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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”


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


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”.


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.”


Butterfingers: More Power And Versatility


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?


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”


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.


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.


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”.


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