Puyol kicks off ticket sales for U-17 World Cup in India

Spanish football legend Carles Puyol launched ticket sales for the Under-17 World Cup in New Delhi on Monday (15), as India prepares to host the FIFA event – its first ever – in October. The former Barcelona defender is on his first visit to India to promote the hotly-anticipated tournament, and enthralled fans in a […]

Subrata Paul given three weeks to clear name after failing drugs test

India goalkeeper Subrata Paul has three weeks to present his case before an anti-doping panel after his ‘A’ sample tested positive for a banned substance, the chief of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) said on Wednesday (10). The former India captain was tested by the NADA in March and his ‘A’ sample tested positive for […]

Football legend Maradona to visit Kolkata for two days in September

By Reena Kumar Argentine legend Diego Maradona is set to kick off the football carnival in India during his September visit, a month ahead of the City of Joy’s historic date with the FIFA U-17 World Cup Final. It will be the 1986 World Cup winner’s second visit to the city after 2008 when thousands […]

India U-17 World Cup team leaves for exposure tour to Europe

The Indian football team for the U-17 World Cup today left the country for an exposure tour to Europe where it will play a series of practice matches in Portugal, France, Hungary and a tournament in Italy. The 26-member squad, accompanied by seven officials including head coach Luis Norton de Matos, will train in Lisbon […]

Asian Cup berth in 2019 essential for India, says India football coach

Qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup finals is essential for India if football in the country is to continue to develop in the wake of the success of the Indian Super League, according to coach Stephen Constantine. India, currently ranked 132nd in the FIFA world rankings, have never played in the World Cup finals and […]

FIFA promises to deliver ‘magnificent’ U-17 World Cup in India

India’s vast size and diversity posed as obstacles in the initial preparatory stage, but having crossed the hurdles, FIFA’s head of events Jaime Yarza has promised to deliver a “magnificent” U-17 football World Cup. India is bracing up to host its biggest-ever football tournament, and the world’s third biggest, from October 6 to 28 in six cities. “India is massive […]

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu celebrates historic European debut

India’s national goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has achieved a historic feat, becoming the first Indian to feature in a top-tier league match in Europe. The 24-year-old kept a clean sheet for Norwegian side Stabaek FC in his first Tippeligaen (Premier League) start in a 5-0 away triumph over IK Start last Sunday (May 29). Sandhu, […]

ISL football fever strikes India

The third season of the Indian Super League (ISL) kicks off on Saturday (1) when NorthEast United FC take on Kerala Blasters. With 14 games in two months and marquee names like Diego Forlan, Florent Malouda and Helder Postiga joining home-grown stars including Sunil Chhetri, 2016 could be one to remember. This is Eastern Eye’s […]

Wenger pinpoints India as next big transfer powerhouse

China’s Super League clubs may have been grabbing the headlines in the huge transfer fees they have been paying for players but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes India could become a serious player. The 67-year-old Frenchman said he hoped India would emerge as a contender in the transfer market but added they should not expect […]