I-league 2012-13 General Discussion thread

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  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata5558 Points
    shankar wrote:
    usaindia wrote:
    opening matches should be like this<div> USFC VS lajong</div><div>EB vs MB</div><div>punefc vs Mumbai fc</div><div>demp sc vs sporting goa</div><div>salgocar vs churchill</div><div>ongc vs air india</div><div><span style="font-size: 10pt; ">prayag vs  arrows</span></div>
     <div><div><br></div><div>Dont you think all derbys in one round will take the sheen afterwards when there wont be any big derby matches left to promote for the league organisers??</div><div>may be 2 of the derby on Match Day 1</div>

    <br></div><div><br></div><div><div>+1 </div><div>Derbies in the first round itself will be suicidal. One NE derby is fine. But having East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan in the 1st round! You must be kidding.  The heat builds up as the league progresses. And that brings more fans. </div></div>
  • ashindiaashindia 8455 Points
    <font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">Forget the fixtures man there are far important things which needs be focused on.What about the number of teams ?? Conference system  ?? Will AIFF market the league well by having their website,youtube channel,T.V promotions etc ?? Who will be our league sponsors and how much will AIFF invest in League ?? what about the AFC criteria how many teams will actually pass (GOD DAMN SINCE 2007 WE ARE YET TO MEET THEM  CAN WE ATLEAST DO IT NEXT SEASON).</font><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2"><br></font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2"><br></font></div>
  • ashindiaashindia 8455 Points
    <font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">Well I'll only talk about fixtures and other things if the above ones are solved.</font>
  • usaindia wrote:
    opening matches should be like this<div> USFC VS lajong</div><div>EB vs MB</div><div>punefc vs Mumbai fc</div><div>demp sc vs sporting goa</div><div>salgocar vs churchill</div><div>ongc vs air india</div><div><span style="font-size: 10pt; ">prayag vs  arrows</span></div>


    i want USFC vs MB on 1 st day.
  • Realistically the AIFF will open up the I-League 2012-13 season in Kolkata. That is why I agree with EB vs MB. That match would be perfect. 90,000 people to see the first game of the season.
  • rudrarudra 2954 Points
    arsenalfan wrote:
    Realistically the AIFF will open up the I-League 2012-13 season in Kolkata. That is why I agree with EB vs MB. That match would be perfect. 90,000 people to see the first game of the season.

    <br><br>1st day derby will struggle to bring 50K<br>
  • ShouvikShouvik 0 Points
    edited April 2012
    reddevil87 wrote:
    Its better to have one derby each week. As mentioned above there are 7 matches that would be derby, that means 14 matches(home and away), also other matches like EB v Dempo and MB v Dempo, etc should be planned such that each week we have a blockbuster match. Ideally I would the derby's atleast on weekends(at evenings), so more and more fans come down to watch them and these matches should be TELECASTED ON TV. 

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  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata5558 Points
    <b>Dempo captain Mahesh Gawli interviewed by the-aiff.com after winning I-league</b><div><b><br></b></div><div><strong style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">What is so special about Dempo SC?<br></strong><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">It’s a family club and in real sense, the moment one joins the club, he becomes a family member. ‘Part of the family’ isn’t just a phrase at Dempo. There’s support for the players. The management stays patient and understands the situation without putting any pressure which allows the players the freedom to play with a free mind. The Chairman (Mr. Srinivas Dempo) is always there to motivate you. All of that that makes us special, I’d say super-special.</span><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><strong style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">… and Dempo’s style of playing?<br></strong><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">We stress on playing possessional football. The more you keep the ball, the better. After all, in football it’s all about the ball. Keeping possession allows you to be creative and control the pace of the game. That’s also Dempo’s speciality.</span><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><strong style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">You have played all over India. Would you rate Dempo as the best club you have played in?<br></strong><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">I’ve had good phases in all the clubs I’ve played and the memories will stay with me forever. Dempo certainly stays one of the better clubs. I’d also like to highlight my stay in Mahindra United. The facilities were good and they were a professional club who took care of their footballers. It’s unfortunate they closed shop.</span><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">Playing for East Bengal was a big honour. It’s such a historic club. But in Kolkata the fans stay impatient and come down to personal attacks whenever the team loses.</span><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><strong style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">We often speak of Player’s education. How much important do you feel is Fans’ education?<br></strong><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">How do you do that? Invariably when you go to play as a rival team, you are greeted by the choicest of abuses. They hurl personal attacks on your near and dear ones – they don’t spare anyone.</span><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">To me, that’s not passion. Obviously fans need to be passionate. But they need to respect others too. Very often, they don’t spare their own coach, players, leave aside the visiting team.</span><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">You lose a match and your car is damaged, you can’t go home on your own.</span><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">In the Western World, fans are passionate too. But their players are not subject to such torture; never! Mark my words, the day fans of the club cheer for their players on the field even after a loss, the scenario will change. You shouldn’t demean others; you shouldn’t pelt stones.</span><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">That’s not football.</span><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><strong style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">You have played against some of the best foreign recruits in recent times. Who stays the best striker so far?<br></strong><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">At present Ranti Martins stays the best striker. But I have never played against him. A match situation is entirely different from a practice session. In a practice session, you may hold back your tackles in the fear of your teammate getting injured.</span><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">Among all those I have played against, Odafa Okolie stays way above the rest. He’s lethal.</span><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><strong style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">At the club level, which has been the most memorable tournament for you so far?<br></strong><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">I’d pick up two moments. -- the ASEAN Cup triumph for East Bengal and Dempo SC qualifying for the AFC Cup semifinal.</span><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><strong style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">Have you been approached by any other club to play for them next season? What about your Dempo teammates?<br></strong><br style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify; ">Our Chairman had told us long back that he would be speaking to us about next season’s contracts once the I-League ends. Winning another I-League title is like climbing the Mount Everest for one more time. The contracts for the next season can wait. Let’s enjoy the moment. </span>
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  • shankarshankar 2600 Points
    IF you all remember in one article, rob baan came up with a statement that he will put on a master plan for i-league in one month...so may be aiff are waiting for that proposal of him...<div><br></div>
  • reddevil87reddevil87 1858 Points
    shankar wrote:
    IF you all remember in one article, rob baan came up with a statement that he will put on a master plan for i-league in one month...so may be aiff are waiting for that proposal of him...<div><br></div>

    <br><div><br></div><div>The article was around starting of the year (Jan or Feb). Then, isn't that one month over yet....</div>
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