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')


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.


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.


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.


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.


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



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.


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.


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


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



Posted on 13/08/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

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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.



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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


East Bengal lose to Mohammedan in CFL

Posted on 10/08/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

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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.

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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.

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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


East Bengal Team unveiled in South City Mall

Posted on 06/08/14 by Kingfisher East Bengal

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



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.


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


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').


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