Category: Football

Federation Cup 2017 – Day 1

Cuttack, May 07: East Bengal played out a 1-1 draw against Churchill Brothers in match 1 of the 2017 Federation Cup here at the Barabati Stadium on Sunday.

In the 65th minute Wedson Anselme, put the Kolkata based club ahead. However, the Red and Golds failed to hold on the lead as Ghanefo Kromah scored the equalizer in the 80th minute.

In match 2, Aizawl FC managed to pull off a 3-2 victory against Chennai City FC after trailing by two goals at the end of first half. Charles De Souza put Chennai ahead in the 13th minute. In the 39th minute Edwin Vanspaul doubled the lead. Mahmud Al-Amna’s goal in the 53rd minute reduced the margin to 2-1. In the 62nd minute Laldanmawia scored his first of the two goals of the match as the recently crowned Hero I-League champions drew parity. Laldanmawia’s second gaol of the match in the 81st minute helped Aizawl FC complete a tremendous comeback.

The top eight teams of the recently concluded I-League season will fight it out for the premier cup competition in Indian football. The teams are divided into two groups of four teams each. The winner of 38th Federation Cup will represent India in the AFC Cup, alongwith Aizawl FC.

Points Table at the end of Day 1

Aizawl FC 1 1 0 0 3 2 1 3
East Bengal 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Churchill Brothers 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Chennai City 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0

Indian Football Team breaks into top 100

New Delhi, May 4: Indian Football Team ranked has climbed a spot and are ranked 100th with a total of 331 points, alongside Nicaragua, Lithuania and Estonia, breaks into top 100 for first time in 21 years.

The last time India had been in the top 100 of the rankings was way back in 1996, with the 94th spot in February 1996 being the country’s best ever FIFA ranking.

India’s rise in the rankings has been due to triumphs over Cambodia and Myanmar, both away wins. India will next face Lebanon in an international friendly on June 7, ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying tournament.


Seixal stadium,Apr 27: The Indian U-17 World Cup Team, currently on an exposure trip in Europe, came from two goals down to play out a 2-2 draw against Portugal’s S.L. Benfica U-17 Team at the Seixal Stadium in Portugal today (April 27, 2017).
Jitendra and Shahajahan found the net for the Indian Colts late in the second half after two quick goals had put Benfica ahead.

North Korea crush Indian women’s football team

Pyongyang, Mar 03: The Indian women’s football team suffered a 0-8 thrashing at the hands North Korea in their opening match of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers on Monday.

North Korea were clearly the dominant side throughout the Group B match and could have won by a bigger margin if not for the heroics of India’s second choice goalkeeper Panthoi Chanu who, took the field in place of injured regular custodian Aditi Chauhan, made several superb saves.

Indian Women have been clubbed in Group B alongwith hosts North Korea, South Korea, Uzbekistan and Hong Kong. India will next face South Korea.

Lok Sabha Speaker presents footballs to Members of Parliament

New Delhi, Mar 29: Members of Parliament cutting across party lines here participated with enthusiasm in the Mass Awareness Programme for promoting sports culture in the country particularly the game of football. The occasion was presentation of footballs to Members of Parliament of both Houses of Parliament by the Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan at a function today. The function was organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to promote Mission XI Million Programme for taking football across India in the run up to FIFA U-17 Football World Cup to be hosted in October this year.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Vijay Goel said, the FIFA U-17 World Cup is being organised in partnership with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and in order to create football culture Mission 11 Million has been initiated that aims to take football to 11 million children across India through 15000 schools and mass contact programmes. He said various activities are being organised across all states to promote and popularise the three phase programme by organising workshops and festivals etc. He said the key idea of Mission XI Million is that every child should have the opportunity to play the world’s most popular sport.

Referring to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat on 26th March 2017, Sports Minister said our Prime Minister has described the FIFA under 17 World Cup as a great opportunity for youth that can start a revolution in sports throughout the country. The Prime Minister has mentioned that whole of this year there should be an atmosphere of football in the schools and colleges all around India.

Shri Goel urged the Members of Parliament to help in spreading the message by way of organising football tournaments at villages, block and district level. He said Sports Authority of India can assist MPs in organising a programme if a SAI centre exists in their constituency. He said MPs can help in creation of Mini Clubs for local level games and competitions and by utilizing their MPLAD fund for New Sporting Hubs and festivals.

Shri Goel also said, India had a successful BRICS U-17 Football Cup in 2016 and now the FIFA U-17 World Cup in October this year will ensure that the Country becomes the bright spot in world football. He said, his ministry will continue to promote the game across schools and other institutions and help create sports culture in the country.

Santosh Trophy – Goa, Bengal share spoils; Services edge Chandigarh on day 5

New Delhi, Mar 16: West Bengal were held to a goalless draw by Goa in a group-A match of the 71st Santosh Trophy football championship at the GMC stadium, Bambolim on Thursday.

In another group-A fixture at Vasco in the same group, defending champion Services beat Chandigarh 1-0 in a hard fought match. For Services, Francis Zountlunga scored the solitary-goal in the ninth minute.

After today’s matches, West Bengal has seven points from three matches while Goa has four points from two matches.

On Friday, Kerala takes on Punjab while Maharashtra plays Railways in Group B.

Team Played Win Draw Loss Points
West Bengal 3 2 1 0 7
Goa 2 1 1 0 4
Services 3 2 1 0 7
Chandigarh 3 2 1 0 7
West Bengal 3 2 1 0 7

Full Time:

West Bengal – 0 draw Goa – 0

Services – 1 (Francis Zountlunga 9) beat Chandigarh – 0

Santosh Trophy – Bengal – Goa share points; Services win on day 5

Goa, Mar 16: Bengal strengthen their position at the top of the table following their goalless stalemate against Goa in Group A clash of the 71st Santosh Trophy at the GMC Bambolim stadium here on Thursday.

Coming on the back of two consecutive wins against Chandigarh and Services, Bengal started strongly against Goa. Bengal dominated the game, but couldn’t get past the Goan defence. Francis Zountlunga scored the winner in the 8th minute from a penalty spot. Though Chandigarh tried their best to find the equalizer, eventually it eluded them to leave the pitch empty handed.

Following the result, Bengal are at the pole position with seven points from three matches while Goa have four points from two games.

In another group A match played earlier at Tilak Maidan in Vasco, defending champions Services opened their account with a 1-0 in over Chandigarh. After today’s match, Chandigarh has three points from same number of  games while Services has three points from two matches.

Full Time:

Match 9: Services – 1 (Francis Zountlunga 8’) beat Chandigarh – 0

Match 10: West Bengal – 0 draw Goa – 0

Santosh Trophy – Kerala beat Railways; while Punjab – Mizoram play draw on day 4

Goa, Mar 15: Jobby Justin’s brace helped Kerala beat Railways 4-2 in a group B match of the 71st Santosh Trophy clash at the GMC Bambolim stadium here on Wednesday.

Railways took the lead through Rajesh Soosanayakam in the 18th minute. However, Kerala equalised within 3 minutes with Jobby Justin scoring in the 21st minute. Kerala took the lead at the stroke of half time, this time Justin scoring in the added time.

In the second half, Kerala were gifted a third goal when Railways Deepak Kachhap scored an own goal in the 63rd minute. Kerala captain Usman made it 4-1 in the 72nd minute. Railways scored another goal through Soosanayakam in the 86th minute but it came a bit too late.

In the second match of the day at Tilak Maidan in Vasco, Punjab and Mizoram played out a goalless.

Full Time:

Match 7: Kerala – 4 (Jobby Justin 21, 45+1’, Deepak Kachhap OG 63’, Usman 72’) beat Railways – 2 (Rajesh Soosanayakam 18’, 86’)

Match 8: Punjab – 0 draw Mizoram – 0

Calcutta Hockey League – 15.03.2017

Kolkata, Mar 6: CC & FC crushed Calcutta Port Trust Club 5-0 in a one sided 1st Division Group – A match of Calcutta Hockey League here on Wednesday. Anil Minz, Vivek Patel, Sushi Minz, Satan Pal and Binoy Surin all found the back of the net on one occasion each. 

In a 1st Division Group – B match, Peter Kindo’s hat trick coupled with Abdul Haque Khan’s brace helped Presidency Muslim HS brush aside Bishalakshi SA by 6-0. Vipin Kerketta also chipped in with a goal.

In a 2nd Division match, Wari AC beat Baranagore SC 2-0. Avijit Karmakar and Moloy Raha found the target for Muslim Institute.

Calcutta Hockey League is being organised by Bengal Hockey Association. Calcutta Hockey League matches are being played at Mohun Bagan Ground and BHA Ground.

Final Score:

1st Division Group – A:  CC & FC – 5 beat Calcutta Port Trust Club – 0

1st Division Group – B: Presidency Muslim HS – 6 beat Bishalakshi SA – 0

2nd Division: Wari AC – 2 beat Baranagore SC – 1

Santosh Trophy – Mizoram and Punjab emerge victorious on day 2

Goa, Mar 13: 2014 champions Mizoram started their campaign with a 3 – 1 win over Maharashtra in a group B match played at the GMC Bambolim Stadium.

V. Lalmalwsma Vanchhawng’s 8th minute goal gave Mizoram early lead. In the 12th minute Under-21 player Rahul Das’ goal helped Maharashtra draw parity. Lalfakzuala’s goal in the 44th minute ensured that the north-eastern side went into half time leading 2-1. In the 51st minute, F Lalrinpuia scored the third goal for Mizoram.

In the second match of the day played at Rosary Ground in Navelim, Punjab defeated Railways 2-1. Under-21 player Manvir Singh’s 16th minute goal ensured that Punjab went into the break leading 1-0. In the second half Railways tried to draw parity and their efforts bore fruit aswell when in the Rajesh Soosanayakam scored in the 59th minute. However, Railways’ joy was short lived as Rajbir Singh’s goal put Punjab back in lead.

Final Score:

Match 3: Mizoram – 3 (V. Lalmalwsma Vanchhawng 8’, Lalfakzuala 44’, F Lalrinpuia 51’) beat Maharashtra– 1 (Rahul Das 12’)

Match 4: Punjab – 2 (Manvir Singh 16’, Rajbir Singh 60’) beat Railways 2-1 (Rajesh Soosanayakam 59’)