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      Luis Garcia to play for AK

      Habas - former Bolivian coach will manage them

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      Portuguese Ambassador to India, Jorge Roza de Oliveira, observed: "How can a nation with 1.2 billion people not produce 11 football players?"


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      He is basically a left winger also capable of playing Attacking midfield and striker
      Portuguese Ambassador to India, Jorge Roza de Oliveira, observed: "How can a nation with 1.2 billion people not produce 11 football players?"


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      ATLETICO DE KOLKATA
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      Rakesh Masih
      Denzil Franco
      Arnab Mondal
      Cavin Lobo
      Mohammed Rafi
      Biswajit Saha
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      MARQUEE PLAYER LUIS GARCIA - KOLKATA'S SPANISH ARMADA SET TO SAIL
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      Early Planning Gives Eastern Team Advantage
      Two things caught the immediate attention of Luis Garcia soon after his arrival in Kolkata --the massive following for the game here and the gigantic Salt Lake Stadium. “It's crazy, unbelievable“ -the Spaniard had remarked after Atletico de Kolkata's first training session at their home ground. “Let's make it special for our fans,“ ATK's marquee player told a team official.
      Garcia, who played a key part in Liverpool's amazing UEFA Champions League triumph in the 2004-05 season, is expected to lead ATK's charge in the Indian Super League (ISL) that gets under way on Sunday .

      Ever since the ISL finally got off the ground in April, when the winning bids were announced, Atletico de Kolkata have consistently ticked all the boxes. They were not only the first of the eight franchisees to name their team, identify their coach (Antonio Lopez Habas ) and marquee player, they were also quick to arrange an overseas training stint for the players in Madrid. If roping in the iconic Sourav Ganguly as a coowner was a masterstroke, the franchisee owners the franchisee owners pulled off a coup of sorts by getting defending La Liga champions Atletico Madrid on board. Never before has a top-tier European club been so directly involved in Indian football.

      With ATK being given the `honour' of hosting the inaugural match of the ISL --the first of its kind of tournament in world football --at the Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday , it's time for them to walk the talk. Even Sourav, who has seen and done it all on a cricket pitch, admitted to getting goosebumps in anticipation of the high-voltage clash against Mumbai City FC.

      The highlight of ATK's preparation for the tournament has been a month-long pre-season training stint at Atletico Madrid's state-of-the-art facility in Spain.

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      CAVIN LOBO

      The 26-year old midfielder is a gifted player and has already proved himself in the highest echelons of Indian football. He has the ability to link up well with the strikers. Lobo, who plays for East Bengal in the I-League, has good shooting skills and can surprise any rivals with opportunistic long-range shots on target.

      ARNAB MONDAL

      Grit, determination and never-say-die attitude are the hallmarks of this lanky central defender.He is also known to utilize his height effectively in dead-ball situations. He will be an asset if he remains injury-free.

      BORJA FERNANDEZ

      The former Real Madrid and Getafe player has loads of experience, having appeared in over 180 games in the La Liga.Fernández is a good analyzer of the game and not only can this 33-year old defensive midfielder break up opposition attacks, he can also orchestrate the game with his skillful balldistribution.

      THE TEAM

      DOMESTIC PLAYERS:

      Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Arnab Mondal, Biswajit Saha, Denzil Franco, K Debnath, N Mohanraj, Cavin Lobo, Climax Lawrence, Lester Fernandez, Rakesh Masih, Sanju Pradhan, Baljit Sahni, Mohd Rafi, Md Rafique

      FOREIGN PLAYERS:

      Luis García, Basilio Sancho Agudo, José Miguel González Rey, Borja Fernández, Jofre Mateu González, Arnal Llibert Conde Carbó, Apoula Edima Edel Bete, Sylvain Monsoreau, Jakub Podaný, Mohamed Mamunul Islam Mamun, Ofentse Nato, Fikru Teferra Lemessa.

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      Will treat first match as final: Arnal
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      The game against Mumbai City FC on Sunday may be Atletico de Kolkata's (ATK's) first match in the Indian Super League, but for the home team's Spanish forward Arnal Llibert Conde Carbó it is like the final of a meet.
      “We are ready and very excited to start the tournament. Sunday may be the first match of the tournament, but we will treat it as final. And, we will do everything to win it,“ he said during a media interaction at the Salt Lake Stadium on Thursday .

      Mumbai City FC will be without the services of Nicolas Anelka in the first match while their team's marquee player Fredrik Ljungberg too is also doubtful with an injury . However, 33year-old Arnal is not reading too much into it. “It is always nice to play against good players who have plied their trade for top teams in the world. However, it does not matter who is in front of us. We have to give our best and win the game,“ he said. Arnal feels that ATK are shaping up well and the players are working towards a particular system. “We trained in Madrid for one month and the aim has been to keep working in the same way and with the same philosophy . It is getting better with every session. And, it is not about we (foreign players) gelling with Indians or viceversa. Rather, it is about all of us adjusting to what the technical staff wants,“ said Arnal, who is a product of the Espanyol youth development system.

      Asked what will be the philosophy of ATK, Arnal said, “For us, the most important thing is to win. People talk about tiki-taka and other styles, but the vital thing is to win. For that, we need to play the passing game with high intensity, adapt to match-situations and meet every challenge thrown at us by our rivals.“

      Arnal has played as a forward for the better part of his career but he is ready to play in any position for ATK.


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