Indian Football

  • No plans to drop football team for Asian Games, says SAI Director General Yesterday

    New Delhi: Sports Authority of India on Tuesday denied any plans not to clear the national football team at government cost for the Asian Games. Reports claimed that the government was having second thoughts on sending the football team at government cost as India don't have much of a chance to...
  • ISL unveils 49 players' list for international draft August 18, 2014

    The Indian Super League on Monday announced the complete list of 49 international players who will to go into the next week's 'central player draft pool', to be held in Mumbai. The comprehensive list boasts of experienced footballers and young promising talents from across the world with an average age of...
  • Indian Super League attracts players from four continents August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Indian Super League organisers, IMG-Reliance and Star India, on Thursday announced the names of 27 players for the 'central international player draft pool' representing countries like Spain, Czech Republic, South Korea, France, Brazil, Colombia, Senegal and Burkina Faso. Thirty overseas players, including the earlier announcements of three --...
  • Colombian players Jairo Suarez, Andres Gonzalez join ISL August 12, 2014

    Mumbai: The Indian Super League on Tuesday got a dash of South American flavour with Colombian defenders Jairo Suarez and Andres Gonzalez confirming their participation in the inaugural edition of the franchise-based football tournament. The Hero ISL announced the first set of two international players' participation, confirming the services of Suarez...
  • Sunil Chhetri scores but India lose final practice match on Czech tour August 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Sunil Chhetri's goal in the final moments of the game proved a mere consolation as India went down 1-3 to third division Czech side TJ Domalice in their final practice match at the Domazlice Stadium in Czech Republic. Goals either side of the half from striker Hrdlicka, and defenders...
  • 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,"...