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‘A stepping stone for young girls’: Bala Devi ahead of women's Asian Cup

  • One of India's biggest-ever football stars, Bala Devi, who bagged her third AIFF Women’s Footballer of the Year Award earlier this year, urged the football fans of India to show support for their nation at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 and the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022.
AFC Women's Asian Cup trophy
AFC Women's Asian Cup trophy
Published on Oct 20, 2021 05:53 PM IST
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It's substance over statistics for India women's football coach Thomas Dennerby

India have beaten UAE and Bahrain and will face Chinese Taipei this week in the ongoing exposure to Bahrain.
Thomas Dennerby(Twitter)
Thomas Dennerby(Twitter)
Published on Oct 11, 2021 10:10 PM IST
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ByRajesh Pansare, Mumbai

My target is to play the Asian Cup, says Bala Devi

Recovering from ACL surgery, the India striker knows it is a long shot but then so was playing for Rangers.
Bala Devi(Rangers FC/Twitter)
Bala Devi(Rangers FC/Twitter)
Published on Oct 09, 2021 10:23 PM IST
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ByDhiman Sarkar, Kolkata

Bala Devi unlikely for Asian Cup, says coach Thomas Dennerby

  • Surgery for ACL injury could rule out India striker for next year’s competition.
Bala Devi's ACL injury could shut her chances of playing the Asian Cup. (AIFF)
Bala Devi's ACL injury could shut her chances of playing the Asian Cup. (AIFF)
Updated on Sep 11, 2021 03:50 PM IST
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ByDhiman Sarkar, Kolkata

Bala Devi, Manisha Kalyan named winners of annual AIFF awards

India women's forward Bala Devi has been named as the AIFF Women's Footballer of the Year 2020-21, with young gun Manisha Kalyan winning the AIFF Women's Emerging Footballer of the Year 2020-21 Award.
Bala Devi (L) and Manisha Kalyan named winners of annual AIFF awards.(HT COLLAGE)
Bala Devi (L) and Manisha Kalyan named winners of annual AIFF awards.(HT COLLAGE)
Published on Jul 20, 2021 12:17 PM IST
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Sunil Chhetri nominated for Khel Ratna, Bala Devi for Arjuna Award

Chhetri has been in terrific form for the country and for his Indian Super League (ISL) club Bengaluru FC over the past few years. Bala Devi became the first Indian woman footballer to play for a top-flight professional league in Europe.
Indian footballer Sunil Chhetri (L) and Bala Devi (R)(HT Collage)
Indian footballer Sunil Chhetri (L) and Bala Devi (R)(HT Collage)
Published on Jun 30, 2021 05:57 PM IST
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U-17 World Cup will help change overall mindset about women’s football in India: Bala Devi

The tournament was originally scheduled to be held this year but was first postponed to 2021 and then pushed back by another year to 2022.
Bala Devi(AIFF)
Bala Devi(AIFF)
Updated on Dec 22, 2020 11:52 PM IST
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Mary Kom a big source of inspiration for me: Bala Devi

Bala, the first Indian woman to play professional football in a top-flight league in Europe, talked about an interaction with the six-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom during the 2014 Asian Games.
Photo of Indian footballer Bala Devi(Twitter)
Photo of Indian footballer Bala Devi(Twitter)
Updated on Dec 12, 2020 06:29 PM IST
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Bala Devi scores her first goal in Scottish Women’s Premier League

Coming off the bench in the 65th minute, Bala scored her side’s last goal of the match in the 85th minute on Sunday. She latched on to a through ball and slotted it home past opposition keeper to register her name on the scoresheet.
Bala Devi(Rangers Women/Twitter)
Bala Devi(Rangers Women/Twitter)
Updated on Dec 07, 2020 04:43 PM IST
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No reason why can’t East Bengal and Mohun Bagan have women’s derby: Bala Devi

Traditional rivals Mohun Bagan and East Bengal will clash in the Indian Super League for the first time on Friday since their mergers with ATK and Shree Cement respectively and Bala Devi hopes to see a similar derby soon for the women’s game.
Bala Devi (Indian womens football team caption) in action during the practice session at Unites Poona Sports Academy in NCL, Pashan in Pune.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)
Bala Devi (Indian womens football team caption) in action during the practice session at Unites Poona Sports Academy in NCL, Pashan in Pune.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 25, 2020 05:27 PM IST
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Pandemic kicks women’s football to touch in India

When the pandemic jettisoned sport, Bala’s Rangers career was one league game old. The women’s league in Scotland will resume on Sunday– Bala’s team will play Heart of Midlothian on the opening day– but women’s football is likely to be the hardest hit among all sport by Covid-19.
Since the last season of the Indian Women’s League, which ended in mid-February, India’s women footballers have been out of action and the future remains uncertain.(AIFF)
Since the last season of the Indian Women’s League, which ended in mid-February, India’s women footballers have been out of action and the future remains uncertain.(AIFF)
Updated on Oct 17, 2020 01:30 PM IST
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NEW DELHI | ByBhargab Sarmah

Scottish Premier League on halt, Bala Devi working on her fitness

Bala has been altering her schedule as per the pandemic situation and has kept herself busy doing indoor exercises, yoga, or going for jogging at nearby parks while maintaining social distancing.
Ngangom Bala Devi during media interaction at Aksharnandan School.(HT)
Ngangom Bala Devi during media interaction at Aksharnandan School.(HT)
Updated on Jul 03, 2020 10:08 PM IST
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More footballers will follow Bala Devi’s footsteps: Aditi Chauhan

Aditi believes more girls will emulate national team striker Devi, who last year became the first Indian woman to play in a top-flight professional league in Europe.
Aditi Chauhan had played in England for London-based West Ham Ladies between 2015 and 2018.(Image Courtesy: AIFF)
Aditi Chauhan had played in England for London-based West Ham Ladies between 2015 and 2018.(Image Courtesy: AIFF)
Updated on Jun 28, 2020 04:20 PM IST
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Bala is an inspiration to all women footballers: Praful Patel

The national team striker from Manipur is currently on a professional contract with Rangers, the first Indian woman footballer to do so.
Ngangom Bala Devi during media interaction at Aksharnandan School near SB road in Pune.(HT PHOTO)
Ngangom Bala Devi during media interaction at Aksharnandan School near SB road in Pune.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 16, 2020 05:47 PM IST
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AIFF nominates consistent Sandesh Jhingan, path-breaking Bala Devi for Arjuna Award

Acting on the Sports Ministry’s directive to send nominations for this year’s sports awards, the AIFF did not have much trouble in finalising the names.
Ngangom Bala Devi during media interaction at Aksharnandan School near SB road in Pune, India.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
Ngangom Bala Devi during media interaction at Aksharnandan School near SB road in Pune, India.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 12, 2020 05:00 PM IST
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I’m improving every time in training at Rangers: Bala Devi

Bala Devi said that the training at Rangers was pretty intense and she was looking to making the most of the “amazing” facilities on offer.
A file photo of Bala Devi.(Twitter)
A file photo of Bala Devi.(Twitter)
Updated on Feb 29, 2020 01:20 AM IST
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Rangers FC is an opportunity I want to make the most of at any cost: Bala Devi

Bala Devi scripted history when she was signed up by renowned Scottish side Rangers FC last month, making her the first Indian woman to play outside the country professionally.
Bala Devi(Rangers FC/Twitter)
Bala Devi(Rangers FC/Twitter)
Updated on Feb 28, 2020 03:57 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Players see new path in Bala deal

Even among teammates, Bala hardly carries herself with an air of someone who has made it a habit to demolish defence of rivals on the field over the years.
Manipur’s Bala Devi has been playing in the senior national team for the past 14 years.(AIFF)
Manipur’s Bala Devi has been playing in the senior national team for the past 14 years.(AIFF)
Updated on Feb 04, 2020 02:13 PM IST
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NEW DELHI | ByBhargab Sarmah

In an Indian first, Rangers sign Bala Devi

The 29-year-old forward from Manipur joined an elite league of Indian footballers on Wednesday when she was signed on an 18-month contract by the premier Scottish club. She is the first Asian international footballer in the Glasgow-based team’s roster.
File image of India footballer Bala Devi.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
File image of India footballer Bala Devi.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 29, 2020 11:34 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Indian women’s football team clinches third successive SAG gold, beat Nepal 2-0

Bala Devi was the star of the show again as she struck a brace on either side of the half time to guide India to a comfortable victory over the home side in the final.
India Women’s football team celebrates.(AIFF)
India Women’s football team celebrates.(AIFF)
Updated on Dec 09, 2019 09:06 PM IST
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Pokhara | ByPress Trust of India

Indian women’s football team trounces Sri Lanka 6-0 in South Asian Games

Sandhiya Ranganathan (10th and 25th) struck a first-half brace, while Ratanbala Devi (18th and 88th) scored one in each half. Dangmei Grace (7th) and Bala Devi (90+1) also scored one each to complete the rout.
Indian women’s football team produced yet another dominant display against Sri Lanka.(AIFF)
Indian women’s football team produced yet another dominant display against Sri Lanka.(AIFF)
Updated on Dec 05, 2019 05:04 PM IST
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South Asian Games: Bala Devi grabs brace as India mauls Maldives 5-0

Apart from Bala, Dangmei Grace, Manisha and Jabamani Tudu -- all scored a goal apiece to hand India three points at the Pokhara Stadium.
Updated on Dec 03, 2019 06:54 PM IST
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Pokhara | ByPress Trust of India

Indian striker Bala Devi begins trial with Rangers FC

The club currently plays in the top-flight of the Scottish Women’s Premier League which comprises two divisions of eight teams each. Rangers WFC have finished fourth in the recently concluded 2019 season.
Indian national team captain Bala Devi Ngangom at Rangers.(@RangersWFC)
Indian national team captain Bala Devi Ngangom at Rangers.(@RangersWFC)
Updated on Nov 22, 2019 11:25 AM IST
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Glasgow | ByIndo Asian News Service

India women’s football coach Maymol Rocky calls up 30 players for preparatory camp

Talking about the camp, Maymol stated that there is “increased confidence” in the team after the result against Vietnam and these 10 days will offer her a great opportunity to assess the fresh faces.
File image of Maymol Rocky.(AIFF)
File image of Maymol Rocky.(AIFF)
Updated on Nov 20, 2019 05:02 PM IST
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International Friendly: Indian women’s football team hold Vietnam to 1-1 draw

Thai Thi Thao put the hosts in the lead in the 39th minute, but India came back strongly in the second half to equalise through Ranjana Chanu.
File image of India women’s football team.(AIFF)
File image of India women’s football team.(AIFF)
Updated on Nov 06, 2019 07:04 PM IST
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Bala Devi hails changes in Indian women’s football team national set-up

The team is currently undergoing a camp for the forthcoming back-to- back international friendlies against Vietnam on November 3 and 6.
Ngangom Bala Devi during media interaction.(HT Photo)
Ngangom Bala Devi during media interaction.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 29, 2019 03:52 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Indian women’s football team enters Olympic Qualifiers 2nd round for first time

The Indian women’s football team qualified for the Olympic Qualifiers second round for the first time, despite going down to hosts Myanmar 1-2
The Indian women’s football team qualified for the Olympic Qualifiers second round for the first time.(AIFF)
The Indian women’s football team qualified for the Olympic Qualifiers second round for the first time.(AIFF)
Updated on Nov 13, 2018 11:36 PM IST
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Yangon | ByPress Trust of India

Indian women’s football team rout Bangladesh 7-1 in AFC Olympic qualifier

India are slated to face the hosts Myanmar in their Group C match on November 13.
The Indian women’s football team defeated Bangladesh in the AFC 2020 Olympics Qualifiers.(AIFF)
The Indian women’s football team defeated Bangladesh in the AFC 2020 Olympics Qualifiers.(AIFF)
Updated on Nov 11, 2018 05:46 PM IST
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Yangon | ByAsian News International

Eastern Sporting Union, Sethu FC, KRYHPSA win in Indian Women’s League

Eastern Sporting Union won 2-0 against Gokulam Kerala FC, Sethu FC defeated Rising Student Club 2-0 to register their second win, while KRYHPSA continued their unbeaten run following a 2-0 win over India Rush SC, in the Indian Women’s League on Monday
Bala Devi (L) scored a brace as KRYHPSA defeated India Rush SC 2-0 in the Indian Women’s League in Shillong on Monday.(AIFF)
Bala Devi (L) scored a brace as KRYHPSA defeated India Rush SC 2-0 in the Indian Women’s League in Shillong on Monday.(AIFF)
Published on Apr 02, 2018 09:48 PM IST
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