India national football team

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India
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Blue Tigers
Association All India Football Federation
Sub-confederation SAFF (South Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Vacant
Asst coach Savio Medeira
Captain Sunil Chhetri
Most caps Baichung Bhutia (107)
Top scorer Sunil Chhetri (43)
Home stadium Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi
FIFA code IND
FIFA ranking 170 Decrease 11 (November 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 94 (February 1996)
Lowest FIFA ranking 170 (November 2014)
Elo ranking 180
Highest Elo ranking 49 (1953)
Lowest Elo ranking 181 (2014)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Unofficial:
 Australia 5–3 India British India
(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, USSR; 16 September 1955)
Asian Cup
Appearances 3 (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). At the peak of its success during the 1950s and 1960s, 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 travel, lack of practice time, team selection issues and valuing the Olympics over the FIFA World Cup.[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-current 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 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.[17]

Home stadium[edit]

Nehru Stadium in Delhi

The Indian Football Team does not have a permanent 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.

National League[edit]

Airtel I-League (Domestic/long)

Hero Indian Super League (International/short)

Kit[edit]

India's traditional football jersey color 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.

Asia Cup (2007) Panasonic/Nike (2010-2012) ONGC/Nike (2013–)
Away
Home
Away
Goalkeeper
Home
Away

As of 2014, Nike is the official kit provider to the Indian national football team. In August 2013, they launched new kits with the help of team captain and striker Sunil Chhetri, and midfielder Lenny Rodrigues.[18]

Team Sponsor Period
Japan Panasonic 2010–2012
India ONGC 2013–

In 2010, Panasonic signed a deal to sponsor the Indian team's football jersey.[19] However, in December 2012, they decided not to renew their contract.[20] 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.[21]

Officials[edit]

Name Position
filled Head Coach
India Savio Medeira Assistant Coach
India G S Srinivas Murthy Team Manager
Scotland Tofu McLaughlin Coaching Family Liaison Officer
India Antonio Marcus Pacheco Goalkeeping Coach
India Sandeep Kumar Physiotherapist
India Liaqat Ali Masseur
India Pradip Dutta Physical Trainer
India Nilanjan Dutta Media Manager
India Shankar Sigamani Video Analyst
India Sanjay Dhyani Kit Manager
England Colin Toal U-19 Coach
India Gautam Ghosh U-16 Coach

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 20 players were named for the friendly match against Palestine national football team on 6 October 2014 in Siliguri, West Bengal[22]
Caps and goals have been updated as of 5 March 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Subrata Pal (1986-11-24) November 24, 1986 (age 28) 57 0 India Mumbai City FC
16 1GK Karanjit Singh (1986-01-08) January 8, 1986 (age 28) 20 0 India Salgaocar F.C.
35 2DF Aiborlang Khongjee (1987-12-09) December 9, 1987 (age 27) 3 0 India North East United FC
2 2DF Denzil Franco (1986-06-06) June 6, 1986 (age 28) 24 1 India Churchill Brothers S.C.
5 2DF Arnab Mondal (1989-09-25) September 25, 1989 (age 25) 11 1 India East Bengal F.C.
13 2DF Sandesh Jhingan (1993-07-21) July 21, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 India Kerala Blasters
42 2DF Narayan Das (1993-09-25) September 25, 1993 (age 21) 3 0 India FC Goa
2DF Pritam Kotal (1993-08-09) August 9, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 India Mohun Bagan A.C.
2DF Raju Gaikwad (1990-09-25) September 25, 1990 (age 24) 17 0 India Mumbai City FC
15 3MF Clifford Miranda (1982-06-11) June 11, 1982 (age 32) 50 6 India FC Goa
7 3MF Mehtab Hossain (1985-09-05) September 5, 1985 (age 29) 34 2 India East Bengal F.C.
8 3MF Francis Fernandes (1985-11-25) November 25, 1985 (age 29) 25 0 India Delhi Dynamos FC
6 3MF Lenny Rodrigues (1987-05-10) May 10, 1987 (age 27) 20 0 India Churchill Brothers S.C.
3MF Lalkamal Bhowmick (1987-01-02) January 2, 1987 (age 27) 1 0 India Mohun Bagan A.C.
14 3MF Victorino Fernandes (1989-02-03) February 3, 1989 (age 25) 2 0 India Sporting Clube de Goa
3MF Arata Izumi (1982-07-31) July 31, 1982 (age 32) 8 0 India Pune FC
17 4FW Balwant Singh (1986-12-15) December 15, 1986 (age 28) 1 0 India Mohun Bagan A.C.
23 4FW Robin Singh (1990-05-09) May 9, 1990 (age 24) 15 1 India Bengaluru FC
11 4FW Sunil Chhetri (1984-08-03) August 3, 1984 (age 30) 81 45 India Bengaluru FC

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Subhasish Roy Chowdhury (1985-09-27) September 27, 1985 (age 29) 8 0 India Atlético de Kolkata v.    Nepal, November 19, 2013
GK Arindam Bhattacharya (1988-03-25) March 25, 1988 (age 26) 5 0 India Churchill Brothers S.C. v.    Nepal, November 19, 2013
GK Shilton Paul (1988-06-10) June 10, 1988 (age 26) 0 0 India Mohun Bagan A.C. v.    Nepal, November 19, 2013
GK Sandip Nandy (1975-01-15) January 15, 1975 (age 39) 4 0 India Kerala Blasters v.  Afghanistan, September 11, 2013
DF Gouramangi Singh (1986-08-25) August 25, 1986 (age 28) 71 6 India Rangdajied United F.C. v.  Afghanistan, September 11, 2013
MF Syed Rahim Nabi (1985-12-14) December 14, 1985 (age 29) 61 8 India Mohammedan S.C. v.  Afghanistan, September 11, 2013
DF Nirmal Chettri (1990-10-21) October 21, 1990 (age 24) 10 0 India Kerala Blasters v.  Afghanistan, September 11, 2013
DF Nallappan Mohanraj (1989-02-23) February 23, 1989 (age 25) 4 0 India Sporting Clube de Goa v.  Afghanistan, September 11, 2013
MF Shylo Malsawmtluanga (1984-10-24) October 24, 1984 (age 30) 3 0 India East Bengal F.C. v.    Nepal, November 19, 2013
MF Jewel Raja Shaikh (1990-01-19) January 19, 1990 (age 24) 24 4 India FC Goa v.  Afghanistan, September 11, 2013
FW Jeje Lalpekhlua (1991-01-07) January 7, 1991 (age 23) 22 8 India Chennaiyin F.C. v.    Nepal, November 19, 2013
FW Dawson Fernandes (1990-07-27) July 27, 1990 (age 24) 3 0 India Salgaocar S.C. v.  Afghanistan, September 11, 2013

Previous squads[edit]

Recent results and upcoming fixtures[edit]

For Further Information :- India national football team results

      Win       Draw       Loss

The following is a list of matches from the past year, as well as any future matches that have been officially scheduled this year.

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Indian Scorers
6 February 2013 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kerala, India  Palestine International Friendly 2-4 Clifford Miranda Goal 17', Syed Rahim Nabi Goal 39'
2 March 2013 Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar  Chinese Taipei 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers 2-1 Jewel Raja Shaikh Goal 40', Robin Singh Goal 88'
4 March 2013 Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar  Guam 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers 4-0 Sunil Chhetri Goal 49', Goal 90+1', Miranda Goal 68', Shaikh Goal 79'
6 March 2013 Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar  Myanmar 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers 0-1
14 August 2013 20-Letie Nezavisimosti Stadium, Khujand, Tajikistan  Tajikistan International Friendly 0-3
1 September 2013 Dasarath Rangasala Stadium Kathmandu, Nepal  Pakistan 2013 SAFF Championship 1-0 Samar Ishaq (o.g.)
3 September 2013 Halchowk Stadium Kathmandu, Nepal  Bangladesh 2013 SAFF Championship 1-1 Sunil Chhetri Goal 90+3'
5 September 2013 Dasarath Rangasala Stadium Kathmandu, Nepal    Nepal 2013 SAFF Championship 1-2 Syed Rahim Nabi Goal 90+2'
9 September 2013 Dasarath Rangasala Stadium Kathmandu, Nepal  Maldives 2013 SAFF Championship 1-0 Arnab Mondal Goal 86'
11 September 2013 Dasarath Rangasala Stadium Kathmandu, Nepal  Afghanistan 2013 SAFF Championship 0-2
15 November 2013 Kanchenjunga Stadium, Siliguri, India  Philippines International Friendly 1-1 Sunil Chhetri Goal 41'
19 November 2013 Kanchenjunga Stadium, Siliguri, India    Nepal International Friendly 2-0 Sunil Chhetri Goal 21', Clifford Miranda Goal 48'
5 March 2014 Fatorda Stadium, Goa, India  Bangladesh International Friendly 2-2 Sunil Chhetri Goal 14', Goal 90+2'
6 October 2014 Kanchenjunga Stadium, Siliguri, India  Palestine International Friendly 2-3 Robin Singh Goal 37', Francis Fernandes Goal 45'
27 December 2014 TBD  Oman International Friendly

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]