Category: Transfer News

Delhi Dynamos sign Arshdeep Singh

NEW DELHI: After an excellent performance for Minerva Punjab last season , 22-year-old goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh Saini has signed a three-year contract with the Delhi Dynamos. He made his debut for Minerva Punjab in 2017 and has proven to be very promising for the former I-League champions. The shot stopper has also exhibited great performance in the AFC Cup.

He was recently in the news after a nasty injury with Chennaiyin FC striker CK Vineeth in their AFC Cup match held in Guwahati. He was rushed to a nearby hospital and with multiple fractures, had to undergo surgery. However, he will be up and running before the upcoming season.

Under Spanish custodian Francisco Dorronsoro, Arshdeep will look forward to gather more experience at Delhi Dynamos and enhance his skills in the upcoming campaign. The 22-year old goal-keeper was also included in Derrick Perreira’s U-23 Indian team for the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers earlier this year. 

Abhijit Sarkar joins East Bengal on loan from Chennaiyin

KOLKATA: After Costa Rican Johnny Acosta yet another World Cupper will turn out for East Bengal this season in Calcutta Football League as Chennaiyin FC today announced that 19-year-old attacking midfielder Abhijit Sarkar has joined The Red and Golds on a loan deal for the 2019-20 season.

The versatile midfielder, who has represented India in FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, signed for Chennaiyin ahead of 2018-19 season from the All India Football Federation (AIFF) developmental side Indian Arrows, spending the subsequent season with them on loan.

Abhijit made six appearances for Indian Arrows last season, scoring once. The AIFF Elite Academy graduate was at Indian Arrows in the 2017-18 campaign as well, where he finished as their I-League top-scorer with four goals.

Meanwhile, Spanish defender Borja Gomez Perez has also joined training today under assistant coach Josep Ferre at Saltlake Stadium training ground.

Photo – Santanu Biswas

Gokulam Kerala appoint Fernando Santiago Varela as head coach

Kozhikode, July 18: Spanish coach Fernando Santiago Varela has returned back to Gokulam Kerala FC as the head coach of the team for the upcoming season. The Spaniard had a brief stint with the Malabarians a year ago but had to return back to his home country due to personal reasons before the I-League started.

“It is a great honour to be back home. I had some unavoidable circumstances in Spain and had to leave before the I-League started. Now I am back,” said Fernando Santiago Varela upon his arrival.

Settled in Barcelona, Fernando Varela has previously coached Catalalan club CF Gava before joining Gokulam Kerala FC last year. The gaffer has also written a book ‘Futbol Inteligente’ on football training.

“We will be vying for top honours this season. Already the players have started fitness sessions and now I will oversee the training sessions. We have to prepare well for the Durand Cup. It is great to be back here and now I have got a historic tournament as my first assignment,” said Fernando Varela.

 “Gokulam will aim high this season with the foreign coach and his expertise in football will surely help us to aim for glory this year. The coach came late because there was some delay in getting the visa. He is now ready. It is great to see him back with Gokulam and we expect a good start this season,” said VC Praveen, Gokulam Kerala FC president. 

Bengaluru FC sign Spanish forward Manuel Onwu

Bengaluru: Indian Super League champions Bengaluru FC have completed the signing of Spanish striker Manuel Onwu Villafranca ahead of the 2019-20 season, the club announced on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old striker who becomes the 13th Spaniard to sign for the Blues, has put pen to paper on a one-year deal with the club having an option to extend it for another year.

“Having spent a fair bit of time playing in Spain, I was looking for a different experience. However, I wanted to join a strong project where we fight for ambitious goals. That’s the reason I’m very excited to join Bengaluru FC. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the club from many Spanish players in the league, and that helped me make a decision about coming here. I look forward to meeting my new teammates and hope to help the club build on their success from last season,” said Manuel after putting to paper.   

Welcoming him to the Blues fold, Coach Carles Cuadrat said, “Manuel comes in after a long playing career in Spain that includes playing at the very top. He will provide us with some good options in attack and we expect him to settle in easily. Of course, he isn’t a direct replacement for Miku, because we’re talking about two very different types of players. Manuel is a great professional, and his experiences will definitely make him a great addition to our squad.”

Born in Tudela, Manuel had youth spells with Club Atlético Valtierrano and CD Tudelano, making his senior debut with the latter in 2006. In 2007, Onwu signed with Osasuna B and had a couple of loan spells at CD Iruña (2007-08) and UD Alzira (2008) before returning to the reserve team of the La Liga side. While Manuel featured and netted regularly for Osasuna B in the Segunda B Division, he was called up to the first team and made his La Liga debut in March 2012.

Having played three seasons in the Spanish top flight and another one in the Segunda Division for Osasuna, Manuel had a brief spell in Georgia with FC Dinamo Tbilisi where he was part of the side that won the 2015 Georgian Cup. He returned to Spain the following season and featured for Lleida Esportiu (2015-16) and Lorca FC (2016-18) helping the latter to a promotion to Segunda Division in his first season. In January 2018, he moved to UCAM Murcia CF and featured regularly and in fact, was the top-scorer for theUniversitarios with 11 league goals in the 2018-19 season.

At Bengaluru, Manuel becomes the fourth Spaniard in the current squad joining Juanan Gonzalez, Dimas Delgado, and Albert Serran.

Jamshedpur Football Club sign midfielder from ATK

Jamshedpur, November 30, 2018: Jamshedpur FC are ecstatic to announce that the club has completed the signing of 21-year-old midfielder, Malsawmzuala on loan from ATK. The youngster has penned a deal with the the Jharkhand-based side and is now available to feature for the club for the remainder of the Indian Super League 2018/19 season.

Starting his footballing journey with his local club, Chanmari FC in Mizoram, Malsawmzuala quickly climbed the ladder and impressed the scouts at Bengaluru FC. The youngster joined BFC in 2015 and instantly became a regular in the side.

Malsawmzuala made important contributions for the club in I-League and also in the AFC Cup. He made 15 appearances for the club and scored 1 goal; a 30-yard stunner against East Bengal in a crucial I-League encounter.
Malsawmzuala also has Indian Super League experience under his belt as the boy from Mizoram had joined Delhi Dynamos on loan in 2016. He made four appearances that season for the Dynamos and also scored a goal against FC Pune City.

The youngster joined ATK ahead of the ongoing season but has not been able to garner regular playing time in the Steve Coppell managed side. Malsawmzuala will now be hoping to kick-start his ISL journey with Jamshedpur FC.

Malsawmzuala has also represented India at the U-19 level and was previously included in the Indian senior team squad for the World Cup qualifiers in 2016 alongside his soon to be teammate, Sumeet Passi. The midfielder is touted as a huge talent and is predicted by many to become the Indian midfield mainstay for the years to come.

Malsawmzuala is a defensive midfielder that excels in breaking up play and helping his side win back possession. He is also comfortable when on the ball and has an ability to test the opponents with his long-range shooting. The youngster will surely play a key role in the ongoing season for Jamshedpur FC with his ability to destruct and dictate the game from the centre of the park.

DSK Shivajians FC appoint John Andrews as Strength and Conditioning Coach

DSK Press Release

7th September 2016 – Pune, India – DSK Shivajians Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of John Andrews as the new Strength and Conditioning Coach for the first team.

John is a UEFA ‘A’ License Coach, who has expertise in strength and conditioning, joins First Team Manager Dave Rogers backroom staff for the season ahead.

Andrews, 37, was a professional footballer before he retired and ventured into coaching. He coached HvitiRiddarinn and Afturelding Women’s Team in the past. Following the latter, he diverted his focus on to strength and conditioning of players, developing FRP Fitness for regular people.

Talking about John’s appointment, Dave, said: “I have known John for many years throughout my football career. We played against each other many times. He has always been a man of integrity and complete professionalism in the way he conducts himself. I decided to bring in John because his knowledge and attention to detail in Strength & Conditioning which is second to none.”

John is also an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer with a Degree in Physical Education and Health. His football career spanned over 16 years, where he played for the likes of Grantham Town, Mansfield Town, and Coventry City. John also played for Cork City in Ireland back in 2002. He ended his football career in the first division of Iceland with Afturelding.

Expressing his excitement on joining DSK Shivajians, John said: “It is an honour and a pleasure to be on board the most exciting and developing club in India. My goal here is to improve the strength, well-being, and overall health of the players and to push DSK Shivajians to the next level of our football journey. Thank you for the opportunity, and I look forward to doing my best for such a fantastic club and manager.”

ISL: FC Goa signs of three new Brazilian players in Rafael Dumas, Trindade Goncalves & Richarlyson


Panaji,6th September: FC Goa has announced the signing of three new Brazilian players for the first team squad ahead of the third edition of the Hero Indian Super League. Defender Rafael Dumas and midfielders Richarlyson and Trindade Goncalves have penned a deal that will see them represent Zico’s men this season.

21 year old defender Rafael Dumas has been loaned from Brazilian side Flamengo where he plays as a center half. Speed is his forte and he uses this to his advantage to chase and close down attackers.

Having played in the junior side of the famed Brazilian team and helping the side win the Junior Campeonato Carioca in 2015, he was promoted to the senior team where he has made one appearance so far. Impressed by his performances in the junior league, Zico gave him the opportunity to join the Indian side to showcase his skills. Alongside veterans like Gregory Arnolin, World Cup winner Lucio and Luciano Sobrosa, the youngster will hope to leave his mark on the tournament.

Trindade Goncalves has played a number of junior tournaments in Brazil as well. The 20 year old played in the Copa Sao Paulo de Futbol Junior against rivals Corinthians and scored a goal while also converting a penalty in the shootout to win the contest. A defensive midfielder by trade, Trindade is adept at shielding the defensive from attacks using his speed and technique.

Richarlyson is the most decorated of the three players. Having represented the national team on two occasions, he has also won numerous domestic titles including the Brazilian league in 2006, 2007 and 2008 with Sao Paulo. The 33 year old is a versatile player and while he plays predominantly in front of the defence, he can also slot in comfortably in the heart of the defence or at left full back. With experience on his side, he will be an asset to Zico’s team during the ISL and will help the progression of the younger Brazilians and Indian players as well.

ISL: Mumbai City FC re-sign Sunil Chhetri

MUMBAI: Sunil Chhetri re-signed for Mumbai City FC on Monday for the upcoming third edition of the Indian Super League.

With seven goals Sunil was the top scorer for Mumbai City FC last season and is in fine form at present as his recent showing in the international friendly against Puerto Rico proved last week.

“Mumbai, first of all thank you lots for all the love and support that we received against Puerto Rico. I’m pretty happy to announce that in this upcoming season of Hero ISL 2016, I’ll be donning the Mumbai City FC jersey again. I’m really excited and looking forward to it,” Sunil said after re-signing.

India’s all-time top-scorer, who missed the inaugural season of the ISL, became the most expensive Indian player of the league when he was bought by the Ranbir Kapoor co-owned side in the player auction last year for a whopping Rs 1.2 crore.

Despite his team’s poor show in the ISL 2015, Sunil finished the fourth highest goalscorer and also became the first Indian to score a hat-trick last season when he netted thrice against NorthEast United FC.

ISL: Delhi Dynamos sign ex-Real Madrid defender Ruben Gonzalez


New Delhi, Sep 3: Delhi Dynamos on Saturday announced the signing of former Celta Vigo and Real Madrid defender Ruben Gonzalez as their second marquee footballer for the third edition of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL).

Ruben was part of the Real Madrid squad that won the Champions League in 2001-2002 and he then went on to win the Spanish La Liga in 2002-2003. He played more than 70 matches for Celta.

On signing for Delhi Dynamos FC, 34-year-old Ruben said: “I am really excited to join Delhi Dynamos, having played for most of my career in Spain and Germany, I am looking forward to playing in Asia for the first time.”

Speaking on Ruben’s signing, Dynamos Head Coach Gianluca Zambrotta said: “We are glad to have Ruben Gonzalez in our team. He will strengthen our defence and he will definitely be one of the leaders on and off the pitch for the club.

The experienced defender has immense experience in Spanish club football, making over 200 appearances playing at clubs like Racing Santander, Mallorca, Ossasuna, amongst others.

The latest signing joins Delhi Dynamos after two seasons of regular football at Real Zaragoza.

Ruben will be in the Delhi Dynamos F.C. squad for the charity friendly match being played against West Bromwich Albion F.C. at the Hawthorns later on Saturday.

ISL: FC Goa re-sign Lucio as marquee player

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Panaji, 2nd September: World Cup and UEFA Champions League winning central defender Lucimar Ferreira da Silva (Lucio) re-signed for FC Goa for the upcoming third edition of the Hero Indian Super League. Consistency was the key for head coach, Zico who decided to retain the spine of the team that reached the finals of the second edition of the Hero Indian Super League.

Lucio won the treble (Seria A, UEFA Champions League and Coppa Italia) in 2010 under present Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho after strong performances in the heart of the defence for Internazionale in Italy. He also played for Bayer Leverkusen and German giants Bayern Munich prior to joining Inter. Along with his strong showing for his club, Lucio was a mainstay in the Brazil National Team with 105 appearances at the heart of the defence, scoring four goals in the process and helping Brazil to win the 2002 World Cup, having played every minute of the competition.

He joined the Indian Super League in 2015 when he signed for FC Goa to play under felloe Brazilian Zico. Zico threw the captain’s armband to Lucio primarily due to his wealth of experience playing football in Europe and South America. Alongside Martinique powerhouse Gregory Arnolin, Lucio was one of the main reasons for FC Goa’s superb run to the finals of the ISL in 2015. His aerial prowess and ability to intercept were key attributes in making him one of the fittest marquee players of the second edition of the tournament. He regularly stopped opposition attacks in their tracks and started attacking moves of his own for his side.

For the third edition of the Indian Super League, Zico decided to keep faith with the 38 year old. Lucio will hope to lead his team to the final once more in 2016 and hopefully go all the way this year in his second attempt at the title.

“I am very happy to sign for FC Goa once again. We had a good tournament last year and I hope to make FC Goa champions this year. Consistency is the key for us and I am sure that we will do well once again this year under Zico’s leadership. It is important to train hard and put in 100 percent of effort on the field in order to get maximum results. I hope to make the fans of Goa proud this year,” he said.