• gaffertapegaffertape 13021 Points

    Odafa !
    he gets to pick the next coach.

    Foreign coaches will struggle to cope with certain players at Indian clubs as they have been enabled by Indian coaches/administrators.
  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata5665 Points
    This is a real shame then! Odafa and Churchill should be kicked in ther nuts!! <!-- s:o --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_surprised.gif" alt=":o" title="Surprised" /><!-- s:o --> <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: --> <!-- s:evil: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_evil.gif" alt=":evil:" title="Evil or Very Mad" /><!-- s:evil: -->
  • AdminAdmin 240 Points
    Churchill to have a Croatian coach

    Churchill Brothers are set to sign Croatian coach Drago Mamic club officials confirmed today. However, he isn't expected to take over till after their next match against Viva Kerala in Kannur on Sunday.
    The 57-year-old is a highly rated coach with his most recent stint being with the Myanmar National team last year. He has also held top jobs in Croatian first division, Chinese second division and in Malaysia with Sabah FC.
    The Goan side was without a coach last week as Singaporean coach Vincent Subramaniam resigned from his post following disagreements with club management over team issues. However, playing without a coach the team managed to comfortably see off Mumbai FC 3-1 with the usual suspects Odafe Okolie and Kayne Vincent hitting the target, yesterday.
    Confirming the development manager Macario Rodrigues said, “Yes the coach is arriving on Saturday and we will be signing him soon. He has been an experienced coach and we hope that he helps us achieving our goals.”
    Although he didn’t confirm that Mamic will be on bench when Churchill Brothers take on Viva Kerala in Kannur on Sunday. “We need to sign him first. That is the later thing,” Macario added.
    Currently Churchill is in second position in the I-league four points adrift of their cross town rivals Salgaocar. But have been in good form lately with the most expensive player of the I-League Odafe and Kiwi recruit Vincent in swashbuckling form.
    It will be interesting to see how the new coach handles the team on such a short notice as nothing less than the title will be the target for both the club and the coach.

    Source : <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.kickoffindia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=854:churchill-brothers-to-sign-croatian-coach&catid=46:i-league&Itemid=110">http://www.kickoffindia.com/index.php?o ... Itemid=110</a><!-- m -->
  • dhritiman7dhritiman7 4030 Points
    Next year I league will be telecasted live on SONY Max channel ... got this from a source.
  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata5665 Points
    Next year I league will be telecasted live on SONY Max channel ... got this from a source.
    HollA Holla!! Whats the source? Is it true or just another rumour??
    Kindly confirm!
  • rudrarudra 2958 Points
    Ambani prioritises grassroots soccer development in IMG-R, AIFF meet

    NEW DELHI: The first interactive meeting between IMG Reliance and All India Football Federation, after the deal was signed last December, went off well, with Mukesh Ambani present throughout and the issues of popularizing soccer and a developmental programme took centrestage.

    The meeting, held on March 19, discussed the lack of infrastructure “both for practice and for national level games was discussed, and Ambani was informed of the steps taken by AIFF so far, a senior AIFF official informed SportzPower.

    Earlier in an interview, Kushal Das, secretary general of the Federation had told SportzPower that it had done a recce of all the football stadiums available that could be upgraded and what needs to be done to upgrade them.

    Three stadiums in Calcutta, those already in lease to East Bengal and Mohan Bagan clubs, as well another one called Rabindra Sarovar, one stadium in Bangalore and one in Goa have been identified so far.

    Ambani insisted, sources said, that grassroots efforts have to be intensified for soccer development, and state level football needs to be given priority.

    The IMG made a presentation on its plans so far, which brought out some startling statistics.

    “The IMG showed that there are 21 million footballers in the country, the third highest in the world. But this potential is also the difficulty, of how to reach out to so many spread over so vast a land,” the official said, adding that these aspects are being worked on.

    But ‘popularising football would mean getting the national team to do well, as also improving the profile of I’League, as had been prioritized by AIFF. So were any timelines set out?

    No timelines were discussed. “That is difficult for the moment,” the official said.

    “This was an essentially interactive meeting and it went off to a very positive conclusion,” he added

    Source : <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.sportzpower.com/?q=content/ambani-prioritises-grassroots-soccer-development-img-r-aiff-meet">http://www.sportzpower.com/?q=content/a ... -aiff-meet</a><!-- m -->
  • jose12jose12 4 Points
    21 million footballers in the country??? Is this true??
  • jose12jose12 4 Points
    Dempo aim at maintaining
    winning run
    An upbeat defending champions
    Dempo are determined to
    maintain their winning
    momentum when they take on
    Viva Kerala in the I-League
    encounter at Nehru Stadium,
    Fatorda on Friday at 4.15 p.m.
    Dempo who defeated Viva Kerala
    in the first-leg are confident of
    continuing their good showing.
    Dempo coach, Mauricio Afonso is
    keen to exploit the home
    advantage and play for a win.
    “The morale of the players is
    high and I am confident that
    they will play to win,” stated
    Afonso, after the team had a
    light training session at
    University ground, Taleigao on
    “ Viva Kerala are low in placement
    but we cannot afford to relax.
    We have to work hard and put
    them under pressure,” Mauricio
    Mauricio will have a full squad to
    choose from.
    Ranty Martins is in fine form and
    will lead the attack. Roberto
    Mendes da Silva alias Beto will
    surely keep Viva Kerala’s
    defenders on their toes. Climax
    Lawrence will operate as a
    central midfielder and will have
    Nigerian Ogba Kalu, Clifford
    Miranda and Peter Carvalho.
    Mahesh Gawli, Domnic Noronha,
    Samir Naik and Debarata Roy will
    form the back four while
    Subhashish Roy Chowdhury will
    be under the bar.
    Viva Kerala coach P Kunhi
    Krishnan said, “We cannot
    underestimate our rivals. Dempo
    are one of the best teams in the
    country and also have the home
    advantage. So we have to play
    well. This is a crucial match for
    both the teams,” said Krishnan.
    Except for Nigerian striker, Felix
    Chumaikwu who has a double
    booking, Viva Kerala will be at
    full strength and could try for a
    Viva Kerala’s coach is confident
    that his strikers Sabbeth CS and
    Anil Kumar will provide the
    punch in the attack. He also
    believes that the midfielders will
    work in tandem with the
    forwards to put the rival defence
    under pressure.
    Viva Kerala expects Sharath K to
    produce a stellar performance
    under the bar.
  • jose12jose12 4 Points
    Raise the game, Mamic tells
    Churchill players
    Margao, April 9: Churchill
    Brothers coach Croatian coach
    Drago Mamic has asked his boys
    to rise above the levels of
    mediocrity or risk being left out
    the I-League title on the eve of
    their I-League match against
    Chirag United at Nehru Stadium,
    Fatorda here on Sunday.
    “ We were looking ordinary in
    the last match against ONGC
    especially in the last 20 minutes
    of the second half,” admitted
    Nigerian striker Odafe Okolie
    has now recovered and is ready
    to prove they are the champions
    material There were no sign of
    nervousness in the Churchill
    Brothers camp after the morning
    session at Cuncolim.
    “ The boys know the importance
    of the match against Chirag. I
    told them what we must do, but
    most importantly they should
    go and enjoy the game,” said
    Chirag will surely miss the
    services of goalkeeper Ahbjit
    Mondal, midfielders Denson
    Devadas, Gouranga Boswas,
    defender Subahasish Roy
    Chowdhiry as they are
    recovering from injuries. Chirag
    coach Subrato Bhatacharry is
    hoping that his team will come
    good on Sunday. “Injuries are
    part of the game. We will miss
    key players but we still have
    match winners in Sunil Chetri,
    Brazilian Josimar Da Silva,
    Nigerian Junior Elijah, Jerry
    Ziranga, Arnab Mondal, Lalkamal
    Bhomick and Anupam Sarkar. It
    will be a good contest
    tomorrow,” Bhattacharya said.
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