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Morning Digest | PM to virtually flag off Secunderabad-Vizag Vande Bharat Express; IMD predicts dip in Delhi-NCR temperature, and more

An empty rake of Vande Bharat train arrived at Visakhapatnam railway station on Wednesday. The Vande Bharat train between Secunderabad and the port city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh will be flagged off virtually by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti on Sunday. | Photo Credit: V. Raju PM Modi to virtually flag off Vande Bharat train between Secunderabad-Vizag on SundayPrime Minister Narendra Modi would virtually flag off the Vande Bharat train between Secunderabad and the port city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti on Sunday.IMD predicts dip in Delhi-NCR temperature from SundayTemperatures in Delhi-NCR are likely to dip from Sunday, the India Meteorological Department has predicted, as cold nort...
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Arsene Wenger to help with Indian football’s grassroots programmes | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Arsenal manager and world governing body FIFA's current chief of global football development, Arsene Wenger will play a role in Indian football's grassroots programmes and talent development.During the World Cup in Doha, All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Kalyan Chaubey had held deliberations with Wenger and other senior officials of the FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) regarding youth development projects in India."We have had extensive discussions with FIFA development team. Arsene Wenger is head of FIFA Task Force and they will help us in grassroots programme. Coaches from Wenger's team would come," Chaubey said after unveiling its 'Vision 2047' roadmap."About football budget cut, we have got lot of help from government and ministry and we hav...
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Investing in grassroots development only way out to take Indian football forward: Bhaichung Bhutia | Football News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia feels that investing in grassroots development is the only way out to take the game forward in the country. He said footballers of all age in the country should have enough competitive matches to be able to do well in international tournaments. "You need to invest in the youth, grassroots development and then the player and the club benefit out of it and that's how football grows in the country. This is the only way if you want to really take football forward in India," Bhutia told PTI on the sidelines of an event here on Tuesday. "We have to reach out to the kids in rural, district and state levels. Sadly, we are not making them compete. Kids are not being able to train and compete within their own age group. That's been the big...
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Mumbai City FC look to build on home advantage against Jamshedpur

Mumbai City FC will look to build their home advantage against Jamshedpur FC on Saturday at the Mumbai Football Arena while Jamshedpur FC are in search of their first win this season in their Indian Super League (ISL) encounter. Both sides played Odisha FC in contrasting fixtures. Jamshedpur fell to late goals and lost, while Mumbai nabbed all three points and kept a clean sheet. With a draw and a win in the opening two matches, Mumbai City FC have gotten off to a decent start this season. The Islanders have scored five goals so far, four of which have come in the second half. A Saturday showdown awaits us at the Arena! 👊 मंडळी, तयार आहात ना? 💙#MCFCJFC #MumbaiCity #AamchiCity 🔵 pic.twitter.com/sWmlLcHDO6 — Mumbai City FC (@MumbaiCityFC) October 22, 2022 All eyes will be on Greg Stewart...
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ISL 2022: Kwame stars as Chennaiyin rally from behind to embarrass ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1

Goalkeeper Vishal Kaith’s indiscretion and a poor defensive organization during counter-attack cost ATK Mohun Bagan dearly as Chennaiyin FC rallied from a goal down to beat hosts 2-1 in the opening Indian Super League encounter between the two teams. A comeback win from @ChennaiyinFC away from home! 🔥#ATKMBCFC #HeroISL #LetsFootball #ATKMohunBagan #ChennaiyinFC pic.twitter.com/NjZtLCMJYq — Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 10, 2022 It was Ghanaian forward Kwame Karikari, who came in as a substitute in the second half and turned the match on its head, by first equalizing in the 64th minute and then setting up India international Rahim Ali for the winner in the 83rd minute. This was after Manvir Singh’s powerful left-footer in the 27th minute gave the Mariners 1-0 lead. Anoth...
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ISL 2022, Kerala Blasters vs East Bengal Live Updates: 0-0 at halftime at the JLN Stadium

The 2022/23 Indian Super League season will kickstart with the runner ups from the 2021/22 season, Kerala Blasters going up against East Bengal, who finished at the bottom of the table last season. After two years in a bubble, the top-tier league in Indian football will return to a home-and-away format, with fans expected to throb the stadiums starting from the opener at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. Predicted XI: Kerala Blasters FC: Prabhsukhan Gill, Jessel Carneiro, Victor Mongil, Sandeep Singh, Harmanjot Khabra, Jeakson Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad, Bryce Brian Miranda, Dimitrios Diamantakos, Rahul KP, Bidyashagar Singh East Bengal FC: Kamaljit Singh, Ankit Mukherjee, Ivan Gonzalez, Mohamad Rakip, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Alex Lima, Amarjit Kiyam, Aniket Jadhav, Souvik Chakrabarti, Cl...
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Igor Stimac signs contract extension till AFC Asian Cup 2023

India men’s senior national football team head coach Igor Stimac on Tuesday extended his contract till the end of the AFC Asian Cup 2023. The decision to extend the contract was recommended by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Technical Committee last month and was subsequently ratified by the executive committee in their respective meetings in Kolkata. The Executive Committee also accepted the recommendations of the technical committee which stated that should India qualify for the quarterfinal round in the tournament, then the coach’s contract will be automatically renewed. “I am extremely happy that the AIFF has placed the trust in the process that we have put in,” said Stimac in a statement released by AIFF. “We have had a very good run in the qualifiers, and we want to make ...
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FIFA-AFC delegation meets SAI, AIFF, state associations | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A joint delegation of the FIFA-AFC on Wednesday met the top officials of the All India Football Federation and representatives of various state units to discuss a roadmap on the development of the sport in the country. The focus of the meeting was to understand the practical problems the state football bodies face in promoting the game across various sectors of the country. The meeting revolved around the strategies to meet the challenges ahead and instruments to overcome them, the AIFF said in a release. On arrival in India, the FIFA-AFC delegation got into business straight away and held a meeting with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Director General Sandeep Pradhan. After having discussions on the improvement of football at the grassroots and planning to make it broad ...
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Blunder-ridden India pay the price, lose 0-3 to Vietnam

The Indian team were a goal down by the 10th minute and could muster just one move in the first 20 minutes in the international friendly versus Vietnam. FULL-TIME! We come to the end of the match as the referee blows his whistle. Not the best day for us, but the boys earned some valuable experience from these friendlies. 🇻🇳 3-0 🇮🇳 📺 https://t.co/NLb4lybUlz#VIEIND ⚔️ #BackTheBlue 💙 #BlueTigers 🐯 #IndianFootball ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/djhNZweOS5 — Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 27, 2022 Captain Sandesh Jhingan crashed into goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Anwar Ali misjudged a header and substitute Rahul KP’s failed in a clearance – that is how India conceded three goals to Vietnam. Three mistakes, all speckled across different moments, contributed to the Indian national t...
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Sunil Chhetri’s India brace for tough test against Vietnam in football friendly

In 2010, a few events were simultaneously taking place in Vietnamese football. They had just been beaten 3-1 by an Indian team that had Sunil Chhetri as their striker. Their football association was going through elections and candidates were offering attractive cash prizes to players for winning regional tournaments. The Vietnamese chair at that time, Nguyen Trong Hy, suggested that the country should begin naturalizing players from different parts of the world – an argument that continues to be made for Indian football today, albeit for Indian-origin players. Cut to 12 years later. Vietnam has made it to the quarterfinals of the AFC Asian Cup. The senior team is perfectly placed to make it to the 2026 World Cup where Asian countries will have 8.5 quota spots (eight direct qualifiers a...
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AIFF president, secretary general meet FIFA chief, hold ‘constructive’ discussion | Football News – Times of India

DOHA: The All India Football Federation's (AIFF) top two officials, including newly appointed president Kalyan Chaubey, held an "encouraging and constructive" discussion on Indian football with FIFA chief Gianni Infantino on Friday. Chaubey, a former goalkeeper who has represented both Mohun Bagan and East Bengal in his playing days, was accompanied by the national federation's new secretary general Shaji Prabhakaran. "AIFF President Mr. Kalyan Chaubey and Secretary General Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran called upon FIFA President Mr. Gianni Infantino at the FIFA Office in Doha, Qatar on Friday, Sept 9, 2022. AIFF President @kalyanchaubey & Secretary General @Shaji4Football called upon @FIFAcom President Gianni Infantino a… https://t.co/wquk6FqzTp— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) 1662...
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AIFF to work for sustainable solutions according to needs of country: Kalyan Chaubey | Football News – Times of India

MUMBAI: All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Kalyan Chaubey on Sunday said his organisation will try to find "sustainable solutions" according to the needs of the game in the country through dialogue with stake holders. Chaubey, who took over the reigns of AIFF on Friday, said a "time-based roadmap" for Indian football will be prepared and implemented. "India is a diverse country and the solutions for the betterment of football must be specific as per our need. No cut and paste clarification is available for that. The most important part is to engage into inclusive dialogues to identify usable solutions for our own football-centric challenges," he said. "AIFF will facilitate the process and ultimately strategise a time-based roadmap to ensure empowerment of football ecosystem ...
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Shaji Prabhakaran appointed as the new AIFF Secretary General

Newly elected All India Football Federation President Kalyan Chaubey chaired Executive Committee has appointed Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran as the new Secretary General of Indian football’s governing body. “Dr. Shaji’s previous experience as FIFA Regional Development Officer will bring in new and fresh ideas which will provide the much-needed fillip to Indian Football,” said Chaubey. Among the other calls taken, IM Vijayan was appointed as the Chairman of the new AIFF Technical Committee with Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Climax Lawrence, Harjinder Singh, Arun Malhotra and Ms. Pinki Bompal as the other members of the Committee. Former India captain Shabbir Ali was also unanimously named as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee. As per the new AIFF President’s proposal, Mr. Sunando Dhar was also unanimou...
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Kalyan Chaubey becomes the new AIFF President, beats Bhaichung Bhutia 33-1 in polls

Former Mohun Bagan and East Bengal goalkeeper Kalyan Chaubey has become the new All India Football Federation President after besting former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia 33-1 in polls decided by the 34-member voters’ list made up of state association representatives. Chaubey, a Bharatiya Janta Party leader from West Bengal, has become the first former national team player to be elected as the head of Indian football’s governing body. The election results come on the back of a dark phase in Indian football, having suffered a temporary ban from the world football governing body, FIFA owing to a classic case of third party interference after the Supreme Court appointed a Committee of Administrators to run the daily operations at AIFF. While the participation of Bhutia, a premier football...
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AIFF polls: As expected, straight fight for 3 top posts, Bhaichung Bhutia vs Kalyan Chaubey for president | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The legendary Bhaichung Bhutia is up against former goalkeeper Kalyan Chaubey in the September 2 polls of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) as the three top posts will see straight fights between two candidates. Former Mohun Bagan and East Bengal goalkeeper Chaubey, a BJP leader from Bengal, is believed to be the front-runner with backing from politically important state associations like Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh. After the deadline of withdrawal of candidature ended at 1pm on Tuesday, returning officer Umesh Sinha released the final list of contestants for each post for the polls. The electoral college of 34 representatives from the state associations have already been issued by the returning officer. Elections were to be held for the posts of one president, one ...
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AIFF Elections: Returning Officer finds all 20 nomination papers in order after scrutiny | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The returning officer for the All India Football Federation (AIFF) elections, scheduled for September 2, on Sunday found all the 20 nomination papers to be in order after scrutiny. The 20 nomination papers pertain to two candidates each for the posts of president, vice president and treasurer, and 14 for the executive committee members. "After conducting scrutiny of nomination forms for the posts of president, vice president, treasurer and executive committee members, all 20 nomination forms have been found correct," RO Umesh Sinha said. Elections are to be held for the posts of one president, one vice president, one treasurer and 14 executive committee members. Six former players -- four male and two women -- will be co-opted later as executive committee members with voting ...
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AIFF apologises to Gokulam Kerala, owner says federation’s ‘inefficiency’ costs club lakhs

Gokulam Kerala owner V C Praveen on Saturday said that the AIFF’s “inefficiency” cost the club lakhs of rupees after the national federation apologised to the team for its removal from the AFC Women’s Club Championship owing to the 11-day ban by FIFA. Gokulam Kerala, the reigning Indian Women’s League champions, were the worst affected by the FIFA ban on the AIFF as the Kozhikode-based team was not allowed to compete in the top-tier AFC club competition in Uzbekistan. “It is like pinching the baby and rocking the cradle. Because of their inefficiency we lost lakhs,” Praveen told PTI, hours after the ban on AIFF was lifted. The lifting of the ban on Friday will allow Indian national teams and clubs to play in competitions under the aegis of AFC and FIFA, but it was a huge loss for Gokula...
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Durand Cup: Rajasthan United hold East Bengal to goal-less draw

Heavyweights East Bengal were held to a goal-less draw by Rajasthan United in a fast-paced Durand Cup match at the Kishore Bharati Krirangan (KBK) . 𝐅𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞!@RajasthanUnited's brilliant show continues as they hold another Kolkata Giant Emami East Bengal to a goal-less affair. Thanks for joining us! #EEB 0-0 #RUFC#EEBRUFC ⚔️#KBK 🏟️#DurandCup 🏆#IndianOilDurandCup 🏆#DurandCup2022 🏆#IndianFootball ⚽ pic.twitter.com/SfWTVASShP — Durand Cup (@thedurandcup) August 25, 2022 East Bengal had more chances in the Group B game and also more possession, but the Rajasthan side missed a penalty in the second half. Rajasthan United and Mumbai City FC are currently the top two teams in the group. EB coach Stephen Constantine made four changes to their starting line-up, bringing in Alex Lima, Tuhin Das...
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Indian women footballers face uncertain future after FIFA ban | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's women footballers are in despair and uncertain about the future after a FIFA ban saw the country stripped of a major international tournament and left its best team in limbo. The sport's world governing body this week suspended India's national association, the All India Football Federation (AIFF), "due to undue influence from third parties" -- member associations must be free from legal and political interference. The AIFF has been plagued by governance issues. The indefinite suspension had an immediate impact on Indian football, men and women, from professional down to grassroots. The under-17 Women's World Cup, set to begin in India on October 11, will not currently take place as planned. It was supposed to be a first FIFA tournament in the country since 2017. The ...
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SC approves CoA’s timeline for AIFF elections, polls to be held on Aug 28

The elections to the Executive Committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) will be held on August 28 and the poll process will start on August 13 with the notification by the Returning Officer, according to the order of the Supreme Court which is hearing the matter. The top court has approved the time-line of the AIFF elections prepared by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) which is currently running the affairs of the national federation. According to the order of the Supreme, which heard the pending case on Wednesday, the Returning Officer will prepare the final list of voters comprising state associations and eminent players’ representatives forming the electoral college on the same day of poll notification. Nomination papers can be field from August 17 to 19 by the cand...