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How does Sevilla plan to use its revolutionary tech to take Bengaluru United from second division to ISL?

“Thousands of parameters describe a footballer. From that, we have created 30-40 KPIs (key performance indicators) to do a deep characterisation of a player, which helps us decide who to hire.” 🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨 Elias Zamora Sillero is talking about a subject that would make coaches and traditionalists squirm: the use of cold-blooded statistics to sign footballers. “You can’t ignore data anymore,” says the chief data officer of Spanish league side Sevilla FC. At least Sevilla haven’t. The team that’s constantly punching above its weight – routinely finishing in the top four of La Liga, winning the Copa del Rey, European Super Cup and making the Europa League their own – has done so, according to Sillero, b...
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‘Some stakeholders’ had focussed on their projects rather than committing to national team: Igor Stimac | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian football team head coach Igor Stimac on Saturday made a veiled attack on some powerful entities associated with the game in the country, saying "some stakeholders" had focussed on their projects rather than committing to help the national side rise in profile. This was not the first time Stimac has talked about things beyond the field of play and relating to football administration. On Wednesday, a day after he guided India to the 2023 AFC Asian Cup by topping Group D in Kolkata, he lashed out at the messy state of affairs grappling with the national federation. The AIFF is currently run by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) after the Praful Patel-led dispensation was shown the door for violating the National Sports Code. "When I was appointe...
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Indian football calendar is adjusted according to IPL, this needs to stop: Stimac

Igor Stimac never stops smiling. Even when talking about some of the prickly issues holding back Indian football. And certainly not when looking forward to the Asian Cup, for which he hopes to stay on as the coach of the national team. India, last Tuesday, qualified for the continental championship, rounding off the qualifiers with an emphatic 4-0 win over Hong Kong. The free-flowing, high-intensity performance came as an antidote for Indian football which was reeling after multiple blows – the below-par performances of the national team, which led to a massive budget cut by the government, the appointment of administrators by the Supreme Court to run the federation which raised the possibility of a FIFA ban. The last bit, the court action against the AIFF and a possible FIFA sanction, ...
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Chennaiyin FC sign winger Romario Jesuraj

Two-time Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC on Thursday announced the signing of winger Alexander Romario Jesuraj on a multi-year deal ahead of the upcoming season. Named after Brazilian World Cup-winning legend Romario, the 25-year-old from Dindigul district has two I-League titles under his belt. Jesuraj is an exciting Indian talent and was part of the India U-13 camp. He started his senior career with Arrows FC in the Chennai Premier Division at 17. He made rapid strides and moved to Chennai City FC in 2017 with whom he made his I-League debut and was a vital cog in the team’s title-winning campaign in 2019, netting twice and providing as many assists in 19 matches.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium From Dindigul to Chennai via Trichy! 😉💙 Romario is நம்ம பை...
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ISL just comfort football: Igor Stimac | Football News – Times of India

India's top league is of a modest standard, feels the national coachKOLKATA: National coach Igor Stimac is not too convinced that India's top most football tournament - the Indian Super League, is helping in the growth of the game in the country as much as it should. "ISL is just comfort football in its present form," the coach said during an interaction here on Tuesday. "It gives good salary to the players and they are in a comfortable space. In the ISL, when a player receives a pass, he has enough time to think about his next move. But in international football, you don't get that time. You have to make an instant decision and move on." The Croatian legend clearly feels India's top league is really of a modest standard. He has his reasons for it. "When I was coming g to India as the c...
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From Blasters to Gokulam: How Kerala rediscovered its passion for football

As Bino George, Kerala’s Santosh Trophy-winning coach, puts it: “More than ‘we are back’, it’s ‘we are back on track.’” That much is indisputable. The football teams from the calm, southern backwaters are creating a splash. With Gokulam Kerala beating Mohammedan Sporting 2-1 in Saturday’s season finale to become the first team to defend the I-League title, the coastal state now has teams dominating all levels of domestic football – champions of the I-League, champions of women’s league, winners of the national championship aka Santosh Trophy and runners-up of the top division, the Indian Super League (ISL). Their run also settles one of the biggest paradoxes in Indian sport; that of a state so obsessed, so crazy about football and yet, a laggard at the national level, living in the aft...
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East Bengal rope in Spanish defender Gonzalez

In a rebuilding mode after their investors’ pullout, East Bengal on Thursday announced the signing of Spanish centre-back Ivan Gonzalez on a two-year deal. Gonzalez, who played 36 out of FC Goa’s 42 ISL games in the last two seasons with three goals and two assists, became the first overseas recruit for EB ahead of the season. “32-year-old Gonzalez has signed a pre-contract with East Bengal on a two-year deal,” the club stated. Shree Cement Ltd pulled out as the principal investors of East Bengal after two disastrous Indian Super League seasons where they finished ninth and reached rock-bottom in the last edition. The club is currently in talks with Bangladeshi conglomerate Bashundhara Group to make a fresh foray into the ISL. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function...
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After rocky tenure, Shree Cement hands over sporting rights to East Bengal

Shree Cement Limited on Tuesday officially ended their topsy-turvy two-year association with Kolkata heavyweights East Bengal by handing back the sporting rights of the ISL wooden spooners. It was primarily due to efforts of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, the Hari Mohan Bangur-owned cement conglomerate bought a majority stake of 76 per cent in the beleaguered East Bengal to help them enter India Super League in 2020-21. But the association did not go off well as the East Bengal executive committee, which is primarily run by Debabrata (Nitu) Sarkar refused to sign the final agreement, claiming discrepancies between the final agreement and initial term sheet. Confirming the development, Shree Cement Ltd CEO Col Shibaji Samaddar told PTI: “Yes, Shree Cement has moved out of East Bengal af...
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Hyderabad FC win maiden ISL trophy; beat Kerala Blasters on penalty shoot-out | Football News – Times of India

MARGAO: Goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani made three stunning saves as Hyderabad FC clinched their maiden Indian Super League title after defeating Kerala Blasters in penalty shoot-out in the summit clash here on Sunday. Hyderabad beat Kerala 3-1 in the shoot-out after the match ended 1-1 in the regulation and extra time. For Hyderabad, Joao Victor, Khassa Camara and Halicharan Narzary scored while only Ayush Adhikari found the target in the shoot-out as Kerala suffered heart-break for the third time in the finals. 🔥 𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗠𝗣𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗜𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗔 🔥That's it, that's the tweet!మన దగ్గర బేరాలు లేవమ్మా 😎#ThisIsOurGame #మనహైదరాబాద్… https://t.co/413d0WhjCU— Hyderabad FC (@HydFCOfficial) 1647796019000It was Kattimani's day as his heroics helped Kerala prevailed in the shoot-out. He saved the spot kicks fro...
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ISL 2021-22 Final Live Score Updates: Hyderabad FC vs Kerala Blasters

An India’s-got-talent ISL final It will be Hyderabad's maiden final appearance while Kerala Blasters will be competing in the final for the third time. (Twitter/Indian Super League) An Indian Super League (ISL) season that has been punctuated routinely with Covid cases among various teams and its personnel, is finally coming to a close with a bittersweet ending. A horde of yellow is set to invade the tiny state of Goa as fans will be able to watch an ISL football game from the stands for the first time in two years. And it’s set to be a game worthy of the moment as Kerala Blasters make a return to the ISL Finals for the first time since 2016 and will face Hyderabad team making its own well-deserved debut at the stage. What lies in store is an unexpected clash between two teams that not...
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ISL 2021-22 Final Live Streaming: When and where to watch

The Indian Super League (ISL) will have a new winner after Kerala Blasters FC go up against a resurgent Hyderabad FC in the final at Fatorda in Goa on Sunday. While it would be Hyderabad’s maiden final appearance, Kerala Blasters will be competing in the final for the third time. In 2014 and 2016, Kerala Blasters had made it to the finals, but on both occasions, they had lost to erstwhile ATK, and thus their dream of winning the coveted ISL Trophy remained unfulfilled. Hyderabad FC qualified after a 3-2 win on aggregate over ATK Mohun Bagan despite losing the second leg of the semifinal 0-1. On the other hand, Kerala Blasters entered the ISL final for the first time since 2016 after playing out a 1-1 draw with Jamshedpur FC and pipped the League Shield winners 2-1 on aggregate over doub...
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Rock-solid Kerala Blasters hold Jamshedpur 1-1, enter ISL final | Football News – Times of India

VASCO: Kerala Blasters FC entered the ISL final for the first time since 2016 after playing out a 1-1 draw with Jamshedpur FC on Tuesday and pipping the League Shield winners 2-1 on aggregate over double leg semi-finals. Adrian Luna (18th) opened the scoring for Kerala with a stunning goal before Pronay Halder (50th) pulled one back for the Red Miners, who needed one more goal to take the game to extra time but another solid performance by the Kerala backline ensured they held firm to confirm a place in the summit clash. In the first leg, Sahal Abdul Samad scored the only goal in a 1-0 win for Kerala who made it to their third ISL final. They were the finalists in the inaugural 2014 edition as well. The yellow shirts started the second leg without the injured Sahal but showed no signs o...
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ISL: Hyderabad rally to beat ATK Mohun Bagan 3-1, put one foot in final | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM: Hyderabad FC put one foot in what would be their maiden final appearance after scripting a come-from-behind 3-1 win over ATK Mohun Bagan in the first-leg of the Indian Super League second semifinal on Saturday. Roy Krishna helped ATKMB take the lead but the Kolkata side's joy was short-lived as Bartholomew Ogbeche (45th) equalised at the stroke of half time before Yasir Mohammad (58th) and Javier Siviero (64th) sealed Hyderabad's victory. The two teams will go up against each other again on Wednesday for the second leg with ATKMB needing to find the back of the net at least twice to stand a chance of advancing to their second successive summit clash. ATKMB seemed to be the better side in the opening exchanges. Hyderabad did miss Asish Rai and his absence was felt most when the...
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ISL: Sahal goal helps Kerala take upper hand over Jamshedpur | Football News – Times of India

MARGAO: Kerala Blasters inched closer to a place in the final with a 1-0 victory over Jamshedpur FC courtesy a Sahal Abdul Samad goal in the first leg of the Indian Super League semifinal on Friday. Sahal scored in the 38th minute to hand Kerala the lead and it could have been 2-0 for the yellow shirts had Adrian Luna's knuckleball free-kick not ricochetted off the woodwork. Kerala's defence was rock-solid too, withstanding the initial threat from Jamshedpur with Marko Leskovic leading from the front. League Shield winners Jamshedpur looked off-colour upfront with Daniel Chima Chukwu spurning two gilt-edged chances in the first half and Greg Stewart also missing his usual trickery in the final third. The second leg, on Thursday, will be the decider but Kerala will go into the tie with a...
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ISL 2021-22 Semi-finals 1st Leg Live Updates: Jamshedpur and Kerala name Playing XI

Old Premier League hand Coyle making Jamshedpur punch above their weight in ISL A little more than a decade ago, Owen Coyle was seen as the man who could save Arsenal’s sinking ship. Back then, around 2010-11, Coyle was the man with the magic touch in English football. He got Burnley promoted to the Premier League after more than 30 years. Then, he turned relegation-rustlers Bolton Wanderers into a respected mid-table side. Just around that time, when Arsene Wenger came under scrutiny after a string of poor seasons, Coyle, whose stock continued to rise, was linked to the top job with the Gunners. The move never materialised. But Coyle’s teams never stopped overachieving. He worked his magic, albeit briefly, with Houston Dynamo in USA’s Major League Soccer, and a couple of years later, ...
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Jamshedpur FC lift maiden ISL League Shield with win over ATK Mohun Bagan | Football News – Times of India

MARGAO: Ritwik Das scored a second half winner to help Jamshedpur FC beat ATK Mohun Bagan 1-0 and bag their maiden League Shield in the Indian Super League on Monday. Jamshedpur needed a draw to finish at the top of the table and clinch the League Shield, and the Red Miners rode on Ritwik's goal in the 56th minute to ensure they finish the season on a high, capping off a stellar campaign under Owen Coyle. They finished with 43 points from 20 games, winning 13 games. ATKMB ended their league engagements having 37 in their kitty from 20 matches. Jamshedpur will take on Kerala Blasters on March 11 in the first semifinal while ATKMB will square off with Hyderabad FC the next day in the second last-four clash. Jamshedpur will get richer by Rs 3.5 crore, the prize money for the League Shield....
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SC East Bengal end season rock-bottom as Bengaluru signs off with a win

SC East Bengal ended their disastrous Indian Super League (ISL) campaign at the rock bottom of the table after losing 0-1 to Bengaluru FC in their last match of the season on Saturday. Sunil Chhetri’s solitary strike (24th) proved to be the difference, bagging three points for Marco Pezzaiuoli’s men in their final fixture of their 2021-22 campaign. The result meant that the Kolkata-based club finished the season in the bottom-place on the points table, with only one win in 20 matches. On the other hand, Bengaluru FC finished in sixth place as they secured 29 points overall. Antonio Perosevic tested Lara Sharma in the goal from a free-kick early in the match but the custodian made a fine save. The game was evenly balanced until a moment of individual brilliance from Chhetri who broke...
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ISL: ATKMB confirm semifinal spot for second straight year with 1-0 win over Chennaiyin | Football News – Times of India

MARGAO: ATK Mohun Bagan rode on their talisman Roy Krishna's first-half strike to sail into the semifinals of the Indian Super League for the second straight year, with a 1-0 victory against Chennaiyin FC here on Thursday. Krishna netted his fifth goal of the season and first this calendar year in the 45th minute and that proved to be the difference in the end as the green and maroons side moved to second in the standings with 37 points from 19 matches. They will take on Jamshedpur FC next on March 7 to potentially decide the team that will finish at the top of the table. Jamshedpur have two games in hand and are at the top with 37 points. They take on Odisha FC on Friday. ATKMB bossed the game from the first minute, bombing the Chennaiyin defence with constant attacks, the latter happy...
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ISL: Kerala inch closer to semifinals with 3-1 win over Mumbai | Football News – Times of India

The battle for the final semifinal spot in the 2021-22 Indian Super League will go down to the wire after Kerala Blasters stunned Mumbai City FC 3-1 to leapfrog the defending champions to fourth position on the points table with one round left to play. An opener from Sahal Abdul Samad and a double from Spanish attacker Alvaro Vazquez sunk Mumbai in the penultimate league fixture with Blasters now having their destiny in their own hands. In fact, Blasters will qualify for the playoffs without even kicking a ball if Mumbai fail to get all three points against Hyderabad FC on Saturday. Ivan Vukomanvoic’s men have 33 points from 19 points and lead Mumbai by two points, meaning that even if Mumbai win their final league fixture, Blasters will just need a draw to progress when they face lowly...
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Jamshedpur FC beat Hyderabad FC 3-0, qualify for maiden ISL semifinal | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM: Jamshedpur FC on Tuesday qualified for their maiden Indian Super League semifinals with a clinical 3-0 win over Hyderabad FC in a top-of-the-table clash on Tuesday. The result saw Jamshedpur knocking Hyderabad FC off their perch in the table, besides qualifying for the semifinals for the first time. The only blemish in an otherwise spotless performance for Jamshedpur was the sending off of Mobashir Rahman in the 68th minute. Chinglensana Singh (5th minute) scored an own goal to help Jamshedpur take the lead before skipper Peter Hartley (28th) and Daniel Chima Chukwu (65th) struck to take the game away from Hyderabad. Jamshedpur now are in pole position with 37 points from 18 matches, two more than Hyderabad (35 points) with a game in hand. The result is more creditable as Jams...