Indian Football: 5 Things to watch out for in 2018
The past year saw India participating in the FIFA U17 World Cup for the very first time. Moreover, the Blue Tigers qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 by beating Macau. With football picking up pace in the country, 2018 offers no roadblock and shall be a smooth passage for Indian football.
In March, FIFA would confirm whether India will be given the rights to host U20 World Cup 2019 or not. Moreover, the draw for 2019 AFC Asian Cup, which India qualified for after missing out on previous editions, will also take place this year. Here are five other things to watch out for in 2018:
The January transfer window
January is a very interesting month for all the Indian football followers. With coaches being sacked to the arrival of new foreigners, the first month of the year has it all for you.
Delhi Dynamos has signed India U-17 star Shubham Sarangi and ex-La Liga star goalkeeper Xabi Irureta. Ex-Chelsea manager Avram Grant has been appointed as the technical advisor for NorthEast United FC, while former East Bengal and Prayag United manager Eelco Schattorie has been appointed as the assistant coach. FC Goa has signed Aizawl FC star H Lalmuankima. David James also took over from Rene Meulensteen and Shankarlal Chakraborty has been promoted to take over Mohun Bagan. All this happened in just the first week!
Dheeraj Singh too has left the Indian Arrows and will probably undergo a trial with Motherwell FC and reports of Komal Thatal having trials with Turkese giants Galatasaray have come up as well. It would be interesting to see if other U-17 World Cup players follow their path.