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Zimbabwe to host qualifiers of 2023 ODI World Cup to be held in India

Dubai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 07:13 PM IST
The bottom five teams from the Super League will compete in the 2023 World Cup qualifier, joining the best three teams from League 2.
Neymar goes down injured.(Getty Images)
Neymar goes down injured.(Getty Images)

Injured Neymar ruled out of Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers

Sao Paulo | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 09:58 AM IST
Brazil’s soccer confederation on Thursday confirmed Neymar will not play in the South American qualifying match on Tuesday in Montevideo.

Argentina draw 1-1 with Paraguay in World Cup qualifier

Buenos Aires | By Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 09:24 AM IST
Argentina conceded a first-half penalty but recovered to secure a 1-1 draw against Paraguay in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Buenos Aires on Thursday.
Argentina’s Lionel Messi reacts after being shown a red card.(Reuters)
Argentina’s Lionel Messi reacts after being shown a red card.(Reuters)

Lionel Messi ban over, can play against Ecuador: AFA president

Buenos Aires | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 10:54 AM IST
Messi was banned for one game after being sent off in the Copa America third-place playoff against Chile and for levelling accusations of “corruption” at South American soccer chiefs.
Indian football team Captain Sunil Chhetri (C) with teammates pose for photos ahead of FIFA World Cup Qatar-2022 Qualifier match against Bangladesh, at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.(PTI)
Indian football team Captain Sunil Chhetri (C) with teammates pose for photos ahead of FIFA World Cup Qatar-2022 Qualifier match against Bangladesh, at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.(PTI)

India men’s football team lauds decision to reschedule World Cup qualifiers

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 03:14 PM IST
Though out of contention for a place in the next round of World Cup qualifiers, India are still in the reckoning for a spot in the 2023 Asian Cup. They were scheduled to play Qatar at home on October 8 followed by matches against Afghanistan (home) and Bangladesh (away) in November.
Barcelona's Jordi Alba, right, celebrates with Barcelona's Lionel Messi.(AP)
Barcelona's Jordi Alba, right, celebrates with Barcelona's Lionel Messi.(AP)

‘Only by doing this can we effectively combat it,’ Lionel Messi comments on coronavirus pandemic

Buenos Aires | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2020 04:46 PM IST
Messi said he is currently spending time with his family after the suspension of all major domestic and continental football competitions in Europe, as well as the postponement of the first two rounds of South America’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Kolkata: Indian football team Captain Sunil Chhetri (C) with teammates pose for photos ahead of FIFA World Cup Qatar-2022 Qualifier match against Bangladesh, at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019.(PTI)
Kolkata: Indian football team Captain Sunil Chhetri (C) with teammates pose for photos ahead of FIFA World Cup Qatar-2022 Qualifier match against Bangladesh, at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019.(PTI)

Working harder as I don’t have many games left for India: Chhetri

Kolkata | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2020 12:51 PM IST
Chhetri, India’s record goal-scorer, was dubbed by India head coach Igor Stimac as “having the body of a 29-year old.”
File image of India head coach Igor Stimac.(REUTERS)
File image of India head coach Igor Stimac.(REUTERS)

‘I-League players should not feel left out of national team’ - Igor Stimac

New Delhi | By Bhargab Sarmah
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2019 10:26 PM IST
The Indian team is virtually out of contention of advancing to the third round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers after losing to Oman 1-0 in Muscat on Tuesday.
A file photo of Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem.(Twitter)
A file photo of Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem.(Twitter)

Indian football team name 26-member squad for World Cup qualifiers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2019 04:53 PM IST
Almost all the regular names were included in the squad with the addition of young goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem who impressed in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017.
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)

India slip to 106 in latest FIFA rankings, Belgium retain top spot

Kolkata | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2019 04:19 PM IST
Despite securing an impressive 0-0 draw against Asian champions Qatar in September, the home stalemate against then 187th ranked Bangladesh saw India drop two ranks from 104 to 106 in the latest tally.
File image of India captain Sunil Chhetri.(REUTERS)
File image of India captain Sunil Chhetri.(REUTERS)

Indian football team heavily dependent on Sunil Chhetri: Bhaichung Bhutia

Kolkata | By PTI
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2019 11:21 PM IST
Bhutia said that the team’s defence has already showed a good account of itself in the last two World Cup qualifier matches and the onus is on the strikers to deliver against Bangladesh.
File image- Iranian football supporters wave their national flags.(Getty Images)
File image- Iranian football supporters wave their national flags.(Getty Images)

Iran women to attend football match freely for first time in decades

Tehran | By AFP
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 10:29 PM IST
The Islamic republic has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums for around 40 years, with clerics arguing they must be shielded from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men.
India players acknowledge their fans who struggled to get into the stadium despite having tickets as complaints of mismanagement poured in after the match at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha.(Reuters)
India players acknowledge their fans who struggled to get into the stadium despite having tickets as complaints of mismanagement poured in after the match at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha.(Reuters)

Draw in Doha, football’s giant leap in India

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Dhiman Sarkar
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2019 11:22 AM IST
World Cup qualifiers: Former stars see bright future after Blue Tigers hold Asian champions Qatar to goalless draw in away match
India's Gurpreet Singh Sandhu reacts after the match against Qatar.(REUTERS)
India's Gurpreet Singh Sandhu reacts after the match against Qatar.(REUTERS)

Bhaichung Bhutia hails India’s draw against Qatar, says it’s a ‘great achievement’

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 06:10 PM IST
Igor Stimac’s side survived waves of attacks from Qatar to hold the reigning Asian champions to a goal-less draw to steal an unexpected point from their away match of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Doha.
India football team captain Sunil Chhetri(REUTERS)
India football team captain Sunil Chhetri(REUTERS)

India vs Qatar: ‘That’s my team, those are my boys,’ Sunil Chhetri reacts as India hold Qatar to goal-less draw in World Cup qualifiers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 10:07 AM IST
India football team captain Sunil Chhetri lauded his players for holding Asian Champions Qatar to a goal-less draw despite his absence in the World Cup qualifier match at Doha.
Oman head coach Erwin Koeman(Twitter)
Oman head coach Erwin Koeman(Twitter)

‘India are developing, good to see them prosper in football’: Oman coach Erwin Koeman

Guwahati | By Dhiman Sarkar
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2019 09:07 AM IST
Erwin Koeman will make his debut as Oman head coach against India in the World Cup qualifier
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, India football team goal keeper(Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for ISL)
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, India football team goal keeper(Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for ISL)

We have to play together and fearless to beat Oman: Gurpreet Singh

Guwahati | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 12:51 PM IST
Ahead of India’s World Cup qualifier against Oman, goal-keeper Gulpreet Singh Sandhu talked about the importance of playing as a team.
Sahal Abdul Samad(Indian Football Team)
Sahal Abdul Samad(Indian Football Team)

Twisting & turning, Samad finds his way into team India

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Dhiman Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2019 10:00 AM IST
Now five internationals old for India, Samad is a player captain Sunil Chhetri has a lot of time for.
File photo of Igor Stimac.(AFP)
File photo of Igor Stimac.(AFP)

India football coach Igor Stimac announces preliminary squad for 2022 World Cup qualifiers

New Delhi | By PTI
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2019 06:55 PM IST
The team would be taking on Oman in their first match of the tournament on September 5 in Guwahati
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri in action during a match against Syria.(ANI)
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri in action during a match against Syria.(ANI)

Guwahati wants to host one of India’s World Cup qualifiers, might get opener

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2019 05:45 PM IST
The Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Sarusajai, on the outskirts of the state capital, could get to host the game.
India's forward Udanta Singh (L) and Syria's defender Abdullah Al Shami (R) fight for the ball.(AFP)
India's forward Udanta Singh (L) and Syria's defender Abdullah Al Shami (R) fight for the ball.(AFP)

India clubbed with Qatar, Oman, Afghanistan, Bangladesh in 2022 FIFA WC draw

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2019 07:31 PM IST
The eight group winners and four best runners-up will advance to the final round of 2022 World Cup qualifiers and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup Finals, to be held in China.
West Indies' Chris Gayle(AFP)
West Indies' Chris Gayle(AFP)

Afghanistan vs West Indies, ICC World Cup 2019: Top five player battles

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 04, 2019 11:41 AM IST
Afghanistan beat a star studded West Indian side comprising power hitters like Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite and Shai Hope twice in the World Cup qualifiers, held in Harare last year.
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

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhargab Sarmah
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
File photo of Gonzalo Higuain.(REUTERS)
File photo of Gonzalo Higuain.(REUTERS)

Gonzalo Higuain retires from Argentina duty with message for critics

Buenos Aires | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2019 10:22 AM IST
Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain announced his retirement from international football on Thursday telling critics ‘I gave everything’ for the Albiceleste
England head coach Trevor Bayliss talks to media(Action Images via Reuters)
England head coach Trevor Bayliss talks to media(Action Images via Reuters)

England coach Trevor Bayliss picks his favourite for the World Cup

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2019 10:56 PM IST
After surprising England in the Test series, a rejuvenated Windies side has looked a very confident unit in the ODI series too and on their day, the team has the ability to hurt a lot of teams, a trait which many teams will be wary of in the World Cup.
Hong Kong's captain Anshuman Rath, left, and Nizakat Khan run between the wickets during the one day international cricket match of Asia Cup.(AP)
Hong Kong's captain Anshuman Rath, left, and Nizakat Khan run between the wickets during the one day international cricket match of Asia Cup.(AP)

Asia Cup 2018: Old cricket outpost Hong-Kong’s Indo-Pak connect

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Avishek Roy
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2018 07:41 PM IST
If Hong Kong had to make a statement after losing their ODI status in March following an abysmal performance in the World Cup qualifier, the defeat by mere 26 runs against cricketing superpower India has done that.
Nepal and the Netherlands will also play a T20 tri-series with the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at Lords, which will start from July 29.(AFP)
Nepal and the Netherlands will also play a T20 tri-series with the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at Lords, which will start from July 29.(AFP)

Nepal cricket team to play maiden ODI series against the Netherlands

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2018 10:54 PM IST
Nepal and the Netherlands last played at the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March, which the former lost by 45 runs. Nepal had claimed the ODI status in an earlier match by defeating Papua New-Guinea
Neymar, who is recovering from a foot injury, was included in Brazil’s FIFA World Cup 2018 squad.(AFP)
Neymar, who is recovering from a foot injury, was included in Brazil’s FIFA World Cup 2018 squad.(AFP)

Neymar confirmed in Brazil’s FIFA World Cup 2018 squad

Agencies, Sao Paulo | By Agencies
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2018 11:29 PM IST
Neymar was the biggest addition to Brazil’s FIFA World Cup 2018 squad which also saw some new faces like Shaktar Donetsk’s Fred and Taisson.
The former head coach of Salvadoran national football team, Honduran Ramon "El Primitivo" Maradiaga, speaks during a press conference in Tegucigalpa, on May 2, 2018. Maradiaga, denied the charges of "attempt of manipulation" during the CONCACAF qualifying matches heading to Russia's World Cup.(AFP)
The former head coach of Salvadoran national football team, Honduran Ramon "El Primitivo" Maradiaga, speaks during a press conference in Tegucigalpa, on May 2, 2018. Maradiaga, denied the charges of "attempt of manipulation" during the CONCACAF qualifying matches heading to Russia's World Cup.(AFP)

FIFA bans former El Salvador boss Ramon Maradiaga after match-fixing probe

Omnisport, Zurich | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2018 11:02 AM IST
FIFA found Ramon Maradiaga to have breached regulations relating to bribery and corruption and has banned the ex-Honduras international.
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