Pune Football Club have signed Ryuji Sueoka and Luciano Sabrosa for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
Japanese midfielder Sueoka joins Pune FC after spending the previous season with East Bengal, while Brazilian defender Sabrosa having spent last season with Mohammedan Sporting.
Both players bring in their long-standing experience of the Indian circuit and are the first foreign recruits to be signed under new Coach Karim Bencherifa. Incidentally the duo was also part of the Salgaocar FC side which won the I-League under Bencherifa in 2011-12.
Pune FC Head Operations, Chirag Tanna said: “We are very glad to have signed Ryuji and Luciano for the 2014-15 season. Both players have won the I-League and Federation Cup and that experience will be invaluable to our young squad.”
Pune FC Head Coach, Karim Bencherifa said: “Both are good players, and above all good humans too. And their experience will help, guide the youngsters at Pune FC.
Sueoka thus becomes the third Japanese player to play for Pune FC after Arata Izumi (2009-12) and Daisuke Nishiguchi (2012-13). On the other hand, Sabrosa is the second Brazilian after Edmar Figueira (2009-11) to wear the red of Pune FC.
Sueoka, a creative midfielder, began his career at J-League-2 side Albirex Niigata 2002 where he spent two seasons before joining their sister side in Singapore in 2004. His 12 goals in 27 games for Albirex Niigata Singapore to a top half finish. The following season, Sueoka moved back to Japan and plied his trade for Albirex in J-League-1.
Ryuji moved back to Singapore where he represented Geylang United (2006) and Balestier Khalsa (2007) and scored 13 goals in 61 appearances during this period.
The following season, Sueoka joined Thai Premier League side Bangkok United (2008-09) before arriving in India to join Mohun Bagan in 2010-11. The medio then moved to Salgaocar FC in the following season and was an integral part of the side that emerged I-League champions.
In 2012-13, Sueoka made the switch to Dempo SC and scored 11 goals in 17 matches before plying his trade for East Bengal (4 goals in 18 appearances) in the following season.
Sabrosa, a hard tackling defender, began his professional career at Santo Ângelo (1999–2002) in the Rio Grande do Sul State League. In the following years, he represented São Gabriel (2003), Glória (2004), Juventus-RS (2004), Metropolitano (2005), Videira (2006) and Juventus Jaraguá (2007) in various state leagues.
Sabrosa first arrived in India in 2007-08 and helped Goan side Vasco to promotion in the I-League. The following season he represented Sporting Goa (2008-09) before moving to newly promoted Salgaocar FC (2009-10).
The Brazilian then spent four seasons at Salgaocar during which he won the I-League (2011-12) and the Federation Cup (2012) under Bencherifa and even went on to skipper his side in the AFC Cup.
For the 2013-14 season, Sabrosa moved to Kolkata and joined Mohammedan Sporting and helped his team to the Durand Cup and IFA Shield title.Read More »
Indian Navy defended the Independence Cup football title by beating Western Railway 1-0 at St Xavier’s ground, Parel yesterday. Navy forward Sabariyar Britto scored the all-important goal in the second half.
It was Western Railway who created more chances and dominated proceedings before
the interval. But Navy’s defenders and goalkeeper Sumesh PS ensured they did not lose the initiative. Sumesh brought about a brilliant save off Lineker Machado in the fifth minute.
Navy showed more intent after the break and were rewarded for their effort when Britto struck eight minutes into the half. He made the most of goalkeeper Grinto Antao’s fumble and scored
Navy were awarded Rs 40,000 for their win, while Western received Rs 25,000. Air India, who finished third, won Rs 15,000.
Navy coach PV Abhilash said it wasn’t an easy final to win. “Both teams played really well. If not for that goal, the result would have been decided via tiebreaker. Western Railway played really well today,” he said.
However, Abhilash hoped that the organisers Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) would provide better facilities to teams in future.
“The tournament should be played at Cooperage and not St Xavier’s ground. The ground is not levelled properly. Also, teams are not given separate changing rooms. I know that renovation work is on, but a tent could be built near the ground.
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The National team hoisted the Tri-Color and sung the National anthem in unison at the Cooperage Football Ground to celebrate Independence day.
National Team coach Mr. Tarun Roy did the honors of hosting the flag and begin the celebrations. ‘Its very important to remember the sacrifices made by our heros in the past, who have laid their lives to protect us’, said the coach. ‘We are preparing for the the Asian Games an we will make sure to put in all our efforts and make the country proud’ affirmed Mr. Roy.
Durva Vahia (Goal-Keeper): ‘Its a great feeling to celebrate this day with the Indian National team. To play for the national team is our ultimate aim and will give us the chance to serve our country. Singing the National anthem gives me immense joy and we all hope to do it at the Asian Games this time. Jai Hind!’Read More »
WIFA’s Referees’ board successfully completed the new recruitment course for CAT V (Category V) referees.
The class was conducted over 2 days on Cooperage Football Ground, Mumbai on 9th and 10th August 2014. Mr. Walter Pereira and Mr. Dhanraj More were the designated instructors for the course.
Over 20 to be referees were part of the program from Mumbai and Thane District.
Mr. Walter Pereira the instructor and the Chairman of the WIFA Referee’s Board was happy with the proceedings and said, ‘The course went on successfully. Now we hope that they all clear the test to come in a couple of months’.
Mr. Pereira also pointed out, ‘This was our first batch under our new format for working under the WIFA’s Referees’ Board. Alike WIFA’s Grassroots’ aim; our aim is also to widen the base of the Development Pyramid in our state. We plan to roll out more of such recruitment session through out the state in the months to come.’
‘Our vision and aim is to have world class referees in years to come. In a matter of 6 to 7 successful years one can reach the pinnacle of International Football’, concluded Mr. Pereira.
Mumbai Football Club, one of India’s top professional football clubs is happy to announce that under our community development plan, we will be organizing the Independence Cup 2014, along with our partner, Your Day Events.
The event will be held on the Independence Day 2014 weekend (August 15th-16th 2014) at the Inorbit Mall turf in Malad, Mumbai. It is and a 5-a-side tournament with 32 teams vying for the Cup as well as prizes worth Rs. 80,000. The open tournament will have teams from all over Mumbai and India’s top sports broadcaster, Ten Sports, is the Sports Channel Partner and will be awarding goodies worth Rs. 50,000 to the winners. Killer Jeans is one of the Associate Sponsors of the event.
The Mayor of Mumbai, Mr. Sunil Prabhu is expected to be present for the finals. His presence is seen as an endeavor to promote the beautiful game.
The Mumbai FC Head Coach Khalid Jamil along with the Manager, Henry Picardo will be present for the finals, while Mumbai FC scouts will be monitoring all players for the two days of the tournament. Coach Khalid Jamil says,” This is a great initiative and such events would go a long way in engaging the vibrant football community of Mumbai. We will always keep an eye open for any talent that we might find through such platforms.”
This tournament kick starts Mumbai FC’s community development plans. Commenting on the same, Atul Badgamia, Dy. Vice President – Mumbai FC says,” We are looking to conduct periodic events across the city to engage with our fans. This event is a perfect platform for fans to interact with the club and earn a chance to be seen by one of India’s top football coaches. We are glad to partner with Your Day Events who share our vision for the development of football in Mumbai. We look forward to create a great experience for players, coaches, press, spectators, etc. during this great day of celebration for our country.”
Your Day Events is a Mumbai based event planning firm. The elated Ross Fernandes, Co-Founder – Your Day Events, says “We dedicate this Independence Day to our love for football. Our tournament will be fast, exciting and a treat for all spectators. We are glad to partner with Mumbai FC, a football giant of India. Our tournament will look to be an annual carnival to celebrate the beautiful game as well as bring players and fans in close proximity to our local football club, Mumbai FC.”
The first day will see all the 32 teams compete against each other. The following day, 16 teams that have advanced will face each other for a place in the quarter finals, followed by semifinals and the grand finale under lights. The tournament will be spread for 9 hours each day that is from 1pm-10pm.Read More »
WIFA’s Coach education department announces AIFF D License Course!
Schedule: 24th to 28th August 2014 (Changes have been made on account of Ganesh Chaturthi on 29th August)
25th to 28th 29th 30th August 2014
Timings: 7:30 am to 6:00 pm (every day)
Fees: Rs. 5000
The ‘D’ licence course has provided an ideal introduction to football coaching.
The course is open to any person over 18 years of age having football playing experience, a passion for football, an interest in coaching and the motivation to improve skills and understanding.
The course would be conducted by AIFF instructors.
AIFF D LICENSE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM:
The 5 day non-residential course will comprise of theory and practical elements –
* Role of the coach
* Warm up
* Planning a coaching Session
* Principles of Play
* Age Specific Training
* Coaching Children
* Nutrition For Football
* Injury Prevention & Management
* Hygiene, Sports Safety & Injury Prevention
* Health Care for Footballers
* Emergency first aid
* Children ensuring safety in football
Post Course Performance Analysis
Candidates are required to keep a log-book, recording the development of their individual action plan and details of planning, preparing and evaluating training sessions.Read More »
This is to inform all AFC B License Aspirants that enrollments for the course being held in West Bengal from 7th to 27th September 2014.
1. AFC C License certificate holder
2. Has an experience of minimum of 2 years in football coaching since being issued his/her AFC C-Certificate
3. Hold valid Birth Certificate/Passport copy.
4. Has a maintained log book for his sessions after completion of AFC C-Certificate (minimum of 60 hours) required for submission during the course
Interested candidates should log on to www.the-aiff.com for registrations
The last date for application is 31st July 2014Read More »
The FIFA World Cup fever was spread across Maharashtra this football season. Many of the affiliated DFAs hosted the Final matches on big screen. Districts like Kolhapur, Hingoli, Jalna, Pune, Beed and Mumbai hosted matches on the big screen.
Mr. Feroz Ali – Secretary – Jalna DFA said, ‘The final match was an absolute delight! The theater was brimming from enthusiasm. We try to arrange such activities every time during the World Cup. This time we booked the whole of the auditorium for the screening itself!’
Following are some of the press clips of the coverage for some of the screenings
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The results of the AIFF ‘D’ License Course which was held at Cooperage Football Ground from 30th June to 4th July 2014 have been declared. The instructors for the course were Mr. Kundan Chandra and Mr. Arshad Hussain.
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Mumbai Warriors Soccer Club defeated Auxilium High School (Goa) by 2-0 in extra-time to lift the Under-14 SPT Junior 5s All India Futsal tournament played at the SPT Sports Academy, Sarjapur Road, Bengaluru on Sunday.
After goalless in full time, both teams headed into extra time where Santosh Suthar and Ashley Koli scored a goal each to hand the Mumbai based team their first silverware since the inception of the club. Crowd dominated the teams right from the group stages.
In the first round, they were pitted in the same group as DPFC (Delhi) and home team SPT (Bengaluru). In first match they defeated DPFC 2-0 riding on the goals by Sarthak Debnath and Ashley Koli. In the following match, they held DPT to a 1-1 draw with Santosh Suthar scoring the equalizer.
In the pre-quarters, Mumbai Warriors SC walloped ISST Academy (Pune) 11-1 to progress through last eight. Sarthak Debnath scored eight goals which
the rout. In quarters, MWSC once again were the in form team as they outclassed Pune United Football Academy by 5-0. Striker Sarthak Debnath scoring a hat-trick with Parthak Nachankar and Ashley Koli finishing with goal a piece.
In semi-final, MWSC were given close fight by Living Hope (Bengaluru) as they were held to 1-1 after full time. The away team eventually showed their class as they progressed in final by winning the penalty shoot-out.
In final, Auxilium School gave a tough fight to MWSC as there were no goals at the full time whistle. In extra time, Santosh Suthar and Ashley Koli came to the rescue to help Mumbai Warriors SC win the title. They were handed the sparkling trophy along with the prize money. Sarthak Debnath finished with 12 goals as he was handed the golden boot trophy while Mangesh Desai was adjudged the best coach of the Under-14 category.Read More »