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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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Amarjit, Anwar Ali & Sarthak Golui visit 2022 FIFA World Cup Supreme Committee Museum!

More than a decade ago, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter had called India the “Sleeping Giant of world football”. While that giant may partially be awake after putting out heart-felt performances in the AFC Asian Cup, all efforts are being made to build for the future. Three of the players …

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Head coach Derrick Pereira ‘proud’ of India U-23s performance against Qatar!

Despite a narrow 0-1 loss at the hands of Qatar U-23 National Team on Monday, March 11, Head Coach Derrick Pereira praised his young India U-23 side for putting in a plucky display against the home side. “I’m really proud of these boys, who put in an excellent performance. They …

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India U-23s suffer 0-1 friendly loss to Qatar U-23s!

The India U-23 team suffered a narrow 0-1 defeat to Qatar U-23 in their first match under the tutelage of new gaffer Derrick Pereira at the Aspire Academy ground 5 in Doha, on Monday, March 11. Three of the starting XI players were from the Indian Arrows set-up, while the …

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India U-23 gear up to face Qatar U-23 in a friendly match!

A day prior to taking on Qatar in a friendly match, India U-23 Coach Derrick Pereira labelled the match as “a perfect opportunity to gauge ourselves before the qualifiers.” The match is part of India U-23’s preparation for the forthcoming AFC U-23 Qualifiers slated to be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan …

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