2004-03-02 14:37:24 UTC
indianfootball.com Newsletter - March 2004
NEWSLETTER MARCH 2004
February was a month of records for indianfootball.com, India's biggest
We for the first time had more than 15.000 HITs in a month, more than 522
HITs on average a day.
Also we set a new record for a day's HITs with 1775 on the day India beat
Singapore in the 2006 World Cup qualifier.
2006 World Cup Asian qualifiers
INDIA had a successful start into their 2006 World Cup Asian qualifying
campaign with a 1-0 victory against Singapore at the Nehru Stadium, Margao
in Goa on February 18. A penalty from Renedy Singh decided the match in
Doordarshan criticised for no football coverage
India's opening 2006 World Cup qualifying match against Singapore was not
shown on Doordarshan or any other channel. Before and after the match
Doordarshan has come under heavy criticism for not showing such an important
football match. Doordarshan claim too costly production and no chance to get
that money back from adverts as reason.
8th National Football League
The 8th edition of the National Football League continues to be very
interesting. Defending champions East Bengal Club for the first time this
season top the league after Round 12 with 24 points, followed by underdogs
Dempo SC who have also 24 points but with a worse goal difference and have
played a match more, like third-placed Mahindra United who have 23 points.
Churchill Brothers and JCT Mills follow on 22 points. On the other side of
the table Indian Bank can start planning for the 2.Division NFL next year
with 2 points from 13 matches.
1East Bengal Club1273220-10+1024
2Dempo Sports Club1366115-07+0824
AFC Cup - East Bengal & Mahindra United impressive
The Indian representatives, East Bengal & Mahindra United, made an
impressive start into the newly created AFC Cup, the second tier of the
Asian Champions League. East Bengal beat Geylang United (Singapore) and
Negri Sembilan (Malaysia), while Mahindra United beat Dhofar FC (Oman.
Goa lower league scandal makes worldwide headlines
The two matches - Curtorim Gymkhana 61-1 Sangolda Lightning and Wilfred
Leisure 55-1 Dona Paula SC - from the Goa 2.Division league playoffs, made
worldwide headlines due to 118 goal scored and loads of stories were
published around the world on the scores. Sadly most article were wrong as
they claimed the matches were 2.Division National League matches. Goa FA has
punished all clubs and their officials and players hard.
India to send U20 team to SAF Games
India will be sending an experimental under-20 squad for the much-delayed
but fast-approaching ninth edition of the South Asian Federation Games,
slated to be held at Islamabad, in Pakistan. The senior national team is in
World Cup qualifying action.
Tata Football Academy hodl trials
The Tata Football Academy held its biannual trials for 13 adn 14 year old
boys to be inducted into TFA. Another of selection trials and final round
trials will be held.
Football franity portest DDs non-showing of football
A demonstration of football lovers infront of the Doordarshan Kendra
Calcutta was held to protest the step-motherly treatment of football by the
state channel. Especially the protest was against the non-showing of the
World Cup qualifier against Singapore.
Kerala State League
State Bank of Travancore won the Kerala State League with a 2-2,4-2 victory
on penalties in the final against FC Kochin in Kochi.
8th Assam Club Championships
Oil India Limited, Duliajan defended their Assam Club Championships title
with a 3-0 final victory against Assam State Electricity Board in Diphu.
FIFA World Ranking MenFIFA 139Asia 27
WomenFIFA 57Asia 10
Upcoming tournaments and events (March/April) March/April
Mar. to Apr.
April2.Division National Football League
39th Dr. BC Roy Trophy (under-19)
13th Dutta Ray Trophy (under-21)
National Football League
2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier - Kochi: India vs Oman
59th Santosh Trophy
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