BOB HOUGHTON

  • Gouramangi Singh set for Melbourne Heart trial May 1, 2010

    New Delhi: The Gods certainly seem to be smiling on Indian football lately. On the back of India's successful qualification for the Asian Cup 2011, after a gap of more than two decades, and the recent signing of Indian international striker Sunil Chettri by Kansas City Wizards, there is more...
  • India coach rules out IPLstyle soccer event February 5, 2010

    New Delhi: National coach Bob Houghton virtually ruled out any IPLstyle football event in India, saying such a concept is not possible in the country because of the exorbitant money involved in buying an international player and also it was against FIFA guidelines. "It could be a very inventive idea but...
  • We didn't know we were in Nehru Cup final: Houghton August 29, 2009

    New Delhi: India coach Bob Houghton gave his thoughts on their last round robin game against Syria and admitted that they were taken by surprise by the news of their qualification to the finals. There was much confusion over whether India had qualified or not into the finals. The official broadcasters,...
  • Get on with it Sri Lanka: India coach Bob Houghton August 27, 2009

    New Delhi: India coach Bob Houghton was delighted with his teams performance in their 31 win over Sri Lanka and asked his opponents not to whine about the fixture list. The Indian team needed to win against Sri Lanka to remain in contention for a place in Mondays final and the...
  • No room for mistakes against Sri Lanka, says Houghton August 26, 2009

    New Delhi: Indian football coach Bob Houghton said that his boys couldn't afford to commit any mistakes against Sri Lanka in their mustwin ONGC Nehru Cup football tournament match in the Capital on Wednesday. Both teams will be looking for a victory to stay alive in the tournament as each has...
  • Heavy grass made it difficult for us: India soccer coach August 20, 2009

    New Delhi: India coach Bob Houghton was satisfied with his team's performance against Lebanon in the opening game of the Nehru Cup on Wednesday and stated that the heavy grass on the ground made life difficult for his players. India conceded an early goal when defender Ali Al Saad's well driven...
  • India coach Houghton wants to start with a win August 15, 2009

    New Delhi: Just a few days remain for the 2009 Nehru Cup to start and India are looking forward to successfully defend the title. The Bhangra Boys' won the competition in 2007 and having won the AFC Challenge Cup in 2008 they are well in contention of winning international honours for...
  • IPL has caught FIFA's eye: Indian soccer coach August 5, 2009

    Indian coach Bobby Houghton says that the game is on the verge of some exciting changes. He further mentions that IPLs success has caught the eye of FIFA and the AFC, who are eyeing a similar project in football in the near future. Houghton speaks with passion whenever he talks about...
  • Mourinho or Hiddink can't help Indian football: Houghton June 20, 2009

    new Delhi: Indian national team coach Bob Houghton spoke his heart out when he addressed the media and his frustrations were aimed at those in charge of the game in the country. The Englishman felt that the lack of vision amongst those running the show in the country has been a...
  • Houghton wouldn't have allowed Bhaichung for TV show June 20, 2009

    New Delhi: After branding Mohun Bagans actions against Bhaichung Bhutia as "inane" earlier, Indian national team coach Bob Houghton felt that the entire episode could have been avoided if the club wanted to. Bhaichung Bhutia has been suspended for six months by Mohun Bagan for his lack of commitment towards the...
  • Somebody Influenced Houghton: Anjan Mitra June 5, 2009

    New Delhi: The decision regarding the future of Indian skipper Bhaichung Bhutia shall be taken on Monday when Mohun Bagans executive committee meets to decide the future course of action. Bhaichung has a year left in his contract but has asked for a release in amicable terms. This was after Mohun...
  • India ponders ambitious 2011 Asian Cup Plan March 10, 2009

    New Delhi: In a surprising development, reports in the Indian media suggest that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is to raid the top Indian clubs for national team players, who will then be made to play nothing but international friendlies until the Asia Cup in 2011. According to reports, the...
  • Bhutia scores but India lose to underrated Hong Kong January 14, 2009

    Hong Kong: India let in an injury time goal to go down 12 against Hong Kong in their international friendly at the Hong Kong Stadium here today. In a closely fought match, both the sides could not score in the first half but produced three goals in the last 20 minutes. India...
  • India clubs ignore Houghton request to rest top players January 5, 2009

    New Delhi: India's leading league clubs have ignored a plea from national coach Bob Houghton to rest players from some matches to keep them fresh for internationals. The Briton is building a squad for the 2011 Asian Cup finals in Qatar and has asked clubs to omit internationals from fixtures outside...
  • Indian football on the up after Asian Cup qualification December 24, 2008

    New Delhi: The Holy Grailseekers lost their mind, ending up damaging their object of worship. For Mohan Bagan supporters, the Fed Cup trophy was the biggest prize in two years, but does this image sum up the state of Indian Football? Maybe not. Football frenzy gathered momentum like never before, and...
  • Indian football team set to tour Portugal July 3, 2008

    New Delhi: The Euro 2008 fever is over and now its back to reality for football fans back home. It will be some time before the Indian team can even think of reaching the level of the top European teams. Step one on that journey seems to be the upcoming trip...