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Former Indian international and coach Subhas Bhowmick passes awayVictor Manjila by MythriSAFF U-18 Women's Championship 2022 & SAFF U-19 Championship 2022Sunil Chhetri Major Dhyan Chand Khel RatnaAFC U-23 Asian Cup 2022 Qualifiers India vs KyrgyzstanAFC U-23 Asian Cup 2022 Qualifiers India vs UAE
Indian Football Team (Blue Tigers)
Association: All India Football Federation
Confederation: AFC (Asia)
Sub-Confederation: SAFF (South Asia)
Head Coach: Igor Štimac
Technical Director: Savio Medeira
Captain: Sunil Chhetri
FIFA code: IND

Indian Men's National Team Table/Standings

SAFF Championship 2021
1India (Q)42208523
2Nepal (Q)42117541
5Sri Lanka4013125-3
FIFA World Cup 2022/AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers (Group E)

Indian Men's National Team Fixtures and Results

March 26 2022International FriendlyIndiavsBelarusManama, Bahrain
March 23 2022International FriendlyIndiavsBahrainManama, Bahrain
October 16 2021SAFF Championship 2021India (W)3-0NepalMatch ReportMaldives
October 13 2021SAFF Championship 2021India3-1MaldivesMatch ReportMaldives
October 10 2021SAFF Championship 2021Nepal0-1IndiaMatch ReportMaldives
October 7 2021SAFF Championship 2021India0-0Sri LankaMatch ReportMaldives
October 4 2021SAFF Championship 2021Bangladesh1-1IndiaMatch ReportMaldives
September 5 2021International FriendlyNepal1-2IndiaMatch ReportDasharath Stadium, Kathmandu
September 2 2021International FriendlyNepal1-1IndiaMatch ReportDasharath Stadium, Kathmandu
June 15 2021World Cup QualifierIndia1-1AfghanistanMatch ReportJassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar
June 7 2021World Cup QualifierBangladesh0-2IndiaMatch ReportJassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar
June 3 2021World Cup QualifierIndia0-1QatarMatch ReportJassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar
29 March 2021International FriendlyIndia0-6UAEMatch ReportZabeel Stadium, Dubai
25 March 2021International FriendlyOman1-1IndiaMatch ReportMaktoum bin Rashid Stadium, Dubai
31 March 2020International FriendlyIndiapostponedTajikistan
19 November 2019World Cup QualifierOman1-0IndiaMuscat, Oman
14 November 2019World Cup QualifierAfghanistan1-1IndiaDushanbe, Tajikistan
15 October 2019World Cup QualifierIndia1-1BangladeshMatch ReportKolkata, India
10 September 2019World Cup QualifierQatar0-0IndiaMatch ReportDoha, Qatar
5 September 2019World Cup QualifierIndia1-2OmanMatch ReportGuwahati, India
16 July 2019Intercontinental CupIndia1-1SyriaMatch ReportAhmedabad, India
13 July 2019Intercontinental CupIndia2-5North KoreaMatch ReportAhmedabad, India
7 July 2019Intercontinental CupIndia2-4TajikistanMatch ReportAhmedabad, India
8 June 2019King’s CupIndia1-0ThailandMatch ReportBuriram, Thailand
5 June 2019King’s CupCuraçao3-1IndiaMatch ReportBuriram, Thailand
14 January 2019Asian Cup Group StageIndia0-1Bahrain90’+1(p) RashidAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
10 January 2019Asian Cup Group StageIndia0-2United Arab EmiratesMatch ReportAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
6 January 2019Asian Cup Group StageThailand1-4IndiaMatch ReportAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
27 December 2018International FriendlyOman0-0IndiaUnited Arab Emirates
17 November 2018International FriendlyJordan2-1IndiaMatch ReportJordan
13 October 2018International FriendlyChina PR0-0IndiaMatch ReportSuzhou, China
15 September 2018SAFF FinalIndia1−2Maldives90’+2 Sumeet Passi | 19′ Mahudhee, 66′ FasirDhaka, Bangladesh
12 September 2018SAFF Semi-FinalIndia3−1Pakistan48′ 69′ Manvir Singh, 84′ Sumeet Passi | 88′ AliDhaka, Bangladesh
9 September 2018SAFF Group StageIndia2–0Maldives36′ Nikhil Poojari, 44′ Manvir SinghDhaka, Bangladesh
5 September 2018SAFF Group StageIndia2–0Sri Lanka36′ Ashique Kuruniyan 47′ ChhangteDhaka, Bangladesh
10 June 2018Intercontinental CupIndia2–0Kenya8′ 29′ Sunil ChhetriMumbai, India
7 June 2018Intercontinental CupIndia1–2New ZealandMatch ReportMumbai, India
4 June 2018Intercontinental CupIndia3–0KenyaMatch ReportMumbai, India
1 June 2018Intercontinental CupIndia5–0Chinese TaipeiMatch ReportMumbai, India
27 March 2018AFC Asian Cup QualifierKyrgyzstan2–1India2′ Zemlianukhin, 72′ Murzaev | 88′ Jeje LalpekhluaBishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Former Indian international and coach Subhas Bhowmick passes away22-Jan-22Former Indian international, coach and 1970 Asian Games bronze medallist, Subhas Bhowmick, passed away in Kolkata today at the age of 71.
Victor Manjila: The graceful daredevil who made goalkeeping an art28-Dec-21Is that Spiderman? No, it is Victor Manjila; K.G. Raghunandanan profiles former Indian international goalkeeper Victor Manjila.
India to host SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship and Men’s SAFF U-19 Championship in 202215-Dec-21India will host the SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship 2022 in March next year and the men’s SAFF U-19 Championship 2022 in July-August of 2022.
Sunil Chhetri receives the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award13-Nov-21Indian Men’s National Team captain Sunil Chhetri received the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award from the President of India Ram Nath Kovind.
AFC U-23 Asian Cup 2022 Qualifiers: India finish second in Group E31-Oct-21Goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh’s heroic did wonders for India as the boys had their best-ever finish in the AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qualifiers to date.
AFC U-23 Asian Cup 2022 Qualifiers: India narrowly lose against UAE28-Oct-21India were on the receiving end of a heart-wrenching 0-1 against hosts UAE in the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers at the Fujairah Stadium.
AFC U-23 Asian Cup 2022 Qualifiers: India victorious against Oman25-Oct-21India U-23 National team defeated Oman in their opening fixture of the AFC U-23 Asian Cup 2022 Qualifiers at the Fujairah Stadium in Dubai.
AFC U-23 Asian Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Indian U-23 team and schedule announced20-Oct-21The India U23 squad departed for Dubai on Wednesday (October 20) morning to take part in the qualifiers for the AFC U-23 Asian Cup.
SAFF Championship 2021 Final: India defeat Nepal to lift the title for the 8th time17-Oct-21India defeated Nepal 3-0 at the National Football Stadium in Male to clinch the SAFF Championship trophy for a record eighth time.
SAFF Championship 2021: India defeat Maldives to book berth in final14-Oct-21India defeated Maldives 3-1 at the National Football Stadium in Male, Maldives, to book their spot in the 2021 SAFF Championship Final.
AFC U-23 Asian Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Indian U-23 list of probables and schedule announced13-Oct-21The India U-23 National Team are all set to participate in the AFC U-23 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2022 Qualifiers and are placed in Group E.
SAFF Championship 2021: Indian Men’s NT edge past Nepal11-Oct-21A late strike by Sunil Chhetri handed India a 1-0 win over Nepal in the SAFF Championship 2021 group stage held at Male, Maldives, on Sunday.
SAFF Championship 2021: India vs Sri Lanka ends in a stalemate08-Oct-21SAFF Championship 2021: India’s second match of the campaign against Sri Lanka also ended in a draw here at the National Football Stadium.
SAFF Championship 2021: Bangladesh vs India ends in a 1-1 draw04-Oct-21India were held to a 1-1 draw by Bangladesh in their SAFF Championship 2021 opener in Male, Maldives, on October 4.
SAFF Championship 2021: Indian Men’s National Team take on Bangladesh today, October 404-Oct-21Match Preview: India take on Bangladesh today in their opening match of the SAFF Championship 2021 in Malé, Maldives.
Head Coach Igor Stimac names 23 players for SAFF Championship 202126-Sep-21Indian Men’s NT Head Coach Igor Stimac has named 23 players for the SAFF Championship 2021 which will start on October 1st in Maldives.
Was Inder Singh India’s greatest forward?22-Sep-21Nicknamed “Bullet Train” by the Japanese, Inder Singh an inside right forward who was not only a brilliant goal scorer, but also a scorer of barely believable goals.
International Friendly, September 5, 2021: India win 2-1 against Nepal06-Sep-21The Blue Tigers ran out winners in their second international friendly against Nepal at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu.
International Friendly, September 2, 2021: Nepal vs India ends in a draw03-Sep-21India and Nepal played out a 1-1 draw in an international friendly held at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu on September 2, 2021.
Indian NT squad for friendlies against Nepal announced27-Aug-21Head coach Igor Stimac has named 25 players who will be playing against Nepal in international friendlies on September 2 and 5 2021.
Olympian and Asian Games gold medallist O. Chandrasekhar passes away24-Aug-21Olympian, Asian Games gold medallist and former Indian captain O. Chandrasekhar has passed away at the age of 85 in Kochi.
Former India Assistant Coach and Olympian SS Hakim passes away22-Aug-21Former Indian assistant coach, Olympian and FIFA referee SS Hakim passes away at the age of 82.
Indian Men’s National Team camp to be held in Kolkata from August 1510-Aug-21Prior to the International Friendlies in September 2021, the Indian National Team will be camping in Kolkata from August 15, 2021.
AIFF lays down Indian National Team calendar for the rest of 202105-Aug-21All India Football Federation (AIFF) has set out the Indian National Team’s football calendar for the remainder of 2021.
AIFF launches medical support policy for players, technical staff and referees24-Jul-21AIFF has come up with a policy a create a support system for football players and technical staff who have served Indian National Teams.
Sandesh Jhingan, Suresh Singh Wangjam named winners of annual AIFF Awards21-Jul-21Sandesh Jhingan is AIFF Footballer of the Year 2020-21 and Suresh Singh Wangjam won the AIFF Emerging Footballer of the Year 2020-21.
AIFF Technical Committee extends Igor Stimac’s contract; Technical Director Isac Doru replaced by Savio Medeira28-May-21AIFF extends Igor Stimac’s contract till September 2021; Technical Director Isac Doru replaced by Savio Medeira on an interim basis
Indian Football Team: 28 Probables to fly to Doha for camp ahead of FIFA World Cup 2022/AFC Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers in June 202119-May-21A 28-member squad will leave for Doha for India’s three forthcoming matches in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022/AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers.
Indian Football: Asian Games gold medallist and Olympian Fortunato Franco has passed away10-May-21The AIFF condoles the demise of former Indian National team midfielder Fortunato Franco who passed away today in Goa.
India to play friendlies against Oman and UAE in March 2021 in Dubai23-Feb-21All India Football Federation confirms two International Friendlies for the Indian Men’s National Team in March 2021.
AIFF launches bid to host the 2027 AFC Asian Cup in India16-Dec-20All India Football Federation (AIFF) has formally announced its candidature to host the AFC Asian Cup 2027.
A Gooder, Harder Look at Expected Goals [xG]26-Jan-19
A Good, Hard Look at Expected Goals [xG]31-Dec-18
2019-20 AIFF Player of the Year and AIFF Emerging Player of the Year Awards announced25-Sep-20Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Sanju Yadav have been declared winners of the men’s and women’s 2019-20 AIFF Player of the Year award respectively.
FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers postponed to next year12-Aug-20FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers originally scheduled to take place during October-November 2020 will be rescheduled in 2021.
A Brief History of Time: A Vivisection of Indian NT’s Footballing History by Numbers04-Jul-20In this post, I’m going to use the cold, hard world of facts to put the Indian National Team’s footballing history under the scanner and will try and gauge the level of Indian football over the years.
Remembering Sheoo Mewalal: A Thousand Goals in Apathy24-May-20India’s first bonafide star striker was treated with apathy throughout his career and in retirement – he died the same way, forgotten and discarded by a history he helped write
In Memoriam: Chuni Goswami30-Apr-20Indian football legend, Chuni Goswami, passed away in Kolkata. He was 82.
Former Indian captain, coach and Padma Shri PK Banerjee passes away20-Mar-20The former Indian captain, coach and technical director PK Banerjee passed away in Kolkata today after a prolonged illness. He was 83.
October 13 2018: International Friendly: China 0-0 India – Tactical Analysis14-Oct-18India took on China in a “historic” friendly in Suzhou in what turned out to be an excruciating game for both sides. China repeatedly hammered shots at the Indian goal and, on one occasion, were mere centimetres from scoring what would have been a well deserved goal but just couldn’t find their way in. Meanwhile, […]
Blue Tigers Asia Cup 2019 Qualification Scenarios (And Bahrain Pre-Match Prediction)14-Jan-19After putting out 2 amazing performances, India have 3 points and currently sit in 2nd place in Group A with a Goal Difference of +2. That puts India in a very strong position to qualify, with only a point needed for confirmation. The Blue Tigers are naturally a defensive side and getting at least a […]
International Friendly: India to play Tajikistan on March 31st28-Feb-20The AIFF has announced that the Indian National Football Team will play an international friendly against Tajikistan on March 31st.
FIFA World Cup Qualifier: India vs Bangladesh: Football by Numbers16-Oct-19Poor team selection, suspect tactics, individual errors and a squad bereft of match practice meant India could only salvage a draw against Bangladesh.
Indian Football Team Head Coach Igor Štimac: First Impressions14-Oct-19It’s been 7 games (and just under 5 months) since Igor Stimac took over as Head Coach of the Blue Tigers and that’s probably just enough time to have an early peek under the hood of the Senior Men’s National Team.
Igor Stimac announces India squad for the World Cup Qualifier against Bangladesh12-Oct-19The Indian football team head coach Igor Štimac has announced a 23-man squad ahead of the World Cup Qualifier against Bangladesh on October 15th at the Salt Lake Stadium.
FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Qatar vs India: Football by Numbers11-Sep-19A absolute blinder of performance by the captain on the night Gurpreet Singh Sandhu coupled with excellent performances by the centre-back duo of Adil Khan and Sandesh Jhingan help India bring home a precious point against reigning Asian Champions Qatar.
FIFA World Cup Qualifier: India vs Oman: Football by Numbers06-Sep-19Well-begun is half done – India started brightly in the first half, but faded badly in the second allowing a fitter and better Oman team to pick up a win in the opening FIFA World Cup 22 qualifying match between the two sides.
Hero Intercontinental Cup 2019: India vs Tajikistan: All Things Considered08-Jul-19In a game of two halves, India failed to capitalise on a two goal lead and instead defensive lapses saw them catapult to a defeat against Tajikistan in the opening match of the Hero Intercontinental Cup 2019.
25-member Indian squad finalised for Hero Intercontinental Cup 201905-Jul-19Coach Igor Štimac has announced a 25-member squad to represent India at the Hero Intercontinental Cup which will commence on July 7th 2019 in Ahmedabad.
Iran-born Omid Singh positive about a move to the Indian National Team03-Jul-19After Igor Štimac sent out feelers to the Iranian footballer of Indian origin, Omid Singh, the winger is considering relinquishing his Iranian passport and taking up Indian citizenship.
King’s Cup 2019: India vs Thailand: All Things Considered09-Jun-19Thailand found the imperious Adil Khan to be a thorn in their side as the War Elephants slumped to a narrow defeat in the third place play-off match against India.
King’s Cup 2019: Curaçao vs India: All Things Considered05-Jun-19A physically and technically superior Curaçao team defeated India comfortably, but not before a clutch of Indian debutantes demonstrated that there is much promise and a way forward.
23-man Indian squad finalised for King’s Cup 201902-Jun-19Coach Igor Štimac announced the final list of 23 players who will be participating in the King’s Cup, Thailand, which will commence on the 5th of June.
AIFF appoints Igor Štimac as the Head Coach of the Indian National Team10-May-19The AIFF are formally expected to announce the appointment of former Croatian player and manager Igor Stimac as the new head coach of the Indian National Football Team on Saturday.
AIFF appoints Doru Isac as the Technical Director for the Indian Football Team27-Apr-19AIFF have appointed Doru Isac as the technical director of the Indian National Football team for a period of three years.
The technical director for the Indian NT will be appointed this week: AIFF24-Apr-19According to the Chairman of the AIFF’s technical committee Shyam Thapa, the technical director for the Indian NT will be announced later this week.
Sam Allardyce in the mix for the Indian Head Coach role30-Mar-19The former Bolton Wanderers and England manager Sam Allardyce is one of the contenders for the top job in Indian football.
Sunil Chhetri awarded the Padma Shri by the Govt. of India26-Jan-19The Indian and Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri has been conferred with the Padma Shri award for his contribution to Indian football.
AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Bahrain: All Things Considered17-Jan-19India stayed away from the kind of football that helped them reach within touching distance of the knockout rounds and as a consequence ended up crashing out of the competition at the group stage.
Stephen Constantine resigns as coach of the Indian Team after AFC Asian Cup exit15-Jan-19The Head Coach of the Indian National Football Team, Stephen Constantine, stepped down from his post after India’s exit from the AFC Asian Cup 2019.
AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs UAE: Tactical Analysis14-Jan-19
AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs UAE: All Things Considered11-Jan-19India have it all to do in their next game against Bahrain after failing to make their dominance count against UAE.
AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs UAE: Pre-Match Predictions & Tactics10-Jan-19The numbers say that it’s going to be a horror movie tonight. Be prepared!
AFC Asian Cup 2019 – Thailand vs India – Tactical Analysis08-Jan-19The Indian Team has truly achieved something ‘historic.’ To win a game in a big tournament and to do it impressively is a fantastic result for the team.
AFC Asian Cup: Thailand vs India: All Things Considered07-Jan-19India got off to an unexpected, but well-deserved start to their AFC Asian Cup campaign after they bludgeoned Thailand into submission in a game of two halves.
Indian Team – AFC Asian Cup 2019 Predictions & Opposition Previews04-Jan-19The Blue Tigers are set to make their 4th appearance at the AFC Asian Cup and their first since 2011 on Sunday.
Final 23-man squad announced for the AFC Asian Cup 201927-Dec-18The 23-man Indian Football Team scheduled to participate in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 which commences on the 5th of January has been announced.
28-man squad announced for AFC Asian Cup 201920-Dec-18A 28-man squad has been announced by Stephen Constantine as the team heads out to Abu Dhabi to play a couple of friendlies ahead of the AFC Asian Cup.
Indian Football Team: 34-man probable squad announced for the AFC Asian Cup11-Dec-18The Indian Team Head Coach Stephen Constantine has named a 34-man probable squad for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup 2019 in January.
International Friendly: Jordan vs India: All Things Considered18-Nov-18The Indian team went down 1-2 against Jordan in a match where problems off the pitch had an impact on the result of the game.
Jordan vs India: Match to be played after being cancelled initially.17-Nov-18The match which was cancelled initially will now be played  at 22.30 PM IST.
22-man squad for the Nov. 17 Jordan-India friendly announced16-Nov-18The Indian National Team coach Stephen Constantine announced a 22-member squad for the friendly against Jordan at the King Abdullah II International Stadium.
18-year-old ATK Winger Komal Thatal replaces injured Sunil Chhetri at the National Camp13-Nov-18Komal Thatal has been called up for the preparatory national team camp before the friendly against Jordan on November 17th.
International Friendly: India will take on Jordan on November 1725-Oct-18India will play Jordan during the international break in November. The match will be held in Amman, Jordan on November 17, 2018.
International Friendly: China vs India (Oct 13, 2018): All Things Considered13-Oct-18India’s first international fixture in China is scheduled to be held at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium in Suzhou City on October 13, 2018.
International Friendly: China Vs India: Squads have been announced.10-Oct-18India’s first international fixture in China is scheduled to be at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium in Suzhou City on October 13, 2018. The kick-off is 17:05 (IST) and will be telecast on the Star Sports Network in India.
India will play China in an International Friendly on October 13.24-Sep-18As part of their preparation for the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, the Indian National Team will play an International Friendly against China on October 13.
SAFF Championship: Highlights: Finals (Maldives Vs India)16-Sep-18Highlights of the SAFF Championship Suzuki Cup final between India and Maldives.
SAFF Championship: Final: Where to Watch and Kick Off Schedules15-Sep-18FINAL: Saturday, September 15: India Vs Maldives (6.30PM IST)
SAFF Championship: Highlights: Semifinals13-Sep-18Highlights of two semifinals held yesterday at the SAFF Championship Suzuki Cup.
SAFF Championship: Semifinals: Where to Watch and Kick Off Schedules12-Sep-18SEMI-FINAL 1: Nepal Vs Maldives (3.30PM IST); SEMI-FINAL 2: India Vs Pakistan (7.00PM IST)
SAFF Championship: Group B: Highlights: India Vs Maldives10-Sep-18Highlights from the Group B match held yesterday: India Vs Nepal at the SAFF Championship (SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018).
SAFF Championship: Today’s games, Where to Watch, Group Tables and Kick Off Schedules09-Sep-18Today: Group B: India Vs Maldives (6.30pm)
SAFF Championship: Group B: Highlights: India Vs Sri Lanka06-Sep-18Highlights from the Group B encounter between Indian and Sri Lanka at the SAFF Championship (SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018)
SAFF Championship: Where to Watch, Kick Off Schedules05-Sep-18Seven-time winners and 2015 champions India will take on Sri Lanka on the 5th of September.
SAFF Championship: Indian Squad announced finally!05-Sep-18The Indian Football Team squad for the SAFF Championship (SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018) has been announced.
SAFF Championship: Group B: Defending Champions India take on Sri Lanka today05-Sep-18Defending champions India will meet Sri Lanka in the first match of Group B in the 2018 edition of the SAFF Suzuki Cup.
Subhashish Bose to lead Indian football team in SAFF Cup opener04-Sep-18Young defender Subhasish Bose will captain India in the opening match of the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 against Sri Lanka at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka on September 5, said national football team coach Stephen Constantine.
SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 starts on September 4th 201827-Aug-18The 12th edition of the SAFF Championship (SAFF Suzuki Cup) will commence on the 4th of September. The finals will be played on the 15th of September.
India start off SAFF preparation with a 3-1 win against APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC26-Aug-18A first-half header from Sajid Dhot and a sublime brace from Sumeet Passi ensured a 3-1 win for India against APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC U20 side in a friendly fixture played in Sydney today (August 25).

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