Saturday, 30 August 2014

VIDEO - ABP Majha: ISL's Mumbai City FC logo launch!

ABP Majha reports about the logo and club launch of the Indian Super League's Mumbai franchise which has been named Mumbai City FC.

Goa Pro League: Sporting Clube de Goa eye victory against Dempo SC!

Sporting Clube de Goa gets set to take on Dempo SC in the second round of GFA's Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium in Mapusa on Sunday. The kick off time is 4pm.

"We have been progressing well and so have our opponents. The game will be an opportunity to see where each teams stands," remarked Sporting Clube de Goa Head Coach Oscar Bruzon.

It was exactly a fortnight back that Dempo managed to scrape past Sporting Goa in the GFA Charity Cup match by a solitary goal, courtesy of Afghan international Haroon Amiri's spot-kick.

In the first round of the Goa Pro League, the foreigner repeated his party trick as Dempo edged past Vasco SC 1-0 from the penalty spot to claim three valuable points.

Two days later, the Flaming Oranje played out a 1-1 draw with Salgaocar FC, after India International Victorino Fernandes came off the bench to net the equalizer for the Goan outfit and cancel out Pierre Douhou's opener for Salgaocar.

Both teams have players away on International duty with the India U-23 camp, which gives other stars in the squad an opportunity to impress and put on a real feast for the fans, in the always entertaining Panjim derby.

"My players have worked well all week, which I have congratulated them for. Now is the time to close it with a big performance on Sunday," signed off Oscar.

HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein confirms for Soccerex Global Convention!

Soccerex have confirmed that HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan will give an exclusive interview to David Davies at this year's Soccerex Global Convention, September 6 – 10 in Manchester.

As FIFA Vice President for Asia, AFC Executive Committee Member and President of both the Jordan Football Association and the West Asian Football Federation, HRH Prince Ali is one of the most influential figures in Asian football and becomes the sixth senior FIFA official to join the Soccerex Global Convention line up after President Joseph S. Blatter, Vice President's Jeffery Webb and Jim Boyce and Executive Committee members Michel D'Hooghe and Moya Dodd.

In his session at the Global Convention, he will look back on his career in football to date, the future he sees for football in Asia and the challenges he feels that need to be overcome for this future to be realised. The session will also look at social development through football, something Prince Ali is very passionate about. He will be talking about the work of the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP), a not for profit youth commission he founded to provide effective, needs based assistance to football organisations, and development through football organisations, working in Asia, in a fair and transparent manner.

Commenting on HRH Prince Ali's involvement, Soccerex said, "It is a real privilege to welcome HRH Prince Ali to this year's Soccerex Global Convention. I have been fortunate enough to share his company on several occasions and to work with him on hosting this year's Soccerex Asian Forum; with his many roles in Asian and World Football he brings real influence and as a person his passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for the game are inspiring. He is a fantastic addition to the event and his session is not to be missed!"

HRH Prince Ali's session is one of a series of headline Conference panels featuring the biggest names in world football addressing the most pressing issues in the game. Other speakers confirmed for the event include FIFA Vice President Jeffery Webb, RFU CEO, Ian Ritchie, Olympic legend Michael Johnson, Sky Sports MD, Barney Francis, Liverpool CEO, Ian Ayre and many more.

Mumbai City FC: A dream come true for Ranbir Kapoor and 20 million Mumbaikars

Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh, owners of the Mumbai franchise of the Indian Super League, today announced that the metropolitan city's very own team will be called Mumbai City Football Club (Mumbai City FC). The franchise also made known player names and launched the team logo and philosophy during a press conference held at the city's Palladium Hotel.

Present at the launch were several Mumbai City FC players such as Subrata Pal, Ishan Debnath, Manuel Friedrich, Peter Costa, Syed Rahim Nabi, Asif Kottayil, Lalrin Fela, Rohit Mirza, Abhishek Yadav, Sushil Kumar Singh, Singam Subash Singh and Nadong Bhutia along with owners Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh, Technical Director Nishant Mehra and Team COO Arunava Chaudhuri.

Ranbir Kapoor, co-owner, Mumbai City Football Club said, "A dream has come true for our city today. As the Mumbai City Football Club comes to life on this day, I would like to share one thought you should always remember: the fact that this team belongs to not just me but 20 million Mumbaikars whose hearts beat here and who call the city home. This is our team Mumbai. It is one which will celebrate our unwavering spirit, and like the city, fulfil the dreams of players and football fans."

"I could never have asked to get more than the Mumbai franchise. It is the city I've grown up in and a city I love. We have many plans for the future and I hope we can make all of them come true," added Kapoor.

The team's colours will be a combination of blue with red and white. Unveiling the Mumbai City FC logo, Ranbir shared details about the thought behind the striking blue and white design, which will be a symbol associated with every effort of the team and embody the eternal spirit of the vibrant, pulsating city.

"A resilient fortress stands proudly, surrounding the logo that signifies the unrelenting, determined spirit of the city. The seven stars, bold and regal, symbolize the islands that form Mumbai. Trains that are the very lifeline of the city, pulsing, beating a staccato rhythm as they ply millions of Mumbaikars across its vast expanse, every single day tirelessly, connect these islands. Each passenger, each citizen of the city bound together by their love for the place they call home," Ranbir said.

"20 million citizens, 20 million hearts that pulse to a single beat - the heartbeat of Mumbai", he added.

Elaborating on the Football Philosophy of the team, Bimal Parekh said, "Our team will play a possession based free flowing brand of football, while being technically sound, fast and tactically aware." This is the Mumbai City FC football philosophy and one it desires to remain true to at all times.

Talking about the squad, Nishant Mehra, Director Football said, "Mumbai City FC is composed of an exciting line-up of players that boast of varied international experience blended with rich domestic talent from across the country. We are looking forward to building a strong team by bringing together the best talent available."

Mumbai City FC boasts of top international talent such as Germany's Manuel Friedrich who is a quality centre back and the first German footballer to play professionally in India. He is the only team member in the ISL to have played in the last season of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League.

The following players will make up the Mumbai City FC squad: Subrata Paul, Ishan Debnath, Deepak Kumar Mondal, Raju Eknath Gaikwad, Syed Rahim Nabi, Peter Costa, Lalrindike Ralte, Asif Kottayil, Ram Malik, Rohit Mirza, Lalrin Fela, Abhishek Yadav, Sushil Kumar Singh, Singam Subash Singh and Nadong Bhutia who are domestic players.

André Matos Dias Pereira (Portugal), Manuel Friedrich (Germany), Pavel Cmovš (Czech Republic), Johan Letzelter (France), Ilias Pollalis (Greece), Tiago Manuel Fernandes Ribeiro (Portugal), Francisco Javier Fernández Luque (Spain), Jan Štohanzl (Czech Republic) and Diego Nadaya (Argentina) are the foreign sign-ups.

Meanwhile Portugal's André Matos Dias Pereira will fight for a place under the bar with India's No.1 goalkeeper Subrata Paul and talented Ishan Debnath. Mumbai's D.Y Patil Stadium will serve as the team's home stadium during the ISL while Colaba's Cooperage Stadium will be the Training base during the season. Pre-season, Mumbai City FC will train at the Father Agnel Ground in Vashi, Navi Mumbai.

FIFA launches mental health research project!

FIFA has launched a new research area, entitled "Mental Health and Sport", to help lift the taboo on issues surrounding mental health in elite athletes and to build a foundation for the development of treatment and information materials for team physicians, coaches and players.

Despite some prominent cases, mental health problems are rarely reported in football and other sports. Any scientific data on the mental health of athletes is rare, and almost no scientific study has yet investigated the mental health among football players. To respond to this gap of knowledge, FIFA has established the new research area, so that those in the game feel more comfortable coming forwards to talk about issues and in order to ease access to treatment.

Three-time FIFA World Player of the Year Birgit Prinz, who graduated in psychology and is now working as a sport psychologist for a Bundesliga team, is the lead researcher on FIFA's new project and she is joined by former Karlsruher and Eintracht Frankfurt forward Edgar Schmitt, who is an ambassador for the project.

"Mental fitness is equally important for the wellbeing and performance of professional football players on and off the ground, as is physical fitness and a well defined technique," said Birgit Prinz. "However, specific training for mental fitness is rare and players are often assumed to be mentally fit. From my experience and in my opinion it is important to see and to openly demonstrate that it is 'normal' for professional football players to experience mental stress and that this does not automatically result in failure of a professional career. But it can be prevented, treated and cured. We have to overcome the myth that professional football players are invulnerable."

Mental and behavioural disorders are not exclusive to any special group: they are found in people of all regions, all countries and all societies.

"About 450 million people suffer from mental disorders according to estimates of the World Health Organization (WHO 2010). One person in four will develop one or more mental or behavioural disorders during their lifetime," said Prof. Dr. Astrid Junge, Head of Research at the FIFA - Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC). "There is no evidence that football player are different – on the contrary, football players, especially at the top-level, experience high levels of stress not only due to the physical load of training and matches but also in relation to the high expectation on their performance and the potential competition/conflicts within the team. Stress is an important risk factor for the development of mental and behavioural disorders, and it has been shown that psychological factors contribute to the risk of sports injury and to a prolonged recovery from injury."

About a quarter of the 180 active male professional footballers who participated in a recent survey of FIFPro reported signs of depression and/or anxiety, and the percentage in former players were even higher. German football has been struck by tragedy in recent years, with Robert Enke and Andreas Biermann both taking their own life after battling depression.

The first research project will evaluate "Ups and downs during and after a professional football career", a second study will focus on the "Risk factors for and prevention of mental health problems," and a third project will analyse the "effects of sport on mental health of recreational athletes". The project will be conducted at the Medical School in Hamburg, Germany. An online questionnaire to collect the data will be sent to former (male and female) players of the German Bundesliga, and in a second stage, it is planned to expand the study to former elite players from other countries. Confidentiality of all data will be ensured. The first results of the studies are expected in mid-2015.