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Old May 27th, 2014, 10:14 AM   #41
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Renovated historic Kottapadi Football stadium inaugurated by Sports minister Thiruvanchur.
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Old May 27th, 2014, 03:36 PM   #42
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The Kochi team for the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament, co-owned by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, has been named 'Kerala Blasters'. The name was announced by state chief minister Oommen Chandy after his brief meeting with Tendulkar here today. Tendulkar also accepted Chandy's request to be Goodwill Ambassador of the National Games, to be held in Kerala in January-February 2015.

Tendulkar, who was given a rousing reception at the airport and government secretariat, also called on Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan, seeking support in his efforts to promote football. After meeting Chandy in his chamber, a beaming Tendulkar said he was "overwhelmed and speechless" at the love and affection showered on him by Keralites. On the team's name, he said: "People call me Master Blaster... One can say there is possibly an association."

Tendulkar said though he grew up playing cricket, not many know that he enjoyed other sports as well. "I grew up playing cricket... Very few people knew that I enjoy other sports like hockey, football and badminton."

He said the Indian Super League would definitely give a boost to football in the country. Tendulkar said that as a Rajya Sabha member, he had submitted to the Human Resources Development Ministry his "vision" on promotion of sports and would continue to pursue that. "With collective and positive efforts we are sure the results will be good." He said media support for promotion of sports was very important. Tendulkar took the state government's request for being Goodwill Ambassador for the National Games as a "huge honour". "I am very happy to be part of this and for promotion of sports," he said. Chandy thanked Tendulkar for accepting the state's request in this regard. The CM said the team owners had offered to impart training in football to 1.25 lakh students in the state.

After meeting Chandy, Tendulkar went to Achuthanandan's official residence and presented him a jerried shawl, a gesture reciprocated by the nonagenarian leader. "Sachin is an icon of cricket not only in India but the world over and it is a great thing that he is now supporting football," Achuthanandan said. Tendulkar said he was extremely delighted to meet Achuthanandan and his support and goodwill meant a lot for the Indian Super League Football.

Tendulkar and team co-owner Prasad Potlury, a Hyderabad based entrepreneur, left for Kochi in the afternoon. When he arrived in the government secretariat, a large number of people, including the staff, gathered to have a glance. Though brief, the event turned out to be a spontaneous one within the secretariat premises.
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Old May 29th, 2014, 08:06 PM   #45
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Old May 30th, 2014, 11:18 AM   #46
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Old June 2nd, 2014, 08:56 AM   #48
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Bekham ,Veron , Fabiano to play for Kochi ISL team


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Kerala FC based on Thrissur Unveiled and launched

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Old June 7th, 2014, 08:41 AM   #51
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Thrissur based Kerala FC launched at Kottapadi Stadium, Malappuram
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FC Kerala Launched


Kerala FC bought 40 Acre land near Irinjalakuda

International level stadium & Academy, accomdation and Office building, Club house, Artificial lake and Apartments nearby etc....

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Kathmandu: India will host the 2015 edition of the SAFF football tournament, it was decided in the executive committee meeting of the South Asian body here on Tuesday.

The meeting did not finalise the host city for the tournament but said it will be held in either New Delhi or Kerala.

World Sports Group (WSG), commercial partner of SAFF, said it wants the tournament to be held in India alternately.

"India will host the 2015 SAFF Cup but the venue will be decided later. The fight is in between Delhi and Kerala to host the tournament," SAFF's general secretary Alberto Colaco said after the meeting held on the sidelines of the ongoing SAFF Championship here.

The South Asian football body also announced a new tournament -- SAFF Club Cup Championship that is expected to begin next year.

"We have planned a new tournament -- SAFF Club Cup Championship -- from next year. The proposed date is August 2014 but it is not final. It will depend on our sponsors WSG who will respond in two months time," Colaco said.

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The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) is planning a single venue inter-club tournament from 2014 with the champions from each of the eight countries, federation secretary Alberto Colaco said here on Tuesday. The first edition will possibly be held in Bangladesh because federation president Kazi Salahuddin wants it that way.

“It will be held in August to serve India,” said Salahuddin after a SAFF meeting. August being a month of pre-seasons at Indian clubs, the meet won’t interfere in an already crowded calendar that must now also accommodate an inter-city franchise tournament.

Colaco said the prize money for this $1m tournament would be nearly $175,000 almost $80,000 more than what the 10th SAFF Championship offers. “We will first offer the tournament to World Sport Group our commercial partners and if they don’t get back to us in two months, we would be free to get other sponsors.”

The next SAFF Championship would be held in India, said Colaco. Thiruvananthapuram is a likely venue in December or January 2016.
The 2014 women’s SAFF meet would be held in Pakistan and the SAFF is also committed to holding a boys’ under-19 tournament in 2015 from the surplus accrued from SAFF Championships, said Colaco.

Seems WSG started its work. This is just a beginning. Many more things to follow
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Lagardere involved in Trivandrum International Stadium

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French major Lagardere involved in the planning and custruction of Trivandrum International Stadium. See the list of clubs,activities,events etc the company is associated with. That itself shows what is in store for next couple of years for Trivandrum and Kerala.

Now its own subsidiary WSG has been entrusted with stadium management(event management,sales marketing) etc.
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Old June 10th, 2014, 06:17 PM   #57
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When God’s own country played host to FIFA

Kerala’s Malappuram district boasts a soccer fervour rivalled only by Brazil

Kochi, June 9:

Five weeks ahead of the World Cup 2014 final, to be played halfway across the world in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium, Brazil defeated Argentina 2-1 on June 8 in the Dream Final played out at the poor man’s Maracana, the Kottappadi Football Stadium in Kerala’s Malappuram.

As Brazil scored its second goal, thousands of crazed soccer fans, drawn from the interior villages of Malappuram, erupted in excitement forgetting that this was just a symbolic match .

M.P. Zakeer from the Brazil Fans’ Team, wearing Neymar’s No. 10 yellow jersey, secured the second goal at the 47{+t}{+h} minute in the one-hour match. The blue-clad Argentine team, which includes Azeez Cherukara, wearing Lionel Messi’s No. 10 jersey, made a valiant effort to win the Dream Final, but in vain.

The Dream Final organized by Youth FC, Malappuram, and played mostly by professional footballers, epitomized Malappuram district’s soccer mania. Who won was immaterial, the entire packed stadium enjoyed the exciting game.


The soccer syndrome

Malappuram is crazy about football. Cut-outs of Pele, Messi, Maradona and other international favourites look down on passersby at street corners. Boys and young men love to wear jerseys worn by their favourite players. Rickshaws, taxis, motorcycles and even fishing boats carry the flags of Brazil or Argentina. Merchandise ride piggyback on soccer icons, symbols and colours.

To outsiders, Malappuram’s soccer fever is pure madness. But fans believe the game is in their blood. In the past, schoolchildren played football in open public spaces (purambokes), paddy fields and temple grounds over weekends and during the summer holidays. The World Cup season is a peculiar time in Malappuram. People go on long leaves to watch the game on TV.

Hundreds of World Cup Cafes, many in makeshift palm-leaf camps, spring up across the district. The entry is free while the TV and furniture are borrowed from neighbourhood homes. Now, the district is divided between fans of Brazil and Argentina.

You are either yellow or blue, other countries don’t matter much. The adoration for Pele developed into the craze for Brazil. Maradona’s stellar performance in the 1986 World Cup later led to Argentina securing a huge fan following. Victories and defeats bring ups and downs, but the excitement is always shared.

New entrants

As the public spaces and paddy fields shrank, the number of football players has greatly reduced in Malappuram district. But football thrives with the induction of a considerable number of African players as well. Even small local teams have one or two Africans, who come to Kerala for higher education and fund their expenses (around ₹ 3,000 a match) from football.
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Old June 18th, 2014, 10:55 AM   #58
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Not a Kerala related news but will make Kerala Football lovers happy

Nations League: New European competition to start in 2018

A "League of Nations" competition intended as a third major tournament for European countries after the World Cup and European Championship has been given the go-ahead by Uefa.

The competition, which starts in September 2018, will also provide four qualifying spots for Euro 2020.

Uefa is still finalising the details but there will be four divisions, sub-divided into four smaller pools.

The top division's four pool winners will then play each other in June 2019.

There will be promotion and relegation between divisions.

The tournament will replace most international friendly fixtures, with pool matches played between September and November 2018 and the 'final four' competition played the following summer.

The opportunity to qualify for the European Championships is intended to make the League of Nations competitive.

The best four teams in each division who have not already qualified for Euro 2020 will play off for the final four places in the tournament.

"Twenty teams will advance from the qualifying competition to the Euro 2020 finals - which are being played in 13 cities around Europe," Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino told delegates at the authority's Congress in Kazakhstan on Thursday.

"That leaves four extra slots to be filled and they will come from four teams from the Nations League who have not otherwise qualified."

On current ranking, England would be in the top division alongside the likes of Spain, Germany and Italy. Each division would then be divided into pools of three or four teams, with the winners of each pool qualifying for a semi-final and final, played at neutral venues.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - ranked 31, 34 and 39 respectively by Uefa - could find themselves playing each other in the third or fourth divisions using the current national team coefficient.

Fifpro, the world footballers' association, is concerned about the added strain it will place on players.

"It should be clear that there is a difference in a friendly match and a competitive match," said director of player services Tijs Tummers.

"The Nations League will be another prestigious competition. As a consequence, that implies an increase in the workload for the group of top players."

While matches will be played on dates reserved for friendlies, there will still be flexibility for smaller countries to arrange high-profile fixtures with bigger European teams and for nations to play friendlies against national sides from outside Europe.

Scotland's FA is in favour of the new format and performance director Mark Wotte told BBC Scotland: "Friendly games are only interesting if you play world-class opponents.

"It is a good proposal, it is something new, it is worth a try and we have a couple of years to prepare for it."

The Football Association in England has also backed the plan, with chairman Greg Dyke saying earlier this month: "The hard thing is the detail, but I think a Nations League where we played the top nations would be very attractive."

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Alappuzha: C. Raja, a 20-year-old footballer and bank employee, had never seen a football 12 years ago when he was rescued from the begging mafia in Thrissur district and brought to the Janaseva Boys' Home in Madhurappuram, Ernakulam. The home was run by a former international athlete, Jose Maveli, and it was not long before his natural talents at the game were spotted by noted coach Soly Xavier, who played right back for the National team from 1986-’89.

“I was selected for the State football team in 2009,” says Raja. “But the team was unable to win matches and was dissolved. The Central Bank of India then offered me a job at its Angamaly branch a year ago on the basis of my abilities at football. I switched from playing to working at the bank. I still live under the shadow of Soly Xavier and Jose Maveli and chase a dream to be part of the National team. I devote hours on the field every day to accomplish this dream of mine to play for India. And I can do it," he says.

Raja has come a long way and faced a life full of hardship to be able to show so much determination today. Born in Salem in Tamil Nadu in 1994, he was four when his mother was poisoned by her family for marrying below her caste.

A couple of years later his father fell ill and lost his job at a sugarcane factory. Hoping their luck would change, the boy and his father headed for the town of Thrissur, but quickly found themselves penniless and on the streets. With his father too ill to work, Raja turned to begging.

“I’ve no connection with my relatives anymore. My father died some years ago. After football came into life, it taught me how to go forward,” he says.

His coaches are excited about his abilities and he was also featured in the international media in 2009.

Though a diehard fan of Cristiano Ronaldo’s, Raja is now rooting for Brazil. “Brazil’s way of playing is the best,” he says. “I keep watching the style and strategies Brazil uses against its rivals. So far, the play of the Sambas in the World Cup has been simply awesome. I hope they will lift the Cup,” he says, sounding like any other sleepless football fan.
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