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India - Pre world cup 2018 qualification

AFC TEAMS
1. India (171)
2. Sri Lanka (172)
3. Yemen (176)
4. Cambodia (179)
5. Chinese Taipei (182)
6. Timor-Leste (185)
7. Nepal (186)
8. Macau (186)
9. Pakistan (188)
10 Mongolia (194)
11.Brunei (198)
12.Bhutan (209)
India - Pre world cup 2018 qualification

qualification - ROUND-2

INDIA'S MATCHES:

June 11, 2015: India ---- vs ---- Oman
June 16, 2015: Guam ---- vs ---- India
Sept 08, 2015: India ---- vs ---- Iran
Oct 08, 2015: Turkmenistan ---- vs ---- India
Oct 13, 2015: Oman ---- vs ---- India
Nov 12, 2015: India ---- vs ---- Guam
Mar 24, 2016: Iran ---- vs ---- India


14.04.2015 : It's official. India have been drawn in Group D for the 2018 AFC World Cup Qualifiers, the draw for which took place at JW Marriott Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday (April 14, 2015). Besides India, the others Teams in Group D are Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan and Guam. For the record, Iran, ranked 40th, are the highest ranked Asian Team in the FIFA Rankings at the moment, while Oman stay on 97.

India, courtesy their current FIFA Ranking (147 - April 2015) were placed in Pot 3. India had jumped 26 places in the FIFA Rankings after they defeated Nepal 2-0 on aggregate in the Joint Preliminary Qualification Round 1 in March 2015. India play their first match at Home against Oman on June 11, 2015 while the second match is slated for June 16, an away match against Guam.

Speaking exclusively to www.the-aiff.com, National Coach Stephen Constantine mentioned "all matches would be extremely difficult." “One doesn't need to explain the strength of Iran and Oman. Iran are the highest ranked Asian Country while Oman are a very strong side," he added. Regardless of the FIFA Rankings, I am aware of the difficulties of playing against Turkmenistan and Guam. Guam, in fact, have made tremendous progress in the last two years under a fellow English Coach."

"It's a tough draw but it's always better tO be in the draw than out of it and we will do all what is possible to get a result."

Group A - United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Timor-Leste, Malaysia
Group B - Australia, Jordan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh
Group C - China, Qatar, Maldives, Bhutan, Hong Kong
Group D - IR Iran, Oman, India, Turkmenistan, Guam
Group E - Japan, Syria, Afghanistan, Singapore, Cambodia
Group F - Iraq, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei
Group G - Korea Republic, Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar, Laos
Group H - Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Philippines, DPR Korea, Yemen

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qualification - ROUND-1

2 March 2015 : India ---- ( 2-0 ) ---- Nepal
IND : Sunil chhetri 53', 72'

17 March 2015 : Nepal ---- ( 0-0 ) ---- India
India won 2–0 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.

12 March 2015 : Yemen ---- ( 3-1 ) ---- Pakistan
17 March 2015 : Pakistan ---- ( 0-0 ) ---- Yemen
Yemen won 3–1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.

12 March 2015 : Timor-Leste ---- ( 4-1 ) ---- Mongolia
17 March 2015 : Mongolia ---- ( 0-1 ) ---- Timor-Leste
Timor-Leste won 5–1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.

12 March 2015 : Cambodia ---- ( 3-0 ) ---- Macau
17 March 2015 : Macau ---- ( 1-1 ) ---- Cambodia
Cambodia won 4–1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.

12 March 2015 : Chinese Taipei ---- ( 0-1 ) ---- Brunei
17 March 2015 : Brunei ---- ( 0-2 ) ---- Chinese Taipei
Chinese Taipei won 2–1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.

12 March 2015 : Sri Lanka ---- ( 0-1 ) ---- Bhutan
17 March 2015 : Bhutan ---- ( 2-1 ) ---- Sri Lanka
Bhutan won 3–1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.

The draw for the second round will be held on 14 April 2015, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

India - Pre world cup 2018 qualification

INDIA TO FACE NEPAL IN 2ND LEG AT at the Dasrath Stadium in Kathmandu

AIFF PRESS ELEASE 16.03.2015 : In the morning, the chill disappears; the Sun reappears – not that scorching but a bit lazy even as those white cotton clouds float overhead. It was some less than two years back when the then National Team Camped in the same Hotel in Kathmandu, played against the same opposition, and in the same Stadium - the memories of which were not that pleasant.

That was then, today is different - Confidence, spirits, camaraderie, work rate, Teamwork, accountability. A lot has changed, and within less than even two weeks. Ahead of India's 2018 World Cup Qualifiers Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 away match against Nepal, Constantine's memories of Nepal, nevertheless, are "pleasant."

At the Official pre-match Media Interaction, Constantine declares that he will "always have a soft corner for Nepal," only to add: "Tomorrow will be another match for me in Nepal but that will be with the Indian Team." The very next moment he insists the 'match is far from over.'

"The first half has just been over. It is still to be played," Constantine stated at the Official pre-match Media Interaction. "If you ask me, 2-0 is a very deceiving scoreline. If Nepal score, the game changes. I have said this from the very beginning that this will be a very difficult task for us. The game is still available for both Teams," he added.

"With a vociferous crowd backing them, Nepal will want to score an early goal which would give them the momentum to push ahead. We need to prevent that."We need to maintain the shape and discipline."

The same sentiment was echoed by Nepal Head Coach Jack Stefanowski who sounded a confident note mentioning that the match is all "about pride."

"The result in the first-leg was disappointing for us. It added to our confidence playing against a good Team. This is our home match and we are confident," he informed. "In Guwahati, we started to go away from our game plan and in the last two days we have worked on it again. It's our Home match and we aim to level scores and then go for the kill."

Speaking to www.the-aiff.com, Constantine further maintained that he respects "Nepal as a Team." "The onus is now on them to score three goals and I think if we are able to maintain our shape and discipline, we should qualify for the next phase.

However, we won't sit back and allow Nepal to dictate the game. Obviously we are optimistic that we can do that ourselves and that’s what we want if we are to advance." Complementing his Coach, Indian National Team Captain Subrata Paul also wasn’t much willing to read much into the 2-0 victory in Guwahati.

“That is past. This is a new game, a new challenge. We will approach this game afresh and it’s tough for us. Most importantly, it’s an away game for us,” he pronounced at the Official pre-match Media Interaction. "It's important for us to stick to our job and instructions of our Coach," he said pointed at Constantine sitting next. “This is a very important match for Indian Football for Indian Football and we will fight."

"The young guns have settled in very fast. We are all part of one big family where everyone is there for the other both on and off the pitch. We need to continue like that, and we will," the Captain opined. Referring to Constantine fielding seven debutants in the home-leg someone everyone stays curious as to what his Starting line-up will be. You will be answered tomorrow, Constantine replies.

The match at the Dasrath Stadium in Kathmandu kicks-off at IST 3.30pm on Tuesday (March 17).

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AIFF PRESS RELEASE : 11.03.2015 : Keeper Subrata Pal, New Captain of India against Nepal match at Guwahati on 12th March

Change has always been the need of the hour. But one does not need to change completely. The intelligent will merge new ideation with the existing good. But certain things stay constant and glare at your face every moment. Even as Stephen Constantine’s new-look Indian squad tirelessly, enthusiastically and willingly shape up to merge the new with the existing good, the current FIFA Rankings stare at your face directly. 171! (as on February 2015).
India vs Nepal pre world cup 2018 at Guwahati “If the Players are willing to work hard, results can always be achieved,” National Coach Stephen Constantine declares at the Official Pre-Match Media Interaction of India’s Home-match against Nepal in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers Preliminary Joint Qualifcation Round 1 match against Nepal in Guwahati.
08.10.2014 : INDIA   2-3   PALESTINE    - FRIENDLY

05.03.2014 : INDIA   2-2   BANGLADESH   - FRIENDLY
19.11.2013 : INDIA   2-0   NEPAL        - FRIENDLY

15.11.2013 : INDIA   1-1   PHILLIPINES  - FRIENDLY

11.09.2013 : INDIA   0-2   AFGANISTAN   - SAFF FINAL

09.09.2013 : INDIA   1-0   MALDIVES     - SAFF SEMI
05.09.2013 : INDIA   1-2   NEPAL        - SAFF - GR. LEAGUE
03.09.2013 : INDIA   1-1   BANGLADESH   - SAFF - GR. LEAGUE
01.09.2013 : INDIA   1-0   PAKISTAN     - SAFF - GR. LEAGUE


14.08.2013 : INDIA   0-3   TAJIKISTAN   - FRIENDLY


“This may be a sentimental match for me as I had earlier coached Nepal. But on the pitch it would be pure business. Nepal are an organised side and would be ready to fight. It will be a big challenge,” he adds. Constantine’s rival counterpart Nepal Head Coach Jack Stefanowski informs: “We have prepared for around two and a half weeks for this match. We hope to go back to Nepal with a positive result.”

That comes in sharp contrast with the six days with which Constantine has worked with the squad. In the bare minimum nevertheless, the mood in the Indian Camp has been very positive. Besides the new Coach, the Team also has a new Captain for the match.

“As I said before we need to have a new beginning and try to develop a new look and a new attitude and that’s why we have a new Captain. Sunil is a part of it but for the next two matches, Subrata Paul will be the Captain. We have huge respect for Sunil and that’s the reason we have him as the vice-Captain,” Constantine further said.

“This is the toughest match of my career,” ‘Spiderman’ Subrata Paul maintained. “There’s no pressure on me. I know what my duty is and I want to enjoy my Football. We have practiced hard for this and the support staff has been helping us at every step.”

Chhetri, the highest-ever Indian goalscorer in International Football added: “The first leg of a two-game tie is always important. We have to give our best and hope that we have a lot of home support behind us. We are not thinking of the second-leg match in Kathmandu as the first game isn’t over as yet.”

Referring to a question, Constantine replied that he wants to play in a “system which would suit the Players.”

“The 4-4-2 is the Mother of all formations. So for me the system is not as important as the Players in the system,” he stated.

Meanwhile Nepal Captain Sagar Thapa preferred to recollect Nepal’s 2-1 victory over India in the 2013 SAFF Championship. “We hope to play in the same spirit.”

Stefanowski who has been the Nepal Coach since the last two years quipped the “pressure will be on India.”

“The Hero ISL has brought in high expectations and the pressure is on India. Though the Indian Players are a bit athletic, there’s not much difference in the quality among the two sides,” he pronounced.

As the sun sets and the lights glow at the picturesque Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Sajusarai, Guwahati, the FIFA Rankings sarcastically come back to haunt again – 171! Indian Football needs to fight back and the Coach pronounces again – “It’s time for the Sleeping giant to wake up. Being the biggest democracy of the World doesn’t mean anything. Fight on the pitch if you want to win.”

The kick-off is at 7pm and the match would be telecast live on DD NE and Newstime Assam. DD Sports would be broadcasting the deferred telecast of the match at 10pm tomorrow (March 12).
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AIFF PRESS RELEASE : 02.03.2015 : The list of the 26 probables for the home and away matches of the Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is as follows
Twenty six probables would be reporting to the Preparatory Camp in Guwahati for India’s Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia against Nepal.

The squad would be reporting to the Camp in Guwahati from March 4 onwards. The rest of the Players would be reporting to the Camp the next day (March 5) after the conclusion of the Hero I-League matches on March 4.

The first match between India and Nepal would be played at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Sajusarai on March 12, while the return leg is slated to be played in Kathmandu on March 17. The match on March 12 kicks-off at 7pm.

GOALKEEPERS : Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Arindam Bhattacharya.
DEFENDERS : Keegan Pereira, Shaumik Dey, Arnab Mondal, Aiborlang Khongjee, Sandesh Jhingan, Augstine Fernandes, Pritam Kotal.
MIDFIELDERS : Prabir Das, Francis Fernandes, Lenny Rodrigues, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Anthony D’Souza, Cabin Lobo, Lalrindika Ralte, Dhanapal Ganesh.
FORWARDS : Mandar Rao Desai, Alwyn George, Holicharan Narzary, Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh, Balwant Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Jackichand Singh.
Head Coach : Stephen Constantine.


India - Pre world cup 2018 qualification

INDIA QUALIFY FOR SECOND STAGE OF FIFA WORLD UP 2018 - RUSSIA

17.03.2015 : NEPAL -- 0-0 -- INDIA ( FT..)
NEP : Kiran, Sagar, Sandip, Bikram, Robin, Bhola, Bimal, Rohit, Brij, Santosh, Bharat.
IND : Subrata, Pritam, Arnab, Sandesh, Saumik, Francis, Lenny, Lyngdoh, Dika, Sunil, Robin... REFEREE : Khamis AL MARRI (QAT)

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The purpose has been served. India are through to the second round of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers after their away match against Nepal at Katmandu’s Dasrath Stadium ended goalless on Tuesday (March 17). India had recorded a facile 2-0 win in their home-match in Guwahati in the World Cup Qualifiers Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 to qualify on a 2-0 aggregate.

The intent was not to concede and it was an archetypal display of approaching an away match. Enjoying a two-goal cushion, India preferred to play safe, slow down proceedings, and at the end it paid off. Qualification to the next round was achieved and in addition, the two clean sheets in two consecutive games, one home and another, away, came as a bonus.

As the match progressed even as Nepal dominated, they were not able to break free and that added to their frustration. They did earn a series of free-kicks in the first half and even hit the post late in the second, but the back four and the last line of defence was there to absorb almost everything.Add to that the work rate of the midfielders and the top two who constantly pressed not allowing Nepal to settle down and have it easy, mattered.

National Coach Stephen Constantine said it was nice to leave” happy."It is nice to leave with a happy result. Result always matters and we achieved what we intended."We came here to win but they put us under pressure. They gave everything they had and that speaks of the character of the Nepali people," he maintained at the Official post-match Media Interaction.However, Constantine did make a mention of the pitch which wasn't “up to the mark."

"This is not an excuse but the pitch outside is not suitable for Football. You can't play good Football on such a pitch and we were not able to play it either. The pitch on which we played in Guwahati was of very high quality," he further stated. "We have to accept that didn't play our best game and we need to do better. We're trying to build a good Team for the future and I promise that we will."

Meanwhile, Midfielder Dhanpal Ganesh became the eighth Player to debut for Senior Indian Team in the two matches played under Stephen Constantine. India had their chances though. The introduction of Cavin Lobo in place of Lenny Rodrigues in the 46th minute helped India to regain composure. In the 60th minute, Lalrindika Ralte's corner was headed out for a corner and off the resultant corner, Nepal recovered fast to counter attack.

Sunil's prowess was on display in the 68th minute. He dribbled past three in the rival box but his placement missed by a whisker with rival Goalkeeper Limbu Kiran beaten.Robin also had a goal disallowed in the second half but it eventually it didn't matter.

The draw of the second round will be held at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on 14th April, 2015. The dates of India's next matches: In 2015: 11th June 16th June, 3rd September 8th September, 8th October 13th October, 12th November 17th November
FULL TIME : NEPAL 0-0 INDIA. India won their 1st leg at Guwahati 2-0.
9+1': Corner to India, dika's corner kick cleared.
90': 3 minute added time.
88': SCORE LINE - 0-0
86': Saumik fouled Anil Gurung.
84': PLAYER CHANGE - NEPAL : Jumau Rai in and Bharat Khwaws out.
82': Sandip Rai's left footer from top of the box went to Subrata.
79': Chance to Neoal, Anil gurung's right footer from right wing saved by Subrata.
78': India shown 3 while Nepal shown 1 yellow card so far.
77': Corner to India in left of Nepal Keeper, Sandesh kick cleared in Nepal box.
74': PLAYER CHANGE - INDIA : Jakichand Singh in Francis Fernandez out..
70': Out of 5 corner so far Nepal earned 4 while India only 1.
70': NO score 0-0. Robin Singh's goal disallowed by Referee.
64': Corner kick to Nepal. Bhola's kick and Anil'd header went out.
56': YELLOW CARD - ROBIN of INDIA
56': Attack of India Francis-Sunil-Dika's combine attack but finaly Dika's cross went wide.
. 54': India in blue Jersey while Nepal in orange colur Jersey.
52': YELLOW CARD - LOBO of INDIA.
50': Still Scoreline is 0-0.
46': CHANGE - INDIA Cavin Lobo in and Lenny Rodrigues out.
46': 2nd half starts.
IN OTHER MATCH BHUTAN 1-1 SRI LANKA IS GOING ON.
INDIA COACH CONSTANTINE ALSO WAS THE COACH OF NEPAL IN 1999-2000.
HT : SCORE LINE 0-0.
45': 1 minute added time.
45': Chance Missed to Nepal, Bimal missed to score.
45': 0-0 is the score line.
40': Corner to Nepal. Santosh's kick went out. No score.
38': Captain Sunil scored 2 goals in the first leg at Assam.
37': Free Kick to Nepal, Subrata collect Sagar's shot
37': Nepal lost 0-2 in first Leg at Guwahati.
35': 0-0 IS THE SCORE LINE.
32': SCORELINE IS 0-0.
23': Sunil fouled Bhola of Nepal. Sandip's free kick shot went to Subrata. 20;': yellow card - Lyndoh of India.
16': Corner to Nepal from Sandesh clearance, poor header of Bimal from corner kick of Nepal went wide.
14': Free kick to Nepal, Santosh missed the target.
7' Free kick to Nepal. wrnt wide of Rohit's kick.
5' India attacked but Robin Singh missed.
1': Match starts.

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12.03.2015 : INDIA -- 2-0 -- NEPAL ( FT.)
IND : Subrata, preetam, Sandesh, Arnab, Shaumik, Francis, Lenny, Lyngdoh, Dika, Chhetri, Robin.
NEP : Limbu Kiran, Brij Mahajan, Bhola, Sandip, Sagar, Bimal, Bikram, Jagjeet, Rabin, Bharat, Rohit.

: As it kicked-off, it was time to refer to the history books. When have four Players made their debut for India in the same match, that too in the Starting XI? And mind you, three of them were defenders!

It was about being brave as a Coach; it was about being able to bring a new feel; and most importantly, it was about being able to make people accountable. The number grew to five and then six and eventually seven. After some 90 minutes when it ended, seven had already made their debut for India in the match. The new blood, hungry and full of ‘character' dominated and scored to win 2-0 against Nepal in the World Cup Qualifiers Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Sajusarai, Guwahati. The return leg in Kathmandu is slated for March 17.

Both the goals came in the second half from Sunil Chhetri - the first off his left foot to the left corner of the rival Goalkeeper Limbu Kumar and the second off his right foot to the right corner of Limbu. He could have added another had not an acrobatic Limbu denied Chhetri off the spot. The penalty was awarded after Cavin Lobo was brought down in the box by Sandip Rai. Add to that a disallowed goal off Jackichand Singh and the plethora of chances created, India could have won it much handsomely.

The buildup to the first goal was all about 'character' and the triangle. Not willing ever to give that that extra inch, the tireless Lenny Rodrigues pressed, snatched as the triangle of Lenny-Robin-Sunil hoodwinked the Nepal defence; and the move got what it deserved - a perfect finish from Chhetri. The second was equally better. Debutant Jacikichand Singh, unselfish, held on allowing Sunil to make the run off the ball and once it came to his feet, he dug it deep.

Earlier, after a slow start from India, the second half was just, perhaps, Xerox-ed on the field from the drawing board. National Coach Stephen Constantine was pleased as punch as his sessions bore fruit. The counter attacks were initiated in a flash, there was speed in the legs as much it was in the lungs. It was hard to name an individual as it was all about the Team. India, however, were not off to the best of starts. Though it seemed inevitable that the combination would strike the chord soonest, it took a bit of time to actually come into play. And once it did after the first 25 minutes, the Men in Blue just ran away with it.

India first had a shy at the rival goal in the 1th minute when an one-two between Sunil Chhetri and Robin Singh opened up the rival defence but Robin's shot couldn't trouble Nepal Goalkeeper Limbu Kiran. Robin was again in the thick of action in the 34th and the 35th minutes respectively. On the first occasion, he latched on to a ball played just behind the defence but his rasping left footer sailed agonisingly over.

The very next minute, Lalrindika Ralte's perfectly essayed floater found Robin in the clear and even as on onrushing Limbu tried to narrow the angle, Robin's placement just went wide. The Sunil-Robin combine was slowly starting to bloom by then. In the 41st minute, Sunil collected, shielded and found Robin but only for the latter’s shot to be deflected for a corner off which Arnab Mondal's header sailed over.

However, the best chance of the first half-time went abegging at the stroke of half-time. Chhetri, blessed with that split extra second with the ball found an overlapping Francis and even as livewire played an one-two with Robin to get himself all in the clear, Limbu managed to save his placement from pointblank range. The last 15 minutes of the first half promised much for the second half and changing over India began form where they had left.

The first corner came in the 47th minute but Limbu managed to palm it away even as Robin tried to pounce on Francis' curler. The Indians started winning all the 'second balls' thus frustrating the rivals and initiating more. In the 52rd minute Nepal survived when Chhetri's volley from the top of the box got stuck in between an out of position Limbu's legs. Thereafter, it was all one-way traffic. The quick interchanging, speedy counters and pressing proved too hot for Nepal. The best way was to sit back, relax and watch. It was Football at its best.

FT : 2-0 win of India through brace of Sunil Chhetri.
90': Still India is leading 2-0.
85': BHUTAN BEAT SRI LANKA 1-0.
84': 3rd Corner to India but no impact.
82': PENALTY MISSED. 3rd goal chance of Sunil Chhetri to India dismissed by Nepal Keepar with a brilliant save.
80': PENALTY TO INDIA as Sandip Rai fouled Jackie Chand of India.
78': SCORE LINE : India 2-0 NEPAL
75'; Yellow Card to Sandip Rai of Nepal.
70': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-0 to India, 2nd goal of Sunil Chhetri..
70': In SAFF Championship Group League match on 05.09.2013 Nepal beat India 2-1.
65': India beat Nepal 2-0 in friendly on 19.11.2013.
62': CHANGE - NEPAL : Jagjeet out and Anjan IN.
55': YELLOW CARD - INDIA
53': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-0 for India through Sunil Chhetri.
46': 2ND HALF MATCH SRTARTS.
HT : SCORE LINE 0-0.
43': Well save of Nepal Keeper Kiran blocked a shot of Francis Farnandes. 39': Corner kick to India. No score.
35': No score. 0-0.
24': 1st corner kick to Nepal.
22': Foul - India as Robin Singh fouls on Rohit Chand.
20': SCORE LINE : 0-0
LAST 10 MATCHES of INDIA
08.10.2014 : INDIA   2-3   PALESTINE    - FRIENDLY
05.03.2014 : INDIA   2-2   BANGLADESH   - FRIENDLY
19.11.2013 : INDIA   2-0   NEPAL        - FRIENDLY
15.11.2013 : INDIA   1-1   PHILLIPINES  - FRIENDLY
11.09.2013 : INDIA   0-2   AFGANISTAN   - SAFF FINAL
09.09.2013 : INDIA   1-0   MALDIVES     - SAFF SEMI
05.09.2013 : INDIA   1-2   NEPAL        - SAFF - GR. LEAGUE
03.09.2013 : INDIA   1-1   BANGLADESH   - SAFF - GR. LEAGUE
01.09.2013 : INDIA   1-0   PAKISTAN     - SAFF - GR. LEAGUE
14.08.2013 : INDIA   0-3   TAJIKISTAN   - FRIENDLY
15': 0-0 is the score line.
10': No score in the match. scoreline is 0-0.
7': Yellow Card - Nepal.
6': Yellow Card - India.
1': Match starts at Guwahati.
0': From 7.oo PM

India - u23 AFC QLF

AMRINDER NAMED TO LEAD INDIA against Uzbekistan

AIFF MEDIA RELEASE - 26.03.2015 : It's March 26 and it's Bangladesh’s Independence Day. The sense of history, the two Countries being 'One' quite many years some back and yet so much inseparable even today despite the International boundary, strike you at every step.

The Streets stay empty and for the Indian U-23 Team it comes as a big relief, especially after it took 4 and a half hours to travel to and fro to the Army ground for a practice session the previous evening (March 25), that too for a distance of 8kms one side. The Team just sat in the Bus and waited for it to move, but it didn't. Frustration, fatigue, helplessness!

INDIA U-23 LAST 6 RESULTS
22.09.2014 	Asian Games	India U23 	0-2 	Jordan U23 	
15.09.2014 	Asian Games	U.A.E. U23 	5-0 	India U23 	
20.08.2014 	Friendly 	India U23 	0-2 	Pakistan U23 	
17.08.2014 	Friendly	India U23 	1-0 	Pakistan U23 	
23.06.2011 	Olympic OLQ 	India U23 	1-1 	Qatar U23 	
19.06.2011 	Olympic OLQ 	Qatar U23 	3-1 	India U23


A day ahead of India's opening match of their Group E match of the AFC U-23 AFC Qualifiers Head Coach Savio Medeira, nevertheless, is a patient man. 'We are happy to be here. Uzbekistan and Syria and Bangladesh are all ranked higher than us. But I have full confidence in my boys. If we do our job correctly, on any given day, anything can happen,' he states at the Official pre-match Media Interaction.

The Indians proceeded to the Championship after a Preparatory Camp in Goa. The boys started assembling from March 4 onwards and full practice eventually kicked-off from March 6 onwards.

Goalkeeper Amrinder Singh declared India's Captain for the Championship stresses that it would quite an 'experience' for India to play against all the three Teams.

'We are taking one match at a time. There's so little to choose which we would be playing against. We need to concentrate on our job and we will give our best on the field,' he maintains. “Presently we are all focused on Uzbekistan and would be plotting for Syria and Bangladesh as and when we play them.'

For the record at the FIFA ladder, Uzbekistan are ranked 72, Syria 152, Bangladesh 162 and India 173 (as per March 2015).

Besides getting used to the traffic in Dhaka, the practice turfs have also been a deterrent for perfect acclimatization which was intended to by arriving some couple of days earlier as the grounds have been either devoid of grass, bouncy, patchy and hard, or all clubbed together.

'It's not that the Uzbeks and Syrians are just much more physical; they are also very technical equipped sides,' Medeira insists. 'On the field, it's all about decision making, both on and off the ball. At the end the Team which makes the lesser mistakes will have the last laugh.'

The Indian Camp isn't all grinning at the moment as some untimely injuries have hit them hard. While Central defender Pawan Kumar was ruled out on the last day prior to the Preparatory Camp in Goa, Sandesh Jhingan's food poisoning and toe injury have been a further curse.

'Jhingan is most unlikely to recover in time for the first match' Medeira further informs.

'We were unlucky not to have Narayan (Das) and Pronoy (Halder) available for the Camp as they are still under rehab,' Medira chuckles. “Moreover, Brandon (Fernandes) was already carrying an injury and had to be released. But we have made adjustments,' he continues.

The arrival of National Coach Stephen Constantine has been an inspiration for the boys. 'I am here as an observer and watch the U-23s play in the Olympic Qualifiers,' he mentioned to www.the-aiff.com.

Referring to the obvious questions as to he would be coaching the Team, Constantine clarified: 'Savio (Medeira) is the Coach and the Man in charge for the three games in Dhaka. I will not be coaching the side at all,' a point which he even tweeted from his Official Twitter account @StephenConstan.

The kick-off on March 27 is at IST 2.30pm.

India's schedule in the AFC U-23 Championship stay as follows:
March 27: India 0-2 Uzbekistan (IST: 2.30pm).
March 29: India vs Syria (IST: 2.30pm).
March 31: India vs Bangladesh (IST: 5.30pm).
The 23-member squad is as follows:

GOALKEPEERS: Amrinder Singh, Albino Gomes, Rehenesh TP.

DEFENDERS: Abhishek Das, Satish Singh, Sankar Sampingraj, Deepak, Bikramjit Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal.

MIDFIELDERS: Germanpreet Singh, Nikhil Kadam, Dhanachandra Meetei, Prabir Das, Siam Hangal, Manish Bhargav, Avinash Rui Das, Vinit Rai.

FORWARDS: Sumit Passi, Haokip Thonghkosim, Rajinder Kumar, Jayesh Rane, Holicharan Narzary.

HEAD COACH: Savio Medeira.

India - u23 AFC QLF

Group E

SL      		M 	W 	D 	L 	GF 	GA 	GD 	Pts 	
1	Syria U23	3	3	0	0	10	1	9	9	
2	Uzbekistan U23	3	2	0	1	7	2	5	6	
3	India U23	3	0	1	2	0	6	-6	1	
4	Bangladesh U23	3	0	1	2	0	8	-8      1

FIXTURE

27.03.2015 : Uzbekistan - 2–0 - India
UZB : Sergeev 87', Kozak 90+2'

27.03.2015 : Syria - 4–0 - Bangladesh

SYR : Khribin 5', 45+2' (pen.), Al-Baher 15', Al-Mawas 81'

29 March 2015 : India - 0-4 - Syria
SYR : Maowas 15', 82', Khribin 45+3', 61'

29 March 2015 : Bangladesh - 0-4 - Uzbekistan


31 March 2015 : Syria - 1-2 - Uzbekistan

31 March 2015 : India - 0-0 - Bangladesh

31.03.2015 : INDIA -- 0-0 -- BANGLADESH ( FT...)
IND : Arminder, Kotal, Bikramjit, Jhingan, Deepak; Germanpreet, Hangal, Avinash, Jayesh, Passi, Narzary

FT: 0-0 is the score line.
46': 2nd half stars delay as failure of Flood Light.
HT': 0-0 score line.


29.03.2015 : INDIA-- 0-4 -- SYRIA ( FT..)
IND : Aminder, Pritam, Bikramjit, Shankar, Deepak; Germanpreet, Vinit, Siam, Avinash, Jayesh, Holicharan
SER : ABDUL LATIF NASSAN, KHALED ALMBAYED, MOUAIAD AL AJJAN, HUSSEIN ALJWAYED, OMRO AL MIDANI,OMAR KHARBIN,NASSOUH NAKKDAHLI,MAHMOUD ALMAWAS,ABDULMANNAN IBRAHIM,AMRO JENIAT,MUAYAD ALKHOULI.
FT : Syria win the match 4-0.
82': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL 10 men India Conceded 4th goal scored by Mahmoud Almawas.
72': RED CARD - INDIA : Shankar
61': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL : 3-0 to syria. Omar Kharbin scored the 3rd
50': STILL SYRIA IS LEADING 2-0.
45+1': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-0 to Syria now. Omar Kharbin scored the 2nd goal.
15': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-0 to Syria. Mahmoud Almawas scored for Syria.

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27.03.2015 : INDIA -- 0-2 -- UZBEKISTAN ( FT...)
IND : Amrinder, Pritam, Germanpreet, Sankar, Deepak, Bikramjit, Siam, Abinash, Vinit, Holicharan, Jayesh.
UZB : Akmal, Komilov, Sardor, Boburbek, Vladimir, Abdulloh, Jamshid, Igor, Askarov, Shagulyamov, Diyorjon.
FT : India U23 lost 0-2 to Uzbekistan in 1st Match.
90'+3': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-0 now Uzbekistan.Kozak scored
89': Out of 13 corner kicks India earned 6.
87': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-0 to Uzbekistan. Sergeev Boburbek scored.
85': No score in India match At the same time China is leading 5-0 against Mongolia and North Korea is leading 4-0 over Philippines.
85': CHANGE - INDIA : Haokip in and Holicharan out.
79': CHANGE- INDIA : Manish Bhargav in and Vinith out.
63': 6th corner to India, Avinash kick and Bikramjit header missed the target.
61': 2nd corner to Uzbekistan, no impact.
59': 5th corner to India.
56': Yellow card to India.
55': NO SCORE. 0-0 RUNNING.
46': 2ND HALF MATCH STARTS
HT : 0-0 is the score Line.
45+3': 4th Corner to India. 0-0.
45+1': Yellow card to Uzbek player.
45': 3 minutes added time No score. 0-0.
42': 1st corner to Uzbek. No impact.
37': India earned 3rd corner kick. no score.
35': NO SCORE. 0-0 RUNNING.
25': NO SCORE. 0-0 RUNNING.
25': Free Kick to Uzbek,Boburek shot deflected from India defence guard wall.
19': 2nd CORNER KICK for INDIA. No score.
17': Still 0-0 is the score line.
6': CORNER KICK to INDIA. No score.
5': No score yet, Scoreline is 0-0.
1': Match starts.

India - Pre world cup 2018 qualification

12 March 2015 : India ---- ( 2-0 ) ---- Nepal
IND : Sunil chhetri 53', 72'

17 March 2015 : Nepal ---- ( 0-0 ) ---- India
India won 2–0 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.

12 March 2015 : Yemen ---- ( 3-1 ) ---- Pakistan
17 March 2015 : Pakistan ---- ( 0-0 ) ---- Yemen
Yemen won 3–1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.

12 March 2015 : Timor-Leste ---- ( 4-1 ) ---- Mongolia
17 March 2015 : Mongolia ---- ( 0-1 ) ---- Timor-Leste
Timor-Leste won 5–1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.

12 March 2015 : Cambodia ---- ( 3-0 ) ---- Macau
17 March 2015 : Macau ---- ( 1-1 ) ---- Cambodia
Cambodia won 4–1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.

12 March 2015 : Chinese Taipei ---- ( 0-1 ) ---- Brunei
17 March 2015 : Brunei ---- ( 0-2 ) ---- Chinese Taipei
Chinese Taipei won 2–1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.

12 March 2015 : Sri Lanka ---- ( 0-1 ) ---- Bhutan
17 March 2015 : Bhutan ---- ( 2-1 ) ---- Sri Lanka
Bhutan won 3–1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.

The draw for the second round will be held on 14 April 2015, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.