Saturday, 19 April 2014

VIDEO - Nike: The Magista Boot's Revolutionary Design!

Nike's Flyknit technology has been re-engineered for football. With the true sensation of a second skin, Magista allows athletes to amplify ball control and play with devastating creativity.

Friday, 18 April 2014

I-League: The weekend of Championship & Relegation decisions?

Over the next 10 days, the 2013/14 edition of the I-League will end with new entrants Bengaluru FC looking to seal a sensational title triumph; while at the other end last seasons champions Churchill Brothers SC, promoted Mohammedan Sporting and Rangdajied United besides financially struggling United SC are fighting to stay in the league.

Fight for the Title

At the top Bengaluru FC have 41 points from 24 matches and one more win away to Dempo SC or Sporting Clube de Goa will give the JSW owned club a remarkable I-League title in their inaugural season. But winning away in Goa won't be easy as the Ashley Westwood coached side very well know.

Second in the table are former I-League champions Salgaocar FC on 38 points, but they only have one match remaining against Churchill Brothers SC on the final match day and winning the title looks unlikely at the moment as they depend on the results of Bengaluru FC.

In third position are East Bengal Club on 37 points with two matches, away to Pune FC and United SC, remaining. The loss to Churchill Brothers on Wednesday evening somewhat ended the red-and-golds push for the title as Kolkata looks to have to wait another year for the I-League to come for the first-time to the City of Joy.

Monday, April 21 could be decision day then with a win away to Dempo SC and Bengaluru FC would seal their title triumph.

Relegation Battle

At the other end of the table, Mohammedan Sporting Club look to once more go down from the I-League after only one season as the Black Panthers only have one match remaining against Mumbai FC and they are currently bottom of the table with only 21 points.

Ahead of them are defending champions Churchill Brothers SC with 22 points and two matches against United SC and Salgaocar FC remaining. After a dismal start the Red Machines have been gathering points to likely avoid relegation and a win over United SC would ensure another year of I-League football for the Goan club.

At the other end, United SC have been struggling financially since the start of the season and on the pitch that has been affecting their performances now for weeks and months. A loss to Churchill Brothers and they might need the points against East Bengal on the last day of the season, if Mohammedan Sporting win their final game.

And if all these three teams are able to gain points in their final matches, then Rangdajied United FC might be the unlucky side to go down as they are on 24 points and only a Shillong derby against Lajong FC to play this weekend with no match to play on the final weekend of the I-League.

There is still excitement in the I-League with title and relegation to play for, but it could be decision time this weekend.

Under-19 I-League: Hindustan FC profile!

Hindustan FC are the only North Indian outfit qualified to the Final Round of the Under-19 I-League tournament 2013/14. They side, led by AFC 'B' Licence Coach Biswanath Kundu, qualified from the Rest Of India Zone Group A, after garnering seven points from three games at Noamundi – against Bengaluru FC, Garhwal FC and Aizawl FC.

Looking forward to the Final Round of the tournament starting on April 21, the Delhi side are hoping to continuing their good form in the Final Round as well.

"I am confident with the assignment and am looking forward to continuing the good form and go as far as we can in the tournament," Kundu said.

The Hindustan FC colts open their account in the Final Round against the AIFF Navi Mumbai Academy – qualified from the Maharashtra Zone – on Monday, April 21.

The team is consisting of prominent youngsters from Delhi, Chandigarh, Assam, Mizoram, and West Bengal, who have represented various Universities and State teams in their respective age groups.

Some of the prominent players include Pawan Joshi (defender, captain), Bintu Dul (defender), Jasmuddin, Lalnunthare (midfielders), Ajaypal Singh, Tilak Subba, Shivshankar Patgiri (forwards), among others.

Prior to the tournament, the team played many friendly matches against prominent college football teams, University teams and other clubs in the same age category. They underwent almost a month of training session under Kundu and AFC 'C' License Holder Sandeep Dhole (Goalkeeper Coach) at the Thyagraj Sports Complex in New Delhi. They were duly supported by Karanvir, a qualified physiotherapist and other support staffs.

Incidentally, Kundu had also played for Hindustan FC senior team in the year 1996 and also served as coach at the Mohun Bagan-SAIL Football Academy in Durgapur.

(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)

VIDEO - NewsTime: Mohammedan Sporting Club 2-1 Rangdajied United FC - Goals!

Here a News Time feature with all the three goals scored in the I-League encounter between Mohammedan Sporting Club and Rangdajied United FC played at the Saltlake Stadium on Sunday, April 13. The Black Panthers won the match 2-1.

AZ Alkmaar to replace Advocaat with Marco van Basten as coach!

Former Netherlands striker and national team coach Marco van Basten is set to become the new coach of Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar for two years from next season onwards.

"AZ and Marco van Basten verbally agreed on Thursday a contract through to the summer of 2016. The formalities will be sorted out in the coming days," Alkmaar said in a press release.

The former Ajax Amsterdam and AC Milan star Marco van Basten has coached the Ajax Amsterdam B team besides the Netherlands, Ajax Amsterdam and SC Heerenveen.

Van Basten will succeed another former Netherlands coach Dick Advocaat, whose contract will not be renewed after he took over the club last October.