Hero Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Jamshedpur FC have have further strengthened their side after making the signing of French midfielder Jeremy Manzorro on a one-year contract.

The Frenchman has played at a host of clubs, and arguably spent his most successful years in Kazakhstan, where he won the Kazakh League twice, in 2021 with Tobol Kostanay, and again in 2022 with FC Astana, and also won the Kazakh Cup in 2021.

A winner in his own right, Manzorro also lifted the Lithuanian A League trophy in 2017 with FK Suduva Marijampole, and the Lithuanian Cup the following year, playing a significant part in his team’s run to the Championship.

If that wasn’t all, the tenacious midfielder has also had a substantial impact in continental competition, managing 8 appearances in the UEFA Europa League and 4 appearances in the UEFA Europa Conference League. He will now look to stamp his authority on the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) with the Men of Steel.

“This is a club that has already proven that it’s capable of winning the ISL Shield and it was a major motivation behind me joining Jamshedpur FC,” said Manzorro on joining Jamshedpur FC.

“Some of the best fans in the country are in Jamshedpur and it wasn’t a tough decision for me to decide to come and play here. I’m looking forward to working with the Head Coach and the staff and taking this team to new heights.”

Manzorro has joined the club from Polish side Sandecja Nowy Sącz. The 31-year- old attacking midfielder can also play in different positions across the park, making his versatility an asset for the Men of Steel. Born in Villeurbanne, Lyon in France, Manzorro made his name at current Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims, where he started out in the youth team before making his senior team debut in 2011.

“Jeremy is a dynamic midfielder that is versatile and electric. He is going to be hard for teams to handle and has previously been the player of the year in Kazakhstan,” said Jamshedpur FC Head Coach, Scott Cooper.

“He comes with good experience and is very technical, making him more than a handful for teams in the league to deal with.”

East Bengal FC rope in two promising India U-17 stars

East Bengal FC, on Friday, announced the arrival of two promising India U-17 national team player. Midfielders Vanlalpeka Guite and Gurnaj Singh Grewal have joined the Red and Gold Brigade on multi-year contracts.

Welcoming the duo to the East Bengal FC family, Mr Sandeep Agrawal of Emami Group said, “Guite and Gurnaj have experienced international success with the India U-17 team. It is our constant endeavor to build a robust talent pipeline for East Bengal’s future, and the addition of these two boys is a step in the right direction.”

East Bengal FC Head Coach Carles Cuadrat spotted the two youngsters during the India U-17 team’s practice games in Spain ahead of this year’s AFC U-17 Asian Cup.

He said, “A few months ago, I saw Guite and Gurnaj play for the India U-17 team in Madrid. Both these youngsters caught my attention with their playing styles and commitment to the team. It is important for us to promote young talent, and all of us here at East Bengal will help them improve their skills and become good professionals. I come from FC Barcelona’s La Masia, so I am always ready to give opportunities to young gems if they are ready for it.”

Guite was named the Most Valuable Player in the Blue Colts’ triumphant SAFF U-17 Championship campaign last year. He also put up a good showing during the AFC U-17 Asian Cup earlier this year. Hailing from Aizawl, the young attacking midfielder is eager to give his best for East Bengal FC.

The 16-year-old said, “It’s a huge honor for me to represent East Bengal. I will try to learn from Coach Cuadrat and my seniors as much as I can, and prove my worth to this great club.”

Gurnaj has been another key member of India’s U-17 team. A product of the Chandigarh Football Academy, the 16-year-old is excited to begin his senior professional career for the Red & Golds.

He said, “I am immensely grateful to the East Bengal management and Coach Cuadrat for showing faith in me and selecting me for this prestigious club. I can’t wait to wear the iconic East Bengal jersey and play in Kolkata.”