East Bengal rope in Leo Bertos as Marquee player

Posted on 19/07/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal


Kingfisher East Bengal has signed Leonida Christos "Leo" Bertos a New Zealand World Cupper on a two year contract. Bertos an attacking midfielder would be the Marquee player of the team for the I League.

Bertos was born on 20th December,1981 and started his club career with Wellington Olympic in 1997. He later on played for the English clubs Barnsley, Chester City, Rochdale and Scarborough before joining Wellington Phoenix.

It will be from the latter club he would be seeking transfer to Red and Golds. In the club and youth level he scored 35 goals. In the International Level he made his debut for New Zealand in a friendly vs Iran 13th October 2003.

An attacking midfielder he won 52 caps for his country. He provided the assist which enabled Rory Fallon to score the winner vs Bahrain in the double legged play off match which facilitated New Zealand to qualify for 2010 FIFA World Cup at South Africa. He turned out for all the three matches of New Zealand in Group F of the World Cup - Slovakia (1-1), Italy (1-1) and Paraguay (0-0). Incidentally New Zealand remained the only unbeaten side in 2010 FIFA World Cup.


East Bengal kicks off their pre-season training

Posted on 08/07/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

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Kingfisher East Bengal kicked off their pre-season training at the club ground on Tuesday with 37 players in attendance.

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Apart from Nigerian striker Ranty Martins, all new signings like Dhanarajan, Md Rafique, Baldeep Singh and Luis Barreto took part in the opening practice session supervised by Armando Colaco.

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Only drills and warm-up exercises formed the first day’s practice. Armando Colaco appeared quite pleased with what he saw. “Most of the players, barring some seniors who are ageing, seem to be in good shape. It seems most of them have worked during the off-season.”


Goalkeepers - Abhijit Mondal, Abhra Mondal, Louis Barreto, Dibyendu Sarkar, Sandip Kumar Pal

Defenders - Saumik Dey, Safar Sardar, Robert Lalthalmuana, Abhishek Das,Dipak Mondal, R.Dhanarajan, Souvik Bal, Amit Chakrabarty, Raju Gaikwad, Arnab Mondal, Gurwinder Singh (vice-vaptain), Wasim Akram Mollick, Baidyanath Das 

Midfielders - Mehtab Hossein, Alvito D'Cunha, Lalrindika Ralte, Joaquim Abranches, Harmanjot Singh Khabra (captain), Dipankar Roy, Cavin Lobo, Subodh Kumar, S Malsawmtluanga, Kishan Bag, Anthony Soren, Prohlad Roy, Abinash Ruidas, Bibekananda Banerjee, Dipak Tirkey, Mohammed Rafique 

Strikers - Baljit Sahni, Nilendra Dewan, Jiten Murmu, Manas Sarkar, Baldeep Singh, Ranti Martins

What's more, there will be three more foreign players, including a marquee player, added to the team in the coming days


Goan domination over, Kolkata continues to wait for title

Posted on 24/06/14 by ebfc

We share an article by Novy Kapadia published in The Asian Age

Goan domination over, Kolkata continues to wait for title

Debutants Bengaluru FC wrapped up the 7th Airtel I-League, with a round of matches still to be played. They have become only the third club outside Kolkata and Goa to win this coveted title. JCT won the inaugural National Football League title in 1997 and Mahindra United of Mumbai annexed the 10th NFL in 2005-06.

Goa’s domination of the I-League has come to an end but for Kolkata the long wait is still not over. It is now 10 years since a Kolkata club has won the most prestigious title in Indian football. East Bengal did so last in 2003-04.

Ironically, East Bengal are the most consistent team in the I-League in the last four seasons. They came second in the fourth and fifth I-Leagues, third last season and if they beat United SC in their last match they can come second this time also. Only Salgaonkar can pip them for the second spot if they overcome relegation threatened Churchill Brothers and East Bengal fail to win against United SC.

Overall in 18 seasons of the National Football League and I-League, East Bengal have finished in the top three on 12 occasions. They have come first thrice, second on six occasions and third thrice. This is remarkable and no team can match them for sheer consistency. Dempo has won the title five times but have often finished outside the top three.

The other talking point is whether Mohammedan Sporting or Churchill Brothers will be relegated. The winners of the 6th I-League Churchill Brothers are on 22 points and Mohammedan on 21. Both have played 23 matches each. So Mohammedan Sporting need a win to stay afloat and then hope that Churchill Brothers either draw or lose their last match.

Both these matches involving relegation should have been held simultaneously. However due to Churchill Brother’s AFC Cup commitments (they reached the round of 16 beating New Radiant of Maldives 2-1 in an away match earlier this week) the Goa team will play their last match on Monday April 28. This is unfair as Churchill Brothers will know if a draw will suffice to avoid the drop the 2nd division.

The mystery is that East Bengal despite having a settled squad for four seasons have been unable to win the I-League. It would be unfair to call them chokers as during this period they won the Federation Cup thrice in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Last season fixture congestion (AFC Cup, IFA Shiled and I-League) led to fatigue and their downfall.

This season injuries to key players Uga Okpara, James Moga, Mehtab Hossein and Vashum led to inconsistency. They had only one sequence of winning back to back matches, three in a row against Sporting Clube de Goa, Mohammedan Sporting and Pune FC.

A league is a marathon and a team must win as many home matches as possible and snatch a draw in away matches.


World Cup Seminar at Club Tent

Posted on 11/06/14 by ebfc


East Bengal Club organized a World Cup football seminar at the club tent today evening.

Former India internationals like Shyam Thapa, Surajit Sengupta and Bhaskar Ganguly as well as ex-FIFA referee Milan Dutta along with sports journalists Jayanta Chakraborty, Arun Sengupta and Ratul Ghosh are the speakers.

Hony. General Secretary Kalyan Majumdar along with Club Vice President Nani Das and Club Asst. Secretary Dr. Santi Rajan Dasgupta were also present on the occasion.


East Bengal fulfills Licensing Criteria

Posted on 21/05/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

AIFF's Licensing Committee members pose for a photograph outside AIFF Football House.


Kingfisher East Bengal, AFC Cup semifinalist-2013, pipped all other I League clubs to emerge as the best Indian club with maximum points by the above Committee for 2014-15 season.

This was decided by the First Instance Body which met at AIFF Headquarters on 21st May,2014. Kingfisher East Bengal have been granted both AFC and the National Licensing Certificate and will have no holds barred from playing in any AFC and AIFF tournaments. East Bengal have been the the most consistent Indian football team with laurels both in and outside the country for the last four years.

Image of the Report in Times Of India, Kolkata

Licensing is an annual process where all clubs eligible to compete based on sporting merit need to have a License under the AIFF’s Indian Club Licensing system.


Armando Colaco to remain as East Bengal coach

Posted on 15/05/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

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Armando Colaco will remain the chief coach of Kingfisher East Bengal Football Team in the upcoming season.

The five-time I-League winning coach has agreed on a new one-year contract.


Football Almanac to be sold from Club Tent

Posted on 08/05/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal


East Bengal Club Football Almanac is still available for sale from the Club Tent.. 


East Bengal Club Football Almanac is available for sale from the Club ent office from 2 pm to 7 pm. Almanac is priced at Rs 250……. Grab your Copy Now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Ranti Martins inks deal with East Bengal

Posted on 30/04/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

Nigerian striker Ranti Martins today signed for Kingfisher East Bengal for 2014-15 and 2015-16 season.

Ranti Martins is the leading goalscorer of NFL/I League with 185 goals.He has won the Golden Boot - 2005-06,2010-11,2011-12 and 2012-13 - Four times.

After the signing Ranti Martins said: “It’s a new journey for me and a privilege to join East Bengal. The fan and media interest will be something new for me but I don’t see it as any pressure and instead look at it as a responsibility.”


East Bengal Finish Runners-Up

Posted on 28/04/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

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East Bengal defeated United Sports Club 3-0 at the Salt Lake Stadium on Monday evening to finish runners-up in the 2013-14 Airtel I-League.

There were no goals in the first half but a howler from United SC custodian Abhijit Das allowed Abhishek Das to open the scoring for East Bengal in the second period. Late goals from Edeh Chidi and Semilen Doungel made it a comfortable victory for Armando Colaco’s side.

East Bengal finish second for the third time in four seasons with 43 points from 24 outings while United SC end in tenth spot with 26 points.

The first real chance of the game fell to East Bengal as Cavin Lobo’s cross found Ryuji Sueoka free in the box but the Japanese headed wide.

United SC had two decent openings in quick succession with Biswajit Biswas first going close after some nice work by Eric Brown while Mohammed Rafique failed to shoot properly despite only having East Bengal custodian Gurpreet Sandhu to beat following a solo run from Waheed Adenkule.

The first 15 minutes remained entertaining with Lobo and Lalrindika combing well but the latter’s shot found the side netting. For the rest of the half though both teams cancelled each other out and were only limited to long range efforts.

United SC keeper Abhijit had to make a good save though to deny Chidi with Lalrindika blasting the rebound over the bar.

It remained a tight contest in the second half also with East Bengal only troubling Abhijit from a Shylo Malswamtluanga cross which the United SC custodian didn’t gather cleanly and had to rely on his defenders to make the clearance.

United SC’s best chance of the game came close to the hour mark when Surajit Bose’s shot fell kindly for Biswajit Biswas in the six-yard box but he scuffed his effort while Brown failed to hit the target.

East Bengal were not really looking like scoring but broke the deadlock after a horrendous error from Abhijit. Abhishek Das played in a harmless cross into the box but Abhijit failed to collect it properly and eventually put the ball into the back of his own net.

It was an embarrassing moment for Abhijit and he nearly conceded a second when Lobo took a shot from inside the box but it was straight at the United SC goalkeeper.

East Bengal started to drop deep and allowed the purple shirts to dominate possession but they failed to test Sandhu with Brown not even hitting the target with his long-range efforts.

Chidi finally sealed the points for the red-and-gold brigade by scoring past Abhijit with a well-placed shot from inside the box.

The third goal came from a counter attack with Lobo picking out an unmarked Doungel and the East Bengal substitute easily found the back of the net.

KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL:  Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Abhishek Das, Arnab Mondal, Raju Gaikwad, Saumik Dey, S.Malsawmtluanga ((Joaquim Abranches - 61'), Cavin Lobo (Safar Sardar-91'), Harmanjyot Singh Khabra, Lalrindika Ralte, Chidi Edeh, Ryuji Sueoka (Semilen Doungel - 46').


East Bengal edge past Pune FC

Posted on 19/04/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

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Kingfisher East Bengal edged past Pune FC by 2-1 margin in the crucial I League encounter played today at Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune.


Anthony D'Souza gave Pune FC the lead in the 39th minute but the red & golds made a spirited fightback in the second half and in the 72nd minute restored parity through  Edeh Chidi. Seminlen Doungel headed in the winner for East Bengal in the 75th minute.

Kingfisher East Bengal were back in the title hunt when they came from behind to edge out Pune FC by odd goal in three to complete a second consecutive double over their rivals. Down by a goal in the first session the Red and Golds put up a spirited display in the second half to score two quick goals in the space of three minutes both set up by Ryuji Sueoka.

In the 72nd minute Sueoka collecting a pass from Lobo laid it back for Chidi Edeh to score the equaliser. This was not only Chid's 102nd goal but also his fourth consecutive strikes in the last four matches of East Bengal's clash with Pune FC in the I League. With his 8th goal Chidi also became the leading scorer for the Red and Golds in this I league.

Within three minutes Sueoka again got into the action and floated a long cross for super sub Semilen Doungel to nod in the winner. Second half also featured an outstanding performance by Gurpreet Singh Sandhu who brought of a number of brilliant saves to deny the rampaging  Pune forwards and was rightfully adjudged the Man of the Match.

Pune scored their only goal in the 39th minute through Anthony D'Souza of a Prakash Thorat assist.

With this win East Bengal climbed up to 2nd position in the table with 40 points from 23 matches


KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Naoba Singh (Abhishek Das), Raju Gaikwad, Arnab Mondal, Robert Lalthlamuana, Shylo Malswamtluanga (Seminlen Doungel), Subodh Kumar, Cavin Lobo (Joaquim Abranches), Lalrindika Ralte, Ryuji Sueoka, Edeh Chidi


East Bengal lose to Churchill

Posted on 16/04/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

East Bengal lost to Churchill Brothers by 0-1 margin in their Airtel I League match played today at Fatorda  Stadium, Goa.

Raju Yumnam scored the winner in the 23rd minute of play. Harmanjyot Khabra was sent off in the 80th minute after receiving the second yellow card.

Goalkeeper Lalit Thapa of Churchill was adjudged Man of the Match.

KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhra Mondal, Abhishek Das, Raju Gaikwad, Arnab Mondal, Robert Lalthlamuana (Naoba Singh), Joaquim Abranches  (Shylo Malswamtluanga), Harmanjyot Singh Khabra, Cavin Lobo, Lalrindika Ralte, Ryuji Sueoka, Edeh Chidi


East Bengal outplay Pune FC

Posted on 12/04/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

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A brace from Lalrindika Ralte saw East Bengal beat Pune FC 3-1 in a round 25 encounter of the Airtel I-League at the Salt Lake Stadium on Saturday.


Edeh Chidi put East Bengal in front while Ralte doubled the advantage before the interval. Mirjan Pavlovic pulled one back for the visitors in the second half but Ralte sealed the points by netting the third.


The red-and-gold brigade have now recorded three straight I-League wins for the first time since November 2012 and it moves them within four points of table toppers Bengaluru FC with a game in hand while Pune are now winless in six I-League fixtures.


East Bengal saw plenty of the ball in the early stages while Pune were happy to defend in numbers.


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The deadlock was broken when Chidi controlled Ryuji Sueoka’s cross at the far post and slotted the ball past Amrinder Singh.


It was a deserved lead for East Bengal and they continued to attack with Ralte’s shot narrowly missing the target.


Having gone 1-0 behind, Pune finally came out of their shell and had their first real effort when Prakash Thorat chested down a long ball for Arata Izumi but the India International blasted his shot over the bar.


East Bengal’s skipper for the day, Harmanjot Khabra, nearly made it 2-0 after being picked out in the box by Chidi but his shot went wide.


As the half progressed Pune’s Gabriel Fernandes started to look dangerous as he was going past players with ease. His shooting however lacked accuracy while at the other end young right back Abhishek Das produced a fine sole run but couldn’t hit the target.



The second goal came after a quick counter attack as Cavin Lobo’s pass sent Sueoka clean through on goal and the Japanese unselfishly set up Ralte, who had the easiest of tap-ins.


Pune coach Mike Snoei introduced Australian striker Pavlovic at the start of the second period and his side looked to make a fast start after the interval.


Riga Mustapha tested Abhra Mondal and it was end-to-end action as East Bengal also looked like scoring again. The home side wasted a great opportunity when Chidi flicked on Joaquim Abranches’ corner for Arnab Mondal but the defender headed straight at Amrinder.


Pune’s improvement in the second half finally paid off when Pavlovic got in behind the East Bengal backline after a nice through ball by Mustapha and the former A-League striker scored with a powerful shot.


Suddenly it became a very open game with both sides creating openings. East Bengal had to rely on some desperate last-ditch defending to preserve their lead.


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Armando Colaco’s side needed another goal and it arrived at a time when Pune were threatening to make it 2-2. Cavin Lobo produced a good run following a counter attack and his cutback was slotted home by Ralte with a brilliant strike.


Pune tried their best to get back into the game with Pavlovic and Anthony D’Souza going close but East Bengal did enough to register another important victory.

KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhra Mondal, Abhishek Das, Raju Gaikwad, Arnab Mondal, Robert Lalthlamuana, Joaquim Abranches (Shylo Malswamtluanga), Harmanjyot Singh Khabra, Cavin Lobo (Seminlen Doungel), Lalrindika Ralte, Ryuji Sueoka, Edeh Chidi


East Bengal breeze past Mohammedan SC

Posted on 05/04/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

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Kingfisher East Bengal recorded a 3-1 victory over Mohammedan Sporting in a round 24 encounter of the Airtel I-League at the Salt Lake Stadium on Saturday evening.

Ryuji Sueoka gave the red-and-gold brigade an early lead while Joaquim Abranches doubled their advantage. Josimar pulled one back quickly for Mohammedan but a landmark second-half strike from Edeh Chidi sealed the points for East Bengal.

Armando Colaco’s side have won back-to-back games for the first time in this season’s I-League and it sees them move within four points of table toppers Bengaluru FC with a game in hand. Mohammedan remain rock-bottom and have only three more games to avoid relegation.


It was an even contest in the opening stages with both sides cancelling each other out but East Bengal broke the deadlock with their first real attack. Young Abhishek Das produced a fine overlapping run on the right flank before finding Sueoka inside the box and the Japanese scored with a first-time shot.

Mohammedan struggled to create openings in the first quarter of the game and thus Sanjoy Sen replaced Monirul Mondal with Jerry Zirsanga. That change gave pace to Mohammedan’s right flank and they started creating more chances.

Japanese Taro Hasegawa had Mohammedan’s first shot on target as his right-footer had to be saved by Abhra Mondal. The East Bengal custodian was called into action again when Josimar headed Zirsanga’s corner towards the goal with Ajay Singh’s effort from the rebound being cleared off the line.

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Mohammedan were enjoying their best spell of the first half but East Bengal doubled their advantage when a misunderstanding between goalkeeper Luis Barreto and defender Syed Rahim Nabi allowed Abranches to pounce onto the loose ball and find the back of an empty net.

East Bengal’s two-goal advantage only lasted for a minute though as Josimar headed home Nirmal Chhetri’s cross with Abhra failing to get to the ball after coming way out of his line.

The half ended with end-to-end action and East Bengal wasted a couple of chances with Sueoka almost getting on the end of a Chidi flick-on while Lalrindika Ralte couldn’t hit the target after being well set up by Chidi.

Mohammedan saw plenty of the ball in the second half but their final pass was lacking quality with Josimar only testing Abhra after a solo run.

East Bengal didn’t really threaten to score but after the hour-mark they regained their two-goal lead through Chidi.

The goal came in bizarre fashion as Robert Lalthlamuana played a through ball for Sueoka, who was offside, which saw the Mohammedan players stop and wait for the flag. But Sueoka didn’t touch the ball and allowed an onrushing Chidi, who was onside, to score easily past Barreto.

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It was Chidi’s 100th goal in the National Football League and I-League and the Nigerian became only the fifth player to reach that milestone.

At 3-1, Mohammedan had a mountain to climb and besides a shot from Josimar that was saved by Abhra, they didn’t create any other clear cut opportunity.

KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhra Mondal, Abhishek Das, Arnab Mondal, Raju Gaikwad, Robert Lalthalmuana, Joaquim Abranches ( Baljit Sahni-77'), Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Cavin Lobo (Semilen Doungel-75'), Lalrindika Ralte, Chidi Edeh (Gurwinder Singh-90'), Ryuji Sueoka


East Bengal beat Sporting Goa

Posted on 30/03/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

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Kingfisher East Bengal defeated Sporting Clube de Goa by 2-1 margin in the crucial Airtel I League match played today evening at Salt Lake Stadium.

Baljit Singh Sahni and Lalrindika Ralte scored for the red & golds while Beevan de Mello scored for Sporting Goa.

Arnab Mondal od East Bengal was adjudged Man of the Match.

Baljit Sahni gave East Bengal the lead on the stroke of halftime after a nice low cross from Lalrindika Ralte, who doubled the home team’s advantage in the second period.


Beevan D’Mello pulled one back for Sporting Clube late on but the red-and-gold brigade held on for their eighth win of the campaign.


The result sees East Bengal move into the top four for the first time this season but they still trail leaders Bengaluru FC by seven points with two games in hand while Sporting Clube are now winless in six games.


East Bengal started strongly and their first effort came from a Raju Gaikwad long throw as Chidi’s header was parried away by Sporting Clube keeper Melroy Fernandes.


Sporting Clube took time to settle into the game but nearly scored when Joseph Perreira’s attempted cross had to be tipped over for a corner by East Bengal custodian Abhra Mondal.


The hosts won several freekicks and corners while Raju kept producing long throws but Melroy wasn’t really tested. At the other end Boima Karpeh and Rowlin Borges tried their luck from outside the box but neither could hit the target.


Armando Colaco made a first half substitution as he brought on Baljit in place of Cavin Lobo and the change paid dividends just before the interval as Baljit slotted home Lalrindika’s low cross into the six-yard box.


It was a well-worked goal as a quick counter attack released Lalrindika on the left flank with the Mizoram midfielder having the time and space to find Baljit who couldn’t miss from close range.


Sporting Clube looked to make a fast start in the second period but they didn’t create too many clear cut chances with Joseph only hitting a shot straight at Abhra.


In a double substitution, Oscar Bruzon introduced Royston D’souza and Beevan D’Mello but East Bengal increased their lead through Lalrindika.


A trademark Raju long throw was punched clear by Melroy only as far as Lalrindika whose shot from outside the box took a deflection off Chinta Chandrashekhar and went into the back of the net.


At 2-0, Sporting Clube had a mountain to climb but they produced a good spell of pressure with Royston wasting a good opportunity while Karpeh and D’Mello were denied by Abhra. East Bengal also wasted chances as Baljit and Lalrindika missed the target from promising positions.


East Bengal were very defensive in the closing stages and that allowed Sporting Clube to get back into the game as they reduced the deficit in the 90th minute. A fine run from Karpeh into the box resulted in a goal-mouth scramble and eventually D’Mello scored with a neat finish.


Sporting Clube threatened to complete the comeback in stoppage time but East Bengal just about held on for three valuable points.


KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhra Mondal, Naoba Singh, Raju Gaikwad, Arnab Mondal, Robert Lalthlamuana, Joquim Abranches, Harmanjyot ingh Khabra, Cavin Lobo [Baljit Singh Sahni (Seminlen Doungel)], Lalrindika Ralte, Ryuji Sueoka, Edeh Chidi (Gurwinder Singh)


East Bengal held by Mumbai FC

Posted on 26/03/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

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Kingfisher East Bengal were held to a 2-2 draw by Mumbai FC in their I League clash at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan today.

After a somewhat lacklustre first half, the game sprung into life in the second when Yusif Yakubu scored a world class goal to put the visitors ahead by crashing in a volley from 45 yards which deceived an advanced Abhijit Mondal.

The masterstroke of coach Colaco of bringing on Ryuji Sueoka in place of Vashum then paid dividends when the super sub restored parity with a superb back volley of an Joaquim Abranches cross in the 66th minute.

Within two minutes Sueoka put the Red and Golds ahead when he scored of a cross by Abhishek Das. When it looked like that the hosts would record back to back wins Ashutosh Mehta of Mumbai FC broke the hears of local fans with the equaliser in the 87th minute.

Ryuji Sueoka was adjudged Man of the Match.

With this point East Bengal remain in the 7th position with 28 points from 18 matches.

Abhishek Das and Raju Gaikwad of East Bengal were booked in the match.

KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL:  Abhijit Mondal, Abhishek Das, Arnab Mondal, Raju Gaikwad, Robert Lalthalmuana, Cavin Lobo (Baljit Sahni-90'), R.Vashum (Ryuji Sueoka-50'), Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Joaquim Abranches, Chidi Edeh, Semilen Doungel (Lalrindika Ralte - 59')


East Bengal thrash Rangdajied

Posted on 23/03/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

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Kingfisher East Bengal defeated Rangdajied United FC by 3-1 margin in the Airtel I League match played today afternoon at Salt Lake Stadium.

Edeh Chidi converted a spot kick in the 16th minute to East Bengal the lead but Ranti Martins restored parity for Rangdajied in the 30th minute. R Vashum scired at the stroke of lemon break to make it 2-1.

Seminlen Doungel made it 3-1 for the red & golds in 55th minute when he tapped the ball above the advancing Rangdajied custodian.

East Bengal won a penalty when Chidi was fouled by Lamine Tamba while attempting to get on the end of a Raju Gaikwad long throw.


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Chidi stepped up to take the spotkick and successfully found the back of net after sending Rangdajied keeper TP Rehnesh the wrong way.


The visitors looked to respond quickly and nearly equalised when Eugeneson Lyngdoh’s overhead kick from a Steven Dias corner was cleared off the line by East Bengal defender Robert Lalthlamuana.


Rangdajied didn’t have to wait long for the equaliser though as at the half-hour mark Ranti headed home Dias’ well measured cross to score for the fourth straight game.


The goal gave Rangdajied momentum as they created a couple of openings with East Bengal custodian Abhijit Mondal coming out quickly and making crucial interventions.

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Just before the halftime break, East Bengal took the lead as Vashum finished off a fine team move. Joaquim Abranches sent Chidi clean through on goal and the Nigerian did brilliantly to set up Vashum, who scored his first I-League goal of the season.


Moga got injured a few minutes after the restart and was replaced by young Doungel. The youngster scored with almost his first touch of the game to double East Bengal’s advantage as he latched on to a pass from Vashum and chipped over an onrushing Rehnesh.


East Bengal now have 27 points from 17 matches.

KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhijit Mondal, Abhisek Das, Raju Gaikwad, Arnab Mondal, Robert Lalthlamuana, Reisangmei Vashum, Harmanjyot Singh Khabra, Ryuji Sueoka [ James Moga {Seminlen Doungel (Subodh Kumar)}], Joaquim Abranches, Cavin Lobo, Edeh Chidi


East Bengal held by Lajong

Posted on 14/03/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

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Kingfisher East Bengal and Shillong Lajong played out a 0-0 draw in the Airtel I-League encounter at the Salt Lake Stadium on Friday evening.

Both sides wasted plenty of chances and thus had to settle for a point, a result which keeps Lajong above East Bengal, who now trail league leaders Bengaluru by 13 with three games in hand.

Lajong made a bright start and hit the woodwork in the third minute as Uilliams Bomfin’s long-range freekick was saved on to the post by East Bengal custodian Abhijit Mondal.

The red-and-gold brigade struggled to get going in the early stages as they were very wasteful in possession.

Lajong created plenty of openings but their finishing wasn’t clinical with Japanese Taisuke Matsugane also heading wide despite being unmarked inside the box.

The away side’s next chance came after a Boithang Haokip freekick as Abhijit failed to collect the ball properly but no Lajong player could capitalise from the rebound.

East Bengal were relying entirely on aerial balls and the long throws of Raju Gaikwad. Their first real attempt came from a Raju throw as Edeh Chidi latched on to a loose ball but narrowly missed the target.

With the hosts struggling to retain possession, Armando Colaco replaced young Subodh Kumar with Cavin Lobo in midfield but Lajong continued to be the better side and didn’t score because of their poor finishing and some fine goalkeeping from Abhijit.

Uilliams wasted a good opportunity after being played through by Boithang while later on Abhijit did well to deny Boithang from long range. Minutes before the interval, the 36-year-old custodian saved Redeem Talang’s header from six yards after a brilliant cross from Uilliams.

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East Bengal made a much better start to the second period and should have taken the lead just five minutes after the restart when Lobo got a clear sight of goal after exchanging passes with Chidi but the midfielder missed the target.

The hosts enjoyed a great spell of pressure but couldn’t involve their two foreign strikers Chidi and James Moga enough. As the half progressed, East Bengal saw a lot of the ball but only had half chances with Lalrindika Ralte and Ryuji Sueoka shooting wide.

Lajong lacked the threat going forward in the second half but were well organised at the back. However a great through pass from Lalrindika sent substitute Semilen Doungel clean through on goal but the youngster couldn’t keep his composure and failed to hit the target.

That was East Bengal’s best chance of the game but it wasn’t until the 83rd minute that they tested Lajong keeper Lalthuammawia Ralte, who showed great reflexes to parry away Lalrindika’s half-volley for a corner.

East Bengal ran out of ideas in the end while Lajong were happy to hold on for their second straight away draw.

KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhijit Mondal, Naoba Singh, Raju Gaikwad, Arnab Mondal, Robert Lalthlamuana, Shylo Malswamtluanga (Baljit Singh Sahni), Subodh Kumar (Cavin Lobo), Ryuji Sueoka, Lalrindika Ralte, Edeh Chidi, James Moga (Seminlen Doungel)



Posted on 14/03/14 by ebfc




With a view to upgrade club records attention is drawn  of all members to the following subject :

  1. To scrutiny and verify his / her name, address and photo lying with the club.
  2. In absence of photo, change of address if any please submit 2 nos  passport size photograph duly filled in prescribed form, available in club office during office hours, between 3 p. m. to 7-30  p.m.
  3. Information about dead members along with photo copy of the death certificate.
  4. To renew their membership within stipulated period of time as club rule.

Please furnish the requisite information within fifteen days from the date of the issue of this notice.

NB: Please visit our Official Website (www.eastbengalfootballclub.com) for more      information and see club Notice Board.




Hony. General Secretary


Dated: 14th March, 2014.                                                         




East Bengal edge past Mohammedan SC

Posted on 11/03/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

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East Bengal edged past Mohammedan Sporting 2-1 at the Salt Lake Stadium on Tuesday evening to move up to the seventh spot in the Airtel I-League table.

James Moga’s opener was cancelled out by Mohammedan’s Taro Hasegawa in the first half but Edeh Chidi settled this entertaining encounter with a late winner in the second period.

The result keeps Mohammedan Sporting in the bottom two with 18 points from 17 outings while East Bengal are now 11 behind league leaders Bengaluru FC and still have three games in hand.

Most Kolkata derbies in this season’s I-League have been cagey affairs but this one was a lively contest from the very first whistle with both sides looking to score early.

Both teams created half chances but the first real save of the game came from Luis Barreto as he did well to parry away Moga’s long-range freekick.

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Just a few minutes later, the deadlock was broken after some nice interplay between East Bengal’s two foreign strikers as Chidi’s flick was missed completely by Mehrajuddin Wadoo, allowing Moga to go clean through and score past Barreto.

The goal gave East Bengal momentum with the pairing of Chidi and Moga looking dangerous.

Reacting to his team’s problems, Mohammedan coach Sanjoy Sen replaced young Monirul Mondal with Japanese Hasegawa and the black and whites were slightly fortunate not to concede a penalty when Nirmal Chettri appeared to have pushed Chidi inside the box.

Just after the half-hour mark, East Bengal suffered a big blow when Nigerian central defender Uga Okpara had to come off with an injury.

Almost immediately after Okpara’s withdrawal, Mohammedan equalised through Hasegawa, who caught Robert Lalthlamuana napping after a cross from Dhanarajan and headed past Abhijit Mondal.

Mohammedan ended the half strongly as they looked to capitalise further on the absence of Okpara in the East Bengal backline but they didn’t really test Abhijit.

The IFA Shield and Durand Cup holders were on the front foot at the start of the second half also and had a penalty shout when Penn Orji’s shot hit Raju Gaikwad’s hand.

Syed Rahim Nabi also went close for Mohammedan but they had a big setback when Brazilian centre-back Luciano Sobrosa went off injured.

Mohammedan continued to look dangerous going forward and were unfortunate to not go in front when Josimar’s powerful shot rattled the woodwork.

That bit of luck brought East Bengal to life with Ryuiji Sueoka nearly finding the target after a nice team move.

It was end-to-end action for the final half hour but East Bengal looked more likely to score next as Chidi narrowly missed the target while Naoba Singh’s chip hit the post.

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East Bengal finally scored the winner when Chidi controlled Shylo Malswamtluanga’s cross inside the box and found the back of the net with a cool finish.

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Mohammedan Sporting pressed hard for the equaliser but the red-and-gold brigade held on for their first victory in four I-League fixtures.

KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhijit Mondal, Raju Gaikwad, Arnab Mondal, Uga Okpara (Naoba Singh), Robert Lalthlamuana, Shylo Malswamtluanga (Seminlen Doungel), Harmanjyot Singh Khabra, Ryuji Sueoka, Lalrindika Ralte, Edeh Chidi, James Moga (Cavin Lobo)


Dan Magness perfoms Jugglery at the Kolkata Derby

Posted on 02/03/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

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Dan Magness performed his Football jugglery during the Half Time of Kingfisher East Bengal's home match vs Mcdowell Mohun Bagan. 


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Dan Magness a world class Football Freestyler, presenter and multiple Guinness World Record holder. His impeccable tricks and energy-filled presenting has led him to hundreds of different countries to perform for royalty, work with Celebrities, film TV shows and give his time to numerous charities.


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Football skills and numerous Guinness World Records aside, Magness is a familiar face on TV screens worldwide after filming dozens of commercials, numerous documentaries and his own TV series, “Football Freestyler” where he was flown to 12 different countries to interview the greatest performers of our current time.

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In 2009, he became the first person EVER, to keep a football airborne for a phenomenal 24 hours, using only his feet, knee's and head.  However, this was not enough and he went on a year later to break it and set a new record at 26 hours, juggling the ball over 350,000 times!

Some of Dan's other achievements include...

  • Being the first person 'EVER' to perform at the new Wembley Stadium.
  • Receiving a standing ovation at the Royal Albert Hall.
  • Juggling a football for 36 miles, around every Premier League ground in London.


Dan Magness with his amazing football jugglery thrilled the crowd at Salt Lake Stadium on 1st March during the I League Kolkata Derby. 


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