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July 31

::: IFC Interview with Chima Okorie (New Delhi Heroes coach) :::
IndianFootball.Com today brings to you an interview with Nigerian Chima Okorie, who is regarded to have been one of the best ever foreigners to have played in India. Chima has now taken over the job of coach at the New Delhi Heroes and is working to bring the national capital into football map.
Click here to read the complete >>Chima Okorie (New Delhi Heroes coach) interview

Calcutta Premier League: Mohammedan Sporting 0-1 Peerless SC - Goal: 0-1 Gouranga Biswas (66').
Mohammedan Sporting: Sheikh Nasibul Haque; Rajib Ghosh, Sheikh Azim, Subhas Mondal, Mir Farooq Hyder; Mohammed Muneer KP (46' Kalia Kulothungan), Prasanta Chakraborty (75' PT Somy), Basudeb Mondal, A Jyothi Kumar, Mohammed Zubair KP, Raman Vijayan (Nirapada Mondal).
Peerless: Rakesh Prasad, Zoheb Hassan, Satish Kumar Bharti, Sahab Ali, Tarak Roy, Sanjib Ghosh, Gouranga Biswas, Dibyendu Panja, Sovan Das (46' Kartick Kisku), Babin Biswas, Ugwu James Agbo.
Man-of-the-Match: Gouranga Biswas (Peerless).
Referee: Udayan Halder.

21st Punjab State Super League: Mahilpur FC 0-2 Rail Coach Factory - Goals: 0-1 Dilbag Singh (39'), 0-2 Kulwinder Singh (48').
MFC: 20-Balraj Singh (46'31-Gurmail Singh), 5-Rajvir Singh, 4-Manjinder Singh, 16-Gurdeep Singh, 18-Vijay Kumar, 12-Charanjeet Singh, 3-Amrit Pal Singh, 7-Amarjit Yadav (70' 9-Satwant Singh), 11-Deepak Bhargav, 19-Rajiv Joshi (30' 8-Varinder Kumar), 10-Satwinder Singh.
RCF: 20-Jarmanjeet Singh, 3-Gurminder Singh, 4-Harsharanjit Singh 12-Narinder Singh, 15-Manmohan 6-Amandeep Singh, 13-Sukhraj Singh, 7-Manjeet Singh (65' 18-Prabhpal Singh), 9-Dilbag Singh, 8-Pankaj Sura, 19-Kulwinder Singh.
Yellow Cards: Vijay Kumar (36', Mahilpur FC); Manmohan Singh (25', RCF).
Referee: Suraj Bhan Handa.
Assistant Referees: Manohar Singh, Gurpal Chand.
Fourth Official: Narinder Singh.

Guwahati Super Division: Sunrise Club 1-3 Jewel Star Club - Goals: 0-1 Rahajuddin Ahmed (16'), 0-2 Rajeswar Das (45'), 0-3 Raman Singh Bramha (68'), 1-3 Amal Boro (83').

::: East Bengal U15 to face Manchester United Juniors in Opener :::
The draw for the Manchester United Premier Cup 2007 was carried out in the evening in Manchester and our Indian representatives East Bengal Club U15 would have to Manchester United, Shandong Luneng FC, AS Roma and Austria Vienna in tough Group C.
Coach Swarup Das had stated before the draw that he hoped not to face Manchester United or FC Barcelona in the group phase, but the hosts from Manchester United would be the opening opponent tomorrow at 09.30 GMT. In the afternoon at 15.30 GMT the East Bengal Juniors would have to face the Chinese side Shandong Luneng FC. On August 2 the East Bengal U15 boys would face the boys from Austria Vienna 09.30 GMT and their final group match would be against AS Roma at 11.30 GMT.

::: INDIA U18 to be coached by Mridul Banerjee & Syed Shabir Pasha :::
The final phase of the INDIA U18 camp will be held in Goa with 25 boys selected from camps across India. The INDIA U18 boy have been placed in the Group B of the AFC U19 Championship qualifiers, where they would have to face tough competition in Iran, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon and Pakistan.
Former internationals Mridul Banerjee and Syed Shabir Pasha have been appointed coaches for the U18 Team under the charge of Technical Director Colin Toal, who also overseas the training of the INDIA U15 boys.
Both the INDIA U15 and INDIA U18 squads are set to visit Germany in September for training camps and exposure matches.

::: Delhi XI to face Tibet :::
Team Tibet of the Tibetan Football Association will face a Delhi XI on August 4 in the Indian national capital.

::: FIFA signs two major IT contract with Indian firm Satyam :::
Indian company Satyam Computer Services Limited, a leading global consulting and information technology services company, said today that it had signed two multi-million dollar contracts with FIFA to provide technical support for major events of the world football governing body.
Thanks to the strength of its technical capabilities and flexible approach, Satyam has not only been selected to develop a customized Event Management System for one of the world's premier sports organizations, but it has also been chosen to build an Extranet and Intranet for FIFA over the next 12 months. Satyam's partnership will also include full, uninterrupted support for both solutions for FIFA, until the final whistle of each game.
Working primarily from FIFA's Zurich headquarters, Satyam will provide in-country support for matches. It will also have teams work from offshore locations to enable lower costs and optimized CMM Level 5 quality.
"Clearly, FIFA organizes incredibly large-scale, high-profile tournaments. In fact, we host the world's most widely viewed sporting events; with as many as 28 billion people watching the 2006 Tournament. As such, we cannot afford even a second's downtime, even during the huge usage spikes throughout games," said FIFA head of information technology solutions Michael Kelly. "That is why we have chosen the reliability, flexibility, and reusability of Satyam's applications. This is the start of a long-term relationship that will see Satyam working closely with FIFA over the next few years."
"We are delighted to have been chosen to deliver two such critical applications for FIFA, and are committed to ensuring the success of managing its event logistics and Extranets/Intranet platforms," said Dr. Keshab Panda, the senior vice president, director, and head of Satyam's European operations.

July 30

Calcutta Premier League: East Bengal Club 2-0 Calcutta Port Trust - Goals: 1-0 Mehtab Hussain (8'), 2-0 Edmilson Marques Pardal (10').
East Bengal: 21-Abhra Mondal; 17-Surya Bikash Chakraborty, 4-Gurpreet Singh, 2-Muttath Suresh, 29-Saumik Dey; 23-Mehtab Hussain (85' 10-Dipendu Biswas), 7-Jayanta Sen, 14-Chandan Das, 6-Dipankar Roy (35' 32-Snehashish Chakraborty, 72' 37-Marlanki Suting), 25-Ashim Biswas, 30-Edmilson Marques Pardal.
CPT: Prasanta Dora, Rabindra Nath Karmakar, Simanta Das (62' Sujoy Chakraborty), Ranjit Chatterjee, Pankaj Basak (24' Prasanta Sarkar), Pradip Tewari (39' Sandip Ghosh), Sayantan Das Roy, Sukanta Banerjee, Sanjit Saha, Sujit Dey, Mark Dennis Asam.
Referee: Rathin Mukherjee.

21st Punjab State Super League: JCT, Phagwara 1-1 JCT Football Academy - Goals: 1-0 Sakatar Singh (25'), 1-1 Lahlimathara Mahlima (70').
JCT: 22-Pawan Kumar (36' 21-Mukhwinderjit Singh) 13-Baldeep Singh Sr, 24-Gurwinder Singh, 3-Anwar Ali, 23-Harish Sharma, 27-Baldeep Singh Jr, 28-Shivraj Singh, 6-Baljit Sahni, 14-Ram Pal (55' 8-Jaswinder Singh), 25-Sakatar Singh, 17-Parveen Kumar (67' 29-Gagandeep Singh).
JCT Academy: 21-Rajinder, 2-Chandandeep Singh, 3-Sarabjit Singh, 5-Surjit Singh, 4-Amandeep Singh Sr (30' 13-Sandeep Singh), 7-Amandeep Singh Jr (72' 14-Lalchhuanmawa), 8-Jagpreet Singh, 16-Gursewak Singh (51' 15-Dilshad Ahmed), 6-Amandeep Bains, 10-Lalhlimathara Mahlima, 9-Balwant Singh.
Yellow Card: Sarabjit Singh (49', JCT Academy).
Referee: Balwinder Singh.
Assistant Referees: Pawan Kumar, Kulwinder Singh.
Fourth Official: Harvinder Pal Singh.

Calcutta Premier League: Chirag United SC 3-3 Eastern Railway SC - Goals: 0-1 Mohammed Nadeem (13'), 1-1,2-2 Theodore Sunday Wrobeh (46',66'), 1-2 Rajib Ekka (57'), 3-2 Shankar Oraon (72'), 3-3 Fulchand Hembrom (90+1').

3rd Uttaranchal Cup, Delhi - Final: Indian Air Force, New Delhi 1-1,4-5 Youngmen [penalties] - Goals: 1-0 P Singh, 1-1 Ashish Choudhary.
2nd Suman Lata Bhadola Cup, Delhi - Final: Hans Club 2-0 Growing Star - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Vinita (1',25').

::: Goa Professional League fixtures out :::
The GFA has released the fixtures for the Goa Professional League 2007. The league would kick-off on wednesday, August 1 with Salgaocar SC vs Raia Sporting Club and Dempo SC vs Velsao Pale SC. The seven Rounds of the first leg will be held until August 23 seeing four NFL sides in action.
For the complete fixtures go to Goa Professional League 2007 page .

::: Footballer given methylated spirit instead of water :::
PTI report: A footballer had to be hospitalised after a doctor mistakenly gave him methylated spirit to drink instead of water during a Calcutta Premier League match here today.
Simanta Das, who plays for Calcutta Port Trust, sustained a chest injury in a collision with East Bengal's Snehashish Chakraborty in the 26th minute of the second session and the referee promptly stopped play and called for medical aid. IFA appointed doctor Nirmal Polley attended to Das, who wanted water to drink.
However, the doctor instead of giving water, gave him a bottle of methylated spirit, which the footballer drank. Das immediately started vomiting. Das wass rushed to the state-run SSKM hospital in a serious condition.
After Das was taken out of the ground, the Port Trust players surrounded the medico and tried to manhandle him. Polley, however, was rescued by the police.

::: SBT captain Thomas retires :::
State Bank of Travancore captain Lanel Thomas has retired from all forms of Football, state and club level. Thomas had joined SBT in 1998. He captained SBT from 2003 until the end of his career. He did played an integral part in helping SBT to qualify for the Premier Division of the NFL 2004/05. Under his captaincy SBT won Kerala State League twice in 2003/04 and 2007; the 2nd Division NFL in 2003/04; and the Don Bosco Trophy 2006.
While speaking to IndianFootball.Com Lanel Thomas said he will now persue a career in football coaching.

July 29

AFC Asian Cup 2007 - Final - Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta (Indonesia): Iraq 1-0 Saudi Arabia - Goal: 1-0 Younis Mahmoud (71').
Congratulations to Iraq for winning their maidan AFC Asian Cup title!!!

Friendly, Portgual: Grupo Desportivo e Recreativo de Monsanto (3rd Division) 0-0 INDIA - Goals: none.

21st Punjab State Super League: Border Security Force 1-1 PSEB, Horshiarpur - Goals: 1-0 Tapan Bhattacharya (73'), 1-1 Rohit (90').
BSF: 1-Deepak Hazarika, 20-Amarjit Singh, 5-Deepak Kumar, 3-Gurminder Singh, 17-PB Ekka, 6-Sarabjit Singh (69' 2-Tapan Bhattacharya), 23-Kabul Singh, 7-PH Boy Singh(53' 11-Banti Singh), 25-Harjeet Singh, 8-Balraj Singh (59' 9-Kamal Kishore), 16-Santosh Kujur.
PSEB: 22-Bhupinder Singh, 11-Harninder Singh, 5-Rahul, 23-Sandeep Sangha, 15-Sukhvir Singh, 7-Sandeep Singh (64' 9-Rohit), 6-Sarabjit Singh, 30-Sunil Kumar 16-Kuldip Singh, 24-Gurpreet Singh, 14-Amarjit Singh (79' 29-Amarjit Ram).
Yellow Cards: Gurminder Singh (27', BSF); Rahul (55', PSEB).
Referee: Narinder Singh.
Assistant Referees: Gurpal Singh, Manohar Singh.
Fourth Official: Kulwinder Singh.

Calcutta Super Division: Railway FC 1-0 SAIL
Calcutta Super Division: FCI, Calcutta 0-0 West Bengal Police
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group A: Sports Academy of Sikkim 4-3 D'Zongri Buddhist Brothers Club
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group B: Siniolchu, Namchi 1-1 Kanchenjunga FC

::: Mohun Bagan Day celebrated today :::
Mohun Bagan Athletic Club celebrated their Mohun Bagan Day today at their Maidan club premises with friendly football matches and showcasing Bengali culture.
It was on this day 96 years ago that Mohun Bagan AC beat the East Yorkshire Regiment 2-1 in the 1911 IFA Shield final, the first time an Indian team beat the British in the final of a major football tournament.
Former player Dhiren Dey was named as the new Mohun Bagan Ratna, while the new mascot of the club was inaugurated, a Royal Bengal Tiger called "Baggu".

July 28

"Budweiser" Goa FA Charity Match: Sporting Clube de Goa 1-1,4-2 Churchill Brothers SC [penalties] - Goals: 0-1 Reisangmi Vasum, 1-1 Denzil Franco (67').

21st Punjab State Super League: Rail Coach Factory 1-0 Punjab Police - Goal: 1-0 Pankaj Sura (56').
RCF: 20-Jarmanjeet Singh, 3-Gurminder Singh, 4-Harsharanjit Singh 12-Narinder Singh, 15-Manmohan 6-Amandeep Singh, 13-Sukhraj Singh (18-Prabhpal Singh), 7-Manjeet Singh (2-Manpreet Singh), 9-Dilbag Singh, 8-Pankaj Sura, 19-Kulwinder Singh.
Punjab Police: 33-Ramanjit Singh, 23-Sandeep Singh, 13-Hari Kishan, 17-Shiraz Hassan, 24-Gurpreet Singh Sr, 2-Guriqbal Singh (58' 5-Amandeep Batra), 20-Sumit Bali, 6-Gurpreet Kumar, 22-Harshdeep Singh, 12-Harjinder Singh, 14-Harpreet Singh (78' 18-Gurinder Pal Singh).
Yellow Cards: None.
Referee: Balwinder Singh.
Assistant Referees: Pawan Kumar, Suraj Bhan Handa.
Fourth Official: Harvinder Pal Singh.

Calcutta Premier League: Calcutta Port Trust 2-1 George Telegraph SC - Goals: 1-0 Henry Chukwukeri (20'), 1-1 Gautam Thakur (55'), 2-1 Sujit Dey (90+2').
Calcutta Premier League: Eastern Railway SC 2-3 Peerless SC - Goals: 0-1 James (26'), 0-2 Babin Biswas (43'), 0-3 Gouranga Biswas (53'), 1-3 Rajib Ekka (62'), 2-3 Anthony Soren (82').
Calcutta Super Division: Tollygunge Agragami 1-0 Indian Air Force, Barrackpore
Calcutta Super Division: Railway FC - SAIL = match abandoned
Calcutta Super Division: FCI, Calcutta - West Bengal Police = match abandoned
Calcutta Super Division: Calcutta Customs 1-0 Aryan Club
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group A: Northeners Star FC 1-2 D'Zongri Club
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group B: SAI, Namchi 11-1 Boys Club

::: AIFF releases eighth Transfer list :::
The AIFF today released the eighth list of 32 cleared Inter-State Transfers for the first transfer window of the 2007/08 season which ran from June 1 to 20.
East Bengal Club's have released Izumi Arata (Mahindra United), Boniface Ngairah Ambani (Sporting Clube de Goa) and Shylo Malswam Tulunga (Salgaocar SC), while PK Anil Kumar also signed for Salgaocar from Kerala State Electricity Board.
Meanwhile Churchill Brothers have signed Shambhu Mistry from Guwahati Town Club and Chirag United signed Theodore Sunday Wrobeh from Nine Bullets, Tripura.
Other Transfers included players from smaller clubs from West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Nagaland and other states in India.
Here to the updated IndianFootball.Com Transfer 2007 page

::: East Bengal U15 left for Manchester United Premier Cup 2007 today :::
The East Bengal U15 left for the United Kingdom today to participate in the Manchester United Premier Cup 2007 to be held from August 1 to 4 in Manchester. The East Bengal coaches hope for a good performance and said that this was a huge opportunity for the boys.
AIFF president Das Munshi said: "I would like to congratulate East Bengal on their excellent performance at the South East Asian regional finals and wish them the very best for the World Finals. Our partnership with Nike has resulted in fuelling a passion for the sport amongst the immense pool of young talent in the country. Such events help to elevate the game at the grassroots and take it to higher standards."

EAST BENGAL U15: Amit Shee, Abhishek Das, Pintu Dutta, Bhim Oraon, Subhas Sarkar, Rudra Dhar, Ganesh Dey, Bivash Sarkar, Biswajit Natta, Amit Chakroborty, Suprovan Dhar, Pritam Lahiri, Rakesh Roy, Joydeb Chakrobrty, Ajoy Roy, Budiram Tudu.
Coaches: Swarup Das, Manojit Das.
Managers: Birendra Kumar Saha, Prabir Dafadar.

::: Mumbai FC to start training on Tuesday :::
Newly founded Mumbai FC will start training on Tuesday under English coach David Booth, who is set to arrive in Mumbai on Monday, on their quest to qualify for the Pro League. All the local Mumbai players have reported at the club, while the outstation players have started to arrive. Papiah Jagadish Kumar arrived yesterday, Noel Anthony Wilson will arrive on Sunday, while Kalyan Chaubey and Lorendra Singh are set to be in Mumbai on Monday.

July 27

::: IndianFootball.Com Awards 2007 - keep on voting :::
We have already received loads of votes in the sixth annual IndianFootball.Com Awards voting, where Indian football fans, journalists, players and officials decide on award winning performances of the last 2006/07 season. The voting is still open so keep sending in your votes!
The voting will be held in seven different categories: INDIAN PLAYER of the Year, FOREIGN PLAYER of the Year, ROOKIE (NEWCOMER) of the Year, PIO (PLAYER OF INDIAN ORIGIN) of the Year, COACH of the Year, TEAM of the Year, GLOBAL PLAYER of the Year.
Until now, the Awardees have only been mentioned on IndianFootball.Com and we are working hard to finally organise an Awards Gala for this years edition to present trophies to the best of the best.
Cast your vote for India's prestigious annual football awards: >>IndianFootball.Com Awards 2007 .

::: INDIA change opponent for final game :::
Instead of playing 2nd Division side Estoril Praia in their fourth and final match on Sunday, INDIA will now face 3rd Division side GDR Monsanto at the Estadio Torres Novas at 17.00 GMT. This decision was taken by the Indian technical staff based on the desire of keeping this camp as a training one focusing on building team spirit and improving the teams game play.
Today INDIA is set to visit the Estadio da Luz, home of Portuguese giants Benfica Lisbon.

::: INDIA visit Estadio da Luz :::
The Indian national team today visited SL Benfica Stadium - Estadio da Luz in the Portuguese capital Lisbon. The team was welcomed at the mythic stadium by SL Benfica's VP Alcino Antonio.
The tour of the stadium was led by its manager Jitesse Arquissandas. The tour covered the main entrance highlighted by the beautiful eagle, the Presidential box, the locker rooms and the pitch.
The view from the pitch was definitely the best in the house, leaving the players excited about the possibility of one of these days representing India on that surface.
As a curiosity, they were the first players to step on that grass as it was laid just four days ago. SL Benfica's PR officer Joao Salgado said, "I hope you blessed this ground and if Benfica wins the League i will be thinking of you."
The group then left for a quick shopping visit to one the largest European malls, the Colombo Shopping Centre.
The Indian team will face 3rd Division side GDR Monsato in their fourth and final match on Sunday, before leaving for India on July 31.

July 26

Friendly, Portgual: Atlético Clube Marinhense (3rd Division) 2-3 INDIA - Goals: 1-0,2-2 Yuran (10',60'), 1-1 Sunil Chetri (37'), 1-2,2-3 Baichung Bhutia (51',75').

21st Punjab State Super League: JCT, Phagwara 3-0 Mahilpur FC - Goals: 1-0,2-0,3-0 Parveen Kumar (8',30',52').
JCT: 1-Karanjit Singh, 13-Baldeep Singh Sr, 24-Gurwinder Singh, 3-Anwar Ali, 12-Daljit Singh, 27-Baldeep Singh Jr 26-Palwinder Singh (42' 16-Rakinderjit Singh), 23-Harish Sharma (65' 9-Asim Hassan), 6-Baljit Sahni, 25-Sakatar Singh, 17-Parveen Kumar (56' 18-Amrinder Singh).
MFC: 1-Balraj Singh,11-Manjinder Singh 5-Rajveer Singh 7-Surjit Singh, 16-Major Singh (2-Taranpal), 17-Amarjit Singh (60' 9-Amninder Singh), 10-Satwinder Singh 6-Amritpal, 18-Charanjit Singh , 21-Deepak, 12-Timresh Sharma (41' 14-Satwant Singh).
Yellow Cards: none.
Referee: Narinder Singh.
Assistant Referees: Gurpal Chand, Manohar Singh.
Fourth Official: Suraj Bhan Handa.

Calcutta Premier League: Calcutta Port Trust - George Telegraph SC = match abandoned due to rain
Calcutta Premier League: Eastern Railway SC - Peerless SC = match abandoned due to rain

::: Final details on the ONGC Nehru Cup to be out in the coming days :::
The Nehru Cup, which is being revived after a 10 year gap, will be known as ONGC Nehru Cup this time around. The tournament is set to be played from August 17 to 29 at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi. But the final format and how many teams are going to take part will only be known in the coming days.
As per information received by IndianFootball.Com the tournament would be an all Asian affair with confirmations having come in from Syria, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia and Bangladesh. The AIFF is trying to rope in Iran or Iraq to make it a six team tournament. If that happens, then the six teams would be split into two groups of three, otherwise the five nations would play each other in a round-robin format with the two top sides meeting again in the finals.
The tournament is set to be telecast live by Zee Sports.

::: Budweiser to sponsor GFA Charity Match :::
Budweiser, the internationally known US beer brand, which has recently been launched in Goa, will sponsor the annual Goa FA Charity Match to be held at the Nehru Stadium, Margao on Saturday, July 28. Budweiser will also be making a contribution to the GFA's Players' Benevolent Fund.
Budweiser, for long associated with football events across the world, is one of FIFA's World Cup partners, in addition to being sponsors of the English Premier League and Manchester United. The Budweiser Cup Charity match will be played between Sporting Clube de Goa, Goa Pro League winners 2006/07, and runners-up Churchill Brothers SC.
Ramesh Redkar, former international and state player, who led Dempo SC to their maiden Rovers Cup victory in 1975 and a Kerkar Award winner, will be the chief guest. All players and club officials are requested to pay for the entry to witness the match as the entire gate collection will go towards the Players' Benevolent Fund.

::: Top Twenty Teams head for Manchester in World Finals of Manchester United Premier Cup 2007 :::
Manchester is preparing to welcome some of the brightest young football stars of the future next week as they gather for the World Finals of the Manchester United Premier Cup 2007. The Opening Ceremony and Draw will take place at Manchester United's training complex at Carrington on Tuesday July 31, at 19.30 GMT, attended by Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Charlton and surprise guests. Tournament matches will be played at Carrington from August 1-4 and the final played out at the "Theatre of Dreams" Old Trafford, on August 4.
Over 9,000 teams from more than 40 countries have battled their way through local, national and regional competitions over the past twelve months to win a coveted place at the most prestigious U15 tournament in the world. From grassroots teams to some of the biggest clubs in football, the Manchester United Premier Cup offers a unique experience for aspiring players to live the dream of international football at the highest level.
Founded by Nike back in 1993, Manchester United added their name ten years later to an event designed to raise the level of international youth football and skills development. The Premier Cup has always been a proving ground for talented young players and Francesc Fabregas, Carlos Tevez, Lionel Messi and Fernando Torres are just a few of the many "Graduates" in the MUPC Hall of Fame.
Several new clubs have reached the World Finals for the first time this year amongst them our Indian representative East Bengal Club, who had won the Indian-leg of the MUPC Cup and finished runners-up in the Southeast Asian finals.
Twenty young teams will soon be travelling to Manchester, each hoping to prove that they are the best among their peers. They already know about victory and some will experience defeat. They will learn about themselves and each other, making new friends across the world. Twenty teams, but just one prize, to become the MUPC Champions of the World.
20 Global Finalists: Austria Wien (Austria), Hertha BSC Berlin (Germany), AS Roma (Italy), Krylia Sovetov (Russia), FC Barcelona (Spain), FC Basel (Switzerland), Everton FC (UK), Sao Paulo FC (Brazil), Colo-Colo (Chile), FC Atlas (Mexico), Shan Dong Luneng FC (China), East Bengal Club (India), Gamba Osaka (Japan), Chunnum Dragons FC (South Korea), Bukit Jalil Sports School (Malaysia), Assumption College Thonburi (Thailand), Central United FC (New Zealand), Orlando Pirates FC (South Africa), Real So Cal (USA), Manchester United (Host Team).

July 25

21st Punjab State Super League: JCT Football Academy 2-1 Border Security Force - Goals: 1-0 Balwant Singh (41'), 1-1 Santosh Kujur (48'), 2-1 Jagpreet Singh (88').
JCT Academy: 26-Rajinder, 4-Amandeep Sr, 3-Sarabjit Singh, 2-Chandandeep Singh, 5-Surjit Singh, 16-Gursewak Singh (65' 15-Dilshad Ahmed), 8-Jagpreet Singh, 7-Amandeep Jr, 6-Amandeep Bains, 10-Lahlimathara Mahlima (54' 19-H Lalnunzira), 9-Balwant Singh.
BSF: 21-Machinder Singh, 2-Tapan Bhattacharya, 20-Amarjit Singh 3-Gurminder Singh, 17-PB Ekka, 24-Samrat Choudhary (46' 14-Sandeep Kumar), 6-Sarabjit Singh, 7-PH Boy Singh (79' 9-Kamal Kishore), 16-Santosh Kujur 8-Balraj Singh, 18-Santosh Sethi (49' 11-Banti Singh).
Yellow Cards: Jagpreet Singh (60', JCT Academy); Gurminder Singh (54'), PH Boy Singh (67', both BSF).
Referee: Balwinder Singh.
Assistant Referees: Harvinder Pal Singh, Kulwinder Singh.
Fourth Official: Pawan Kumar.

Calcutta Super Division: Railway FC 2-1 Police AC
Calcutta Super Division: FCI, Calcutta 2-2 Indian Air Force, Barrackpore
Calcutta Super Division: Calcutta Customs 0-0 SAIL
Calcutta Super Division: Aryan Club 2-3 West Bengal Police

3rd Uttaranchal Cup, Delhi - Semifinal: Indian Air Force, New Delhi 0-0,5-3 Moonlight Club [penalties] - Goals: none.
3rd Uttaranchal Cup, Delhi - Semifinal: Gorkha Boys 0-0,4-5 Youngmen [penalties] - Goals: none.
Vittal Trophy 2007, Chennai - Final: SAI, Chennai 0-5 Indian Bank - Goals: 0-1,0-2 Nirmal Kumar (25',29'), 0-3 Javed (54'), 0-4,0-5 Ramesh (74',88').

::: AIFF releases seventh Transfer list :::
The AIFF on Monday had released the seventh list of 67 cleared Inter-State Transfers for the first transfer window of the 2007/08 season which ran from June 1 to 20.
The biggest gainers where Mohammedan Sporting Club who got Roque Barreto (Churchill Brothers SC), Seby Martins (Sporting Clube de Goa), C Shameel (Vasco SC) and Akbar Abidi Abbas (Abbas Union FC, Andhra Pradesh) cleared.
Newly formed Mumbai FC got Papiah Jagadish Kumar (Sporting Clube de Goa) and Dipankar Choudhury from Vasco SC; while Vasco SC also released Sayantan Das Roy (Calcutta Port Trust), Rovan Pereira (ONGC, Mumbai), and Shibu Shanmugam (Kenkre Football Academy, Mumbai).
Other Transfers included players from smaller clubs from West Bengal, Delhi, Assam, Tripura and other states in India.
Here to the updated IndianFootball.Com Transfer 2007 page

::: Viva Kerala to start training on August 1 :::
Newly promoted Viva Kerala have announced that their preparation camp for the 1st Professional Football League will start from August 1. Their three foreign recruits - Yaw Amankwa Mireku, Alfred Nil Larbi Darku, Wisdom Abbey - all signed from Ghanian side Hearts of Oak will be joining them at the end of this month.

July 24

::: IFC Feature Series on football Youth Development projects in India continues :::
IndianFootball.Com today continues it's Feature Series on football Youth Development projects in India, where we look at different projects across India. As part of the series we will bring you stories, interviews and more from these youth football projects.
In our series of bringing to you, our readers, the latest on various youth football projects across India, we take a look at a community football club in our national capital, New Delhi. Nirvana FC doesn't play in any league at the moment, but the club is trying to developing talent in Delhi and allowing people interested in football to play the game. Also a Community league is amongst their plans.
Click here to read the complete >>Jorden Brahma Wangdi (Nirvana FC, New Delhi) interview

21st Punjab State Super League: PSEB, Horshiarpur 3-0 Rail Coach Factory - Goals: 1-0 Kuldip Singh (42'), 2-0 Gurpreet Singh (49'), 3-0 Sunil Kumar (85').
PSEB: 22-Bhupinder Singh, 11-Harninder Singh, 5-Rahul, 23-Sandeep Sangha, 15-Sukhvir Singh, 7-Sandeep Singh, 6-Sarabjit Singh, 30-Sunil Kumar, 16-Kuldip Singh (29-Amarjit Ram), 24-Gurpreet Singh, 14-Amarjit Singh (9-Rohit).
RCF: 20-Jarmanjeet Singh, 3-Gurminder Singh, 4-Harsharanjit Singh 12-Narinder Singh, 6-Amandeep Singh, 13-Sukhraj Singh, 7-Manjeet Singh (15-Manmohan Singh), 9-Dilbag Singh (2-Manpreet Singh), 5-Inderjit (18-Prabhpal Singh), 11-Navjot Singh, 8-Pankaj Sura.
Yellow Cards: Gurpreet Singh (59'), Rahul (86', both PSEB); Sukhraj Singh (30'), Manpreet Singh (39', both RCF).
Referee: Narinder Singh.
Assistant Referees: Gurpal Chand, Manohar Singh.
Fourth Official: Suraj Bhan Handa.

Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group A: Northeners Star FC 2-7 United Sikkim Sporting Club
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group B: Siniolchu, Namchi 3-1 Arsenal
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group B: SAI, Namchi 1-4 Sikkim Police FC

::: Mahindra United cancel Trivandrum matches :::
Mahindra United have cancelled their planned pre-season tour to Kerala due to heavy rains in Trivandrum. This has caused the grounds to be in a bad condition. Mahindra United were scheduled to play two friendly matches against State Bank of Travancore and a Trivandrum XI in a four day trip south.

::: Mohun Bagan SAIL Football Academy trials in August :::
The Mohun Bagan SAIL Football Academy will be conducting trials for the players belonging to the following positions and age groups from the August 18 to 25 at their Durgapur campus.

Category A: Players Born on/after 1.1.1990
Preferred Positions: Striker, Right back, Goalkeeper, Attacking Midfielder, Defensive Midfielder
Category B: Players Born on/after 1.1.1992
Preferred Positions: Striker, Right back, Goalkeeper, Attacking Midfielder, Central Defender
Category C: Players Born on/after 1.1.1993
Preferred Positions: Striker, Goalkeeper, Central Defender

Required Documents:
(a) CV/Resume/Bio-Data
(b) Certificate of Birth: Issued by the Municipal Corporation and School
(c) Medical Certificate from a Registered Doctor
(d) 4 Passport Size Photographs
(e) Passport (Not Compulsory)

Required Criterion: The candidate must have previous appearances for the State or National Level age specific Teams.

Date: August 18 to 25, 2007.
North Block, Tagore House
Priyadarshini Sarani, A - Zone
Durgapur, West Bengal
Pincode: 713204

The candidates must email or fax their complete applications with the CV/Bio data before 11th August 2007.
Fax: (0343) 2602460

Candidates will have to reach Durgapur by the evening of August 17. The Academy will provide the food and lodging facilities. Traveling expenses WILL NOT be provided by the Academy.
Only those candidates, whose applications will be accepted may attend the trials!

::: PIFA children invited for BCSSA World Skills Final 2007 :::
The Bobby Charlton Soccer & Sports Academy have invited five children from the Premier India Football Academy to participate in the BCSSA World Skills Final on July 29.
Over the last one year PIFA had organized five camps in India and Manchester with the Bobby Charlton Soccer & Sports Academy. At each of these camp a skills contest was conducted for all the campers. The winners of each camp were eligible for invitation to the BCSSA Worlds Skills final.
This year the winners were Devkrsna Sagar (14) from Campion School; Amitesh Mukherjee (16) from R.N. Poddar; Sumehr Gwalani (15) from Bombay International School; David Vaz (16) from St Mary's ISC, Mumbai; and Jonathan Stephen (13) from Ryan International, Delhi will be participating in the finals.
Last year, Kean Lewis represented India and stood 6th overall in the world finals, he was latter sent to Leicester City FC for month long trial. He went on to play for PIFA Colaba Youngstar FC, Maharasthra state and Mahindra United U15 team.
Anirudh Hatttangadi was India's first finalist to attend the World final in 2004, he is currently playing in Australia.
There will be 100 other children from all over the World coming to participate in the this annual event. Scouts from various local clubs also make it a point to be there. The children will be tested in their ability to Dribble, Shoot, Control / Juggle, Pass short and Pass long. Each test has an ideal score of 200 points + time bonus points. David Beckham holds the record with 1100 points in the World skills final of 1986, a record that stands unbeaten.
In the past, winners of this contest have been absorbed into premiership youth academies. The most famous winners being David Beckham, Neil Mellor, Freddy Eastwood, Stephen Ireland.

July 23

::: IndianFootball.Com LIVE: German League Cup 2007 :::
On Saturday the German League Cup 2007's Preliminary Round Double-Header was held at the LTU-Arena in Duesseldorf between FC Schalke 04 vs Karlsruher SC and SV Werder Bremen vs FC Bayern München. IndianFootball.Com Editors-in-Chief Arunava and Chris had a chance to be there 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.

21st Punjab State Super League: Punjab Police 0-0 JCT, Phagwara - Goals: none.
Punjab Police: 33-Ramanjit Singh, 23-Sandeep Singh, 13-Hari Kishan, 17-Shiraz Hassan, 24-Gurpreet Singh, 2-Guriqbal Singh (82' 18-Gurinder Pal Singh), 20-Sumit Bali, 6-Gurpreet Kumar, 22-Harshdeep Singh (87' 8-Vijay Pal), 14-Harpreet Singh (65' 5-Amandeep Batra), 12-Harjinder Singh.
JCT: 1-Karanjit Singh, 13-Baldeep Singh Sr., 24-Gurwinder Singh, 3-Anwar, 12-Daljit Singh, 27-Baldeep Singh Jr. 28-Shivraj Singh, 16-Rakinderjit Singh(46' 8-Jaswinder Singh), 6-Baljit Sahni, 29-Gagandeep Singh (66' 9-Asim Hassan), 25-Sakatar Singh (46' 17-Parveen Kumar).
Yellow Cards: None.
Referee: Manohar Singh.
Assistant Referees: Gurpal Chand, Kulwinder Singh.
Fourth Official: Narinder Singh.

3rd Uttaranchal Cup, Delhi - Group C: Shahdara Club 0-2 Moonlight Club - Goals: 0-1,0-2 Bulbul (32',34').
Vittal Trophy 2007, Chennai - Semifinal: State Bank of India 0-2 Indian Bank - Goals: 0-1 Auxiano (43', penalty), 0-2 Karthikeyan (83').

::: Pune FC set to be launched by the Piramal Group :::
by Micky Aigner: That the once famed Morarjee Mills, Mumbai - currently known as the Ashok Piramal Group - was interested to get back in to Indian football was known, it is believed the team will be known as Pune Football Club, interestingly the city's first professional club.
In fact, it is learnt that Pune FC have gone ahead and affiliated the club with the Poona District FA, the only criteria that AIFF has put forth for all corporate clubs who apply for entry for this seasons II-Division Professional Football League.
Confirming this was PDFA who claimed "as of Saturday 21, 2007 Pune FC is an affiliate team of the association, which was well ahead of June 30 - the last date for teams' to submit their form."
Pune FC's affiliation apart from Mumbai FC (backed by Essel Group), New Delhi Heroes (Osian Group) and ONGC thus officially completes the prerequisites AIFF has laid and also ends all speculation about Ashok Piramal Group entering fray this year or next year. "It was more of a time frame that we were looking at because of the fast approaching PFL which we assumed was to kick-start in October. However with AIFF confirming the II-Division PFL is scheduled for January 2008 it gave us reason to go ahead with our plans this year itself," added the source.
While the city - unlike Mumbai - interestingly has a history of only amateur football and nothing to rave about, Pune FC - as per AIFF 'big plan' of corporatising Indian football - will be seen in action during the II-Division PFL slated in January 2008, regardless of strength or form this season. Interestingly, the PDFA begins its league in January, about the same time when the II-Div PFL is slated!
According to sources, the official launch of Pune FC - looked after by Harsh, Rajeev and Nandan Piramal under the chairmanship Ashok Piramal Group chairman Mrs Urvi Piramal - is expected to be done in the next 15 days. "As of now we have submitted a list of players as per the PDFA affiliation norms, which certainly will not be the team that would play the PFL," added the source.
While Pune FC is currently in the midst of finalizing its squad which the source explained, "will surely be in place by October... that's when we become fully operational," the latest is that they have zoomed in on their sporting director. "No names, but we've got a person on board," added the source.
Pune FC's entry into the II-Div PFL may sound exciting, probably hope for players of the 100-odd clubs, but what Piramal Group has in mind for the average football fraternity is something worth keeping a watch out for.

::: Derrick Pereira signs new three year contract :::
Mahindra United coach Derrick Pereira has signed a new three year contract with the Mumbai Jeepmen which will keep him at the club until 2010. Some good news for Mahindra United, who had lost manager Henry Menezes to newly-formed Mumbai FC plus had to face the exodus of a number of their star players.
Derrick Pereira's first job is to work to form a new team, something he is working on at the moment at the Chowgule's artificial turf in Goa, and prepare his side for the AFC Cup quarterfinal matches in September.

July 22

Friendly, Portgual: Recreio Desportivo de Águeda (3rd Division) 0-3 INDIA - Goals: 0-1 Manjit Singh (27'), 0-2,0-3 Baichung Bhutia (63',86').

21st Punjab State Super League: Mahilpur FC 2-2 Border Security Force - Goals: 0-1,0-2 Balraj Singh (2',22'), 1-2,2-2 Satwinder Singh (62',85').
MFC: 1-Balraj Singh, 16-Davinder Lal, 4-Manveer Singh (60' 17-Amarjit Yadav), 11-Manjinder Singh, 5-Rajveer Singh, 7-Surjit Singh, 14-Satwant Singh (36' 21-Deepak), 6-Amritpal Singh, 10-Satwinder Singh, 8-Virinder Kumar (77' 2-Taranpal), 9-Gurminder Singh.
BSF: 1-Deepak Hazarika, 4-Sukhpreet Singh, 5-Deepak Kumar, 2-Tapan Bhattacharya, 20-Amarjit Singh, 24-Samrat Choudhary, 10-Sukhwinder Singh (52' 25-Harjeet Singh), 18-Santosh Sethi (50' 6-Sarabjit Singh), 16-Santosh Kujur (75' 13-Yash Pal), 8-Balraj Singh, 11-Bunti Singh.
Yellow Card: Sukhpreet Singh (85', BSF).
Referee: Harvinder Pal Singh.
Assistant Referees: Kulwinder Singh, Balwinder Singh.
Fourth Official: Pawan Kumar.

Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group A: United Sikkim SC 12-0 D'Zongri Buddhist Brothers Club
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group B: Kanchenjunga FC 0-0 Arsenal

3rd Uttaranchal Cup, Delhi - Group A: Uttarakhand Club 0-0 Garhwal Diamond - Goals: none.
3rd Uttaranchal Cup, Delhi - Group D: Youngmen 5-1 Young Boys
Vittal Trophy 2007, Chennai - Semifinal: SAI, Chennai 2-2,4-2 Integral Coach Factory [penalties] - Goals: 0-1 Ashok Kumar (7'), 1-1 Muthumalai (27'), 2-1 Elamurugan (32'), 2-2 Dhadaeus (47').

Parimal Dey Benefit Match, East Bengal Ground: East Bengal Club 2-2,3-1 Chirag United SC [penalties] - Goals: 0-1 Mrinmoy Chakraborty, 0-2 Dulal Biswas, 1-2,2-2 Edmilson.
Penalties: Gurpreet Singh, Marlanki Suting, Ashim Biswas (for East Bengal); ? (Chirag United).
Red Card: Edmilson (East Bengal).

::: Mohun Bagan players escape unhurt :::
PTI report: Players of top football club Mohun Bagan escaped unhurt when the bus they were travelling in met a minor accident on National Highway 68 near Chhatna police station in Bankura district today. The bus got stuck on a low culvert over which water from the nearby Saluni dam passes, police said. The vehicle, which was travelling at low speed, was hauled up by the police with the help of local people after which it carried on with its onward journey after necessary repairs. Only the driver of the bus suffered some minor injuries, the police said.
The Mohun Bagan players were on their way to Purulia for an exhibition match against a Purulia district XI when the accident occurred.
Later on Mohun Bagan went on to win the match 1-0 through a Ishfaq Ahmed goal.

::: Kuwait Indians shocked at the loss of Soor Grounds :::
by Gasper Crasto: Kuwait Indian Football Federation called a special meeting of its affiliates to discuss plans in acquiring a new football playground for Indian footballers in view of the famous Soor Grounds being absorbed by the Kuwaiti Government.
The Soor Grounds consisting of two standard size grounds in the heart of Kuwait City have served the Indian footballing community for almost three decades. The ground is reportedly requisitioned by the Government to build an Electrical Sub-station. A fence erected around the field has engulfed more than half the two grounds making it impossible to conduct or play any more games.
The meeting held at Village Inn Restaurant, Kuwait City on Friday, July 20 was attended by top officials of Indian clubs including those that have supported football right from the initial stages. Being in the city, the Soor Grounds was a convenient place for football lovers to attend and watch the games. It also served as a meeting place to many distant friends working in Kuwait. People who went to church on Friday would pass to watch and support their teams.
Soor Ground football activities were started by expatriate community way back in 1975. As years went by, these activities gained momentum and slowly flourished as the sport became very popular among the expatriates. The games served as the only pass time in a country where there is little sports activity for expatriates (other than shopping).
Although there is at least one stadium in every area of Kuwait, Indians were left to frequent the 'desert' Soor Grounds mainly because of its 'open' access and expediency.
According to the souvenir released at the grand KIFF Nite Awards Ceremony organized by the KIFF in May 2007, it was in 1979 that a few Goan sports enthusiasts formed the United Goans Football Centre in Kuwait and the first tournament known as United Goans Football Rolling Trophy was held. The tournament was a league cum knock out tournament. The first competitive match played on Soor Grounds was between Starlites Yellow and United Goans Strikers (0-3). A total of 14 teams participated in this tournament. In the final, Goan Sporting Centre beat United Goans Strikers (2-1). The tournament was played on Soor Grounds, but the finals were moved to Ahmadi (KOC ground).
Since then, football was played regularly at the Soor Grounds except during invasion time. The KIFF established in 1984 controls all Expatriates Indians Football activities in Kuwait. In the season ending (2006/07), there were 16 registered teams under KIFF and over 300 registered players. Apart from the KIFF League, the United Goans Trophy, G.O.A Rolling Trophy, NYC Rolling Trophy, Daswin Memorial Trophy and other non-regular tournaments are annually organized by clubs affiliated to KIFF.
Over the years, many famous personalities, VIPs, Ambassadors, Ministers, MLAs, tiatrists, etc, have set foot on the famous grounds as special invitees or guests to witness the games. Prominent among them have been well-known Kuwaitis, Indian Ex-Member of Parliament Churchill Alemao, Goa Minister Dayanand Narvenkar, late Fr. Freddy Da Costa, AIFF General-Secretary Alberto Colaco, visiting Goan actors, etc.
"We have no other option but to move the games to one of the Kuwaiti stadiums," said KIFF President BM Viegas, "We are working out the economics although the stadiums are going to cost us (KIFF) heavy money. We have already approached top Kuwaiti clubs like Qadsiya, Keifan and Khaitan; and negotiations are on. Appeals are also being sent to the Indian Embassy, AIFF, and Kuwait Football Association to help in this regard."
Another stalwart of Indian Football administration, Lawry Pinto, one of the persons instrumental in first creating the Soor Grounds said, "There are die-hard footballers amongst us. It is for our Indian youth that we will work to find a solution."
Lawry Pinto, who was out of Kuwait during the KIFF NITE celebrations, where all the Ex-Presidents of KIFF and 'Legends of Soor Grounds' were honored, was presented with a plaque for his commendable services towards Indian football in Kuwait. Under his leadership as President of Rising Stars Youth Recreational Centre, from 1980 to 2005, the club reached 45 finals winning 27 championships.
Ex-President of KIFF, VK Vohra promised all his support saying, "Kuwait Indian Football Federation will continue to exist - with or without Soor Grounds. I am sure the Kuwait government will listen to our plea."
GOA Maroons President Raymond D'Sa requested everyone to join hands in this critical situation while Shyam Kumar of Kerala Challengers voiced his advise to all clubs to remain united till the start of the next football season.
With support from all circles coming up, it is evident that Indian football in Kuwait will continue functioning among the expatriate community. However, the adventures, charm, fun and friendliness of Soor Grounds will be sadly missed.

July 21

Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group A: Young Star FC 1-2 Sports Academy of Sikkim
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group B: Sikkim Police FC 3-0 Boys Club

3rd Uttaranchal Cup, Delhi - Group B: Garhwal Heroes 2-3 Gorkha Boys
3rd Uttaranchal Cup, Delhi - Group C: Simla Youngs 1-1 Moonlight Club

::: INDIA prepare fot their second match on Portugal Tour :::
After a interesting and competitive 1-1 draw against 2nd Division promotion hopefuls Odivelas FC on Thursday, INDIA will take on Recreativo Agueda at their beautiful Agueda's Estadio Municipal tomorrow, July 22 at 17:00 GMT.
The Indian Team will be welcomed by the City Mayor of Agueda and will be hosted for a dinner party after the match.
The Indian National Team presence in Portugal has attracted some media attention especially due to their coach Bob Houghton's reputation. The main reason is that Bob Houghton nearly became Benfica Lisbon coach in the 1980's when Sven-Göran Eriksson was attached to the team.
Portuguese clubs are also following the Indian Teams trip, scouting for talent among India's finest. The day might not be too far away when we will see an Indian player in the Portuguese leagues.
The mood in the squad is great and it was further lifted as the team moved to a beach front hotel at Praia da Vieira, which has been made possible by tour organised "Football & Friends".

July 20

21st Punjab State Super League: Rail Coach Factory 1-0 JCT Football Academy - Goal: 1-0 Pankaj Sura (35', penalty).
RCF: 20-Jarmanjeet Singh, 3-Gurminder Singh, 4-Harsharanjit Singh (17-Bhupinder Singh) 12-Narinder Singh, 2-Manpreet Singh 6-Amandeep Singh, 13-Sukhraj Singh, 7-Manjeet Singh (Manmohan Singh), 9-Dilbag Singh (19-Kulwinder Singh), 11-Navjot Singh, 8-Pankaj Sura.
JCT Academy: 26-Rajinder, 4-Amandeep Sr, 3-Sarabjit Singh, 2-Chandandeep Singh, 5-Surjit Singh, 16-Gursewak Singh (15-Dilshad Ahmed), 8-Jagpreet Singh, 7-Amandeep Jr (75' 19-H Lalnunzira), 6-Amandeep Bains, 10-Lahlimathara Mahlima (59' 14-Lalchhuanmawa), 9-Balwant Singh.
Yellow Card: Surjit Singh (35', JCT Academy).
Referee: Manohar Singh.
Assistant Referees: Gurpal Chand, Narinder Singh.
Fourth Official: Sandeep Singh.

3rd Uttaranchal Cup, Delhi - Group A: Indian Air Force, New Delhi 4-0 Uttarakhand Club - Goals: 1-0 Paneru (2'), 2-0,3-0 Edwin (20',31'), 4-0 GS Sandhu (56').
3rd Uttaranchal Cup, Delhi - Group D: Uttaranchal Heroes 5-1 Young Boys
Vittal Trophy 2007, Chennai - Quarterfinal: Indian Bank 3-0 Chennai Soccer FC - Goals: 1-0,3-0 Ramesh (17',90'), 2-0 Shantha Kumar (36').

::: AIFF Executive Committee meeting today:::
The AIFF Executive Committee met in the afternoon at the conference room of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in New Delhi. Numerous issues were discussed with the main focus being the upcoming launch of the Pro League.
The AIFF Executive Committee approved the dates of the first Professional League from September 30, 2007 and advised the General Secretary to prepare a schedule and circulate the same to the clubs by August 10.
It was decided that the AIFF should enter an agreement with State Associations and Stadium Authorities concerned regarding availability of venues for the matches of Professional League.
It was also decided that special steps be taken to popularize Professional League by close interaction with participating clubs and local communities by organising workshops and seminars in preparation for the launch of the league which had been planned. These would be conducted with the help of FIFA and the AFC.
The AIFF also approved the format of the 2.Division Professional Football League and approved direct entry of corporate clubs provided they are first affiliated to respective State FAs and meet the Club licensing criteria. Other clubs who apply for entry in the 2.Division NFL will also have to meet these criteria. However, the two clubs demoted from the 11th National League 2006/07 and the four clubs that stood 3rd to 6th in the final phase of the 2.Division NFL in the last season will be admitted directly into the 2.Division Professional League.
The Sub-Junior National Football Championship would be held in Uttarakhand from September 15 to October 15, 2007.
The Senior National Football Championship for Women has been allotted to the IFA (West Bengal).
The AIFF General Secretary has been asked to talk to concerned State Governments of Assam, Punjab, Orissa and Kerala to decide on the venue of next Federation Cup.

::: Savio Messias is re-elected as GFA Secretary:::
by Zena Costa: The fact that Passion, and a never-say-die hard slog emerges victor above Mafia, Politics and Pedigree in the election of Savio Messias to his second term as secretary GFA, is a triumph and a well deserved one. Not only for Messias, but for Goan football and for all matters sporting. The fact that he was voted in unanimously by the panel of 16 who got their place thanks to votes from the nurseries of our football - village clubs, makes it a victory the football fraternity ought to attach importance to.
Speaking to this writer, above the din of what sounded like merriment Messias took a minute off to remark, "I want to build upon and consolidate the areas in which I have laid the base in the last four years."
Messias' first term as secretary, has been a time of sweeping changes; daunting obstacles and plenty of hurdles and impediments courtesy the AIFF. To his credit, Messias has taken all blows firmly on chin, rising to each new challenge. More of a Hands-on-Worker than 'Thinker'; he has effectively converted ideas and ideals into policies appropriate to Goan football... with deep focus on youth development. And it is a matter of pride for every Goan that our tiny state is today, the number one state in the country. A success story the fine panel of 16 is competent of taking Goan football to further heights. Messias who was a lone worker until a few days ago can now rely on a well balanced team.
In a press release, prior to ballot vote Sporting Clube de Goa's Peter Vaz who was in the present day named Vice-President accurately summed up then outgoing GFA secretary as the most dynamic secretary the GFA has ever had. "Messias not only managed day to day affairs by devoting all his time, but was also instrumental in securing commercial sponsorships for the long neglected lower divisions and age group tournaments. Most importantly, with his constant efforts, he achieved the distinction of securing additional land allocation from the Goa Government for the GFA stadium at Duler, an issue that was pending during the tenure of the three previous committees," said Vaz.
Whilst the committee with the likes of the 'GFA's Conscience' José Antonio Botelho; is any secretary's dream. The office bearers following electing of President Joaquin Alemao are a fine lot.
Elected Unanimously this day: Savio Messias (Secretary), John Dias (Treasurer), Jaju Fernandes (Assistant Secretary),
Vice-Presidents: Peter Vaz, Elvis Gomes, Sanjeev Nagvenkar, Vinod Parkott.
Co-opted: Dr. Susanna de Sousa, Anthony John D'Costa, Lector Mascarenhas.

::: Goa season to kickoff on July 28 :::
The 2007/08 season in Goa will kickoff on July 28 with the GFA Charity match between Goa Pro League champions Sporting Clube de Goa and runners-up Churchill Brothers SC. While the Goa Pro League will kickoff on August 1. The early start into the season has been forced on the GFA with the Indian Pro League set to be launched on September 30.

July 19

Friendly, Portgual: Odivelas FC (2nd Division) 1-1 INDIA - Goals: 1-0 ?, 1-1 Abhishek Yadav.

21st Punjab State Super League: Punjab Police 4-0 Mahilpur FC - Goals: 1-0,3-0,4-0 Harpreet Singh (20',44',82'), 2-0 Harjinder Singh (25').
Punjab Police: 33-Ramanjit Singh, 23-Sandeep Singh, 13-Hari Kishan, 17-Shiraz Hassan, 21-Gurjit Singh, 2-Guriqbal Singh (79' 18-Gurinder Pal Singh), 20-Sumit Bali, 6-Gurpreet Kumar (24-Gurpreet Singh) 22-Harshdeep Singh, 14-Harpreet Singh, 12-Harjinder Singh (52' 3-Sarabjit Singh).
MFC: 33-Gurmeet Singh, 11-Manjinder Singh 13-Sukhjinder Singh (40' 5-Rajveer Singh), 4-Manveer Singh 12-Major Singh, 23-Amrinder Singh, 9-Gurwinder Singh, 8-Shivinder Singh (62' 19-Gurpreet Singh), 10-Satwinder Singh, 25-Daljinder Singh, 17-Amarjit Yadav (2-Sarabjit Singh).
Yellow Cards: Sumit Bali (45', Punjab Police); Rajveer Singh (79', Mahilpur FC).
Referee: Balwinder Singh.
Assistant Referees: Harvinder Pal Singh, Kulwinder Singh.
Fourth Official: Pawan Kumar.

3rd Uttaranchal Cup, Delhi - Group B: Gorkha Boys 2-0 Paschim Heroes - Goals: 1-0 Lalit Rawat (7'), 2-0 Chandan (30').
3rd Uttaranchal Cup, Delhi - Group C: Simla Youngs 1-1 Shahdara Club - Goals: 1-0 SH Abhoy (5'), 1-1 Surinder Singh Bisht (54').
Vittal Trophy 2007, Chennai - Pre-Quarterfinal: Chennai Soccer FC 1-0 Tiruchi DFA - Goal: 1-0 Bharathi Raja (22').

::: Calcutta Premier League fixtures out :::
The IFA yesterday released the fixtures for the Calcutta Premier League 2007. The league would kick-off in a weeks time on July 26 with Calcutta Port Trust vs George Telegraph SC and Eastern Railway SC vs Peerless SC. The Maidan big three enter the league competition in the following days. Defending champions East Bengal Club face Calcutta Port Trust in their opener on July 30; Mohammedan Sporting Club take on promoted Peerless SC on July 31; while Mohun Bagan AC have a match against George Telegraph SC on August 1.
For the complete fixtures go to Calcutta Premier League 2007 page .

::: Mahindra United to play friendlies in Trivandrum :::
As preparation for their AFC Cup quarterfinal tie against Lebanese side Nijmeh, Mumbai's Mahindra United will be in Thiruvananthapuram next week to play State Bank of Travancore on July 25 and on July 27 a Trivandrum XI comprising of Kerala State Electricity Board and Titanium XI players. Both the matches will be played at the Chandrashekar Nair Stadium in Trivandrum.
Thereafter Mahindra United are set to head for Goa to train at the Chowgule College's artificial turf ground.

::: Punjab State Super League Sponsor "Sh.Shiv Lal Pabbi from Holland" :::
The Punjab FA has received sponsorship for the ongoing 21st Punjab State Super League. Shiv Lal Pabbi, who hails from Phagwara in Punjab, and is now settled in the Netherlands has come forward to sponsor the league for the current season.
Hence from now on the Super League will be called as "21st Punjab State Super Football League 2007/08 (Sponsored by Sh.Shiv Lal Pabbi)".

July 18

21st Punjab State Super League: JCT, Phagwara 1-1 PSEB, Horshiarpur - Goals: 0-1 Sarabjit Singh (53'), 1-1 Parveen Kumar (67').
JCT: 1-Karanjit Singh, 13-Baldeep Singh Sr, 3-Anwar Ali, 24-Gurwinder Singh, 2-Jaspal Singh, 27-Baldeep Singh Jr, 16-Rakinderjit Singh, 28-Shivraj Singh (46' 6-Baljit Sahni), 19-Yadwinder Singh (47' 8-Jaswinder Singh), 17-Parveen Kumar (74' 9-Asim Hassan), 25-Sakatar Singh.
PSEB: 22-Bhupinder Singh, 11-Harninder Singh, 23-Sandeep Sangha, 5-Rahul, 15-Sukhvir Singh, 7-Sandeep Singh 30-Sunil Kumar, 6-Sarabjit Singh, 16-Kuldeep Singh Jr, 24-Gurpreet Singh (9-Rohit), 14-Amarjit Singh.
Yellow Card: Kuldeep Singh Jr (44', PSEB).
Referee: Narinder Singh.
Assistant Referees: Manohar Singh, Kulwinder Singh.
Fourth Official: Gurpal Chand.

Guwahati Super Division: Sunrise Club - Jewel Star Club = league indefinitely suspended
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group A: Young Star FC 3-1 D'Zongri Club
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group B: SAI, Namchi - Sikkim Police FC = postponed due to heavy rains

3rd Uttaranchal Cup, Delhi - Group A: Indian Air Force, New Delhi 6-0 Garhwal Diamond - Goals: 1-0,6-0 GS Sandhu (16',45'), 2-0,3-0,4-0,5-0 Edwin (27',33',35',39').
3rd Uttaranchal Cup, Delhi - Group D: Youngmen 0-0 Uttaranchal Heroes - Goals: none.
Vittal Trophy 2007, Chennai - Quarterfinal: Madras Sporting Union 0-1 State Bank of India - Goal: 0-1 Sabeeth (22').

::: INDIA drop a place to 162nd in latest FIFA Rankings :::
In the latest FIFA Rankings released by the world football governing body today INDIA dropped a place to 162nd amongst 208 ranked nations. In Asia INDIA also dropped a place to 32nd amongst 46th ranked Asian nations.

::: India to play four matches on Portugal Tour :::
After having held discussions with Indian national coach Bob Houghton the Tour organisers "Football & Friends" have put together four friendly matches for our Indian national team in Portugal to get maximum exposure ahead of the ONGC Nehru Cup. India would face two second division and two third division clubs while in Portugal.
India National Team Portugal tour will be composed by the following games:
July 19: Odivelas FC (2nd Division) - INDIA
July 22: Recreativo Agueda (3rd Division) - INDIA
July 26: AC Marinhense (3rd Division) - INDIA
July 28: Estoril Praia (2nd Division) - INDIA

The national team today held their fifth training session ahead of tomorrow's game in Odivelas, in the outskirts of the Portuguese capital Lisbon. The weather in southwestern Europe is perfect at the moment, the facilities are excellent and the atmosphere surrounding the team is very positive.
In the meantime, the SL Benfica Lisbon's president Luís Filipe Vieira has invited our Team India to visit the magnificient Estadio da Luz (Stadium of Light) next week. This is the home of the mythical Portuguese powerhouse, which had hosted the EURO2004 finals, and recently home to the "New 7 Wonders of the World" event, co-hosted by Bipasha Basu that has revealed the Taj Mahal as one of the world's New 7 Wonders.
Nuno Mousinho-Esteves of "Football & Friends" told IndianFootball.Com, "The Indian National Teams visit to Portugal is just the second step taken by Football & Friends for a lasting partnership between the official football institutions of both countries."
Last November "Football & Friends" had presented the "Football Marketing & Youth Developments" conference in Panjim, Goa.

::: Guwahati Super Division indefinitely suspended :::
The Guwahati Sports Association has decided to indefinitely suspend the ongoing Guwahati Super Division due to numerous reasons. A major problem is that numerous teams have been playing players, who have not been cleared in the Inter-State Transfers. Their "no objection certificate" was missing.
Further there is currently a shortage of quality referee's, which is an issue already raised by the clubs. The league is likely to restart in early August.

::: Sports policy in Nagaland needs change - Roko :::
by Xavier Rutsa: Roko Angami, president Naga Boys Club, Kohima and AFC 'C' License holder today rued the football standards in the state and articulated the state lacked professionalism in the game of football.
Speaking to this correspondent Roko, who also had appeared the AFC 'B' License holder last year said to become a professional footballer, we have to move outside of Nagaland and play for bigger clubs, adding the Nagas have got tremendous potentialities and talent and we needed exposure.
"In Nagaland we don't have a league system, big tournaments, how can we play football to sustain our livelihood," he asked, a former Indian international player.
Roko also cited the example when a Naga footballer from the state makes it to Indian team for any international tournament or championships, say in a list of 18 to 20 players, it's like wining a gold medal, he added and urged the state government and sports administrators to have a rethink in their state sports policy, while giving cash awards and incentives to outstanding sports personalities. Further he went to say playing as a team or group is totally different from any individual game.

July 17

21st Punjab State Super League: Border Security Force 0-1 Rail Coach Factory - Goal: 0-1 Pankaj Sura (50').
BSF: 21-Machhinder Singh, 20-Amarjit Singh, 5-Deepak Kumar, 2-Tapan Bhattacharya, 17-PB Ekka, 6-Sarabjit Singh, 7-PH Boy Singh, 27-Harjeet Singh, 19-Sandeep Kumar (58' 30-Navtej Singh), 9-Kamal Kishore (30' 31-Balraj Singh) 16-Santosh Kujur (63' 25-Banti Singh).
RCF: 20-Jarmanjeet Singh, 3-Gurminder Singh, 4-Harsharanjit Singh, 12-Narinder Singh, 2-Manpreet Singh, 6-Amandeep Singh, 13-Sukhraj Singh, 9-Dilbag Singh, 7-Manjeet Singh, 11-Navjot Singh, 8-Pankaj Sura.
Yellow Cards: None
Referee: Balwinder Singh.
Assistant Referees: Harvinder Pal Singh, Sandeep Singh.
Fourth Official: Pawan Kumar.

Guwahati Super Division: Assam Dynamo Club 1-1 NF Railway SC - Goals: 0-1 Kushal Rajkonwar (2'), 1-1 Olan Rewaju Musiau Adebaye (88').

3rd Uttaranchal Cup, Delhi - Group B: Garhwal Heroes 6-0 Paschim Heroes - Goals: 1-0,2-0,3-0,5-0 Abhishek (12',14',28',65'), 4-0 Vikram Bhandari (55'), 6-0 Dharmender Kharola (67').
Vittal Trophy 2007, Chennai - Pre-Quarterfinal: State Bank of India 5-1 Nilgiris DFA - Goals: 0-1 V Nandakumar (16'), 1-1 Parthiban (23'), 2-1 Sathish (27'), 3-1 CS Sabeeth (41'), 4-1 Kavi Bharath (78'), 5-1 C Sudhakar (86').

::: Nayeemuddin new Bangladesh coach :::
Former Indian national coach Syed Nayeemuddin has been appointed national coach of our neighbours Bangladesh until the end of this calendar year. Nayeemuddin signed a five month contract with the Bangladesh FF from August to December 2007 with a monthly salary of 100,000 Bangladeshi Taka. His first asignment could be the ONGC Nehru Cup next month in New Delhi, the city where he had last coached India on March 1, 2006 in their 0-3 defeat against Yemen.

::: Three footballers from Nagaland to play in various clubs :::
by Xavier Rutsa: Three Naga footballers - William Koso, Vikuzo (Azo) Zhotso and Visakholie were selected by various Indian clubs to play the upcoming season in their respective states football leagues.
William Koso, aged 25, goalkeeper will play for Nine Bullets, Tripura, Vikuzo (Azo) Zhotso, aged 25 has signed up with Indian Bank, Chennai and Visakholie, aged 25 is currently for Laitumkhrah FC, Shillong.
Seasoned goalkeeper William Koso has represented the state three times in the Santosh Trophy and represented the state at various national championships, signed for Nine Bullets, Tripura for three months to play in the Tripura Football League. William is currently on loan at Nine Bullets from Assam State Electricity Board. Last year he played for Yaiskhul Club in the Manipur league that too on loan from ASEB. He also for a short sting played for the Churchill Brothers Juniors in the 2006/07 season.
Diminutive midfielder Vikuzo (Azo) Zhotso, had flown down to Chennai to meet his new team and bosses on June 20 and signed up with Indian Bank for this season. He inked the dotted line in presence of team manger Dr. Ashok Kumar in Chennai. Vikuzo on earlier occasion has played for SAI, Dimapur in 1999-2003; Bloodmouth Tripura in 2003/04; and SAI, Guwahati in 2004-07. He also won the player of the tournament in the recently concluded Youth Soccer championships where he played for winner Penguin Club. Asked how he got to Indian Bank, Azo said it was through personal contacts with his friend William Koso, who introduced him to a senior player at Indian Bank, who asked Azo to appear for the trials on June 3 and eventually got selected.
Both players have assured to give their best while playing for their respective teams.
Meanwhile the third player Visakholie is currently playing for Laitumkhrah FC in Shillong, Meghalaya. All the players have also played for Naga Boys Club, Kohima for many tournaments in Nagaland.
Meanwhile Roko Angami, president Naga Boys Club, Kohima and AFC 'C' License holder expressed happiness that the his players are being selected to play in different clubs across the country and called upon the players to have strict discipline, dedication and be sincere while playing for their respective clubs.

July 16

21st Punjab State Super League: JCT Football Academy 5-1 Mahilpur FC - Goals: 0-1 Satwinder Singh, 1-1 Lahlimathara Mahlima (44'), 2-1,4-1 Amandeep Jr (45',82'), 3-1 Amandeep Sr (70'), 5-1 H Lalnunzira (87').
JCT Academy: 26-Rajinder, 4-Amandeep Sr, 3-Sarabjit Singh, 2-Chandandeep Singh, 5-Surjit Singh, 16-Gursewak Singh, 8-Jagpreet Singh, 7-Amandeep Jr, 6-Amandeep Bains (75' 19-H.Lalnunzira), 10-Lahlimathara Mahlima (59' 14-Lalchhuanmawa), 9-Balwant Singh (11-Baljit Singh 83').
Mahilpur FC: 1-Balraj Singh, 2-Gurdeep Singh, 16-Davinder Lal (34' 14-Satwant Singh), 3-Vipan Kumar, 4-Manveer, 13-Vijay Kumar, 7-Surjit Singh (23' 19-Varinder Singh), 20-Amrit Pal Singh, 10-Satwinder Singh (34' 25 Daljinder Singh), 9-Gurwinder Singh, 11-Timresh Sharma (59' 5-Rajveer Singh).
Yellow Cards: none.
Referee: Harvinder Pal Singh.
Assistant Referees: Balwinder Singh, Sandeep Singh.
Fourth Official: Pawan Kumar.

Guwahati Super Division: Assam Police Blues 0-1 SAI SC, Guwahati - Goal: 0-1 Atul Basumatary (40').

Vittal Trophy 2007, Chennai - Quarterfinal: Integral Coach Factory 3-2 AGORC, Chennai - Goals: 1-0,3-2 Ashok Kumar (12',60'), 1-1 Muthu (28'), 1-2 Raghupathy (40'), 2-2 Jagan Jr (49').

July 15

21st Punjab State Super League: PSEB, Horshiarpur 1-2 Punjab Police - Goals: 1-0 Gurpreet Singh (5'), 1-1,1-2 Harpreet Singh (8',16').
PSEB: 22-Bhupinder Singh, 11-Harninder Singh, 4-Amritpal Singh ,5-Rahul, 15-Sukhvir Singh, 7-Sandeep Singh (8-Rohit) 20-Sunil Kumar (3-Sandeep Singh Sangha), 6-Sarabjit Singh, 16-Kuldip Singh, 24-Gurpreet Singh, 14-Amarjit Singh
Punjab Police: 33-Ramanjit Singh, 13-Hari Kishan, 17-Shiraz Hassan, 21-Gurjeet Singh, 23-Sandeep Singh, 20-Sumit Bali, 22-Harshdeep Singh (3-Sarabjeet Singh), 6-Gurpreet Kumar, 2-Guriqbal Singh (24-Gurpreet Singh-Sr), 14-Harpreet Singh (18-Gurinderpal Singh), 12-Harjinder Singh.
Yellow Cards: Rohit (85', PSEB); Shiraz Hassan (57'), Harjinder Singh (60', Punjab Police).
Referee:Manohar Singh.
Assistant Referees: Kulwinder Singh, Gurpal Chand.
Fourth Official: Narinder Singh.

Guwahati Super Division: Jewel Star Club 0-1 Assam State Electricity Board - Goal: 0-1 Suresh Das (48').
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group A: D'Zongri Club 1-3 D'Zongri Buddhist Brothers Club
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group B: Siniolchu, Namchi 5-3 Boys Club

Vittal Trophy 2007, Chennai - Pre-Quarterfinal: AGORC, Chennai 5-1 Dindigul DFA - Goals: 1-0,5-0 Selvakumar (14',68'), 2-0,3-0 Muthu (25',52'), 4-0 Justus Antony (67'), 5-1 Charles (86', penalty).

::: Joaquim Alemao new Goa FA president :::
Elections for the Executive Committee were held today at the Goa FA's AGM with Joaquim Alemao becoming the new GFA president taking over from Shivanand Salgaocar. For Joaquim Alemao it is the second term as GFA president.
In the presidential elections Alemao defeated his rival Dr. Rufino Monteiro by 76 votes (103 against 27) with 6 votes being declared invalid.
A lot had been said and written about the elections with a fierce contest for control, but in the end one can say that football was the winner as the 137 of the 138 registered clubs present voted in the best interest of the game.
In total 31 persons contested for the 16 seats in the GFA Executive Committee and the following were elected: Jayprakash Poulekar, Francis Fernandes, Sandeep Jacques, Lavinio Rebello (all Bardez), Vinod Parkot, Lawrence Gomes, Lovino Gomes, Savio Messias (all Mormugao), Shrinivas V Dempo, Peter Vaz, Anju Albuquerque, Antonio Botelho (all Ilhas), John Dias, Anthony Pango, Elvis Gomes, Jaju Fernandes (all Salcete).
Amongst those not elected into the Executive Committee were Schubert Furtado, Sanjiv Nagvenkar, Joy Silva, Gajanan Kerkar, Prakash Naik, Tony Remedious.

::: Bangalore Super Division 2006 to finish in August 2007 :::
The Bangalore District FA will finish the 2006 edition of the Bangalore Super Division between August 1 to 11, 2007. The matches had to be postponed due to the participation of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC in the 11th National League.
The league will restart with a match between HAL and Postal Department on August 1 at the Bangalore Football Stadium.

::: Providence FC wins Plate final at Kanga Cup in Australia :::
UNI report: Providence FC, Baroda, emerged winners in the under-15 Plate competition of the Kanga Cup international youth tournament, beating Marist College 7-4 via tie-breaker in Canberra. The two teams were tied 3-3 and then 4-4 after regulation and extra times but Providence won the penalty shootout 3-0.
The Baroda team competed for the Plate competition after finishing fourth in Pool A of the main tournament which had 15 teams from across the globe, divided into three groups of five. Two top teams from each group and two best third had progressed to Cup competition while the remaining teams played for Plate competition. Providence FC was the first Asian team selected for fellowship to participate in the tournament, which started on July 8.
Kanga Cup is Australia's biggest and oldest youth football tournament.

July 14

Guwahati Super Division: Assam Dynamo Club 2-3 FCI, Guwahati - Goals: 0-1 Bhaskar Jyoti Borah (17'), 0-2 Kubal Rabha (30'), 0-3 Thomson Langthasa (52'), 1-3,2-3 R Roman (63',69').
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group A: Young Star FC 2-2 United Sikkim Sporting Club
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group B: Sikkim Police FC 5-2 Arsenal

"Celebration" Trades Cup 2007 - Final: Chirag United SC 3-1 Eastern Railway SC - Goals: 1-0 Ashim Das, 2-0 Shankar Oraon, 3-0 Theodore Sunday Wrobeh, 3-1 Rajib Ekka.

::: Three States interested to host 29th Federation Cup :::
The 29th Federation Cup which will be hosted in September 2007 ahead of the launch of the first Pro League, but the decision which state is going to host the event will be taken on July 20 at the AIFF's Executive Committee meeting.
The Assam FA has applied to host the event in Guwahati, while the Punjab FA would like to organise the event in Ludhiana. The third contestant could be Goa, which will be clear after tomorrow's Goa FA elections.

::: Malabar United FC's logo & jersey design contest :::
Kerala's new professional club Malabar United FC is set to be formally launched towards the end of this month, but in a bid to spread its message beyond Kerala and across India the club has decided to organise a design contest for the club's logo and jersey colours and the winner of the contest can take home cash prizes. The only critiria that the logo should fulfill is that it should have something to do with Kerala and football.
The interested participants can send their suggestions in a CD to Das MR, Malabar United FC Secretary at his address:
Sreevalsam, Muttathil Lane, Kadavanthra, Kochi 682020.
Phone:0484 2206020, Mobile: 99460 63999.
The suggestions should reach Das MR by July 25, 2007.

July 13

Guwahati Super Division: Assam Dynamo Club - FCI, Guwahati = match postponed due to heavy rains

::: Team India has arrived in Portugal :::
The Indian national football team has safely arrived in Portgual after leaving New Delhi in the early hours of the day.
Also the schedule of the exposure tour is also now set with only the opponent for the final game on July 29 set to finalised.
The first week would be kept for training until July 21 with the first match set for Sunday, July 22 against 3rd Division side Recreio Desportivo de Águeda. This would be followed by a midweek fixture against Atlético Clube Marinhense on Thursday, July 26. The final game would be played on July 29 most likely against a Portuguese Primera Division club. The opponent for the game would be decided by the weekend in consultations between tour organisers "Football&Friends" and chief coach Bob Houghton. "Football&Friends" are hoping to have the final game on July 29 telecast live to India.
INDIA: Goalkeepers: Sandip Nandy (Mahindra United), Subhashish Roy Choudhury (Mahindra United), Subrata Pal (East Bengal); Defenders: Mahesh Gawli (Dempo SC), Samir Naik (Dempo SC), Nanjangud Shivnanju Manju (Mahindra United), Irungbam Surkumar Singh (East Bengal), Syed Rahim Nabi (East Bengal), Debabrata Roy (East Bengal), Deepak Kumar Mondal (Mohun Bagan); Midfielders: Climax Lawrence (Dempo SC), Clifford Miranda (Dempo SC), P Renedy Singh (JCT), Steven Dias (Mahindra United), Krishnan Nair Ajayan (Mahindra United), Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep (Mahindra United), Mehraj din Wadoo (East Bengal), Bungo Thokchom Singh, Moirangthem Gouramangi Singh; Forwards: Baichung Bhutia (Mohun Bagan, Captain), Anthony Pereira (Dempo SC), Sunil Chetri (JCT), Manjit Singh (Mahindra United), Abhishek Yadav (Mumbai FC), Tarif Ahmed.
Officials: Robert Douglas Houghton (Chief Coach), Stanley Rozario (Assistant Coach), Antonio Marcus Pacheco (Goalkeeper Coach), Dr. Badri Nath (Physio), Suresh Babu (Physical Trainer), Pradip Chowdhary (Manager).

::: Nike India gives an Indian teenager the chance to face FC Barcelona Juniors :::
Nike India yesterday launched its website which is targetted at the football fans plus footballers in India.
Coinciding with the launch of the website Nike launched its campaign "Where's the next" where an Indian teenager along with 10 others from Asia would get a chance to play the juniors of famed Spanish club FC Barcelona.
Nike India will run the initiative from July 15 to July 31 for teenagers in the age group of 15 to 17 years. A participant is required to post a one-minute video displaying his/her best football skills on, along with his/her name and personal details.
The top 10 footballers from India, shortlisted on the basis of these videos will be taken to Delhi, courtesy Nike, to attend the grand final.
India captain Baichung Bhutia will select one aspiring footballer who will comprise the winning 11 from Asia. This team will also get to play against the FC Barcelona youth team, besides getting an opportunity to watch the FC Barcelona Senior team in action.
"For the many football teens waiting for a break, this is an incredible opportunity. I am glad that Nike is fuelling the passion and enthusiasm for football in our country through such events, be it 'Where's the next' or the annual Manchester United Premier Cup tournament", said Bhutia.
"FC Barcelona is among the top three most popular football clubs in Asia. Nike sees this as an opportunity to feed the passion for football and to provide a premium experience for some of the most talented football obsessed teens in the country", said Sanjay Gangopadhyay, Nike India's Marketing Director.
He added, "It is our belief that such forums will provide aspiring footballers with the much needed exposure to be recognized."

::: Ryan International students to represent India at the international Gothia Cup and Dana Cup in Europe :::
As the first Indian educational institution the Ryan International Schools are sending two age goup teams to participate in two International Footbal Tournaments in Europe.
32 young football players from Ryan International, a group of premier academic institutions, committed to the all round development of their students, have been selected to participate in the prestigious and coveted Gothia Cup in Sweden and Dana Cup in Denmark tournaments between July 15 and July 28, 2007. The players who will represent India in the 13 and 16 years age group, will leave for their tournaments tomorrow.
Madam Grace Pinto, Managing Director of Ryan Group of Schools said: "I am sure these talented future champions who have already made their mark in the Subroto Cup in India will gain invaluable international exposure by playing and watching some of the world's best football teams from Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, and England which I see is as a wonderful opportunity to hone their talents and make them international class players."
Remmy Fernandes and Sunil Pujari, coaches at Ryan International not only trained these promising students rigourously themselves, but also took special efforts to get them trained from coaches of the prestigious AC Milan, the current UEFA Champions League champions.
1580 teams from 72 nations will be participating in the Swedish Gothia cup, while 848 teams from 60 nations will be participating in the Dana Cup which is Denmark's largest sporting event and the worlds third largest youth Football Tournament. Over the last 25 years more than half a million participants from 100 nations have participated in this tournament.

July 12

Guwahati Super Division: NF Railway SC 2-1 Sunrise Club - Goals: 1-0 Kushal Rajkonwar (4'), 2-0 L Tiken Singh (19'), 2-1 Lipak Sashi Jamir (54').

"Celebration" Trades Cup 2007 - Semifinal: Howrah Union 2-3 Chirag United SC - Goals: Sanjay Das, Biswajit Meur; Theodore Sunday Wrobeh, Lalmalswama Hmar, Shankar Oraon.
"Celebration" Trades Cup 2007 - Semifinal: Mohammedan AC 0-1 Eastern Railway SC - Goal: 0-1 Samrat Roy Chowdhuri.

Vittal Trophy 2007, Chennai - Quarterfinal: Netaji SC 0-0,4-5 SAI, Chennai [penalties] - Goals: none.

::: Team India leave for Portugal tonight :::
IANS report: As they get ready to board the flight for Portugal for a training-cum-playing stint, the Indian football team has little clue about the details, including the teams they are to confront in practice matches, of the near three-week sojourn.
The 25 national probables, guided by head coach Bob Houghton and his support staff, leave for Lisbon in the early hours of Friday, but their opposition for the four games they are scheduled to play in the Iberian peninsula is yet to be decided.
"All I know is that we are leaving for Portugal at 12:55 am on July 13. Nothing else is confirmed yet," team manager Pradip Chaudhury said here while the probables sweated it out in their penultimate training session at the Chaudhary Devi Lal Sports Complex.
Defender Sanjeev Maria, who was diagnosed with a knee injury, and goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharja, who underwent a shoulder surgery on Thursday and would be out of action for a few weeks, miss out on the trip.
The preparatory trip to Europe was confirmed more than a month ago, but the AIFF is still trying to fix the dates, venues and opposition for the practice matches. AIFF has apparently left it to Houghton to organise the matches and the Portuguese Federation has been trying to get in touch with the Englishman to fix the schedule. But with the coach conducting the national camp in Gurgaon, it has not always been possible for the discussions to take place.
The team is expected to play at least one match against a team from the Portuguese top division while the other games will be against teams from the lower leagues.
"Whoever we face, it would be a tough assignment for us as it is early in our season and the players have just returned from a four-week break. Moreover, European sides are always strong," Houghton said.
Star striker Baichung Bhutia said the players were not going to Portugal with any fixed targets.
"It is a preparatory stint and all we want is to play well and be competitive," the Mohun Bagan player said.
Another key player, Renedy Singh, also emphasised the importance of the tour.
"We have lot of international games in the coming season and we need to start well," the star midfielder said.
One of the key aims for the season would be to lift India's FIFA rankings, which now stands at 161. Bhutia feels it was a reflection on how few internationals India played last season.
"If our cricket team does not play any games for a year, what would happen to their ranking," the Sikkimese striker asks rhetorically.
The trip to Portugal is being funded by the AIFF by its own resources and the downgrading of the sport in the government pecking order has only had a minor impact, a senior Federation official told.
"The government used to pay for only the air fare. Moreover, the lodging, food and other incidental expenses in Portugal will be borne by the hosts," AIFF Technical Director Shaji Prabhakaran said.
Meanwhile, the players and the coach have expressed satisfaction at the fortnight-long camp in the capital's satellite city and said it should help them in the hectic schedule ahead.
"We don't get so much time during the season so it is important to have such a pre-season camp. The overseas trip will help promote team spirit," Houghton said.
Bhutia said "as the players were coming from different clubs, the camp would help in getting them on the same page tactically."
"Every coach has his own theories and ideas and it is important that the players understand them and their own roles in the team," East Bengal's Mehraj din Wadoo said.
Renedy had the final word when he said "attending camps under a coach like Houghton is enjoyable as he brings different training methods to challenge the players. We also benefit from his vast international experience."

July 11

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

Vittal Trophy 2007, Chennai - Pre-Quarterfinal: SAI, Chennai 2-0 Thiruvallur DFA - Goals: 1-0 Elamurugan (72'), 2-0 Rajesh Kannan (88').

::: Probables dates for Pro League :::
The National Football League, which is set to become a Professional League this season and will most likely get a new name is also set to get an organised schedule of matches with games mainly planned for the weekends like in leagues across the globe. The probables schedule is now with the state FA's and the participating clubs to deliberate on it. The aim of the schedule is to let everyone know well in advance about their fixtures and ensure better media coverage plus enable more fans to plan to attend matches and watch the games live of TV.
IndianFootball.Com has been able to obtain the probables schedule which the AIFF has worked out with it's TV and marketing partner Zee Sports:
Round 1: September 30, October 1,2,3; 2007
Round 2: October 6,7,8; 2007
Round 3: October 13,14; 2007
Round 4: October 18,19,20; 2007
Round 5: October 25,26,27; 2007
Round 6: November 2,3,4; 2007
Round 7: November 9,10,11; 2007
Round 8: November 16,17,18; 2007
Round 9: November 21,22; 2007
Round 10: November 24,25,26; 2007
Round 11: November 28,29,30; 2007
Round 12: January 4,5,6; 2008
Round 13: January 11,12,13; 2008
Round 14: January 18,19,20; 2008
Round 15: February 8,9,10; 2008
Round 16: February 12,13,14; 2008
Round 17: February 16,17,18; 2008
Round 18: February 22,23,24; 2008

::: PIO Michael Chopra joins Permiership side Sunderland :::
Former England Junior international Michael Chopra has left Championship side Cardiff City to join promoted Premier League outfit Sunderland in a £5million move.
Chopra moves back to the Northeast of England to the archrivals of his former club Newcastle United. He had come through the youth system at Newcastle United and had loan spells at Watford, Nottingham Forest and Barnsley before moving away last summer for a £500,000 fee.
Chopra has had an impressive inaugural season with Cardiff City in the English Championship top scoring 22 goals in 42 matches. He had scored both of Cardiff's goals in their 2-1 win away to Sunderland in October 2006.
For Sunderland manager Roy Keane, the former Manchester United star midfielder, Chopra is a healthy addition in their fight to stay in the Premier League. For Chopra Sunderland is a chance to prove himself in the Premier League after having shown that he is a top class striker in the Championship.
Earlier reports had suggested that Manchester City and Everton were interested in signing Chopra, but never made any offers to Cardiff City.

July 10

Guwahati Super Division: SAI SC, Guwahati 0-0 Assam Dynamo Club - Goals: none.

::: Match schedule for the Portugal trip is still not final :::
IndianFootball.Com has been told by the Portugal Tour organisers "Football & Friends" that the final match schedule for the trip of the Indian nationa team isn't ready yet as they are waiting for the final feedback from Indian national coach Bob Houghton. The plans are set to be finalised the next couple of days.
India will be in Portugal from July 13 to 31 and is likely to play three to four friendly matches during their trip.
Nuno Mousinho-Esteves of "Football & Friends" told IndianFootball.Com, "We will have Atlético Clube Marinhense and Recreio Desportivo de Águeda from the 3rd Division, plus a select team from Vila Nova de Gaia and a Premiera Liga club."
If the schedule permits the India Vs Portuguese Premiera Liga game may be telecast live to India on Zee Sports.

::: Okoro, Tomba Singh asked by IFA to pay-up :::
The IFA Players' Status Committee at its meeting today at the IFA offices decided to ask Mike Okoro and Tomba Singh to return a substantial amount of money to their clubs of the season gone by.
Mohun Bagan had asked the IFA to intervene and had asked Tomba Singh to pay them Rs 830,000 back, but the IFA Players' Status Committee decided that Tomba will have to return Rs 430,000 for cost of his treatment last season and salaries paid for not playing for the club. Tomba has since joined East Bengal Club and has agreed to pay the money back.
In the case of Nigerian Mike Okoro the IFA Players' Status Committee decided that the players would have to return Rs 1,02 Million to his former club Mohammedan Sporting for whom he has only played a few matches before just walking out of the club. Okoro has now sought an inter-state transfer to Punjabi side JCT, but the IFA would only clear his transfer if he pays the money back to Mohammedan Sporting. But Okoro has the chance to appeal the committee's decision.

::: IFA request WB Minister to defer Saltlake Stadium renovation :::
The IFA president Satyabrata Ganguly and IFA secretary Utpal Ganguly today met Subhas Chakraborty, the West Bengal Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, at Writers' Buildings in Calcutta to discuss the situation regarding the Calcutta Premier Division, which the IFA has to finish before the start of the Pro League on September 30.
The much postponed Saltlake Stadium renovation has been slated to kick-off later this month and last about three month's with the costs likely to be in the region of Rs 10 Million.
Now the IFA officials requested the minister to once more postpone the renovation work until the end of the Pro League in late February 2008, so the venue could be used for Calcutta Premier Division matches. Otherwise the IFA fears that it will be close to impossible to finish the league in time.
Just an idea to the IFA and other state FA's. Like the Punjab FA has done they should consider to hold their state/city leagues as one-leg leagues to accomodate the launch of the Pro League on September 30 and also to ensure that the players are in good shape for India's Permier League. We are in a year of transition and that has to be remembered.

July 9

The latest IndianFootball.Com Editor's Column by Sujay Sharma is title "Mumbai FC - 'Maximum' Football Club for 'Maximum' City?" looking at the formation of the Essel Group's Mumbai FC and the future of football in Mumbai.
Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Editor's Column .

Guwahati Super Division: Sunrise Club 0-3 Assam State Electricity Board - Goals: 0-1 Suresh Das (25'), 0-2 Zico Zoram Sanga (30'), 0-3 Sarbananda Sonowal (59').

"Celebration" Trades Cup 2007 - Phase II Semifinal: George Telegraph SC 0-1 Chirag United SC - Goal: 0-1 Achintya Saha.
"Celebration" Trades Cup 2007 - Phase II Semifinal: Eastern Railway SC 2-0 Railway FC - Goals: 1-0 Chandan Turi, 2-0 Pulchand Hembram.

::: JCT look to win first Professional League :::
Phagwara's JCT continue to remain Punjab's lone competitor at the top club level of Indian football and their aim for the new season is to win the title of the first Indian Professional League.
The club has been able to keep their team as such together only losing Nigerian striker Chidi Edeh to Dempo SC and defender Harpreet Singh to Mahindra United. Two Nigerians have been signed as replacements. Defender Julius Irabor Akpele returns from Salgaocar SC, while Mike Okoro has been signed from Mohammedan Sporting Club. Signing Okoro is surely a gamble for JCT, but coach Sukhvinder Singh can once more prove his man management skill.

JCT, Phagwara 2007/08:
Goalkeepers: Karanjit Singh (retained), Mukhwinderjit Singh (retained), Pawan Kumar (Chandigarh Football Academy).
Defenders: Jaspal Singh (retained), Shivraj Singh (retained), Daljit Singh (retained), Harish Sharma (retained), Anwar Ali (retained), Narinder Singh (retained), Taranjit Singh (retained), Baldeep Singh Sr (retained), Julius Irabor Akpele (Salgaocar SC), Gurwinder Singh (JCT Academy), Baljit Singh Sahni (JCT Academy).
Midfielders: P Renedy Singh (retained), Rakinderjit Singh (retained), Ram Pal (retained), Baldeep Singh Jr (retained), Jaswinder Singh (retained), Yadvinder Singh Bajwa (retained), Palwinder Singh (JCT Academy), Asim Hassan (JCT Academy).
Forwards: Sunil Chetri (retained), Praveen Kumar (retained), Sakatar Singh (retained), Amrinder Singh (retained), Mike Okoro (Mohammedan Sporting Club).

::: Chirag United to be coached by Biswajit Bhattacharjee :::
This season Chirag United SC will again try to qualify for the NFL's Premier Division. In their quest to do so they will be coached by Biswajit Bhattacharjee, who has coached Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting in the past. A number of established players from across India have been signed for this purpose.

Chirag United 2007/08:
Goalkeepers: Shibram Dey (retained), Subhash Singha Roy (retained), Arindam Ghosh (Mohammedan Sporting Club), Somnath Khara (Railway FC, Calcutta).
Defenders: Muzaffar Rehman (retained), Narugopal Hait (retained), Avishek Aich (retained), Safar Sardar (retained), Taranjit Singh (JCT), Dulal Biswas (Mohun Bagan AC), R Dhanarajan (Viva Kerala), Amit Kundu (Tollygunge Agragami), Sukhen Dey (Calcutta Customs), Satyajit Dutta (Aryan Club, Calcutta), Kingshuk Debnath (Wari AC, Calcutta).
Midfielders: Barun Oraon (retained), Surajit Chakraborty (retained), Mrinmoy Chakraborty (retained), Gour Shankar Dutta (retained), Sasthi Duley (East Bengal Club), Gouranga Datta (East Bengal Club), Shankar Oraon (Mohun Bagan AC), Lalmalswama Hmar (Mohun Bagan AC), Syed Altafuddin Ahmed (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC), Denson Devadas (Viva Kerala), Sanjib Santra (Calcutta Port Trust), Achinta Saha (George Telegraph SC, Calcutta), Ashim Das (George Telegraph SC, Calcutta).
Forwards: Ashim Das (retained), Sheikh Sanjeeb (George Telegraph SC, Calcutta), Anjan Dey (Calcutta Customs), Soumik Chakraborty (Calcutta Customs), Francis Chibueze Maduako (Ageya Chalo, Tripura), Theodore Sunday Wrobeh (Nine Bullets, Tripura).

July 8

Guwahati Super Division: FCI, Guwahati 1-0 NF Railway SC - Goal: 1-0 Thomson Langthasa (76').
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group A: Northeners Star FC 0-7 Sports Academy of Sikkim
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group B: SAI, Namchi 2-0 Kanchenjunga FC

::: AIFF releases sixth Transfer list :::
The AIFF yesterday released the sixth list of 86 cleared Inter-State Transfers for the first transfer window of the 2007/08 season which ran from June 1 to 20.
Newly formed Mumbai FC have gained Lolendra L Singh (Mohun Bagan AC), Noel Anthony Wilson (Mohammedan Sporting Club), Aseem Kutty (Salgaocar SC), Amit Singha Roy (Railway FC, Calcutta), Bira Oraw (Food Corporation of India, Calcutta), Nilap Ganesh Rao (Howrah Union, Calcutta), Rajib Shukla (Kidderpore Sporting Club, Calcutta) and Rahul Roy (MP Milan Samity, Calcutta).
One of the big gainers where the New Delhi Heroes who got Amjad Hussain, Sheikh Aslam Hossain, Malswama and Harvinder Singh all from Mohammedan Sporting Club cleared plus Nigerian Nwaeke H Nwabueze from Calcutta FC. Further players who have left Mohammedan Sporting are Sheikh Shahnawaz, Mohammed Yasin (both City FC, Delhi) and Ishan Rawlley Singh (Uttarkhand FC, Delhi).
Mohammedan Sporting meanwhile signed Sandip Singh Bisht, PT Somy, PS Saneesh (all Churchill Brothers SC) and Jose Carvalho (Sporting Clube de Goa). Churchill Brothers also released James Effiong (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC), Praveen Rawat (Viva Kerala), Danny Muinaro (BEML (EM), Bangalore), Ravi Babu (Chennai Customs), T Roopesh (Oktopals, Kerala) and KK Ramu (Maharashtra).
Covan Lawrence (Air-India), Rajat Guha (Indian Nationals FC) and Israel Gurung (Hindustan FC, Delhi) left East Bengal Club; while Ishfaq Ahmed (Mohun Bagan AC) Santan Rodrigues (Mumbai United) left Dempo SC.
Other transfers involved players from smaller clubs in Delhi, Assam, Maharashtra, Bengal and elsewhere.
Here to the updated IndianFootball.Com Transfer 2007 page

::: 21st Punjab State Super League 2007 kick-off next Sunday :::
The 21st Punjab State Super League 2007 will kick-off next Sunday and continue until August 10. The seven team league featuring champions JCT, Phagwara; Border Security Force, Jalandhar; Punjab Police, Jalandhar; JCT Football Academy; Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala; Punjab State Electricity Board, Hoshiarpur; and promoted Mahilpur FC; will be played only as an one-leg league and not the usual home-&-away format. This has been forced onto the Punjab FA due to the launch of the Indian Professional League on September 30, giving no time to the PFA to finish their usual 12 round Punjab League.
For the complete fixtures go to Punjab State Super League 2007 page .

::: Nayeem set to take over as Bangladesh coach :::
PTI report: Former India coach Syed Nayeemuddin is set to take over the reins of the Bangladesh national football team in a couple of days' time. The name of the Dronacharya awardee, who guided the fortunes of the Indian team in three separate stints as also those of Kolkata giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, was proposed by the Bangladesh Football Federation and the celebrated coach has reportedly conveyed his willingness to take up the job.
"We've asked former Indian national football coach Syed Mohammad Nayeemuddin about the salary and other facilities he expects... he is likely to reply in a day or two," BFF Deputy General Secretary Manjoor Hossain Malu was quoted as saying by 'The New Nation'.
He is likely to be in charge of the Bangladesh team till the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) championship to be held in Colombo and Male, Maldives in December, where the team could face India. Bangladesh are also likely to participate in the ONGC Cup to be held in New Delhi in August.
Nayeem is presently in his second stint in charge of Dhaka club Brothers' Union and the team is placed fifth in the Bangladesh League right now.
Nayeem has said it would be a privilege to coach the Bangladesh team.
"To work in a country that gave birth to a footballer like Jadukar Samad is an honour. The culture here is same as India and it would be easy to work for me," he told 'Daily Star'.
Nayeem guided Brothers to their first national title in 2004 and guided India to regain the SAFF championship in the next year with a 2-0 win over Bangladesh. However, he was shown the door after two disastrous outings in the Asian Cup when the Baichung Bhutia-led team went down tamely 6-0 to Japan in Yokohama and 3-0 to Yemen in Delhi.
That paved the way for Englishman Bob Houghton to take over in the middle of 2006.
Nayeem confirmed he has already had talks with BFF officials but Brothers manager Amer Khan is handling the matter.
"We need to clear a few thinks like salaries and type of work. I will need full assistance of the federation," said the Hyderabad native.
"The difference between Bangladesh and Indian football is little. The Indians get more exposure and more money because of sponsorship. It has yet to happen here," he observed.
Bangladesh's last foreign coach Argentina's Diego Cruciani had to go back without his one month's salary but Nayeem said he was not worried about such issues.
"I have a goal and would want to reach there with sincere works. These things will not cloud my thoughts," the former defender added.
In his illustrious playing career, Nayeem turned out for Hyderabad Police, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting. He also coached the Bengal and Andhra Santosh Trophy teams, the India Under-23 side and Mumbai's Mahindra United.
He was the Indian 'Player of the Year' in 1966 and an Arjuna awardee in 1970.

July 7

Guwahati Super Division: Assam Dynamo Club 2-2 Assam Police Blues - Goals: 1-0 Prasanta Choudhury (12'), 1-1 Manoj Boro (16'), 1-2 Anuj Gogoi, 2-2 Eric Obiora Aningo.
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group A: Young Star FC 10-1 D'Zongri Buddhist Brothers Club
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group A: D'Zongri Club 2-3 United Sikkim Sporting Club
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group B: Siniolchu, Namchi 1-2 Sikkim Police FC

::: Kochi to host all nine Viva Kerala NFL matches :::
PTI report: The AIFF has allotted all nine National Football League matches to Kochi, with the dates yet to be finalised, AIFF general secretary Alberto Colaco said today.
Mr Colaco told reporters here that he had held talks with the officials of the Kerala FA with regard to hosting the matches, and the ground conditions. The National League would start from September 30. Since Kochi was going to play host to a one-day cricket match between Australia and India in October, the dates of Kerala matches were yet to be decided. The schedule of the League matches would be launched by this month end, he said. This year the AIFF was trying to transform the League matches, being conducted in a semi professional manner, to a professional set up, he said.
On the Vision India programme, he said a delegation had few months ago visited Kerala and Tamil Nadu, which have been listed in the Vision India project. Manipur and Delhi were the two pilot project states. The programme's aim is to prepare Asian countries in best possible football environment. The programme in Manipur was 'very successful' while the same in Delhi was taking time, but had taken off, he said.
Six officials each from Kerala and Tamil Nadu have been invited to attend a workshop in Singapore in connection with the programme, he said.
KFA president Mr KMI Mather was also present.

::: Nirmal Sengupta no more :::
Nirmal Sengupta aged 59, a 1970 Asian Games bronze medallist, died yesterday due to a heart attack. The former Wari AC, Eastern Railway SC and Mohun Bagan AC is survived by a wife and a son.

::: Probe rules out match-fixing in women's football :::
PTI report: The Orissa versus Bengal semifinal match of the 15th Senior National Women's Football Championship was not fixed, an inquiry report has revealed.
Orissa, one of the strong contenders for the trophy, had played poorly to lose 0-4 against Bengal in the semi-final played at Rourkela on 9 May. The five-member inquiry committee headed by BJD MLA Sarada Prasad Nayak, in its report, has ruled out any possibility of the match being fixed. The committee held that the coach had fielded 'wrong' and 'injured' players causing Orissa's debacle, the report said.
The findings were released today by Asirbad Behera, president of the women's wing of the Orissa Football Association. The report accused team coach NK Patnaik of encouraging indiscipline and regionalism among the players while pointing out that the manager Debendra Sharma could not establish his authority over the team. Besides, the players had failed to play in the key encounter upto their potential, it said. The committee recommended setting up of a disciplinary committee, strict implementation of the code of conduct and barring players from playing in outside states. Disciplinary proceedings should also be drawn up against players who had not attended the coaching camp, who were indisciplined and 'intentionally played poorly' in the match, the report said. Another recommendation was for taking assistance of professional coaches keeping in view the financial strength of the association.

July 6

Guwahati Super Division: SAI SC, Guwahati 2-1 Jewel Star Club - Goals: 1-0 Rabilochan Basumatary (18'), 2-0 Rajesh Das (59'), 2-1 Raman Singh Brahma (60').

"Celebration" Trades Cup 2007 - Phase II Semifinal: George Telegraph SC - Chirag United SC = match once again has been postponed by the IFA due to heavy rains in Calcutta
"Celebration" Trades Cup 2007 - Phase II Semifinal: Eastern Railway SC - Peerless SC = match once again has been postponed by the IFA due to heavy rains in Calcutta

::: Brazilian coach starts second stint in Calcutta :::
Brazilian football coach Carlos Roberto Pereira da Silva returned on Friday to the "City of Joy" to start his one year coaching asignment with Mohun Bagan AC. After a not so successful year at archrivals East Bengal Club, the Brazilian is now in charge of the Green-and-Maroon and hopes to have a more successful season ahead.
He has planned to hold a residential camp in Durgapur from July 16 to 28 to get his team match fit ahead of a long season, but would have liked a longer pre-season camp. Due to time constrains that is not possible.

July 5

Guwahati Super Division: NF Railway SC 0-6 Assam State Electricity Board - Goals: 0-1,0-2 Sarbananda Sonowal (4',11'), 0-3 Zico Zoram Sanga (41'), 0-4 Deben Singh (52'), 0-5 Rocky Kom (72'), 0-6 Utpal Basumatary (90+').

July 4

The latest IndianFootball.Com Editor's Column by Harmit Singh Kamboe is title "The Off Season is What Makes or Breaks a Season" looking back an interesting current off-season in Indian football!
Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Editor's Column .

Today's guest column is from Zena Costa, who in her write-up "Goan Silva-lining Asian Cup 2007" talks to referee Benjamin Silva about his career from footballer to referee and gives an outlook at his upcoming Asian Cup asignment.
Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - Zena Costa .

Guwahati Super Division: FCI, Guwahati 0-1 Sunrise Club - Goal: 0-1 Abuan Gonmei (25').
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group A: Northeners Star FC 4-4 D'Zongri Buddhist Brothers Club

"Celebration" Trades Cup 2007 - Phase II Semifinal: George Telegraph SC - Chirag United SC = match has been postponed by the IFA due to bad weather condition
"Celebration" Trades Cup 2007 - Phase II Semifinal: Eastern Railway SC - Peerless SC = match has been postponed by the IFA due to bad weather condition

::: AIFF releases fifth Transfer list :::
The AIFF today released the fifth list of 78 cleared Inter-State Transfers for the first transfer window of the 2007/08 season which ran from June 1 to 20.
Amongst the gainers where the New Delhi Heroes who gained Wajid Ali, Crispin Chetri and Vanlalmawia Ralte all from Chirag United SC. Meanwhile newly founded Mumbai FC have been cleared to sign Kalyan Chaubey from JCT, Balpreet Singh (JCT Academy) and Jatinder Singh Sangha (Mahilpur FC), all from Punjab.
Besides Kalyan Chaubey JCT released numerous other players like Chidi Edeh to NFL champions Dempo SC; Palwinder Singh, Balkar Singh, both both to City FC in Delhi; Taranjit Singh (Chirag United SC), Mandeep Singh Brar (Hindustan FC, Delhi) and Charanjit Kumar (Shan-E-Bengal FC, Chhattisgarh).
Mumbai's Air-India got Madhusudan Majumdar (Chirag United SC) and M Santosh Singh (Amity United FC, Haryana) cleared while Salgaocar SC gained Navjot Singh also from Amity United FC, who had nine other players signing elsewhere.
Aspiring ONGC signed talented striker Sanjeeva Rongpi and Prosenjit Ghosh from Assam State Electricity Board.
Other transfers involved players from smaller clubs in Delhi, Assam, Punjab, Haryana, Bengal and elsewhere.
Here to the IndianFootball.Com Transfer 2007 page

::: PIO Dhorasoo joins Italian Serie A side AS Livorno :::
French "Player of Indian Origin" Vikash Dhorasoo has joined Italian Serie A side AS Livorno for the 2007/08 season. The 18 time French international, who had been part of France's 2006 World Cup squad, had been released last October by FC Paris Saint-Germain due to differences with coach Guy Lacombe. He now returns to Italy on a free transfer, where he had played for AC Milan in the 2004/05 season.

July 3

Guwahati Super Division: Assam Dynamo Club 4-1 Jewel Star Club - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Imli Tushi (15',25'), 3-0 B Vanlas Nghaka (47'), 4-0 R Roman (57'), 4-1 Padum Rabha (61').

::: Indian Football Needs Players To Deliver: Captain Bhutia :::
IANS report: With the national team gearing up for a crucial season ahead to improve their FIFA rankings, captain Baichung Bhutia feels it is high time players 'delivered for Indian football'.
"It is high time the players pulled up their socks and delivered for the sake of Indian football. We haven't performed well in recent times, especially when it mattered," Bhutia told IANS on the sidelines of the national camp here.
"It is a new season that looks very promising. We have lot of international matches lined up that will give us a chance to improve our rankings considerably."
The national camp concludes July 12, when the squad will leave for Portugal for a two-week training stint. India will play a friendly match with a Portuguese first division club side and also face two Division II teams during the tour.
"The experience of playing in Portugal will really benefit us. The Portuguese have top class teams and their training standards are also very high," he said.
Bhutia also had some words of praise for the current team.
"This team is developing and as we play more the boys will mature. Some of the players have a very bright future and will surely shoulder the responsibility of carrying the team to greater heights," he maintained.
India, currently 161 in FIFA rankings, will play the seven-nation ONGC Cup at the Ambedkar Stadium here in mid-August and defend the title in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Cup, to be jointly hosted by Sri Lanka and the Maldives in December. In March 2008, India will take part in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Trophy, where teams outside the top 15 in Asia participate. India's first World Cup qualifier for the 2010 event in South Africa is likely to be on Feb 6 next year. The draw for the World Cup qualifiers is yet to be made.
The Indian captain is excited about the fact that he will be playing in a full-fledged international tournament on home soil after nearly a decade.
"We haven't played any tournament at home for a decade. In 1997, we had the Nehru Cup in Kochi and reached the semi-finals. In Delhi we hope to perform even better as we will again have the home advantage," he said.
On India's chances in the World Cup qualifiers, Bhutia said: 'Let's be realistic. Indian football still has a long way to go. Teams that play in the World Cup spend a huge amount of money on the player development. For us improving our rankings should be the priority.
"We need good infrastructure and youth development programmes if we want to dream of the World Cup finals. The development programmes can act as a supply line for the national team," he pointed out.
Bhutia also urged the clubs to understand the need of the hour and asked them to cooperate for the sake of the national team.
"The clubs should understand the gravity of the situation and release players for national duty. Even FIFA president Sepp Blatter asked clubs to cooperate for the sake of Indian football. Our football can only develop if we perform well on the international stage."

::: 3rd Uttranchal Cup (Men & Women) in Delhi :::
The 3rd Uttranchal Cup Money Cup for Men's Club and the 2nd Suman Lata Bhadola Cup for Women will be the season opening tournaments in Delhi. Both the tournaments will be held from July 10 to 20 at the Air Force Ground, Race Course in New Delhi.
The tournament is likely to see defending champions Indian Air Force, New Delhi and runners-up Indian Nationals FC besides other top teams from Delhi in action.
Delhi SA affiliated clubs, interested to participate, may send their entries along with a fee of Rs 1,000 to the DSA (Fax 2335-1604) or Bachi Ram (2602-4002) or Jagdish Pershad (98719-84616) latest by July 6.

::: Sikkim FA penalises Boys Club :::
The Sikkim FA Disciplinary Committee after much deliberation has unanimously agreed to impose a fine of Rs 3,000 for the unsporting act by Boys Club for not turning-up for their Sikkim Senior Division - Super League match yesterday against Arsenal.

::: SEPT Boys arrive in Sweden :::
The Under-10 Boys of the SEPT Football School in Calicut has arrived safely in Ostersund, Sweden to take part in a global youth tournament in the Swedish town. The 12 boys and four officials had a long, tiring journey from Calicut to northern Europe.

July 2

Guwahati Super Division: SAI SC, Guwahati 1-1 NF Railway SC - Goals: 1-0 Santosh Chutia (62'), 1-1 Y Raju Singh (80').
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group B: Arsenal (walkover) Boys Club

"Celebration" Trades Cup 2007 - Phase II Group H: West Bengal Police 5-0 Indian Air Force, Barrackpore
"Celebration" Trades Cup 2007 - Phase II Group I: Police AC 3-2 Aryan Club

::: KIFF NITE - A Nite to Remember! :::
by Gasper Crasto: The KIFF NITE organized by Kuwait Indian Football Federation was altogether a different Nite from all other dance Nites seen in Kuwait.
For photos check: (Photos by Rewon Gomes - Professional Photographer).
'Legends of Indian Football' and deserving 'Players of the Year' were honoured in style at the musical evening held at Fakher Al Din Palace on Thursday, May 31, 2007. It is for the first time in the history of Indian Football that a federation outside India has organized such a grand event.
"The Awards Nite was marked with pomp and gaiety, and the evening replete with pulsating music, fun and frolic that kept the audience in high spirits till the very end," wrote the Arab Times in its columns.
The evening had a soccer tone and tenor with the stage backdrop illustrating the famous Soor Grounds even as a large cut-out of KIFF logo dangled in the center of the hall. The hall was emblazoned with streaming lights that created a fertile dancing ambience while dazzling lights of various hues swirled every nook and corner of the chamber.
Deep Impact sparked off the evening playing stylistic traits of music with danceable beat, clear melodies, simple harmonies and repetitive structure that people could catch on and join in. The other ensemble, 'Soul Shakers' also joined in playing a medley of songs comprising pop, rock, hip-hop and reggae. Their brand of latest music was well received by the young audience who were seen clapping in harmony and rooted the band from time to time.
The ranks of the audience started swelling on floor as soon as the bands changed their track from slow to peppy numbers.
A plethora of awards were given away by the organizers in a variety of categories.
A glowing tribute by way of a video presentation was paid to all late footballers who played under the auspices of KIFF. This kind gesture of KIFF was highly applauded by the crowd. While a Photo gallery displayed some memories of yesteryears that dated back to 1979 when Indian Football was first started in Kuwait.

Legends of Soor Ground - still going strong
The 'Legends of Soor Grounds' were honoured in recognition for their positive contribution towards Indian football in Kuwait. Some of these icons had started their football in Kuwait almost 30 years ago and they are still playing active soccer. The Legends honoured were Avelino Dias, Julio Cardoso, Mauricio D' Costa, James Figueira, Theodorio Pinto, Bernard Fernandes, Cipriano Gonsalves, Cajetan Ferrao, Casmiro D'Souza, Cajetan Godinho and Joseph Salema.
On their part, the Legends, thanked KIFF for according them honor and vowed their support to KIFF to help take Indian Football to greater heights.

Nominations for short listed 'Player of the Year' awards were announced to great cheer. Two prizes, a winner and runners-up were given in each field category on the basis of voting done by the 16 clubs affiliated to KIFF.
Following players won the awards:
Goalkeepers: 1. Roman Anthony (GOA Maroons); 2. Britto Pereira (Navelim Youth Centre); 3. Antonio Fernandes (Chinchinim).
Defenders: 1. Ian D'Souza (GOA Maroons); 2. Jesus Vincy Pereira (AVC Overseas Association); 3. Teotonio (Kuwait Goan Association).
Midfielders: 1. Agnelo Fernandes (DHL); 2. Prakash Chandimal (Bombay Boys); 3. Vico D'Souza (Kuwait Goan Association).
Forwards: 1. Cruzedio Rodrigues (Navelim); 2. Kevin Vaz (AVC Overseas); 3. James Goveia (Kuwait Goan Association).

Earlier, all the Ex-Presidents of KIFF, and Presidents of the participating clubs were honoured at the beginning of the function. A colorful souvenir illustrating the History of Kuwait Indian Football, profile of clubs registered with KIFF and messages from sponsors and well wishers was released to mark the event.
In his message, KIFF President Mr. Viegas said, "My appreciation goes to the predecessors of KIFF who are with us, today. It is due to these stalwarts that we enjoy football and various other games conducted at Soor grounds. The efforts of individuals who left us for heavenly abode are committed to our memory too... and the goodwill of like minded people who came forward to make this event a great success will be written in golden letters."
"KIFF is grateful to its sponsors, advertisers, well-wishers and all affiliates while not forgetting the KFF Managing and KIFF Nite Sub-committee and others who contributed to help make the KIFF Nite 2007 successful and memorable. I am sure the glamorous highlights of this event will be remembered for a long time to come."
A Waltz Competition was one of the highlights of the show that imbued a sense of delirium among the audience who cheered the contestants for their admirable performance as the contest proved to be a cliffhanger. Casmiro D' Souza and Leticia Fernandes were declared winners while Clive D'Costa and Annette Carneiro claimed the second spot. Victor Fernandes, Mrs. Dunstan D'Costa and the Rebellos were the select judges for the contest.
Giant screens on either side of the stage enabled the audience to catch the proceedings live. A sumptuous buffet helped the members of audience to energize themselves as they took the floor with renewed vigor and danced until the wee hours. The show was compered by Dunstan D'Costa especially flown from Goa. Kuwait's own Julio Cardoso assisted the compere to entertain the crowd.
The sixteen clubs affiliated to Kuwait Indian Football Federation and involved in organizing the KIFF NITE with full cooperation were: United Goans Centre, G.O.A Maroons, Navelim Youth Centre, C.R.C Chinchinim, Santos Football Club, Bombay Boys Sports Club, Curtorcares United, United Friends Club, Veterans XI, A.V.C Overseas Association, Kerala Challengers, Fahaheel Brothers, Paradiso Football Club, Don Bosco Oratory, DHL, and Kuwait Goan Association. Indian Football Referees Association (IFRA) also supported the NITE.
The glorious Nite was sponsored by Metro Express - Courier & Cargo, and co-sponsored by Sports Corner.

July 1

::: IndianFootball.Com's Transfer 2007 page now online :::
Finally now online is the IndianFootball.Com Transfer 2007 page!
Not all Transfers are online yet, but those which have been cleared or have been announced are online. More to be added in the coming days...
Here to the IndianFootball.Com Transfer 2007 page

Guwahati Super Division: Assam Police Blues 1-0 Sunrise Club - Goal: 1-0 Rabijit Jigdung (37').
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group A: D'Zongri Club 0-7 Sports Academy of Sikkim
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group B: SAI, Namchi 2-0 Siniolchu, Namchi
Sikkim Senior Division - Super League - Group B: Kanchenjunga FC 0-3 Sikkim Police FC

"Celebration" Trades Cup 2007 - Phase I Semifinal: Mouri Sporting Club 1-2 Howrah Union - Goals: Liton Das; Anup Dutta, Gopal Debnath.
"Celebration" Trades Cup 2007 - Phase I Semifinal: SAI (Eastern Zone) 1-2 Mohammedan AC - Goals: U Debnath; Sanjay Hazari, Mohammed Sahid.
"Celebration" Trades Cup 2007 - Phase II Group H: Calcutta Port Trust 0-2 George Telegraph SC - Goals: 0-1 Pradip Roy, 0-2 Manik Biswas.
"Celebration" Trades Cup 2007 - Phase II Group I: Eastern Railway SC 4-1 Tollygunge Agragami - Goals: 2xMohammed Farid Ali Mollah, Pulchand Hembrom, Amitava Roy; Manab Paik.
"Celebration" Trades Cup 2007 - Phase II Group J: Chirag United SC 4-3 SAIL - Goals: 2xTheodore Sunday Wrobeh, Sankar Oraon, Mrinmoy Chakrabarty; 2xJonathan Zawala, Jindinrajat.
"Celebration" Trades Cup 2007 - Phase II Group K: Peerless SC 2-0 Calcutta Customs - Goals: 1-0 Sovan Das, 2-0 Amit Biswas.

23rd Tamil Nadu Sub-junior Championship, Theni - Final: Chennai 2-0 Tirunelveli - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Ashok (15',17').

::: Footballer's Body For Players' Health Insurance :::
IANS report: With injuries a major cause for concern, the Football Player's Association of India is to propose a health insurance scheme be introduced ahead of the inaugural Professional League in October. The FPAI will put the proposal before the All India Football Federation next week, said its chief executive Sumit Mukherjee.
"Injury is a big problem for the players in the middle of the season. Both the clubs and the players face a major loss if a footballer gets injured in the middle of the season," Mukherjee told IANS on the phone from Calcutta.
"We will write to the AIFF next week to make insurance mandatory for all the players taking part in the Professional League," he added.
According to Mukherjee, there have been cases in the past where clubs have refused to pay their injured players during the period they took to recover. He said if an insurance scheme was in place, such incidents could be avoided.
"We are looking forward to professionalise Indian football. And I think basic things like having an insurance policy for the players can be one of the few steps towards a professional set-up in the country," he said.
"The insurance plan would cover treatment for the players in the best possible hospital in the country. I have already started speaking to some of the insurance companies, and hopefully the AIFF will agree to our proposal."
Mukherjee, a former Indian goalkeeper, also said that not just the clubs playing in the Professional League but other players taking part in the second division and third division league will also come under the insurance system if the AIFF agrees. The Professional League is a revamped version of the National Football League, which involves the top 10 clubs of the country.
"We will have around 1,000 players in the Professional League, the second division and third division league. It would be easy to get a group policy of all the players through one company," he said.
When asked who would bear the premium of the insurance, Mukherjee said: 'Players can bear 25-30 percent of the premium, and the rest could be borne by the respective clubs and the parent body (AIFF)."

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