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January 31
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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 13 | The Cooperage Ground, Mumbai | 15.30 IST:

Mumbai FC 2-1 East Bengal Club | <click here to read minute by minute updates>
Goals: 0-1 Yakubu Yusif (13', pen), 1-1 Abhishek Yadav (47'), 2-1 Abel Hammond (88')

MUMBAI FC: 13-Kalyan Chaubey; 19-Sanjay Parte, 5-Selwyn Fernandes, 3-James Cobblah Dissiramah, 28-Kamaljeet Kumar; 20-Riston Rodrigues (77' 8-Noel Wilson), 17-Kalia Kulothungan, 7-Sampath Kumar Kuttimani (83' 25-Jagadish Kumar Pappiah), 10-Ahmed Felix Aboagye (72' 12-Alex Mario Ambrose); 11-Abel Hammond, 9-Abhishek Yadav [C]
Unused Substitutes: ...
EAST BENGAL: 24-Subrata Pal; 27-Irungbam Surkumar Singh, 3-Nirmal Chetri, 26-Mehraj din Wadoo, 2-Muttath Suresh [C]; 19-Syed Rahim Nabi, 7-Jayanta Sen (83' 10-Ashim Biswas), 14-Mehtab Hussain, 18-Ismael Addo; 9-Alvito D'Cunha (56' 22-Sanju Pradhan), 12-Yakubu Yusif (90'+2' 8-Potsangbam Renedy Singh)
Unused Substitutes: ...

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: ...

YELLOW CARDS: Noel Wilson (86', Mumbai FC); Mehtab Hussain (56', East Bengal)

REFEREE: A Rowan (Services)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: ...
FOURTH OFFICIAL: ...
MATCH COMMISSIONER: ...

MATCH PREVIEW:
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MATCH REPORT:
Ultimately it was the youngest of the four Ghanaian strikers on the field who grabbed all the limelight, as Abel Hammond slotted home the winner for Mumbai FC in their crucial win over East Bengal with a couple of minutes to go in regulation time. With that winner, Mumbai FC - the newest club in the league - have done the league-double over their much more illustrious and history-and-success-laden club from Kolkata.
Mumbai FC continued with their offensive approach with a line-up that served them reasonably well for most parts of their last few games, to include the big Abhishek Yadav in the attack with Felix and Abel. The tactic to bombard the aging and slow East Bengal defence with threatening long balls and balls in behind them into space was to prove successful for the Mumbai Yellow-blues. Wadoo and Mehraj might be big and strong, but are not blessed with the best of pace and acceleration, and the wily Surkumar too is just making his way back to full fitness after a long time out with injury issues.
Regardless of their possible defensive deficiencies, East Bengal alway theatened ample quality in attack, what with the evergreen Yakubu being complemented by a former FIFA U17 WC top scorer and compatriot Ishmael Addo. Add to that, was the presence of the mercurial Alvito, who can still deliver some quality now and then, if not for the full 90 minutes. Mehtab and Nabi on their part offer steady amount of creative ammunition to the forward line.
Hence it was probably no surprise that it was the Red-and-Gold brigade who struck first as the inexperienced MFC left-back Kamaljeet Kumar was outfoxed by the well-travelled Addo, and forced to bring down the Ghanaian star inside the penalty box for an early chance for the Kolkata team to establish a lead. The top goalscorer in Indian national league football Yakubu was surely not going to let the opportunity pass by, and coolly converted.
Following that, there were more missed chances by the Kolkata team, something that ultimately came back to haunt them big time in the second half, and might do so in an even bigger way when the season ends. Right after recommencement of the second half, a high cross into the box from the right flicked off tall Abhishek's head into the goal for the surprise equaliser, amongst a melee of bodies, as East Bengal keeper Subrata Paul completely lost flight of the ball and his bearings, making a complete hash of the attempt to punch clear.
East Bengal then again tried to step up a gear and wrest back the initiative of the game as the pacy right winger Sanju Pradhan was introduced. However, it didnt seem to have much effect, as their Ghanaian forward line of Addo and Yakubu kept wasting more half chances. At the same time, as the Kolkatans visibly tired, MFC seemed to look capable of hitting on the counter-attack. And that was exactly what happened. As an East Bengal attack broke down in midfield, they suddenyl found themselves in a three on four situation and back-pedalling with no hope. The Mumbai team quickly passed the ball forward, and a clever slide-rule ball into the box on the right behind Nirmal Chetri found young Abel time his run away from his marker Mehraj to perfection, and just managed to scoop the ball over the onrushing Subrata into the net for the late winner.
Despite the addition of 5 minutes of added time due to head injury that had happened to MFC's Riston mid-way in the second half, East Bengal seemed too distraught with conceding the late goal to even attempt a half-decent effort to equalise in the remaining time. Their play had just got more and more disjointed as the second half had progressed.
Undoubtedly Abel will be footing the bill for the dinner niceties for his compatriots' get-together with Felix, James, Yakubu, and Addo. But only 13 points after 13 games gone in the season is none too impressive a spread by the team for their success starved supporters. A season that promised much with the capture of Sunil Chetri and Yakubu, and offers to Steven and Pradeep, is threatening to go the way of many of their last few - a disappointment - unless things change around, and fast. MFC on their part will feel they have now done enough not only to avoid relegation, but to probably cement a top four finish in their inaugural top league appearance.

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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 13 | Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana | 14.00 IST:

JCT 1-1 Vasco SC
Goals: 0-1 Agnelo Colaco (23'), 1-1 Baljit Singh Sahni (62')

JCT: 1-Karanjit Singh; 2-Jaspal Singh, 3-Anwar Ali, 4-Julius Irabor Akpele, 23-Harish Sharma, 6-Baljit Singh Sahni, 7-Jagpreet Singh, 28-Shivraj Singh (56' 27-Baldip Singh Jr), 25-Sakatar Singh (46' 17-Amandeep Singh), 9-Balwant Singh, 11-Paul Macjames Nwachukwu (65' 35-PC Lahlimthara Mahlima)
Unused Substitutes: 31-Prasanta Dora, 5-Narinder Singh, 15-Harvinder Singh, 19-Randeep Singh
VASCO: 20-Lalmikant Kattimani; 18-Elvino Fernandes, 32-Sherzod Nazarov, 5-Covan Lawrence, 7-Abdul Shamim (68' 30-Vincent Brice Pires); 17-Agnelo D'Souza, 19-Menino Fernandes (80' 16-Jose Colaco), 15-Agnelo Colaco, 24-Fulganco Cardozo; 29-Ravshan Teshabaev, 35-Lester Mark Fernandez (65' 14-Joel Sequeira)
Unused Substitutes: 12-Vivek Prakash Gupta, 4-Sunil Kumar Thakur, 6-Joy Ferrao, 25-Bernardo Pires

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Amandeep Singh (JCT)

YELLOW CARDS: Harish Sharma (25'), Paul Macjames Nwachukwu (47', both JCT); Lester Mark Fernandez (19'), Covan Lawrence (83', both Vasco)

REFEREE: Nazir Ahmed (Jammu&Kashmir)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Bikramjit P (Delhi), Biplab Poddar (West Bengal)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Rathin Mukherjee (West Bengal)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: DS Bist (Delhi)

MATCH REPORT:
Formidable JCT today squandered few winning opportunities and had to be content with 1-1 draw with bottom placed Vasco Sports club and share the points in their ONGC I-league match played here at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, this afternoon. JCT though had more with the ball and with better share of exchanges in both the halves, should be blamed for themselves for their poor finishing upfront. JCT went into attack right from the start in the first half with their mid fielder controlled the play well but their attackers specially Balwant Singh & Paul Macjames were faulter at a crucial juncture.
JCT came with a first move as early as in the 16th minute, initiated by Jaspal Singh, who floated a ball to Paul Macjames, who was not quick in grasping the advantage for heading it into Vasco net. In the 22nd minute of the game, it was Agnelo Colaco who opened the account by scoring first goal of the match for Vasco. It was well-measured 35-yard long-range shot from Angelo. After suffering this early setback, JCT threatened the rival territory. It was again Balwant Singh and Paul Macjames to produce a set-piece for JCT in the 27th minute, but Paul failed to finally covert his header into a score and the ball just went wide from Vasco goalpost. It was again Paul Macjames who produce a set piece for Shivraj Singh on a free kick of Jaspal Singh, but Shivraj Singh wasted this opportunity when his shot went very high above the Vasco goal post. On the other hand, Vasco got two three chances to create good moves with its Uzbekistan recruits in the first half, but JCT defense led by Julius and Anwar foiled all the moves initiated by Vasco.
At half time the scoreline was 1-0 in favour of Vasco. In the second half, JCT brought in Amandeep Singh in place of Sakatar Singh who changed the climax by making desperate attempts. In the 54th minute, Paul Macjames wasted an open chance of scoring when his well-attempted header sailed over the cross bar on a well-measured pass from Amandeep.
Again in the 58th minute Balwant Singh failed to produce result on a fine pass received from Amandeep Singh. Finally, JCT got the edge when Baljit Sahni netted the ball by his right footer sharp shot on a well fertile pass from Amandeep Singh. Thereafter, JCT controlled the proceedings of the game and made regular attempts on rival danger area but could not produce the winner on the opportunities which have come its way. With this draw JCT increased its points tally to 16. Amandeep Singh of JCT was rightly adjudged Man of the Match for today's best performance.

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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 13 | Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta | 14.45 IST:

Mohammedan Sporting Club 0-1 Sporting Clube de Goa
Goals: 0-1 Joseph Pereira (16')

MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: 1-Naseem Akthar; 23-Rajib Ghosh, 19-Gurpreet Singh, 6-Sheikh Azim, 17-Wasim Feroze; 8-Satyajit Bose (52' 26-Goutam Thakur), 7-Roque Barreto (35' 14-Suraj Mondal), 20-Adebayo Tokunbo Adewusi (64' 34-Lalchhuan Awma), 27-A Jyothi Kumar; 15-Eugene Gray, 10-Mike Okoro [C]
Unused Substitutes: 22-Tharangachan Tungshang, ...
SPORTING CLUBE: 1-Felix D'Souza; 3-Mathew Gonsalves, 6-Philip Gomes, 24-N Samananda Singh; 33-Rovan Pereira, 14-Wilton Gomes [C], 20-Luciano Sabrosa, 23-Bibiano Fernandes (81' 26-Micky Fernandes), 22-Joseph Pereira; 10-Elijah Obagbemiro Junior, 32-Rakshak Naik (86' 36-Steven Fernandes)
Unused Substitutes: ...

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Felix D'Souza (Sporting Clube de Goa)

YELLOW CARDS: none

REFEREE: L Yaima Singh (Manipur)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: ...
FOURTH OFFICIAL: ...
MATCH COMMISSIONER: AK Mamu Koya (Kerala)

MATCH REPORT:
...

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1st Assam State Premier League - Championship Round: Oil India Limited 1-2 Assam Rifles - Goals: 0-1,1-2 Bulu Jigdung (19',78'), 1-1 Mintu Boro (59')

Delhi Senior Division - Super League: Simla Youngs 1-0 City FC - Goal: 1-0 Charles 27')
MATCH REPORT: Simla Youngs registered their first victory in the Super League of the DSA Annual League 2008/09 defeating City FC by a solitary goal. After a disappointing start to the DSA league, Simla Youngs are finally picking up their performance by each passing game. The victory now took the Simla Youngs to the 2nd place with four points with as many matches.
Charles scored the all important goal for the Simla Youngs from close range in the 27th minute. City tried hard to score the equalizer, but failed as on of their strikers missed a sitter to add further misery to his side.
City are now lying at the bottom of the table after losing their two matches.

Delhi Senior Division - Super League: Indian National FC 0-1 Hindustan Football Club - Goal: 0-1 Monu Choudhary (25')
MATCH REPORT: Hindustan FC took a sweet revenge for their preliminary round defeat to their arch rivals Indian National FC with a solitary goal victory in the DSA Super League match played at Dr. Ambedkar Stadium today. The last time when these two teams met, it was INFC who walked away with the victory smile. Hindustan FC pulled off a great victory to keep their hopes alive and is surely a contender to win the DSA League. The difference today between the two sides was their game strategy.
Hindustan's lone striker Okorogo up-front really made things difficult for the Indian National defence. The Nationals had to change their game plan, as Okorogo's reach to the ball as well his controlling was a beauty to watch! He was always a threat to the defenders whenever he had the ball at the top of the 18 yard box and could have scored in the 6th minute with a close range shot. But it was well cut off by the INFC goalkeeper Raj Kumar. The INFC midfield and defence kept on playing air balls to their strikers, which was always well cleared off by the Hindustan defenders who really had a good day at the office.
Monu Choudhary scored the winner for Hindustan FC with a stunning 30-yard volley, which took INFC goalkeeper by surprise in the 25th minute. The goalkeeper failed to reach the ball, which paved its way to the far post.
Hindustan is now placed at the top of the table with six points by putting up a clinical performance in their two Super League matches.

Hyderabad Premier League - Final: Hyderabad Globe FC 0-1 State Bank of Hyderabad - Goal: 0-1 Mohammad Ali Khan (24')
MATCH REPORT: State Bank of Hyderabad emerged as the champions of the SAAP "Budweiser" Hyderabad Premier League 2008 while defeating Hyderabad Globe by a solitary goal in the final.
The match was evenly poised but it was SBH, who walked away with the SAAP "Budweiser" Trophy. The winning goal was scored by Mohammad Ali Khan in 24th minute to separate the score line.
The Hyderabad Globe captain waisted a chance to equalize in the 80th minute through penalty when Salha Daffala was brought down in the penalty area by a SBH defender. SBH goalkeeper Srinivas was the savior for his team when he saved the spot kick and kicked the Globes out of the hunt for the championship.
The champions State Bank of Hyderabad walked away with Rs. 25.000, while the runners-up were presented Rs. 15.000. Bolaram Sporting were awarded the Fair Play Trophy.
The individual prizes were awarded to: Habib Khan (Best goalkeeper / Hyderabad Globe), Ramesh (Best defender / AOC), Shashank (Best midfielder / Shastri Club), Mohammad Farid (Best forward & Golden boot winner / State Bank Of Hyderabad / 16 goals).

47th Principal Harbhajan Singh All India Tournament - Club Category - Mahilpur: Punjab Police, Jalandhar 3-0 Punjab State Electricity Board, Hoshiarpur - Goals: 1-0 Mandip Singh (1'), 2-0 Gurpreet (65'), 3-0 Shiraz Hussain (79')
47th Principal Harbhajan Singh All India Tournament - School Girls Category - Mahilpur: Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Paldi 4-0 Govt. Senior Secondary School, Rampur - Goals: 1-0,2-0,3-0 Hardip Kaur (8',9',25'), 4-0 Rajwinder (33')
47th Principal Harbhajan Singh All India Tournament - School Girls Category - Mahilpur: SBAC School, Bajwara 0-0,3-0 Govt. High School, Bombeli [on penalties]


January 30
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::: ONGC I-League 2008/09 | MATCH PREVIEW | Mumbai FC vs East Bengal Club :::
The 2nd edition of the ONGC I-League has surprised many fans – not many would have put their money on a newly promoted team to be above the defending champions after twelve rounds of matches...
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1st Assam State Premier League - Championship Round: Assam State Electricity Board 3-1 Assam Police Blues - Goals: 1-0 Sanjeeva Rongpi (38' pen), 1-1 Kunjoy Goyari (48'), 2-1 Bikash Narzary (55'), 3-1 Debasish Kundu (73').

Delhi Senior Division - Super League: Royal Rangers FC 1-0 Garhwal Heroes - Goal: 1-0 Nyima Tamang (36')
MATCH REPORT: Newly promoted Royal Rangers FC registered an important victory against Garhwal Heroes by a solitary goal in a close Super League encounter. The match was evenly poised and both the teams had equal opportunities to score, but Garhwal Heroes failed to capitalize from their chances. Nyima Tamang scored the all important goal for the Royal Rangers in the 36th minute, after a defensive lapse by the Garhwal stopper.
The first half was thoroughly dominated by the Rangers, but they were totally back-footed after the lemon break. Garhwal Heroes took the charge right from the start of the second half and could have equalised in the 75th minute, when striker Kamei was caught in the controversial off-side position. The Garhwal striker had a bad day at office, which is still a cause of concern for Garhwal Heroes coach Ravi Rana.

Delhi Senior Division - Super League: New Delhi Heroes 4-0 Ahbab FC - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Itauê de Oliveira Rosa (25',66'), 3-0 Jiten Rai (83'), 4-0 Nirmaldeep (90'+2')
MATCH REPORT: New Delhi Heroes started their Super League campaign with a thumping 4-0 win over Ahbab FC. The defending champions were up the mark from kick-off and never gave their opponent even a chance to implement their plan and strategy which was surely lacking.
The 2007 semifinalist Ahbab FC were forced to play a defensive game, but the New Delhi Heroes strikers just proved too good for the defenders. Brazilian striker Itauê de Oliveira Rosa scored a brace while Jiten Rai and Nirmaldeep chipped in with one goal each.
The defending champions drew first blood in the 25th minute when Itauê notched the header in from Santosh Singh's long throw-in from the right flank. Ahbab FC did manage to keep the scoreline till the lemon break, but had no idea what the second half would be like for them.
Itauê, who missed the preliminary round due to an injury, scored his second goal in the 66th minute, when he blasted in a 25-yarder from the far post. Jiten Rai came on for the Brazilian in the 83rd minute and further increased the lead in the 83rd minute. Rai easily netted in with his right foot.
Nirmaldeep completed the scorline in the injury time with a shot from the top of the 18 yard box.

Hyderabad Premier League - 3rd Place Match: Army Ordinance Corps 1-3 Electrical&Mechanical Engineers

47th Principal Harbhajan Singh All India Tournament - Club Category - Mahilpur: Border Security Force, Jalandhar 3-0 Harbhajan Sporting Club, Mahilpur - Goals: 1-0 Kamal Kishor (61'), 2-0,3-0 Sarbjit (78',90')
47th Principal Harbhajan Singh All India Tournament - Club Category - Mahilpur: Amity United, Delhi 1-1,7-8 CRPF, Jalandhar [on penalties]
47th Principal Harbhajan Singh All India Tournament - College Category - Mahilpur: Football Academy Mahilpur U19 4-0 Khalsa College Garhshankar - Goals: 1-0 Gurtej (30'), 2-0 Amandeep (35'), 3-0 Paramjit (75'), 4-0 Amarjit (78')

::: Delhi Senior Division: Garhwal Heroes lodges protest :::
It seems like the Delhi Senior Division 2008/09 is full of surprises and scandals. It's now the newly promoted Royal Rangers Club and its players who are under scrunity. Garhwal Heroes have lodged a protest with DSA against Royal Rangers for fielding seven Tibetian origin players namely Karma Tseringl, Lobsang Wangyal, Don Tsering, Nima Tamang, Tenzin Tshering, Tenzin Tsephel and Tenzin Dhundup, while alleging that these players are not of Indian origin. The league sub-committee has issued a showcase notice to the Royal Rangers and asked them to explain on this issue within 48 hours.


January 29
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Delhi Senior Division - Super League: Tarun Sangha 0-3 Hindustan Football Club - Goals: 0-1 Abhishek (25'), 0-2 Nathan (49'), 0-3 Mahender (75')
Delhi Senior Division - Super League: Shahdara Club 0-0 Simla Youngs - Goals: none

Hyderabad Premier League - Championship Round: Electrical&Mechanical Engineers 1-3 State Bank of Hyderabad

::: India go down to Congo :::
India were beaten 3-2 by Congo in the finals of the 3rd Afro-Asian International Football tournament organized under the banner of Lighthouse Church, at Sharq Digital Grounds, Kuwait.
It was a grand finale to the tournament with participating teams carrying their national flags in a parade that culminated with each team singing their national anthem.
The 9-aside tournament that started in November last included Kuwait based expatriate national sides that included Ghana, South Africa, Sierra Leone, India, Sri-Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Congo. The teams were drawn in 2 groups for a round robin league with the top two playing in crisscross semi finals.
India played their hearts out in the fast paced 30-30 minute final played on Friday 23rd January but the Congolese team led by captain Yusuf were too strong in defence and especially in the air. After encouraging goals from Cruzedio Rodrigues and John Furtado India fought till the last minute to draw level. Americo, Cristo and Duarte excelled in the game for India. Team India was managed by former India Juniors goalkeeper Avelino Dias and coached by Gasper Crasto.
The final was attended by a number of enthusiastic spectators and fans. Brother Tom of the Evangelical Church was the chief guest and spoke on the occasion. Mr. Salat Disanayak, Ambassador of Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait, Pastor Michael Howley of the Salvation Army, etc, were some of the dignitaries present among the invited guests.
Earlier, the guests were presented with flower bouquets by Clyde, Shalom and Praise. Minister Millicent Rerri began the final day program with an opening prayer. The entire final day presentation was compered by Gasper Crasto.
An exhibition match played between Sri Lanka and Nepal that preceded the finals was won by Sri Lanka in a tie-breaker.
An official prize distribution and a party for participating teams will be held at the Kuwait African Fellowship to be held on 6th February 2009, according to Sister Elva Rodrigues of the organizers.

::: Tata Tea Jaago Re Soccer Stars 2009 - Chandigarh leg:::
The Tata Tea Jaago Re Soccer Stars 2009 tournament is underway around the country. The tournament stopped in Chandhigarh on January 24 & 25.
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::: ONGC I-League 2008/09: JCT vs Vasco SC :::
PFA Press Release: It gives us immense pleasure to inform all the football lovers that JCT shall play its home match against Vasco Sports Club, Goa in the ongoing ONGC I-League 2008-2009 at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on Saturday the 31st January, 2009. This match shall start at 2.00 P.M.


January 28
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Assam State Premier League - Semifinal: Oil India 6-0 Assam Police Blues

Delhi Senior Division - Super League: Indian National FC 1-0 City FC - 1-0 Barun Oraon (23')

Hyderabad Premier League - Championship Round: Army Ordinance Corps 2-2,3-4 Hyderabad Globe FC [on penalties]

::: Malabar United striker Javed OK in trouble :::
Malabar United striker Javed OK is in trouble after playing illegal sevens tournaments in Malappuram. The former Viva Kerala player left the Malabar United camp after suffering an injury in the Kerala State Club Championship.
Malabar United coach Rajeev exclusively to IndianFootball.Com: "The management has officialy referred the issue to Ernakulam District Football Assosication and they will submit a detailed report to the Kerala Footall Assosication. The KFA will decide what action will be taken against the player."
Javed OK made an immediate impact in Indian football after playing for Viva Kerala in the Federation Cup 2007 and his performance did also impress India coach Bob Houghton.

::: 47th Principal Harbhajan Singh tournament at Mahilpur :::
Press Release: The Forty Seventh edition of Principal Harbhajan Singh All India Football Tournament, an annual event, kicked off today at Mahilpur with four matches being played in the college teams category. The inauguration of the tournament was done by Sh. Des Raj Dhugga, Parliamentary Secretary Punjab.
The first match between two well balanced teams from Naroor Panchhat collage and Sports Wing Kharar Achharwal was played at a fast pace with the Sports Wing youngsters displaying better technique. However the superior strength of the Naroor Panchhat College prevailed, with the lone goal being scored by Manvir Singh in the 7th minute.
A very interesting duel was witnessed between S.G.G.S Khalsa College Mahilpur and DAV College Jalandhar. The Jalandhar boys were able to limit the Khalsa College to 1 goal in the 1st half, the goal being scored by Akib Yadav in the 20th minute. DAV College made some excellent forays into the opposition area, how ever their efforts produced only two near misses. In the second half however the Mahilpur College was all oner their opponents and scored three goals in quick succession through Navjot Saini (1goal) and Puneet Singh scoring a brace, resulting a 4-0 score.
Two Matches were played in the afternoon session, Khalsa College Garhshankar beat Layall pur Khalsa College Jalandhar by 3-2. The Garhshankar team scored all their goals in the first half, the scores being Gurpreet, Manpreet and Haryjinder in the 15th, 25th and 35th minute. The Jalandhar boys mounted relentless pressure in the second half, managing to reduce the lead by 2 goals through Satwant singh and Bariender Singh.
The fourth match of the day resulted in G.N. College Phagwara are beating Dalbir Academy Patiala by 2 goals to nil, with both the goals being scored by Vijay in the 28th and 47th minute.

::: Manipur announces squads for the 23rd North East Games :::
The All Manipur Football Association has named their teams for the 23rd North East Games. The tournament will be held in Agartala from February 4 onwards.
Men's squad: N. Thoi Singh, L. Premkumar Singh, Rollingson, T. Ajitkumar Singh, Th. Surjit Singh, N. Jashobanta Singh, Rustam Singh, M. Bidyasagar Singh, L. Ibotomba Singh, L. Gouro Singh, L. Boipu Doungel, H. Chakravorty, T. Dhiren Singh, Ksh. Naoton Singh, W. Deniel Singh, Ksh. Malemnganba Singh
Women's squad: S. Memtombi Devi, N. Ibemcha Devi, G. Radharani Devi, K. Ranjita Devi, Ph. Momota Devi, W. Radharani Devi, H. Bijaya Devi, Y. Premi Devi, O. Roshni Devi, Ph. Bina Devi, A. Sakhitombi Devi, T. Nungsitombi Devi, Th. Monika Devi, Ksh. Ngoubi Devi, E. Bindyarani Devi, Y. Chandrajini Devi


January 27
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::: SUNIL CHETRI AT COVENTRY CITY :::
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Assam State Premier League - Semifinal: Assam State Electricity Board 0-0 Assam Rifles - Goals: none


January 26
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::: HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY TO YOU ALL :::
IndianFootball.Com wish you all a HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY 2009! Enjoy the day with you family, friends and beloved ones!

Hyderabad Premier League: Bharat Dynamics Limited 2-3 Army Ordinance Corps

::: Maharashtra DSO boys U-14 team lift third place :::
PIFA Press Release: The Maharashtra U-14 boys team lifted the third place trophy at the 54th National School Games football tournament 2008-09. Twenty two state teams participated at this tournament organised by School Game Federation of India (SGFI) hosted by the Govt of Maharashtra, Dept of Sports & Youth Welfare.
PIFA Director Mr Nirvan Shah (UEFA licensed coach) after his success with the Maharashtra U-14 girl's team at the AIFF football festival in Chennai was appointed Chief Coach for the Maharashtra team as well as the National selector for the India school team.
The state team beat HP (4-0), drew Delhi (3-3), in the quarter finals beat West Bengal (1-0), in the semi finals lost to Goa (0-2), in the third place game beat Jharkhand (4-2) on penalties.
The tournament was won by Uttrakhand, they beat Goa in the finals on penalties.
The following players played for Maharashtra - Utkarsh Patil (GK), Khaleel Sheikh (GK), Ajinkya Tund (GK), Vishwas Padvi (D), Rahul Roy (D), Faizan Mohammad (D), Talah Khan (D), Ranjeet Vichare (D), Arafat Ali (M), Siddharth Naik (M), Hussain Mirza (M), Suraj Kadam (M), Omkar Jadhav (M), Feroz Jilla (M), Sunny Thakur (F), Elton Quadros (F), Garric Mathias (F), Rushabh Dhere (F).
This is the first time that Maharashtra team has finished in the top three of these tournaments.

::: 5 A-Side football in Kohima :::
by Xavier Rutsa: The 2nd Futsal tournament, five A-Side football, organized by Excel United Club, Kohima, will be held at local ground, Kohima from February 2 to 7, 2009.
Excel United Club, Kohima general secretary Krodi Kenna-o urged upon football clubs, associations, unions, etc to come and take part in tournament, while also called upon to the local entrepreneur/businessmen to sponsor the six-day event.
Necessary information and data will be publicized shortly and made available at the earliest while any pre-information can be availed from Excel United Club, Kohima President David Rutsa - 9862265424 or Mr. Krodi - 9856186001.


January 25
    RESULTS & NEWS

::: SUNIL CHETRI AT COVENTRY CITY :::
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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 12 | The Cooperage Ground, Mumbai | 15.30 IST:

Air-India 1-1 Mohammedan Sporting Club <click here to read minute by minute updates>
Goals: 1-0 Singam Subash Singh (19'), 1-1 Eugene Gray (61')

AIR-INDIA: 24-Arup Debnath; 2-Haobijam Napoleon Singh, 26-Amritpal Singh, 29-Chukwuma Udofia, 6-Leighangthem Uttam Singh, 3-Ravinder Singh; 22-Surojit Roy (70' 11-Hringsolal Thomte), 28-Michael Segum Tayo, 10-Soccor Velho (77' 27-Picardo); 23-Kailash Patil (66' 25-Emanuel Ovieghara); 12-Singam Subash Singh
Unused Substitutes: 1-???, 8-Samson Singh, 17-Amuly Mondal
MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: 1-Naseem Akthar; 25-Amla Francis Nova (24' 30-Bijoy Das), 2-V Prem Kumar, 3-Madhab Kumar Das, 23-Rajib Ghosh; 14-Suraj Mondal (55' 8-Satyajit Bose), 16-Sovan Chakraborty, 20-Adebayo Tokunbo Adewusi, 27-A Jyothi Kumar (76' 5-Mir Farooq Hyder); 15-Eugene Gray, 10-Mike Okoro [C]
Unused Substitutes: 22-Tharangachan Tungshang, 17-Wasim Feroze, 24-Lalhirtuzala Tezoka, 34-Lalchhuan Awma

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Michael Segum Tayo (Air-India)

YELLOW CARDS: Michael Segum Tayo (90', Air-India); Sovan Chakraborty (66'), Madhab Kumar Das (69'), Rajib Ghosh (85', all Mohammedan Sporting)

YELLOW-RED CARDS: Michael Segum Tayo (90'+3', Air-India); Madhab Kumar Das (73', Mohammedan Sporting)

REFEREE: Pratap Singh (Services)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: M A Siddiqui (Madhya Pradesh), Andrew Shekar (Karnataka)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: P Bhaskar (Tamil Nadu)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Franco Miranda (Daman and Diu)

MATCH REPORT:
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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 12 | Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao | 16.00 IST:

Sporting Clube de Goa 0-1 Vasco Sports Club
Goals: 0-1 Lester Mark Fernandez (67')

SPORTING CLUBE: 1-Felix D'Souza; 3-Mathew Gonsalves, 6-Philip Gomes, 24-N Samananda Singh; 7-Harmanjot Singh Khabra, 14-Wilton Gomes [C], 20-Luciano Sabrosa, 26-Micky Fernandes, 22-Joseph Pereira; 10-Elijah Obagbemiro Junior, 36-Steven Fernandes
Unused Substitutes: 31-Gerald D'Mello, 15-Mauricio Freeman Peixoto, 19-Cavin Lobo, 23-Bibiano Fernandes, 28-Singam Rojen Singh, 32-Rakshak Naik, 33-Rovan Pereira
VASCO: 20-Lalmikant Kattimani; 30-Vincent Brice Pires, 32-Sherzod Nazarov, 5-Covan Lawrence, 7-Abdul Shamim; 17-Agnelo D'Souza, 19-Menino Fernandes, 31-Yorkin Nazarov, 24-Fulganco Cardozo; 29-Ravshan Teshabaev, 35-Lester Mark Fernandez
Unused Substitutes: 12-Vivek Prakash Gupta, 4-Sunil Kumar Thakur, 6-Joy Ferrao, 14-Joel Sequeira, 15-Agnelo Colaco, 16-Jose Colaco, 25-Bernardo Pires

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Lester Mark Fernandez (Vasco SC)

YELLOW CARDS: ...

RED CARDS: Yorkin Nazarov (Vasco)

REFEREE: S Suresh (Tamil Nadu)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Chris Fernandes (Maharashtra), S Ramesh (Maharashtra)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: A Rowan (Services)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: SS Shetty (Maharashtra)

MATCH REPORT:
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Hyderabad Premier League: State Bank of Hyderabad 2-0 Hyderabad Globe FC


January 24
    RESULTS & NEWS

::: LIVE MATCH CENTER TOMORROW: AIR-INDIA vs MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING CLUB :::
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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 12 | The Cooperage Ground, Mumbai | 15.30 IST:

Mahindra United 1-3 Churchill Brothers SC | <click here to read minute by minute updates>
Goals: 0-1 Felix Chimaokwu (39'), 0-2,0-3 Odafe Onyeka Okolie (63',82'), 1-3 Djidjia Douhou Pierre (89')

MAHINDRA UNITED: 1-Subhasish Roy Chowdhury; 14-Dharmaraj Ravanan, 21-Justine Stephen, 6-Lamine Tamba, 25-Debabrata Roy (58' 2-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep); 23-Steven Benedict Dias (73' 7-Sushanth Mathew), 17-Sukhwinder Singh, 29-Djidjia Douhou Pierre, 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan [C] (72' 28-Sushil Kumar Singh); 10-Chidi Edeh, 11-Mohammad Rafi
Unused Substitutes: 22-Amit Nandi, 8-Paresh Shivalkar, 16-Sunil Kumar, 19-Izumi Arata
CHURCHILL BROTHERS: 29-Arindam Bhattacharya; 8-Thokchom Naoba Singh, 19-M Gouramangi Singh, 6-M Govin Singh, 17-Robert Lalthalma; 12-Reisanmei Vashum (86' 35-T Bineesh Balan), 9-Ogba Kalu Nnanna, 15-Chitrasen Chandam Singh, 11-Khemtang Paite; 7-Felix Chimaokwu, 10-Odafe Onyeka Okolie [C] (89' 13-Mashangva Genius Zenith)
Unused Substitutes: 31-Lalit Thapa, 4-Rowilson Rodrigues, 26-Yumnam Raju Mangang, 27-Charan Rai, 37-Ashley Fernandes

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Odafe Onyeka Okolie (Churchill)

YELLOW CARDS: Lamine Tamba (31'), Justine Stephen (53'), Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep (83', all Mahindra); Khemtang Paite (16'), Robert Lalthalma (70'), Arindam Bhattacharya (77', all Churchill)

REFEREE: P Bhaskar (Tamil Nadu)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: M A Siddiqui (Madhya Pradesh), Andrew Shekar (Karnataka)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Pratap Singh (Services)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Franco Miranda (Daman and Diu)

MATCH REPORT:
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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 12 | Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta | 14.45 IST:

Chirag United SC 0-0 East Bengal Club
Goals: none

CHIRAG UNITED: 31-Somnath Khara; 13-Goutam Debnath, 2-Louis Nigi Ebami, 16-Arnab Mondal, 36-Narugopal Hait; 17-Ayeni Bidemi Daniel; 30-Gouranga Datta (81' 15-Dulal Biswas), 37-Denson Devadas (69' 27-Lalmalswama Hmar), 7-Hardip Singh Saini, 26-M Subash Singh (35' 8-Sasthi Duley); 25-Shankar Oraon
Unused Substitutes: 23-Gopal Das, 4-Kingshuk Debnath, 5-Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, 10-Ayan Chowdhury
EAST BENGAL: 24-Subrata Pal; 19-Syed Rahim Nabi, 3-Nirmal Chetri, 26-Mehraj din Wadoo, 29-Saumik Dey; 22-Sanju Pradhan (65' 4-Suley Musah), 7-Jayanta Sen, 14-Mehtab Hussain (78' 18-Ismael Addo), 8-Potsangbam Renedy Singh (46' 9-Alvito D'Cunha); 12-Yakubu Yusif, 11-Sunil Chetri
Unused Substitutes: 21-Avijit Ghosh, 2-Muttath Suresh, 10-Ashim Biswas, 23-Mumtaj Akhtar

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Somnath Khara (Chirag United)

YELLOW CARDS: Goutam Debnath (77'), Shankar Oraon (85', both Chirag United); Saumik Dey (45'+1', East Bengal)

REFEREE: PK Bose (Madhya Pradesh)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: S Shujaiuddin (Jharkhand), Naveen Sundi (Jharkhand)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: L Yaima Singh (Manipur)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Ghayasul Haque (Bihar)

MATCH REPORT:
In a scrappy game of football East Bengal Club were held to a goalless draw by Chirag United SC in their Round 12 match of the 2nd I-League at the Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta. On a pleasant winter afternoon the revival of the red-and-gold under their new coach Subhas Bhowmick had been expected, but after the match Subhas honestly said he still has a long long way to go with his team to reach the optimum. The team is currently at only 40% of their potential he added, while Chirag United coach Subrata Bhattacharjee was happy with the draw as his" small team" needs every point they can get to remain in the I-League.
The match started on a quite note with Chirag United laying their focus on defence which was spearheaded by captain Louis Nigi Ebami in deep defence and defensive screen Ayeni Bidemi Daniel, while East Bengal were looking to break their opponents defensive unit. East Bengal's midfield failed miserably throughout the match. Jayanta Sen and Mehtab Hussain had their problems to create anything worthwhile in the middle, while wingers Renedy Singh and Sanju Pradhan had difficulty to get the crosses in or when they did they didn't reach the strikers. Ghanaian striker Yakubu Yusif looked rusty and tired after the mid-season break, while Indian international Sunil Chetri had to often fall back to even touch the ball. It was Yakubu who had the best chance in the first half for the red-and-gold when he curled the ball goalwards in the 32nd minute, but the ball went over. It was Chirag United who actually had the better chances in the first session. First in the 33rd minute striker Shankar Oraon found midfielder Denson Devadas free on the left but his shot ballooned over with only keeper Subrata Pal to beat. And then in the 41st minute defender Nirmal Chetri wanted to head back to his keeper but it was too short which allowed Shankar Oraon to get to the ball before Subrata Pal but his shot just went wide to the left of the goal.
After the break East Bengal had the first look on goal in the 50th minute when Sunil Chetri got the ball outside the box and turned but his excellent shot hit the crossbar and came back into play. Thereafter Chirag United had a chance through Daniel but his shot is wide like that of Mehtab Hussain on the other side. In the 63rd minute Sunil Chetri took another brilliant attempt on goal. On receiving a pass from Yakubu he aimed for the goal, but keeper Somnath Khara made a good, solid save. Thereafter striker Shankar Oraon on a couple of occasions could have won the match for the underdogs as he dribbled past the East Bengal players but his weak finishing saved the day for East Bengal. First he beat Jayanta Sen but took a weak unaimed shot, while on the second attempt in the 75th minute he beat Nirmal Chetri in the box but his shot went wide with only the keeper to beat. Towards the end both teams seemed content with the goalless draw, but East Bengal did get a couple of chances at the end of regulation time. First a Yakubu corner curled onto the crossbar, while then Yakubu headed an Alvito D'Cunha corner wide.
With today's draw both sides earn a point and move to 13 points from 12 matches with East Bengal ahead of Chirag United in eighth position on a much better goal difference of zero, while Chirag United has -5.
East Bengal next travel to Mumbai to face Mumbai FC on Saturday, January 31 and they will miss the services of Sunil Chetri, who will be away in England for his trial at Coventry City FC. Chirag United SC meanwhile next host Mahindra United on Sunday, February 1 in Calcutta.

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Assam State Premier League - Group A: Assam State Electricity Board 1-0 Assam Police Blues
Assam State Premier League - Group B: Oil India 2-0 Assam Rifles

Hyderabad Premier League: Electrical&Mechanical Engineers 3-0 South Central Railway
The South Central Railway team didn't turn up for the match. The organizing committee suspendend the team from the league and awarded EME a 3-0 victory.


January 23
    RESULTS & NEWS

::: LIVE MATCH CENTER TOMORROW: MAHINDRA UNITED vs CHURCHILL BROTHERS SC :::
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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 12 | The Cooperage Ground, Mumbai | 15.30 IST:

Mumbai FC 0-3 Mohun Bagan AC | <click here to read minute by minute updates>
Goals: 0-1 Baichung Bhutia (73'), 0-2 Jose Ramirez Barreto (80'), 0-3 Pachau Lalam Puia (90')

MUMBAI FC: 1-Amit Singha Roy; 28-Kamaljeet Kumar, 5-Selwyn Fernandes, 2-Anes Edathodika, 19-Sanjay Parte (68' 3-James Cobblah Dissiramah); 29-Subash Chakraborty (74' 21-Aseem Kutty), 20-Riston Rodrigues, 17-Kalia Kulothungan (77' 25-Jagadish Kumar Pappiah), 10-Ahmed Felix Aboagye; 11-Abel Hammond, 9-Abhishek Yadav [C]
Unused Substitutes: 30-Lihaz Koya [GK], 7-Sampath Kumar Kuttimani, 12-Alex Ambrose, 35-Nelson Cardoz
MOHUN BAGAN: 1-Sangram Mukherjee; 5-Habibur Rehman Mondal, 14-Peter Odafe, 3-Nanjangud Shivananju Manju, 4-Deepak Kumar Mondal; 16-James Lukram Singh (87' 19-Shylo Malswam Tulunga), 37-Lal Kamal Bhowmick, 30-Marcos Pereira, 11-Ishfaq Ahmed; 15-Baichung Bhutia [C] (83' 9-Pachau Lalam Puia), 10-Jose Ramirez Barreto (90'+2' 23-Lalramluaha)
Unused Substitutes: 31-Shilton Pal, 17-Rahul Kumar, 25-Sargolsem James Singh, 27-Nallappan Mohanraj

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Baichung Bhutia (Mohun Bagan AC)

YELLOW CARDS: none

REFEREE: Pradeep Kumar (Tamil Nadu)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Andrew Shekar (Karnataka), Vijayakumar (Karnataka)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: P Bhaskar (Tamil Nadu)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Franco Miranda (Daman and Diu)

MATCH REPORT:
A display of clinical finishing by the star strikers of Mohun Bagan in the last 20 minutes of their game against the local team Mumbai FC, sent the Federation Cup champions closer to the summit of the league table. They now trail surprise package Sporting Clube by a solitary point (who have a game in hand though), and would rate well their chances to complete the domestic double after this good start with a win in the second phase of the I-League.
Mumbai FC were coming into the game on the back of seemingly impressive win against a disjointed and relegation threatened Mohammedan Sporting team only a few days back. The MFC eleven that played the majority of that game, was entrusted with the job of starting against the Kolkata giants. The presence of 5 attacking players in the form of creator Kulothunghan, winger Subhas Chakraborty, target-man and captain for the day Abhishek Yadav, and foreign striking duo of Abel Hammond and Felix, signalled a very cavalier approach by the promoted team punching above its weight this season, and indicated that they were quite serious in leapfrogging Bagan into 2nd position in the table by bagging all 3 points.
Bagan however are no Mohammedan. They went in with their tried and trusted line-up more or less, itself consisting of attacking medios of the likes of James Singh and Lalkamal Bhowmick, hard-working winger Ishfaque Ahmed, and the ever-deadly and clinical front-two of Bhaichung Bhutia and Jose Barreto.
What promised to be an end-to-end spectacle for the large-by-Cooperage-standrads-crowd, dished out a drab first half of football, with the attacking players on display finding difficulty in effectively displaying their craft. The defences held firm, while the midfileders tried to scrap as much as possible for possession on what definitely was not the most even of playing surfaces and thereby made possession play even more strenuous. Still, the large frequency of unforced turnovers, specially by the likes of Kulothunghan for Mumbai FC and Habibur for Mohun Bagan wouldn't have been well appreciated by either coach, regardless of the ground-conditions. The most eventful happenings of the half were the few occasions when MFC number two keeper Amit Singha Roy, would attempt to come to collect or punch the several balls lobbed into his area amongst the melee of bodies, but would end up doing nothing more than flap at most, or miss connecting with in the least. As luck would have it for the Mumbai side, on none of the occasions were the Bagan players able to capitalise. For MFC's part, their best half-chance came on a quickish counter-attack from the left by Subhas lobbing the ball into the box that was vollied well by Abel, but straight to the unflinching Bagan keeper Sangram.
The second half improved on that aspect, as more penalty-area action, and eventually goals, were seen. Fifteen minutes into the period, there were a flurry of crosses raiding the MFC box, from free-kicks, corners and throw-ins, taken both short and long. The Bagan players were alert in getting the ball into the box on all these occasions, while the MFC ones were not, and only half cleared them till the danger returned once again. Amit managed to punch on an occasion, while Abhishek half-cleared another. From a melee after a corner Abhishek headed clear, while Barreto almost placed his header for the opener from a quick throw-in that left MFC coach David Booth livid with his players' lack of concentration.
Finally the MFC defence could hold no longer. In the 73', Barreto showing the intensity that he carries with himself for the full 90 minutes, hassled the defenders so much so that the back-four completely lost their shape for that moment. His ball putting James clear down the right was prommtly crossed invitingly first time, where it was met unchallenged by the thumping side-volley of the serial finisher Bhaichung, much to the delight and relief of all the Bagan fans and bench.
The second goal followed soon enough in the 81' as a virtuoso effort by the talismanic Brazilian sealed the result beyond all doubt for the Kolkatans. A long diagonal on the counter into space saw Barreto anticipate the flight much better than his marker Kamaljeet, and so he was through on goal with only the keeper to beat, whom he did beat with elegant aplomb with a neat outside flick of the right foot into the far corner. The third goal was just the icing on the cake as substitute Lalawmpuiawas put through on goal by that man Barreto again, and finished perfectly with a right footed swerving shot slotted into the far corner past the hapless Amit.
A match that had not much to write home about in terms of build-up, but once again displayed what a key role match-winners and game-turners can have. Barreto and Bhaichung proved to be just that, making their opportunites count, and thus ensuring that Bagan are well on their way in contention for the League and Cup double they so desperately covet.

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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 12 | Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana | 14.00 IST:

JCT, Phagwara 2-1 Dempo SC
Goals: 1-0,2-0 Baljit Singh Sahni (1',18'), 2-1 Joaquim Abranches (88')

JCT: 1-Karanjit Singh; 2-Jaspal Singh, 4-Julius Irabor Akpele, 3-Anwar Ali, 24-Gurwinder Singh, 6-Baljit Sahni, 7-Jagpreet Singh, 28-Shivraj Singh, 25-Sakatar Singh, 10-Eduardo da Silva Escobar (58' 22-Pawan Kumar, 88' 35-Lahlimthara Mahlima), 11-Paul Macjames Nwachukwu
Unused Substitutes: 31-Prasanta Dora, 5-Narinder Singh, 17-Amandeep Singh, 19-Randeep Singh, 23-Harish Sharma
DEMPO: 21-VP Satish Kumar, 18-Valeriano Rebello (6-Peter Carvalho), 3-John Charles Dias, 23-Dominic Noronha, 4-Creson Antao, 16-Samir Naik; 8-Climax Lawrence [C], 11-Roberto Mendes Silva, 15-Clifford Miranda, 14-Anthony Pereira, 17-Joaquim Abranches
Unused Substitutes: 31-Caiado Tyson, 5-Peixoto Marcus, 22-Nicolau Borges, 28-Mahesh Gawli, 38-Shaikh Jewel Raja

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Baljit Singh Sahni (JCT)

YELLOW CARDS: Eduardo (54'), Baljit Singh Sahni (89', both JCT); Peter Carvalho (89', Dempo)

REFEREE: Dinesh Nair (Gujarat)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Mohd Kamil (Delhi), Govind Kanojia (Delhi)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Deepak Singh (Delhi)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: J Ravishankar (Delhi)

MATCH REPORT:
JCT stunned defending champions Dempo SC 2-1 in their 12th round match of the I-League held at the Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana this afternoon. Baljit Singh Sahni scored twice for JCT, while Joaquim Abranches was only able to reduce the deficit for the Goans. In the very first minute, it was a good move initiated by Sakatar Singh, who sent an overlapping pass to Paul Macjames Nwachukwu who again headed it towards Eduardo and he found Baljit Singh Sahni in front of a melee at the Dempo goalpost and Baljit wasted no time to score by left footer to give valuable lead to JCT. Stung by the early setback, Dempo attacked vigorously and came up with a couple of splendid opportunities in the next ten minutes, however JCT's defence lead by Julius Irabor Akpele foiled all the moves initiated by Dempo. In the 18th minute, it was again Baljit Singh Sahni who scored with his rasping right footer after taking a pass from Eduardo. Dempo's Roberto Mendes Silva missed the chance of scoring from a free-kick awarded to them when his shot went very high above the JCT goalpost. The rest of the first session was totally confined to midfield action.
In the second half, Dempo had chances of scoring through Beto and Anthony Pereira, but they failed to score despite their all-out efforts. JCT's Pawan Kumar who entered the field as a substitute for Eduardo missed a brilliant chance of scoring in a one-on-one situation in the 65th minute of the game. Towards the end of play, Dempo reduced the margin in the 88th minute through Joaquim Abranches.
With this win JCT earned three valuable points and moved up to seventh place with a total of 15 points, while Baljit Singh Sahni was adjudged Man of the Match for his fine performance. For champions Dempo it was another setback as they suffered their second defeat in four days and remain on 17 points.

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Assam State Premier League - Group A: Salbagan Sports Club 1-5 9th Assam Police Battalion
Assam State Premier League - Group B: Moran Town Club 0-5 Food Corporation Of India

Hyderabad Premier League: Hyderabad Globe FC 0-1 Army Ordinance Corps

::: Delhi Senior Division - A preliminary round review by Sanjay Kumar :::
It has been an interesting first session of the DSA Annual Soccer League 2008-09. After a prolonged delay the league finally kicked-off on December 26. After a couple of hiccups in the beginning, the DSA finally managed to get their things on the right way... click here to read

::: Kuwait: India to take on Congo :::
India will take on Congo in the Kuwait Afro-Asian 9-A Side international football tournament organized by the Lighthouse Church, Kuwait. The finals of the tournament will be played today, 23rd January 2009, at Sharq Grounds at 2pm.
In the semifinals played last Friday on 16th January, India, represented by Navelim Youth Centre - reigning Kuwait Indian Football League Champions in Kuwait, beat Nigeria in the tie-breaker after a goalless 30-30 minutes game. India goalkeeper Britto Pereira was at his best under the bar while John Furtado, Ian D'Souza and Duarte Ferrao excelled upfront. Team India is captained by Cruz Rodrigues and coached by Johnny Louis & Gasper Crasto.
In the other semifinal Congo beat Sri Lanka in a strongly contested game.


January 22
    RESULTS & NEWS

::: LIVE MATCH CENTER: MUMBAI FC vs MOHUN BAGAN AC :::
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Hyderabad Premier League: State Bank of Hyderabad 3-5 Electrical&Mechanical Engineers

Sunil Chetri set for Conventry City trial::: Sunil Chetri set for Coventry City trial :::
East Bengal and India striker Sunil Chetri has been offered a trial with English club Coventry City. The 'Sky Blues' are currently ranked 13th in the The Coca-Cola Championship.
Coventry boss Chris Coleman is keen to have a closer look at the Indian international after seening video footage of the Indian star. Chetri was originally supposed to go for the trials on the 22nd. Chetri hasn't officially sought leave from East Bengal who resume in the I-League on Saturday against Chirag United and hence neither the player nor the club had any official reaction. Thereafter, he is scheduled to fly to Delhi and head to England for the trials.
Chetri will arrive in England on Sunday evening and have his first training session with Coventry City on Monday morning.

::: AIFF might take action against IFA :::
The AIFF has expressed its displeasure with the organization of the Federation Cup final by IFA last December. The executive committee has decided to refer the matter to the disciplinary committee to determine whether action should be taken against the IFA.
Fans invaded the pitch after Mohun Bagan AC clinched the title and a well-organised winners ceremony was made impossible! Also the Federation Cup trophy suffered some damage during the invasion and things went out of control!
The AIFF has now decided to set up a committee to review security arrangements before the start of all national level tournaments.

::: JCT vs Dempo SC to kick-off at 14.00 IST :::
PFA Press Release: It gives us immense pleasure to inform all the football lovers that JCT shall play its home match against Dempo Sports Club, Goa in the ongoing ONGC I-League 2008-2009 at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on Friday the 23rd January 2009. This match shall start at 14.00 IST.


January 21
    RESULTS & NEWS

Friendly Match | Kanchenjungha Stadium, Siliguri
Siliguri Mayor's XI 0-6 FC Bayern Munich II
Goals: 0-1 Holger Badstuber (10'), 0-2 Thomas Müller (14'), 0-3,0-5 Stephan Fürstner (41',73'), 0-4,0-6 Deniz Yilmaz (67',85')

MAYOR'S XI: ...
FC BAYERN II: ...

Assam State Premier League - Group A: Salbagan Sports Club - Assam State Electricity Board
Assam State Premier League - Group B: Moran Town Club 0-4 Assam Rifles

Hyderabad Premier League: Army Ordinance Corps - South Central Railway - MATCH ABONNENDED
The match between Army Ordinance Corps and South Central Railway had to be abonnended, after players of both teams got involved in a fight. The situation escalated after a controversial decision by the Referee James.
According to league organizer Alim Khan a dispute started on the referees decision on a reckless foul committed by SCR player Alfred, who further manhandled an AOC player. Instead showing Alfred the marching order and giving AOC the advantage, the referee took a decision in SOC's favour. Several players got indulged in a fight and spectators intruded the ground and had their part in the riot.
The disciplinary committee headed by Alim Khan and Venugopal (Technical Director) decided to award both teams with one point each, "as there were some players who were involved in the fight rather than the whole team". Further the committee suspended four players from South Central Railway, two players from Army Ordinance Corps and also match referee James for the rest of the season.

::: Manchester United approach Sahara Group for new shirt sponsorship :::
English giants Manchester United have sent a shirt sponsorship proposal to the Sahara Group, some 16 months before the end of their current deal with American insurance giants AIG.
United's four-year $100 million deal with AIG runs until the end of next season and a club spokesman confirmed that Sahara were one of the companies approached as a potential replacement.
Abhijit Sarkar, Sahara Group spokesman: "We can confirm that we have received a proposal for team sponsorship, it is an elaborate one. We received the proposal a few days ago. At this stage I cannot give any more details."

::: AIFF Executive Committee announces several decisions :::
The AIFF Executive Committee, presided by Praful Patel, met at the Football House today and made several decisions.
Following decisions were taken:
• 2nd Division I-League - The qualifiers for the 2nd division of the I-League 2008/09 will kick-off in the last week of February. The two top teams from each group will qualify for the Final Round. The Dates and Venues for the final round will be decided later on.
Group A (Venue: Assam): ONGC, Oil India Ltd, George Telegraph SC, Bengal Mumbai FC, Lajong SSC
Group B (Venue: Gurgaon): Amity United SC, Pune FC, New Delhi Heroes, Simla Youngs, SESA Football Academy
Group C (Venue: Kerala): Salgaocar SC, Viva Kerala, Happy Entertainment, Malabar United FC, Chandni FC, Titanium XI
• 63rd Santosh Trophy - The 63rd edition of the Santosh Trophy will be held in Tamil Nadu in the first week of May.
• 114th IFA Shield - The IFA Shield will be held in September.
• 121st Durand Cup - The Durand Cup will be held in December.
• 18th Datta Ray Trophy (U-21) - The tournament has been postponed as requested by the Goa Football Association and will kick-off on April 15.
• 17th Women National Championships - The tournament has been postponed as requested by the Tamil Nadu Football Association and will be held in the last week of February.
• Sub-Committees - The AIFF will form all its sub-committees in February. All state associations have been asked to nominate two members each for appointment for these sub-committees.
• Allotment of tournaments - The AIFF secretariat has been asked to prepare a blue-print for the allotment of tournaments. A blue-print will be prepared and sent to all member associations. The final venue allotment will be approved by the committee.

The new Wembley of India::: New Wembley of India is launched :::
StadiArena Press Release: TransStadia StadiArena (India) Pvt Ltd & Government of Gujarat (GoG) together to build a magnificent multi – facility stadium in India, and the 1st of its kind in the world.
At the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor Summit 2009, Honourable Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi announced this project. Today is an historic day for it marks the signing of an important memorandum of understanding between the Government of Gujarat and TransStadia StadiArena (India) Private Limited. It will be the world's first truly multi-purpose stadium, which will be built in Ahmedabad city, Gujarat, India. This memorandum provides for a Public Private Partnership, which will marry the political vision in the person of Honourable Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi with the entrepreneurial skills and enthusiasm in the person of Udit Sheth of the Setco Group to create this facility.
Total investment in the venture of approximately Rs. 200 crs (GBP 30 million approx, build cost-equivalent to 180 million GBP in UK), to create a world-class venue, which by using British technology, will revolutionise the way stadiums and stands are built around the world. The facility will incorporate a 33000 seater stadium built to world-class standards. Udit Sheth, SE TransStadia's MD & CEO said “We want this project in India, a first in the world; allowing us to deliver state-of-the-art facilities and acting as the centre of excellence for sports development and events. This is the paradigm shift India needs and will take India to the world”.
SE TransStadia of Mumbai and StadiArena UK has signed a JV to look at delivering several such projects in India. With the unique and globally patented technology that converts an outdoor stadium into an indoor arena within minutes, this project promises to deliver revenue, legacy and community development. An otherwise idle investment during the majority of a stadium lifetime this new technology can now use these dormant locations and bring them to life with family and corporate events, added to world-class sports events and education. The brainchild of Paul Fletcher MBE, after three years of research and with the international team of architects, designers and project managers, StadiArena was launched in October 2007. Within months StadiArena received their first order from Burnley FC and currently numerous other contracts are being negotiated throughout Europe, China, USA and Brazil.
“Having our first operational StadiArena in such a visionary and progressive city as Ahmedabad is truly an exciting prospect”, said Fletcher. “Due for completion in 2010, the build schedule is impressive, and we have total confidence in our partnership with TransStadia”.
Once the construction is complete, it is envisaged that the Ahmedabad stadium facilities will also host a World- Class Sporting [branded] Academy, training India's stars of the future, assisting the National team's and Vision India's objective of producing a world class, competitive team in men and ladies, junior and professional international competitions.
The Government of Gujarat feels that by utilising the experience and knowledge of StadiArena coupled with TransStadia's ongoing management, they will be leap-frogging several generations of stadium design and build technology, which is a logical progression for the 2nd largest developing economy in the world Applicable to new builds as well as refurbishments, StadiArena can be incorporated within football, rugby, cricket, and hockey among other sporting developments – in-fact any spectator stand.
At the push of a button you can now convert an outdoor stadium in to an indoor arena within 6 minutes, and audiences of between 2,000 and in excess of 20,000 people can be accommodated. With costs recouped within 3 to 5 years, StadiArena cannot only be financially viable on a stand-alone basis, it can even underwrite the entire business case of a new stadium.

::: PIFA Director appointed coach for Maharashtra DSO U-14 boys team :::
PIFA Press Release: Twenty two state teams will participated in the 54th National School Games football tournament U-14 boys 2008-09 being conducted at St.Dominic Savio & Holy Family School both in Andheri organised by the Govt of Maharashtra, Dept of Sports & Youth Welfare
PIFA Director Mr Nirvan Shah after returning successful with the Maharashtra U-14 girl's team form the AIFF football festival in Chennai has been appointed the chief coach for the Maharashtra DSO U-14 schools team as well as the National selector for the India DSO school team. Mr Shivaji Patil (Shiv Chatrapati Shivaji Award winner and NIS coach) has been appointed the Manager for the team.
The following players are in the Maharashtra team - Khaleel Sheikh (GK), Ajinkya Tund (GK), Vishwas Padvi (D), Utkarsh Patil (D), Rahul Roy (D), Faizan Mohammad (D), Jalah Khan (D), Ranjeet Vichare (D),Arafat Ali (M), Siidharth Naik (M), Hussain Mirza (M), Suraj Kadam (M), Omkar Jadhav (M), Feroz Jilla (M), Sunny Thakur (F), Elton Quadros (F), Garric Mathias (F), Rushabh Dhere (F)
Match schedule: Himachal Pradesh @ 22 Jan 10am; Delhi @ 23 Jan 8 am at St Dominic Savio ground.


January 20
    RESULTS & NEWS

IndianFootball.Com | I-League

I-League Special
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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 11 | The Cooperage Ground, Mumbai | 15.30 IST:

Mumbai FC 3-0 Mohammedan Sporting Club | <click here to read minute by minute updates>
Goals: 1-0 Riston Rodrigues (35'), 2-0 Kalia Kulothungan (44'), 3-0 Abhishek Yadav (74')

MUMBAI FC: 1-Amit Singha Roy; 28-Kamaljeet Kumar, 5-Selwyn Fernandes, 29-Subash Chakraborty, 2-Anes Edathodika; 19-Sanjay Parte [C], 20-Riston Rodrigues, 17-Kalia Kulothungan, 21-Aseem Kutty (25' 9-Abhishek Yadav); 11-Abel Hammond (76' 12-Alex Ambrose), 10-Ahmed Felix Aboagye (66' 7-Sampath Kumar Kuttimani)
Unused Substitutes: 18-John Benedict, 24-Peter Siddiqui, 25-Peter Siddique, 30-Lihaz Koya
MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: 22-Tharangachan Tungshang; 2-V Prem Kumar, 3-Madhab Kumar Das, 25-Amla Francis Nova, 27-Jothi Kumar; 8-Satyajit Bose (45' 14-Mohan Chakraborty), 16-Sovan Chakraborty, 20-Adebayo Tokunbo Adewusi, 5-Mir Farooq Hyder (61' 30-Bijoy Das); 10-Mike Okoro [C], 24-Lalhirtuzala Tezoka (53' 18-Vimal Pariyar)
Unused Substitutes: 1-Naseem Akthar, 17-Wasim Feroze, 23-Rajib Ghosh, 34-Lalchhuan Awma

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Anes Edathodika (Mumbai FC)

YELLOW CARDS: none

REFEREE: A Rowan (Services)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: G Tambiraj (Tamil Nadu), SB Saha (Delhi)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Dinesh Nair (Gujrat)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: AUK Nair (Gujrat)

MATCH REPORT:
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Assam State Premier League - Group A: Assam Police Blues 1-0 9th Assam Police Battalion - Goal: 1-0 Rabijit Jigdung (22')
Assam State Premier League - Group B: Oil India 3-0 Food Corporation Of India - Goals: 1-0 Bhupen Gogoi (1'), 2-0,3-0 Stephan Njoh (66',?')

Hyderabad Premier League: State Bank of Hyderabad 2-0 Bharat Dynamics Limited

SoccerexGlobalisation of International Football to be tackled at the Soccerex Brasilia Forum
As technological and economic advances break-down the world's international barriers, footballer's career paths are becoming increasingly global. Players of various nationalities are travelling to all corners of the world to ply their trade and subsequently qualifying for dual-nationality. This was best illustrated at the 2008 European Championship where no less than 33 different countries of birth were represented amongst the tournaments 16 nations. To discuss this increasing trend and its impact on international football, Soccerex have assembled some of the game's greatest players and managers including Carlos Alberto Torres, Ossie Ardiles and Gerard Houllier.
Carlos Alberto Torres, the 1970 Brazilian world winner and captain of possibly the greatest ever international team, will share his thoughts on the high number of Brazilian nationals currently representing other nations. Whether it is Eduardo da Silva playing for Croatia or Deco playing for Portugal does he feel it is damaging to Brazilian football or a positive step for an individual's choice?
Also appearing on this star-studded line-up is the Argentinean world cup winner Ossie Ardiles. As a player and manager he has worked in South America, Europe and Asia. Will his global career lead him to encourage this current transient approach to nationality or does he feel players should represent the country of their birth? As one of the first non-Europeans to play in English football, what are his views on FIFA's plans to limit the number of foreign players a domestic league side can field and does he ever envisage a similar FIFA ruling for international football?
Completing this panel is Gerard Houllier, one of the most knowledgeable people in the game, who throughout his career has played a prominent role in the development of the French national team. Whilst working for the French FA and overseeing Clairefontaine, France's world-famous youth development programme, did they ever lose talent they nurtured to other national teams? His thoughts will also be of particular interest given France's historic ties to West-Africa, and the influx of African born players such as Marcel Desailly and Patrick Vieira to the national team.
As football is the most globally played sport should this movement of players be considered a threat to international football or should we celebrate this liberal approach to how individuals qualify for a national team?
These internationally renowned speakers will examine this contentious issue at the inaugural Soccerex Brasilia Forum (17 – 18 March). This panel is part of a packed conference programme featuring senior industry executives addressing topics ranging from the business opportunities in Brazil to addressing the stadia requirements and expertise needed in the home of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. For further updates regarding this two-day business forum visit www.soccerex.com/brasilia



January 19
    RESULTS & NEWS

IndianFootball.Com | I-League

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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 11 | The Cooperage Ground, Mumbai | 15.30 IST:

Mahindra United 3-1 Dempo SC | <click here to read minute by minute updates>
Goals: 1-0 Mohammad Rafi (39'), 1-1 Roberto Mendes Silva (49'), 2-1 Chidi Edeh (78'), 3-1 Djidjia Douhou Pierre (83')

MAHINDRA: 1-Subhasish Roy Chowdhury; 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan [C], 21-Justine Stephen, 6-Lamine Tamba, 14-Dharmaraj Ravanan; 8-Paresh Shivalkar (55' 19-Izumi Arata), 17-Sukhwinder Singh, 29-Djidjia Douhou Pierre, 23-Steven Benedict Dias; 10-Chidi Edeh (90'+3' 16-Sunil Kumar), 11-Mohammad Rafi (65' 2-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep)
Unused Substitutes: 22-Amit Nandi, 5-Harpreet Singh, 12-Manjit Singh, 28-Sushil Kumar Singh
DEMPO: 21-VP Satish Kumar; 18-Valeriano Rebello, 23-Dominic Noronha, 28-Mahesh Gawli, 4-Cressan Antao; 14-Anthony Pereira, 8-Climax Lawrence [C], 11-Roberto Mendes Silva, 15-Clifford Miranda; 9-Ranty Martins Soleye, 17-Joaquim Abranches
Unused Substitutes: 31-Tyson Caiado, 3-John Charles Dias, 5-Marcus Peixato, 6-Peter Carvalho, 12-Jerry Zirsanga, 22-Nicolau Borges, 38-Jewel Raja Shaikh

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Chidi Edeh (Mahindra United)

YELLOW CARDS: Ranty Martins Soleye (51', Dempo SC)

REFEREE: Dinesh Nair (Gujrat)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: G Tambiraj (Tamil Nadu), SB Saha (Delhi)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: A Rowan (Services)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: AUK Nair (Gujrat)

MATCH REPORT:
Zero. That is the number of times Armando Colaco's Dempo has beaten Mahindra United in any competitive game since the 2005-06 season, when Derrick Pereira took charge of the Mumbai powerhouse. Considering that these two teams have won all four of the previous editions of the top tier of Indian league football amongst them, it is an achievement the Mumbai Jeepmen can be proud of to a decent extent.
But only that.
This victory, albeit a handsome one over the champions and AFC semi-finalists, should not let the players and the team get ahead of themselves. United are still languishing in the lower reaches of the table, where a team of their budget, pedigree, and professionalism does not belong, averaging roughly a point a game, a goal scored a game, and a goal conceded a game - all after half their season over.
For Dempo, the much expected fatigue of constant travelling and playing in Asia and India simultaneosuly and continuously, seems to be slowly taking its toll. The fact Mahindra scored their second and third goals in the last 15 minutes, and were not offered much resistance in that period was a highlight in point. Dempo might have a consistent well-knit squad, but it is an aging squad none the less.
The match always promised to be a spectacle for the purist follower of football. When allowed, Mahindra like to play football, what with the tricks and flick of their mercurial playmaker Douhou pulling the strings in midfield. Dempo themselves are a team who pride themselves on their football aesthete, that they so regularly churn up for the spectators when Beto, Clifford, Climax, Ranty et al are in full flight with their slow-smooth passing and build-up. And hence the first half played out that way, with one not realising how the 45 minutes flew away. There were chances for either team in the half, and Mahindra took theirs for the opening goal thanks to a clever set-piece routine that worked following a short quick pass played by Steven Dias, who was initially shaping up to strike direct, to Sukhwinder Singh who let it rip and worked Dempo keeper Satish Kumar. Sukhwinder is known for a rasping long-ranger, and had already made his intentions clear with two previous attempts, close but wide on those occasions. This time Satish flapped, as he did often during the course of the game for the Mahindra long-range attempts, and man-of-match and ex-Dempo striker Chidi Edeh was alert to square the rebound onto the path of his predatory and hard-working strike partner Mohammed Rafi to tap into the net for the opener.
The second half was a much more lively affair over all, as the Goans wanted to get back on level terms. However, it was Mahindra who blew a chance to double their lead, as Douhou shot over when it was easier to miss following a good counter-attack as the ball found its way onto his running path from the right, he trapped well first time with his left foot, but tried to bang it in with his preferred right. Maybe a left-footed second-touch to guide the ball into the net would have been more prudent with the open goal gaping, but only Douhou would know why he did what he did, and the split-second circumstances for that. A few minutes later, and Mahindra must have felt their profligacy would prove fatal, as Dempo equalised from a move that Mahindra coach Derrick would have regarded as quite defendable. Ranty was not closed down - a cardinal sin - and let rip from 25 yards. The ball struck the underside of the cross-bar, and the intelligent and alert Beto was the first to react as he composedly nodded the rebound into the net, past a flailing Subhashis Roy Chowdhury, who had been beaten by the initial and unstoppable Ranty scorcher.
Following the equaliser, the match became a scrap for a while, as both teams went for the win realising a point was equivalent to dropping two on their road to this season's ambitions. Derrick Pereira for his part was often seen remonstrating vociferously against what he thought were perceived wrong decisions against his teams. So much so, that referee Dinesh Nair had to run across, and gave a stern warning to the Mahindra coach, threatening dismissal to the stands. Luckily for the Mahindra bench however, that did not happen. Rather, Douhou and Chidi tuned on the style and scored goals two and three, assisting each other in the build ups.
As the Dempo players visibly tired, and didn't close down space quick enough, Douhou's precise angled through lob found Chidi's run into space behind the defenders to perfection, and he had only to place the ball into the net from the narrowest of angles, leaving Dempo's stalwart defender Mahesh Gawli fuming in anguish as to the ease with which one ball had unshackled the champions' entire defence.
The next hammer blow for the Goans followed soon enough, as on a counter-attack, Chidi stromed down the right touchline, lobbing a cross in for only Douhou as target in the box. The Cote d'Ivoirian midielder judged the flight to perfection this time, and made no mistake like his earler gaffe, as he deftly headed back across and into the goal, too far beyond the reach of the hapless Satish.
The game was over as a contest then and there.
And so Armando Colaco still has to wait for another day to get the better of Derrick Pereira's red-devils.

POST-MATCH COMMENTS:

Derrick Pereira (Coach, Mahindra United):
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• We won the much needed three points!
• The boys played with great attitude to win and knowing that we are playing the champion, motivated all the more!
• We need to carry on from here!

Mahesh Gawli (Defender, Dempo SC):
exclusively to IndianFootball.Com
• It was bad luck in the end!
• We had lot of chances after equalising, but failed to convert the chances we had.
• It was a 50-50 match.

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Friendly Match | East Bengal Club Ground
East Bengal Club 1-5 FC Bayern Munich II
Goals: 0-1,0-2,0-4 Deniz Yilmaz (4',27',42'), 0-3 Thomas Müller (29'), 1-4 Sunil Chetri (52'), 1-5 Marco Stier (69')

EAST BENGAL: 24-Subrata Pal; 17-Syed Rahim Nabi, 3-Nirmal Chetri, 4-Suley Musah (14-Mehtab Hussain), 29-Soumik Dey; 22-Sanju Pradhan, 7-Jayanta Sen, 26-Mehraj din Wadoo, 25-Parveen Kumar (9-Alvito D'Cunha); 16-Saheb Ali Mondol (10-Ashim Biswas), 11-Sunil Chetri
FC BAYERN II: 1-Maximilian Riedmüller; 3-Oliver Stierle, 4-Georg Niedermeier, 5-Christian Saba, 16-Stefan Schürf; 6-Holger Badstuber, 13-Tom Schütz, 21-Thomas Müller, 22-Marco Stier; 10-Deniz Yilmaz, 17-Viktor Bopp

Hyderabad Premier League: Electrical & Mechanical Engineers 0-1 Hyderabad Globe FC

::: I-League 2008/09 resumes today - A preview by Swagatam Banerjee :::
The 2nd ONGC I-League 2008-2009 resumes today after a seven week break with the rescheduled match between Mumbai giants Mahindra United and their Goan rivals Dempo SC at the Cooperage in Mumbai. The match was originally scheduled for 27th November, 2008 but had to be put off after the notorious terror attacks in Mumbai the previous day.
IndianFootball.Com brings you up-to-date with a small glimpse of the 2nd edition of the ONGC I-League so far... click here to read

::: PIO Ricky Bains signs for Macclesfield Town FC :::
Former Coventry City FC Academy player Ricky Bains signed a contract until the end of the season with English League Two side for Macclesfield Town FC on Thursday. The 20 year old centre half had earlier played for Coventry City Juniors & Reserves, Accrington Stanley and some semi-professional sides.
This is more good news for British Asian football after Aman Verma signed a contract with Leicester City FC a few weeks ago.

::: IIM - Lucknow Manfest 2009: Sports Conclave :::
The Indian Institute of Management - Lucknow organised a Sports Conclave as part of its Manfest 2009 on Sunday, January 18, 2009. The aim of the Sports Conclave was to give the IIM's Business school students a first hand chance to hear from industry experts about the sports industry, the roadmap for the growth of the industry, their chances in sports management and as entrepreneurs in sports.
The Sports Conclave had participants from different sporting fields with Gaurav Kalra (Sports Editor of CNN-IBN), Santanu Chari (Marketing Head of IPL champions Rajasthan Royals), Sukhvinder Singh (AIFF Marketing Manager), Sabbir Alam (Operations Manager, IOS India), Dijam Panigrahi (IIM Lucknow student, IIML Football Team captain) and Arunava Chaudhuri (IndianFootball.Com Founder & CEO) all speaking about different aspects of sports and its management.
Our own Arunava had the task of speaking about ""Enterpreneurship & the sports industry" where he talked about our site IndianFootball.Com, where we have come from and where we hope our site is heading in the future as an example of where idealism, passion and dedication can take a site like IndianFootball.Com.
Afterwards the students where very eager to interact with the panelists and get more insights into Sports in India, its chances and opportunities, but also questioning about the prevailing problems which ail Indian sports in general. The sports of Cricket and Football where the main topics of discussion with comparisons being drawn.


January 18
    RESULTS & NEWS

Assam State Premier League - Group A: Assam State Electricity Board 6-2 9th Assam Police Battalion
Assam State Premier League - Group B: Assam Rifles 5-0 Food Corporation Of India

Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Youngmen SC 0-3 New Delhi Heroes - Goals: 0-1 Jatin Rai (28'), 0-2 Manish Khatri (40'), 0-3 Amjad Ali (75').

Hyderabad Premier League: South Central Railway 7-1 Bharat Dynamics Limited

::: I-League to continue LIVE at IndianFootball.Com tomorrow :::
The I-League is set to continue with the match Mahindra United vs. Dempo Sports Club at 'The Cooperage' tomorrow.
The Round 11 match was originally scheduled to be played in November, but had to be postponed due to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
IndianFootball.Com will be having LIVE COVERAGE of the match at our well-known MATCH CENTER! The match will kick-off at 15.30 IST / 11.00 CET / 10.00 GMT.

::: TATA Tea Jaago Re Soccer Stars 2009 in Delhi :::
Defending champions "The Air Force School", Subrata Park once again proved invincible in the Delhi leg of the TATA Tea Jaago Re Soccer Stars 2009 tournament. "The Air Force School", Subrata Park "A" Team thrased St. Columba's School "B" Team 5-0 in the final held at St. Columba's School. Certainly "The Air Force School" proved to be a hard nut to crack for the rest of the participating school in the Delhi leg of the natiowide tournament. The talent and the skill showed by "The Air Force School" boys needs to be apreciated. The kids showed a great temprament throughout the whole tournament and it was amazing to see that the future of Indian football looks promising. The final proved to be a one-sided affair for the TAFS boys as they scored 5 goals to take away the match from the St. Columba's boys. For the TAFS, Ginjapao Haokip scored a brace while Jigmet, Aawma and Daniel scored one goal each.
Earlier in the semifinal "The Air Force School" defeated St. Columba's "A" Team 4-0 with Daniel scoring all the four goals for his team, while St. Columba's "B" team suprised everyone by defeating DPS, Vasantkunj in the semifinal by a solitary goal. The tournament ended on a high note with 51 schools from all over the state participating in it. The tournament is also a great platform for the youngsters to represent themselves as one of the best in India and to be part of the Indian team, which will be trained by the Arsenal coaches for two weeks in Calcutta in May 2009. Afterwards they will head to London to participate in the Arsenal Internatiomal Football Festival. The Indian boys are also the defending champions of the 'plate division' when they defeated the African representatives 3-0 in the 2008 edition.
Some big names of the game were also presents at the tournament to brace the ocassion and encourage the youngsters. Manoranjan Bhattacharjee (former India & East Bengal Club captain), DSA secretary NK Bhatia and former Iranian international and East Bengal player Jamshid Nassiri were the special guests.
Speaking exclusively to IndianFootball.Com Jamshid Nassiri said: "It is a great platform for the youngsters to show their talent. Last year we had a tremendous outing in the UK and the coaches from Arsenal were impressed with some of our guys."
"We are amazed to see that more than 50 school have turned up for the Delhi leg! India has got tremendous talent and that a good news! The most important thing we need to do is to gel them together and provide a platform from where they can make it big in a professional way," Nassiri added.
The selectors were so impressed with the Delhi boys that they selected five boys for the final selection camp, instead of choosing three players according to the tournament regulations.
The selected players are: Daniel Lalruaithianga, PC Lalhrialhuia (both "The Air Force School", Subrata Park), Michael S Chongthu (St. Columba's School), Kislay Singh Sajwan (DPS, Vasantkunj) and Abhay Gujral (Sri Ram School, Gurgaon).
The individual prizes were awarded to Rakshit Bhalla (Best Goalkeeper / DPS, Vasantkunj), Daniel Lalruaithianga (Golden boot winner / "The Air Force School", Subrata Park), Michael S Chongthu (Most valuable player / St. Columba's School).


January 17
    RESULTS & NEWS

Friendly Match | Barasat | Kick-off: 15.00 IST
East Bengal Club 0-1 FC Bayern Munich II
Goals: 0-1 Deniz Yilmaz (3').

EAST BENGAL: 21-Avijit Ghosh; 17-Syed Rahim Nabi, 3-Nirmal Chetri, 29-Soumik Dey, 32-Gautam Kujur (?' 14-Mumtaj Akhtar); 22-Sanju Pradhan, 7-Jayanta Sen, 15-Dharamjit Singh (?' 17-Khangembam Jibon Singh, ?' 9-Alvito D'Cunha), 14-Mehtab Hussain; 16-Saheb Ali Mondol, 25-Parveen Kumar (10-Ashim Biswas)
FC BAYERN II: 1-Maximilian Riedmüller; 3-Oliver Stierle, 4-Georg Niedermeier, 5-Christian Saba, 16-Stefan Schürf; 6-Holger Badstuber, 13-Tom Schütz, 21-Thomas Müller, 22-Marco Stier; 10-Deniz Yilmaz, 17-Viktor Bopp

Assam State Premier League - Group A: Assam Police Blues 3-0 Salbagan Sports Club
Assam State Premier League - Group B: Oil India 3-0 Moran Town Club

Delhi Senior Division - Group B: Tarun Sangha 0-4 Indian National FC - Goals: 0-1,0-2 Amjad Hussain (67',68'), 0-3 Manish Mathani (74'), 0-4 Gyan Moin Thapa (76',pen).

Hyderabad Premier League: State Bank of Hyderabad 1-1 Army Ordinance Corps

Mumbai Elite Division - Super 7: Western Railway 5-1 Mumbai United

AIFF Under-13 Football Festival - Jamshedpur: Delhi 1-1 Tamil Nadu - Goals: 0-1 Poomis Kutan, 1-1 Vikram Bhatti.

::: Shastri FC player found guilty :::
The Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) announced their verdict on the official protest by City FC against their arch rivals Shastri FC for fielding ineligible players in their local league encounter. The DSA awarded City FC three points and and a 3-0 win for the match.
The meeting was headed by the chairman of the Delhi League sub-committee OP Malhotra and convenor Syed Shaheen. The decision in favor of City FC paved them their way into the Super League on a better goal difference.


January 16
    RESULTS & NEWS

Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Youngmen SC 1-1 Garhwal Heroes - Goals: 1-0 Dipakar Roy (47',pen), 1-1 Pappu (55').
Delhi Senior Division - Group B: City FC 2-0 Indian Air Force (Palam) - Goals: 1-0 Mohammed Azad (42'), 2-0 Akshay (43').

Hyderabad Premier League: Electrical & Mechanical Engineers 1-1 Bharat Dynamics Limited

33rd Kerala State Club Championship - Final:
State Bank of Travancore, Trivandrum 1-0 Viva Kerala, Cochin
Goals: 1-0 Mohammad Shafi (33').
SBT: 1-Jean Christian;4-Surjith PV, 12-Sarath BT, 25-Sajith, 16-Edison; 24-Mohammad Shafi, 11-Martyn John, 6-Kabeer AB, 8-Mohammad Harris; 23-Mohammad Rasi (72' 14-Mohammad Aslam), 19-Asif Zaheer (90' 13-Aneesh)
Unused Substitutes: 5-Johnson N, 10-Kannan R, 22-Sreeju
VIVA: 1-Anoop NM; 23-Mohammad Shihab, 4-Sylla Mansa, 2-Noushad, 5-Satish Kumar; 11-Sakeer (70' 13-Jain Raj), 22-KV Lalu, 10-Mohammad Conte, 17-Sirajudeen; 16-Shahbaz Shaleel (90' 14-Karma), 24-Shibinlal (57' 18-Sanid)
Unused Substitutes: 27-Shahinlal, 25-Sarath
Yellow Cards: Martin John (41', SBT), Sakeer (32', Viva Kerala).
Referee: Abdul Nazar

33rd Kerala State Club ChampionshipMatch Report: State Bank of Travancore yet again proved they are second to none in Kerala football as they clinched the 33rd Kerala State Club Championship, while going past their arch rivals Viva Kerala 1-0. The bankmen secured the prestigious state championship title for the fourth time, while Viva Kerala's attempt to record their name in the winner's list failed once again. The match took place in-front of a sell-out crowd of 15,000.
Both teams took on the final with several key players missing out with injuries. SBT were already without Abdul Hakkim and Abdul Noushad, who were suspended for participating in an illegal seven's tournament. Veteran defender Abdul Basheer and Harsha Rehman were out due to injuries, while Viva Kerala were forced to leave out Firoze, Sabeeth CS and Shahin Lal.
The match started off with a first attempt on goal by Viva Kerala in the 4th minute, when captain KV Lalu tried his luck from 30 yards. His shot was well saved by SBT keeper Jean Christian. SBT, a team which is known for its attacking football, registered their first chance a few minutes later. Martyn John was fouled just outside the penalty box and the resulting free-kick was delivered by the centre back Surjith whose shot was superbly pulled out by the reserve keeper Anoop. In the very next minute SBT had to defend a free-kick after Shaleel was fouled outside the penalty box. Mansa tried his luck and it almost paid off as the ball hit the cross-bar and went out.
SBT drew the first blood in the 33rd minute when Mohammad Shafi, the younger brother of Mahindra striker Mohammad Rafi, pouched on to a through ball from Martyn John and fired a shot on target. The ball struck the bar and went in, as the Viva keeper looked helpless. After taking the lead SBT played an unusual game as they became more defensive and were playing a rough game to secure the lead until the break.
If the first half was the tale of two teams going neck to neck then the second half was dominated by only one team! Viva Kerala controlled the match and exceled a power-play to keep SBT deep in their own half and tried hard to get the equaliser. The hard work of coach Sreedharan boy's were a whisker away from getting rewarded as KV Lalu's free kick from just above the corner flag was superbly headed headed on target by Shahbaz Shaleel. But the ball clashed the cross-bar and went out to the frustration of the Viva players. Viva Kerala kept on increasing the pressure, but the bankmen held kept them off-target.
The young Viva Kerala team (average age of 20 years) did their best possible to clinch the equaliser, but had to surrender to a qute lucky SBT team, who retained their title.
"We are performing much better as a team after the appointment of VP Shaji as the main coach. Also the young players are getting matured, which was also decisive," said SBT keeper Asif Zaheer after the match. "Once again we proved we are the best club in Kerala," he added.
Viva Kerala coach AM Sreedharan was all praise for his boys: "I am happy to see that we have performed well today even though we were on the losing side! But one has to consider that we are a young team and we struggled with injuries to the key players throughout the tournament.

::: FC Bayern II to face East Bengal tomorrow :::
The second team of FC Bayern Munich is looking forward to play their first match on their India tour against East Bengal Club at Barasat tomorrow. The match will kick-off at 15.00 IST and there will be no entrance fee.
The Germans had a morning and an afternoon training session at the East Bengal ground today. Coach Hermann Gerland will have only 16 players available for the match, while four players are suffering injuries.
Legendary German international Gerd Mueller, who happens to be the assistant coach of FCB II, arrived in the 'City of Joy' today after a long trip from Florida via Munich and was welcomed by the football fans with lots of 'Bomber' chants and cheers.
Meanwhile, both coaches faced the media in a pre-match press conference today and gave an update ahead of the clash.
Bayern coach Hermann Gerland told with a smile: "Nothing has changed here compared to my earlier visits to India. The traffic remains heavy and the pitch is bad..."
"The trip to India is a learning experience for my players and they should use the tour to extend their social knowledge of the country," Gerland continued.
East Bengal coach Subhas Bhowmick is excited about the match and looking forward to the experience to face the German outfit. Bhowmick will be forced to field a young squad without any foreigners. The Kolkatans will be also missing the services of their Indian internationals, as the players arrived from their Hong Kong trip late today.

::: Vision India: Youngsters thrive in Kerala leagues :::
An AFC report: More than 2,200 children have been given the chance to play organised football in the Indian state of Kerala because of Vision Asia.
Michael Andrews, General Secretary of the Kerala Football Association (KFA), said the success of the district schools leagues has helped to boost the number of youngsters playing on a regular basis.
"We have 2,240 youngsters playing football regularly because of the Vision Asia programme," Andrews, who is also a qualified referees instructor, told the-afc.com on Friday. "In all, 56 schools have been involved and we are very happy that they have been given the chance to compete against each other."
Project Kerala is one of four states involved in the Vision India programme, which is soon to be boosted by Goa and West Bengal.
The KFA will next month organise a state-wide schools league involving the top teams from the eight district leagues.
Andrews is in Kuala Lumpur to attend the AFC Elite Referee Assessor Seminar, hoping to use the techniques that he learns to help referees in Kerala.


January 15
    RESULTS & NEWS

Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Ahbab FC 0-0 New Delhi Heroes - Goals: none.
Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Hindustan FC 0-1 Simla Youngs - Goal: 0-1 Obeid (56').

Hyderabad Premier League: South Central Railway 2-0 Hyderabad Globe FC - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Moazzam (31',86').

10th Goa Governor's Cup 2008 - Quarterfinal: Churchill Brothers SC 5-6 Sesa Football Academy - Goals: 0-1 Israil Gurung (27'), 0-2 Marcus (58'), 1-2 T Bineesh Balan (65'), 2-2 Felix Chimaokwu (76').

Mumbai Elite Division - Super 7: Kenkre Football Academy 2-1 Mumbai United

AIFF Under-13 Football Festival - Jamshedpur: Delhi 10-0 Orissa - Goals: Sahib Takkar (3x), Sarthak Kumar (3x), Brandan (2x), Jatin (2x).

::: FC Bayern II has arrived in Calcutta :::
The second team of German Bundesliga giants FC Bayern Munich arrived a few hours late in Calcutta as their Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt had to be diverted to Hyderabad due to prevailing fog conditions which didn't allow the aircraft to land at 01.15 IST. The team arrived in Calcutta in the morning and hit the training pitch at East Bengal Club's Maidan ground in the afternoon to get accustomed to the warm Calcutta weather.
After the training at a press conference at East bengal Club's Maidan Tent FCB's Martin Haegele, International Affairs Manager, and the clubs Youth Development Officer Werner Kern said that they where happy to be back in Calcutta. And the association between the club and Bengal would be further strengthened.
Fixtures:
January 17: East Bengal Club - FC Bayern Munich II (at Barasat)
January 19: East Bengal Club - FC Bayern Munich II (at East Bengal Club ground)
January 21: Mayor's XI - FC Bayern Munich II (at Siliguri)

::: New league to kick-off in Assam :::
The Assam Football Association ist set to kick-off the 1st OIL INDIA Assam State Premier League 2008-09 from January 17 onwards.
Eight teams will be taking part in the new league. The participating teams are Oil India, Assam State Electricity Board, Assam Rifles, Food Corporation Of India, Moran Town Club, Assam Police Blues, 9th A.P.B.N, Salbagan Sports Club.
All the teams will be awarded price money. The new league is part of the promotion campaign of club football in the state by AFA. Oil India Ltd will be the title sponsor of the league.


January 14
    RESULTS & NEWS

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Friendly Match | Hong Kong Football Stadium | Kick-off: 20.00 (local) / 17.30 IST / 13.00 CET

Hong Kong 2-1 INDIA
Goals: 1-0 Yiu Chung Au Yeung (70'), 1-1 Baichung Bhutia (80'), 2-1 Ng Wai Chiu (90'+4').

HONG KONG: 28-Chunhui Zhang; 2-Chi Ho Lee, 3-Gerard Ambassa Guy, 4-Ng Wai Chiu, 8-Deshuai Xu (46' 16-Chun Pong Leung), 10-Yiu Chung Au Yeung (84' 12-Kwan Yee Lo), 20-Yiu Cheuk Poon (65' 13-Cheung Kin Fung), 21-Wai Lim Lee, 26-Pengfei Chao (63' 9-Siu Wai Cheng), 29-Hong Lim Lee (55' 7-Siu Ki Chan), 30-Cristiano Preigchadt Cordeiro [C]
Unused Substitutes: 17-Kwok Chuen Ho, 5-Wai Lun Lee, 14-Chi Kwan Lo, 18-Quankun Liu
INDIA: 1-Subrata Pal; 3-Samir Naik, 5-Anwar Ali, 6-Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, 2-Deepak Kumar Mondal (57' 14-Mahesh Gawli); 12-Steven Dias, 7-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep (57' 17-Rakesh Masih), 30-Climax Lawrence, 18-Anthony Pereira; 11-Sunil Chetri (88' 26-Abhishek Yadav), 15-Baichung Bhutia [C]
Unused Substitutes: 24-Subhashish Roy Chowdhary, 16-Potsangbam Renedy Singh, 19-Clifford Miranda, 21-Mehraj din Wadoo, 28-Sushil Kumar Singh

YELLOW CARDs: Siu Ki Chan (84'), Ng Wai Chiu (90', both Hong Kong).

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MATCH REPORT:
India held Hong Kong for 70th minute before finally going down 2-1 to them in a friendly at the Hong Kong stadium on Wednesday. India started off on an aggressive note and kept the opponents defence at the back foot. With some good moves made initially Baichung and his boys failed to convert the chances that came their way.
But they never allowed Hong Kong to dominate the game as the first half saw game being played more in the opponents half. And national coach Bob Houghton too knows that his team should have won as he said after the match, "It never looked like we were going to lose the match but the last minute goal was something that changed it. It was a very useful game and the boys played well. If we could have capitalized on the chances then we should have certainly won the game," Houghton told the www.the-aiff.com from Hong Kong.
As the match progressed Hong Kong strikers started making moves from the flanks but it was an alert Subrata Pal who denied them from scoring in the first half. With first half ending in goalless a draw was more or less expected on the cards. But the start of the second half saw the hosts playing a dominant game as compared to their first half. Indian custodian Subrata Pal was kept busy under the bar and he made some good saves in the second half also. But it was in the 70th minute that the hosts managed to drew the first blood. Their midfielder Yiu Chung Au Yeung scored to give his team a 1-0 lead after a powerful 25-yard free kick found the back of the net to surprise India custodian Subrata Pal. But India fought back well and in the 80th minute it was Baichung Bhutia who scored the equalizer. Mahesh Gawli sent across to Climax Lawrence on top of box and Lawrence allowed the ball to reach to the Indian skipper inside the box and Baichung capitalised on chance as he turned and netted the ball to the far post.
India managed to hold on till the last minute before the hosts netted in once again to seal the victory. It was Ng Wai Chiu who scored the winner for his team in the 94th minute. Chui got the ball on top of the six yard box and he had no problems in converting it.
Though the team came together after a span of six months but the combination was very much there. "It was a balanced match though it was in the 94th minute that they managed to net in the ball. We were one down but came back strongly and overall it was decent performance by the players," Houghton said. (the-aiff.com)

POST-MATCH COMMENTS:

Mahesh Gawli (Defender, India):
exclusively to IndianFootball.Com
• It was a good match!
• But we lost our concentration in the extra time and they scored in the 94th minute.
• We played very good football, but they had the luck on their side!

For detailed information and pictures go to the >>>Indian National Team section.

Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Garhwal Heroes 1-0 Royal Rangers FC - Goal: 1-0 Ajit (77',pen).
Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Shahdara Club 1-0 Youngmen SC - Goal: 1-0 Dheeraj (17').

33rd Kerala State Club Championship - Semifinal: Viva Kerala, Cochin 3-0 Titanium XI, Trivandrum - Goals: 1-0 Mohammad Shihab (6'), 2-0 Mohammad Conte (20'), 3-0 KV Lalu (68').

10th Goa Governor's Cup 2008 - Quarterfinal: Sporting Clube de Goa 5-1 Velsao Pale Sports Club - Goals: 1-0 Bibiano Fernandes (10'), 2-0,4-1 Elijah Obagbemiro Junior (13',70'), 2-1 Steven Barreto (42'), 3-1 Joseph Pereira (62'), 5-1 Steven Fernande (81').

Mumbai Elite Division - Super 7: Mumbai FC 3-0 Western Railway

::: IndianFootball.Com interview: Anoop Josan :::
We all know how passion for football pales in comparison to passion for cricket at a national scale in India. Things are far worse in terms of fan support for womens football in our nation. In North America, though womens soccer is a major crowd puller. The Canadian womens soccer team as an example have a distinct sponsor.
Which is why it is with immense please and pride, IndianFootball.Com brings you an interview with Anoop Josan. Anoop is the first Indo-Canadian to be part of Canada's U20 football team (participant at the 2008 FIFA Womens World Cup in Chile). She has been a part of Canada's U17, U18 and U19 teams.
Anoop, is a great role model for the young in the Indo-Canadian community. She balances her schooling, soccer and plans for a Nursing degree with a determination that can only come from a rock solid support system.
For more enjoy IndianFootball.Com'S Harmit Singh Kamboes's interview with the Canadian junior international.
Click here to read the complete >>Anoop Josan interview .

::: India moves up in latest FIFA World Rankings :::
The Indian national team has gained a spot in the latest FIFA World Rankings and is now placed 142nd. Bob Houghton's men remain 20th in the Asian zone.


January 13
    RESULTS & NEWS

Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Ahbab FC 0-2 Youngmen SC - Goals: 0-1, 0-2 Dipankar Roy (53',56').
Delhi Senior Division - Group B: Hindustan FC 0-1 Indian National FC - Goal: 0-1 Gyan Moin Thapa (14').
Delhi Senior Division - Group B: City FC 0-1 Tarun Sangha - Goal: 0-1 Altaf Ahmed (78').

33rd Kerala State Club Championship - Semifinal: State Bank of Travancore, Trivandrum 4-0 Chandini FC, Kozhikode - Goals: 1-0 Martin John (48'), 2-0,3-0 Asif Zaheer (62',88'), 4-0 Aneesh (90').

Hyderabad Premier League: Army Ordinance Corps 4-0 Electrical&Mechanical Engineers

Mumbai Elite Division - Super 7: Air-India 2-0 Kenkre Football Academy

::: FC Bayern II coming to Calcutta again :::
The second team of German Bundesliga giants FC Bayern Munich are set to return to Calcutta tomorrow night for a one week mid-season training camp cum exposure tour. FC Bayern II, who play in the German Third Division (3.Liga), will return to the City of Joy after a gap of three years. In December 2005 the team had participated and won the IFA Shield.
FC Bayern II while in Calcutta are set to play against a Police Commissioner XI on Sunday, January 18 and East Bengal Club a day later, while the team will travel to Siliguri in North Bengal to face a Lord Mayor's XI on January 21.

::: Indian national team might tour Spain :::
The Indian national team is set to tour Spain in July for a training camp. The Bhangra Boys will use the camp as a preparation for this years edition of the Nehru Cup.
The team is expected to take on lower division clubs during the exposure trip.

::: Women Championship postponed :::
The AIFF has postponed the 17th Women National Championships originally scheduled to take place in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu from February 4 to 21.
The decision was taken after the Tamil Nadu Football Association sent a request to the AIFF to postpone the tournament to April. The new dates will be finalised at an executive committee meeting on January 21.


January 12
    RESULTS & NEWS

Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Garhwal Heroes 1-0 Ahbab FC - Goal: 1-0 Ajit (50').
Delhi Senior Division - Group B: Shastri Club 1-1 Indian Air Force (Palam) - Goals: 0-1 Vijay Kumar (11'), 1-1 Emmanuel (80'+4').

33rd Kerala State Club Championship - Quarterfinal: State Bank of Travancore, Trivandrum 4-0 Evergreen, Manjeri - Goals: 1-0 Kabeer AB (22'), 2-0 Asif Zaheer (44'), 3-0 Kannan R (53'), 4-0 Mohammad Shafi (67').

Hyderabad Premier League: Bharat Dynamics Limited 0-2 Hyderabad Globe FC

::: MLS interested to sign Indian players :::
The Major League Soccer (MLS) has expressed its interest to sign Indian players for the upcoming season. Indian internationals Sunil Chetri and Steven Dias have been already handed contracts by an US-based agent. Other players have been also approached in the last few days.
Midfielder Steven Dias has reportedly signed an pre-contract with the agent, before leaving for Hong Kong with the Indian national team. Meanwhile, striker Sunil Chetri has asked for a few more days, before giving a final nod.
The US pro-league MLS teams sign players based on the draft system. In a draft, teams take turns selecting from a pool of eligible players. When a team selects a player, the team receives exclusive rights to sign that player to a contract, and no other team in the league may sign the player.

::: AFC Cup 2009: Mohun Bagan drawn into Group D :::
Federation Cup winners Mohun Bagan AC has been drawn into Group D of the AFC Cup 2009 competition. The draw ceremony was held in Kuala Lumpur today.
The Calcutta outfit will face Al Karama (Syria), Kuwait SC (Kuwait) and Al Wihdat (Jordan).
Dempo SC would be placed in Group E along with Al Muharraq (Bahrain), Al Faisaly (Jordan) and Al Majd (Syria), if they lose their AFC Champions League playoff match against Al Sharjah (United Arab Emirates).
Twenty-nine teams came out of the pots to be slotted into eight groups of four teams each. Three teams from the playoffs for the AFC Champions League will complete the line-up, making this the first time ever the AFC Cup is being played with a full roster of 32 teams with a Round of 16. Five groups are in the West and three in the East.
The group stage kicks off on March 10 and culminates on May 19. The Round of 16 will be played on May 26 for the teams from the West, while the teams from the East will clash on June 23.
The two-legged quarter-finals take place on September 15 and September 30. The semi-finals will be held on October 15 and 21, followed by the finals on October 27 and November 3.
AFC CUP 2009 Groups:
West Zone
Group A: Al Ahed (Lebanon), Busaiteen (Bahrain), Al Tilal (Yemen), Neftchi (Uzbekistan)
Group B: Al Zawra'a (Iraq), Safa (Lebanon), Al Suwaiq (Oman), Al Hilal (Yemen)
Group C: Al Arabi (Kuwait), Arbil (Iraq), Al Mabarrah (Lebanon), Al Orouba (Oman)
Group D: Al Karama (Syria), Kuwait SC (Kuwait), Al Wihdat (Jordan), Mohun Bagan (India)
Group E: Muharraq (Bahrain), Al Majd (Syria), Play-off – West, Al Faisaly (Jordan)
East Zone
Group F: South China (Hong Kong), VB (Maldives), Johor (Malaysia), Play-off – East 2
Group G: Hanoi ACB (Vietnam), Eastern Athletic (Hong Kong), Chonburi (Thailand), Kedah (Malaysia)
Group H: Valencia (Maldives), Becamex Binh Duong (Vietnam), Home United (Singapore), Play-off – East 1

::: HKFA announces squad for India match :::
The Hong Kong Football Association has announced its squad for the upcoming friendly match against India on Wednesday.
HONG KONG Squad:
Goalkeepers: Chunhui Zhang, Chun Yip Fan.
Defenders: Yiu Cheuk Poon, Chi Ho Lee, Gerard Ambassa Guy, Quankun Liu, Cristiano Preigchadt Cordeiro, Wai Lun Lee, Kin Fung Cheung, Wai Chiu Ng.
Midfielders: Yiu Chung Au Yeung, Chun Pong Leung, Kwan Yee Lo, Chi Kwan Lo, Deshuai Xu, Hong Lim Lee.
Forwards: Siu Ki Chan, Pengfei Chao, Siu Wai Cheng, Wai Lim Lee.
Officials: Goran Paulic (Coach), Dejan Antonic (Coach), Chue Kwok Kuen (Goalkeeper Coach), Brian Leung (Manager), Kwan Kay Pui (Manager), Steven Lo (Manager).


January 11
    RESULTS & NEWS

Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Youngmen SC 1-2 Indian Air Force (New Delhi) - Goals: 0-1, 0-2 Farhat (19',25'), 2-1 Raju Gosain (80').
Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Shahdara Club 1-0 New Delhi Heroes - Goal: 1-0 Naresh Mann (38').
Delhi Senior Division - Group B: Simla Youngs 0-2 Shastri Club - Goals: 0-1 Emmanuel (34'), 0-2 Trilok Singh Bist (43').

33rd Kerala State Club Championship - Round 1: Cochin Port Trust, Cochin 0-0,4-5 Evergreen, Manjeri [on penalties] - Goals: none.

Hyderabad Premier League: State Bank of Hyderabad 1-0 South Central Railway

Mumbai Elite Division - Super 7: Mumbai FC 8-0 Kenkre Football Academy

::: KFA announces U-13 squad :::
The Kerala Football Association has announced the state squad for the AIFF Under-13 Football Festival to be held at Jharkhand. The team will be lead by K Azil from Malappuram district.
KERALA U-13 squad: Mohammad Shafi, Gautham Murali, K Aneesh, V Shanid, Hannan Javed, F Ali, Rudin, B Premsingh, Mohammad Asif, Anandu Murali, Bebeto, M Rahul, S Kabir, K Azil. Officials: Feroze Sherif (Coach), M Mohan (Manager).

::: Punjab FA announces U-13 squad :::
The Punjab Football Association has announced its U-13 squad for the AIFF Under-13 Football Festival to be held at Jamshedpur from 12th January to 23rd January 2009.
PUNJAB U-13 squad: Agyapal Singh, Gurjeet Singh, Sukhmandeep Singh, Manraj Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Amandeep Singh, Harmanjot Singh, Vishal Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Kapil Kalia, Rattan Singh, Dalvir Singh, Kartik, Manjinder Singh. Officials: Harinderjit Singh (Coach), Jasdeep Singh Bhogal (Manager).


January 10
    RESULTS & NEWS

Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Indian Air Force (New Delhi) 0-1 Royal Rangers FC - Goal: 0-1 Nima Tamang (33').
Delhi Senior Division - Group B: Indian National FC 1-0 City FC - Goal: 1-0 Gyan Moin Thapa (46').

33rd Kerala State Club Championship - Round 1: State Bank of Travancore, Trivandrum 2-2,3-1 Unity Soccer, Idukki [on penalties] - Goals: 0-1 Jacken Sebastian (1'), 1-1,2-1 Asif Zaheer (5',30'), 2-2 Jitish (58').

Hyderabad Premier League: Hyderabad Globe FC 4-0 City College Old Boys FC, Hyderabad
Hyderabad Premier League: Electrical & Mechanical Engineers 2-0 Bolaram Sporting Club

Mumbai Elite Division - Super 7: Air-India 1-0 Mumbai United

4th OIL Challenge Gold Cup 2009 - Semifinal - Nehru Maidan, Duliajan: George Telegraph - Punjab Police

45th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (Under-19) - Final: Manipur 1-2 Jharkhand - Goals: 0-1 Dharminder Singh (47'), 1-1 Gagocha Singh (77'), 1-2 Milan Singh (90'+3').


January 9
    RESULTS & NEWS

Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Ahbab FC p-p Youngmen SC
Delhi Senior Division - Group B: Indian Air Force (Palam) 0-4 Hindustan Football Club - Goals: 0-1 Modi (19'), 0-2 Souvan Das (31'), 0-3 Nathan (33'), 0-4 Mahinder (43').

33rd Kerala State Club Championship - Round 1: Evergreen, Manjeri 3-0 SESA, Kollam - Goals: 1-0,2-0,3-0 Firoze (45',59',83').

Hyderabad Premier League: Army Ordinance Corps 7-0 Shastri Soccer Club, Trimualgerry

Mumbai Elite Division - Super 7: Mahindra United 2-2 Mumbai FC

4th OIL Challenge Gold Cup 2009 - Semifinal - Nehru Maidan, Duliajan: Oil India Limited 2-1 Border Security Force - Goals: 0-1 Ph Boy Singh (16'), 1-1,2-1 Mintu Boro (38',42').

::: India squad for Hong Kong match announced :::
The AIFF has announced a 20-member squad for the upcoming international friendly against Hong Kong. The team will leave for Hong Kong on January 10.
INDIA Squad:
Goalkeepers: Subrata Pal (East Bengal Club), Subhashish Roy Chowdhary (Mahindra United).
Defenders: Deepak Kumar Mondal (Mohun Bagan AC), Samir Naik (Dempo SC), Anwar Ali (JCT), Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh (Churchill Brothers SC), Mahesh Gawli (Dempo SC), Rakesh Masih (Mohun Bagan AC).
Midfielders: Steven Benedict Dias (Mahindra United), Anthony Pereira (Dempo SC), Clifford Miranda (Dempo SC), Renedy Potsangbam Singh (East Bengal Club), Mehraj din Wadoo (East Bengal Club), Climax Lawrence (Dempo SC), Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep (Mahindra United), Baldeep Singh Jr (JCT).
Forwards: Baichung Bhutia (Captain, Mohun Bagan AC), Sunil Chetri (East Bengal Club), Abhishek Yadav (Mumbai FC), Sushil Kumar Singh (Mahindra United).
Officials: Bob Houghton (Chief Coach), Savio Medeira (Assistant Coach), Antonio Marcos Pacheco (Goalkeeper Coach), Dr Gagan Kapoor (Doctor), Suresh Babu Kavuluri (Physio), Pradip Chowdhary (Manager).

::: Hong Kong vs India friendly match schedule :::
The Indian national team is scheduled to arrive in Hong Kong on January 11 at 5.30 on an Air-India flight for their friendly match against the host team.
The Bhangra Boys will have a first training session at the Ma On Shan Artificial Turf from 20.00 to 21.30 (local time) on the same day. The team is further scheduled to have training sessions on January 12 (Mongkok Stadium / 19.00 to 20.00) and January 13 (Hong Kong Stadium / 20.00 to 20.45).
The Hong Kong vs India match will kick-off at the Hong Kong Stadium at 20.00 local time.
Bob Houghton and his lads will return to India on January 15 at 16.15 on an Air-India flight.
Meanwhile, the Hong Kong FA has announced the ticket prices for the international friendly. Interested fans can purchase tickets for $60 (Suite & Main Levels) and $20 (Student & OAP).

AFC Champions League::: AFC Champions League: Dempo virtually placed in Group B :::
The Asian Football Confederation held the draw ceremony for the AFC Champions League 2009 yesterday.
Dempo SC has been virtually drawn into Group B of the new league and may face Piroozi Athletic (Iran), Al Shabab (Saudi Arabia) and Al Gharafa (Qatar).
The Goan outfit needs to qualify for the group stage against Al Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) in the AFC West region's play-off on February 25.

::: FIFA approves list of Indian officials :::
The FIFA has approved a list of Indian referees and assistant referees eligible to officiate in international matches.
Referees (Male): Arumughan Rowan (Services), Minangsu Bhattacharya (West Bengal), Praveer K Bose (Madhya Pradesh), Gowder Arjunan (Services), Pratap Singh (Services), Srinivasan Suresh (Tamil Nadu).
Assistant Referees (Male): Dinesh Nair (Gujarat), Francisco Fernandes (Goa), Mohammed Kamil (Delhi), Shaji Kurian (Kerala), Magho Singh (Manipur), Dhanapati Roy (West Bengal), Benjamin Silva (Goa), Pradeep Thalloori (Tamil Nadu).
Referees (Female): Bentla D'Couth (Kerala), Chaitali Paul (West Bengal), Maria Rebello (Goa).
Assistant Referees (Female): Chanu Chontham Keilyani (Manipur).


January 8
    RESULTS & NEWS

Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Garhwal Heroes 0-3 New Delhi Heroes - Goals: 0-1 Marlanki Suting (68'), 0-2 Romeo Sukhlein (73'), 0-3 Manish Khatri (77').
Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Indian National FC p-p City FC

Hyderabad Premier League: Bharat Dynamics Limited 0-2 Hyderabad Sporting FC - Goals: 0-1 Ahmed (42'), 0-2 Talha (56').

33rd Kerala State Club Championship - Quarterfinal: Malabar United, Cochin 0-1 Chandini FC, Kozhikode - Goal: 0-1 Salim (47').

4th OIL Challenge Gold Cup 2009 - Quarterfinal - Nehru Maidan, Duliajan: ASEB, Guwahati 1-2 George Telegraph SC - Goals: ???; Arun Kole (39',68').
4th OIL Challenge Gold Cup 2009 - Quarterfinal - Nehru Maidan, Duliajan: Lajong SSC, Shillong 0-1 Punjab Police - Goal: 0-1 Rohit Singh (55').

45th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (Under-19) - Semifinal: Jharkhand 0-0,4-2 Meghalaya [on penalties] - Goals: none.

All-India Public Sector Football Tournament - Final - Guwahati: ONGC, Mumbai 2-0 Food Corporation of India, New Delhi - Goals: 1-0 Tarif Ahmed (18'), 2-0 Malswamdangliana (85').

::: Maharashtra football girls U-14 felicitated :::
PIFA Press Release: The Maharashtra girls coached by Nirvan Shah and managed by Mrs Anjali Shah came runners up for the Fair Play award at the AIFF Under-14 Football Festival for girls held in Chennai from 23 December 2008 to 1 January 2009.
The team was felicitated by Western India Football Association (WIFA) and the government officials. Mr Nawab Malik (Cabinet Minister - Labour) presented all the team members with a medal of honour for their achievement.
The team was congratulated by Mr Shivaji Patil (National Selector, Sports Council Member), Mr Alphonso (Maharashtra Senior Coach), Mr Wali Mohammad (WIFA, Asst. Secretary), Mr Mote (Dy. Dir. of Sports & Youth Services, Mumbai Div.) & Mohammad Abid (Treasurer, WIFA) at the Cooperage Stadium 7 January 2008.
The team members were Kunashni Parikh (GK), Rhea Nongrun (GK), Tavishi Pandey (D), Sakshi Mehta (D), Spenta Daruwala (D), Aayushi Jain (D), Prajkta Sawant (D), Prarthna Mali (D), Leah Poonawala (M), Mahek Mann (M), Natasha Merchant (M), Jacqueline Andrad (M), Natasha Rajpal (F), Marika Menezes (F), Pooja Singam (F), Krisha Parekh (F).
This is the first time in the history of Maharashtra football that a team has finished at such a high rank.


January 7
    RESULTS & NEWS

9th Bhagat Soccer All Kerala Invitational Tournament9th Bhagat Soccer All Kerala Invitational Tournament - Final: Viva Kerala, Cochin 1-1,2-4 State Bank of Travancore, Trivandrum [on penalties] - Goals: 1-0 Sylla Mansa (22'), 1-1 Asif Zaheer (88').
S.B.T clinced the 9'th Edition of Bhagat Soccer Championship by over coming the favourites Viva Kerala in the final.The teams were dead locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes and in the penalty shoot out Firoz and the Guinean Mohammad Conte missed spot kicks for the home team while for S.B.T Mohammad Harris missed one too. The Viva Kerala defender Sylla Mansa was awarded the best player of the tournament.

Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Royal Rangers FC 2-1 Shahdara Club - Goals: 1-0 Tenzung Tsephel (19'), 1-1 Anuj Peter (43'), 2-1 Deepak Mehra (75').
Delhi Senior Division - Group B: Shastri Club 0-0 Hindustan Football Club - Goals: none.

33rd Kerala State Club Championship: Chandini FC, Kozhikode 4-1 Cosmos, Kottayam - Goals: 0-1 Sujith MT (4'), 1-1 Shoukath (8'), 2-1 Yehiya (40'), 3-1,4-1 Abdul Genni (50',69').

4th OIL Challenge Gold Cup 2009 - Quarterfinal - Nehru Maidan, Duliajan: Eastern Railways 0-2 Border Security Force - Goals: 0-1 Tapan Bhattacharjee (66'), 0-2 Ph Boy Singh (?').

45th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (Under-19) - Semifinal: Manipur 2-1 Delhi - Goals: 1-0 Gogocha Singh (53'), 1-1 Ankit Sharma (68'), 2-1 Chandramani Singh (73').


January 6
    RESULTS & NEWS

Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Royal Rangers FC p-p Shahdara Club
Delhi Senior Division - Group B: City FC 1-2 Simla Youngs - Goals: 0-1 Manoj Choudhary (9'), 0-2 Charles (15'), 1-2 Akshay Dutt (75').

33rd Kerala State Club Championship: Nova RC, Wayanad 0-4 Malabar United, Cochin - Goals: 0-1 Jackson Sebastian (24'), 0-2 Prasoon (35'), 0-3 Isoah Olgun (40'), 0-4 Shyamjith (85').

4th OIL Challenge Gold Cup 2009 - Quarterfinal - Nehru Maidan, Duliajan: Oil India Limited 1-0 Nagaland Police - Goal: 1-0 Durga Boro (3').

::: Bhutia nominated for top Asian award :::
India skipper Baichung Bhutia has been nominated as one of 43 contenders to receive a top Asian award by the Abu Dhabi-based pan-Arab weekly, "Super". The Arabian soccer weekly is honouring top players in Asia, Africa and among Arabian nations and the award carries a purse of USD 100,000 in each category.
The awards are sponsored by Sheikh Hazaa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and Italy's former World Cup Final referee Pierluigi Collina has been appointed as president of the board of trustees.
"Super" has refined the voing process with the ballots being split 40pc for experts and coaches, 40pc for media, 10pc for national team captains and 10pc for fans.
The award winners will be honored at at gala evening at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.


January 5
    RESULTS & NEWS

::: IndianFootball.Com interview: Richard Hood :::
Richard Hood is the young, modern, confident and qualified face of Indian football. Richard is not an active player, coach of an I-League team and neither is he a member of any one of football associations that exist because they have to and not because they have a mission or purpose.
Like members of India's youth in many walks of life, Richard speaks from the heart and his passion, knowledge and expertise comes through. The frustrating part clearly is that Richard and his knowledge is not being put to use at a mass scale across our nation.
IndianFootball.Com's Harmit Singh Kamboe had the opportunity to interview Richard. Enjoy reading...
Click here to read the complete >>Richard Hood interview .

Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Indian Air Force (New Delhi) 0-1 Shahdara Club - Goal: 0-1 Chiddi (64').
Delhi Senior Division - Group B: Indian Air Force (Palam) 0-2 Tarun Sangha - Goals: 0-1 Figo (44'), 0-2 Altaf (80'+2').

11th Goa Professional League: Salgaocar Sports Club 1-2 Churchill Brothers SC - Goals: 0-1 Dannis Fernandes (2'), 1-1 Bijen Singh (22',pen), 1-2 Robert Lalthalma (55').
11th Goa Professional League: Sporting Clube de Goa 2-3 Dempo Sports Club - Goals: 0-1 Parwinder Singh (60',og), 0-2 Jerry Zirsanga (?'), 1-2 Nathaniel Amos (78'), 2-2 Parwinder Singh (85'), 2-3 Joe Rodrigues (86').

33rd Kerala State Club Championship: Nova RC, Wayanad 2-0 Kerala Varma College, Thrissur - Goals: 1-0 S Sanal (31'), 2-0 P Merish (58').

4th OIL Challenge Gold Cup 2009 - Pre-Quarterfinal - Nehru Maidan, Duliajan: ASEB, Guwahati 2-0 Peerless SC - Goals: 1-0 Bikash Narzary (29'), 2-0 Sarbananda Sonowal (76').

45th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (Under-19) - Quarterfinal League - Group B: Uttar Pradesh 0-1 Jharkhand
45th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (Under-19) - Quarterfinal League - Group B: Delhi 0-0 Chandigarh

Baichung Bhutia::: Baichung Bhutia expects more international matches :::
PTI Report: The Indian football team has not played a single international match after the AFC Challenge Cup triumph last August but captain Baichung Bhutia expects a number of games after the I-League finishes.
Coach Bob Houghton had said after the AFC Challenge Cup that India will play at least 10 internationals but with the season almost half-way through only one friendly -- on January 14 against Hong Kong -- is being scheduled.
Baichung hoped that India would play more international matches before they defend their title in Nehru Cup likely to be held in August this year.
"I can't say why there have not been more international matches. Bob (Houghton) and All India Football Federation (AIFF) must have plans in place. I expect more international matches after the I-League (which will end in March) and before the Nehru Cup," Baichung told PTI from Goa.
The 'Sikkimese Sniper' was though upbeat that India will play against Hong Kong, a team ranked higher at 125th as against India's 144 in FIFA chart.
"We have been playing against teams lower or identical to our rank. It is a right step to go up the ladder and start playing against better and higher ranked teams.
"We know Bob (Houghton) thinks of interest of India's football and I think he would go for more such matches." Baichung, who injured himself during the Federation Cup in Kolkata last December and did not play in the final match which his side Mohun Bagan won, will be missing most of the nine-day national camp which started on January 2 but said there was no reason to worry.

::: Delhi league accepts AFC's format :::
AFC Release: The Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) will change the format of its regional league to fulfil AFC's Vision Asia requirements.
The DSA League previously employed a double group system in which the 14 teams are divided into two pools with the top five from each advancing to another single round-robin competition.
From there, the top two teams play off for the title.
According to reports, DSA has decided to accept AFC's recommendations and play a home-and-away format, allowing all 14 teams to play more matches.
The DSA is now looking for suitable grounds to stage the matches with the league set to kick off in July.
Delhi is one of four regions involved in the Vision India programme, along with Manipur, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Strong footballing states Goa and West Bengal are also expected to join the AFC's development programme.

::: Reira Group Soccer Tournament 2009 kicks off in Saligao :::
The Reira Group Soccer Tournament 2009 kicked off with the inaugural match between PVC Parra and St. Sebastian Murida Fatorda at the Saligao Sporting grounds on Saturday. The Chief Guest for the event, Capt. (Retd) N.K Bhatia, Director, Reira Group kicked off the tournament. Also present were the president and vice-president of Saligao Sporting Club, Tony Remedious and Justin Fernandes along with Dexter De Souza of the Reira Group.
In the inaugural match St Sebastian Murida Fatorda beat PVC Parra by a 1 - 0 margin to move on to the next round. The first match of The Reira Group Soccer Tournament saw a large crowd turn up to cheer and support their favourite team. Organised by the Saligao Sporting Club in association with the Reira Group, the next few weeks will see a total of 16 local soccer teams from across the state, battle it out for the top spot. The next match will be played between Nagoa Sports Club and Dramapur Sports Club on the 5th of Jan.
The Reira Group Soccer Tournament is an annual sporting event. The initiative is part of Reira Group's commitment to supporting local Goan talent in the field of sports, as it has been doing so over the years.

SoccerexSoccerex announce Peter Gandolfi as their big name signing for 2009
As the football industry turns its attention to the January transfer window, Soccerex have been one of the first to move and are delighted to announce that Peter Gandolfi, the former Head of Brand Strategy for Nationwide, has joined the company as a non-executive Director. Peter's wealth of corporate experience will further strengthen Soccerex's position as the leading business-to-business brand in the global football industry.

In his time with Nationwide he spearheaded a marketing campaign that has produced a 10 year brand-association with football including its sponsorship of all four of the United Kingdom's home nations. He is a well-known and respected figurehead in the sports marketing industry, with considerable and hugely successful experience in building the Nationwide brand – both through sponsorship activities and through their wider marketing communications.

Peter speaks regularly at a number of conventions and forums, around the world, sharing his invaluable knowledge on sponsorship, sports marketing and marketing communications. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has an MBA from Henley Management College.

Since leaving his position at Nationwide, he has recently formed his own brand and sponsorship consultancy and this appointment represents an integral part of his new career direction. Speaking exclusively to Soccerex.com, Peter said, “I'm thrilled to be joining Soccerex in what will be an exciting year for the company with business forums in Brazil and London as well as the main convention in Johannesburg, Soccerex 2009. I hope my brand expertise will further develop Soccerex's global presence in the football community.”

This new addition to the Soccerex Team kicks off an exciting year for the company as they prepare to host unrivalled industry events in Africa, South America and Europe, three of the most important football markets. Soccerex's next event, the Soccerex Brasilia Forum 2009 (March 17-18), will be the 5th continent that a Soccerex event has taken place on, further compounding the company's reputation as being the leading global event providers for the football industry.
For further information please visit www.soccerex.com/brasilia



January 4
    RESULTS & NEWS

Delhi Senior Division - Group B: Simla Youngs 0-4 Indian National FC - Goals: 0-1 Shimrah (10'), 0-2 Gyan Moin Thapa (20'), 0-3 ND Opara (55'), 0-4 OT Lepcha (70').

33rd Kerala State Club Championship: Viva Kerala, Cochin 2-0 Kerala State Electricity Board, Trivandrum - Goals: 1-0 Sirajudeen (22'), 2-0 Sabeeth CS (83').

45th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (Under-19) - Quarterfinal League - Group A: Manipur 1-0 Punjab
45th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (Under-19) - Quarterfinal League - Group A: Gujarat 0-5 Meghalaya


January 3
    RESULTS & NEWS

Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Indian Air Force (New Delhi) 0-1 Ahbab FC - Goal: 0-1 Tarseem (16').
Delhi Senior Division - Group B: Hindustan FC 1-0 City FC - Goal: 1-0 Souvan Das (26')

33rd Kerala State Club Championship: Viva Kerala, Cochin 7-0 Associated FC, Pathanamthitta - Goals: 1-0 Mohammad Conte (2'), 2-0,5-0 Shibin Lal (22',56'), 3-0,4-0,7-0 Sabeeth CS (34',41',88'), 6-0 Sirajudeen (79').

60th Independence Day Cup 2008/09 - Final: Oil India Limited, Duliajan - Border Security Force, Jalandhar

45th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (Under-19) - Quarterfinal League - Group B: Uttar Pradesh 0-0 Chandigarh
45th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (Under-19) - Quarterfinal League - Group B: Jharkhand 2-1 Delhi

::: Stanley Rosario to coach Salgaocar :::
Stanley Rosario has been appointed as the new coach of Salgaocar SC. Rosario coached East Bengal Club till the recent Federation Cup, but was fired after the Kolkatan giants bowed out of the tournament.

::: Brazilian stars set to launch academy :::
Brazilian stars Roberto Mendes Silva (Dempo SC) and Jose Ramirez Barreto (Mohun Bagan AC) are set to launch their own football academy in India. The academy will be known as the Brasil Futebol Academia (BFA) and will be hosted in Agasaim, Goa. The acdemy is expected to start operations in early February.
The BFA project in Goa will operate with a group of 80 to 100 footballers in the age group of 8-16 and will be divided into 4 categories of U-10, U-12, U-14 and U-16.
Children interested to participate in the trials should collect the application forms at Champs, Angleys or the GFA office in Panaji, Margao, Mapusa and Vasco. After filling the forms, they should be submitted to the same outlet from where they were collected.
Trials will be held from January 6-17 at Duler, Don Bosco grounds, Nehru stadium, PJN outside grounds, Nagoa grounds and Agasaim grounds.
Roberto Mendes Silva told the media at the official press conference: "Todays launch is an important day of my life and I am happy that the academy is all set to become a reality. This has been possible only because of the support from Mr Savio Messias (GFA secretary), Dr Susana de Sousa (Director of Sports and Youth Affairs), Ms Juliana and Mr Francis Silveira (St Andre MLA), who have been instrumental in ensuring that things went as per plan."
Bagan star Barreto added: "Let's work together and ensure that football in India and Goa progress in the right direction!"
GFA secretary Mr Savio Messias: "I wish the academy success and hope that young aspiring Goan footballers make the best use of the expertise of the Brazilians, once the trials are over and the final list of players is announced. I hope footballers in the age group of 8-16 from various parts of Goa enroll for the trials starting from January 6 and give their talent the best try in order to mould their careers. It is a good project and I wish Beto and Barreto all the success as it was their dream to make this happen and the GFA is always with them to support their concept."

::: AIFF to conduct workshops for coaches and referees :::
The AIFF will conduct two workshops at Goa for all I-League coaches and for referees/referees instructors. Both workshops will take place on January 4 and 5.
India coach Bob Houghton will conduct the coaches workshop, while the AIFF Referees Department will take care of the workshop for referees and referees instructors who were in charge during the I-League and the Federation Cup.

::: Praful Patel to meet Indian team today :::
Praful Patel, AIFF President in-charge, will meet the Indian national team and the coaching staff today at 5.30 pm at the Cuncolim Ground.

::: GFA announces U-13 squad :::
The Goa Football Association has announced its U-13 squad for the AIFF Football Festival.
GOA U-13: Elton Gomes, Prathamesh Mote, Jesus De Souza, Austern Fernandes, Myron Mendes, Elison Pereira, Nitesh Gaokar, Franzil Negredo, Joel Fernandes, Klins Mendes, Toyston Mendonca, Russell Vaz, John Pereira, Stefen Fernandes. Officials: Shekhar Kerkar (Coach), Paul Bast (Manager).


January 2
    RESULTS & NEWS

Delhi Senior Division - Group B: Indian Air Force (Palam) 0-1 Simla Youngs - Goal: 0-1 Anil Oraon (10').
Delhi Senior Division - Group B: Shastri Club 0-2 Tarun Sangha - Goals: 0-1,0-2 Henry (9',61').

33rd Kerala State Club Championship: Kerala State Electricity Board, Trivandrum 2-0 MES College, Mampad - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Rajesh R (55',83').

45th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (Under-19) - Quarterfinal League - Group A: Punjab 0-0 Gujarat
45th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (Under-19) - Quarterfinal League - Group A: Manipur 2-0 Meghalaya

9th Bhagat Soccer All Kerala Invitational Tournament - Semifinal: State Bank of Travancore, Trivandrum 1-0 Universal Soccer School, Calicut - Goal: 1-0 Renil (10').


January 1
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Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Youngmen SC 0-5 Royal Rangers FC - Goals: 0-1 Tensing Tsephel (9'), 0-2 Don Tshering (34'), 0-3 Tenzing Tsering (59'), 0-4 Deepak Mehra (68'), 0-5 Labsong (76').
Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Garhwal Heroes 0-1 Shahdara Club - Goal: 1-0 Anuj Peter (52').

33rd Kerala State Club Championship: MES College, Mampad 4-0 Lucky Star, Alappuzha - Goals: 1-0 Naseeruddin (14'), 2-0,3-0 Umair (80,84'), 4-0 Junaid (89').

45th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (Under-19) - Quarterfinal League - Group B: Chandigarh 0-2 Jharkhand
45th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (Under-19) - Quarterfinal League - Group B: Delhi 2-1 Uttar Pradesh

9th Bhagat Soccer All Kerala Invitational Tournament - Semifinal: Viva Kerala, Cochin 1-0 Malabar United, Cochin - Goal: 1-0 Sabeeth CS (4').

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