India national under-23 football team

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India U-23
Association AIFF
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Stephen Constantine
FIFA code IND
First colours
Second colours
Olympic Games
Appearances None
AFC U-23 Championship
Appearances None
Asian Games
Appearances 4 (first in 2002)
Best result Round of 16 (2010)

The India national under-23 football team represents India in international under-23 football and is controlled by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). Currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) the team can compete in three competitions: the Olympic Games, the AFC U-23 Championship, and the Asian Games.

Since only allowing under-23 sides to compete in the Olympic Games in 1992, India have never qualified for the summer games. The under-23 side have also never participated in the AFC U-23 Championship while at best only making it to the round of 16 in the Asian Games.

History[edit]

Asian Games[edit]

2002 Busan Games[edit]

The under-23 side participated in their first ever tournament during the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea. They were put into a group with China, Turkmenistan, and Bangladesh. Their first match was against Bangladesh. India won 3–0 through a brace from future senior captain Baichung Bhutia and a strike from Renedy Singh. India played their second match two days later against Turkmenistan. They won 3–1. Bhutia again scored a brace while Abhishek Yadav scored the third goal as India ran out 3–1 winners. Unfortunately, in their final match against China, India could not find the net as they fell 2–0 and thus were knocked-out of the Asian Games.[1]

2006 Doha Games[edit]

During the 2006 Asian Games India were placed in a group with Iran, Hong Kong, and Maldives. In their first match against Hong Kong, India drew 1–1 with Pappachen Pradeep scoring the lone Indian goal. In their second match, India faced off against Maldives and won 2–1. Irungbam Surkumar Singh and Subhas Sumbhu Chakrobarty were the scorers for India that night. Finally, in their last match against Iran, India once again lost 2–0 and thus were once again knocked-out of the Asian Games.[2]

2010 Guangzhou Games[edit]

During the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, India were placed in a group with Qatar, Kuwait Athletes, and Singapore. India lost their first match against the Kuwait Athletes 2–0 and then lost their second match against Qatar 2–1 with the lone India goal coming from Dharmaraj Ravanan. India went on to win their final match of the group stage against Singapore 4–1. Four players scored each goal, Jewel Raja, Balwant Singh, Jibon Singh, and Manish Maithani. The victory managed to help India finish in third-place which then helped India become the best third-place team out of all the other third-placed teams and thus qualified them for the Round of 16.

In the Round of 16, India took on powerhouse Japan at the Huangpu Sports Center. India went on to lose the match 5–0 with Kensuke Nagai scoring a brace and Ryohei Yamazaki, Kazuya Yamamura, and Kota Mizunuma scoring a goal each.[3]

2014 Incheon Games[edit]

For the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, India were placed in Group G with Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. In their first match against the United Arab Emirates, India went down 5–0. Seven days later, India were defeated by Jordan 2–0 to end their Asian Games participation.[4]

Other tournaments[edit]

2009 SAFF Championship[edit]

Before the 2009 SAFF Championship in Bangladesh, it was announced that India would send the under-23 side to the tournament.[5] India were placed in Group A with Afghanistan, Maldives, and Nepal. In their first match against Afghanistan, India won 1–0 through Jeje Lalpekhlua.[6] In their next match against Nepal, a Sushil Kumar Singh goal was the difference as India won again 1–0.[7] Despite losing the last match of the group stage to Maldives 2–0 India were still through to the semi-finals.

India defeated Bangladesh in the semi-finals 1–0 through Sushil Kumar Singh.[8] Finally, in the final against Maldives, India won through penalties 3–1 after finishing extra-time with the score at 0–0 to win the championship.[9]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach England Stephen Constantine

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up for the preparation camp before the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers in July 2017.[10]

Caps and goals are updated as of 23 July 2017.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Vishal Kaith (1996-07-22) 22 July 1996 (age 22) 5 0 India Pune City
16 1GK Kamaljit Singh (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 22) 0 0 India Pune City
23 1GK Sukhdev Patil (1998-11-23) 23 November 1998 (age 19) 0 0 India Delhi Dynamos

2 2DF Nishu Kumar (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 21) 4 0 India Bengaluru FC
3 2DF Lalruatthara (1995-01-07) 7 January 1995 (age 23) 2 0 India Kerala Blasters
4 2DF Salam Ranjan Singh (1995-12-04) 4 December 1995 (age 22) 7 0 India East Bengal
5 2DF Sairuat Kima (1997-11-07) 7 November 1997 (age 20) 1 0 India Bengaluru FC
13 2DF Kamalpreet Singh (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 21) 0 0 India Minerva Punjab
18 2DF Jerry Lalrinzuala (1998-07-13) 13 July 1998 (age 20) 5 1 India Chennaiyin
21 2DF Sarthak Golui (1997-11-03) 3 November 1997 (age 20) 2 0 India Mohun Bagan
22 2DF Davinder Singh (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 21) 3 0 India Mumbai City

6 3MF Germanpreet Singh (1996-06-24) 24 June 1996 (age 22) 11 1 India Chennaiyin
7 3MF Nikhil Poojari (1995-09-03) 3 September 1995 (age 22) 5 0 India Pune City
8 3MF Vinit Rai (1997-10-10) 10 October 1997 (age 20) 7 0 India Delhi Dynamos
14 3MF Lallianzuala Chhangte (1997-08-06) 6 August 1997 (age 21) 9 0 India Delhi Dynamos
15 3MF Nanda Kumar (1995-12-20) 20 December 1995 (age 22) 5 0 India Delhi Dynamos
17 3MF Jerry Mawihmingthanga (1997-03-09) 9 March 1997 (age 21) 4 1 India Jamshedpur FC
19 3MF Anirudh Thapa (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 20) 5 0 India Chennaiyin
20 3MF Robinson Singh (1997-02-03) 3 February 1997 (age 21) 3 0 India Bengaluru FC

9 4FW Manvir Singh (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 23) 3 1 India Goa
10 4FW Daniel Lalhlimpuia (1997-09-12) 12 September 1997 (age 20) 4 0 India Delhi Dynamos
11 4FW Hitesh Sharma (1997-12-25) 25 December 1997 (age 20) 3 0 India Atlético Kolkata

Past squads[edit]

Asian Games[edit]

Results and schedule[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

Summer Olympics record
Host/Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA
19081988 See India national team
Spain 1992
to
Brazil 2016
Did not qualify
Total 0/7 0 Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0

AFC U-23 Championship[edit]

AFC U-23 Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA
Oman 2014 Did not qualify
Qatar 2016
China 2018
Totals 0/3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Asian Games[edit]

Asian Games record
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA
Senior National Team
19511998 See India national football team
Under-23 National Team
South Korea 2002 Group stage 10th 3 2 0 1 6 3
Qatar 2006 Group stage 14th 3 1 1 1 3 4
China 2010 Round of 16 14th 4 1 0 3 5 10
South Korea 2014 Group stage 26th 2 0 0 2 0 7
Indonesia 2018 Did not enter
Total 4/5 0 Titles 12 4 1 7 14 24

South Asian Games[edit]

South Asian Games record
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA
Senior National Team
1984 – 1999 See India national football team
Under-23 National Team
Pakistan 2004 Silver 2nd 5 3 1 1 7 2
Sri Lanka 2006 Semifinals 4th 5 1 3 1 4 5
Bangladesh 2010 Semifinals 4th 5 1 2 2 5 3
India 2016 Silver 2nd 4 2 0 2 7 5
Total 4/4 0 Titles 19 7 6 6 23 15

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Asian Games 2002 (South Korea)". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Asian Games 2006 (Qatar)". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "2010 Asian Games". Olympic Association of Asia. Archived from the original on 2 June 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "2014 Asian Games". RSSSF. 
  5. ^ "SAFF Cup Comment: India U-23, Not India, Signal Better Times For Indian Football". Goal.com. 15 December 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "India 1 - 0 Afghanistan: Jeje's winner". Maldives Soccer. 5 December 2009. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "India 1 – 0 Nepal: India into semi final". Maldives Soccer. 7 December 2009. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "Bangladesh 0 - 1 India: Hosts crash out". Maldives Soccer. 11 December 2009. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  9. ^ "Maldives 0 - 0 India: India wins on penalties". Maldives Soccer. 13 December 2009. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  10. ^ "23-member U-23 squad leaves for Singapore". The All India Football Federation. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 

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