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March 31
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::: VIDEO GALLERY: Baichung Bhutia at 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa' :::
Watch India star skipper Baichung Bhutia's performances at the 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa' show at our IndianFootball.Com VIDEO GALLERY! Enjoy the video clips and keep on supporting our dancing star... [click here to watch]

::: ONGC all set for the Final Round :::
Mumbai's ONGC is all set to leave a mark in the final round of the I-League Division 2 which is scheduled to kickoff from today at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon, Haryana. The Mumbai outfit will take on state rivals Pune FC... [click here for more]

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase II - Final Round | Ch. Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 38, Gurgaon (Haryana) | 15.30 IST:

ONGC 2-0 Pune FC
Goals: 1-0 Jatin Singh Bisht (63'), 2-0 Mangat Mbwas (90'+3')

ONGC: 24-Rajat Ghosh Dastidar; 3-Thiyam Raghuveer Singh, 5-Gour Naskar, 4-Krishna Shirodkar, 23-Kabijit Khotel; 28-A Naresh, 7-J Muralidharan, 9-Jatin Singh Bisht (90'+3' 19-Dhanesh MC), 18-F Lalmuanpuia (85' 17-Phool Chand Hembram); 10-Tarif Ahmed, 6-Mangat Mbwas
Unused Substitutes: 30-Bilifang Narzary, 8-Somy PT, 15-Robin Gurung, 16-Erick Jeneji, 27-Kenistan C

PUNE FC: 1-Narshiman Balaji; 2-Othallo Tabia, 27-Chika Wali, 5-K Rahul, 16-Rauf Sher Khan; 6-Shanmugam Venkatesh, 11-J Prasad (55' 8-Asim Hassan), 14-Gunashekar Vignesh (73' 10-Jeje Lalpekhlua), 7-Muttath Sudheesh; 26-Nzewi Godson Odinaka, 28-Gobin Sewram (40' 9-Santha Kumar)
Unused Substitutes: 21-Binu T Purushothaman, 3-Caitano Costa, 4-Kamal Thapa, 18-Crispin Chetri

YELLOW CARDS: Tarif Ahmed (75', ONGC); Chika Wali (62', Pune FC)

REFEREE: Mohammed Kamil (Delhi)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Khamba Singh (Manipur), L Yaima Singh (Manipur)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Barun Saha (West Bengal)
REFEREE INSPECTOR: Sagar Sen (West Bengal)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Rakesh Bakshi (Chandigarh)

MATCH REPORT:
Mumbai's ONGC started their final round campaign of the I-League 2 on a thumping note when they went on to edge past their state rivals Pune FC 2-0 in an all crucial encounter played at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon, Haryana. Escalating their good run from the Silchar-leg the Sujit Chakroborty coached side couldn't have asked more to start the final round I-League 2 Division campaign. After putting a scrappy performance in the Silchar-leg, they didn't disappoint themselves as they too were eyeing to start on a winning note. In a game of two halves both the teams had equal opportunities but it was ONGC who kept their composure well in the second half to notch two goals while on the other side the Stewart Hall coached side is still having a concern as far as scoring goals. ONGC did start as favourites to win the match with ample experience in each department, it was a total team effort from the Mumbai outfit. Rajat Ghosh Dastidar was brilliant under the bar while both the stoppers Gour Naskar as well as Krishna Shirodkar had a good day at the office, while the midfield failed to perform as per the expectations but Jatin Singh Bisht compensated his performance by scoring the opening goal for his team. As far as strikers are concerned, playing in his first session in India, ONGC Nigerian striker Mangut Mbwas made his presence noticed with his stunning volley down the wire to seal an impressive win.
Pune FC goalkeeper Narshiman Balaji who was hardly tested in the previous outing in Gurgaon had a busy day and did come up with two spectacular save in the first session. Firstly he cut off a brilliantly taken shot from Mangut from the top of the 18 yard box in the 23rd minute while he clawed away Tarif Ahmed's deflected shot for a corner seven minutes later. Pune FC on the other hand was totally banking on the former Indian international Shanmugam Venkatesh who was all over the park to do something special for his side as he changed his position twice in the first half. It was an important encounter for both the team which was clearly visible right from the word go, both the teams started cautiously with giving more emphasis on their defending rather than attacking as the first half ended on a neutral note. After the lemon break Pune FC changed their approach and they were looking for the opener, they did come close to open their account in the 53rd minute but Venkatesh's left footer from the top of the 18 yard box went over the woodwork. It turned other way as ONGC opened their account with a Jatin Singh Bisht free-kick in the 63rd minute, his free-kick found its way to the far post after a deflection of the wall leaving Balaji astounded. Pune FC pulled up their socks and played much better in the second half but was unfortunate as all their hard work and significant move was watered by their strikers. Once again it was strikers who let their team down which will be a massive concern for the Stewart Hall coached side in the coming matches. ONGC on the other hand went into a defensive mood by substituting Tarif Ahmed with another stopper in form of Erick in the 76th minute to cut of the aerial ball and it did help them to a certain extent. Venkatesh did all the hard work to pull off the equaliser but did lack support upfront, he once again came close to do so with another brilliant effort which was even brilliantly clawed away for a corner by the ONGC custodian Rajat who played an important role in the today's spectacular win. ONGC were totally in defending mood to hold the precarious lead but it was icing on the cake down the wire for them as Mangut sealed the victory for the Mumbai outfit with a stunning volley from 25 yards. At the end it was again ONGC who walked away with the victory smile with the same scoreline which they did six months back in the 121st Osian's Durand Cup.

POST-MATCH COMMENTS:

Sujit Chakroborty (ONGC Coach)
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• It was very important to win the first match as it will give more confidence to perform better in the coming matches.
• Our midfield didn't play well as it was expected.
• We decided to go on the defensive mood to cut off the aerial ball by putting one more defender which did work for us to an extent.

Rajat Ghosh Dastidar (ONGC goalkeeper, former India International)
• We expected to win the match and are glad that we did that.
• We played very well in the Preliminary round; it was needed to carry the same momentum as it will help the team to perform better in rest of the matches.

Stewart Hall (Pune FC Coach)
• We can't score a goal that is a massive problem for us.
• We dominated the game but failed to utilize the chances.
• First goal was crucial one as it went in after the deflection which was unfortunate for us.

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Bangalore Super Division: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC 7-0 Oriental FC - Goals: 1-0,5-0,7-0 Dada Nabeel (11',39',83'), 2-0 Xavier Vijayakumar (12'), 3-0,4-0 Satish Kumar Jr (32',34'), 6-0 Sunil Kumar (45'). .
Bangalore 'A' Division: Department of Youth Services&Sports 2-2 Students Union

Kozhikode District Football League - Final: Chandni FC 4-0 Leaders Arts and Sports Club - Goals: 1-0 Abdul Ganiyy (20'), 2-0 Rajesh Thomas (62'), 3-0,4-0 Rajesh Kumar MA (65',83')
MATCH REPORT: Chandni FC have retained their Kozhikode District Football League title after overcoming Leaders Arts and Sports Club 4-0 in the final today. The match was dominated by the the 'Men in Yellow', while their opponents had their chances in the game but failed to convert any of them.
Arun K of Leaders Arts and Sports Club was named 'Best Player of the Championship' and received a cash award of Rs.5,000. The champions Chandni FC received the 'Father Vergothini Memorial Rolling Shield', while runners-up Leaders Arts and Sports Club were awarded the 'Subramaniam Memorial Rolling Trophy'. Both teams also received permanent trophies sponsored by the Kozhikode District Football Association President Mr. Mannill Mohammad. The chief guest for the closing ceremony was Shri Jangpangi IPS, Additional Director General of Police.

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Semifinal: Jammu&Kashmir Bank 1-2 Amity United FC - Goals: 0-1,0-2 ND Opara (43',73'), 1-2 Satwinder Singh (78').

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Semifinal: Indian National FC 2-0 Indian Air Force, New Delhi - Goals: 1-0 Gyan Moin Thapa (9'), 2-0 Santa Singh (50' pen).

::: Motorola: NO to Beckham, YES to AR Rahman :::
Double Oscar winner and music maestro AR Rahman has ousted football superstar David Beckham from the 'Motorola' ad as the new global brand ambassador and has taken home a whopping Rs 28 crores (£3.5 million) for the same. According to reports, the jaw-dropping amount has been paid to Rahman to replace Beckham. The English footballer was reportedly paid Rs 22 crore earlier for his endorsement of the brand.
It is believed that Rahman is being chased by innumerable companies to represent their brand ever since his Oscar win.

::: FIFA asks for a minute's silence :::
FIFA has today asked all member associations that are scheduled to hold their next match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ preliminary competition on 31 March and 1 April 2009, to observe a minute's silence prior to kick-off.
The minute´s silence is a mark of respect for the African football family and in memory of the persons who lost their lives outside of the stadium in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on 29 March 2009, ahead of the preliminary competition match in the same competition between Côte d'Ivoire and Malawi.

::: +91 Manchester: The Business of Football a success :::
The Manchester chapter of the +91 business forum organised a "Drinks and Networking Reception" last Thursday, March 26 at the Hallmark Hotel in Wilmslow, Cheshire close to Manchester, England under the theme of "The Business of Football".
The distinguished list of speakers that evening included Mihir Bose (BBC Sports Editor), Ian Ayre (Commercial Director, Liverpool FC), Robert Elstone (CEO, Everton FC), Steve Bellis (CEO, Kickworldwide) and Arunava Chaudhuri (CEO & Editor-in-Chief IndianFootball.Com).
It was an interesting combination that evening talking about football in India, the opportunities and problems in Indian football, the English ways to enter the market and how they could make a difference.
After the speakers had their talk the gathering had a good chance to interact with each other to learn more about football in India. The crowd learned a lot about Indian football and hopefully some will get involved, do sponsorship deals and bring their expertise to India.

::: INTERNATIONAL: Kroenke becomes second-biggest Arsenal shareholder :::
US billionaire Stan Kroenke has increased his stake in the English Premier League club Arsenal London to 20.5 per cent after buying shares from fellow director Danny Fiszman. Kroenke bought 5,000 shares at a cost of £42.5 million ($60 million), making him the second-biggest investor in the north London club behind Russian Alisher Usmanov.
Fiszman sold about a third of his holding, and now has a 16.1 per cent stake. Usmanov's investment company Red & White Holdings Ltd. owns a 25 per cent stake in the club.
Arsenal has a market value of £469.8 million, although its shares - which currently sell at £7,550 each - are thinly traded.

SoccerexJack Charlton to pay tribute to Bobby Moore at Soccerex London Forum
Bobby Moore is perhaps the most loved and most iconic English footballer of all time. Despite being surpassed as England's most capped outfield player by David Beckham in Saturday's friendly against Slovakia, Moore, who captained England in over 90 of his 108 games, will forever hold a place in the nation's heart for being the man who led his team to World Cup glory in 1966. The scenes of him holding the Jules Rimet trophy are some of the most enduring and instantly recognisable images in English football history.
With the Soccerex London Forum, on 13th May, moving to the Bobby Moore Suite at Wembley Stadium we thought it fit to pay homage to this true legend of the game.

Moore achieved many accolades throughout his life, and was recognised by Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer as being one of the greatest defenders to ever play the game. He won the FA Cup and European Cup Winners Cup with West Ham United. He was also awarded the Football Writers' Player of the Year in 1964, Sports Personality of the Year in 1965 and received an OBE in 1967. In 2003, 10 years after his death, the Football Association selected him as their Golden Player of England - the most outstanding player of the past 50 years.
Many tributes have been paid to Moore's great memory including a bronze statue placed outside the main entrance of the new Wembley Stadium in acknowledgment of his immense effect on the game.
The statue was unveiled in May 2007 by Sir Bobby Charlton, whose brother Jack Charlton will be leading a tribute to his historic defensive partner at the Soccerex London Forum.
Charlton will be joined by award-winning sports reporter and Moore's close friend, biographer and best man, Jeff Powell, who wrote a moving inscription for the statue which includes the words: "Immaculate footballer, Imperial defender, Immortal hero of 1966..."

Few figures have transcended sport in the same way as Bobby Moore, and the Soccerex London Forum will offer delegates an insight into this iconic hero from some of his closest friends.

For more information about the Soccerex London Forum, please visit www.soccerex.com/london .




March 30
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Bangalore Super Division: BEML (EM) 2-2 SAI, Bangalore - Goals: 0-1 Akram (50'), 1-1 Sanath Kumar (60'), 2-1 Kalandar (67'), 2-2 Amarnath (70').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Government Press 1-0 Bangalore United FC

Kozhikode District Football League - Semifinal: Chandni FC 3-2 KTC Football Team - Goals: 0-1,2-3 Divyaprasad (9',88'), 1-1,2-1,3-1 Zubair KP (59',85',86').
Kozhikode District Football League - Semifinal: Leaders Arts and Sports Club 2-0 Guruvayoorapan College - Goals: 1-0 Harris P (34'), 2-0 Arun K (80').

3rd Manipur State League: Phoudel Youth Club, Thoubal 2-4 NISA, Thangmeiband
3rd Manipur State League: NLYC, Churachandpur 1-6 Southern Sporting Union
3rd Manipur State League: USA, Khurai 2-1 AMOFA, Moirang
3rd Manipur State League: YWC, Thambalkhong 2-2 Eastern Sporting Union
3rd Manipur State League: NEROCA 1-1 TRUGPU, Nambol
3rd Manipur State League: Manipur Police SC 3-1 Tiddim Road Athletic Union

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group A: Bhawanipore Club, Calcutta 1-2 Indian Air Force, New Delhi - Goals: 1-0 Amit Chakaraborty (18'), 1-1 LB Victor (29'), 1-2 Manish Negi (53').

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group B: Amity United FC 0-2 Indian National FC - Goals: 0-1 LF Tusring (14'), 0-2 Ifeyani (83').

Budweiser 6v6 Cup::: Mumbai's amateur football champions YMSC win third place :::
YMSC, the amateur team that topped the Mumbai leg of the Budweiser 6v6 Cup won third position in today's Budweiser 6v6 Cup finals in Hyderabad. In their semi-final clash, the defending champions from Mumbai lost to the debutantes from Pune - Cedrick's 8 when they were demolished 2-5... [click here for more]
Click here for pictures from the Budweiser 6v6 Cup 2009

::: Vikash Dhorasoo to lead street kids in Delhi :::
Consortium for Street Children Press Release: Be a part of the kick off for the first ever “DSC Soccer Baalak Ki Khoj”, an initiative of the Consortium for Street Children aimed at discovering and nurturing football talent at the grassroots level in India. The exhibition match features street children between the age group of 14 to 18 years led by legendary French football player Vikash Dhorasoo (against another team of street children led by renowned Indian player Renedy Singh.).Vikash represented France in 18 international matches and is the only player of Indian origin to have played in a FIFA World Cup.
The event will be presented by the Consortium for Street Children (CSC), a prominent international member-based network dedicated to advocating, promoting and campaigning for the rights of street children globally. The kick off will announce the search campaign for a talented young footballer called “DSC Soccer Baalak”, who will be further sponsored for training and exposure to professional football.
The exhibition match will be organized on 4th April, 2009 at 10 am in St. Columba's School, Ashoka Place, New Delhi.
Come watch the action and be part of the excitement!

::: MDFA asks its clubs to ignore WIFA :::
MDFA Press Release: The Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) has asked its affiliated clubs not to deal with the Western India Football Association (WIFA) directly and to have no truck with the proposed ‘Maharashtra league' after learning that the state body had called its elite division clubs for a meeting (which has now been postponed to April 5, 2009) to discuss the proposed state league.
At a meeting of the MDFA's Elite Division clubs and the MDFA executive committee at the association's headquarters at Parel, Mumbai, on Friday, March 27, 2009, MDFA president Commander Kehar Singh, VSM, IN (retd) exhorted the clubs to ignore all communications from the WIFA which seek to bypass the MDFA.
The MDFA has already written to its clubs to ignore all letters from the WIFA and to report any such activities to it. The MDFA has also written to the WIFA asking it not write directly to its clubs by bypassing the MDFA.
“You are affiliated to the MDFA, which is in turn affiliated to the WIFA and hence the state body has no locus standi to deal with you directly,” Commander Singh told the club representatives at the meeting.
Commander Singh pointed out that the proposed state league is nothing but a ruse to disrupt the activities of the MDFA. He further added that it would be a farce as, baring one or two teams, the clubs from the other districts will prove no match against the MDFA's top outfits, three of which are competing in the I-League. The MDFA president also suggested that if the WIFA is keen on promoting football it should do so in the districts, almost all of which have no clubs or football activity worth the name, and not in Mumbai where the MDFA has 264 registered clubs playing in eight division leagues besides several other tournaments.
Representatives of almost all the MDFA's 17 Elite Division clubs like Mahindra United, Mumbai FC, RCF, Central Railway, Akbar Travels, Kenkre Academy etc., attended the meeting. All of them present unanimously agreed to stand by the MDFA in all respects and have no direct dealings with the WIFA.

::: PIFA-CYFC U17 invited to SAFA Soccer City Stadium :::
PIFA Directors Anjali & Nirvan Shah were invited by Phil Mogodi of South African FA and Pule Malefane the acting CEO, Gauteng Tourism Authority to visit the magnificent Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg that will host the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening & closing ceremonies. The stadium is nearing completion.
The PIFA-CYFC U17 team was given a tour of SAFA House, the Headquarters of the South African FA in Johannesburg and shown a model of the stadium to give them an idea on how it would look on completion. The children were very impressed and look forward to attending the 2010 FIFA World Cup with PIFA next summer.


March 29
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Bangalore Super Division: LRDE 2-2 Postal Department - Goals: 1-0 Saravanan (12'), 1-1 Nestlin (21'), 1-2 Arvind (56'), 2-2 Mahendran (57').
Bangalore 'A' Division: ISRO 1-0 Dharmaraja Union

Cochin Premier League - Pool A: Cochin Port Trust 7-0 Udaya Sporting Club - Goals: 1-0 Mithun Ghosh (9'), 2-0,4-0 Joseph (36',48'), 3-0 Sajesh (48'), 5-0,6-0 Joby (60',71'), 7-0 Aneesh Kumar (90+3').

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group A: Jammu&Kashmir Bank 2-2 Indian Air Force, New Delhi - Goals: 1-0 Sarvan Kumar (9'), 1-1,2-1 Satwinder Singh (40',44'), 2-2 TT Stephen (74').
MATCH REPORT: Indian Air Force, New Delhi kept their semifinal hopes alive when they went on hold defending champion Jammu&Kashmir Bank in an all exciting encounter of the 5th Lt. Governor's Cup being held at the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium today. The Bankmen have already made it to the semifinals and with today's draw, they are still placed at the top of the table in group A with 10 points while Indian Air Force now occupies second spot with five points with a game in a hand against the Calcutta outfit, Bhawanipore Club tomorrow. It will be a must win situation for the Bhawanipore side while even a draw will be enough for the Airmen to book a place in the semifinals. IAF had the perfect start to their proceedings through Sarvan Kumar when he fired home in the 9th minute, the left wing half shot made its way to the far post after kissing the woodwork. J&K Bank were without the service of their six key players, the Bankmen who already qualified for the semifinal did not field their key players to test their bench strength and it was quiet a fair decision by the J&K Bank coach Abdul Majeed. IAF came close to double the lead in the 25th minute, when WP Singh's shot bounced before the keeper to take J&K goalkeeper Imran Fariq by surprise, Imran came back to senses who at once thought that the ball is going above the bar post and tipped it for a corner. Satwinder splendid volley in the 40th minute paved the way for the equalizer for the Bankmen when he first time volleyed the ball from a corner of the 18 yard box to stun Anil Kumar in the 40th minute. It was certainly one of the best goals of the tournament so far. J&K were infront for the first time in the match in the 44th minute when Satwinder again fired home for the Abdul Majeed coached side. Taufiq's shot was first cut off by Air Force keeper Anil Kumar but unfortunately fell in for Satwinder who was following the ball and he placed it in the near post to the end the first session on a perfect note for J&K Bank. TT Stephen leveled terms for the Airmen in the 74th minute with his wisely taken free-kick found it sway to the far post, Stephen took his time before placing it to the far post through the legs of the wall leaving Imran astounded. TT Stephen was too adjudged Man of the Match for his brilliant work in the midfield as well as scoring the equaliser for the Airmen.

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group B: Goa Under-21 1-3 Punjab Police - Goals: 1-0 Milagres Gonsalves (8'), 1-1 Sandeep Singh (75'), 2-1,3-1 Rohit Kumar (79',86').
MATCH REPORT: After defeating Indian National FC in their last encounter, Goa Under-21 went down to Punjab Police to end their 5th Lt. Governor's Cup journey on a fatal note in a crucial encounter of the Group B quarterfinal league match being played at the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium. In a do a die situation to keep their semifinal hopes alive, the Goan side was thrashed by Punjab Police, who were certainly the better team of the two today. Punjab Police riding high on Rohit Kumar's brace came from one goal down to show the exit gate for the Goan Juniors. It was Milagres Gonsalves once again who gave a perfect start to the Goans with his lone effort in the 8th minute, the strikers ripped apart three defenders before placing it wisely to the right of the Punjab Police keeper Ramanjeet but failed to maintain the precarious lead as they went on to concede three quick goals after staring the first half on a spirited note. On the other hand the Jalandhar side kept their cool and utilized the chances that came their way in the last 15 minutes of the match. Substitute Sandeep Singh who came in for Pradeep Singh started the demolition in the 75th minute, when he took advantage of a defensive lapse and placed his low drive shot into the near post from 10 yards with ease. It was certainly harsh for the Goan side as they were made to play two matches in two days which was clearly visible from their performance today. Rohit Kumar rose to the occasion when it was most needed and scored the second goal for Punjab Police through his header of Gurpreet's free-kick from the left flank, the striker took the game away from the Goans when he again fired home with his header in the 86th minute. Punjab Police as well as Goa U21 now have six points from four matches, while the later are already out of the contest, Punjab Police can only be back to the championship crown hunt if Amity United FC defeat Indian National FC by three goals while a draw will be enough for the Delhi League champions to give Punjab Police the knockout punch. But the most important factor that favours the Bernard Opranozie coached side is their healthy goal difference which is very much in their favour.

TATA TEA Jaago Re Soccer Stars'09 - Go to Arsenal::: TATA TEA Jaago Re Soccer Stars 2009: Calcutta-leg next weekend :::
The Calcutta-leg of the TATA TEA Jaago Re Soccer Stars 2009 will take place on the April 4/5 at the St. James' School in Calcutta. 64 teams have already confirmed their particiaption and even more are expected. The organisers are expecting two days of intense action to find the best teams from Calcutta. India vice-Captain and East Bengal Club midfielder Renedy Singh will be present at the finals on April 5 representating the Football Players Association of India.
The All-India Finals will be held on April 25 at the Howrah Municipal Stadium in Calcutta. The best school teams from the 10 participating cities from around India will be taking part.

The Jaago Re Soccer Stars is based on a 7 A-Side concept. Each squad consists of 10 players out of which 7 are present on the field while the other 3 are rolling substitutes. The duration of the match is seven minutes per half with an immediate changeover at half time. This has been done to give more schools a chance to participate in the tournament. The rules are similar to a 11 A-Side match with some exceptions. The matches are played on a 50m by 27m field and the goal posts are 14 feet by 7 feet. The tournament at each venue is conducted on a league cum knockout basis. If matches during the knockout stage end in a tie there will be penalty shootout of 3 kicks per team followed by a sudden death to decide the winner.

Go here for the site jaagoresoccerstars.com .


March 28
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::: Derrick Pereira banned from the touchline for Sporting game :::
The AIFF decided to slap a one match touchline-ban on Mahindra United coach Derrick Pereira for his outbursts against the match officials in their 2-3 loss to Dempo at Fatorda in the I-League. That means Derrick will be restricted to the stands for Mahindra's upcoming game against Sporting at the same venue today.
Speaking to IndianFootball.Com, Derrick sounded philosophical looking back on the incident and after hearing the AIFF's punishment. "Yes, my behaviour was probably not right then, in the heat of the moment. But I was terribly frustrated, and it all built up. First Sushil's free kick touched a Dempo hand in the box earlier, and we didn't get a penalty. Then we were wrongly penalised for the free kick that lead to the goal in injury time. Our team had worked hard throughout the game, and fought back and dominated. Yet all our hard work went waste. I just want the refereeing to be consistent," he mentioned. On whether he had responded to AIFF with an appeal against their decision, or had any other inputs on refereeing issues with the federation, Derrick deadpanned, "I'm not appealing. A lot of our season's hardwork has been laid to waste by referee decisions - not only in this match, but many earlier, several in I-League and the Fed Cup. The mid-season referees seminar has served no purpose whatsoever."
Derrick concluded tongue-in-cheak, "I hope banning me (for the Sporting game) improves the standard (of Indian refereeing)."

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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 21 | The Cooperage, Mumbai | 16.00 IST:

Air-India 1-1 Churchill Brothers SC | <click here to read minute by minute updates>
Goals: 0-1 Felix Chimaokwu (45'+2'), 1-1 Emmanuel Ovieghara (89')

AIR-INDIA: 24-Arup Debnath; 29-Udofia Chiukwama, 6-Uttam Leishangthem Singh, 17-Amulya Mondal, 3-Ravinder Singh (52' 25-Emmanuel Ovieghara), 7-Bijay Basfore (71' 8-Samson Kumar Singh), 28-Michael Segum Tayo, 18-Vijith Shetty, 14-Gouranga Biswas, 10-Soccor Velho, 12-Singam Subash Singh (79' 22-Surojit Roy)
Unused Substitutes: 30-Sharat EC, 4-Syed Farid, 11-Hringsolal Thomte, 19-Santosh Koli

CHURCHILL BROTHERS: 29-Arindam Bhattacharya; 8-Thokchom Naoba Singh, 19-Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, 4-Rowilson Rodrigues, 17-Robert Lalthalma; 12-Reisangmi Vashum, 15-Chitrasen Chandam Singh, 9-Ogba Kalu Nnanna, 11-Khemtang Paite (80' 35-T Bineesh Balan); 7-Felix Chimaokwu, 10-Odafe Onyeka Okolie [C]
Unused Substitutes: 31-Lalit Thapa, 13-Mashangva Genius Zenith, 22-Jaison Vales, 25-L Dhanachandra Singh, 26-Yumnam Raju Mangang, 37-Ashley Fernandes

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Udofia Chiukwama (Air-India)

YELLOW CARDS: Arindam Bhattacharya (69', Churchill Brothers)

REFEREE: Pradeep Kumar (Tamil Nadu)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: G Thambiraj (Tamil Nadu), Mohammed Basheer (Kerala)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: A Rowan (Services)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Gulab Chauhan (Gujarat)

MATCH PREVIEW:
A crucial I-League penultimate round match is on the cards when Air-India host Churchill Brothers at the Cooperage stadium. The Airmen are engaged in a dogfight towards the bottom of the table to avoid joining Vasco in falling through the trapdoor into the 2nd division... [click here for more]

MATCH REPORT:
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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 21 | Nehru Stadium, Margao | 16.15 IST:

Sporting Clube de Goa 2-2 Mahindra United
Goals: 1-0,2-2 Elijah Obagbemiro Junior (28' pen,77'), 1-1 Chidi Edeh (35' pen), 1-2 Djidjia Douhou Pierre (53')

SPORTING CLUBE: ...
Unused Substitutes: ...

MAHINDRA UNITED: ...
Unused Substitutes: ...

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Elijah Obagbemiro Junior (Sporting Clube)

YELLOW CARDS: ...

REFEREE: Shaji Kurian (Kerala)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: ...
FOURTH OFFICIAL: ...
MATCH COMMISSIONER: ...

MATCH REPORT:
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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 19 | Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana | 15.30 IST:

JCT, Phagwara 1-1 Mohun Bagan AC
Goals: 0-1 Nanjangud Shivananju Manju (10'), 1-1 Rahul Kumar (80', own Goal)

JCT: 1-Karanjit Singh [C]; 2-Jaspal Singh, 3-Anwar Ali, 30-Sarabjeet Singh, 27-Baldeep Singh Jr; 17-Amandeep Singh, 7-Jaspreet Singh, 28-Shivraj Singh (78' 19-Randeep Singh), 25-Sakatar Singh (84' 22-Pawan Kumar); 9-Balwant Singh, 11-Paul Macjames Nwachukwu (46' 10-Eduardo da Silva Escobar)
Unused Substitutes: 32-Tajinder Singh, 5-Narinder Singh, 8-Jaswinder Singh, 12-Daljit Singh

MOHUN BAGAN: 1-Sangram Mukherjee; 17-Rahul Kumar, 14-Peter Odafe, 3-Nanjangud Shivananju Manju, 4-Deepak Kumar Mondal (27-Nallappan Mohanraj); 19-Shylo Malswam Tulunga (83' 16-James Lukram Singh), 20-Rakesh Masih (86' 12-Branco Vincent Cardozo), 30-Marcos Pereira, 11-Ishfaq Ahmed; 10-Jose Ramirez Barreto, 15-Baichung Bhutia [C]
Unused Substitutes: 31-Shilton Pal, 5-Habibur Rehman Mondal, 23-Lalramluaha, 37-Lal Kamal Bhowmick

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Isfaq Ahmed (Mohun Bagan)

YELLOW CARDS: Rakesh Masih (Mohun Bagan)

REFEREE: A Arjunan (Services)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Bikramjit P (Delhi), Govind Kanojia (Delhi)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: PK Bose (Madhya Pradesh)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: AUK Nair (Gujarat)

MATCH REPORT:
JCT made a strong-willed comeback to hold title contenders Mohun Bagan AC in rearranged Round 19 I-League match played at the Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana this afternoon. The visitors from Calcutta were the stronger team on paper and were expected to win this match convincingly having more experienced and star players like Barreto, Bhutia, Marcos, Ishfaq Ahmed, Peter Odafe whereas JCT was without most of its senior players like Julius, Baldeep, Gurwinder, Daljit owing to prolonged injuries.
Mohun Bagan's defence proved a disaster yet again; failing to preserve the lead provided by the team's famed attack comprising Barreto, Bhutia and Ishfaq and gave enough space for JCT attackers to raid their territory time and again. JCT got an open goal scoring opportunity in the 4th minute of the game when Amandeep's shot was blocked by Mohun Bagan keeper Sangram Mukherjee in a one-on-one situation. Mohun Bagan shot into the lead in the tenth minute of the game when Nanjangud Shivananju Manju scored on well-measured cross from Brazilian Marcos Pereira from the right flank. Stung by the early deficit JCT made constant efforts and the whole team combined well to find the equaliser, but the best of JCT moves got foiled by some of the in-form Bagan players. In the 19th minute of the game, Paul Macjames Nwachukwu took a long range left footer shot which missed the target just by inches. Amandeep Singh got an opportunity to level the score in the 24th minute of the game when Paul sent him an accurate pass after doing some good footwork in the Mohun Bagan half, but the final shot taken by Amandeep hit the cross bar completely beating Sangram Mukherjee. In the 32nd minute of the game, Mohun Bagan could have doubled their lead, had Bhutia's effort not been saved by JCT keeper Karanjit Singh. The scoreline was 1-0 in favour of Mohun Bagan at half time.
After the break JCT entered the field with zeal. JCT replaced Paul with its star striker Eduardo da Silva Escobar who was out in the couple of previous matches owing to a knee injury. JCT showed more aggression in their acts and made continuous superb moves in search of an equaliser and for quite some time, the whole Mohun Bagan team went deep to save the situation. The match action saw JCT with more of the ball. As the match progressed towards the closing stages Bagan went a little bit up to make moves in the JCT midfield. The combination of Bhutia and Barreto upfront did not make any impact on JCT as JCT, spurred by its success in the second session, pressed on for the equaliser. The equalizer came as late as in the 80th minute when Amandeep Singh shot goalwards which took a deflection of Rahul Kumar to go into goal.
Mohun Bagan's Ishfaq Ahmed was adjudged "Man of the Match". With this draw, JCT takes its tally to 22 points from a total of 20 outings and are now placed 9th in the I-League standings whereas Mohun Bagan remain in 3rd place with 37 points from 19 games.

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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 19 | Barasat Stadium, Calcutta | 15.30 IST:

Chirag United SC 0-0 Dempo SC
Goals: none

CHIRAG UNITED: 21-Robikanta Singh Chongtham; 15-Dulal Biswas, 5-Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, 17-Ayeni Bidemi Daniel, 2-Louis Nigi Ebami [C], 6-R Dhanarajan; 30-Gouranga Datta (80' 27-Lalmalswama Hmar), 37-Denson Devadas (82' 7-Hardip Singh Saini), 11-Snehasish Chakraborty (90+2' 8-Sasthi Duley); 25-Shankar Oraon, 9-Subair Muritala Ali
Unused Substitutes: ...

DEMPO: 1-Abhijit Mondal; 18-Valeriano Rebello, 3-John Charles Dias, 28-Mahesh Gawli, 16-Samir Naik; 14-Anthony Pereira, 8-Climax Lawrence[C], 7-Nascimento Silveira, 15-Clifford Miranda (60' 22-Nicolau Borges); 9-Ranty Martins Soleye, 11-Roberto Mendes Silva (64' 6-Peter Carvalho)
Unused Substitutes: ...

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Denson Devadas (Chirag United)

YELLOW CARDS: ...

REFEREE: Dinesh Nair (Gujarat)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: ...
FOURTH OFFICIAL: ...
MATCH COMMISSIONER: ...

MATCH REPORT:
...

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Bangalore Super Division: Army Service Corps 2-0 Rail Wheel Factory - Goals: 1-0 Thiyagarajan (62'), 2-0 Nitesh Baraily (70').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Nationals FC 5-1 South Western Railway Institute

Cochin Premier League - Pool B: India Gateway Term 9-0 Amateurs FC - Goals: 1-0,5-0 Arun (7',34'), 2-0 Martin (8'), 3-0 Amal Sarath (21'), 4-0,6-0,8-0 Anooj VS (26',42',74'), 7-0 Sanish (53'), 9-0 Shifas (81').

Kozhikode District Football League - Group A: Independence SC 1-3 Guruvayoorappan College - Goals: 0-1 Nazeem (23'), 1-1 Musthafa (48'), 1-2 Smithesh (89'), 1-3 Aslam (90').
Kozhikode District Football League - Group A: Kerala Postal Football Team 0-3 Young Challengers - Goals: 0-1,0-2 Noufal (39',61'), 0-3 Azeez (69').
Kozhikode District Football League - Group A: Chandini FC 2-0 Farook College- Goals: 1-0 Abdul Ganiyy (31'), Joseph Perera (70').

3rd Manipur State League: TRUGPU, Nambol 2-1 Eastern Sporting Union
3rd Manipur State League: Tiddim Road Athletic Union 4-3 NLYC, Churachandpur
3rd Manipur State League: AMOFA, Moirang 2-6 Manipur Police SC
3rd Manipur State League: Phoudel Youth Club, Thoubal 2-1 USA, Khurai
3rd Manipur State League: NISA, Thangmeiband 1-0 YWC, Thambalkhong
3rd Manipur State League: NEROCA 0-2 Southern Sporting Union

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group B: Indian National FC 1-2 Goa Under-21 - Goals: 1-0 Touriesing (43'), 1-1 Milagres Gonsalves (44'), 1-2 Gilbert Oliviera (64').
MATCH REPORT: The young guns from Goa pulled off an emphatic win in an crucial encounter and went on to defeat Indian National FC 2-1 to keep their hopes alive as far as making it to the semifinal is concerned in a quarterfinal league match of the 5th Lt. Governor's Cup played at the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium today. The Goan Juniors rose to the occasion and went on to edge pass the Delhi League champions in a hard fought battle. The star of the show once again was their striker Milagres Gonsalves, who picked up his second Man of the Match award in the tournament. Indian National FC took the lead through Touriesing in the 43rd minute when he fired home a close ranger to the near post with ease but the lead didn't even last a minute and as they conceded the equaliser in an unconventional way when Milagres took the advantage of the confusion between INFC goal keeper Pronoy Roy and stopper Yaro and netted in with ease to level the terms. It was totally keeper Roy's error that made things possible for the Goan side. After the lemon break INFC did come close to take the lead once again on couple of occasions but were not fortunate enough to turn the tide in their favour. It was Austin's weak header in the 61st minute that deprived INFC to take the lead once again while an Amjad free-kick a minute later was brilliantly clawed away for a corner by Goa U21 goalkeeper Dulio Andrade. But lady luck was certainly on the Goan side as they again took full advantage of a goalkeeping error in the 64th minute which paved the way for Gilberto Oliviera to find his first goal of the tournament at this crucial stage. Gilberto headed it wisely over the INFC keepers head to seal an impressive victory over the Bernard Operanozie coached side. INFC could have got the equaliser in the closing moments of the game but Gyan Moin Thapa's shot was brilliantly clawed away for a corner by Dulio Andrade. Both the teams have now six points from three matches but INFC still enjoys a better goal average in comparison to the Goan side that will surely come into the picture to decide the second semifinalist from Group B.

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group B: Amity United FC 5-1 Moonlight Club - Goals: 1-0 Praveen Arora (6'), 2-0,5-1 Danny Lalduhuwma (14',90'), 2-1 Hemant (59'), 3-1 Shyam Sunder (74'), 4-1 ND Opara (80').
MATCH REPORT: Amity United FC became the first team to qualify for the semifinals from Group B as they went on to demolish Moonlight Club 5-1 in a one sided encounter of the 5th Lt. Governor's Cup played today. Amity United registered their third straight win in the quarterfinal league and is placed at the top the table with nine points. The result was very much to come in Amity's favour as Moonlight Club was the weakest of the lot and were only filling in the gaps as far as their participation in the tournament is concerned. Amity opened their account in the 6th minute through Praveen's goal while Danny netted in with ease in the 14th minute to make 2-0 in favour of Amity United. Though Amity tried their best to take the game away from the walled city side in the first session but was not able to produce any productive move to do so. Hemant took everyone by surprise when he fired home in the 59th min for Moonlight. It was only goal scored by a Moonlight player in their four matches while they went on to concede three more goals to take their tally to 23 goals as far as conceding goals are concerned. Shyam Sunder took the advantage of a defensive lapse and placed it wisely to the far post to score his first goal of the tournament in the 74th min while ND Opara made it 4-1 in the 80th minute after missing numerous scoring chances. Danny sealed the victory in the 90th minute when he netted in the near post with ease of a Moonlight defensive lapse. His brilliant ball play and two goals earned him his first Man of the Match award of the tournament.

::: AIFF appoints Bakshi as I-League 2 Match Commissioner :::
Chandigarh FA secretary Rakesh Bakshi (AG Haryana) has been appointed Match Commissioner for the final round of the I League - Division 2 to be played at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon, Haryana from March 31 to April 18. Bakshi has been directed to report to Haryana FA secretary Sunil Bhardwaj on March 30.
According to a letter received from AIFF general secretary Alberto Colaco, Sagar Sen of the Indian Football Association (West Bengal) has been appointed Referee Inspector. Other officials appointed are: Dhanapati Roy (West Bengal), Barun Saha (West Bengal), G Thambiraj (Tamil Nadu), Yaima Singh (Manipur), H Khamba Singh (Manipur), Mohammed Kamil (Delhi), MA Siddique (Madhya Pradesh), A Rowan (Services), Pratap Singh (Services).

::: SOCCER PRO's Rink Football Tournament 2009: Soccer scores over IPL at Soccer Pro's :::
Right from master blaster Sachin Tendulkar to spin wizard Sharme Warne were disappointed about the fact that the IPL has now moved out of India, one more name has added to the count. It is none other than Sameer Kochaar who has hosted the 1st edition of IPL and also acted in movies like 'Jannat' and 'Zeher'... [click here for more]


March 27
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Bangalore Super Division: MEG Centre - Southern Blues FC = match not held due to referee's protest against lack of security
Bangalore 'A' Division: Dharmaraja Union - Reserve Bank of India, Bangalore = match not held due to referee's protest against lack of security

Cochin Premier League - Pool A: Cochin Port Trust 1-1 Mar Athanasius College - Goals: 0-1 Anus (10'), 1-1 Mithun Ghosh (45'+1')

Kozhikode District Football League - Group B: Sea Side SC 0-4 Universal Soccer School - Goals: 0-1 Vaheed (22'), 0-2,0-4 Finfer (32',50'), 0-3Sarath Babu (47')
Kozhikode District Football League - Group B: KTC Football Team 4-0 Nellikod Brothers - Goals: 1-0,4-0 Divyaprasad (10',76'), 2-0 Abdul Salam (60'), 3-0 Shiju (75')

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group A: Simla Youngs FC 0-0 Bhawanipore Club, Calcutta - Goal: none
MATCH REPORT: Simla Youngs and Bhawanipore Club played a goalless draw in a pale Group A encounter played at the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium to splits points. Playing in a must win situation Bhawanipore Club were not able to break the jinx and were not able get past the Simla Youngs wall that has already made a mark by drawing three games out of four in the ongoing tournament. Simla Youngs went on to register their 11th draw of the season so far. Both teams displayed the need to win, but neither of them were successful to escalate their moves in a productive way to break the deadlock. Bhawanipore had some close chances but blew away the opportunities to add misery to their faith.
Simla Youngs now have three points from four matches and are out of the semifinal race, while Bhawanipore have just accumulated two points in three matches. Bhawanipore, coached by Debjit Ghosh, will bank on the slight chance that Indian Air Force might go down to J&K Bank on March 29.

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group A: Border Security Force 0-1 Jammu&Kashmir Bank - Goal: 0-1 Badru Keke Ibrahim (19')
MATCH REPORT: Defending champions J&K Bank railed into the semifinal of the 5th Lt. Governor's Cup with a solitary goal victory over Border Security Force. The Bankmen remained undefeated in their campaign so far and are very much ready to defend their title. On the other hand the BSF campaign ended on a fatal note as they were only able to muster two points in four matches. The Abdul Majeed coached side certainly had the upper hand throughout the match but was not able to make the most of their opportunities. Badru Keke Ibrahim scored the lone goal of the match in the 19th minute to seal the third victory in a row for his side. BSF tried hard to equalize, but were denied by some brilliant defending by J&K Bank left wing back Aman Bahadur Thapa on two occasions. Thapa blocked a Santosh Kujur shot in the 42nd minute and saved his team once again in the 88th minute when he cut off a Banti Singh shot. It was the most disappointing performance by the BSF team in the on-going ournament so far. J&K looks in a good shape especially with their midfield, which combines well in all the matches to give them a perfect start. J&K will surely look to keep their clean sheet, when they take on another semifinal contender in Indian Air Force on March 29.

::: INTERNATIONAL: Manchester United approach TATA on sponsorship :::
Manchester United have approached the Tata Group, about a potential shirt sponsorship deal. Tata is one of many Indian companies approached by the English giants after their existing shirt sponsor, AIG, said in January that it would not be renewing its deal beyond May 2010.
A brand consultant with knowledge of the Tata Group stated to REUTERS: "It's reasonably right. There are various sponsorship options, one for the team shirt. This has been going on for some time but nothing has been finalised."
Other companies linked with the Manchester United shirt sponsorship have included Indian conglomerate Sahara Group, Malaysian budget airline AirAsia, Saudi Telecom and British insurer Prudential.

SOCCER PRO's Rink Football Tournament 2009::: SOCCER PRO's Rink Football Tournament 2009: Bandra West FA drub United Veterans :::
The tone of the day was set by twelve year old Idhanta Kakkar, displaying amazing skills with the ball charging the players as well as the kids, setting up the Skill Contest Challenge. Idhanta a student of Chatrabhuj Narsee Monjee School, Vile Parle (W) credits his skills to the Steadfast Sports and Adventure Academy.
Pallavi Shetty, an ace swimmer and Suzanne Sablok, former Miss India, who came to enjoy the game of soccer tried their skills with the ball too. Encouraging the players Suzanne Sablok said, "Being a sports lover I feel that tournaments like Soccer Pro's organized by sports clubs will encourage our children to take up sports, especially in a country like India, nothing except cricket is given importance, this is a stepping stone."
While all the fun and skill display was flowing around, the players were involved in some serious competition. As the tournament was getting tougher no opportunity was wasted to score goals. The game of the day was between Bandra West FA and United Veterans, which was won comprehensively by Bandra.

MATCHDAY 3 | Results:
Men: Wild Eagles 3-2 YMSC; Bandra Packers 2-0 Rhema SF; Boca Juniors 3-1 Chimbai; W2Dream Team India1-3 Celtic 'B'
Women: Body Liners 1-3 Sea View; Bandra Packers 0-0 Companeroes
Veterans: Kalina Rangers 0-2 Rhema SF; Companeroes 3-0 Royallers; Bandra West 6-3 United Veterans

::: SOCCER PRO's Rink Football Tournament 2009: Bollywood stars to attend the tournament :::
The SOCCER PRO's Rink Football Tournament 2009 will be welcoming several Bollywood stars in the upcoming days. The stars will be attending the tournament to support their favourite teams.
CELEBRITIES on March 27: Sameer Kochar (Actor), Vivan Bathena (Model & Actor), Salil Fernandes (Director)
CELEBRITIES on March 28: Madhur Mittal (Actor), Ishika Mohan (Still Photographer), Arjan Bajwa (Actor), Raj Singh Chaudhary (Writer & Actor)

::: FIFA Women's World Ranking: India gain two spots :::
The Indian women's national team has gained two spots in the latest FIFA Women's World Ranking released today. India is now ranked 50th in the world, while 'The Bhangra Girls' climbed one spot in Asia to be ranked 11th.


March 26
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Bangalore Super Division: ADE 0-2 BEL SC - Goals: 0-1 Aravind (53'), 0-2 Suman (72')
Bangalore 'A' Division: ISRO 3-0 Queen Star - Goals: 1-0 Sadiq (18'), 2-0 Sujith (80'), 3-0 Chethan (88')

Kozhikode District Football League - Group A: Young Challengers 0-4 Chandini FC - Goals: 0-1 Zubair (2'), 0-2 Abdul Ganiyy (30'), 0-3,0-4 Rajesh Kumar MA (57',68')
Kozhikode District Football League - Group A: Farook College 7-1 Independence SC - Goals: 1-0 Sajeer (3'), 2-0 Harris (33'), 3-0 Majid (40'), 4-0,5-1 Rameez Ahmed (53',67'), 4-1 Ahsar Ali (62'), 6-1 Samanathul Nazeer (63'), 7-1 Rameez (67')
Kozhikode District Football League - Group A: Guruvayoorappan College 2-1 Kerala Postal Football Team - Goals: 1-0 Hisham (20'), 2-0 Shamjad (32'), 2-1 Vimal (69')

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group B: Moonlight Club 0-7 Punjab Police - Goals: 0-1,0-3,0-6,0-7 Amandeep Batra (18',45',65' pen,68'), 0-3,0-4 Rohit Kumar (40',61'), 0-5 Sandeep Singh (62')
MATCH REPORT: In an inconsequential match, Moonlight Club suffered a humiliating defeat against Punjab Police today. Moonlight went down by seven goals in a one-sided encounter. After getting trashed 0-9 by INFC in their first match, the DSA "A" Division side went down 1-2 to the Goa Under-21 team. The team suffered their next loss when they locked their horns with Punjab Police in their third quarterfinal league match at the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium. Punjab Police, who really had a bad start to their campaign, finally were all smiles when they fired home on seven occasions to register an impressive win. Amandeep Batra was adjudged 'Man of the Match' for scoring four goals, while Rohit Kumar scored a brace and Sandeep Singh too chipped in with one goal to take the tally up to seven goals.
Punjab Police started the goal festival in the 18th minute with Amandeep Batra firing home from a close range. Rohit Kumar doubled the lead in the 40th minute from a Sumit Bali cross, while Amandeep Batra scored his second goal just before the break to end the first session on a high note for Punjab Police. Moonlight once again made mockery of their presence on and off of the field; spectators at times even chanted to end the match before regulation times.
After the lemon break, Punjab Police scored four more goals, including three in just five minutes. Rohit Kumar scored the fourth, while Sandeep added another one to join the goal festival. Amandeep Batra completed his hattrick from a spot kick in the 65th minute, after being brought down in the penalty box. The striker took the charge of the spot kick and placed it perfectly to the right of the Moonlight goalkeeper. Punjab Police are more or less out of the semifinal race by clinching only three points in as many matches.

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group B: Amity United FC 2-0 Goa Under-21 - Goals: 1-0 Pratiban (10'), 2-0 Praveen Arora (79')
MATCH REPORT: Amity United FC registered their second victory in the 5th Lt. Governor's Cup, while defeating the Goa Under-21 team 2-0 to keep their semifinal hopes alive. AUFC put up an ordinary and blemished performance, showing good combinations throughout the game. The Goa U21 side lacked experience and couldn't turn the game into their favour. The lack of experience was clearly visible especially in midfield and upfront.
Amity United opened their account through Pratiban, when his cross took a deflection and bounced infront of goalkeeper Angelo Gomes. Angelo failed to judge the ball correctly and could only watch the ball making its way to the far post. Amity took control of the match, although the Goa U21 boys were certainly dangerous with attacks over the flanks. Monday could have doubled the account for Amity United in the 37th minute, but he missed a sitter to maintain the precarious lead.
Milagres Gonsalves performed well upfront for the Goans, but lacked an able partner. Milagres solo effort in the 55th minute was well cut-off by Amity United stopper Ashish. Praveen Arora sealed the victory for the Ravi Prashar coached side when he fired home from a close ranger in the 79th minute. It will be a must-win-situation for the Goa U21 side when they take on Indian National FC on March 28 to keep their hopes alive for a semifinal birth.

::: INTERNATIONAL: Chelsea launch search for Asian Soccer Star :::
Chelsea Football Club is launching a search for young Asian football stars of the future.
The club has teamed up with the FA, Kick it Out and the Asian Media Group to launch the ‘Search for an Asian Soccer Star' and will be holding open trials for youngsters from Asian backgrounds... [click here for more]

Budweiser 6v6 Cup::: Mumbai's amateur football champions YMSC to play at the Budweiser 6v6 Cup India Finals tomorrow :::
YMSC, the amateur team that topped the Mumbai leg of the Budweiser 6v6 Cup will continue their quest to represent India at Old Trafford when they play in the Bud Cup India finals tomorrow in Hyderabad... [click here for more]
Click here for pictures from the Budweiser 6v6 Cup 2009

::: SOCCER PRO's Rink Football Tournament 2009: Olympian to the rescue at Soccer Pros :::
Exams are currently on but children have chosen their favourite game - soccer over studies. The 'Soccer Pros' - the Rink Football Tournament currently on at the Bandra Gymkhana has gathered much attention among the school kids as many of the school coaches are playing in the tournament.
Afraz Norrani, third standard student of St. Andrews High School, an ardent soccer fan came to support his soccer coach as he normally has very little opportunity to watch the pros in action. "I love football and I came here to see my seniors play and imbibe their skills while I play amongst with my friends or even while practicing at home."
Aasma Norrani says," It is a shift in trend, in our times we used to like cricket and still like cricket, but these kids today are super enthusiastic about soccer like it's the case with Afraz whenever he sees football he wants to play with it."
Benard Pereira, an ex-Olympian says, "It's wonderful to see these kids coming here as they love football. They come here to enjoy the game and also it gives an excuse for the kids to forget the their studies for while. We play for the veterans as we get an opportunity to meet our colleagues after a long time and it's a wonderful feeling that our students see us playing."

MATCHDAY 2 | Results:
Men: Carmalites 0-3 Boca Juniors; Borivali Youngsters 0-5 Chimbai; VUFC 1-2 W2 Black; Gloria Youngsters 2-3 Celtic C; Soul Fly 4-5 Skylarks; Sellibrity 3-5 Mighty Ducks
Women: Bodyliners 1-2 Freunds; Bandra Packers 1-2 Sports Bandra
Veterans: Rhema SF 8-0 Royallers; Air-India 2-2 Bandra West; Geostanne 6-2 United Veterans

::: I-LEAGUE 2008/09 | JCT vs Sporting Clube de Goa :::
PFA Press Release: It gives us immense pleasure to inform all the football lovers that JCT shall play its home match against McDowell Mohun Bagan AC, Kolkata, in the ongoing ONGC I-League 2008-2009 at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on Saturday the 28th March 2009. This match shall start at 15.30 IST.


March 25
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Bangalore Super Division: CIL 3-0 Oriental FC - Goals: 1-0,2-0,3-0 Ravindran (11',63',83').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Government Press 2-1 AGORC, Bangalore

Cochin Premier League - Pool B: Bolghatty Footballers 1-6 India Gateway Terminal - Goals: 1-0 Arun (5'), 1-1, 1-3 Martin Litson (17',55'), 1-2 Vimal (40'), 1-4,1-5 Anooj VS (68',75'), 1-6 Shifaz (80')

Kozhikode District Football League - Group B: Young Indians 1-4 Sea Side SC - Goals: 0-1,0-2,1-4 Akhil PP (13',25',60'), 0-3 Anoop S (36'), 3-1 Jarshad (40')
Kozhikode District Football League - Group B: Leaders Arts and Sports Club 2-1 Nellikod Brothers - Goals: 1-0 Suneer Rehman (20'), 2-0 Baburaj (25'), 1-2 Sanal (30')

3rd Manipur State League: NISA, Thangmeiband 6-0 Eastern Sporting Union
3rd Manipur State League: YWC, Thambalkhong 2-1 USA, Khurai
3rd Manipur State League: Tiddim Road Athletic Union 1-0 NEROCA
3rd Manipur State League: Southern Sporting Union 2-2 TRUGPU, Nambol
3rd Manipur State League: NLYC, Churachandpur 0-1 AMOFA, Moirang
3rd Manipur State League: Phoudel Youth Club, Thoubal 0-3 Manipur Police SC

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group B: Simla Youngs FC 1-1 Indian Air Force, New Delhi - Goals: 0-1 TT Stephen (2'), 1-1 Ugochukuwa Ugbuka (77').
MATCH REPORT: Simla Youngs FC blunted their chances for a semifinal birth as they went on to hold Indian Air Force, New Delhi to a 1-1 draw in their third quarterfinal league match of the 5th Lt. Governor's Cup being held at the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium. This was the 10th draw for Simla Youngs so far this season; six of them came in Delhi League, two in Gurgaon leg of I-League Division 2 and two in the ongoing Lt. Governor's Cup, the mentioned data only sum up the story that they are a good defending side but they surely lack from the striking front. This was also the second match in row where Simla Youngs came back from one goal down to level the terms. On the other hand Indian Air Force were lucky to notch one point from the match, precisely the saviour of the day for the Airmen was their goalkeeper Anil Kumar who pulled off two important saves to deny Simla Youngs Nigerian striker Ugo to keep the scoreline competitive. Airmen were off to flyer when their captain TT Stephen netted in the 2nd minute with his volley from the top of the 18 yard box, Stephen after exchanging a couple of passes took advantage of a defensive lapse and fired home to put his team on the front foot. It was two in a row for the IAF custodian as far as picking up the man of the match awards is concerned and pulled off a great save in a one to one situation with Ugo in the 12th minute. Simla Youngs on the other hand was not to throw in the towel and played a much better game in comparison to their rival, the were unfortunate not to find the equaliser in the first session of the match. Finally their hard work paid off in the 77th minute when Ugo finally fired home with his header of Obed's cross. Anil came up with another spectacular save in the 83rd minute when he clawed away Premlal shoot for a corner. At the end of regulation time the scoreline remained the same at 1-1. Simla Youngs have only managed to muster two points from three matches while Indian Air Force have placed themselves in second place by accumulating four points from two matches.

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group B: Bhawanipore Club, Calcutta 0-0 Border Security Force - Goals: none.
MATCH REPORT: In another encounter of the day, it ended in a stalemate between Border Security Force and Bhawanipore Club, Calcutta. Both the teams failed to break the deadlock and gave an inept performance which was highly criticized by the spectators and the football fans present at the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium. BSF in comparison to the Calcutta outfit played a better game but that too came for a short stint in the match. Both the teams had more or less shut their chances as far as making it to the semifinals. BSF is sharing the same spot along with Simla Youngs on two points from three matches while Bhawanipore Club is in fifth spot with one point from two matches. BSF will now take on the defending champions Jammu&Kashmir Bank in their last match on March 27, it will be a tough match for the Avtar Singh coached side, but anything could happen as football is a funny old game and a win here may keep their hopes alive.

::: IFA decisions :::
The Indian Football Association (West Bengal) at its governing body meeting in Calcutta today took a number of decisions.
The IFA today retified the merger of the Premier and Super Divisions into a 17 team league next season. The league would be held as a one-leg league with matches to be held on matchday's between I-League matches.
The planned merger of the First Division Group A and B has been postponed by a season and it would now be implemented in 2010.
The IFA Under-16 Academy would open on March 30 in Haldia with Monojit Das as their chief coach.
The IFA Under-14 Academy would be located in Ashoknagar and open next month, but the chief coach hasn't been named yet.

SOCCER PRO's Rink Football Tournament 2009::: SOCCER PRO's Rink Football Tournament 2009: Air-India breezes through at Soccer Pro's :::
Eloquent sports caster, Bollywood celebrities and cheerleaders - one may guess that this might be a scene of a cricket match but hang on, this was the first day of the Soccer Pro's tournament at Bandra Gymkhana playing hosts to yet another dazzling sport event.

The Air-India Veterans XI proved once again with their performance, why they are considered one of the best teams in Indian football in all formats of the game.

"I am a huge sports freak," says Ashwin Mushran, popular actor-cum-comedian, in the presence of his wife Rebecca. "I love all sports and but soccer is special, hence I am here to revive the game of football. I used to play football when I was in school, but now I hardly follow sports. I think the people in power are to be blamed for the plight of football in India, we need events like Soccer Pro's to promote sports."

MATCHDAY 1 | Results:
Men: Celtic 'A' 2-3 Joga Boys; Compeneroes 4-6 Wild Eagles; W2 Dream Team 2-8 I.C. Extension; Vasai United 0-4 Rehma Foundation; Young Lads 0-8 Bandra Packers; Gloria FC 0-4 Y.M.S.C.
Women: Sea View 6-0 Freunds; Compeneroes 2-0 Sports Bandra
Veterans: Compeneroes 2-5 Kalina Rangers; Air-India 5-3 United Veterans; Geostone 2-0 Bandra West FA

::: INTERNATIONAL: FIFA and UEFA reject WADA "whereabouts" rule :::
The governing bodies of FIFA and UEFA formally reject the stance taken by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) concerning the "whereabouts" rule and, more specifically, the individual location of team-sport athletes... [click here for more]

::: INTERNATIONAL: FIFA 2010 WC OC - IPL is another feather in SA's sporting cap :::
The 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) congratulates the Cricket South Africa (CSA) after South Africa was chosen to host the 2009 DLF Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament.
The prestigious tournament, featuring the world's premier cricketers, takes place in six South African cities from 18 April to 24 May 2009 after it needed to be moved from India... [click here for more]


March 24
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Bangalore Super Division: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC 5-0 LRDE - Goals: 1-0,3-0 RC Prakash (30',50'), 2-0 Goutam Debnath (24'), 4-0 Sunil S Kumar (80'), 5-0 Xavier Vijayakumar (89').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Dharmaraja Union 4-2 Royal SC

Cochin Premier League - Pool A: Mar Athanasius College 6-1 WRS, Edathala - Goals: - 1-0 Binil Augustine (6'), 2-0,4-0 Sarath N (35',48'), 3-0,5-1,6-1 Vinoy (45',72',82'), 4-1 Siddarth (63').

Kozhikode District Football League - Group A: Kerala Postal Football Team 3-1 Independence SC - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Jobish (1',20'), 2-1 Mohankumar (28'), 3-1 Bimal Raj (50').
Kozhikode District Football League - Group A: Chandini FC 0-0 Guruvayoorappan College - Goals: none.
Kozhikode District Football League - Group A: Farook College 1-1 Young Challengers - Goals: 1-0 Mohammad Harris (75'), 1-1 Dinakar (77' own Goal).

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group A: Goa Under-21 2-0 Moonlight Club, Delhi - Goals: 1-0 Dawson Fernandes (58'), 2-0 Milagres Gonsalves (65').
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5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group A: Punjab Police 1-2 Indian National FC - Goals: 0-1 Gyan Moin Thapa (29'), 1-1 Amandeep Batra (49'), 1-2 Amjad Ali Khan (59').
MATCH REPORT: ...

::: INTERNATIONAL: Leaders in Football on October 7/8 at Chelsea FC :::
The second edition of the "Leaders in Football" conference will be held once again at Stamford Bridge, home of English Premier League club Chelsea FC, in London on October 7/8. After the success of the first edition the organisers are planning an expanded programme for the conference will will see delegates from clubs, federations, brands and the media discuss the future of football, the business and players development.

::: 63rd Santosh Trophy from May 24 :::
The 63rd edition of the Santosh Trophy will be played in Tamil Nadu from May 24. The AIFF was forced to push the dates of the national state championships a little back due to the General Elections in India which will be held from April 16 to May 13. The Tamil Nadu FA will play hosts for the tournament with the eight group Cluster stage to be played across three cities - Chennai, Tiruchi and Coimbatore. The Tamil Nadu FA wanted to host the eight groups in four cities to spread it out across the state, but Tirunelveli was turned down as venue by the AIFF. From the quarterfinal league onwards the tournament would be played in Chennai only.


March 23
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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 20 | Nehru Stadium, Margao | 16.15 IST:

Dempo SC 3-2 Mahindra United
Goals: 0-1 Izumi Arata (1'), 1-1 Roberto Mendes Silva (45'), 2-1,3-2 Ranty Martins Soleye (46',88'), 2-2 Sushil Kumar Singh (65')

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"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Ranty Martins Soleye (Dempo)

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REFEREE: Rizwan Ul-Haq (Delhi)
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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 20 | Barasat Stadium, Calcutta | 18.30 IST:

Chirag United SC 1-2 Mohun Bagan AC | <click here for LIVE Updates>
Goals: 0-1 Arnab Mondal (45' own Goal), 1-1 Snehasish Chakraborty (77'), 1-2 Baichung Bhutia (79')

CHIRAG UNITED: 21-Robikanta Singh Chongtham; 13-Goutam Debnath, 16-Arnab Mondal, 2-Louis Nigi Ebami [C], 6-R Dhanarajan (74' 36-Narugopal Hait); 7-Hardip Singh Saini, 4-Kingshuk Debnath, 37-Denson Devadas; 30-Gouranga Datta, 11-Snehasish Chakraborty; 25-Shankar Oraon
Unused Substitutes: 8-Sasthi Duley, 14-Basudeb Mondal, 15-Dulal Biswas, 32-Sochungmi Raleng

MOHUN BAGAN: 1-Sangram Mukherjee; 5-Habibur Rehman Mondal (81' 17-Rahul Kumar), 3-Nanjangud Shivananju Manju, 4-Deepak Kumar Mondal, 27-Nallappan Mohanraj; 19-Shylo Malswam Tulunga (90+2' 16-James Lukram Singh), 20-Rakesh Masih, 30-Marcos Pereira, 11-Ishfaq Ahmed; 10-Jose Ramirez Barreto (86' 37-Lal Kamal Bhowmick), 15-Baichung Bhutia [C]
Unused Substitutes: 31-Shilton Pal, 12-Branco Vincent Cardozo, 23-Lalramluaha, 29-Joseph Anandavasan

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Arnab Mondal (Chirag United)

YELLOW CARDS: Kingshuk Debnath (42'), Goutam Debnath (83', both Chirag United)

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Bangalore Super Division: SAI, Bangalore 3-1 Rail Wheel Factory - Goals: 1-0 Anwar Hussain (38'), 2-0 Thamodharan (47'), 2-1 Naveen (48'), 3-1 Don Bosco (90+').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Bangalore United FC 1-3 Students Union

Cochin Premier League - Pool B: Central Excise 1-1 India Gateway Terminal - Goals: 0-1 Martin Lopes (21'), 1-1 Javed (63').

Kozhikode District Football League - Group B: Leaders Arts and Sports Club 2-0 Sea Side SC - Goals: 1-0 Arun (19'), 2-0 Praveen (30').
Kozhikode District Football League - Group B: Nellikod Brothers 3-2 Young Indians - Goals: 0-1 Sharaf Ali (20'), 1-1 Harshad (63'), 2-1 Afsal (67'), 2-2 Shafi (77'), 3-2 Sanal (81').
Kozhikode District Football League - Group B: KTC Football Team 0-0 Universal Soccer School - Goals: none.

3rd Manipur State League: Eastern Sporting Union 0-7 Southern Sporting Union
3rd Manipur State League: YWC, Thambalkhong 1-1 Manipur Police SC
3rd Manipur State League: AMOFA, Moirang 2-2 NEROCA
3rd Manipur State League: NLYC, Churachandpur 2-2 Phoudel Youth Club, Thoubal
3rd Manipur State League: USA, Khurai 0-7 NISA, Thangmeiband
3rd Manipur State League: Tiddim Road Athletic Union 0-4 TRUGPU, Nambol

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group B: Jammu&Kashmir Bank 2-0 Bhawanipore Club, Calcutta - Goals: 1-0 Rohit Kumar (48'), 2-0 Mohamed Hatchi Buddin (90+2').
MATCH REPORT: Jammu&Kashmir Bank registered their second win in the quarterfinal league match of the 5th Lt. Governor's Cup being held at the Dr.Ambedkar Stadium today when they railed to a 2-0 victory over Bhawanipore Cub, Calcutta. The defending champions did have to work hard in search of the opener but were on to the game right from the word go, while on the other hand it was an inept performance by the Calcutta outfit who never had their firm grip on the match except some few half hearted attempts. After a barren first half the Abdul Majeed coached side started the second half with a bang when they found the opener in the 48th minute through Rohit Kumar. Rohit lobbed the ball over the Bhawanipore goalkeeper Sukhen Das to start the second session on a high note. Keke could have doubled the lead but his header in the 50th minute was ruled out after he was found in an offside position. Lady luck was surely not on the striker's side as his 56th minute shot from inside the 6 yard box hit the woodwork. It was surely one way traffic for the Bankmen in the second half as they were enjoying better ball possession. Mohamed Hatchi Buddin sealed the victory for his side when he scored in injury time of the second session of a defensive lapse by the Bhawanipore defender Swapon Oraon. The Defending champion now have placed themselves at the top of the table in Group A with two straight wins and will like to continue their winning streak to become the first team to qualify for the semifinal when the will take on BSF on March 27.

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group B: Simla Youngs FC 1-1 Border Security Force - Goals: 0-1 Haopao Kipgen (13'), 1-1 Ugochukuwa Ugbuka (14').
MATCH REPORT: Simla Youngs FC and Border Security Force played a 1-1 draw in another encounter of Group A to splits point in the 5th Lt. Governor's Cup being held at the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium. Both the teams have only managed to muster one point from two games and will now need to pull up their socks if they really want to make it to the last four. BSF went down to Indian Air Force, New Delhi while Simla Youngs were defeated by the defending champion J&K Bank in their previous encounters. There was all to play for both the teams but neither was successful to come close to J&K Bank who is sitting pretty at the top of the table with 6 points. Centre Referee Kamala Rashid too had a busy day as he booked five players from both the teams. Umesh Sharma was given marching orders showing dissent not once but twice in a span of one minute leaving Simla Youngs down to 10 men in the second half. Later in the first half both the goals were scored in just a span of a minute. BSF scored through Haopao Kipgen in the 13th minute when he easily netted in of a Simla Youngs defensive lapse when their central defender Samson failed to clear the ball from the top of the 18 yard box. Kipgen easily lobbed the ball over Simla Youngs goalkeeper Karma Tsering Lepcha but BSF hardly could have planned their further course of action, Samson's free-kick paved the way for the equaliser in the 14th minute for Simla Youngs to ruin their party. The Nigerian defender corrected his mistake when his free-kick was well materialized by his fellow Nigerian Ugo; as the striker scored the equaliser with a header into the far post. BSF failed to take advantage of Simla Youngs being down by a man as the Tope Fuja coached side fought gallantly to hold them to notch one point. Both the teams are not looking in the best of their nick and precisely need to polish their performance in their coming matches to better their chances to make it to the semifinals.

All-India Port Trust Football Tournament, Calcutta - Final: Calcutta Port Trust 1-0 Mormugao Port Trust - Goal: 1-0 Sheikh H Jaman (2' pen).

::: INDIA U13 camp in Jamshedpur :::
The INDIA U13 boy camp started on Friday at the JRD TATA Sports Complex in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand and will run until May 13 ahead of the AFC U13 Football Festival to be played in Iran from May 15 to 23. The boys are undergoing their training under coach CS Ranjith with former Indian internationals Carlton Chapman and Jo Paul Anchery as his assistants and Feroz Sherrif as the goalkeeping Coach.
INDIA U13: Goalkeepers: Rungsung (Manipur), Vivek Yadav (Uttar Pradesh), Sikander Ali Khan (Uttar Pradesh), Santosh Kushwaha (Madhya Pradesh); Defenders: Myron S Mendes (Goa), Anis K (Kerala), Calvin Christopher Lobo (Maharashtra), Manraj Singh (Punjab), M Jimmy Singh (Manipur), Rajat Kumar (Uttar Pradesh), Mohammed Sajid (Chandigarh), Yogesh Kumar (Delhi), Ishan A Atit (Gujarat), Shubham Rawat (Uttarakhand), Gourab Aich (West Bengal); Midfielders: Joel J Fernandes (Goa), Ruthin Aldrin (Kerala), Hussain H Vanavaty (Maharahstra), Garmanpreet Singh (Punjab), Harmanjot Singh (Punjab), N Herojit Singh (Manipur), Kartikeya Swarup (Uttar Pradesh), Lalkroshlua (Mizoram), L Vanneithluuamamga (Mizoram), Sahib Takkar (Delhi), Manimaran R (Karnataka), Asif Ali (Jharkhand), Sidharth Mukhi (Jharkhand), Raj Samad (Jharkhand), Hirak Jyoti Moran (Assam); Forwards: Hanan Javed NK (Kerala), Aaramann Permmet Sethi (Maharashtra), N Bidyanand Singh (Assam), Vikrant Bhati (Delhi), Nitin Singh (Uttarakhand), Jalal Ahamed (West Bengal), Alen Deory (Assam).
Officials: CS Ranjith (Coach), Carlton Chapman (Assistant Coach), Jo Paul Anchery (Assistant Coach), Feroz Sherrif (Goalkeeping Coach).

::: Youth Coaching Course in Jamshedpur :::
Along with the India U13 Boys camp a coaching course is being held for Youth coaching by Technical Director Colin Joseph Toal for 23 Youth Coaches, amongst them 10 local coaches from Jharkhand.
Junior Coaches: Hiralal Das (West Bengal), Babu Guru Raj (Karnataka), Keshav Dutta (Haryana), Surinder Singh (Chandigarh), P Vijay Kumar (Jharkhand), Pranab Basumatary (Assam), Malay Sengupta (Maharashtra), Gopal Prasad (Uttar Pradesh), Ajay Tiwari (Gujarat), Dibyendu Ghosh (Chattishgarh), Milton Ghosh (Tripura), Ng. Bitan Singh (Manipur), M Ravindran (Tamil Nadu).
Local Jharkhand Coaches: Biswajit Biswas, Anup Kumar Singh, Rajesh Pandey, Iftikar Alam, Kousar Ahmed, Junul Soy, Mahinder Murmu, Amir Kant Sundi, Shiva Kumar, Soud Qureshi.

::: Soccer Pros - Rink Football Tournament :::
The Bandra Gymkhana in Mumbai will play hosts for the Soccer Pros - Rink Football Tournament from March 24 to 28. Overall 38 teams - Men's (24 Teams), Women's (8 Teams), Veteran's (6 Teams) - would face each other in the different categories to play out the champions.
The event will be spiced up with a skills and quiz contest with Prizes to be won and also some enthralling performances from Glitter Girls from Sandeep Soparkar Studio, Professional dance act and host of entertainment acts.
A Galaxy of Bollywood and Sports Stars Ashwin Mushran, Kamal Sadana, Viven Bathena, Sammer Kocchar, Arif Patel, Ishika Mohan, Godfrey Pereira, Bernard Pereira, Santosh Kashyap, Manish Chotrani, Pallavi Shetty are expected to turn up for encouraging and promoting the game of Football.

SoccerexRicardo Teixeira joins over 800 football industry executives at Soccerex Brasilia Forum
The inaugural Soccerex Brasilia Forum was declared a great success as over 800 delegates from 40 different countries flocked to the Brazilian capital on March 17/18, including Ricardo Teixeira, the head of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).
Teixeira was joined by footballing legends such as Carlos Alberto Torres, Jairzinho and Eusebio, senior government officials including Brazilian Sports Minister, Orlando Silva, representatives from all 20 of the top flight Brazilian clubs and a wide range of delegates from industries such as stadia development, financial services and sports marketing.
Delegates were treated to two days of networking and conference panels where subjects included a presentation on the development of FC Barcelona, by former CMO Esteve Calzada and a session dedicated to "Finding the Next Kaka" which included Kaka's Marketing and Communications Manager, Diogo Kotscho and former World Cup Winner, Bebeto.
The event drew great support from the media, particularly in Brazil, with 118 media accredited from 30 different companies including Brazilian broadcasters TV Globo, SporTV and TV Record who all made live broadcasts from the event - 23 in total and leading Brazilian publishers Folha de Sao Paulo and LANCE!. Internationally, AFP, Associated Press and the Daily Telegraph all attended.

Speaking about the event, Soccerex Marketing Director, David Wright commented:
"The Brasilia Forum was a great success and exceeded all our expectations. The passion for football in Brazil is so strong but there is room for growth commercially, particularly as they start to build up to the 2014 FIFA World. Our objective was to provide the first opportunity for the Brazilian football industry to get together and network with the international community and judging by the attendance and the feedback we have received so far, our objective was successfully met."
The next Soccerex event is the London Forum on 13th May 2009 at Wembley Stadium. For more information on Europe's Premier Football Business Event please go www.soccerex.com/london .




March 22
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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 20 | Cooperage Ground, Mumbai | 16.00 IST:

Air-India 1-0 Vasco SC <click here to read minute by minute updates>
Goals: 1-0 Singam Subash Singh (67')

AIR-INDIA: 24-Arup Debnath; 29-Udofia Chiukwama, 17-Amulya Mondal, 6-Uttam Leishangthem Singh, 3-Ravinder Singh (80' 11-Hringsolal Thomte); 22-Surojit Roy (58' 25-Emanuel Ovieghara), 28-Michael Segum Tayo, 18-Vijith Shetty, 14-Gouranga Biswas; 10-Soccor Velho, 12-Singam Subash Singh
Unused Substitutes: 30-Sharat EC, 4-Syed Farid, 8-Kumar Samson Singh, 19-Santosh Koli, 23-Kailash Patil

VASCO: 1-Milagrio Madeira; 18-Elvino Fernandes, 32-Sherzod Nazarov (82' 17-Agnelo D'Souza), 5-Covan Lawrence, 24-Fulganco Cardozo; 34-Prajot Naik, 19-Menino Fernandes (64' 16-Jose Colaco), 31-Yorkin Nazarov, 6-Joy Ferrao; 35-Lester Mark Fernandez (70' 11-Donald Rocha), 29-Ravshan Teshabaev
Unused Substitutes: 20-Laxmikant Kattimani, 15-Agnelo Colaco, 28-Lalnun Puia, 30-Vincent Brice Pires

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Singam Subash Singh (Air-India)

YELLOW CARDS: Udofia Chiukwama (17'), Soccor Velho (85'), Emanuel Ovieghara (90+3', all Air-India); Joy Ferrao (73'), Yorkin Nazarov (86', both Vasco)

REFEREE: Dinesh Nair (Gujarat)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Baron Saha (West Bengal), Navin Sundi (Jharkhand)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: OP Thakur (Jharkhand)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: MS Krishnamurthy (Karnataka)

MATCH REPORT:
Air India finally managed a win on the 13th attempt, their first of the second leg of the campaign, and first since 9th November last year, when they beat JCT in a Round 7 match at home. The team's free fall following one of their best ever starts was threatening to end in relegation, until the basement dwelling no-hopers of the league in Vasco SC showed up at the Cooperage to enable the Airmen to soar a little and avoid a crash into the 2nd division. Vasco's ineptness ensured that they were mathematically relegated following the 1-0 defeat after Air India's leading marksman Singam Subhas Singh scored another crucial goal for his team. Subhas' goal meant only the national star Sunil Chetri has scored more than him amongst the Indian goalscorers, and like in most seasons before, Bimal Ghosh has scouted out from obscurity and given a breakthrough to a possible talent for the future, following on from the likes of Steven Dias, Nirmal Chetri, Paresh Shivalkar, and Sanju Pradhan.

Despite the inability of their Goan opponents to stitch together any half decent attack or build-up, the win did not come easy for the Mumbai team, who themselves were guilty of trying much but resulting in little in terms of chances in the uneventful first half. The second half saw Air India a bit more determined and composed in their efforts to break down a creaking Vasco back line, and following striker Emmanuel Ovieghara's introduction, atleast his physical presence, if not footballing ability, helped them put more effective and threatening balls into the box, from which to create scoring chances. One of these fell to Subhas in the 67th minute, who rounded Milagrio and shot home left footed from the narrow angle.

The fact that referee Dinesh Nair was blowing the whistle at every possible opportunity did not make the spectacle any more easing on the eyes in the stands. The five yellow cards shown were a case in point, though by no means was it a rough tempered match. Following the goal, Air India were content to hack the ball clear and safeguard their vital lead. This coupled with Vasco's lack of creativity to break down the crowded Air India midfield and defence, it was a relief to most when Mr. Nair blew the final whistle, thus condemning Vasco to the 2nd division for good, and also burying Air India's 12 game streak without a win.

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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 20 | Nehru Stadium, Margao | 16.15 IST:

Churchill Brothers SC 3-1 East Bengal Club
Goals: 1-0,3-0 Odafe Onyeka Okolie (33',74'), 2-0 Ogba Kalu Nnanna (47'), 3-1 Yakubu Yusif (90+')

CHURCHILL BROTHERS: 29-Arindam Bhattacharya; 8-Thokchom Naoba Singh, 19-Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, 4-Rowilson Rodrigues, 17-Robert Lalthalma; 12-Reisangmi Vashum, 15-Chitrasen Chandam Singh, 9-Ogba Kalu Nnanna, 11-Khemtang Paite; 7-Felix Chimaokwu, 10-Odafe Onyeka Okolie [C]
Unused Substitutes: 31-Lait Thapa, 13-Mashangva Genius Zenith, 22-Jason Valles, 25-L Dhanachandra Singh, 26-Yumnam Raju Mangang, 27-Charan Rai, 35-T Bineesh Balan, 37-Ashley Fernandes

EAST BENGAL: 1-Abhra Mondal; 27-Irungbam Surkumar Singh, 2-Muttath Suresh [C] (14-Mehtab Hussain), 3-Nirmal Chetri, 29-Soumik Dey; 19-Syed Rahim Nabi, 7-Jayanta Sen, 26-Mehtaj din Wadoo, 8-Potsangbam Renedy Singh (9-Alvito D'Cunha); 12-Yakubu Yusif, 25-Parveen Kumar (22-Sanju Pradhan)
Unused Substitutes: 21-Avijit Ghosh, 11-Sunil Chetri, 16-Saheb Ali Mondal, 28-Chhangte Malswamkima

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

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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 20 | Barasat Stadium, Calcutta | 18.30 IST:

Mohammedan Sporting Club 2-0 Mumbai FC | <click here to read minute by minute updates>
Goals: 1-0 Satyajit Bose (14'), 2-0 Eugene Gray (72' pen)

MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: 1-Naseem Akthar; 23-Rajib Ghosh, 6-Sheikh Azim, 17-Wasim Feroze, 5-Mir Farooq Hyder (65' 30-Bijoy Das); 7-Roque Barreto, 20-Adewusi Adebayo Tokunbo, 15-Eugene Gray, 8-Satyajit Bose; 14-Suraj Mondal (90' 35-Mohammed Shahid), 10-Mike Okoro [C]
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MUMBAI FC: 30-Lihaz Koya; 19-Sanjay Parte, 5-Selwyn Fernandes, 2-Anes Edathodika (76' 28-Kamaljeet Kumar), 18-John Benedick Dias; 17-Kalia Kulothungan, 8-Noel Anthony Wilson, 10-Ahmed Felix Aboagye, 27-Anees Kutty (78' 20-Riston Rodrigues); 11-Abel Hammond, 9-Abhishek Yadav (63' 26-Nishant Mehra)
Unused Substitutes: ...

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Satyajit Bose (Mohammedan Sporting)

YELLOW CARDS: Mir Farooq Hyder (11'), Satyajit Bose (30', both Mohammedan Sporting); Nishant Mehra (87', Mumbai FC)

REFEREE: Pratap Singh (Services)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: ...
FOURTH OFFICIAL: ...
MATCH COMMISSIONER: ...

MATCH REPORT:
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Bangalore Super Division: Army Service Corps 3-0 Postal Department - Goals: 1-0 Tirunarukarasu (35'), 2-0 Ramesh (41'), 3-0 Thiyagarajan (79').
Bangalore 'A' Division: South Western Railway Institute 2-2 Department of Youth Services&Sports

Cochin Premier League - Pool A: Golden Threads FC 2-1 Udaya Sporting Club - Goals: - 0-1 Sameer (37'), 1-1 Siemlal Moon (59'), 2-1 Sunil Kumar KN (82').

Kozhikode District Football League - Group A: Kerala Postal Football Team 0-0 Farook College - Goals: none.
Kozhikode District Football League - Group A: Independence SC 0-5 Chandini FC - Goals: 0-1 Abdul Ganiyy (2'), 0-2 Rajesh Kumar (10'), 0-3,0-4 Zubair KP (30',35'), 0-5 Agwu Richard Somtochukwu (55').

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group B: Indian National FC 9-0 Moonlight Club, Delhi - Goals: 1-0 Ogbeide Aminawon Austin (12'), 2-0 RK Singh (45'), 3-0,5-0 Ong Tshering Lepcha (51',66'), 4-0 Ifeyani (55'), 6-0,7-0,9-0 LF Tusing (75',80',84'), 8-0 Pramod Rawat (81').
MATCH REPORT: In a one-sided encounter of Group B quarterfinal league match of the 5th Lt. Governor's Cup being held at the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium, Indian National FC thrashed Moonlight Club by 9-0 to start their campaign on a confident note. INFC thumping win against the local rivals has already send a strong message to the other participating teams and is surely a contender to make it to the final. INFC had been unfortunate in the last two editions of the tournament when they were knocked down in the finals but will surely like to better their record in this edition of the Lt. Governor's Cup. Carrying on their dominating form from the recently concluded Delhi League, the champions had an easy outing and created a goal fest for themselves. It was certainly a happy hunting for the INFC strikers who kept toying with the Moonlight defenders throughout the match, Moonlight defence was in sixes and sevens right from the word go and never looked settled. Moonlight, an 'A' Division team of the DSA League had hardly any practice session after their league three months back and their participation in the ongoing Lt. Governor's Cup has surprised everyone. The so called Invitational tournament is confined to northern India as eight out of the ten teams are from there. The two teams who aren't from northern India are Goa Under-21 team and Bhawanipore Club, Calcutta.
INFC drew first blood in the 12th minute when Austin netted with ease into the near post after Ong Tshering Lepcha's brilliant solo effort from the right flank, Lepcha after ripping apart Moonlight's defence slipped the ball for right wing back Suraj Kashyap, Suraj cross was easily materialized by Austin to give a well deserved lead to his team. RK Singh doubled the lead in the closing minutes of the first session with his long ranger. The second session was even more dominating from the Bernard Oparanozie coached side, Moonlight who were already having a tough time in the field were insulted by INFC when they conceded seven goals to make mockery of their presence on the ground. Lepcha who was making a comeback after an injury scored a brace, he netted in his first goal and teams third goal in the 51st minute while he scored his second goal in the 66th minute. After missing a sea of scoring chances INFC Nigerian strikers Ifeyani finally scored in the 55th minute with his close ranger. But substitute LF Tursing, who came in for Ifeyani in the 70th minute, stole the show as he went on to score a hattrick in the remaining 20 minutes of the match. He scored his first goal in the 75th minute, second in the 80th minute and completed his hattrick in the 84th minute with easily utilising all the scoring chances that came his way. Pramod Rawat too joined the party when he netted the eighth goal in the 81st minute to book his name on the scoresheet.

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group B: Amity United FC 2-0 Punjab Police - Goals: 1-0 ND Opara (80'), 2-0 Th Roshan Singh (88').
MATCH REPORT: After putting up a flawed performance in the Gurgaon-leg of the I-League Division 2, Amity United FC put up a spirited performance to out play 2006 Lt. Governor's Cup winners Punjab Police in a 2-0 win in an another encounter of Group B. Amity United was certainly the better team out of the two and played some educated football in comparison to Punjab Police. Amity United blunted their own chances to take the lead by missing a couple definite scoring opportunity in the first half, but at the end walked away with the victory smile when they scored two goals in the last ten minutes of the match.
Though it was Punjab Police who could have taken the lead in the 9th minute but alertness and agile of the Amity United goalkeeper Yogesh saved the day for the Haryana outfit when he cut off a close ranger by Amandeep Batra. It was now Amity's turn to answer their rivals and they could have sent them on the back foot in the 13th minute but was unlucky as ND Opara's shot hit the woodwork of Nitin's cross.
After a barren first half, Amity United shifted their gear, the approach and kept pressing the alarm. Finally the deadlock was broken by the Nigerian striker ND Opara who took full advantage of a defensive lapse by the Punjab Police defenders to compensate his poor finishing in the starting minutes of the second session. His scorcher from the 10 yard was enough to break the jinx in the 80th minute. Amity doubled their lead in the 88th minute through Th Roshan Singh. Punjab Police once again had to pay for some casual defending when they left Roshan Singh unmarked on the right flank, the Manipur striker notched the header in to the far post of a Danny cross. It was surely important for the Prashar coached side to collect all the three points from their first match as they will take on Goa U21 team in their second match on March 26, a win against the Goa U21 will surely open their gate to qualify for the semifinals of the Lt. Governor's Cup.

Budweiser 6v6 Cup::: YMSC crowned Mumbai champions of the Budweiser 6v6 Cup :::
YMSC emerged as the undisputed champions of amateur football in Mumbai when they won the city leg of the Budweiser 6v6 Cup, beating opponents Golden Boys 1-0. With Jonathan Fernandes' goal in extra time, YMSC booked their tickets to Hyderabad to participate in the Budweiser Cup India finals to be played in Hyderabad on March 27(28 at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium. Having won the Bud Cup India finals in 2008, YMSC comprising of Avinash D'Souza, Arveen Thakur, Osbern D'Souza, Jonathan Fernandes, Melwin Vaz, Sarang Raban and Rajneesh Shinde, played with great determination to go one step further to living the dream again.
"The atmosphere at the Western Railway Ground was infectious. The last two days had Mumbai's amateur players give it their best shot in the quest to Live their Dream. The presence of the fans at the grounds encouraged the players to play with a passion that this beautiful game has seen all over the world," said Anil Manjunath, Head of Marketing for Budweiser in India. "It was nearly impossible to predict today's winners with such great teams playing. Today's matches came down to such close finishes - every minute was nail biting. With the final match going into extra-time, the excitement kept us on the edge of our seats till the referee blew the final whistle."
With 72 amateur teams registering for the Budweiser 6v6 Cup here, the tournament had to be played over two weekends in Mumbai. Today's matches kicked off with the top eight teams - Byculla United Black, Castle Boys, Marol United, Soccer Raiders, The Golden Boys, Voda Boys, YMSC and Tiger Sports Foundation - playing in the quarterfinals. After some intense action and display of amazing football skills and some fantastic goals being scored through the quarter-finals, the tournament was down to the top four teams. In the first semi-final match, Golden Boys' Sheldon scored a brace to give his team victory over the Voda Boys. In the other semi-final YMSC demolished Castle Boys 3-0 to book a berth in the finals.
Both teams were clear crowd favourites. Impressing the fans with a display of speed and skill, the teams from Mumbai fought hard for that top position which would take them to the finals in Hyderabad. Player of the tournament and Golden Boys' goalkeeper, Aijaz Rizvi performed brilliantly in the goal, pulling-off some spectacular saves and denying YMSC a shot at the goal. YMSC on their part missed many opportunities. At the end of regular time, both teams were locked at 0-0. During extra-time, a lapse in the Golden Boy's defence, allowed Jonathan Fernandes to gain possession of the ball and score the solitary for YMSC.
"The final between YMSC and the Golden Boys was a fantastic show of footballing prowess. With just one team from Mumbai making it to the India finals, the immense desire to be the best in this leg of the tournament could be seen from the way YMSC snatched victory from their opponents in the closing minutes of extra time," said Anil Manjunath. "In 2008, YMSC emerged champions at the Bud Cup national finals and lived the dream at Old Trafford. This year they are in for some tougher action when they travel to Hyderabad for the Budweiser 6v6 Cup India finals on 27th and 28th March, where they will face competition from across the country."
Amateur teams from 14 nations will get to experience coaching sessions at Carrington, watch a Manchester United home game and line up on the pitch at Old Trafford on May 25, 2009 to challenge each other with only one aim - reign supreme at the Budweiser 6v6 Cup. "When I heard Budweiser is giving amateur football fans a chance to play at Old Trafford, nothing was going to stop me from representing my country - and taking a shot at victory," exclaimed Osbern D'Souza, captain of Team India at the 2008 Budweiser 6v6 Cup and team member of YMSC. "Standing in the player's tunnel on match day, hearing Manchester United's anthem, waiting to walk onto the field, I could only imagine thousands of fans chanting my name out in the stands."
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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 20 | Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana | 15.30 IST:

JCT, Phagwara 2-0 Sporting Clube de Goa
Goals: 1-0 Paul Macjames Nwachukwu (9'), 2-0 Jagpreet Singh (77')

JCT: 31-Prasanta Dora; 23-Harish Sharma, 3-Anwar Ali [C], 30-Sarabjeet Singh, 27-Baldeep Singh Jr; 17-Amandeep Singh (66' 25-Sakatar Singh), 7-Jaspreet Singh, 28-Shivraj Singh, 6-Baljit Singh Sahni; 9-Balwant Singh, 11-Paul Macjames Nwachukwu (82' 22-Pawan Kumar)
Unused Substitutes: 32-Tajinder Singh, 2-Jaspal Singh, 8-Jaswinder Singh, 12-Daljit Singh, 19-Randeep Singh

SPORTING CLUBE: 1-Felix D'Souza; 24-N.Samananda Singh, 20-Luciano Sabrosa, 6-Philip Gomes, 2-Parwinder Singh (68' 19-Cavin Lobo); 14-Wiltom Gomes [C] (80' 37-Anthony D'Souza), 7-Harmanjot Singh Khabra, 23-Bibiano Fernandes, 22-Joseph Pereira; 10-Elijah Obagbemiro Junior, 11-Nathaniel Amos
Unused Substitutes: 31-Gerard D'Mello, 3-Mathew Gonsalves, 18-Remus Gomes, 26-Micky Fernandes, 33-Rovan Pereira

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

YELLOW CARDS: Sarabjeet Singh (2'), Anwar Ali (68'), Baljit Singh Sahni (88', all JCT); Luciano Sabrosa (44'), Parwinder Singh (51', both Sporting Clube)

REFEREE: PK Bose (Madhya Pradesh)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Mohammed Kamil (Delhi), DGS Pillai (Chhattisgarh)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Nazir Ahmed (Jammu&Kashmir)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Sumanta Ghosh (West Bengal)

MATCH REPORT:
Punjab's JCT took full advantage of their home venue to notch up a 2-0 win over I-League title contenders Sporting Clube de Goa in a crucial I-League match of Round 20 played at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana this afternoon. Most of the JCT senior players viz. Julius, Eduardo, Karanjit, Baldeep, Daljit, Jaspal and Gurwinder were out having prolonged injury so they missed the match action, and thus the Goan side Sporting Clube was expected to comfortably win this match at least on paper. Whereas JCT preferred to start the game with some new faces Sarbjeet as central defender, in place of Julius, who did perform well to live upto the expectations of Coach Sukhvinder Singh and was later adjudged "Man of the Match". Balwant Singh came into play in place of Eduardo and he had a great partnership with Paul Macjames Nwachukwu upfront to guide JCT for a much needed victory.It was JCT, which was more dominant and better of the two sides.
JCT dominated the proceedings from the start and should have won by a bigger margin, had it not missed some easy scoring chances, which came their way. Elijah Obagbemiro Junior in with partner Nathaniel Amos upfront made two-three constructive attacks on JCT goalpost in the initial spell of the match, but Prasanta Dora guarded the JCT post well in the absence of skipper Karanjit Singh. JCT's first goal of the match came in the 9th minute when Anwar Ali sent in a cross from the right flank and Paul, who was left unmarked by sporting defence, dribbled past two sporting defenders and hit a powerful right footer ground shot that found back of the net. Thus, with the help of Paul's first I-League goal JCT took the lead. In the 22nd minute of the game sporting defender Parwinder Singh made a mistake in giving a back pass which saw Paul getting another opportunity to double JCT's lead, but his shot went high over the crossbar. In the 29th minute of the game Paul created a set piece for Baljit Singh Sahni, which he failed to avail off in a one-on-one situation, it was really a golden chance for JCT to double its lead. The Goan side was completely off colour in the first half and they hardly created any effective move. The alert JCT defence lead by skipper Anwar Ali denied all the moves, which were initiated by Wiltom Gomes and Joseph Pereira for Amos Nathaniel and Junior.
Even after the lemon break, it was again JCT all over the field. JCT continued to dominate the match and kept its strikers busy to find the net. In between, Sporting Clube came close to score the equaliser in the 76th minute of the game when skipper Wiltom Gomes took a long range shot which rebounded off the crossbar and the JCT defence could clear the ball. JCT, which were in the hunger of a victory to save itself from relegation zone, extended its lead in the 77th minute when medio Jagpreet Singh took a fine curling shot after receiving an accurate pass from Paul inside the box and the former had no problem in finding the back of the net. Towards the changing ends, JCT's in-form youngsters Baljit Singh Sahni, Balwant, Sakatar, Jagpreet and Pawan created some brilliant moves to threaten the Goan side time and again but Felix D'Souza came to the rescue of his side and denied JCT to inflict any further damage to his team.

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Bangalore Super Division: BEML (EM) 12-0 Southern Blues FC - Goals: 1-0 Chanambam Jatin Singh (24'), 2-0,5-0 Samuel Jackson (??',50'), 3-0,4-0 Kalendar (??',43'), 6-0,7-0,10-0,11-0 Govinda (60',64',78',88'), 8-0 Sanath Kumar (66'), 9-0 Senthil (75'), 12-0 Obinna Winners (90').
Bangalore 'A' Division: ISRO 4-0 Reserve Bank of India, Bangalore

Cochin Premier League - Pool A: Central Excise 8-1 Bolghatty Footballers - Goals: 0-1 Ivin (3'), 1-1 Sarin (18'), 2-1 Vineeth Antony (21'), 3-1,4-1,5-1 Jibin Joseph (37',41',58'), 6-1 Roshan Davis (67'), 7-1 Ramesh (84'), 8-1 Bijesh Ben (86').

Kozhikode District Football League - Group A: Farook College 1-0 Guruvayoorappan College
Kozhikode District Football League - Group A: Chandini FC 5-0 Kerala Postal Football Team

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group A: Jammu&Kashmir Bank 1-0 Simla Youngs FC - Goals: 1-0 Badru Keke Ibrahim (23').
MATCH REPORT: Jammu&Kashmir Bank edged past Simla Youngs FC with a solitary goal win in the 5th Lt. Governor's Invitational DDA Football Tournament played at the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium today. It seems that the recent performance in the I-league Division 2 is still haunting Simla Youngs as they went down against J&K Bank in their first match of the quarterfinal league. It was certainly a game of two halves with equal chances falling in for both the teams but it was the Bankmen's day as they materialised the scoring chance that came their way. Badru Keke Ibrahim netted the only goal of the match of some sloppy defending by the Simla Youngs side, he over ran the stoppers to place his shot in the far post in the 23rd minute. Simla Youngs did come with an attacking approach in the second half and could have easily scored the equaliser in the last five minutes of the game but failed to do so when Ugo dipping shot was tipped over by the J&K goalkeeper Vikramjeet Singh. The second best chance fell in for Gopal Murmu who mis-timed his kick to add misery to his side. J&K Bank notched all the three important points to start their campaign on a positive note.

5th Lt. Governor's Cup, Delhi - Group A: Indian Air Force, New Delhi 2-1 Border Security Force - Goals: 0-1 Gurpreet Kumar (29'), 1-1 WP Singh (88'), 2-1 Manish Negi (90').
MATCH REPORT: Indian Air Force, New Delhi came from a goal down to defeat Border Security Force, Jalandhar 2-1 in an interesting encounter of the 5th Lt. Governor's Invitational DDA Football Tournament played at the Dr.Ambedkar Stadium today. After being relegated from the Senior Division of the recently concluded Delhi League at the same venue not much was expected from the Airmen but their performance as well as today's win must have lifted their spirits to make a mark in the tournament. They did start on the fatal note by conceding a goal half an-hour into the match as their midfiled as well as defence was having a tough time to cut off BSF moves in the opening thirty minutes. BSF rightly deserved the lead and it came in the 29th minute when a brilliant wall pass between Avinash Thapa and Gurpreet Kumar fetched the goal with the later placing the ball into the far post with ease. But the Airmen were not to throw in the towel and scored two goals down the wire to take away all the three points from BSF hands. BSF was punished for some sloppy defending in the last five minutes of the game; WP Singh scored the equalizer in the 88th minute with his header of a Kiran Kanwar corner when he was left unmarked by the BSF defence while Manish Negi netted the winner of a WP Singh cross with his volley. At the end it was Airmen who had the last laugh after being outplayed by the BSF in the first session.

Budweiser 6v6 Cup::: Mumbai's top 8 amateur football teams emerge as Rohan Gavaskar & Co. come out on top :::
Mumbai's football amateurs displayed tremendous skill and passion for the beautiful game in today's Budweiser 6v6 Cup Mumbai leg. Showcasing their determination to play at the Bud Cup India finals and then at the Budweiser 6v6 Cup at Manchester United's Theatre of Dreams, football enthusiasts played their hearts out in today's matches. The top eight teams to qualify for tomorrow's quarterfinals are Byculla United Black, Castle Boys, Marol United, Soccer Raiders, The Golden Boys, Voda Boys, YMSC and Tiger Sports Foundation. Knockout matches till the finals will be played from 10 PM to 1 PM at the Western Railway Grounds, Lower Parel to determine the team that will reign supreme in Mumbai and represent the city in the Budweiser 6v6 Cup India finals against the top two teams from Hyderabad, Goa and Bangalore and the top team from Pune. The Bud Cup India finals will be played in Hyderabad at the LB Stadium on March 27/28.
"The response we got from fans in Mumbai today in the league round was terrific," said Anil Manjunath, Head of Marketing for Budweiser in India. "The never say die spirit of football players could be seen in the way the teams performed on the pitch. Mumbai has always had high caliber football talent and we wish to continue to nurture and grow the city's players."
The much awaited celebrity match was exciting with Rohan Gavaskar's team demolishing the competition from Cyrus Broacha and team. With TV actor Sachin Sharma and Ritwik Bhattacharya for teammates, Rohan scored two quick goals to give his team the lead. Sachin added to the tally by scoring one and Rohan adding one more to complete his hattrick. Dhanraj Pillay tried to change the score for Cyrus's 6 but couldn't make it past Rohan's goalkeeper. Sanjiv Saran Mehra scored the solitary goal for Cyrus's 6. The final score read 4-1.
"It was great for the amateurs to see their idols playing and supporting football. With the high level of talent in India, football can grow to tremendous levels," said Anil Manjunath. "With Mumbai's celebrities supporting the sport, we see great potential for this game. Last year a team from Mumbai Lived their Dream at the Bud Cup finals and this year, we are sure Mumbai's amateur footballers will go all out to claim the Bud Cup India finals," said Anil Manjunath.
On May 25, 2009 amateur teams from 14 nations including India will get to experience coaching sessions at Carrington and line up on the pitch at Old Trafford to challenge each other with only one aim - reign supreme at the Budweiser 6v6 Cup.
In 2008, 4,000 teams registered to participate in the Budweiser 6v6 Cup's inaugural year in India. With the Premier League season coming to an end and Manchester United back on top of the table, football fans here will once again be looking for a chance to visit Old Trafford.
"The response to Budweiser's football initiatives in Mumbai has been phenomenal with 72 teams participating from Mumbai in this year's Bud Cup," said Anil Manjunath. "In Mumbai, Budweiser is also the proud sponsor of the Budweiser Man of the Match award at the ongoing Mahindra Mumbai Football League."
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::: PIFA-CYFC Under-17 Boys to visit South Africa :::
The PIFA-Colaba Youngstar FC Under-17 football team will feature as the Indian representative in the Gauteng Future Champions Under-17 Football Tournament that will be held in South Africa from March 23 to 29, 2009.
The 16-member team from India, which has been invited by the Gauteng Provincial Government, will join 11 other top junior teams from around the globe. The competition is a being held in the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup that will be held in South Africa next year. The tournament, being held for the first time, will include 12 teams that will be divided into three groups of four teams each.
PIFA-CYFC is in Group A along with Notwane FC (Botswana), Internationale Milan (Italy) and Sedibeng Select (South Africa). PIFA-CYFC kick off their campaign with their opening match against Notwane FC of Botswana on Monday. The other teams in the tournament include the formidable SC Corinthians (Brazil) who are in Group B and Boca Juniors (Argentina) in Group 'C'.
Team PIFA-CYFC has been selected following trials from the academy & the camps held all over India and includes India Junior defender Ajit Bhoir and India Junior goalkeeper Harshad Meher. In addition, forward Kean Lewis and Karan Sawhney students of PIFA now with the Tata Football Academy; while Burges Master played in the Mumbai Elite League for PIFA CYFC this season.
The travel is fully sponsored by South African Airways. The entire team's playing kits is provided by Nike. The team will depart for South Africa on Saturday, March 21 and return on March 30. All expenses for the tour will be borne by the tournament organisers. The Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Republic of South Africa, believes India has a vast potential with a huge trough of talent and hopes to promote football here.
PIFA-CYFC U17 Team: Goalkeeper: Harshad Meher (Captain), Amal Khandwala; Defender: Ajit Bhoir, Amarjeet Gadhri, Rehan Poonawala, Sumehr Gwalani, Rickin Dang, Suveer Katariya; Midfielder: Rishi Singh, Burges Master, Dev Krsna Sagar, Crish Shah; Forwards: Kean Lewis, Karan Sawhney, Siddharth Singh, Prudhvi Kumar. Coach: Nirvan Shah; Tour Manager: Armaan Malick; Team Manager: Anjali Shah.


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Bangalore Super Division: Madras Engineering Group Centre 3-0 ADE - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Nighilraj (38',56'), 3-0 Lokeshwar Singh (59').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Queen Star 0-2 Nationals FC

Kozhikode District Football League - Group B: Universal Soccer School 6-1 Nellikod Brothers
Kozhikode District Football League - Group B: Leaders Arts and Sports Club 3-0 Young Indians

::: I-League Division 2: Final Round fixtures released :::
The AIFF has released the fixtures for the Final Round of the I-League Division 2 to be played from March 31 to April 18 at the Ch. Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 38 in Gurgaon, Haryana. ONGC, Mumbai and Lajong SC, Shillong qualified from Group A; Sesa Football Academy and Pune FC from Group B; while Salgaocar SC and Viva Kerala qualified from Group C. Four of the six teams will qualify for next seasons expanded I-League. For the first time next year India's top tier league will have 14 teams.
For the Final Round fixtures of the I-League Division 2, click the following link I-League Division 2 - statistical coverage .

::: INTERNATIONAL: UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal Draw :::
The draw for the quarterfinal and semifinal matches of the UEFA Champions League 2008/09 where carried out today in Nyon, Switzerland. And what great clashes the draw has produced. Spanish giants FC Barcelona take on their German counterparts of FC Bayern Munich; while in the English Premier League match-up FC Liverpool take on FC Chelsea again in the Champions League, the fifth time in a row in the Champions League knockout stages. The winners of these two ties would face each other in the semifinals.
On the other side of the draw Spain's FC Villarreal take on FC Arsenal London; while defending champions Manchester United FC take on former champions FC Porto from Portugal. The winners would face each other.
The quarterfinals would be played on April 7/8 & 14/15, the semifinals on April 28/29 & May 5/6, while the final would be played at the Stadio Olympico in Rom on May 27.

The Quarterfinal Draw:
FC Barcelona (Spain) - FC Bayern Munich (Germany)
FC Liverpool (England) - FC Chelsea London (England)
FC Villarreal (Spain) - FC Arsenal London (England)
Manchester United FC (England) - FC Porto (Portugal)

::: Lt. Governor's Cup from tomorrow :::
The Lt. Governor's Cup Invitational DDA Football Tournament 2009 will be played at the Ambedkar Stadium, Delhi from March 21 to April 2 with 10 non I-League participating. There will be four local Delhi sides taking on six sides from across India. The non-Delhi sides are Punjab Police, Jalandhar; Border Security Force, Jalandhar; Jammu&Kashmir Bank, Srinagar; Bhowanipore Club, Calcutta; Amity United FC, Haryana; and the Goa Under-21 Team in the group stage. Which the four Delhi clubs will be isn't confirmed yet as the top sides from the capital are set to give the tournament a miss.
The overall prize money is Rs 420,000 with the champions winning Rs 200,000 and the runners-up get Rs 100,000, while the semifinalists would receive Rs 50,000. The four Best Players of the tournament would receive Rs. 5,000 each, while the Man of the Match of each game would get a cash award of Rs. 1,000 selected by a Technical Committee.

Budweiser 6v6 Cup::: Rohan Gavaskar & Cyrus Broacha join Mumbai's top 24 amateur football teams for the Bud Cup eliminations :::
Mumbai's top 24 amateur footballers will have company in the form of the city's celebrities as they take to the pitch in the next round of the Mumbai leg of the Budweiser 6v6 Cup on Saturday, March 21 at the Western Railway Grounds, Parel. On Saturday, cricketer Rohan Gavaskar and TV anchor Cyrus Broacha will also captain teams of celebrities in the Budweiser 6v6 Celebrity Cup....[click here for more]
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::: AFC Goalkeeping Coaching Course in India :::
The AIFF is organising its first-ever AFC Goalkeeping Coaching Course from March 23 to 28 at the Nehru Stadium, Chennai with Saudi Arabia's Hamad Amer Alyani being the Course Instructor. A total number of 25 coaches, including one women's goalkeeping coach, will be attending the course.
Course Participants: Francis Ignatius (Karnataka), Shyam Sharan Shahi (Karnataka), P Krishanraj (Pondicherry), Senthil Kumaran (Pondicherry), M Azmathullah (Tamil Nadu), R Chandrasekhar (Tamil Nadu), Praveen Kumar Singh (Chhattisgarh), Mondal Bidhan Chandra (West Bengal), Tushar Kanti Mazumdar (West Bengal), Debashish Mukherjee (West Bengal), M Rajeev Kumar (Kerala), Mohammed Yusuf Ansari (Maharashtra), S Premkanta Singh (Manipur), H Joykumar Singh (Manipur), M Muruhuvendran (Tamil Nadu), Juse Tiofilo Barreto (Goa), Louis Mario Aguiar (Goa), Sebastiao Antonio Noronha (Goa), Ishwar Singh Brar (Railways), Brahma Pradeep Kumar (Assam), Anil Kumar (Kerala), Feroz Sheriff (Kerala), Utpal Mukherjee (West Bengal), Sudipto Chakraborty (IFA), Ms. Chitra Gangadharan (SAI).


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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group C | Maharaja Stadium, Cochin; Kerala:

Salgaocar SC 1-0 Chandini FC
Goals: 1-0 Bijen Singh (69')

SALGAOCAR: 1-Macklas Moraes; 18-Denzil Franco (82' 15-Agnelo Barreto), 3-Peter Costa (44' 28-Eduardo Chacon Coelho Lacerda), 8-Agnelo Colaco, 6-Sushil Kishku; 30-Francis Fernandes, 14-Jerose Oliveira, 25-Rocus Lamare, 27-Beevan D'Mello; 10-Alvito Rodrigues (75' 11-PK Anil Kumar), 16-Bijen Singh
Unused Substitutes: 20-Juje Siddi, 9-Frank Seator, 21-Sachin Gawas, 23-William Colaco

CHANDINI FC: 22-Sakeer Hussain; 2-Yahiya NV, 7-Lanel Thomas, 30-Agwu Richard Somtochukwu, 20-Lijo KA; 14-Rajesh Thomas (27' 15-Salman), 9-Joseph Perera, 21-Prasoon PK, 8-Mohammad Helmi; 10-Zubair KP, 12-Abdul Ganiyy (58' 26-Firoz)
Unused Substitutes: 1-Rajith Kumar VT, 4-Sujithran MK, 3-Shameer MP, 11-Rajesh Kumar, 13-Hashim

YELLOW CARDS: Alvito Rodrigues (39', Salgaocar)

REFEREE: Saptam Kumar Dey (Jharkhand)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Ratheesh Kumar (Services), KK Pandey (Uttar Pradesh)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Andrew Shekhar (Karnataka)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: SS Shetty (Maharashtra)

MATCH REPORT:
Salgaocar SC became the last entrant to the 2nd Division I-League final phase to be played in Gurgaon when they overcame Chandini FC by a solitary goal scored by Bijen Singh in the second half.... [click here to read the full match report and post match comments]

Detailed coverage with lots of news, stats, pictures and more at the IndianFootball.Com I-LEAGUE section! click here for more...

Bangalore Super Division: Karnataka State Police 12-1 Oriental FC - Goals: 1-0 Venkatesh (6'), 2-0 Stephen (10'), 3-0,6-0,8-0 Kiran Kumar (15',59',66'), 4-0 Pradeep BV (43'), 5-0,10-1 Alex Praveen (55',84'), 7-0,11-1 Karthik (64',87'), 9-0 Sampath Kumar (71'), 9-1 Vijay (80'), 12-1 Arun Kumar (90').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Government Press 2-2 Dharmaraja Union

Kozhikode District Football League - Group A: Young Challengers 3-0 Independence SC
Kozhikode District Football League - Group B: KTC Football Team 2-1 Sea Side SC

Budweiser 6v6 Cup::: Budweiser 6v6 Cup: Mumbai teams to battle for the next stage :::
Mumbai's top 24 amateur teams will battle for a place in the Budweiser 6v6 Cup quarterfinals on Saturday, 21st March 2009. The tournament will kick-off at the Western Railway Ground, Parel from 14.00 IST onwards.
The Budweiser 6v6 Cup will be followed by a celebrity match between Rohan Gavaskar (Rohan's 8) and Cyrus Broacha (Cyrus' 8) at 17.00 IST.
Click here for pictures from the Budweiser 6v6 Cup 2009

::: INTERNATIONAL: Oliver Kahn set to become the new Schalke manager :::
It could become one of the most spectacular moves in the Bundesliga's history! Former Germany and FC Bayern Munich star goalkeeper Oliver Rolf Kahn is in serious talks with Bundesliga outfit FC Schalke 04 to take over the post of commercial manager. The club from the western part of Germany fired Andreas Mueller recently and are looking for a suitable replacement.
The 39-year old Kahn returned from a trip to China two days ago and immediately continued his journey to the western city of Rheda to meet Schalke chairman Clemens Toennies. Toennies has already confirmed the talks with Kahn and there are several hints that he will be appointed the new commercial manager.
The legendary German goalkeeper retired from football with an unforgettable farewell match against Mohun Bagan AC at the Saltlake Stadium in Calcutta last summer and was set to start several football projects in Asia later this year.

::: National Football Academy no longer in Goa now shifted to Haryana :::
The AIFF's National Football Academy project sponsored by the Bharti Enterprises will no longer be built in Cuncolim, Goa. The AIFF and their partners Bharti Enterprises have decided to shift the Academy to Haryana after the climate was not favourable in Goa for the Academy to build. The locals were mainly against the project and then there was local political tension between Goan Ministers about transferring land which just made it impossible for the project to be built in Goa.
Haryana had always said that they would love to be the home for the state-of-the-art National Football Academy and now the focus would shift north for the construction of the National Football Academy.
Over a year has been lost but now hopefully the project will see the day of light...

::: I-LEAGUE 2008/09 | JCT vs Sporting Clube de Goa :::
PFA Press Release: It gives us immense pleasure to inform all the football lovers that JCT shall play its home match against Sporting Clube de Goa, in the ongoing ONGC I-League 2008-2009 at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on Saturday the 21st March 2009. This match shall start at 15.30 IST.

::: AFC to implement Club Licensing System for Asia :::
AFC Press Release: AFC will implement the AFC Club Licensing System (CLS) for the 2012 season for all Member Associations who want to participate in the AFC Champions League.
This is in line with FIFA's directive to implement the CLS at the confederation and Member Association level.
Any club that intends to take part in the 2012 AFC Champions League must obtain a licence before it can participate in the continental showcase.
The timeline set by AFC for implementation of the AFC Club Licensing System (CLS) is below:
i. June - July 2009: Announcement of the implementation of the FIFA and AFC CLS to Member Association(s). Overall concept of the CLS to be explained as well as the compulsory appointment of a Licensing Manager (LM) at the national level (qualification & job scope will be explained)
ii. Early August 2009: Publication of the AFC Club Licensing Regulations
iii. 30 November 2009: Deadline for MAs to appoint LM
iv. January 2010: Course for Licensing Managers to explain details of AFC CLS
v. January - April 2010: LM to draft Member Association CLS. 30 April 2010: Deadline for LM to submit MA Club Licensing Regulations
vi. 1 May - 30 Nov 2010: AFC to approve MA CLR. 30 Nov 2010 is deadline for AFC to approve MA CLR.
vii. 30 May - 31 Dec 2010: LM to conduct seminars at national level to explain to theirs clubs the MA CLS.
viii. 30 June 2011: Deadline for clubs to apply for licence.
ix. 1 July - 30 Nov 2011: Assessment of Clubs by Licensor, including appeals process
x. 30 Nov 2011: Deadline for MA to communicate to AFC the licensing decisions.


March 18
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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group C | Maharaja Stadium, Cochin; Kerala:

Viva Kerala 5-1 Malabar United FC
Goals: 1-0,2-0,4-0 Badmus Baba Thunde (8',15',24'), 3-0,5-0 Shahbas Shaleel (21',30'), 5-1 Jacken Sebastian (52')

VIVA KERALA: 27-Shahinlal Meloly, 12-P Sajesh, 2-Noushad K, 26-Bello Rasaq, 5-Sathish Kumar; 8-Rahul P, 22-Lalu KV (69' 15-TK Manoharan), 11-Sakeer MP, 17-Sirajuddeen C (60' 24-Shibinlal VK); 16-Shahbas Shaleel, 10-Badmus Baba Thunde (87' 9-Sabeeth CS)
Unused Substitutes: 1-Anoop NM, 14-Karma T, 19-Nidhil A, 23-Mohammad Shihab

MALABAR UNITED: 1-Renjith RA (12' 25-Dipankar Choudhury); 15-Rejulesh, 4-Jitheesh CK, 13-Jaseer Karnath, 12-Mukesh I (32' 2-Tarson Thomas); 20-Isoah Olgun, 7-Kalesh MV 14-Prasoon R, 8-Vijesh Kumar PU (72' 17-Shamjith); 11-Jacken Sebastian, 27-Jackson Victor
Unused Substitutes: 5-Shakeel Patel, 16-Prahlad Rawat, 18-Asif K, 24-Daison Devadas

YELLOW CARDS: Sirajudden C (10', Viva Kerala)

REFEREE: Biplab Poddar (West Bengal)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Amjad Khan (Maharashtra), Mahesh Bisht (Delhi)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Saptam Kumar Dey (Jharkhand)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: SS Shetty (Maharashtra)

MATCH REPORT:
The first thirty minutes of the match saw the highly anticipated clash between Viva Kerala and Malabar United FC end in a no contest after the former thrashed the latter 5-1.... [click here to read the full match report and post match comments]

Detailed coverage with lots of news, stats, pictures and more at the IndianFootball.Com I-LEAGUE section! click here for more...

Bangalore 'A' Division: Students Union - South Western Railway Institute

Kozhikode District Football League - Group B: KTC Football Team 4-0 Young Indians
Kozhikode District Football League - Group B: Universal Soccer School 0-1 Leaders Arts and Sports Club

::: INTERNATIONAL: UEFA to discuss European Super League :::
The governing body of European football UEFA is set to discuss plans from European teams to create a continental league to replace the Champions League and UEFA Cup. Latest reports suggest that UEFA president Michel Platini is prepared to work with clubs in the European Club Association (ECA) to get plans for an elite three-tiered 'Super League' off the ground.
Platini told told France Football: "Everybody knows my philosophy about European competitions... but the world is changing and we must be careful about that."
"If it was up to me, I would revert to European Cups as they were at the beginning, with just knockout rounds. But we must listen carefully to any suggestion. If (clubs) come and talk to us, we would listen to them and then decide."
The proposed Super League would be made up of three divisions with 20 to 22 clubs in each tier, and promotion and relegation would occur between the divisions each season.
The ECA represents 137 leading teams including Manchester United, Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich among many others.

SoccerexCeltic FC, Nationwide and the Football Supporters Federation address Fan Interaction at the Soccerex London Forum
On the 13th of May, Wembley Stadium, Soccerex will bring together a panel of experts from Celtic FC, Nationwide and the Football Supporters Federation, to discuss how football clubs and the industry as a whole interact with their number-one stakeholder - the fans.
In the modern era, developments in marketing and technology have dramatically increased the number of ways with which football clubs and their fans can interact. However, will these commercial developments in football always be at the cost of the fan? Or can they grow together? This panel will look at the future of fan interaction and how the game as a whole can include and safeguard the interests of its domestic and international fan bases.

Peter Lawwell (CEO, Celtic FC) will reveal how his club continues to attract new fans from around the world and caters for its loyal supporters. Celtic's famous Celtic Park stadium is the largest capacity ground in Scotland and they hold an average attendance of 52,047, the third highest in the UK, beaten only by Manchester United and Arsenal. Celtic's famously loyal support was demonstrated when they reached the 2003 UEFA Cup final in Seville, where they brought approximately 80,000 fans, the largest travelling support in history. Peter will address London Forum delegates on how a club such as Celtic FC generates revenue from its fans but maintains their interests at the heart of the club's decisions.
Also speaking on this intriguing topic is Chris Hull, Nationwide's Sponsorship Controller. Nationwide have been involved in football sponsorship for over a decade and are currently the Official England, Northern Ireland and Wales Teams' Sponsor and an Official Partner of the Scotland Team. From a brand position Chris recently commented that 'these sponsorships form a very important part of our communication process and it is a great way to promote our brand to a huge audience'. Chris will also speak, about how through Nationwide's long-standing association with football, they have helped improve fan interaction as well as further their business interests.
Heading up this panel is Kevin Miles (International Co-ordinator, Football Supporters Federation). As a key organisation representing English club and national fans, Kevin will outline how he feels fans are benefiting or being hindered by certain commercial developments within the game. Kevin's duties cover England national fans and English club fans abroad; we will hear his views on whether he feels the English football industry can learn from other European nations, leagues and clubs from how they interact with their fans?

The Fan Interaction Panel is just one of five expert conference sessions taking place at Europe's premier football business event. In conjunction with the London Forum's conference programme there will be over six hours of structured and informal networking sessions, attended by 900 senior football industry executives. For further information about the Soccerex London Forum please call +44 (0)208 742 7100 or visit www.soccerex.com/london .

::: PIFA announces soccer camp to AC Milan & Real Madrid this summer :::
The Premier India Football Academy has planned exciting football camps from India to Europe this summer for boys & girls between the ages of 10 & 18 years of any ability. Children will be escorted at all times by two adults from India. The camps are specially designed with the children in mind, ensuring that the children enjoy, learn football and make new friends in a safe and healthy environment. This experience makes them independent and develops their social skill.
PIFA have tied with the best football academies in the world for their soccer tours. The camps have been highly rated by Nirvan Shah, PIFA Director and UEFA B licensed coach. The camps are of the highest standard with emphasizes on health & safety of the children. PIFA campers have gone on to play for Elite clubs like Mahindra United, Mumbai FC, ONGC and PIFA-CYFC.
The proceeds of the camps help develop the PIFA Community Programs namely the PIFA Colaba Youngstar FC Elite, Senior & 4th Division teams in Mumbai. This successful program helps the players to prepare for a top clubs, state and/or national teams.

The PIFA Milan camp, Italy will be from May 20-29, 2009
Children will visit the San Siro stadium and museum; they will watch AC Milan play AS Roma in a Serie A clash. Afterwhich they will get an opportunity to meet the players such as David Beckham, Kaka, Ronaldinho & young Alex Pato. Last year, the campers met Maldini, Cafu, Pato & Gattuso
Football training will be conducted daily by the Milan Junior Camp coaches which is the official AC Milan youth program.

The PIFA Madrid Camp, Spain will be held from June 12-21, 2009
The camp will be held in the vibrant city of Madrid. Accommodation and training will be at the state of the art facility that are currently being used by the Spanish team. They will tour the famous Bernabeu Stadium & museum, home one of the greatest football clubs - Real Madrid FC. The coaching will be conducted by Fundacion Real Madrid, the official youth soccer program of Real Madrid FC. This camp is targeted primarily at the International schools.
The participants will also get to play a match against a local team. At the camp the child will get a training kit, awarded a certificate and a photo CD of the tour.

PIFA have been successfully organizing football camps like these since 2003. They have already conducted eighteen camps taking over 450 children to Europe.
Seats are limited to 20 per camp.
For once children can do what they like during their holidays. Their dream to visit the best club in the world and an opportunity to be trained by the best football academy. Undoubtedly making it the most cherished & memorable experience.


March 17
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IndianFootball.Com | AFC Cup AFC Cup 2009 | Group D | Howrah Maidan, Calcutta | 14.30 IST:

Mohun Bagan AC 1-2 Al Weehdat, JORDAN
Goals: 1-0 Rakesh Masih (13'), 1-1 Mahmoud Omar Mahmoud Shelbaieh (16'), 1-2 Hasan Abdel-Fattah Hasan Mahmoud (43')

MOHUN BAGAN: 1-Sangram Mukherjee; 27-Nallappan Mohanraj, 4-Deepak Kumar Mondal, 14-Peter Okwagbe Odafe, 20-Rakesh Masih, 17-Rahul Kumar, 16-James Lukram Singh (63' 19-Shylo Malswam Tulunga), 23-Lalramluaha (46' 30-Marcos Pereira), 37-Lal Kamal Bhowmick (63' 12-Branco Vincent Cardozo), 11-Ishfaq Ahmed; 15-Baichung Bhutia [C]
Unused Substitutes: 31-Shilton Pal, 3-Nanjangud Shivananju Manju, 5-Habibur Rahman Mondal, 9-Pachau Lalam Puia

AL WEEHDAT: 30-Malek Samih Yousef Shalabiya; 6-Basem Fathi Omar Othman, 3-Fadi Faris Nimer Shahin, 5-Hasan Abdel-Fattah Hasan Mahmoud, 19-Haitham Hasan Saleh Semrin [C]; 8-Amer Deeb Mohammad Khalil, 10-Issa Husamaldean Issa Alsapah (89' 48-Ahmad Ibrahim Husni Albanna), 15-Yahia Jum'ah Alabed Issa (90'+2' 11-Khalil Helal Mohammad Fetian), 21-Ahmad Abdelhalim Abdelsalam Alzugheir, 9-Mahmoud Omar Mahmoud Shelbaieh, 40-Amer Abdel Karim Radi Abuhwati (68' 17-Rami Adnan Hasan Alaradaideh)
Unused Substitutes: 22-Mahmoud Ali Msallam Qandil, 18-Abdallah Mohammad Ata Salah, 29-Mohammad Ahmad Aref Al Maharmeh, 44-Ahmad Elias Ahmad Ali

YELLOW CARDS: Issa Husamaldean Issa Alsapah (61'), Basem Fathi Omar Othman (71,, both Al Weehdat)

REFEREE: ??? (Malaysia)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Saadon Mohamad (Malaysia), ??? (Malaysia)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Tint U Hla (Myanmar)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Ismail Shah (Maldives)

ATTENDANCE: 10.000

Match Report:
Mohun Bagan slumped to their second consecutive defeat in the AFC Cup, this time at home to Al Weehdat of Jordan.... [click here to read the full match report]

IndianFootball.Com | AFC Cup AFC Cup 2009 | Group E | Amman International Stadium, Amman | 17.00 local time:

Al Faisaly, JORDAN 3-4 Dempo SC
Goals: 0-1 Clifford Miranda (23'), 0-2 Anthony Pereira (28'), 0-3,1-4 Ranty Martins Soleye (43',70'), 1-3 Moayad Salim Ali Mansour (55'), 2-4,3-4 Moayad Omar Suleiman Abukeshek (72,75')

AL FAISALY: 22-Mohammad Ala'eddin Haidar Halawa (46' 23-Zapen Khaleel Menazel Alkhawaldeh); 17-Hatem Mohammad Yousef Aqel [C], 20-Mohammad Zuhair Hasan Shawish, 21-Ibrahim Mohammad Farhan Zawareh, 26-Abdulelah Yousef Abed Alhanahneh (46' 19-Moayad Salim Ali Mansour), 35-Khalil Zaid Kh Baniateyah; 12-Isam Abdallah Ibrahim Al-Mbaydin, 13-Qusai Mohammad Mahmoud Abu Alieh, 28-Mohammad Salem Hussein Alsaqer (76' 27-Siraj Ahmmad Yousef Al-Tall); 10-Moayad Omar Suleiman Abukeshek, 11-Abdelhadi Mohammad Ali Almaharmeh
Unused Substitutes: 5-Mo'men Hasan Mohammad Abu Althenin, 15-Sharif Adnan Sharif Nassar, 24-Qais Subhi Ali Al-Otabe, 29-Maher Khalil Ibrahim Shouli

DEMPO: 1-Abhijit Mondal; 18-Valeriano Rebello, 3-John Dias, 28-Mahesh Gawli, 16-Samir Naik, 14-Anthony Pereira, 8-Climax Lawrence [C], 20-Rodrigo Mendes Silva, 15-Clifford Miranda (74' 6-Peter Carvalho), 11-Roberto Mendes Silva, 9-Ranty Martins Soleye
Unused Substitutes: 21-VP Satish Kumar, 4-Cressan Antao, 7-Nascimento Silveira, 12-Jerry Zirsanga, 22-Nicolau Borges, 27-Samson Fernandes

YELLOW CARDS: Ibrahim Mohammad Farhan Zawareh (45'), Moayad Salim Ali Mansour (68', both Al Faisaly); Ranty Martins Soleye (45'), Roberto Mendes Silva (74', both Dempo)

REFEREE: Ala Abdul Kadir Nema (Iraq)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Ahmad A Saeed (Iraq), Ali Z Mohammad (Iraq)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: ??? (Saudi Arabia)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Manirul Islam (Bangladesh)

ATTENDANCE: 1.500

Match Report:
Dempo almost relinquished a three-goal lead but held on to claim an impressive 4-3 victory over Al Faisaly at Amman International Stadium....[click here to read the full match report] (AFC)

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group C | Maharaja Stadium, Cochin; Kerala:

Titanium XI 1-2 Chandini FC
Goals: 1-0 T Usman (19'), 1-1 Prasoon PK (31'), 1-2 Joseph Perera (88')

TITANIUM XI: 13-KT Navas; 4-Deepak KV (44' 14-Vincent S), 11-Ebin Rose, 5-Deepu B, 3-Sabir S; 15-Cleetus J, 6-Rajesh R (63' 18-Jayakumar V), 8-Abdul Hameed KT, 16-Dinraj Kumar; 10-T Usman, 23-Enoch Amoago
Unused Substitutes: 1-Joby Joseph, 28-Sugun Kumar PM, 7-Boniface M, 17-Martin P Pereira, 21-Nijo P

CHANDINI FC: 1-Rajith Kumar VT (46' 22-Sakeer Hussain); 2-Yahiya NV, 7-Lanel Thomas, 30-Agwu Richard Somtochukwu, 8-Mohammad Helmi; 26-Firoz (35' 9-Joseph Perera), 6-Salim PK (42' 20-Lijo KA), 14-Rajesh Thomas, 21-Prasoon PK; 10-Zubair KP, 12-Abdul Ganiyy
Unused Substitutes: 13-Hashim, 4-Sujithran MK, 3-Shameer MP, 15-Salman

YELLOW CARDS: Deepak KV (16'), Ebin Rose (69', both Titanium XI); Lijo KA (54') Agwu Richard Somtochukwu (62', both Chandini FC)

REFEREE: KK Pandey (Uttra Pradesh)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Jayendra Nagvencar (Goa), Ratheesh Kumar (Services)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Andrew Shekar (Karnataka)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: SS Shetty (Maharashtra)

MATCH REPORT:
Titanium XI will now finish bottom in the table after they had an impressive start in the tournament ....[click here to read the full match report]

Detailed coverage with lots of news, stats, pictures and more at the IndianFootball.Com I-LEAGUE section! click here for more...

Bangalore Super Division: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC 3-1 Army Service Corps - Goals: 1-0 Rajendra Prasad (31'), 2-0,3-0 Satish Kumar Jr (42',72'), 3-1 Suresh Marie (pen).
Bangalore 'A' Division: AGORC, Bangalore 4-1 Reserve Bank of India, Bangalore

12th GSA Aniceto Fernandes Memorial Veterans' Football Tournament 2009 - Final: State Bank of India 1-0 Salgaocar SC - Goals: 1-0 Asif Jamal (?')

Kozhikode District Football League - Group A: Guruvayoorappan College 2-1 Young Challengers
Kozhikode District Football League - Group B: Sea Side SC 2-2 Nellikod Brothers


March 16
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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group C | Maharaja Stadium, Cochin; Kerala:

Salgaocar SC 2-1 Malabar United FC
Goals: 1-0 Alvito Rodrigues (24'), 2-0 PK Anil Kumar (26'), 1-2 Jacken Sebastian (77')

SALGAOCAR: 1-Macklas Moraes; 6-Sushil Kishku, 28-Eduardo Chacon Coelho Lacerda, 3-Peter Costa, 23-William Colaco; 30-Francis Fernandes, 7-Cajetan Fernandes (81' 21-Sachin Gawas), 25-Rocus Lamare, 11-PK Anil Kumar (90+1' 16-Bijen Singh); 10-Alvito Rodrigues, 9-Frank Seator (73' 27-Beevan D'Mello)
Unused Substitutes: 20-Juje Siddi, 8-Agnelo Colaco, 14-Jerose Oliveira, 15-Agnelo Barreto

MALABAR UNITED: 1-Renjith RA; 2-Tarson Thomas (58' 24-Daison Devadas), 4-Jitheesh CK, 13-Jaseer Karnath, 5-Shakeel Patel; 18-Asif K, 20-Isoah Olgun (66' 17-Shamjith), 14-Prasoon R, 8-Vijesh Kumar PU; 11-Jacken Sebastian, 27-Jackson Victor
Unused Substitutes: 25-Dipankar Choudhury, 12-Mukesh I, 16-Prahlad Rawat, 7-Kalesh MV, 15-Rejulesh

YELLOW CARDS: none

REFEREE: Amjad Khan (Maharashtra)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Rajendra Sawant (Maharashtra), Biplab Poddar (West Bengal)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Mahesh Bisht (Delhi)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: SS Shetty (Maharashtra)

MATCH REPORT:
Salgaocar SC took one step closer to gain a place in the final phase of Second Division I-League when they over came Malabar United FC 2-1 in their third match of Group C....[click here to read the full match report and post match comments]

Detailed coverage with lots of news, stats, pictures and more at the IndianFootball.Com I-LEAGUE section! click here for more...

Bangalore Super Division: SAI, Bangalore 1-2 Postal Department - Goals: 0-1 Neslien Xavier (12'), 0-2 Arvind (26'), 1-2 Don Bosco (86').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Bangalore United FC 2-4 Royal SS

Kozhikode District Football League - Group B: KTC Football Team 2-4 Leaders Arts and Sports Club
Kozhikode District Football League - Group B: Universal Soccer School 2-0 Young Indians

Budweiser 6v6 Cup::: Budweiser 6v6 Cup: Goa's top 8 amateur football teams emerge at the Bud Cup :::
Showcasing their determination to represent India in the Budweiser 6v6 Cup at Manchester United's Theatre of Dreams, amateur football enthusiasts battled it out in the hot Goan sun today at the Poriat Grounds in Calangute and at the PJN Stadium in Margao.... [click here for more]
Click here for pictures from the Budweiser 6v6 Cup 2009

::: Budweiser 6v6 Cup: Red Devils and Sunday FC emerge top two teams in the Bangalore finals :::
Red Devils beat Sunday F.C. to top the Bangalore leg of the Budweiser 6v6 Cup, with Unni scoring the winner for the Devils at the St. Josephs Indian High School grounds.... [click here for more]
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March 15
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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 19 | Nehru Stadium, Margao | 16.15 IST:

Sporting Clube de Goa 1-1 East Bengal Club
Goals: 0-1 Ismael Addo (42'), 1-1 Joseph Pereira (64')

SPORTING CLUBE: ...
Unused Substitutes: ...

EAST BENGAL: 1-Abhra Mondal, 27-Irungbam Surkumar Singh, 4-Suley Musah (18-Ismael Addo), 2-Muttath Suresh, 29-Soumik Dey; 19-Syed Rahim Nabi, 26-Mehraj din Wadoo, 7-Jayanta Sen, 8-P Renedy Singh, 12-Yusif Yakubu, 11-Sunil Chetri (28-Chhangte Malswamkima)
Unused Substitutes: ...

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Joseph Pereira (Sporting Clube)

YELLOW CARDS: ...

REFEREE: ...
ASSISTANT REFEREES: ...
FOURTH OFFICIAL: ...
MATCH COMMISSIONER: ...

Detailed coverage with lots of news, stats, pictures and more at the IndianFootball.Com I-LEAGUE section! click here for more...

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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 19 | Cooperage, Mumbai | 16.00 IST:

Mumbai FC 2-3 Churchill Brothers
Goals: 1-0 Anees Kutty (15'), 1-1,1-2 Robert Lalthalma (27',56'), 2-2 Robert Lalthalma (84', own Goal), 2-3 Odafe Onyeka Okolie (85')

MUMBAI FC: ...
Unused Substitutes: ...

CHURCHILL BROTHERS: ...
Unused Substitutes: ...

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Robert Lalthalma (Churchill Brothers)

YELLOW CARDS: ...

REFEREE: ...
ASSISTANT REFEREES: ...
FOURTH OFFICIAL: ...
MATCH COMMISSIONER: ...

Detailed coverage with lots of news, stats, pictures and more at the IndianFootball.Com I-LEAGUE section! click here for more...

Bangalore Super Division: Madras Engineering Group Centre 0-1 CIL - Goals: 0-1 Roy (66').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Nationals FC 2-3 Department of Youth Services&Sports

17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Final Manipur 2-0 West Bengal - Goals: 1-0 Kamla Devi (18'), 2-0 Tababi Devi (62')

Budweiser 6v6 Cup::: Budweiser 6v6 Cup: Mumbai's top 22 amateur football teams emerge at the Bud Cup :::
Showcasing their determination to represent India in the Budweiser 6v6 Cup at Manchester United's Theatre of Dreams, amateur football enthusiasts battled it out in the hot Mumbai sun today and yesterday at the Western Railways Grounds.... [click here for more]
Click here for pictures from the Budweiser 6v6 Cup 2009

::: BHEL withdraw from the Bangalore Super Division :::
Bharath Heavy Electricals Limited, known as BHEL (EPD), withdrew from the Bangalore Super Division yesterday.
Club secretary Devarao confirmed the decision: "Although it is very disappointing, the management at BHEL has decided to discontinue participation from the current Super Division. But we will be back next year, battling it out in the 'A' division that will help us gain a ticket into the Super Division again."



March 14
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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 19 | The Cooperage Ground, Mumbai | 16.00 IST:

Air-India 1-3 Mahindra United | <click here to read minute by minute updates>
Goals: 0-1,0-2 Chidi Edeh (24',30'), 0-3 Sushil Kumar Singh (56'), 1-3 Kailash Patil (90+4')

AIR-INDIA: 1-Swarup Das; 2-Haobijam Napolean Singh (56' 10-Soccor Velho), 29-Udofia Chiukwama, 4-Syed Farid, 6-Uttam Leishangthem Singh; 22-Surojit Roy (50' 19-Santosh Koli), 28-Michael Segum Tayo, 11-Hringsolal Thomte, 14-Gouranga Biswas; 25-Emanuel Ovieghara (72' 23-Kailash Patil), 12-Singam Subash Singh
Unused Substitutes: 24-Arup Debnath, 8-Kumar Samson Singh, 17-Amulya Mondal

MAHINDRA: 1-Subhashish Roy Chowdhury; 7-Sushanth Mathew, 21-Justine Stephen, 14-Dharmaraj Ravanan, 25-Debabrata Roy; 23-Steven Benedict Dias [C], 29-Pierre Djidjia Douhou, 17-Sukhwinder Singh (84' 8-Paresh Shivalkar), 11-M Mohammed Rafi (70' 19-Izumi Arata); 10-Chidi Edeh, 28-Sushil Kumar Singh (78' 2-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep)
Unused Substitutes: 22-Amit Nandi, 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan, 15-Khangemban Thoi Singh, 16-Sunil Kumar

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

YELLOW CARDS: Sushanth Mathew (14'), Sukhwinder Singh (59', both Mahindra United)

REFEREE: S Suresh (Tamil Nadu)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: ...
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Dinesh Nair (Gujarat)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: ...

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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 19 | Nehru Stadium, Margao | 16.15 IST:

Vasco SC 0-1 Mohammedan Sporting Club
Goals: 0-1 Suraj Mondal (19')

VASCO: ...
Unused Substitutes: ...

MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: ...
Unused Substitutes: ...

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Naseem Akthar (Mohdammedan Sporting)

YELLOW CARDS: ...

REFEREE: ...
ASSISTANT REFEREES: ...
FOURTH OFFICIAL: ...
MATCH COMMISSIONER: ...

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | Ch. Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 38, Gurgaon; Haryana:

New Delhi Heroes 0-0 Pune FC
Goals: none

ND HEROES: 22-Rajat Guha, 3-Pawan Kumar, 27-Stanley Cyprian, 25-Gagandeep, 11-Barister Rymbai, 9-Nirmaldeep, 7-Bhuvan Joshi (81'02-M.Santosh Singh), 14- Marlangki Suiting (18-Manoj Joshi), 15-Jiten Rai, 10-Mark Dennis Afam (77' 24-Trilok Singh Bisht)
Unused Substitutes: 12-Rashid Mehdi, 20-Zahher Abbas Hamza, 6-Prashant Jaggi, 19-Manish Khatri, 21-Romeo Sukhlein

PUNE FC: 1-Balaji Narashimhan, 2-Othallo Tabia, 27-Chika Wali, 4-Kamal Thapa, 16-Rauf Khan (67' 8-Asim Hassan), 6- Shanmugam Venkatesh, 11-J.Prasad, 18-Crispin Chetri, 26-Nzewi Godson Odinaka (90'+4' 9-Santha Kumar), 28-Gobin Sewram (77' 10-Jeje Lalpekhlua)
Unused Substitutes: 21-Binu.T.Purushothaman, 3-Caitano Costa, 5-K.Rahul, 7-Sudheesh Muttath

YELLOW CARDS: Jiten Rai (28'), Manoj Joshi (35' both N.D.Heroes); Othallo Tabia (84'), S.Venkatesh (90'+4', both Pune F.C)

REFEREE: Barun Saha (IFA)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: C.Vijay Kumar (Tamil Nadu), C.R.Srikrishna (Tamil Nadu)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: V.K.Dhaiya (Haryana)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Supriyo Bhattacharya (West Bengal)

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | Ch. Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 38, Gurgaon; Haryana:

Sesa Football Academy 2-1 Amity United SC
Goals: 1-0 Marcus Mascarenhas (18'), 1-1 S Parthiban (49'), 2-1 Leslie Fernandes (74')

SESA FA: 24-Jason D'Mello, 5-Nicolau Colaco, 25-Thomas D'Souza, 3-Agustin Fernandes, 21-Charles Dias, 7-Savio Carneiro, 6-Ivo Fernandes (43'16-Inacio Colaco), 27-Israil Gurung (66' 15-Sidroy Alfonso), 10-Pratesh Shirodkar, 29-Lesly Fernandes (84' 19-Agnelo Monterio), 11-Marcus Mascarenhas
Unused Substitutes: 30-Bruno Colaco, 20-Mark Fernandes, 18-Amal Paidhungat, 17-Carlos Fernandes

AMITY UNITED: 21-Pradeep Kumar, 4-Vivek Kaira, 2-Ashish, 28-Nitin, 24-Deepak Kumar Singh, 7-N.D.Opara, 25-S.Parthiban (73' 23-Vikram Saini), 27-D.Samuel (78' 10-Shyam Sunder), 20-U.Monday (70' 15-Pradeep), 11-Pravin Arora, 22-Danny Lalduhuwma
Unused Substitutes: 30-Yogesh, 5-S.S.Negi, 3-Sandeep Malik, 14-Manish Mathani

YELLOW CARDS: Savio Carneiro (59' SESA F.A), Shyam Sunder (90'+4' Amity United)

REFEREE: V.P.Naushad (Kerala)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: I.Rabi Chandra Singh (Manipur), Debashish Majumdar (Assam)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: C.Vijay Kumar (Tamil Nadu)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Supriyo Bhattacharya (West Bengal)

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | Maharaja Stadium, Cochin; Kerala:

Titanium XI 0-1 Malabar United FC
Goals: 0-1 Jacken Sebastian (81')

TITANIUM XI: 13-KT Navas; 16-Dinraj Kumar, 5-Deepu B, 20- Shabeer KP, 3-Sabir S; 15-Cleetus J, 6-Rajesh R (82' 10-T Usman), 8-Abdul Hameed KT, 19-Shajahan U (57' 14-Vincent S); 11-Ebin Rose, 23-Enoch Amoago
Unused Substitutes: 1-Joby Joseph, 4-Deepak KV, 7-Boniface M, 17-Martin P Pereira, 18-Jayakumar V

MALABAR UNITED: 22-Siyas P (55' 1-Renjith RA); 15-Rejulesh (45' 2-Tarson Thomas), 4-Jitheesh CK, 13-Jaseer Karnath, 5-Shakeel Patel; 7-Kalesh MV, 20-Isoah Olgun (75' 11-Jacken Sebastian), 14-Prasoon R, 8-Vijesh Kumar PU; 18-Asif K, 27-Jackson Victor
Unused Substitutes: 12-Mukesh I, 16-Prahlad Rawat, 17-Shamjith, 24-Daison Devadas

YELLOW CARDS: ...

REFEREE: Andrew Shekhar (Karnataka)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Amjad Khan (Maharashtra), Jayendra Nagvencar (Goa)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Saptam Kumar Dey (Jharkhand)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: SS Shetty (Maharashtra)

MATCH REPORT:
Malabar United FC kept their I-League hopes alive when a late goal from substitute Jacken Sebastian helped them to overcome Titanium XI 1-0 in their second game of the 2nd Division I-League of Group C....[click here to read the full match report]

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Bangalore Super Division: LRDE 1-2 Southern Blues FC - Goals: 1-0 Shiva Kumar (14'), 1-1 Arnold (34'), 1-2 Suji Kumar (77')
Bangalore 'A' Division: ISRO 1-0 Government Presss - Goal: 1-0 Suman (51')

::: I-League Division 2: Final Round from April 1 :::
The final round of the I-League Division 2 would be played from April 1 at the Ch. Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 38 in Gurgaon, Haryana. The final fixtures will be announced after the list of participants is final.


March 13
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Bangalore Super Division: ADE 0-1 Rail Wheel Factory - Goals: 0-1 Nandakumar (57').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Queen Star 0-2 South Western Railway Institute

17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Semifinal Manipur 2-0 Orissa - Goals: 1-0 K Rebika Devi (67'), 2-0 Th Tababi Devi (74')
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Semifinal: Tamil Nadu 1-1,2-3 West Bengal [on penalties]

Sheffield United FC::: IndianFootball.Com EXCLUSIVE: Sheffield United FC looking at India :::
English Championship side Sheffield United FC are seriously looking at investing time, money and effort into India. The club who are chasing promotion to the Premier League this season have a different approach about their foreign operations than other clubs.... [click here for more]

::: Budweiser 6v6 Cup: Mumbai's amateur footballers ready to Live their Dream :::
Mumbai's amateur footballers are ready to show off their skills at the Mumbai leg of the Budweiser 6v6 Cup, which kicks off tomorrow at the Western Railway Grounds, Parel.... [click here for more]

::: 'Goal 2011' decision postponed :::
The AIFF has postponed the final decision on the proposed 'Goal 2011' project. The Executive Committee discussed the plans and the budget in the presence of Subroto Dutta, AR Khaleel, Ankur Dutta, Hardev Jadeja, Alberto Colaco and national coach Bob Houghton.
The Executive Committee and Houghton will meet AIFF president In-Charge Praful Patel next month to finalise the plans for the AFC Asian Cup 2011 preparations.


March 12
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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | Ch. Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 38, Gurgaon; Haryana:

Pune FC 1-0 Amity United FC
Goals: 1-0 Shanmugam Venkatesh (15')

PUNE FC: 1-Narshiman Balaji, 2-Othallo Tabia, 27-Chika Wali, 4-Kamal Thapa, 16-Rauf Sher Khan (85' 9-Santha Kumar), 6-Shanmugam Venkatesh, 11-J Prasad, 8-Asim Hassan (78' 18-Crispin Chetri), 26-Nzewi Godson Odinaka, 10-Jeje Lalpekhlua (68' 28-Gobin Sewram)
Unused Substitutes: : 21-Binu T Purushothaman, 3-Caitano Costa, 5-K Rahul, 7-MuttathSudheesh

AMITY UNITED: 21-Pradeep Kumar, 4-Vivek Kaira, 28-Nitin, 24-Deepak Kumar Singh, 3-Sandeep Malik, 14-Manish Mathani, 10-Shyam Sunder (56' 7-ND Opara), 25-S Parthiban (71'12-Jaswant Singh Parmar), 20-U Monday, 11-Praveen Arora, 22-Danny Lalduhuwma
Unused Substitutes: 30-Yogesh, 2-Ashish, 5-SS Negi, 23-Vikram Saini, 27-D Samuel

YELLOW CARDS: Shanmugam Venkatesh (Pune FC); U.Monday, Shyam Sunder (both Amity United)

REFEREE: C Vijay Kumar (Tamil Nadu)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Debashish Mojumdar (Assam), CR Srikrishna (Tamil Nadu)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: VP Naushad (Kerala)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Supriyo Bhattacharya (West Bengal)

MATCH REPORT:

Pune FC beat Amity United by a solitary goal and brightened their hopes to enter the final-round of the I-League Division 2.... [click here to read the full match report]

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | Ch. Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 38, Gurgaon; Haryana:

Sesa Football Academy 7-0 Simla Youngs FC
Goals: 1-0 Ivo Fernades (5'), 2-0 Lesly Fernandes (10'), 3-0 Marcus Mascarenhas (22'), 4-0,6-0 Pratesh Shirodkar (70',90'), 5-0 Inacio Colaco (85'), 7-0 Israil Gurung (90'+3')

SESA FA: 24-Jason D'Mello; 5-Nicolau Colaco, 25-Thomas Joaquim D'Souza, 3-Augostinho Fernandes, 21-Charles Dias (84' 17-Carlos Fernandes), 7-Savio Carneiro, 6-Ivo Fernandes (75' 16-Inacio Colaco), 27-Israil Gurung, 10-Pratesh Shirodkar, 29-Lesly Fernandes, 11-Marcus Mascarenhas (55' 19-Agnelo Monterio)
Unused Substitutes: 30-Bruno Colaco, 15-Sidroy Alfonso, 18-Amal Pai Dhungat, 20-Mark Fernandes

SIMLA YOUNGS: 1-Gopal Singh; 21-Premlal Kujor, 4-Oluwasegun Samson Oyeleke (77' 23-Aditya Rawat), 3-Gopal Murmu, 24-Sourav Rawat, 20-Jaktu Hembram, 8-Umesh Sharma, 7-Manoj Chaudhary (75' 27-Pradeep Nandi), 17-Prithvi Raj Dev, 11-Obed Kamei, 18-Tsering Dhundup (45' 28-Nikhil)
Unused Substitutes: 26- Shagolshem Aboy Meitei, 16-Manoj Kumar, 29-Rock Hadson

YELLOW CARDS: none

REFEREE: I.Rabi Chandra Singh (Manipur)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Barun Saha (West Bengal), VK Dahiya (Haryana)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: CR Srikrishna (Tamil Nadu)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Supriyo Bhattacharya (West Bengal)

MATCH REPORT:
SESA Football Academy registered an emphatic win and thrashed Simla Youngs FC 7-0 in a one sided encounter played at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon, Haryana.... [click here to read the full match report]

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | Maharaja Stadium, Cochin; Kerala:

Viva Kerala 1-1 Salgaocar SC
Goals: 1-0 Sirajuddeen (62'), 1-1 Alvito Rodrigues (83')

VIVA KERALA: 27-Shahinlal Meloly; 12-P Sajesh, 2-Noushad K, 26-Bello Rasaq, 16-Shahbas Shaleel, 5-Sathish Kumar; 8-Rahul P (78' 15-TK Manoharan), 22-Lalu KV, 11-Sakeer MP, 17-Sirajuddeen C (71' 23-Mohammad Shihab); 10-Badmus Baba Thunde (90+1' 24-Shibinlal VK)
Unused Substitutes: 1-Anoop NM, 19-Nidhil A, 14-Karma T, 18-Sanid E

SALGAOCAR: 2-Marcus Basumatari; 6-Sushil Kishku, 28-Eduardo Chacon Coelho Lacerda, 3-Peter Costa, 23-William Colaco; 21-Sachin Gawas (77' 10-Alvito Rodrigues), 7-Cajetan Fernandes, 25-Rocus Lamare, 27-Beevan D'Mello (82' 11-PK Anil Kumar); 16-Bijen Singh (65' 5-Anthony Barbosa), 9-Frank Seator
Unused Substitutes:1-Macklas Moraes, 15-Agnelo Barreto, 14-Jerose Oliveira, 8-Agnelo Colaco

YELLOW CARDS: Shahinlal Meloly (4'), 16-Shahbas Shaleel (24'), Mohammad Shihab (79' all Viva Kerala); Marcus Basumatari (31'), Sushil Kishku (57'), Eduardo Chacon Coelho Lacerda (69' all Salgaocar)

REFEREE: Amjad Mansoori (Madhya Pradesh)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Andrew Shekar (Karnataka), Rajendra Sawant (Maharashtra)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: KK Pandey (Uttra Pradesh)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: SS Shetty (Maharashtra)

MATCH REPORT:
Viva Kerala and Salgoacar SC have met four times in the past three years and the Goan club have won thrice and their rivals only once but when they met today in the 2nd Division I-League Group C, it ended in a 1-1 draw.... [click here to read the full match report and post match comments]

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Bangalore Super Division: Madras Engineering Group Centre 10-1 Oriental FC - Goals: 1-0 Lokeshwar Singh (4'), 2-0 Nigil Raj (34'), 3-0,10-1 Suraj Singh (47',90'), 4-0 Ajiraj (57'), 5-0,6-0,9-1 Gabriel (67',68',86'), 7-0 Vineeth (70'), 7-1 John (77'), 8-1 Arvind Raj (80').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Students Union 1-2 Dharmaraja Union

::: Alex Katete: Blatter expresses his sadness :::
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has conveyed his shock and sadness at the passing of Alex Katete in an official letter to the AIFF:
It is with a sad heart that I write to you today, having learned of the tragic passing of Alex Katete. On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide family of football, I wish to extend our condolences to you, to the Indian as well as to the Ugandan football community and, most importantly, to Alex Katete's family, friends and loved ones.
Please let them know that today the football community stands by their side. We would hope that in some way, our words of support may bring a little bit of peace and solace in this time of sadness.

German football coach Thomas Gene Tyky::: German coach to stress on overall development :::
With a view to maintaining continuity in their high-level performance training, 27-year-old German football coach Thomas Gene Tyky is imparting coaching to the trainees of the residential Chandigarh Football Academy, a venture of the Chandigarh Administration.... [click here for more]

::: Bin Hamman on election trip to India :::
Asian Football Confederation president Mohammed bin Hamman was in India for a few hours from last night until today morning. It was courtesy call by the AFC president ahead of the FIFA executive committee elections in May 2009. Since 1996 bin Hamman has been in the seat for West Asia and this time around he has a fierce competitor in Bahrain's Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa. Bin Hamman lately hasn't been the most popular for certain decisions and statements he has made. Amongst other things he wants to shift the AFC headquarters out of the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur having opened a bid by interested cities.
While in New Delhi bin Hamman visited AIFF president Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, who has been in a coma after a cardiac arrest for month's.
In the evening the AIFF hosted an official dinner for the AFC president before he left in today in the morning on his election campaign.





March 11
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Bangalore Super Division: Karnataka State Police 4-1 Army Service Corps - Goals: 1-0 Pradeep BV (19'), 2-0 Kiran Kumar (42'), 3-0 Alex Praveen (43'), 4-0 Stephen (54'), 4-1 Ramesh A (78')
Bangalore 'A' Division: AGORC, Bangalore 2-1 Royal Sports Club - Goals: 0-1 Murali (57'), 1-1 Murali (74'), 2-1 Raghavendra (85')

17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Quarterfinal League Group B: Goa 4-1 Haryana
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Quarterfinal League Group B: Tamil Nadu 1-0 Orissa

::: UN unites with European soccer stars to 'red card' global hunger :::
UN Press Release: The biggest stars in professional football and millions of their fans will aim to score a goal against global hunger in the first-ever Europe-wide soccer weekend to draw attention to the plight of the nearly 1 billion hungry people worldwide, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. Over 200 European football clubs in top flight leagues – including the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Italian Lega Calcio and German Bundesliga – will play their matches over the weekend of 20-22 March as part of the “Professional Football against Hunger” campaign.
This initiative was launched last October with the Association of European Professional Football Leagues – made up of 29 Member Leagues and Associated Members comprising over 900 professional football clubs – on the occasion of World Food Day at FAO headquarters in Rome.
The money raised from the campaign will finance FAO TeleFood micro-projects designed to provide solutions to poor families and communities by giving them the know-how and means to produce their own food.
The funding, a maximum of €7,000 each (almost $9,000 at today's exchange rate) per micro-project, is used to purchase physical resources, such as fishing equipment, seeds and agricultural implements.
A variety of projects have already been financed through the scheme, from helping families raise pigs in Venezuela, through creating school gardens in Cape Verde and Mauritania or providing school lunches in Uganda and teaching children to grow food, to raising fish in a leper community in India.

::: FIFA World Ranking: India ranked 149th in the world :::
The world-governing body FIFA has released the latest World Ranking today. The Indian national team has lost one spot to be ranked 149th in the world. 'The Bhangra Boys' remain 24th in Asia.


March 10
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IndianFootball.Com | AFC Cup AFC Cup 2009 | Group D | Khaled Ibn Al Waleed Stadium, Karama | 19.45 local time:

Al Karamah, SYRIA 1-0 Mohun Bagan AC | <click here to read minute by minute updates>
Goals: 1-0 Mohammed Hayan Al Hamwi (59')

AL KARAMAH: Mosab Balhous, Hassan Abbas [C], Bilal Abedl Dayem, Anas Al Khojah, Richard Bohomo, Fahd Al Saleh, Ala Al Shibli, Atef Jeneyat, Firas Ismail, Mohammed Hayan Al Hamwi, Obeng Darko
Unused Substitutes: Adnan Al Hafez, Yasser Shaheen, Tawfiq Tayara, Iyad Mando, Tamer Haj Moahmed, Stefan, Marwan Seda
MOHUN BAGAN: 1-Sangram Mukherjee; 27-Nallappan Mohanraj, 14-Peter Odafe, 3-Nanjangud Shivananju Manju, 20-Rakesh Masih, 17-Rahul Kumar; 19-Shylo Malswam Tulunga, 30-Marcos Pereira, 23-Lalramluaha, 11-Ishfaq Ahmed; 15-Baichung Bhutia [C]
Unused Substitutes: 31-Shilton Pal, 4-Deepak Kumar Mondal, 5-Habibur Rehman Mondal, 9-Pachau Lalam Puia, 12-Branco Vincent Cardozo, 16-James Lukram Singh, 37-Lal Kamal Bhowmick

YELLOW CARDS: Shylo Malswam Tulunga (?', Mohun Bagan)

REFEREE: Kurbanov Charymurat (Turkmenistan)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Begench Allaberdiyev (Turkmenistan), Bahtiyar Atajanov (Turkmenistan)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Berdimyrat Niyazdurdiyev (Turkmenistan)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Kemel Tokabaev (Kyrgyzstan)

ATTENDANCE: 17.000

Match Report:
Mohun Bagan tried to follow in Dempo's footsteps and pull off an upset in their inaugural Group D match of the AFC Cup 2009 against Al Karamah at the Khaled Ibn Al Waleed Stadium in Karama (Syria) but finished at the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline .... [click here to read the full match report]

IndianFootball.Com | AFC Cup AFC Cup 2009 | Group E | Nehru Stadium, Margao | 16.00 IST:

Dempo SC 1-0 Al Majd, SYRIA
Goals: 1-0 Ranty Martins Soleye (24')

DEMPO: 1-Abhijit Mondal; 18-Valeriano Rebello, 2-John Dias, 28-Mahesh Gawli, 16-Sami Naik, 14-Anthony Pereira, 8-Climax Lawrence, 6-Peter Carvalho, 15-Clifford Miranda (67' 22-Nicolau Borges), 11-Roberto Mendes Silva, 9-Ranty Martins Soleye
Unused Substitutes: 21-VP Satish Kumar, 4-Cressan Antao, 5-Marcus Peixoto, 7-Nascimento Silveira, 12-Jerry Zirsanga, 29-Clifton Gonsalves
AL MAJD: 1-Samer Saaid; 2-Ali Diab, 3-Samer Aouad, 5-Hamzeh Al Aitouni, 7-Feras Muaases, 18-Ali Alrifaai (84' 27-Kenan A Alnama); 21-Dame Junior Gaye, 23-Zahir Al Midani, 25-Mouhanad Asaad; 10-Mohammad Alzino (55' 9-Mohammad Bashar Alkaddour), 11-Abdulhadi Al Sharoua Al Hariri (63' 20-Mohammad Alwakid)
Unused Substitutes: 22-Zakaraia Kasem, 6-Samer Nalhous, 14-Khadr Mohamed Alnbza, 42-Khaled Mansor Al Baba

YELLOW CARDS: Samer Aouad (90'+2', Al Majd)

REFEREE: Ali Saleem (Maldives)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Ahmed Ameez (Maldives), Ali Ahmed Al Qasimi (Oman)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Abdullah Rashid Abdullah Al Harrassi (Oman)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Martin Chun Ying Lam (Hong Kong)

ATTENDANCE: 4.000

Match Report:
Dempo SC faced Syria's Al Majd in their opening match in Group E of the AFC Cup 2009 in Goa today and were fortunate enough to escape with a 1-0 victory.... [click here to read the full match report]

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | Ch. Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 38, Gurgaon; Haryana:

Simla Youngs FC 2-2 New Delhi Heroes
Goals: 1-0 Egware Charles (31'), 1-1 Marlangki Suting (50'), 1-2 Barister Rymbai (85'), 2-2 Shgolshem Aboy (90'+1')

SIMLA YOUNGS : 13-Karma Tshering Lepcha; 21-Premlal Kujor, 4-Oluwasegun Samson Oyeleke, 3-Gopal Murmu, 20-Jaktu Hembram, 8-Umesh Sharma, 7-Manoj Chaudhary (66' 17-Prithvi Raj Dev), 16-Manoj Kumar, 27-Pradeep Nandi (60' 26-Shagolshem Aboy Meitei), 12-Egware Charles Efemena, 11-Obed Kamei (78' 18-Tsering Dhundup)
Unused Substitutes: 1-Gopal Singh, 23-Aditya Rawat, 24-Sourav Rawat, 28-Nikhil Mahajan

NEW DELHI HEROES : 22-Rajat Guha; 2-M.Santosh Singh, 3-Pawan Kumar, 27-Stanley Cyprian, 25-Gagandeep (70' 21-Romeo Sukhlein), 11-Barister Rymbai, 9-Nirmaldeep, 14-Marlanki Suting, 19-Manish Khatri, 10-Mark Dennis Afam (77' 18-Manoj Joshi), 15-Jiten Rai
Unused Substitutes: 1-Baljinder Singh, 6-Prashant Jaggi, 7-Bhuvan Krishna Joshi, 20-Hamza Zaheer Abbas, 28-Debit Songjam

YELLOW CARDS: Manoj Kumar (61', Simla Youngs)

REFEREE: VP Naushad (Kerala)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Debashish Majumdar (Assam), Barun Saha (West Bengal)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: C Vijay Kumar (Tamil Nadu)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Supriyo Bhattacharya (West Bengal)

MATCH REPORT:
Last time when New Delhi Heroes and Simla Youngs came to face to face in the recently concluded Delhi League the match ended on neutral note and it was a déjà vu for both the teams when they played a 2-2 draw once again in their 3rd match of the I-League Division 2 being held at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon Haryana.... [click here to read the full match report]

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | Maharaja Stadium, Cochin; Kerala:

Titanium XI 0-2 Salgaocar SC
Goals: 0-1,0-2 Frank Seator (19',37')

TITANIUM XI: 13-KT Navas; 16-Dinraj Kumar, 5-Deepu B, 20- Shabeer KP, 3-Sabir S (56' 17-Martin P Pereira); 15-Cleetus J, 6-Rajesh R, 8-Abdul Hameed KT, 14-Vincent S (70' 7-Boniface M); 11-Ebin Rose (81' 10-T Usman), 23-Enoch Amoago
Unused Substitutes: 1-JobY Joseph, 18-Jayakumar V, 19-Shajahan U, 22-Deepak KV

SALGAOCAR: 2-Marcus Basumatari; 6-Sushil Kishku, 28-Eduardo Chacon Coelho Lacerda, 3-Peter Costa, 23-William Colaco; 30-Francis Fernandes, 7-Cajetan Fernandes, 25-Rocus Lamare, 27-Beevan D'Mello (89' 10-Alvito Rodrigues); 16-Bijen Singh (69' 11-PK Anil Kumar), 9-Frank Seator (83' 5-Anthony Barbosa)
Unused Substitutes: 1-Macklas Moraes, 15-Agnelo Barreto, 14-Jerose Oliveira, 8-Agnelo Colaco

YELLOW CARDS: Rajesh R (55', Titanium XI); William Colaco (68'), Peter Costa (79'), Marcus Basumatari (90', all Salgoacar SC)

REFEREE: Mahesh Bisht (Delhi)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Biplab Poddar (West Bengal), Saptam Kumar Dey (Jharkhand)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Rajendra Sawand (Maharashtra)

MATCH REPORT:
Salgaocar SC's quest for a return to the I-League started on a bright note as they overcame Titanium XI 2-0 in their opening encounter of the 2nd Division I-League Group C. It was a brace from Liberian Frank Seator that helped the Goan Super Cup champions to secure all three points. Titanium XI where off colour for much of the match and were never the team which secured a draw against Viva Kerala in the opening match of the championship.
Titanium XI made one change in their line-up that played against Viva Kerala as the right back Martin Pereira was replaced by defender Dinraj Kumar. Salgaocar paired Bijen Singh and Frank Seator in the striking department while keeping the home born boy PK Anil Kumar on the bench also the midfield looked sharp with the likes of experienced Rocus Lamare and youngster Beevan D'Mello. The match started in a fierceum pace as Salgoacar with quick movements put Titanium XI under pressure in the early minutes and in the 19th minute they gained the advantage through Frank Seator. It was Cajetan Fernandes who gave a ball from the centre to the unmarked Sushil Kishku whose chip from the right found the Liberian who dribbled past the defenders and put the ball back into the net. Then in the 36th minute Salgaocar doubled their lead when a long ball from the centre midfielder Francis Fernandes found Frank Seator who controlled the ball superbly and went past Dinraj Kumar to secure his second goal in the match. Titanium XI where puzzled and were struggling to put up any moves up front till the end of first half.
Salgaocar picked up from where they left off in the second half and where looking to increase their goal tally. Francis Fernandes had his attempt on goal when he was put into the box by a Beevan D'Mello's ball but his shot went over the bar. Titanium XI made small movements and it was their foreign stiker Enoch Amoago who had his attempts on goal but none were testing for Marcus Basumatari. The 75th minute of the game saw the best chance of the half for Salgoacar when a Rocus Lamare free-kick from outside the D-box was headed just over the bar by the Brazilan Eduardo Chacon Coelho Lacerda.
Salgaocar's performance was clinical and it was enough for them to secure the three points with their midfield dominating the match. Titanium failed in all departments and their striker Enoch Amoago was the only player in their line-up who looked impressive but failed to get support from his fellow striker Ebin Rose and the rest of the midfield. Salgoacar will now face Viva Kerala and know a win will put them in a comfort position but Titanium XI will be targeting to win their remaining games to keep their hopes alive.

POST-MATCH COMMENTS:

Ebin Rose (Striker, Titanium XI)
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• It was a tough game today.
• We had a good second half but failed to convert the chances we got.
• Our aim is to win the remaining games and hoping that other teams will slip up.

Stanley Rozario (Coach, Salgaocar SC)
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• It was a good result for us and most importantly we have secured three points in our first game itself.
• The ground conditions and climatic conditions are making difficulties for us but thank god it rained yesterday night.
• Our next opponents Viva Kerala have got some quality young players and also are having experienced players like Baba Thunde and Bello Rasaq.

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Bangalore Super Division: BEML (EM) - BHEL (EPD) - BHEL (EPD) forfeit match.
Bangalore 'A' Division: Reserve Bank of India, Bangalore 0-3 Department of Youth Services&Sports

17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Quarterfinal League Group A: Punjab 0-2 Assam - Goals: 0-1 Hellan Hmar (38'), 0-2 Protima Gogoi (47')
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Quarterfinal League Group A: Manipur 1-0 West Bengal - Goal: 1-0 O Bembem Devi (50')

::: ND Heroes lodges protest against Simla Youngs :::
Following the foot steps of Amity United FC, New Delhi Heroes too have lodged a protest against Simla Youngs FC for fielding four foreigners in their encounter today in the I-League Division 2 of the Gurgaon-leg. The New Delhi Heroes handed the protest letter to the Match Commissioner Supriyo Bhattacharya who has forwarded it to the AIFF. The AIFF has not yet given their verdict on the same protest lodged by Amity United and had sought clarification from the Delhi Soccer Association on the matter.


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25 STAR PLAYERS FOR TEAM INDIA...
Will 'GOAL 2011' help India to perform well at the AFC Asian Cup 2011?
Yes, the Indian team needs the 'GOAL 2011' project to perform well at the Asian finals!
No, the project makes no sense and it won't influence the performance of 'The Bhangra Boys'!
::: AIFF SET TO SIGN PLAYERS EXCLUSIVELY FOR TEAM INDIA :::
The AIFF has announced its plan to select and sign 25 players exclusively for the national team until the AFC Asian Cup 2011. The list of 25 players selected by India coach Bob Houghton, includes stars like Baichung Bhutia, Subrata Paul, Sunil Chetri and Steven Dias among others.

The national team project has been named 'Goal 2011' and is set to be approved by the AIFF executive committee in the upcoming days. The project is likely to cost the AIFF around Rs 40 crore and set to kick-off in June 2009.
The aim of 'Goal 2011' is to keep the national team players together till the Asian finals and to play around 30 international matches in this period. All the players would be paid their salaries by the AIFF and some them will be "transfered" to Team India from their clubs, while their respective clubs will be paid "transfer fees".

'Goal 2011' is an ambitious plan by the AIFF to prepare the Indian national team for the AFC Asian Cup 2011, but may fail to excel due to the costs of such a project. The AIFF is hoping to rope in sponsors to invest the money into friendly matches, the salaries and all other expenses...

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | SM Dev Stadium, Silchar; Assam:

Lajong SC, Shillong 2-1 ONGC, Mumbai
Goals: 1-0 Thranki Laloo (24'), 1-1 Kenistan C (48'), 2-1 Aibor Khongjee (76')

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | SM Dev Stadium, Silchar; Assam:

George Telegraph SC 0-0 Oil India Limited
Goals: none

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | Ch. Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 38, Gurgaon; Haryana:

Pune FC 0-0 Sesa Football Academy
Goals: none

PUNE FC: 1-Narshiman Balaji, 2-Othallo Tabia, 27-Chika Wali, 4-Kamal Thapa (33' 5-K Rahul), 16-Rauf Sher Khan, 6-Shanmugam Venkatesh, 7-Muttath Sudheesh, 8-Asim Hassan, 26-Nzewi Godson Odinaka, 15-Lal Rozama (77' 9-Santha Kumar), 28-Gobin Sewram (85' 10-Jeje Lalpekhlua)
Unused Substitutes: 21-Binu T Purshottaman, 3-Caitano Costa, 11-J Prasad, 18-Crispin Chetri

SESA FOOTBALL ACADEMY: 24-Jason D'Mello, 2-Bruno Fernandes, 5-Nicolau Colaco, 25-Thomas Joaquim D'Souza, 3-Augostinho Fernandes, 7-Savio Carneiro, 6-Ivo Fernandes, 27-Israil Gurung, 10-Pratesh Shirodkar, 29-Lesly Fernandes (58' 19-Agnelo Monterio), 11-Marcus Mascarenhas
Unused Substitutes: 30-Bruno Colaco, 4-Selwyn Fernandes, 9-Gabriel Fernandes, 15-Sydroy Alfonso, 17-Carlos Fernandes, 20-Mark Fernandes

YELLOW CARDS: Chika Wali (8', Pune FC)

REFEREE: CR Srikrishna (Tamil Nadu)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Rabi Chandra Singh (Manipur), VK Dahiya (Haryana)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: VP Naushad (Kerala)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Supriyo Bhattacharya (West Bengal)

MATCH REPORT:
"We would have won the match but failed to utilize the scoring chances that came our way", said Pune FC coach Stewart Hall as his team played a goalless draw to splits points with Sesa Football Academy in a crucial encounter of the Gurgaon-leg being held at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon, Haryana. Pune FC as well as Sesa FA are the favourites to make it to the second round from Group II. It was totally visible from both sides approach as the encounter turned out to be the best one so far. Though neither of the two was successful in turning the tide in their favour yet they played educated football, the only drawback of the match was the poor finishing, if strikers would have showed some calmness and urgency to score on the opportunities that came their way, it would have been a high scoring game.
Though the Pune-based side enjoyed better ball possession and dominated most of the match yet they failed to break the deadlock, on the other hand the young guns from Goa were not to throw in the towel and started the game on a high note and played their hearts out to walk out with a much deserved result in their favour. Both sets of defenders had a busy day at the office and could consider themselves fortunate as neither of the strikers looked in the same nick in comparison to their previous matches. Sesa FA started the match on a positive note combining well in midfield as well striking zone. Pratesh Shirodkar shot was easily collected by Pune FC goalkeeper Balaji while Lesly Fernandes missed a couple of chances half hour into the match. Sesa FA's best scoring chance fell in for the right wing half Israil Gurung but his aimless shot went wide of Marcus Mascarenhas pass from the centre of the 18 yard box. Israil could have put his team on the drive seat if he would had materialised the opportunity in the 32nd minute. Bruno Fernandes came as the saviour for SESA when he cleared Godson's shot of the line to keep the scoreline intact at 0-0 before the break after dominating most of the ball possession in the first session. Lal Rozama took the corner for the Stewart Hall coached side and Godson reacted superbly as he instantly volleyed it to the far post but was unfortunate as he shot was cleared by the right wing back of the line.
Pune FC pulled up their socks and dominated the second session undoubtedly. They did combine well in comparison to the first half but their midfields hard work didn't pay off as the strikers spoiled all the scoring chances to add frustration and disappointment to their side. The second session had grown only three minutes old, K Rahul who came in for Kamal Thapa headed over the woodwork while a minute later Lal Rozama, who was selected ahead of Santha Kumar and was very influential from the left wing, too failed to connect his header as the ball went wide of the bar post. The former Indian international and veteran Venkatesh too missed down the wire, when he failed to put in a free header into the post and could have sealed the victory for his team. Sesa FA, who were entitled with defending duties in the second session, could have scored the winner through Marcus Mascarenhas in injury time when his header was blocked by Chika Wali of Israil Gurung's cross from right flank. The Nigerian defender was pretty much alert to end the match on a neutral note as neither of the teams broke the jinx. Both the teams have four points from two matches and would surely like to better their poor finishing in their respective matches on March 12, Pune FC will lock horn with Amity United FC while Sesa FA will take on Simla Youngs FC.

POST-MATCH COMMENTS:

Stewart Hall (Coach, Pune FC)
• I am disappointed at the result as we had 65 to 70 percent possessions.
• I am happy that we did not get beaten and earned a point.
• Technically the Best match so far in this Group.

Mariano Dias (Coach, Sesa FA)
• It is a very satisfying result.
• All the Boys really played well and gave out their best.

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | Maharaja Stadium, Cochin; Kerala:

Viva Kerala 3-0 Chandini FC
Goals: 1-0,2-0 Shahbas Shaleel (34', 41'), 3-0 Badmus Baba Thunde (75')

VIVA KERALA: 27-Shahinlal Meloly, 12-P Sajesh, 2-Noushad K, 26-Bello Rasaq, 5-Sathish Kumar;17-Sirajuddeen C, 22-Lalu KV, 11-Sakeer MP (85' 8-Rahul P), 16-Shahbas Shaleel; 10-Badmus Baba Thunde, 24-Shibinlal VK (62' 15-Manoharan TK)
Unused Substitutes: 1-Anoop NM, 19-Nidhil A, 14-Karma T, 18-Sanid E, 23-Mohammad Shihab

CHANDINI FC: 1-Rajith Kumar VT; 2-Yahiya NV, 30-Agwu Richard Somtochukwu, 3-Shameer MP, 20-Lijo KA; 6-Salim PK (46' 11-Rajesh Kumar MA), 7-Lanel Thomas, 21-Prasoon PK, 8-Mohammad Helmi (27' 15-Salman); 10-Zubair KP, 12-Abdul Ganiyy
Unused Substitutes: 22-Sakeer Hussain, 13-Hashim, 4-Sujithran MK, 9-Joseph Perera, 14-Rajesh Thomas

YELLOW CARDS: Prasoon P K (43', Chandini FC)

REFEREE: Ratheesh Kumar (Services)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: KK Pandey (Uttra Pradesh), Anjad Khan (Maharashtra)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Jayendra Magvencar (Goa)

MATCH REPORT:
Viva Kerala defeated Chandini FC 3-0 in their second game in the 2nd Division I-League Group C. The men in blue dominated the match and Chandini FC where never in the game. Viva with the win has moved to the top of the table with four points while the Men in Yellow are in deep trouble after just securing only a point from their two games.
Viva Kerala went into the match with the same eleven that played against Titanium while Chandini FC made one change as midfielder Rajesh Kumar MA was replaced with defender Lijo KA. The change meant that Mohammad Helmi who played as left back in the last game shifted to left midfield and Lijo took over the vacant position in defence. Viva got the first chance of the match when Shaleel saw his shot going over the bar and at the other end Abdul Ganiyy like the other game messed up a great chance when his lose shot from the left went over the bar. Badmus Baba Thunde came close to score the opener in the 15th minute when his header from a KV Lalu free-kick saw kissing the bar and going out. Then in the 20th minute of the game saw Mohammad Helmi's header superbly saved by Viva keeper Shahin Lal and it was a brilliant cross from Abdul Ganiyy that setup the opportunity for Chandini FC. When the match reached the half hour mark the home team took the lead as a Shahbas Shaleel cross from left which was intended to Baba Thunde got the touch of Shameer who's sudden attempt to clear the ball from danger instead went to his own goal. The goal recharged the Viva Kerala and just before half time they doubled their advantage thanks to a superb cross by Lalu from the right which was easily headed in by Shaleel.
The second half saw Chandini FC making a change as their inform midfielder Salim PK was replaced by Rajesh Kumar after being injured. Viva continued their attacking game and made it difficult for the Men from Kozhikode to get into the game. It was Baba Thunde who had his chance to mark his first goal in the championship as a cross from Sirajudeen found him inside the box but his attempt towards the goal saw the ball flying over the cross bar and what followed after this was a flury of chances for Shaleel and Sirajudeen but both failed to find the net to much the frustration of people inside the stadium. But in the 75th minute Baba Thunde sealed the game for Viva Kerala as the defender Shameer failed to head away a ball and paid the price when the opportunistic Nigerian who pouched on to the ball and gave a try from just outside the box which went past the goalkeeper Rajith Kumar.
Viva Kerala rose to their expectations though will be disappointed by the fact that they didn't increase their goal tally. The second half performance of Sakeer MP was outstanding as he had his presence in each and every attack of the team and the outstanding Bello Rasaq made sure that they left the match with a clean sheet. While Chandini FC had a poor day at the office as for most of the game they were under pressure and things could have worked out in their way if Mohammad Helmi's header in first half resulted in a goal. Also the absence of Salim in second half further weakened them and the put the game well beyond them. Viva Kerala now will be confident that even a draw against Salgaocar SC will help them but Chandini FC's chances are now looking bleak as they have to win their remaining matches to have some hope of going through.

POST-MATCH COMMENTS:

KK Satheesan (Assistant Coach, Viva Kerala)
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• It was a great result for us and we did played really well
• Though we didn't increase our goal tally at the end of the day three points matter.
• It will be an interesting game against Salgoacar and we hope Sabeeth (Sabeeth CS) will be fit for the match.

P Sethumadhavan (Coach, Chandini FC)
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• It was a disappointing result but Viva Kerala played really well
• Comparing to Viva Kerala we were inexperienced and we didn't have the time to prepare like other teams in the championship.
• Salim's injury in the first half did had an impact on result.

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Bangalore Super Division: CIL 0-0 BEL SC - Goals: none.
Bangalore 'A' Division: ISRO 2-1 Bangalore United FC

17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Quarterfinal League Group B: Haryana 1-2 Tamil Nadu
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Quarterfinal League Group B: Goa 0-1 Orissa

::: AFC Cup 2009 | Mohun Bagan in Syria | Day 2 :::
The Team Members had a walk around the city centre near the Hotel in the morning. At the Pre Match Press Conference the Coach Mr. Karim Bencherifa commented to a query from the local media that since the I-League was in full swing and at a vital phase and the AFC Cup was also underway, so prioirities have to be considered. Accordingly a few changes would be made in the regular squad which plays in the I-League and so a few youngsters would be in the final XI. The captain Bhaichung Bhutia was asked about the standard of Syrian Football and especially about the fact that Syria's FIFA ranking is higher than that of India to which he commented that Syria had been beaten by India about a year ago in the Nehru Cup final at New Delhi.
The Managers Meeting was conducted in the afternoon by the Match Commissioner, Mr. Tokabaev Kemel from Kyrgyzstan. All the four match officials from Turkmenistan namely, Referee: Kurbanov Charymurat, AR1: Allaberdiyev Begench, AR2: Atajanov Bahtiyar and 4th Official: Niyazdurdiyev Berdimyrat were present at the Meet along with the Officials of both Teams and the LOC.
At 4 pm local time, the Team had a video show and watched and discussed a match of Al Karamah of last season and another match of this season.
The Team had a practice session under floodlights at the venue in the evening. It was quite cold (6-7 C) and windy. The Team is very positive about the match tommorrow.

Budweiser 6v6 Cup::: Budweiser 6v6 Cup: Finalists from Hyderabad and Pune selected :::
Hyderabad:
Hyderabad Hawks and United F.C. emerged as the winners of the Hyderabad leg of the Budweiser 6v6 Cup at the Gymkhana grounds today. The two teams will now represent their city at the India finals... [read the complete Hyderabad article]
Pune:
Cedrick's 8 emerged as the winners of the Pune leg of the Budweiser 6v6 Cup at the Go Sporting Grounds today. Beating their opponents 3-1, Cedrick's 8 will travel to Hyderabad to participate in the Budweiser Cup India finals to be played in Hyderabad on March 27th and 28th at the LB Stadium... [read the complete Pune article]
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::: Delhi SA flout transfer rules :::
The incompetence of the Delhi Soccer Association has been visible in the recently concluded Delhi League. The DSA is now under scrutiny when Amity United FC lodged a protest against Simla Youngs FC for fielding four foreigners, two of them being from Tibet namely Tsering Dhundup and Karma Tsering Lepcha according to the protest in the ongoing I-League Division 2 played at Gurgaon, Haryana. DSA is in the line of fire because of the decision against the Royal Rangers FC when it awarded three points to Garhwal Heroes, Tarun Sangha and Hindustan FC for fielding seven Tibetan players in the matches against these mentioned clubs. Already the decision has raised the eyebrows and had become the hot discussion amongst the media as well as club officials. DSA has upheld the protest on technical ground regardless of mentioning the names of the players but according to sources all the players are found to be genuine. Karma Tsering Lepcha and Tsering Dhundup are among those seven players who were found illegible as per DSA decision against Royal Rangers. If these two players are of Tibetian origin and are treated as foreigners than how they were given loan to Simla Youngs FC to be a part of the team in the ongoing I League Division 2? The question will only will be answered when Simla Youngs will present these two players Identities proofs to AIFF. "A player from Sikim is as much Indian as Baichung Bhutia," said technical director of Simla Youngs, Tushar Dev.

::: +91 Manchester: The Business of Football on March 26 :::
The Manchester chapter of the +91 business forum will organise a "Drinks and Networking Reception" on March 26 at the Hallmark Hotel in Wilmslow, Cheshire close to Manchester, England under the theme of "The Business of Football".
Amongst the speakers that evening are Mihir Bose, BBC Sports Editor; Ian Ayre, Commercial Director, Liverpool FC; Robert Elstone, CEO, Everton FC; Steve Bellis, CEO, Kickworldwide; Arunava Chaudhuri, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, IndianFootball.Com.

The event will explore the following topics, amongst others:
- Potential ownership of British clubs by Indian multinationals;
- How British clubs have developed global brands;
- How British clubs can leverage their brands in India and Asia for merchandising;
- What help does India need to develop and encourage football at grassroots level ?
- Do clubs in Europe approach India differently than British clubs ?
- Potential of Premier League and European games being played in Asia.

In attendance will be entrepreneurs, corporate executives, professionals, Members of the House of Commons, Members of the House of Lords, executives from the top football clubs, and the media. Abbas Farid, UK Nike Football Freestyle Champion and an official Guinness world record holder will be performing live at the event.
Cost: Members £20 + VAT // Non-Members £25 + VAT
For further information and to register online for this event, please visit www.plus91.eu The number of attendees will be limited and acceptances are on a first come first served basis.

SoccerexEusébio, Elias Figueroa & Jairzinho join fellow legends at Soccerex Brasilia Forum
Soccerex are delighted to announce that two of only three non-Brazilians to be honoured in the Maracanã Walk of Fame, Eusébio da Silva Ferreira and Elias Figueroa, will be joining some of football's biggest names at the inaugural Soccerex Brasilia Forum.

Legendary Portuguese striker, Eusébio, helped the Portugal national team reach third place at the 1966 World Cup. He scored 727 goals in 715 games and was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1965. He was recently selected by the Portuguese Football Federation as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years. He is currently Global Ambassador for S.L. Benfica, the club where he played for 15 years.

As a Portuguese national of Mozambican origin, he will be an excellent addition to “The Globalisation of International Football” panel, offering a fantastic insight into the career opportunities for players with dual-nationality. Joining him will be Chilean International, 3 time South American Footballer of the Year and former FIFA World Player of The Year Elias Figueroa. He was notably recognised in Brazil for helping Sport Club Internacional win the Brazilian Football trophy in 1975 and 1976.

Other speakers include Argentinean International and 1978 World Cup winner Ossie Ardiles, Brazilian-born German International Paulo Rink, and Brazilian legend and 1970 World Cup winning Captain Carlos Alberto Torres.

Soccerex are also delighted to be welcoming another of Brazil's most legendary players, Jairzinho. He was not only a member of the phenomenal 1970 World Cup winning Brazilian national team but also the only player to have achieved the extraordinary feat of scoring in every game of a tournament.

These are just a number of the big names expected at the Soccerex Brasilia Forum (17-18 March). This two day event will be the first time the international football business community has gathered in Brazil ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and will provide a unique window into the football industry in the home of the beautiful game. For further information regarding the Soccerex Brasilia Forum please visit www.soccerex.com/brasilia.




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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 18 | Nehru Stadium, Margao | 16.15 IST:

Vasco SC 1-2 Mumbai FC
Goals: 1-0 Sherzod Nazarov (6' pen), 1-1 Abhishek Yadav (10'), 1-2 Kalia Kulothungan (89')

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"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Kalia Kulothungan (Mumbai FC)

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RED CARDS: Kalyan Chaubey (Mumbai FC)

REFEREE: A Rowan (Services)
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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | SM Dev Stadium, Silchar; Assam:

George Telegraph SC 4-1 Bengal Mumbai FC
Goals: 1-0,3-0 Swapan Mandi (11',35'), 2-0 Subho Kumar (24' pen), 4-0 Beokhokhai (68'), 4-1 Tariq Ansari (86')

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group B | Ch. Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 38, Gurgaon; Haryana:

Amity United FC 1-1 Simla Youngs FC
Goals: 1-0 Praveen Arora (84'), 1-1 Jaktu Hembram (90+3')

AMITY UNITED: 21-Pradeep Kumar, 4-Vivek Kaira, 2-Ashish, 28-Nitin (45' 23-Vikram Saini), 5-SS Negi, 8-Jatinder Singh Saini (50' 22-Danny Lalduhuwma), 14-Manish Mathani, 25-S Parthiban (66' 12-Jaswant Singh Parmar), 20-U Monday, 07-ND Opara, 11-Praveen Arora
Unused Substitutes: 30-Yogesh, 10-Shyam Sunder, 24-Deepak Kumar Singh, 27-D Samuel

SIMLA YOUNGS: 13-Karma Tshering Lepcha, 21-Premlal Kujor, 4-Oluwasegun Samson Oyeleke, 3-Gopal Murmu, 20-Jaktu Hembram, 17-Prithvi Raj Dev (58' 11-Obed Kamei), 08-Umesh Sharma (69' 7-Manoj Chaudhary), 16-Manoj Kumar, 24-Sourav Rawat, 18-Tsering Dhundup (77' 27-Pradeep Nandi), 12-Egware Charles Efemena
Unused Substitutes: 1-Gopal Singh, 23-Aditya Rawat, 26-Shagolshem Aboy Meitei, 28-Nikhil Mahajan

YELLOW CARDS: Tsering Dhundup (71', Simla Youngs)

REFEREE: Debashish Mojumdar (Assam)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: C Vijay Kumar (Tamil Nadu), VP Naushad (Kerala)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Barun Saha (West Bengal)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Supriyo Bhattacharya (West Bengal)

MATCH REPORT:
Jaktu Hembram saved the day for the Tope Fuja coached side by scoring down the wire to split points with Amity United FC in an I-League Division 2 match played at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon, Haryana. Both the teams came into the match after losing three points in their previous encounters. Amity United were defeated by New Delhi Heroes while Simla Youngs went down to Pune FC by a solitary goal. In a must win situation as far as keeping their qualifying hopes for the second round is concerned both the teams were not in their best nick and missed numerous chances as either of the teams walked away with all the three points.
After putting-up a spirited performance against Pune FC, Simla Youngs could have started the game on a high note but Umesh Sharma missed a close range from 6 yards of Pritvi Raj Dev pass from the right flank. Praveen Arora came very close to open Amity United accounts in the 15th minute but hits his close range shot wide of the post. ND Opara missed a close ranger from the centre of the 18 yard box to add frustration for the Prashar coached side. The striker was out of touch right from the whistle and was very much responsible for the fate of Amity United in a 1-1 draw. A 43rd minute strike by the former HAL striker Praveen Arora hit the woodwork to keep the scoreline intact at 0-0 at the half time whistle.
Both the teams went for the break with dejection and frustration as far as missing their scoring chances were concerned. ND Opara made boo-boo of the two definite scoring chances; he failed to convert in the 48th as well as 73rd minute while Pritvi Raj missed one for Simla Youngs too. The midfield looked unsettled throughout the game for both the teams, while the defence put up a scrappy performance. The strikers were totally off colour, Opara could have walked off the pitch as the star performer of the day but the Nigerian striker failed to justify his selection ahead of Danny Lalduhawma. Finally the deadlock was broken in the 84th minute by Praveen Arora when his shot went in after a deflecting of Samson's chest. Danny who came in for Jatinder proved a lethal weapon for Amity United and was instrumental with his skill, he easily ripped apart the Simla Youngs defence before sliding it to Praveen Arora at the right flank, Praveen after making a shot run squared it for Opara, his mistimed shot fell in for Praveen who was following the ball, his shot went in the near post after a deflection. The sense of urgency was totally visible from both the sides, Simla Youngs was desperately looking for the equaliser while Amity United shifted their gear to double their lead. Jaktu Hembram leveled the terms down the wire to spoil Amity United's party when he notched the header in to the far post of a Samson free-kick; the left wing back took full advantage of his height and overjumped the Amity defenders to win the header to take away the celebration party from Amity's side.
Both the teams have more or less shut their chances as far as making it to the second round is concerned. On one hand Amity United's performance is going from bad to worse on the other hand there is a good sign for Simla Youngs as the young brigade of Tope Fuja is learning very fast from their mistakes. Simla Youngs will have to lift their game if the really want to be in the qualifying race while Amity United will now have a litmus test ahead as they will take on Pune FC on March 12 while further they will lock their horn with the Sesa Football Academy on March 14.

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Bangalore Super Division: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC 1-0 Postal Department - Goals: 1-0 J Karthigeyan (8').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Nationals FC 1-1 Students Union

17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Quarterfinal League Group A: Assam 0-5 Manipur
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Quarterfinal League Group A: Punjab 1-4 West Bengal

::: AFC Cup 2009 | Mohun Bagan in Syria | Day 1 :::
The McDowell Mohun Bagan Team comprising of 18 players and 6 officials reached Damascus yesterday in the morning. The Team was then escorted by bus to Homs, 162 Kms from the capital which took about 2 hours. Homs is the third largest city of Syria and is home to the Al Karamah Team which has four national team players in its squad. The Team had a light practice session under flloodlights at the venue in the evening.
Football is the main sport of Syria and so the local people and the Media are very enthusiastic about the match. The fans of Al Karamah are also very passionate and there were hordes of supporters with drums and horns at the Stadium to watch and encourage their Team during their practice session. It is expected that the 40,000 capacity Khaled Bin Whaled Stadium will be full on the match day which will kickoff at 7.30 pm local time (11 pm IST). The Stadium is named after an ancient Islamic Warrior.
The weather was cold (about 10 C).

::: Mumbai District FA elections :::
Commander Kehar Singh (retd) was re-elected as President of the Mumbai District FA at the executive committee meeting that followed the Annual General Meeting of the Association held at the MDFA headquarters at Parel yesterday. The MDFA is affiliated to the Western Indian Football Association (Maharashtra) which is a constituent of the AIFF.
The office bearers are as follows:
Cdr Kehar Singh VSM IN Retd (President); Digambar Kandarkar, Austin Coutinho, Vilas Rane, Hugh Fernandes (all Vice-presidents); Souter Vaz (General Secretary); U Bannerjee (Treasurer); Everest Gonsalves, Xavier Faria, Suresh Banjan, CK Shetty, Sudhakar Rane (Assistant Secretaries); Mario Rodrigues (PRO); Glen Fernandes, Jeffrey Menezes, Sydney Alexander, John Almeida, Alex Vaz, Ronald Pinto, Conrad Pereira, Prakash Shetty, Shashank Shah, Ranvir Singh, John Alphonso, Adip Kenkre, Shodhana Shetty, Gurbux Singh Grewal (committee members).

::: AG Bengal wrest title from DACR Delhi :::
Runners-up Accountant General Bengal wrested title from holders DACR Delhi by beating them with a solitary second-half goal scored by Jayant Jana in the final of the All-India Inter-Zonal Audit Football Tournament organised by AG (Audit) Haryana at the Sector 17 Football Stadium, Chandigarh on Sunday.
The defending champions Delhi began on a confident note in the fourth minute. Initiating the move Daljit moved passed the ball to Sameer Jung through Neeraj. Sameer's powerful shot was collected by Bengal goalkeeper Prabhat Nandi. Two minutes later, Bengal launched their attack. Prasanjit gave a pass to Khongsai who took a prompt try but alert Delhi defender Vishwajit Das cleared it in time. A local lad Sanjeev Kumar Maria, representing AG Bengal, launched a move from the left and gave the ball to Gautam who slipped it to Khongsai whose rising shot sailed over by kissing the bar in the 15th minute. Bengal threatened Delhi again in the 17th minute. Prasanjit moved the ball to Khongsai who centred it to Jayant Jana who failed to anticipate and Delhi goalkeeper Avneet collected it with ease to avert any danger. Delhi retaliated in the 20th minute with a combined move among Sameer Jung, Neeraj and Rishi Kapoor. Bengal goalkeeper Prabhat Nandi saved Rishi's drive at the cost of a corner. Before half time, Bengal had an opportunity to forge ahead in the 25th minute After receiving a pass from Khongsai took a reverse kick but Delhi goalkeeper Avneet made a brilliant save. Avneet made another save two minutes after resumption when he gathered a shot from Jayant Jana. Bengal's moves bore fruits in the 43rd minute. Dribbling upfront on the left Prasanjit fed Khongsai who uncorked a powerful shot. Delhi goalkeeper Avneet parried the shot. However the ball travelled to Jana who promptly dispatched it into the goal. After gaining the lead, the Bengal players resorted to defensive play. This helped Delhi to attack with more vigour. They had two chances to score but wasted them. In the 52nd minute, Sameer Jung's shot off a pass from Dalit went wide. During the injury time, Sameer Jung squared it to Neeraj who was wayward in his shooting.
Accountant General (A&E) Haryana Mohinder Singh distributed the prizes.


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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 18 | Barasat Stadium, Calcutta | 14.45 IST:

Mohammedan Sporting Club 2-2 Chirag United SC
Goals: 0-1 Subair Muritala Ali (18'), 1-1 Suraj Mondal (58'), 1-2 Shankar Oraon (73'), 2-2 Mike Okoro (79')

MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: 1-Naseem Akthar; 19-Gurpreet Singh, 6-Sheikh Azim, 3-Madhab Kumar Das, 23-Rajib Ghosh; 26-Gautam Thakur (30' 7-Roque Barreto), 20-Adewusi Adebayo Tokunbo, 15-Eugene Gray, 8-Satyajit Bose; 14-Suraj Mondal, 10-Mike Okoro [C]
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CHIRAG UNITED: 21-Robikanta Singh Chongtham; 5-Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, 2-Louis Nigi Ebami, 17-Ayeni Bidemi Daniel, 36-Narugopal Hait (62' R Dhanarajan); 37-Denson Devadas, 4-Kingshuk Debnath, 27-Lalmalswama Hmar (58' 35-Soumik Chakraborty, 80' 16-Arnab Mondal), 11-Snehasish Chakraborty; 9-Subair Muritala Ali, 25-Shankar Oraon
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"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Shankar Oraon (Chirag United)

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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 18 | Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana | 15.30 IST:

JCT, Phagwara 1-1 Air-India
Goals: 0-1 Gouranga Biswas (26'), 1-1 Eduardo da Silva Escobar (90+4')

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AIR-INDIA: ...
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"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Eduardo da Silva Escobar (JCT)

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | SM Dev Stadium, Silchar; Assam:

Oil India Ltd 1-3 ONGC, Mumbai
Goals: Sameside; Mangad, Tarif Ahmed, Dhanesh

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group B | Ch. Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 38, Gurgaon; Haryana:

New Delhi Heroes 0-1 Sesa Football Academy
Goals: 0-1 Pratesh Shirodkar (45+4')

NEW DELHI HEROES: 22-Rajat Guha; 9-Nirmaldeep, 27-Stanley, 6-Prashant Jaggi, 25-Gagandeep, 21-Romeo Sukhlein (70' 11-Barister Rymbai), 30-Amjad Ali Khan (35' 20-Hamza Zaheer Abbas), 14-Marlanki Suiting, 7-Bhuvan Krishna Joshi (85' 2-M Santosh Singh), 24-Trilok Singh Bisht, 10-Mark Dennis Afam
Unused Substitutes: 1-Baljinder Singh, 18-Manoj Joshi, 19-Manish Khatri, 28-Debit Songjam

SESA FOOTBALL ACADEMY: 24-Jason D'Mello; 5-Nicolau Colaco, 25-Thomas Joaquim D'Souza, 3-Augostinho Fernandes, 21-Charles Dias, 7-Savio Carneiro, 6-Ivo Fernandes, 27-Israil Gurung, 10-Pratesh Shirodkar, 29-Lesly Fernandes (54' 19-Agnelo Monterio, 90'+6' 9-Gabriel Fernandes), 11-Marcus Mascarenhas
Unused Substitutes: 30-Bruno Colaco, 2-Carlos Fernandes, 4-Selwyn Fernandes, 15-Sydroy Alfonso, 17-Carlos Fernandes

YELLOW CARDS: Prashant Jaggi (28', New Delhi Heroes); Charles Dias (71', Sesa Football Academy)
RED CARDS: Trilok Singh Bist (90'+4', New Delhi Heroes); Charles Dias (90'+4', Sesa Football Academy)

REFEREE: Barun Saha (Assam)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Rabi Chandra Singh (Manipur), CR Srikrishna (Tamil Nadu)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: VK Dahiya (Haryana)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Supriyo Bhattacharya (West Bengal)

MATCH REPORT:
With six points from two matches New Delhi Heroes would had been in a comfortable position to make it to the second round but squandered a gem of an opportunity to do so as the Delhi-based side was defeated by Sesa Football Academy by a solitary goal in their second match of the I-League Division 2 being held at Tau Devil Lal Stadium in Gurgaon, Haryana. It was certainly a game of two halves with both the teams having equal opportunities to score. The only scoring chance of the match fell for the Goans when they materialised the opportunity right before the lemon break.
Sesa FA started their I-League Division 2 journey on a positive note notching full points in a hard fought match while even a draw could have been a satisfactory result for the Chima Okorie side. Just 15 minutes into the match and Sesa FA was denied by some impressive defending by the New Delhi Heroes to keep the scoreline neutral. Romeo came close to opening the account for the Heroes but his aimless shot went wide of the post. There was hardly any productive move made by either of the two teams in the first 45 minutes but Sesa FA shifted the gear in the first session injury time and scored through Pratesh Shirodkar when the left wing half intelligently placed his curling first time shot in the near post hardly giving a chance to New Delhi Heroes goalkeeper Rajat Guha to stretch his arms. New Delhi Heroes defence was in sixes and sevens and had to pay the price and walked out off the field dejected as they gave away an easy scoring chance to the Goan side.
New Delhi Heroes after trailing by one goal did try hard in search of the equaliser but hardly found themselves close as far as scoring is concerned. Heroes, who put in a fighting performance in the last match against Amity United, did lack that same instinct which they carried after going down by two goals and further went on to defeat Amity United by 4-3. M Santosh Singh who came in for Bhuvan Krishna Joshi five minutes before the end of the match did pace up the Heroes attack with his long range throw-in but the combination of Gagandeep and Santosh that worked for the Heroes in the recently concluded Delhi League couldn't find the equaliser as he failed to meet those long throw-in which more or less looks like flat crosses. Gangandeep did score of a Marlangi corner but their excitement and jubilation was ruled out by the referee Barun Saha as Mark Dennis Afam was found pushing one of the Sesa Football Academy defenders to win the header before the ball fell in for Gagandeep. There was a double blow for the Heroes in the end, firstly the match and secondly when their striker Trilok Singh Bisht, who was given the marching orders along with Charles Dias for exercising muscle on a common ball situation. Sesa FA on the whole had better ball position in comparison to Chima Okorie's men and are a favourite to make in the second round along with Pune FC. The Goan side will now take on Pune FC on March 9 in their second match of the I-league Division 2.

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group C | Maharaja Stadium, Cochin; Kerala:

Malabar United FC 0-0 Chandini FC
Goals: none

MALABAR UNITED: 1-Renjith RA; 15-Rejulesh, 4-Jitheesh CK, 13-Jaseer Karnath, 5-Shakeel Patel; 8-Vijesh Kumar PU (83' 16-Prahlad Rawat), 27-Jackson Victor, 7-Kalesh MV, 20-Isoah Olgun (36' 18-Asif K); 11-Jacken Sebastian (74' 24-Daison Devadas), 14-Prasoon R
Unused Substitutes: 22-Siyas P, 2-Tarson Thomas, 6-John SM, 17-Shamjith

CHANDINI FC: 1-Rajith Kumar VT; 2-Yahiya NV, 30-Agwu Richard Somtochukwu, 3-Shameer MP, 8-Mohammad Helmi; 11-Rajesh Kumar MA (66' 15-Salman), 7-Lanel Thomas, 6-Salim PK (73' 9-Joseph Perera), 21-Prasoon PK; 10-Zubair KP, 12-Abdul Ganiyy
Unused Substitutes: 22-Sakeer Hussain, 20-Lijo KA, 13-Hashim, 4-Sujithran MK

YELLOW CARDS: Salim PK (68', Chandini FC)

REFEREE: R Sawant (Maharasthra)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Mahesh Bisht (Delhi), Amjad Mansoori (Madhya Pradesh)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Ratheesh Kumar (SSCB)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: SS Shetty (Maharashtra)

MATCH REPORT:
In second game running the 2nd Division I-League Group C Cochin-leg saw another draw but this time there weren't any goals as the Kozhikode District League champions Chandini FC were held to a goalless draw by the third professional club in Kerala from Malabar United FC.
Chandini FC started with a 4-1-3-2 formation with the former SBT captain Lanel Thomas being used as the defensive midfielder with Zubair KP and Abdul Ganiyy leading the frontline. Malabar United were without the young defender John SM who was lacking match fitness and was replaced by Shakeel Patel also the experienced duo of Jaseer Karnath and Jitheesh CK paired up in the heart of defence. The first half an hour of the game saw the ball more in midfield and both teams making small movements but none of them tested the goalkeepers. Then in the 40th minute of the game Chandini FC got an golden opportunity to grab the lead when Rajesh Kumar's cross from the right which was fumbled by the Malabar United keeper in the penalty box went straight to Zubair KP who was bit late to react and his weak shot towards the goal was brilliantly cleared from goalline by the former FC Kochin defender Jitheesh CK. Then when seconds remained in the first half the men in yellow (Chandini FC) went close to scoring again when Salim gave a through pass which found the striker Abdul Ganiyy whose shot was superbly blocked by the incoming keeper Renjith to deny them giving the edge in the first half.
The second half started well like the first half and Malabar United were coming more into the game and the first real chance in the half came to them when Kalesh gave a through pass that found the substitute Asif who was one on one with Chandini FC keeper Rajith Kumar who was equal to the task denied the winger with a brilliant block. This was the best and only chance in the whole game for Malabar United. Both teams got more defensive and the need for a point was evident from the body language of the players. But Chandini FC almost bagged the three points when Joseph Perera's cross from the left went straight to the unmarked Abdul Ganiyy who parried away the shot over the bar which left people in the gallery putting the hands on their head in amusement.
Malabar United performance was not up to the mark and the midfield was really quite and it was Kalesh's one man battle in second half that created some nervous moments in their opponent's half. While Chandini FC will be cursing their striking duo of Zubair and Geni for the failure in collecting maximum points in the match as both missed sitters. Malabar United will have a week's time before their next match and will have time to get their act together while Chandini FC will take on Viva Kerala on Monday knowing that it will be a do-or-die battle for them.

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PK Rajeev (Coach, Malabar United)
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• It was a good game and we failed to convert our chances.
• We are a young team and are in experienced while Chandini FC had some experienced players like Lanel Thomas, Zubair KP etc in their squad.
• We will perform better in the coming games and will give our best.

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• We played really well today and was unlucky not to score.
• Viva Kerala will be under pressure more than us in the next game and we will give them a fight.

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Bangalore Super Division: ADE 1-0 Southern Blues FC - Goals: 1-0 Arun.
Bangalore 'A' Division: Government Press 5-1 South Western Railway Institute

17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Quarterfinal League Group B: Orissa 6-1 Haryana
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Quarterfinal League Group B: Tamil Nadu 1-1 Goa

::: Vasco SC: Agostinho Dias replaces Elvis Goes :::
Vasco SC's I-League campaign hasn't been the best to say the least. The port town club are bottom of the I-League with only 10 points from 17 matches and now their coach Elvis Goes resigned yesterday with Agostinho Dias replacing him. Things have moved very fast at the Goan club with Elvis Goes resigning as he termed to have "professional differences" with the club management about his longterm plan and vision for the club.
With the resignation imminent the club management had contacted former Sporting Clube de Goa coach Vishwas Gaonkar but he declined the offer with only five matches remaining in the I-League and the mission looking difficult to impossible. Then the club named Agostinho Dias, who has been a successful coach at youth level with Benny XI and the Goa United Sports Academy, Calangute, as their new coach for the remainder of the I-League season. The former Sesa player has his task cut out and will face Mumbai FC with his new team tomorrow.

::: Delhi-Bengal final in Inter-Zone Audit Football :::
It will be a repeat of last edition's final as holders DACR Delhi challenge runners-up AG Bengal tomorrow at 11 am in the All-India Inter-Zonal Audit Football Tournament being organised by Accountant General (Audit) Haryana at the Sector 17 Football Stadium, Chandigarh.
Bengal overcame a stiff resistance from spirited AG Haryana by 2-1 while Delhi eked out a narrow 1-0 victory over plucky AG Bihar by 1-0 in the semifinals contested today. The all-important goal for Delhi was netted by Sameer Jung in a goalmouth melee in the 50th minute. Bengal scorers against Haryana were Jayant Jana (60th) and Khongsai (69th, spot kick). It was Haryana who drew the first blood through Suraj in the 46th minute.
The Haryana-Bengal semifinal was evenly matched. Both sides initiated good moves. Haryana were unlucky in the fifth minute as Rajesh's powerful shot from the left flank hit the pole. It was a combined move among Amrit, Suraj, Varinder Kanwar and Rajesh which proved abortive. Five minutes later, Haryana initiated another good move but Sanjeev Kumar's hot shot off a pass from Rajesh went wide. Runners-up Bengal made their first retaliation in the 13th minute. Fed by Sunil, Jayant Jana attempted a good try which was collected by alert Haryana goalkeeper Kulwinder Singh. Haryana had another close save in the 30th minute. Following a nice move between Parsanjit and Gunabir, Khonj Sai headed the ball towards goal. Before any damage could be done, Haryana defender Deepak Gurang made a timely save. Maintaining their pressure, Bengal 'scored' through Khongsai who headed a floater from Sunil. However, the goal was disallowed due to offside violation. Haryana had chances to score in the 35th and 36th minutes. But they muffed the chances. First Sanjeev shot wide and then Rajesh Kumar kicked out with an open goal before him. After Bengal's Jayant Jana headed out off a cross from Gunabir Singh in the 45th minute, Haryana shot into the lead in the next minute. Sanjeev Deopa engineered the move from the centre and gave it to Suraj via Varinder Kanwar. Suraj unleashed a powerful shot which Bengal goalkeeper Prabhat Nandi blocked it. Suraj pounced on the rebound and made no mistake. Few minutes later, Bengal Sunil's solo effort saw his shot hit the bar before sailing over. However, Bengal neutralised the lead in the 60th minute. Sanjeev Kumar's defence-splitting shot from the left ensued in a goalmouth melee. Before a diving Haryana goalkeeper Kulwinder could gather the ball, Jayant Jana toed the ball into the goal from a close range. Nine minutes later, Bengal were awarded a spot kick after a deliberate infringement by Haryana player Amrit. Delhi referee Deepak Singh Bisht had no hesitation in awarding the penalty and Khonj Sai converted it to snatch victory for Bengal.
In the second semifinal Delhi enjoyed territorial supremacy in the first half. However they could not translate this into a goal. In the 28th minute, Tayab crossed the ball to Rishi Kapoor who nicely headed it towards the goal but Bihar goalkeeper NK Sahani punched it at the cost of a corner. Three minutes later, Barinder Bhakuni's shot was too weak to beat the Bihar goalkeeper. Bihar goalkeeper Sahani made another save in the 45th minute as he punched a powerful direct shot of Rishi Kapoor. Delhi player Barinder Bhakuni was involved in rough play and unsportmanship behaviour in the 46th minute. Referee Mohanti showed him yellow cards and then red. Barinder will not be eligible to play the final tomorrow. The defending champions snatched the match-winner in the 50th minute. A move among Neeraj, Rattan and Sameer Jung culminated into the goal with the Sameering firing the goal. Down by a goal, Bihar tried their best to neutralise the lead. They had two good tries but on both occasions, Delhi goalkeeper Avneet rose to the occasion. In the 51st minute AL Topo passed the ball to Satindra whose shot was collected by Avneet. In the 60th minute, Rajesh's top-of-the-box shot was blocked by Delhi custodian Avneet.


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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 18 | Cooperage Ground, Mumbai | 16.00 IST:

Mahindra United 2-1 East Bengal Club | <click here to read minute by minute updates>
Goals: 0-1 Sunil Chetri (50'), 1-1,2-1 Chidi Edeh (54' pen, 70' pen)

MAHINDRA UNITED: 1-Subhashish Roy Chowdhury; 7-Sushanth Mathew, 14-Dharmaraj Ravanan, 6-Lamine Tamba, 25-Debabrata Roy; 17-Sukhwinder Singh; 23-Steven Benedict Dias [C] (76' 19-Izumi Arata), 29-Pierre Djidjia Douhou, 11-M Mohammed Rafi; 10-Chidi Edeh, 28-Sushil Kumar Singh (71' 8-Paresh Shivalkar, 90' 16-Sunil Kumar)
Unused Substitutes: 22-Amit Nandi, 2-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep, 15-Khangemban Thoi Singh, 21-Justine Stephen

EAST BENGAL: 1-Abhra Mondal; 27-Irungbam Surkumar Singh, 26-Mehtaj din Wadoo, 3-Nirmal Chetri, 19-Syed Rahim Nabi; 14-Mehtab Hussain (74' 28-Chhangte Malswamkima), 7-Jayanta Sen, 4-Suley Musah (60' 25-Parveen Kumar), 8-Potsangbam Renedy Singh, 9-Alvito D'Cunha (40' 22-Sanju Pradhan); 11-Sunil Chetri
Unused Substitutes: 24-Subrata Pal, 2-Muttath Suresh, 15-Dharamjit Singh, 29-Soumik Dey

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

YELLOW CARDS: Sushanth Mathew (55'), Debabrata Roy (63', both Mahindra United); Nirmal Chetri (69', East Bengal)

REFEREE: A Arjunan (Services)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Franky Fernandes (Goa), Benjamin D'Silva (Goa)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Arvinddakshan (Kerala)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Gokuldas Nagvenkar (Goa)

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | SM Dev Stadium, Silchar; Assam:

Lajong SC 2-2 Bengal Mumbai FC
Goals: 0-1 Keegan Pereira (36'), 1-1 Michael Bassy (46'), 1-2 Penn I Igroegbu (64'), 2-2 Aibor Khongjee (90')

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group B | Ch. Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 38, Gurgaon; Haryana:

Simla Youngs FC 0-1 Pune FC
Goals: 0-1 Shanmugam Venkatesh (54')

SIMLA YOUNGS: 13-Karma Tshering Lepcha; 21-Premlal Kujor, 4-Oluwasegun Samson Oyeleke, 20-Jaktu Hembram, 26-Shagolshem Aboy Meitei, 17-Prithvi Raj Dev (68' 7-Manij Chaudhary), 8-Umesh Sharma, 16-Manoj Kumar, 18-Tsering Dhundup, 12-Egware Charles Efemena, 11-Obed Kamei (76' 24-Sourav Rawat)
Unused Substitutes: 1-Gopal Singh, 6-Devendra Joshi, 27-Pradeep Nandi, 28-Nikhil Mahajan, 29-Rock Hadson

PUNE FC: 1-Narshiman Balaji; 2-Othallo Tabia, 27-Chika Wali, 4-Kamal Thapa, 16-Rauf Sher Khan, 6-Shanmugam Venkatesh, 7-Muttath Sudheesh (70' 11-J Prasad), 8-Asim Hassan, 9-Santha Kumar (45' 10-Jeje Lalpekhlua), 26-Nzewi Godson Odinaka, 28-Sewram Gobin (80' 15-Lal Rozama)
Unused Substitutes: 21-Binu T Puroshothaman, 3-Caitano Costa, 5-K Rahul, 18-Crispin Chettri

YELLOW CARDS: Othallo Tabia (56', Pune FC)

REFEREE: VK Dahiya (Haryana)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: VP Naushad (Kerala), Debashish Majumdar (Assam)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Barun Saha (West Bengal)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Supriyo Bhattacharya (West Bengal)

MATCH REPORT:
Pune FC edged past Simla Youngs FC with a solitary goal victory in their first match of the I-League Division 2 played at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon, Haryana. Former Indian international Shanmugum Venkatesh scored the winner for the Stewart Hall coached side in the second session to notch full points to start the league on a confident note. Pune FC surely had to fight hard to find the winner and did play their heart out in the first half; Simla Youngs on the other side lifted their game against the favourites after putting up an ordinary performance in the recently concluded Delhi League and were right on to the game in the first session. Both the teams did fire all their cylinders to scribble the score line but none of them were successful enough to open their account.
Pune FC came close to score in the 17th minute when Sewram Gobin missed a close range. Kamal Thapa provided the long range pass to Odinaka Godison who just needed to hook the ball over the Simla Youngs goalkeeper Karma Tshering Lepcha head but failed to do so and the ball fell in for Gobin but the PIO who is on loan to Pune FC from Mohun Bagan was not able to tap the ball inside the post. Just five minutes later Venkatesh slipped the ball in for Gobin from left flank but his shot went wide of the post. On the other hand the Simla Youngs defence was on to their task as far as marking around the top of the 18 yard box is concerned; their central defender Samson was already making his presence felt for his long range clearances as well as accurate passing. The best chance for the Tope Fuja coached side came in the 29th minute when Tsering Dhundup 25 yarder went over the woodwork. Samson too failed to provide the lead in the 43rd minute as his free header found Pune FC goalkeeper Balaji of Prithvi Raj Dev's corner. The first session ended on a competitive note as Simla Youngs walked with all the praise with the scoreline remaining goalless.
After a barren first session it was Pune FC to show why they are the favourites to make it to the second round and they started on a high note when former India captain Venkatesh broke the jinx in the 54th minute. It was Asim Hassan who started the move from the centre and slipped in for Godison who was given ample space by the Simla Youngs defenders, Godison took the advantage of the slackness shown by the central defenders and selflessly passed it to Venkatesh who made sure to put his team in the drivers seat and placed it in the near post with ease. Venkatesh was on song today and was all over the park in the second session. He was instrumental in almost every move made by the Pune based club. He showed his intelligence and experience when he cleverly slipped in the ball for Gobin inside the 18 yard box but Gobin missed a sitter to double the lead. The Mauritius-based striker could have scored three goals but it was surely not his day as was very much the reason why the match finished only 1-0 in favour of Pune FC. Simla Youngs failed to keep up their good work in the second session but walked away with all praise as they fought hard to stay in the match and will be not an easy nut to crack for other teams. Even Stewart Hall was full of praise for the Delhi Based side and said, "they are certainly a good team and were very competitive in the first half. The boys are good and full credit to the team for putting up a great show today."
At the end Pune FC walked away with the customery victory smile to notch full points from their first match to start their I-league Division 2 campaign on convincing note.

POST-MATCH COMMENTS:

Stewart Hall (Coach, Pune FC)
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• It was really important to start the tournament with something on the point table and I am very much satisfied as we were able to collect full points from the match.
• We played much better in the second half. The score line could have been better but we missed many chances
• We took time to settle in the first half but finished the game on confident note which was most important thing for us.

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group C | Maharaja Stadium, Cochin; Kerala:

Viva Kerala 1-1 Titanium XI
Goals: 0-1 Rajesh R (47'), 1-1 Sakeer MP (84')

VIVA KERALA: 27-Shahinlal Meloly, 12-P Sajesh, 2-Noushad K (76' 18-Sanid E), 26-Bello Rasaq, 5-Sathish Kumar, 17-Sirajuddeen C, 22-Lalu KV, 11-Sakeer MP, 16-Shahbas Shaleel (60' 23-Mohammad Shihab), 10-Badmus Baba Thunde, 24-Shibinlal VK (83' 15-Manoharan TK)
Unused Substitutes: 1-Anoop NM, 19-Nidhil A, 8-Rahul P, 14-Karma T

TITANIUM: 13-KT Navas, 17-Martin P Pereira, 5-Deepu B, 20- Shabeer KP, 3-Sabir S, 6-Rajesh R, 8-Abdul Hameed KT, 15-Cleetus J, 14-Vincent S (81' 16-Dinraj Kumar), 11-Ebin Rose (10-T Usman), 23-Enoch Amoago
Unused Substitutes: 1-JobY Joseph, 18-Jayakumar V, 7-Boniface M, 19- Shajahan U, 22-Deepak KV

YELLOW CARDS: Shibinlal VK (41', Viva Kerala); Abdul Hameed (31'), Sabir S (35', both Titanium)

REFEREE: Jayendra Magvencar (Goa)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Andrew Shekar (Karnataka), Saptam Kumar Dey (Jharkhand)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Biplab Poddar (West Bengal)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: SS Shetty (Maharashtra)

MATCH REPORT:

MATCH REPORT:
Viva Kerala were held to a 1-1 draw by Titanium XI in the opening match of Group C in the 2nd Division I-League. Both teams had enough chances to seal the match in their favour, but failed to make use of them. Just minutes after kick-off Viva's central defender Bello Rasaq missed a spot kick to the dismay of the home fans. Titanium was able to take the lead through Rajesh within two minutes into the second half. They had the chance to double their lead at the hour mark, when Ebin Rose took advantage of a confusion in Viva's defence. But Rose's shot was deflected by keeper Shahinlal Meloly and went out. Then in the 84th minute of the game Sakeer MP scored the equaliser, which erupted the stadium.
Viva Kerala started off pretty well and the missed penalty turned the momentum in Titanium's favour. Anyway the credit goes to the young team of Viva Kerala, which fought hard till the last moment and managed to salvage a point from the match. A special note must be made on Titanium's only foreign recruit Enoch Amoago, whose performance was quite outstanding in the match.

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AM Sreedharan (Coach, Viva Kerala)
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• The inexperience was a main factor in today's match though we played very well today.
• We will bounce back in the next game!

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• We played really well today and were unlucky not to win the match.
• Our next game is against Salgoacar and we will give our best.

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Bangalore Super Division: Karnataka State Police 2-1 SAI, Bangalore - Goals: 0-1 Christopher (43'), 1-1 Arun Kumar (75'), 2-1 Sampath Kumar (90+3').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Queen Star 0-1 Dharmaraja Union

17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Quarterfinal League Group A: Manipur 19-0 Punjab
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Quarterfinal League Group A: West Bengal 3-1 Assam

::: INTERNATIONAL: Liverpool FC announce Asian Tour :::
English Premier League side Liverpool FC is scheduled to Tour this summer as part of their pre-season preparations. The "Reds" are set to play in Singapore, Bangkok and Hongkong during their tour from July 17 to 26, 2009. The tour is part of the clubs plans to develop their overseas markets.
The club under commercial director Ian Ayre has laid a special emphasis on Asia and North America, especially on the Far East as the tour destinations highlight. But also India figures in Liverpool FC's scheme of things, but first they are looking at youth development partnerships and in future also a first team visit is surely on the cards.
Something which the Reds fans in India will love to hear!

Assam Santosh Tropyh camp::: Assam prepare for Santosh Trophy 2009 :::
The Assam FA is working on this time around to prepare their state team properly for the upcoming 63rd Santosh Trophy set to be played in Tamil Nadu in May 2009.
The Assam FA is organising a first preparatory coaching camp from February 23 to March 10 in the state capital Guwahati. The coaching is being conducted by FS Sports coaches Carl Grey, Robert Grey and Glenn Grey from the United States. This has been made possible by FS Sports president Dr. Francis Saldonha, who had attended the inaugural ceremony on February 23.

::: I-League Division 2: Group B match postponed by a day :::
There would be two matches in Group B of the I-League Division 2 in Gurgaon, Haryana on March 12. The match Pune FC vs Amity United FC match has been postponed by a day would now be played at 13.30 IST on March 12. This game would be followed by Sesa Football Academy vs Simla Youngs FC at 15.30 IST.
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::: Haryana, Bihar, Bengal and Delhi win :::
Hosts AG Haryana and AG Bihar recorded hard-fought victories over their respective rivals on penalties on the opening day All-India Inter-Zonal Audit Football Tournament being organized by the Accountant General (Audit) Haryana at the Sector 17 Football Stadium in Chandigarh today.
AG Bihar defeated AG Tamil Nadu in Pool B match by an aggregate 6-4 margin in the tie-breaker session after sharing two goals in the regulation period. In another Pool B outing AG Haryana just managed to oust AG Nagpur by 6-5 on penalties after a goalless draw in the stipulated period. In a Pool A match, AG Bengal defeated AG Hyderabad by 2-0. L Kiran Khongsai and Jyanti Jana netted in the 10th and 46th minutes, respectively.
AG Haryana could have wrapped up the match in the regulation period. However, they failed to capitalize on the chances which came their way. They frittered away at lease three golden opportunities to score. Varinder Kanwar of Haryana tested the Nagpur goalkeeper Shahid with a powerful 30-yard drive. Shahid punched ball at the cost of a flag kick in the fifth minute.
The hosts had another chance to forge ahead in the 12th minute. Suraj initiated a good move from the right flank and passed the ball to Deepak Gurang whose hot shot sailed over the bar. Then Harvinder's 30-yard drive went just wide off the second post in the 20th minute. However, the best chance for AG Haryana to score came in the 25th minute. A combined move among Daljit Singh, Deepak Gurang and Suraj saw the last named muffing an open goal. Nagpur could have also taken the lead in the 15th minute. R Negi gave an intelligent pass to Akhtar who took a prompt shot. However, alert Haryana goalkeeper Kulwinder collected it smartly. With a goalless draw, the tie-breaker rule was introduced. Haryana had a bad start as Varinder Kanwar missed his penalty. However, Sanjeev Deopa, Rajesh, Deepak Gurang, Harvinder Singh, Shiv Onkar and Kulwinder Singh converted their spot kicks for Haryana. For Nagpur, Mohammed Asif, KK Bhota, Akhtar, Negi and Mohammed Rafiq scored. Ahmed and Jamil Ahmed missed their chances.
The Tamil Nadu-Bihar match was an exciting affair. Tamil Nadu were the first to threaten Bihar in the 25th minute. Selva Kumar, after getting a pass from Johnson, rolled the ball to V Gopala whose shot was saved by Bihar goalkeeper NK Sahani at the cost of a flag kick. Bihar retaliated in the 28th minute drew the first blood. From the centre circle, Parveen gave a through pass to Santosh who made no mistake. Two minutes later, TN tried to equalize but P Muthu's shot went wide. Tamil Nadu got their equalizer in an unexpected way. In the 59th minute, a Bihar defender failed to clear the loose ball and Selva Kumar pounced on it to score. In the tie-breaker session, Bihar scored through Parveen, Rajesh, Mainual Haq, A Ranjan Yadav and SS Basra.
Defending champions DACR Delhi beat AG Rajasthan by 3-0 in a Pool A fixture. Sameer Jung of Delhi gave an outstanding performance as he pumped in two brilliant goals. Just before half time, Sameer Jung netted through a nicely executed header. After trapping a pass from Rishi Kapoor, Neeraj Chaudhary sent an immaculate cross and Sameer headed it into the goal in a smooth action. Delhi doubled their margin in the 47th minute as a Rajasthan defender handled the ball inside the box and Sameer Jung converted the spot kick. Sameer also had his hand in Delhi's third goal. It was on his centre tht Birender Bhakuni scored in the 59th minute.


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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 18 | Nehru Stadium, Margao | 16.15 IST:

Sporting Clube de Goa 2-1 Dempo SC | <click here to read minute by minute updates>
Goals: 0-1 Peter Carvalho (17'), 1-1 Nathaniel Amos (42'), 2-1 Joseph Pereira (65')

SPORTING CLUBE: 1-Felix D'Souza; 24-N Samananda Singh, 20-Luciano Sabrosa, 6-Philip Gomes, 4-Chinta Chandrashekar Rao; 14-Wilton Gomes [C], 7-Harmanjot Singh Khabra, 15-Mauricio Freeman Peixoto (32' 27-Lairenjam Bisheswhor Singh, 77' 23-Bibiano Fernandes), 22-Joseph Pereira; 10-Elijah Obagbemiro Junior (88' 3-Mathew Gonsalves), 11-Nathaniel Amos
Unused Substitutes: 31-Gerald D'Mello, 9-Freddy Mascarenhas, 18-Remus Gomes, 19-Cavin Lobo

DEMPO: 1-Abhijit Mondal; 18-Valeriano Rebello, 3-John Charles Dias, 28-Mahesh Gawli, 16-Samir Naik; 14-Anthony Pereira, 8-Climax Lawrence[C], 11-Roberto Mendes Silva, 22-Nicolau Borges (70' 12-Jerry Zirsanga); 9-Ranty Martins Soleye, 6-Peter Carvalho (89' 29-Clifton Gonsalves)
Unused Substitutes: 21-VP Satish Kumar, 4-Cressan Antao, 5-Marcus Peixoto, 7-Nascimento Silveira, 30-Joe Rodrigues

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Joseph Pereira (Sporting Clube)

YELLOW CARDS: Anthony Pereira (64', Dempo)

REFEREE: Pratap Singh (Services)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: ...
FOURTH OFFICIAL: ...
MATCH COMMISSIONER: ...

MATCH REPORT:
Sporting Clube de Goa returned to the top of the I-League standings with a crucial 2-1 derby victory against defending champions Dempo SC at the hot and humid Nehru Stadium, Margao. With today's win Sporting Clube are now on 38 points from 18 matches, while Churchill Brothers are two behind on 36 points and Mohun Bagan are third with 33 points with a match less played. This leaves the I-League title race wide open with only four matches remaining. For Dempo it is a finished season as the champions are only sixth with 23 points from also 18 matches. They could finish fourth if things go well in the remainder of the season.
Dempo took an early 17th minute lead when an Anthony Pereira cross from the right found Peter Carvalho's head, who beat Felix D'Souza in the Sporting Clube goal. Sporting Clube then had more of the action in their quest for the equaliser which they got through striker Nathaniel Amos just three minutes before the breather. A Joseph Pereira corner is headed on by captain Wilton Gomes to Amos, who puts the ball in to score the equaliser.
An interesting game developed in the second half and Dempo paid a heavy price for not utilising their chances as Joseph "Jo" Pereira scored the winner for the Flaming Orange in the 65th minute. Sporting Clube striker Elijah Obagbemiro Junior received a through ball in the box, played it across to Joseph Pereira on the left, who placed the ball across the face of the goal beating Dempo goalkeeper Abhijit Mondal on the line. Dempo did try to get the equaliser but the defending champions aren't at their best this season, while Sporting Clube fought for every inch to retain the lead. The win put the Clifford Chukwama coached men back at the top of the I-League.

POST-MATCH COMMENTS:

Mahesh Gawli (Defender, Dempo SC)
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• We're going through a bad phase...
• In the first half we dominated them, but we conceded a silly goal in the last five minutes.
• In the second half we missed lots of chances, but Sporting played well and they scored in the last ten minutes.

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | SM Dev Stadium, Silchar; Assam:

George Telegraph SC 1-2 ONGC, Mumbai
Goals: 1-0 Subho Kumar (50'), 1-1 Jatin Singh Bisht (70'), 1-2 Kenistan C (85')

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group B | Ch. Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 38, Gurgaon; Haryana:

Amity United FC 3-4 New Delhi Heroes
Goals: 1-0 Jatinder Singh Sani (20'), 2-0 Danny Lalduhawma (32'), 1-2 Romeo Sukhlein (40'), 2-2 Mark Dennis Afam (44'), 2-3,3-4 Nirmaldeep (57',80'), 3-3 ND Opara (75' pen)

AMITY UNITED: 21-Pradeep Kumar; 4-Vivek Kaira, 2-Ashish, 28-Nitin, 5-SS Negi, 8-Jatinder Singh Sani, 12-Jaswant Singh Parmar, 25-S Parthiban, 20-U Monday, 6-Tushar Chaudhary (20' 7-ND Opara), 22-Danny Lalduhuwma (45' 11-Praveen Arora)
Unused Substitutes: 30-Yogesh, 24-Deepak Kumar Singh, 15-Pradeep, 10-Shyam Sunder, 23-Vikram

NEW DELHI HEROES: 22-Rajat Guha; 9-Nirmaldeep, 27-Stanley Cyprian, 3-Pawan Kumar, 25-Gagandeep, Debit Songjam (30' 21-Romeo Sukhlein), 30-Amjad Ali Khan, 14-Marlanki Suting, 19-Manish Khatri (90+5' 11-Barister Rymbai), 24-Trilok Singh Bist (70' 6-Prashant Jaggi), 10-Mark Dennis Afam
Unused Substitutes: 1-Baljinder Singh, 20-Zahher Abbas Hamza, 15-Jiten Rai, 18-Manoj Joshi

YELLOW CARDS: Gagandeep (48'), Pawan Kumar (52', both ND Heroes)
YELLOW-RED CARD: Pawan Kumar (67', ND Heroes)

REFEREE: CR Srikrishnan (Tamil Nadu)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Ravi Chandra Singh (Manipur), C Vijay Kumar (Tamil Nadu)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Debashish Mojumdar (Assam)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Supriyo Bhattacharya (West Bengal)

MATCH REPORT:
In an interesting and close encounter of the I-League Division 2 New Delhi Heroes came back from a two goal deficit to register a thumping 4-3 victory over Amity United FC in the opening match of the Group B played at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon, Haryana. The Chima Okorie coached side couldn't have asked for a better result after going down 0-2 within half an hour. It looked like at one point that failure and ordinary performance in the Delhi League is still haunting the players but they showed a great character and scored two quick goals before the break to level terms. They bettered their performance in the second half when Nirmaldeep scored a brace to notch full points to start New Delhi Heroes I-League Division 2 campaign on a promising note.
Amity United drew first blood in the 20th minute when Jatinder Singh Sani scored from close range after the Heroes defence found themselves in an awkward position of a Partibhan through pass, New Delhi Heroes stopper Stanley's diving tackle was not enough to save Jatinder from scoring the first goal for his team. Amity United skipper Danny doubled the lead of a N.D. Opara cross in the 32nd minute. Opara's cross was first saved by Rajat Guha but unfortunately fell in for Danny who easily tapped the ball into the near post to make it 2-0. Amity United had a dream start, but the Parashar coached side became complacent and showed a casual approach after the double goal lead. The New Delhi Heroes took advantage and reduced Amity United's lead when Romeo Sukhlein scored of an Amjad Ali Khan cross from the right flank. Romeo who came in for Debit Songjam made a great run without the ball from the left flank to find himself unmarked while Amjad equally made a brilliant run with the ball from the right flank, the Amity defence was in sixes and sevens and Romeo took full advantage to score the first goal for New Delhi Heroes in the 40th minute. New Delhi Heroes escalated their pressure further on Amity United in the last five minutes before the break and levelled the terms through a Mark Dennis Afam free kick from top of the 18 yard box. Dennis free kick found its way in to the near post after taking a deflection of the wall. Amity United came close once again to take the lead in the first half injury time when a Vivek Kaira scorcher from 25 yard hit the woodwork.
It was certainly a game of two halves with both the teams having equal opportunities to score goals but at the end it was the New Delhi Heroes who wrote a better script than their archrivals by scoring two goals after the lemon break. Nirmaldeep who has been notable with his long ranger in the recently concluded Delhi League was in the same nick and produced a wondrous scorcher from 20 yards out from the right flank in the 57th minute. His shot hit the woodwork and went in the far post leaving Amity United goalkeeper Pradeep stranded. New Delhi Heroes was down to 10 men in the 67th minute when Pawan Kumar earned a second yellow card for a reckless challenge on N.D. Opara and was instantly given the marching orders by referee C.R. Srikrishnan. Rajat Guha came with a brilliant save in the 74th minute to deny Amity United the equaliser and keep their hopes alive in the match. Just one minute later New Delhi Heroes gave away the lead through a penalty when one of their defenders was caught handling the ball. Opara made it 3-3 from the spot kick placing it far from Rajat Guha's reach. Everybody was surprised with the way the game was progressing and had plenty to cheer for when Nirmaldeep scored the winner from a 25 yard free-kick in the 80th minute. Mr. Accurate came up with a world class free-kick to take the game away from Amity United's reach. Previously the Chima Okorie coached side made huge protest for the penalty offered against them and showed dissent after Niramldeep scored the decider. Jiten Rai was given the marching order for showing dissent from the bench while Chima Okorie too followed him when the referee asked him to leave the ground for excess appealing and protesting. In the end it was a neck to neck encounter but it was Heroes who walked away with a well deserved victory. They will be without their defender Pawan Kumar as well as experienced striker Jiten Rai in their next encounter against Sesa Football Academy on March 7.

POST-MATCH COMMENTS:

Chima Okorie (Coach, New Delhi Heroes)
• I am very happy with the team performance as this was our first victory in the I-League 2
• We defended well and my boys showed great character after going down by 2 goals.
• I am over the moon and couldn't have asked for a better start to our I-League 2 campaign.

Bangalore Super Division: LRDE 1-1 Oriental FC - Goals: 0-1 John Paul (42'), 1-1 Arun (45').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Reserve Bank of India,Bangalore 1-6 Royal SC

3rd Manipur State League: NEROCA - Phoudel Youth Club, Thoubal = match abandoned due to PYC not willing to play on after referee disallowed a disputed goal

::: INTERNATIONAL: DHL to sponsor AFC Champions League :::
International logictics provider DHL has signed a four year deal as as official timing and logistics partner for the new AFC Champions League which is launching next week. Under the exclusive four year deal DHL will be screening a 10-second DHL animated timing graphic in all '117' AFC Champions League 'live match' broadcasts per season. DHL also has the rights to use the official designation in all advertising, promotions and marketing materials, and will have a branded segment featured in the weekly TV football show 'Football Asia'.
The new AFC Champions League has now an increased total prize money of US$8 million.
Sadly I-League champions Dempo SC couldn't qualify for the AFC Champions League after their defeat against Sharjah in the playoff match.

::: I-LEAGUE 2008/09 | JCT vs Air-India :::
The Punjab FA would host the crucial JCT vs Air-India match in the I-League on Saturday, March 7 at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. The kickoff would be at 15.30 IST.
For JCT the match is of big importance as the Punjabi side are sitting in a dangerous position in 10th place with only 17 points just two ahead of Mohammedan Sporting Club, who are in the relegation zone. Air-India themselves are also in danger being only two points ahead of JCT. So an interesting clash is on the cards.

::: 17th Women's National Football Championship: Quarterfinals to start :::
The Cluster round of the 17th Women's National Football Championship ended yesterday at Nayveli, Tamil Nadu with 119 goals scored so far. Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Goa, Assam, West Bengal, Manipur and Orissa qualified for the Quarterfinal League as group champions, while Haryana made it to the last eight as they finished second best team in the cluster stage.
Star performances have been put in by defending champions Manipur along with Orissa, West Bengal, Assam, Goa and Punjab who all haen't conceded a goal so far. But now in the Quarterfinal League the matches are likely to be more tight, though the question remains if any team will be able to challenge the Manipuri dominance.

::: Bengal face Hyderabad in Inter-Zonal Audit Football :::
AG Bengal, AG Hyderabad, DACR Delhi and AG Rajasthan have been clubbed in pool A of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department Inter-Zonal Football Tournament being organised by the Accountant General (Audit) Haryana from March 6 to 8 at the Sector 17 Football Stadium, Chandigarh.
Releasing the draw and clubbing, Sports and Recreation Club of AG (Audit) Haryana president Rajdeep Singh said that AG Nagpur, hosts AG Haryana, AG Tamil Nadu and AG Bihar have been placed in pool A.
In the opening match AG Bengal have been drawn to meet AG Hyderabad at 7.30 am in pool A. Defending champions DACR Delhi will meet AG Rajasthan at 3.30 pm in another pool A encounter. AG Nagpur will challenge North Zone runners-up AG Haryana at 11 am. while AG Tamil Nadu will face AG Bihar at 1 pm in Pool B schedule on the inaugural day.
Rajdeep Singh said that Mrs Punam Pandey, Accountant General (A & E) Punjab will be the chief guest on the opening day and she will also declare the meet open. Mohinder Singh, Accountant General (A&E) Haryana will be the chief guest on the final day on March 8 and also distribute the prizes.
According to Sports and Recreation Club of AG (Audit) Haryana general secretary Arvind Pathak a teams meeting was held in the evening to finalise the draw. He said all arrangements have been completed to conduct the Inter-Zonal Audit Football Tournament.
The final will be played on March 8 at 11 am.


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::: Global Sports Forum - A Report... :::
The inaugural Global Sports Forum was held at the International Convention Centre, Barcelona from February 25 to 27, 2009. It ended on Friday last after two-and-a-half days of panel discussions and interactions about Sports and its global impact at different levels on society and culture... [click here to read the complete report]

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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 18 | Nehru Stadium, Margao | 16.15 IST:

Churchill Brothers SC 3-1 Mohun Bagan AC | <click here to read minute by minute updates>
Goals: 0-1 Jose Ramirez Barreto (28'), 1-1 Odafe Onyeka Okolie (45+2'), 2-1,3-1 Ogba Kalu Nnanna (57',77')

CHURCHILL BROTHERS: 29-Arindam Bhattacharya; 8-Thokchom Naoba Singh, 19-Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, 4-Rowilson Rodrigues, 17-Robert Lalthalma; 12-Reisangmi Vashum, 15-Chitrasen Chandam Singh, 9-Ogba Kalu Nnanna (89' 37-Ashley Fernandes), 11-Khemtang Paite (90+4' 35-T Bineesh Balan); 7-Felix Chimaokwu, 10-Odafe Onyeka Okolie [C]
Unused Substitutes: 31-Lalit Thapa, 13-Mashangva Genius Zenith, 22-Jaison Vales, 25-L Dhanachandra Singh, 26-Yumnam Raju Mangang

MOHUN BAGAN: 1-Sangram Mukherjee; 5-Habibur Rehman Mondal, 14-Peter Odafe, 3-Nanjangud Shivananju Manju, 4-Deepak Kumar Mondal; 19-Shylo Malswam Tulunga, 30-Marcos Pereira, 37-Lal Kamal Bhowmick [C] (59' 23-Lalramluaha), 11-Ishfaq Ahmed; 9-Pachau Lalam Puia (80' 16-James Lukram Singh), 10-Jose Ramirez Barreto (68' 20-Rakesh Masih)
Unused Substitutes: 31-Shilton Pal, 12-Branco Vincent Cardozo, 17-Rahul Kumar, 27-Nallappan Mohanraj

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Ogba Kalu Nnanna (Churchill Brothers)

YELLOW CARDS: Marcos Pereira (23'), Peter Odafe (42', both Mohun Bagan)

REFEREE: T Pradeep Kumar (Tamil Nadu)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: ...
FOURTH OFFICIAL: ...
MATCH COMMISSIONER: ...

MATCH PREVIEW:
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MATCH REPORT:
Churchill Brothers SC rode on a strong performance by Nigerian midfielder Ogba Kalu Nnanna to score a convincing 3-1 victory against title rivals Mohun Bagan AC in their Round 18 match of the ongoing I-League at the Nehru Stadium, Margao.
While Churchill Brothers SC seemed to dominate the major part of the first half, it was piece of individual brillance from Brazilian marksman Jose Ramirez Barreto that gave the visitors the much desired lead in the 28th minute. However, credit should be given to the Churchill Brothers players as they played with renewed determination after conceding the goal and have managed to equalise in injury time though their prolific goalscoring machine Odafe Onyeka Okolie, his 21st goal of this I-League. Two key Mohun Bagan players were booked, viz. Marcos Pereira and Peter Odafe with Odafe's yellow card being more significant in view of the fact that it has ruled him out of the next encounter through suspension. Pachau Lalam Puia, in the starting line-up in place of the suspended Baichung Bhutia has done reasonably well but surely is no match for Baichung's intimidating presence in the penalty box. Another Bagan player who has impressed in the first half was Shylo Malswam Tulunga, playing down the right wing in place of the out of favour James Lukram Singh.
After the break Churchill Brothers continued where they had left off at the break and put constant pressure on the Mohun Bagan goal. The Goans went ahead in the 57th minute when midfielder Ogba Kalu Nnanna beat Sangram Mukherjee in the Mohun Bagan goal. Nnanna first intercepted a Bagan ball in midfield, started a solo run playing one-two with Odafe and in the box makes no mistake to put the ball past Sangram Mukherjee. If one expected a Mohun Bagan fightback they were disappointed as the Calcutta giants just weren't able to get out of the grib of Churchill Brothers. In the 77th minute Nnanna ensured the win, when he once again intercepted a Bagan ball, sends the ball to Odafe who shots and Sangram Mukherjee isn't able to hold on to the ball or clear it out of danger as Nnanna scored of the rebound. Churchill Brothers looked threathening and could have scored more.
Churchill Brothers now go top of the I-League with 36 points from 18 matches, while Mohun Bagan remain third with 33 points from 17 matches after their second successive defeat.

POST-MATCH COMMENTS:

Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh (Defender, Churchill Brothers SC)
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• Well, it's a great comeback! I think it shows the caracter of our team!
• Everybody gave their hearts out and fought til the end.
• It just great to be part of it!

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | SM Dev Stadium, Silchar; Assam:

Oil India Limited 4-1 Bengal Mumbai FC
Goals: 0-1 Penn (15' pen), 1-1,2-1 Durga Boro (50',55'), 3-1 Mbanyam Stephen Njoh (71'), 4-1 Mithun Basumatary (83')

OIL INDIA LIMITED: ...
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BENGAL MUMBAI FC: ...
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FOURTH OFFICIAL: ...

Bangalore Super Division: BHEL (EPD) 0-9 Rail Wheel Factory - Goals: 0-1,0-2,0-3,0-4 Nanda Kumar (9',13',35',37'), 0-5 Satish Kumar (42'), 0-6 Soy John (51'), 0-7,0-9 Naveen Babu (68',87'), 0-8 C Prakash (82').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Bangalore United FC 1-2 Department of Youth Services&Sports

3rd Manipur State League: NISA, Thangmeiband 2-0 Manipur Police SC
3rd Manipur State League: Southern Sporting Union 1-0 Tiddim Road Athletic Union
3rd Manipur State League: USA, Khurai 3-0 Eastern Sporting Union
3rd Manipur State League: YWC, Thambalkhong 1-0 NLYC, Churachandpur
3rd Manipur State League: TRUGPU, Nambol 3-0 AMOFA, Moirang

17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Group V: Kerala 0-6 West Bengal
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Group VI: Manipur 13-0 Himachal Pradesh
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Group VII: Uttar Pradesh 0-6 Orissa

::: I-League 2008/09 | Match Preview | Churchill Brothers vs Mohun Bagan :::
A probable title decider is on the cards as Churchill Brothers SC face Mohun Bagan AC at the Nehru Stadium in Margao today. With both teams tied on points but Churchill Brothers having played one match more, it is certain that there will be nothing "brotherly" about the reception that the Calcutta giants will get in Goa... [click here to read the preview]

::: Maharashtra U13 Boys team felicitated :::
The Governor of Maharashtra S.C. Jamir felicitated the Maharashtra Under-13 Boys Team for their sterling performances in the AIFF Under-13 Football Festival conducted in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. Maharsathra won the Fair Play trophy with a total of 65 points, Goa and Manipur finished second with 60 points each.
The winning Maharashtra team consisted of 5 Players trained by SSAA, including the Captain Aryaman Sethi and the second best goalkeeper of the tournament and was also coached by SSAA coach Maloy Sengupta. The Western Indian Football Association (Maharashtra) has done a commendable job in supporting the development of football and has been modest in recognizing sincere effort in this direction by SSAA and other organisations.

::: Delhi beat Haryana on penalties to retain North Zone Audit Football :::
DACR Delhi retained the North Zone Audit Football Tournament by defeating hosts Accountant General Haryana by 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw in the stipulated period of the final played at the Sector 17 Football Stadium in Chandigarh today.
Conducted by the Accountant General (Audit) Haryana, the final turned out to be a mediocre affair. The play was mostly confined to midfield as both played a cautious game. AG Haryana, who held sway in the initial stages of the final, suffered a setback as their captain Sanjeev Kumar got injured (hamstring) in the first half. Thereafter, the AG players came under pressure. However, the Delhi forwards also failed to display their scoring skills.
Only two good moves were witnessed throughout the play but both proved abortive. Delhi tested the AG Haryana goal first in the 15th minute. Rishi Kapoor gave a minus to Samir Jung who unleashed a powerful drive which was punched by Haryana goalkeeper Kulwinder Singh at the cost of a flag kick. Five minutes later, AG Haryana initiated a move through Virender Kanwar who gave possession of the ball to Daljit Singh whose chest-high powerful shot was collected by Delhi goalkeeper Avneet.
Thereafter it was a dull and drab affair. As the match ended in a goalless draw, the tie-breaker rule was applied to resolve the deadlock. Delhi took the first penalty through Samir Jung whose spot kick was blocked by Haryana goalkeeper Kulwinder Singh. For Haryana, Harbinder took the penalty which was saved by Delhi custodian Avneet. Rishi Kapoor, Satish Kumar and Birender Bhkuni and Subhash Negi converted the spot kicks for Delhi. Sanjeev Deopa and Deepak Gurang scored for AG Haryana. Virender Kanwar's kick was blocked by Delhi keeper Avneet.
Former internationals Harjinder Singh and Tejinder Kumar jointly distributed the prizes. Jagbans Singh, Accountant General (Audit) Haryana Chandigarh presided over the prize distribution function.
Delhi and Haryana have qualified for the Inter-Zonal Audit Football Tournament to be held in Chandigarh from March 6 to 8. Other teams qualified for the Inter-Zonal competitions are AG Bengal and AG Bihar (East Zone), AG Nagpur and AG Rajasthan (West Zone), and AG Hyderabad and AG Tamil Nadu (South Zone).


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::: George Telegraph's Alex dies in Silchar of heart attack :::
Ugandan footballer Alex Katete of George Telegraph SC, Calcutta died early this morning in Silchar, Assam due to a cardiac arrest according to club officials.
The 24 year old striker had scored George Telegraph's goal in yesterday's 1-2 loss against Lajong SC in the 2nd Division I-League, which had been the first official match for the club for the Ugandan, who had only been signed on February 20 after a short trial. According to sources Alex has developed problems late yesterday evening and around 2 am in the morning his roommate Nigerian Francis informed the team officials that Alex was having chest pain and breathing problems. The player was taken to a hospital in Silchar Medical College & Hospital, but it is unclear at the moment if the player died on the way to the hospital or died at the hospital.
George Telegraph officials contacted a friend based in Calcutta, who contacted his family in Kampala to be able to send the body back home to Uganda. A post-mortem has been carried out with the result awaited as it has been done in Guwahati, while the body would be brought to Calcutta tomorrow. On Thursday it could be taken to Kampala.

Meanwhile George Telegraph supremo Subrata Datta informed the media that Alex Katete had undergone a mandetory medical test before signing the player. The medical test is necessary for a club to show the AIFF before being registered.
The news of the death of Alex has shocked the football fraternity in India.
The IndianFootball.Com Team and in the name of all our site visitors we pass on our sincere condolences to the Family of Alex Katete and his club George Telegraph SC. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you...

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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | SM Dev Stadium, Silchar; Assam:

Oil India Limited - Bengal Mumbai FC = match postponed due to the death of Alex Katete
Goals: ...

OIL INDIA LIMITED: ...
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BENGAL MUMBAI FC: ...
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YELLOW CARDS: ...

REFEREE: ...
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Bangalore Super Division: CIL 1-0 BEML (EM) - Goals: 1-0 Enian (52').
Bangalore 'A' Division: ISRO 1-1 AGORC, Bangalore

17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Group I: Delhi 0-3 Tamil Nadu
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Group II: Maharashtra 0-0 Punjab
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Group III: Goa 12-0 Uttarakhand
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Group IV: Assam 2-0 Haryana
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Group IV: Chattisgarh 1-0 Rajasthan

::: 2nd Division I-League 2008/09 | TEAM CHECK-UP | MALABAR UNITED FC :::
Viva Kerala and Salgaocar SC are arguebly the hot favourites from Group C to qualify for the final phase of the 2nd Division I-League and from there to the 3rd edition of the I-League. But like in any other league there will be a dark horse capable of upsets... [click here to read the team check-up]

::: I-League Division 2: Group A match dates adjusted :::
The Group A match dates of the I-League Division 2 have been adjusted due to the death of Ugandan Alex Katete of George Telegraph SC. Today's postponed match Oil India Limited - Bengal Mumbai FC will be held tomorrow, while the other matches would be postponed by a day except the matches of the last match day on March 9, when both the games would go ahead. It means that George Telegraph would be forced to play two matches within 24 hours.
For the Group A fixtures of the I-League Division 2, click the following link I-League Division 2 - statistical coverage .

::: I-League Division 2: Happy Entertainment scratched from Group C :::
Tamil Nadu's Happy Entertainment have been scratched from Group C of the I-League Division 2 which resulted in the Group being now a five team affair. Matches would be played from March 6 to 19 in Cochin, Kerala.
Happy Entertainment, who had been formed as a private entity to fulfill AIFF critiria, did not register a team with their local District and state FA's, Chennai FA and Tamil Nadu FA. They now wanted Chennai champions Nethaji SC to play under their original name though the two entities were actually the same. The AIFF denied them their place and therefore scratched them from the 2nd Division I-League.
For the Group C fixtures of the I-League Division 2, click the following link I-League Division 2 - statistical coverage .

::: Maharashtra U14 Girls felicitated by the Governor :::
The Maharashtra U14 Girls team that competed in the AIFF Under-14 Football Festival held in Chennai from 23 December 2008 to 1 January 2009 and finished second was felicitated by the Governor of Maharashtra S.C. Jamir today at the Cooperage Ground, Mumbai.
The assistant secretary of WIFA, Wali Mohammad, announced a cash reward of Rs 100,000 for the team. PIFA Directors Mrs Anjali Shah was Team Manager, while Nirvan Shah was the Coach.


March 2
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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | SM Dev Stadium, Silchar; Assam:

George Telegraph SC 1-2 Lajong SC, Shillong
Goals: 0-1 Michael Bassey (31'), 0-2 James Gaiilee (68'), 1-2 Alex Katete (74')

GEORGE TELEGRAPH: ...
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LAJONG: ...
Unused Substitutes: ...

YELLOW CARDS: Alex Katete (74', George Telegraph)

REFEREE: Ajit Meetei (Manipur)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: ...
FOURTH OFFICIAL: ...

Bangalore Super Division: Postal Department 1-0 Southern Blues FC - Goals: 1-0 Neslin Xavier (75').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Nationals FC 2-2 Government Press

17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Group V: Chandigarh 0-7 Kerala
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Group VI: Madhya Pradesh 4-0 Himachal Pradesh
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Group VII: Tripura 2-0 Uttar Pradesh

::: First-ever Goalkeepers Coaching Course :::
The AIFF will organise the first-ever Goalkeepers Coaching Course which will be conducted in Chennai, Tamil Nadu from March 23 to 28, 2009. Hamad Amer A Alyami of Saudi Arabia will be the course instructor.

SoccerexWorld Class Stadia on the agenda at the inaugural Soccerex Brasilia Forum
As Brazil starts its preparation for 2014, their stadiums and their future development will come under the global spotlight. The Soccerex Brasilia Forum will be the first time the international stadia community and local key industry figures convene in Brazil. As Soccerex.com recently revealed, the Brazilian government has secured a fund in excess of USD$40 billion that is set to be allocated to integral infrastructure developments prior to 2014. This will no doubt be used to improve stadia and source international expertise.
Soccerex have assembled a panel of internationally renowned stadium experts to share and engage with their Brazilian counterparts and other industry figures. This exclusive session sponsored by HBM Stadia is entitled 'Stadia 360' and will feature industry leaders from HBM Stadia, HOK Sport, Aedas Sport and Brazil LOC 2014.
Heading up the panel is Steven Wilbrenninck (Director, HBM Stadia). Recognised as leaders in stadia construction, the German based company constructed two of the 2006 FIFA World Cup stadia and have been working on the FNB Stadium Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in South Africa ahead of 2010. When asked about his participation, Steven commented:
"As a global leader in our field, with experiences in constructing stadia for two World Cups, the Soccerex Brasilia Forum is a fantastic opportunity for us to connect with the key decision makers in Brazil ahead of 2014".
Accompanying HBM Stadia on this panel is Christopher Lee (Senior Principal of HOK Sport). Christopher has worked on a range of projects including the ANZ Stadium for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the Munich Olympic Stadium. He was more recently the Design Director for the Emirates Stadium in London and the Lansdowne Road Stadium in Dublin.
Also sharing his thoughts on the latest innovations in stadia design is Dan Meis (Principal, AedasSport). Originally a founding member and design partner of NBBJ Sports and Entertainment, he currently works for Aedas LA, one of the world's foremost designers of sports, entertainment, and exhibition venues. He is one of the most respected sports venue architects in North America. Completing this panel is Carlos De La Corte (Stadia Consultant for LOC 2014) as a local expert in the Brazilian market he is in the position to outline the needs and aspirations of the Brazilian 2014 LOC ahead of the FIFA World Cup.

The Soccerex Brasilia Forum (17 - 18 March) will also cover player development issues and the wide range of business opportunities that are available in Brazil ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This two day event will be the first time the international football business community has gathered in Brazil and will provide a unique window into the football industry in the home of the beautiful game. For further information regarding the Soccerex Brasilia Forum please visit www.soccerex.com/brasilia .




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"ONGC" I-League 2008/09 | Round 17 | Cooperage Ground, Mumbai | 16.00 IST:

Mahindra United 4-0 Vasco SC | <click here to read minute by minute updates>
Goals: 1-0 Sushil Kumar Singh (31'), 2-0,4-0 M Mohammed Rafi (35',76'), 3-0 Chidi Edeh (36')

MAHINDRA UNITED: 1-Subhashish Roy Chowdhury; 7-Sushanth Mathew, 14-Dharmaraj Ravanan, 6-Lamine Tamba, 25-Debabrata Roy; 23-Steven Benedict Dias, 17-Sukhwinder Singh (79' 20-Bhola Prasad), 29-Pierre Djidjia Douhou, 11-M Mohammed Rafi (85' 15-Khangemban Thoi Singh); 10-Chidi Edeh, 28-Sushil Kumar Singh (68' 19-Izumi Arata)
Unused Substitutes: 22-Amit Nandi, 8-Paresh Shivalkar, 15-Khangemban Thoi Singh, 16-Sunil Kumar, 21-Justine Stephen

VASCO: 20-Laxmikant Kattimani; 18-Elvino Fernandes (46' 16-Jose Colaco), 32-Sherzod Nazarov, 5-Covan Lawrence, 30-Vincent Brice Pires; 34-Prajot Naik (66' 17-Agnelo D'Souza), 19-Menino Fernandes, 15-Agnelo Colaco, 24-Fulganco Cardozo; 35-Lester Mark Fernandez, 29-Ravshan Teshabaev (69' 28-Lalnun Puia)
Unused Substitutes: 1-Milagrio Madeira, 2-Sarfaraz Khan, 6-Joy Ferrao, 31-Yorkin Nazarov

"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Sushanth Mathew (Mahindra United)

YELLOW CARDS: Lamine Tamba (32', Mahindra United); Ravshan Teshabaev (60', Vasco)

REFEREE: Pratap Singh (Services)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: T Elangovan (Karnataka), Prabir Dhar (West Bengal)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Minangshu Bhattacharya (West Bengal)
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Sagar Sen (West Bengal)

MATCH REPORT:
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"ONGC" I-League Division 2 2008/09 | Phase I - Group A | SM Dev Stadium, Silchar; Assam:

Bengal Mumbai FC 0-2 ONGC, Mumbai
Goals: 0-1,0-2 Tarif Ahmed (24',26')

BENGAL MUMBAI FC: ...
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ONGC: ...
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YELLOW CARDS: Jatin Singh Bisht (64'), Robin (75', both ONGC)

REFEREE: Mohammed Basheer (Kerala)
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45th Kerala State Senior Inter District Football Championship 2009 - Final: Ernakulam 1-1,4-5 Thrissur [penalties] - Goals: Goals: 0-1 Satish KK (3'), 1-1 Shineraj (24').
Thrissur clinched the 45th edition of the Kerala State Senior Inter District Championship after overcoming Ernakulam 5-4 in sudden death. It was 1-1 after regulation time and in the shootout Joby KS, Surjith PV, Sumesh, Mohammad Shafique, Firoz AS scored for Thrissur while Sathish KK missed. For Ernakulam Bijish Ben, Ibrahim Kutty, Vineeth Antony, Sinil TT scored while Shineraj and Sanjay V missed their spot kicks.
The winners Thrissur district received the Rajan Jacob Memorial Trophy from the former Indian international CC Jacob while the runners-up Ernakulam received the Pravasi Trophy from Kerala FA secretary KP Sunny.

45th Kerala State Senior Inter District Football Championship 2009 - 3rd Place Playoff: Trivandrum 1-3 Palakkad

Bangalore Super Division: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC 2-0 BEL SC - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Xavier Vijayakumar (69',80' pen).
Bangalore 'A' Division: South Western Railway Institute 2-5 Dharmaraja Union

3rd Manipur State League: NLYC, Churachandpur 1-3 NISA, Thangmeiband
3rd Manipur State League: AMOFA, Moirang 1-1 Southern Sporting Union
3rd Manipur State League: NEROCA 1-2 YWC, Thambalkhong
3rd Manipur State League: Manipur Police SC 1-0 USA, Khurai
3rd Manipur State League: Phoudel Youth Club, Thoubal 1-3 TRUGPU, Nambol
3rd Manipur State League: Eastern Sporting Union 2-2 Tiddim Road Athletic Union

17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Group I: Jharkhand 3-1 Delhi
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Group II: Punjab 2-0 Bihar
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Group III: Karnataka 4-0 Uttarakhand
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Group IV: Chattisgarh 0-4 Assam
17th Women's National Football Championship, Neyveli - Group IV: Haryana 6-0 Rajasthan

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