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usaindiausaindia 1405 PointsU19 International
edited March 2012 in HAL SC
Rise like a phoenix

However small a community it may be limited to, the excitement at the HASC's (Hindustan Aeronautics Sports Club) opening home game of the preceding I-League season was considerable. An ardent, large crowd turned up at what was Bangalore's first top-flight fixture in over three years, buoyed by the bright beginning their club's campaign had seen. HASC had taken points off of more fancied opponents on their own patches, rising to seventh in the league table after six games. Coach R. Thyagaraj, though, was wary of overstating his team's initial successes. In the days leading up to that tie against Salgaocar at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, he sought to reiterate that the primary objective was avoiding relegation. “Our only target is to stay in the I League this season,” he said then. “We have missed key players and suffered injuries too. We don't have enough bench strength. So our first aim is to stay up.” He needn't have bothered spelling it out. HASC lost that game 1-0, and in the weeks and months that followed, plummeted to the bottom.

With the club needing a win away to stalwart Dempo on the final day of the season (having gone nine games without victory), Bangalore's tryst with the I-League looked over for another year at least. From 2-1 down at the interval, few would have given HASC a chance. “If you lose today, no one will look at you again,” manager K. Murali says he told the players in his half-time team talk that day. “No one will select you; no one will make you an offer. HAL will continue functioning irrespective of the result, but if you win, it will be good for each of you.” In the second period, Xavier Vijaykumar struck a brace before a Dempo own goal helped the side win 4-2, completing the most astonishing of escapes.

“If we had been relegated, football fans in Bangalore would have suffered tremendously,” Murali says. “We were determined for the I-League to stay in the city. If HAL had sunk to the second division, nobody will have come to watch. Goa and Calcutta have six or seven teams in the I-League. We have only one.”

If there had been quiet anticipation ahead of last season, the outlook has been fairly grim this time, not the least of reasons for which has been the exodus of major players in the summer.

Vijaykumar, the club's hero in that final game, and easily its best player through the season, has left for Churchill Brothers with former captain J. Murali heading to Mohun Bagan. Nepali left-back Rohit Chand has also departed, while a raft of young players has been signed up in their stead.

“Xavi and Murali will be missed,” the manager concedes. “They were seniors; they have done great things for us. They're the reason why the club is standing where it is today. But we have a good squad even now.”

Nineteen-year-old Deepak Prakash (Mumbai FC), Chandandeep Singh (JCT), Sudeesh Muttath (Vasco), and Serbian striker Aleksandar Sujdovic (Dhanmondi Club, Bangladesh) have all been brought in (among other players) but if last month's Federation Cup performance is to be treated as any portent, a long struggle lies ahead.

HASC lost all three group matches at the tournament, managing only one goal, but Murali feels the side will need time to bond on the pitch.

“I'm not satisfied with the Federation Cup but then the team was not jelling,” he says. “I was not happy with the refereeing and we made some mistakes too. Things will become clearer after one or two matches.”

HASC's first fixture on the 2011-12 I-League calendar features Chirag United Kerala this Saturday at the Bangalore Football Stadium, and the club will take comfort in the venue .

Last season, prolonged work on the artificial turf there forced home games to be moved to the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, where an inhospitable surface made life hard (. As it was, the side managed to play only once on the freshly-laid pitch at the Football Stadium – its penultimate match of the season, against powerhouse East Bengal.

Almost as if to vindicate the manager's season-long condemnation of the Kanteerava sward as a cause in the downslide, HASC managed a draw few had thought possible earlier, grabbing a point vital to its hopes of survival.

“We play well on good grounds,” Murali feels now, as he stated then. The airmen could very well benefit from the turf this time and wage an improved campaign, but they had been trailing against East Bengal that afternoon too, preferred venue or not.

Only a delightful goal eight minutes from time, curled in at the far post from the right-hand side of the area, yielded the critical point.

The scorer, of course, was the attacking midfielder Xavier Vijaykumar.



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  • AdminAdmin 236 PointsU16 International
  • Admin wrote:
    HAL SC has an official Facebook handle now.
    https://www.facebook.com/HalFootballClub

    Took them long enough. Still think they should be relegated.
  • rudrarudra 2547 PointsU23 Olympian
    What's the point of waking up now.... idiots ....they just ruined my I League watching chances next season.... X(
  • rudra wrote:
    What's the point of waking up now.... idiots ....they just ruined my I League watching chances next season.... X(

    Dont stop watching because they wont be in the league. Bangalore will get back into the league. Maybe not as HAL SC but they will be back.
  • shankarshankar 2568 PointsU23 Olympian
    rudra wrote:
    What's the point of waking up now.... idiots ....they just ruined my I League watching chances next season.... X(
    i am still hopeful of jindal opening their bangalore based franchise soon may be by next season so wont be long wait i suppose
  • usaindiausaindia 1405 PointsU19 International
  • shankar wrote:
    rudra wrote:
    What's the point of waking up now.... idiots ....they just ruined my I League watching chances next season.... X(
    i am still hopeful of jindal opening their bangalore based franchise soon may be by next season so wont be long wait i suppose

    That is if we do expansion next season. Or if we get rid of pro/rel. I hope AIFF listen to Praydum Reddy and get rid of pro/rel, get rid of HAL and Air India and just sell the league to those sopposed investors who want to get involved.

  • archakarchak 2069 PointsU23 Olympian
    arsenalfan wrote:
    shankar wrote:
    rudra wrote:
    What's the point of waking up now.... idiots ....they just ruined my I League watching chances next season.... X(
    i am still hopeful of jindal opening their bangalore based franchise soon may be by next season so wont be long wait i suppose

    That is if we do expansion next season. Or if we get rid of pro/rel. I hope AIFF listen to Praydum Reddy and get rid of pro/rel, get rid of HAL and Air India and just sell the league to those sopposed investors who want to get involved.

    aint the league rights already sold to img in that mega deal????
  • archak wrote:
    arsenalfan wrote:
    shankar wrote:
    rudra wrote:
    What's the point of waking up now.... idiots ....they just ruined my I League watching chances next season.... X(
    i am still hopeful of jindal opening their bangalore based franchise soon may be by next season so wont be long wait i suppose

    That is if we do expansion next season. Or if we get rid of pro/rel. I hope AIFF listen to Praydum Reddy and get rid of pro/rel, get rid of HAL and Air India and just sell the league to those sopposed investors who want to get involved.

    aint the league rights already sold to img in that mega deal????

    I mean potential people who want to start clubs. There have been rumors and reports for the last year and a half ever sense we qualified for the AFC Asian Cup that AIFF have gotten some potential investors willing to start a club but things like automatic entry into I-League and lack of money in return and sponsors and a poor league model has stopped them.

    And lets admit. We all know there are people who are willing to invest in Indian football but they wont join because of this horrible. If we show them the MLS, A-League and a little J.League model of no pro/rel, expansion, separate entity with AIFF little involvement and modeling and restrictions along with deadlines (Academies etc) then they would surely join. Of course AIFF would have to use MLS, A-League and J.League as examples.
  • rudrarudra 2547 PointsU23 Olympian
    Interesting news : HAL is trying to fulfill AFC criteria<div><br></div><div><br></div> 8-}
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