Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Nike and AS Roma Unveil New Away Kit for 2014/15 Season!

Nike and AS Roma have unveiled the new away kit, wearing it on pitch of the first friendly match of their tour in the United States.

The kit is inspired by AS Roma's jersey of the 1960s: white with a bold yellow-and-red sash running diagonally from the shoulder through the crest and to the hem. It also boasts a modern V-Neck collar with red at the back and white trim at the front.

As for the home kit, inside the back of the neck is a red textured pennant tab with the statement: "La Roma Non Si Discute Si Ama" (Roma is loved without any question) – the famous motto that shows the fans they belong to the club.

The new away shorts are white, and the new away socks are white with a wide tonal stripe of chevrons on the back.

While this new kit features Nike's signature design details, it also offers players the very latest in performance innovation, kit technology and environmental sustainability.

AFC president Shaikh Salman to address Leaders Sport Business summit in London!

Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, President of the Asian Football Confederation, is set to speak at the Leaders Sport Business Summit at Stamford Bridge in London, which will be held on October 8/9, 2014.

The AFC President joins other dignitaries who will be speaking at the event including Jeffrey Webb, President, CONCACAF; Christian Seifert, CEO, German Bundesliga and Erick Thohir, Owner and President, FC Internazionale Milano.

Committed to reinvigorate the solidarity of the Asian football community whilst safeguarding and promoting the game, Shaikh Salman will talk about the future of football in Asia, including the forthcoming 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia, the continued development of the AFC Champions League and other AFC tournaments, the importance of strengthening the foundation of football development including social responsibility as well as the challenges and opportunities of governing the world's most populous football region.

Shaikh Salman commented, "The AFC is now more determined than ever to oversee the growth of Asian football through the many initiatives and development programmes that we have designed for the long term. Attending the Leaders Sport Business Summit gives us a great opportunity to interact and share ideas on our plans for the future of Asian football with leading figures and decision makers in the game and the wider world of sports."

The 7th edition of the Leaders Sport Business Summit will see 1500 of sport's leading executives come together for two days of knowledge exchange and networking.

VIDEOs - UMBRO: Hull City FC home kit released!

A behind-the-scenes look at the photoshoot for the new Hull City 2014/15 home kit by UMBRO, where players got to check out the new kit for the first time.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Salgaocar FC bolster midfield, sign Zakeer Mundampara

A day after starting their pre-season training, Salgaocar FC have roped in 24 year old creative central midfielder, Zakeer Mundampara. The player underwent his medicals earlier in the day before signing on the dotted line for the Vasco based former I-League champions.

Zakeer's biggest attributes are his speed, vision, ball distribution, and his shooting prowess. The player last played for Mohun Bagan during the 2013-14 season. The lad from Mallapuram in Kerala, caught everyone's attention in 2009 where he captained and was the backbone of the Viva Kerala side. Prior to that, he played for State Bank of Travancore where he began his professional career in 2007.

Zakeer followed the stint at Viva Kerala with two largely successful years at Churchill Brothers SC where he was part of the Durand Cup winning squad in 2011. In the same year he was voted the Best Footballer of Kerala by the Kerala Football Association and the icing on the cake came in the form of a call up to the U-23 Indian team for the Pre-Olympic Tournament which was held at Qatar. He played his first match in the tournament against the hosts coming on as a 2nd half substitute.

He has since spent a couple of year with Kolkata based clubs, United SC and Mohun Bagan. He will reunite with former teammate at Viva Kerala, Karma Tsewang, who he attributes for helping him make the move, despite having offers elsewhere. "Salgaocar are a great club with a very rich history and I consider it an honour to don the Green and White jersey. I look forward to playing under coach Derrick Pereira," Zakeer commented.

On being asked his immediate targets at his new club, the player remarked, “I hope to make a mark and earn a regular place in the starting 11”. With a midfield comprising of several highly accomplished and experienced players, Zakeer clearly has his task cut out.

Delhi Inter-Academy tournament: DDA FA win U-17 & Punjab Heroes FA Under-14 category!

Twenty-two teams each in the Under-14 and Under-17 categories are vying for top honours in the 3rd DSA Inter-Academy Football Tournament for the Delhi United Cup which has reached the final stage being played at the CWG Village Sports Complex, Akshardham.

Defending champions Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Football Academy retained their Under-17 title after beating Diksha Sports Management (DSM) Eves Football Academy by a solitary goal. Earlier a two minute silence was observed in memories of Manoka Ghosh, mother of former Delhi state captain, referee and DSA managing committee member Dilip Ghosh, who passed away yesterday at her
residence in R.K. Puram after a brief illness. After a barren initial half proceedings match winning goal was scored by DDA's outside left Manas Kumar Singh in the 32nd minute.

Earlier, Punjab Heroes Football Academy scored an identical 1-0 win over Real-Jaguar Football Academy to clinch their maiden Under-14 title. Inside-left Utresh scored the match winning goal in 17th minute.

DDA Commissioner (Sports) Diwakar Sarkar and COSCO India representative Col (retd.) V. K. Sood distributed the prizes.