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ISL-6 opens in Kochi on Sunday night as a hit!

The sixth edition of the Indian Super League kicked off on Sunday, October 20 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. Old rivals Kerala Blasters and two-time champions ATK faced each other in front of a packed Kochi house. Getting to the stadium on the Sunday night was difficult due …

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India lose to Oman, an opportunity lost…

It was heartbreak for the Indian national football team as they conceded two late goals to lose 1-2 to Oman in their opening joint 2022 FIFA World Cup/2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifying match in Guwahati on Thursday night. The ingredients were all there for an upset and successful start to …

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As India start their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers!

I have finally reached Guwahati and am looking forward to seeing Team India in action against Oman tomorrow evening at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in their opening match in the joint 2022 FIFA World Cup/2023 AFC Asian Cup. The kickoff is at 7.30pm. It brings back numerous happy memories …

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A visit to CEQUIN, Women’s Empowerment through football in Delhi!

While in Delhi earlier today, June 21, I got to visit the NGO CEQUIN to see their work in Women’s Empowerment through football. German coaching instructor Wiltrud ‘Willy’ Melbaum, who works for the regional Fussballverband Niederrhein (FVN), had been send to India by the DFB (German FA) to do workshops …

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January 6, 2019: The night on which India created AFC Asian Cup history!

January 6, 2019; the date will from now always be remembered as a historic day for Indian football and the Indian national team! Why? Simply because the Blue Tigers deservingly trashed Thailand 4-1 in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup – Group A opener at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu …

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VIDEO: Kolkata’s German Football Academy visit to Germany!

Kolkata-based students of the German Football Academy visited Germany from May 18 to 27, 2018 to participate in the renowned Pfingstturnier youth tournament of SG Hackenberg in Remscheid besides train in Munich and Hoffenheim. Watch the video above for the unforgettable experiences of the kids on the tour!

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Bundesliga 2 – Photo Gallery: VfL Bochum 2-0 Eintracht Braunschweig!

VfL Bochum registered another win under their Indian origin head coach Robin Dutt on Easter Sunday, April 1. Bochum defeated Eintracht Braunschweig 2-0 in a Bundesliga 2 match at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion to move into eighth position in the table on 37 points, but they are only four points away …

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October 6, 2017: India play their first-ever FIFA World Cup match in New Delhi tonight!

Sadly I won’t be in New Delhi tonight to cheer on the Indian Under-17 boys in their opening match against the United State of America of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup being hosted by India. Physically I won’t be there, but somehow like many others I will be there …

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VfL Wolfsburg training camp and meeting Freddie Ljungberg again!

German Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg kicked-off their second summer training camp ahead of the 2017/18 Bundesliga season at the Hotel-Residence Klosterpforte in Marienfeld, Germany on Monday, July 24. My colleague Chris Punnakkattu and I had the opportunity to attend the afternoon training session yesterday, July 25 to get a first-hand …

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World Football Forum 2017 to feature Indian Football session!

The 2017 edition of the World Football Forum is set to feature an Indian Football session, which will be moderated by me. The WFF 2017 is being held from May 18 to 21 in the Chinese city of Changsha in Hunan province. As the organisers say, India is the ‘New …

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