women's Football tournament will be held next year with 14 teams taking part. India's Women are one of the participating teams. The qualifiers will be held over two rounds. Seeded into the second round have been Japan and North Korea.
    In the first round 12 teams - INDIA, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Singapore, Australia, Maldives, Jordan, Uzbekistan - have been split into three groups of four teams each and play one round-robin, centralised league. The top two teams (six in total) from each group will go to the next round. The second round will see eight teams (Japan and North Korea included) split into two groups play home and away in a league format. The top team from each group will represent Asia in the Beijing Olympics in 2008, other than hosts China.

    Note-2: The Sohanlal Dugar Shield is set to be scraped from the calendar of the Tezpur District SA in Assam. The 48th and last edition of the tournament so far had been held in October 2003 with Nagaland Police as the champions. In the last two years the tournament was not held and this year it is not even being tried to organise the tournament.
    For football in Tezpur it will be another shock as earlier the Wiliamson Magor Football Academy, Monabari in Tezpur district had closed down last year. The Assam FA is not happy with the development and will see how it can help the tournament to survive.

    Note-3: The qualifiers for the AFC U19 Women's Championship will be held from November 4-18, 2006. 13 nations have been included in the qualifiers while Vietnam's participation is still not final after receiving a later request for inclusion. Japan and Korea Republic qualifying straight for the finals.
    Two groups of four teams and one group of three teams (will be four if Vietnam's request is granted) will play the qualifiers in one centralized, round-robin league. The top teams will qualify for the finals.
    The teams: West, South & Central: Bahrain, Jordan, IR Iran, Kyrgyzstan; ASEAN, South & Central: Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, India; East: Chinese Taipei, Guam, Hong Kong
    The finals of the AFC U19 Women's Championship 2007 will be played from November 7-18 2007. Eight teams split into two groups of four will play one centralised, round-robin league. The top two teams will qualify for the semifinals.
    Draw will be held in November 2006 in host country (not decided yet). China and North Korea (Pot 1), Australia, Japan, South Korea (Pot 2) and three qualifiers in Pot 3.

    July 30
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Yesterday the German League Cup Preliminary Round Double-Header was held at the LTU-Arena in Duesseldorf between Hamburger SV-Hertha BSC Berlin and FC Schalke 04-Bayer 04 Leverkusen. IndianFootball.Com Editors-in-Chief Arunava and Chris were at the matches and have put together a report plus have taken loads of pictures from and around the match in Duesseldorf.
    For the complete report& tons of pictures on the German League Cup double header to go >>IndianFootball.Com LIVE.

    Nadkarni Cup, Mumbai - Quarterfinal: Mumbai Customs 1-1,4-1 ONGC [penalties]
    20th Punjab State Super League: Punjab Police 2-0 JCT Football Academy - Goals: 1-0 Jaspal Singh (9'), 2-0 Gurpreet Singh.
    20th Punjab State Super League: Punjab State Electricity Board 2-1 Bassi FC - Goals: 1-0 Sandeep Singh (1'), 1-1 Amandeep Batra (9'), 2-1 Kuldeep Singh (90+2').

    CK Sarma Memorial Trophy - Final: Oil India Limited 2-1 2nd Assam Special Reserve Force - Goals: 1-0 Manoj Gogoi (37',pen), 2-0 Bhimkanta Sonowal (65'), 2-1 Mridul Gogoi (74').

    July 29
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Calcutta Super Division: West Bengal Police 3-0 Howrah Union
    Calcutta Super Division: Police AC 1-0 Calcutta FC
    Calcutta Super Division: Peerless SC 3-1 Tollygunge Agragami
    Calcutta Super Division: Calcutta Customs 1-0 SAIL
    Guwahati Super Division: Assam Dynamo Club 4-0 Sunrise Club - Goals: 1-0 Surajit Nandy (40'), 2-0,3-0 Subair Muritala Ali (61',62'), 4-0 Yusuf Monsuru Ademola (74').
    Nadkarni Cup, Mumbai - Pre-Quarterfinal: Akbar Travels 2-2,5-4 Rizvi Mumbai Muslims [penalties]
    20th Punjab State Super League: Punjab Police 3-0 Punjab State Electricity Board - Goals: 1-0 Harpreet Singh (12'), 2-0 Pardeep Singh (35'), 3-0 Parminder Singh (77').

    Note-1: The AIFF Executive Committee met today at Football House in Dwarka, New Delhi to discuss numerous pending issues. But decisions on the Santosh Trophy and TFA's participation in the National League was not taken.
    Here are the decisions:

  • 1. Clubs can register 3 Foreign Players and one Player of Indian Origin for National League and 2 Foreigners and One PIO for the Domestic League. Clubs will be allowed to play three foreigners in the Durand Cup and IFA Shield.
  • 2.Santosh Trophy - A final decision about the venue will be taken after AIFF President meets J&K Government officials to discuss various matters concerning the infrastructure to conduct the 61st National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy in Srinagar.
  • 3. Federation Cup - will be conducted at Calcutta from December 17 to 30, 2006.
  • 4. 11th National League - will be conducted from January 5, 2007.
  • 5. AFC Asia Cup Qualifying Match against Saudi Arabia will be conducted at Calcutta on August 16, 2006.
  • 6. AFC Asia Cup Qualifying Match against Japan will be conducted at Bangalore on October 11, 2006.
  • 7. The AIFF President will discuss about Tata Football Academy participation in the National League with Tata Steel officials.
  • 8. The Executive Committee approved the AIFF Code of Ethics which prohibits players, coaches and officials associated with clubs or the national side to openly criticise the Federation or each other.

    Note-2: Mohun Bagan AC celebrated their Mohun Bagan Day today at their Maidan club premises, but it was a bigger and grander function then it has been in the past. It was 95 years ago on this day that Mohun Bagan beat the East Yorkshire Regiment in the IFA Shield final, the first time an Indian team beat the British in the final of a major football tournament.
    On the day the West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi at a function launched the official Mohun Bagan AC's club website.
    We at IndianFootball.Com welcome Mohun Bagan AC in the Internet online world!!!
    The Mohun Bagan Site can be reached under

    Note-3: The 33rd National Games will be delayed once more. Assam's Guwahati will now host the National Games from February 9 to 18, 2007. The hosting state wanted the Games to be held in October 2006, which would have been between the South Asian Games and the Asian Games, not really ideal, so the Indian Olympic Association decided to postpone the Games to next year.

    July 28
        RESULTS & NEWS

    The latest IndianFootball.Com Guest Column comes from Armstrong Vaz titled "Tata Steel to Qatar Steel, Goa over Jamshedpur to Doha". He looks at the life of former TFA cadet Flaviano Leitao.
    Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - Armstrong Vaz .

    Nadkarni Cup, Mumbai - Pre-Quarterfinal: Union Bank of India 0-0 Bank of India = abandoned 63 minutes into the match due to rain. To be replayed on Monday.
    20th Punjab State Super League: JCT Mills 3-0 Bassi FC - Goals: 1-0 Sakatar Singh (19'), 2-0 Baldeep Singh (51'), 3-0 Sukhjinder Singh (78').
    20th Punjab State Super League: Border Security Force 0-0 JCT Football Academy - Goals: none.

    Note-1: Tomorrow's AIFF executive committee meeting will be taking some crucial decisions for the 2006/07 season. Will the Santosh Trophy be held in Srinagar, Jammu&Kashmir and will the promoted Tata Football Academy be allowed to play in the 11th National League?
    The executive committee will be presented with the report from AIFF general secretary Alberto Colaco and executive committee member Syed Nasir Ali who had visited Srinagar last Friday. If and what impact the accessment report will have has to be seen as opposition against Srinagar as the venue is big. Especially Goa and Bengal have expressed their reluctance to play in Kashmir due to the violence and terrorist attacks in the last few months. The AIFF meanwhile wants to organise the Santosh Trophy in Srinagar to show national unity through football, but has potential alternatives in Haryana, Punjab, Orissa and Tamil Nadu.
    Meanwhile the Tata Football Academy and NFL issue is a tricker one. While the TFA board is to decide themselves if to play in the NFL or not, the AIFF executive committee will also have to decide if Academy boys can play against professional outfits in India's top division or not. If TFA is not allowed to take part then relegated Salgaocar SC from Goa or Bangalore's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC, who finished third in the 2.Division NFL, could be replacements.

    Note-2: AIFF release: The SAIL 'Vision India' Project Delhi Grassroots Workshop was held on July 26 at Football House, Dwarka in New Delhi. The workshop was attended by over 75 Principals /Head of Sports/Coaches of 40 Schools from Delhi. Among those present at the workshop were AIFF general secretary Alberto Colaco; Delhi Soccer Association vice-President Nasir Ali and DSA secretary NK Bhatia.
    Thomas Flath, AFC Director Grassroots & Youth Development and Jita Singh, AFC Development Officer Grassroots and Youth conducted the workshop and said that the objectives of Grassroots and Youth Development workshop was to create an awareness of all aspects of Grassroots and Youth Football Development among stakeholders. They discussed the Key Elements.of Grassroots and Youth Football Development namely Administration ,Facilities, Competitions, Coaches and Teachers, Talent Identification and Parents Role with special reference to India. Delhi has been divided into 6 Zones for the School League and 8 teams from each zone will participate in the inaugural School Round Robin League which will be held this September. In additions Introductory Football Coaching Course for School Physical Education Teachers will be held in August.
    Inaugurating the workshop AIFF general secretary Alberto Colaco said that Delhi will be a model state under the Vision India Project. He added that Football House at Dwarka will be epicenter of the whole football activities in the country.

    Note-3: 13 year old Kean Francis Lewis from Mumbai will next month be going for a three week trial at the Football Academy of English Championship side Leicester City FC.
    The trial has been made possible by Mumbai-based Premier India Football Academy with help from their partner Nigel Empson of Prosporta. All his expenses during his stay will be paid for by Leicester City FC.
    Meanwhile PIFA is also trying to organise a trial for the talented youngster at Scottish giant Glasgow Rangers FC.

    Note-4: Brazilian midfielder Douglas da Silva is back in Calcutta. But this time around he will not be donning the red-and-gold jersey of East Bengal Club but the one from Mohammedan Sporting Club to join his former coach Subhas Bhowmick.
    But Sporting officials want to be sure that Douglas is fit to play. Douglas might have to undergo a medical test to prove his fitness.

    July 27
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Bibhash Dash carried out an interview with Tata Football Academy coach Ranjan Choudhury in Jamshedpur for IndianFootball.Com.
    Ranjan Choudhury talks about TFA's future, if they will take part in the NFL and where he see's Indian football going.
    Click here to read the complete >>Ranjan Choudhury interview

    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Final: Manipur 0-1 Orissa - Goal: 0-1 Rashmita Podh (44').
    Pint-sized goalkeeper Ahalya Munda gave a lion-hearted performance as Orissa wrested the title from defending champions Manipur by beating them with a narrow 1-0 margin in an action-packed and thrilling final of the third Junior Girls Under-17 National Football Championship organised by the Chandigarh FA under the patronage of the AIFF at the Sector 17 Football Stadium in Chandigarh this evening.
    Showing a remarkable alertness under the bar, Ahalya rose to the occasion. She dived full length on left and right, punched the ball in a smooth action and advanced to collect the ball like a panther. She made more than half a dozen sure goals. Ahalya was voted one of the four best players of the tournament by the experts committee formed by the orgnanising committee.
    But the goal which sealed the fate of Manipur was booted home by speedy left winger Rashmita Podh in the 44th minute. Orissa launched a counter-attack in the 44th minute. Following an infringement by a Manipur player, Orissa were awarded a free kick in the middle. Orissa captain and star defender Sradhanjali Sahoo sent a good floater to Rashmita Podh. Meanwhile, Manipur goalkeeper S Sanathoi Devi advanced to collect it but Rashmita got possession of the ball and in a smooth action guided the ball into the unattended Manipur goal. It sent jubilation in the Orissa camp as the players rushed to congratulate Rashmita Podh.
    Manipur were shocked by the goal. However, they did not lose hearts. They went all out in the 72nd minute. Within three minutes they had the same number of opportunities to neutralise the lead. However, it was not the Manipur's day today. In the 72nd and 75th minutes, Y Kamala Devi, who emerged the leading striker and goalscorer of the tournament, saw her shots travelling across the Orissa goal and missing the target with narrow margins. In between N Chan Chan Chanu unleashed a sizzling shot which hit the crosspiece and the ball ballooned over the bar.
    Earlier, last year's runners-up Orissa had a golden chance to score another goal in the 63rd minute. Srimote Samal centred the ball to Jhele Munda whose shot hit the pole. Rashmita Podh got possession of the ball but a tried Rashmita mis-directed the shot from close. She was complaining of stomach pain and she was substituted in the next minute by Gomate Burh.
    The final started on a promising note for Manipur as their captain international Bem-Bem Devi tested the Orissa goalkeeper Ahalya Munda with a straight grounder in the third minute. Two minutes later, Orissa registered their presence with Srimote Samal and Preyenka Sahoo moving up with one-touch game. However, Srimote delayed inside the box and was dispossessed. Manipur wasted an opportunity to score in the 13th minute when Y Kamala Devi volleyed the ball over the crosspiece after getting a forward pass from H Bijeta Devi.
    Bem-Bem initiated a good move in the 18th minute and gave a measured pass to N Montesori Chanu whose power-packed drive was smartly collected by alert Ahalya who made another brilliant save in the 40th minute. Y Kamala, who looked off side, went ahead and passed the ball to M Mandakini Devi whose head struck the pole while advanced Ahalya was beaten but she recovered smartly to collect the ball before any further damage could be done.
    In the 53d minute, Ahlaya made another spectacular save. A full-blooded shot from the right flank by Montesori saw Ahlaya covering the angle well and collected the ball with confidence.
    Orissa goal just survived in the 72nd, 73rd and 75th minutes as Manipur players went all out to score a goal which eluded them today. It was a luckless day for Manipur.
    Chandigarh FA president Principal Ravinder Talwar distributed the prizes. Y Kamala Devi of Manipur, Santoseni Oram, Ahalya Munda and Rashmita Podh were adjudged the best players of the tournament.
    MANIPUR U17: S Sanathoi Devi, G Radharani Devi (W Radharani Devi), L Itabala Devi, T Ranjita Devi, M Bem-Bem Devi, H Bejeta Devi, M Mandakini Dwevi, N Montesori Chanu, Y Kamala Devi, N Chan-Chan Chanu.
    ORISSA U17: Ahalya Munda, Sangeta Ray, Rashmeta Patra, Sradhanjali Sahoo, Preyenka Sahoo, Santoseni Oram, Lochana Munda, Pratema Lakra, Srimote Samal, Jhele Munda, Rashmita Podh (Gomate Burh).

    Guwahati Super Division: Assam Police Blues 1-0 SAI SC, Guwahati - Goal: 1-0 Robijit Jigdung (64').
    Nadkarni Cup, Mumbai - Pre-Quarterfinal: Maharashtra State Police 2-2,4-2 Dena Bank [penalties]
    Nadkarni Cup, Mumbai - Quarterfinal: Indian Navy 6-1 Kenkre Academy
    20th Punjab State Super League: Punjab State Electricity Board 0-2 JCT Mills - Goals: 0-1 Sakatar Singh (50'), 0-2 Sukhjinder Singh (65').

    Note-1: The INDIA matches at the Whitecaps Nations Cup in Vancouver, Canada last week will be telecast deferred on Zee Sports on July 29 and 30 at 18.00 IST. They were the first couple of games under new Coach Bob Houghton. On 29th (Saturday) the feature game will be the loss to the hosts Whitecaps FC. Sunday's game will be the win against China U20.

    Note-2: Indian Double winners, and 2005 Nadkarni Cup Runners-up, Mahindra United, have withdrawn from this year's Mumbai season-opening Monsoon tourney, citing unavailability of requisite players at their disposal, with most of the first team on strenuous national duty that incleded the recently cocluded Vancouver tour, and now the preparatory camp for the Asian Cup qualifier. Coupled with the nascent stage of pre-season preparations in which the rest of the remaining squad is, the Mahindra United management decided upon this measure to do justice to themselves and the seriousness of the Nadkarni Cup.
    Furthermore, Holy-Family, rechristened this year as 'Mumbai United', also withdrew from the same, as quite a few of their squad have yet to be assembled, what with many of their prospective transfers still to be formalised in approval by WIFA.
    The heavy rains in Mumbai too have caused their share of disruption to the scheduling of the tournament. But this positively, as the MDFA does not want the finally pristine and lush outfield damaged by play in heavy rains. Keeping this in mind they had only mainly finalised the schedule upto the pre-quarters at the commencement, leaving scope for such downpours.

    Note-3: Portuguese coach Pedero Rui Manuel Mendonsa has been appointed by the Goa FA to coach the Goa U21 for the first Lusofonia Games to be held in Macau in October 7 to 15, 2006.
    33 year old Mendonsa took charge of his team yesterday and will start proper training next week. The man from the Algarve in southern Portugal has been especially appointed for the Lusofonia Games, which is a tournament amongst Portugal and it's former colonies.

    July 26
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Calcutta Super Division: Peerless SC 2-1 Howrah Union
    Calcutta Super Division: Calcutta Customs 1-0 Calcutta FC
    Nadkarni Cup, Mumbai - Round 2: Sagar SC 2-3 Rizvi Mumbai Muslims
    Nadkarni Cup, Mumbai - Pre-Quarterfinal: ONGC 0-0,4-3 Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers [penalties]
    20th Punjab State Super League: JCT Football Academy 3-2 Bassi FC - Goals: 0-1 Amninder Singh (23'), 1-1 Navtej Singh (45'), 2-1,3-1 Assim Hassan (63',Pen;75'), 2-2 Satinder Singh (65').
    20th Punjab State Super League: Border Security Force 1-0 Punjab Police - Goal: 1-0 Santosh Kujur (90+2').

    Note-1: While Bob Houghton and his boys were fighting it out against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the Chinese U20 squad in the Whitecaps Nations Cup, several other Indian teams were getting ready for a different Nations Cup in Canada too.
    The Richmond Olympics Society and the Richmond United Football Club recently hosted their 27th annual Annual Nations Cup Soccer Tournament. The tournament took place in Richmond, British Columbia from July 21 to 23.
    This tournament is unique as players are grouped according to their ethnicity and this gives the players a feeling as if they are playing for their country of origin. The tournament had separate sections for players over 30, over 38, over 45 and those in the Open category.
    Except for the women's side of the tournament there was an Indian team in the Men's Open, Men's over 30, Men's over 38 and Men's Over 45 categories. In 3 of the 4 categories, the Indian team made it to the final and in all three finals the Indian teams won.
    It was the third time that Team India coached by Bindy Braich won the tournament. Earlier in 1994 and 2000 the team had won the title.
    For complete breakdown on each of the categories where India played, please refer to the table below:

    Men's Open (INDIA 1st) 16 5 China 4-1,Germany 2-0, First Nation 2-0; SF: Scotland 3-1 India 2-1 Italy
    Men's Over 30 (INDIA 1st) 8 4 China, Scotland, Ireland India 2-0 England
    Men's Over 38 8 3 lost to England, but beat Poland & Ireland -
    Men's Over 45 (INDIA 1st) 8 4 Scotland, England, Israel India 2-0 Poland

    Now aren't those the kind of score lines and performance we would like to see from our squad.

    July 25
        RESULTS & NEWS

    TV commentator and football writer Novy Kapadia has written a nice piece titled "What ails Indian football" about the problems within Indian football which has been published by the IANS. Thanks to Novy we are able to make that interesting write-up available to you in our IndianFootball.Com Guest Columns!
    Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - Novy Kapadia .

    Another IndianFootball.Com Guest Column is Rosario Estebeiro's write-up titled "India at the World Cup". We all dream to see India at the World Cup one day and Rosario looks at the ambitious 2010/2014 Goal Project of the AIFF.
    Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - Rosario Estebeiro .

    Staying with the World Cup, Sanjoy Mitra looks at the success and failed formulas of different nations at the just concluded 2006 World Cup.
    Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - Sanjoy Mitra .

    L. Santosh Singh, who is lecturer at the Don Bosco College, Panjim (B.P.E., M.P.Ed, N.I.S. (Football)) has written an article on "Background of Goan Football" for our IndianFootball.Com Guest Columns section. It looks at the background of Goan football. Read and enjoy!
    Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - L Santosh Singh .

    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Semifinal: Orissa 6-0 Haryana - Goals: 1-0,2-0,6-0 Jhele Munda (6',14',60'), 3-0 Santoseni Oram (34'), 4-0,5-0 Rashmita Podh (37',47').
    ORISSA U17: Ahalya Munda (Sita Sharma), Sangeta Ray, Rashmeta Patra (Dharitri Ojha), Preyenka Sahoo, Santoseni Oram, Lochana Munda, Pratema Lakra,, Srimote Samal (Supreya Routray), Jhele Munda, Rashmita Podh.
    HARYANA U17: Rani (Anju), Neeti, Monti, Deepa, Rajni, Meenakshi, Priya, Meena, Priyanka, Diksha, Preeti (Monika).

    43rd Junior Assam Inter-District Trophy, Gossaigaon - Final: Guwahati 1-1,4-3 Gossaigaon [penalties]

    Note-1: Midfielder Alvito D'Cunha has been appointed new captain of Calcutta giants East Bengal Club. The club executive at a meeting today approved Alvito to take over the job with Chandan Das to be his deputy.
    Alvito had joined the red-and-gold in 2002 from Salgaocar SC and it will surely be a big honour for him.
    The East Bengal team is currently undergoing a 10 day residential pre-season training camp in Barasat just outside Calcutta under their new Brazilian coach Carlos Roberto Pereira da Silva.
    East Bengal play their first competitive match of the season on August 2 against George Telegraph SC in the Calcutta Premier League.

    Note-2: AP report: World Cup fever may have ended, but Bollywood is just warming up to soccer as the new hot theme at the box office.
    Film director Vivek Agnihotri has zeroed in on popular actor Saif Ali Khan to play the lead in his new venture, the aptly titled "Goal," a news report said.
    "It's basically a social drama with (soccer) as the background," Agnihotri was quoted as saying in the Delhi Times newspaper on Tuesday.
    But Agnihotri denies he's trying to cash in on the World Cup mania that gripped millions in India last month.
    "I was toying with the idea for a long time and after the World Cup decided to go ahead with it," he said.
    The director said he is in talks with Khan to set dates for shooting the film. "We are talking to him and keeping our fingers crossed," Agnihotri said.
    Agnihotri's debut Hindi film titled, "Chocolate," a thriller set in London, earned mixed reviews last year.
    Khan, the son of former Indian cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and former actress Sharmila Tagore, tasted box office success after several years in Bollywood.

    July 24
        RESULTS & NEWS

    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Semifinal: Manipur 4-0 Tripura - Goals: 1-0,3-0 M Bem-Bem Devi (22',48'), 2-0 N Chanchan Chanu (26'), 4-0 I Itabala Devi (71').
    MANIPUR U17: S Sanathoi Devi, G Radharani Devi (W Radharani Devi), I Itabala Devi, T Ranjita Devi, Y Kherodarani Devi, M Bem-Bem Devi (Captain), H Bijeta Devi ( T Nungshitombi Devi), Y Kamala Devi, N Chan-Chan Chanu (E Bindyarani Devi), M Mandakini Devi, N Montesori Chanu.
    TRIPURA U17: Soma Gosh (Amita Sarkar), Namita Das (captain), Kalpana Debbarma, Rupati Debbarma, Swarna Rani Debbarma, Bhyaga Laxmi Debbarma, Anita Debbarma, Shuba Rani Debbarma, Gaya Rani Debbarma, Shyamali Debbarma, Namita Debbarma.

    Note-1: by Xavier Rutsa: The 7th NSF Martyr's Trophy will commence from September 18 at local ground, Kohima in Nagaland.
    The Angami Students Union organizes the yearly football event in commemoration of the two Martyrs Lt. Kekuojalie and Lt. Vikhozo.
    In a release the organising committee consented upon introducing certain new means in a bid to promote the overall standard of the said tournament and purposed means are review for necessary considerations and ultimately, will be publicized after the finalization process. The ASU appealed to all the football lovers to gear up for the month long event, which is bound to be exciting and making the tournament a success all the way. The ASU also informed that further necessary development, regarding the tournament would be intimate through various sources of communications.

    July 23
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Whitecaps Nations Cup - Swangard Stadium, Vancouver - 3rd Place Playoff: INDIA 2-1 China U20 - Goals: 1-0 Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep (29'), 2-0 Manjit Singh (66'), 2-1 Tang Jiashu (76').
    by Harmit Singh Kamboe: With a few days having passed on that nightmare of a match for India, this game against the China U 20 was the perfect opportunity for India to put up a better performance. The Chine U20 had been beaten by 5 goals by Cardiff City FC so they were definitely low on morale and India in their team meetings should have been looking for good, big win so that their own morale could be boosted.
    It was another sunny day and was hotter than the day India played their first game. Bob Houghton had done away with the tie and his coat.
    From the get go, it was obvious that the Indians were much more at ease than they were in their first game. They were more confident when touching the ball, gone was the tentativeness and they were not afraid to hold the ball when the Chinese players were close to them. China were playing a 5-2-3 formation and India were playing a 5-4-1 game. The first 10 minutes saw Indian having the vast majority for the possession. But despite that and their new found confidence, they were unable to make a breakthrough. The lack of imagination when it came to the final thrust was just as present today as it was when playing against the Whitecaps.
    In the 11th minute there was a one-two between Sushil Kumar Singh and Manjit Singh. But a weak Manjit shot to the goalkeeper is all India had to show for this. While the Chinese had much less possession, they demonstrated that they had good pace. They were able to outrun the Indians and set off on explosive runs ever now and then, and they also played using the entire width of the pitch, while India still stuck together and played in their comfort zone of shot passes. In the 13th minute a through ball to Wang, set him in a great position. Nandy had come off the goal line and the ball rolled past the far post. It was the first close call for India and it came against the run of play. In the 17th minute Sushil Singh had an opportunity when he had only the goalkeeper to beat. He ended up heading the ball straight to the goalkeeper and with complete lack of pace, allowing for an easy save for the Chinese and a wasted opportunity for India. In the 18th minute, Li Jinglin, on top of the Indian box showed what one could do when not being able to reach the goal by breaking the defence. He curved the ball past an Indian defender, the ball went wide but it was noteworthy that not a single Indian had the opportunity so far (and neither had they created one where they curved the ball during a non set piece). In the 29th minute, Renedy Singh took a corner kick for India and the ball found two Indian players. In the melee that ensued, NP Pradeep got his head to the ball and was able to force the ball into the back of the net to open India's account. In the 33rd minute, a Chinese forward who got a through ball of a corner kick that looked to be a certain offside. The offside was not called and Nandy did well to rush out and take the shot on his legs. Nandy was hopelessly out of position when the rebound was attempted but luckily nothing came of it. In the 35th minute Indian found themselves back at the Chinese goal. A Sameer Naik throw in came all the way to the box and Manjit Singh shot the ball right at the goalkeepers legs. Once again a more clinical finish for India would have been the ideal outcome. In the 40th minute, Sushil Singh tried an acrobatic bicycle kick and caught a Chinese defender in the face. It was clearly an unintentional foul but the referee flashed a red card and Sushil was out of the game. With an entire half to go, India were down to 10 men. Sarkar made a telling dispossession in the extra time of the first half when the final shot was about to be taken after a fine run made through the centre. Bob showed much more of his emotions at the sidelines as the red card and the not calling of the off side probably got him a bit worked up.
    The second half started with China getting more of the ball possession, partly due to the extra man advantage that they had. But like India in the first half, they were unable to make the possession count. India continued with their multiple touches per players which slowed down all the moves that they created. In the 52nd minute, Li, playing a good game for China and with a plug in his right nostril, found an opening when he was on top of the Indian box. He took the shot and the ball went wide off the far post. In the 56th minute, India had a chance once again when Naik sent a through ball to Manjit. Manjit, once again had only the goalkeeper to beat, but all he could manage was a weak left footer. He got a chance to make amends as early as in the 58th minute, he got a Naik throw in and took a massive swipe at the ball and missed. Its is interesting to note that of all the Indian players, Samir Naik is the only one whose throw-ins reach all the way to the penalty box from the touch line.
    By now the Chinese were showing their superiority in the long ball and counter attacks. In the 60th minute, Li took the ball from the half line and set Gao through who took the pass on the volley and struck the side of the net. In the 66th minute, Manjit received a long ball from the right flank and was finally able to score a goal. In the first attempt Manjit's attempt his foot went over the ball and in his second attempt he was able to put the ball in the back of the net. He celebrated with a cartwheel and scoring is the best way to clear the cobwebs in the mind.
    The Chinese continued to make moves and create openings. A free kick in the 68th minute at the edge of the Indian penalty area was wasted. By this time virtually all the Chinese players were in the Indian half, exerting pressure. Once again the Chinese took a short pass off a corner kick, Wang was wide open and took a shot and missed the target. In the 76th minute Tang Jiashu headed the ball in from a corner kick to pull one back for China. China kept up the pressure in their hope for an equalizer. In the 83rd minute, Wang running down the right hand side, cut into the box and fired a rasping shot. Nandy took it on his palms and tipped the ball over the goal. In the 88th minute Chinese striker Wang made a run and was cleanly tackled by Anupam Sarkar. Every now and then some one from the Indian defence got the job done, but what was missing was the consistency where they can deny the forwards the opportunities again and again. Much like the rest of the team, the defenders were having a better day today than they did in the first match. India staved off all that China could muster and emerged victorious.
    It is worth pointing out that the Whitecaps have accused the Chinese of sending in a U17 squad and if that is the case, then India has much cause for worry. If the U17 squad of our northern neighbour can make our national squad huff and puff, then we are in serous trouble. The best player form both teams clearly was Li and it will not be surprising to find this player make it to the national team.
    India, despite the victory, displayed all their shortcomings that led to their demise in their first game - too many touches on the ball, relying on shot passes, players standing too close to each over and not making full use of the pitch, no aerial capabilities to speak of and complete lack of imagination when it comes to finishing a move.
    A coach, domestic or foreign cannot make players learn new skills and mental strength in camps of a few days. As Bob Houghton said in a TV interview, the key thing for Indian football is patience.
    INDIA: 1-Sandip Nandy; 17-Irungbam Surkumar Singh, 12-Anupam Sarkar, 24-Habibur Rehman Mondal (81' 3-Nanjangud Shivananju Manju), 5-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep (84' 2-Narinder Singh); 16-Samir Naik (65' 20-Micky Fernandes), 13-Manjit Singh (76' 11-Sunil Chetri), 9-Mehraj din Wadoo, 23-Bibiano Fernandes [46' 6-Shanmugam Venkatesh (C)], 7-Renedy Singh (Captain) [46' 8-Steven Dias]; 10-Sushil Kumar Singh
    Click here for more details at the >>IndianFootball.Com National Team Special
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    Whitecaps Nations Cup - Swangard Stadium, Vancouver - Final: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0-0,3-1 Cardiff City FC [penalties] - Goals: none.

    Calcutta Super Division: Howrah Union - SAIL
    Nadkarni Cup, Mumbai - Round 2: Indian Navy - Kenkre Academy

    Note-1: A two member AIFF team yesterday visited Srinagar to check the venues and their facilities for the 61st Santosh Trophy. AIFF secretary Alberto Colaco and executive committee member Syed Nasir Ali, who went to Kashmir, will compile and then submit a report to the AIFF executive committee and the Jammu&Kashmir FA.
    First the three match venues - Bakshi Stadium, Amar Singh College ground, Polo Ground (West); and then the proposed practice grounds - University of Kashmir ground, Sri Pratap College ground, Tourist Reception Centre ground, National Institute of Technology ground, Bemina Degree College ground; where inspected.
    After Goa and then West Bengal objected to Srinagar as the venue due to potential treaths of terrorist attacks, the AIFF had been forced to take stock of the arrangements and then the executive committee would take a final decision on the Santosh Trophy on July 29 at it's meeting in the capital. Haryana has come forward to organise the national championships if Jammu&Kashmir is not deemed fit to hold the tournament.

    July 22
        RESULTS & NEWS

    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Quarterfinal League Group II: Tripura 5-1 Uttar Pradesh - Goals: 1-0,2-0,4-0 Swarna Rani Debbarma (10',29',35'), 3-0 Anita Debbarma (27'), 5-0 Bhyaga Laxmi Debbarma (70'), 5-1 Rehana Khatoon (85').
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Quarterfinal League Group II: West Bengal 0-6 Orissa - Goals: 0-1,0-4 Jhele Munda (3',35'), 0-2,0-5 Srimote Samal (10',45'), 0-3 Santoseni Sahoo (27'), 0-6 Gomoti Bur (72').

    Calcutta Super Division: Peerless SC 3-1 West Bengal Police
    Calcutta Super Division: Tollygunge Agragami 0-0 Calcutta FC
    Calcutta Super Division: Calcutta Customs 1-2 Police AC

    Note-1: The AIFF released a list of 32 probables yesterday for the India camp ahead of the India-Saudi Arabia match, but sadly that list was wrong.
    Actually the AIFF has called 34 players to the camp with the names of Sunil Chetri and Alvito D'Cunha missing from the real list.
    Goalkeepers: Sandip Nandy, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury (both Mahindra United), Subrata Pal (Mohun Bagan AC), Arindam Bhattacharya (Churchill Brothers SC).
    Defenders: Mahesh Gawli, Irungbam Surkumar Singh, Manju Nanjangud Shivananju (all Mahindra United), Anupam Sarkar, Debabrata Roy (both East Bengal Club), Deepak Kumar Mondal, Sanjeev Kumar Maria (both Mohun Bagan AC), Habibur Rehman Mondal, Madhab Das (both Mohammedan Sporting Club), Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep, Abdul Basheer (both State Bank of Travancore), Narinder Singh (JCT Mills), Samir Naik (Dempo SC), Rakesh Masih (Tata Football Academy).
    Midfielders: Shanmugam Venkatesh, Steven Dias, Krishnan Nair Ajayan (all Mahindra United), Bibiano Fernandes, Alvito D'Cunha, Tarif Ahmed (all East Bengal Club), Mehraj Din Wadoo, Manjit Singh, Dharamjit Singh (all Mohun Bagan AC), Renedy Singh (JCT Mills), Micky Fernandes (Salgaocar SC), Joe Paul Ancheri (Kerala).
    Forwards: Syed Rahim Nabi, Freddy Mascarenhas (both East Bengal Club), Sunil Chetri (Mohun Bagan AC), Sushil Kumar Singh (Mohun Bagan AC).
    Chief Coach: Bob Houghton (England).

    Note-2: Sri Guru Gobind Singh Society, Jalandhar have pulled out of the 20th Punjab State Super Football League. The SGGSS from Jalandhar informed the Punjab FA through a Fax about their inability to participate. SGGSS, Jalandhar had finished second in the just concluded Punjab State 2.Division Football League and had gained promotion to the Super League.
    The Super League committee has decided to take the next upcoming team on standing basis of the 2.Division. Therefore Bassi FC, which had finished third in the 2.Division, are promoted to the Super League.
    For the revised fixtures go to Punjab State Super League 2006

    Note-3: The AIFF today released the ninth list of 26 cleared Inter-State Transfers for the first transfer window of the 2006/07 season which ran from June 1 to 20.
    Champions Mahindra United signed midfielder Lazarus Francis Fernandes from Dempo SC; while Amjad Hussain has returned to Mohammedan Sporting Club from Churchill Brothers SC.
    Striker Faiz Alam has joined City FC, Delhi from Sporting Clube de Goa; while Arjun Pandit has left Salgaocar SC for Ahbab FC, Delhi.
    Delhi side Hindustan Club have been able to sign Chandan Maity from Nabdoy Sangha, Calcutta plus Sajith P, Young Challengers FC; Krishna Kumar EA, FC Kochi; Nishanth AD, Kerala State Electricity Board; Prasanth KK, Prachara Chauakkad; and Subash ES, Brothers Tirur; all from Kerala.

    July 21
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Harmit Singh Kamboe lives in Burlington, Ontario. Harmit has put together a write-up on "Lessons from World Cup 2006" for our IndianFootball.Com Guest Column section. Harmit looks at the lessons that new India coach Bob Houghton has already taken and can take from the gone World Cup. A first write-up by Harmit for IndianFootball.Com, but surely not the last. Read and Enjoy!
    Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - Harmit Singh Kamboe .

    L. Santosh Singh, who is lecturer at the Don Bosco College, Panjim (B.P.E., M.P.Ed, N.I.S. (Football)) has written an academic article on "Nature and Development of Football Hooliganism" for our IndianFootball.Com Guest Column section. It looks at where football hooliganism came from and what it turned out to be. Read and enjoy!
    Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - L Santosh Singh .

    Whitecaps Nations Cup - Swangard Stadium, Vancouver: Cardiff City FC 5-0 China U20 - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Michael Chopra (15',20'), 3-0 Darren Purse (61'), 4-0 Pall Parry (85'), 5-0 Steven Thompson (87').

    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Quarterfinal League Group I: Haryana 3-1 Tamil Nadu - Goals: 0-1 M Jeyanthi (5'), 1-1 Meenakshi (45'), 2-1,3-1 Diksha (50',70').
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Quarterfinal League Group I: Manipur 15-0 Punjab - Goals: 1-0,2-0,4-0 Mandakini Devi (5',12',23'), 3-0,5-0,12-0,15-0 E Bindyarani Devi (20',25',55',74'), 6-0,7-0,13-0 M Bem-Bem Devi (28',42',56'), 8-0 W Radharani Devi (43'), 9-0,10-0,14-0 N Montesori Chanu (47',52',66'), 11-0 Ksh Naocha Devi (53').

    Calcutta Premier League: Railway FC 0-1 Eastern Railway SC - Goal: 0-1 Farid Ali Mollah.
    Calcutta Premier League: George Telegraph SC 0-0 Calcutta Port Trust SC - Goals: none.
    Nadkarni Cup, Mumbai - Pre-Quarterfinal: Indian Navy 6-1 Campaneros
    Nadkarni Cup, Mumbai - Pre-Quarterfinal: Sea View SC 1-2 Kenkre Academy

    Note-1: The Indian national team, currently in Vancouver to take part in the Whitecaps Nations Cup, will hold a probables camp from August 4 in Calcutta ahead of the India Vs Saudi Arabia 2007 Asia Cup qualifier at the Saltlake Stadium on August 16. 32 players have been called for the camp by the AIFF with JCT Mills Sunil Chetri, who scored our goal against the Whitecaps on wednesday missing along with Baichung Bhutia. Baichung might join the camp depending on talks with coach Bob Houghton and AIFF president Das Munshi, who has said that he will try to persuade him to prolong his career till the Doha Asian Games in "national interest".
    Goalkeepers: Sandip Nandy, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury (both Mahindra United), Subrata Pal (Mohun Bagan AC), Arindam Bhattacharya (Churchill Brothers SC).
    Defenders: Mahesh Gawli, Irungbam Surkumar Singh, Manju Nanjangud Shivananju (all Mahindra United), Anupam Sarkar, Debabrata Roy (both East Bengal Club), Deepak Kumar Mondal, Sanjeev Kumar Maria (both Mohun Bagan AC), Habibur Rehman Mondal, Madhab Das (both Mohammedan Sporting Club), Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep, Abdul Basheer (both State Bank of Travancore), Narinder Singh (JCT Mills), Samir Naik (Dempo SC), Rakesh Masih (Tata Football Academy).
    Midfielders: Shanmugam Venkatesh, Steven Dias, Krishnan Nair Ajayan (all Mahindra United), Mehraj Din Wadoo, Manjit Singh, Dharamjit Singh (all Mohun Bagan AC), Bibiano Fernandes, Tarif Ahmed (both East Bengal Club), Renedy Singh (JCT Mills), Micky Fernandes (Salgaocar SC), Joe Paul Ancheri (Kerala).
    Forwards: Syed Rahim Nabi, Freddy Mascarenhas (both East Bengal Club), Sushil Kumar Singh (Mohun Bagan AC).
    Chief Coach: Bob Houghton (England).

    Note-2: The AIFF today released the eighth list of 59 cleared Inter-State Transfers for the first transfer window of the 2006/07 season which ran from June 1 to 20.
    The list today mainly contained transfers of 11 players away from now defunct Fransa-Pax FC to other clubs across India. Mohammedan Sporting Club have signed four former Fransa-Pax players in Surojit Roy, K Muhammed Nisam, Santa Saikhom Singh and Sheikh Aslam. Also seeking transfers to Calcutta where goalkeeper Rajat Guha to East Bengal Club, midfielders Somnath Das to Eastern Railway SC and Avinash Thapa to Calcutta Port Trust. Former international striker Alex Mario Ambrose has gone to Mumbai's Air-India. Former junior India striker Marlanki Sutang has gone back to his home club Lajong SC, Shillong; while Arijit Mondal has joined Haryana side Amity United FC and Vasudevan Santosh has gone to his home state of Kerala to Sesa.
    Other transfers on the list where those of players amongst smaller clubs across India.

    Note-3: According to information received by us at IndianFootball.Com from former National Football Coach Sukhvinder Singh, Mr. K Kapoor, former Honorary Secretary of Punjab FA (who had served the Punjab FA for the 3/4 consecutive terms, has been an AIFF Executive Member, Vice-President), is seriously ill and is bed-ridden at his residence in Gurgaon, Haryana. He had also served as Chairman of the Selection Committee constituted by the AIFF for the 1986 Asian Games. According to former national Coach Sukhvinder Singh, the condition of Mr.Kapoor, now nearing 80, is deteriorating and he is unable to get up. Mr.Kapoor, has expressed a desire to get in touch with old associates and former footballers. His contact number is 98713-70129.

    Note-4: Calcutta Premier League side George Telegraph SC today announced Reliance GSM Services as their new sponsor partner. The club will from now on be known as "Smart" George Telegraph SC and the contract is initially for one year.

    Note-5: The Andhra Pradesh FA will conduct selection trials for the AP state U16 boys team on August 10 at the Lal Bahadur Stadium, Hyderabad. The APFA has asked all District FAs and affiliated units to send their three best players in this age group to the trials.
    The South Zone U16 qualifiers are set to the held in the second week of September.

    Note-6: by Armstrong Vaz: Educationist and freedom fighter from Cuncolim, Dr Verisimo Coutinho has urged the government to name the Cuncolim school playground after late footballer Basil Menezes. He was speaking on the occasion of the office inauguration of Cuncolim Union recently.
    Coutinho said that Basil Menezes brought laurels to Cuncolim village and it will be a befitting tribute to the late footballer by naming the football ground in his name. He said the people of Cuncolim would be forced to come to the streets if the government do not accept the demand.
    Coutinho later felicitated five sports personalities from Cuncolim, including international footballers - Mahesh Gawli; Micky Fernandes, grandson so Cuncolim; and Freddy Mascarenhas plus former international Ashok Fadte and Delton Almeida (Athletics).
    Late basil Menezes was a former Tata SC footballer and hailed from Panzorconi from the Menezes house close to the our lady of Piety chapel Panzorconi.

    July 20
        RESULTS & NEWS

    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Quarterfinal League Group II: Orissa 8-0 Uttar Pradesh - Goals: 1-0 Jhele Munda (10'), 2-0,6-0 Lochana Munda (15',70'), 3-0 Santoseni Oram (45'), 4-0,5-0 Preyenka Sahoo (50',60'), 7-0,8-0 Sradhanjali Sahoo (73',82').
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Quarterfinal League Group II: Tripura 2-1 West Bengal - Goals: 1-0 Anita Debbarma (21'), 2-0 Shyamali Debbarma (52'), 2-1 Kalpana Roy (89').

    Nadkarni Cup, Mumbai - Round 1: Union Bank of India 3-1 Income Tax
    Nadkarni Cup, Mumbai - Round 1: ICL Mid-Day 0-1 Bank of India

    Note-1: Indian football is still trying to come to terms with the death of VP Sathyan. The most asked question is why did Sathyan commit suicide? If in financial trouble why didn't be ask friends for help? Should a former Indian football captain's life have to end this way?
    Thousands of people paid their last respects across Kerala when the body travelled to his home district of Kannur. Old friends and teammates where with the body on their journey.
    Not only Kerala and Chennai in Tamil Nadu are in a state of shock, but the football franity all over India is in a state of shock.

    Former Indian national coach Stephen Constantine wrote to IndianFootball.Com, "I would like to add my sincere condolences to V.P. Sathyan's family. I had the pleasure to work with him on a couple of occassions with the Indian national team and he was really a pleasure to work with. It is of course a great loss to all that knew him."
    From Stephen Constantine and family our deepest sympathys go not only to his family but to all those that knew him.

    Note-2: IANS report: Former Indian soccer captain Baichung Bhutia has said he is no longer motivated to play for the country even as he hoped that new coach Bob Houghton will transform the national team into a winning side.
    "I have been playing for my country for the past 12 years. Now I no longer feel like playing. I just don't get the motivation," Bhutia told IANS here.
    When told that there is no replacement for him, he said: "That is not an excuse for continuing to play. I don't feel like playing for the country. I was planning for retirement. But for now it's shelved."
    "Besides it's time some youngsters took over and did well for themselves. The Vancouver trip will be a good exposure for them," the Mohun Bagan striker said.
    A 20-member Indian team is in Vancouver, Canada, to take part in the four-nation Nations Cup that began Wednesday.
    "Now I am looking forward to the challenge of playing for Mohun Bagan (Baichung switched over to Bagan from his club East Bengal this season). I played there two years back and could not do justice to the club and this time I would like to make amends," he said.
    Asked whether there are youngsters who could step into his shoes, Bhutia mentioned Sushil Singh and Lalampuia - both of whom will play with him in Mohun Bagan this season.
    He also applauded Indian coach Bob Houghton for his initiative, but sounded a little sceptical about the import of NRI players.
    "Stephen (Constantine) tried it before and it did not work. Let's see. He (Houghton) is a world class coach and I hope he will make India a better side," Bhutia said.

    July 19
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Whitecaps Nations Cup - Swangard Stadium, Vancouver: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3-1 INDIA - Goals: 1-0 David Testo (15'), 2-0 Nanjangud Shivananju Manju (38', own Goal), 2-1 Sunil Chetri (45'+), 3-1 David Morris (73').
    Kick-off: 19.00 local time | 04.00 CET (July 20) | 07.30 IST (July 20)
    by Harmit Singh Kamboe: Under a warm and sunny sky, the Whitecaps Nations Cup got off a colourful start with the home team Vancouver Whitecaps FC against the India national team. The Swanguard stadium was packed to its 6,200 odd capacity and in keeping with the large South Asian population that had turned up to support their team, there was a Bhangra and a Dhol performance by DholBeatz prior to the kick off.
    The Whitecaps were predominantly kitted in white while the Indian team were wearing orange jerseys with white shorts, a departure from their trademark blue. Houghton was dressed in a suit and tie despite the warm and sunny day.
    The Whitecaps played a 4-5-1 formation while India opted for a 5-3-2 with Freddy Mascarenhas and Sunil Chetri in the front.
    India keeper Sandip Nandy was stretched as soon as the game kicked off. With less than a minute of time on the board, a long throw in found Gary Brooks and he headed the ball and forced Nandy to make a great one handed save, diving to his left. Despite the teams, especially India, playing a little tentatively, there were chances created at both ends in the first few minutes, but the Indians did not really do much with their opportunities and that was pretty much the story of the game for them. In the second minute, Venkatesh had a through pass to Freddy Mascarenhas which was too long. Renedy Singh had a freekick and a corner in quick succession in the 6th minute of the game and both set piece opportunities were poorly executed. The ball possession was favourable to the Whitecaps and they demonstrated more purpose and thought. The Indians touched the ball too often, played short passes and were never able to have more than 3 players touch the ball. After two players on the move, they either shot the ball through too long or were dispossessed due to sloppy passing. In the 9th minute David Testo put through a great ball to Brooks, but Nandy was once again man to the challenge and was able to deny the Whitecaps the opportunity. Before 10 minutes were up in the game, Nandy had made two great saves. With 10 minutes gone in the game, it was clear that the Whitecaps are not a great team. It was also clear that India were either a bit lethargic or laid back. They seemed a bit flat footed and purposeless.
    In the 13th minute, Indian finally made their best scoring chance of the game. A long ball from the midfield to Samir Naik was headed down by him and played to Freddy Mascarenhas who did a little 1-2 with Naik before finding himself with just the keeper to beat. In the heat of the moment, he blasted the ball over the keeper, goal and everything else. The crowd which was backing India let out a big collective sigh. In the 15th minute, David Testo was on top of the box when he did a complete turn and managed to free himself enough from his Indian marker and use his left foot to slot the ball home. Nandy was caught on his wrong side and could not reach the shot. The Whitecaps took the lead and one though that perhaps the goal would wake the Indians up from their stupor.
    Alas, that was not to be. India continued to play a shot passing game, and stand close to each other. They continued to not be able to really threaten the Whitecaps. In the 23rd minute, Morris tried a chip shot on the India goal of a free kick but that went over the Indian goal. The Indian thoughtless play was best exemplified by a through ball by Naik in the 27th minute when there was no red jersey wearing player in the box. No one knew the purpose of that through ball. India was playing exactly how a country ranked 130 by FIFA would or even worse. The Whitecaps made full use of the pitch's width, switching the ball side to side. The Indians continued to be caught napping with the long ball passes that the Whitecaps were making. The game after the first goal had reduced to a walking pace and this would have been the perfect opportunity for any other team to try and pull the solitary goal lead back. But India showed no imagination and no urgency. In the 35th minute Dino had every one beaten and shot the ball wide by just a bit off the far post. The cross from Morris could have been intercepted by two Indian defenders but amateurish clearances were all that the Indian fans got to see.
    In the 37th minute, Morrisson made a run down the left flank of India's goal and made a cross. NS Manju tried to make a clearance when a calm, collected gathering of the ball and then clearing it would have been enough as there was no Whitecap in his vicinity. Instead his attempt at a one shot clearance resulted in an own goal. India had just compounded their own misery and were now down 2-0 with no one to blame but themselves.
    In the 44th minute Surkumar Singh attempted a long shot in the Whitecaps goal which had no pace or power on it. And that pretty much summed up the tame display that the Indian had put up. Even the Indian physio's when they had to run up to the pitch, were taking their time. In the injury time added at the end of the first half, India finally pulled a goal back. Chetri got a long ball from Surkumar Singh that trapped and was able to get by two Whitecap defenders ad place the ball by the goalkeeper that rushed out but did not dive to either side. Indian fans felt better as at least the own goal had been atoned for.
    The second half saw the introduction of Sushil Kumar Singh, the 17 year old striker. Bob Houghton's intentions seemed clear, he still saw the game as wide open and there was nothing amazing or biting about the Whitecaps offensive line. The Indians had just given them too much room and too much opportunity. In the 49th minute, Gary Brooks made a long strike that was wide of the Indian goal. The Indians demonstrated greater confidence in the second half. However, once they had the ball and were on top of the Whitecaps box, they ran out of ideas and just passed the ball around, hoping some one else on the team would try a break through in the Whitecaps defence. In the 55th minute Renedy Singh attempted a cross, but ended up sending the ball both long and over the goal. India continued with their unforced errors, allowing the Whitecaps not to suffer. In the 56th minute, a Renedy Singh and NP Pradip move found Chetri open in the penalty box. Sunil Chetri had just the goalkeeper to beat but Chetri, not did not take the shot, allowed the moment to pass and was dispossessed of the ball. Another Indian opportunity had gone begging. In the 61st minute, India almost let in another own goal of a Whitecaps corner kick.
    In this error prone performance that India were putting up, something had to give even with a team as average as the Whitecaps. In the 72nd minute, Nandy made a poor clearance. The ball was intercepted by Morris on the India 25 yard line and with a nice one-two movement, he put the ball in the back of the net not giving Nandy any chance. It was more a case of India deserved to be scored against due to the way they had played, rather than Whitecaps deserving the goal for their efforts.
    Despite the score line reading 3-1 for the Whitecaps, one was reminded of the phrase so often used for the Indian cricket team prior to the arrival of John Wright, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
    In the 74the minute another David Morris play came close to ending up in a goal when Kindel was put through with just Nandy to beat but he shot the ball over the goal. In the 86th minute it was Jersen's turn to shoot the ball over the goal. Not to be left out it was Lyle who missed scoring in the 87th minute when he had an almost empty goal in front of him. In the 89th minute it was disheartening to see Sushil Kumar Singh give up running for a ball he could have gotten. As the youngest man on the field and having played only the second half and with team behind, that was a sorry example.
    India ended up conceding a total of 9 corners to the Whitecaps. A lot of those 9 came from India defenders that unilaterally chose to put the ball out when they felt threatened or wanted to clear or break up and oncoming attack. Despite the 3-1 score line, one should not think India were beaten by a vastly better team. India were edged out by their own poor passing and finishing and then by a physically stronger team in that order.
    Bob Houghton's comments on how small the Indian players were when he first saw them at the Goa training camp, the lack of any leader on the field in the Indian team, lack of ideas on how to finish a move and the poor ball skills were the three clear signs of how much work must be done. Bob was also reported as being a fan of the long ball and he had clarified that he was not referring to the long ball as in crosses from the wings. It was clear from this game, how badly the Indians need to be able to make better long balls in the field to each other.
    A team better than the Whitecaps (Saudi Arabia or Japan) would have ripped India apart on a performance such as this.
    WHITECAPS: 0-Josh Wicks (46' 29-Serge Djekanovic); 20-David Morris (75' 12-Geordie Lyall), 22-John Jones (46' 24-Diaz Kambere), 25-Anthony Noriega, 33-Ryan Suarez; 6-Jay Alberts (65' 27-Stefan Leslie), 7-Martin Nash (46' 4-Adrian Cann), 11-David Testo (46' 19-Sita-Taty Matondo), 13-Tino Cucca (65' 8-Steve Kindel), 14-Tony Donatelli (71' 3-Steve Klein); 16-Gary Brooks (71' 17-Joey Gjertsen).
    INDIA: 1-Sandip Nandy; 17-Irungbam Surkumar Singh (46' 10-Sushil Kumar Singh), 2-Narinder Singh, 3-Nanjangud Shivananju Manju (85' 24-Habibur Rehman Mondal), 5-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep; 16-Samir Naik, 6-Shanmugam Venkatesh, 20-Micky Fernandes (62' 23-Bibiano Fernandes), 7-Renedy Singh (79' 9-Mehraj din Wadoo); 11-Sunil Chetri (82 12-Anupam Sarkar), 18-Freddy Mascarenhas (62' 13-Manjit Singh).
    Click here for more details at the >>IndianFootball.Com National Team Special
    Please go to the >>IndianFootball.Com MATCH CENTER

    Match Preview:
    For new national coach Bob Houghton it will be his first competitive match as India coach, when his team takes on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the inaugural match of the Whitecaps Nations Cup later today.
    The Indian senior squad will be missing their captain Baichung Bhutia who had opted out of the trip to Canada. Missing amongst others are defender Deepak Kumar Mondal, midfielder Climax Lawrence and striker Syed Rahim Nabi all out due to injuries. But for some youngsters it is a chance to grab a place in the squad for the upcoming remaining 2007 Asia Cup qualifiers.
    India have two safe pair of hands in goalkeepers Sandip Nandy and Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, who are also No. 1 and 2 at their club, Mahindra United - the Indian league champions. In defence seasoned Mahesh Gawli is set to play at the centre of defence with club mate Manju Nanjangud Shivananju likely to play besides him. Irungbam Surkumar Singh or Sameer Naik could play as right back, while Habibur Rehman Mondal and Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep could fill in as left backs. The midfield will be marshalled by captain Shanmugam Venkatesh with Steven Dias a possible option on the right flank while Renedy Singh a possibility on the left while Mehraj Din Wadoo could play in the defensive midfield position. Upfront Bhutia will surely be missed and an inexperienced attack could be a drawback for India. Only Sunil Chetri has played for the India Seniors in the past and he is likely to be paired with either Freddy Mascarenhas or teenager Sushil Kumar Singh. An interesting test for this youthful Indian team. India also hopes to have local Indian community support in Vancouver similar to support the team got in the greater Birmingham area, England on trips there a few years ago.

    The Whitecaps meanwhile are also proud to announce that NBA MVP Steve Nash (Basketball) will be the tournament's honourary chairman. Nash will kick off the tournament with the ceremonial kick in the opening match on Wednesday.

    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Quarterfinal League Group I: Punjab 0-4 Tamil Nadu - Goals: 0-1 M Jeyanthi (23'), 0-2,0-3 R Radika (30',55), 0-4 R Kalpana (65').
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Quarterfinal League Group I: Haryana 0-9 Manipur - Goals: 0-1 N Chan Chan Chanu (15'), 0-2,0-6,0-8 M Mandakini Devi (25',55',68'), 0-4,0-5,0-9 Y Kamala Devi (35',36',73'), 0-3 N Bindoni Devi (33'), 0-7 N Montesori Chanu (65').

    Guwahati Super Division: NF Railway SC 0-0 Assam State Electricity Board - Goals: none.
    Nadkarni Cup, Mumbai - Round 1: PIFA Colaba Young Stars 1-4 Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers
    Nadkarni Cup, Mumbai - Round 1: ONGC 4-1 PriyaDarshini-Park Wave

    Note-1: Continuing on PIOs around the world. The contract of 24 year old English PIO Harpal Singh was not renewed by English second Division side Stockport County FC at the end of last season. Earlier this month Harpal joined League of Ireland Premier Division Side Sligo Rovers FC.
    Harpal has come out of the renowned Leed United AFC youth development system. He had made his professional debut at Bury FC on loan from Leeds, then he spend two further loan spells at Bristol City FC and Bradford City AFC before being released by Leed United. He joined Stockport County FC in 2004 and has spend two years at the club.

    Note-2: IANS report: The death of former India football captain V.P. Sathyan woke up the city of Calcutta to a rude shock with veteran footballer P.K. Banerjee saying he was speechless.
    "The first thing that comes to my mind is 1985-86 when I picked him for the India squad when Subrata Bhattacharya and Manoranjan Bhattacharya were both unavailable," Banerjee said.
    "Sathyan was then an awkward 17-year-old teenager who later transformed into a fine defender," he said.
    Jo Paul Ancheri, who was a teammate in Mohun Bagan and India, said he was without his captain today.
    "I have played under many skippers, but I regard him as my only leader. He is the best captain I have played under."
    Another coach Amal Dutta couldn't believe his ears.
    "I have been to Kerala several times. On every occasion I enjoyed coaching him. When he was playing under me for Kerala Police, he took special initiative to arrange the ground and look after other needs. In Calcutta as well, I have some very good memories both during the Nehru Cup camp and his stint with Mohun Bagan in 1992."
    East Bengal's assistant coach and Satyen's teammate Tarun Dey said: 'I have played with Sathyan for a very brief period of time. Apart from being a good footballer, he was a loveable character. Four months back, I bumped into him during an All-India bank tournament. He seemed jovial as ever."
    For Sisir Ghosh the news of death came as a shock.
    "We have played together for so many years both in the national squad and the club. To me he was more of a midfielder than a defender. Though he played as a defender, his strength was his long-range shots. He scored a brilliant goal off a pile driver against South Korea in the 1986 Merdeka Cup. In 1991-92, we played for Mohun Bagan and got more friendly."
    Former Bagan coach and India international Aloke Mukherjee said: ' I cannot believe that a guy of such a strong mentality meeting such an end.
    "We have played in the Seoul Asian Games, the Merdeka Cup and he was an utility player both in the defence and midfield. As both of us took coaching as a profession, we have been meeting each other till 2005 and could never imagine this fate."

    Note-3: After a break of nearly three weeks the INDIA U20 probables will regroup at their camp in Goa tomorrow ahead of the 10th South Asian Games in Colombo, Sri Lanka next month. 29 players have been called to the camp, which runs until August 12. The participation in the South Asian Games is part of the teams preparation for the Asian Youth Championships to be held in India from October 29 to November 12.
    The football tournament at the South Asian Games is an under-23 tournament, but INDIA like the last time in Pakistan is sending their U20 across for match exposure.
    INDIA U20 Probables:
    Goalkeepers: Arindam Bhattacharya (Churchill Brothers SC), Shilton Pal (Mohun Bagan AC), Souvik Mondal (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC), Primjit Meitei (Manipur), Kailash Das (Assam).
    Defenders: Rakesh Masih, Hirohito Elangbam, Rino Anto (all Tata Football Academy), Baldeep Singh (JCT Football Academy), Baljit Singh Sahni (Punjab), Gobin Singh (SAI, Manipur), Aibor Khongjee (Mizoram).
    Midfielders: Th Naoba Singh, Ong Tshering Lepcha (both Churchill Brothers SC), Lal Kamal Bhowmick (Mohun Bagan AC), Branco Vincent Cardozo, Lalramluaha, Hiralal Chetri (all Tata Football Academy), Lavino Fernandes (Sesa Football Academy), Lalmalswama Hmar (Mizoram), Zaidinmawia Hmar (Mizoram), Malsawmdawngliana (Mizoram).
    Forwards: Vimal Pariyar (East Bengal Club), Sushil Kumar Singh (Mohun Bagan AC), Bimal Minz (Tata Football Academy), Reisangmi Vasum (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC), Khangembam Thoi Singh (Indian Bank), Beevan D'Mello (Goa), Gemseng Marak (Meghalaya).
    Chief Coach: Islam Akhmedov (Uzbekistan)

    Note-4: The Delhi Soccer Association will hold the second edition of the Uttaranchal Cup Football Tournament in the capital at the Ambedkar Stadium from Thursday. The participating clubs are Delhi champions Simla Youngs, runners-up Indian Air Force (New Delhi), former champions IAF (Palam), Indian Nationals FC, Garhwal Heroes, Delhi Police, Uttrakhand and Garhwal Diamond. Besides the men's tournament there will be also a women's tournament. The Suman Lata Bhadola Uttranchal Cup championship for women will be held with four teams - Garhwal Heroes, Hans Club, Growing Stars and Girls United - taking part.

    July 18
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs INDIA live coverage
    IndianFootball.Com is delighted to announce the live coverage of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs India match on July 19. You will be able to follow the match at the IndianFootball.Com MATCH CENTER!
    The match will kick-off at 19.00 local time, which mean 04.00 CET (July 20) and 07.30 IST (July 20)!
    Please go to the >>IndianFootball.Com MATCH CENTER

    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Quarterfinal League Group II: Tripura 0-4 Orissa - Goals: 0-1,0-4 Jhele Munda (25',79'), 0-2 Srimote Samal (35'), 0-3 Preyenka Sahool (70').
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Quarterfinal League Group II: Uttar Pradesh 0-4 West Bengal - Goals: 0-1 Sujata Patil (30'), 0-2 Rojina Khaton (54'), 0-3 Kalpana Roy (65'), 0-4 Srabani Bairagi (75').

    Guwahati Super Division: Assam Dynamo Club 1-1 SAI SC, Guwahati - Goals: 1-0 Yusuff Monsuru Ademola (53'), 1-1 Mintu Boro (56').
    Nadkarni Cup, Mumbai - Pre-Quarterfinal: Madanpura 0-6 Mumbai Customs

    Punjab State 2nd Division League - Final Phase: JCT Football Academy 1-0 Mahilpur FC
    Punjab State 2nd Division League - Final Phase: SGGSS, Jalandhar 2-0 Bassi FC
    JCT Football Academy retain their place in the Punjab State Super League, while SGGSS, Jalandhar gained promotion from the 2.Division.

    Note-1: 11.30 CET | 15.00 IST: Former Indian national team captain VP Sathyan (41) has been killed in an accident in Chennai. He was an employee at the Indian Bank Head Office, Chennai, while he had been the coach of the Indian Bank RSC team for a number of years. He had also been a selector of Indian national team.
    16.00 CET | 19.30 IST: According to the latest information coming in from Chennai, VP Sathyan committed suicide by throwing himself under the Kanyakumari-Chennai Egmore Express train at the suburban Pallavaram railway station in Chennai! He is survived by his wife and a 10 year-old daughter. Police recovered a suicide note written in English from his pocket, in which, addressing his wife, he said he was vexed in life as he had lost his wealth as he was habituated to drinking and gambling.

    It came as a great shock to first hear of VP Sathyan's dead in an accident. It was an even bigger shock when one came to know about Sathyan committing suicide.
    Sathyan was a great defender in his days, an influencial player. He was a pillar in defence for his clubs - Kerala Police, Mohun Bagan AC and Indian Bank plus the Indian national team, which he also captained on numerous occasions,

  • AIFF president Priya Ranjan Das Munshi and general secretary Alberto Colaco expressed shock at Sathyan's sudden and untimely death and said, "It is a huge shock for the football fraternity. His death is a great loss for the game in the country."
  • "I am what I am today because of him. He groomed me very well and never ever treated me like a junior player," said former footballer IM Vijayan.
  • In the wake of the tragic news of VP Sathyan's death, Mahindra United released the following statement on behalf of the club, expressing their shock at the happening, and condolences for the family of Mr. Sathyan.
    "Sathyan's demise has come a shock to the football fraternity of India. He was one of the best defenders India produced. We at Mahindra United grieve his loss and pray to the almighty to give enough strength to his family members," said manager Henry Menezes.

    Note-2: Michael Chopra not interested to play for India? That is the news out of England...
    Michael Chopra's agent has revealed to the "Press Association" that the Cardiff City FC striker is likely to reject the chance to get involved in the India set-up under new coach Bob Houghton.
    Chopra's name has been in the Indian spotlight since the issue of PIOs had arisen with new coach Houghton showing interest in integrating PIOs into the India set-up.
    The attraction of 22-year-old Chopra is obvious, with over four years in and around the Newcastle first-team squad, before making a 500,000 Pounds summer move to Cardiff. He has also represented England at every age group from under 15 to under 21 and that is a path he wants to continue according to his representative Simon Bayliss.
    "I've heard about this and there's nothing in it," Bayliss said.
    "Michael's played at every level for England and his intention is to continue with that."
    Though Chopra's representative has said this, one will have to wait and see what comes out of the talks between Chopra and Houghton plus maybe further talks in the future.

    Note-3: The AFC Executive Committee yesterday ratified a number of proposals from the Competitions Committee, which had met on Saturday.
    Amongst the changes are:
    AFC Asian Cup 2011:

  • The qualification to AFC Asian Cup 2011 was amended. The teams which finish first, second and third in the 2007 edition, and the host nation for the 2011 competition, shall receive automatic byes to Finals. The AFC Challenge Cup shall act as the qualification competition for the 17 eligible countries within the emerging and developing category of member associations. The winners of the AFC Challenge Cup competitions in 2008 and 2010 shall qualify automatically to the AFC Asian Cup 2011 Finals. Should the champions of 2008 and 2010 be the same team, then the runners-up from AFC Challenge Cup 2010 shall qualify along with the champion.
    AFC Challenge Cup 2008:
    Bids to host accepted from Chinese Taipei, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Philippines. Bid to host from Bangladesh rejected as the country hosted the 2006 edition.
    AFC Youth Championship:
    AFC Youth Championship to be known from now on as AFC U-19 Championship (To follow FIFA naming convention and reflect the age of the players at the competition.)
    AFC U-17 Championship:
    AFC U-17 Championship to be known from now on as AFC U-16 Championship (To follow FIFA naming convention and reflect the age of the players at the competition.)
    For both youth competitions, a new qualification format was accepted as follows:
  • 4 groups of 6 teams from the combined teams of West Asia and Central and South Asia shall play one round in a central venue. The 1st and 2nd teams in each group shall qualify to the Finals.
  • 3 groups of 6 teams and 1 group of 3 teams shall be formed from the combined teams of ASEAN and East Asia. The 3 groups of 6 teams shall play one round in a central venue. The group of 3 teams shall plays two rounds in a central venue. The 1st and 2nd teams in each group of 6, and the 1st from the group of 3, qualify to the Finals.
  • The hosts of the Final competitions shall not participate in the qualification.
    A new qualification format was accepted as follows:
  • Round 1: 20 teams in a knock out, home and away stage. Winners to Round 2
  • Round 2: 24 teams in 6 groups of 4 teams on a home and away basis. Winners to Round 3
  • Round 3: 12 teams in 3 groups of 4 teams on a home and away basis. Winners to Olympic Games.

    July 17
        IndianFootball.Com launches the new PIO and revamped National Team sections!

    We at IndianFootball.Com launched a PIO page on our site in 1999, while listing more and more footballers of Indian Origin on the page over the years!
    Now we at IndianFootball.Com decided to launch a completely new and indepth section with more players and information, as we are working closely with the All India Football Federation to scout "Players of Indian Origin" who are eligible to play for Team India.
    The search was started by Arunava over seven years ago with limited success, but now a proper programme is being worked out to include talented PIOs into the Indian national team system. So far over the years three players had been called-up for trials, while others are likely to follow soon with the AIFF and new national coach Bob Houghton looking at PIOs to strengthen Team India.
    As part of the joint search by IndianFootball.Com and the AIFF numerous junior will go to trials with the India U20 team from North America and England.
    Others players are waiting to go on trial with Team India under new chief coach Bob Houghton, who is set to talk to Michael Chopra later this week in Vancouver to start the programme.
    Have a look at the latest PIO list in the >>IndianFootball.Com PIO Special .

    Further we are delighted to announce the relaunch the Indian national team section with some fine-tunings ahead of the Whitecaps Nations Cup in Vancouver, Canada!
    For full coverage go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National Team Special .

    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Quarterfinal League Group I: Haryana 1-1 Punjab - Goals: 1-0 Diksha (47'), 1-1 Gurpreet Kaur (89').
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Quarterfinal League Group I: Tamil Nadu 0-7 Manipur - Goals: 0-1,0-3,0-4,0-5,0-7 Y Kamala Devi (30',40',47',60',67'), 0-2 M Mandakini (37'), 0-6 N Monterori Chanu (65').

    Calcutta Super Division: Peerless SC 1-2 SAIL
    Calcutta Super Division: Tollygunge Agragami 0-0 Police AC
    Calcutta Super Division: Calcutta FC 0-0 Howrah Union

    Note-1: Talking about English PIO Michael Chopra. Chopra, who joined English Championship side Cardiff City FC this summer, made his first start for the Welsh side in a friendly against Canadian amateur side Victoria United. Cardiff City won 4-1 with Chopra scoring the second goal for his team. A good new start for Chopra. Cardiff City FC face the Chinese U20 team on July 21 as part of the Whitecaps Nations Cup.

    Note-2: The AIFF today released the seventh list of 26 cleared Inter-State Transfers for the first transfer window of the 2006/07 season which ran from June 1 to 20.
    Calcutta giants Mohammedan Sporting Club lost India junior goalkeeper Souvik Mondal to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC; defender Bidesh Pal to Forward Club, Tripura; while wingback Amjad Ali Khan has signed for Amity United FC, Haryana. Meanwhile HAL also signed another junior international in Reisangmi Vasum from City AC, Calcutta.
    Other transfers were between smaller clubs mainly across the East and Northeast of India.

    Note-3: The Indian Football Association on Monday announced a unique initiative taken towards the promotion of the "Sahara" Calcutta Football League 2006 for the football maniacs of West Bengal. 24 Ghanta Channel, a premium Bengali 24 Hours Satellite News Channel, will air Sahara CFL'06 matches LIVE. IFA secretary Subrata Dutta announced this initiative at a Press Conference at the Caught-n-Bowled Restaurant, City Centre in Calcutta today. 24 Ghanta Channel will telecast 36 matches of the league live and will use more than 8 cameras at the tournament venue for the best quality of transmission.
    Greymind Communication Pvt. Ltd. will be producing the pictures for 24 Ghanta Channel. Anilava Chatterjee, Director of Greymind Communication, said, "We will have eight camera set-ups for each match. There will be a 30 minute match preview along with experts' viewpoint on each match. We will also use tele-lenses for the exhibition matches. Viewers will also enjoy a post-match analysis with our team of renowned commentators."
    Amritanshu Bhattacharya of 24 Ghanta Channel mentioned, "We will also make the experience more entertaining for the viewers by introducing some interactive programmes during the breaks for added participation. We are confident that this is going to be a never-before experience for the millions of viewers who will be watching these matches live. The soccer-crazy viewers have for long wanted such a phenomenon."
    Subrata Dutta specified, "There will be a Man-of-the-Match award to be given after each match. An SMS poll contest will be conducted for the best player during the LIVE coverage everyday. There will be few other attractions which will add values to the Sahara CFL 2006. Most of the matches will start from 3:30pm."
    Within a lively, contemporary presentation, Greymind Communication will effectively balance team highlights with timely feature stories and current developments in off-field matters to provide viewers with an exciting and entertaining package of LIVE coverage to look for the first time any Bengali Channel. Subrata Dutta added, "I think through this world class coverage IFA endeavours to give the football lovers of Bengal a feel of Global Football in the comforts of their homes."

    Besides announcing the TV partner of the Calcutta Premier League, the fixtures of the Premier League where also released by the IFA.
    The league would kickoff on July 21 with promoted Railway FC facing Eastern Railway SC and George Telegraph SC taking on Calcutta Port Trust SC. Both matches kickoff at 15.30 IST.
    For the fixtures go to Calcutta Premier League 2006

    Note-4: The number of participants for the 2006 Nadkarni Cup tournament has almost doubled, to 23, making modest the previous year's figure of 12. Most of the Mumbai District FA Elite, Super and Senior Division teams, with the exception of the Railway teams (competing in National Inter-Railway Tournament), face-off in this knock-out tournament that serves as the Mumbai football season's curtain-raiser.
    For the schedule go to Nadkarni Cup 2006

    July 16
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Punjab State 2nd Division League - Final Phase: JCT Football Academy 3-0 SGGSS, Jalandhar
    Punjab State 2nd Division League - Final Phase: Mahilpur FC 1-2 Bassi FC

    Note-1: AFC release: Following the comments of President Mohamed bin Hammam regarding the importance of better leagues following the Asian teams' performances in Germany, the AFC Professional Leagues Project working group met today at AFC House to continue the planning for the future improvement of Asia's national leagues.
    Currently at the assessment stage, representatives from the AFC and Japan Football Association (JFA) administrations discussed the results of research based on ten elements; Organisation, Technical Standard, Attendance, Governance/Soundness, Marketing & Promotion, Business Scale, Game Operation, Media, Stadia and Clubs.
    The twenty-two countries analysed in this first phase are (by zone);
    West: Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Syria, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
    Central/South: India, Iran, Uzbekistan
    Asean: Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
    East: China PR, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea Republic
    Further assessment of these markets shall continue with specific market visits taking place by members of the working group. Additional criteria shall be developed for each element. For example, AFC shall not use the new FIFA rankings for measuring the technical standard of Asian teams. Instead, an Asian ranking based on past performances in AFC Asian Cup and World Cup Qualifiers shall be used to provide a more indicative ranking of the status of teams in Asia.
    Specifically looking at football in Japan, JFA commented that in the wake of Japan's early exit after the Group Matches, they are concentrating on not only the Japan National team, but also are putting their best efforts into strengthening their domestic league, the renowned J-League.
    General Secretary, Takeo Hirata commented, "Last night we had the All Star game of the J-league. The players recognize the current status of football in Japan. They played very entertaining and high quality football to show the fans what they can do. The popularity of football in Japan is dependent on the players. So we are very happy that the players have shown the fans what they really can do."
    AFC President, Mohamed bin Hammam, stated during the meeting, "After Germany, our task has become even more important to improve our leagues. We need to ensure we keep moving forward with this programme."

    Note-2: A 26 member Indian national football team left New Delhi today for Vancouver, Canada to take part in the four team Whitecaps Nations Cup from July 19 to 23. The squad contains 20 players and six officials. For new national coach Bob Houghton it is his first assignment as India chief coach.
    India face the hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the tournaments opening match on July 19 and depending if they win or lose they will play the final or the third place playoff match on July 23.
    For India these matches are useful exposure ahead of the tough tasks against Saudi Arabia and Japan in the 2007 Asia Cup qualifiers.

    Note-3: The Jammu&Kashmir FA is working on hosting the 61st Santosh Trophy 2006 in Srinagar. The AIFF has agreed in principal to allot the tournament for the second time to the JKFA, who had hosted the tournament 28 years ago. The JKFA are planning to hold the three week tournament at the Polo Ground (West), Bakshi Stadium and Amar Singh College, where the JKFA is working to develop the grounds and stadium infrastructure.
    But opposition to this allocation is growing in the state FAs after another round of terrorist attacks earlier this week in Kashmir. The defending champions Goa will ask the AIFF to change the venue of the forthcoming Santosh Trophy, allotted to Srinagar, due to a fear of possible terrorist attacks in the northern state. The resolution was unanimously passed in the AGM of the Goa FA in Panjim today.

    Note-4: The Punjab FA has made the schedule for the 20th Punjab State Super League 2006 available to us at IndianFootball.Com!
    The league is set to kickoff on July 26 with a total of seven teams - JCT Mills, Border Security Force, Punjab Police, Punjab State Electricity Board, Rail Coach Factory & the two qualifiers from the final phase of the 2nd Division - taking part.
    For the fixtures go to Punjab State Super League 2006

    Note-5: As part of the pilot project of Vision India the Delhi Soccer Association will launch it's Elite Club League on October 2006. The Elite League will consist of 10 teams with the 16 team Delhi Senior Division being a sort of qualifier for the league with the DSA thereafter inviting clubs to participate.
    The league is set to run from October to February 2007 with matches only scheduled over weekends and at grounds across the city. The aim is to offer top league competition in the capital, which hopes to bring back the crowds who have not been watching matches live at the Ambedkar stadium.

    Note-6: As many as 218 goals were scored in 24 qualifying eight cluster matches played from July 10 to 15 in the 3rd Junior Girls Under-17 Football Tournament being played at the Punjab Engineering College campus in Chandigarh. Maximum number of goals -- 58 -- were netted in Cluster H. Punjab and Assam scored 28 goals each against Gujarat. However Punjab qualified for quarterfinal group I league after beating Assam by 2-0 in their crucial match. The low-scoring cluster G recorded only seven goals in three league qualifying matches.
    Defending champions Manipur registered the maximum number of 37 goals (17 against Jammu and Kashmir and 20 against Madhya Pradesh). Manipur, along with runners-up Orissa (7 against Bihar and 13 against Uttranchal), Tripura (12 against Delhi and 12 against Maharashtra), Punjab (28 against Gujarat and 2 against Assam) and West Bengal (10 against Rajasthan. Himachal with did not report in E cluster) have yet to concede a goal.
    Purnima Das of Assam was the leading scorer in the qualifying round matches with 14 goals. She scored all her goals against Gujarat.Gurpreet Kaur of Punjab is at the second spot with 13 goals. Manipur's Kamala Devi (9) and Chan-Chan Chanu (7) are at the third and fourth positions, respectively. Diksha of Haryana and Sukhdeep of Punjab have scored six goals each and they are at the joint fifth spot.
    Manipur (cluster A winners), Tamil Nadu (cluster C winners), Haryana (cluster D winners) and Punjab (cluster H winners) qualified for Group I quarterfinal league. Group II for the second phase of the competitions will comprise cluster E winners West Bengal, cluster B winners Orissa, cluster G winners Uttar Pradesh and cluster F winners Tripura.
    The quarterfinal league will be played at 16.30 h. According to Chandigarh FA secretary Rakesh Bakshi, the semifinals and final will be played at the Sector 17 Football Stadium.
    Quarter-final League Groups and fixtures:
    Group I: Manipur, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Punjab.
    Group II: West Bengal, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura.

    July 15
        RESULTS & NEWS

    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group E: West Bengal (walkover) Himachal Pradesh
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group F: Tripura 12-0 Maharashtra
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group G: Chandigarh 3-0 Kerala
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group H: Assam 0-2 Punjab

    Guwahati Super Division: Guwahati Town Club 2-2 Jewel Star Club - Goals: 0-1 Utpal Das (15'), 0-2 Partha Bagchi (51'), 1-2 Sirajul Mistry (52'), 2-2 Ritu Ali (60').
    Punjab State 2nd Division League - Final Phase: JCT Football Academy 2-1 Bassi FC
    Punjab State 2nd Division League - Final Phase: Mahilpur FC 1-1 SGGSS, Jalandhar

    Note-1: PTI report: It hurts to see India nowhere, says Baichung Bhutia:
    Now that the dust has settled on the World Cup extravaganza, it's time to reflect on the tournament and why football, which is such a popular game, is languishing in India, a country of a billion people.
    Sadly, after all the wild enthusiasm shown by India's football crazy fans, they had more disappointing news. FIFA, football's governing body, has further downgraded India from an abysmal 117 to 130th position.
    It always hurts to see India nowhere in the biggest stage of world soccer. But that's bound to be. When I see that the other countries spend more than 100 times of money and energy than India to develop football, my sadness gives way to frustration.
    The standards of the game is such in our country that it is now too much to expect India to make the cut in the immediate future
    India has not been able to make much of an impression at the international stage because of the set-up. We have to be more professional in our approach and only then can we make some progress.
    What we urgently need is good coaches at all levels. It is absolutely imperative to have quality coaches not only at the top level but at the grassroot level also.
    The lack of quality coaches has been one of the reasons why India has not been able to unearth talent. I am sure there is ample talent at the grassroot level, but we should have a mechanism to discover those players.
    It is time we take remedial measures. Of course, we cannot expect the results to come overnight. But at least we should have a system in place that can produce results.
    I feel touched by the All India Football Federation President Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi's statement that he would like me to come back to the Indian team. I will wait for the team to come back from the tournament in Canada before taking a final decision. I will have a discussion with the coach and AIFF officials before I make up my mind.
    The World Cup was marked by excellent football and many upsets. One of the abiding images of this Cup sadly will be of Zinadine Zidane's headbutting of Marco Materazzi.
    Italy may have won the World Cup, but Materazzi is a loser. The Azurri defender scored two important goals, but besmirched his reputation by the manner in which he provoked Zidane. Though it was a tactical ploy, I feel good players will never provoke opponents in the way Materazzi did. They will let their skills speak for themselves.
    One would have expected Materazzi to be high on confidence after striking twice for the eventual champions during the tournament. But instead, the Italian's inferiority complex showed in the way he abused Zidane.
    However, I do not hold any brief for Zidane. I am not trying to defend him for the headbutting incident. Zidane should have remembered that he was playing the World Cup final, and his side needed him so much. He should have kept his cool, and not reacted in such a manner.
    I have myself been in similar situations as Zidane. These things happen in soccer. But again, good players in India do not behave like Materrazi.
    I always try to ignore such things on the field. But yes, occasionally I do get provoked. When my rivals take things too far, I react. Then I meet abuse with abuse. But I have never gone to the extreme, unlike Zidane.
    Soccer is a cerebral game. Here, you have to keep your composure even in difficult moments, so that you do not invite stern action from the referee.
    When I had started playing, several times opponent defenders tried to provoke me by hurling abuses. But one positive thing about Indian football is that instances of such unseemly behaviour are coming down.
    I hear that FIFA is conducting an investigation into the incident, and Zidane may be stripped of the golden ball award if found guilty. I find this surprising. Zidane was chosen for the award by the world's leading soccer journalists who had gone to cover the World Cup. He was selected for his extraordinary performance.
    If FIFA wanted to have a say on this, then it should in the first place have laid down a set of clear-cut rules to be adhered to before deciding on the award. It should have appointed an expert panel as the jury. FIFA had never said beforehand that a player could not be considered for the award on disciplinary grounds. So, why is FIFA now trying to intervene in a matter that has been decided by journalists?
    Also, there are age-old provisions for punishing on-field misbehaviour with yellow and red cards. Zidane had to leave the field after being given marching orders. Now, if he is deprived of the golden ball award, then it will amount to double punishment.
    What a great tournament Zidane had! Ten or 15 years from now, when people talk of the 2006 world Cup, they will talk of only Zidane. After 1986, when Maradona stole the show with his magical performance, no other player has dominated a World Cup as much as Zidane did this time.
    Even the entire build-up to the July 9 final was around Zidane. It was billed more as a clash between Zidane and Italy, than between France and Italy.
    So, the headbutting incident cannot belittle Zidane's role in the World Cup, though France may have finished runners-up to Italy.
    I was not at all surprised by Italy's success. I had expected them to win. Teams with strong defences have done well in the tourney. A side like Italy, that boasts of a host of outstanding defenders, is always at an advantage.
    The opponent forwards, failing to break the dour resistance, end up frustrated, and commit mistakes. Also, if the team is up by a goal, the defenders can soak in the added pressure from the rivals. Fabio Cannavaro was undoubtedly the pick of the Italian rearguard.
    On the other hand, Brazil's showing was very disappointing. The eternal favourites of the World Cup never got their touch. They never really hit upon the right playing combination.
    Ronaldo got three goals, but he was nowhere near to even 50 per cent of his prime form. An injury-free Ronado is still deadly, but he was not fully fit. And it showed.
    The Brazilians also seemed more focused on helping Ronaldo become the highest goal scorer in Cup history, and that affected their game.
    Another disappointing feature is that none of the Asian teams could make it past the opening round. After the heady success of the last edition, when co-hosts Japan and Korea did so well, the latest version must have come as a major embarrassment for the continent's football bosses.
    But when the tournament is staged on European soil, the established sides have a headstart compared to the emerging nations. Most of the players, who turn out for the frontline teams, play in Europe. They found themselves on familiar terrain. This is why, except Ukraine and Portugal, the other six quarter finalists were all former champions.
    The Europeans dominated as, apart from the 'home' condition, they also had their adrenaline pumping in the presence of hundreds of raucous fans who accompanied the teams from the continent.
    However, the script may be different when the Cup moves to South Africa after four years. I expect the African teams to do better. They may not finish champions, but can advance further than they did this year and pose a few problems for the top sides.
    But on the whole, I enjoyed World Cup 2006. It was a neatly organised event. The general soccer standards were good. Apart from Trinidad and Tobago, all other sides scored. We got to see more goals.

    Note-2: Under Project Delhi of the AFC's Vision India' programme there will be a day long Grass Roots Workshop on July 26 2006 at Football House, Dwarka in New Delhi. The workshop will be attended by Principals/Head of Sports of 40 Delhi Schools as well as coaches, officials of the Delhi Soccer Association and AIFF. Thomas Flath, Grass Roots Director, and Jita Singh will be attending as guests from the AFC.

    July 14
        RESULTS & NEWS

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    The 2006 FIFA World Cup has been over for a few days and what a tournament it has been. IndianFootball.Com was there to cover it and especially our picture galleries tell a story of a great tournament across Germany.
    The end of the tournament also means the end of updates of the 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP special on IndianFootball.Com, which has been running since November 2003. We covered the World Cup qualification draw ceremony in Frankfurt, India's unsuccessful qualifying campaign and then the final tournament in Germany. Have a look through the special, which is now part of football history.
    For full coverage go to the >>2006 FIFA WORLD CUP special .

    The latest IndianFootball.Com Guest Column comes from Lector Mascarenhas titled "FIFA World Cup". Lector Mascarenhas is a former Goan state level footballer and he in his write-up titled "FIFA World Cup" looks at why India isn't right there at the pinnacle of world football.
    Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - Lector Mascarenhas .

    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group A: Manipur 20-0 Madhya Pradesh
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group B: Orissa 13-0 Uttaranchal
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group C: Tamil Nadu 2-1 Goa
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group D: Haryana 10-0 Pondicherry

    Note-1: The AFC in a press release announced the venues of the remaining matches of the qualification round for AFC Asian Cup 2007.
    As per the released fixtures INDIA would host Japan at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore on October 11 at 16.15 h. This means that Goa, which had hoped to host the Japanese will not be hosting the defending Asian champions. For Bangalore the match will be the final test ahead of the Asian Youth Championships later that month.

    Note-2: UNI report: Newly appointed coach Bob Houghton has learned his lesson well from the World Cup and the Briton is scouting for taller players to scale new heights with the Indian soccer team. At his first press conference in the capital here on Friday, Houghton made it clear that he would love to have a few more tall and towering figures in the ranks.
    "If you took note of the World Cup, you must have seen that most of the goals came from set-piece moves like free-kicks and corners and you need some physical presence there."
    "In the World Cup final also, you saw a 6'5" (Marco Materazzi of Italy) scoring a goal while both Italy and France had at least seven players of a height above 182 cm. You just can't dismiss the height factor," he argued.
    "I'm not saying that we should have a team of giants. What I'm trying to say is that it's good if your team is good, technically sound and runs well from box-to-box but height comes handy."
    "When I took over, I was handed over a 35-member group and then I asked the (All India Football Federation) secretary to call some taller players and from those who came, Micky Fernandes and Freddy Mascarenhas will be travelling with the team to Vancouver (for a four-team tourney)," he added.
    AIFF President Priya Ranjan Das Munshi said, "The average height you can have in the northeast is 5'6". So we'll have to focus on northern India -- Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. We would have to find talents in this region and groom them."
    Houghton seemed impressed with his wards.
    "We had a group of 35 which was trimmed down to 20 and my immediate impression is that the boys are talented, dedicated and hardworking," he observed.
    Das Munshi said that he would talk to former captain Baichung Bhutia on Saturday and try to convince him to defer his retirement from international soccer till the Asian Games.
    "Baichung met and told me that he wants to hang up his boots and pave way for others. A player has the freedom to decide when he wants to stop. But considering the national interest, I had asked him to defer it till the Asian Games and he promised me to consider that."
    "I'll get his view on it," Das Munshi said.
    The new coach also expected that the mercurial forward would be there till the Games.
    "Baichung is a key player who has played for so long. I would definitely hope that he extends his career," Houghton said.
    He expressed his desire to meet the club coaches once he returns from Vancouver.
    "If you want to see a successful Indian team, it would depend much on the clubs because that's where a player spends most of the time. I will be meeting the premier club coaches on my return and then would like to meet the physio and medics too, to get an idea of the players' fitness and how the injured players are handled," he said.
    The S Venkatesh-led Indian team's first assignment under Houghton will be the four-nation tourney in Vancouver from July 19, that also involves Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Cardiff City FC and the Chinese under-20 team.
    The AIFF President also said FIFA President Sepp Blatter would visit India soon.
    "The FIFA President will visit India even though the date has not been fixed. It won't be a one-day stopover, but at least a three-day tour. We would work out the details soon," he added.

    Note-3: East Bengal Club's new Brazilian coach Carlos Roberto Pereira da Silva met the media in Calcutta today just hours after he landed in the 'City of Joy'.
    Pereira described the task at hand a 'new challenge' for him and he hoped to meet the big expectations of the fans by regaining the national championship title.
    "I know India is a great country, a country of rich heritage and history. That's the reason I came here," said the Brazilian, who comes with a vast experience in coaching.
    "Honestly speaking, I don't know much about Indian football. I only got to see some Indian footballers while coaching in UAE and Qatar," he added.
    Pereira who has replaced Belgian coach Philippe de Ridder has been signed on a one year contract. Pereira asked for the help and cooperation of the club officials, coaching staff, players and fans. He stressed on the team factor and hoped he would be supported to be successful.
    Talking about football, Pereira said he preferred the 3-5-2 formation but would start off with the 4-4-2 formation with his new wards before switching to his preferred system.

    July 13
        RESULTS & NEWS

    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group E: Rajasthan (walkover) Himachal Pradesh
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group F: Delhi 0-6 Maharashtra
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group G: Uttar Pradesh 1-0 Kerala
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group H: Punjab 28-0 Gujarat

    Guwahati Super Division: Assam Police Blues 0-0 Sunrise Club - Goals: none.

    Note-1: The final phase of 2nd Punjab State 2.Division Football League 2005/06 will be held from July 15 to 18 at the Guru Nanak College and Government Senior Secondary School in Phagwara. Matches will kickoff simultanerously at 16.30 IST on all three matchdays. JCT Football Academy and Mahilpur FC where relegated from the Punjab State Super League 2005; while Bassi FC, Fatehgarh Sahib and Sri Guru Gobind Singh Society, Jalandhar qualified from Phase II of 2nd Punjab State 2nd Division Football League.
    The top two teams qualify for the 20th Punjab State Super League 2006; while the other two sides will participate in the 3rd Punjab State 2nd Division Football League 2006/07.
    Meanwhile the 20th Punjab State Super League 2006 is scheduled to be commenced from July 26 or August 1, in which total seven teams - JCT Mills, Border Security Force, Punjab Police, Punjab State Electricity Board, Rail Coach Factory & the two qualifiers from the final phase of the 2nd Division - will participate.
    For the fixtures go to Punjab State 2.Division Football League 2005/06

    Note-2: An AFC 'C' License Coaching Course will be conducted at 11 Gorkha Training Centre, Lucknow from July, 14 to 29 2006. A total of 24 Candidates will take part in the course which includes 12 from Army, Navy and Air Force plus 12 civilians. Gabriel Joseph, AIFF Director of Coaching, will be the instructor for the course.

    July 12
        RESULTS & NEWS

    The latest IndianFootball.Com Guest Column comes from Rosario Estebeiro titled "ITI Football & It's Glorious Days". Rosario is a former player and coach of ITI, and he looks back at the now defunct club.
    Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - Rosario Estebeiro .

    In the latest FIFA World Rankings INDIA has dropped 13 places to 130th out of 204 ranked nations. INDIA now has 151 points losing 227 points after a new method was used to calculate the points. With INDIA playing to few international matches that has hit us very badly in the new rankings as only the last four years are counted for the rankings. INDIA actually are no longer the best side in south Asia with the island nation of Maldives moving past INDIA into 126th position.
    A new method has been used to calculate this eagerly awaited first World Ranking since the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which not only introduces major changes in points allocation and the assessment of the opposition's strength, but also makes such factors as the importance of the match and regional strength easier to understand. This new formula and the big points hauls gained from World Cup matches has led to a complete shake up in the ranking. Besides the effect of the World Cup matches, the change in the evaluation period has also led to a major shift. Now only the last four years (48 months) count, with each year weighted differently.

    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group A: Jammu&Kashmir 1-0 Madhya Pradesh
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group B: Bihar 9-0 Uttaranchal
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group C: Jharkhand 1-4 Goa
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group D: Chattisgarh 5-1 Pondicherry

    Guwahati Super Division: Assam Dynamo Club 1-5 Assam State Electricity Board - Goals: 0-1,0-2 Suresh Das (34',44'), 0-3,0-4,1-5 Zimi Singh (65',70',90+'), 1-4 Surajit Nandy (77').

    Note-1: by IANS: The Sharjah-based TEN Sports has signed a three-year broadcast rights agreement with UEFA to televise its UEFA Champions League in the Indian subcontinent.
    The new deal will start in September and will include 1,000 hours of Europe's leading football action, said a statement from the Taj Entertainment Network (TEN) Sports.
    "We are delighted to welcome TEN Sports as a new broadcast partner for the UEFA Champions League from next season," UEFA CEO Lars-Christer Olsson said in the press release.
    "This agreement will undoubtedly benefit football fans throughout the entire Indian subcontinent. We look forward to working with TEN Sports to build up the UEFA Champions League in this important region."
    "We will have our own live studio shows around each day of Champions League football, bringing goals and action from every game played that day, further enhancing the viewing experience for a tournament that is growing in stature every year and is by far the most competitive club football in the world," said Peter Hutton, vice-president (programming) of TEN Sports.

    July 11
        RESULTS & NEWS

    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group E: West Bengal 16-0 Rajasthan
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group F: Tripura 12-0 Delhi
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group G: Chandigarh 1-2 Uttar Pradesh
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group H: Assam 28-0 Gujarat

    Guwahati Super Division: SAI SC, Guwahati 4-0 Northern Frontier Railway SC - Goals: 1-0,2-0 FS Wari (60',72'), 3-0 Issac Tirkey (73'), 4-0 Vikazo (80').
    Trades Challenge Cup - Phase II - Final: United SC 0-0,4-5 Peerless SC [penalties] - Goals: none.

    Note-1: Former Indian international footballer Kajal Mukherjee died in a private Calcutta hospital last night after a nine-month battle with lung cancer. Mukherjee is rated as one of India's best-ever midfielders for his precise passing and skills, also able to play in defence and in attack. Mukherjee had played on the Calcutta Maidans for 16 consecutive seasons from 1959 to 1975, playing for the big three - East Bengal Club, Mohun Bagan AC and Mohammedan Sporting Club - besides Eastern Railway SC. He took also played in the Santosh Trophy for Bengal and Railways.

    Note-2: The AIFF today released the sixth list of 34 cleared Inter-State Transfers for the first transfer window of the 2006/07 season which ran from June 1 to 20.
    Calcutta giants East Bengal Club lost midfielder Bernard Pires to Churchill Brothers SC and goalkeeper Amar Deb to Air-India.
    Relegated NFL side Salgaocar SC have been able to sign striker Trijit Das from Tollygunge Agragami; while Goan rivals Vasco SC signed striker Krishna Tudu from Mohammedan AC and Sujoy Mondal from Khidderpore SC, both from Calcutta.
    Mohammed Hadi Hassan Khan rejoined Uttar Pradesh Police from EverReady SA, Calcutta. Haryana's top side Amity United FC have further strenghtened their squad by signing Malswamdawngliana from Venasana SC, Mizoram; while Assam's premier outfit Oil India Limited have also signed a player from Mizoram, F Lalmuanpuia from Dinthar FC.
    Other transfers were mainly players leaving Manipur, Mizoram, Calcutta and Tripura for other destinations.

    Note-3: PTI report: The West Bengal Government is inviting Zinedine Zidane to Calcutta to demonstrate his skills, Sports minister Subhas Chakraborty told the State Assembly. He said the Government was interested in inviting Zidane, winner of the World Cup's Best Player award, as the head of a French team to demonstrate their brand of soccer.

    July 10
        RESULTS & NEWS

    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group A: Manipur 17-0 Jammu&Kashmir
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group B: Orissa 7-0 Bihar
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group C: Tamil Nadu 7-1 Jharkhand
    3rd Girls' under-17 National Championships - Qualifying Round Group D: Haryana 5-1 Chattisgarh

    Guwahati Super Division: Guwahati Town Club 0-0 Sunrise Club - Goals: none.

    Note-1: The Goa FA has called on the following U21 boys should report to the GFA office in Panjim on July 13, 2006 at 11.00 h.
    GOA U21 Probables: Tyson Caiado, Seby Castanha, Faisal Martin, Rossevelt Telles, Denzil Franco, Rowilson Rodrigues, Raymond Marques, Cedric Fernandes, Mario Mascarenhas, Ivo Fernandes, Stafford Pereira, Mario Mascarenhas, Ivo Fernandes, Stafford Pereira, Godwin Diego Franco, Wesley Coutinho, Marcus Mascarenhas, Reagan Fernandes, Donald Rocha, Edison Sequeira, Gerald D'Mello, Queterio Pango, Agnelo D'Souza, Samson Fernandes, Francis Fernandes, Laximikanth Kattimani, Lavino Fernandes, Branco Cardozo, Beevan Karol D'Mello.

    July 9

    2006 FIFA WORLD CUP - Final: Italy 1-1,5-3 France [on penalties] - Goals: 0-1 Zinedine Zidane (7', pen), 1-1 Marco Materazzi (18').
    For full coverage go to the >>2006 FIFA WORLD CUP special .

    Sepp Blatter tells IndianFootball.Com he is coming to India in fall.
    A press conference was held yesterday in Berlin organised by sponsors McDonald's and FIFA at the famous Adlon hotel infront of the Brandenburg Gate. Amongst those present where FIFA president Sepp Blatter, AFC president Mohammed bin Hamman and the AFC general secretary Peter Velappan plus numerous other FIFA executive members besides officials from US fast food giants McDonalds. FIFA and MsDonald's renewed their partnership and sponsorship with Mr. Blatter and Mary Dillon, McDonald's Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer, signing the contract renewal.
    At a "question&answer" session, when asked if and when he would come to India, Mr. Blatter replied that he had been to India four times in the past, but never as the FIFA president. Mr. Blatter hoped to be visiting India in fall (autumn) to oversee the development of the game in our country. At the ongoing World Cup tournament Mr. Blatter had met the Speaker of the Lok Sabha (India's Lower House of Parliament) Somnath Chatterjee, who is known to be a huge football fan. Mr. Chatterjee is said to have invited Mr. Blatter to come to India. Mr. Blatter also pointed out that FIFA had special projects in store for India, but what those projects where and what it included was not said.
    Later on in a chat with IndianFootball.Com the AFC president Mohammed bin Hamman said that he was coordinating with the FIFA president to come to India next. He hoped that Mr. Blatter would come to India in late-October to inaugurate the Asian Youth Championships 2006 in Calcutta besides officially opening Football House in Dwarka, New Delhi.
    Great news for Indian football, if Mr. Blatter comes to India to see football in our country first hand. He has mentioned a number of times during the World Cup that India is one of the biggest underachievers in world football and that this needed to be changed with India moving ahead as a global economic power.
    Coming back to the press conference, McDonald's yesterday announced its sponsorship renewal as FIFA World Cup Sponsor with FIFA through 2014. Continuing its tradition of supporting football on both the global and grassroots levels, McDonald's has been a long-time champion of football for more than 25 years and has served as an Official Partner of the FIFA World Cup since 1994 in the United States, France 1998, South Korea/Japan 2002 and Germany 2006.
    As a FIFA World Cup Sponsor through 2014, McDonald's has global rights to both the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and the 2014 FIFA World Cup yet to be selected on the South American continent, as well as to the FIFA Confederations Cups during this period. This enables McDonald's to continue to bring the world's passion for football to life for millions of fans as part of the company's "i'm lovin' itŪ" strategy of making stronger, more relevant connections with its customers around the world. McDonald's sponsorship provides the opportunity to share the thrill of FIFA World Cup through special creative promotions, contests, advertisements, and in-store activation in more than 100 countries across the globe.
    The renewal agreement with FIFA also allows McDonald's to continue its status as the exclusive retail foodservice operations sponsor with special advertising rights, and the sole sponsor of the McDonald's Player Escort program for the FIFA Confederations Cup as well as the FIFA World Cup. This initiative provides the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for more than 1,400 children ages 6-10 from around the world to walk onto the field hand-in-hand with the top football players at the start of all 64 FIFA World Cup matches. In Germany, 51 countries participated in the program, which also featured special Player Escort matches held throughout the tournament.

    Guwahati Super Division: Assam Police Blues 1-1 Jewel Star Club - Goals: 1-0 Anuj Gogoi (31'), 1-1 Rahaj Uddin Ahamed (64').

    Note-1: The last rites of the former secretary of the Assam FA and the AIFF Keder Nath Mour will be performed on Monday. His body was flown from New Delhi to Guwahati on Sunday afternoon and it will be kept in his residence at Paltanbazar.

    Note-2: With heavy shower bringing down temperature considerably defending champions Manipur players and officials got relief from the heat which they had never encountered before reaching here to take part in the 3rd edition of the Girls Under-17 Junior National Football Championship which kicks off tomorrow at the Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh at 7 a.m. And their opponents would be minnows Jammu&Kashmir in Cluster A fixture.
    Manipur coach Chaoba Devi was full of confidence of taking home the trophy again while Jammu&Kashmir coach Iqbal Singh was frank in admitting that his team had no chance. "However, my aim is to restrict the Manipur's victory margin. We have no women football culture in Jammu&Kashmir. Our 15 girls are just newcomers to the game. Of course, we organised a short duration coaching camp before coming to Chandigarh. 30 girls reported for camp on June 27, 24 were retained and later 18 were selected for the team. They are all from Jammu itself."
    "We have only one practice ground measuring 30x40, with no proper poles at the Women College in Jammu. In nationals here our girls may find it difficult to know the positional play in the full ground. The state association is trying hard to develop the women football culture but lack of facilities and prevailing conditions in the Valley," said Iqbal Singh.
    Manipur will be led by international Bem Bem who donned the India colour in the Asian Championship for Under-17 in Thailand. Manipur coach Chaoba Devi said "our players are fit and had prepared according to the plan. They attended one-month coaching camp in phased manner. 53 probables attended the first camp and 25 were retained after one week. Later 18 players were selected the Chandigarh Junior Nationals. During the camp, our girls played matches with the senior teams and won two matches. That also gave us further morale-boosting to our campaign."
    Asked which teams were Manipur's main opponents in the third edition of the Nationals, Chaoba Devi said "either runners-up Orissa or talented Tamil Nadu would cross swords with Manipur in the final. We will have a smooth passage into the final after cluster programme and the quarter-final fixtures."
    Regarding West Bengal's chances, Chaoba Devi firmly ruled out Bengal's chances of reaching the final. "Our assessment is based after carefully watching West Bengal's players in the coaching camp. We have beaten them by 10-0 in semifinal in the last edition," said Chaoba Devi.
    However, West Bengal manager Kajol Rakshit expressed confidence that his team would make to the final since the girls had trained hard during the one-month coaching camp at the Saltlake Stadium area, Calcutta. Regarding the plus points of West Bengal team, Kajol said "we have a solid half line comprising Shuvli Roy, Rojina Khartoon (captain), Kalpana Kumari and Alpana Roy. Our forwards Sovita Baragi and Lipika are talented and in good form. Goalkeeping is our weak spot. With number of custodian missing the Nationals due to tragedy in her house, Chhabita Dulai will be under the West Bengal bar."
    Meanwhile, Chandigarh FA president Principal Ravinder Talwar meet the managers and technical officials deputed by AIFF. After welcoming them, the CFA president assured them to provide all facilities to the players and officials. Later, Match Commissioner Ms S Kumari Devi of Manipur held meeting with the managers and other officials to give directions and listen if they face any problem. All officials seemed fully satisfied with the arrangements. Three lady referees -- Kalyani Chanu (Manipur), Anamika Sen and Chaitali Pal (both IFA) are among 12 referee deputed by the AIFF.
    CFA secretary Rakesh Bakshi disclosed that 12 teams have already arrived and the remaining teams are expected tonight or tomorrow. Those reported to the organisers are: Manipur, Jammu&Kashmir, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chattisgarh , Assam, Gujarat, Delhi, Tripura, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Goa, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.
    Tomorrow's fixtures: Manipur vs Jammu&Kashmir; Orissa vs Bihar ( 7 a.m.); Tamil Nadu vs Jharkhand and Haryana vs Chattisgarh (5.30 p.m.).

    July 8
        RESULTS & NEWS

    2006 FIFA WORLD CUP - 3rd Place Playoff: Germany 3-1 Portugal - Goals: 1-0,3-0 Bastian Schweinsteiger (56',78'), 2-0 Petit (61-own Goal), 3-1 Nuno Gomes (88').
    For full coverage go to the >>2006 FIFA WORLD CUP special .

    Friendly Match - 3MTR stadium, Navelim: India 3-1 Corps of Signals - Goals: 1-0 Fredy Mascarenhas (40'), 1-1 Surajit Mondal (45'), 2-1 Steven Dias (?'), 3-1 Sunil Chetri (?').
    India coach Bob Houghton: "I am happy we played better today but missed chances within the penalty area although there were 11 shots on goal during the first session, we managed to put the ball in only once."

    Guwahati Super Division: Assam Dynamo Club 1-1 Northern Frontier Railway SC - Goals: 0-1 Basanta Teron (50'), 1-1 Gautam Pal (54').

    Note-1: The AIFF has announced the final squad for the upcoming Whitecaps Nations Cup 2006 in Vancouver, Canada. The tournament will be held from July 19 to 23. The Indian team will face the hosts, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, on July 19, while Cardiff City FC takes on the China U20 national team on July 21. The winners will play the final, while the two other teams will contest for the 3rd place Playoff.
    Mahindra United midfielder Shanmugam Venkatesh has been appointed captain in the absence of Baichung Bhutia.
    On his team selection chief coach Houghton told PTI, "This is the best available talent I had in hand to choose and I hope the Vancouver tour will help the boys to settle down quickly to the right formation and fitness level ahead of the Asian Cup qualifying matches against Saudi Arabia and Japan later this year."
    Captain Venkatesh told PTI, "This is a good opportunity for me to prove myself as a captain and, hopefully, we do well in the four-team series."
    Goalkeepers: Sandip Nandy, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury (both Mahindra United).
    Defenders: Mahesh Gawli, Irungbam Surkumar Singh, Manju Nanjangud Shivananju (all Mahindra United), Narinder Singh (JCT Mills), Anupam Sarkar, Habibur Rehman Mondal (both East Bengal Club), Samir Naik (Dempo SC), Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep (State Bank of Travancore).
    Midfielders: Shanmugam Venkatesh (Captain), Steven Dias (both Mahindra United), Renedy Singh (JCT Mills), Mehraj Din Wadoo, Manjit Singh (both Mohun Bagan AC), Bibiano Fernandes (Sporting Clube de Goa), Micky Fernandes (Salgaocar SC).
    Forwards: Sushil Kumar Singh (Mohun Bagan AC), Sunil Chetri (JCT Mills), Freddy Mascarenhas (Churchill Brothers SC).
    Chief Coach: Bob Houghton (England).
    Assistent Coach: Maurico Afonso (Goa).
    Goalkeeper Coach: Marcus Pacheco (Goa).
    Team Doctor: Dr. Manab Bhattacharya (West Bengal).
    Physical Trainer: Pradeep Datta (West Bengal).
    Manager: PK Choudhury (West Bengal).

    Note-2: Official AIFF Press Release: The AIFF, regrets to announce the sad and untimely demise of the former Honorary Secretary of the AIFF, Mr. KN Mour in New Delhi today.
    Mr. KN Mour was the Honorary Secretary of the AIFF from 1996 to 2000. He was also a former FIFA Referee and Honorary Secretary of the Assam FA. He was also a former Member of the Competitions Committee of the Asian Football Confederation.
    On behalf of the AIFF, the President, PR Das Munshi and General Secretary, Alberto Colaco, have conveyed their condolences to the bereaved family.

    Note-2: The Investment Commission, led by industrialist Ratan Tata, has come-up with a host of recommendations including one that India should host the Olympics in 2020 and other mega events such as the FIFA World Cup to focus attention on building infrastructure and national pride. A great idea all football and sports fans in general would say and suppoer, but one has to question if no one is thinking of giving Indian football (Indian Sports in general) the financial power to work on football grassroot youth development and giving the Indian football national team much needed top class exposure.

    July 7
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Guwahati Super Division: SAI SC, Guwahati 0-1 Assam State Electricity Board - Goal: 0-1 Nitu Narzary (4')
    Trades Challenge Cup - Phase II - Semifinal: Railway FC 0-2 Peerless SC
    Trades Challenge Cup - Phase II - Semifinal: United SC 1-1,4-2 Calcutta Customs [penalties]

    Note-1: The Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) of Trinidad&Tobago has sent an invitation to Indian origin footballer Vikash Dhorasoo. Dhorasoo's help is being sought to inspire Trinidadian youth of Indian extraction to take to the sport.
    Indo-Trinidadians comprise 40 percent of the country's population of around one million. They are descendants of Indians who had come to this Caribbean nation in the 19th and early 20th centuries to work as indentured labour in sugarcane plantations.
    According to a report, FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has contacted Dhorasoo in connection with the SDMS invitation. The report quoted SDMS secretary-general Sat Maharaj as saying that his organisation would introduce football in all its schools. SDMS runs 43 primary schools and two secondary schools in Trinidad and Tobago. Maharaj said that the recent performance of the Soca Warriors in Germany had impacted on the most conservative groups.

    Note-2: According to AIFF secretary Alberto Colaco, none of the yesterday mentioned players have been released from the India camp!

    Note-3: Flavia Cardozo will lead the Goa State team in the U-17 Womens National Football Championship scheduled to be held at Chandigarh from July 10. The Goan girls have left for Chandigarh and they will be playing their first match against Jharkhand on July 12.
    Goa U-17 Girls Squad: Mareela Xavier, Hubertina Moniz, Candice Fernandes, Judith Teixeira, Michel Castanha, Flavia Cardozo (Captain), Pracy Faria, Malvita Mascarenhas, Valida A. Fernandes, Nikita Gracias, Nalika Braganza, Joylin Teixeira, Manjula Hulliker, Pires Merrylin Abigal, Eldina Galdina, Frida Rodrigues, Valerie Carvalho, Princy Gama, Monica Costa, Pallavi Chopdekar.
    Officials: Coach: MM Muthuwali; Manager: Maymol Rocky.

    Note-4: Gitamai Rai will lead the Assam State team in the U-17 Womens National Football Championship scheduled to be held at Chandigarh from July 10. The 20-member squad left for Chandigarh today and the side will play its first match against Gujarat on July 11.
    Assam U-17 Girls Squad: Rashmi Beypi, Api Rongmei, Lujik Liu Rongmei, Gitamai Raj, Anita Kumari, Rajashri Karmakar, Meri Goreti Ekka, Ritamoni Chetry, Bahalen Kongadi, Asmoni Horo, Nillee Topno, Purnima Das, Kartina Kumari, Mithila Bhumij, Lakhimoni Ghatwar, Chumi Lahan, Leena Timungpi and Gayatri Chetry.
    Officials: Coach: Subir Dey; Manager: Budhraj Chetry.

    July 6
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Guwahati Super Division: Jewel Star Club 2-0 Sunrise Club - Goals: 1-0 Manjit Mushahary (24'), 2-0 Rahajuddin (72').

    Note-1: With the Nations Cup in Vancouver less then a couple of weeks away, new national coach Bob Houghton is working to find the best 20 players who can make the trip to Canada. After some controversy it now looks likely that star striker Baichung Bhutia will join the camp after the 2006 World Cup ends on Sunday to lead the squad.
    Reducing the number of probables, seven players have been released. They are keepers Rajat Ghosh Dasdidar and Luis Xavier Barreto; defender Madhab Das; midfielders Shylo Malswam Tulunga and Nicholas Rodrigues; plus strikers MA Abdul Hakkim and Paresh Shivalkar.
    Earlier midfielders Climax Lawrence, Alvito D'Cunha and Tomba Singh plus striker Abhishek Yadav had to be left out due to injuries.

    July 5
        RESULTS & NEWS

    2006 FIFA WORLD CUP - Semifinal: Portugal 0-1 France - Goal: 0-1 Zinedine Zidane (33',pen).
    For full coverage go to the >>2006 FIFA WORLD CUP special .

    Guwahati Super Division: Assam Police Blues 3-0 Guwahati Town Club - Goals: 1-0 Anuj Gogoi (5'), 2-0 Arun Daimary (55'), 3-0 Sanjoy Brahma (62').

    Note-1: The AIFF today released the fifth list of 51 cleared Inter-State Transfers for the first transfer window of the 2006/07 season which ran from June 1 to 20. No major transfer was part of this transfer list.

    Note-2: The stage is all set for the smooth conduct of the 3rd Girls Under-17 Junior National Football Championship to be conducted by the Chandigarh FA under the patronage of the AIFF in Chandigarh from July 10 to 27.
    Addressing a press conference here today, CFA president Principal Ravinder Talwar said that 24 teams were in the fray for the top honours. The teams have been divided into eight clusters. The winners of each cluster will qualify for the quarter-final stage. The quarterfinalists would be further divided into two groups for league competitions. Winners and runners-up from each group will move into semifinals stage which will be organised on July 24 and 25. After a rest day on July 26, the final will be played on July 27.
    Principal Talwar said that the cluster and quarterfinal league fixtures would be played at the Punjab Engineering College campus while the semifinals and the final would be conducted at the Sector 17 Football Stadium. The cluster programme will begin on July 10 and continue till July 15. The quarter-final fixtures will run through July 17 to 22.
    Principal Talwar said that all arrangements had been completed. The board and lodging facilities, as per the direction of the AIFF, have been made at the PEC hostels. Various committees are working day and night to make the Junior Nationals a grand success.
    The CFA secretary Rakesh Bakshi said that in the second edition of the Junior girls Nationals in 2004, defending champions Manipur have been clubbed with Jammu&Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh in Cluster A. Last edition's runners-up Orissa have been clubbed with Bihar and Uttranchal in Cluster B. Punjab, Assam and Gujarat are in Cluster H. Hosts Chandigarh, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh are in Cluster G. Four matches will be played daily in the cluster programme.
    Principal Talwar said that keeping in view the hot conditions, the organizing committee had decided to conduct two matches in the morning and two in the evening sessions.
    On the opening day, Manipur, who had emerged winners in the second edition in Ootty in 2004, have been drawn to meet Jammu&Kashmir in Cluster A at ground No. 1 at 7 a.m. At the adjacent ground, Orissa are pitted against Bihar also at 7 a.m. The evening session on the inaugural day will feature matches between Tamil Nadu vs Jharkhand (Cluster C) and Haryana vs Chattisgarh (Cluster D) at 5.30 p.m.
    Each team will get rest in between their matches.

    For the first time in the history of the Chandigarh soccer, women referees would be seen in action in the 3rd edition of the Girls Under-17 Junior National Football Championship being organized by the Chandigarh FA under the aegis of the AIFF from July 10 to 27.
    Announcing this at a press conference here today, CFA President Principal Ravinde Talwar and Secretary Rakesh Bakshi said that S Kumari Devi, former Indian captain from 'land of football temples' Manipur had been appointed by the AIFF as Match Commissioner.
    "Besides the Match Commissioner, three lady umpires have been deputed among 12 referees to supervise the matches. Anamika Sen of the IFA is an experienced FIFA referee. Other lady referees are Kelyani Chanu of Manipur and Chaitali Pal of IFA," said Principal Talwar.
    The AIFF has deputed 12 referees, one match commissioner and one referee inspector U K Nair from Gujarat.
    Alberto Colaco, general secretary of the AIFF, in a communication has directed the appointed officials to report to CFA secretary Rakesh Bakshi on July 8. The match Commissioner and the Referee Inspector have been advised to retain only required number of referees for the quarterfinals, semifinals and final based on their performance in the preliminary round matches.
    Those officials appointed by the AIFF are: Referees: Kelyani Chanu (Manipur), Anamika Sen (IFA), Chaitali Pal (IFA), JL Srivas (MP), VK Dhaiya (Haryana), Kamlesh Pandey (UP), Khamba Singh (Manipur), Lokendra Sapam (Manipur), Sajid Ahmed (Jharkhand), Abdusamad (Kerala), KN Ghulan (Kerala), Sunil Dutt (Delhi).
    Match Commissioner: S Kumari Devi (Manipur) and Referee Inspector3 U K Nair (Gujarat).

    July 4
        RESULTS & NEWS

    2006 FIFA WORLD CUP - Semifinal: Germany 0-0,0-2 Italy [extra time] - Goals: 0-1 Fabio Grosso (119'), 0-2 Alessandro del Piero (120+1').
    For full coverage go to the >>2006 FIFA WORLD CUP special .

    Note-1: by Sanjay Rajan (Reuters): India need expatriate talent, self-belief and patience to re-build their soccer team, according to new national coach Bob Houghton.
    England's Houghton was appointed last month as the third coach within a year after poor results and soccer officials hope his vast coaching experience in Asia will benefit the team.
    The 58-year-old former coach of China and Uzbekistan has a huge task as India are ranked 117th in the world and 22nd out of 45 Asian teams.
    He said India should start playing friendlies on a regular basis to improve their ranking and allow them to avoid running into seeded teams early in international tournaments.
    "To be ranked 117 is a major underachievement for a country with this sort of resources," Houghton told Reuters in an interview this week after taking charge of the national camp.
    His first priority would be to tap into overseas talent.
    "There are some players of Indian origin playing in Europe, some quite good ones actually, and in England and Holland.
    "It is possible that if, logistically, you get them and secondly if they are interested, if you can get three or four players, it will definitely strengthen the level."
    Footballers such as Michael Chopra, who will play in the English second division for Cardiff City in the coming season, and some in the South African league are the targets.
    Only Indian passport holders can represent the national team. However, rule changes allow persons of Indian origin to acquire a passport.
    FIFA rules allow players with dual citizenship or nationality, who have not played international soccer above under-23 level, to apply to change the country they represent as long as they do it before they are 21.
    India are keen to raise the game's profile in the cricket-mad nation, with Asian soccer authorities aiming to tap into one of the world's fastest growing economies and markets.
    The 1951 Asian Games champions have strong roots in soccer, but have never qualified for the World Cup finals.
    Poor administration is largely blamed for the failure to move the game into the professional era.
    India still run a semi-professional league a decade after it was launched. Many previous foreign coaches have complained of an unresponsive administration.
    Houghton warned against expecting quick results.
    "If you look at the Asian teams that have made giant strides forward, they didn't do it overnight," he said. "Take Japan for example; in the 1990s they set about making plans to get into the World Cup.
    "They worked very hard with the younger squads, invested in the development programme," he said.
    Regular friendlies would be the key for India.
    "There is a lack of belief here at the moment," he said. "They have had some poor results in the last year or so and that has got to change.
    "It is important to play games, particularly what I call sensible games," Houghton said.
    "What we did in China, when I took over in 1998, we played a lot but against teams that were beatable by us," he said. "That changed the mentality of the players."

    Note-2: IANS report: The owner of a Calcutta-based travel agency who is accused of defrauding 30 World Cup fans, including some soccer celebrities, was arrested in Mumbai on Tuesday, police here said. A Calcutta police team arrested Indranil Mitra, owner of the Endeavour travel agency, when he arrived in Mumbai from London and would bring him here, police said.
    Allegedly defrauded by Mitra, a group of nearly 30 World Cup fans from West Bengal had ended up in dire straits in Germany.
    The group landed in Frankfurt last week after paying hefty sums of money to the travel agency. Their package, the fans claimed, included tickets for the World Cup matches. However, when they reached Germany, they found they were not even booked into a hotel. Mohun Bagan club secretary Anjan Mitra, former IFA joint secretary Ranjit Gupta and football coach Amal Dutta were part of the group.

    July 3

    On a personal note, IndianFootball.Com Editor-in-Chief Arunava Chaudhuri will today be part again of the innovative "My World Cup" show on the BBC World TV service. It will be aired live at 13.45 GMT (14.45 CET / 18.15 IST) for 15 minutes. The show will be rebroadcast a couple of times across the day.
    The show is the first interactive football broadcast with people from around the world joining in through broadband connections and webcams. The main topic today will be Indian football with a pre-recorded interview with Baichung Bhutia to be aired and Arunava's statements on the state of Indian football wanted thereafter...

    IndianFootball.Com is happy to announce the extension of our partnership with London-based Soccerex, the business convention for football worldwide, as a media partner of the Soccerex 2006 event in Dubai. IndianFootball.Com like last year will be covering the event and hope to generate interest for Indian football among the commercial football world as Indian football urgently needs professional influence, especially from Europe, for the development of the game on all possible levels. And we hope to influence some decision makers within Indian football to attend Soccerex 2006.
    You might have seen that the new Soccerex logo, launched at the Soccerex London Forum on April 5, has been online at IndianFootball.Com for a while.

    Soccerex News:
    With the World Cup bringing the world of football together, Soccerex 2006 will bring the commercial football world together in late-November 2006 in Dubai. The breakdown of the 1,000+ attendees who have already confirmed their attendance is as follows:
  • Attendees at Soccerex span the world.
    43% Europe; 20% Middle East; 16% Asia; 10% Africa; 8% America; 3% Australasia
  • Covering key sectors in the football industry:
    23% Football clubs, Leagues and Federations; 21% TV, New Media and Technology; 20% Stadia; 18% Sponsors; 18% Service providers
    For more go to Soccerex website
  • Trades Challenge Cup - Phase II - Group A: Calcutta FC 1-3 Police AC
    Trades Challenge Cup - Phase II - Group B: Tollygunge Agragami 0-2 Eastern Railway SC
    Trades Challenge Cup - Phase II - Group C: Peerless SC 3-1 George Telegraph SC
    Trades Challenge Cup - Phase II - Group D: United SC 2-1 SAIL

    Note-1: Calcutta giants East Bengal Club announced that 60 year old Brazilian Carlos Roberto Pereira da Silva will be the clubs coach of the Red-and-Gold in the new 2006/07 season. The Brazilian is set to arrive in Calcutta on July 10 with a wealth of experience in Brazil plus the Middle East.
    Pereira da Silva replaces Belgian coach Philippe de Ridder who had coached the Calcutta side in last seasons National League.

    July 2
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Well it is the time of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the craze in Germany and across the world has also reached and touched India. One only hopes that this World Cup craze continues and also has a positive effect on Indian football. The AIFF along with Zee Sports have started a roadshow across India to highlight Indian football and launch the 2010 World Cup qualification campaign. It is a dream to see India one day at the World Cup, hopefully all now work towards that goal. We at IndianFootball.Com are there, if our help is needed and wanted...
    We hope that you have been following our IndianFootball.Com World Cup special coverage, where we have posted especially pictures from Germany in and around the stadiums to show you what is happening at the World Cup. It is a great spectacle!
    For full coverage go to the >>2006 FIFA WORLD CUP special .

    IndianFootball.Com would like to announce the addition of Samrat Chatterjee to our IFC Editorial Team. Samrat will be strengthening our Calcutta Team as a correspondent there. Welcome Samrat to IFC!!!
    To view our >>IFC Editorial Team .

    Note-1: The Bangalore Football Academy is holding the Deccan Herald Inter-School football tournament from July 6 to 8 at the Nandan Grounds, Austin Town, Bangalore. For registration and further details call P Mohan Raj on 98457 95530. Registration can be made until July 4.

    July 1
        RESULTS & NEWS

    2006 FIFA WORLD CUP - Quarterfinal: England 0-0,1-3 Portugal [penalties] - Goals: none.
    2006 FIFA WORLD CUP - Quarterfinal: Brazil 0-1 France - Goals: 0-1 Thierry Henry (57').
    For full coverage go to the >>2006 FIFA WORLD CUP special .

    Trades Challenge Cup - Phase II - Group B: Tollygunge Agragami 0-1 Calcutta Customs
    Trades Challenge Cup - Phase II - Group C: Peerless SC 2-1 Howrah Union
    Trades Challenge Cup - Phase II - Group D: West Bengal Police 1-0 SAIL

    Note-1: Former Indian international Mohammed Yousuf Khan breathed his last breath in the early hours of Saturday in his home town of Hyderabad. The former India and Hyderabad City Police striker died of a massive heart attack. Yousuf Khan was 69 and is survived by his wife, son and daughter.
    Yousuf Khan was a feared striker in the 1950s and 60s, who had been suffering from Parkinsons disease since 1994, and was another story of a former football great who was neglected in his later years.

    Note-2: Former East Bengal Club coach, Belgian Philippe de Ridder, is set to take over as the new coach of another Calcutta side in United Sports Club (formerly known as EverReady SA).

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