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Match officials for 2020 AFC U-23 Championship in Thailand appointed!

62 match officials were appointed for the upcoming 2020 AFC U-23 Championship in Thailand which kicks-off on Wednesday, January 8. Each referee will be accompanied by two assistant referees, and receive support from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, which is set to make its full tournament debut across all …

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VAR set for historic full debut at 2020 AFC U-23 Championship – Thailand!

Asian football will reach another historic milestone with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system making its full tournament debut at the upcoming 2020 AFC U23 Championship – Thailand, which is scheduled to take place across three cities – Bangkok, Buriram and Songkhla – between January 8 to 26, 2020. Having …

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VIDEO – 420 Grams Shorts: India U-23 coach Derrick Pereira on the Future of Football!

​Derrick Pereira, among India’s most experienced football coaches, recently led the Indian Under-23 men’s squad to the AFC Championship qualifiers. Though India lost both games, the young side showed plenty of positives. In this exclusive interview to Arjun Pandit, Pereira looks back at the challenges of putting the team together …

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India eliminated from AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers, lose 0-2 to Tajikistan!

The Indian U-23 National Team ended their AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers campaign with a 0-2 loss to Tajikistan in their second match of the group stage at the Pakhtakor stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan today, March 24. Daler Yodgorov’s 30th minute strike and Solehov’s 85th minute goal proved to be the …

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India U-23 Colts up for ‘do-or-die’ challenge against Tajikistan!

Having shrugged off the first-match loss against defending champions Uzbekistan, the India U23 colts gear up for the “do-or-die” fixture against Tajikistan tomorrow, March 24. “It’s a very crucial game for us. It’s more important given the current standing of the table,” head coach Derrick Pereira opined. “You might say …

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India lose 0-3 to Uzbekistan in AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers!

India suffered a 0-3 loss at the hands of defending champions Uzbekistan in the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Friday, March 22. Uzbek captain Islomjon Kobilov put the home team in front via a first-half penalty, before second-half substitute Bobir Abdixolikov netted twice in the last 10 …

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New-look India U-23 ‘ready’ for defending champions Uzbekistan!

There’s no dearth of zeal within the new-look India U23 National Team who have reached Tashkent amidst challenging climatic conditions for the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers. “Yes, the conditions haven’t been ideal for us. But the boys have the potential to make the opportunity count,” India U-23 head coach …

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India out to break AFC U-23 Championship qualification jinx in Tashkent!

India U-23 National team head coach Derrick Pereira named ten 19-year-olds and even one 16-year-old in India’s 23-member squad for the forthcoming AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers which is to be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from March 22. “We should be excited about the possibility of making history, quipped Pereira. “We …

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India U-23’s Derrick Pereira: It’s a great honour & I’m excited for this opportunity!

Derrick Pereira feels it’s a “great honour” for him to get the opportunity of coaching the India U-23 National Team prior to the AFC U-23 Championship 2020 qualifiers. “I’m feeling privileged to be involved with the National Team. It’s a great honour for me and I’m excited about this opportunity. …

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Old warhorses reunite in India’s quest for first-ever AFC U-23 Championship berth!

The Indian football fraternity is a well-knit family which only keeps on growing beyond the limits welcoming the newer members with both hands. Back to 1997, Derrick Pereira and Shanmugam Venkatesh had been two of the pivotal members of the Salgaocar FC squad who won the Federation Cup overpowering East …

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