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newsfootball6 days ago

AIFF's ultimatum to coach Igor Stimac; Take team to Asian Cup quarterfinals or face the axe

Igor Stimac has been given a new contract by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), but it comes with a condition: get the men's team to the Asian Cup quarterfinals or lose your job. The AIFF top brass is expected to speak with Stimac while he is presently in Kolkata, where the team is staying.
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newsfootball3 months ago

India capable of competing against teams outside top eight in Asia

The Blue Tigers under Igor Stimac qualified for the AFC Asian Cup with three wins out of three in the third round of qualifiers as the team beat Cambodia, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong scoring eight goals. Now he is confident that team is capable of competing against teams outside top eight in Asia.
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newsfootball3 months ago

Igor Stimac lashes out at AIFF after India’s AFC Cup Qualification

Igor Stimac, the head coach of the Indian football team, has lashed out at the AIFF's chaotic state of things, a day after his team qualified for AFC Asian Cup for the second time in a row. After Praful Patel-led federation was found to have breached the NSC, the CoA is now in charge of the AIFF.
SportsCafe Desk
newsfootballa year ago

Everyone in India sees that we have a bright future ahead, claims Igor Stimac

Igor Stimac believes that the nation sees that football in India has a bright future, after the heroic performance in the 2022 AFC U23 qualifiers. In spite of the spirited fight and finishing at second place in the group stage, the colts are unlikely to qualify for the main tournament.
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newsfootballa year ago

2021 AFC U23 Asian Cup Qualifiers | India script win over Kyrgyzstan, but fail to qualify for main event

India defeated Kyrgyzstan by a penalty shootout 4-2 in the final match of the Group E of the AFC U23 Asian qualifiers to finish in second place. However, they failed to qualify to the final tournament, with the four best second-placed teams after the group stages to make the cut.
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newsfootballa year ago

2022 AFC U23 Asian Cup Qualifiers | Forget the UAE match as soon as possible, get ready for Kyrgyztsan, urges Igor Stimac

Indian senior team coach and also charge of the U23 squad, Igor Stimac, has urged the colts to forget about the 0-1 loss to UAE in the previous encounter and focus on the upcoming game. The junior team will be up against the boys from Kyrgyzstan in their last group stage match, on Saturday.
Press Release
newsfootballa year ago

AFC U23 Asian Cup Qualifiers | India script memorable 2-1 victory over Oman

The Indian U23 team scripted a memorable 2-1 win over Oman in the ongoing AFC U23 Asian Qualifiers, in Dubai to kick-start the campaign on a high. Striker Rahim Ali converted from the spot in the 6th minute, while Vikram Pratap Singh scored a brilliant goal in the 37th minute to secure the victory.
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newsfootballa year ago

AFC U-23 Asian Cup | Igor Stimac wary of India's chances, says 'doesn't have huge expectations'

The India U-23 team begin their qualifiers campaign for the AFC Asian Cup against Oman on Sunday. This would be a tough assignment for a side that recently won the SAFF Championship in Dubai, and coach Igor Stimac "doesn't have huge expectations" from the young side against tougher opponents.
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newsfootballa year ago

Will carry the SAFF Cup experience forever, asserts Suresh Wangjam

Indian footballer Suresh Wangjam believes the experience gained from the recent SAFF Cup win will be carried along his entire career. The youngster played a pivotal role in the title-winning campaign and he even scored the second goal in the final against Nepal, which India eventually won 3-0.
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newsfootballa year ago

AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qualifiers | We need to find the right balance in the team, asserts Igor Stimac

Indian national team head coach Igor Stimac, also in charge of the U23 squad for the upcoming U23 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers, feels that they need to find the right balance in the team. The Indian colts are pitted alongside Oman, UAE, and Kyrgyz Republic in Group E of the qualifiers.
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