Facebook Milestone For East Bengal

Posted on 28/09/14 by Admin

We share an article published on I League Official Site: i-league.org



Facebook Milestone For East Bengal


I-LEAGUE Media Team


KOLKATA: I-League giants Kingfisher East Bengal have added yet another feather to their cap this year as they notched up as nearly as a whopping 13 lakh ‘likes’ on social media giant facebook.


This figure makes them the most followed Indian football Club in the facebook circuit as of now, in both the I-League as well as the newly-formed Indian Super League.



The Red-and-Golds recently took to photo sharing social media platform instagram [instagram.com/eastbengalfcas well, in order to continue the Club’s presence online, and build more ways to engage the fans via the internet and mobile.


The Club also has official profiles on video sharing platform YouTube, Flickr, besides their official website - eastbengalfootballclub.com.


East Bengal have already created history this year by pulling off a victory in their final game against Tollygunge Agrami in the 2014/15 edition of the Calcutta Football League; and thus lifting the coveted title for the 36th time, as well as five consecutive times, for the second time.


They were adjudged runners up in the I-League last season, as they collected a total of 43 points, four adrift of eventual Champions Bengaluru FC.

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East Bengal crowned CFL Champions

Posted on 16/09/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal


Kingfisher East Bengal became Champions of the Calcutta Football League - Premier Givison for the record 36 times when they defeated Tollygunge Agragami 2-1 in their final match at VYBK today.


With this triumph East Bengal topped the League table with 25 points from 10 matches and became the only Kolkata team to win the League five times in a row twice. Earlier the Club had won the League from 1970 to 1975 (Six times) consecutively.



East Bengal also share the record winning the League more than 30 times and join the select band of the following illustrious teams:


 
East Bengal - Calcutta Football League- 36 times
FC Ajax - - Dutch League- 33 times
Real Madrid - La Liga (Spain) - 32 times
Juventus - Serie A (Italian League) - 30 times


 
Of all the 36 triumphs this was East Bengal's sweetest as the job was done by a bunch of talented youngsters ie Avinash Ruidas ,Prohlad Roy, Kisan Bagh, Safar Sardar and Abhishek Das whose role were strategised and conceptualised by Head Coach Armando Colaco . Full credit should be given to Colaco for this standout performance.

 


 

As for the match East Bengal dominated the early exchanges and shot into the lead in the 26th minute when Prohlad Roy stabbed in an Avinash Ruidas cross. Tollygunge restored parity in the 33rd minute when Bello Rasaq nodded in a flag kick by Mohan Sarkar. But within three minutes Ranti Martins scored the winner taking advantage of a mix up in Tollygunge's defence.


East Bengal led 2-1 at the half time.


In the second session Tollygunge made a number of attacks but were mostly foiled by Abhra Mondal under the East Bengal bar.



Sukhwinder Singh who was later adjudged the man of the match had an outstanding game. 

 
KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhra Mondal, Abhishek Das, Gurwinder Singh, Safar Sardar, R.Dhanarajan, Prohlad Roy (Kisan Bagh-73'), Subodh Kumar, Sukhwinder Singh, Avinash Ruidas (Saumik Dey-87'), Ranti Martins, Dudu Omagbemi

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East Bengal rout SAI East Zone

Posted on 13/09/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal


Kingfisher East Bengal scored at will and swamped SAI (EZ) 6-0 in their match of Calcutta Football League - Premier Division at VYBK today.


With this win East Bengal climbed to the top position of the table which they share with Tollugunge Agragami. Both teams have 22 points from 9 matches with the same goal difference of +18 but the Red and Golds have scored more goals. The showdown between the top two is scheduled to be held at 4pm on Tuesday ie 16th September,2014 at VYBK.


East Bengal dominated todays match from the start and started scoring on the 16th minute through Dudu Omagbemi who scored with a long grounder after being put through by Prohlad Roy. Ranti Martins doubled the score in the 27th minute when he tapped in a clinical R.Dhanarajan centre. Dudu scored a peach of a goal in the 39th minute when he bulged the net with a brilliant pile driver from a Ranti assist. Diwas Tamang scored an own goal in added time and East Bengal went into the breather with a comfortable 4-0 margin.



Leo Bertos got his name in the scoresheet when he scored with a hard drive of Subodh Kumar assist in the 77th minutes. Four minutes later Dudu completed his hatrick when he scored with an angular shot off a Subodh Kumar pass. This was Dudu's second hatrick in the League earlier one coming against Army XI.


With this goal Dudu also climbed to top top goal poacher's spot with 8 goals along with Koko Sakibo of Tollygunge.For East Bengal Dhanarajan and Subodh Kumar had a good match.East Bengal 6-0 win over SAI (EZ) is the highest margin in this year's League.
 

KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhra Mondal, Abhishek Das, Gurwinder Singh, Safar Sardar (Wasim Akram Mallick-62'), R.Dhanarajan, Prohlad Roy (Manas Sarkar-78'), Subodh Kumar, Sukhwinder Singh, Abinash Ruidas, Ranti Martins (Leo Bertos-63'), Dudu Omagbemi.

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East Bengal trounce Police AC

Posted on 10/09/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal


Kingfisher East Bengal maintained their winning ways and trounced Police AC 4-1 to register their 6th triumph out of 8 matches in Kolkata Premier League at VYBK today. With this win East Bengal climbed up to the second position in the table with 19 points.


Incidentally the match was earlier abandoned due to bad light in mid August with East Bengal leading 1-0 after 70 minutes at the East Bengal/Aryan ground.


Police AC started the game strongly and went ahead in the 2nd minute when Nilkanth Pariya capitalising on a miss pass of Abhishek Das beat the Red and Gold custodian with a stinging shot. East Bengal counter attacked but Police defence particularly their goalkeeper Jhantu Mandal held firm. East Bengal after missing a number of sitters set things right in a five minute blitzkrieg before the breather.



Ranti Martins of a Subodh Kumar assist scored the leveller with a brilliant shot in the 41st minute. Dudu Omagbemi nodded in the second goal off a Gurwinder Singh assist three minutes later. Dudu again scored with a fine tap in of a perfect cross from Prahlad Roy. East Bengal led 3-1 at half time.



The second half was dominated by East Bengal who completed the scoring with a pile driver from Prahlad Roy in added time.

 

KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhra Mondal, Abhishek Das, Gurwinder Singh ,Safar Sardar, R.Dhanarajan, Prahlad Roy, Subodh Kumar (Anthony Soren -76'), Sukhwinder Singh (Kisan Bagh- 93'), Avinash Ruidas, Ranti Martins (Leo Bertos-69'), Dudu Omagbemi

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East Bengal beat Southern Samity

Posted on 07/09/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

 


Video Courtsey: Indian Football Home


Kingfisher East Bengal edge past Southern Samity  by a solitary goal in their Calcutta Football League – Premier Division match played today afternoon at Vidyasagar Krirangan, Barasat.


Prahlad Roy scored the winner with a spectacular left footed swerving long ranger in the 42nd minute of play.


KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhra Mondal, Abhishek Das, Gurwinder Singh, Safar Sardar, R Dhanarajan, Prahlad Roy (Antony Soren), Subodh Kumar, Sukhwinder Singh, Abinash Ruidas, Dudu Omagbemi, Ranti Martins

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Kingfisher East Bengal rout Army XI

Posted on 04/09/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal


After their Derby triumph last Sunday a new look East Bengal team maintained their winning sequence when they crushed Army XI 4-1in their sixth Kolkata League fixture at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata today.


With this win East Bengal now have 13 points from six matches and are putting pressure to climb to the top of the table. East Bengal fielded an young side as most of their players have left for ISL duty but this did not deter the Red and Golds to take control of the match from the kick off and dominate the proceedings thereafter.


Ranti Martins opened the scoring for East Bengal in the 28th minute when he converted a clinical pass from Saumik Dey. Earlier Dudu Omagbemi had spurned a sitter after being put through by Ranti Red and Golds led 1-0 at the half time.



Dudu made amends eleven minutes after the breather when he latched on to a long lob of Subodh Kumar and bulged the net with a thunderous drive. In the sixty ninth minute Dudu got his second after his first strike was partially blocked by the Army custodian Sharat Narayan, Dudu completed his hatrick in the 86th minute when he crashed home of an Anthony Soren pass.


In between Jain P scored a consolation goal for Army in the 71st minute. For East Bengal apart from their Nigerian strike duo, Subodh Kumar, Sukhwinder Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Safar Sardar and Saumik Dey had a good outing.


 
KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhra Mondal, Abhishek Das, Gurwinder Sing, Safar Sardar, Saumik Dey, Abinash Ruidas (Kisan Bag), Sukhwinder Singh ,Subodh Kumar (Anthony Soren), Deepak Tirkey (Prahlad Roy), Ranti Martins, Dudu Omagbemi

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East Bengal thrash arch rivals Mohun Bagan in CFL

Posted on 31/08/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal


After their inaugural Derby win 89 years ago on 28th May,1925, Kingfisher East Bengal made their 150th Derby clash of Kolkata League when they recorded an emphatic 3-1 win over their arch rivals Mohun Bagan at VYBK today.


With this win East Bengal now have 10 points from 5 matches in the CFL League table. The Red and Gold started their campaign in style. After some quick exchanges Cavin Lobo snapped up a mispass of Satish Singh and ran deep into the rival penalty box where he was brought down by Bagan's defender Fatai Alao in the 13th minute.



The resultant penalty was easily converted by Ranti Martins thereby scoring his first Derby goal.


Mohun Bagan retaliated through CS Sabeeth who tapped in close after East Bengal custodian Abhijit Mondal failed to gather a Satish Singh cross in the 20th minute.


Spurred on by the equaliser Mohun Bagan made a couple of attacking moves but Abhijit and other East Bengal defenders dealt with them effectively. In the 43rd minute Fatai again fouled Ranti outside the box and the resultant free kick was crashed home by Joaquim Abranches to put the Red and Golds 2-1 ahead at the breather.



The second half was completely dominated by the red & golds. Ranti Martins nodded in the third goal of an Abranches cross. Therafter, Ranti, Bertos and substitute Malsawmtluanga wasted sitters.



East Bengal romped home deservingly 3-1. Fatai, Dhanachandra Singh (Mohun Bagan) and Raju Gaikwad (East Bengal) were booked in the match.



Joaquim Abranches was adjudged Man of the Match.


After the match East Bengal Club President Dr Pronab Das Gupta and other senior members declared an incentive of Rs 2.50 lakhs for the team for their triumph.


Kingfisher East Bengal - Abhijit Mondal, Deepak Mondal,Arnab Mondal, Raju Gaikwad, Robert Lalthalmuana, Joaquim Abranches, Cavin Lobo (S.Malsawmtluanga- 83'), Mehtab Hossain, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Ranti Martins, Leo Bertos (Dudu Omagbemi-61')

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East Bengal rise to Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted on 30/08/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal



Kingfisher East Bengal along with three other I League clubs were nominated for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by I League outfit Pune FC.
 
Kingfisher East Bengal became the first among the four clubs nominated by Pune FC to accept the challenge and in turn Kingfisher East Bengal nominated Atletico de Kolkata, cricketer Sourav Ganguly and Shillong Lajong FC to follow suit.
 
The Ice Bucket challenge was done at East Bengal ground after the training session today.
 
Coach Armando Colaco nominated Atletico de Kolkata, cricketer Sourav Ganguly and Shillong Lajong FC to follow suit.
 
After that Captain Harmanjyot Khabra, Vice Captain Gurwinder Singh, Robert Lalthlamuana, Abhishek Das, Subodh Kumar and Leo Bertos sat on the chair at the ground while Deepak Mondal, Abhra Mondal, Safar Sardar, Baljit Sahni, Md. Rafique and Cavin Lobo dumped a bucket of ice water over their heads to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease. 
 
Kingfisher East Bengal support the noble cause... rise to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and also pledge a donation to ALS Association.

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East Bengal granted AFC License

Posted on 29/08/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal


The first AIFF Club Licensing Workshop for the 2014/15 Football season successfully took place at the AIFF Headquarters, Football House, New Delhi today.


Present on the occasion were officials from AFC (Asian Football Confederation), as well as, representatives from the I-League Clubs. Mr. Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League, also graced the occasion.


The objective of the workshop was to give the Clubs an insight into different aspects of the game, both on-and-off the field. The discussions dealt on marketing and promotion of the Clubs, match day activities, operations, roles of support staff and other relevant issues.


Mr. Windsor John, Deputy General Secretary, AFC, also Head of Competitions, asserted the importance of the Club Licensing, and mentioned AFC’s commitment to help improve football in India.

 

“First of all, I congratulate I-League for conducting this workshop,” Mr. John said.

 

“Club Licensing is a very important feature in the AFC Champions League assignment. The Clubs need to understand that this is not a policing license, but a license to develop.

 

“Hence, I ask all the clubs to embrace it. India has got tremendous potential. Small steps, a long-term plan, and the right people, can take it a long way.”

 

Mr. Mahajan Nair, Head of Club Licensing, AFC highlighted club development with special significance on the AFC development program – the Kick Off project.


Kingfisher East Bengal were granted AFC License & National License which was handed over by Mr. Windsor John to Mr. Arunava Bhattacharya - Admin Manager of Kingfisher East Bengal in presence of I League CEO Mr. Sunando Dhar.

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East Bengal to play in AFC Cup Qualifiers

Posted on 28/08/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

Kingfisher East Bengal will play in AFC Cup Qualifiers in coming season to play in AFC Cup.


AFC President’s which was the third tier of the AFC Club Competitions will be withdrawn from 2015 and AFC Champions League & AFC Cup will be the two competitions for the Asian Clubs from 2015.


AFC Competitions Committee proposed a revamp of the AFC club competitions. The member associations are ranked based on their national team's and clubs' performance over the last four years in AFC competitions, with the allocation of slots for the 2015 and 2016 editions of the AFC club competitions determined by the 2014 rankings.


India has got a slot in AFC Champions League Play Off & AFC Cup Play Off.


Kingfisher East Bengal will have to play AFC Cup Qualifiers Play Off to qualify for the tournament.


Current I League champions Bengaluru FC will be playing the ACL Qualifiers Play Off.

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AFC Inspectors visit Kingfisher East Bengal

Posted on 28/08/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

 

Kingfisher East Bengal was visited by AFC inspectors who carried out checks as part of the AFC club licensing criteria, on Thursday.



The experts took a close look at the training ground facilities at East Bengal ground, Age-Group teams before heading to the East Bengal Club tent to carry out interviews of the staff and coaches.

 

The criteria which was being assessed was Infrastructure, Sporting, Youth Development (Age-group teams), financial, and personnel/administrative.

 

Head of AFC research and support services Steve Kim presented AFC’s new regulations for participation in AFC competitions. He was accompanied by AFC Manager of Accounts Kevin Org and AFC Head of Club Licensing Mahajan Nair.

 

I-League CEO Sunando Dhar and I-League club li were also present on behalf of the AIFF.

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East Bengal held by Kalighat MS

Posted on 26/08/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

Kingfisher East Bengal were held to an 1-1 draw by Kalighat Milan Sangha in their match of Calcutta Football League – Premier Division played today at Salt Lake Stadium.


The red & golds got an early lead in the 2nd minute of play when Harmanjyot Singh Khabra headed in a free kick from Mehtab Hossain from the left. But East Bengal couldn’t hold on to their lead as in the 12th minute Sourav Mullick scored for Kalighat MS when took advantage of a faulty clearance from Joaquim Abranches on the top of the box.


In the second half the red & golds piled on more pressure to get an elusive goal but all their efforts went  into vain as they failed to break the deadlock.

 

KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL:  Louis Barreto, Abhishek Das, Raju Gaikwad, Arnab Mondal (Gurwinder Singh), Saumik Dey, Joaquim Abranches (Baljit Singh Sahni), Mehtab Hossain (Shylo Malswamtluanga), Leo Bertos, Harmanjyot Singh Khabra, Cavin Lobo, Ranti Martins

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TOI REVIEW - FOOTBALL ALMANAC

Posted on 26/08/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

 

The Times of India, Kolkata Edition published a review of EAST BENGAL CLUB – FOOTBALL ALMANAC on Monday.


TOI REVIEW


Red-n-Gold Almanac


The East Bengal club launched their Football Almanac amid much fanfare. Apart from contributions from leading sports officials and journalists, the 116-page book also contains a specially written message from Union finance minister Arun Jaitley . “To the people of East Bengal origin, it is not just a football team but also a culture. There is no national football tournament left that the club has not won even once,“ Jaitley noted. The book is available at the club tent for Rs 250.

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Kingfisher East Bengal edge past Aryan

Posted on 23/08/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal


Kingfisher East Bengal clinched a thrilling 2-1 win against Aryan Club in their Calcutta Football League-Premier Division match played today at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan.


Aryan got an early lead in the 11th minute when Sagar Das scored of defensive lapse. East Bengal tried for the equalizer but couldn’t found the net and the match went into the lemon break with red & golds trailing by a goal.



The red & golds started with an attacking flair in the second half but has to wait till 69th minute to find the equaliser. Arnab Mondal scorching header off a Robert Lalthlamuana free-kick found the net to make the scoreline 1-1. Before that Ranti Martins missed a few sitters.


After the equalizer the red & golds continued to attack more to find another goal but the Aryan players lead by their goalkeeper started resorting to time wasting tactics resulting in frequent stoppage of play.



During the stoppage time Subodh Kumar got a loose ball deflecting off an Aryan defender and he made no mistake in slotting it home to clinch the win for the red & golds.

 

KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhijit Mondal, Dipak Mondal, Gurwinder Singh, Arnab Mondal, Robert Lalthlamuana, Shylo Malswamtluanga, Mehtab Hossain (Leo Bertos), Cavin Lobo (Subodh Kumar), Joaquim Abranches, Baljit Singh Sahni, Ranti Martins Soleye

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East Bengal thrash B.N.R.

Posted on 19/08/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal


Kingfisher East Bengal returned to winning ways when they trounced BNR 4-1 in their second match of Calcutta Football League - Premier Division at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan today.



In a match completely dominated by the Red and Golds Ranti Martins struck in the second minute when he nodded in a cross by Deepak Mondal. East Bengal doubled the lead in the 31st minute when Baljit Sahni snapped up the rebound after Ranti's spot kick hit the post and placed it beyond the reach of the rival custodian.



Deepak Mondal latched on to a pass by Ranti and scored with an angular shot to score the third goal on the stroke of half time while Baljit completed the scoring in added time when he crashed the ball into the net of a long pass by Khabra.


East Bengal led 4-0 at the breather and took things a bit easy in the second half despite the fact that both Ranti and Cavin Lobo hit the woodwork. BNR scored a consolation goal through Kazim in the 80th minute much against the run of play.


Baljit Sahni, Raju Gaikwad, Harmanjot Singh Khabra (East Bengal) and James, Souvik Santra (BNR) were booked in the match. With this win East Bengal now have three points from two matches.


KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Luis Barreto, Deepak Mondal, Arnab Mondal, Raju Gaikwad, Saumik Dey, Joaquim Abranches (Deepak Tirkey-63'), Cavin Lobo, Mehtab Hossain (Jiten Murmu-58') ,Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Baljit Sahni (Mohammed Rafique-76'), Ranti Martins

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CFL MATCH ABANDONED

Posted on 13/08/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

Photo: kingfishereastbengal.com


Kingfisher East Bengal's match vs Police AC in the Sahara Calcutta Football League was abandoned by the referee citing poor light conditions. The red & golds were leading 1-0 that time.

 

 

Photo: kingfishereastbengal.com


The match started in slashy underfoot conditions due to rain. East Bengal went all out from the beginning for the elusive goal and finally broke the deadlock in the 444th minute when Ranti Martins slotted home a pass from Baljit Sahni. The match went into the lemon break with 1-0 lead for the red & golds.


In the second half East Bengal mounted more pressure to increase the lead but in the 70th minute the Police AC custodian started wasting time as the light conditions started deterioting due to rain. Then Police AC players refused to play citing poor light, though East Bengal players were keen to finish the match. After major amount of the time got wasted due to the Police AC players refusal to continue the referee abandoned the play.


KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Luis Barreto, Dipak Mondal, Raju Gaikwad, Arnab Mondal, Robert Lalthlamuana, Harmanjyot Singh Khabra, Mehtab Hossain, Cavin Lobo, Joaquim Abranches, Baljit Sahni, Ranti Martins

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East Bengal lose to Mohammedan in CFL

Posted on 10/08/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

Photo: kingfishereastbengal.com


Kingfisher East Bengal lost their opening match of Calcutta Football League - Premier Division against Mohammedan SC by a solitary goal played today at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.


Photo: kingfishereastbengal.com

 

The red & golds fielded the juniors along with some seniors to give them exposure. The team started well with an attacking flair and createdsome chances only to be saved by the Mohammedan custodian Arnab Das Sarma.


Mohammedan SC took the lead in the 25th minute when Imran took a long range shot which deflected off a red & gold defender into the net. After conceding the goal the red & golds couldn’t combine well and Mohammedan almost scored twice but Abhra averted the danger on both occasion with brilliant saves. The match went into the lemon break with a goal deficit for East Bengal.


Photo: kingfishereastbengal.com


In the second half East Bengal got control of the game and continued their attack in search of the equalizer. In the 65th minute Ranti Martins header hit the post and it rebounded off to Mehtab Hossain who was inside the box. But Mehtab’s powerful shot was saved by Arnab Das Sarma.


In the 68th minute Rafique’s shot was saved by the Mohammedan custodian and Kisan Bag scored off the rebound, but the linesman raised the flag for offside.


In the 85th minute Ranti Martins placed the ball on the target but Mohammedan’s Nigerian stopper cleared the ball from the goal-line.


Mohammedan goalkeeper Arnab Das Sarma was adjudged Man of the Match.


KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhra Mondal, Abhishek Das, Safar Sardar, Arnab Mondal, Saumik Dey, Dipak Tirkey (Kisan Bag), Sukhwinder Singh (Manas Sarkar), Mehtab Hossain, Md. Rafique, Jiten Murmu, Ranti Martins

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East Bengal Team unveiled in South City Mall

Posted on 06/08/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

Photo: kingfishereastbengal.com


Kingfisher East Bengal players as the members of the squad were unveiled in a glittering ceremony at a packed South City Mall on Wednesday. The stairs of the mall were draped in red-and-yellow and the crowds that have thronged the venue made the atmosphere electric.


Photo: kingfishereastbengal.com


The program started around 4 pm in the afternoon with a series of contests. The main attraction was the quiz contest among the fans followed by football juggling and dance in tunes of East Bengal song.


Four winners of the contest conducted on Official Twiitter account of the team were given after event Dinner passes.


Photo: kingfishereastbengal.com


The main program started at 6 pm when the entire Kingfisher East Bengal Football Team was introduced to crowd one by one along with cheers from the crowd.


Photo: kingfishereastbengal.com


East Bengal Club also launched a deodorant “East Bengal Deo” in the event.


It was truly an occasion to remember for the East Bengal fans.

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KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL ROPES IN DUDU

Posted on 05/08/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal


Kingfisher East Bengal has roped in Nigerian striker Dudu Omagbemi for the upcoming season.


Dudu has signed an one year deal with red & gold brigade.


During his European stint, Dudu had also played UEFA Champions League for Hungarian side Debreceni Vasutas Sport Club. Dudu had returned to India last winter to join Salgaocar midway into the season and played a vital role to revive the Goan outfit’s campaign.


Kingfisher East Bengal has earlier roped in Nigerian striker Ranti Martins and New Zealand World Cupper – attacking medio Leo Bertos.

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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.

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