Chhetri: Women’s football team better than men’s - Sportstar

(Sun, 24 Mar 2019 13:18:57 GMT)

Chhetri: Women’s football team better than men’s  Sportstar

The world ranking says so and India football captain Sunil Chhetri, too, has no qualms in conceding that the national women's team is better than the men's side.

Football: India win SAFF Women’s Championship for the fifth time in a row - Scroll.in

(Fri, 22 Mar 2019 12:18:56 GMT)

Football: India win SAFF Women’s Championship for the fifth time in a row  Scroll.in

The Indian women's team defeated Nepal 3-1 in the final to once again successfully defend their title.

Such a long journey: Country roads to football glory - Times of India

(Sun, 24 Mar 2019 22:58:00 GMT)

Such a long journey: Country roads to football glory  Times of India

Chennai: Fifteen years ago, two teenagers, like every other young boy in Kanyakumari's Eraviputhenthurai village sailed out to sea to learn the ropes of the ...

FICCI GOAL 2019: Indian football's potential to attract investment to be broached - Goal.com

(Sun, 24 Mar 2019 15:39:00 GMT)

FICCI GOAL 2019: Indian football's potential to attract investment to be broached  Goal.com

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry's (FICCI) convention on the business of football in India - GOAL 2019 - is all set for its sixth edition ...

AIFF to go ahead with Super Cup - Times of India

(Sun, 24 Mar 2019 06:17:29 GMT)

AIFF to go ahead with Super Cup  Times of India

Football News: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) will go ahead with the Super Cup as scheduled, even if I-League clubs continue with their boycott of the ...

India to Host 2020 U-17 Women's World Cup; Indian Football Should Make it Count - NewsClick

(Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:15:40 GMT)

India to Host 2020 U-17 Women's World Cup; Indian Football Should Make it Count  NewsClick

With no proper grassroots academies, club teams or financial incentives, women's football in India lives an ad-hoc existence. With the country set to host the ...

Indian Football: Super Cup to proceed per schedule, I-League clubs set to meet AIFF chief in April - Scroll.in

(Fri, 22 Mar 2019 13:00:19 GMT)

Indian Football: Super Cup to proceed per schedule, I-League clubs set to meet AIFF chief in April  Scroll.in

Busy with work related to the upcoming general elections, Praful Patel has reportedly agreed to meet the agitating clubs between 10-15 April.

I-League clubs want 20-team 'Indian Football League' - Sportstar

(Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:59:24 GMT)

I-League clubs want 20-team 'Indian Football League'  Sportstar

I-league clubs have proposed a road-map for a unified league featuring both the I-League and Indian Super League clubs.

India enters fifth straight SAFF Women's Championship final - Sportstar

(Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:09:57 GMT)

India enters fifth straight SAFF Women's Championship final  Sportstar

The Indian women's team secured a berth in the final of the SAFF Women's Championship for the fifth time in a row with a clinical 4-0 win over Bangladesh on ...

Derrick Pereira: Future India coach should understand Indian football and its culture - Goal.com

(Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:25:00 GMT)

Derrick Pereira: Future India coach should understand Indian football and its culture  Goal.com

The recently turned 56-year-old believes that coaches like him to be exposed to modern tools and techniques in order to improve Indian football.

AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers: Indian football team eyes maiden appearance in final round - Scroll.in

(Wed, 20 Mar 2019 11:27:22 GMT)

AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers: Indian football team eyes maiden appearance in final round  Scroll.in

India will aim for a maiden appearance in the final round of the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers when they begin their campaign at the continental football ...

Women’s senior team hails 2020 U-17 World Cup nod - Sportstar

(Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:08:16 GMT)

Women’s senior team hails 2020 U-17 World Cup nod  Sportstar

Members of India's women's national football team expressed their excitement at the aspect of India hosting the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in 2020.

Singapore's Akbar is best coach in I-League - The Straits Times

(Sun, 24 Mar 2019 21:00:00 GMT)

Singapore's Akbar is best coach in I-League  The Straits Times

Singaporean Akbar Nawas has been named the I-League's best coach after leading Chennai City to their first title earlier this month.. Read more at ...

Football: India confirmed as hosts for 2020 Fifa Under-17 Women’s World Cup - Scroll.in

(Sat, 16 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT)

Football: India confirmed as hosts for 2020 Fifa Under-17 Women’s World Cup  Scroll.in

This will be the second FIFA tournament India will be hosting, after the U-17 Men's World Cup in 2017.

Football: India gears up for Bangladesh Challenge in SAFF Semis - The Bridge

(Tue, 19 Mar 2019 15:50:00 GMT)

Football: India gears up for Bangladesh Challenge in SAFF Semis  The Bridge

The Indian women's team is all set to face Bangladesh in the semifinal of the SAFF Women's Championship 2019 on Wednesday.

Football: Singaporean coach Akbar Nawas is I-League's best coach as champions Chennai City sweep awards - The Straits Times

(Sun, 24 Mar 2019 09:03:00 GMT)

Football: Singaporean coach Akbar Nawas is I-League's best coach as champions Chennai City sweep awards  The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Singaporean Akbar Nawas has been named the I-League's best coach after leading Chennai City to their first title earlier this month.. Read more ...

Manchester City owners keen on investing in an Indian football club - India Today

(Tue, 05 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Manchester City owners keen on investing in an Indian football club  India Today

The owners of Premier League champions Manchester City are considering investing in a club in India as part of an effort to increase their presence in Asia, ...

Bhaichung Bhutia Auctions Two Jerseys To Fight Polls In Sikkim - NDTV News

(Mon, 25 Mar 2019 03:52:00 GMT)

Bhaichung Bhutia Auctions Two Jerseys To Fight Polls In Sikkim  NDTV News

India's former football captain, Bhaichung Bhutia has put two of his favourite jerseys on auction, on Sunday, to raise funds for his Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP), ...

Indian U-23 football team to play Qatar in friendly, squad announced - Sportstar

(Fri, 08 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Indian U-23 football team to play Qatar in friendly, squad announced  Sportstar

The Derrick Pereira-led Indian U-23 football team is set to take on the Qatar U-23 team at Doha's Aspire Academy on March 11. The friendly game is a part of ...

Football: India U-23 lose to Qatar in preparatory match ahead of AFC Championship Qualifiers - Scroll.in

(Tue, 12 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT)

Football: India U-23 lose to Qatar in preparatory match ahead of AFC Championship Qualifiers  Scroll.in

The Indian Under-23 football team couldn't convert the chances that came its way and suffered a narrow 0-1 loss to Qatar in a preparatory match in Doha ahead ...

The Indian angle to Qatar WC - The Hindu

(Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:15:59 GMT)

The Indian angle to Qatar WC  The Hindu

Measures taken to ensure community is involved with event.

Indian football: AIFF’s silence over I-League clubs’ Super Cup boycott is hurting all stakeholders - Scroll.in

(Fri, 15 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT)

Indian football: AIFF’s silence over I-League clubs’ Super Cup boycott is hurting all stakeholders  Scroll.in

There still hasn't been any official response from AIFF on the meeting request or the possible road-map for the I-League and the clubs participating in it.

Eriksson wants to coach Indian football team - Times of India

(Mon, 25 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Eriksson wants to coach Indian football team  Times of India

Football News: TOI can reveal that Sven-Goran Eriksson, through his agents, has let the All India Football Federation (AIFF) know of his availability for the post ...

Indian football needs focused grassroots development, says Jamshedpur FC coach - Sportstar

(Tue, 26 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Indian football needs focused grassroots development, says Jamshedpur FC coach  Sportstar

Cesar Ferrando says focused investment on grassroots over a sustained period of time is necessary for football to come of age in India.

Bengaluru FC: A lesson in professionalism in Indian football - Sportstar

(Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:13:54 GMT)

Bengaluru FC: A lesson in professionalism in Indian football  Sportstar

Rahul Bheke's 117th-minute header, and a first ISL crown, was nothing less than what Bengaluru FC deserved this season.

ISL Final: 5 things new Indian Football team coach can learn from BFC's title triumph - Sportskeeda

(Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:25:29 GMT)

ISL Final: 5 things new Indian Football team coach can learn from BFC's title triumph  Sportskeeda

Bengaluru FC has finally been crowned the champions of Indian Super League (ISL), after a season of tough competition. The header goal from Rahul Bheke in ...

AIFF sold Indian football for 70 crore per year: Minerva Punjab owner Ranjit Bajaj - India Today

(Sat, 09 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

AIFF sold Indian football for 70 crore per year: Minerva Punjab owner Ranjit Bajaj  India Today

Minerva Punjab FC owner Ranjit Bajaj said he was disappointed how even after writing to the AIFF president Praful Patel twice, asking for his time to discuss the ...

Indian Football's Super Cup Drama: I-League Clubs Pull Out of Pull-Out - NewsClick

(Thu, 14 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT)

Indian Football's Super Cup Drama: I-League Clubs Pull Out of Pull-Out  NewsClick

On March 13 a press release stated that seven I-League clubs — Minerva Punjab FC, Quess East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, NEROCA FC, Gokulam Kerala, Aizawl ...

I-League clubs prepare new roadmap; deliberate Super Cup participation - Goal.com

(Tue, 19 Mar 2019 17:36:00 GMT)

I-League clubs prepare new roadmap; deliberate Super Cup participation  Goal.com

The union of nine I-League clubs, who had earlier withdrawn from the 2019 Super Cup, convened in Chennai to prepare a new roadmap for the future of Indian ...

Super Cup football: Indian Arrows stun Kerala Blasters to enter main draw, play unlikely on Saturday - Scroll.in

(Sat, 16 Mar 2019 03:51:29 GMT)

Super Cup football: Indian Arrows stun Kerala Blasters to enter main draw, play unlikely on Saturday  Scroll.in

Captain Amarjit Singh struck twice as Indian Arrows stunned Kerala Blasters 2-0 to qualify for the main round of the Super Cup football tournament in ...

Hunt for Indian Football Team Coach: Celebrity Manager or Domestic Veteran (420 Grams) - NewsClick

(Fri, 15 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT)

Hunt for Indian Football Team Coach: Celebrity Manager or Domestic Veteran (420 Grams)  NewsClick

In this episode of 420 Grams, the team discusses the candidates for the next Indian football team coach. All India Football Federation's (AIFF's) search is on and ...

Bhaichung Bhutia joins two IIT alumni on a mission to make football mainstream in India - YourStory

(Mon, 11 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT)

Bhaichung Bhutia joins two IIT alumni on a mission to make football mainstream in India  YourStory

The Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools - started by two IIT alumni - has a tech platform that monitors real-time progress based on data analytics to deliver ...

I-League vs ISL: Indian Football's Big Debate (420 Grams Season 1, Ep.14) - NewsClick

(Fri, 01 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

I-League vs ISL: Indian Football's Big Debate (420 Grams Season 1, Ep.14)  NewsClick

Newsclick's 420 Grams team debates the benefits and the problems of All India Football Federation (AIFF) running two simultaneous "top flight" leagues -- the ...

Mourinho targets June return to club management - Times of India

(Sat, 23 Mar 2019 12:13:18 GMT)

Mourinho targets June return to club management  Times of India

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is targeting a return to club management during the close season in June and has an idea about the type of ...

AIFF invites applications for coach of Indian national football team - 3 possible contenders - Sportskeeda

(Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:51:14 GMT)

AIFF invites applications for coach of Indian national football team - 3 possible contenders  Sportskeeda

Two months after the resignation of Stephen Constantine, the All India Football Federation finally posted a formal advertisement for the position of head coach ...

National Alliance for Womens Football in India held in Delhi - Business Standard

(Fri, 01 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

National Alliance for Womens Football in India held in Delhi  Business Standard

In the lead up to Women's Day, CEQUIN in partnership with Australian High Commission and UNESCO, organised a Conclave of the National Alliance for ...

Bhaichung Bhutia to auction football jerseys for poll debut in Sikkim - Hindustan Times

(Sat, 23 Mar 2019 14:19:00 GMT)

Bhaichung Bhutia to auction football jerseys for poll debut in Sikkim  Hindustan Times

Former Indian football captain and working president of Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP), Bhaichung Bhutia on Saturday put two of his jerseys on auction to raise ...

Football: Uzbekistan edge out India women 1-0 in Turkish Cup opener - Scroll.in

(Wed, 27 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Football: Uzbekistan edge out India women 1-0 in Turkish Cup opener  Scroll.in

An early goal by Uzbekistan's Burhanova Malika made the difference as India struggled for the equaliser.

India To Start Preparations For Under-23 AFC Championship | Football News - NDTV Sports

(Sat, 23 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

India To Start Preparations For Under-23 AFC Championship | Football News  NDTV Sports

India will start preparation for the qualifying round matches, under coach Derrick Pereira in Goa from March 2. Indo-Asian News *Service*

FICCI GOAL 2019 to throw up solutions on pressing issues in Indian football? - Goal.com

(Wed, 20 Mar 2019 05:06:00 GMT)

FICCI GOAL 2019 to throw up solutions on pressing issues in Indian football?  Goal.com

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry's (FICCI) convention on the business of football in India - GOAL 2019 - is all set for its sixth edition ...

Former India hockey coach Harendra Singh to pursue career in football - Scroll.in

(Tue, 26 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Former India hockey coach Harendra Singh to pursue career in football  Scroll.in

The 50-year-old says he is a big football fan and admires the 'Tiki-Taka' style of Spanish football.

I-League champion Gaurav Bora could be India's next 'big' thing - ESPN

(Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:00:10 GMT)

I-League champion Gaurav Bora could be India's next 'big' thing  ESPN

After a career-defining season with Chennai, Gaurav Bora is ready for the next chapter in his life with India's U23 squad.

Paul Munster on managing Pacific island of Vanuatu - SkySports

(Sun, 24 Mar 2019 13:21:25 GMT)

Paul Munster on managing Pacific island of Vanuatu  SkySports

From wandering sacred cows in India to the tranquillity of a tropical paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. One Belfast-born coach is stepping out of his ...

EXCLUSIVE: Not quitting hockey, just adding football to my resume, says Harendra Singh - Times of India

(Fri, 01 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

EXCLUSIVE: Not quitting hockey, just adding football to my resume, says Harendra Singh  Times of India

Hockey News: Former India hockey coach Harendra Singh's decision to pursue a coaching course in football fueled speculation that he is bidding adieu to ...

All India Football Federation rolls out strategic plan - ANI News

(Wed, 13 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT)

All India Football Federation rolls out strategic plan  ANI News

New Delhi [India], Mar 13 (ANI): All India Football Federation has come out with an aggressive second strategic plan (2019-2022). The authority aims to achieve ...

Premier League-ISL bring football development week to Mumbai - India Today

(Sat, 02 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Premier League-ISL bring football development week to Mumbai  India Today

The 'Football Development Week' will focus on the theme of youth player development and will see representatives from Arsenal and Leicester City leading ...

AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers: Indian Football gets younger - Sportskeeda

(Mon, 04 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers: Indian Football gets younger  Sportskeeda

There are 9 boys from Indian Arrows at the U-23 camp for AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers. #IndianFootball #BackTheBlue.

Football: India women thrash Sri Lanka 5-0 to enter semi-final of SAFF Championship - Scroll.in

(Sun, 17 Mar 2019 18:07:54 GMT)

Football: India women thrash Sri Lanka 5-0 to enter semi-final of SAFF Championship  Scroll.in

The result extended India's unbeaten run in the competition's history to 21 games and secured the top spot in Group B.

Indian national football team could participate in King's Cup in Thailand in June - Sportskeeda

(Fri, 08 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Indian national football team could participate in King's Cup in Thailand in June  Sportskeeda

The Indian Football Team is set to participate in the King's Cup scheduled to be held in Thailand in June this year, according to sources. They have officially ...

Moved on from Asian Cup disappointment, says India goalkeeper Gurpreet - Sportstar

(Thu, 14 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT)

Moved on from Asian Cup disappointment, says India goalkeeper Gurpreet  Sportstar

The Asian Cup ouster, after coming so close to qualifying for knockouts, was a bitter pill to swallow, but India's top goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has ...

John Abraham: From Bollywood star to the football boardroom at NorthEast United - BBC Sport

(Sat, 23 Mar 2019 10:53:00 GMT)

John Abraham: From Bollywood star to the football boardroom at NorthEast United  BBC Sport

Meet the film star with 18 million social media followers who is now running a football club, arguing with the coach and getting involved in transfers.

Harendra Singh plans move to football - Sportstar

(Sun, 24 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Harendra Singh plans move to football  Sportstar

The former national men's hockey coach has already spoken to Football Delhi president Shaji Prabhakaran and is likely to participate in a coaching course for ...

Football: India lose to Romania in Turkish Cup - The Bridge

(Mon, 04 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Football: India lose to Romania in Turkish Cup  The Bridge

Coming on the back of a 10-0 win against Turkmenistan, the Indian women went down 3-0 against Romania in their last group stage match of the Turkish Cup.

Indian football has a lot of talent and must keep developing: U-23 coach - Hindustan Times

(Mon, 04 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Indian football has a lot of talent and must keep developing: U-23 coach  Hindustan Times

The strength of any football team is its bench and for a team like India which is looking to take giant strides in the world of football, progress at the grassroots ...

Bengaluru FC CEO Parth Jindal - Everyone in Indian football is losing money hand over fist - ESPN

(Fri, 15 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT)

Bengaluru FC CEO Parth Jindal - Everyone in Indian football is losing money hand over fist  ESPN

Bengaluru FC CEO Parth Jindal has called for a unified league, with promotion and relegation, while stressing on the need for "financial sacrifices" by all ...

Infrastructure development, women’s game among key areas of Indian football’s new strategic plan - Scroll.in

(Mon, 04 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Infrastructure development, women’s game among key areas of Indian football’s new strategic plan  Scroll.in

Developing infrastructure and the women's game are among the key goals the All India Football Federation will look to realise under its recently-launched ...

City Football Group looks to India after Sichuan Jiuniu purchase - SportsPro Media

(Wed, 06 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

City Football Group looks to India after Sichuan Jiuniu purchase  SportsPro Media

Ferran Soriano says Manchester City owners could invest in Indian soccer club this year.

Turkish Women's Cup football: India look to return to winning ways against Uzbekistan - Times of India

(Tue, 26 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Turkish Women's Cup football: India look to return to winning ways against Uzbekistan  Times of India

Football News: India would look to return to winning ways when it takes on Uzbekistan in the opening match of the Turkish Women's Cup football tournament in ...

Jorge Costa "positively" surprised by level of football in ISL - Sportstar

(Mon, 04 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Jorge Costa "positively" surprised by level of football in ISL  Sportstar

Mumbai City head coach Jorge Costa has led his team to the playoffs of the Indian Super League season five.

Football: India hunt for 5th straight title at SAFF Women's Championship - The Bridge

(Mon, 11 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT)

Football: India hunt for 5th straight title at SAFF Women's Championship  The Bridge

Unbeaten in 19 matches from the last four editions, defending champions India will be aiming to clinch their fifth title in a row.

Hand of God? Bangladeshi's Messi drawing comes alive - Times of India

(Sat, 23 Mar 2019 15:30:02 GMT)

Hand of God? Bangladeshi's Messi drawing comes alive  Times of India

Football News: A young Bangladeshi architect has earned fame after his digital drawing of footballer Lionel Messi was matched in real life six years later.

Football: India put 10 past Turkmenistan in Turkish Cup - The Bridge

(Fri, 01 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Football: India put 10 past Turkmenistan in Turkish Cup  The Bridge

The Indian women's team romped home to a massive 10-0 victory against Turkmenistan in their second match of the Turkish Women's Cup.

All India Football Federation Advertise For Senior, U-23 Men’s Team Coach - The Sentinel Assam

(Wed, 20 Mar 2019 06:00:39 GMT)

All India Football Federation Advertise For Senior, U-23 Men’s Team Coach  The Sentinel Assam

New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has finally announced the vacancy of Head Coach for the India mens Senior and Under-23 Teams.

Chennai Super Kings to FC Barcelona: Counterparts of IPL teams in football world - India TV News

(Fri, 22 Mar 2019 11:51:24 GMT)

Chennai Super Kings to FC Barcelona: Counterparts of IPL teams in football world  India TV News

Cricket News – The IPL is the only cricket league that can compete against renowned football clubs in the world. So here we compare the Indian Premier ...

Indian football: Churchill Brothers becomes eighth I-League club to withdraw from Super Cup - Scroll.in

(Thu, 14 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT)

Indian football: Churchill Brothers becomes eighth I-League club to withdraw from Super Cup  Scroll.in

Churchill Brothers, who were axed at the end of the 2014-'15 season, were re-instated two years later by the All India Football Federation.

Tata Football Academy to offer pathway to top-level coaching - Sportstar

(Wed, 27 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Tata Football Academy to offer pathway to top-level coaching  Sportstar

The premier football school of the country Tata Football Academy (TFA) is looking get in the expansion mode after announcing a tie-up with the La Liga giant ...

AFC U-23: Pakistan exit could save India tough call - Times of India

(Sun, 24 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

AFC U-23: Pakistan exit could save India tough call  Times of India

PANAJI: India may be saved the trouble of taking a tough call of playing Pakistan if, as expected, they pull out of the AFC U-23 Football Championship Qualifiers ...

Indian football transfer rumors: Jamshedpur FC looking to rope in 3 defenders - Sportskeeda

(Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:14:51 GMT)

Indian football transfer rumors: Jamshedpur FC looking to rope in 3 defenders  Sportskeeda

Indian Super League club Jamshedpur FC are all set to sign defenders Joyner Lourenco and Keegan Pereira for next season, according to sources.

World Football, Indian adventures and Eduardo at carnival - BBC News

(Tue, 12 Mar 2019 05:57:44 GMT)

World Football, Indian adventures and Eduardo at carnival  BBC News

Former Croatia and Arsenal forward Eduardo da Silva looks back on his career.

U-17 WC Great, but Super Cup Saga Highlights Indian Football Mess - The Quint

(Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:13:51 GMT)

U-17 WC Great, but Super Cup Saga Highlights Indian Football Mess  The Quint

India have won the bid to host the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in 2020, but the future of the Hero Super Cup is in doubt after eight I-League clubs threatened ...

Football: Indian women to start SAFF Cup campaign today - The Bridge

(Wed, 13 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT)

Football: Indian women to start SAFF Cup campaign today  The Bridge

The Indian team will kick off their title defence when they take on the Maldives in their opening Group B clash later today.

Wish I was older: Nathania, 12, on WC - ESPN

(Sun, 17 Mar 2019 03:48:51 GMT)

Wish I was older: Nathania, 12, on WC  ESPN

On Saturday morning when I was returning home from my football coaching, the Instagram account of 25-year-old professional woman footballer Brishti Bagchi, ...

AFC U-23 Championship Qualifier: Football Is No Cricket, And India May Well Play Against Pakistan - Outlook India

(Tue, 26 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

AFC U-23 Championship Qualifier: Football Is No Cricket, And India May Well Play Against Pakistan  Outlook India

The argument that India should not play Pakistan may not apply in football. After all, football is not cricket. After the Pulwama terror attack, while the cricket ...

Bhaichung Bhutia Football School wins 2nd Fraternity Football Cup - ANI News

(Fri, 22 Mar 2019 11:46:00 GMT)

Bhaichung Bhutia Football School wins 2nd Fraternity Football Cup  ANI News

New Delhi [India], Mar 22 (ANI): Bhaichung Bhutia Football School were able to win the Fraternity Football Cup for the second time as they defeated Rongmei ...

Barcelona, tiki-taka trigger India's own Spanish evolution - ESPN

(Tue, 26 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Barcelona, tiki-taka trigger India's own Spanish evolution  ESPN

With an increasing number of Spaniards in Indian football, more and more teams are opting for controlled possession. But has it worked?

Chennai City FC's Indian Football Journey: I-League Champions Now, Uncertainty Ahead - NewsClick

(Mon, 11 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT)

Chennai City FC's Indian Football Journey: I-League Champions Now, Uncertainty Ahead  NewsClick

Chennai City FC, the 2018-19 I-League champions, may not be playing the top division of Indian football next year... At the end of the past three I-League ...

Indian football: On its last legs, I-League is all set for another engrossing final-day finish - Scroll.in

(Mon, 04 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Indian football: On its last legs, I-League is all set for another engrossing final-day finish  Scroll.in

The I-League is once again heading to its final day. Given the way the previous four seasons have panned out, it should not come as a surprise. Quess East ...

Old warhorses reunite in India's quest for maiden AFC U23 Championship berth - Sportstar

(Tue, 05 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Old warhorses reunite in India's quest for maiden AFC U23 Championship berth  Sportstar

Venkatesh Shanmugam and Derrick Pereira have been named as coaches of the India under-23 football team.

Cricket meets football: Watch Sunil Chhetri join Virat Kohli & Co. at RCB training camp ahead of IPL 2019 - DNA India

(Wed, 20 Mar 2019 07:01:00 GMT)

Cricket meets football: Watch Sunil Chhetri join Virat Kohli & Co. at RCB training camp ahead of IPL 2019  DNA India

IPL 2019: With the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) just around the corner, players have been gearing up at their respective training camps.

Real Kashmir, Minerva Punjab and Indian Football's Shifting Goalposts (420 Grams) - NewsClick

(Fri, 08 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Real Kashmir, Minerva Punjab and Indian Football's Shifting Goalposts (420 Grams)  NewsClick

Former India footballer Ishfaq Ahmed joins the 420 Grams team to discuss the repercussions of All India Football Federation's (AIFF's) decision to reschedule the ...

LaLiga India Head Jose Cachaza's advice to Indian football: Be patient, keep moving - Firstpost

(Sat, 02 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

LaLiga India Head Jose Cachaza's advice to Indian football: Be patient, keep moving  Firstpost

Madrid: Jose Cachaza, Managing Director of LaLiga India, once went to watch a Twenty20 International (T20I) match at New Delhi's Ferozshah Kotla stadium, ...

What is the Homeless World Cup? - The Hindu

(Mon, 04 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

What is the Homeless World Cup?  The Hindu

The football tournament, held annually, uses the sport as a vehicle to help homeless people learn to trust, share, and build relationships and discipline.

Football News: India beat Sri Lanka 5-0 in SAFF Cup - Power Sportz

(Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:04:19 GMT)

Football News: India beat Sri Lanka 5-0 in SAFF Cup  Power Sportz

The Indian women's team sealed their place in the semifinal of the SAFF Women's Championship with a 5-0 victory against Sri Lanka at the Sahid Rangashala ...

ISL final to be held in Mumbai - Times of India

(Wed, 27 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

ISL final to be held in Mumbai  Times of India

Football News: The Mumbai Football Arena in Andheri has been given the go-ahead to host the final of the 5th Indian Super League (ISL) on March 17, ...

Russian national football team beats Kazakhstan 4-0 in UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying match - United News of India

(Sun, 24 Mar 2019 16:13:00 GMT)

Russian national football team beats Kazakhstan 4-0 in UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying match  United News of India

Moscow, Mar 24 (Sputnik) The Russian national football team beat the Kazakh team in a UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying match on Sunday with the final score 4-0.

Football News: India aim to continue winning momentum in the SAFF Championship - Power Sportz

(Sun, 17 Mar 2019 11:25:41 GMT)

Football News: India aim to continue winning momentum in the SAFF Championship  Power Sportz

The Indian Women's football team start their SAFF championship campaign on a winning note as they thrashed the Maldives by 6-0 in their opening group game ...

Inquiry launched into Chennai City-Minerva Punjab I-League game after match commissioner’s complaint - Scroll.in

(Wed, 13 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT)

Inquiry launched into Chennai City-Minerva Punjab I-League game after match commissioner’s complaint  Scroll.in

The match commissioner in a letter to the All India Football Federation said that the match “was not played in true spirit.”

Our Indian Women's Football Team Just Thrashed Turkmenistan 10-0 And We Can't Keep Calm - Indiatimes.com

(Sat, 02 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Our Indian Women's Football Team Just Thrashed Turkmenistan 10-0 And We Can't Keep Calm  Indiatimes.com

Sanju scored a hat-trick as the Indian women's team romped to a massive 10-0 victory against Turkmenistan in their second match of the Turkish Women's Cup ...

FICCI GOAL 2019 set to spark an Indian football renaissance - Goal.com

(Thu, 07 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

FICCI GOAL 2019 set to spark an Indian football renaissance  Goal.com

FICCI GOAL 2019 takes place on March 26th and 27th...

Indian U-17 football World Cup star to train at Blackburn Rovers - Sportskeeda

(Tue, 05 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Indian U-17 football World Cup star to train at Blackburn Rovers  Sportskeeda

Kolkata, March 5 (IANS) Indian Under-17 World Cup star Aniket Jadhav will undergo a training spell at the English Championship football club Blackburn Rovers ...

India gets invitation to play in King's Cup - Times of India

(Fri, 08 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

India gets invitation to play in King's Cup  Times of India

Football News: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has confirmed that the national team has been invited to take part in the King's Cup 2019 later this year ...

Hafele brought FC Bayern legend Bixente Lizarazu to Indian football fans - Business Standard

(Thu, 28 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Hafele brought FC Bayern legend Bixente Lizarazu to Indian football fans  Business Standard

German hardware and Fittings Company Hafele announced its new collaboration as "The Official Regional Partner" with FC Bayern, the world-famous football ...

Kerala Football Movies 'Captain', on ex-India footballer VP Sathyan, and 'Sudani from Nigeria' win awards - Sportskeeda

(Wed, 27 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Kerala Football Movies 'Captain', on ex-India footballer VP Sathyan, and 'Sudani from Nigeria' win awards  Sportskeeda

Malayalam movies made on the topic of football 'Captain' and 'Sudani from Nigeria' have won numerous awards in the 49th Kerala State Film Awards. While the ...

Indian Arrows coach happy with team's performance in I-League - Times of India

(Wed, 27 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Indian Arrows coach happy with team's performance in I-League  Times of India

KOLKATA: Indian Arrows' match against Mohun Bagan at the Salt Lake Stadium on Thursday will be the team's final assignment of this season's I-League.

Breakfast Babble: How Being A Football Fan In India Has Ruined My Sleep Pattern - ED Times

(Sat, 16 Mar 2019 18:48:00 GMT)

Breakfast Babble: How Being A Football Fan In India Has Ruined My Sleep Pattern  ED Times

Being a football fan and living in India is not an easy place to be. Our favorite teams play late at night and our sleep pattern is ruining because of it.

AFC U-23 C’ship Qualifiers: Indian training camp gets underway - Sportstar

(Sun, 03 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

AFC U-23 C’ship Qualifiers: Indian training camp gets underway  Sportstar

A national training camp kicked off at the Tilak Maidan in Goa on Sunday as part of India's preparations for the upcoming AFC U-23 Championship 2020 ...

Goa's unfinished business in ISL - Times of India

(Thu, 28 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Goa's unfinished business in ISL  Times of India

Football News: At first everyone thought it was the language when in fact it was the number that Sergio Lobera needed clarification.

I-League 2018-19: Shillong Lajong relegated - 7 gifts to Indian Football from the Meghalaya side - Sportskeeda

(Mon, 04 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

I-League 2018-19: Shillong Lajong relegated - 7 gifts to Indian Football from the Meghalaya side  Sportskeeda

After eight colourful years in the top flight of Indian football, Shillong Lajong FC were relegated to the Second Division League after a disappointing 1-4 loss to ...

Delhi gets Santosh Trophy hosting rights, with a caveat - Times of India

(Thu, 07 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT)

Delhi gets Santosh Trophy hosting rights, with a caveat  Times of India

Football News: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has given the hosting rights of the 73rd Santosh Trophy to Football Delhi. This offer, however, has come ...

Football players from Indian slums look their eyes in Son

(Wed, 13 Jun 2018 20:00:00)


Your neighborhood also changes faster than you think

Ryan Wilfred (18) begon een jaar of tien geleden met voetbal. Op blote voeten, in de sloppenwijken van de broeierige Indiase metropool Bangalore. Zijn droom? Profvoetballer worden in Europa. Een wens die deze week in elk geval een beetje uitkomt. Hij maakt op deze frisse dinsdagavond - kouder dan het in Bangalore ooit geweest is - de rechtsachter van de A2 van SBC het leven zuur. De Sonse vereniging treedt deze week op als gastheer voor de nog jonge voetbalacademie van Kickstart FC. And coach Lars Söensen in the middle with his hands on the shoulders of two players. © Fotomeulenhof...
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Son en Breugel - On Monday-evening, SBC JO19-1 played against Kickstart FC Bangalore.

(Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:00:00)


Players and audience enthusiastic about competition. Players from Kickstart together with SBC JO19-1 on the photo (Photo: SBC)

The Er was dan ook aardig wat publiek op afgekomen, die naar een spannende wedstrijd en goed voetbal hebben gekeken. De eerste helft was duidelijk voor Kickstart: met snel spel en veldoverwicht zorgde ze na een kwartier spelen voor 0-1 met een fraaie kopbal. In de tweede helft kreeg SBC vat het op spelletje van Kickstart, en domineerde het team het grootste deel, wat leidde tot een 2-1 voorsprong. Zo'n 5 minuten voor het einde zorgde een scrummage voor de goal voor de uiteindelijke 2-2. Zowel publiek als spelers waren enthousiast over de wedstrijd. Dinsdagavond speelt SBC JO19-2 tegen Kickstart...
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A bunch of Bengaluru kids learning to play the beautiful game are now under a Holland club’s wings

(Sat, 9 Jun 2018 22:49:03)


11 of them have gone to Amsterdam on a 10-day training tour for a Dutch of class

The FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia is four days away but, for these 11 boys from the Kickstart Foundation in Bengaluru, the World Cup came early when they boarded a plane to the Netherlands on June 6. Besides the excitement of going to a foreign land for the first time in their life, these 11 lads, from economically challenged homes, will be part of an all-expenses-paid, 10-day football skill development tour that will take them to Eindhoven and Amsterdam. ...
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Football club from Son helps Indian club to get children out of slums

(Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:46:00 IST)


Soccer club SBC in Son will train the trainers of FC Kickstart from India.

Football club SBC in Son will train the trainers of FC Kickstart from India. There, poor children learn to play football, so that they can make some of their lives. A good football player also finds a good job easier in India. The three executives of FC Kickstart from India, visiting SBC in Son last weekend, are themselves well paid engineers in ICT capital Bangalore. Shekar Rajan, Faustino Rosario and head coach Laxman Bhattarai want to give children from the slums a chance for a better future through football. ...
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SBC en Kickstart Bangalore

(Sun, 25 Feb 2018)


SBC Kickstart in Bangalore

In de week van 17 tot 23 februari zijn Willem van ’t Geloof en Fred Buijs op bezoek geweest bij de FC Kickstart in Bangalore, India. FC Kickstart is een voetbalclub die kinderen tot en met 19 jaar, wonend de slums, van de straat en van de drugs af wil houden door hen iedere avond de mogelijkheid te bieden te trainen en een partijtje te voetballen. In juni 2017 kreeg SBC onverwacht bezoek van Laxman Batherrai, hoofdtrainer van Kickstart. Hij was op bezoek bij Peter van de Moesdijk, een fervent India-ganger, die tijdens zijn reizen met Kickstart in aanraking was gekomen. ...
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Kickstart FC announces tie-up with Dutch club FC SBC for international cooperation

(Wed, 21 Februari 2018)


Partnership involves an exposure tour to Netherlands, setting up a joint professional club in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, February 21: Kickstart FC, a state of the art football facility located in JP Nagar, is pleased to announce a tie-up with Dutch club FC SBC (Son en Breugel Combinatie) for the promotion of football at the grassroots level. FC SBC, based in Son en Breugel just outside Eindhoven, play in the Fourth Sunday Division. It's a club known for its initiatives in developing the game among children, seniors, differently-abled and refugees. The long-term collaboration with Kickstart FC involves an exposure tour, where a team of 30 children from the Kickstart FC Academy and Kickstart FC Foundation will get to train under the FC SBC coaches in Netherlands. ...
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Dutch club VV SBC's officials in Bengaluru to scout for talent

(Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:09:00 IST)


Willem van't Geloof, chairman of SBC Holland, address a gathering at Kickstart FC, JP Nagar, in Bengaluru on Sunday

Willem van't Geloof, chairman of SBC Holland, visited the Kickstart FC facility in JP Nagar on Sunday (February 18) to oversee the selection. He was accompanied by Fred Buijs, technical director of the club. About 150 children from Gautamapura, Lingarajapuram and Pottery Town gave the trial in the afternoon, after which the SBC head will shortlist 25 kids. These children are part of the Kickstart Foundation, which provides free coaching for underprivileged kids. Fifty kids of the Kickstart Academy too were part of the trial ...
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Kickstart Academy boys get kicking with an exposure tour to Kolkata

(Sun, 12 Nov 2017 18:07:22 IST)


Action from the Under-17 friendly between Kickstart FC and Mohun Bagan in Kolkata

Bengaluru, November 12: The Under-17 and Under-13 squads of Kickstart FC, a football facility located in JP Nagar, visited Kolkata in the last week of October to play against the age-group teams of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, as well as watch the final of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup between England and Spain. The 28-man squad included 20 boys from the Kickstart Academy and eight boys from the Kickstart Foundation, which provides free coaching for underprivileged kids in the football hotbeds of the city like Gautamapura, Austin Town, Murphy Town and Lingarajapuram (Charles Ground). The four-day trip, which included air fare to Kolkata and hotel stay in the West Bengal capital, was sponsored by the academy for the eight underprivileged boys ...
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Andra Jyothi: 28 Feb’18 – Pg6
Sanjevani: 25 Feb’18 – Pg7
Sakshi, Karnataka Sakshi: 23 Feb’18 – Pg10
Vartha Prabha: 22 Feb’18 – Pg2
Ee Nadu, Karnataka Ee Nadu: 22 Feb’18 – Pg5
Vijay Karnataka: 22 Feb’18 – Pg15
The New Indian Express: 22 Feb’18 – Pg15
The Hindu: 22 Feb’18 – Pg 18

Football and its impact on personality (My Blog) – By Shekar Rajan 27th july 2016

Having spent 18 years in training managements and managers, and teams across various organizations and verticals like sales, service, IT, healthcare, education and manufacturing keeping physically fit has been a challenge because of my travel and training schedules.

Sports and gym have been close to my heart, I still spend some of my precious time playing and watching football and other sports.

My father was a national level footballer, played for state and HAL has a great influence in seeing my dad play when I was little boy. My younger brother followed my dad’s footsteps and played for the state and HAL football at a national level.

Over the years from childhood playing various sports mostly individual sports and then having zeroed on football, I have realized that there has be a moderation in passion, aggression and urge to win. In the beginning when I wanted to win every game my aggression was killing the team and the spirit of the game.

My desire to win was so high that, the only thing mattered was winning. Every game is played to win, but that’s not the only thing, this pushed me many times to lose my cool and get very aggressive, I used to indulge in harsh physical tackles on opponents. I would be rebuked by my own team and my younger brother even if he was part of my team.

Over the years as they say ‘wisdom dawns’ and realization hit me in the face and told me that “I’m playing to enjoy the game of football, not to get rebuked and harm others in the game.” I have changed because of the love for the beautiful game of football.

But football is a divine dance of the body mind and spirit. The more I focused on enjoying the game, my game became better and I also started winning. Football is a great teacher there is no parallel, some of the great qualities I experienced are -

  • Acceptance of team members and their competency levels
  • Backing the team 100%
  • Sharing responsibility for loss of games
  • Supportive behavior towards team members who may be having a bad day in terms of performance on the field.
  • Controlled aggression
  • Never give up spirit
  • Ecstatic combination of the body mind and spirit to enjoy the game of football.


These may be common to most team, but personally I immerse myself into the behavioral topics day in day out, in my management trainings for managers and executives. Now let’s kickstart a change!