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Look back : India’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers from 1998 to 2014

World Cup Qualifiers, FIFA, India, World Cup, Soccer, Baichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri, I.M Vijayan, Jo Paul Ancheri, 2014, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010With India’s 2018 World Cup qualification hopes in shambles after the 3-0 loss to Oman on Tuesday, we decided to check and compile India’s performances in world cup qualifiers over the years starting from 1998. There are some interesting results and our best qualifying campaign was for the 2002 world cup. Sukhwinder Singh coached team that had stalwarts like Baichung Bhutia, I.M Vijayan and Jo Paul Ancheri managed some great results in that campaign. Here are the results from the World Cup qualifiers matches that we played from 1998 to 2014.

1998 World Cup :

34 Asian nations took part in the 1998 World Cup qualifiers. India was in Group 10 along with Qatar, Sri Lanka and Philippines.  We managed a win against Philippines, a draw with Sri Lanka and a 6-0 mauling at the hands of Qatar. Nothing to be proud of. Qatar progressed in to the next round as group winners.  Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea represented Asia in the 1998 World Cup that took place in France.

Table :

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Qatar 3 0 0 0 14 0 14 9
2 Sri Lanka 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
3 India 3 1 1 1 3 7 -4 4
4 Philippines 3 0 0 3 0 10 -10 0

Matches :

21-Sep-96
India 2-0 Philippines
Khalifa International Stadium Doha, Qatar
24-Sep-96
 Sri Lanka  1-1 India
Khalifa International Stadium Doha, Qatar
27-Sep-96
Qatar 6-0 India
Khalifa International Stadium Doha, Qatar

2002 World Cup

40 Asian nations took part in the 2002 World Cup qualifiers. India was in Group 08  along with UAE, Yemen and Brunei. This has to be our best qualification campaign in recent past. We managed to defeat UAE at home, held Yemen for a draw and thumped Brunei for a whopping five goals to nil. Coached by Sukhwinder Singh, Indian team finished third in the group. Some positives from the campaign were the home win against Arab giant UAE and the 11 goals we managed score in the campaign. South Korea, Japan (Hosts), Saudi Arabia and China PR represented Asian in the 2002 World Cup.

Table :

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  United Arab Emirates 6 4 0 2 21 5 16 12
2  Yemen 6 3 2 1 14 8 6 11
3 India 6 3 2 1 11 5 6 11
4  Brunei 6 0 0 6 0 28 -28 0

Matches :

8-Apr-01
India 1-0 UAE
 Alberto  71′
Bangalore Stadium, Bangalore

Attendance: 12,000

   15-Apr-01
 India  1-1  Yemen
 Bhutia  53′  Al Ghurbani  43′
Bangalore Stadium, Bangalore

Attendance: 21,000

26-Apr-01
UAE 1-0 India
Khater  63′

Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium,

Al Ain City

Attendance: 12,000

4-May-01
Yemen 3-3 India
Al-Salimi  13′ (p),  20′,  62′ Ancheri  16′,  38′

Vijayan  51′

Althawra Sports City Stadium, San‘a’

Attendance: 25,000

11-May-01
Brunei 0-1 India
Ancheri 75′
Sultan Hassal Bolkiah Stadium, Bandar Seri Begawan
Attendance: 4,000
20-May-01
India 5-0 Brunei
Alberto  12′
Vijayan  23′
Bhutia 35′ (p)
Ancheri  59′
Hakim 80′
Bangalore Stadium, Bangalore
Attendance: 7,000

2006 World Cup

In 2016 AFC introduced a preliminary round in the qualifications. 14 last ranked teams would fight it out in a preliminary round. However, India was not among the 14 last ranked nations and qualified directly to play in Round 2. India was in Group 3 along with Japan, Oman and Singapore. This campaign was nothing short of a disaster for India. This campaign ended Stephen Constantine’s first stint with India. We conceded 16 goals and could only score 2 in the  whole campaign. Stephen Constantine was sacked and Sukhwinder took on the reigns in 2005.

Table :

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Japan 6 6 0 0 16 1 15 18
2 Oman 6 3 1 2 14 3 11 10
3 India 6 1 1 4 2 18 -16 4
4  Singapore 6 1 0 5 3 13 -10 3

Matches :

18-Feb-04
India 1-0 Singapore
 Alberto  71′
Fatorda Stadium, Margao

Attendance: 28,000

31-Mar-2004
 India  1-1  Oman
Renedy  18′ Amad Ali 12′

Ahmed Mubarak  26′, 49′

Al Hinai 60′, 88′

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi

Attendance: 48,000

9-Jun-04
Japan 7-0 India
Kubo 12′
Fukunishi 25′
Nakamura 29′
Suzuki 54′
Nakazawa 65′, 76′
Ogasawara 68′

Saitama Stadium, Saitama

Attendance:  63,000

8-Sep-04
India 0-4 Japan
Suzuki Goal 45′

Ono 60′
Fukunishi 71′
Miyamoto 87′

Yuva Bharati Krirangan, Bidhannagar

Attendance: 90,000

13-Oct-04
Singapore 2-0 India
 Sahdan Goal 73′
Mohd Goal 76
Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
Attendance: 3,609
17-Nov-04
Oman 0-0 India
Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat
Attendance: 2,000

2010 World Cup

In 2010 AFC introduced seeding for teams in the qualifiers. Seeding for the first two rounds was based each team’s performance during the qualification stage for the previous World Cup. Nations ranked 1-5 after seeding directly qualified for the third round of qualifiers, where as nations ranked 6–43 entered the first round, with teams ranked from 6–24 drawn against teams ranked from 25–43. Bob Houghton coached India was drawn against Lebanon in the first round match that was played in an home and away format. We suffered a 4-1 defeat in the away match at Lebanon but managed to hold them for a draw in Goa. Asutralia, Japan, North Korea and South Korea represented Asia in 2010 World Cup.

Matches :

08-oct-2007
Lebanon 4-1 India
Antar 33′
Ghaddar 62′, 76′
El Ali 63′
Chetri 30′
Saida International Stadium, Saida

Attendance: 500

30-Oct-2007
 India  1-1  Lebanon
Chhetri 29′
Dias 90+2′
Ghaddar 72′ (pen.), 85′
Fatorda Stadium, Goa

Attendance: 10,000

2014 World Cup

For the 2014 World Cup, AFC’s competitions committee decided to follow the same format of 2010 World Cup qualifiers. Teams ranked 1–5 directly qualified to the group stages of qualifiers. Those ranked 6-27 received a bye to the 2nd round of qualification and teams ranked 28-43 played the 1st round of qualification. We received a bye to play in the 2nd round of qualifiers and were pitted against UAE. Armando Colaco had taken over the reigns from Bob Houghton by the time we took on UAE in an away match on 23-July-2011, in we got defeated 3-0.

23-july-2011
UAE 3-0 India
Al Kamali 21′ (pen.)
Al Shehhi 29′ (pen.)
Al Hammadi Goal 81′
Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 3,179
28-july-2011
 India  2-2  UAE
Jeje 74′
Gouramangi 90+2′
Al Shehhi 40′
Al-Wehaibi 72′
Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi
Attendance: 13,000

Our hopes to qualify for 2018 World Cup are over. Recently we lost 3-0 to Oman and that was our fifth consecutive defeat in this qualifying campaign. For the uninitiated, such bad results are not new for our football team. 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign has also been disrupted because of ISL coinciding with the qualifiers. Let us hope that our team manage to win some upcoming home matches. Mean while, hoping that you enjoyed this compilation of the results from the past.

WC Qualifiers 2018- India Vs Oman: Why the tie promises to be a humdinger!

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The countdown has begun.

11th of June 2015. 19:00Hrs.Bengaluru.India Vs Oman. First match in the second round of WC 2018 Qualifiers for India. It is going to be a crunch tie for India from many angles. The big question is, can India defeat Oman or at least snatch a point?!Let us examine.

 

History:

 

From a nondescript history, Oman rocket-blasted into the Asian football horizon only in the 1990s. Indian football on the other hand plummeted into the bottom of its history roughly during the same period.

The current FIFA ranking of Oman and India are 101 and 141 respectively. India faced the Red warriors twice in WC qualifiers in 2004.Oman won the away match 5-1 but India managed to pull off a draw in the away match 0-0.The most recent encounter was in 2012 when India was again thrashed 5-1.

However for the past few months, Oman is not in its best of forms. It was battered in the Asian cup 2015 in January by Asian power houses. In preparatory friendlies, Oman was held to a goalless draw by a lower ranked Bahrain on 3th May  and on 5th June, another lower ranked Syria beat Oman 2-1. What it signifies that Oman has still some distance to go to be the best even in Asia. A glance at the social networking sites of Omani football will reveal widespread resentment against the French coach. Some fans even predicted a win for India. (https://www.facebook.com/OmanNationalFootballTeam/timeline)

Meanwhile team India is on an upswing and has improved a lot since they last played Oman. Most of the sloths and technically amateurish players, blessed by the previous coach have been replaced by a far fitter and faster lot of hungry youngsters who are hardly afraid of anyone on ground.

So the match is likely to be played without the baggage of history  and would definitely be a test of character for the boys in Blue.

 

Indian football reloaded:

 

Till date, National team fixtures normally meant no live telecast, sparse crowd consisting mostly of media and security personnel with a few hundred diehard fans. However this time it is a different story altogether. The amount of excitement and enthusiasm that is being witnessed about this match at Bengaluru is unprecedented. The minuscule number of fans who believed that India could make it big in football is growing exponentially each passing day. After the glitzy inaugural edition of the hugely popular Indian Super League and a far improved I-league 2015, expectation is running high. Thousands of guys are hoping against hope for a miracle win by the blue tigers. Sony Six has started airing promos for the match. Various online forums are abuzz with the selection of team and team composition Tickets sales have started online and one is expected to have a full house at Sree Kanteerava stadium. If so, then it will indicate how popular the game of football has really become in cricket crazy India.

 

Home advantage:

 

Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Oman has a capacity of around 34k.All the other stadiums have capacities of less than 15k to below 10k.So it is pretty safe to assume that most of Oman’s players are not used to playing in front of huge crowds. Thus a vociferous, hostile crowd of over 20 thousand might prove to be a factor in a crunch game like this. High humidity of Bengaluru is also going to be a crucial factor. Playing surface of Sree Kateerava is an area of concern for Oman too. Team manager Mohammed Al Alawi had visited the Stadium recently and found the surface “uneven and bumpy”. However all the Indian players are well versed with pitch which will be an added advantage for India.

So it remains to be seen how far India can exploit the home conditions.

Team Oman vis-à-vis team India:

Physicality:

Traditionally West Asian teams are physically stronger than their Indian counter parts. However Oman is an exception. A closer look will reveal that this Indian team has players equally well built if not stronger.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu -1.97 m, Arnab Mandal- 1.79m,  Sandesh Jhingan  1.88m, Dhanachandra Singh- 1.80m, Rino Anto- 1.74m, Dhanpal Ganesh- 1.85m,Robin Singh-1.85m, Lalchhuan Mawia- 1.82, Gurwinder Singh-1.83m , Saityasen Singh -1.78m,Augustin Fernandes- 1.79m,Holicharan Narzary -1.79m are all tall enough to match most of their opponents. Here is a view of Oman player’s heights:

GK-Ali Al Habsi(1.84m),Al Busaidi(1.73m) – Al Musalami (1.75m)–Sallam Amur – Ali Salim(1.65m), Eid Mohammed(1.83m) – Ahmed Kano(1.79m), Raed Ibrahim(1.78m) – Al Hosni(1.81m) – Qasim Said(1.78m), Al Muqbali(1.81m)

 

Department of Fitness:

Fitness of Indian players has always been an area of concern. However with the improvement of training facilities and introduction of professional trainers, team India has made remarkable progress. As evident from the matches against Nepal or the recently held AFC cup matches. Indian players appeared far fitter than their predecessors. They ran full throttle till the very end. Jackichand Singh, Saityasen Singh, Eugensen Lyngdoh,Sandesh Jhingan or Sehnaj Singh can be as fast as anybody. So this time Oman just might find it tough to run past the Indians unlike previous matches.

Game plan:

Anyone watching I-league 2015 or The ISL season#1 will vouch for the improvements of Indian players as far as the passing or ball possession is concerned. The Omanis are known to play short passes too. It will be really interesting to see how the battle of midfield goes. Expect an all out battle as India is expected to go for pressing football to break up the rhythm of Omanis. Oman, if put under pressure is prone to leaving a lot of open spaces for the opponents. It remains to be seen how Mr. Constantine and his boys take advantage of these loopholes.

Former France international Paul Le Guen, in charge of team Oman, has come under fierce criticism off late for Oman’s recent performances. He has made quite a few changes from the squad which took part in Asian Cup in Januray 2015. Regulars like Jaber Al Owaisi(DF), Al Shatri(DMF),Hassan Mudhafar(LB), Yaqoob Abdul Karim(FW) and Said Al Ruzaiqi(FW) have been axed.

Anyway India needs to watch out for the striker Abdul Aziz Al Muqbali, the set piece master Ahmed ‘Kano’ Mubarak, nippy young wingers, Raed Ibrahim and Qasim Said. Experienced customer  Ahmed ‘Kano’ Mubarak is another threat who gets dangerous during his attacking forays.

Meanwhile India would be relying on Mr. Ever Dependable Sunil Chhetri and the brute strength of the mercurial Robin Singh with Saityasen and Jackichand Singh providing ample support. Defence looks solid but availability of the emerging star Sandesh Jhingan might be a dampener as he is carrying a shoulder injury. However the sturdy Dhanachandra Singh’s role will be most crucial along with that of the big kid, Dhanpal Ganesh for quick overlaps and breaking of Oman’s flow. The extremely talented Eugeneson Lyngdoh will have to carry the mantel of midfield.

 

Parting notes:

Oman is obviously the favorite to win the tie. However rest assured that India will come hard at them. It is   going to be a test for Mr. Constantine’s acumen as his team selection, leaving out Romeo or Brandon Fernandes and benching Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, has come under a lot of criticism from the fans. If Oman fumbles a bit and India puts up an above par show then an upset win is not all that impossible for India though even a draw is being considered by many to be a respectable result. If so then this surely will be a watershed moment for Indian football.

Bengal down Jharkhand, Mizoram beat Meghalaya in Zonal finals

Sub-Junior, Football, National, Championship, The Coca Cocla Cup, 2014-15, AIFF, Soccer, U-17, World Cup, Scouting, Zonal, Final, Round, South ZoneWest Bengal, Mizoram, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Chandigarh and Haryana are the six teams so far to have qualified for the Final Round of the Sub-Junior CocaCola Cup.

First-half goals from Arnab Negi and Abhijit Mondal in the 18th and 36th minute respectively helped West Bengal – who qualified from East Zone Group B with maximum points – down gritty Jharkhand who until the final match had plundered no less than 19 goals in two matches. According to the rules, Jharkhand also qualified for the final round as the second team from East Zone.

Mizoram on the other hand rode on a second-half brace from Jerry Laldinpuia either side of a strike from Larry Lalrinalawma to beat Meghalaya by three goals and make the cut. Meghalaya similarly qualified as the second team.

In the North Zone, Chandigarh and Haryana will fight it out for the Zonal finals, with both teams booking their places in the final round.

Report: AIFF Media.

FIFA Team Inspects Kochi JN Stadium and Training Grounds for 2017 U-17 World Cup

Kochi, Football, Jawahar Lala Nehru Stadium, JN, Kaloor, Soccer, U-17, World Cup, FIFA, Mather, Kerala Football Association, KFA, Natural turf, FIFA, 2017 U-17 World CupMr.Constantin Weiland FIFA Official along with AIFF officials Mr.Javier Ceppi , Mr.Shaji Prabhakar, Mr.Vijay Parthasaradhy, Ms.Roma Khanna conducted Inspection at JNI Stadium, Kaloor today in the presence of KFA President KMI Mather and General Secretary Anilkumar P. The team checked the infra structure and facilities at the Stadium. They have also visited the proposed training venues at KUFOS Ground, Fort Kochi Veli Ground, Govt: Boys Higher Secondary School Ground, Panampilly Nagar and Maharajas College Ground in the morning.

“As the Stadium is made of Natural Turf the training grounds also must be of the same “, the team conveyed to Mr. Mather. They will be sharing the report within another few days. The team left for Bombay by evening, expressing their hope to furnish the training grounds and the Stadium renovation work up to the FIFA standards within the time frame.

An article in Deccan Chronicle about the visit throws more insight. FIFA stipulates having four training grounds in a World Cup hosting city. Javier Ceppi the tournament director appointed by AIFF was quoted in DC saying :

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Not official logo. FNI interpretation

“We need four training grounds that is the minimum. The grounds have to be ten times better than the current pitch”

He also emphasized on the need of bucket seats in the stadium for it to qualify for hosting the 2017 U-17 World cup. The second tier in Kochi JN stadium currently don’t have bucket seats installed.

It is also mentioned in the report that a confirmation on whether Kochi will be hosting the tournament would be available by January 2015.

With Kochi registering an average crowd of 47000 for ISL, the city has gathered attention from the authorities in terms of attracting crowd. If our local authorities wake up and work towards this goal, we will see Kochi hosting 2017 U-17 World Cup.

With inputs from KFA press-release

Manjeri to host South Zone Sub Junior National Championship 2014-15‏

Sub-Junior, Football, National, Championship, The Coca Cocla Cup, 2014-15, AIFF, Soccer, U-17, World Cup, Scouting, Zonal, Final, Round, South Zone, ManjeriIts raining football in Manjeri. The district is high on a  win in the inter-district football championship that took place at the Kottapady stadium. Football is back again and this time it is to Manjeri, the venue for last year’s Federation cup that saw huge turn out.

South Zone Sub Junior National Championship for Coca Cola Cup 2014-15 will  be conducted at Malappuram District Sports Council Ground at Manjeri from 12th to 22nd December 2014. 5 teams including Kerala, Tamil Nadu , Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh & Pondicherry will be competing in the championship.

Fixture will be as follows :

        Date

 

     Team A

    Team B

12/12/2014

Tamil Nadu

Karnataka

12/12/2014

Kerala

Andhra Pradesh

14/12/2014

Pondicherry

Karnataka

14/12/2014

Tamil Nadu

Andhra Pradesh

16/12/2014

Kerala

Pondicherry

16/12/2014

Karnataka

Andhra Pradesh

18/12/2014

Tamil Nadu

Pondicherry

18/12/2014

Karnataka

Kerala

20/12/2014

Andhra Pradesh

Pondicherry

20/12/2014

Tamil Nadu

Kerala

 FINALS

 

22/12/2014

Group Winner

Group Runner Up

 

Sub-Junior National Football Championship for Coca Cola Cup 2014-15

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Sub-Junior National Football Championship for Coca Cola Cup 2014-15 will kick off on December 8th.

This tournament which will act as a platform for scouting for the upcoming 2017 U-17 World Cup that will take place in India is conducted on a zonal basis.

Jharkhand emerge champions of 36th Sub Junior Nationals

Update :

Jharkhand has been stripped of the title because of age fraud. AIFF found out that some players in the Jharkhand team is over aged.

Jharkhand walloped Goa 8-3 in the final to emerge champions.

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  Final Round Table Group A

Team P W D L F A Pts
Goa 4 3 0 1 9 3 9
Chandigarh 4 2 2 0 5 3 8
West Bengal 3 1 0 2 4 3 3
Karnataka 4 0 2 2 4 10 2
Meghalaya 3 0 2 1 3 6 2

Final Round Table Group B

Team P W D L F A Pts
Jharkhand 4 4 0 0 16 6 12
Kerala 4 2 1 1 14 10 7
Mizoram 4 2 0 2 8 8 6
Maharashtra 3 0 1 2 8 15 1
Haryana 3 0 0 3 3 10 0

Fixtures of Final Round :

Teams that have qualified for the final rounds are divided in to two groups, A & B.

Group A

Chandigarh, Karnataka, Goa, West Bengal, Meghalaya

Group B

Maharashtra, Kerala, Haryana, Jharkhand, Mizoram

Fixtures :

Match Score
January 13, 2015
Chandigarh Karnataka
1 - 1
January 13, 2015
Goa West Bengal
2 - 0


Match Score
January 14, 2015
Maharashtra Kerala
5 - 5
January 14, 2015
Haryana Jharkhand
2 - 4


Match Score
January 15, 2015
Karnataka Meghalaya
2 - 2
January 15, 2015
West Bengal Chandigarh
0 - 1


Match Score
January 16, 2015
Mizoram Jharkhand
2 - 3
January 16, 2015
Kerala Haryana
5 - 1


Match Score
January 17, 2015
Meghalaya Chandigarh
1 - 1
January 17, 2015
Goa Karnataka
3 - 1


Match Score
January 18, 2015
Mizoram Haryana
1 - 0
January 18, 2015
Jharkhand Maharashtra
7 - 1


Match Score
January 19, 2015
West Bengal Karnataka
4 - 0
January 19, 2015
Meghalaya Goa
0 - 3


Match Score
January 20, 2015
Kerala Jharkhand
1 - 2
January 20, 2015
Maharashtra Mizoram
-:-


Match Score
January 21, 2015
Chandigarh Goa
2 - 1
January 21, 2015
West Bengal Meghalaya
5 - 1


Match Score
January 22, 2015
Haryana Maharashtra
-:-
January 22, 2015
Mizoram Kerala
2 - 3


Update:

Ten teams have qualified for the final round of the Coca Cola Cup. Zonal winners and runners make up these.

North Zone

Winners  : Chandigarh

Runners Up : Haryana

South Zone

Winners  : Karnataka

Runners Up : Kerala

West Zone

Winners  : Maharashtra

Runners Up : Goa

East Zone

Winners  : West Bengal

Runners Up : Jharkhand

North-East Zone

Winners  : Mizoram

Runners Up : Meghalaya

 

Mode of Competition

  • The Championship will be played on basis of the following system:
Zonal Round : North, South, East, West & North East
  • Depending upon the number of participants, the teams will be divided into
  • different/single group/s and the matches will be played on a single leg leaguecum knock-out basis in their respective zones.
  • The two (2) teams qualifying for the zonal finals from each zone will qualify
    for the final competition, ten teams
Final Round:
  • Ten (10) teams qualified from the Zonal round will be divided into two (2) groups of five (5) teams each
  • Matches will be played on a single leg league basis and top two (2) teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals
  • The semi-finals and the final will be played on knock-out basis. The winnersof the semi-final matches will play in the final.

Zones in the tournament

South Zone

Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Andhra Pradesh

West Zone

Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Daman & Diu

EAST ZONE GROUP A

Sikkim, Jharkhand, Orissa

EAST ZONE GROUP B

SAI , Bihar, West Bengal, Chattisgarh

NORTH EAST ZONE GROUP A

Nagaland, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram

NORTH EAST ZONE GROUP B

Meghalaya , Tripura, Manipur

NORTH ZONE GROUP A

Haryana , Himachal Pradesh, Delhi , Uttarakhand

NORTH ZONE GROUP B

Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Chandigarh

Zone Wise Finals

North Zone

Chandigarh – Haryana

2 - 0


South Zone

Kerala – Karnataka

1 - 3


West Zone

Maharashtra – Goa

3 - 0


East Zone

Jharkhand – West Bengal

0 - 2


North East Zone

Mizoram – Meghalaya

3 - 0


Schedule according to match day for Zonals:

Bookmark this page! Results will be updated here!


Match Score
December 8, 2014
Assam Mizoram
2 - 3


Match Score
December 9, 2014
Meghalaya Tripura
9 - 1


Match Score
December 10, 2014
Jharkhand Sikkim
14 - 0
December 10, 2014
Goa Madhya Pradesh
6 - 1
December 10, 2014
Maharashtra Gujarat
6 - 0
December 10, 2014
Arunachal Pradesh Mizoram
-:-
December 10, 2014
Nagaland Assam
-:-


Match Score
December 11, 2014
West Bengal Chhattisgarh
5 - 1
December 11, 2014
SAI Bihar
4 - 1
December 11, 2014
Tripura Manipur
0 - 16


Match Score
December 12, 2014
Orissa Jharkhand
5 - 2
December 12, 2014
Daman and Diu Madhya Pradesh
1 - 6
December 12, 2014
Goa Gujarat
8 - 0
December 12, 2014
Mizoram Assam
3 - 0
December 12, 2014
Nagaland Arunachal Pradesh
-:-
December 12, 2014
Haryana Himachal Pradesh
2 - 0
December 12, 2014
Delhi Uttarakhand
1 - 0
December 12, 2014
Kerala Andhra Pradesh
7 - 0
December 12, 2014
Tamil Nadu Karnataka
1 - 2


Match Score
December 13, 2014
Chhattisgarh SAI
1 - 2
December 13, 2014
Bihar West Bengal
1 - 6
December 13, 2014
Manipur Meghalaya
0 - 1
December 13, 2014
Punjab Chandigarh
0 - 1
December 13, 2014
Uttar Pradesh Jammu & Kashmir
2 - 1


Match Score
December 14, 2014
Pondicherry Karnataka
-:-
December 14, 2014
Tamil Nadu Andhra Pradesh
5 - 1
December 14, 2014
Sikkim Orissa
1 - 13
December 14, 2014
Maharashtra Daman and Diu
12 - 0
December 14, 2014
Madhya Pradesh Gujarat
0 - 5
December 14, 2014
Himachal Pradesh Delhi
2 - 1
December 14, 2014
Uttarakhand Haryana
1 - 1
December 15, 2014
Mizoram Meghalaya
3 - 0


Match Score
December 15, 2014
West Bengal SAI
4 - 1
December 15, 2014
Bihar Chhattisgarh
7 - 0
December 15, 2014
Chandigarh Uttar Pradesh
5 - 1
December 15, 2014
Jammu & Kashmir Punjab
-:-


Match Score
December 16, 2014
Haryana Delhi
2 - 1
December 16, 2014
Uttarakhand Himachal Pradesh
2 - 2
December 16, 2014
Kerala Pondicherry
0 - 0 (o.P.)
December 16, 2014
Karnataka Andhra Pradesh
8 - 0
December 16, 2014
Goa Daman and Diu
9 - 1
December 16, 2014
Maharashtra Madhya Pradesh
4 - 1
December 17, 2014
Jharkhand West Bengal
0 - 2


Match Score
December 17, 2014
Punjab Uttar Pradesh
7 - 0
December 17, 2014
Jammu & Kashmir Chandigarh
0 - 2


Match Score
December 18, 2014
Tamil Nadu Pondicherry
-:-
December 18, 2014
Karnataka Kerala
1 - 3
December 18, 2014
Gujarat Daman and Diu
5 - 0
December 18, 2014
Goa Maharashtra
5 - 5
December 19, 2014
Chandigarh Haryana
2 - 0


Match Score
December 20, 2014
Andhra Pradesh Pondicherry
-:-
December 20, 2014
Tamil Nadu Kerala
1 - 4
December 20, 2014
Maharashtra Goa
3 - 0

 

AIFF tying up with Brazilian club, Atletico Paranaense

Atletico Paranaense, Brazil, India, AIFF, FIFA, U-17, World Cup, 2017, AIFF, Kushal Das, BrazilAccording a PTI report, All India Football Federation is tying up the with Brazilian club, Atletico Paranaense keeping in mind the 2017 Under-17 World Cup that is slated to take place in the country.

Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF was quoted as saying  “To give exposure to the players, AIFF is tying up with Brazilian team, for an exchange program of the U-17 team,”

The other points that has got a mention in the report are FIFA’s visit to India in November to inspect stadiums for 2017 U-17 World cup,  the viability of football as a profession and the need for state associations being agile for the development at grass root level. Kerala and Mizoram were picked out and mentioned by  the General Secretary on the last aspect.

Apart from the usual backing up of ISL from the federation, Kushal Das has mentioned the importance of connecting to the fans through regional languages. Star Sports will be broadcasting the new league in 5 languages – Hindi, English, Bengali, Malayalam and Kannada.

Santosh Trophy also gets a surprise mention. Apparently there are plans to telecast Santosh Trophy matches as well.

Read the report here.

FIFA allocates $38 million for 2017 U-17 World Cup in India

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According to a report in PTI, AIFF vice-president Subhas Chopra, was quoted saying, “For the U-17 World Cup in 2017, FIFA officials have told us that they have kept around $38 million for organizational purpose only.”

Subash Chopra, treasurer Hardev Jadeja and executive committee member Ankur Dutta attended the FIFA congress in Sao Paolo just two days before the start of the 2014 World Cup.

More here : Fifa earmarks $38 million for Under-17 World Cup in India

Six Kerala kids in Goa Academy for the 2017 U-17 World Cup Camp

AIFF, FIFA. Goa, U-17, World Cup, India, Football, Indianfootball, Soccer, AcademyMany lists came and went, but there were no names from Kerala any more in the Indian football team in the recent years.  This development is a much need solace for that existential agony Kerala Football was facing for some years now.

Malayalam media reports  that 6 kids from Kerala has been selected for the 2nd batch that will train in AIFF Goa Academy, the preparatory camp for the 2017 U-17 World Cup that will be hosted in India. There are already two Kerala boys training at the academy – Rishi Dutt from Thrissur and Abu Thahir from Idukki.

They are joined by Rahul (Thrissur), Inayat (Kozhikode), Favad (Malappuram) and Ajin Tom Kerala, Premier, League, KPL, Football, Soccer, AGs Office, Excise, Police, Customs, Eagles FC, india, Indianfootball,(Wayanad). These kids were selected from the sub-junior national championships that took place in May 2013. The selected bunch were screened in Goa and an 18 member squad was selected.

Four of these kids are part of SEPT training centers in the state. Rahul from Thrissur trains at the Parappur Center, Favad from the Therattammal center, Inayat from the Mavoor center in Kozhikode and Ajin Tom through the Naduval center of SEPT. This a splendid achievement for SEPT who has been involved in grassroots football development in the state.

The preparatory camp in goa will start this monday.

Who will Qualify as a Marquee Player in I-league?

With AIFF set to introduce the “Marquee player” policy in the next season’s I-League, here is a graphic by us which explains what kind of players will qualify as a Marquee player.

I-league, Marquee Player, Football, League, India, Indianfootball, Soccer, World Cup, AFC, ACN, African Nations CupHere is AIFF’s definition of Marquee Player – Marquee Player Defined.

 

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