East Bengal pips Royal Wahingdoh

Posted on 31/12/14 by East Bengal

Photo: AIFF Media

East Bengal left it late, a little too late but in the nick of time to deny 10-man Royal Wahingdoh a morale-boosting draw in a tightly fought Group A Hero Federation Cup match here at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda today.

Nigerian Dudu Omagbemi headed in from substitute Joachim Abranches’ cross after Leo Bertos took a short corner in the 96th minute of the match in which Wahingdoh played with ten men for 81 minutes including added time.

Lalmangaihsanga was red carded for a rude tackle on Abhishek Das in the 15th minute. India International Mehtab Hossain and Wahingdoh talisman Jackichand Singh came close to breaking the deadlock in the first and third minute of second half injury time.

Jackichand was guilty of not dribbling a few more yards from a one on one situation with goalkeeper Subhashish Roy Chowdhury while Mehtab’s scooped effort from the edge of the box ballooned off the bar.

The last-gasp win gives East Bengal their first points while Wahingdoh sit on three after two matches.

Both East Bengal and Royal Wahingdoh made one change each from the last match. Abhishek Das replaced Deepak Mondal at left back while for Wahingdoh Samananda Singh filled Malsawmtluanga’s shoes.

Royal Wahingdoh made their intentions clear early on that they were not here to sit back and defend with both Jackichand and Bekay Bawar coming close in the 3rd and 4th minute respectively.

While the Manipuri who was the hero in the Shillong side’s first game worked Subhashish with a powerful shot which the keeper held onto, Bawar’s effort fizzed across goal in the next minute.

Santosh Kashyap’s wards looked the likelier of the two outfits to take the lead early on when Milan Susak was guilty of illegitimately bringing down Bekay Bawar in the air. The resultant freekick was on the edge of the box but Bawar’s take came off the wall.

Their joy though hit rough weather soon after. Lalmangaihsanga was given marching orders for a poor challenge on Abhishek with the East Bengal left-back taking some time to get back on his feet.

Down to ten men the newly-promoted team dropped deeper and were now looking to break on the counter.

Lalrindika Ralte and Dudu came to the forefront after the former set the Nigerian up with two good crosses only to see one saved and the other flagged offside. Dika found Ranti for the third time but the goal was not to come as the striker scuffed a glorious chance wide.

After the break, it was Dudu again spurning Mehtab’s through ball before he nodded into the net but the ball touched an offside Ranti’s leg en route.

For Wahingdoh, Bawar shot over and Jackichand jinked his way into the box only to under-hit his take. Joachim replaced an ineffective Cavin Lobo in the 70th minute as East Bengal pressed for the elusive.

The change eventually worked as Joachim played a decisive role in setting up the winner.

EAST BENGAL: Subhashis Roy Chowdhury, AbhishekDas, Arnab Mondal, Milan Susak, Raju Gaikwad, Leo Bertos, Mehtab Hossein, Cavin Lobo (Joaquim Abranches), Lalrindika Ralte (Baljit Singh Sahni), Dudu Omagbemi, Ranti Martins


Dempo down lacklustre East Bengal

Posted on 29/12/14 by East Bengal


A scrappy performance from the Kolkata League Champions East Bengal facilitated Goan powerhouse Dempo Club to notch their first victory over them at home in the Federation Cup.

In the earlier clash between the two sides in the Federation Cup at Margao in 1994 the Red and Golds had emerged victorious by a margin of 3-0. In today’s Group A match Dempo won 1-0 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa.

Romeo Fernandes nodded in the winner in the 40th minute off a lob from Tolgay Ozbey. Romeo made a most of a delightful lofted through ball from Tolgay Ozbey five minutes to halftime to nod home effortlessly with no one marking him. It could have been 2-0 for the blue shirts had Tolgay not spurned a golden opportunity with goalkeeper Subhashish Roy Chowdhury out of his box.

East Bengal’s defense looked porous to say the least with new pairing Arnab Mondal and Australian Milan Susak not gelling at all at the heart of the defense.

Photo: AIFF Media


Had it not been for fine saves from new signing under the bar Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, the red and gold brigade could have been in arrears by the 16th minute.

The Kolkata giants’ keeper saved brilliantly from Mandar Rao Desai and Romeo in the span of 11 first-half minutes to keep his former club at bay, although in between a Romeo goal was ruled offside.

Dempo for their part looked the better of the two teams with the likes of Tolgay, Romeo and Mandar having a lot of joy on the left flank where Raju Gaikwad was exposed too easily.

Just when East Bengal saw a glimmer of hope courtesy Dudu Omagbemi’s attempt on the spin from the top of the box, Dempo got their noses ahead.

Tolgay pick pocketed a diving Susak with ease in the middle of the pitch to sprint some 20 yards to the edge of the box, then sending in a pinpoint cross for Romeo to head home.

East Bengal’s ineptitude was encapsulated right at the end of first half when Raju failed to keep a Lobo slide-rule pass in play on the byline.

East Bengal, as expected threw in the kitchen sink after the restart.

Dempo sat back soaking in the pressure. Coach Armando Colaco ringed in the changes in search of the equaliser – Cavin Lobo making way for Shylo Malsawmthuanga, Mohammed Rafique replacing Mehtab Hossain and Baljit Sahni in for Deepak Mondal – but it was just not their day.

Ranti Martins and Leo Bertos came close to scoring but the best chance of the half fell to Tolgay who should have scored after Subhashish did a Manuel Neuer by sweeping at the feet of Romeo from a one on one situation thus freeing Tolgay. But the former East Bengal marksman inexplicably shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

With this win Dempo now have 3 points while East Bengal are yet to open their account. Deepak Mondal, S.Malsawmtluanga and Cavin Lobo (East Bengal) along with Rowilson Rodrigues and Lenny Rodrigues (Dempo) were booked.

EAST BENGAL: Subhashis Roy Chowdhury, Deepak Mondal (Baljit Sahni), Arnab Mondal, Milan Susak, Raju Gaikwad, Leo Bertos, Mehtab Hossein (Mohammed Rafique), Cavin Lobo (S. Malsawmtluanga), Lalrindika Ralte, Dudu Omagbemi, Ranti Martins


East Bengal win in U-19 I League

Posted on 28/12/14 by ebfc

East Bengal U-19 defeated Mohammedan Sporting U-19 by 1-0 margin in an U-19 I-League match played in Sonarpur on Sunday.

Soumen Majumdar scored the all important goal.


Bhaichung felicitated by East Bengal

Posted on 18/12/14 by East Bengal


Indian Football Icon and East Bengal legend Bhaichung Bhutia was felicitated today by East Bengal Club for being recently inducted in AFC Hall of Fame.

The Club felicitated him with a memento which was presented to him by Club President Dr. Pranab Dasgupta on behalf of the Club.

Bhaichung said it was his long cherished wish that he would bid adieu to soccer in an East Bengal jersey. That bit is likely come true soon as Bhutia, who spent his best years with the club, is planning to play a few matches donning the red and gold jersey in the second phase of this season’s I-League.


East Bengal U-19 clinch win

Posted on 14/12/14 by East Bengal


East Bengal U-19, runners-up of the U-19 I-League 2013-14 defeated Mohammedan SC U-19 by 2-0 margin in their opening match of U-19 I League played today at East Bengal ground.

Budhwa Bara and Soumen Majumdar scored a goal each  in the 41st and the 67th minute of the game respectively.

East Bengal U-19 will play their next match against Mcdowell’s Mohun Bagan U-19 at the same venue on 19th December.



Posted on 01/12/14 by East Bengal

After the Calcutta Football League win there was a month long break in training sessions of the East Bengal team.

Many of the East Bengal players are currently taking part in Indian Super League, but preparations have begun in full earnest after the break with the players who are not taking part in ISL.

One man on the sideline stays more focused than anyone else – Head Coach Mr. Armando Colaco. He takes note and the next moment, he screams - Man on, run, attack and so on... 

Besides fitness training and physical conditioning the team is playing regularly practice matches with the club’s U-17 & U-19 team.

The team also played practice matches with District XI’s comprising of players from other clubs of Premier Division which they won and also played a match with Premier side Mohammedan SC’s full team which they lost.

The practice sessions will continue and the team is also waiting for the players playing in ISL to join the team after the Indian Super League ends to start preparation for the Federation Cup.



Posted on 30/11/14 by East Bengal

An in depth look into the performance of KEB players currently playing in the ISL with statistics ( updated till ISL matches played upto 24th November )

Compiled by: Gautam Ray, Media Officer, East Bengal

Performances Analysis of East Bengal players who have made their debut in Indian Super League.




Arnab Mondal
(Atletico de Kolkata) - He has played in all the 10 matches for his team and has distinguished himself with a number of outstanding performances. He remains to be one of the main props of Athletico de Kolkata's defence. So far he has been booked twice.

Raju Gaikwad
(Mumbai FC) - He has made only two appearances for his team. His performance has not been too good. He was however made to play in the unfamiliar right back position.


Deepak Mondal (Mumbai FC) - He has played in 7 matches for his franchisee. He started of a little slowly as initiall he was tried out at left wing back position. After returning to his favourite right wing back/central defender role he has put in a consistent performance and did not miss any of the last five games of his team.


Gurwinder Singh (Kerala Blasters) - He has made five appearances for his franchise. After a somewhat hesitant start he has settled down in his role and have impressed in the last two outings vs Delhi Dynamos and the then table toppers Athletico de Kolkata. He has been booked once.


Saumik Dey (Kerala Blasters) - He has played in 7 matches for his team. He too has been performing consistently in the last four matches. He has also been booked once.


Robert Lalthalmuana (Delhi Dynamos) - He has so far made three appearances for his team but is yet to play full match. He has been benched due to an injury.


Abhishek Das (Chennayin FC) - He has played two matches so far. After a fine performance in the first match he was injured in the second and have not reappeared since.




Lalrindika Ralte (Mumbai City FC) - He has played in all the 10 matches for his team and put up a creditable showing in a number of them. He continues to have a significant role in the composition of the team.


Mehtab Hossein (Kerala Blasters) - He featured in the first 4 matches of his team and has since been dropped. He was booked once.


S. Malsawmtluanga (Delhi Dynamos) - He has played 9 matches for his franchise and put up a good performance in all of them. He was rested only in the fixture vs FC Goa on 13th November.


Harmanjyot Singh Khabra (Chennayin FC) - After missing the opening fixture vs FC Goa on 15th October he consistently featured in the subsequent 9 matches and caught the pundits' eye with some outstanding performances. He provided one assist in the match vs Mumbai City FC which Chennaiyin won 5-1. He has been booked twice.


Cavin Lobo (Atletico de Kolkata) - He has represented his team in 4 matches so far.He scored 2 goals vs FC Goa on 23rd October and was declared Man of the Match. He was injured in the match vs Chennaiyin on 14th November and have since not featured in any match.


Leo Bertos (North East United) - He has made two appearances for his team both as substitutes. He has been benched thereafter,


Joaquim  Abranches (Pune City) - He made his debut for Pune FC in their last match vs FC Goa on 22nd November. Although coming in as a substitute he had a good match.




Baljit Singh Sahni (Atletico de Kolkata) - He has featured in all the 10 matches of Atletico de Kolkata and had a good performance throughout. He has scored one goal so far vs Kerala Blasters on 26th October. He has been booked twice.


Dudu Omagbemi (Pune FC) - He has played 7 matches for his franchise. He has scored one goal vs Atletico de Kolkata and dished out a sterling performance which facilitated him to win the Man of the Match award. He has also provided one assist.


Ranti Martins (FC Goa) - He has played 6 matches for his team and have provided one assist so far.


KEB Players in the ISL

Posted on 11/10/14 by East Bengal


Hero Indian Super League – a franchisee based football competition like the IPL in cricket has started in India. It uses a franchise system in which eight teams were created to participate in the league.

The selected cities/state are:

Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Pune, Kochi, Mumbai, and Guwahati.

Foreign star players were drafted beside the Indian players for the ISL. Indian players were also drafted from various I League clubs. East Bengal players will also be playing in the ISL and they will be there in each of the eight franchisees.


Atletico de Kolkata - Cavin Lobo, Arnab Mondal, Mohammed Rafique, Baljit Singh Sahni

Delhi Dynamos FC- Robert Lalthlamuana, Shylo Malswamtluanga

Kerala Blasters- Mehtab Hossain, Gurwinder Singh, Luis Barreto, Saumik Dey

Chennaiyin FC- Harmanjyot Singh Khabra, Abhijit Mondal, Abhishek Das, Sukhwinder Singh

FC Pune City- Joaquim Abranches, Dudu Omagbemi

Mumbai City FC- Lalrindika Ralte, Raju Gaikwad, Deepak Mondal

FC Goa- Ranti Martins Soleye

North East United  FC- Leo Bertos


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 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.


East Bengal crowned CFL Champions

Posted on 16/09/14 by East Bengal

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. 

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


East Bengal rout SAI East Zone

Posted on 13/09/14 by East Bengal

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.

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.


East Bengal trounce Police AC

Posted on 10/09/14 by East Bengal

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.


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


East Bengal beat Southern Samity

Posted on 07/09/14 by East Bengal


Video Courtsey: Indian Football Home

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.

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


East Bengal rout Army XI

Posted on 04/09/14 by 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.

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


East Bengal thrash arch rivals Mohun Bagan in CFL

Posted on 31/08/14 by East Bengal

After their inaugural Derby win 89 years ago on 28th May,1925,  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.

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 East Bengal

East Bengal along with three other I League clubs were nominated for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by I League outfit Pune FC.
East Bengal became the first among the four clubs nominated by Pune FC to accept the challenge and in turn  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. 
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 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.

East Bengal were granted AFC License & National License which was handed over by Mr. Windsor John to Mr. Arunava Bhattacharya - Admin Manager of 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 East Bengal

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.

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 East Bengal

Posted on 28/08/14 by East Bengal


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 East Bengal

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.


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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