newsfootball3 days ago

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers | Igor Stimac releases six players from national camp

Igor Stimac continued his typical selection process where he decided to trim players after calling them in bulk, with as many as six players getting the cut at the first go this time. The Indian team is preparing for their WC qualifiers opener against Oman, scheduled to take place next month.
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newsfootball7 days ago

I'm not just a goalkeeper but an extra player on pitch, asserts Gurpreet Singh

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has revealed that new coach Igor Stimac's style of play has him functioning more as an extra outfield player on the pitch rather than a generic goalkeeper like before. The Indian custodian added that he feels honoured to have been bestowed with the prestigious Arjuna award.
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newsfootball8 days ago

We have been miserable away from home, says Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri has stated that India would need to train together for long to overturn their miserable away record in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. The Indian skipper has also shed light on how Igor Stimac’s playing style hasn’t been very different from what the ISL players follow.
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newsfootball22 days ago

Sunil Chhetri always had potential to be special player, says Shanmugam Venkatesh

India football team assistant coach Shanmugam Venkatesh has heaped praise on Sunil Chhetri stating how the Indian skipper always had the potential to go big right from his debut match. Chhetri had made his international debut under Venkatesh’s captaincy 15 years back in the SAF Games.
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newsfootballa month ago

Reports | Bengaluru MLA approaches Karnataka Athletics Association to end Kanteerava issue

According to Sportstar, a Bengaluru-based MLA has approached the Karnataka Athletics Association to urge them to drop the tough stand of the association against football games at the Kanteerava Stadium. The stadium has been the home venue of the reigning ISL champions Bengaluru FC.  
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newsfootballa month ago

Guwahati and Kolkata will play host to FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Oman and Bangladesh

As per recent reports, Guwahati and Kolkata are the two prime locations to host India’s World Cup qualifying matches against Oman and Bangladesh respectively. The Blue Tigers led by Sunil Chhetri have been placed in Group E along with Asian champions Qatar, Oman, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
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featurefootballa month ago

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers | Igor Stimac’s uncertainty much more concerning than India team’s

If the end of King’s Cup had left the Indian football fans with a tinge of excitement then the Intercontinental Cup has seen them reeling in depression now, staring into an abyss of uncertainty. With the path forward looking pitch dark at best, it is the manager who has to hold the mast strong.
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newsfootballa month ago

Passing from back the ideal way to play, says Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri has been of the opinion that passing the ball from the back in making a buildup would be the ideal way to play for the team as it is also followed in the league as well. The skipper also heaped praise on the coach for his brave approach and availability for each and every player.
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newsfootballa month ago

Our players need more match time to reach a level of excellence, says Sunil Chhetri

After coach Igor Stimac, team skipper Sunil Chhetri has also reiterated the need for Indian players to play at least 50 games a season to stay at a good performing level consistently. He also suggested clubs to play one another with their benched and reserve players to get more game time for all.
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newsfootballa month ago

Intercontinental Cup 2019 | Indian football has grown a lot in last 5 years, implies Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu is of the opinion that Indian football has developed a lot mostly in the last five years. The Indian goalkeeper has also stated that he can see an improvement in the mentality of the members of the senior national team now, and that the team is on the right track.
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