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  • Asia chief pledges support for Blatter re-election bid 3 days ago

    The head of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has pledged his support for FIFA president Sepp Blatter in next year's election at which the 78-year-old Swiss is expected to win a fifth term as soccer's most powerful administrator. After UEFA president Michel Platini ruled out taking on the incumbent FIFA boss,...
  • International defender now runs paan shop in Odisha July 6, 2014

    Kendrapara(Odisha): Rashmita Patra, a 23yearold 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 U16 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...
  • AFC Cup: Pune FC eager to keep qualification hopes alive April 7, 2014

    Nay Pyi Taw: Pune FC would look to keep their hopes of qualifying for AFC Cup knockout stage alive when they take on Myanmar side Nay Pyi Taw in a crucial Group H Round 5 encounter at the Paung Luang Stadium on Tuesday. Going into the game on the back of...
  • AFC Cup: East Bengal's final hopes dashed after 03 defeat October 22, 2013

    Kolkata: East Bengal's hopes of scripting history by becoming the first Indian football club to enter the AFC Cup final were dashed by a far more superior Kuwait Sports Club who won the second leg semifinal 30 on Tuesday. The scorers for Kuwait SC were Rogerio Coutinho (42nd minute), Hadi Khamees...
  • East Bengal will be playing for India's pride, says coach Falopa October 21, 2013

    Kolkata: East Bengal coach Marcos Falopa Monday declared that his bunch of bravehearts are raring to put their best foot forward as they will be representing India in the AFC Cup second leg semifinal against Kuwait SC here Monday. East Bengal will need to win by 20 or 31 margin in...
  • History beckons East Bengal as they face Kuwait SC in AFC Cup semis October 21, 2013

    Kolkata: East Bengal will play their biggest and toughest match to date on home turf when they face defending champions Kuwait SC in the AFC Cup return leg semifinal at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Tuesday. Having lost their first leg semifinal to Kuwait SC 42 in Kuwait City, the...
  • Upbeat East Bengal face Dempo ahead of AFC Cup semifinal October 16, 2013

    Kalyani: Following their emphatic win at Shillong, AFC Cup semifinalists East Bengal will take on a struggling Dempo in their first home match of the ILeague on Thursday. After not being in action in the first three rounds due to their AFC Cup commitments, the red and gold brigade began their...
  • India ride Faiaz's goal to victory October 7, 2013

    Doha: India rode on a late strike from substitute SK Faiaz to script a welldeserved victory against Nepal in their second Group A match of the AFC U19 Championship (Qualifiers) here at the Al Arabi Stadium here. Faiaz struck in the 87th minute to take India home last night and they...
  • AFC Cup: Kuwait SC beat East Bengal 42 in firstleg clash October 2, 2013

    Kuwait City: Despite an improved performance in the second half, East Bengal lost to Kuwait SC 42 in their first leg of semifinal clash of the AFC Cup on Tuesday. Things looked extremely bleak for East Bengal when their opponents scored one goal after another to go 40 ahead. But the...
  • Historychasing East Bengal take on Kuwait SC in AFC Cup September 30, 2013

    Seeking to become the first Indian football club to qualify for the AFC Cup final, the unbeaten East Bengal are all set for their toughest assignment so far when they take on defending champions Kuwait SC in the firstleg semifinals on Tuesday. East Bengal are the only unbeaten team among the...
  • East Bengal complain to AFC against Kuwait SC September 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Unhappy with the shabby treatment meted out to their players, including late arrival of visas of three key players for the AFC Cup away semifinals against Kuwait SC, East Bengal has made a formal complaint to Asian Football Confederation against the Kuwaiti side, saying that it has impacted...
  • Visa issue prompts three East Bengal players to return from airport September 28, 2013

    Kolkata: East Bengal's away leg AFC Cup semifinal campaign got a huge blow as captain Mehtab Hossain, stopper Arnab Mondal and Gurwinder Singh along with four other officials could not fly with their Kuwaitbound squad this evening due to Visa related problem. Despite last ditch attempt by the East Bengal officials,...
  • East Bengal enter AFC Cup semifinal after 11 draw with Semen Padang September 24, 2013

    Padang: The drive to succeed was writ large on East Bengal players' faces as they scripted history of sorts after securing their maiden berth in the AFC Cup semifinals, overcoming a spirited Semen Padang playing in front of a vociferous home crowd here Tuesday. The historic Indian club, tucked around the...
  • East Bengal look to clinch semifinal berth in AFC Cup September 23, 2013

    Pedang, (Indonesia): A tough away test awaits East Bengal as the Indian club, already dubbed underdogs by coach Marcos Falopa despite a onegoal cushion, look to earn a maiden semifinal berth with a positive result against Semen Pedang in their AFC Cup 2nd leg quarterfinal on Tuesday. East Bengal had won...
  • India draw 1-1 with Tajikistan in AFC U-16 Qualifiers September 22, 2013

    Kuwait City: Putting up a spirited performance, the Indian under-16 football team rallied to hold Tajikistan to a 1-1 draw in its opening match of the AFC Qualifiers at the Ali Sabah Al-Salem Stadium here. Prosenjit Chakraborty converted from the spot in the 56th minute after Saidov Karomatullo had put Tajikistan...
  • East Bengal pip Semen Padang, eye semis berth in AFC Cup September 17, 2013

    Kolkata: East Bengal rode on substitute Ryuji Sueoka's second-half strike to scrape past Semen Padang of Indonesia 1-0 in their home-leg of AFC Cup quarter-finals at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Tuesday. Sueoka, who replaced Reisangmei Vashum in the 55th minute, brought the 40,000-odd crowd on their feet with a...
  • East Bengal wary of Semen Padang in AFC quarters September 16, 2013

    Kolkata: Under their new Brazilian coach Marcos Falopa, East Bengal will face their first real test when they take on a spirited Semen Padang of Indonesia in the first leg of the AFC Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday. In his first big match after taking over the reins from a hugely successful...
  • Wim Koevermans to educate Indian football coaches July 5, 2013

    New Delhi: National football coach Wim Koevermans will oversee the firstever AFC Professional Diploma Licence Course in the country during which he intends to "upgrade the knowledge of Indian coaches to the highest possible standard" in the world. The course will kick off at the Cooperage Football Ground in Mumbai from...
  • Sunil Chettri backs East Bengal to win against Semen Padang June 21, 2013

    New Delhi: India captain Sunil Chhetri backed East Bengal to beat Indonesian Champions Semen Padang over two legs in the AFC Cup quarters in September. "It's a relatively easy draw for East Bengal. Indian Clubs are usually pitted against West Asian Teams who are very tough to beat. With all due...
  • East Bengal play Semen Padang in AFC Cup quarterfinals June 20, 2013

    New Delhi: East Bengal will play against Semen Padang of Indonesia in their home and away quarterfinal matches of the AFC Cup football tournament in September. The draw for the quarterfinals was made at AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur Thursday. East Bengal have reached the last eight for only the second...
  • Edeh Chidi hattrick takes EB to AFC Cup quarterfinal May 15, 2013

    Kolkata: Talismanic Nigerian Edeh Chidi struck a hattrick and set up a couple more as East Bengal thrashed Yangon United of Myanmar 51 to enter the AFC Cup quarterfinal for the second time after 2004. It was Chidi (25th, 71st and 76) who made his presence felt with a treble...
  • Sheikh Salman wins AFC presidential election May 2, 2013

    Kuala Lumpur: Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa will run Asian soccer for the next two years after the Bahraini won a threeway election for the presidency of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Thursday. Sheikh Salman secured 33 votes of the 46 available from the AFC's member associations in...
  • East Bengal face Sai Gon Xuan Thanh in AFC league encounter April 29, 2013

    Kolkata: Unbeaten East Bengal will look to top group H before the knockouts as they face Vietnam oufit Sai Gon Xuan Thanh in their last league match of the AFC Cup here on Tuesday. East Bengal have already qualified for the prequarterfinals as they lead the table with 11 points, while...
  • Ravanan concedes owngoal as Churchill lose 01 to Warriors April 11, 2013

    Singapore: Churchill Brothers' hopes of making it to the next round of the AFC Cup suffered a jolt when they lost 01 to Warriors FC in an away match on Wednesday. Stopper Dharamraj Ravanan was the culprit as he conceded an away goal in the 53rd minute to ensure first...
  • With Chhetri available, Churchill look for win in Singapore April 9, 2013

    Singapore: Heaving a sigh of relief with their star striker Sunil Chhetri reaching here after initial denial of visa, Churchill Brothers would look to seal their first away win when they take on Warriors FC in a crucial AFC Cup group match Wednesday. Chhetri was granted visa after the intervention of...
  • Sunil Chhetri gets visa, leaves for Singapore for AFC Cup April 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri on Monday left for Singapore after getting his visa to travel to the country for an AFC Cup match on April 10. Chhetri, who had earlier been denied visa by the Singapore Consulate in Mumbai, received his visa this afternoon and left for...
  • East Bengal eye last16 berth of AFC Cup April 8, 2013

    Kolkata: Leaders East Bengal will look to take themselves closer to a prequarterfinal berth in the AFC Cup when they face struggling Tampines Rovers of Singapore at Yubabharati Krirangan here on Tuesday. The stadium will hold a football match seven days after it hosted the Indian Premier League Sixth Season...
  • Sunil Chhetri denied Singapore visa for an AFC Cup match April 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri and his Churchill Brothers teammate Balal Arezou from Afghanistan have been denied visas to travel to Singapore to play against that county's club Warriors FC in an AFC Cup match. A team official told PTI that Chhetri, Arezou and club chairman Churchill Alemao...