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newsfootballa month ago

ISL 2020-21 | Mumbai City FC rope in Mandar Rao Desai on a two-year deal

Mumbai City FC has roped in Indian International Mandar Rao Desai on a two-year deal with an option to extend the contract by another year. The footballer was a mainstay in the FC Goa setup since 2016, following his stint with Dempo, having guided them to the 2019 Super Cup title.
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newsfootball2 months ago

Former Indian football team skipper Carlton Chapman passes away at 49

Former Indian International footballer Carlton Chapman breathed his last on Monday, after suffering a heart attack, at the age of 49. One of the leading footballers during his playing days, it was under his leadership that India won the South Asian Football Federation Gold Cup in 1997.
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newsfootball2 months ago

Our short-term goal is to qualify for the next AFC Asian Cup, reveals Igor Stimac

Indian football team head coach Igor Stimac has stated that team India's immediate goal is to qualify for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, in China. The Blue Tigers need to win at least two of their remaining matches in the 2022 Qatar World Cup Qualifiers to book their place in the continental event.
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newsfootball2 months ago

Growing expectations pushes me to become better footballer, admits Sahal Abdul Samad

Indian footballer Sahal Abdul Samad admitted that the increasing expectations from legendary footballers like IM Vijayan, Bhaichung Bhutia, and Sunil Chhetri has pushed him to become a better footballer. The footballer made his international debut in 2019 and since then been a regular for India.
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newsfootball2 months 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 months 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 months ago

FIFA announces new window for International fixtures in 2022

FIFA has confirmed a new window for International fixtures in January 2022 with the number of World Cup qualifiers increasing day by day due to the postponement owing to the pandemic situation. All International matches apart from the UEFA Nations League have been kept on hold for the time being.
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newsfootball2 months 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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newsfootball3 months ago

MFA seeks clarification on why Jeje Lalpekhlua was overlooked for Arjuna Award

The Mizoram Football Association (MFA) has asked for clarifications from the Indian government on why Jeje Lalpekhlua has not been awarded the Arjuna Award despite being nominated for it thrice since 2017. The 'Mizo Sniper' is India's second-highest goal scorer amongst the players still active.
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newsfootball3 months 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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