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Former Croatian Youth National Coach, Robert Jarni, Joins NEUFC as Head Coach

August 5, 2019 | NEUFC Media
NorthEast United Football Club is delighted to announce that Croatian World Cup Bronze medallist, Robert Jarni, has been appointed to lead the club for the upcoming Hero ISL season. In the past, Robert has coached premier European clubs such as Hajduk Split, Puskas Akademia FC, Pecsi Mecsek Football Club, and Fudbalski klub Sarajevo. Most recently, he was the Head Coach of the Croatian U-19 and U-20 team.
Mr. Jarni has played at the highest levels of European football with stints at clubs such as Real Madrid, Juventus, Real Betis, and Hajduk Split and is one of the most decorated Croatian players.
Speaking on the appointment, NorthEast United's Executive Director Priya Runchal said; "The Club is determined to add to the success of last year and Mr. Jarni brings the right blend of experience and tactical insight to take this team forward, with a focus on youth development."
On his appointment, Mr. Jarni added; "I am thrilled to take on this role at NorthEast United and the project has my full commitment. This is my first foray into managing an Asian club and I am thrilled to bring in an exciting brand of football which the supporters will thoroughly enjoy."

Northeast United announces trials for the Youth team

July 23, 2019 | NEUFC Media
Northeast United FC would like to invite aspiring footballers for the Youth team trials. These trials are open for:
  1. Individuals born between Jan 1, 2003 – Dec 31, 2006 - Trials on July 27th, 2019
  2. Individuals born between Jan 1 2007 – Dec 31 2008 - Trials on July 28th, 2019
The trials will be held at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Sarusajai, Guwahati.
All participants must carry:
  1. A Birth Certificate
  2. Valid Govt. ID
  3. 2 Passport Size photos
  4. Relevant gear for the trials
Participants are requested to report for the trials at 7 AM sharp on 27th and 28th July, 2019 according to their age groups as mentioned above.
The selected individuals will be integrated into the club’s youth teams and be groomed by Khalid Jamil, the newly appointed Head of Academy and Grassroots Development for NEUFC. The club aims to build a sustainable academy setup which identifies the best of the talent in the region and provide them the platform to showcase their skills at the highest levels of Indian Football.
For more details regarding trials please call the following numbers:
7002485700
8723931094

Khalid Jamil joins NEUFC on a 3-year deal as Head of Academy and Assistant Coach to the First Team

June 19, 2019 | NEUFC Media Team
NorthEast United FC is delighted to have secured the services of former I-League winning Coach Khalid Jamil as the Head of Academy and Assistant Coach to the first team for the upcoming season.
Jamil started his managerial career with Mumbai FC. In 2017 he took over Aizawl FC and led them to their maiden I-League trophy remaining unbeaten at home throughout the journey.
His primary role at the club would be to nurture and groom talent from across the region and oversee the expansion of the club's residential academy. NorthEast United FC is committed to developing talent from the region and the appointment of Khalid Jamil is a step in the direction to achieve that vision.
NorthEast United's Executive Director Priya Runchal said on the appointment, “Identifying, grooming and providing a pathway for talent from the North East has always been a guiding vision for the club. Not only does Khalid have vast knowledge about India’s football landscape, he is also very familiar with the region. His past accomplishments such as winning the I-League and developing players fills us with confidence that he is the right candidate for the job. We are extremely happy to welcome him to the Highlander family.”
Khalid will also be the assistant coach to the First Team.
Khalid Jamil said, "It is a pleasure for me to be associated with NorthEast United and contribute towards the grooming and scouting of young players. The North East is the hotbed of talent and it is an exciting opportunity to be back in the region that breathes football. I would like to thank the management for their trust and for providing this opportunity to help build a sustainable youth structure for the club – one that is a conveyor belt for the first team. Our goal is to turn this system into one of the best in the country with the ability to cater to over 200 youth prospects at a time. In my capacity as Assistant Coach to the First Team, I look forward to working in the ISL for the first time and am confident that we can top last year's excellent season."

Vision

May 23, 2019 | NEUFC Media
To our Fans and well wishers:
Last season was a compelling season for the Club and we feel that this just scratches the surface of footballing in the North East. The Management worked painstakingly to put together a winning team and NEUFC is confident that we are building and retaining the right pieces for the future. The confidence translated on the field and the chemistry was outstanding for all of us. We have a unique philosophy that no one can recreate.
As a Club, we are confident that we can find the best talent from across the world as well as young and hungry talent in India. We give all of our players a chance to play and this leads to some of the biggest stars being created in front of our eyes on our football pitch in the northeast.
We are laying down each brick to build a sustainable football club that we can all be proud of. We are scouting for land and planning to build our very own Academy that will house three underage teams, of more than 200 boys that will have a development path to the first team.
We are putting together a sound technical coaching and scouting network to ensure that we can create some of the biggest stars in the country. We believe in the northeast because we know that is the epicenter of football in the country.
While we are investing in this, we are also making significant investments in bringing together an even better team than we created last year. Additionally, we are building ties in the community through initiating and funding programs to target health and nutrition, employment and emotional well being.

VOTE: Fans' Midfielder of the Season 2018/19

April 18, 2019 | NEUFC Media
Leudo's resilience in the middle? Rowllin's presence? Or Gallego's mastery?
Who was your Midfielder of the Season?
Highlanders, it's time to cast your votes for your favourite midfielder in the 5th edition of the Hero Indian Super League!

VOTE: Fans' Defender of the Season 2018/19

April 12, 2019 | NEUFC Media
Highlanders, it time to cast your vote for your favourite defender this season!
Note: Only current players who have played more than 270 minutes have been nominated for the award.
Poll closes on Wednesday, 17 April 2019.

NorthEast United FC make history! Qualify for the Hero ISL 2018/19 Playoffs

February 26, 2019 | NEUFC Media
The jinx has been broken and history has been created as the longstanding dream of the Highlanders faithful has come true with NorthEast United sealing their maiden playoff spot in the season five of the Hero Indian Super League.
Highlander's tale is freakishly melodramatic. It was never thought possible for a team who have consistently missed the play-off spots for the past seasons. It is an incredible tale on so many levels, not least the fact that Northeast United was languishing at the bottom of the table last season.
We have missed the playoff spot for the past four seasons and to have achieved this incredible feat speaks volumes about the tightly knit group of players and support staffs who have battled all odds to push us on the brink of an incredible feat that awaits us. A journey that started roughly seven months back has transformed a team of talented individuals into a formidable army who has taken the ISL Playoff spot by storm with a game in hand.
We could talk about the brilliance of Ogbeche, the magic of Gallego, the impregnable Mato Grgic, and yet there will be so many elements missed.
This has been like a jigsaw, a combination of talent who has been masterly in the job assigned to them yet incomplete with one another.
Puitea's tenacity across the pitch and his combination with Robert while dropping back to defend, Redeem and Reagan orchestrating moves down the right in an almost unending and industrial way throughout the game, Borges and Leudo's pivot role in midfield, Gallego's intelligence and almost telepathic connection with Ogbeche, it all adds up to the success that we have achieved as a team backed by a shrewd tactician and a competent team of support staffs.
This season, the team selection was based on intent and purpose bringing in players that covered all the bases for the team. From the forward line to midfield to the defence, the key areas were covered by players of right quality and flair. With a revamped squad, we consolidated a squad of fierce strikers, intelligent midfielders and rock-solid backline to achieve the goal that was long due. A team of individual battle-hardened players who could fight as a team and keep their heads high even at the most difficult times.
This is the lesson, the reason the whole country feels inspired by the qualification of our team that pundits had written off at the start of the season.
The feat has shown the power of team-bonding, uniting every level of the game and restoring elements in the sport beyond money. Team spirit, self-improvement, underdog positivity is what characterized our journey.
We fought as a legion, contested for every square metre on the pitch. Never let the defeat have the last word.
This achievement resonates the passion of every Highlander fan, who have supported the team through the past seasons through trials and tribulations. It calls for a moment of celebration and rejoices through the job is still half done. We would like to thank all our fans, especially the ones from the 8 states who have been our formidable 12th man for us wherever we have played to support us throughout this incredible journey.
It is a moment of reckoning for the entire Northeast, a watershed moment and breaking of a new dawn that glitters from the mountains of the Northeast to embark a new footballing journey that would leave the nation in awe in the days to come.
On behalf of the team, we would like to thank all fans for their support and for being the driving force to help us achieve playoff dreams. While the team gears up to gun for glory, we hope to continue receiving your undying support and fill the stadium with your presence and be heard with the battle cry for your own Highlanders warriors.
We are strong, we are united. As a club, as a team, as fans and with the strength of this unity of the eight remarkable states that has been the torchbearer of Indian football we can achieve this dream.

Match Report: Kerala Blaster FC 0-0 NorthEast United FC

March 02, 2019 | NEUFC Media
Facing Kerala Blasters in our last league stage game, the apparent dead-rubber was all about leapfrogging Mumbai City FC in the league table, but an early red card (24th minute) saw our game plan disturbed as we salvaged a goalless draw in a physically daunting game. With hot and humid conditions prevailing in Kochi and the energy of the players sapping, the Highlanders pulled off a heroic show to battle close to 70 minutes with 10-men to finish our last game of the group stage 0-0 at Kochi on Friday.
Having secured our playoff tickets earlier, meant it allowed the Coach to test the bench strength and preserve some of the players who were close to suspensions due to accumulated yellow cards and go into the game in a much-relaxed frame of mind despite the injury and suspension concerns.
A revamped playing XI saw the likes to Girik Khosla making his debut as the young Indian striker started up-front to pair up with Juan Mascia. Shouvik Ghosh was also handed his first start this season as key players were rested ahead of the semi-final double headers.
With a 4-4-2 formation, our initial build-up saw Puitea playing freely in his usual holding midfielder role and displayed excellent vision and distribution to control the game from the center of the pitch partnering with Fedrico Gallego.
Early into the first half, Puitea threaded a beautiful pass to an overlapping Shouvik Ghosh down the left, his measured cross had the Blasters backline in trouble but eventually managed to avoid the danger.
For the hosts, the first real threat came from Courage Pekuson who found himself in a nice shooting position from Poplantik’s pass but the powerful grounder missed the target narrowly.
In the 24th minute, Kerala broke into a swift counter-attack from a poorly taken corner and the lone man at the back, Gurwinder, was forced to slide in a tackle in an attempt to stop Matej Poplantik. The Slovenian attacker knew the tackle was coming and went down on the edge of the box with minimum contact forcing the referee to show Gurwinder a direct red card bringing us down to 10-men and giving Kerala a numerical advantage for the rest of the match.
The suspension forced our coach to bring in Lalrempuia Fanai, another player to have his first start of the season, for Girik as Rowllin was forced into a right-back slot as we switched to a compact 4-4-1 formation, with Juan Mascia playing as a lone striker upfront.
With the numerical advantage Kerala had, pressure started building on us under the sapping conditions as the players were forced to cover all the extra yards. In the 34th minute, Pekuson came close to scoring with an intelligent cutback as his shot crashed with the post giving us a respite from going a goal down.
With Mizoram basking in the joyous occasion of Chapchar Kut, our two young Mizo midfielders Puia and Puitea started to spread joy in the midfield with a brilliant combination of play exchanging sleek passes, uniting like two long lost souls building attacks and transition for us as we looked to gain control of the game.
On the brink of half time, Lane Doungel found himself in an advantageous position after threaded in by Pekuson. But goalkeeper Pawan Kumar came rushing out in time to pull off a brilliant save to deny the former Highlander as we went into the break with the scoreline unchanged.
Back in the second half, we had our chances to pull off a cheeky goal, none better than, Pana driving forward a beautiful run down the left and curled in a pinpoint cross to Larempuia Fanai in the box, but his attempted shot went straight to the keeper to squander a glorious opportunity to poach a lead into the game.
Keeper Pawan Kumar was on top of his game and was called into action once again as he pulled off a double save from Poplantik from point-blank range to keep us in the game as the match clock ticked on under testing physical conditions.
In the 69th minute, Pawan Kumar pulled off astonishing diving save to deny Poplantik’s long ranger shot that deflected off Shouvik to keep the scores level but was soon substituted due to an eye injury that saw Gurmeet Singh making his debut.
With the Highlanders displaying a valiant display as they have done throughout the season to hold their fort, we came out unscathed with 1 point to hold Kerala Blasters to a goalless draw as we finished fourth on the league table with 29-points.
A great show of fight and resolve under battling conditions by our young players where the boys showed their combative spirit once again as we have done throughout the season to finish our last game of the league phase.
We will now be hosting Bengaluru FC in the first leg of their semi-final play-off match in Guwahati on 7th March 2019 to set the battle drums ringing as we start to mount our title challenge in a few days.
FULL-TIME
Kerala Blasters FC 0
NorthEast United 0

Match Report: NorthEast United FC 1-1 FC Pune City

February 21, 2019 | NEUFC Media
After the high of beating Mumbai City FC in the previous game, the Highlanders needed three points to secure their playoff spot which suffered a setback after being held to a 1-1 draw against FC Pune City on Wednesday.
FC Pune City under their new Coach Phil Brown have completely turned around their early season woes as they went into the game in prime run of form with two wins and a draw post the mid-season break.
The visitors playing an unconventional 5-3-2 formation posed us a difficulty in breaking them down from the middle as chances created in the first half were limited to a handful.
The idea to use both the wings and use our overlapping wingers to put the ball into the box seemed to be the idea to break the compact formation Pune City FC deployed but it created few chances as both teams looked to organize their shape before opening out to attack.
We created a few chances but ended up playing a pass too many in the box as the chances were not capitalized with both teams going into the break locked at 0-0.
Back in the second half, the boys broke the deadlock early into the game as Rowllin Borges followed a through ball from Ogbeche as the keeper came out to collect it. With pressure from Rowllin, the FC Pune City keeper, Kamaljit, failed to collect the ball cleanly and Rowllin did the needful to slot the loose ball to give us an all-important 1-0 lead in the 47th minute.
The game did not turn out to be an extravagant one, as both teams tried to break their opponents shape with neither willing to give their opponents any room to wiggle through.
With a goal advantage, the Highlanders started to look comfortable on the ball and spread the play nicely and created a flurry of chances. Gallego found himself in a brilliant shooting position after playing a quick one-two with Ogbeche but decided to cross the ball instead of taking a shot at the goal yielding an easy clearance from the defenders.
In the first 15 minutes in the second half, the Highlanders found their fluidity and creativity as Pana Triadis and Gallego orchestrated some brilliant moves to open up chances along with Puitea's all-around industrial work-rate as we looked good to enhance our lead.
But it was the visitors who stunned the raucous home crowd into silence in the 69th minute after Adil Khan connected a volley from Diego Carlos's cross to level the scores.
FC Pune City looked threatening on the break as Pawan Kumar was called into action to pull off a brilliant save from a looping ball coming over his shoulder after Ashique Kuruniyan's shot was deflected off Regan Singh's legs.
NEUFC survived another scare in the 80th minute after Ian Hune found himself in space after Leudo's headed clearance from a long throw-in fell to him at the far post. Hume took a powerful shot at the goal, but the ball crashed at the underside of the crossbar and came out to be eventually cleared out of danger by an alert Mato Grgic.
The Highlanders frustration stemmed not only from their opponents’ resilient and organized defending, it was self-inflicted too. Ogbeche squandered a gilt-edged chance to change the complexion of the top 4 playoff teams and Eelco lamented the succession of poor final balls that offered FC Pune City respite.
In order to secure a point and consolidate our backline and to open up attacking channels through direct vertical football, Coach Eelco made three changes bringing in Janeiler Rivas, Redeem Tlang and Juan Mascia deep into the game.
With Pana Triadis and Gallego substituted, the Highlanders lacked creativity in the final few minutes, which allowed the visitors more time on the ball.
We were patient, intelligent, but conservative in possession, a consequence of both Pune's pressing and their own contentment with a 1-1 stalemate. Our performance was increasingly safety-conscious the longer the stalemate remained, though inviting the visitors to push forward in numbers was not without its risks.
A rush of blood and moment of indecision in the 88th minute saw Jose Leudo receive a direct red card for an off the ball incident. A night of frustration and accumulation of woes saw Mato Grgic pick up his fourth yellow card of the season and is set to miss the next away game against Kerala Blasters.
With 2 points dropped and we set to lose two key players in the form of Mato Grgic and Jose Leudo, we face a monumental battle as they take on Kerala Blasters next on the 1st of March to secure our playoff spot for the first time in our club's history.
With 28 points from 17 games, the Highlanders are placed third on the table, as the battle for playoff heats up and is expected to go right down the wire.
FULL TIME
NorthEast United FC 1
47’ Rowllin Borges
FC Pune City 1
69’ Adil Khan

Match Report: NorthEast United FC 2-1 Bengaluru FC

March 08, 2019 | NEUFC Media
The battle drums were sounded, and pyros were flared as the Highlander Warriors arrived at their fortress to defend their honour as old foes faced each other for the third time this season. The stage was set to settle the scores as the previous two meetings this season saw NorthEast United dropping points despite being the dominant side for the major part of the game. Poetic justice or sports being a great leveller, as one might put it, was due and it was delivered well on course as the Highlanders meted out a gut-wrenching defeat to the visitors to head into the second leg of the semi-final with an advantage.
It was not just the Pyros, but tempers and goals flared on the pitch in a hotly contested game as we finally scripted our first win over the Blues by defeating the visitors 2-1 in the first leg of our maiden Hero Indian Super League Semi-final.
We dominated the first fifteen minutes as we stretched their midfield across the pitch and looked confident controlling the game at the right tempo.
With Puitea and Redeem making dangerous run down the flanks, a goal seemed likely to be coming at any moment as Bengaluru were struggling to cope with our compact shape. The stage was set for the boys from the soil to shine and Redeem Tlang did that in style and how. In the 20th minute, Ogbeche found space and played the ball wide to Redeem. A brilliant cut back from the right wing into the box offered a yard of space to Redeem. The Jaintia Jaguar had the goal in sight like a predator on its prey, brilliantly curled with his left foot past Gurpreet Singh Sandhu as the lanky keeper stood unmoved watching the ball crash into the net.
With a goal cushion, we played with much more composure to execute our natural game based on strong organization and started to distribute the ball brilliantly across the pitch with Gallego orchestrating and stringing the build-up play from the centre as usual.
Mato Grgic was leading the backline with solidity and confidence while Rivas provided the aerial dominance and commanded beautifully with vertical advantage to nullify Bengaluru’s threat to feed Miku or Chhetri with long balls from the deep.
In the 32nd minute, the Uruguayan maestro Gallego released a powerful grounder just from the edge of the box which missed the target narrowly as Gurpreet was called into action with a full stretch dive.
We played with the right composure and did not release the ball early in order to push forward as we focused on keeping the ball to deny the visitors any teeth into the game.
Their first real chance for the visitors came in the 38nd minute as Miku chested down the ball in the box from a corner, but the left-footer blazed over the bar offering us a close relief.
With the Mizo warriors, Puitea and Robert defended in perfect cohesive synchronization by dropping deep as well as executing timely rotations. The Bengaluru attacking threat from the right in terms of Udanta was completely neutralized, while Regan and Redeem defended in partnership to contain the threat of Chhetri.
The Highlanders were dealt an injury blow as our capitain, Bartholomew Ogbeche, had to be substituted with an injury as Juan Mascia came in at the brink of halftime. With the slender lead and having lost our topscrorer, we entered the break knowing we had a tough task in the next half.
At half time, as a preventive caution, Rowllin Borges was replaced by Nikhil Kadam hoping to add another dimension to our attack while not tweaking with the shape of our team.
Bengaluru FC Coach, Carles Cuadrat, went for an attacking substitution in search of the equalizer taking out defender Albert Serran with Xisco Hernandez which forced Bengaluru to play high on the pitch but left spaces at the back for us to exploit.
They looked threatening in patches but Jose Leudo, back from his suspension, was tremendously effective in his defensive medio role with crucial interceptions using his physical dominance to provide a shield to our backline.
In the 66th minute, substitute Xisco found himself in shooting position on the edge of the box, but the effort sailed over the bar as the visitors enjoyed a brief moment of possession over us.
Gallego triggered a beautiful run and released a delightful chip to compatriot Juan Mascia, who was shadowed by Nishu Kumar who did just enough to put off Juan Mascia as he failed to connect the shot and ended up poking straight to the keeper.
In the 73rd minute, Redeem was replaced by Keegan Perera offering extra reinforcement to the back line as we reshaped to 5-4-1 looking to protect the slender lead having lost Ogbeche. The strategy was to play with an organized shape and break Bengaluru on the counter.
It was a lapse in concentration from our backline as Regan Singh failed to deal with Sunil Chhetri’s run close to the goal-line presuming the ball to be out of play. The Indian captain retrieved the ball and managed to put into a low cross in the six-yard box where Xisco was waiting to tap it in past Pawan from handshaking distance as the score was levelled to 1-1 in the 81st minute.
With the raucous crowd rallying behind the team, the Highlanders were keen to dent the Blues confidence and not let the visitors rob us any points or head into the second leg with any deficit. With the stadium egging on the team, the Highlanders pushed forward in numbers, forcing Bengaluru FC to defend deep in the final few minutes.
The pressure finally paid off in the dying minutes as Puitea curled in a beautiful ball from a free-kick and Juan Mascia forward run into the box was illegitimately checked by Harmanjot Khabra who tried to hold on to the Uruguayan forward eventually flooring him down.
With the referee having a clear sight of the action, he straightaway pointed to the spot in the 93rd minute as Juan Mascia stepped up to the spot. The undeniable love affair between Juan Mascia and late goals once again bore fruit as Mascia provided another ‘Boot Jolokia’ moment from a well-taken penalty that had stung with a perfectly placed shot leaving the goalkeeper with no chance to save it.
As the ball bulged the net, a rapturous celebration broke out at our home as the boys scripted a monumental 2-1 victory over Bengaluru FC heading into the second leg of the semi-final with a slight advantage.
The job is only half done as we face the Blues on 11th of March at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium with our title hopes still very much under our control heading into the second leg of the semi-final.
The Coach commented on Redeem’s first goal, “Believe it or not I told him, he would score today!”
On the win, the Coach added “My biggest joy is how we played the first half, take away the result, that they (Bengaluru FC) did not create any chance in the first half. We were defensively perfectly organized and offensively they did have an answer on how we did the build-up, from that I take a lot of joy.
Because that’s what you work for and secondly that you win, football is about winning especially with a team like NorthEast United. Hopefully, we can do it in the next game, but it will be a tough nut to crack. But the spirit is good. So, let's try to reach that on team spirit, not everything has to be based on fantastic football, but we are going to Bengaluru to win.”
FULL-TIME
NorthEast United FC 2
Redeem Tlang 20’
Juan Mascia 90+4’
Bengaluru FC 1
Xisco Hernandez 81’

Welcome to NorthEast United FC, Janeiler Rivas!

February 18, 2019 | NEUFC Media
We are delighted to announce the signing of Columbian centre-back, Janeiler Rivas Palacios, as a free agent for the remainder for the ISL 2018/19 season!
Rivas has provided solidity to the backline for his previous clubs like CA Cerro, Boyacá Chicó, Atlético Huila, Alianza Atl. and Millonarios before joining us at the crucial end of the season to reinforce our title charge. In his last season with Millonarios FC, he aided the club to a record 15th title in the First Division of Colombia, the Categoría Primera A.
Rivas is a ball-playing defender blessed with both technique and composure in abundance. The 30-year-old Colombian centre-back is known to build attacks from the backline and is also adept at more traditional aspects of the job such as winning headers and making interceptions.
Standing tall at 6' 6", Rivas presents a commanding, well-built figure who’s difficult to get the better of either in the air or in a foot race. Fondly called 'Chiquito', Rivas is rarely outmanoeuvred by opposition strikers. Most impressive, though, is his ability with the ball and the ability to keep his cool in possession.
Rivas will be replacing injured Croatian centre-back, Mislav Komorski, to partner the defensive duties with Mato Grgic to fight for the title glory for the 2018/19 season.
We welcome 'Chiquito' Rivas to the Highlanders family!
Full Information

Name: Janeiler Rivas Palacios
Place and date of birth: Quibdó, Chocó / May 18, 1988
Age: 28 years
Height: 1.94 meters
Position: Defending
Previous Club: Millonarios FC (Colombia)
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