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Video: A goat stops a football game between two local teams in Greece
Video: A goat stops a football game between two local teams in Greece

On the Greek island of Crete,a football match between two local teams Elounda and Ierapetra was stopped abruptly when a stubborn billy-goat  entered the pitch and refused to move out of the ground. The goat enters the ground and stands in front of the goalkeeper after which the referee tries to take it of the pitch but funnily returns back after a few minutes.  After several similar stoppages, a

Dec 6 2014
Indian football - sleeping giants or in deep slumber?
Indian football - sleeping giants or in deep slumber?

The only silver lining for India? Sepp Blatter’s quotable quote “India are sleeping giants of football” six years ago was essentially to please his hosts, the All India Football Federation (AIFF), on his maiden trip to this country. The FIFA chief somewhat modified his statement on his second visit two years ago to say India was slowly waking up to its potential. “To wake up a sleeping giant you need more than one alarm

May 1 2014
India: A triumph for Football still miles away
India: A triumph for Football still miles away

  Sunil Chhetri has been the only player to cut it at the International level We are a nation crazy about cricket. We all did mourn when our household idol Sachin decided to call time on his illustrious career last year. Cricket lost its most precious gem of recent years and maybe of all time. Cricket is a sport blindly and religiously followed in my country. You see every kid at the corner of the street holding a bat trying to emulate a six Y

Mar 8 2014
The curious case of Indian Football
The curious case of Indian Football

Indian national football team India is a highly diversified nation with people belonging to different castes, creed and religion. India also exhibits a similar type of diversity on another parameter – football. People in India are highly passionate about the game. They support different clubs, talk about different leagues, boast about the glorious history of the club they support, have debates on players, managers, clubs, etc. But very fe

Jan 16 2014
2014 AFC Challenge Cup: Draw on February 12 in the Maldives
2014 AFC Challenge Cup: Draw on February 12 in the Maldives

The draw for the AFC Challenge Cup 2014 will take place on Wednesday, February 12 at the Paradise Island Resort in the Maldives. Joining the tournament hosts in next month’s draw are two-time runners-up Turkmenistan, 2013 SAFF Cup champions Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Palestine, the Philippines and Laos, who will be making their debut in the AFC Challenge Cup finals after booking their place as one of the two best runners-up from the

Never had any urge to get past any landmark: Chhetri
Never had any urge to get past any landmark: Chhetri

Siliguri, Nov 18 (IANS) Two days after equalling Bhaichung Bhutia‘s record of 42 international goals, India captain Sunil Chhetri reminisced about his long stint with the national team. Chhetri spoke about his emotions, thanked his teammates and recollected his first call to the national camp. Q: What are your emotions having equalled Bhutia’s record of 42 international goals? A: I don’t have any emotions. I consider myself

Nov 18 2013
August 13, 2008: Sunil Chhetri’s historic hattrick against Tajikistan
August 13, 2008: Sunil Chhetri’s historic hattrick against Tajikistan

The timing of India’s international friendly against Tajikistan on Wednesday couldn’t have been better as it will come one day after the fifth anniversary of their famous AFC Challenge Cup triumph. On this date, August 13, five years ago, India thrashed Tajikistan 4-1 in the final to lift the AFC Challenge Cup trophy and qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup. Although the whole squad showed great team spirit and character throughout the tournament,

Aug 13 2013
2014 AFC Challenge Cup: Laos and Turkmenistan get last spots!
2014 AFC Challenge Cup: Laos and Turkmenistan get last spots!

Former champions India have failed to qualify for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives. That was known for some time, but due to the late pullout of Brunei it was not clear which two sides would qualify as the best two teams amongst the five qualification groups. In the end Laos and Turkmenistan have received the tickets to next year’s finals as the two best runners-up as they join hosts Maldives plus the five group winners Myanmar, Kyrg

Mar 28 2013
Philippines earn AFC Challenge Cup spot
Philippines earn AFC Challenge Cup spot

Manila, March 27 (IANS): The Philippines defeated Turkmenistan 1-0 to earn a spot in next year’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup in the Maldives. The country’s most popular footballer Phil Younghusband scored in the 67th minute with a right-footed shot as the home side secured the top spot in Group E of the qualifiers by winning all three matches, reports Xinhua. The Philippines earned their second straight appearanc

Mar 27 2013
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