India - Pre world cup 2018 qualification (INDIA Vs IRAN)
GROUP - D (TABLE)
TEAM M W D L GF GA GD P Iran 8 6 2 0 26 3 +23 20 Oman 8 4 2 2 11 7 +4 14 Turk 8 4 1 3 10 11 -1 13 Guam 8 2 1 5 3 16 -13 7 India 8 1 0 7 5 18 -13 3
GROUP - D ( FULL FIXTURES) 11.06.2015 : Guam --- 1-0 --- Turkmenistan 11.06.2015 : India --- 1-2 --- Oman IND : Sunil Chhetri 26' OMAN : Said 1', Al Hosni 40-Pen ------------------------------------------------- 16.06.2015 : Guam --- 2-1 --- India GUM : Mcdonald 37', Nicklaw 62' IND : Sunil chhetri 90+3 16.06.2015 : Turkmenistan --- 1-1 --- Iran ------------------------------------------------- 03.09.2015 : Iran --- 6-0 --- Guam 03.09.2015 : Oman --- 2-1 --- Turkmenistan ------------------------------------------------- 08.09.2015 : Guam --- 0-0 --- Oman 08.09.2015 : India --- 0-3 --- Iran IRN : Azmoun 28', Teymourian 46',Taremi 49' ------------------------------------------------- 08.10.2015 : Turkmenistan --- 2-1 --- India TUK : Guwanc Abylow 8', Amanov 66' IND : Jeje 30' 08.10.2015 : Oman --- 1-1 --- Iran ------------------------------------------------- 13.10.2015 : Turkmenistan --- 1-0 --- Guam 13.10.2015 : Oman --- 3-0 --- India OMAN : Mubarak 55', Al-Muqbali 67', 84' ------------------------------------------------- 12.11.2015 : Iran --- 3-1 --- Turkmenistan 12.11.2015 : India --- 1-0 --- Guam IND : Robin Singh ------------------------------------------------- 17.11.2015 : Guam --- 0-6 --- Iran IRN :Taremi 12', 63', Kamyabinia 32', Rezaeian 49', Shojaei 52' (pen.), Ansarifard 53' 17.11.2015 : urkmenistan --- 2-1 --- Oman TUR : Geworkýan 40', Muhadow 67' OMN : Al-Ghassani 70' ------------------------------------------------- 24.03.2016 : Iran --- 4-0 --- India IRN : Ehsan Haji (33rd and 66th), Sardar Azmoun (61st) Alireza Jahan (78th) 24.03.2016 : Oman --- 1-0 --- Guam OMN : Mubarak 53' ------------------------------------------------- 29.03.2016 : India --- 1-2 --- Turkmenistan IND : Sandesh Jingham 26' TUR : Amanov Arslan 47', Atayev Serdarali 69' 29.03.2016 : Iran --- 2-0 --- Oman IRN : Azmoun 16', 23'
India - Pre world cup 2018 qualification (INDIA Vs IRAN)
JEJE TO LEAD INDIA AGAINST IRAN
AIFF MEDIA RELEASE : Clouds, Rain, Cold and snow on the Mountain peaks at a distance. Not much has changed in the last two days since Stephen Constantine’s boys landed safely in Tehran on Monday(March 21) for India’s Russia 2018 World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 against Iran slated to be played on March 24 (Thursday).
IRAN SQUAD AGAINST INDIA
Andranik Teymourian (C), Alireza Haghighi, Alireza Beiranvand, Mohammadreza Akhbari, Jalal Hosseini, Hossein Kanaani, Morteza Pouraliganji, Vouria Ghafouri, Milad Mohammadi, Pejman Montazeri, Ramin Rezaeian, Khosro Heydari, Ehsan Hajsafi, Mehdi Torabi, Omid Alishah, Omid Ebrahimi, Vahid Amiri, Ali Karimi, Saeid Ezatolahi, Ashkan Dejagah, Mehdi Taremi, Kaveh Rezaei, Sardar Azmoun .
Rain greeted Team India onto the training ground in their first of the two evening sessions on Tuesday (March 22) evening. It drizzled in between with the continuous threat of lightning hovering above almost all throughout. At the end, there was rain again, this time with hail which forced all to desperately huddle in the two dugouts for safety. In the absence of any changing rooms, eventually the boys, all wet, travelled back in the Team Bus to the Team hotel, a drive for almost 45 minutes.
The two halves of 45 minutes each on the Azadi Stadium will be tougher. “Playing Iran in Iran is as tough as it can get,” comments Constantine. “It’s like David vs Goliath on the field. Iran are the Giants of Asia.” “We have huge respect for Iran. We understand that we will be without the Ball for most part of the match. We will try to stop them. We will fight and try to get something out from the match,” he utters at the Official Pre-match Media Interaction. “We have four key Players missing. We are a young side.
On paper, we have nothing to lose. We will give everything which we have. If we can take anything out of this game it will be a bonus.” Jeje Lalpekhlua, named Captain for the match agreed. “Tomorrow will be a difficult game for us. But we are here to fight and aim to take something out of the game,” he pronounced at the Media Interaction.
At 44 on FIFA Rankings, Tem Melli stay the highest ranked Team in Asia and have consistently qualified for the World Cup. Several of their established Players either are, or have played in Europe and some of the new ones are regularly in the news with Premier European Clubs expressing interest.
“We always look forward to being involved playing with Big Teams. Big Games against Big Teams in front of big crowds -- that’s why we play the Game. Don’t we?” Constantine queries you back. You could hardly doubt him. “We always look forward to compete against the best and Iran are one of the Best Teams in Asia. The Azadi Stadium is an unbelievable Stadium and presents one of the best atmospheres that I have witnessed as a Coach,” he states.
You remember speaking to Sunil Chhetri prior to the departure to Tehran. “I will miss this one,” he had said. “It’s against Iran and it’s at the Azadi Stadium. Not every day you get to play there,” he had maintained. The trip down memory lane isn’t that encouraging. Despite all the golden past you discover that India last beat Iran in 1959. After that it has all been one-way traffic.
The Team Hotel being located in perhaps the busiest street in the City the buzz of the speeding cars on the wet streets reminds you of a similar and continuous roar of a Sea Beach. But mind you, there’s no honking. Constantine goes back to the roar of the Azadi Stadium. “The decibel levels are high. When they are in full voice it’s simply fantastic. Iranians are very passionate about their Football and it can be intimidating. But that’s the beauty of Football,” he quips. “But when we step onto the field, we will carry with us our confidence and full respect for Team Melli but we won’t fear them.”
For the 22-member squad whose average age is around 24, there are four Players who haven’t made their International debut as yet. And there is a 18-year old in the squad as well.Thursday may see someone break into International Football. And it will describe his character. The kick-off at the Azadi Stadium is at 7pm (Iran Time).
INDIAN SQUAD LEFT FOR IRAN FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
21.03.16: India captain Sunil Chhetri out of the India squad in Russia 2018 World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 match against Iran due to groin injury. Speaking to the AIFF head coach commented that they had to take some bold decisions because they have to travel to Tehran without India's influential Captain Sunil Chhetri. Captain Sunil also feel disappointed and can not recall the last time he missed any International match due to injury, as team physio Gigy George advice a rest for India due to the groin injury he picked up during I-League.
TP Reheneesh, Rino Anto, Allwyn George, Malsawmzuala and Md. Rafique also left out from the probable 26-man squad to final 22-man squad. Team India traveled to Tehran today morning. They will face Iran on 24th March. India will face Turkmenistan in home on 29th March and coach is hopeful some left out player may add in that match.
Squad as Follows:
GOALKEEPERS: Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Karanjit Singh.
DEFENDERS: Aiborlang Khongjee, Augistine Fernandes, Arnab Mondal, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Narayan Das, Lalchhuanmawia.
MIDFIELDERS: Pronay Halder, Bikash Jairu, Cavin Lobo, Rowlin Borges, Francis Fernandes, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Udanta Singh, Vineet Rai, Seityasen Singh.
FORWARDS: Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumeet Passi, Halicharan Narzary.
CONSTANTINE WORRIED ABOUT THE FITNESS LEVEL
AIFF PRESS RELEASE - 20.3.16 : A day prior to Team India’s departure to Tehran for the forthcoming Russia 2018 Joint Qualification Round 2 match against Iran National Coach Stephen Constantine admitted that the fitness levels of his Players are keeping him a “bit worried.”
We have conducted some Tests and the fitness levels are not very encouraging. All I can say that Players need to be in better condition than they are,” he stated during a chat with the Media. “You need to sweat and run.”
“Playing in Iran will get as difficult as it can get. They have a history of playing in the World Cup and are the Giants of Asia, presently placed at 44. It’s like David vs Goliath on the field,” he added. For the record, India are placed some 116 places behind at 160. The Indian squad leaves for Tehran on Monday (March 21) morning. Post their match against Iran, India are scheduled to play against Turkmenistan in Kochi on March 29.
“We will face a lot of difficulties against Iran. The concern also stays to stay away from injuries and yellow cards as we play Turkmenistan at Home on 29th and aim to make the most of it. I may have to juggle a few things around.”Looking back at his second stint in India, Constantine stated that he has been able to achieve his targets so far.“My first target was to take the Team to the World Cup Qualifiers which we achieved. The next target was to retain the SAFF Championship and we came out triumphant. The next goal is to be there at the Final Qualifiers for the 2019 Asian Cup and I want to achieve it too,” he declared.
“The AIFF administrators have given me all the support and the freedom to do things as I see fit. I am thankful for that. Furthermore, right from my Team Manager to the Medical Staff to the Equipment Manager -- all my support staff have been excellent,” he maintained.
“In the process we have handed International debuts to 22 Players in 10 months. I have also been able to bring the average age of the Team from around 32 to 24. My aim is to develop Indian Players and leave a legacy behind when I leave.” In Delhi where the Team assembled prior to departing to Iran, Constantine has had six practice sessions in four days.“During my tenure the best Players in the Hero I-League have been Players who have come from the National Team. There were Players who were overlooked for various reasons – look at Eugene, Rowlin, Lobo, Sandesh, Ganesh, Kotal, Sehnaj, Holi, Pronoy, Gurpreet and you will understand it. They will only get better with experience and time,” he felt.
“When I came in, the easier option would have been to continue with the tried and tested. But I chose the other path to have new blood inducted in the squad which was harder. Simply because I want to leave India in a better position than what I had when I came in.” Constantine has made no secret of the fact that he is willing to look beyond the Hero I-League into the State Leagues, the Santosh Trophy and even the 2nd Division to spot for Players.
“I recognize a Player the moment I see him. He doesn’t need to do anything extra for me. If he has got it, I will squeeze it out from him provided he wants to be there.” The Team which leaves the Indian shores at 10.35am on Monday (March 21) morning will land in Tehran (via Dubai) at 7.55pm (Iran Time) the same day.
STEPHEN CONSTANTINE ANNOUNCES LIST OF 28 PROBABLES
08.03.2016 : Indian National coach Stephen Constantine has announced his list of 28 Probables for the forthcoming qualifying round matches for Russia 2018 World Cup.The National team will be having a Camp at the Ambedkar stadium, Delhi from March 16th, prior to the departure to Tehran on March 21.
The list of 28 Probables stay as follows
GOALKEEPERS : Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Karanjit Singh, TP Reheneesh.
DEFENDERS: Aiborlang Khongjee, Augistine Fernandes, Arnab Mondal, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Rino Anto, Narayan Das, Lalchhuanmawia.
MIDFIELDERS : Pronay Halder, Bikash Jairu, Cavin Lobo, Rowlin Borges, Alwyn George, Md. Rafique, Malsawmzuala, Francis Fernandes, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Udanta Singh, Vineet Rai, Seityasen Singh.
FORWARDS : Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sunil Chhetri, Sumeet Passi, Halicharan Narzary.
INDIA TO FACE IRAN TOMORROW AT BENGALORE
07.09.2015 : India’s World Cup Qualifier clash against 'Giants of Asia,' Iran, will kick-off at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on September 8 is at 7pm. The match will be live on Sony Kix. India are yet to open their account in the World Cup Qualifiers after successive defeats to Oman and Guam respectively. Since National Coach Stephen Constantine took over, India have fielded 15 debutants in the four matches so far under the British Coach.
For the record, India last beat Iran in 1959, the second and last of India’s victory against the ‘Giants of Asia,’ the other one obviously being in the Final of the inaugural Asian Games in Delhi. Strange as it may sound, it was 56 years back that India last won against Iran. The Players were not even born then. The disparity further hits you hard as on the FIFA ladder, Iran at 40 are the strongest in Asia, while India are on 155.
The final squad of 23 stay as follows:
GOALKEEPERS :Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Arindam Bhattacharya.
DEFENDERS : Dhanapal Ganesh, Arnab Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan, Aiborlang Khongjee, Dhanachandra Singh, Narayan Das, Rino Anto, Pritam Kotal.
DEFENDERS : Eugenson Lyngdoh, Cavin Lobo, Sehnaj Singh, Jackichand Singh, Pronoy Halder, Francis Fernandes, CK Vineeth, Rowlin Borges, Romeo Fernandes.
FORWARDS : Jeje Lalpekhlua, Robin Singh, Sunil Chhetri.
Iran's coach Carlos Queiroz has announced their squad for match against Guam and India for 2018 WC and 2019 Asian Cup qualification round..
GOALKEEPERS : Alireza Haghighi(Rubin Kazan,Russia), Alireza Beiranv and (NaftTehran), Mohammadreza Akhbari ( Tractor Sazi)
DEFENDERS : Jalal Hosseini ( Naft Tehran), HosseinKanaani (Malavan), Morteza Pouraliganji (Tianjin Teda,China), Vouria Ghafouri (Sepahan), Milad Mohammadi (Rah Ahan), Pejman Montazeri( Al-Ahli,Qatar), Ramin Rezaeian(Persepolis)
c -Khosro Heydari, Omid Ebrahimi( Esteghlal), Ehsan Hajsafi(FSV Frankfurt), Vahid Amiri(Naft Tehran), Andranik Teymourian(Umm-Salal,Qatar),Saeid Ezatolahi(Rostov,Russia), Ali Karimi(Sepahan), Omid Alishah (Persepolis), Ashkan Dejagah (Al-Arabi,Qatar)
FORWARDS : --Mehdi Taremi( Persepolis), Sardar Azmoun(Rostov,Russia),Kaveh Rezaei(Zob Ahan)
At the pre-match Official Media Interaction, Sunil Chhetri named the Captain for the Match mentions this being possibly one of the “biggest matches” for him. He said "”We all know who we are playing tomorrow. Iran are 40th in the World and the best Team in Asia. The most important thing is to understand what we have trained and how we have trained,”. It’s always difficult to play exactly the way you want when you play such high ranked team. We need to be fit and do our best.”
National Coach Stephen Constantine disclosed that he was “happy to be back in Bengaluru.”We have great support here. The fans are really behind the National Team. I appreciate that and so do the Players,” he stated. I hope we can give the fans something to cheer about. I will be very difficult match for us but that’s the time when you can discover on whom you can depend upon,” he added.
INDIA practice sessions will kick-off on August 24 FOR IRAN MATCH ON 8th AUGUST
23.08.2015- AIFF PRESS RELEASE :The Indian National Team’s Preparatory Camp for the Russia 2018 World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification match against ‘Giants of Asia,’ Iran kicked-off at the DSK Dream City, the Home of DSK Shivajians Football Club in Pune on Sunday (August 23). The practice sessions, however, would kick-off from tomorrow (Monday, August 24).
Prior to hosting Iran at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on September 8, India will play a practice match against Nepal on August 31 at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune. National Coach Stephen Constantine who arrived at the venue in the morning said he was “looking forward to working with the Players” again.
“I expect 28 boys to turn up, ready to represent their Country. It’s a very important game for us as are all the games with the National Team,” he told www.the-aiff.com. “We also have a Friendly against Nepal (on August 31) and that will help us prepare better.” “I would like to thank I-League and ISL Clubs for their co-operation in releasing the Players,” he stated. “It’s important that we all think about the development and betterment of Indian Football.”
Constantine who paid a visit to the training site along with his support staff in the afternoon praised the DSK authorities for their willingness to help. “I have travelled around the Country in the last six months trying to find accommodation, a training pitch and a Stadium in one place. Sadly, however, I haven’t been able to find many,” he informed.
“There’s a huge requirement that we have a National Training Centre and even as we are currently looking at possible places, the DSK Academy offers us everything, or more than what we require.” “Here we have pitches and facilities in one campus and the distances that we have to cover are super excellent and so much convenient,” he maintained. “I want to thank the DSK authorities for putting Indian Football on their priority.”
The list of 28 probables stay as follows:
GOALKEEPERS : Subrata Paul, Karanjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Arindam Bhattacharya, Sanjiban Ghosh.
DEFENDERS : Arnab Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan, Aiborlang Khongjee, Dhanachandra Singh, Lalchhuanmawia, Narayan Das, Rino Anto, Pritam Kotal.
MIDFIELDERS : Dhanapal Ganesh, Eugenson Lyngdoh, Cavin Lobo, Sehnaj Singh, Jackichand Singh, Pronoy Halder, Brandon Fernandes, Francis Fernandes, CK Vineeth, Rowlin Borges, Romeo Fernandes.
FORWARDS : Halicharan Narzary, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Robin Singh, Sunil Chhetri.
INDIA 28 PROBABLES FOR IRAN MATCH ON 8th AUGUST
30.07.2015- AIFF PRESS RELEASE : National Coach Stephen Constantine on Thursday (July 30) announced the list of 28 Probables for India's forthcoming Russia 2018 World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification match against Iran.
Iran, as per the July 2015 FIFA Rankings, stay the highest Asian Team on 38. The match is slated to be played at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on September 8, 2015 and would be telecast live on Sony Six. The 28 probables would be assembling for a preparatory Camp in Pune on August 23.
The match against Iran will be preceded by an International Friendly against Nepal on August 31. The match against Nepal will be played at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune.
The list of 28 probables stay as follows:
GOALKEEPERS:Subrata Paul, Karanjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Arindam Bhattacharya, Sanjiban Ghosh.
DEFENDERS:Arnab Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan, Aiborlang Khongjee, Dhanachandra Singh, Lalchhuanmawia, Narayan Das, Rino Anto, Pritam Kotal.
MIDFIELDERS:Dhanapal Ganesh, Eugenson Lyngdoh, Cavin Lobo, Sehnaj Singh, Jackichand Singh, Pronoy Halder, Brandon Fernandes, Francis Fernandes, CK Vineeth, Rowlin Borges, Romeo Fernandes.
FORWARDS:Holicharan Narzary, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Robin Singh, Sunil Chhetri.
24.03.2016 : Iran --- 4-0 --- India
IRN : Ehsan Haji (33rd and 66th), Sardar Azmoun (61st) Alireza Jahan (78th)
Lavish praise from Iran Carlos Queiroz is what Stephen Constantine’s young and brave India will take back from the majestic Azadi Stadium as they next face Turkmenistan at home in Kochi on March 29. “There has been a vast improvement in Team India’s performance over the last few months. I was very much surprised by their display,” he said at the Official post-match Media Interaction after Iran beat India India 4-0 in the Russia 2018 World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 match at the Azadi Stadium on Thursday (March 24).
Fielding a depleted side without four Starting XI Players including “talismanic” Skipper Sunil Chhetri, young India had all odds against them. On the field, they played their heart out with a fantastic work rate, conceded two through penalties and were forced to make two substitutions in the first half itself -- all in an Away match, that too at the Azadi Stadium against Iran. National Coach Stephen Constantine admitted it was a “very difficult” game.
“They controlled the game. It was a very difficult game for us even before it kicked-off. In the first half, we conceded from a penalty and had two Players coming out for injury. It made it all the more difficult for us,” Constantine said at the Official post-match Media Interaction.
“We are a very young side. One boy made his International debut today and he will never forget the fact that he played his first International match at the Azadi Stadium against Iran” Constantine said, referring to 19-year old Udanta Singh who became the 23rd Player in the last one year to make his International debut under the Coach, the 504th Player to have played for India in the process.
“We tried to contain Iran and paid the price for some mistakes. We were short in some areas and paid the price for that. Iran are one of the Best Teams in Asia and playing at the Azadi Stadium has its own challenges.” Watching from the stands, it was easy to pick up Pronay Halder as one of the outstanding performers, playing perhaps his best ever game in his career so far. He was ready to fight, lead, willing to stay in the zone, not indulging in unnecessary tackles that has been his undoing in many previous matches earning him cards and winning almost the one to one battles.
India will leave from Tehran on Friday (March 25) evening and will arrive in Kochi on March 26 morning
08.09.2015 : INDIA -- 0-3 -- IRAN (BENGALORE- FT)
IND : Gurpreet, Pritam, Arnab, Sandesh, Narayan,Lyngdoh, D.Ganesh, Pronoy, Sunil, Robin , Jeje.
IRN :Alireza HAGHIGHI, Khosro HEYDARI, Ehsan HAJI SAFI, Omid EBRAHIMI, Hosseini, Amiri, Andranik TIMOTIAN, Pejman MONTAZERI, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Ashkan Dejagah,
REFFEREE : Ammar ALJENEIBI (UAE)
FT : India lost to Iran 0-3 in 3rd Match.
90': 3 minute added. 3-0 to IRAN.
85': IRAN IS LEADING 3-0.
79': CHANGE - INDIA : Lobo in and Jeje out.
70': Back to back 2 corners to India, no impact.
67': Iran aened 5 corner kick so far while india nil.
61': CHANGE - INDIA : Lyngdoh out Jackichand Singh in
60': IRAN IS LEADING 3-0.
49': GOOOOAAALLL 3-0 to Iran nowthrough Mehdi Taremi.
47': GOOOOAAALLL 2-0 to Iran now through Andranik Teymourian.
46':2nd half starts.
HT : Iran is leading 1-0 courtesy Sardar Azmoun.
45': 2 minute added time.
40': SCORE - India 0-1 Iran
38': In this group other march between Oman and Guam ended 0-0.
32':Corner of Iran went to Gurpreet.
30':India earned free kick but Sunil's shot cleared.
28': GOOAALLLLL: 1-0 to Iran from the free kick through Sardar Azmoun.
27':Free kick to Iran 18 YARDS for a foul of Preetam.
25': Scoreline 0-0.
23': Another save of Gurpreet.
20':Free kick to Iran, Arnab cleared.
17':Iran win Corner, no impact.
12':an attack of Lyndoh dismissed by iran defence.
10': Gurpreet saved a shot of Iran.
1':Match starts at Bengalore.
0': Indian earned nil from2 matches while Iran earned 4 points from 2 matches so far.
0': India lost 1-2 in their last game against Guam
0': Iran won 6-0 in their last game against Guam
0': India World Rank 155 while Iran World Rank 40.
0': India to face Iran just now.
2018 World Cup AFC QLF : India to face Iran match on 8th Sept.
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