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Indian footballers win hearts despite Asian Cup exit

New Delhi (AFP) – Football fans and pundits were full of praise for India Tuesday even as an injury-time penalty cost the Blue Tigers an unlikely spot in the Asian Cup knockout stages and prompted the coach to resign. Despite its giant population India is a footballing minnow at a lowly 97th in FIFA’s world rankings, and its players are used to being overshadowed by the nation’s glamorous millionaire cricketers. They did not even qualify for the last Asian Cup, but dared to dream of glory after...
Tags: Asia, India, Sport, Thailand, Soccer, Fifa, New Delhi, Bahrain, Uae, Afp, Indians, Stephen Constantine, Chhetri, ESPN India, Novy Kapadia, Blue Tigers


Lessons from UAE loss: What must India do against Bahrain?

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu smiles sheepishly when reminded of a promise he had made to Sunil Chhetri when the two were doing a short live session on social media from UAE on New Year's Eve. "I wish I could give him the clean sheets I promised. He has already scored two goals. If he scores two more in the next, that would be good," he jokes, when asked if Chhetri had made any promises in return. Chhetri could have had two against UAE on Thursday night; in fact, he had three presentable chances. A...
Tags: India, Football, Sport, Story, Latest, Bahrain, Uae, Afc Asian Cup, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu


Lessons from the UAE loss: What must India do against Bahrain

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu smiles sheepishly when reminded of a promise he had made to Sunil Chhetri when the two were doing a short live session on social media from UAE on New Year's Eve. "I wish I could give him the clean sheets I promised. He has already scored two goals. If he scores two more in the next, that would be good," he jokes, when asked if Chhetri had made any promises in return. Chhetri could have had two against UAE on Thursday night; in fact, he had three presentable chances. A...
Tags: India, Football, Sport, Story, Latest, Bahrain, Uae, Afc Asian Cup, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu


Chhetri passes Messi as India shock Thailand 4-1 at Asian Cup

Abu Dhabi (AFP) – Sunil Chhetri overtook Lionel Messi in international goals as cricket-mad India stunned Thailand 4-1 at the Asian Cup football tournament on Sunday, the veteran striker scoring twice in their Group A... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: India, Sport, Thailand, Soccer, Lionel Messi, Messi, Abu Dhabi, Afp, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri


Asian Cup: India star surpasses Messi with two goals in win vs. Thailand

India's Sunil Chhetri scored twice to help send India top of their Asian Cup group. Sunil Chhetri overtook Lionel Messi to become the second highest-scoring active international player by netting two goals for India in their 4-1 win over Thailand at the 2019 Asian Cup. Chhetri moved onto 67 goals, one more than Argentina and Barcelona forward Messi. Only Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo is ahead of him -- the Juventus forward has scored 85 international goals. Anirudh Thapa and Jeje Lalpe...
Tags: India, Football, Sport, Barcelona, Story, Thailand, Portugal, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina, Juventus, Messi, Afc Asian Cup, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua


Sunil Chhetri - India's Mr Football

India captain Sunil Chhetri on the importance of doing well at the upcoming AFC Asian Cup. What did Sunil Chhetri do with his first salary? Who is his favourite footballer? ESPN India puts him on the spot. A science question to begin -- what contains very little mass but occupies a very large space? Answer: on the periodic table, it's hydrogen, the lightest and smallest element that makes up 75% of the universe. In Indian football, Sunil Chhetri. The captain of the Indian football ...
Tags: India, Football, Sport, Latest, Blog Post, Afc Asian Cup, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, ESPN India, Baichung


Sunil Chhetri confident in India's ability to frustrate Asian Cup opponents

Sunil Chhetri will lead an inexperienced India side at this month's Asian Cup. India captain Sunil Chhetri backs the squad's young core to play out of their skins and test their Asian Cup opponents when they kick-start their campaign on Sunday. Coach Stephen Constantine has selected a 23-man squad whose average age is below 25 as India look to improve on their last appearance in 2011 when they were knocked out in the group stage. "Apart from me and Gurpreet [Singh], it's a first-t...
Tags: India, Football, Sport, Story, Afc Asian Cup, Stephen Constantine, All India Football Federation, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Gurpreet -LSB- Singh


Indian captain Chhetri equals Messi’s tally of 64 goals

Mumbai (AFP) – India’s football captain Sunil Chhetri Sunday joined Argentine star Lionel Messi as the second highest international goal scorer among active players with his 64th strike for the country. Chhetri scored twice in his team’s 2-0 win over Kenya to lift the Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai that saw another good crowd turnout after the the star striker’s... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Lionel Messi, Kenya, Messi, Mumbai, Afp, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Mumbai AFP India


Intercontinental Cup win paints over defensive cracks

Sunil Chhetri scored in every game of the tournament, netting eight times India picked up the Intercontinental Cup crown with a comprehensive 2-0 victory over Kenya in Mumbai on Sunday, winning three of their four matches over a 10-day period. While the team eventually prevailed in the tournament, the head coach Stephen Constantine still has a lot to think about, as India build towards the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019. All eyes on Chhetri going forward On his way to the Intercontinental Cup tit...
Tags: India, Football, Sport, Story, Kenya, Mumbai, Latest, Stephen Constantine, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri


Chhetri's impassioned plea draws a new demographic to stadiums

India's last two games have seen attendances soar close to 9000, despite Mumbai's early monsoon rains "Excuse me, two people are sitting here", a middle-aged man in Stand 6 at the Mumbai Football Arena tells a teenager in a Real Madrid kit. The Intercontiental Cup game between India and New Zealand is yet to start -- they are still playing the national anthems. There is no place to sit in the packed grandstand behind the goalpost, a stark contrast from six days back, when 2569 fans fil...
Tags: India, Football, Sport, Story, Real Madrid, New Zealand, Mumbai, Latest, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Mumbai Football Arena


Indian fans fill stadium after emotional plea by captain

Mumbai (AFP) – Thousands answered India captain Sunil Chhetri’s emotional plea for football fans to turn out and support the team in their international against Kenya on Monday after earlier matches saw scant attendance. And Chhetri did not disappoint the home crowd with two goals in his 100th international appearance as India won their second successive match of the Intercontinental... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: India, Sport, Soccer, Kenya, Mumbai, Afp, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri


Best of Sunil Chhetri's century: 22 countries, 3 hat-tricks, countless memories

Sunil Chhetri became the first Indian footballer to make 100 international appearances as India beat Kenya 3-0 in the Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai on Monday. (Note: Former captain Bhaichung Bhutia also featured in over a 100 games, but 11 of them in age-group matches) Here are some of the interesting numbers from Chhetri's century of games. Sunil Chhetri scored his third hat-trick for India against Chinese Taipei in the Intercontinental Cup. 3 The number of hat-tricks recorded by...
Tags: India, Football, Sport, Story, Kenya, Taipei, Mumbai, Latest, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Bhaichung Bhutia


Chhetri picks his top five: A lucky debut, a possessed team, and a lung-bursting winner

On the occasion of his 100th international game, India captain Sunil Chhetri looks back at his most memorable moments in the blue shirt. As told to Debayan Sen Chhetri's goal against Kyrgyzstan in June 2017 helped book India's spot in the upcoming AFC Asian Cup Pakistan 1-1 India, Quetta, Friendly, June 12, 2005 Your first one will always remain special, no matter what. That (match) will always be special because that's the first time I donned the senior national team j...
Tags: India, Football, Sport, Story, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Latest, Afc Asian Cup, Nabi, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Debayan Sen Chhetri, India Quetta, Syed Rahim Nabi


Intercontinental Cup: Chhetri hat-trick blanks Chinese Taipei

Chhetri led from the front as India flexed their attacking muscles Mumbai -- Captain Sunil Chhetri led from the front with a hat-trick as hosts India flexed their muscles and outplayed Chinese Taipei 5-0 to begin their campaign on a strong note in the four-nation Intercontinental Cup. Chhetri, India's all-time leading scorer, made his mark by scoring in the 14th, 34th and 62nd minute at the Mumbai Football Arena. Chhetri's team-mate at Bengaluru FC, Udanta Singh, netted the other goal ...
Tags: India, Football, Sport, Story, Taipei, Mumbai, Latest, Chinese Taipei, Stephen Constantine, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Intercontinental Cup Chhetri India, Mumbai Football Arena Chhetri, Bengaluru FC Udanta Singh


Chhetri warns India against Asian Cup complacency

Chhetri believes that India's ranking will not have much of a bearing during the Asian Cup in Dubai At the draw ceremony for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, India's captain Sunil Chhetri appeared to have picked the best group possible for his team. After all, India's opponents, alongside hosts UAE, are two sides - Thailand and Bahrain - placed below them in the FIFA rankings. It seemed like the latest bit of positive news, as Indian football appears to be in a good place at the moment. Th...
Tags: India, Football, Sport, Story, Thailand, Fifa, Dubai, Latest, Bahrain, Uae, Afc Asian Cup, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri


Renedy: I don't think India could have got a better draw

India captain Sunil Chhetri (centre), manager Shanmugam Venkatesh (left) and coach Stephen Constantine (right) at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup draw ceremony in Dubai on Friday. Former India football player Renedy Singh had a brief chat with Indian captain Sunil Chhettri ahead of the draw ceremony for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. "I just reminded him what an honour it was for an Indian captain to be part of the occasion," says Renedy of the ceremony in which Chhetri selected the ball that determined the gro...
Tags: India, Football, Sport, Story, Dubai, Afc Asian Cup, Stephen Constantine, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Shanmugam Venkatesh, Renedy Singh, Sunil Chhettri, Renedy


Virtuoso Chhetri produces vintage performance as BFC thrash Aizawl in the AFC Cup

Daniel Lalhlimpuia broke the deadlock deep into the second half In the last minute of the first half with Bengaluru FC leading Aizawl FC 3-0 in the AFC Cup, Chhetri had already done his bit for the evening. With a goal and an assist until then, Chhetri was fuming at right-back Laldinliana's tackle on him when he had only the keeper to beat. The tackle from behind is risky - either a clearance, or a penalty and a red card. Chhetri bangs the turf; it's probably not displeasure at the ref...
Tags: Football, Sport, Story, Latest, Bfc, Bengaluru FC, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Aizawl FC, Daniel Lalhlimpuia


Sunil Chhetri steps up on big night for Bengaluru once again

Sunil Chhetri's hat-trick earned Bengaluru a place in the final in their maiden ISL campaign. The easiest way to spot a match-winner is how they turn up for the big occasion. On Sunday evening, Bengaluru FC found theirs in captain Sunil Chhetri. Time and again. Bengaluru FC FC Pune City 3 1 FT Leg 2Aggregate: 3 - 1 ...
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'Wasn't trying to be cheeky with Panenka' - Chhetri

Chhetri said he chipped Vishal Kaith as he felt the Pune keeper would commit to one side It was the Panenka, the second part of Sunil Chhetri's trilogy at the Kanteerava on Sunday night - the first hat-trick ever in the Indian Super League (ISL) playoffs - that grabbed headlines, as the Bengaluru FC (BFC) captain led his team to the ISL final with a 3-1 win over FC Pune City. The chip was necessitated by familiarity with goalkeeper Vishal Kaith, Chhetri would tell ESPN later. "In the Indian...
Tags: Football, Sport, Story, Espn, Vishal, Latest, Panenka, Indian Super League, Fc Pune City, Pune, ISL, Bengaluru FC, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Vishal Kaith, Udanta Singh


Chhetri, Udanta help Bengaluru FC cruise past April 25 in AFC Cup

Sunil Chhetri Goals from Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh and Lenny Rodrigues helped Bengaluru FC take a giant step towards the AFC Cup inter-zone final with a 3-0 win over North Korea's April 25 SC at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Chhetri scored the opener with a Panenka penalty in the 33rd minute after Udanta drew a foul inside the box. Udanta doubled the hosts' lead in the 51st minute, stealing the ball off a defender before calmly slotting it past the keeper. Lenny R...
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Sunil Chhetri included in Bengaluru FC squad for AFC Cup knockouts

Sunil Chhetri was originally included in India's squad for a friendly tournament, but was eventually released India captain Sunil Chhetri and striker Udanta Singh have been named in Bengaluru FC's 25-member squad for their forthcoming two-legged AFC Cup knockout match against North Korean side April 25 SC. English defender John Johnson, however, will be a notable absentee. Chhetri and Udanta, who were slated to be fielded by India in their friendlies against Mauritius and St Kitts & Ne...
Tags: India, Story, Soccer, Mumbai, Latest, Mauritius, John Johnson, ST KITTS NEVIS, Bengaluru FC, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Udanta


Bengaluru FC retain Chhetri and Udanta ahead of maiden ISL season

Sunil Chhetri Bengaluru FC have retained skipper Sunil Chhetri and Udanta Singh ahead of their maiden Indian Super League season. The duo signed three-year deals that will keep them with the side till the end of the 2019-20 season. "We are thrilled at being able to retain the present and the future of Indian football in Sunil and Udanta. The two of them have been immense for Bengaluru FC and will be vital cogs in our wheel as we take on the challenge of rebuilding the club for what will be a tou...
Tags: Football, Sport, Story, Indian Super League, Sunil, ISL, Bengaluru FC, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Udanta, Sunil Chhetri Bengaluru


While Chhetri scores winners, Gurpreet continues to lead India from the back

While Chhetri scored the winner, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu made several crucial saves in India's 1-0 win over Kyrgyzstan.Sunil Chhetri was named Man of the Match against Kyrgyzstan for his winning goal in India's Asian Cup qualifier in Bengaluru on Tuesday night but an alternative candidate could have been goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, whose role was just as important.A series of saves in India's 1-0 win was only the latest of Sandhu's strong international performances, a run...
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Chhetri: 'By far our best performance for India'

Chhetri: We showed character, we came back, we took everything that came on our stride, and what a performance. Sunil Chhetri scored the winner that beat Kyrgyzstan 1-0 at the Kanteerava stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday, sending India to the top of the group in their bid to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. India now have two wins from two matches in the four-team Group A and Chhetri said it was one of the finest games the team has put together in his time playing for India. "I've been pla...
Tags: India, Football, Sport, Story, Kyrgyzstan, Latest, Bangalore, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Arjun Namboothiri in Bengaluru, Arjun Namboothiri, Kanteerava


'We are competing with the best in Asia right now': Sunil Chhetri

Ahead of India's international friendly against Nepal on June 7 and their AFC Asian Cup qualifying match against Kyrgyzstan on June 13, Sunil Chhetri has exhorted his team mates to work harder to maintain their form as a unit, one that has seen India record a win in 11 of their last 13 games, and climb to a two-decade high of 100 on the FIFA rankings. "We have improved in terms of our level, but because we are India and we have to go a long way, everything looks small," Chhetri told ESPN. "...
Tags: Asia, India, Football, Sport, Story, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Fifa, Espn, Latest, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Debayan Sen


Sunil Chhetri: We are competing with the best in Asia

Ahead of India's international friendly against Nepal on June 7 and their AFC Asian Cup qualifying match against Kyrgyzstan on June 13, Sunil Chhetri has exhorted his team mates to work harder to maintain their form as a unit, one that has seen India record a win in 11 of their last 13 games, and climb to a two-decade high of 100 on the FIFA rankings. "We have improved in terms of our level, but because we are India and we have to go a long way, everything looks small," Chhetri told ESPN. "...
Tags: Asia, India, Football, Sport, Story, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Fifa, Espn, Latest, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Debayan Sen


Where was this Bengaluru FC all along?

Sunil Chhetri scored two goals and assisted in four others On Saturday, defending champions Bengaluru FC romped to a 7-0 win against a very good DSK Shivajians side, which came to Bengaluru on the back of a 1-0 win away to East Bengal, which was title-defining for the latter. It also helped Bengaluru go top of the charts for goals scored, with East Bengal's 26 one behind Bengaluru with a game in hand. The impact this result goes beyond the scoreline as it showed that BFC on the mend. Chhetr...
Tags: India, Story, Soccer, Latest, Bengaluru, Bfc, Bengaluru FC, Chhetri, East Bengal, Sunil Chhetri, Debayan Sen, Debayan Sen in Bengaluru


I-League round 16: Bengaluru end Lajong's title hopes

Sunil Chhetri in action against Shillong Lajong Goals from Sunil Chhetri and Harmanjot Khabra helped Bengaluru FC end Shillong Lajong's title hopes with a 2-0 win at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on Saturday. The win helped BFC move up to fourth while Lajong slipped to fifth in the I-League table. Bengaluru took the lead in the 26th minute when Chhetri slotted the ball home after being put through by Alwyn George. They had a chance to double the lead when Juanan Gonzalez's s...
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Real Test begins now - Sunil Chhetri on India's surge in FIFA rankings

Sunil Chhetri believes retaining the position in FIFA rankings and improving form will be bigger challenges for India. The Indian football team might have moved to their best FIFA ranking in over two decades, but the challenge will be in staying in that position. That is the view of Sunil Chhetri, skipper of the national team which was ranked 101st in the latest FIFA rankings announced on Thursday. "In my opinion, rankings are a very fickle measurement of one's success and it is best to not...
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Chhetri gives Bengaluru FC winning start in the AFC Cup

Chhetri's goal helped Bengaluru FC beat Mohun Bagan for the first time at the Kanteerva stadium An inspired Bengaluru FC came from behind to claim a convincing 2-1 victory over Mohun Bagan to begin their 2017 AFC Cup campaign with a win at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, on Tuesday. After conceding the first from a Katsumi Yusa penalty, Sandesh Jhingan and Sunil Chhetri scored a goal each to pick up all three points in the opening match of the 2017 AFC Cup group E encounter. Roca'...
Tags: India, Football, Sport, Story, Latest, Bengaluru, Agencies, Roca, Bengaluru FC, Mohun Bagan, Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, Katsumi Yusa, Kanteerava Stadium, Kanteerva, Sandesh Jhingan