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French Striker Nicolas Vandelli Signs for Thai Club

Image property of Uttaradit F.C. Erchim FC will be without one of its top offensive weapons as the club begins its 2018 AFC Cup campaign in a few months time. It has been announced that French striker Nicolas Vandelli has signed a 1-year deal with Hua Hin City F.C. of Thailand's fourth division earlier this week. The 28-year-old native of Cannes had previously been playing as a trialist at Uttaradit F.C. of the same league, scoring a brace against Kamphaengphet F.C. of a division higher in a UTTFC Friendly Cup match on 22 December. Two days later, the team beat Phrae United, also of a division higher, 3-2 to win the preseason tournament. However, a better offer came from Hua Hin City and the

UB City Takes Bronze in Radio Sibir Cup

Photo property of Ulaanbaatar City FC Today the 2017 Radio Sibir Cup concluded with Ulaanbaatar City FC taking the bronze medal for the three-day tournament. The tournament was sponsored by Russian Professional Football League club FC Chita. The club arrived in Chita, Siberia, Russia on 13 December, one day prior to the tournament's opening round of matches. The Mongolian club won its opening match at FC Chita's Lokomotiv Stadium by a score of 3-1 with Tserenbayar scoring two goals for his side and Tugsbileg adding the other. Defender Otgonbayar Oyunbaatar tallied two assists in the victory. Two days later the club took the field for the next round of matches. They won all of their fixtures

Ankhbayar Batmunkh: One of Mongolia's Forgotten Legionnaires

When Murun Altankhuyag began playing college soccer in the United States in 2009, it was a big deal. Four years later he signed for Krabi F.C. of Thailand's second division, cementing his place in Mongolian footballing history as the country's first known player to play abroad. He was lauded again as the country's first player in Europe when he joined FK Mačva Šabac in March 2015. In 2016 wunderkind Ganbold Ganbayar made headlines as he joined Puskás Akadémia FC in Hungary and appeared against several high profile clubs in the 2017 Puskás Cup. However, there are a string of unrecognized Mongolians who have played abroad without many people noticing. One of those players is Ankhbayar Batmunkh

2017 Golden Ball Award Winners Announced

Today the Mongolia Football Federation held its annual Golden Ball Award ceremony in Ulaanbaatar. The awards recognize the highest achiever in their particular category. This year's guest host was Louis Saha, former French international who played for clubs like Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspurs, and Lazio. The event began at 6:30 pm local time. The day's winners are as follows: Mongolian Male Player of the Year Nominees: *Tögöldur Galt-Erchim FC *Nyam-Osoryn Naranbold-Athletic 220 FC *Mönkh-Erdengiin Tögöldör-Erchim FC Winner: Mönkh-Erdengiin Tögöldör The Erchim FC and Mongolian international scored 10 goals in 17 league matches as the club secured its third straight championship. He al

Mongolia's Final Tsunami Cup Match Cancelled

The weather has not been a friend of Mongolian national squads this year. With memorable matches in torrential rain in Thailand in July and snow storms in Ulaanbaatar in November, today's cancellation in Indonesia is one in a line of many that have been influenced by the weather over the past six months. Although Mongolia and head coach Michael Weiß were prepared to play today's match against Brunei, tournament organizers and the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam decided to cancel the fixture. The main reason for the cancellation was field conditions, with torrential rains pounding the town of Banda Aceh for most of the duration of the tournament. Additionally, both teams we

Mongolia Edged Out by Indonesia, 2-3

After suffering a 0-3 defeat against Kyrgyzstan in the team's opening match of the 2017 Tsunami Cup, today Mongolia took on hosts Indonesia as both team's tried to keep their chances of winning the championship alive. Indonesia's head coach Luis Millia kept the same 4-2-3-1 formation that earned a 4-0 victory over Brunei in the team's opening match. The consistency paid off, with Indonesia taking the early lead through a Gavin Kwan Adsit goal set up by Ricky Fajrin in the 7th minute. Not long after, Indonesia doubled its lead to 2-0 in the 25th minute with a goal from Osvaldo Haay. Mongolia kept battling and earned a penalty as a player was fouled in the Indonesian box. Mönkh-Erdengiin Tögöl

Club Spotlight: Khaan Khuns Crown Club

Khaan Khuns Crown Club made waves in the Mongolian 1st League this season, narrowly missing promotion to the Premier League. Although it may seem on the surface that this was the club's inaugural season, in actuality it was established in 2007. In fact, the club has competed in the Mongolian 1st League every year since its founding in 2015, albeit under a different name every season. Let's learn the long and winding history of the club to this point. The club was founded in 2007 as Black Morgan FC. From 2008 to 2012, it competed under the name King Foods FC. It was renamed again in 2013 to Mongolian Dream and remained such for two season. Name changes were typically prompted by changing spon

Announcement: 2017 Tsunami Cup is Officially Under-23 Tournament

In an announcement today, the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic clearly stated the the 2017 Tsunami Cup is an under-23 tournament that follows roster rules and regulations for football at the summer Olympics. This means that rosters must contain no more than three players over the age of 23. There was initial confusion about the nature of the tournament as it was originally announced in some reports that only Indonesia would field an under-23 side. Those reports initially seemed to be inaccurate when the tournament's matches were listed for each of the participating national associations on their official FIFA profiles. However the match listings have since been removed. The roster

Mongolia Drops Tsunami Cup Opener, 0-3

Update: It has been revealed that each nation was fielding its under-23 team following Olympic football regulations. Today Mongolia kicked off its attempt to win the 2017 Tsunami Cup with a disappointing 0-3 defeat to Kyrgyzstan in a rain-soaked Harapan Bangsa Stadium. Although the team is not yet mathematically eliminated from earning the championship, the defeat today has made the possibility very unlikely. Number 115-ranked Kyrgyzstan dominated for most of the match. The team took an early lead in the 15th minute through a strike from senior team player Anton Zemlianukhin and never looked back. Kadybrek Saarbekov tallied the second goal of the night in the 56th minute off of a rebound fro



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