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Chhetri's 16-years of international football excellence
Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri, today, celebrates 16-years of international football.
The maestro made his debut for the national team on June 12, 2005 when India took on Pakistan in Quetta.
Chhetri scored on his debut in that game as the final score stood 1-1. And fast-forward to today when just two active international male footballers have scored more goals than him, and these two are Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and United Arab Emirates’ Ali Mabkhout.
Here's what Chhetri said in a full interview with AIFF on his anniversary.
Naushad Moosa pens three-year deal with Bengaluru FC
AFC Pro-Licensed coach Naushad Moosa has extended his stay at Bengaluru FC until the 2023-24 season after penning a new three-year deal.
Naushad has been responsible for Bengaluru FC's Youth Development Programme along with holding his position as a coach in the senior team.
He will now be an assistant coach to Marco Pezzaiuoli.
17-year-old Subho Paul selected for the Bayern Munich world squad
Teenager Subho Paul has been selected for Bayern Munich's World Squad, which includes 15 U19 prospects from 15 different countries.
As many as 654 players from 64 nations applied for a spot on the roster and our Indian youngster was one among the 15 selected.
Subho plays for Sudeva FC and scored 14 times in 11 matches in the AIFF Youth League's 2019-20 season.
We wish him the best and hope to hear and write more good news about him in the future.
Kerala Blasters sign Goan winger Anil Gaonker
Vasco SC star Anil Gaonker has signed a two-year deal with Kerala Blasters.
"I was very happy and surprised when my coach Micky Fernandes informed me that Kerala Blasters FC want to sign me for the upcoming season of ISL," Gaonkar told PTI.
He added, "I have to prove my mettle now. If they consider me as an asset for them, I have to prove them right."
Former Indian football team captain Shekhar Bangera has passed away
74-year-old former Maharashtra goalkeeper and Indian football team's captain Shekhar Bangera has passed away after battling COVID-19.
According to a statement issued here by city-based club Karnatak Sporting Association, Bangera was under treatment for COVID-19 at Mahesh Hospital, Brahmavar and lost his fight against the virus on Wednesday.
He represented our country along with many other clubs and academies throughout his decorated career. May his soul Rest in Peace!
Sunil Chhetri reveals favourite strike partners in his career
Indian football team legend Chhetri has chosen Bhaichung Bhutia and Jeje Lalpekhlua as his favourite striker partners whom he played with in his career.
Chhetri said, "I will be biased towards two players, Bhaichung Bhutia and Jeje Lalpekhlua because I have spent the most time with them and they have been brilliant. And out of those two, I'll choose Bhaichung because he was that good and he helped me a lot. Playing with them made life simpler for me."
Manvir Singh speaks about his idol Sunil Chhetri
In a recent interview with AIFF, Manvir Singh spoke about playing alongside Chhetri and said, "My job becomes easier when I play alongside top strikers. I just watch Sunil-bhai and try to imitate his calm in front of goal. At the end of the day, that ice-cool head makes all the difference. That’s education for me. In a match a striker won’t get a million chances."
He added, "There will be days when you will get just one chance, or maybe a half chance. If you are able to make it count, you have done your job. I also need to mention that I look up to Roy Krishna’s calm in front of goal. They are my heroes."
Revealing what his dad told him about Chhetri, Manvir concluded, "My dad Kuldip Singh who played for PSEB as a striker and scored quite a few goals in the Federation Cup, Durand Cup and the IFA Shield besides a host of other tournaments always mentions to me, to learn from Sunil-bhai the art of his longevity. In fact, he had played against him, and always tells me, ‘When you are seeing him from close, learn as much as you can. Sunil’s speciality is that he has been there for so long. And that is extremely hard work. Being around him, I have already taken my baby steps. The rest is for me to sustain, and improve."
Chhetri reveals everyone has a chance under Igor Stimac
Sunil Chhetri spoke about the chances for youngsters under our football team coach Igor Stimac and said, "Here we have a coach who is not worried about giving chances to players. Previously there used to be criticisms that players are not given chance but now if you do well in the I-League or the ISL, you will be given a chance."
Chhetri concluded, "Sometimes I feel, he doesn't even care. If he feels somebody is good he will always give the boy a chance. His idea is to get the top 14 players and then make changes here and there. When it clicks, he will get the first 14 and it will be more stable."
East Bengal handed transfer ban
The Kolkata based club has been banned due to non-payment of their former star Jhonny Acosta's salary after the player complained to FIFA.
Players can approach FIFA if they aren't paid their wages on time. Acosta did the same.
Stimac delighted after win against Bangladesh
India national team head coach, Igor Stimac has revealed that he extremely pleased with the way his side played during their 2-0 win over Bangladesh in their 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifier at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on Monday night.
He said, "We presented football as it should be. That's the way we always want to play. Of course, it's not always possible but when we are favourites against a lower-ranked team, it's something that we will like to present. The players did everything they could to get the win. So, all the credit to them for executing the game plan perfectly."
FSDL announce new rule for ISL teams
The Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) have announced that Indian Super League clubs will now need to have a minimum of seven Indian players on the field of play at any given point of time.
From the 2021-22 season, FSDL will mandate clubs to increase their development player signing from minimum two to four. These clubs will continue to have two such development players as part of the match-day squad.
The Hindu reveal that a club can have a maximum squad strength of 35 players, with 3 registered goalkeepers. The squad salary cap remains at INR 16.5 Crore for season 2021-22.
Sunil Chhetri becomes the second highest active goalscorer in football currently
Chhetri has now scored 74 international goals, and among the active footballers, only Cristiano Ronaldo has more goals to his name, with the Portugal captain having amassed a staggering 103 goals for his national team.
The Indian captain scored his 73rd and 74th international goals in the second half and in the process has gone past UAE’s Ali Mabkhout who has 73 goals to his name.
Bhaichung Bhutia calls Sunil Chhetri the 'Cristiano Ronaldo of India'
While speaking to Sputnik News, former Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia has hailed Sunil Chhetri's contribution to the game.
He said, "I have seen Sunil as a young boy and now as an experienced campaigner. He is like Cristiano Ronaldo, who is a workaholic, who's very professional and maintains his fitness levels very well."
Bhutia added, "There are a lot of players who can learn from Sunil Chhetri because there are players who are highly gifted, and supremely talented, and there are players who have made it big through sheer hard work, and that is Sunil for you."
He continued, "He has been one of the greatest examples for Indian footballers to see that you can really achieve what you want to achieve through your dedication, determination and work ethics."
Terming Chhetri as India's Cristiano Ronaldo, Bhutia concluded, "I would say, in terms of his footballing lifestyle, Sunil Chhetri is truly India's Cristiano Ronaldo. Obviously, Ronaldo is a great player, but both Sunil and Ronaldo have become great because they continuously work hard and strive for excellence."
Kerala Blasters handed transfer ban by FIFA
ISL club Kerala Blasters have been handed a transfer ban by FIFA. The communication from the FIFA player status committee was made on June 1 and the AIFF has sent a letter to the club on June 7.
The Blasters have been banned by FIFA as their player Matej Poplatnik complained to the governing body that his salary was not paid. Players can approach FIFA if they aren't paid their wages on time. Kerala Blasters can lift their transfer ban issue by paying the pending salary to Poplatnik as confirmed by FIFA.
Chhetri expresses happiness after win against Bangladesh
Sunil Chhetri was a relieved man after India won their first game in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and 2023 AFC Asian Cup China qualifiers on Monday night when they beat Bangladesh.
Speaking to the AIFF right after the game, Chhetri, said, “It was tough, frustrating at times. I think we were guilty of missing a lot of chances. We could have done a lot of things better but at the end [we are] happy that we have got three points which was needed …To win three points, to win a full game is always sweet. I am happy that we also kept a clean sheet.”
It was India’s away first win in almost 20 years in the World Cup qualifiers. When this stat was brought to his attention, Chhetri said, “I didn’t know that. It feels good to win a game. It’s been a very topsy-turvy qualifying campaign. I think we have had some decent performances but couldn’t show any results. At the end, we are happy that we have got three points."
India are now set to play Afghanistan on June 15.
Former FC Pune City goalkeeping coach is now part of Roberto Mancini's Italy squad for the Euros
Former FC Pune City goalkeeping coach Massimo Battara will be a crucial member of Italy's coaching team at the Euro 2020.
Battari worked with David Platt at FC Pune City in the second season of the ISL in 2015. He earlier worked with Roberto Mancini as Manchester City's goalkeeping coach between 2009 to 2013. He was also with Mancini at Inter.
Arindam Bhattacharya was Pune City's first-choice goalkeeper in 2015 and worked under Battara, a coach who is currently coaching great goalkeepers like Gianluigi Donnarumma and Salvatore Sirigu in the Italian national team.
Gokulam Kerala sign young local defender
I-League club Gokulam Kerala announced the signing of 22-year-old Muhammed Uvais.
Uvais was a critical part of the KSEB team that faced the Malabarians in the Kerala Premier League last season.
Speaking after the move, Uvais said, "This is a major breakthrough in my career. Gokulam FC are one of the major clubs in the country and it is an honour to represent them."