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Home Cover Features Dan, Dana, Dhan Goal!

Dan, Dana, Dhan Goal!

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Dan, Dana, Dhan Goal!

Of late, Football too has been becoming popular with the youth, more so since India is hosting the U 17 FIFA World Cup. With this many doors have opened up and one hopes that the day is not far off, when India will be counted in one of the best football playing nations. Under the able guidance of Coach Luis Norton de Matos, the U 17 India team has taken baby steps and one hopes the team will win some laurels in the mega event. Like any other sport, football too has undergone changes and it has become more tactical sport. In the City of Pearls, Fateh Hyderabad A.F.C is motivating and coaching youngsters.

No other sport in the country receives as much applause and money as cricket, but of late other sports too are garnering attention of the youth. For that credit goes to actors who are supporting teams like in Kabbadi and also taking part in football matches – Ranbir Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Sachin Tendulkar to name a few. Thanks to the efforts of Pullela Gopichand, India is shining in the field of Badminton. Our country’s national sport Hockey is also trying to regain its lost glory.

If one asked a simple question to name one Indian footballer or a football team, one name that will spring to everyone’s mind is P K Bannerjee and Baichang Bhutia and one team would be Mohan Bagan or East Bengal. But ask for any footballer, and then people will reel off names beginning from Beckham, Ronaldo, and to many others. To make it interesting, the game is also undergoing many changes from 11-a-side to experiments have been made to five and six-a-side.

Many Indians too are catching up on this sport and most teams are getting players from abroad during the seasons to boost their winning chances. Though a lot has to be done, a beginning has been made by hosting of the FIFA World Cup for U 17 across the country. Preparations for the pitch began in right earnest three years ago.

Dan, Dana, Dhan Goal!

Focus On Grassroots

In Hyderabad too, football is catching up. But major work is being done by Fateh Hyderabad A.F.C, a young professional football club that currently plays in the 2nd Division I-League. As Hyderabad’s first I-League club, it competes in the Telangana Football Association’s Rahim League A Division. According to the Club Founders Yogesh Maurya and Aditya Narayanan, the club’s philosophy is to focus its resources on grassroots and infrastructure, investing under a value conscious model with a sustainable approach. The club aims to create opportunities for professional careers while developing youth and facilities to improve the technical standard of football in Hyderabad.

With a passion to see the standard of Indian Football improve consistently, the founders have named the Club, Fateh Hyderabad as a representation of the victory of the heart, truth and character. “It is part of Fateh Hyderabad’s founding ethos to value character over talent and ability, and that football as a game is bigger than all involved and in its purest sense, must be respected as a socio-economic common denominator,” they say.

Fateh Hyderabad senior team plays in Kerala Premier League also. The senior team is currently the champions of Kozhikode District League (Calicut, Kerala). Their main striker Madan was selected as the best player of the league with seven goals. Two of their senior team members have been selected by Reserve Bank of India and AOC (Army) Hyderabad.

The Club official shares that five of the academy graduates played for Andhra and Telangana State Santosh Trophy team for seasons 2014-2015 and 2015 -2016. The Club is also proud to state that their players have represented JNTU and Osmania University and Hyderabad district teams in different age groups.

Dan, Dana, Dhan Goal!

MoU with UK Firm

Early this year, Fateh Hyderabad inked a joint venture with Britain-based sports educators Premier Education Group (PEG) to deliver grassroots sports and performing arts education activities in the country. This arrangement enables all school-going children, both boys and girls of all ages to actively participate in the sport. The PEG will provide technology, systems, personnel and various other expertises to Fateh Hyderabad to gain command on the sport. Yogesh Maurya, Technical and Sporting Director of Fateh Hyderabad, said that they were thrilled of being chosen as a partner. Mauraya said that their main motto was to give opportunities to beginners, both for boys and girls.

Tom Byer who has joined hands with Fateh Hyderabad Association Football Club has started the One Child One Ball programme. He doesn’t believe in hiring big names and players, but strengthening from the grassroots level. Maurya, who is pouring in all his efforts for enriching football, believes that one has to qualify in all events to make it to the World Cup. Results may be too far to achieve, but the Fateh Hyderabad founder is patient to water football in the city for the next two decades even if it needs to be. They regularly hold coaching sessions for kids under all age groups and recently held a school event too.

Dan, Dana, Dhan Goal!

Peep Into Past

A peep into the past reveals that the Hyderabad City Police established their supremacy in the Durand Football tournament in 1950. In that final, they came from behind and equalized the score before the blow of the whistle and won 1-0 in the replay. Hyderabad city police participated in 12 national tournaments and won all of them. N.A Fruvall, as the captain of the Hyderabad City Police, in the 1940s played an important part in selecting and training players. Syed Abdul Rahim, who took over from Fruvall coached the Indian football team from 1950 to 1963. In the national team, many players from Hyderabad played for the country in Helsinki, Melbourne and Rome Olympics and India was in the fourth spot in the tally at 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Amarjit To Captain

Mid-fielder Amarjit Singh will lead the Indian team in the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be held across the country from October 6-28, 2017. Jitendra Singh, will be Amarjit’s deputy. Amarjit, born and brought up in Manipur, was introduced to the game by his uncle and came to the Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) to learn the sport. He caught the eyes of the officials, when the selectors were screening players to represent the country at the Under-17 World Cup, and he was invited to the nets. Initially, Amarjit made it to the reserve side, but German coach Nicolai Adam awe-struck with his abilities in midfield selected him for the main team.

Shubham Sarangi and K P Rahul, who are also part of the Indian team, are happy that they will be wearing Indian colours in the first ever FIFA World Cup hosted by India. Sarangi accepted that he told a lot of lies to his parents to play Football and the FIFA U-17 World Cup was dream come true. Midfielder Rahul too convinced his parents to play football. Sarangi made the cut through the AIFF scouting network and Rahul through the AIFF Academy.

Some of the other players include Bengaluru-born Sanjeev Stalin, who is a defensive midfielder. Stalin also started his football career at Chandigarh Football Academy, after he turned 10. Saurabh Meher, a Forward, arrived on the national team scene in 2015. Meher’s talent saw him turn up for Air India for whom he won the Durand Cup. Anwar Ali hailing from Punjab, who has played for Minerva FC, is a Centre-back. Komal Thatal, Midfielder, uses his sprightly feet to score against his opponents. Abhijit Sarkar, who hails from Bandel, West Bengal, is a fruitful scorer.

One question on everyone’s mind would be how will the team do in the World Cup? The team should take the participation as a learning experience, and at best reduce the margin of defeat. There is no doubt that the team is working hard to polish their skills before heading to Delhi, where they take on the US on October 6 in the opening match. Coach Luis Norton de Matos said that the difference between Indian team and others is huge, but one can work wonders if they consistently believe that they can do it.

The coach said that the young team has worked hard and played some good matches. Matos said that they have played against Italy, Serbi, Macedonia, Mexico, Colombia and Chile, but the World Cup is highly competitive. Sounding positive, Matos said that India had played in the four nation tournament in Mexico and drew against Chile, who qualified for the World Cup.

Dan, Dana, Dhan Goal!

Legendary footballer P K Banerjee has urged all Indians to root for the players in the big-event. He said that the young team needed all the support as they are the country’s future. Banerjee said that the pool needs to be increased and the nation needs many more U-17 and U-19 players to make the country robust in football. It may be recalled that the Bengal player was bestowed with the prestigious FIFA Centennial Order of Merit in 2004. The football veteran has played 84 internationals in 13 years for India that included three Asian Games (Tokyo, Jakarta and Bangkok). Banerjee figured in the team that finished fourth in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and captained the team at Rome Olympics in 1960.

Placed in Group A, along with the US, Colombia and Ghana, the legendary footballer Banerjee is hopeful of a good showing by India. In the AFC U-16 Championship, India has taken part seven times, but they crossed the first hurdle only once in 2002. India plays against the US on October 6, against Colombia on October 9 and Ghana on October 12.

The FIFA Legends - Carlos Valderrama, Fernando Morientes, Marcel Desailly, Jorge Campos and Emmanuel Amuneke are of the opinion that India must carry forward its programmes even after the World Cup to hone budding talent. Marcel Desailly, who had won the World Cup with France on home soil, in 1998, emphasized that Indian team has to handle the pressure of playing at home. He said that the team should prepare well physically and psychologically, because it is tough to handle the pressure of playing on their soil. “They must use the opportunity to shine and begin something for football to take a big leap,” he said.

Nike Kit for U 17

Apparel giant Nike is sponsoring the Under-17 national football team kit. After the unveiling of the kit, All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das said that the new Blue look for the team will complement the country’s fearless brand of football. The new Nike national team kit for India boasts of Nike’s proprietary Dri-FIT technology that helps draw sweat away from the body to the exterior of the kits. Nike leverages sustainable innovation for its football kits through the use of recycled polyester to lower environmental impact. The kit’s shirt and shorts are constructed with recycled polyester fabric, which is made from recycled plastic bottles melted down to produce a fine yarn.

Dan, Dana, Dhan Goal!

Akhil envoy of HFL

Actors Akkineni Nagarjuna and Amala’s son Akhil is the brand ambassador of Hyderabad Football League (HFL) in its third season. The HFL will be held at different venues in the city from November 25 and will showcase 135 matches spread over 10 weeks. An active cricketer before moving to films, Akhil said that he was never away from any other sports disciplines too. He said that football had a special place for him and he loves the concept of six-a-side HFL. The actor said that he was hopeful that more and more youngsters would take to football after watching HFL. He is hoping to make his debut in HFL next season as the game demands very high fitness levels. Twelve teams would feature in the HFL where the winning team would take home Rs. 3 lakh, runner-up Rs. 1.5 lakh and the best player of the tournament Rs. 2 lakh.

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