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newsfootball7 days ago

Hosting Qatar and Afghanistan in front of empty stands is disadvantageous, admits Igor Stimac

Igor Stimac believes that hosting Qatar and Afghanistan in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers without fans would be a great disadvantage for the Indian football team. India is set to play the remaining matches of the qualifiers in October-November, later this year as per the revised dates.
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newsfootball8 days ago

Igor Stimac eyes Europe for eight-week camp ahead of World Cup qualifiers

Igor Stimac has already identified three destinations in Europe for conducting camps ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, even though he’s yet to formulate a plan with lockdown still in place. India is slated to play against Qatar, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan in their remaining matches.
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newsfootball13 days ago

We have started talks with stakeholders for resumption of football, states AIFF

AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das has stated that they already in talks with the stakeholders about how to resume football activities in India. The apex body is also closely monitoring the situation in countries where football leagues have resumed, while they wait for the government’s nod.
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newsfootball21 days ago

India should push for for the top 10 spots in Asia, opines Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri believes that the Indian team should push to break into the top 10 of the Asian rankings and to make it a reality, the youngsters have to step up. At the moment, the Blue Tigers are the 19th ranked side in Asia as per FIFA rankings above Thailand and overall the 108th in the world.
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newsfootball22 days ago

AIFF recommends IM Vijayan for Padma Shree award

Former Indian footballer IM Vijayan has been recommended by the AIFF for the prestigious Padma Shree award, which is India's fourth-highest civilian award. The striker earned 66 caps for India and scored 29 goals, putting him only behind Sunil Chhetri as one of India's all-time record goalscorers.
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newsfootball25 days ago

Sunil Chhetri always pushes the bar in training and never compromises with regime, asserts Igor Stimac

Igor Stimac admitted that Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri is someone who always pushes the bar in training and never compromises with the regime. The Croat feels that the striker is a player who glorified Indian football history and made his country proud, having already scored 72 International goals.
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newsfootballa month ago

Need to educate more people about racism to get rid of it, opines Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri condemned the recent developments on racism that surfaced in the past few weeks and admitted that people need to be educated more about the issue. Following George Floyd's death in the US, worldwide protests against racism have sparked athletes to open up about the issue.
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newsfootballa month ago

Still have 3 to 4 years of football left in my career, reveals Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri has brushed aside any possibilities of retiring, stating that he is enjoying the game and has no plans of leaving anytime soon. At 35, Chhetri is India’s all-time record goal-scorer with 72 goals in 115 matches and is still going strong, having scored once in the World Cup qualifiers.
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featurefootballa month ago

Presently identifying Sunil Chhetri’s successor is the biggest concern in Indian football

IM Vijayan, Joe Paul Ancheri, Bhaichung Bhutia and then Sunil Chhetri, India has produced a few top-notch strikers in the past couple of decades. With the Indian skipper at the dusk of his career, we are yet to identify a suitable successor and this might be the biggest concern in Indian football.
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newsfootballa month ago

Once thought Sunil Chhetri could not score goals, reveals Subrata Bhattacharya

Subrata Bhattacharya revealed that he once doubted Sunil Chhetri’s goal-scoring abilities when he came for trials in Kolkata. Having been picked for Mohun Bagan at the age of 17, Chhetri went on to become the country’s most prolific goal scorer ever with 72 strikes in 115 International matches.
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