Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Zico is inspiring and ISL presents hope says Armando Colaco!

From playing for Dempo SC to coaching the Indian national football team, Goan football star Armando Colaço has come a long way. And yet, every single time he sees the legendary Zico, Brazilian coach and former footballer training the players of FC Goa, he still feels that he has a lot to learn.

Sharing his thoughts on the legendary player, Colaco who presently coaches East Bengal Club says, "One can see a lot of eagerness and excitement in the way Zico trains and monitors the practice sessions. He does not put pressure on anybody; he makes the training sessions enjoyable. He has been all over the world and is now here to train FC Goa, so there is eagerness in the players in wanting to learn from him. Even I have learned many things as well only by watching him."

FC Goa is one of the eight teams to compete in the 2014 Indian Super League which got underway at Kolkata on October 12. The team has recently signed exciting players like Arsenal stars Robert Pires and Andre Santos and I-league champ Ranty Martins Soleye.

Excited about the line-up, Colaco says, "When foreign players come and play with our local players, there is a tendency for improvement. We have to be patient and hope that everything works out well. I’m sure that there will be positive changes in football in near future."

Speaking about Robert Pires, he says, "Pires' humility is very inspiring. He does not travel in a trailer nor does he have a special arrangement for himself. For the match against Sesa Football Academy, when Romeo Fernandes crossed, he said 'well done' and hugged him. So, that means that he wants to see Indian players come up. He's a legend and has won the World Cup for France and represented Arsenal, yet he's still the same old player."

Armando Colaco is highly optimistic about the entire ISL initiative, "ISL may prove to be that stepping stone for football to go ahead. In order to reach somewhere, you need to start somewhere. I am sure that there will be positive changes."

adidas reveals predator crazylight for 20th anniversary!

For the first time game-changing adidas Crazylight technology has been brought to the iconic adidas Predator boot. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Predator, the Predator Crazylight is one of the 14 special edition Predator Instinct boots that will be launched during 2014. The boot is part of a new Crazylight Pack, featuring new versions of the Predator, f50, 11pro and Nitrocharge.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Predator, adidas has already released the Revenge Pack, a heritage set of three Predators based on the original designs of the 1994 Predator, the 1998 Accelerator and the 2002 Mania. With the Crazylight Pack, adidas is bringing ground-breaking lightweight technology to this legendary boot.

Crazylight technology launched in April 2014, with Real Madrid's Gareth Bale wearing the Crazylight f50 during their successful UEFA Champions League campaign. adidas has dominated the football "lightweight" category since the introduction of the adidas adizero™ f50 in 2010, and that continues with the Crazylight Pack. The new Predator Crazylight weighs just 215g, with the f50,11pro and Nitrocharge boots weighing in at 140g, 180g and 225g, respectively.

The Predator Crazylight has been designed to combine the complete control of the Predator Instinct with the lightweight technology of the Crazylight range. The boot retains the lethal zone, control pad and pass pad technology of the Predator Instinct while introducing sprintframe technology, which drastically reduces weight while maintaining the trademark control of the Predator range.

For the f50 and 11pro the adidas Innovation Team developed an innovative next-generation lightweight skin, drastically reducing the weight on the upper part of the boot while still guaranteeing high quality and performance.

The boots have been tested by the best footballers from across the globe, resulting in a design that will allow them to play faster and better than ever before. For the first time, this state-of-the-art technology has been rolled out across the entire adidas boot range.

AFC Women's Under-16 Championships qualifiers: India aim for win over lowly UAE!

It will be all about bringing down the goal difference which can prove to be the deciding factor come qualifying for the main round when India take on whipping girls United Arab Emirates in a Group B clash of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship - China 2015 qualifiers here at the Bangabandhu Stadium later today.

As things stand, India will now have to win both their matches against UAE and Jordan and hope Jordan or Bangladesh put a spanner in the works of Iran to stand a chance of topping the group.

Chances then are that it will boil down to goal difference and as done by other teams, the girls in blue will also look to make the most of this fixture to plunder as many as they can and bridge the gap on Jordan who are placed a rung above them in the table.

At the moment Iran occupy pole position with six points from 2 matches with Bangladesh second with same number of points but having played a match more. Jordan are six ahead of India on goal difference with both outfits having 3 points from two matches.

"This is a match where we have to settle the difference of goals. We know we need to win the next two to stay in the hunt," Head Coach Maymol Rocky told AIFF Media on the eve of the match.

No disrespecting the opposition, but even a Devon Loch moment looks like a herculean task for this UAE side who have shipped 23 goals in three matches so far, scoring only one goal against Jordan that too after letting in eight. Listless as they have looked to say the least, these girls who do not have a senior team to look up to neither a FIFA Ranking to jostle for are here for the learning curve, which is still in a nascent stage.

"We don't have a senior female team. This is the team that will make the grade in years to come," travelling manager with the team Aliah Rahman had told reporters during the pre tournament media interaction.

"We just started with women’s football. These girls are with us for two years and are playing their first competition," the manager had further informed.

Not that the scorelines of 9-0 against Iran, 6-0 against Bangladesh and 8-1 against Jordan depict otherwise but the initiative to finally bring women into the fold is certainly laudable.

"We are here to take experience of playing in a full competition. How things are? The girls will go back home and train under a good coach in Samir Landolsi from Tunisia."

"Our girls are mostly U-14. This is a long term project of developing women’s football in a country where it is difficult to find female footballers due to social impediments."

The kickoff is at 1.30pm IST tomorrow.


(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)

rs1.tv VIDEO: FC Remscheid lose 2-5 at SC Düsseldorf-West!

My home town club in Germany, FC Remscheid suffered another heavy away defeat, this time a 2-5 at SC Düsseldorf-West in the Landesliga (German sixth division). FC Remscheid dropped into sixth spot with 13 points from eight matches.

Here the rs1.tv report in German

Monday, 20 October 2014

Mumbai City FC’s Grassroots Development Program continues!

Mumbai City FC's fourth Grassroots festival was attended by 12 coaches and was conducted at the Ryan International School in Sanpada on October 18, 2014. 201 Kids from nearby institutions along with 8 Pitch Managers and 5 officers attended the festival. The festival for kids was held for a day on Saturday, October 18 to educate the kids about the game.

The Mumbai City FC’s Grassroots Development Program aims to reach out, assist and provide support to over hundred schools, institutions and clubs actively engaged in the game of football across the city. In Year One, the goal of the program would be to understand, address and fill gaps in the current structure by providing whatever these partner institutions require. The Mumbai City FC Grassroots team is being led by Dinesh Nair who has divided the City of Mumbai into five zones, with a dedicated officer assigned to each zone for the year.

The Club will conduct ten AIFF and FIFA Approved Grassroots Training Certification workshops across the five zones reaching out to over 250 coaches during the course of the year. Coaches will also be counselled to understand their needs in terms of curriculum, equipment, grounds and any other needs that require to be met to ensure the sound development of football in Mumbai. These coaches will then bring students from their institutions to participate in Grassroots festivals, five of which will be conducted every month, one in each zone, making it a total of 50 festivals for the year.

The Mumbai City FC Grassroots program is associated with the All India Football Federation and supported by the Mumbai District Football Association and the Western India Football Association.