2019 Calcutta Football League Premier Division
The football season in Kolkata is once again at the doorway for another season, as the Calcutta Football League (CFL) kickoff on 26 July at the Mohun Bagan Ground. One of the most popular regional leagues in the country, the CFL will see Kolkata giants Quess East Bengal, Mohun Bagan as well as Mohammedan Sporting take part in the tournament. Bagan, the reigning champions, had a disappointing term in the I-League last season despite winning the CFL, but have undergone massive changes in the squad as new boss Kibu Vicuna prepares to defend the title for the Mariners.
On the other hand, East Bengal, who finished as runners-up in both the CFL and the I-League last season, will be playing without their hitman Jobby Justin who left for ATK this summer. However, the Red and Gold have made several interesting signings and are expected to promote several youngsters to the senior squad for the tournament this season.
Mohammedan Sporting, who recently appointed Subrata Bhattacharya as head coach have also roped in former Gokulam Kerala star Mudde Musa to their side. Head coach Subrata Bhattacharya feels that the 2019 edition of the tournament will be the hardest of the league in recent times. “I have no doubts that this will be by far, the toughest Calcutta Football League campaign in years and that is why we are preparing like never before,” Bhattacharya said.
Here is everything you need to know about the league this year:
The first round of the Calcutta Football League (CFL) will be played in different stadiums. These are the Mohun Bagan Ground, East Bengal Ground, Mohammedan Ground, Barasat Stadium, Howrah Stadium and Gayeshpur Stadium.
The participants in the premier division of the Calcutta Football League are:
Mohun Bagan AC, Quess East Bengal FC, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Peerless SC, BSS Sporting Club, Southern Samity, New Barrackpore Rainbow AC, Bhowanipore Club, Kalighat Milan Sangha, Calcutta Customs Club, Aryan Club and George Telegraph.
The Calcutta Football League 2019 will be telecast live on Sadhna News in and around Kolkata. The channel is also available for free on YouTube and Jio TV.
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