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Butterfingers: More Power And Versatility

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The hunt for the I-League was just a notch up in the last 7 days. Players has left the club and assistant coach, FCT legend NS ‘Butterfingers’ Nataraj used his notes from a long time transfer search to find solid India replacement, combined with enough spaces to get some more TTF talents into the main squad.

“The results this season have put us in a situation where we have been able to find better players and more talents to promote team strength and versatility. You think we can now prove that we have succeeded in the project, even in a way that we have had to divorce with some other highly promising talents, including Ram Kumble, who was otherwise an outstanding goalkeeper. However, we have chosen to replace him with our former leader and goalkeeper from our youth team. It is clear that Tanvir Datta has far the same strength in the goal as Kumble, but as teams we have been greatly strengthened, both now and now, but also far out in the future, “the club told the legend when we met him to talk about it Latest transfer activity from the club in Tharangambadi.

Gone are now players who have really made a good impression on the club’s Hungarian head coach Miklós Menyhárt, but then there was a chance to get Raju Mundra to the club two weeks ago, so set another search for bettors and stronger players to the squad. “Our focus has been on getting good players with Indian passports. At the same time it has been important that they should be able to reinforce the team even more compared to those who have left the club. We have also made serious thoughts about how the squad looks like About three to four seasons, how important players start and think of retirement. Economically, it’s pretty much when we take the trades after Raju Mundra came to the club, so it means we still have a reasonable economy while having a weekly profit. So that’s really positive what we’ve done, “says Butterfingers.

Tranquebar – A talented club, though a bit in a stalemate after the relegation of II.series for a couple of seasons ago. The plans to get in the I-League and make a difference have always been there, but talent development takes time and it has been trying to find the right composition of the team. The club now believes that one has received and that in the long term only incoming trades will have to get the team up at a level where a position between the 8-12 best clubs in the country can be seriously discussed.

“We’ve always had some shortcomings. As we were in the second best series, as it was, we had a solid squad, but economically, it cost us a lot of economics, while we had too few of our own talents in the squad We could have been in the division, but with the talent we had on our way, we took the hard choice and moved down. It was completely conscious and we do not regret our action. Today the squad consists of a group of club legends that Still continues to impress and I still see players like Jindal, Samal and Tamil Warrior as incredibly important players who will be here for a long time. When we look at the young players, we have some of the country’s greatest talents in terms of age and Positions. Wattoo, Karve and Katam are all players who have a big influence on the squad and it will continue to be like that for many years to come. We have yet another talent on the rise – Fajahat Babar has just signed a pro contract with us and he will be promoted to the main squad next. He has a long way to go, but we believe in him and U20 has noticed his talent a long time ago. Hopefully he will be just as promising as our other playmaking talents.

Most often we have been weak in 2 parts of the field. Now, with certainty, we are only weak on the goalkeeper’s position. On the rest of the field we are fully covered, even with two to three injured players, if that happens – Like it is know with Tamil Warrior and Bokil out of action. It also means now we want players on the bench that can make a difference when they get on the pitch. This applies to the defense, the midfield, on the wing, as in the attack. In addition to our good talents, as I mentioned earlier, we have now got a few solid wingbacks in the mid 20s that only get better because they are part of the training plan. In Raju Mundra we have got a player on a level as we are also working to reach our biggest talent as a minimum. Raju is already a marvellous player, despite his young age, whom we willing to give the money for as we did. Already now he has a strength to a much better series and he only gets better in the next many seasons. I think it’s only Michael Gajadin we can compare with him of everyone in the club right now and they will both be significant characters in both series.II and I-League in the Future. No doubt”Butterfingers says, adding that the positive stories are not over yet.

In addition to a one-half season when Dhanvade returned to the club, Bokil and Jindal have been the only real attackers in the squad again three to four seasons. Tranquebar has otherwise been known for having a lot of promising talents, but since Dhanvade’s time at TTF, and the first time in the Tranquebar squad, there have only been Bokil and Jindal. Both players are around the 30s now, and although they have been looked at attackers often, the club has not been able to find the rich in terms of where they are in development compared with age. It’s finally happened and Butterfingers is more than happy with the purchases. “The pursuit of reasonable attacking talents in a reasonable price range has seemed infinite, but now it looks like FCT are through whit that project after the purchases of Dhanesh Anand and Omar Butt. Dhanesh is not as young as we would have liked, but he is a reasonable talent at a good price, and one can say that he comes to the club at the very right time. His talent has not been maintained correctly, but we believe that it can still be set back on track and he will match strength of those we already had in the squad quickly. They have done well, and we believe Dhanesh will do that too. Omar is our latest purchase and we consider him a bit of a scoop. He is a three years younger than Dhanesh. He is already at the same level and have a couple of U20 matches on his resume so he surely have the talent to become a great player. We have not bought him to have a U20 career, but nevertheless there has already been a small conversation about Omar with U20. The training he will receive is not optimal for his talent, but he may still be an asset for both our club U20. With his very young age and skills, his development will be very exciting to follow in the coming seasons” Butterfingers concluded before his phone rang and he had to leave this interview in a hurry. Maybe to scout more new talents to the club. Who knows?

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The Tranquebar Talent Factory Still Works

Not so many seasons ago Tranquebar was on the tail of their rivals Mighty Karak Chai FC. The truth is a little bit different today. Mighty Karak Chai is still in I-League and Tranquebar is struggling to keep the pace in the middle of a III.series but the clubs is still evolving in the right direction and the plan to make a strong new core of homegrown players is going well. Just look at the latest list of the top 17 and 19 years old inner midfielders from India.


Some of the nations best talents is being trained in Tharangambadi and represent Football Club Tranquebar every week. The FCT blog caught up with Tranquebar club legend and assistant coach Rajinikanth ‘Foggy’ Reddy to talk about the talents and what the future holds for the club. It was a talk about hopes and dreams. Dedication and a plan to stick to the plan about becoming one of the leading teams in the country. We asked the questions and here are the answers.


What happened to FCT. Two former series opponents are in the I-League and your team are in III?
“Let me start by saying that MKC FC and Tullamarine is two strong teams that have done remarkably well for a long time. They have chosen another way to the top than we have and that is the biggest difference between them and us. We have been developing many good young players for U20 instead. We concentrate on homegrown talents and have always done well on that account. Pushkal Bhardwaj is still the biggest talent we have produced but names like Tejas Beeravolu, Shrimat Patel, Samin Mondol, Sahasya Dhanvade and Robin Karve has done well so far and they have either played for U20 or been in the squad at some point. That goes for a couple of talents we have in the club at the moment too. Katam, Karve and Wattoo are some of the best talents of their age in India at the moment. Two of the has been on U20 and both Karve and Wattoo had great chances to be a part of the squad at the moment, but we made the coach chose and he chose Katam for the future, but he would have loved to have Wattoo in his squad now. That i can guarantee. According to the list with the best of the best in the country. Katam top the list of those at age 17. Watto and Karve are in top 4 for those at age 19. I think it is fair to say that the Tranquebar Talent Factory is still running well and we are calm about the future of the club”



So What is in store for FCT in the future?
“Our main aim is still to become a part of I-League and to become a serious contender in the cup tournament, but as we grow older and become more wise we know that it will still take some time to get there. Our aim has always been for Tamil Warrior, Jindal, Bokil and Samal to get the chance to play against the best every week before they retire. Today we know that it will be almost impossible to make it happen, but alongside the best young stars of Tharangambadi they will get the chance to return to the second best level and play be top players there”


On short term. What can we expect from your team?
“Miklós Menyhárt and the rest of the staff we have a solid plan and even though we struggle a little with the results this season. We are still on our way back to producing better stats and a stronger team than we have ever had. If you remember we did very well in our first season in II.series and we will do even better the next time. I expect us to win II.series in season 67 and then we only become stronger and stronger. We have the talents in the main squad, in TTF and we have the money to make a big push when we get the chance. In the golden League we are still behind the best but in GLXI we won’t be and easy opponent anymore. The players will be better. The form will be better and the stamina will at the best level by then. But even now other teams should not take us lightly. This team has potential to much more than the series table show at the moment and that we will prove for the rest of the season”

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2017 Is The Way To 2018

Logical headline isn’t it? Then again strange to write on January 7th. Hopefully it will make a little sense when you have read the whole story.

What a year 2016 was. Football Club Tranquebar promoted to the II.series and not just that; It was the best of them and thereby the second best series in the country. Tranquebar did better than expected and it was happening even though lots of homegrown talents was starting to enter the main squad. Sahasya Dhanvade, Sunil Karve and Rao Wattoo are already established names. Soon you will know Padmayani Bisht, Rohan Johnsen and Sumeet Singh much better, while the upcoming season will welcome Siddhesh Barua and Venkatesh Katam into the world of Golden League.

In the first week of 2017 it was also time to say farewell to Paranjay Narang. Missing a strong goalkeeper in the squad will for sure give Tranquebar a lot of defeats, but since the summer of ’16 it has been the plan to once again become a fully homegrown team again. The many good results in the last two seasons has been because of the effect from transferring to the club. There have been many great India players in and out the doors in the last 32 weeks, but now the many good talents from Tranquebar Talent Factory are many enough to fill a talented and interesting squad. It will be one step backward to take 3 forward, because there is no doubt that this talented squad is destined to make it big and even greater than the squad the fans has seen on the pitch this season.

The fab 4 – Jindal, Tamil Warrior, Bokil and Captain Samal is still around and they will be there all the way trough this transformation of the team. The sporting management of the club is still believing that those 4 club legends will get a chance to play in I-League before they retire. It will be in mid-2018 at the latest!

In 2017 the training program to get a much better squad, and to help India U20 being more successful, is on! Our rivalries with team around the world will continue and Golden League will have our fully attention this year. We might not reach GL Masters but we will be a main factor in the Golden League. With an expected relegation ti III.series this week, Tranquebar hope to start the Tamil Nadu rivalry against Ghungharu FC for real – If they have the power to promote and there is a spot in their series. Tranquebar will let them know that the Tharangambadi Lions are the stronger team and simply better!

To friends and followers. Tranquebar sends you all best wishes and a happy new year.

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Tamil Nadu Drama

Above&Beyond – Football Club Tranquebar
1 – 0 Julien Courtois (8′)
2 – 0 Chatura Jadhav (22′)
2 – 1 Jaivant Muduli (42′)
2 – 2 Birbal Kothari (74′)
3 – 2 Chatura Jadhav (83′)

It wasn’t only a match to avoid relegation and not only a match where the winner won a top four position. It was the match to determent who the best team in the Tamil Nadu region was and after the match Above&Beyond still sit on the throne and Tranquebar have to accept the second place.

“We felt we had a chance in this very difficult away match” team captain Samal said after the match and added “We did not have our strong goalkeeper available for the match and we had to give Palden the chance in the goal. I think he did okay. He is not a top keeper but almost helped us to a point today”.

Tranquebar overcame a shock from the home team, when Kothari scored the goal to two two with under a quarter of an hour to the final whistle, but it wasn’t enough to get a point to the team from Tharangambadi. “We did our best and after the last few matches i don’t think any team in the series will take us lightly anymore. We had some player out of action today. It might have made the difference today” Kothari said after the match and praised young Muduli for scoring his first goal in the series. “We have some talented players in the squad. Muduli might not be the biggest talent but he is getting better and he deserved to score a goal like this”.

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Goodbye To Season 50

Today the last official match of season 50 was played today and what a success Football Club Tranquebar’s 10th season has been. Undefeated in the league with a direct promotion to II.series next season. A place in the golden leagues quarterfinals and a decent cup run. It was also a season where Tranquebar only lost twice in official matches. Both in the cups was lost 1:0.

Today Tranquebar played against Kickerbude, a team promoting to Iraq’s II.series. The match ended 2:2. Tranquebar’s goals was scored by Jindal and Dhanvade. Coach Miklós Menyhárt was happy with the team performance today and throughout the season “We have had a phenomenal season with many great performances from many players. We have also functioned like one unit and reach a point we did not think was possible at the start of the season. We were the best team in our series though and the promotion is well deserved if you ask me. The step we have to take now is huge. The differnce between III and II series is very big. We will be underdogs in almost every match next season, but we have played our best in seasons like that, so i can’t see why we shouldn’t be able to do it again” he said.

Next season Tranquebar will have a squad with 10 homegrown players from the start 3-4 will be promoted to the main squad before the season end. Tranquebar will like to present the players for the fans. Some of them you know and others might be new names you have to learn a bit about first.

Muthupandi ‘Tamil Warrior’ Variar
He was the first player scouted for the youth academy and have been a main player since then. He has reached 27½ years now and is has just started his 12th season in the club. Warrior has played 263 official games for the main team and scored 68 goals.

Narottam Samal
Samal has been around almost as long as Tamil Warrior. He will soon be 27 years and he might be the most important player in the club wit 264 official games played, being team captain in 234 of those. Samal is a technical player and have scored 46 goals.

Rao Wattoo
One of the youngset members of the main squad. A quick quality player with a talent that can give him U20 matches for India if he stay away from injuries. Predicted to be a bigger talent than club legend Pushkal Bhardwaj. Wattoo is the vice team captain and has played 5 matches for the main team so far.

Sudeep Bokil
A great goal scorer, but he is standing in the shadow of Jindal. Bokil ha a header spec and that is his primary force. He has scored 90 official goals in his 247 appearances for the main team.

Narendra ‘Khalifah’ Jindal
If you don’t know Jindal you ain’t a fan of Tranquebar. The goal scoring machine, whom none thought would make anything of his career when he was promoted to the main squad, is the king of Tharangambadi. 143 goals in 270 matches so far. This one is special.

Pandi Rajkumar
People who follow HTUM Youth League IV might know this youngster, who will soon turn 18. A former top scorer of the youth league and now a talented winger, in a bunch of many. Rajkumar has strong leadership and has scored 1 goal in 8 matches after his arrival in the main squad.

Sunil Karve
A young powerful playmaker with good leadership. A star in the academy days, but the 17 years old talent has started his senior career with injuries. Hopefully it wont continue, because he has been injured in the two games he have played so far. Unlucky because he could become an interesting choice for India U20 in the future.

Advay Walling
A talented striker from the youth years, but in the main sqaud he might be the weakest of them all, but he is a fighter and he can score goals. So far he has found the net 3 times in 11 matches.

Sahasya Dhanvade

One of the best talents to come out of Tranquebar Talent Factory. A former HTUM Youth League IV top scorer and sold at age 17,3, but he returned to Tranquebar last week and is predicted to being the follower of Bokil and Jindal in the future. He has scored 3 goals in 4 matches so far.

Jaivant Muduli
Promoted to the main squad at age 17½ and he made his debut today as a wing back. A position he has played many times before at the academy.

Possible promotes from the academy next season is Sumeet Singh, Ravi Rapaka, Padmayani Bisht,Nam-kha Dzongkha, Rohan Johnsen and Siddhesh Barua.

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New Kits, New Squad And One Homecoming

In the weekend Football Club Tranquebar won the first trophy in six seasons, when Kirkiri united was defeated by 2:0 at their stadium. The did not only give Tranquebar the championship trophy of III.10 but also a direct promotion to II.series for the very first time. A promotion the club has haunted for a long time. Now it is a reality and the club will soon be a top 40 team in the country and also have a chance to once again be the top team in the Tamil Nadu region.

Club president Yannis Kotakis is celebrating the best season in the clubs history so far, but he is also aware of the the strong opponents and the though times his club will be facing very soon. “We have had tremendously good season with reaching the quarterfinal in the golden league and the narrow defeat to Warriors Of Sahura. We also went of in India Cup by a narrow defeat to this seasons runner-up in I-League. ForeverIndia was forced to play 113 minutes before they could score against us and we had no losses in the 4th best III.series in the country. We have been successful from my point of view” He said.

Now it is time to look forward. “The jump for III to II.series is huge regarding the power of the squads, so we had a lot of thinking to do lately. Will we give it a try or make changes? In the end the decision was easy to take. We have a huge amount of big talents at Tranquebar Talent Factory and we have learned in recent seasons that homegrown players are the way to make a strong team. That is why we have decided to sellout and concentrate on talents and getting a even better economy. At the moment we are trying to assemble an almost all Indian squad, with only the coach and Krusøe as foreign members. It will for sure make us one of the biggest relegation candidates next season, but we do it only to make a quick return to II.series and continue our way toward I-League” Kotakis said, before announced Sky Sports as the new kit sponsor and gave the word to team captain Samal.

“We have been waiting for this challenge for a long time” Samal started, and added “Some of us have been a part of this development from the start and to see new young faces like Roa Wattoo do so well is fantastic. I give us some hope on making the goal to reach I-League as a strong team in a future not that far away. Tamil warrior, Jindal, Bokil and myself want to make it to the promised land and i am positive about reaching the goal. For now it is a matter of serious development and we will all contribute with the best we have, in good time as in bad times” The captain said before president Kotakis presented one of the new players in the club.

Not that he is that new to the club. Tranquebar has signed a new contract with one of the biggest talents coming out of Tranquebar Talent Factory. After leaving the club at the start of the season Sahasya Dhanvade is back in Tharangambadi. “I am so happy to be back in the club that scouted me at age 15. This is where i want to be. I only played one match before i was sold. Now i am back almost one year older. Better as a player and ready to fight for a spot in the starting eleven” Dhanvade said with a big smile on his face and reviled. “Coach Menyhárt told me that i am one of the players he want to give a push in the right direction. Hopefully i can live up to it by getting better and score a lot of goals”.

The young talent Pandi Rajkumar was also present and is delighted to renew his old partnership with Dhanvade on the field. “We grew up together and was a striker duo at the academy when we both arrived here. He is a good player and a great talent. Together we might be able to once again play in the attack. this time against the best players in the country. It will be a lot of fun and i am sure that if Jindal and Bokil are out of action, we can step up and make our fans cheer. One thing is important for me to say though. We don’t come here to replace any, we come here to join forces with club legends and to continue the history of wins and celebration that surrounds this club”.

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Part Of The New Core 1

For many seasons Tranquebar has been build around four homegrown players. The Tamil Warrior, Captain Samal, Bokil and the scoring machine Jindal has been the core of the Tranquebar squad. Many players has tried to follow in the footsteps of the fab four from Tharangambadi, but they have not succeeded. Soon it will be time for yet another new season and if Tranquebar win the away match on Sunday, next season will be the first in II.series and it will also be with a handful of new faces from the local area.

“We are very happy with our new squad” coach Miklós Menyhárt said after yesterday’s exit to The Warriors Of Sahura. “We lost this match, but has proven that we are strong enough to be a part of golden league masters. We have matched Sahura with many homegrown players playing these two match and in the end we only lost 2:3 against a very strong opponent. Pandi Rajkumar played a good match yesterday and last week Rao Wattoo was playing like a pro. We are very satisfied” He said after today’s training.

Rajkumar and Wattoo was on the training ground today and they got company from one of their buddies from Tranquebar Talent Factory. “We are happy to announce that we have signed a contract with Sunil Karve” the coach said about the new young powerful player showing up at the beginning of the training. “Sunil is a talent with a lot of power in his game and we have known for a while that we would like for him to stay in the club. Now it has been signed and we now have 8 homegrown players in the squad in the coming season. All of them are either good enough as of now or their talent is so good that we have decided to build our future squad around them. To keep fighting our way to I-League with so many of our own talents is a dream come true, but they can’t do it alone. That is why we in the last week have signed new young players to complete the squad. Dalan Qorin and Baasan Arslan from Mongolia is still young and at a stage where we can make them even better players and then we are happy to have signed Erlendur Krusøe from the Faeroe Islands. We believe these 3 players will supply our homegrown players very well and we see them as future I-League players” he said.

The club is expected to sign two new homegrown players at the end of next season. ocal medias speculate in those two being the technical winger Sumeet Singh and defender Rohan Johnsen. Coach Menyhárt, Assistant Rajinikanth ‘Foggy’ Reddy or talent scout Manoj ‘Punjabi Tiger’ Prabhu has any comments about those speculations. We just wanna keep our focus on becoming one of the top 40 teams in the country as of now” club legend Foggy said before leaving the press to train the players.

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One Step Back. Two Steps Forward

Season 47 in India is on and Football Club Tranquebar is ready for new challenges. 4 new teams has joined III.10 and even though we always respect our opponents, it is only fair to say that the division seems weaker than last season. We still look forward to the new season anyway – like we always do here in Tharangambadi – and with some good homegrown talents coming from the academy very soon, we face some interesting times ahead of us. Also we have had no respond from U20 about our talents, so now we will change our focus to 3 young homegrown talents, when they become a part of the main squad later this season.

The chance of training scheme has made us busy on the transfer market, these past few days. 3 players might leave the club this coming weekend and 5 youngsters has made a transfer. Our club president Yannis Kotakis had these words on the transfers earlier today.

“This i have to say both good and bad. We have some good young talents in the club and some key players we wont do without. We also have tried to contact U20 to talk about Karve and Mondol – The respond has been totally silence. There for we have decided to take care of our own club alone, and continue develop some good homegrown players. We have some good strikers now – 5 are homegrown. They can get better, but by continuing that kind of training, we might end up losing Samal and Tamil Warrior to soon. We have 3 new talents from the academy to the main squad this season. Two of them are very talented and some we would like to become a part of main squad in the future. Therefore we change the training in their favor and give Samal and Tamil Warrior at least two season of training. That will make them fit more into our future ideas”.

“We have also been busy on the transfer market lately and bought 5 interesting talents. Two seasons from now, those talents will be world class players if they avoid to many injuries. Good for the club both if we keep them here or sell them. In those two seasons, we will also see the homegrown talents and key stones of the team rise from 7 to 10 players. 6 of those players will still have a great future regarding training, while the last 4 will will have the skills to continue the career here for many seasons to come. We treasure Tamil Warrior, Samal, Bokil and Jindal very much. Those 4 has players almost 600 games for the club together. They are the foundation of the club – Samal and Jindal is two players from the original youth squad, when we started the club. Tamil Warrior was the first youth player we scouted. The club wouldn’t be the same without them”.

“To get new players in. We have to let someone go. For 12 weeks the former The Bad Bergamot Seeds players Rubescu and Badocchi has done well for us. They are good players, but do not fit into our plans anymore. We wish them the best in the future and we are happy to announce that The Bad Bergamot Seeds will still be represented in the Golden League because Libero Azzi will continue to be our number one goalkeeper. We also have to let the man with the x factor, Tomas Florescu, go. The Romanian striker has scored a lot of goals for us and has developed nicely. The former The Flaming Wodkas FC player is a world class athlete today and where ever here will end up, he will be a good player for his new team”

“As i mentioned earlier on. We have bought some new talents. We are very pleased to welcome Yezdan Arvasi from Iraq, Jordi Padrell from Andorra, Izaokas Buragas from Lithuania and Pavel Aksiukou from Belarus to our club. They are solid talents and talents most teams would like to have in their squad. We also welcome an extraordinary talent, Vitaliano Callari from Italy. He is highly skilled for his age and we hope we can take him far with our training scheme. Kartik Singh, Ashwin Ruia and the very talented Shubhojit Joshi will join the main squad from our academy later this season”.

“With all these changes it is only natural that it will be a tough season for Tranquebar. We will be happy to get a qualifying match to avoid relegation at the end of the season. We take one step back to take two steps forward and even though we could buy us to victories with spending a lot of cash on old players, we decided to go our own ways. We secure that our homegrown values are intact in the future and stay faithful to the players that has done so well in our first 5 seasons”.

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Relegation? But Ambitions Is Still Very High.

Yesterday Tranquebar lost 3:6 but don’t be fooled by the result. Tranquebar had a chance to take the win in the first 90 minutes. It was only in extra time that the always strong Krosnianka Karpaty Krosno ran with the victory. “Tamil Warrior”, and two of our youngest strikers, Patel and “Fireball” Lakkireddy scored the goals for the pride of Tharangambadi.

“A loss is not always bad” “Tamil Warrior” was quoted for after the match. “KKK has always been, and still is, a strong opponent and one we never would have though we could push to the limited. We did this week. Now we must use the best from that match and take it with us in Sunday’s match against Souvik’s WIzards” He said. Tranquebar and the Wizardz will collide at Fort Dansborg this coming Sunday. The winner will get a qualifying match to stay in the the league. The loser will relegate!

“We truly believe that we are to good a team to relegate, but we know that it can become a reality later this week” team captain Narottam Samal told the press yesterday. “We have been unlucky in a game or two, but we also know that we haven’t been strong enough to be a real test for British Invasion and Langer House this season. We must change that to accomplish our main aim – To become a main factor in the India leagues”. Samal refuse to make remarks about injuries being the main reason for Tranquebar’s poor season. “Nah! We must be strong enough to play without one or two of our best players from time to time. It must not be an excuse for the lack of good results this season”.

The former The Bad Bergamot Seeds star Pierpaolo Badocchi is one of 3 new players coming from the Italian team this season. He did not think that relegation would be an issue at the end of the season, but that wont ruin the transfer to India. “Relegation wasn’t even in my thoughts but i am realistic and the table don’t lie at this stage of the season. We are ready to fight Sunday and again two weeks from now in a qualifying match, but if we loose on Sunday we will take it like men and relegate without excuses. If it happen, we will take one step back to take two or three forward next season. I have high ambitions and the club has them too. I came here to fight for trophies, but not IV trophies. If we go down. We will keep getting better as a team and return to III one season from now and we will be stronger than ever”.

Coach Denis Christinat agree with Baddocchi. “We have very high ambitions and we believe that we belong among the teams of III.10. We want even more and have our sights set on II and I-League in the future. We have a talented squad with an average age beneath 21½ years, so we have far from seen the best of Tranquebar yet. The team will get better next season, no matter if we play in III or IV. We also have a new season of Golden League coming and we want to better next season than we did this season”.

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The Core

5½ seasons after the foundation of Football Club Tranquebar it is time for an update. An update about the homegrown players – The core. That doesn’t mean that players coming with a background outside of the club doesn’t mean a thing. Players like Tomas ‘X’ Florescu and the Italian trio Florin-Marius Robescu, Pierpaolo Badocchi and Libero Azzi are very important to the club and a part of the long term strategy – They complete the golden XI in the club, but thsi time the story is about the the other 8 players.

From day one it was decided that the club should contribute and be an active part of the local community. The club has done very well in the India series with a squad of many homegrown players in the best starting lineup. The club has been an active part of the community. The club has delivered 4 homegrown players to the U20 team. Pushkal Bhardwaj as the most notable one, with 14 matches. A former Tranquebar Talent Factory (our youth academy) player Tejas Beeravolu has played 8 matches for U20 this season. Samin Mondol has played 1 U20 match and 1 NT match before his 18th birthday and the talented Robin Karve is still a part of the U20 squad waiting for his debut match. So even though this 6th season hasn’t been very successful so far, it is fair to say that Football Club Tranquebar has had a respectable start.

Even though the club has made 97 Transfers since the foundation, it has been able to establish a bunch of homegrown players as the core of the team. The Tranquebar core is almost all players scouted for the academy and trained to enter the main squad, only Jindal and team captain Samal was not scouted. They are two of the original Tranquebar Talent Factory squad and to see them as 2 of the 3 most important players in the squad today is a proof what the club is all about – The idea was to make a strong core of homegrown players. Not to find the best in the world, but the best in the local area. Still today Tranquebar Football Factory has only scouted players in the local Tamil Nadu area. That is a remarkable achievement.

Muthupandi ‘Tamil Warrior’ Variar was the first player scouted and he has from day one been the most important player in the club. He was the player for other to follow and know 8 other players, including Pushkal Bhardwaj, has followed in his footsteps. Today the Tamil Warrior has played 141 games for the club and he has scored 47 goals. Narendra ‘Khalifah’ Jindal was the first youth player to be promoted to the main squad. He wasn’t supposed to become a major player in the club, but he hold the all-time record for most played games and most scored goals in the club. The numbers are 78 goal in 143 games – Club legends Foggy and Punjabi Tiger scored 65 and 75 goals and are today part of the Tranquebar Hall Of Fame. The story of Jindal is about a low skilled player that became much more than that. The followers of Tranquebar know the name Jindal, but many might not remember that this no-spec player got a two star rating in his debut. Star quality wasn’t the first that came to mind that day, but in the last 60 games the club has played, he has only been missing in 6 of those.

The new generation of the core is very much like the 4 first. Fairly good talents, one of them bigger than the others and one without a specialty, but this time the non-spec player is the most talented. Again it seems like the weakest link might come from behind and steal the show. No matter what the intern fight to become the best it will be fun to see if Robin Karve can match and become just as important as Samin Mondol, like Jindal has done against the Tamil Warrior. In the next 2-3 seasons we will get the answer. One thing is for sure. The core is here to stay and one of the aims for the club – To make strong attacking team – is underway as planned.

Here is the cores list for most played matches and the goals they have made so far and it will be exiting to see how the Core has evolved 5 seasons from now.

Name Matches Goals
Narendra ‘Khalifah’ Jindal 143 78
Muthupandi ‘Tamil Warrior’ Variar 141 47
Narottam Samal 130 30
Sudeep Bokil 123 54
Shrimat Patel 46 27
Robin Karve 26 6
Samin Mondol 21 8
Rahul Lakkireddy 3 0