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Dada slams AIFF says, It has a bigger role to play to improve football in India

Expressing disappointment at the falling standard of Indian football, former cricket captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday said the AIFF must take a cue from BCCI on developing the game in the country.

July 08, 2015

PIOs in Indian team: complications and likelihood

THE RECENT LOSS to Guam has sparked a debate on whether India should follow other countries' example and allow Persons of Indian Origin to play in their national team. This piece looks at various sides to that issue and the possibility of its implementation.

July 01, 2015

Mauled by the Matao: India suffer disheartening defeat at Guam

India's bid for a place at the FIFA World Cup in 2018 is all but over after suffering a demoralising 2-1 loss to Guam.

July 01, 2015

Broken hearts and promises kept; India lose to Oman, not without a fight

The Blue Tigers went down 1-2 to Oman after putting on a spirited display at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.

July 01, 2015

Pre-matchday surprises: Mondal captain, Jhingan ruled out

Surprises dominated India coach Stephen Constantine's press conference ahead of Thursday's match against Oman, a Group D clash in the second round 2018 World Cup as well as 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers. Arnab Mondal will captain the Blue Tigers while Sandesh Jhingan will have to sit out due to an injury.

July 01, 2015

Blue Tigers bond before battle; army-style training at Bengaluru

The Indian senior football team went through some rigorous sessions together at ASC Centre, Bangalore in a unique effort to promote team spirit.

July 01, 2015

Why ISL must kill the I-League

The arrow has left the bow. There's naught to be done but going all the way with it. The ISL must become the strong official national league that India deserves.

July 01, 2015

FIFA U-17 WC schedule becomes a headache for ISL organizers

The FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 will be hosted by India and its fixtures will potentially interfere with the exclusive window in the football calendar enjoyed by the Indian Super League. This is not sitting well with organizers of the cash-rich tournament.

July 01, 2015

IFA Shield Goes U-19; popular tournament cut to accommodate ISL?

IFA Shield, the historical football tournament that even last year saw high turnout and viewership on TV has been turned into an Under-19 affair, robbing it of the glamour and public interest.

July 01, 2015

Shanmugam Venkatesh is national team manager, but amid controversy

The appointment of Shanmugam Venkatesh as the manager of the Indian National Team by AIFF has sparked some controversy, as he had to leave his post as an assistant coach earlier for not having the necessary professional coaching license.

July 01, 2015

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