India national football team

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India
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Blue Tigers
Association AIFF
Sub-confederation SAFF (South Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Stephen Constantine
Asst coach Lee Johnson
Captain Subrata Pal
Most caps Baichung Bhutia (107)
Top scorer Sunil Chhetri (45)
Home stadium Salt Lake Stadium
FIFA code IND
FIFA ranking 147 Steady (7 May 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 96 (February 1996)
Lowest FIFA ranking 173 (March 2015)
Elo ranking 180 Steady (10 March 2015)
Highest Elo ranking 42 (1956)
Lowest Elo ranking 180 (December 2014)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Unofficial:
 Australia 5–3 India British Raj
(Sydney, Australia; 3 September 1938)
Official:
 India 1–2 France 
(London, England; July 31, 1948)[1]
Biggest win
 India 7–0 Ceylon 
(Bangalore, India; 29 December 1963)
Biggest defeat
 Soviet Union 11–1 India India
(Moscow, Soviet Union;16 September 1955)
Asian Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1964)
Best result Runners-up: 1964

The India national football team is governed by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). Since 1948, the AIFF has been affiliated with FIFA, the international governing body for football. In 1954, the AIFF became one of the founding members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).The team was automatically advanced to play in the 1950 FIFA World Cup (all the other Asian teams withdrew), but they did not go to the tournament in Brazil due to the cost of travels.[2] They won gold medals at two Asian Games and one silver at the Asian Cup.

History[edit]

India qualified by default for the 1950 FIFA World Cup finals as a result of the withdrawal of all of their scheduled opponents. But the governing body, the AIFF, decided against going to the World Cup, being unable to understand the importance of the event at that time. Reason shown by AIFF was that there was the cost of travel (although FIFA agreed to bear a major part of the travel expenses), lack of practice time, team selection issues and valuing the Olympics over the FIFA World Cup.[2]

The period from 1951 to 1962 is considered the golden era in Indian football. Under the tutelage of legendary Syed Abdul Rahim[3] India became the best team in Asia. India's football team started the 1950s with their triumph in the 1951 Asian Games which they hosted[4] Later next year they went on to participate in the 1952 Olympics, but lost 10–1 to Yugoslavia. Like before four years earlier, many of the team played without boots.[5] After the result the AIFF immediately made it mandatory to wear boots.[6] India then went on to finish second in the 1954 Asian Games held in Manila.[7] At the 1956 Olympic Games they finished fourth, which is regarded as one of finest achievements in Indian football. India first met hosts Australia, winning 4–2 with Neville D'Souza becoming the first Asian to score a hat trick in the Olympics and also making India the first Asian team to reach the Olympic semi-finals. They lost 4–1 to Yugoslavia, and lost the third place play-off match 3–0 to Bulgaria.[8]

Then in 1962 India went on to win the 1962 Asian Games where they beat South Korea 2–1 in the final.[9]

Then in 1964 India played in its most memorable tournament yet. The 1964 AFC Asian Cup where they finished as runners-up thanks to then manager Harry Wright. India won their first match against South Korea 2–0, then lost 2–0 to the hosts Israel then won 3–1 against Hong Kong which gave India second in the tournament.[10]

After the Asian Cup India football went downhill. Failure in many Asian Cup qualification tournaments meant that the next time India reached a quarter-final stage was as host in the 1982 Asian Games.[11] Then all of a sudden India managed to qualify for the 1984 AFC Asian Cup after twenty years out of the Asian Cup tournament.[12] But India during the competition failed to make any impact.[13] India would then fail to make the Asian Cup for another 27 years.

Although India failed to qualify for the 2004 Asian Cup, the senior team did well by showing off a silver-medal winning performance in the inaugural Afro Asian Games, with victories over Rwanda and Zimbabwe (then 85 places ahead of India in the world rankings) along the way, losing the final by just 1–0 to Uzbekistan.[14]

As a result, India football has steadily earned greater recognition and respect, both within the country and abroad. India's LG Cup win in Vietnam under Stephen Constantine was one of the few bright spots in the early part of the 2000s. It was India's first victory in a football tournament outside the subcontinent after 1974.In 2003 SAFF Bangladesh knocked out India beating them 2-1 at extra time. In November 2003, then India coach Stephen Constantine was named AFC Manager of the Month.[14]

In 2006 Bob Houghton was later appointed coach of team. His appointment saw a general progress in India’s performances crowned by victory in 2007 Nehru Cup in August 2007. Houghton then led India to the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup title as they beat Tajikistan 4–1 in August 2008. Winning the AFC Challenge Cup qualified India for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup for the first time since 1984. He also oversaw the Indian team to its second consecutive Nehru Cup trophy by winning 2009 Nehru Cup.[15]

In 2011, India started off their campaign by participating in 2011 AFC Asian Cup for which they qualified after 27 years. India lost all three matches but did manage to perform well in patches.[16]

In 2012, India won the 15th edition of Nehru cup by beating Cameroon 5-4 in penalties as the full-time score was tied at 2-2, making it the third successive Nehru cup win for India.

Home Stadium[edit]

The Indian football team does not have a permanent home stadium as of 2011 due to so many football stadiums not meeting FIFA guidelines. The only stadiums that are FIFA and AFC approved are the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium also in New Delhi, Nehru Stadium in Chennai, Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, and most recently approved after a renovation the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata and Bangalore Football Stadium in Bangalore.

Kit[edit]

India's traditional football jersey colour is blue. The team is known to have used blue shirts with white stripes in the past, as well as a more recent design with light blue and dark blue stripes, both of which are illustrated below. Nike, Inc. is the apparel sponsor of the Indian national football team.

In 2010, Panasonic signed a deal to sponsor the Indian team's football jersey.[17] However, in December 2012, they decided not to renew their contract.[18] The team went without any sponsor for more than 7 months in 2013, until the All India Football Federation (AIFF) signed a sponsorship deal with the Indian multinational oil and gas company ONGC.[19]

Personnel[edit]

Current Technical Staff[edit]

Stephen Constantine, the current Head Coach
Position Name
Head coach England Stephen Constantine [20]
Assistant coach England Lee Johnson
Assistant coach India Shanmugam Venkatesh [20]
Manager India G S Srinivas Murthy
Goalkeeping coach Brazil Rogerio Ramos
Physio India Gigy George
Fitness coach Australia Daniel Darrel Deigan
Team Doctor India Kiran Kumar Kulkarni
Masseur India Liaqat Ali
Video Analyst India Shankar Sigamani
Kit Manager India Sanjay Dhyani
Director of

National Team Scouts

India Abhishek Yadav

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 38 players were called up for preparation camp for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification against Oman on 11 June 2015 and Guam on 16 June 2015.[21]
Caps and goals as of 17 March 2015 after the game against Nepal.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Subrata Pal (1986-11-24) 24 November 1986 (age 28) 60 0 India Salgaocar
16 1GK Arindam Bhattacharya (1989-05-20) 20 May 1989 (age 26) 5 0 India Bharat FC
1GK Sanjiban Ghosh (1991-07-06) 6 July 1991 (age 23) 0 0 India Mumbai F.C.
22 1GK Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (1992-02-03) 3 February 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Norway Stabæk
4 2DF Arnab Mondal (1989-09-25) 25 September 1989 (age 25) 12 1 India East Bengal
17 2DF Aiborlang Khongjee (1987-12-09) 9 December 1987 (age 27) 4 0 India Shillong Lajong
2DF Gurwinder Singh (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 29) 0 0 India East Bengal
2DF Robert Lalthlamuana (1988-09-10) 10 September 1988 (age 26) 0 0 India East Bengal
5 2DF Sandesh Jhingan (1993-07-21) 21 July 1993 (age 21) 2 0 India SC Goa
2 2DF Pritam Kotal (1993-08-09) 9 August 1993 (age 21) 2 0 India Mohun Bagan
2DF Dhanachandra Singh (1987-03-04) 4 March 1987 (age 28) 0 0 India Mohun Bagan
2DF Reagan Singh (1991-04-01) 1 April 1991 (age 24) 0 0 India Royal Wahingdoh
2DF Lalhmangaihsanga (1988-07-06) 6 July 1988 (age 26) 0 0 India Royal Wahingdoh
2DF Lalchhawnkima (1991-05-31) 31 May 1991 (age 23) 0 0 India Royal Wahingdoh
2DF Rino Anto (1988-01-03) 3 January 1988 (age 27) 0 0 India Bengaluru FC
2DF Lalchhuan Mawia (1989-04-14) 14 April 1989 (age 26) 0 0 India Bengaluru FC
21 2DF Augustin Fernandes (1987-10-13) 13 October 1987 (age 27) 0 0 India Salgaocar
6 3MF Mandar Rao Desai (1992-03-18) 18 March 1992 (age 23) 0 0 India Dempo
3MF Satiyasen Singh (1992-03-12) 12 March 1992 (age 23) 0 0 India Royal Wahingdoh
3MF Godwin Franco (1985-02-16) 16 February 1985 (age 30) 0 0 India Royal Wahingdoh
3MF Mohammed Rafique (1992-09-20) 20 September 1992 (age 22) 0 0 India East Bengal
3MF Eugeneson Lyngdoh (1988-04-20) 20 April 1988 (age 27) 3 0 India Bengaluru FC
3MF C.K. Vineeth (1986-09-10) 10 September 1986 (age 28) 2 0 India Bengaluru FC
8 3MF Cavin Lobo (1988-04-04) 4 April 1988 (age 27) 2 0 India East Bengal
3MF Harmanjot Khabra (1988-12-18) 18 December 1988 (age 26) 3 0 India East Bengal
13 3MF Dhanpal Ganesh (1994-06-13) 13 June 1994 (age 20) 1 0 India Pune
3MF Germanpreet Singh (1996-06-24) 24 June 1996 (age 18) 0 0 India Dempo
3MF Francis Fernandes (1985-11-25) 25 November 1985 (age 29) 26 1 India Dempo
3MF Sehnaj Singh (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 21) 0 0 India Mohun Bagan
3MF Rowllin Borges (1992-06-05) 5 June 1992 (age 22) 0 0 India SC Goa
3MF Bikash Jairu (1982-03-12) 12 March 1982 (age 33) 0 0 India Salgaocar
11 4FW Sunil Chhetri (1984-08-03) 3 August 1984 (age 30) 77 45 India Bengaluru FC
23 4FW Jeje Lalpekhlua (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 24) 21 8 India Mohun Bagan
12 4FW Alwyn George (1992-01-03) 3 January 1992 (age 23) 3 0 India Dempo
15 4FW Jackichand Singh (1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 23) 2 0 India Royal Wahingdoh
19 4FW Holicharan Narzary (1994-05-10) 10 May 1994 (age 21) 1 0 India Dempo
4FW Thongkhosiem Haokip (1993-03-13) 13 March 1993 (age 22) 0 0 India Pune
4FW Sumit Passi (1993-04-20) 20 April 1993 (age 22) 0 0 India SC Goa
4FW Robin Singh (1993-04-20) 20 April 1993 (age 22) 16 1 India Bengaluru FC

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the India squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Karanjit Singh (1986-01-08) 8 January 1986 (age 29) 16 0 India Salgaocar v.    Nepal, 12 March 2015
DF Raju Gaikwad (1990-09-25) 25 September 1990 (age 24) 23 0 India East Bengal v.    Nepal, 12 March 2015
DF Rowilson Rodrigues (1987-03-26) 26 March 1987 (age 28) 0 0 India Dempo v.    Nepal, 12 March 2015
DF Denzil Franco Injured (1986-06-06) June 6, 1986 (age 28) 12 1 India Atletico de Kolkata v.  Palestine, 6 October 2014
DF Narayan Das Injured (1993-09-25) September 25, 1993 (age 21) 2 0 India Dempo v.  Palestine, 6 October 2014
MF Anthony D'Souza Injured (1987-03-02) 2 March 1987 (age 28) 0 0 India Pune v.    Nepal, 12 March 2015
MF Clifford Miranda (1982-06-11) June 11, 1982 (age 32) 43 6 India Dempo v.  Palestine, 6 October 2014
MF Arata Izumi (1982-07-31) July 31, 1982 (age 32) 9 0 India Pune v.  Palestine, 6 October 2014
MF Lalkamal Bhowmick (1987-01-02) January 2, 1987 (age 28) 1 0 India Mohun Bagan v.  Palestine, 6 October 2014
FW Balwant Singh (1986-12-15) 15 December 1986 (age 28) 1 0 India Mohun Bagan v.    Nepal, 12 March 2015
FW Romeo Fernandes (1992-07-06) 6 July 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Brazil Atlético Paranaense v.    Nepal, 12 March 2015
FW Victorino Fernandes (1989-02-03) February 3, 1989 (age 26) 2 0 India Sporting Goa v.  Palestine, 6 October 2014

Previous squads[edit]

Results and Fixtures[edit]

2015[edit]

2016[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

India qualified only once for the World Cup, by default for the 1950 FIFA World Cup finals as a result of the withdrawal of all of their scheduled opponents. But the governing body AIFF decided against going to the World Cup.

AFC Asian Cup[edit]