newsfootball11 days ago

Indian players credit coach Igor Stimac after ‘unthinkable’ Qatar draw

India held defending Asian Champions Qatar to a goalless draw on Tuesday at the Jassmin Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha. The players have praised their Croatian coach Igor Stimac who took charge of the team in May 2019 after the hard-fought impressive performance which saw them walk away with a point.
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featurefootball19 days ago

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers | Know Your Opponent - Oman

India play a tricky opponent in Oman in their first World Cup Qualifier, which has been scheduled to be held on September 5, and could pretty much define India’s run in the crucial group stage. Regardless of being in an easier group, Oman could be the biggest disruptor of India’s World Cup dream.
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featurefootball3 months ago

Intercontinental Cup 2019 | Know Your Opponent – Tajikistan

Getting clubbed with DPR Korea and Syria might make Tajikistan look like a weak link, but the Persian Lions are a mysterious pack of cards to deal with. Dealing with concerns similar to India, Igor Stimac would need tweaking his tactics to beat a young Tajikistan side relaying mostly on work rate.
Subhayan Dutta
newsfootball3 months ago

AFC Cup 2019 | Late Mohammad Rafi goal earns crucial point for Chennaiyin FC

Chennaiyin FC substitute Mohammad Rafi earned his side a crucial point after he scored a last-gasp equaliser against Minerva Punjab in the AFC Cup on Wednesday. After failing to secure all three points, the Chennai-based franchise dropped to second in the table behind Abahani.
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newsfootball3 months ago

King's Cup | I’m proud of the players, says Igor Stimac

Indian head coach Igor Stimac has said he was delighted with the way his players played and the manner in which the fans supported the team in the King’s Cup in Thailand. He also discussed the team’s approach and performances, while stating there is too much competition for a starting XI spot.
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featurefootball3 months ago

King’s Cup | Predicted XI for India’s third place match against Thailand

With Igor Stimac already assuring that he would want to experiment the remaining players during India’s third-placed game against Thailand, India’s starting line-up would be the most interesting thing of the match on Saturday. Here’s what we think could be India’s field starting lineup.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball4 months ago

King’s Cup 2019 Preview | India vs Curacao

Igor Stimac is expecting a tough first assignment with the Indian national football team as he takes his freshly trimmed side against a better established side in Curacao in Thailand on Wednesday. India are playing the oldest tournament of Asia after a gap of 38 years with many desperate to impress.
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newsfootball4 months ago

King’s Cup | Nishu Kumar, Jobby Justin released from the camp as Igor Stimac selects 23-man Indian team

Nishu Kumar and Jobby Justin were the last two players who were released from the national camp on Saturday as the newly-appointed football coach Igor Stimac finalised the Indian team for the upcoming King’s Cup in Thailand. The Blue Tigers will take on Curacao in their opening encounter on June 5.
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newsfootball4 months ago

King's Cup 2019 | Jeje Lalpekhlua, Halicharan Narzary miss out as AIFF announces 37-man squad

AIFF has announced a 37-man probable squad for the preparatory camp ahead of the King’s Cup and some of the big names missing through injuries are Jeje Lalpekhlua, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan and more. The likes of Jobby Justin, Michael Soosairaj, Komal Thatal are all included though.
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newsfootball4 months ago

AFC Cup | Match against Abahani Dhaka most crucial for us in group stage, says John Gregory

Ahead of Chennaiyin FC’s away game against Abahani Dhaka at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, coach John Gregory has mentioned that the game will be their most crucial match in the group stage. Gregory has also added that the Dhaka club was hard to play in Chenniyin’s home leg.
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