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Sunil Chhetri may be down, but he’s definitely not out

Sunil Chhetri may be down, but he’s definitely not out

Football, Trending
Picture this: Bengaluru FC have huffed and puffed in a Hero Indian Super League encounter against a fellow title rival. The Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru is packed to the rafters and is egging their team to script another chapter in the Blues’ folklore. They begin the game on a positive note but are quickly pegged back. As the minutes tick by, Bengaluru FC start clinging on and have to depend on heroic defending to keep their opponents at bay. In the offensive third, they have tried everything at their disposal but each of their attempts has been thwarted, and as the game meanders into the dying embers, a couple of players and thousands at the stadium look up to the heavens. During this sequence, when most players are feeling the rigours of a grueling encounter, a particula...
Younger squad makes the rest more responsible: Dalima Chhibber

Younger squad makes the rest more responsible: Dalima Chhibber

Football
The Indian Women’s Team has moved forward together, with an influx of youngsters coming in from the U-17 and the U-19 sides in recent years. Those that have come in from the junior teams of the yesteryears -- like wing back Dalima Chhibber, have now begun to take leadership roles in this young squad. Speaking live on AIFF TV, the 24-year-old maintained the influx of youngsters in the National Team has made the rest more responsible athletes. “I was one of the youngsters before, looking up to the other players. Now, there are so many youngsters who have come in from the U-17 and U-19 squads, and they look up to us,” said Dalima. “That has changed the approach a bit. With the new players coming in, the responsibility falls on us to make them comfortable. But other than that, it’s still...
AIFF condoles the demise of former FIFA Referee MG Suvarna

AIFF condoles the demise of former FIFA Referee MG Suvarna

Football
The All India Football Federation condoles the demise of Mr. Madhav Gangaya Suvarna, a former FIFA referee. He also acted as the former Secretary, AIFF Referees Board, and the Secretary of Gujarat FA. Besides, Mr. Suvarna had also served as an AFC Referee Assessor, and a Match Commissioner, being appointed for many International matches including assignments in AFC Asian Cup, AFC Champions League, AFC U16 Qualifiers amongst others. AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel, in his condolence message, said, “It is really sad to hear that Mr. Suvarna is no more. His invaluable contribution to Indian Football will always remain with us. I share the grief." AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das, in his condolence message, said: “Mr. Suvarna was a great lover of football and his dedication for f...
Tougher, better, faster, stronger: Blue Tigresses benefit from a strict diet plan

Tougher, better, faster, stronger: Blue Tigresses benefit from a strict diet plan

Football
 While the hard work continues on the field for the Blue Tigresses, attention to minute details are also being paid off the field to maximise the results. One such area where the Indian Women’s Team has been maintaining a lot of attention is the diet. Being in a training camp for six months ahead of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, the Indian Women’s Team has its meals and dietary supplements closely monitored by the support staff, with the menu being set as per the training schedule and its requirements. While these may turn out to be restrictions for some, it has turned out to be a boon for the players. “It’s not something that people realise often, but when you are on a good diet, it helps with you mentally as well,” captain Ashalata Devi said to www.the-aiff.com. “You feel good both ph...
Communication on the field will be the key to success in AFC Women’s Asian Cup: Indumathi Kathiresan

Communication on the field will be the key to success in AFC Women’s Asian Cup: Indumathi Kathiresan

Football
Football is a sport that is made beautiful, especially when a team bonds together to be greater than the sum of its parts. One key aspect of such endeavours is communication -- something that Blue Tigresses midfielder Indumathi Kathiresan lays a lot of stress on. “It’s all about communicating on the field to fill in the missing areas, when you’re playing in the midfield,” Indumathi said to www.the-aiff.com “People mistake it to be pointing out the mistakes of others. But it’s not about that. If I don’t do it, they may not know what they’ve done wrong, and vice versa.” “When they (my teammates) look into my eyes on the pitch, they should know that even if they make an error, I’ll give my life to come and help them; and when I look into their eyes, I too want to see the same. That’s what p...
Odisha Sports kicks-off vaccination drive for U-17 boys

Odisha Sports kicks-off vaccination drive for U-17 boys

Football
Providing paramount importance to safety and health of its players, Odisha Sports have led from the front to lent their hands for yet another time to support Indian football by kick-starting a vaccination drive for the U-17 boys who are based in Bhubaneswar. The Government of India had announced on December 25, 2021, that children in the age group of 15-18 years will be eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccination amidst rising concerns over the Omicron variant. That prompted Odisha Sports to waste no time and join the fight against the pandemic, arranging for the vaccinations. AIFF Deputy General Secretary Abhishek Yadav appreciated the Odisha Government’s long standing partnership with Indian football, mentioning: “Odisha Sports has always given paramount importance to the well-being...
ISL 2021-22: SC East Bengal grapple Bengaluru to split points

ISL 2021-22: SC East Bengal grapple Bengaluru to split points

Breaking News, Football
Semboi Haokip scored for SCEB but Sourav Das’ own goal handed the equaliser to BFC. A resilient SC East Bengal held Bengaluru FC to a 1-1 draw in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim. The result extends SCEB’s winless run to nine matches while BFC’s hopes of securing playoffs qualification suffer another blow. Semboi Haokip (28’) opened the scoring with a diving header until Sourav Das (OG 55’) handed the equaliser to the opposition with an own goal. In a nervy start, East Bengal’s goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharja was shown an early yellow card for fouling Prince Ibara. On the other end, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu also had a rusty start as he misjudged a free-kick from deep that went unpunished. It to...