Friday, 1 August 2014

VIDEO - XtraTime: New Bani Sangha 2-3 Mohun Bagan - Friendly Match highlights!

Yesterday minnows New Bani Sangha hosted giants Mohun Bagan at their ground infront of a sellout 5,000 spectators. As XtraTime reports Mohun Bagan had their problems on the terrible pitch, but came out victorious 3-2 in the pre-season friendly.

Participation of Teams in U-19 I-League!

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) informs that apart from the I-League and Second Division League teams, Clubs and Academies interested to play in the upcoming Under-19 I-League are allowed to participate.

The primary reason for incorporating such teams in the competition is to increase the participation of the youth of India into the AIFF's mainstream youth tournament – the Under-19 I-League.

The competition will act as the primary pool from which young talents are chosen for the I-League and Second Division Clubs.

In order to compete in the Under-19 I-League, the teams need to get their youth system accredited through the AIFF Academy's certification programme, which aims to set a standard of Youth Development in the country through a certification.

The Brochure and Application form for Certification can be downloaded at !

A minimum rating of two stars is applicable for such clubs/academies to qualify for the Under-19 I-League.

adidas unveils new Lionel Messi boot!

adidas today announced the launch of a new colourway for the current generation of the adizero f50 Messi football boots. The new yellow iteration of Messi's f50 boots have been designed to reflect the unique magic and success Leo Messi produces on the pitch for club and country.

Like the Argentine star, the new colourway will stand out from the crowd and it has been created as a monument to every goal, record and trophy Messi has won in his career to date. It is more than a boot, in the way that Messi is more than a football player. Over the past decade he has redefined the game and this new boot is a level above the competition, not only for their looks but also for their design and construction as well.

The new adizero™ f50 Messi combines revolutionary technologies and precision engineering with every aspect of the boot design based around making the wearer as fast as possible on the football field. At only 165g, the adizero™ f50 is one of the lightest shoes on the market.

The Argentinian striker will wear the boot in the Spanish La Liga this season while he will wear an alternative colour way for UEFA Champions League matches which is still to be released.

Talking Tactics With Sporting Clube de Goa coach Óscar Bruzón Barreras!

Spanish Coach Oscar Bruzon feels that a team without proper balance is none but a weak team. As a new season beckons for Sporting Clube de Goa, the 37-year-old tactician believes his team are in continuous evolution and feels ambition is a primary key for a young player to make his mark.

Amidst the pre-season training, I-League Media caught up with Bruzon to get an insight into his mind and tactics, as he and his men begin their road to I-League 2014/15.

Sporting Goa stood fifth in the top-flight last season. Is there going to be any change from the way the team played last season?

Absolutely. Our team are undergoing continuous evolution and we are bringing in youngsters to reinforce every department. The group of national players we have at the moment are definitely stronger than that of last year. As far as the foreigners are concerned, we are scouting in detail to find the best options available to add strength to our good base of Indian talent.

What tactics and formations are you keen on applying?

We are working with different formations, however we will always maintain one main model as a reference point. As long as the group believes and performs well in this main model, the tactics and the positioning is an easy task to execute.

Give us an insight into your off-season conditioning program.

Our Physio, Brian da Costa designed a program to be followed by the players, giving three options (cycling, swimming or light running) supported by a dietary plan with a good nutritional approach.

There have been quite a few new signings as well as contract extensions so far. Prior to the new I-League season, how effective will that be?

It will no doubt help us in performing as a winning team, with a winning attitude both on-and-off the field. As the pre-season progresses, the players will become accustomed to each other, and that will only help us in achieving our goal.

What are your views on team building?

I believe a team with no balance is a weak team. Here in Sporting Goa, we like to work in terms of balance and consistency and for that you need to have good regular players in all the lines – be it defence, midfield, or attack.

Are you pleased with the youth program employed by the Club at the moment?

Oh yes, the whole scenario is very positive, work-based and I am sincerely very happy to see that everybody at Sporting Clube de Goa are working towards one direction.

We currently have five U-23 Indian players in the Czech Republic, which is the largest representation out of all the I-League clubs. That is a big motivator for the young crop of players coming through. It shows that our youth development program is on the right track.

According to you, what should a good Youth Development Program focus on?

The training should be age specific. With youngsters, the key is small-sided games related to coordination and technique, while the later stages are all about working with the players in a very professional approach.

As for the players, the work rate and ambition should be a must and it is also important to pass certain criteria concerning football skills and physical parameters.

What expectations are you having from the current crop of players?

After a fine scouting mission throughout the last season, we brought in ten young players from other well known academies which include Sesa Goa, the U-20 India National Team and Tata Football Academy. Our U-20 Captain Jesus Estrocio is training with the senior team and so does Mauvin Borges.

My expectation as of now is to see these players reach the competitive level of the rest of the group as early as they can.

Any expectations from the Clubs' backroom staff?

Our technical director Alex Alvares and Assistant Coach Norbert Gonsalves have demonstrated immense experience, attitude and aptitude throughout. I am happy that they will keep helping all of us throughout the upcoming season.

Finally, on a personal note, how does it feel to coach a side built on the lines of acclaimed Portuguese Club Sporting Lisbon?

I live in Spain, in Vigo (Galicia), which is only 20 kms away from the border of Portugal. I have many Portuguese friends, and must say that it is a lovely nation.

Goa has many things in common with Portugal, and so somehow I feel close to my home. Coaching Sporting Goa has been really influential in my journey so far.

(Report & Photo courtesy I-League Media)

VIDEO - XtraTime: Mohun Bagan's Subhas Bhowmick experimenting with different formations!

As XtraTime reports Mohun Bagan head coach Subhas Bhowmick is experimenting with different formations in pre-season ahead of the start of the Calcutta Football League.