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Indian national football team launches Natural Turf at DSK Dream City Football Fields
Indian national football team launches Natural Turf at DSK Dream City Football Fields

The Indian national football team at the DSK Dream City Football Fields Pune, August 26, 2015: Stephen Constantine, Head Coach, Indian National Football Team launched the Natural Turf at the DSK Dream City Football Fields, along with Shirish Kulkarni, President, DSK Shivajians Football Club. Players representing India for the forthcoming matches against Nepal and Iran were also present at the inauguration of the pitch, where they lined

Aug 26 2015
GPS trackers used in National Team training for the first time
GPS trackers used in National Team training for the first time

Sunil Chhetri wearing the new GPS tracking system Pune  Sports is a Science and only the best utilise Sports Science to develop themselves further aiming to attain Global standards. In a first of sorts for Indian Football, the National Football Team implemented Player Tracking system in their ongoing Preparatory Camp at the DSK Dream City, the Home of DSK Shivajians Football Club in Pune. The Players wore the GPS systems inside their

Aug 25 2015
National camp kicks-off in Pune
National camp kicks-off in Pune

The coaching staff at DSK Dream City in Pune Pune  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, home of DSK Shivajians Football Club in Pune on Sunday. The practice sessions, however, would kick-off from tomorrow. Prior to hosting Iran at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Be

Aug 23 2015
India are in a transitional period according to captain Sunil Chhetri
India are in a transitional period according to captain Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri is India’s highest goal scorer in history In an interview with FIFA.com, Sunil Chhetri said that the Indian National team is undergoing transition under manager Stephen Constantine. The team lost their two opening games in the World Cup Qualifiers against Oman and Guam, but Chhetri believes the team has to try their best in the remaining fixtures. “We are in a transition phase, with a lot of senior players hav

Aug 22 2015
India need to play better opponents says Francis Fernandes
India need to play better opponents says Francis Fernandes

Francis Fernandes has accumulated 26 caps for India  Ahead of the World Cup Qualification match against Iran, Indian National team player Francis Fernandes feels India need to play teams who are placed above them in friendly matches. Nepal who are placed 184th in the FIFA rankings will play a friendly against the Indian side, with the latter playing Iran, ranked 41st in the world, seven days later in a crucial qualifier. &rdq

Stephen Constantine says a strategic plan is in place for Indian Football
Stephen Constantine says a strategic plan is in place for Indian Football

Constantine says he has full confidence in his Coaching staff NEW DELHI  Speak to any Coach and he will always maintain that his support staff forms the spine of his team. National Coach Stephen Constantine was asked by AIFF in detail about his support staff, their value addition to the team, the philosophy behind roping them in, the AIFF Strategic Plan and much more.  EXCERPTS: How much value addition does the support staff off

Aug 18 2015
India announce U-19 squad to participate in Asia Champions Trophy
India announce U-19 squad to participate in Asia Champions Trophy

India to take part in the FAM Frenz Asia Champions Trophy and the SAFF U19 Championship All India Football Federation (AIFF) have announced a 17-member squad for the FAM-FRENZ Asia Champions Trophy 2015, AIFF Media reported.  The competition begins on August 05, 2015 but India is not due to play their first game till August 19, 2015. They will play Malaysian side Felda United FC at the Hand Tuah Stadium away from home in

Aug 17 2015
International call-ups for five LFC-DSK academy players
International call-ups for five LFC-DSK academy players

From L to R: Lalrinzuala Chhangte, Rohit Kumar, Mawihmingthanga, and Jedidi Haokip at the U-19 India National Camp. 17th August 2015, Pune – India: Liverpool FC International Academy – DSK Shivajians is delighted to announce the selection of five players for their respective U19 national teams. Mawihmingthanga, Jedidi Haokip, and Lalrinzuala Chhangte will be representing the U-19 Indian National Team at the forthcoming FAM-FRENZ

Aug 17 2015
What Indian football can learn from Belgium
What Indian football can learn from Belgium

The AIFF have to bring about radical changes as soon as possible for the team to have some success Indian Football stands at the crossroads of history right now. On one hand, we have a domestic league that is supported by the AFC while the other side of the coin, the Indian Super League(ISL), with all its glamour, has put Indian football on the on the World map in just one season. Following the inaugural season of the ISL, the Indian Natio

Aug 13 2015
Stephen Constantine says he has never selected players on the basis of awards
Stephen Constantine says he has never selected players on the basis of awards

Subrata Pal is the shortest of the keepers selected by Constantine who almost 6 ft  NEW DELHI In the last part of an exclusive interview, National Coach Stephen Constantine speaks at length about his choice of Players for the forthcoming Preparatory Camp which kicks-off in Pune on August 23.  EXCERPTS: There have been some surprises in your selection of the list? We are in the process of rebuilding our National Team and i

Aug 12 2015
Loss to Guam ended India's chance of playing Trinidad and Tobago in international friendlies
Loss to Guam ended India's chance of playing Trinidad and Tobago in international friendlies

The best for Stephen Constantine to reply to criticism is to get a result against Iran According to the Times Of India, the Indian National Football team were supposed to play a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago on the 31st of August 2015. The friendly was all but confirmed before India played Oman in the first World Cup Qualifier on the 11th of June. But the loss to Guam resulted in the cancellation of the friendly le

Aug 11 2015
Indian Stars look back at 2002 LG Cup triumph
Indian Stars look back at 2002 LG Cup triumph

Abhishek Yadav(extreme left) and Shanmugam Venkatesh (fourth from left) are a part of Constantine’s back room staff NEW DELHI:  On the surface, it’s (August 10, 2015) just another normal day, a Monday in fact, the start of a new week. On the surface, it was also just another normal day (August 2, 2002), a Saturday in fact, end of a week. By the time it ended a new generation had announced their arrival i

Aug 10 2015
Stephen Constantine believes the self belief was exemplary in the final
Stephen Constantine believes the self belief was exemplary in the final

Constantine remembers the greatest match during his first tenure NEW DELHI In our second part of the exclusive interview with the National Coach, we take you to a trip down memory lane on India’s 2002 LG Cup triumph in Vietnam. In a freewheeling chat, Constantine who was the Coach in that Tournament speaks at length about the Final match as it panned out, the planning, the moments, his players, the celebrations and much more.  E

Aug 10 2015
Indian football: A strange paradox
Indian football: A strange paradox

India’s captain Sunil Chettri was bought for Rs.1.2 crores by Mumbai City FC   Indian football remains a strange paradox. The players are getting paid well, live in comfort and get top class training yet the performance of the national team is dismal. Despite lucrative money, exposure and training the Indian national team is languishing at the 157th position in the FIFA rankings. But in domestic football, the players make a

Aug 9 2015