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I-League 2011

Posted in Football, India, Indian Football, sports by clash on October 26, 2011

The new edition of I-league is here. Ten Action is broadcasting the league.

I watched around 40 mins of  Salgaocar playing Dempo and around 60 odd mins of the East Bengal  playing Churchill Bros.   While  Salgaocar – Dempo was a tame affair, the EB – CB played in Salt Lake, Kolkota was a nice treat.

Nothing noteworthy happened in the Salgaocar –  Dempo match. Dempo looked sharper physically and battled it out with Salgaocar.

It is so obvious what a good pitch can do to a football match. The EB- CB match was a en evidence to this.  The synthetic pitch in Salt Lake provided a good platform for a good match in Kolkota. Trevor Morgan’s EB looked sizzling with all passes and nice tricks but they simply couldnt find the net.  Where as CB had a consistent match in terms of defending. They were opportunistic enough to slot a single goal which won the match.

Finally a few words about the telecast. While i really liked the quality of broadcast with slow motion replays from different angles and a decent commentator to accompany it, the most i enjoyed is the talk show hosted by Joe Morrison, in which Carlton Palmer and John Burridge dishes out wisdom and tactical analysis of the matches.  They are simply kick a**.  I have always enjoyed their comedy during the UEFA Champions league matches!

I-league is here…

Posted in Football, India, soccer, sports by clash on September 26, 2008

No fanfare.. no stars… hush… hush in the last page of news papers. The National Football league, in its new avatar; I -league is here. This is the second edition of an obscure football league in India where obscure foreign players ply their trade. Brazilians, Africans and such goes the ethnic backgrounds of these players.

Formidable teams test their chances in this league, the kolkotan giants; East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. The Mumbai outfits Mumbai FC and Mahindra United, the Goan contingent that include Dempo, Churchill Brothers and sorts and the sole representation from the North JCT Mills. A SWOT analysis done here weigh up all the teams in this edition of i-league.

With matches conducted over the weekends, I-league expect to increase its viewer ship. Last time for many matches, tickets were not issued;such was the turn out, hardly hundreds. With Barclays premier league thronging itself forcefully in to our drawing room, it is very difficult to predict the success of I-league on weekends. It doesn’t mean that it was any good while it happened during the week days. The league will definitely struggle to garner any viewer ship.

Then again, it has been a wonderful year so far for Indian Football. The AFC Challenge Cup victory against a formidable Tajikistan has been a real morale booster for everyone who follows Indian football and then Dempo’s forced themselves in to the semi-finals of the AFC Cup . Tremendous so far with other notable achievements being the Indian U-16 team’s, who held Manchester United for a draw in the UK tour. May be this is the i-league to look out for, with Dempo being my favorites to win it.

Moving on to the regular news updates, you can bookmark this Indian Football Digest here. It will carry match reports, scores and other developments that is happening in Indian Football.


Daily dose

Posted in Football by clash on March 14, 2008

For all football lovers who are concerned about the latest developments and blunders happening in Indian football, here comes your daily dose of Indian Football news. You can access it here . This compliation will have news blurbs from different soruces gathered under a common platform. Though not very pervasive at the moment, in due course of time, this venture will be streamlined to carry every piece of news about Indian Football. From Mumbai in the west to Imphal in the east and Kanyakumari in the south to kashmir in the north, this consolidation will offer all developments in Indian Football.

Enjoy!