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DafaNews partner with Indian Super League side Hyderabad FC

Global sports agency Sporting Group International (SGI) are delighted to announce they have secured their client Dafanews, an agreement to become their Principal Partner of the Hyderabad FC for the 2021-22 season of the Indian Super League.

The association will see Hyderabad FC sport the DafaNews logo on all of their match jerseys throughout the ISL season. The partnership was secured with the collective effort from the SGI’s UK and the Indian Sponsorship teams.

DafaNews is a one-stop online sports news portal, which has partnered with top football clubs across the globe, they entered India’s premier football league in the 2019-20 season. The news portal publishes daily news, opinions, resources, interviews, and analysis and meets the demands of all sports fans, reporting consistently about the world of sport.

Varun Tripuraneni, Co-Owner of Hyderabad FC commented “We are delighted to have onboard one of the leading online sports news hubs in the country. With DafaNews being a renowned player in their space, this partnership will give us an opportunity to build some meaningful campaigns in the season ahead and make it a win-win partnership for both brands. This partnership is just the start of a much larger association in the years to come. We are thankful to Sporting Group International for their assistance in getting this deal closed and we hope to continue working with them in the long term.”


A DafaNews spokesperson said “We’re delighted to partner with Hyderabad FC and grow our portfolio of partners. The league’s following increases year on year and we expect it to continue to do so.”

This announcement further expands SGI’s portfolio of sponsorship activity in recent times after completing deals in the UK, Europe, India and the USA.

Adrian Wright, Chief Executive Officer of Sporting Group International, added “India is a major market in the Global growth of SGI, this deal illustrates how far we have come in this territory, from delivering grassroots academies and leagues to professional player management and now major sponsorships, we are now fully immersed in Indian sports ecosystem. DafaNews and Hyderabad FC is our first major sponsorship deal in India with great collaborative work from both offices in Birmingham and New Delhi. A special mention to Charlie Bannister (Head of Sponsorship) and Pranay Kapuria (Head of Sponsorship & Talent Management) for all their hard work and joined-up thinking – this is just the start, and we are here to grow.”

Additional information can be found at www.sportinggi.com, https://in.dafanews.com, and https://hyderabadfc.co.in/

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Mumbai City confirm signing of SGI athlete Farukh Choudhary

Mumbai City FC have today confirmed the signing of forward Farukh Choudhary. The Indian international joins the Islanders on a three-year contract facilitated by Sporting Group International.

The 23-year-old, a native of Ambernath in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, can play on either side in attack as well as down the middle. Choudhary started his youth career with the Diamonds Football Club, and moved on to Air India’s U-15 side and Central Bank of India in the Mumbai District Football Association. After a stint with the Pune FC U-19s, Farukh made the switch to senior football with Lonestar Kashmir in 2015-16. 

In 2016, he made the move to Kerala Blasters and subsequently featured for Mumbai FC on loan in the I League before joining Jamshedpur FC in the 2017 ISL Draft. Choudhary plied his trade with Jamshedpur for three seasons, making 44 appearances, scoring 3 goals and making 4 assists.

Farukh Choudhary said:

“The feeling of representing your own hometown is unmatched, and I want to thank Mumbai City for giving me the opportunity to do the same at the highest level of football in the country. The vision in place at Mumbai City was a key factor and I am confident this is the right step for me and my development at this stage of my career. I’m excited to start this new chapter of my life. We’re going to miss playing in front of our fans this season, but we’ll bring the spirit of Mumbai to the pitch here and we’ll be playing for them.”

Head Coach, Sergio Lobera said:

“With his dynamism and versatility, Farukh adds a new dimension to our attack and we were keen on bringing him to the club. He’s young, he’s hungry and has the ability to influence the game on his own. All of us at Mumbai City are confident that Farukh has a big future ahead of him and we hope he can help us as much as we want to help him grow.”

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Deal Struck For International Defender

Sporting Group International India (SGII) are delighted to announce it has added another top player to its stable of footballers after an agreement was struck with Indian National defender Anas Edathodika to represent him.

Malappuram-born Edathodika had joined Jamshedpur FC in the first round of this season’s draft, becoming one of the league’s highest paid player in the process.

Previously the popular central defender has enjoyed stays at I-league sides Mumbai FC, Pune FC & Mohun Bagan and Delhi Dynamos in the ISL

Despite an injury ravaged season under the guidance of Steve Coppell, Edathodika has managed 549 minutes in 8 games this season.

“I am delighted to have signed with Sporting Group International who will look after my contractual affairs” Edathodika said.

SGII’s CEO Adrian Wright was delighted that the defender had agreed to join our well established stable of players now signed to the UK and India based agency:

“There is no doubt Anas fits the model of player and character we want working with us.  He’s very ambitious, determined and well respected in the game.”

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Blues Defender Signs to Puma

Sporting Group International are delighted to announce one of its key players has signed an exclusive apparel and boot deal with a top global brand.

Bengaluru defender Rahul Bheke, 27, widely regarded as one of the best full-backs in the ISL last season, has agreed on a multi-year deal with German giants Puma.

The Mumbai-born defender will wear their product from the start of the new 2018/19 campaign

“I’m pleased to be once again wearing Puma product from the start of the new season,” Bheke said.

“Having worn their boots most of my career it, it feels great to be teaming up with them again.”

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Mumbai born star signs player management deal

NEW DELHI, INDIA, 27 February 2018 – Sporting Group International India (SGII) are delighted to announce that they have signed one of India’s top midfielder to its player roster.

Shilton D’Silva is currently plying his trade with I-League Kolkata based side Mohun Bagan, having previously enjoyed stints at Pailan Arrows and his hometown Mumbai FC.

The 25 year old midfielder has been honoured at every age group for the Indian national side (under -16, 19 and 23) as well as three appearances for the full international side.

“I have enjoyed my football this season with Mariners and I am now at the stage of my career where I need to keep progressing and reach the potential I am confident I have.

“My association with SGI will allow me to concentrate fully on my football and being the best I can be.  The guys who have also signed with SGI have been impressed with how well they have been looked after and been represented. 

“Together I feel we can achieve great things.”

SGI India General Manager Pranay Kapuria echoed D’Silva’s sentiments:

“We have actively pursued top and emerging talent in the Indian football market, and in Shilton we feel have someone we can help achieve his ambitions.

“It’s our role to look after our players’ long-term needs by offering support and guidance, and in SGI Shilton is guaranteed exactly that.”

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Indian Super League stars sign groundbreaking boot deal

The Mumbai born pair have signed a multi-year deal with US sports powerhouse New Balance.

Striker Rane, a former under 23 Indian international, joined Indian Super League side ATK in the summer draft whilst defender Bheke has been earning rave reviews for current ISL league leaders Bengaluru FC.

The pair become the first Indian ISL players to sign to the brand.

“I am delighted to be linking up New Balance and being part of their strategic plan to increase their presence in Asia,” Rane said. 

“I’ve been wearing their boots since the start of the season, the look and feel fantastic.  Hopefully this will be a successful relationship for us, both on and off the pitch.”

Bheke echoed Rane’s comments: “I’ve been really impressed with the quality and comfort of New Balance’s boots; to perform at your best you have to feel the best you can on the pitch.  I know wearing New Balance boots will help me do just that.” 

Stuart Henwood, New Balance’s Country Manager for the Middle East and India, said:

“New Balance India is proud to sign and be working with Jayesh and Rahul. As we continue to scale and grow the brand in India we look forward to working with top athletes such as them.”

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Defender Signs Player Management Deal

New Delhi, India, 12 February 2018 – Sporting Group International India (SGII) are delighted to announce that it has added another name to its stable of up and coming footballers plying their trade in Indian football.

Abhishek Ambekar, who can operate at either left back or as a winger, has joined SGI’s team and they will provide him with on and off field representation, whilst aiding his all-round career development.

The 26 year old Mumbai born player is earning rave reviews this season with his side Minerva Punjab who are widely regarded as favourites to win the Hero I-League title this year.

“I’m delighted to been linking up with Sporting Group International who will help guide and develop my career moving forward, I have heard very good things from players that use their services.

“The support they will provide me is invaluable, allowing to concentrate all of my efforts on the pitch on achieving success for Minerva Punjab this season”, says Abhishek.

Pranay Kapuria, General Manager at Sporting Group International India, said he was pleased to provide his company’s services to another of India’s up and coming footballers:

“We’re delighted to have added Abhishek to our growing team of players.  We have a passion for Indian football, and the services we will provide to our crop of players will allow them to work towards realising their ambitions.”