SAFF Cup

  • India drop to 155 in FIFA rankings 12-09-2013 09:42 PM

    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....
  • India to host 2015 SAFF Cup 10-09-2013 10:16 PM

    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...
  • India deserved to win, says Koevermans 09-09-2013 09:57 PM

    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...
  • India beat Maldives to enter SAFF Cup final 09-09-2013 08:48 PM

    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...
  • Afghanistan enter SAFF Cup final with 1-0 win 08-09-2013 09:30 PM

    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...
  • We don't underestimate any team: Wim Koevermans 07-09-2013 02:55 PM

    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...
  • India's friendlies cancelled due to rescheduling of SAFF Cup dates 18-06-2013 03:42 PM

    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...
  • 2011: International Football Review 31-12-2011 03:29 PM

    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 sports governing body drew more attention than should be necessary, with charges of wrongdoing, corruption and politicking carrying into...
  • Bagan seek AIFF compensation over Chhetri injury 26-12-2011 11:29 PM

    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...
  • It's been a good year for me, feels Sunil Chhetri 22-12-2011 01:37 PM

    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 16-12-2011 03:40 PM

    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, its been a little more than seven years since Sunil Chhetri made his debut...
  • Next target, the AFC Challenge Cup: Medeira 13-12-2011 10:43 PM

    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 Indias 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 13-12-2011 01:41 PM

    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 12-12-2011 04:33 PM

    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 11-12-2011 07:58 PM

    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 11-12-2011 04:16 PM

    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...
  • Future bright for India and rising star Jeje 11-12-2011 02:49 PM

    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 Indias matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Maybe...
  • To not win now will be disappointing: Medeira 11-12-2011 02:43 PM

    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...
  • SAFF Cup: India face final hurdle in Afghanistan 10-12-2011 06:04 PM

    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...
  • India will learn from their mistakes: Medeira 10-12-2011 11:50 AM

    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 09-12-2011 05:32 PM

    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...
  • India face Maldives in high-voltage SAFF Cup SF 08-12-2011 06:46 PM

    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...
  • SAFF Cup: India beat SL 3-0, face Maldives in SF 07-12-2011 08:20 PM

    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...
  • Maldives, Nepal book SF berth in SAFF Cup 06-12-2011 08:46 PM

    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...
  • SAFF Cup: India need draw vs SL for SF berth 06-12-2011 07:23 PM

    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...
  • Chhetri, Miranda star as India thrash Bhutan 05-12-2011 09:51 PM

    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...
  • SAFF Cup: Impressive Afghanistan beat SL 3-1 05-12-2011 07:06 PM

    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...
  • SAFF Cup: Nepal beat B'desh, Pak hold Maldives 04-12-2011 11:09 PM

    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...
  • SAFF Cup: Sri Lanka crush Bhutan 3-0 03-12-2011 09:34 PM

    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...
  • Spirited Afghanistan hold India in SAFF Cup 03-12-2011 07:33 PM

    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...