East Bengal have completed the signing of Spanish defender Marti Crespi

East Bengal have completed the signing of Spanish defender Marti Crespi ahead of the 2019-20 season of the I-League, the club announced on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old started his professional career with Mallorca and spent three seasons on loan at Elche, Granada and Xerez. He went on to join the Spanish top division side, Racing Santander in 2013, before moving onto CE Sabadell FC in Segunda B.
The defender then shifted base to China, representing the likes of Qingdao Huanghai and Nei Mongol Zhongyou, before taking the decision to come to India with Delhi Dynamos. Crespi has also played for the Spanish national team in the U-19 and U-20 categories.
Quess East Bengal FC is happy to announce that the club has signed dynamic Spanish defender Marti Crespí Pascual for this season.
Crespi joined Indian Super League (ISL) side Dyanmos last season. He made 15 appearances and helped keep his side only two clean sheets in a season where the Dynamos failed to make it to the playoffs, finishing eighth…

The roadmap for three years proposed by all I-League clubs

One day after AIFF (All India Football Federation) President Mr.Praful Patel met with I-League clubs to discuss their grievances, the clubs have come up with their proposal for a roadmap for Indian football.
Patel had said that he would approach the AFC and ask for permission to hold the I-League and the ISL simultaneously in India for another three years and also promised to address the issues regarding the broadcasting and scheduling of I-League games for the next season.

The outcome of the meeting was that the existing two-league situation is set to continue for 2-3 years until a solution for a unified league is achieved.
While the I-League clubs appeared satisfied with some of the conclusions, they were disappointed to learn about a swap in AFC Champions League spot between I-League winners and ISL (India n Super League winners).
The joint committee has hence chalked out a roadmap for league football in India.
A Tripartite agreement to be signed betw…

Application opens for AFC goalkeeping coaching courses

The All India Football Federation is conducting three goalkeeping coaching courses in the coming year, the application window for which has been opened. The course details are as follows:
1. AFC Goalkeeping Level 1 Course from 7th till 12th October, 2019 in Madhya Pradesh.
2. AFC Goalkeeping Level 2 Course from 19th till 25th November, 2019 in Odisha.
3. AFC Goalkeeping Level 3 Course from 21st till 28th October, 2019 in Goa.

The application process will be open till August 18, 2019. To apply, visit

Kerala Premier League 2018-19: Indian Navy defeat Gokulam Kerala to be crowned champions

Indian Navy beat Gokulam Kerala (1-1, 6-5 on penalties) to lift the 2018-19 Kerala Premier League trophy on Saturday at the EMS Stadium in Kozhikode.

Britto PM and Christian Sabah netted from the spot in normal time and it was ultimately sudden death that separated the teams.

Vishnu VK started in goal for Indian Navy and skipper Bipaka Thapa led the forward line. Britto PM, the free-kick hero from the semi-final, also started up front.

Gokulam Kerala coach Rajeev P made just one alteration to the lineup that beat Kerala Blasters on penalties in the semi-final. Ajmal PA replaced Satyajit Bordoloi in between the sticks. Arjun Jayaraj was named on the bench.

A sub-par display by both teams left the game goalless after the first half. Despite plenty of turnovers in midfield by both sets of players, the attackers failed to create significant openings from them. One such transition helped Christian Sabah lay the ball off for Ganesan inside the box at the stroke of half-time but the forward…

Players expressed their happiness 'the Coach from Croatia and his immense experience will benefit Indian Football"

Igor Stimac’s appointment has been met with huge optimism and positivity from players of the Indian Men’s Senior National Team. Almost immediately after Stimac’s appointment as the Head Coach of the Blue Tigers, lot many players expressed their “happiness,” and welcomed the Coach from Croatia saying, Indian Football “will benefit from his immense experience.”

Sandesh Jhingan, Central Defender Blue Tigers mentioned “Stimac’s experience will be great for Indian Football, especially after what he has achieved with Croatia in 2014.”
“At the moment, Croatia are ranked 5 in the FIFA ladder, besides being the FIFA World Cup finalists, and him being one of the pioneers of that process shows his positive vision,” he said. “Personally, it’s a big bonus for me. He was a central defender during his playing days, and had such a great World Cup in 1998. So it’s an opportunity for me to learn a lot.”

Jhingan’s comments came after talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri had tweeted on Stimac’s appointment.

Former National Coach of Croatia Mr Igor Stimac is appointed as the Head Coach India football Team

The Executive Committee of the All India Football Federation has appointed Mr. Igor Stimac as the Head Coach of the Men’s Senior National Team on a two-year contract.
Mr. Stimac comes with an experience of over 18 years in coaching, structuring, and developing Football and players in Croatia, and internationally.
As a Coach, Mr. Stimac’s major achievement was guiding Croatia to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. During his tenure as the National Coach of Croatia, he handed National Team debuts to the likes of Mateo Kovacic, Ante Rebic, Alen Halilovic, and Ivan Perisic, amongst others.

He also played a pivotal role in developing likes of Dario Srna, Daniel Subasic, Ivan Strinic, Kovacic, Perisic, and other players.

His last assignment was with Al-Shahania Club in Qatar.

As a player, he was part the of the Croatia National squad which finished third in the FIFA World Cup France 1998, and a member of the Croatia National squad which qualified for the quarterfinals of the UEFA Europea…

The final round of the Hero Super Cup will kick-off at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar

The final round of the Hero Super Cup will kick-off at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on March 29 when Chennaiyin FC take on Mumbai City FC on the opening day at 8.30pm.
All the matches will be telecast live on Star Sports Network, Hotstar and Jio TV.
The Hero Super Cup is an annual tournament which is played among the top 10 teams of the Hero I-League and the Hero Indian Super League.
All the matches of the final round will be played on a knock-out format. The penalty shoot-out will be enforced to decide the winner in case of both teams staying tied, despite 30 minutes of extra time.

The first edition of the Hero Super Cup was won by JSW Bengaluru FC which was played at the same venue. Iconic striker Sunil Chhetri had bagged the top scorer’s award with six goals, while fellow striker Miku was adjudged as the best player of the tournament.

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