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We must show supporters that we can win back-to-back titles: Annese
April 26, 2021

We must show supporters that we can win back-to-back titles: Annese

GKFC Media

Kozhikode, April 26:

I-League-winning Italian coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese has extended his contract with Malabarians. In a free-wheeling interview, he explains his dreams of celebrating goals with supporters, defending the ILeague title, and also his Asian dreams.

You will be continuing your term with Malabarians. What are your thoughts on a contract extension and your aims?

I am so excited to be part of this big family. I was so honoured to win the title last year. Now we need to repeat it. And we need to concentrate on Asia. We are a new entry to this competition. It will be hard and complicate. But my mentality is always to win. We will try hard to do our best in Asia. Our first aim is to pass through the group stage in Asia.

Malabarians will be playing in the AFC Cup next season. Also, we have to defend the ILeague title. What will be your realistic targets for next season?

Next season we have to again win the title. It is very important to win the title. We must show supporters that we can win back-to-back titles. And we need all the supporters here to watch us play. I hope the Covid will finish so that supporters can come and watch our performance in the stadium. This is very important for me because I need football with supporters.

You employed a different style of football last year. We are the top-scoring team in the league. How do you plan to take forward your attacking style next season?

We need to take forward this style. All the time we need to attack forward. We need to press our opponents. We need to impose our game on opponents. We need to create the same atmosphere, same aggressiveness among the players to make sure that we win titles next season.

You have given opportunities to several Kerala players, especially young players. Can we expect more Kerala talents in your team next season?

Kerala players are in my plans. I have identified players who can be part of my plans next season. I am very happy to work with young players. They give us a lot of energy, speed, and enthusiasm, which will be beneficial to the club.

Your message to fans

I want to be together with the fans. I want to see the stadium full next season. I get excited when we score and I want to celebrate it with our fans. You know we are going to score a lot of goals this year. So I wish everyone to come to our stadium and watch our performance.

GKFC win Kerala Premier League, completes title double
April 21, 2021

GKFC win Kerala Premier League, completes title double

KOCHI, APRIL 21: Gokulam Kerala FC staged another heroic comeback to be crowned Kerala champions as they defeated Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), 2-1, in a thrilling match that was extended to the extra-time in the Kerala Premier League here on Wednesday.

The Malabarians were down, 1-0, till the 80 th minute but Nimshad Roshan’s wonder strike with just ten minutes into the final whistle turned the tables for the reserves of the Kozhikode-based I-League team.

Nimshad, who was subbed in after KSEB’s 54th-minute goal pulled off a stellar performance as he equalled the score-line with a shot from 25 yards and the match went on to extra-time.

Ganesan scored another beautiful goal into the second minute of the extra-time to seal the victory for the Malabarians, coached by former Indian international NM Najeeb.

This is the second time Gokulam Kerala FC winning the state league. For the past four years, the club has also reached the finals of the premier football tournament in the state.

With the win, the club has the rare distinction of being the reigning champions of the I-League, the Indian Women’s League, The Durand Cup, and the Kerala Premier League.

“I am so happy about the win. We started slowly but after the equalizer, we were able to dominate the game and grab the victory. We have been training at Kozhikode for the past five months, and all our hard work paid off,” said GKFC reserves head coach NM Najeeb after the victory.

“The win exemplifies the mentality of our club. Both our I-League and reserve team have shown a never-say-die attitude. We are a club driven by the passion to win trophies. We are happy to add another silverware to our trophy cabinet,” said VC Praveen, the president of Gokulam Kerala FC.

Vincenzo Alberto Annese renews contract with GKFC
April 17, 2021

Vincenzo Alberto Annese renews contract with GKFC

Kozhikode, April 17: Gokulam Kerala FC are delighted to announce that Vincenzo Alberto Annese has signed a contract extension with the club for one more year.

The deal comes after the hugely successful I-League season of the Malabarians, in which the club was crowned champions.

The contract extension means that the Italian coach will be in charge of the club’s AFC Cup campaign and also leading the Malabarian’s pursuit to defend the I-League title upcoming season.

“I am so excited to be part of the Gokulam family again. We have already set our targets for the next season. We need to repeat our I-League title win and also concentrate on AFC Cup. I am so happy that I can continue my project at Gokulam next year also,” Vincenzo Alberto Annese said after signing the new contract.

Annese coach joined the Malabarians after successful stints in a slew of countries, including Malaysia, Belize, Ghana, and Palestine. During his first campaign with the Malabarians, he implemented a distinctive attacking style of football that eventually helped the club to win the championship.

Of the 15 matches played, he won nine matches and drew two matches. Altogether the team scored 31 goals – the best in the league. He also imparted a never-say-die attitude in players and the team was known for its comeback victories.

The club became the first-ever club from Kerala to win the I-League title and also the first club from the state to qualify for the AFC Cup.

 

“We are glad to extend our head coach’s contract. The club has full confidence that he would be able to continue the winning streak in Asia also. We wish him the best for the next season,” said Gokulam Gopalan, the chairman of Gokulam Kerala FC.

Gokulam Kerala FC CEO Dr. B. Ashok Kumar, said, “Contract renewal of our Head Coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese is good news for our club and whole of Kerala Football. I am glad and I wish to express my sincere gratitude to our beloved Chairman Gokulam Gopalan sir and passionate President Praveen Sir for renewing the contract.

Vincenzo did a Veni, Vedi, Vici (i.e) He came, He saw, He conquered with the support of our players and the club management. He played a stellar role in guiding an ‘Incredible Team’ both on and off the field to achieve the I-League championship 2020-21.

I am sure together with Vincenzo we are going to raise the bar and bring more laurels to Kerala football and our club will achieve higher levels than in the past.”

 

 

Malabarians clinch pole position in ILeague title race
March 21, 2021

Malabarians clinch pole position in ILeague title race

Mohammedan SC 1 (85′ Sujit Sadhu)
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Gokulam Kerala FC 2 (19’, 33’ Dennis Antwi )
AIFF Media Team

KALYANI: Gokulam Kerala FC rode Dennis Antwi’s brace to defeat Mohammedan SC 2-1 at the Kalyani Municipal Stadium in Kalyani, West Bengal on Sunday (March 21, 2021) to take the Malabarians to the top of the Hero I-League table. A brace by Dennis Antwi helped the Malabarians to go level on points (26) with Churchill Brothers and TRAU at the top of the Hero I-League table, after Sujit Sadhu had pulled a goal back for the Black Panthers, late in the second half.

With this win, the Hero I-League will be decided on the last day of the season with three teams in contention to lift the trophy — Gokulam Kerala, Churchill Brothers, and TRAU FC. This result also ends any title hopes that Mohammedan Sporting may have harboured.

With Churchill and TRAU sharing points earlier in the day with a 1-1 draw, Gokulam Kerala FC had to win their match against Mohammedan SC, in order to stamp their authority in the Hero I-League title race. The Malabarians started the match on an attacking note and were desperate to take the early lead. In the 3rd minute, Dennis Antwi held up play and released a ball for Mayakannan, rushing onto goal. The latter’s powerful strike however went whiskers past the goal.

Mohammedan SC were pinned by Gokulam Kerala as the Malabarians played their usual football of holding on to possession and building play up from the back. In the 15th minute, much against the run of play, the Black Panthers had a chance to take the lead. Shilton DSilva latched onto a corner kick and released a thunderous volley that was saved well by the opposition goalkeeper.

The Dennis Antwi show began in the 19the minute and at the end of half-time, two goals by the forward aided Gokulam to go in the half-time leading 2-0. First, in the 19th minute, Antwi latched onto a long ball by Sebastian and controlled it well, shielding it away from the opposition defensive line. In a remarkable fashion, he turned inside out and sent a powerful shot into the bottom corner to hand the Malabarians the lead.

The Ghanaian made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute. He turned Faisal Ali inside out once more and blasted a venomous shot past the opposition goalkeeper to double Gokulam’s lead. Mohammedan SC had a late chance in the first half but Faisal Ali’s strike from distance made for easy picking by the opposition goalkeeper.

After Gokulam led at half-time, the Malabarians upped the ante and hunted to take an unassailable lead. However, their efforts were cancelled out by some good defending by Mohammedan SC as the match evolved into a battle for midfield.

The Black Panthers lacked creativity up front as Pedro Manzi and Azharuddin Mallick were often left isolated, unable to link play up with the midfield. Coach Sankarlal Chakraborty made some changes in the second half and brought on Sattyam Sharma for Manzi to liven things up in the attacking department.

In the 65th minute, the Malabarians once again cajoled a good opportunity to extend their lead after Sharif Mohammed’s rocket-of-a-shot from distance was met with an equally good save by substitute goalkeeper Jafar Mondal. Perhaps the best chance of the match fell to substitute Gani Nigam in the 73rd minute when he cut inside the box and released a curling left-footed attempt. Gani’s effort was however met with a world-class Ubaid save as the Malabarians survived a dangerous spell of play.

With Gokulam Kerala FC comfortably in the driver’s seat and Mohammedan SC reduced to rare chance, the Malabarians kept hold of possession in an attempt to see the match through. The Black Panthers tried to breach the opposition citadel with few half-chance in the dying embers of the match but failed to cajole anything substantial until the 85th minute when Sujit Sadhu headed Tirthankar Sarkar’s cross into the back of the net to pull a goal back.

നിർണായക മത്സരത്തിൽ ഗോകുലം മുഹമ്മദൻസിനു എതിരെ: മത്സരം നാളെ നാല് മണിക്ക്
March 20, 2021

നിർണായക മത്സരത്തിൽ ഗോകുലം മുഹമ്മദൻസിനു എതിരെ: മത്സരം നാളെ നാല് മണിക്ക്

കൊൽക്കത്ത, മാർച്ച് 20 : ഐ ലീഗിൽ നിർണായക മത്സരത്തിൽ ഗോകുലം കേരള എഫ് സി മുഹമ്മദൻസിനെ നേരിടും. ഞായറാഴ്ച കല്യാണി സ്റ്റേഡിയത്തിൽ വൈകുന്നേരം 4 മണിക്കാണ് മത്സരം. കളി വൺ സ്പോർട്സ് ചാനലിൽ തത്സമയം ഉണ്ടായിരിക്കും.

കഴിഞ്ഞ മത്സരത്തിൽ റിയൽ കാശ്മീരുമായിട്ടുള്ള മത്സരം സമനില ആയതിനാൽ രണ്ടാം സ്ഥാനത്തു എത്തിയ ഗോകുലത്തിനു അവസാന രണ്ടു മത്സരങ്ങൾ വിജയം നേടിയാൽ കിരീട സാധ്യത നിലനിർത്താം. രണ്ടു കളികൾ ബാക്കി നിൽക്കേ ഗോകുലവും ആദ്യ രണ്ടു സ്ഥാനക്കാരും തമ്മിൽ രണ്ടു പോയിന്റ് വിത്യാസം മാത്രമാണുള്ളത്.

ചർച്ചിലിനെ ഒന്നിന് എതിരെ നാല് ഗോളുകൾക് തോൽപിച്ച മുഹമ്മദൻസ്, വളരെ നല്ല ആത്മവിശ്വാസത്തിലാണ്. കൊൽക്കത്ത ടീമിന്റെ സ്പാനിഷ് സ്‌ട്രൈക്കർ പെഡ്രോ മാൻസി നല്ല പ്രകടനമാണ് ഇത് വരെ കാഴ്ചവെച്ചത്.

അതേസമയം, ഗോകുലം പ്രതീക്ഷ അർപ്പിക്കുന്നത് മുന്നേറ്റ നിരയിലാണ്. ഇത് വരെ ലീഗിൽ ഏറ്റവും അധികം ഗോളുകൾ (25 ) നേടിയ ടീമാണ് ഗോകുലം. ആദ്യ കളികളിൽ പ്രതിരോധത്തിലെ പാളിച്ചകളും ഗോകുലം തിരുത്തിയിരിന്നു. പ്രതിരോധത്തിൽ ഘാന താരം അവാലിന്റെ പ്രകടനം മികച്ചതായി തുടരുമ്പോൾ, മധ്യനിരയിൽ അഫ്ഘാൻ താരം ഷെരീഫ് നല്ല ഫോമിലാണ്.

കൂടാതെ ഇന്ത്യൻ താരങ്ങളായ എമിൽ ബെന്നി, നവോച്ച സിംഗ്, ദീപക് ദേവരാണി, വിൻസി ബാരെറ്റോ, റൊണാൾഡ്‌ സിംഗ് എന്നിവരും സ്ഥിരതയാർന്ന പ്രകടനമാണ് കാഴ്ചവെച്ചത്. എട്ടു ഗോളുകൾ അടിച്ച ഡെന്നിസും വളരെ നല്ല ഫോമിലാണുള്ളത്.

“നാളത്തെ മത്സരങ്ങൾ വളരെ പ്രാധാന്യം ഉള്ളതാണ്. നാളത്തെ മത്സരങ്ങൾ ആയിരിക്കും ചാംപ്യൻഷിപ് ആര് ജയിക്കുമെന്നത് തീരുമാനിക്കുന്നത്. ഞങ്ങളുടെ ലക്‌ഷ്യം എല്ലാ മത്സരങ്ങളും വിജയിക്കുകയാണ്,” ഗോകുലം കോച്ച് വിൻസെൻസോ ആൽബർട്ടോ അന്നീസ്‌ പറഞ്ഞു.

“കേരളത്തിന് വേണ്ടി കപ്പ് അടിച്ചു അടുത്ത കൊല്ലം എ എഫ് സി ചാമ്പ്യൻഷിപ്പ് കളിക്കുകയാണ് ഞങ്ങളുടെ ലക്‌ഷ്യം. എല്ലാവരും അതിനു വേണ്ടി പ്രയത്നിക്കും,” ഗോകുലം കേരള എഫ് സി കളിക്കാരൻ ഫിലിപ്പ് അഡ്‌ജ പറഞ്ഞു.

ഗോകുലവും, ചർച്ചിലും നാളെ നേർക്കുനേർ
March 9, 2021

ഗോകുലവും, ചർച്ചിലും നാളെ നേർക്കുനേർ

കൊൽക്കത്ത, മാർച്ച് 9: ഐ ലീഗിൽ പ്രധാനപ്പെട്ട മത്സരത്തിൽ ഗോകുലം കേരള എഫ് സി, ചർച്ചിൽ ബ്രദേഴ്സിന് എതിരെ ബുധനാഴ്ച ഏഴു മണിക്ക് കല്യാണി സ്റ്റേഡിയത്തിൽ കളിക്കും. വൺ സ്പോർട്സ് ചാനലിലും, ഫേസ്ബുക് പേജിലും കളി തത്സമയം ഉണ്ടായിരിക്കും.

ഐ ലീഗിൽ മുന്നിൽ നിൽക്കുന്ന ചർച്ചിൽ ബ്രദേഴ്സും രണ്ടാം സ്ഥാനത്തുള്ള മലബാറിയൻസും തമ്മിൽ ആറു പോയിന്റ് വിത്യാസമാണുള്ളത്. കഴിഞ്ഞ പ്രാവശ്യം രണ്ടു ടീമും ഏറ്റുമുട്ടിയപ്പോൾ, ഗോകുല, 3 -2, എന്ന സ്കോറിന് ചർച്ചിലിനു എതിരെ തോറ്റിരിന്നു.

കഴിഞ്ഞ മത്സരത്തിൽ ഗോകുലം പഞ്ചാബിനെ എതിരില്ലാത്ത ഒരു ഗോളിന് തോല്പിച്ചിരിന്നു.

“വളരെ പ്രധാനപ്പെട്ട മത്സരമാണ് ഞങ്ങൾക്കുള്ളത്. ഇനി എല്ലാ കളികളും ജയിച്ചാൽ കിരീടം നേടാം എന്ന പ്രതീക്ഷ ഞങ്ങൾക്കുണ്ട്. അതു കൊണ്ട് തന്നെ എല്ലാവരും നല്ല തയാറെടുപ്പിലാണ്. കഴിഞ്ഞ മത്സരത്തിൽ പത്തു പേരുമായിട്ടു ഞങ്ങൾ നല്ല രീതിയിൽ കളിച്ചു. എല്ലാ കളിക്കാരും നല്ല ആവേശത്തിലാണ്,” ഗോകുലം കേരള എഫ് സി ഹെഡ് കോച്ച് വിൻസെൻസോ ആൽബർട്ടോ അന്നീസ്‌ പറഞ്ഞു.

കഴിഞ്ഞ മത്സരത്തിൽ സസ്പെന്ഷന് കാരണം കളിക്കുവാൻ കഴിയാത്ത വിൻസി ബാരറ്റോ, അടുത്ത മത്സരത്തിൽ കളിക്കാം. വിൻസിക്ക് പുറമെ എമിലും ജിതിനും അടങ്ങുന്ന യുവ മുന്നേറ്റ നിരയിലാണ് ഗോകുലത്തിന്റെ പ്രതീക്ഷ.

പ്രതിരോധത്തിലും ഗോകുലം ഇപ്പോൾ നല്ല രീതിയിലാണ് കളിക്കുന്നത്. ക്യാപ്റ്റൻ അവാലും, ദീപക് ദേവരാണിയും ഗോകുലത്തിനു വേണ്ടി നല്ല പ്രകടനമാണ് കാഴ്ചവെയ്ക്കുന്നത്.

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EMS Stadium - Kozhikkode

EMS Corporation Stadium is a football stadium in Kozhikode, currently home to the I-League club Gokulam Kerala Football Club. The stadium is named after E. M. S. Namboodiripad who was the first Chief Minister of Kerala.
Stadium had a record attendance for Gokulam Kerala FC with 32,246 spectators for Gokulam vs Minerva Punjab match in Hero I-League 2018-19 campaign.

Major football matches hosted:

  • 1980 AFC Women’s Asian Cup Football which the Indian team won silver was held here.1980 AFC Women’s Championship
  • 1987 Nehru Cup – The stadium hosted the 1987 Nehru Cup, which was won by the Soviet Union
  • Sait Nagjee Football Tournament
  • The stadium hosted football matches for the 35th National Games
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Achivements

Indian Womens League
Champions(2020)
Durand Cup
Champions(2019)
Kerala Premier League
Champions(2018)
Bodousa Trophy Assam
Champions(2019)
Independence Day Cup Assam
Champions(2019)
Luca Cup
U15 Champions(2019)
All India Biju Patnaik Trophy
Champions(2017)
International Cup of Joy
U13 Champions(2017)
Sheikh Kamal International Cup
Semi Finalists(2019)
Hero Indian Women's League
Semi Finalists(2019)
Kerala Premier League
Runners Up(2019)

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