Indian Football

  • India have impressive talent pool: Liverpool's youth academy coach 22-04-2014 01:56 PM

    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...
  • ISL will change Indian football for good, say stakeholders 13-04-2014 05:12 PM

    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...
  • Indian Super League football set to herald new era, 8 teams to be unveiled on Sunday 10-04-2014 08:25 PM

    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...
  • Kerala football fans want Sachin Tendulkar to bid for Kochi in ISL 10-04-2014 06:22 PM

    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...
  • European football giants Inter to open academy in India 31-03-2014 07:17 PM

    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 13-03-2014 08:04 PM

    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...
  • Liverpool's India academy to scout talent 12-03-2014 11:21 PM

    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,...
  • Former Bayern star picks Indian youngsters for Bayern Youth Cup 09-02-2014 11:57 PM

    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...
  • Defending champions East Bengal suffer defeat in Federation Cup 18-01-2014 10:10 PM

    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...
  • India needs big-ticket leagues like ISL: Dwight Yorke 18-01-2014 09:17 PM

    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...
  • AIFF wants anti-corruption unit for Indian football 15-01-2014 10:27 PM

    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...
  • Mohun Bagan win grudge match, but East Bengal claim Calcutta Premier Division title 11-01-2014 10:12 PM

    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...
  • India can qualify for 2022 football World Cup: Tendulkar 22-12-2013 05:03 PM

    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...
  • Sunil Chhetri named AIFF Player of the Year 20-12-2013 08:08 PM

    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...
  • It is a landmark for Indian football: Praful Patel 09-12-2013 08:02 PM

    "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 07-12-2013 06:33 PM

    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...
  • Manchester City football coaching clinics in Delhi from December 1-8 28-11-2013 04:25 PM

    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...
  • AIFF extends contracts for Wim Koevermans, Robert Baan 20-11-2013 06:06 PM

    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...
  • Wim Koevermans' contract to be extended 04-11-2013 08:53 PM

    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...
  • Super League postponement leaves footballers in lurch 28-10-2013 06:26 PM

    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...
  • Indian football needs committed administrators, says Bhaichung Bhutia 21-10-2013 07:57 PM

    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...
  • Santosh Trophy to be held in 2 phases, Fed Cup in Kerala 09-10-2013 05:21 PM

    New Delhi: The next Santosh Trophy national football championship will be played in two phases -- zonals and final -- while the Federation Cup will be held in Kerala from January 1-12, it was decided by the AIFF's Tournament Committee here Wednesday. While the final phase would be held in...
  • Former India football captain suffers heart attack, critical 23-09-2013 10:40 PM

    Kolkata: Former Indian football captain Shabbir Ali Sunday suffered a massive heart attack and he has been kept under "artificial machine support" at a local hospital in critical condition here. Ali, who played for India for over 50 matches between 1974 and 1984, suffered a cardiac arrest at around 1:30pm...
  • Subrata, Gouramangi Singh to undergo trial at Danish club 16-09-2013 05:50 PM

    Mumbai: India goalkeeper Subrata Paul and central defender Gouramangi Singh are all set to fly to Denmark for a three-month trial with Danish premier league football club FC Vestsjaelland. The two players are scheduled to leave for Slagelse on September 18 and stay in Denmark till December 15, undergoing extensive...
  • Indian football has not improved in recent years: Vijayan 12-09-2013 02:52 PM

    New Delhi: Indian football legend IM Vijayan on Thursday said that the game in the country has stagnated in recent years with the national side not showing improvement with a string of reverses at the regional and Asian level. Former captain Vijayan, who played 79 matches for India between 1989...
  • Reading FC to give scholarship to two youths from Arunachal Pradesh 09-09-2013 02:00 PM

    Itanagar: English professional soccer club, Reading FC has announced scholarships for two budding footballers of the Arunachal Pradesh, its adviser Tomo Nomuk said here Monday. Prior to the announcement, Nomuk said, he held a discussion with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy on promotion...
  • Dempo SC midfielder Clifford gets Dilip Sardesai Award 29-08-2013 04:24 PM

    Panaji: Dempo SC midfielder Clifford Rayes Miranda Thursday received Dilip Sardesai Award for sports excellence for the year 2013-14. The 31-year old, who has been playing for Dempo for last 14 years, was felicitated by Deputy Chief Minister Franscis D'Souza. The award comprises Rs 2 lakh in cash and a...
  • I'll love to own Kolkata franchise in football league: Shah Rukh Khan 05-08-2013 10:30 PM

    New Delhi: Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is interested in buying the Kolkata franchise of the new IPL-style league promoted by All India Football Federation (AIFF) and IMG-Reliance. Shah Rukh said he had earlier thought of buying stakes in Goan I-League club Dempo but now...
  • IMG-Reliance commences football training camp in Mumbai 02-08-2013 07:01 PM

    Mumbai: IMG-Reliance, the commercial partners of the All India Football Federation, on Friday commenced a one-month long training-cum-conditioning camp for its contracted players at the Cooperage Ground here. Twenty-four players, including Syed Nabi, Subrata Paul, Gouramangi Singh, Nirmal Chettri, Ishfaq Ahmed, Renedy Singh, Mohammed Rafi, NP Pradeep joined the training-cum-conditioning...
  • Club Licensing Committee meets at AIFF Headquarters 02-08-2013 04:35 PM

    New Delhi: Dr. Girija Shanker Mungali, Chaired the Club Licensing Committee -- First Instance Body (FIB) -- Meeting organised by the All India Football Federation at Football House in Dwarka on Friday (August 3, 2013). The five-member Committee appointed by the AIFF includes FIFA Regional Developmental Officer for South and...