Indian badminton sensation Saina Nehwal became a member of Bengaluru FC. The 2012 Olympic bronze medallist is a big fan of the I-League champions and was presented with a jersey by club skipper Sunil Chhetri on Monday.
Sunil Chhetri scored twice from the penalty spot to save Bengaluru FC the blushes as they came from behind to hold Sesa FC to a 2-2 draw and set up a semifinal clash with Salgaocar FC in the 127th Durand Cup at Raia Panchayat ground here on Monday.
I-League winners Bengaluru FC made a perfect start to their Durand Cup campaign as they defeated defending champions Mohammedan Sporting 2-1 in the opening match of Pool C quarter-final league here on Thursday.
Sun Group, owners of the Bangalore franchise of Indian Super League (ISL) are set to pull out of the inaugural edition of the football tournament which will kick-start on October 12. The reason behind the fall-out is believed to be irreconcilable differences between the Chennai-based group and the tournament organisers IMG-Reliance. A official announcement is expected within 24 hours.
With a packed calendar ahead, East Bengal coach Armando Colaco Thursday said he would not like to put his top forwards Ranti Martins and Dudu Omagbemi under stress as the defending champions kick off the season against Mohammedan Sporting in the local league Sunday.
National football team captain Sunil Chhetri`s participation in the much-anticipated Indian Super League still remains doubtful as the organisers of the new tournament are unlikely to extend the June 30 deadline set for signing India players under the central player pool draft.
After getting barred from I League`s first division for failing AIFF`s licensing criteria, the footballing federation has made it a compulsion for the clubs to have licenses for the second division too.
Churchill Brothers forward Balwant Singh and Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood were adjudged the Best Indian Player and Best Coach respectively in the sixth edition of Football Players` Association of India Awards.
Having missed the crown narrowly, East Bengal will look to finish runners-up for a third time in four seasons when they conclude their I-League campaign against United SC at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Monday.
Already crowned champions with one match at hand, Bengaluru FC would look to end their fairytale I-League campaign on a winning note when they take on Sporting Clube de Goa in a final round match at Nehru Stadium here on Monday