9 MAY

JCT hold East Bengal and share points in I-League

JCT   1 - 1   East Bengal

JCT : Penn 75' :: KEB : Hammond 66'

M.O.M : Hammond (KEB)

75: GOALLL Penn Orji equalize for JCT. From substitute Baljit Sahni's pass, Penn scores a brilliant goal.

66': GOALLLL Hammond scores for East Bengal by a brilliant shot taken from outside the box.

62: Another great save by Gurpreet, Daljit's corner curled and almost was going inside goal.

52: Okoro dribbles past 1 player and enters box but when he was just about to take the shot, very good clearance by EB defence.

HALF TIME: It is half time in Ludhiana, JCT played better football though East Bengal also made few good moves. Gurpreet made few very good saves.

43: Another good save by Gurpreet, Okero took a powerful shot.

38: Mehtab makes a down the middle run but his shot saved by Karanjit diving to his right.

34: Henry shows good skills but his shot goes out.

32: Good move by East Bengal, Sanju run down the flanks but his cross good saved by goalkeeper.

28: Baljit's pass went to Henry whose shot was brilliantly saved by diving Gurpreet, ball almost went inside goal. From Daljit's corner, Okero's head went inside goal but referee cancels the goal due to some infringment inside the box. This resulted in a lot of fighting amongst the players and the match was stopped for sometime.

27: Emmanuel Okoro scores for JCT, referee cancels the goal.

16: Bekhokhei's chip pass towards Hammond, whose head goes over the target.

14: Jasbinder cross towards Henry whose head straight to hands of alert Gurpreet.

10: East Bengal now controlling the game.

5: JCT made a good attack which ends with Henry's shot just going over crossbar.

JCT : Karanjeet, Jaspal, Sunil, Daljit, Jaswinder, arinder, Penn, Lalchulwama, Amandeep, Henry, Okoro.

KEB : Gurpreet, Govin, Saikat, Mumtaj, Mehraj, Khabra, Nabi, Mehtab, Bekhokhei, Sanju, Hammond,

8 MAY

Mahindra United - Salgaocar I-League Match Preview

Currently occupying the second position, Mahindra United would look to shrug off their recent indifferent form and produce a much improved display when they lock horns with Salgaocar Sports Club in their penultimate clash of the I-League to be played at the Cooperage ground here on Monday.

Performing extremely well in the first leg and in the early part of the second phase, Mahindra United who had opportunities to consolidate their position at the top were firmly in contention for honors, however, a series of disappointing results at vital stage of the campaign saw them fade away in the title race.

With their title chances been blown away, Mahindra United, city’s champion outfit would at least look to provide themselves an opportunity of finishing in the second position by securing wins in the remaining two matches---to be played at home and end their campaign strongly, that had promised much.

Having dropped points in their last five matches, Mahindra United who will be missing three of their key players (Steven Dias, Sushant Mathew & D. Ravanan) in this 25th round match due to suspension, need to regroup and get back to winning ways, which will help them complete a double over the Goan outfit, whom they had beaten by a comprehensive four one margin in the first leg.

Mahindra United, who haven't won since they beat league leaders Dempo in round 19 at home, have 38 points but are in danger of slipping down further as third place Churchill Brothers (38 points) who have four more matches remaining, are well placed to finish as the runners-up.

Meanwhile, Salgaocar (27 points) moved slightly away from the shadows of relegation when they picked up the precious three points after edging out another relegation-threatened team, Mumbai FC by a solitary goal in their last match. Yet to record a win on their travels, Salgaocar have played well but have been inconsistent during the second leg, where they accounted for teams like Dempo and East Bengal but were unable to build on that results while dropping points immediately in the ensuing matches.

By:Neeraj Anand : Mahindra United :Press Coordinator /Community Development

8 MAY

Mahindra United share points in U-19 I-League against Air India

Mahindra United Under-19 team, who recently asserted their supremacy on the domestic front by winning the Super Division title in the Mumbai Football League shared points with city rivals Air India U-19 by playing out a 1-1 draw in their opening match of the U-19 I-League Football Tournament played at the Guru Nanak College Stadium, Phagwara on Saturday.

Making a bright start to the proceedings, Mahindra United U-19 grabbed an early lead through their central midfielder Shilton D’Silva, who produced a fine strike from the top of the box to find the target. Though Mahindra United colts did well to protect their slender one goal advantage going in at half-time, the match was brought on level terms early after resumption when Air India U-19 restored parity through Sumit.

Following the equalizer, Mahindra United colts showed much more purpose with their approach play and clearly had the better of the exchanges but despite dominating possession were unable to make the pressure count and gain maximum points from their opening fixture.

In their second match of the preliminary round scheduled to be played on Tuesday, Mahindra United U-19 will lock horns with Mumbai FC U-19 while Air India meet local outfit JCT the preceding day.

By:Neeraj Anand : Mahindra United :Press Coordinator /Community Development

7 MAY

Santosh Trophy will be held in the month of July at Kolkata

The following decisions were taken in the Executive Committee meeting held at the AIFF Football House, Dwarka today.

1. AIFF President told that AIFF will sign contracts with 30 India National Camp Players ( June 2010-January 2011 ) within a few months. They will be given salary on pro-rata basis with 15 per cent hike from their existing contract amount.

2. Mr. Patel admits the issue between AIFF and Houghton but Houghton remains the Chief coach of Team India. He will be in charge of the team till January 2011.

3.Santosh Trophy will be held in the month of July at Kolkata.

4.Next I-League will start in September without National players.

5. A Delhi based U-19 Football team will be included from Next year's I-League which will have an international coach.. 6.I-League would be reformatting from next season with a few corporate houses likely to field their teams. They will try to fix the matches in the evening and on weekends so that spectators can enjoy the matches.

7 MAY

REVISED FIXTURES U-19 I-LEAGUE GROUP - 3 Teams .

In the ONCG U-19 I league, Group 3 matches which is scheduled to be held at Kolkata (May be Bidhan Nagar Municipality Ground, Salt Lake) where Mohun Bagan ,East Bengal, Chirag United and Shillong Lajong FC will fight.

Two teams from this group will move in the final round and meet four other teams from Punjab and Goa venue. Six teams will be divided into two where the group champion of the two groups will meet in the finals.The final round also be played at Kolkata.

PROBABLE FIXTURES U-19 I-LEAGUE GROUP - 3

11.05.10 : KF.East Bengal VS Chirag United ( Salt Lake -3.45 PM)

11.05.10 : M. Mohun Bagan AC VS Shillong Lajong FC ( Howrah - 3.45 PM)

14.05.10 : M. Mohun Bagan AC VS Chirag United SC ( Salt Lake -3.45 PM)

14.05.10 : Shillong Lajong FC VS KF. East Bengal Club ( Howrah - 3.45 PM)

17.05.10 : Chirag United SC VS Shillong Lajong FC ( Howrah - 3.45 PM)

17.05.10 : M. Mohun Bagan AC VS KF. East Bengal Club ( Howrah - 3.45 PM)

07 MAY

Churchill trounced Mohun Bagan at home in I-League

Another pathetic defeat for Mohun Bagan in the I-League. Everything went wrong for Biswajit Bhattacharya and again Bagan conceived 4 goals, this time against Churchill Brothers in Goa. In this edition of I-League Bagan also conceived for goals against Shillong Lajong and Dempo S.C. in home and now conceived 4 goals in an away encounter against Churchill. Odafa socred two while Felix and Kalu scored the remaining goals for Churchill's 4 - 0 win.

Today Mohun Bagan continued their horrible form and the defence looked like that they were suffering from nightmare. The first goal of Churchill was a gift from Bagan central defender Manju. In the 21st minute of the match Odafa’s shot deflected in the legs of Manju and thus the ball straight went into the net.

After the first goal Churchill completely took the hold of the match and in 26th minute Felix scored the second goal for Churchill. In 31st minute Kalu extended the margin when he scored the third goal from a decent corner of Lalrindika. Bagan defence failed to make any mark in the game.

In second half Churchill continued the match with more aggressive mode and in 52nd minute Odafa scored the fourth goal for his team. Later in the second half the visitors put up certain resistance otherwise it could be a more disastrous scoreline for them. Finally with 4-0 scoreline Churchill technically kept their title race alive.

LIVE UPDATES

07.05 : Churchill Bros.   4 - 0   M.Mohun Bagan ( Goa - FT..)

CB: Felix 26', Kalu 31', Odafa 21', 52'

MMB: Shilton, Mohonraj(Masih), Manju, Manish (James), Dipak, Surkumar, Snehasish (Santa Kumar), Marcos, Seuoka, Barreto, Chidi.

FT: Match end. Churchill win the match 4 - 0. Indian National team defence from Bagan has let the team down and performed very badly.

93': Odafa missed another good chance in Baga box. His shot went away. Manju was watching the skill of Odafa instead of tackling him.

90': Felix of Churchill has been declared man of the match.

90': Yellow card to Masih of Bagan who fouled Odafa. Felix free kick went away.

89': Surkumar again missed a chance.

83':Surkumar missed a chance to score. Got a ball from Barreto.

78': Felix shot hits the post and out. Good luck of Bagan. Seuoka and James were walking around the field?

76': Santa Kumar's effort. well pass to Barreto but he missed the target.

73': Churchill is attacking more and more. Poor defending Bagan.

71': Counter attack of Churchill. Shilton saved kalu shot from a closer.

70': Barreto again got a chance. Chidi passed him and Barreto beat Arindam but Defender Raju saved well in last minute.

69': Player change of Bagan. Santa Kumar came in place of Snehasish.

66': Deepak is playing in left back position. Odafa shot well saved by Shilton again.

64': Churchill is leading 4 - 0. Again attacking by Churchill from right.

62': Good effort of Odafa but his long ranger went away over the cross bar.

57': Player change of Bagan. Rakesh Masih came in place of Mohonraj.

52': What poor defence and goalkeeping of Bagan side. Felix beat three defenders of Bagan in the box and passed to Odafa who easily scored the goal. Shilton was watching the goal as a spectator.

55': Churchill is leading 4 - 0.

52': GOALLL .. 4th Goal of Churchill scored by Odafa.

51': Well effort of Barreto but his shot went away.

48': Churchill well attack again.Vasum well effort. Shilton saved his shot.

46': Starts of 2nd half of the match. Bagan is trailing by 0 - 3.

HT: It's half time now.

43': Shilton saved well now an attack of Churchill's Odafa. Felix beat Surkumar in the box and passed to Odafa but Shilton well saved his shot.

41': Lalrindika shot well saved by Shilton.

38':Marcos missed a chance from surkumar's well effort.

37': Change of Bagan Player. Manish Maithani out and James Singh came in.

36': Barreto missed again. Chidi passed him from left and Barreto shot went away.

35': Churchill Brothers is leadig 3 - 0 now.

33': Chance of the day missed by Barreto. Chidi entered into the Churchill box and well passed to Barreto whose shot went away over the cross bar.

31': GOALLL ..Third goal of Churchill. Scored by Kalu from a Corner of Lalrindika. Good header by Kalu. Bagan defence failed to mark him in the box. Horrible goalkeeping by Shilton pal of Bagan.

30': Churchill is leading 2 - 0 now.

26': GOALLL . Felix scored for Churchill. Well passed by Kalu in the box Mohonraj was not in his position.

24': Free Kick for Churchill. Deepak fouled Felix in the box but Felix shot went away over the cross bar.

23': Snehasish well attack but Gourmangi blocked him.

22': Counter attack of Bagan. Arindam well saved an attack of Chidi.

. 21': GOALLL ..Churchill scored. Odafas powerful Shot went to goal after deflecting Manju's leg.

19': Goal line save of Deepak. Shilton missed the flight of Odafa shot from closer.

17': Well attack of Bagan. Barreto passed to Chidi but he missed the ope net. Counter attacl of Churchill.

15': Chance for Bagan but bad luck. Marcos well corner deflected from Arindam's hand and out closely.

13': Still no score. Churchill is attacking more. Goal kick for Churchill. Long shot of Arimdam.

10': Again attack of Churchill. Lalrindika got a pass from Kalu but his shot went away.

8': Odafe attacked from left.Beat three defenders of Bagan but finally missed the target.

6': Churchill is attacking now.Long ranger or Robert went away.

2': Bagan attack. Long throw in by Mohonraj. Barreto got the ball but his shot went direct to Keeper's hand.

1': Match starts.

06 MAY

"The Hottest Wags & Hunks in World Football" .

“All Sports Magazine begins the countdown to the World Cup with a special issue dated May 2010 on the “Hottest Wags and Hunks in Football”.

The issue contains pin ups of some of the most beautiful wives and girlfriends of the world’s top footballers and the stars themselves who will feature at the 2010 World Cup, a riotous mélange of text and pictures that will light up the proceedings both on and off the pitch.”

Stay with us: It's coming soon

06 MAY

Argentina beat Haity 4 - 0 in a friendly match

Argentina beat Haiti 4-0 with goals by Facundo Bertoglio (2), Martin Palermo, and Sebastian Blanco in a friendly against Haity today which in one of their pre final warm-up matches before the World Cup.

Maradona’s team scored first in the 35th minutes of the match, when uncapped Facundo Bertoglio profited from a defensive mistake by Pierre-Richard Bruny.They doubled their tally nine minutes later when Boca Juniors' all-time top-scorer Martin Palermo headed home an Ariel Garce cross from the right flank. The “el Titan” is convincing Maradona to put his name in the final list.

In the second half, Sebastian Blanco and Bertoglio again put final goals for Argentina's good victory in 50th and 55th minutes. Of course the rival team Haity, whose players took photos with Maradona during the break did not do much. Six substitutes allowed in this friendly match.

Argentina's final friendly will be on May 24 against Canada in Buenos Aires before they kick off their World Cup campaign against Nigeria on June 12.

In an another practice friendly Chile beat Trinadad & Tobago 2 - 0.

ARGENTINA: Diego Pozo (Adrian Jose Gabbarini), Ariel Garce, Cristian Villagra, Paolo Goltz (Matias Nicolas Caruzzo), Juan Insaurralde, Ariel Ortega ((Jose Fernandez), Sebastian Blanco, Juan Mercier (Nicolas Andres Olmedo), Facundo Bertoglio (Franco Jara), Patricio Daniel Toranzo, Martin Palermo (Juan Pereyra),

05 MAY

The man behind the move of Chettri to Kansas City : Neel Shah. .

KFC : You had been associated with USA MLS for the past 7 years. Now you are in India. What similarities or differences do you find between the football environments in both these nations?

NEEL :It has been an incredible experience promoting the game in two countries where football is not the #1 sport. The first similarity is the large grassroots participation in both countries. Based on the 2007 FIFA Big Count, the US has 24 million active players while India has 20 million. Second, television viewership of international matches is high in both countries, especially for youth. I’m always amazed with when youth ages 8-15 in the US and India can name full starting lineups of some of the top professional clubs in Europe. Finally, I’ve experienced growing media optimism for the sport in both countries. It feels like déjà vu when I pick up the TOI in and see articles claiming football is the next big thing in India as I used to read similar reports monthly in the US.

As far as differences go, the first is the fact that the sport is more organized in the US. There are about 5 million ( Fifty Lakhs) registered US soccer players whereas India only has 400,000 registered with AIFF. This limits what can be done in terms of both player and commercial development of the sport.

Second, is that the US does more to support the development of their national teams. A clear sign of this is the U-17 US Soccer Academy in Bradenton. It’s an incredible facility intended to groom future first team stars that has been fully supported by US Soccer. Finally, the US has much more infrastructure for the sport. The US is full of football specific stadiums whereas India has yet to develop a world class football stadium.

KFC : Since you were responsible for the FANs development of MLS, would you like to share with us your approach regarding the fans development program for different clubs?

NEEL :There is no right way to develop fans. Fandom is a byproduct of multiple factors with the on-field product playing a major role. At the MLS league Office we employed a couple of strategies to grow the league’s fan base. The first was to execute national grassroots football programs to create awareness of the league and clubs. The second was to identify key influencers in each priority market to serve as ambassadors for the league or their respective club. These could be politicians, coaches, business leaders, etc… Finally, we worked closely with the clubs to help them build an identity that local fans could connect with.

These types of initiatives will work in India once the I-League has clear a strategic plan and the clubs begin to professionalise themselves. It’s much easier to develop fans of a football club when people know that the club will be around the next season and that there are investing in themselves both on and off the field.

KFC : You have once practiced with the Chirag United Club and scored goals too. What do you feel about the football culture in Kolkata?

NEEL :I love Kolkata. My first experience of this wonderful city was back in 2008 when I attended the Federation Cup Final in Salt Lake Stadium. I couldn’t believe the crowd and the overall atmosphere. I took some video and pictures of the match and my colleagues at MLS couldn’t believe that they were from India.

Since then my first impression of Kolkata being a football city has been validated ten-fold during my recent business trips to West Bengal. I’ve gotten a crash course in the history of the sport and have gotten to meet individuals who have devoted their lives to grow the game in their city. All that being said, for Kolkata to truly grow as a world football capital it will be important that the individuals in charge of the sport/clubs constantly look for new ways to grow rather than rely on past successes .

KFC : Do you agree, if Kolkata is "Football Heaven" then Goa is definitely a "Football Paradise of India"?

NEEL : I’ve been to Kolkata and Goa a few times over the past few months and both cities have quickly grown a place in my heart. Beyond the wonderful food and hospitality in both places, it’s hard for a true football fan not to fall in love with a place where pickup matches are taking place everywhere you look. I hope to spend more time in these 2 cities to help them further leverage the passion and culture seen at all levels of the game.

KFC : Currently you are working with Delhi based sports company Dentsu, so do you have any plans regarding investing in Football?

NEEL :Dentsu is a global football leader. The company has business relationships with FIFA, UEFA, and the JFA as well many other high profile sports associations and properties. Dentsu Sports India sees football as a commercial opportunity and realize that it will take time for it to be truly profitable. Over the last 6 months we have partnered with a few domestic football properties to serve as exclusive sales rights holders and management consultants. In addition, we are establishing a grassroots development academy for one of our clients and are in discussions with a few international clubs looking to extend their reach into India. Needless to say we believe in the future of football in India and are in it for the long run.

KFC : There is a huge difference between US football infrastructure and its Indian counterpart. Still how do you feel this difference can be faded out?

NEEL :In 1999 there were 0 football specific stadiums in the US. Now there are at least 10. What made a tremendous difference for this to happen was having individuals like Phil Anschutz and Lamar Hunt invest millions of dollars into building these complexes. Once other businessmen saw the success factor they decided to dip into their own pockets and work with governments to build their own. The growth rate of the stadiums would not have been as fast without MLS Commissioner Don Garber and his staff travelling around the country showing potential investors and city council members why it makes sense to invest in stadia.

Similar to the US, in India it all starts with individuals. People in this country can no longer wait for the government to build football stadiums. It’s going to take vested, compassionate individuals who see the long term societal and financial benefits to make that first investment and show others that it makes sense.

KFC : You might be aware of the fact that Dempo star Sunil Chhetri is now playing for MLS Team Kansas City Wizard, however, what do you think the reason behind recruiting a player from a FIFA 132 ranked country? Who do you think is behind all this?

NEEL :I was involved in the non-agent component of Sunil’s move to the Wizards as the Wizards COO, Greg Cotton, is a friend of mine. The decision to take Sunil made a lot of sense for them. On the technical side, they were looking for a strong attacking player who will eventually be able to play with US international Josh Wolff up front. Sunil excelled during his tryout in Phoenix, Arizona and coach Peter Vermes decided to sign him. On the marketing side, the Wizards are interested in growing their Indian fan base locally and in India and it made sense for them to sign an Indian player to support their efforts... See this Link

KFC : How do you think this is going to help Indian Football? Do you think there is any chance for any other Indian player to play abroad?

NEEL :Dentsu Sports India supported the Wizards with PR efforts in India when they first signed Sunil. We counted 110 print and web articles written about the announcement alone which shows that his signing created significant buzz for Indian football. Buzz only lasts so long and now it will be important for Sunil to consistently play for the first team in order for his signing to make a long term impact on football in India.

Since his signing a few other Indian players are starting to be considered by not just MLS clubs, but others around the world. I recently read that Melbourne Hearts FC in Australia is taking a close look at Gouramangi Singh which is a positive sign. However, it all comes back to performance. Trials are one thing, signings are another, but consistent performance is everything.

KFC : You might be aware that Mahindra United has recently announced the withdrawal of their senior team from next year. What is your reaction to this? Do you think it will bear negative impact to the Indian football scenario?

I am aware of the Mahindra United announcement. I’m sad for the players and the fans, however, I understand that Mahindra has to run their business however they see fit. I do hope that this sends a message to the I-League that future club owners should show that they are in this for the long run. That is the only way to ensure sustainability for the league.

05 MAY

FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 : GROUP 'E' ANALYSIS.

Netherlands have now replaced Spain as the underachievers in World Football. With just the 1988 European trophy in their kitty, it’s time they deliver more, atleast for their fans. Wesley Sneijder has been in the form of his life so far and so has been Arjen Robben, as both prepare to face each other in the Champions League final this year. Robin van Persie has made his return from injury and looks in good shape.

Elijero Elia will be lightening quick down the wings and in going upfront whereas Kuyt has often replaced Torres for Liverpool as the target man and has done pretty well. Huntelaar off late has picked up some form although his performances have been disappointing throughout the season for Milan. It looks quite encouraging for the Dutch, upfront, however the big concern lies in the defence.

No big names as such in the back four although Joris Mathijsen will lead in defence from his centre back position. Khalid Boulharouz has finally managed to establish himself at Stuttgart but still even with the two, it looks susceptible. However, the most painful headache that the side now has, is to find a proper replacement for the retired Edwin Van der Sar at goal.

Velthuizen, Stekelenberg and Michel Vorm have all been inconsistent, to say the least. Thus it will make life doubly harder for the holding midfielders in the centre to shield the vulnerability at the back. Orlando Engelaar, Demy de Zeeuw and Nigel de Jong in the middle will be the key factors for the side in keeping clean sheets. Van Marwijk has had an untested run for his team in the last couple of years or so and is expected to be apprehensive about his team’s chances this year. With the likes of Denmark and Cameroon in their group, Holland have a task cut out for themselves.

The Danes on the other hand have never looked better. In one word, “Outstanding”! Their performances against Portugal and Sweden in the qualifiers will make them more confident for the group stages. Although there cannot be any comparison with the generation that featured the Laudrups and Petr Schmeichel but the present team looks like a team to set the records straight against history. Nicklas Bendtner has surprisingly been better with the national team than with Arsenal. With strong support from Thomas Kahlenberg, Christen Poulsen and Jesper Gronkjaer in the midfield, Nicklas might still feel comfortable even though he won’t have Fabregas behind him as he had for his club all season.

The most striking aspect of this Danish side is that there are no superstars. There is immaculate balance in the their line up stemming from a strong defence, quite contrary to the Dutch. Simon Kjaer and Daniel Agger have been just brilliant at the back while Thomas Sorensen has been Mr. Consistent between the posts. Having a terrific team chemistry, they can edge the Dutch for the top spot.

Cameroon comes as a major African contender in this group but alas, they lack the cutting edge. The Song brothers and Samuel Eto’o will form the spine of the team reagrdless of what the formation may be. Youngsters like Sebastien Bassong and Assou-Ekotto will have important roles to play in defence whereas Jean Makoun and Achille Emana will add some strength to the midfield. It’ll be interesting to see how the midfield and the forwards work in tandem because what Cameroon has been lacking over the years is an able playmaker who can form the liaison between the two.

Overall the team stands a chance if not so huge, to make it to the next round. The spine as mentioned earlier, will have to be in their elements and offcourse, they will have a huge african contingent in the stands for support.

Japan lie as the underdogs in the group. Although players like Keisuke Honda, Makoto Hasebe and Mitsuo Ogasawara, the Japanese player of the year 2009, will be a strong force in the midfield to power the team ahead. The Nakamura brothers will play a big part, if both selected, for all the playmaking duties whereas Morimoto and Tamada will be the players to provide the team with goals. The team overall might look decent but will have to fend off the strong challenge that the Dutch and the Danes look to pose which looks improbable if not impossible.

At the end of it all, the fight for second position appears to come down to the Cameroon vs Denmark game as Holland should be favourites on paper to finish top. Holland vs Denmark can be billed as the game of the group however, Holland vs Cameron might also open up a lot more options for the rest. My prediction: Holland to progress with Denmark with Cameroon having an outside chance; a lot depending on their game against Denmark.

GROUP-E

Netherlands | Denmark| Japan| Cameroon

14 June 2010    Holland   VS   Denmark   (17.00 PM IST)
14 June 2010    Japan   VS   Cameroon  (19.30 PM IST)
19 June 2010    Holland   VS   Japan  (17.00 PM IST)
19 June 2010    Cameroon   VS   Denmark  (24.00 PM IST)
24 June 2010    Denmark   VS   Japan  (24.00 PM IST)
24 June 2010    Cameroon   VS   Holland  (24.00 PM IST)

05 MAY

AFC has announced the kick-off times for the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011. .

All the group matches will kick off at 4:15pm and 7:15pm local time (Doha local time is GMT +3 hours). The group matches will be played from January 7, 2011, to January 19, 2011.

The quarter-finals (January 21 and 22, 2011; Khalifa, Al Sadd, Al Gharafa, and Qatar SC Stadiums) and the semi-finals (January 25, 2011; Khalifa and Al Gharafa Stadiums) will start at 4:25pm and 7:25pm.

The third-fourth place match will be played on January 28 at 6pm at the Al Sadd Stadium, while the Final starts at 6pm on January 29 at the Khalifa Stadium.

The kick-off times were finalised after taking on board the feedback from broadcasters in east and west Asia as well as the views of Qatar Local Organising Committee (QLOC).

The AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ will be held in Qatar from January 7-29, 2011.

The Groupings

Group A: Qatar, Kuwait, China PR, Uzbekistan

Group B: Saudi Arabia, Japan, Jordan, Syria

Group C: Korea Rep., India, Australia, Bahrain

Group D: Iraq, DPR Korea, UAE, IR Iran

Courtesy: www.the-afc.com