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- East Bengal edge past Rangdajied
- One million likes for Kingfisher East Bengal
- East Bengal lose to Mumbai FC
- Profligate East Bengal held by United SC
- Local heartthrob Dika owes it to Godfather Malsawmtluanga
- Ralte strike wins East Bengal the Bragging Rights
- East Bengal rout George Telegraph
- East Bengal beat Aryan
- Armando Colaco appointed as Head Coach of East Bengal
- Faith, Support and Patience define a Fan: Mehtab
- Marcos Falopa resigns from the Head Coach position
- East Bengal edge past Peerless
- East Bengal hold Sporting Goa
- East Bengal lose to Salgaocar
- East Bengal's Memorable 1973 DCM tournament triumph
- East Bengal pips Bengaluru FC
- Windsor John praises East Bengal
- East Bengal lose in AFC Cup semifinal
- Members Entrance in AFC CUP Semis
Posted on 09/12/13 by ebfc
East Bengal Club will complete 100 glorious years in 2020. To showcase and to build-up towards this monumental milestone the club has decided to organize pre-centenary celebration, every year. This year, i.e. 2013 the club is presenting a mega musical and entertainment night on 21st December (Saturday), 2013 at Salt Lake Stadium.
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This will mark the beginning and start the countdown towards turning 100 years an achievement which everyone dreams off.
The attraction for this year will be….......
Soumitra Chatterjee - A living legend on his own terms will spearhead the opening ceremony by his scintillating poem recitation
Akshay Kumar - India’s heartthrob and the biggest action star!
Sonakshi Sinha - India’s sweet heart and super star
Claudia Ciesla - German Super Model will groove to her hit ‘Balma’
Pritam - Bengal’s Pride and Bollywood’s Superhit Musical Genius accompanied by leading Male and Female singers
MEHSOPURIA - Also known affectionately as MEHSO to his fans, is an International Bhangra music Rockstar who revolutionised Punjabi music and gave it a completely commercial global appeal with his music
Anushka Manchanda– New singing sensation
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It will be one high voltage 3 hours of pulsating music and breath taking performances. Come join us for this epic event.
Posted on 07/12/13 by Kingfisher East Bengal
Kingfisher East Bengal edged past Rangdajied United FC by 2-1 margin in the Airtel I League match played today evening at J L Nehru Stadium, Shillong.
Gurwinder Singh header gave red & golds the lead in the 41st minute but Rangdajied restored parity within four minutes through North Korean striker Kim Yong.
Shylo Malsawmtluanga scored the winner in the 84th minute when he tapped in a rebound off Subrata Pal from a Edeh Chidi shot.
Early possession was shared by the two teams with neither side able to score.
Manandeep Singh had the first real chance when RUFC earned a corner in the 27th minute. Munmun Lugun fired the ball in low to the near post but Manandeep’s excellent header went wide.
Both teams were playing well and it was the visitors who broke the deadlock first. Some poor defending by the Blues led to a free kick deep on the right flank. Perfectly taken, Gurwinder, on the left, was in a great position to neatly head the ball over Subrata Paul for the lead.
Besides the slip up that led to the set-piece, Rangdajied were playing well as a unit and their efforts were rewarded in first half stoppage time.
Lyngdoh took the ball up on the right flank and picked out Kim with a low cross. Running forward, the North Korean striker placed his header in the corner of the net to restore parity between the clubs.
East Bengal had most of the possession after the restart. They were attacking from the word go and even on the few occasions when the hosts got the ball, the Red & Golds quickly took it back and made rapid counterattacks that Rangdajied had to do well to thwart.
Cavin Lobo had one of KEB’s best chances with a good shot from the right, but the ball went across the face of the goal and out from a tight angle.
RUFC began to find their second session feet after 70 minutes, with Lyngdoh firing a long distance shot that just cleared the crossbar.
Errors began to creep into the games of both sides, however, and neither side looked really convincing.
It was at this point that Malsawmtlunga broke the hearts of the home fans with the third goal of the contest. Chidi took a shot on goal from well outside the box that moved in the air slightly, making it difficult for Subrata to collect. His fumble allowed Malsawmtlunga to tap in the ball for the easiest of goals.
Scrappy action between the two teams continued on, but Rangdajied were not able to find the equaliser, consigning them to their sixth defeat of the season.
KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Naoba Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Uga Okpara (Raju Gaikwad), Saumik Dey, Shylo Malsawmtluanga, Harmanjyot Singh Khabra, Cavin Lobo, Lalrindika Ralte, Seminlen Doungel, Edeh Chidi
Posted on 04/12/13 by Kingfisher East Bengal
Kingfisher East Bengal is on a new high. The Kolkata giants registered One Million likes on their Official Facebook page on Wednesday.
It becomes the first Indian Football page in Facebook to achieve One Million ‘likes’.
The Club’s Official Facebook Page is currently the most popular page on Indian Football in Facebook and it is the third most popular amongst Asian Football pages in Facebook.
The Club interacts with the fans regularly through Facebook, and the Club is really excited to get so many likes on the Official Facebook page.
Kingfisher East Bengal thank all its fans for their love and unstinted support.
The Official Facebook page of Kingfisher East Bengal was started a few years back to get more interactive and closer to the Fans.
More than one billion Facebook users, now represent nearly 42% of the total number of Internet users on the planet.
Posted on 02/12/13 by Kingfisher East Bengal
Photo: AIFF Media
Kingfisher East Bengal lost to Mumbai FC by 3-2 margin in their Airtel I League match played today evening at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune.
Yusuf Yakubu opened the scoring in the 2nd minute for the Mumbai outfit but Cavin Lobo levelled the score for the red & golds in the 32nd minute. However two more goals from Ahmad Hatifie (37') and NP Pradeep (65') killed the game and Ryuji Sueoka's late goal in the 87th minute wasn't enough for the Red and Golds to salvage a point.
Anwar Ali of Mumbai FC was adjudged Man of the Match.
KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhijit Mondal, Naoba Singh (Raju Gaikwad), Arnab Mondal, Uga Okpara, Saumik Dey, Shylo Malsawmtluanga (Seminlen Doungel), Harmanjyot Singh Khabra, Cavin Lobo (Subodh Kumar), Lalrindika Ralte, Ryuji Sueoka, Edeh Chidi
Posted on 29/11/13 by ebfc
Photo: AIFF Media
Kingfisher East Bengal maintained their tradition of dropping points immediately after their Derby triumph when they were held to a 1-1 draw by city rivals United Sports Club in their I League clash at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan tonight.
Bouyed by their success in the previous match the red and golds seem to carry their Derby form into the first half of their today's clash when they carried out a number of sorties on the rival goal.
After missing the mark narrowly a couple of times East Bengal were denied a penalty when Chidi Edeh was brought down in the box by the rival goalkeeper. Instead the Referee Khamba Singh pulled up Chidi for diving. Incidentally it was the same Khamba Singh who had cancelled Chidi 's winning strike against the same rivals at Kalyani last year which eventually cost AFC Cup Semi finalist the title.
In the 32nd minute Saumik Dey nodded down a long cross from Arnab Mondal for Chidi to hoodwink Anupam Sarkar and score from a difficult angle. In the second Half East Bengal inspired by Lalrindika Ralte missed a number of gilt edged chances after United had drwn level in the 59th minute when Dhanachandra Singh nodded in a flag kick.
With this draw East Bengal now have 11 points from 7 matches. Harmanjot Singh Khabra,Chidi Edeh (East Bengal) and Anupam Sarkar and Hasan Moustafa (United Club) were booked.
KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhijit Mondal, T.Naoba Singh, Arnab Mondal, Uga Okpara, Saumik Dey (Raju Gaikwad- 92'), S.Malsawmtluanga (Baljit Sahni-68'), Cavin Lobo (Semilen Doungel-75'), Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Lalrindika Ralte, Chidi Edeh, Ryuji Sueoka.
Posted on 25/11/13 by Kingfisher East Bengal
We share an aticle by Nilanjan Datta published on the-aiff.com
Photo: AIFF Media
Who is your favourite Indian Football Player?
Lalrindika Ralte photo: kingfishereastbengal.com
Lalrindika Ralte smiles, raises his hand and keeps it on Shylo Malsawmtluanga’s shoulder sitting next. “He’s my favourite Footballer,” Dika states. “He is our Godfather, the Godfather of all Mizo Fotballers.”
“Godfather!” Malsawmtluanga bursts into laughter. “I didn’t know I am that old,” and this time, they both burst out.
“Do you have anything in common,” you ask.
The two Mizo generations, if we can label them, look at each other. “He inspired me. In fact, he still inspires us and will inspire all future generations. I owe a lot to him,” Dika quips. “Ours is a different society in Mizoram. It’s a small place and everyone is Football crazy. But taking up Football as a career is entirely different from playing the sport! In that sense, Malsawmtluanga is our Godfather,” Dika clarifies.
Malsawmtluanga photo: kingfishereastbengal.com
This time, Mama joins in. “There’s always that perception that playing is waste of time. Studies, most feel, is much better. I don’t want to go into any debate. All I want to say is that both are different and can earn you a living,” the Godfather prophesies.
“But when I first started to play and used to be flooded by questions back in Mizoram about the scenario of Mizo Players moving to Clubs to play the sport, I never believed that there would be such an influx of Mizo Footballers at the National level,” Malsawmtluanga prompts.
“Jerry Zirsanga has donned the Senior India Colours, so have Jeje Lalpekhlua and Dika. I expect some more from the junior age-group Teams to follow suit.”
For the record, the India U-19 National Team, coached by Colm Joseph Toal, who played in the AFC U-19 Championship in October boasted of five Mizo Players in the squad of 23. The supply-line stays ready to take over.
And then the Godfather prefers to hoodwink his follower. “Do you know that Lalrindika and Jeje has a huge female fan following back home in Mizoram? They are local heartthrobs.”
Lalrindika, who stays proud of his unbeaten record in wrestling bouts with all his Teammates, tries to catch Malsawmtluanga unaware. And then, both burst out again.
“Football in Mizoram is different. At a Football Match, you will find a lot of ladies thronging the galleries,” Mama informs. “Unless you have the fairer sex getting involved, the popularity can never grow.”
“There are also a lot number of advertisements involving Dika and Jeje,” Mama states.
“He didn’t mention his own name,” Dika pinches Mama.
“Yeah, we endorse a lot many local brands,” Dika informs.
Dika's wonder goal Video
Even as Dika’s scorcher against Mohun Bagan has gone viral on the internet, we discover the softer side of him, the concern for community development. “Once Dika paid Rs. 25000 for the U-19 boys to buy their kits,” Mama pronounces.
“Well it’s not only me. We try to help our society which has given so much to us,” Dika takes over. Once there was a landslide in our region where 11 people had died. We decided to play a Charity Match and collected Rs. one lakh which was distributed. Godfather, Jeje were all part of it.”
“Our region needs more Hospitals. If we can contribute towards it, we would feel blessed,” both nod together. There’s silence in the room.
“Mama guides us to save for the rainy day,” Dika says. “He advices us where to invest.”
“One has to,” experienced Mama speaks. “I have seen so many Players earn so much and then spend without keeping a tab. I don’t want it to happen to us. But money should never be the priority. We need to continue in the same manner. If they can, money won’t ever stay a constraint. That’s what I tell them.”
“He’s my Godfather,” Dika smiles. And both burst out in laughter.
Posted on 24/11/13 by Kingfisher East Bengal
A world class strike from India international Lalrindika Ralte gave East Bengal a 1-0 win over arch-rivals Mohun Bagan in the round 10 clash of the Airtel I-League at the Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday evening.
The season’s first big Kolkata derby produced very few goal scoring chances but Lalrindika’s moment of magic in the 73rd minute gave Armando Colaco a winning start as East Bengal coach.
This was the 306th edition of this historic fixture and it was witnessed by a crowd of more than 80,000 in an electrifying atmosphere.
The first real chance of the game fell to Mohun Bagan as skipper Odafa Okolie, who was playing in a deeper role, sent Eric Muranda clean through on goal with a lovely through pass but the Kenyan’s effort was well saved by Abhijit Mondal and Katsumi Yusa’s shot from the rebound was blocked by Arnab Mondal.
East Bengal were seeing more of the ball but struggling to break down a well ogranised Mohun Bagan backline with a header from Edeh Chidi being their only meaningful attempt and that too went off target.
The Red-and-Gold brigade’s best opportunity of the half came just a few minutes before the interval when Lalrindika’s lobbed through ball sent Ryuji Sueoka behind the Mohun Bagan defence but Shilton Paul came out well to save at the Japanese player’s feet.
It was the same pattern in the second half as East Bengal had plenty of possession but didn’t really trouble the Mohun Bagan defence. At the other end, Odafa had a golden opportunity to put his side in front but the Mohun Bagan captain’s header from a Pritam Kotal cross was straight at Abhijit Mondal even though he was unmarked.
Both coaches made a substitution each to change the complexion of the game as the young and exciting Ram Malik replaced CS Sabeeth for Mohun Bagan while Colaco brought James Moga in place of Cavin Lobo.
Worryingly for East Bengal, midfield general and skipper Mehtab Hossain came off with an injury but just minutes later Lalrindika broke the deadlock with a trademark left-footed effort from 30 yards much to delight of the thousands of East Bengal fans.
Mohun Bagan coach Karim Bencherifa brought on youngsters Sankar Oran and Manish Bhargav late on in search of the equaliser but it was East Bengal who could have doubled their advantage had Sueoka or Chidi been a bit more clinical.
The result ends Mohun Bagan’s four-match unbeaten run and sees East Bengal overtake their arch-rivals. Both sides have ten points each but Armando Colaco’s side have a superior goal difference and played three games less.
KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhijit Mondal, Naoba Singh, Arnab Mondal, Uga Okpara, Saumik Dey, Cavin Lobo (James Moga), Mehtab Hossain (Shylo Malswamtluanga), Harmanjyot Singh Khabra, Lalrindika Ralte, Ryuji Sueoka (Gurwinder Singh), Edeh Chidi
Posted on 19/11/13 by Kingfisher East Bengal
Kingfisher East Bengal routed George Telegraph by 4-1 margin in their Sahara CFL Premier Division encounter played today at East Bengal ground, Kolkata.
Cavin Lobo’s brilliant header gave red & golds the lead in the 22nd minute and Edeh Chidi scored in the 42nd, 62nd and 72nd minute to complete his hattrick. Bibekananda Banerjee reduced the margin for George Telegraph in the injury time.
Edeh Chidi was adjudged Man of the Match.
Newly appointed East Bengal coach Armando Colaco who will take charge from tomorrow was present today at the ground in the gallery to observe the team performance.
KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhijit Mondal, Naoba Singh, Harmanjyot Singh Khabra, Saumik Dey, Robert Lalthlamuana, Shylo Malswamtluanga, Subodh Kumar, Cavin Lobo (Dipankar Roy), Joaquim Abranches (Alvito D’Counha), Ryuji Sueoka (James Moga), Edeh Chidi
Posted on 16/11/13 by Kingfisher East Bengal
Kingfisher East Bengal defeated Aryan Club by 2-1 margin in the Sahara Calcutta Football League – Premier Division match played today afternoon at Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata.
Cavin Lobo and Edeh Chidi scored for the red & golds while Stanley converted a spot kick to reduce the margin for Aryan.
The red & golds recorded three consecutive wins in the Calcutta Football League and climbed up the table with 9 points. In a match dominated by East Bengal, the red & golds opened the scoring in the 26th minute through Cavin Lobo who scored with a fine angular shot of a pass from Chidi Edeh.
Chidi doubled the lead in the 42nd minute when he scored with a hard scorching drive off a Lobo assist. Ryuji Sueoka also should have got his name in the scoresheet but he was pulled up for having strayed into an offside position.
East Bengal continued to attack after the change of ends but in the 79th minute against the run of play Stanley reduced the margin for Aryans by converting a penalty. Ryuji Sueoka and Cavin Lobo for the victors while Stanley and Kartick Kisku for the vanquished had a good outing. Gurwinder Singh (East Bengal) and Subhadeep Banerjee (Aryans) were booked in the match. Incidentally this was East Bengal's second consecutive triumph over their neighbours following their 7-1 drubbing at Kalyani last year.
KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Harmanjyot Singh Khabra, Gurwinder Singh, Saumik Dey, Robert Lalthlamuana, Shylo Malswamtluanga (Dipankar Roy), Subodh Kumar, Cavin Lobo, Alvito D’Counha (Baljit Singh Sahni), Ryuji Sueoka (Seminlen Doungel), Edeh Chidi
Posted on 15/11/13 by ebfc
Armando Colaco, one of the most successful coaches in Indian Football has been appointed as the Head Coach of Kingfisher East Bengal. He is expected to reach Kolkata on Monday.
The AFC ‘A’ Licence coach and AFC Instructor Armando had had won two NFL titles and three I League titles during his regime at Dempo.
Armando Colaco's Career as a Coach:
1985-1988 Salcete Football Club, Goa. The Club won Stafford Cup during his regime.
1988-1989 Sesa Goa. During his regime the club won Vitthal Trophy.
1989-1990 Dempo SC, Goa. During his stint as coach won Pomes Cup and Scissors Cup.
After his one year stint with Dempo, Armando successfully coached the Goa state U-21 Santosh Trophy team partnering Peter Vales and also Goa U-23 team at the B C Roy trophy in the early 90s.
1994-2000 Churchill Brothers, Goa. He joined as Coach first and in 1995 became the Technical Director when Danny Mclaren was roped in as a coach during the period. Switching his base from Dempo to Churchill in the 90s, Armando had announced his arrival as a seasoned coach with three Goa League titles and an NFL runner-up trophy with Churchill Bros and also a foray into AFC Cup.
2000-2013 Dempo SC, Goa During his regime, Dempo SC had won two NFL titles and three I League titles. He also won Federation Cup and Durand Cup with the club and had also guided Dempo to reach AFC Cup semifinal in 2008.
2011 Indian National Team
Posted on 15/11/13 by ebfc
We share an interview of Indian International and East Bengal captain Mehtab Hossain by Nilanjan Datta published in the-aiff.com
Faith, Support and Patience define a Fan: Mehtab Hossain
Everyone in Siliguri just keeps enquiring about Mehtab Hossain. The Midfielder, ever smiling, obliges all and exchanges pleasantries. On the eve of India’s International Friendly against Philippines, Mehtab, urges the fans to rally behind the Team. In a freewheeling interview to the-aiff.com, Mehtab spoke at length about India’s recent performances, expectations form the Philippines match, the new faces in the squad and much more. EXCERPTS:
Do you feel people are becoming a bit impatient?
They are! Faith, Support and Patience define fans Worldwide. Unless the three combine, no Team can grow. Team India is going through a rebuilding phase. It’s no more about a particular set of Players and there are new faces who are being drafted in. There have been so many seasoned Players who have left together. Filling in the gap takes time. That’s where Faith, Support and Patience comes into play. Look around World Football and you will see so many examples. The fans need to rally behind their Team.
Has the Team been unlucky?
Without any doubt! Look at the last two matches which we played -- the SAFF Championship Semifinal and then the Final. Both the matches, including the Final was one-sided. But we ended up on the losing side. It happens in Football; it happens in sport. There’s always the ‘L’ factor -- the Luck factor which hasn’t gone our way. But such phases don’t continue for long.
What can we expect against Philippines?
They are a very strong side. Sixteen from their squad of 23 were born outside their Country. They have Players who play in the Bundesliga and other Leagues all across Europe. So such a Team is bound to be of very high standard. Our present squad is a mix of experience and youth. The new faces have settled in and keeping the Seniors on their toes.
Did it help as the Players proceeded directly to the Camp in Goa from the Airtel I-League?
Match fitness is an integral part of Football. You can continue with your physical training for as long as you want to but confidence comes with you playing matches. That is an advantage which we have. In fact, that stays the advantage even for Philippines as all their Players have also proceeded to Siliguri from their respective Club commitments.
What’s your message to the fans in Siliguri?
It’s your Country; rally behind us. The last time I played in Siliguri in the Federation Cup, we were overwhelmed by the support which we received. Come to the ground and cheer for us.
Posted on 14/11/13 by ebfc
Marcos Falopa resigned from the position of head coach at East Bengal following their 2-1 win over Peerless in a Calcutta Football League (CFL) match.
Posted on 13/11/13 by Kingfisher East Bengal
Kingfisher East Bengal edged past Peerless SC by 2-1 margin in the Sahara Calcutta Football League – Premier Division match played today afternoon at East Bengal ground.
Harmanjyot Singh Khabra and James Moga scored for the red & golds while Christopher scored the lone goal for Peerless SC.
After dominating major part of the first half Kingfisher East Bengal opened the scoring in the 35th minute when skipper Harmanjot Singh Khabra scored with a long ranger off a James Moga assist. Moga himself doubled the lead in the 47th minute when he nodded in a Lobo cross.
Christopher reduced the margin in the 63rd minute also with a header which beat Gurpreet Singh Sandhu all ends up. Kingfisher East Bengal attacked in the remaining part of the match but could not add to their tally. Gurwinder Singh was booked in the match. With this win Kingfiasher East Bengal now have 6 points from 2 matches.
KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Naoba Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Uga Okpara (Saumik Dey), Robert Lalthlamuana, Harmanjyot Singh Habra, Subodh Kumar, Cavin Lobo, Shylo Malswamtluanga (Edeh Chidi), Baljit Singh Sahni, James Moga (Ryuji Sueoka)
Posted on 05/11/13 by Kingfisher East Bengal
Photo: AIFF Media
Kingfisher East Bengal held Sporting Clube de Goa to an 1-1 draw in their I League match played today at Duler Stadium Goa.
Dawson Fernandes gave Goan side the lead by converting a penalty in the 41st minute. But skipper Mehtab Hossain scored minute before the final whistle from a free kick to salvage a point for the red & golds.
Mehtab Hossain's dramatic equaliser almost synchronising with the last kick of the match enabled Kingfisher East Bengal to split points by holding Sporting Clube de Goa to a 1-1 draw at Mapusa and facilitated them to maintain their unbeaten record in away matches of this year's I League.
After their initial surge Red and Golds defended for most of the first session during which they conceded the lead to their rivals who went ahead through a retaken penalty by Dawson Fernandes in the 41st minute.
East Bengal came back strongly in the second session and restored parity in the final minute throgh skipper Mehtab Hossein who scored a fine goal from a free kick. Abhijit Mondal pulled off a string of good saves.
Harmanjyot Khabra, Arnab Mondal, Mehtab Hossein, Cavin Lobo, Lalrindika Ralte (East Bengal) and Ravi Kumar (Sporting Goa) were booked in the match. With this point Kingfisher East Bengal moved to 9th position with 7 points from 5 matches.
Rowllin Borges of Sporting Goa was adjudged Man of the Match.
KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhijit Mondal, Harmanjyot Singh Khabra (Naoba Singh), Arnab Mondal, Uga Okpara, Robert Lalthlamuana, Subodh Kumar (Baljit Singh Sahni), Mehtab Hossain, Cavin Lobo, Lalrindika Ralte, Joaquim Abranches (Seminlen Doungel), James Moga
Posted on 01/11/13 by Kingfisher East Bengal
Salgaocar recorded a thrilling 3-2 win over Kingfisher East Bengal in the Airtel I-League match played today in Kalyani Stadium today afternoon.
Goals from Karma Tsewang, Francis Fernandes and Clifton Dias saw Salgaocar race to a 3-0 lead but East Bengal threatened to stage a comeback as James Moga and Semilen Doungel got on the scoresheet.
Salgaocar Club hung on for dear life in the last twenty minutes to ward of a spirited challenge by the Kingfisher East Bengal to garner full points at Kalyani today. The winners were cruising serenely by the stroke of the hour when they had built up a cushion of a 3-0 lead but the hosts came back strongly in the last half an hour to reduce the margin by two goals to lose eventually 2-3.
With this win Salgaocar continue to remain at the pole position in the table with 16 points from 6 matches while Kingfisher East Bengal remain in the bottom half of the table with 6 points from 4 matches. The Red & Golds made the initial sorties in the match and Chidi Edeh should have got his name on the scoresheet by the 3rd minute.
Almost against the run of play Karma T put the visitors ahead in the 9th minute when he steered home a partial block by Naoba Singh of a Darryl Duffy strike. Francis Fernandes outplaced the East Bengal back four and lobbed the ball over custodian Abhijit Mondal to double the lead for the winners in the very next minute.
Kingfisher East Bengal tried to take the fight in their opponents territory by Karanjit Singh thwarted all their efforts including a pile driver by Cavin Lobo. After crossing over Salgaocar got their third through Clifton Dias of a Francis Fernandes assist in the 60th minute.
Two changes made by coach Marcos Falopa - Baljit Sahni for Naoba and Semilen Doungel for off colour Chidi brought the the game back to life. In the 64th minute James Moga nodded in a long cross by Baljit while Semilen Doungel scored with a long range scorcher in the 77th minute of a Lobo assist.
Kingfisher East Bengal attacked strongly and despite a number of good efforts the equaliser remained elusive. Abhijit Mondal also denied Claude Gnakpa twice in this period.
Posted on 29/10/13 by ebfc
We share an article of Novy Kapadia published on sportskeeda.com on the 40th anniversary of arguably the finest performance by an Indian club East Bengal against a quality foreign team.
East Bengal's Memorable 1973 DCM tournament triumph
The 29th of October is the 40th anniversary of arguably the finest performance by an Indian club side against a quality foreign team. Way back in 1973, on this day East Bengal emerged victorious in the DCM tournament final against mighty Dok Ro Gang of North Korea, which had six players who had excelled for their country in the 1966 World Cup. The final on Sunday, 28th Oct and the replay the next day both ended in goalless draws. However Dok Ro Gang refused to play extra time on October 29 and East Bengal were declared winners.
In 1973, the all-Indian East Bengal team played superlative football against a side which had destroyed the other Indian clubs on their way to the final. East Bengal has the best record against foreign clubs having won 78 of the 191 matches they have played so far but their 1973 DCM victory was probably their greatest hour.
It may be recalled that the DCM tournament, held in Delhi was the first to regularly invite foreign clubs to participate. This trend started in the 1968 DCM tournament, when Ethiopian Airlines and Ceylon XI were the foreign participants. The first North Korean club side, to play in India, was 21st April Youngmen FC which annexed the 1972 DCM tournament.
The North Korean club (Dok Ro Gang) that contested the 1973 DCM tournament was awesome to behold. After they thrashed Leaders Club, inclusive of Inder Singh, Sri Kishen and Gurkripal Singh, 7-0 in the quarter finals, many East Bengal players got overawed. Even the spirited Bade Mian of the Maidaan, (Mohd. Habib) felt they could not match the North Koreans. Many of the players including the phlegmatic Sudhir Karmakar and the hyperactive midfielder Gautam Sarkar felt that Dok Ro Gang was far superior to the North Korean club Pyongyang City Club that East Bengal had beaten 3-1 in the IFA Shield final in September 1973.
Many spectators and experts alike who had seen Dok Ro Gang whip Leaders club 7-0 on Sunday 21October, felt that the North Koreans were the best club side that has ever played in India. In the quarter final they led Leaders Club 6-0 at half time, with a devastating display of speed, power and sharp finish. One of India’s leading teams at that time, Leaders Club was left chasing shadows in the first half. At half time, the assistant secretary of the DCM tournament, R.K. Gupta took me to the North Korean dressing room and asked me to tell them not to go all out in the second half and humiliate one of North India’s most popular clubs. The North Koreans then as now were a mystery but I managed to convey the message through an interpreter and they slackened the pace in the second half and scored just once.
However in the previews before the final, all the newspapers, in Hindi, English and regional languages had made Dok Ro Gang overwhelming favourites to win the DCM title. It was felt that all East Bengal could do was reduce the margin of loss. In the early 1970s, North Korea was considered one of Asia’s best teams and their club teams were also rated the best in the continent.
However the astute P.K. Banerjee had other ideas and ultimately had the last laugh. In the two days gap before the final, Coach P.K. Banerjee used innovative motivational tactics to get the players charged up. Tactical classes were held on the roof of Duke Hotel, in Daryagunj, where East Bengal was staying. PK bought some bangles and told the players to wear them if they were scared of a fight. Incensed at such verbal taunts, they got motivated and he explained his plan of playing possession football in a 4-5-1 formation to deny North Koreans the ball and frustrate them. In the final this plan worked.
The East Bengal players were also highly motivated as the entire Ambedkar stadium cheered them vociferously, including the large section of Punjab supporters, known as “L Club” who were traditionally against all Calcutta based teams. This change in heart was also due to P.K. Banerjee. On successive evenings he met Banarsi Das, the President of L Club and other supporters of Punjab clubs. Over drinks he convinced them that in the final, they should forget club loyalties and it was a matter of prestige to support the Indian club.
East Bengal was the underdog in the final. However cleverly coached by the high profile motivator P.K. Banerjee, East Bengal outthought the North Koreans by using a flexible 4-5-1 system. Mohd. Akbar was the lone front runner and East Bengal’s packed midfield enabled them dominate play. As East Bengal outnumbered their opponents in midfield it prevented the North Koreans from launching counter speedy attacks, which was their forte.
In fact East Bengal had the better chances. In the 90th minute of the final, Bhowmick and Akbar played a slick wall pass at the edge of the 18 yard box. This move bisected the Dok Ro Gang defence and set Akbar through on goal. However he angled his shot wide as the North Korean goalkeeper advanced.
The North Koreans were so impressed with East Bengal’s display in both finals that their embassy in Delhi made recordings of the finals and sent them back to Pyongyang for careful study and analysis. The North Koreans feared that India, with six East Bengal players in their ranks would be their most dangerous opponents in the 1974 Asian Games.
The historic East Bengal playing eleven in both finals were:
Goalkeeper: Arun Banerjee,
Defenders: Sudhir Karmakar, Ashok Lal Banerjee, Shymal Ghosh and Probir Mazumdar.
Midfielders: Gautam Sarkar and Samaresh ‘Pintu’ Chowdhury.
Forwards: Subash Bhowmick, Mohammed Akbar, Mohammed Habib and Swapan Sengupta.
Reserves used in the final: Biman Lahiri and Chandan Gupta.
Posted on 26/10/13 by Kingfisher East Bengal
Photo: AIFF Media
A sameside goal by Robin Singh four minutes after the start of the second half and James Moga's scorching right footer in the injury time saw Bengaluru FC succumb to their first loss in the Airtel I League as East Bengal snapped full points at the Kalyani Stadium, Kolkata.
The red and golds quickly adapted to the heavy underfoot conditions after the inclement weather threatened to upset the schedule at the start. East Bengal spurred on by the promptings of Cavin Lobo and Lalrindika Ralte, both of whom had a good outing, dominated the exchanges in the first half.
They however were unable to translate their superiority into the scoresheet and the teams crossed over with scoresheet blank.
Immediately on resumption East Bengal went ahead in the 49th minute when Lalrindika Ralte's flag kick took a wicked deflection of Robin Singh's head and nestled in the net giving custodian Pawan Kumar no chance.
This goal was preceded by a strike by Lobo which crashed on to woodwork. Bengalaru FC came back strongly and Robin Singh's pile driver struck the upright.
For East Bengal Chidi Edeh and James Moga made a hash of an opportunity between them soon after that.
Photo: AIFF Media
The latter however made amends in injury time when he crashed home of an assist by super sub Baljit Sahni to complete the tally for the hosts.
Robert Lalthlamuana, Mehtab Hossain and James Moga (East Bengal) and John Johnson, Siam Hanghal and John Menyongar (Bengalaru FC) were booked in the match.
Abhijit Mondal brought of a number of saves and was later adjudged the Man of the Match.
KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL : Abhijit Mondal, Abhisek Das (Naoba Singh), Raju Gaikwad, Gurwinder Singh, Robert Lalthlamuana, Harmanjyot Singh Khabra (Joaquim Abranches), Mehtab Hossain, Cavin Lobo, Lalrindika Ralte (Baljit Singh Sahni), Edeh Chidi, James Moga
Posted on 23/10/13 by ebfc
Mr Windsor John the Deputy Secretary General of AFC who came here for the second leg Semi Final match between East Bengal and Kuwait SC expressed his satisfaction with the arrangements and was impressed with the attendance.
He also stated that this year's performance of East Bengal Club in the AFC Cup 2013 have established a new mark for Indian football in the Asian Map.
Meanwhile Kuwait SC Coach Marin Ion praised the atmosphere at the ground and praised the East Bengal Fans.
“We were waiting to play in this marvellous atmosphere and we really enjoyed the occasion today,” said the Kuwait SC Coach Marin Ion after the match.
“It was a good game and the supporters were great because they were motivating their team even though the result wasn't in their favour. We admire such passionate support but we now look forward to the final and hopefully can become champions again.” he further added.
Posted on 22/10/13 by ebfc
Match Report Courtsey: Asian Football Confederation
Defending champions Kuwait SC beat Kingfisher East Bengal FC 3-0 in the 2nd Leg in Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata to book their place in the AFC Cup 2013 final. Goals from Rogerinho, Hadi Khamees and Fahad Awad sealed the 7-2 victory on aggregate.
East Bengal made a fast start as the home side sought to overturn the 4-2 deficit from the first leg earlier this month until Rogerinho and Hadi Khamees struck for two-time champions Kuwait SC at the end of the first half.
Khamees’ red card for needlessly lashing out at defender Uga Okpara before half-time was the only black mark for Kuwait SC, who sealed the win in the closing stages as Abhishek Das helped Fahad Awad’s shot into the back of the net following the second half dismissal of East Bengal’s Arnab Mandal.
Needing two goals to get themselves back on level terms, East Bengal made an encouraging start to the contest with numerous promising attacks inside the first five minutes having fought back from four goals down in the first leg to keep themselves in contention.
But after being unable to test visiting goalkeeper Musab Al Kandari, Kuwait SC created the first real chance after 11 minutes as East Bengal goalkeeper Abhjit Mondal pushed away Waleed Jumah’s free-kick.
The set-piece had been awarded moments earlier after Mondal had been fortunate to escape with just a yellow card after handling the ball outside the penalty area as Rogerinho chased a long ball over the top, with only the timely presence of a covering defender saving the custodian.
Following the frantic start, the pace of the game slowed as the half progressed although Kuwait SC goalkeeper Al Kandari had to be on his toes to bravely block James Moga’s close range effort on the edge of the six yard area after 24 minutes following a powerful run from the South Sudan striker.
But three minutes before the break Kuwait SC dealt East Bengal’s chances a huge blow as Rogerinho charged through the heart of the defence before coolly slotting past the advancing Mondal from inside the area despite pressure from defender Mandal.
And two minutes later Kuwait SC left East Bengal needing four goals in the second half as Khamees beat Mondal to a ball outside the area and Mandal was only able to help the ball into the back of the net with a desperate lunge as the defender attempted to recover.
Khamees’ night though turned sour just over a minute later as the striker was shown a straight red card in stoppage time after kicking out at East Bengal defender Okpara.
With a man advantage for the second 45 minutes, East Bengal again started the half strongly as Cavin Lobo drew a full length diving save from Al Kandari just before the hour, with the Kuwait SC goalkeeper then needing another acrobatic save to push Baljit Sahni’s header over the crossbar soon after.
But having failed to find a way back into the contest, East Bengal’s hopes of a fightback were finally extinguished six minutes after the hour mark as Mandal was shown a straight red card after pulling back Rogerinho with the Brazilian set for a clear run on goal.
Ralte Lalrindika did hit the foot of the Kuwait SC post with a free-kick with 19 minutes remaining before Rogerinho repeated the feat at the other end after breaking clear of the East Bengal defence.
But 2009 and 2012 champions Kuwait SC sealed the win with four minutes remaining as Das could only help Awad’s effort into the back of the net.
KINGFISHER EAST BENGAL: Abhijit Mondal, Abhisek Das, Arnab Mondal, Uga Okpara, Saumik Dey, Joaquim Abranches (Robert Lalthlamuana)), Mehtab Hossain, Cavin Lobo (Shylo Malswamtluanga), Lalrindika Ralte, Edeh Chidi, James Moga (Baljit Singh Sahni)
Posted on 21/10/13 by ebfc
East Bengal Club Members going to the AFC Cup 2nd leg Semifinal vs Kuwait SC at the Salt Lake Stadium on 22nd October are requested to enter the Stadium from the GATE No. 2 by showing the valid Membership Card for the year 2013-14.
The match will kick-off at 4.00pm and Members are requested to enter the Stadium one hour before the match.