Monday, 26 January 2015

VIDEO - adidas: 11pro -- There Will Be Haters!

Adidas is introducing the new 11pro under its #ThereWillBeHaters campaign focussed around a provocative series of videos featuring global football stars such as Luis Suarez, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema. But here it is only about the boot!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

I-League: Boithang wins it for Lajong FC over Mumbai FC!

Shillong Lajong FC returned to winning ways with a victory against Mumbai FC in their second round match of the I-League by a solitary goal through Boithang Haokip's excellent free-kick.

The match saw the return of Cornell Glen to the starting line-up along with new signing Penn Orji slotting in the hole behind Glen and Len Doungel. Club captain Aibor Khongjee also made his first I-League appearance this season alongside Nim Dorjee in the back four.

The match started with Lajong FC firing out of all cylinders as the home side pressed high-up the pitch clearly forcing Mumbai FC on the back foot. The hosts could have found the lead if not for some misunderstanding amongst the frontline. The match carried on halfway into the first half with chances disappearing but with most of the possession still with The Reds. The game saw no clear cut chances towards the end of the first half as both teams went into the break with no goals and with the sides tied at 0-0.

The second half began with much of the momentum in favour of Lajong. Thangboi Singto made a half-time substitution by bringing on Brazilian forward Uilliams Souza Silva in place of Jacob Lalrwangbawla. The Reds could have had the lead on the 48th minute when Doungel made a run from the left flank and cut inside, only to scuff his shot wide. The hosts however kept pressing with much needed urgency. Glen got another chance just three minutes later as he cut in from the left but his unfavoured left foot forced the shot just over the crossbar.

Shillong Lajong changed their shape with Len, Glen and Uilliams sitting in a front three as Penn Orji moved in the central midfield position vacated by Jacob Lalrwangbawla. The change of formation meant that Mumbai FC midfielder Taisuke Matsugae would have more on his hands to check Penn Orji and with much of the pressure on the Japanese, Orji was wrestled down just a few yards outside the box to earn Lajong a free kick. Free-kick specialists Boithang Haokip then fired the hosts into the lead with a trademark curling free-kick right into the top corner leaving Mumbai FC goalkeeper Sanjiban Ghosh stretching in vain.

The lead however did not see the hosts sit back as they kept pressing for their second. Uilliams was looking dangerous since he came on and almost found the second goal for the home side when his 40 yard scorcher flew just over the bar. The visitors started to have some rhythm in their attack and put some pressure on the defence as well as the home fans. Mumbai FC however could have got the equaliser against the run of play when Josimar towered over Lajong custodian Rehenesh T.P. to only find his header cleared off the line by an alert Nim Dorjee.

That proved to be the best chance for Mumbai FC as Lajong pressed harder again and looked to have earned a penalty in the 86th minute when Uilliams seemed to have been brought down inside the box by Mumbai FC central back Chika Wali but the referee never blew his whistle.

The match henceforth ended in the home side's favour as Shillong Lajong got their much deserved three points and their first win of this I-League season.

Sporting Clube de Goa complete signing of Miguel Garcia!

I-League outfit Sporting Clube de Goa completed their four foreign players quota after signing Portuguese defender Miguel Angelo Moita Garcia at Don Bosco ground in Panjim over the weekend.

Miguel is familiar to Indian football having recently played in the ISL for North East United FC although he admits Goa is a little bit warmer than the North East. "When I first came to the North East it was very cool, but soon started to warm up after the first month. Goa's temperature is even hotter, but I will acclimatize."

Miguel was part of the world famous Sporting Clube de Portugal Academy from the age of fourteen. "In Portugal it was an honour to play for the Sporting Club of Portugal and similarly I was attracted to the name and Infrastructure of my new club as they promote a Sporting culture in Goa," stated Miguel.

Miguel started his career as a right-back and has now established himself as a centre-back, where he will be mostly utilized for the Flaming Oranje.

Miguel is a couple of weeks shy of his 32nd birthday, but can remember his teenage years fondly where he roomed and Schooled with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Ricardo Quaresma at SCP. As a defender, Miguel had to face the fancy footwork of these formidable wing wizards in training which sharpened his skills, especially his concentration and alertness.

Miguel won the Taca de Portugal with SCP in 2007, but the fondest memories of his career to date are the two UEFA Europa League runners-up medals he has picked up. The first came in 2005 when SCP narrowly lost out to CSKA Moscow. The second time was playing for Sporting Braga in 2011, where they were beaten by Portuguese rivals FC Porto.

Miguel has also played in Italy for Reggina, in Turkey for Orduspor and in Spain for Mallorca. The other Portuguese outfit he has turned out for was Olhanense.

"Miguel has played against the top strikers in the world from Alan Shearer to Radamel Falcao. His recent stint in India shows he has the proven credentials to adapt and excel. He also has strong leadership qualities which is important," remarked Sporting Clube de Goa President Peter Vaz.

Miguel looks certain to make his debut against Panjim rivals Dempo SC in the I-League on Tuesday.

VIDEO - adidas: adizero f50 -- There Will Be Haters!

Adidas is introducing the new adizero #f50 under its #ThereWillBeHaters campaign focussed around a provocative series of videos featuring global football stars such as Luis Suarez, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema. But here it is only about the boot!

VIDEO: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu speaks after Stabæk IF friendly!

Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu spoke after his side Stabæk IF lost a friendly match 0-2 to Bærum in the cold wintery conditions in Norway.