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newsfootball3 months ago

India to host AFC Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers in June

When the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers Final Round Draw takes place digitally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday, the exhilarating route to Asia's showpiece men's national team competition will come into clear focus. That is when participating nations will know about their opponents.
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newsfootball7 months ago

Performances at AFC Asian Cup might help India at World Cup qualifiers, feels striker Renu

Indian women's football team striker Renu has said that good performances at the AFC Asian Cup could help the team do well at the World Cup qualifiers. The youngster went on to say that instead of focussing on the results, the team is only thinking about the performances.
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newsfootball2 years ago

India in transitional phase after great Stephen Constantine era, asserts Anirudh Thapa

Indian midfielder Anirudh Thapa has stated that the national team is under a transitional phase under Croat Igor Stimac, after a great run under former coach Stephen Constantine. The Chennaiyin FC star is a mainstay in the national side and has been used extensively by both the coaches in the past.
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newsfootball2 years ago

India slip to 109th spot in latest FIFA rankings

The Indian Men’s football team has dropped by a place and is now stationed at the 109th position as per the latest FIFA rankings. 2018 World Cup semi-finalists Belgium remained at the pole position in the rankings, closely followed by France and Brazil at the second and third spots respectively.
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newsfootball2 years ago

Strikers to be blamed for poor show against Bangladesh and Afghanistan, claims Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri feels that the strikers are to be blamed for poor performances against Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The Blue Tigers might be out of the contention for the World Cup but can still qualify for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup by winning two of the remaining games.
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newsfootball2 years ago

Team dinner ahead of Qatar match had an impact on the team, reveals Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu revealed how national team coach Igor Stimac lifted the spirits of the players ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Qatar last year by taking the team out for a dinner the previous night. India had lost 1-2 against Oman a few days before they boarded to the Gulf nation.
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newsfootball2 years ago

India along with four others submit bid for hosting 2027 AFC Asian Cup

India is amongst the five countries to have submitted the bid for hosting the 2027 AFC Asian Cup, with the confederation set to pick the host for the event next year. Even though the Blue Tigers featured in four AFC Asian Cups, the last in 2019, they've never hosted the continental event.
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newsfootball2 years ago

Need to climb certain steps to fulfill the FIFA World Cup dream, claims Sandesh Jhingan

Sandesh Jhingan stated that the ultimate dream of the Indian football team is to play in the FIFA World Cup but there are certain steps that they must climb to achieve the target. Jhingan recently received the Arjuna Award and became only the 27th footballer to be honoured with the title.
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newsfootball2 years ago

Indian football needs to develop quality players over a period of time, claims Bhaichung Bhutia

Ex-Indian skipper Bhaichung Bhutia feels that India needs to produce better players over a period of time to see establish themselves as a powerhouse in Asia. He stated that the Indian football should aim at regular qualification for big-ticket events like the Asian Cup and FIFA Youth World Cups.
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newsfootball2 years ago

Igor Stimac knows how to deal with the players, claims Adil Khan

Indian footballer Adil Khan believes that the current national team coach Igor Stimac will take Indian football to the next level and knows how to deal with the players. The stopper scored his first international goal in India’s World Cup Qualifier against Bangladesh in October last year.
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