Thursday, 24 July 2014

VIDEO: Indian football to get into new Indian Super League!

The Times of India reports about the upcoming Indian Super League and its draft of Indian players held over the last couple of days in Mumbai.

Nike and Manchester United unveil away kit for season 2014/15!

For the 2014/15 season, Manchester United will play in a classic new white away kit – instantly recognizable and evocative for the club's fans.

The new away shirt is a sharp, crisp white and boasts a sophisticated black polo neck collar with a unique black button engraved with the club name. When the collar is open it also reveals a small black devil from the center of the club’s crest. It has a red, white and black stripe on the underside revealed if it is flipped up in homage to legends from the club's past.

Inside the back of the neck is a small label with the message, "Youth, Courage, Greatness" to represent the club's values.

Across the back of the shirt is an engineered mesh in a series of chevrons to replicate the pattern used on United shirts as far back as the early 20th century, and again in recent times.

The shorts are black, and the socks are white with a black band at the top and a wide tonal stripe of chevrons on the back.

While this new kit features Nike’s signature design details, it has also been designed to offer players the very latest in performance innovation, kit technology and environmental sustainability

VIDEO - adidas: brazuca's 2014 FIFA World Cup journey!

The adidas brazuca ball kissed the feet of legends, met the stars, and the fans. Look back at the journey of the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which features amongst others David Beckham, Leo Messi, Justin Bieber, Zinedine Zidane and more.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Indian Super League: Clubs complete Indian player line-up with conclusion of two-day Draft!

The two-day Central Domestic Player Draft of the inaugural 'Hero' Indian Super League concluded successfully here today with each ISL Clubs going for different player selection strategies, thus forming their Indian player line-up.

Forty-two Players were up for grabs at the start of Day Two with Team Goa and North East United FC picking from their pre-selected pool of Players.

Former Indian National Team Captain Climax Lawrence was picked up by Atletico de Kolkata while his former National Team midfield duo of Steven Dias and N.P. Pradeep were picked up by Delhi Dynamos FC and Team Bengaluru respectively.

The tension and the intensity increased as the Draft proceedings advanced into the final rounds with the Club representatives engaging in intense calculations in finalizing their squad. Over Fifteen Players who have represented the Indian National Team in the last three years and 12 Players from various Indian age-group National sides were drafted by the Clubs on Day 2 of the Hero Indian Super League.

This was the first time in the history of Indian football that such a novel Player Draft system was executed and with promises of many more to come in the near future, all for the popularization, betterment and development of Indian football.

At the successful conclusion of the two-day gathering, Senior Vice-President, IMG Global Football Development, Jefferson Slack said that it was very "fulfilling to see this happen".

"It's so fulfilling to see the realization of the vision and hard work. This is also a step to inspire young Indians not only to follow but also to play the sport as this is a project for the development of Indian football," he said.

Former Indian National Captain Baichung Bhutia insisted it has been a "learning process" for him.

"Summarising the Teams as they have been picked, it's difficult for me to pick up a favourite. It's impressive to note that each Clubs have gone for different strategies while player selection. The entire process has been a great learning one for me. I look forward to see new talent emerging and maturing through Indian Super League while playing with other iconic players," he stated.

Following are the 8 Clubs Indian Player line-up with today's selection and in (italics) Day 1 picks:

Delhi Dynamos FC: Adil Khan, Manish Bhargav, Govin Singh, Jagroop Singh, Steven Dias, Anwar Ali, Manandeep Singh.

Day 1 (Francis Fernandes, Robert Lalthamuana, Naoba Singh, Shylo Malswamtluanga, Shouvik Ghosh, Souvik Chakraborty, Munmun Lugun.)

Atletico de Kolkata: Sanju Pradhan, Kinshuk Debnath, Lester Fernandes, Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Baljit Sahni, Climax Lawrence, Mohanraj Nallappan.

Day 1 (Cavin Lobo, Arnab Mondal, Denzil Franco, Rakesh Masih, Mohammed Rafique, Mohammed Rafi, Biswajit Saha).

Team Bengaluru: Abhishek Das, Jayesh Rane, Abhijit Mondal, Anthony Barbosa, Dane Pereira, N.P. Pradeep, Jaison Vales.

Day 1 (Harmanjot Khabra, Dhanachandra Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Gouramangi Singh, Shilton Paul, Denson Devadas, Khelemba Meitei).

Kerala Blasters FC: Avinabo Bag, Sandip Nandy, C.S. Sabeeth, Luis Barreto, Milagres Gonsalves, Ramandeep Singh, Renedy Singh.

Day 1 (Mehtab Hussain, Sandesh Jhingan, Ishfaq Ahmed, Gurwinder Singh, Nirmal Chettri, Sushant Matthew, Godwin Franco).

Team Mumbai: Rohit Mirza, Ishan Debnath, Nadong Bhutia, Asif Kottiyal, Peter Costa, Lalrinfela, Sushil Kumar Singh.

Day 1 (Subrata Paul, Lalrindika Ralte, Syed Rahim Nabi, Raju Gaikwad, Subash Singh, Ram Malik, Deepak Mondal).

Team Pune: Deepak Devrani, Tapan Maity, Arindam Bhattacharya, Anupam Sarkar, Pratik Shinde, Lalit Thapa, Mehrajuddin Wadoo.

Day 1 (Lenny Rodrigues, Dharmaraj Ravanan, Ashutosh Mehta, Joaquim Abranches, Pritam Kotal, Manish Maithani, Israil Gurung).

Team Goa: Mandar Rao Desai, Romeo Fernandes, Peter Carvalho, Holicharan Narzary, Pronay Halder, Prabir Das, Rowlison Rodrigues.

Day 1 (Laxmikant Kattimani, Debabrata Roy, Gabriel Fernandes, Clifford Miranda, Jewel Raja Shaikh, Alwyn George, Narayan Das).

North East United FC: Pritam Kumar Singh, Milan Singh, Robin Gurung, Allen Deory, Redeem Tlang, Seminlen Doungel, David Ngaihte.

Day 1 (Kunzang Bhutia, Jibon Singh, Durga Boro, Aibor Khongjee, Zodingliana Ralte, TP Rehnesh, Boithang Haokip).

Mumbai ISL Franchise co-owner Ranbir Kapoor satisfied with Indian player’s draft!

The ‘Hero’ Indian Super League’s Mumbai-based franchise has seven current and ex-Indian internationals amongst the 14 domestic players signed in the ISL draft held over the past two days at the Palladium hotel in Mumbai.

Mumbai ISL franchise co-owner Ranbir Kapoor said, "I look forward to see Indian national team players Subrata, Nabi and the others play for us. We have put the best possible squad together for Mumbai and now is the time to really get started."

“I am excited about our team and I welcome the players to the Mumbai franchise," Ranbir added.

The pick of the lot amongst the domestic players were India’s number one goalkeeper Subrata Pal besides utility player Syed Rahim Nabi and young talent in Lalrindika Ralte, Ram Malik and Nadong Bhutia. The franchise also picked-up local Mumbai talent in Raju Gaikwad and Rohit Mirza.

A happy co-owner Bimal Parekh, who was present at the ISL draft, said, “We came with a plan and executed it!”

After the domestic players draft now the focus on the franchise shifts to the pre-season training for which dates will be announced soon.

Mumbai ISL franchise technical director Nishant Mehra said, “We targeted a mix of experience and youth, which we are able to sign. On paper the team looks good, but we will have to deliver on the field of play.”

Mumbai ISL Team – Indian Players draft

- Subrata Paul
- Lalrindika Ralte
- Syed Rahim Nabi
- Raju Eknath Gaikwad
- Singam Subash Singh
- Ram Malik
- Deepak Kumar Mondal
- Rohit Mirza
- Ishan Debnath
- Nadong Bhutia
- Asif Kottayil
- Peter Costa
- Lalrin Fela
- Sushil Kumar Singh Chongtham