Indian Football

  • International defender now runs paan shop in Odisha July 6, 2014

    Kendrapara(Odisha): Rashmita Patra, a 23-year-old woman of Aul block in Kendrapara district, runs a small betel leaves shop. So, what's the big deal? Well, only three years ago Rashmita used to be an international woman footballer. She represented India as a defender in the U-16 AFC women's qualifying competition at Kuala Lumper...
  • Asian Football Confederation discusses proposal to review WC qualifications June 9, 2014

    Days ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2014, the AFC's executive committee has deliberated on its proposal to review the qualification process for Asian teams in future editions of the global game's showpiece event. Under the chairmanship of Asian Football Confederation President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the executive committee...
  • Indian football coach Wim Koevarmans names 30 players for Asian Games camp June 4, 2014

    India's chief football coach Wim Koevarmans on Wednesday announced his list of 30 probables for the Incheon Asian Games training camp that would be held in Bangalore from July 1-20. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) will also provide an exposure tour for the team after the camp is over. Sunil Chhetri,...
  • Four I-League clubs lose appeal, not to be part of first division June 4, 2014

    Churchill Brothers, United SC, Rangdajied United and Mohammedan Sporting all lost their appeals Tuesday and will no longer be part of the top-flight I-League football. These four clubs, however, will be allowed to play in the second division I-League if they meet the criteria. The Club Licensing Appeals Body of the All...
  • Asian Games is priority for us, says Sunil Chhetri May 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri has his eyes trained on the Asian Games and says the focus should be on making the possible national team for the quadrennial extravaganza, scheduled to be held around the same time as the much-anticipated Indian Super League. "My focus is on the Asian...
  • PSG academy's aim is to develop youth football in India: Blanc May 16, 2014

    New Delhi: France's 1998 World Cup winner Laurent Blanc says the primary goal of setting up the Paris Saint-Germain Academy in India is to develop youth football in the country and allow them to get a taste of the way the French play the sport. The top French club, Paris Saint-Germain...
  • ISL: Atletico Madrid happy after inspecting Kolkata stadiums May 6, 2014

    Kolkata: A six-member Atletico Madrid delegation, which is here to unveil the ISL Kolkata franchise's name and inspect the facilities, appeared 'visibly happy' after doing a recce of the two stadiums in Salt Lake and Barasat in the outskirts. Led by team owner and CEO Miguel Angel Marin, the officials of...
  • Eleven boys picked for training stint at Man United soccer school April 25, 2014

    Mumbai: Eleven under-16 football players, two of them from Mumbai, have been picked for a four-day training stint at the Manchester United Soccer School in the UK. The youngsters were selected as part of the Airtel Rising Stars six-month talent hunt conducted across seven cities in the country. Sanath Valldares and...
  • AIFF launches academy certification programme April 24, 2014

    The All India Football Federation on Thursday launched the 'AIFF Academy Certification', which aims to set a standard of youth development in the country through a certification model. The AIFF has developed a set of criteria on which the academies will be assessed and certified and they will be given a...
  • India have impressive talent pool: Liverpool's youth academy coach April 22, 2014

    New Delhi: In an initiative which might help India's chances when the country hosts the under-17 World Cup, the Liverpool Football Academy-DSK Shivajians academy has offered to groom Indian players for the mega-event and beyond. DSK Shivajians had tied up with the world famous English club to start a residential international...
  • ISL will change Indian football for good, say stakeholders April 13, 2014

    Mumbai: The 'sleeping giant' of world football has finally woken up with the advent of Indian Super League and organisers, stakeholders associated with the much-anticipated event expressed confidence that this will change Indian football for good. Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly were among the host of high-profile winning bidders as the...
  • Indian Super League football set to herald new era, 8 teams to be unveiled on Sunday April 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Seeking to revolutionise football in the country, organisers of the much-anticipated Indian Super League will unveil the eight franchises on Sunday, with cricket legends, Bollywood stars and a host of corporates in the fray to own teams. Organised by IMG Reliance in association with Star India, the league has...
  • Kerala football fans want Sachin Tendulkar to bid for Kochi in ISL April 10, 2014

    New Delhi Sachin Tendulkar has mesmerised millions of cricket fans during his 24-year-long illustrious international career and the Indian batting legend has now become the source of hope for some young sports enthusiasts, this time from football, in Kerala. A group of 16 young football fans, under the banner of World...
  • European football giants Inter to open academy in India March 31, 2014

    Inter Milan are set to launch a full-fledged academy in Hosur, Tamil Nadu, in a couple of months - making them the first European club to do so. ...
  • India gain two places to be at 152nd in FIFA rankings March 13, 2014

    New Delhi: India gained two places to be at 152nd spot following their 2-2 drawn international football friendly match against Bangladesh early this month in the latest FIFA rankings issued on Thursday. India secured 43 points from that match played in Goa and now have 138 cumulative average points. Riding on...
  • Liverpool's India academy to scout talent March 12, 2014

    Mumbai: Liverpool Football Club (LFC)'s academy in India would visit six cities to scout talent and then train them. LFC has set up an international football academy in partnership with DSK Shivajians, a Pune-based club. The talent scouting camps, scheduled in March and April, would be held in Aizawl, Shillong, Goa,...
  • Former Bayern star picks Indian youngsters for Bayern Youth Cup February 10, 2014

    New Delhi: German great and former Bayern Munich star Paul Breitner Sunday picked 10 Indian youngsters who will represent the country in the final of the FC Bayern Youth Cup 2014 in Munich. Out of 10, five were from Pune FC, four from Bangalore FC and one from Delhi-based Hindustan FC....
  • Defending champions East Bengal suffer defeat in Federation Cup January 18, 2014

    Kochi: Defending champions East Bengal suffered a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Sporting Clube Goa while Mohun Bagan hammered Shillong Lajong 6-0 in the 35th Federation Cup football tournament here on Saturday. Victorino Fernanades (18th) and Beevan D'Mello (85th) scored either side of halftime to hand Sporting their first win...
  • India needs big-ticket leagues like ISL: Dwight Yorke January 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Manchester United forward Dwight Yorke said that the proposed Indian Super League would help Indian football as the country needs big-ticket tournaments and stars to raise the profile of the game. Yorke, here for a promotional programme, has been linked with the ISL proposed to be held by...
  • AIFF wants anti-corruption unit for Indian football January 15, 2014

    New Delhi: All India Football Federation senior Vice-President Subrata Dutta on Wednesday said that he would propose the setting up an anti-corruption unit to tackle possible malpractices in the game in the country. Speaking at the FIFA-Interpol Workshop to tackle match-fixing and corruption in football here, Dutta said that he would...
  • Mohun Bagan win grudge match, but East Bengal claim Calcutta Premier Division title January 11, 2014

    Kolkata: Mohun Bagan spoiled East Bengal's CFL Premier Division triumph party with a 1-0 derby win to end the local league on a high in front of more than a 50,000 strong crowd at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Saturday. Japanese recruit Katsumi Yusa struck with a left-footer to the far...
  • India can qualify for 2022 football World Cup: Tendulkar December 22, 2013

    Kolkata: Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar found himself in a slightly different territory Sunday as he pitched for football, saying that with the 2017 Under-17 World Cup coming to the country, qualifying for the 2022 senior main event is a realistic target. "2022 sounds like a realistic target. We are hosting...
  • Sunil Chhetri named AIFF Player of the Year December 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri was named the 2013 AIFF Player of the Year by AIFF President Praful Patel during the Annual General Meeting on Friday. Chhetri, who had earlier won the Award twice in 2007 and 2011, was chosen the winner after voting by I-League Coaches at AIFF...
  • It is a landmark for Indian football: Praful Patel December 9, 2013

    "The real challenge starts now and we have to develop the infrastructure to world standards to host the Under-17 World Cup successfully," said the AIFF President. ...
  • Under-17 WC is start of new era in Indian football: Sunil Chhetri December 7, 2013

    New Delhi: National captain Sunil Chhetri says winning the bid to host the 2017 Under-17 World Cup has heralded a "new era" in Indian football and the onus will now be on all stakeholders to ensure a successful tournament. "It is definitely the start of a new era in Indian football,"...
  • Manchester City football coaching clinics in Delhi from December 1-8 November 29, 2013

    New Delhi: Manchester City FC football coaching clinics, a grassroots program for young children that aims at improving their technical football skills, will take place in the Capital from December 1 to 8. The clinics will also include coaching on positioning, dribbling, passing and shooting the ball and will be conducted...
  • AIFF extends contracts for Wim Koevermans, Robert Baan November 20, 2013

    New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday extended by another year the contracts for India national coach Wim Koevermans and technical director Robert Baan. Furthermore, Kushal Das was re-appointed as the general secretary of AIFF for another three years. Besides the national team, Koevermans will also be in...
  • Wim Koevermans' contract to be extended November 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Indian football team coach Wim Koevermans' contract will be extended till the end of next year's Asian Games in October, the AIFF's technical committee, headed by former captain Bhaichung Bhutia, decided here Monday. Bhutia chaired the meeting at the Football House. Other technical committee members Savio Messias, Henry Menezes,...
  • Super League postponement leaves footballers in lurch October 28, 2013

    New Delhi: The postponement of the inaugural Super League by promoters IMG-Reliance have left the Indian footballers in the lurch. A few of them still might find their way into the I-League while the others will have to fend for themselves. I-League CEO Sunando Dhar has thrown a lifeline to some...
  • Indian football needs committed administrators, says Bhaichung Bhutia October 21, 2013

    Ranchi: Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia on Monday said that even renowned coach Alex Ferguson would not be able to take India into World Cup without proper infrastructure and involvement of committed people in the running of the game in the country. "We need right people, right infrastructure, right motivation...