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Igor Stimac, head coach of India, gives instruction to his team )(Getty Images)

Indian football in 2019: Time for the ‘sleeping giant’ to rebuild once again

By Sayan Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2019 12:09 PM IST
From national team set-up to domestic tournaments, there have been changes galore in recent years but the so-called ‘sleeping giant’ has not managed to find a permanent place in the top 100 of the FIFA world rankings.
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File image: Igor Stimac, head coach of India, gives instruction to his team.(Twitter)
File image: Igor Stimac, head coach of India, gives instruction to his team.(Twitter)

Indian football in 2019: Time for the ‘sleeping giant’ to rebuild once again

By Sayan Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2019 03:46 PM IST
From national team set-up to domestic tournaments, there have been changes galore in recent years but the so-called ‘sleeping giant’ has not managed to find a permanent place in the top 100 of the FIFA world rankings.
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Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri with Coach Igor Stimac(PTI)
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri with Coach Igor Stimac(PTI)

Under Stimac, the Indian team is transforming itself: Thapa

By Indo Asian News Service | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2019 01:56 PM IST
Thapa’s rise over the last two years has been somewhat meteoric, which won’t come as a surprise to those who have seen him play the game.
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Robin Singh at an event.(Adidas)
Robin Singh at an event.(Adidas)

‘Progress takes time,’ Robin Singh wants Indian football fans to be patient with Igor Stimac

By YASH BHATI | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2019 09:30 AM IST
Even though the style of football Stimac wants India to play is desirable but the results haven’t been kind to him.
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India's team captain Sunil Chhetri during press conference in Kolkata.(AP)
India's team captain Sunil Chhetri during press conference in Kolkata.(AP)

Continuity from Constantine to Stimac helped: Chhetri

By Dhiman Sarkar | Kolkata
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2019 06:17 PM IST
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who became India’s No. 1 keeper under Constantine in 2015, said the biggest change he has noticed is how players look after themselves now.
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India's forward Sunil Chhetri gestures during the AFC Asian Cup group A soccer match between United Arab Emirates and India at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.(AP)
India's forward Sunil Chhetri gestures during the AFC Asian Cup group A soccer match between United Arab Emirates and India at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.(AP)

Sunil Chhetri hopes India can build on better exposure

By Bhargab Sarmah | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2019 10:27 AM IST
Ace striker feels team, under new coach Stimac, will get stronger from more international games before World Cup qualifiers
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File image of Jobby Justin.(Twitter)
File image of Jobby Justin.(Twitter)

‘I am looking to learn from Sunil Chhetri’: Jobby Justin on joining Indian football team camp

By Sayan Ghosh | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2019 08:07 PM IST
“Personally, it was a dream of mine to play for the national team and I have been given an opportunity with this camp. So, I will do my level best and my ultimate aim is to wear that blue jersey,” Justin told Hindustan Times in an exclusive interview.
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File image of Igor Stimac.(Twitter/AIFF)
File image of Igor Stimac.(Twitter/AIFF)

Sunil Chhetri needs to fight for a place in the team just like others - Igor Stimac

By Sayan Ghosh | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 04:53 PM IST
“Of course, Sunil (Chhetri) is very valuable to our team. He is a role model to these young players who are knocking on the door. He has played so many games, he is so experienced, and has scored so many goals. But just like the others, he needs to fight for a place in the team,” India’s football coach Igor Stimac said.
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File image of Igor Stimac.(Getty Images)
File image of Igor Stimac.(Getty Images)

Croatia’s Igor Stimac appointed Indian football team coach

By PTI | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2019 01:05 PM IST
The national team has been without a coach since the departure of Stephen Constantine in January, following the creditable show at the AFC Asian Cup.
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Soccer Football - AFC Asian Cup - India v United Arab Emirates - Group A - Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - January 10, 2019 India coach Stephen Constantine REUTERS/Satish Kumar(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - AFC Asian Cup - India v United Arab Emirates - Group A - Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - January 10, 2019 India coach Stephen Constantine REUTERS/Satish Kumar(REUTERS)

Stephen Constantine: The saint of grit and grind

By Dhiman Sarkar | Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 04:51 PM IST
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) did not host a farewell for the coach who helped the national team reach its second-highest Fifa ranking of 96 (July, 2017) from 173, it’s lowest, when he joined in 2015
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Indian football team will soon have a new head coach. AIFF has shortlisted four high-profile candidates for the same.(AFP/Getty Images)
Indian football team will soon have a new head coach. AIFF has shortlisted four high-profile candidates for the same.(AFP/Getty Images)

Who’ll helm Indian football?

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2019 10:28 AM IST
BIG NAMES: All India Football Federation (AIFF) shortlists four for national coach’s job to replace Constantine
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File image of former Indian football coach Stephen Constantine.(REUTERS)
File image of former Indian football coach Stephen Constantine.(REUTERS)

AIFF sets May 7 deadline to select Constantine’s successor

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2019 11:34 PM IST
The AIFF will call a meeting of its technical committee on April 15 and hand over 38 applications it has pruned from a total of around 250.
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Indian football team with former coach Stephen Constantine (in black).(Agencies)
Indian football team with former coach Stephen Constantine (in black).(Agencies)

National football coach will be appointed at the earliest: AIFF president

By PTI | New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2019 12:54 PM IST
The AIFF has received more than 250 applications for the top job, post of which was left vacant after Stephen Constantine resigned following the Indian team’s failure to make the knockouts of the AFC Asian Cup after coming close.
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A file photo of former India coach Stephen Constantine.(REUTERS)
A file photo of former India coach Stephen Constantine.(REUTERS)

More than 250 applicants for Indian football team coach’s job

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2019 08:23 PM IST
The post has been left vacant since Stephen Constantine resigned following the Indian team’s failure to make the knockouts of the AFC Asian Cup after coming close to doing so.
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File image of players of Indian football team celebrating after scoring a goal.(PTI)
File image of players of Indian football team celebrating after scoring a goal.(PTI)

FIFA Rankings: India slip out of top 100 in latest charts

By PTI | New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2019 04:54 PM IST
Skipper Sunil Chhetri and Co. slumped six places to be ranked 103 with 1219 points in the FIFA rankings released Thursday.
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Stephen Constantine reacts during the Asian Cup 2019.(REUTERS)
Stephen Constantine reacts during the Asian Cup 2019.(REUTERS)

AIFF has no plans to appoint Indian football team coach before April-May

By Sayan Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 05:58 PM IST
All India Football Federation (AIFF) said that the football governing body has begun the process of searching but stressed that the position will not filled until April-May at least.
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Anirudh Thapa (L) marks United Arab Emirates' midfielder Ismail Al Hamadi.(AFP)
Anirudh Thapa (L) marks United Arab Emirates' midfielder Ismail Al Hamadi.(AFP)

Should have taken our chances against UAE: Anirudh Thapa on AFC Asian Cup 2019 campaign

By Sayan Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2019 06:00 PM IST
Anirudh Thapa, the youngest member of the Indian football team for the AFC Asian Cup 2019, talks about the campaign, what went wrong for the Blue Tigers and coach Stephen Constantine’s exit.
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File picture of Sunil Chhetri(REUTERS)
File picture of Sunil Chhetri(REUTERS)

Exclusive: As a senior player I should have done something - Sunil Chhetri

By Dhiman Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2019 10:08 AM IST
Chhetri said India coach Stephen Constantine had got emotional when telling the players that he wouldn’t stay. “We didn’t speak much about the game.”
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India lost 0-1 to Bahrain to crash out of the 2019 Asian Cup.(Twitter)
India lost 0-1 to Bahrain to crash out of the 2019 Asian Cup.(Twitter)

Indian footballers win hearts despite Asian Cup exit

By AFP | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2019 11:43 PM IST
India did not even qualify for the last Asian Cup, but dared to dream of glory after stunning Thailand 4-1 in their opening match in the United Arab Emirates
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File image of Stephen Constantine.(Reuters)
File image of Stephen Constantine.(Reuters)

Teary-eyed coach Stephen Constantine resigns after India’s AFC Asian Cup exit

By PTI | Sharjah
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2019 01:57 PM IST
India’s promising start to the AFC Asian Cup ended in a heartbreak when they conceded a 90th minute penalty for Bahrain to eke out a 1-0 win in their final group engagements in Sharjah on Monday night. And Stephen Constantine‘s “cycle” was finished.
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India's defender Pritam Kotal, left, celebrates with India's head coach Stephen Constantine during the AFC Asian Cup group A soccer match between Thailand and India.(AP)
India's defender Pritam Kotal, left, celebrates with India's head coach Stephen Constantine during the AFC Asian Cup group A soccer match between Thailand and India.(AP)

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Stephen Constantine upbeat about India’s chances against Bahrain

By PTI | Sharjah
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2019 06:41 PM IST
While hosts UAE lead the proceedings with four points from two games, India and Thailand are close behind with three points each.
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Sunil Chhetri, left, and midfielder Anirudh Thapa celebrate a goal.(AP)
Sunil Chhetri, left, and midfielder Anirudh Thapa celebrate a goal.(AP)

AFC Asian Cup 2019: History beckons for India in Chhetri’s record-equalling match against Bahrain

By PTI | Sharjah
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2019 06:42 PM IST
A draw against Bahrain in their Asian Cup encounter on Monday, will be enough for India to qualify for the round of 16 for the first time in the continent’s showpiece
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File image of India coach Stephen Constantine.(REUTERS)
File image of India coach Stephen Constantine.(REUTERS)

Asian Cup 2019: Stephen Constantine feels football is the new cricket

By AFP | Abu Dhabi
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2019 02:39 PM IST
India stunned Thailand 4-1 in their opening match last weekend to record their first victory at the tournament in over 50 years, but then lost 2-0 to hosts United Arab Emirates.
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File image of Stephen Constantine.(Ashok Nath Dey/Hindustan Times)
File image of Stephen Constantine.(Ashok Nath Dey/Hindustan Times)

AFC Asian Cup: We didn’t convert our chances against UAE, says coach Constantine

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2019 10:11 AM IST
India, who finished runners-up on their Asian Cup debut in 1964 when it was a four-team competition won by Israel, will still fancy their chances of reaching the knockout phase for the first time.
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Sunil Chhetri celebrates with his teammates after India beat Thailand in opener.(AFP)
Sunil Chhetri celebrates with his teammates after India beat Thailand in opener.(AFP)

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Upbeat India face UAE in second clash of tournament

By PTI | Abu Dhabi
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2019 04:29 PM IST
Four days after creating a flutter with a stunning 4-1 drubbing of Thailand, India are now looking an upbeat lot in the continental showpiece.
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Abu Dhabi: India's forward Sunil Chhetri celebrates his second goal during the AFC Asian Cup group A soccer match between Thailand and India at Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019(AP)
Abu Dhabi: India's forward Sunil Chhetri celebrates his second goal during the AFC Asian Cup group A soccer match between Thailand and India at Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019(AP)

Indian team donates Rs 50,000 to Indian Blind Football Federation

By PTI | Abu Dhabi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2019 07:39 PM IST
This money donated by the ‘Blue Tigers’ will be used by the IBFF to buy footballs. Head Coach Stephen Constantine said “it’s important to give it back to the community”.
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Jeje Lalpekhlua celebrates after scoring for India against Thailand in the AFC Asian Cup 2019.(AIFF)
Jeje Lalpekhlua celebrates after scoring for India against Thailand in the AFC Asian Cup 2019.(AIFF)

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Win over Thailand a big boost for Indian football team, says Jeje Lalpekhlua

By Sayan Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2019 05:32 PM IST
Jeje Lalpekhlua, who came on as a late substitution in place of Ashique Kuruniyan, scored the final goal of the match as India registered a historic win over Thailand in the AFC Asian Cup 2019.
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India's forward Sunil Chhetri, left, and India's midfielder Anirudh Thapa celebrate after their third goal against Thailand.(AP)
India's forward Sunil Chhetri, left, and India's midfielder Anirudh Thapa celebrate after their third goal against Thailand.(AP)

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Not getting carried away with win - Stephen Constantine

By Press Trust of India | Abh Dhabi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2019 04:15 AM IST
Sunil Chhetri overtook Lionel Messi in international goals as cricket-mad India stunned Thailand 4-1at the AFC Asian Cup 2019, the veteran striker scoring twice in their Group A opener to surpass the Barcelona superstar.
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File image of Stephen Constantine.(AP)
File image of Stephen Constantine.(AP)

Even if coach Stephen Constantine goes after AFC Asian Cup, it will be on a high

By Bhargab Sarmah | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2019 03:04 PM IST
Over the past few months, all indications from the Football House in Dwarka – the headquarters of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) – have pointed to Constantine’s contract not being extended beyond the Asian Cup.
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File image of Sunil Chhetri.(PTI)
File image of Sunil Chhetri.(PTI)

Biggest-ever Asian Cup kicks off Saturday, India begin campaign on Day 2

By PTI | Abu Dhabi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2019 04:43 PM IST
The Asian Football Confederation’s continental showpiece, which has seen an increase in the number of finalists from 16 to 24, kicks off with hosts United Arab Emirates taking on Bahrain in a Group A fixture at the Zayed Sports City Stadium.
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