India has strong spine of technically competent players: coach Stimac

The senior men’s National football team has found a strong spine of technically competent players, and is now ready for the next level of competitiveness, feels head coach Igor Stimac, following India’s triumphant outing in the recent SAFF Championship. “We can now say that for each position we have three players with similar qualities. We … Read more

Sunil Chhetri credits youngsters for triumph at SAFF Championship

Talismanic skipper Sunil Chhetri played a pivotal role in India’s eighth SAFF Championships title triumph by striking five goals but he credited the young brigade for the team’s victory. The 37-year-old Chhetri went past the legendary Pele and equalled Lionel Messi when he scored the team’s opener — and his 80th goal — against Nepal … Read more

“Some Winning Moments” India Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu Shares Picture With Sunil Chhetri After SAFF Championship Triumph

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu shared a picture with Sunil Chhetri after SAFF triumph.© Twitter After winning the SAFF Championship, India men’s goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu on Sunday said that some winning moments are best enjoyed saying nothing. Sandhu shared a picture of himself sitting with Sunil Chhetri on the winners’ podium and he captioned the post … Read more

Chhetri credits youngsters in Indian team for SAFF C’ships triumph

Talismanic skipper Sunil Chhetri played a pivotal role in India’s eighth SAFF Championships title triumph by striking five goals but he credited the young brigade for team’s victory. The 37-year-old Chhetri, Indian football’s torchbearer for the last 10 years, went past legendary Pele and equalled Lionel Messi when he scored the team’s opener — and … Read more

Sunil Chhetri double propels India to SAFF Championship final

Talismanic captain Sunil Chhetri struck twice to lead a beleaguered India to a 3-1 win over hosts Maldives in their final league match and enter the final of the SAFF Championships here on Wednesday. Chhetri scored in the 62nd and 71st minutes after Manvir Singh had given India the lead in the 33rd minute in … Read more

SAFF Championship: India face Nepal in must-win match

A beleaguered Indian football team faces Nepal in a must-win match in the SAFF Championship here on Sunday. Seven-time winners India are yet to log full points from a game in this edition of the tournament, having drawn both their matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Both the remaining matches are must-win ones for India … Read more

SAFF Championship | India looks for its first win

After the disappointing 1-1 draw against 10-man Bangladesh, India will need to quickly get its act together when it takes on Sri Lanka in its second SAFF Championship football match here on Thursday. India will look game to register its first win in the tournament, which it won a record seven times. Head coach Igor … Read more

Why Grigor Stimac is relying more on ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC players in the SAFF Championship

For reasons of familiarity with conditions and fitness, India’s bid to regain the SAFF Championship will depend more on players from Bengaluru FC and ATK Mohun Bagan, said head coach Igor Stimac on Saturday. India start against defending champions Bangladesh on Monday in the five-team competition that began in Maldives on Friday. “They (ATK Mohun … Read more

Indian football team gears up for SAFF Championship in Maldives

Push the team bus to the background, and board the speed boat — the sole mode of commute from the mainland to the team hotel. Welcome to the Maldives, the venue for the SAFF Championship which kicks off in the Island Nation from October 1 onwards. The ride through the pristine waters of the Indian … Read more

Stimac names 23 players for SAFF Championship, Udanta returns

Indian football team head coach Igor Stimac on Sunday named a 23-member squad for the upcoming SAFF Championship in the Maldives with Bengaluru FC winger Udanta Singh returning to the side. Udanta, who missed the two international friendly matches against Nepal earlier this month, made the cut for the October 1-16 regional tournament. Chennaiyin FC’s … Read more