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Indian National Football Team (INFT) History, Players List & Honors

Indian National Football Team (INFT) History, Players List & Honors

Football in India is as popular as it has the popularity in other countries like U.S.A, U.K. Australia & other countries. The Indian National Football Team (INFT) is the national team & it is governed by the Indian federation which is All India Football Federation (AIFF). The AIFF is affiliated with Federation Internationale de Football association since 1948. The head coach of the team is Wim Koevermans. Right now the captain of INFT is Sunil Chhetri whose position is forward in the field.

 

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Indian National Football Team qualified for world cup but did not played

Some of the Indian footballers knows that India has qualified for FIFA world cup of 1950. But unfortunately, India was disqualified from that World Cup. AIFF has put lots of reason. And the reason was cost of travel. But FIFA was agreed to spend a major part of their expenses. One of the biggest reasons: Priority was given more to Olympics over FIFA World Cup.

One more reason was lack of practice & Studs (Football Shoes). Team selection was also a reason. But a session came in Indian football history which was a fantastic session for Indian football & that was the period of 1951-1963. In that period, INFT was the best team all over Asia. With the guidance of Syed Abdul Rahim, Indian Football has tasted its success at its best.  Thereafter, INFT has earned more respect & fame by winning major tournaments. The team has won LG Cup which was organized in Vietnam. Later on the Indian Coach Stephen Constantine was awarded with title of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in November 2003.

INFT Nickname and Indian FIFA ranking

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The Indian Football team is known as Blue Tigers as their nickname. The responsibility of holding the team as captain is of Sunil Chhetri & the vice captain is Syed Rahim Nabi. The team has current FIFA ranking of 149 (as on 26th April, 2013). India has the highest FIFA ranking of 94 which was recoded on 1996 & the lowest ranking is 169 on September 2012. FIFA has given the code IND to this team. The head coach of the team is Wim Koevermans.

Indian National Football Team Players List

Player

Date of Birth

Position

Goals

Club

Shouvik Ghosh

11, May, 1992

DEFENDER

0

Pailan Arrows

C.K. Vineeth

28, Feb, 1998

MIDEFENDERIELDER

0

Prayag United

Rowilson Rodrigues

26, March, 1987

DEFENDER

0

Dempo

Lalkamal Bhowmick

2, January, 1987

MIDEFENDERIELDER

0

Prayag United

Alwyn George

1, March, 1992

MIDEFENDERIELDER

0

Pailan Arrows

Arata Izumi

31, July, 1982

MIDEFENDERIELDER

0

Pune F.C.

Gurjnder Kumar

10, October, 1990

DEFENDER

0

Pune F.C.

Robin Singh

9, May, 1990

FORWARD

0

East Bengal

Denzil Franco

30, June, 1986

DEFENDER

0

Churchill Brothers

Lenny Rodrigues

10, May, 1987

MIDEFENDERIELDER

0

Churchill Brothers

Nirmal Chettri

21, Oct, 1900

DEFENDER

0

Mohun Bagan

Francis fernandes

25, Nov, 1985

MIDEFENDERIELDER

0

Salgocar

Karanjit Singh

8, Jan, 1986

GOALKEEPER

0

Salgocar

Sandeep Nandy

15, Jan, 1975

GOALKEEPER

0

Churchill Brothers

Mehtab Hossain

5, Sep, 1985

MIDEFENDERIELDER

2

East Bengal

Syed Rahim Nabi

14, Dec, 1985

DEFENDER

7

Mohun Bagan

Jeje Lalpekhlua

7, Jan, 1991

FORWARD

8

Pune

Clifford Miranda

11, Jul, 1982

MIDFIELDER

9

Dempo

Sunil Chhetri

3, Aug, 1984

FORWARD

36

Churchill Brothers

Honors of the Indian Football Team:

The Indian National Football team has won both continental & regional championships. The team is also awarded by gold medal & Bronze medals in the tournaments.

Continental Honors:-

  • The team was the Runner-up of AFC Asian Cup in the year of 1964.
  • In Asian games, the team has won Gold medal two times in 1951, 1962. Also in 1970. It was awarded by the Bronze medal in 1970.
  • In 2008, the INFT was the Champion of AFC Challenge Cup.

Regional Honors:-

SAFF CHAMPIONSHIP: Winners of SAFF Championship of the year 1993, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2009 & 2011. Also runners-up of the championship two times: 1995, 2008. It also has got third position in 2003.

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  1. Jackwie Marak

    Why Indian football team is going down after Baichung Bhutia retired from AIFF

    • Sanjeev Singh
      Sanjeev Singh

      If I was a part of team, I would definitely solve your query. But I think INFT is not getting as much support as cricket team is getting. Because its all your support who build a strong team.

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