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ISL: Cahill, Choudhary fire Jamshedpur back into top 4
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ISL: Cahill, Choudhary fire Jamshedpur back into top 4

Jamshedpur, Dec 12: Jamshedpur FC got their chase for the Indian Super League (ISL) play-offs back on track with an excellent 2-1 comeback win against Delhi Dynamos at the Tata Sports Complex here on Wednesday.

Lallianzuala Chhangte opened the scoring in the 24th minute but Tim Cahill restored parity in the 29th minute with a trademark header. Jamshedpur completed the comeback after the break with a 61st minute match-winner from Farukh Choudhary.

Delhi started with a bang and almost scored within seconds from kick-off. Adria Carmona played a neat one-two with Rene Mihelic outside the box and thumped a powerful shot that rattled the crossbar and went out.

The visitors’ desire to take an early lead denied Jamshedpur time and space on the pitch. In the 7th minute, Marcos Tebar played a delightful ball over the top for Lallianzuala Chhangte who beat Tiri for pace but hit the ball off target.

Delhi kept knocking on the doors and took the lead in the 24th minute. Narayan Das’ cross from the left flank was met by Mihelic inside the box who squared the ball for Chhangte. The pass took a deflection off Tiri and fell perfectly for Chhangte who slotted home.

Jamshedpur hit back with an equaliser five minutes later. Carlos Calvo took a short corner and exchanged passes with Memo before delivering into the box for Tim Cahill who headed into the net.

The hosts tried to put pressure on the Delhi defence after the break. In the 50th minute, Choudhary delivered a low cross from the right flank and with the defenders focused on Cahill’s movement inside the box, Mario Arques timed an excellent run towards the near post but failed to head the ball on target.

The creator then turned scorer in the 61st minute. Delhi failed to deal with a Carlos Calvo corner that caused panic inside the box. Marcos Tebar tried to head the air-borne ball clear but it fell to Choudhary who slammed a terrific strike into the top left corner of the net from the edge of the box.

In the 70th minute, Nandhakumar Sekar failed to get the better of Robin Gurung inside the box as the ball hit the full-back’s hand. The visitors’ appeals for a penalty were waved away as the loose ball fell to Andrija Kaludjerovic whose snapshot was kept out by Subrata Paul.

Kaludjerovic tried to single-handedly rescue a point for Delhi with a mazy run from the left flank. The striker skipped past a couple of challenges, entered the box and sent a forceful strike at Paul who parried the ball away and thereby, sealed a vital victory for Jamshedpur.

Jamshedpur FC's Gourav Mukhi handed six-month suspension by AIFF
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Jamshedpur FC’s Gourav Mukhi handed six-month suspension by AIFF

New Delhi, Nov 25: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) disciplinary committee on Sunday handed Jamshedpur FC’s Gourav Mukhi a six-month suspension with immediate effect for discrepancy in his registered age.

The committee found Mukhi guilty on the basis of the evidence presented by him, his admissions and the statements of the manager of under-16 AIFF academy in 2015.

Mukhi made headlines when the Indian Super League claimed that he, at 16, was the youngest ever to score in the tournament’s history. He had scored in Jamshedpur’s 2-2 draw with Bengaluru FC.

In addition, the AIFF disciplinary committee also observed that the existing registration of Mukhi, both in the Central Registration System (CRS) as well as the Competition Management System (CMS) shall stand cancelled and revoked with immediate effect, with liberty upon the player/ his appropriate club, to submit original valid appropriate documents for fresh registration under CRS and CMS.

The player was caught for age-fraud in 2015 during a national championship, after which the AIFF suspended the Jharkhand coach for one year and slapped a fine of Rs one lakh on the association.

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ISL: Jamshedpur tastes first defeat of season vs Pune

Pune, Nov 21: FC Pune City ended their winless streak in the ongoing edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) with a hard-fought 2-1 win against Jamshedpur FC at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Wednesday.

Diego Carlos scored as early as the fifth minute for Pune but the early lead was cancelled out by Sumeet Passi in the 10th minute. An end-to-end contest produced a match-winner in the 86th minute when Matt Mills gave Pune the much-needed three points.

The win lifted Pune from the foot of the table into eighth position with five points from eight matches. Jamshedpur, on the other hand, tasted defeat for the first time and are fourth with 11 points from eight matches.

Pune struck the first blow five minutes into the match when Diego Carlos was allowed to run at the Jamshedpur defence from the halfway line. The Brazilian scored on his return from a three-match suspension with a neat finish from outside the box.

In the eighth minute, a long ball was flicked into the box for Sumeet Passi by Tiri but the Indian striker’s shot from close range was kept out by Pune custodian Kamaljit Singh. At the other end, Marcelinho’s dipping strike from the edge of the box was kept out by Paul.

Passi was afforded another chance to score two minutes later when Carlos Calvo found him unmarked in the centre of the box. This time the Indian striker found the net with a crisp header to pull the visitors level.

The hosts threatened to regain their lead when Ashique Kuruniyan thundered a half-volley from outside the box but his ferocious shot ricocheted off the crossbar.

Both sides were off their blocks quickly in search of a go-ahead goal after the break as Robin Singh and Jerry Mawihmingthanga saw their efforts fly wide of goal.

Jamshedpur kept pressing and were afforded another chance when Jerry was allowed space to dribble to the byline. But Kamaljit parried away the winger’s dangerous cross before the forwards could pounce.

At the other end, Robin spurned a glorious chance after the hour mark when Ashique made a rampaging run down the right and picked him out with a cross. The striker, however, headed over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

Ashutosh Mehta, on an overlapping run from the right flank, failed to control Marko Stankovic’s delightful lob into the box while the impressive Carlos Calvo saw an effort fizz over the bar at the other end as both sides searched for a match-winner.

Pune’s efforts bore fruit in the 86th minute through a Marko Stankovic corner-kick from the right. Matt Mills met the delivery inside the box and directed a powerful header into the net to hand Jamshedpur FC their first defeat and secure Pune’s first victory.

Bengaluru FC
Bengaluru FC
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ISL 2018: Bengaluru FC play 2-2 draw vs Jamshedpur FC

Bengaluru, Oct 7:  Late goals in the Hero Indian Super League match 9 at the Kanteerava Stadium on Sunday saw Jamshedpur FC hold Bengaluru FC to a 2-2 draw.

Nishu Kumar’s stunning volley at the stroke of half-time put the hosts ahead. However, youngster Gourav Mukhi made history when he came on for Jamshedpur FC as substitute and scored on his debut to equalize in the 81st minute.

Bengaluru FC

Later, Sunil Chhetri’s header in the 88th minute put the hosts ahead. However, Jamshedpur’s Sergio Cidoncha’s effort in added time (90+4) denied the hosts a win at home.

On Sunday, Tim Cahill and Michael Soosairaj got their much-awaited debut in the ISL as Jamshedpur FC head coach Cesar Ferrando named an attacking side to take on last season’s finalists.

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Carles Cuadrat’s Blues were unchanged from their 1-0 win over defending champions Chennaiyin FC.

Ferrando’s side started the game on the front foot but the first real threat came from the home side 12 minutes into the match.

The visitors piled up the pressure as the first half progressed but their final delivery into the box lacked clarity.

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Just near the half-time, the ball fell to Nishu Kumar outside the box who unleashed a stunning strike into the top left corner of the net, leaving the visiting goalkeeper Subhasish Chowdhury helpless and stunned.

The hosts went into half-time with a 1-0 lead.

Bengaluru FC

Later, when 19 minutes was left on the clock, 16-year-old forward Mukhi replaced Jerry Maiwa to become the youngest ever player to make his debut in ISL. Ten minutes later, the youngster produced a moment of brilliance to bring Jamshedpur back into the game.

Just when the visitors thought they were done for the day, Harmanjot Khabra’s long ball into the box from the right flank was headed into the net by Chhetri to put the hosts back into the lead in the 88th minute.

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However, Jamshedpur FC pulled one back right at the death. Arques’s cross into the box in the added time saw Cidoncha place his effort into the far post to ensure that they pick a crucial point away from home.

The hard fought draw earned kept Jamshedpur FC unbeaten run here at the Kanteerava Stadium.

ISL-5: Mumbai City look to start afresh against Jamshedpur FC
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ISL-5: Mumbai City look to start afresh against Jamshedpur FC

Mumbai, Oct 1: Mumbai City FC will look to take inspiration from their new coach and start their fifth season of the Indian Super League (ISL) on a high when they take on Jamshedpur FC here on Tuesday.

New coach Jorge Costa took charge of the side after a disappointing last season where they finished seventh and once again failed to lay their hands on the elusive ISL crown.

At the Mumbai Football Arena here, the Islanders would want to start afresh and log full points to gain momentum going ahead.

Mumbai have roped in foreigners Paulo Machado (Portugal) and striker Rafael Bastos (Brazil), coupled with new Indian faces like Souvik Chakrabarti, Raynier Fernandes, and Subhashish Bose.

For Mumbai, their defense leaked as many as 29 goals last term and to shore up the backline they have added besides Bose, Romanian Lucian Goian, Arnold Sissoko (Congo), Souvik Ghosh and the experienced Anwar Ali.

In midfield, they would hope to reap dividends from the experience of Senegal’s Modou Sougou.

Mumbai also had a good pre-season in Thailand where they won three games and drew one.

The hosts also have the solid Amrinder Singh and Kunal Sawant to call upon as goal stoppers.

For Jamshedpur, the setback of not having the biggest signing among all teams this season, Australian World Cup striker Tim Cahill and senior goalkeeper Subrata Paul will be a key factor.

Jamshedpur, who finished fifth on the points table last season, also have a new head coach — Cesar Ferrando who will also be aiming for a positive beginning.

Tim Cahill, ISL
Tim Cahill has joined ISL side, Jamshedpur FC. Image Courtesy: Getty
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Australia Legend Tim Cahill Joins ISL Team Jamshedpur FC

Former Australia captain and country’s record goalscorer, Tim Cahill has joined Indian Super League (ISL) side, Jamshedpur FC.

Tim Cahill announced retirement from international football recently.

The 38-year old forward struggled to get playing time for Melbourne City in A-league. Then he moved to his former club, Millwall in last December. With career almost at the end, the forward has decided to try something new.

Cahill announced, on Sunday, he’s joining the ISL side, and he wants to help grow the game in India.

“I’m excited to announce that I’m signing for Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League. I’ve been really impressed in my conversations with the club by their professionalism and goals for what they want to achieve. I know I can help the team on and off the park with my leadership and experience. I want to help grow the game and encourage young kids to play football. I’m looking forward to beginning this next adventure, meeting my teammates at training camp in Madrid.”

Australian football legend Tim Cahill, ISL
Tim Cahill.

However, Jamshedpur FC still didn’t reveal the details of the contract. They are a side that was formed 14 months ago and joined the ISL, as part of its expansion to ten teams last season. They managed to become fifth in their maiden tournament.

Cahill is Australia’s record goalscorer with 50 goals under his belt. He played for the men in yellow for 14 years, and his career finally came to an end when he announced his retirement this year. At club level, he played for Premier League club, Everton, New York Red Bulls, Shanghai Shenhua and Melbourne City.

The former Aussie striker has also set his sights on coaching. He had recently undertaken studies for his UEFA B licence.

The fifth edition of the Indian Super League will begin on 29th September.

Jamshedpur FC rope in Australian legend Tim Cahill

Jamshedpur FC rope in Australian legend Tim Cahill

Jamshedpur, Sep 1: Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Jamshedpur FC on Saturday announced the signing of former Australia captain Tim Cahill.

Cahill, 38, comes with a lot of rich footballing experience, having scored 168 goals in 694 club appearances in his career. The Aussie played long spells for English top-tier clubs Everton and Millwall.

Cahill is also the all-time leading goal scorer for Australia, having scored 50 goals in 107 international caps between 2004 and 2018. He was the first Australian to score at a FIFA World Cup and has played in four World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014 & 2018).

Commenting on the development, Cahill said: “I’m excited to be part of the ISL and my new team Jamshedpur. It’s been an easy process to make this decision because of the club’s professionalism and their goals for what they want to achieve.”

“To be a part of their project is massive for me because I know I can help the team on and off the park with my leadership and experience. I want to help grow the game in India and encourage young kids to play football,” he added.

Cahill will join the squad in Madrid as the team continues preparing for the 2018-19 ISL season.

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ISL: ATK rope in Coppell as head coach for upcoming season

Kolkata, June 18: Two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champions ATK on Monday announced the appointment of former Jamshedpur FC and Kerala Blasters head coach Steve Coppell for the upcoming season.

ATK, who endured a wretched campaign this season, were without a head coach going into the 2018-19 season after a failed experiment last season with Teddy Sheringham.

Sheringham was asked to vacate office after a string of poor results as technical director Ashley Westwood, who took over the reins from the former Manchester United striker, also suffered a similar fate.

Star signing Robbie Keane was announced as player-manager towards the end of the season as Westwood parted ways and ATK ended the season ninth on the table with 16 points from 18 games.

Coppell comes in to steady the ship after guiding Kerala to the final of the 2016 edition before taking charge of new entrants Jamshedpur last season. The former Manchester United player took them to a fifth place on the table in their inaugural season.

“I am delighted to accept the position of head coach for ATK for the coming season. ATK has a proud history in the ISL and I hope that with the hard work and skill, we can match the ambitions of our fans and everyone associated with the Club,” Coppell said in a statement.

ATK principal owner Sanjiv Goenka said: “It has been our effort to build an experienced and balanced side, which will be enhanced with Coppell joining the squad this season. I am hopeful Steve will lead the way for ATK with his unique strategies and his enthusiasm.”

Jamshedpur FC sign defender Dhanachandra
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Jamshedpur FC sign defender Dhanachandra

Jamshedpur, June 14: Jamshedpur FC on Thursday announced the signing of defender Dhanachandra Singh in a one-year deal.

Born in Manipur, Dhanachandra has won the Indian Super League twice with Chennayin FC.

Dhanachandra is primarily left-footed and can play both as a left back and a centre back and has represented clubs such as Churchill Brothers, Mumbai FC, Mohun Bagan and United SC.

Dhana has also represented the national team for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

On signing with Jamshedpur FC, Dhanachandra said: “First of all, I would like to thank the club management of Jamshedpur FC for giving me an opportunity to be a part of this family. I am eagerly looking forward to the season with better performance and also being injury free. 

“I would like to perform and prove myself at the top level. I can’t wait to join the squad and help the club to lift their first trophy.”

Jamshedpur FC, CEO, Mukul Choudhari said: “Dhanachandra gives a different dimension to our squad this season. He has been a top-notch defender and his record speaks for himself. We are extremely happy that he would be joining. We welcome him to Jamshedpur.”

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Super Cup: FC Goa thrash Jamshedpur FC to book semifinal berth

Bhubaneswar, April 12: FC Goa thrashed Jamshedpur FC 5-1 in a match which saw six players being sent off at the Kalinga Stadium here on Thursday to enter the semifinals of the Super Cup.

The Goan outfit will now face East Bengal in the semis on April 16.

Brandon Fernandes (34th), Ferran Corominas (Penalty 69th), Manvir Singh (77th), Hugo Boumous (78th; 89th) scored the goals for Goa while it was Ashim Biswas scored the lone consolation goal for Jamshedpur FC (90 + 2′).

Jamshedpur got a good chance early on through Haitian Kervens Belfort, but Laxmikant Kattimani made a brilliant save to keep him at bay in the 11th minute.

It was Brandon Fernandes of Goa who drew first blood when he made a fine 40-yard run and beat two Jamshedpur defenders to lob the ball beating the experienced Subrata Paul in the 34th minute.

Soon after, Jamshedpur had a chance to equalise through Belfort who failed to find the back of the net.

In first half stoppage time, a brilliant pass from Brandon found Spanish teammate Ferran Corominas but the latter couldn’t convert.

The second half began with eight players taking the field from either side, after a brawl that broke between both the teams at the end of the first half.

The referee sent off six players (3 from each side) from the field of play.

Subrata, Haitian Kervens Belfort, Anas Edathodika from Jamshedpur and Brandon, Spanish duo of Bruno Pinheiro & Sergio Marin from FC Goa were sent off on the red card.

Goa were clearly the dominating side in the second half consistently making it to the Jamshedpur FC box.

Goa, who were consistently attacking all throughout couldn’t really capitalise on their lead until a reckless tackle by Jamshedpur’s Brazilian midfielder Emerson Moura on Ferran Coromino led to a penalty to the Goan side.

Ferran made no mistake in converting it, giving his team a 2-0 lead.

Thereafter Goa played with ease striking twice in a span of two minutes through Manvir Singh and French midfielder Hugo Boumos giving a comfortable lead of 4-0 to his team.

Boumos scored again in the 89th minute giving Goa a huge 5-0 lead in the game.

Jamshedpur finally found consolation through a goal from Ashim Biswas in the stoppage time.

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