India national under-23 football team

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India Under-23
Nickname(s) Blue Cubs
Association All India Football Federation
Head coach Vaccant
First colours
Second colours
Olympic Games
Appearances None
Best result Qualifiers
AFC U-22 Asian Cup
Appearances None
Best result Qualifiers
Asian Games
Appearances 3 (first in 2002)
Best result Round of 16 (2010)

The India national under-23 football team is the men's football team that represents India at the under-23 level internationally. The primary goal of the team is the participate in the Summer Olympics, AFC U-22 Asian Cup, and the Asian Games. The team is currently controlled by the governing body of football in the country, the All India Football Federation.

Currently, the team has never qualified for the Summer Olympics with the senior team qualifying in 1960 and has so far never qualifyed for the U-22 Asian Cup as well. In the Asian Games the team has made it as far as the Round of 16 stage in 2010, only to lose to Japan 5–0.

Asian Games history[edit]

2002 Busan Games[edit]

India's under-23s 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 in which India won 3–0 through a brace from future senior captain Baichung Bhutia and a strike from Renedy Singh. India then played their second match two days later against Turkmenistan where 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 then 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]

Personnel[edit]

As of 23 March 2015 [4]
Position Name
Head Coach Vaccant
Manager India G S Srinivasa Murthy

Results and Fixtures[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 20 players were called up for the 2016 South Asian Games from 6 February 2016 to 15 February 2016.[5]

As of 6 February 2016
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Laxmikant Kattimani (C) (1993-05-27) 27 May 1993 (age 23) 0 0 India Dempo
25 1GK Rehenesh TP (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 24) 4 0 India East Bengal
35 1GK Kamaljit Singh (1994-02-07) 7 February 1994 (age 23) 0 0 India Sporting Goa

18 2DF Salam Ranjan Singh (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 23) 2 0 India Bengaluru FC
2 2DF Pritam Kotal (1993-08-09) 9 August 1993 (age 23) 10 1 India Mohun Bagan
4 2DF Sandesh Jhingan (1993-07-21) 21 July 1993 (age 23) 6 0 India Kerala Blasters
37 2DF Bikramjeet Singh (1993-12-01) 1 December 1993 (age 23) 7 0 India Mohammedan
26 2DF Samad Ali Mallick (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 24) 1 0 India East Bengal
21 2DF Narayan Das (1993-09-25) 25 September 1993 (age 23) 8 0 India East Bengal
26 2DF Koushik Sarkar (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 24) 1 0 India East Bengal

6 3MF Amoes (1994-05-26) 26 May 1994 (age 22) 0 0 India Ozone
22 3MF Rowllin Borges (1992-06-05) 5 June 1992 (age 24) 4 0 India Sporting Goa
43 3MF Lallianzuala Chhangte (1997-08-06) 6 August 1997 (age 19) 4 0 India DSK Shivajians U18
33 3MF Germanpreet Singh (1996-06-24) 24 June 1996 (age 20) 6 0 India Dempo
46 3MF Vinit Rai (1997-09-10) 10 September 1997 (age 19) 6 0 India Dempo
45 3MF Jerry Mawihmingthanga (1997-03-28) 28 March 1997 (age 20) 4 1 India DSK Shivajians U19

9 4FW Holicharan Narzary (1994-05-10) 10 May 1994 (age 22) 8 1 India NorthEast United
48 4FW Jayesh Rane (1993-02-20) 20 February 1993 (age 24) 6 1 India Mumbai
19 4FW Udanta Singh (1993-08-26) 26 August 1993 (age 23) 4 3 India Bengaluru FC
20 4FW Sumit Passi (1995-04-18) 18 April 1995 (age 22) 1 0 India Sporting Goa

Head coaches[edit]

Manager Period
India Sukhwinder Singh 2008–2010
Scotland Des Bulpin 2011
Australia Arthur Papas 2012
Netherlands Wim Koevermans 2014
India Savio Medeira 2015
England Lee Johnson 2015-2016

Competition records[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympics record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Spain 1992 Did not qualify
United States 1996
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016
Japan 2020
Total DNQ 0/7 0 0 0 0 0 0

Asian Games[edit]

Asian Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
South Korea 2002 Group 12/24 3 2 0 1 6 3
Qatar 2006 Group 15/24 3 1 1 1 3 4
China 2010 Round of 16 14/24 4 1 0 3 5 10
South Korea 2014 Group 24/29 2 0 0 2 0 7
Total Round of 16 4/4 10 4 1 5 14 17

AFC U-22 Asian Cup[edit]

AFC U-22 Asian Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Oman 2013 Did not qualify
Qatar 2016 Did not qualify
Total DNQ 0/2 0 0 0 0 0 0

AFC Challenge Cup[edit]

AFC Challenge Cup
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Sri Lanka 2010 Group 8/8 3 0 0 3 1 6
Total Group 1/1 3 0 0 3 1 6

2010 AFC Challenge Cup matches

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. ^ "Indian squad leaves for AFC U-23 Championship". the-aiff.com. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Boys want to capitalise on recent success: Lee Johnson". All India Football Federation. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 

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