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Member of India’s football team at Olympics diagnosed with COVID-19

SS Hakim (Source: ANI)
Member of India's Olympic football team, Syed Shahid Hakim has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus on Wednesday. As a player, Hakim was named in the 1960 Olympic Summer Games team for India. As a referee, he was selected to refereeing at the 1988 AFC Asian Cup. Hakeem has became only the second footballer to win the prestigious Dhyan Chand Award...

The Sports School announces football scholarship program with Bengaluru FC

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The Sports School, in association with ISL franchise Bengaluru FC, on Monday announced a national football scholarship program for students across India. The scholarships, covering both sports and academics, will be offered to students in the U-13, U-15, and U-18 age categories. The last date to apply for the scholarship is July 31. The trials will be held in the second...

Indian football’s top young talents — Lalbiakhlua Jongte

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Born in Mizoram but made in India. It is a phrase that is often associated with Lalbiakhlua Jongte’s career trajectory that shows no sign of levelling off any time soon. But for the coronavirus pandemic, chances are that the 17-year-old goalkeeper would have officially joined an Indian Super League (ISL) outfit now. One particular football club is understood to have...

ISL: ATK Mohun Bagan Football Club — Death of a legacy or beginning of a new era?

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Are ATK Mohun Bagan FC three-time Indian Super League (ISL) champions or two-time I-League champions? Do they have a 6-year-old history or a 130-year-old? There are two separate pages on social media, one for ATK FC and the other for Mohun Bagan — which one to follow now? One faction says that ATK is the parent club, so the new...

Footballer Gouramangi Singh’s pilot wife rescues Indians amid COVID-19 pandemic

Gouramangi Moirangthem and Pushpanjali Potsangbam
Flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Commander Pushpanjali Potsangbam has been airlifting Indians stranded in different parts of the world and bringing them back home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But the New Delhi-based Air India pilot has not been able to meet her husband, well-known India footballer Gouramangi Singh, for the past four months as she got down to quietly...

ISL: ‘Opportunity, exposure, growth… the league has helped Indian football immensely,’ says Sandesh Jhingan

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On Sunday, 12th October, 2014, at the Salt Lake Stadium, Atletico de Kolkata kicked off against Mumbai City FC in front of a packed crowd. It would be the n’th time the iconic stadium was hosting a ‘big’ match, so to say. The fans were buzzing with excitement, there was a sense of anticipation and enthusiasm, some even came...

Indian footballers can flourish with more exposure: Tim Cahill

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Former Australia and Jamshedpur FC striker Tim Cahill believes Indian football's young talents can flourish with systematic exposure at the top level. Cahill, who brought his sterling career to an end following his stint with the Jamshedpur-based side in the 2018-19 season of the Indian Super League (ISL), said his experience convinced him that India has what it takes to...

Mizoram to have FIFA certified football ground soon

SAI sports academy at Saidan
Mizoram sports minister Robert Romawia Royte on Saturday said that the state will soon have a FIFA certified football ground at Kolasib town near the Assam border. Royte paid a visit and inspected the ongoing construction of Sports Authority of India (SAI) sports academy at Kolasib's Saidan and the laying of artificial turf at the football ground there. He was accompanied...

Get addicted to football, not to drugs: Vijayan

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Legendary footballer I M Vijayan on Friday urged the country's youngsters to "get addicted to football, not to drugs". The former captain, in his message on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, said instead of seeking a quick solution through drugs, the youngsters should head to the football ground. https://twitter.com/IndianFootball/status/1276374088924057600?s=20 "It helps you maintain a biological clock....

Chhetri was one of those who glorified Indian football: Igor Stimac

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National team head coach Igor Stimac on Sunday hailed Sunil Chhetri, saying the talismanic captain was one of those who "glorified" Indian football with his dedication in the 15 years of his illustrious career. The 35-year-old Chhetri on Friday became only the second Indian after legendary Bhaichung Bhutia to complete 15 years in Indian jersey. He made his debut in...