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III.12: AN IRRESISTIBLE CHALLENGE

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Football Club Tranquebar has joined the stronger III.12 series and accepted an irresistible challenge to taken on both Mighty Karak Chai FC and Ghungharu FC in the battle for Golden League points, series championship and most of all the battle honour. No one is saying out loud but the intensity is on with Mighty Karak Chai FC being very active on transfer market and Ghungharu FC is expected to do the same very soon. The heat is on and the game will be likewise for real when Mighty Karak Chai FC and Ghungharu FC meet at King Suro Memorial Field in Bihar this sunday.

Football Club Tranquebar was challenged to join the series before this season to relive a long time rivalry with both clubs. The offer was too tempting to let go and it is time to set things straight between the three clubs. For seasons the former India Champions Mighty Karak Chai FC has been the best of the three, but lately Tranquebar has been catching up with the team from Bihar. Ghungharu FC has challenged Tranquebar for the top two position in the Tamil Nadu region and if they get the change they want to be the best golden league team in India.

From Tharangambadi the message to the opponents this season is loud and clear. Tranquebar is still going for the top spot and a return to II.series, but sees the matches with Mighty Karak Chai FC and Ghungharu FC as more than six points matches with series gold, Golden League success and honour on the line on sundays. Golden League mania has hit India’s III.12 this season and those six matches is must see attractions for all – The hunter has become the hunted.

Fun fact:
Ghungharu FC has lost all matches against Tranquebar, but the Tharangambadi lions favourite boys haven’t won a match against Mighty Karak Chai FC since september 2014.

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After Defeat: “We Are In Control”

If the fan club Thrangambadi Lions are worried after sunday’s golden league defeat to Odense they need to take it easy according to club legend Foggy. “Last season Odense came third in golden league masters, but they are far that today. They are still good and we wont take anything away from them. they deserved the win, but we had an agenda in Odense and we did what we came to do. We tested a new formation and with some bruised players with the use of recovery before the upcoming season, we took a chance. We failed. We are in control so no need to worry” was the words form the assistant coach.

Tranquebar played a 5-2-3 lineup with Datta, Burman and Hussain in the starting lineup and that has rarely happened for 9 to 10 weeks. Foggy and coach Menyhárt was happy with they performance even though Tranquebar lost 3:0. “We have had a blast this season, after a rocky start. Now we look toward next season and it cost us today. Two of their goals is made by players that has been a part of their best lineups for more than a season. We didn’t play newbies you know”. Foggy made it clear that tactics and formations was the key element for Tranquebar this week and it wont chance for a while.

“We need to do things even better than we have been doing til now. We don’t want to collect second places. After our India Consolation Cup win, we told you all that we want more and need to look at future possibilities when we get the chance. Also we need to find where to strengthen the squad and how to do it. We want the squad ready when we play the first series match next season” the legendary goalscorer told the press and added a few words on his strikers performance. “They didn’t want to win today. Odense wanted it more, but all strikers has tried to get all shots stopped by a goalkeeper with a mysterious force helping them. That was what happen today. No need to think more about it. We have more important games coming later”

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History In The Making

Record Breaking Season

Halfway through an inspiring season also look like a record breaking season for the club and Tharangambadi Lions. 94 goals has been scored in series and cup matches so far and the same number of goals made last season. The season record is 121 goals in series and cups. A record set in our only second season, 16 season ago. With no more cup matches there is only six matches to score 27 goals and a new record, but with three of those matches being against bots the chance to make more history this season is very realistic.

New signings, talent development, an unexpected cup run and a continuing super performing Jindal is the reason for many numbers getting higher and higher for the club. We have no intention to stop here and 1½ seasons from now the aim is to be strong enough to promote to the next best level in India series and be strong enough to stay there for a long time and then it will be time for I-League

India Consolation Cup Winner

This weeks Cup win is one of the greatest achievements for Football Club Tranquebar. Stronger and greater opponents has been defeated, or at least pushed to the limit by the team from Tharangambadi, but to win a national title is something special and in the last few weeks the main aim for the clubs sporting management. The performance from the team was the 13th best ever and with many great matches played, it is a sign of things evolving the best possible way because even with 1/3 of the squad being 30+ years, the average is still below 25 – A sign of the talented squad we have assembled.

India Consolation Cup is only a third tier cup, but only a start of what’s coming. We wont go for more trophies right away, but if the chance comes, we will take it. The next step is to make the team strength better yet and we will go for at least breaking our stats record and stay over 350 in general at the end of next season – By then with a massive midfield and the work on the attacking sectors. The main aim is to do this with a squad mostly build on homegrown players. We need players like Steffen, Marusarz, Kwon, Ko, Coppens and Hussain, but only if the level of incoming transferred players are high enough to make a difference. So be sure that signings like those will be seen in a few seasons again.

Unstoppable Jindal

What can you say about Narendra ‘Khalifah’ Jindal that haven’t already been said. In the India Consolation Cup final he scored a hattrick – His third hattrick this season. two in the cup and one in the series. Overall he has scored 17 times in 16 matches this season and that is not counting tournament games and with no friendly matches so far. Followers of Tranquebar know how Jindal has scored many goals every season, still it is impressing to score 222 goals in his 406 official matches since being promoted from TTF. He is not young anymore but age 31,64 is not a higher age than he has more time to make an almost untouchable club record. If you have any doubt then look at the facts. The India Consolation Cup final is rated his 9th best of his career.

From Talent To Stardom

Through the history of Tranquebar there has been many promising talents, with some making it to the highest level. Former TTF, Tranquebar and India U20 talent Pushkal Bhardwaj now representing India NT in the current world cup. Many name can be mentioned and Rao Wattoo is one of the best and the first homegrown player of Tranquebar to pass the 100.000+ TSI. Wattoo will soon celebrate his 22nd birthday and it is as one of the clubs top players and he had been number one if the club hadn’t bought the two Hanguk NT players a few weeks ago. In the next series match Wattoo play his match number 100 for Tranquebar and the number one winger and the second best centre midfielder in the squad. Only his age was behind not getting more than two appearances for India U20, for Tranquebar he is much better than that and is part of the training plan for at least five more seasons.

This is truly a record breaking time for Football Club Tranquebar

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False Hope Followed By Reality

A qualifying match for promotion last season followed by an unexpected win against Fiery Warriors gave some false hope on what to come this season, but a cold and hurtful reality has hit the minds of the players from Football Club Tranquebar. Three defeats in one week and with a rejuvenated and deteriorated squad for this season, reality has got into both the players on the training ground and the club’s administrative part. Is this the real strength of the squad from a club that has been progressing through most of its existence or is it just a team being unlucky?

Strong players transferring to Tharangambadi in recent seasons is gone again and with only one non-homegrown player in the squad, the idea of a competitive squad of local players scouted at the youngest possible age is still on, but after seasons of getting better and better results, it is time to make changes to secure the best future possible for Football Club Tranquebar. The squad to make acceptable results is there but adversity is expected – however, not as much as in recent days.

According to team captain Narottam Samal it is not Tanvir Datta’s fault that a storm of goals from the opponents has been scored. The team power is down from last season, but the believes in the project is still there. A project started in late august of 2013 when a young Muthupandi ‘Tamil Warrior’ Variar was promoted to the first team as the first from Tranquebar Talent Factory. “Both Warrior and i have been here almost from the foundation of the club. Hope, wishes and dreams has been sky high from day one and even though we have made mistakes both as players and as a club. The development has always been in a positive direction. The recent setback on the field doesn’t change that at all. Strong players has left the club and been replaced by very young players” he said when we meet him to talk about what is going wrong for his team.

“We have always produced a lot of talented players. I was a part of the first bunch of talents and new ones are ready to continue the exceptional tradition. That is why we look weaker at the moment, but the standard for what we are and can do with local talents keep pushing the maximum level for what we have accomplished for many many seasons” he said. The Fab4 core from the early days, with Jindal, Bokil, the Warrior and Samal has been the foundation of the Tranquebar squad for 14 seasons, many other has transferred to other parts of the world; Still there are Katam, Wattoo and Karve to take over when it is time for the four legendary players to retire, but that is not an issue now or in a near future. More new talents will be strong, experienced and ready before the days arrive.

“We still have a lot to give and will be around for as long as the club need us. The younger guys are already good players and the next group of talents will be to before we get other positions in the club” he said with high confidence. The Fab 4 with almost 1600 matches for the club combined is still making a difference, but the competition only get harder as time goes by. New talents like Janjua, Phadnis and Murthy is next in line before new ones will be trained to make dreams come alive once again. “Like i said before. We are a club with great tradition for making extraordinary talented players. We have done that in every part of the field and the new young players will be just as good as the last trio. they are better than we have ever been and will take the club to greater times. So i can assure that our losses are a brief setback before we reach a new level in power as a team. The dreams of us original core making an impact on the highest level might be cancelled, but the fight to reach I-League as a club is far from over, but for now we have to accept that sometimes it is necessary to take a step back to take bigger steps onward”.

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Beware What You Wish For

A dream becoming a nightmare – That might be the case when Football Club Tranquebar take on the multiple time champions of Hanguk AS Uijeongbu 07 in the Golden League Masters quarterfinals. For ages AS Uijeongbu 07 has been the top team in the Golden League and the reason AS Uijeongbu 07 not to take more Golden League and Golden League masters titles is that they are in the fight for the K-League title every season. That is what Football Club Tranquebar has to overcome the next two Wednesdays to reach the semifinals of the Golden League Masters.

This weeks match will be the 5th between the two teams. AS Uijeongbu 07 has 3 wins of the 4, with Tranquebar being victorious October 28th 2014. Team captain Narottam Samal was one of the goal scorers in the 4:1 win back then. This time he has the experience of 12 seasons more to add in his quest to take an unexpected glorious win against the, yet again, upcoming K-League champions. “Back in 2014 we also had a strong team. It was different though and more experienced. Roche, Bolshakov and Pushkal was the backbone in the team, also including Bokil, Tamil Warrior and I. The win was much unexpected as Uijeongbu brought a weaker team to the match, but to win a match with Ahn as the opponent was great and today it will be the same” Samal said after the arrival to Soul Airport, ahead of the first match played at the legendary Waegari Park, laying just about 55 kilometres north of the airport.

This time around Pushkal and Bolshakov are in the past. Today Samal’s teammates are players like Katam, Karve and Wattoo and even though they are still young, he thinks tat the team are stronger and has a great future. “We have a great mix of experience and talent in our squad today. No doubt that the younger players will be much better than us in the future, but for now we are a combined unit even on skills. We have a chance to do good, but to say we will reach the final four in GL Masters. We will play a team with players like Ahn and Gu and with names like that we will always be underdogs. Underdogs or not, AS Uijeongbu 07 is the team to beat if you want to go to the top a be respected by your peers in the Golden League” Samal added before take of to the hotel.

Kickoff at Waegari Park. 22-11-2017 02.00 hattrick time

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HT Storyline Collide With Historic Day

What was mend to be a hard, but fun, story about two teams from England and India – A story of managers whom have had many great word feuds on HU. A match in a, not so friendly, friendly tournament, going on for six plus years now is now something else because what i wasn’t aware of was real life history melting to much with a HT/HU storyline. So before i start a story about India winning against the unbeatable Brits again, i have to be serious first.

August 15th 1947 – An important day in world history. India gained their independence from the United Kingdom. I am not a judge of what is right and wrong, the colonial rules and doing, the split into India and Pakistan etc. But the story of Mahatma Gandhi and the people of India’s fight for freedom, and the way they did it, is something i respect so much, that i have to mention it before anything else – Out of respect for the history, the man and the people who lived the lives of what i never can imagine, no matter how many books or movies i see about it.

Football Club Tranquebar versus The Lost Saxons. Followers of the golden league and members of HTU Managers might think that these two teams has played each other a thousand times. You are wrong! This will only be the third GL match between the two. Earlier this season Saxons won 4:1 at The Burial Ground. The score of the match do not tell the story of a match between to evenly matched teams, but it is the story about one teams having the best season ever, versus a team with maybe the worst season record in their history.

The Lost Saxons. A long time rival of Tranquebar if you think about Saxons history as a team on the Faroe Islands. Not to strong back then, but the move to England did something good for the club and they now have a nine point lead in the group stage of golden leagues season 10. A remarkable achievement for the club, who have a mixed squad of young and old players. most notable players are the younger talents with England U20 player Martin Frain as the top player. It is a squad with a handful of young talents though, not far behind what Tranquebar has at this point in time. Opposite to Tranquebar, Saxons has many players in the mid 30s, most notable is goalkeeper Smits, defenders Gionea and Parrilla, winger Reynaldo Himler and the intelligent technical striker Bjørn Pettersen. A strong team at its best because of Frain’s spot in the U20 squad.

“It is a strong squad – Almost complete” Tranquebar legend Manoj ‘Punjabi Tiger’ Prabhu said when asked about the quality of the Lost Saxons. “Their golden league season has been phenomenal so far and it will only be the best that wins against them this season” he added. So now you might think that Saxons are on the way to the premier league, HT and HTU Masters wins in the future, but it ain’t likely if you ask Prabhu. “Knowing Coach Nesi there ain’t much money to buy new players and they will need to do that often, with so many old players. Saxons don’t have the money we have. They don’t have the quality of players and a long term plan structured like we have. Here and now they look stronger as they are on full power compared to us, but they might be falling before they reach the top of the golden league or even just the next level in the English series. What they show in strength is not even near what we did only 2 seasons ago and 1½ season from now we will be even better than we were back then. How will Nesi and Saxons match that? They can’t”.

Saxons has won matches against the other GL top teams this season, including Tranquebar, and with Tharangambadi Lions almost looking like a bunch of kittens this season, how can Tranquebar win against a team that seems unbeatable. It isn’t the first time India versus England has been like Davis versus Goliath Saxons are one of the best at the moment, but they will take us lightly and we will take advantage of that and show the rest that the bigger they are, the harder they fall. We will make them fall and we will make them rethink if what they do is the right thing to do”.

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From The Playgrounds To III.Series

Football Club Tranquebar continue to strengthen the squad as they welcome three new faces in the main squad. In the last 3 weeks the club has said goodbye to a handful of player and the fans has seen new players like Mundra, Anand, Butt, More and Sawant as representatives of their club. Today club legend Rajinikanth ‘Foggy’ Reddy presented three new players to the press. Two players with a history at Tranquebar Talent Factory – The clubs youth academy – and the last one being an India talent who did not made his breakthrough i the Czech Republics VI.series club Atletico Scooby-Doo. A failed stay in Europe wont chance the fact that the former member of I-League team 1. FC Stern Marienfelde’s youth academy can make it big and that is why Traquebar sealed the 2.2 million € deal to get Akshay Iyer to Tharangambadi.

“We are delighted to present this three players to our fans today. Pranav Burman played 32 matches for TTF and scored six goals. He has been one of the top defensive players at our academy, in a period where the team has evolved well and been a consistent top team in HTUM Division IV. Hopefully Burman can continue to keep getting better as a part of the main squad.

For a long time it has been obvious that Fajahat Babar has been a top player at the academy. Both U20 and our own staff has followed him closely in his 24 appearances for TTF. He could have played more, and scored more than the six he got. He has to learn to control his temperament from now and on. Nine yellow and 1 red card in 24 matches are way too much.

Akshay Iyer is a type of player we have been looking for, for a while. He is still very young. He is powerful and have some decent skills, even though they could be better at his age. Nevertheless we believe that he can still get a good career in the next 10 to 12 seasons. He is the prototype of the talents we are looking for. Arnand are a little older, Butt a little younger, but they are on the same level. Players we can make better quite quickly. Players who can play for many years and keep our wages down.

We look forward to see the three new players in action in both the series, in Platinum Cup and in the golden league.”

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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.