SUNIL CHHETRI

  • Young ISL performers can graduate to India team: Chhetri November 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Impressed with the performance of some of the youngsters playing in the ongoing Indian Super League, India captain Sunil Chhetri on Wednesday said that they deserved to be considered for national team selection. The likes of C S Sabeeth, Balwant Singh, Durga Boro, Cavin Lobo and Sandesh Jhingan have...
  • No regrets for not playing Indian Super League: Sunil Chhetri November 10, 2014

    Imagine Indian cricket without Sachin Tendulkar or the Indian Premier League with no Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Hard to digest, isn't it? However, that's what has happened with India in football. At a time when Indian football, immensely popular at one point of time but now confined to a few...
  • Bengaluru FC meet Salgaocar FC in the semi-finals November 3, 2014

    Margao: Sunil Chhetri scored twice from the penalty spot to save Bengaluru FC the blushes as they came from behind to hold Sesa FC to a 2-2 draw and set up a semi-final clash with Salgaocar FC in the 127th Durand Cup at Raia Panchayat ground on Monday. The draw put...
  • Bengaluru FC take on Sesa with an eye on semi-finals November 2, 2014

    Margao: Bengaluru FC will take on SESA Football Academy for a place in the semi-final of the Durand Cup at the Raia Panchayat ground, on Sunday. The team from Goa beat Mohammedan Sporting 1-0 on Saturday to make it a two-horse race for a place in the last four. Earlier last week,...
  • Bengaluru FC beat Mohammedan Sporting in Durand Cup October 30, 2014

    Margao: I-League winners Bengaluru FC made a perfect start to their Durand Cup campaign as they defeated defending champions Mohammedan Sporting 2-1 in the opening match of Pool C quarter-final league here on Thursday. Bengaluru, who led 2-0 at half time, scored through Sunil Chhetri (6th minute) and Evgeneson Lyngdoh (38th)....
  • Wim Koevermans steps down as Indian football coach October 6, 2014

    Following a spate of mediocre outings, Indian football team coach Wim Koevermans on Monday stepped down from the post soon after the country suffered a defeat in an international friendly. After India lost to Palestine 2-3, Koevermans declared in the post-match presentation ceremony that that he isn't continuing as coach of...
  • Sunil Chhetri, Mandar Rao Desai score as India beat Shanghai East Asia September 7, 2014

    Shanghai: Dominant India built on their impressive first match showing against Jiangsu Sainty with yet another clinical display to beat Chinese Super League side Shanghai East Asia 20 in their own backyard on Saturday. Young Dempo forward Mandar Rao Desai and captain Sunil Chhetri scored either side of halftime to ensure...
  • India suffer 02 defeat against Pak in football friendly August 20, 2014

    Bangalore: India suffered an embarrassing 02 defeat at the hands of a spirited Pakistan in the second football friendly to end the twomatch series 11 on Wednesday. Wim Koeverman's team, which won the first friendly 10 on August 17, looked out of sorts and Pakistan were the better side in all...
  • India look to continue momentum against Pakistan in football friendly August 19, 2014

    Bangalore: Buoyed by their 10 win over a dour Pakistan in the last encounter, India will look to build on the momentum when they take on the archrivals in the second and final football friendly match on Wednesday, before leaving for Incheon to play in the Asian Games. India will start...
  • India, Pakistan resume rivalry on football pitch August 16, 2014

    Bangalore: In what will be a curtainraiser to the upcoming Asian Games, India and Pakistan resume their rivalry on the football pitch as they lock horns in the first of two friendly matches here on Sunday, bringing to an end a nineyear old hiatus. It will be the first such series...
  • 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 13 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...
  • Indian football team's Asian Games 2014 camp kicks off July 1, 2014

    Bangalore: The Indian football team's preparatory camp for the Incheon Asian Games under national coach Wim Koevermans kicks off on Wednesday. The Asian Games will be played from September 19 to October 4. The camp starts a preparatory process of two and a half months. The team would also get a twoweek...
  • Sunil Chhetri does not see India in FIFA World Cup in near future June 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Conceding that India has been left far behind in world football, national team captain Sunil Chhetri on Monday said that the country should not think of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in the near future, and instead should aim to be in the top 10 in Asia. With...
  • 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 120. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) will also provide an exposure tour for the team after the camp is over. Sunil Chhetri,...
  • 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 muchanticipated Indian Super League. "My focus is on the Asian...
  • Brazil, Argentina favourites to lift football World Cup: Sunil Chhetri May 24, 2014

    Mumbai: Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri on Saturday picked hosts and fivetime champions Brazil and fellow South American twotime winners Argentina as the teams fancied to lift the glittering FIFA World Cup this year. "Because it's happening in South America, Brazil and Argentina are favourites. But you can never bet against...
  • Bhutia, Chhetri in AIFFsuggested committee for U17 World Cup May 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Aiming to beef up the technical knowhow ahead of the 2017 Under17 World Cup, AIFF president Praful Patel on Wednesday suggested the formation of a special committee involving former and current skippers Baichung Bhutia and Sunil Chhetri. In a meeting here, the All India Football Federation's executive committee endorsed...
  • Not surprised that we have won I-League, says Sunil Chhetri April 21, 2014

    Margao: His team's name etched in the annals of Indian football history, Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri on Monday termed the I-League debutants' triumph one of the most "significant moments" of his illustrious career. First-timers Bengaluru FC clinched the I-League title in their debut season courtesy a 4-2 away win over...
  • Bengaluru FC edge past Dempo SC 4-2 to win maiden I-League title April 21, 2014

    Margao: First-timers Bengaluru FC on Monday wrote a new chapter in Indian football by clinching the I-League title in their debut season courtesy a 4-2 away win over Dempo Sports Club here, with captain Sunil Chhetri fittingly netting the final goal. Needing a win to snatch the title ahead of other...
  • We are not totally dependent on Sunil Chhetri: Wim Koevermans April 3, 2014

    Mumbai: National football chief coach Wim Koevermans on Thursday insisted that the team is not relying heavily on skipper Sunil Chhetri but said there has to be a "follow-up" of players. "I am very happy Sunil is scoring a lot of goals, we have Robin Singh, we also have Balwant Singh...
  • India held to a 2-2 draw by Bangladesh in football friendly March 6, 2014

    A late strike by captain Sunil Chettri helped India escape with a 2-2 draw against Bangladesh in international football friendly at Nehru Stadium on Wednesday. Chettri gave India an early lead in the 14th minute and took his tally to 44 international goals. With his team staring at defeat...
  • 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 ILeague Coaches at AIFF...
  • Under17 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 Under17 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,"...
  • Sunil Chhetri double strike helps Bengaluru FC beat Shillong Lajong December 1, 2013

    Bangalore: Skipper Sunil Chhetri struck twice to help Bengaluru FC beat Shillong Lajong 21 in a thrilling 12th round match of the ILeague on Sunday. With this win at the Bangalore Football Stadium, Bengaluru FC kept their unbeaten record at home intact while Shillong Lajong's sixmatch unbeaten run in the...
  • Sunil Chhetri now India's most prolific striker as India beat Nepal 20 November 19, 2013

    Siliguri: India outplayed Nepal 20 in an international football friendly here Tuesday with captain Sunil Chhetri scoring a goal to become the country's most prolific striker in national colours. Chhetri gave India the lead with a 21st minute strike to go past former captain Bhaichung Bhutia's 42 international goals before Clifford...
  • India aim for win against Nepal in an international friendly November 18, 2013

    Siliguri: Having lost to Nepal in the SAFF Championship last month, the Indian football team is set to face a tough task as they lock horns with the Himalayan nation in an international friendly here Tuesday. After playing out a 11 draw with Philippines on Friday, India are still looking for...
  • International friendly: India held to 11 draw by Philippines November 15, 2013

    Siliguri: Sunil Chhetri found the net once but Philip James Younghusband neutralised within a minute of the Indian football team captain's strike as Philippines held the hosts to a 11 draw in their international friendly on Friday. Chhetri gave India the lead in the 43rd minute. Following one of Mehtab Hossain's...
  • 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...
  • Determined India take on formidable Afghanistan in SAFF final September 10, 2013

    Kathmandu: Having notched up a morale-boosting semi-final victory against Maldives, defending champions Indian team will try to maintain their supremacy in the SAFF Football Championship when they take on a tough Afghanistan in the summit clash here Wednesday. On paper, Afghans are a superior side with a FIFA ranking of 139...
  • 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...