Sunday, 21 September 2014

Nike and Inter Milan Unveil New Third Kit for 2014-15 Season!

This season, Internazionale Milan will play in a new third kit that showcases their traditional colours with a bold and modern appearance.

Inter’s famous blue gets a new twist in the third kit, which includes two tones of the hue. The shirt, shorts and socks all feature blue on the front with a darker shade of the same color on the back.

The two tones are divided by a black stripe — honoring one of Inter’s iconic home colors — that stretches along both sides of the kit from the collar, along both shoulders, down each side of the shirt and shorts, and right down to the socks. The stripes will accentuate the players’ speed when they’re in motion.

“The half-and-half appearance is a traditional football design, but we added a new twist,” said Martin Lotti, Creative Director of Nike Football. “We wanted to utilize vibrant color so the kits look brighter at night against the grass and beneath floodlights. Under a dark sky, the kits will look electric, as if powered by batteries, and will provide a flash of color on the pitch.”

The shirt also boasts a classic design with a sophisticated polo neck collar and a three-button placket in the darker tone of blue. A black pennant tab tucked inside the back of the neck reveals the proud message, “Milano E’ Solo Inter” (Milan is only Inter).

While the new kit features Nike’s signature style and passion, it also delivers the latest in performance innovation, kit technology and environmental sustainability.

VIDEO - CFL: East Bengal FC Top 10 Calcutta Premier Division goals!

Here a fan made Top 10 of the goals scored by East Bengal Club in the CFL's Premier Division - Super 11 over the 2014 season.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Mumbai City FC thrills its fans at Palava!

Football fever is back with India’s biggest Football extravaganza, the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) beginning on 12th October. In a run up to ISL, the Mumbai City FC team as part of their community outreach program visited Palava, the City of Opportunity.

Promoted by Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh, the team boasts of international stars and top domestic talent. Ex-Arsenal legend and former captain of the Swedish National team, Freddie Ljungberg, former French National team player and winner of the Premier League Golden Boot 2008-2009, Nicolas Anelka, ex-Borussia Dortmund defender and German National team player, Manuel Friedrich, Argentinean Diego Nadaya and the current Indian National team goalkeeper, Subrata Pal form the nucleus of this star studded team headed by the ex-Everton icon Peter Reid as manager.

The squad spent the entire Saturday at Palava beginning with a special workshop and training session for 60 kids conducted at the state of the art football ground by Assistant Coach, Steve Darby, an ESPN Star Sports pundit and most recently the head coach of Kelantan FA in the Malaysia Super League. The children were thrilled to train and interact with their idols, taking autographs and clicking pictures with the stars.

Following the training, the players spent a relaxed day at Palava with a round of Golf at the serene 9-hole golf course by the river and other recreational sports at Palava.

Steve Darby, Assistant Coach – Mumbai City FC, said: "Kids in Mumbai have tremendous enthusiasm for football, and now at Palava, they have a great football facility where they can hone their skills and achieve excellence. This has been a wonderful opportunity for Mumbai City FC to connect with its fans and we look forward to many more such engaging interactions."

Shaishav Dharia, Development Director, Palava said: "We are tremendously pleased to host Mumbai City FC at Palava and give young enthusiasts the opportunity to meet and train with the stars. This is another step in our endeavour to not just provide world class sports facilities, but create platforms that enhance skills and create special experiences for our residents."

Youth FC to organize Peace Cup 2014 at Attari Village near Indo-Pak Border

Youth FC of Rurka Kalan, A not for profit organization working for the development of underprivileged children through football in Punjab, is supporting Peace One Day Organization movement of peace by organizing a Peace Cup 2014 – A football tournament to create awareness and promote peace in Attari, Amritsar on the occasion of International Peace Day.

YFC's goal is to contribute towards the mission of improving India-Pakistan ties through its small efforts of promoting football at the border which has been nothing less than a roller-coaster ride. It is an initiative that uses the power of football to bring people together in Peace and to spread awareness of Peace Day i.e. on 21st September 2014.

YFC - Rurka Kalan has been running a football centre of excellence for the past four years at Government Senior Secondary School in Attari village, only two Kilometres away from the Indo-Pakistan Border at Wagah, Amritsar.

The event would involve 100 children aged between 6-14 years who would be engaged in competitions to celebrate peace through football. The initiative would start off with a Peace Campaign where these children would promote the message of 'Wars will not protect our children, PEACE will!' through an organized rally in the village.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage people towards building friendships and living with peace and harmony with neighbours which could become testaments between Indians and Pakistanis. Specialized activities of football would be organized that would focus on bringing together children of diverse cultures. The kids would explore the unifying influence of football and how it breaks the barriers of diverse cultures.

A tournament would be organized later on where each kid would play at least 2 matches in Under 8, 10, 12 and 14 age categories. The day would end with a visit to Wagah Border where children would get an opportunity to see the Army parade in the evening.

"Football is the most powerful sport in the world. It has the power to unite people. It's a great honour for us to start this campaign for the first time to use football as a medium to promote peace and create awareness about building positive relationships with our neighbours. We want to mark the world peace celebration with football matches at Attari with the help of our strong team of coaches and youth mentors," YFC President Gurmangal Dass emphasized.

2014 Asian Games: Thailand challenge for desperate India!

It was brutal, it was humiliating. And it left India Women's Senior Team Head Coach Tarun Roy with little option but to admit that they need to regroup after their 0-10 loss against hosts South Korea in their second Group A Asian Games match.

"We were blown up by our own bomb," Roy told AIFF Media on the eve of India's last group engagement against Thailand on Sunday, September 21.

"It was 5-4-1 system, the girls were new to it, and it was done keeping in mind Korea's all out attacking style. I wanted our team to break on the counter. The house came down within ten minutes," lamented Roy.

"There cannot be any excuses for this landslide. The team was lacklustre from start to finish."

The Delhi Coach did not flounce or pout. He was honest. Perhaps he was too exposed to behave otherwise.

Coming on the back of a 15-0 win over makeweights Maldives, India Eves saw their goal breached thrice with the match only ten minutes old. Revealing that the players had hung their heads down so low that their chins dragged on the ground, Roy admitted that the 15-0 demolition of Maldives was a mirage of sorts.

"Maldives were accommodating, and I admit it was an easier outing. But nevertheless 15 goals is not a matter of joke and does not happen every day. Taking it up from there, the manner of defeat was all the more disappointing."

On the job ahead Roy said: "They (the girls) know they have been dismal. We failed to stitch a concrete move and work their goalkeeper. But that is life and you have to keep the past behind."

India are expected to go back to their tried and tested system of 4-2-3-1 with Ashalata Devi filling the suspended Captain Bembem Devi's place in midfield and Radharani Devi partnering Romi Devi in central defence.

"The rest will be the same," Roy confirmed.

Thailand also have three points like India courtesy beating whipping girls Maldives by ten goals after their opening day 0-5 defeat at the hands of group leaders South Korea.

"This will be a make or break game for us," added Roy fully abreast of the ramifications of another defeat which could land them in their toughest test yet against World Champions Japan in the next round.

The match kicks-off at 1:30 PM IST.

(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)