SAFF Cup

  • India drop to 155 in FIFA rankings September 12, 2013

    New Delhi: In a major embarrassment, India have dropped a whopping 10 places to 155th spot in the latest FIFA rankings, issued on Thursday. The FIFA rankings added salt to India's wounds, a day after the country failed to defend its SAFF Cup title, losing 0-2 to Afghanistan in Kathmandu. Wim Kovermans-coached...
  • India to host 2015 SAFF Cup September 10, 2013

    Kathmandu: India will host the 2015 edition of the SAFF football tournament, it was decided in the executive committee meeting of the South Asian body here on Tuesday. The meeting did not finalise the host city for the tournament but said it will be held in either New Delhi or Kerala. World...
  • India deserved to win, says Koevermans September 9, 2013

    Kathmandu: Indian football team's chief coach Wim Koevermans was a visibly satisfied man as he termed his team "deserving winners" of the semi-final match against Maldives while a furious and frustrated Maldives coach Urbanyi Istavan Bela made a contradictory statement that "India never deserved to win". While India's Dutch coach can...
  • India beat Maldives to enter SAFF Cup final September 9, 2013

    Kathmandu: Young stopper Arnab Mondal scored his maiden international goal as defending champions India beat Maldives 1-0 to enter the final of the SAFF Football Championship for the ninth time here on Monday. The win, which Wim Koevermans' boys achieved without their skipper Sunil Chhetri, meant that India made it to...
  • Afghanistan enter SAFF Cup final with 1-0 win September 8, 2013

    Kathmandu: Afghanistan beat hosts Nepal by a solitary goal to enter the summit clash of the SAFF Football Championship on Sunday. In a highly entertaining first semi-final, the home team played their hearts out but Sanjar Ahmadi did what mattered the most scored the winner in the 10th minute of the...
  • We don't underestimate any team: Wim Koevermans September 7, 2013

    Kathmandu: They may have tasted success in their their last two outings against Maldives, but Indian football coach Wim Koevermans said ahead of their SAFF Cup semi-final against the islanders that underestimating a team was not in his nature. "That is past. We need to lie in the present. We don't...
  • India's friendlies cancelled due to rescheduling of SAFF Cup dates June 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Indian football team's hopes of rising in FIFA rankings have been dashed with cancellation of two international friendlies against Philippines and Malaysia owing to rescheduling of the SAFF Cup. India were scheduled to play Philippines on September 6 and Malaysia on September 10, both away matches falling on listed...
  • 2011: International Football Review December 31, 2011

    It was a year of drama in both Indian and International football; unfortunately, far too much of it took place off the pitch rather than on it. The affairs of the sport’s governing body drew more attention than should be necessary, with charges of wrongdoing, corruption and politicking carrying into the...
  • Bagan seek AIFF compensation over Chhetri injury December 27, 2011

    Kolkata: Hurt by the absence of an injured Sunil Chhetri in the ongoing I-League, Mohun Bagan shot off a letter to the AIFF on Monday, seeking an investigation into the striker's participation in the SAFF Championship final which, the club claimed, aggravated his ankle injury. The club also asked for compensation...
  • It's been a good year for me, feels Sunil Chhetri December 22, 2011

    Having helped India win the SAFF Cup, Sunil Chhetri ended a successful year by being named the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Player of the Year. ...
  • Chhetri leaves his mark as India's new hero December 16, 2011

    New Delhi: “Yes, 5-6 years back.” In the middle of an answer, he suddenly stopped and repeated the number to himself, as if finding it hard to believe that it had been that long. In fact, it’s been a little more than seven years since Sunil Chhetri made his debut...
  • Next target, the AFC Challenge Cup: Medeira December 13, 2011

    New Delhi: Savio Medeira began his customary post-match conference by pointing out that he had achieved double success in the SAFF Cup. “It feels great,” he said after India’s 4-0 victory over Afghanistan in the final on Sunday. “I am even more happy and proud because I have now won...
  • Biased ref cost us SAFF Cup, rues Afghan coach December 13, 2011

    New Delhi: At the final whistle, the players sunk to the ground, the disappointment showing clearly on their dejected faces. They continued to look forlorn and despondent at the post-match ceremony, until the match officials were called onto the stage. The moment referee Sukhbir Singh came to collect his medal,...
  • Sunil Chhetri ecstatic after SAFF Cup win December 12, 2011

    The Indian striker was Player-of-the-Tournament for his performance in India's winning run in the tournament....
  • India beat Afghanistan 4-0 to lift SAFF Cup December 12, 2011

    New Delhi: India successfully retained the SAFF Championships title, coming through 4-0 against ten-man Afghanistan after a feisty final at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday. The defending champions needed a controversial penalty from Sunil Chhetri to break the deadlock in the second half, which also saw Afghanistan goalkeeper Hameedullah...
  • More than just a final for Afghanistan football December 11, 2011

    New Delhi: There was very little known about the Afghanistan football team when the eight-nation SAFF Cup began. One week later, all eyes are on the Afghans as they gear up for a title clash with defending champions India at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday. Afghanistan are indeed the surprise...
  • Future bright for India and rising star Jeje December 11, 2011

    New Delhi: The limelight in the SAFF Cup has been on Sunil Chhetri, but his young strike partner Jeje Lalpekhula is quietly building a reputation for himself. The young star from Mizoram has found plenty of support among the 1,000-odd spectators for India’s matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Maybe...
  • To not win now will be disappointing: Medeira December 11, 2011

    New Delhi: With the tournament drawing to a close, India find themselves back where they started. Having played Afghanistan in their opening match of the SAFF Cup, they must overcome the same opponents in the final on Sunday if they are to successfully defend their crown. Many considered the 1-1 draw...
  • SAFF Cup: India face final hurdle in Afghanistan December 10, 2011

    New Delhi: Five-time champions India will have to be at their attacking best against a fast-improving Afghanistan in the SAFF Cup final if they have to retain the title at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday. Both teams know exactly what to expect and do, having shared two goals in their...
  • India will learn from their mistakes: Medeira December 10, 2011

    New Delhi: The contrast in mood was evident after the match. While the Maldives coach seemed angry and combative, a calm Savio Medeira could barely keep the smile off his face. But given that India had just defeated the Maldives 3-1 to enter the SAFF Cup final, it was to...
  • Chhetri stars as India enter SAFF Cup final December 9, 2011

    New Delhi: Defending champions India made it to the final of the SAFF Cup after a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Maldives in an intriguing semi-final at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday. Syed Rahim Nabi gave India the lead in a first half which the hosts dominated against their more circumspect...
  • India face Maldives in high-voltage SAFF Cup SF December 8, 2011

    New Delhi: South Asia's two most dominant football nations will face each other in a highly-anticipated clash when five-time champions India take on Maldives in the semifinal of the SAFF Championships here on Friday. Before the start of the ninth edition of the tournament, football pundits would have expected that India...
  • SAFF Cup: India beat SL 3-0, face Maldives in SF December 7, 2011

    New Delhi: India kept alive their hopes of defending the SAFF Cup football title after qualifying for the semifinals with a clinical 3-0 win over Sri Lanka in their last Group A match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Wednesday. India, riding high after drubbing Bhutan 5-0, had to wait...
  • Maldives, Nepal book SF berth in SAFF Cup December 6, 2011

    New Delhi: Former champions Maldives rode on Ahmed Tariq's double strike to defeat Bangladesh 3-1 and advance to the semifinals of the SAFF Football Championship along with Nepal here on Tuesday. Man of the match Tariq found the net in the sixth and 16th minute while Ali Ashfaq added one to...
  • SAFF Cup: India need draw vs SL for SF berth December 6, 2011

    New Delhi: India cannot afford to be complacent as they face Sri Lanka in their last Group A match of the SAFF Cup football tournament at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Wednesday in their bid to book a semi-final berth. Both India and Afghanistan have four points each from two matches...
  • Chhetri, Miranda star as India thrash Bhutan December 6, 2011

    New Delhi: India brought their SAFF Cup campaign emphatically back on track with a 5-0 drubbing of minnows Bhutan at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday, moving themselves to the top of Group A. The impressive Syed Rahim Nabi opened the scoring at the half-hour mark after India were denied thrice...
  • SAFF Cup: Impressive Afghanistan beat SL 3-1 December 5, 2011

    New Delhi: Afghanistan look good to make the semifinals after rallying to beat Sri Lanka 3-1 in the SAFF Cup football tournament at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Monday. Afghanistan, ranked 178th, came from a goal down to put it across the island nation, who are two rungs above them...
  • SAFF Cup: Nepal beat B'desh, Pak hold Maldives December 4, 2011

    New Delhi: A last minute goal by Sagar Thapa gave Nepal a 1-0 win over Bangladesh while Pakistan and the Maldives played out a goalless draw in the SAFF Cup football tournament at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Sunday. Nepal fought it out with Bangladesh, the highest ranked team in...
  • SAFF Cup: Sri Lanka crush Bhutan 3-0 December 3, 2011

    New Delhi: Sri Lanka opened their SAFF Cup football campaign in style with a 3-0 thrashing of Bhutan at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday. Nipuna Dewinda Bandara (35th, 65th) struck a brace while Mi Mohamed Zain (29th) scored one as the island nation bagged three points from the match...
  • Spirited Afghanistan hold India in SAFF Cup March 12, 2012

    New Delhi: Defending champions India made a disappointing start to their SAFF Cup campaign, being held to a 1-1 draw by Afghanistan, the second lowest-ranked team in the competition, in their opening match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday. India coach Savio Medeira had warned before the match that...