Category: Transfer News

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.

ISL: FC Goa re-signs Gregory, Luciano and Rafael

Panaji, 30th August 2016: FC Goa has confirmed the re-signing of central defenders, Gregory Arnolin and Luciano Sobrosa and striker Rafael Coelho for the third season of the Hero Indian Super League. Gregory has been the mainstay in FC Goa’s defence from the first season. The defender is blessed with astute physical prowess and the ability to read the game well. In partnership with World Cup winning defender, Lucio, he was one of the major reasons the team had a successful run to the finals of the second edition. Gregory is also a potential goal threat for his side especially at set pieces, having netted twice in the first season and once in the second season with powerful headers.

The Martinique International endeared himself to the fan base with brilliant displays on the pitch and will be looking forward to going one step further in the third season after finishing up with a runners up medal in the second season.

“I am very happy to sign with FC Goa again. I have been at this club from the first season and we have made it to the semi-finals and then the finals. This year I hope to be able to win the ISL with FC Goa for the fans. I will give my best so that FC Goa can be champions of the ISL,” he said.

Brazilian defender Luciano Sobrosa was an able understudy to both Gregory and Lucio in the second season. He made seven solid appearances for Zico’s team and impressed the legendary coach during this stint. The 37 year old has been a veteran in the Indian football circuit with stints at various Indian clubs like Salgaocar, Sporting Goa and most recently, Mohun Bagan.

Coelho was signed mid-season last year after an injury to striker Victor Simoes ruled him out for the season. He was an instant hit with the fans with his tireless work ethic on the pitch. His constant threat in the box was a huge boost to the team in their run to the finals of the tournament.

DSK Shivajians FC signs North Korean International striker Kim Song-Yong


29th August, 2016 – Pune, India: DSK Shivajians Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of striker Kim Song Yong for the forthcoming season.

The former North Korean International, who has vast experience of playing in India, joins the club on a two-year deal.

Kim is the third foreign signing of Pune-based DSK Shivajians FC for this season after Spaniard Juan Quero and Irishman Shane McFaul.

The striker has been playing in India since 2013 when he joined Rangdajied United FC from Thailand Premier Club side Nakhon Ratchasima. He scored four goals in 13 outings during his first season in the country. Kim then moved to the newly-promoted Royal Wahingdoh for the 2014-15 season and netted five times in 19 appearances to help the club finish third in the I-League.

In 2015, he signed for the current I-League champions Bengaluru FC, where he found the back of the net four times in their campaign en route the title.

Dave Rogers, DSK Shivajians FC Manager, talking about the new signing, said:  “I saw Kim play regularly last season for Bengaluru FC, and I’ve always been very impressed with his performances. As a No. 9, I feel, he is the best in the I-League. A man of his experience and quality will only add strength and flexibility to the squad I’m building here.”

DSK Shivajians FC President, Shirish Kulkarni said; “We are happy to have signed a player of Kim’s stature. He’s an incredibly talented player who has valuable experience of playing for some of the top clubs in India. I am confident that he will be an asset to the squad in the upcoming season. I wish him all the best of luck for the season.”

Kim was born and raised in Japan, however, chose to play his international football for North Korea. He was a part of North Korea’s 2010 AFC Challenge Cup squad and has represented his country at the senior level on three occasions. Since 2007, he was a constant fixture in North Korea’s Under-23 squad before being called up to the senior side.

Expressing his joy on signing for DSK Shivajians FC, Kim said: “Since the time I know DSK Shivajians F.C, I observed the club has a professional management structure. The facilities are unmatched in India. These were reasons that made me interested. Luckily, I got a chance to join this year.

The team comprises of several young talented players, who in about 2-3 years will be in the running for a spot on the National team. The club’s Academy set-up is fantastic, which helps develop the long-term vision of DSK Shivajians FC.

I hope I can share my experience with my teammates for the benefit of the club. I am also very excited to help young players develop their skills. My aim is to score and help the team put in good performances and log as many wins. The pre-season training has been very hard, and that is the way it should be. My fellow players have helped me become a part of the DSK Shivajians FC family. The coaches have been helpful in every aspect of the game, and I hope that we can achieve bigger things together.”

Mohammedan SC adds French flavour to side; signs Alexandre Tabillon


KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club has completed the signing of midfielder Alexandre Tabillon for the rest of the season. The club has also completed his reigistration process at IFA Office on Monday and he will be avalaible for selection against Southern Samity on Wednesday.

The Paris born is the only second French footballer in Kolkata maidan after Bernard Mendy who played for East Bengal last season, has moved out of Europe for the first time in his career.

“I am thankful to the Mohammedan Sporting Club for this opportunity. It is a new challenge for me and I am looking forward to it. I have heard a lot about Indian football and really wanted to be a part of it. I hope to have a great stint with the club and help the club in winning the CFL,” Alexandre said.

The 25-year old has started his career at now dissolved French club Gap Hautes-Alpes FC in 2009. From there he went onto play for the French fouth tier club FC Villefranche before joining French League 2 club Tours FC in 2015. Alexandre also plied his trade in Romania at Romanian Liga 2 side FC UTA Arad.

“We are very happy to welcome Alexandre at the Mohammedan Sporting Club. With Leonce Dodoz and Manvir Singh we believe he will be a crucial player for the success of the team.” Club General Secretary Mr. Ghazal uz Zafar said.

 Photo By Santanu Biswas.

Delhi Dynamos F.C. sign 2006 World Cup Winner Simone Barone


The Delhi Dynamos Football Club continued its endeavour at strengthening the squad for the upcoming season of the Hero Indian Super League, by appointing another 2006 World Cup winning midfielder Simone Barone as their Assistant Coach.

The club has also announced the signing of Sebastian Delgado of Spain and Italian Roberto Ghielmetti as the Goalkeeping Coach and Fitness Coach respectively for the new season, while Mario Cerra of Italy will be the new Team Manager as well as the Medico Assistant.

This strengthens the existing coaching staff duo of Raman Vijayan and Shakti Chauhan who have been with the club since its inception. The coaches have played a vital role as the Technical Directors of the club’s grassroots initiatives as well.

Italian Simone Barone will work as an assistant to World Cup winning compatriot, Gianluca Zambrotta, who was signed up as the Head Coach of the Delhi Dynamos F.C. The two played for Italy in the 2006 World Cup, where they beat France on penalties in the dramatic final.

“I am delighted to join the Delhi Dynamos team. This is my first senior team coaching stint and I am really looking forward to it,” Barone said. “I am thankful to the club management for this opportunity. I am really excited about this new phase of my career and hope to assist the team to its first title in the ISL” he added.

Simone Barone, a veteran of 356 club games with a total goal tally of 23, started his career in 1997. After a career spanning over nearly 15 years, he hung up his boots in 2012. After his retirement, he went on to coach the Modena U-19 team.

The 38-year-old has featured in many top clubs in Italy, including Palermo, Torino, Cagliari and Chievo. Known for his energy and stamina, he was admired for his versatility: he could operate from multiple positions in the midfield, be it central midfield, right wing or deeper in a defensive role.

Sebastian Delgado arrives at the club with a huge reputation after being involved in high profile assignments, namely being the Director of Keepers Academy of the Finnish giants HJK Helsinki. Incidentally, Delhi Dynamos star of the last season Richard Gadze is on loan to Helsinki. The Spaniard is the personal coach of Toni Doblas and lot of credit goes to him for Doblas’ extremely good work between the sticks last season, where he missed on the golden glove by whiskers. He will look to weave the same magic on Sanjiban Ghosh and Soram Poirei and turn them into a solid wall in the upcoming season.

Roberto Ghielmetti, who will be responsible for keeping the squad fit and devoid of injuries during the season, was selected by Zambrotta himself, owing to his experience and credibility. The Italian holds a masters degree in sports science from the University of Turin and started his career at U-16 squad of Team Ticino and continued his career at the club eventually becoming the Fitness Coach for the U-16, U-17, and U-18 teams. He was also served as the fitness coach of the FC Locarno, FC Lugano, AC Spezia, and AC Bellinzona in his career before starting this new chapter with Delhi Dynamos F.C.

“I am very happy to work with Gianluca. I am looking forward to a successful season with the club,” said Ghielmetti.