Bengaluru FC Reserves and Academy

Bengaluru FC 'B' is Bengaluru FC's most senior youth team and also acts a reserve team and participates in I-League 2nd Division and Bangalore Super Division. Bengaluru FC Academy is the youth setup of Bengaluru FC. The youth team participates in Youth Elite League, Junior League and Sub Junior League tournaments.

Bengaluru FC 'B'
Official Bengaluru FC Logo.png
Full nameBengaluru FC 'B'
Founded20 July 2013; 6 years ago (2013-07-20)[1]
GroundBangalore Football Stadium,
Bengaluru, Karnataka
Capacity7,000
OwnerJSW Group
ChairmanSajjan Jindal
Head coachNaushad Moosa
LeagueI-League 2nd Division
WebsiteClub website
Current season

ReservesEdit

In October 2017, Bengaluru FC announced 28-member squad, which would act as a reserve side called Bengaluru FC 'B', led by Naushad Moosa and would compete in I-League 2nd Division for 2017–18 season. Reserve team would also act as a bridge between the BFC Academy and the first team.[2] Reserves team made their first appearance in the annual G.V. Raja football tournament in Thiruvananthapuram.[3]

The reserves team participated in 2017–18 Bangalore Super Division and were placed fourth in the league, following the conclusion of the tournament, the team also participated in 2017–18 I-League 2nd Division and finished second in the group stage. Bengaluru FC 'B' won their first trophy under Naushad Moosa when they won 2018 Puttaiah Memorial Cup.[4] The same season reserves team also won 2018–19 Bangalore Super Division for the first time, and remained undefeated with 7 wins and 1 draw in 2018–19 I-League 2nd Division.[5][6]

SquadEdit

As of 3 August 2019[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Aditya Patra
2   DF Laishain Johnson Singh
4   DF FC Lalhmunmawia
5   DF Likmabam Rakesh
6   DF Sairuat Kima
7   FW Edmund Lalrindika
8   MF Advait Shinde
9   MF Bekey Oram
10   MF Emanuel Lalchhanchhuaha
12   MF Rakesh Oram
13   GK Dipesh Chauhan
No. Position Player
14   DF Parag Shrivas
16   MF Biswa Kumar Darjee
18   MF Damaitphang Lyngdoh
19   MF Freddy Chawngthangsanga
21   MF Roshan Singh (Captain)
22   FW Akashdeep Singh
23   DF Namgyal Bhutia
25   FW Ajay Chhetri
27   MF Suresh Singh Wangjam
31   FW Leon Augustine
33   DF Gursimrat Singh Gill

ResultsEdit

Season Tournament Zone Final Result
2017–18 Bangalore Super Division 4th
2nd Division Group C Group Stage – 2nd
2018–19 Bangalore Super Division Winner
2nd Division Group A Group Stage – 1st
2019–20 Bangalore Super Division Winner
2nd Division TBD TBD

Team managementEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Naushad Moosa
Assistant Coach   Sandesh Bhoite
Physiotherapist   Suhas Kandekar
Video Analyst   Karthik Hariharan
Coach U18   John Kenneth Raj
Coach U15   Sachin Badadhe[8]
Goalkeeper Coach   Vinay Singh
Coach U13   Ajay Chorge[8]
Head Physiotherapist   Vishnu KN
Asst. Physiotherapist   Manish Rai

CoachesEdit

AcademyEdit

With the inception of Bengaluru FC in 2013, Bengaluru FC also started youth academy with the aim of "nurturing talent within the lower age groups with the possibility of creating players who are fit to represent the Blues’ first team." under Richard Hood as Head of Youth Development.[9] Three years later in July 2016, Bengaluru FC started a residential academy at Vijaynagar, near Bellary under John Killa.[10]

Under–18Edit

Bengaluru FC youth team first participated in 2014 I-League U19, in Rest of India zone along with Hindustan, Aizawl, and Garhwal, where they placed second in the group stage and could not advance. In 2014–15 I-League U19 season, they were placed last in the group stage of Rest of India zone. In 2015–16 I-League U18, they were placed third in the group stage. After the set up of residential academy, U18 team convincingly won their group in Rest of India zone in 2016–17 season defeating Ozone FC and Fateh Hyderabad, while remaining unbeaten. [11]In final round the U18 team finished third in the group failed to advance to the semifinals.

Under–15Edit

Bengaluru FC participated in the first ever U15 Youth League tournament and were placed in Rest of India II zone with Ozone FC, Fateh Hyderabad, Boca Juniors FS, Kovalam FC, Mahogany FC. Bengaluru finished second behind Ozone to qualify for national finals. In final round Bengaluru U15 drawn into Group A along with United, Aizawl and Sporting Goa. Bengaluru U15 placed third in the group stage and failed to advance.[12] In 2016–17 season Under–16 team, playing in Rest of India zone (Goa) also won the group stage, winning all three games against Dempo, Salgaocar and Sporting Goa,[13] however they lost to eventual champions, Minerva Punjab in the semifinals.

In 2017–18 season Under–15 team, won the Karnataka zone to qualify for national finals. In final round the team was clubbed with MSP FA, SAI Guwahati and FC Goa. Bengaluru topped the group and entered the semifinals, were they lost in penalty shoot-out to DSK Shivajians.

U18 squadEdit

As of 22 September 2019[14]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  GK Dipesh Chauhan
  GK Raj Biswa
  DF Rajanbir Singh
  DF Likmabam Rakesh
  DF FC Lalhmunmawia
  DF Laishain Johnson Singh
  DF Jagdeep Singh
  MF Fredy Chawngthansanga
  MF Bekey Oram
No. Position Player
  MF Emanuel Lalchhanchhuaha
  MF Damaitphang Lyngdoh
  MF Robin Yadav
  FW Ronik Singh Moirangthem
  FW Ngangom Gunendro
  FW Akashdeep Singh
  FW Monirul Molla
  FW Lalthangliana

Noted graduatesEdit

In November 2016, Calvin Abhishek became the first academy graduate to be selected for the senior team.[15] In August 2017 Bengaluru FC added two academy graduates, defender Prashanth Kalinga and forward Leon Augustine, to the squad for 2017 AFC Cup knockout rounds.[16]

Soccer schoolsEdit

In April 2014, the academy also started the initiative of Soccer schools to conduct summer camps, provide training and scout young talents. Soccer schools are currently operated at 5 locations in various parts of Bengaluru.[17][18]

CoachesEdit

  • Richard Hood (2013–2015)
  • John Killa (2015–2018)
  • John Kenneth Raj (2018–present)

ResultsEdit

Season Tournament Zone Final Result
2014 Under-19 Rest of India Zonal Group stage
2014–15 Under-19 Rest of India Zonal Group stage
2015–16 Under-15 Rest of India II (Bengaluru) Group stage[12]
Under-18 Rest of India Zonal Group stage
2016–17 Under-16 Rest of India (Goa) Semi–finals
Under-18 Rest of India Group Stage
2017–18 Under-13 Karnataka Disqualified
Under-15 Karnataka Semi–finals
Under-18 Chennai–Karnataka Final round
2018–19 Sub-Junior Bengaluru Group B Runners Up
Junior Bengaluru Group A Runners Up
Elite Karnataka–Andhra Final round
2019–20 Sub-Junior Bengaluru Group A TBD
Junior Karnataka Group B TBD
Elite Chennai & Bengaluru TBD

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "JSW Sports launches Bengaluru FC". I-League. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Bengaluru FC 'B' ready for inaugural season". 12 October 2017.
  3. ^ "G.V. Raja football tournament". 12 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Lalengzama to lead Bengaluru FC B in J&K Invitational Cup and Sikkim Gold Cup". bengalurufc.com.
  5. ^ "Bengaluru FC B lifts BDFA Super Division Trophy by beating ASC". 27 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Bengaluru FC B finish 2nd Division campaign unbeaten". 30 March 2019.
  7. ^ @bengalurufc (1 August 2019). "Winger Naorem Roshan Singh will lead the 22-member Bengaluru FC team in the 2019 edition of the prestigious Durand Cup" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ a b "Bengaluru FC add Sachin Badhade to Academy Staff". 2 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Academy | Bengaluru Football Club". Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  10. ^ "JSW Bengaluru FC announces plans for Residential Academy". 13 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Blue Colts draw against Ozone FA". 1 January 2017.
  12. ^ a b "U15 Youth League 2015–16". Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Bengaluru FC through to final round of U16 Y-League". 30 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Bengaluru FC U18s set for Vedanta Youth Cup Campaign". bengalurufc.com.
  15. ^ "A brush with the big stage". bengalurufc.com. 18 November 2016.
  16. ^ "ROCA ANNOUNCES BLUES SQUAD FOR 2017 AFC CUP KNOCKOUT ROUNDS". Bengalurufc.com. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  17. ^ "BFC Soccer schools". Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Centers – BFC Soccer Schools". Retrieved 2 January 2017.

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