Joined as Head Coach of Kingfisher East Bengal in February 2015. Dutch national Eelco started his Coaching career at VVV-Venlo, Netherlands where he worked on all the possible levels within this club. He started with being a youth Coach and worked further more as an Assistant Coach, Head Youth Department and Head Coach. At the age of 28 he was awarded with the UEFA PRO Licence. He worked at VVV-Venlo for 11 years.
In 2002 he started a new adventure in the Middle-East and followed his former friend and colleague Jan Versleijen to the United Arab Emirates and joined a cooperation at Al Jazira Club in Abu Dhabi. They stayed together for 3 more years and worked in Saudi Arabia at Al Ettifaq and in the UAE at Al-Shaab CSC. This collaboration ended and Eelco started as a Head Coach at Al Riffa SC in Bahrain. Further more he worked the following years at, namely: Muscat FC Oman, Fanja Club Oman and Al-Khaleej Club Saudi Arabia. He also worked for Red Bull Ghana in Ghana where he was Head Coach of the academy first team. He had also coached Indian club United SC for two seasons.
He is the Assistant Coach of Kingfisher East Bengal Football Team from September 2014. He is an AFC 'A' License Coach. As a player he has represented India in the Asian School Games in 1977. He was the member of East Bengal team which won CFL & DCM Trophy in the year 1982. He has also represented Bengal & Bihar in the Santosh Trophy tournament.
He had been associated as Chief Coach of Youth Development in IFA-CSF Football Academy from 2004 to 2008 and had attended coaching courses for youth development under Dr.Rustam Akramov, Mr.Stephen Constantine and Mr.Colin Toal. He was the National Selector of AIFF in U-19 in the year 2007-08. He had also coached Bengal U-16 & U-19 team. He was also attached as Coach with Ever-Ready Association (1997-98 & 2002-03), ONGC Football Team (2008-11 with ONGC becoming 2nd Div NFL champions in 2010), Mcdowell Mohun Bagan (2011), Pailan Arrows (2012 & 2013). He is also associated with the Youth Development project of the East Bengal Club.
He is the Assistant General Secretary of East Bengal Club and became the official team doctor in 1998. He is a specialist Orthopedic Surgeon and a Sports Medicine Specialist. When sports medicine entered India in the late 70s he was involved as a Senior Research Fellow in Bio-Engineering and Sports Medicine at the University of Medicine, Calcutta. He is a recipient of the Scoit International Award in the year 1984 for his work in Bio-Engineering and Sports Medicine.
He is certified physiotherapist from Central Calcutta Medical Training Centre. Joined Kingfisher East Bengal in the year 2000-01 and functions figuratively as the right arm to Dr S R Dasgupta in keeping the boys fit and running.
A qualified civil engineer, has dedicated his life to the club. Has been with the East Bengal
Club administration since 1966 as a player of junior football team upto 1970. In 1971 He was made 'In Charge' of the EB Junior Football
Team by the then Secretary Dr Nripen Das. He came very close to Late Dipak (Paltu) Das, who was the main architect of the present East
In 1984 he became the Cricket Secretary. He finally came to be the KEB Football Team Manager when the KEB board recommended his name in 1998 and it was duly approved by the Chairman Dr V Mallya. Mr. Ball is the person in charge of managing all the requirements of the squad management, the players and coordinating between the President, Secretary and the rest of the staff with regard to the KEB Football Team.
Has been with the East Bengal Club administration for a long time. In 2012 he was appointed as Team Manager for AFC Cup. He also officiated as Team Manager in AFC Cup 2013. He is in charge of managing all the requirements of the squad management, the players and coordinating between the Club and AFC with regard to East Bengal Club football team in the AFC Cup. He also acts as Team Manager in some I League matches of the Club.
A qualified Chartered Accountant and a walking encyclopedia of Indian club and national football records
is a well known football statistician. He had also worked as the official statistician at The I.F.A. (W.B.). He had also worked as the
Statistician with Zee Sports ( I League - 2008-09, 2009-10, Federation Cup - 2008,2009, Nehru Cup -2009, Santosh Trophy - 2009, 2010 );
with ESPN/Star Sports ( I.F.A Shield - 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 ); with NDTV in Euro-2008. He is also a regular contributor to
The Times of India and Mathrubhumi (Kerala).
He looks after the media relations and disseminate press releases, information about the Kingfisher East Bengal Football team. Joined as Team Media Officer of Kingfisher East Bengal in the beginning of 2011-12 season.
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