Merlin RISE CSJC Football Tournament 2022 got flagged off at Merlin Rise ( R10 Academy Football Ground)

·      Kalyan Choube, AIFF President and Dipendu Biswas , former footballer inaugurated 

·      Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club in collaboration with Merlin Group organised MERLIN RISE CSJC Football Tournament 2022

Kolkata , September 20, 2022 :   Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club In collaboration with Merlin Group has inaugurated today “Merlin RISE CSJC Football Tournament 2022”  at Merlin Rise, the sports city by Merlin Group at Rajarhat.  It is a two day tournament played by sixteen football teams from media in Kolkata.

At a formal function ,Shri Kalyan Choube, All India Football Federation President , and former footballers Dipendu Biswas and Krishnendu Roy asanta Banerjee  in presence of  Shri Satyen Sanghvi, Director, Merlin Group and all members of Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club and team managers flagged off the tournament at Merlin Rise – the Sports City by Merlin Group today  The endeavour to promote sports among journalists post covid is a much sought after break and rejuvenating activity taken forward by Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club. Merlin Group, that always promotes sports,  has  come forward to make  it a success.

Sixteen teams including Aajkal, Sambad Pratidin , East Bengal Samachar, Dainik Sambad, Dindarpan, Banglar Chokh, Dainik Jugasankha, Jago Bangla, Tara News, TV9 Bangla,  Arohi news, News Bartaman, News Time, Tribe TV and Calcutta Sports Jouranlists team played 10 matches in Print media and electronic media categories.

News Time, Tribe TV , TV9, Arohi News  will play two semifinal matches in electronic category tomorrow while  Sambad  Pratidin, Dainik Jugasankha,  Darpan and Dainik Sambad will vie for championship tomorrow in the print category.

Score Card


1st match.. Tara News vs Arohi news(2)..   Arohi News has won . Score: 2-0

2nd match.. News bartaman- News time- News time won – . 4-0

3rd match…. New18( absent) vs tv9..

Tv9 Walkover.

4th match…. Trivetv  vs CSJC(0).. trive tv won. SCORE: 4-0

5th match…  India today(absent) vs Arohi news…Arohi News walkover



1st match… Banglar chokh vs dindarpan.. Dindarpan..has won  Score: 4- 0

2nd match… Jugasankha vs Photographers(… Jugasankha. Won  Score: 4-0

3rd match..sangbad Pratidin vs eastbengal samchar(1)

Sambad Pratidin has won –   score:5-1

4th match…Aajkal vs dainik sangbad

 Dainik Sangbad has won. Score: 5-1.

5th match… Jagobangla vs dindarpan.  dindarpan won – 2-1

Media houses known to fight it out for the latest ‘breaking news’ will be competing among them for a coveted trophy this time in the Merlin RISE CSJC Media football tournament 2022. This five-a-side football tournament will see some of the top media houses of the city vying for top honours. Back after an unfortunate Covid-induced break, the tournament will be held in a much bigger grandeur at the Merlin RISE Sports City, Newtown on September 20 and 21.

As the name suggests, the venue provides top notch sporting facilities and the media people are looking forward to having a feel of that. No wonder the tournament received overwhelming response from the media houses this time. The tournament will be played in two groups with teams from the print media and the audio-visual media. A separate winner will be crowned in each section. The two-day tournament will see participation from almost 16 sides.

Speaking on the occasion , Shri Saket  Mohta, MD, Merlin Group said, “We at Merlin staunchly  believe in sporting activities  to keep our body and mind fit. Our Sports City Merlin Rise has partnered with international sporting icons like Brazilian star Ronaldinho, Yuvraj Singh and Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps for setting up their academies. Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff will also set up  his MMA academy here. We are very delighted  to support Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club by  organizing the tournament at our playground. We urge all media houses to participate in this grand tournament specially post covid, it is  much needed activity  to boost your health.”

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Satyen Sanghvi, Director, Merlin Group said, ” We are privileged to host the tournament for Calcutta Sports Jouranalists Club at our football ground. We are also thankful to all dignitaries and players for their cooperation. Our R10 Academy , championed by  the Brazilian soccer icon Ronalidinho is already operational at Merlin Rise. Around 50  kids have already enrolled in the programme. We are adhering to the International standards in football training and all the modules are exclusively designed by R10.The programme is a holistic approach towards developing Sportsmanship & Team spirit  in the kids. The coaches are handpicked and specially trained by R10 for maintaining quality standards. Our Yuvraj  Singh Center of Excellence has also started operations and over 25 students have already enrolled in the program. We intend to grow to full capacity in a few months from now.We wish  all the participants the very best and hope  the tournament is a grand success. Merlin Rise-The Sports Republic is a first of its kind sports township in Eastern India and boasts of state-of -the-art infrastructure with provision for Indoor and outdoor area with flood lights for night football and cricket.”

CSJC President Suven Raha said, “The media football tournament is always a look-forward to event of The Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club. We are glad to restart it after the Covid break and thank the Merlin Group to come forward and help us organize it well.”

CSJC hony secretary Archiman Bhaduri said, “This tournament is an occasion to fight on the ground and make new friends thereafter. I am sure our partnership with Merlin Group will also kick off from here.”

The Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club (CSJC), founded way back in 1956, is the only such organization in Eastern India that is run by only sports journalists of the media world. Over the years it has established itself as an important platform of interaction between sportspersons of the state and the Fourth Estate.

The club has played a big role in the spreading of sporting culture in the State by helping in giving wide coverage to various such events over the years.

Spread over a sprawling area in Rajarhat, “Merlin RISE – Sports Republic” is a self-sufficient township with all amenities required for today’s modern living. Besides associating with “RONALDINHO – R10 FOOTBALL ACADEMY ,  Merlin Rise will also house the state of the art cricket academy by Yuvraj Singh- YSCE ; The swimming academy of MICHAEL PHELPS —- “MICHAEL PHELPS SWIMMING” and India’s state of the art “MMA MATRIX TRAINING CENTRE”  BY TIGER SHROFF .

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