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India
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Bhangra Boys, Team India
Association All India Football Federation
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Captain Bhaichung Bhutia
Most caps Bhaichung Bhutia (102)
Top scorer Bhaichung Bhutia (42)
FIFA code IND
FIFA ranking 130
Highest FIFA ranking 94 (February 1996)
Lowest FIFA ranking 165 (March 2007)
Elo ranking 141
Home colours
Away colours
First international
France France 2 - 1 India India
(London, England; July 31, 1948)
Biggest win
India India 7 - 1 Ceylon Sri Lanka
(Bangalore, India; December 16, 1963)
Biggest defeat
Soviet Union USSR 11 - 1 India India
(Moscow, USSR; September 16, 1955)
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1964)
Best result Runners-Up, 1964

The India national football team is the national football team of India and is controlled by the All India Football Federation. It is a member of the Asian Football Confederation, and a member of FIFA. In 1948, the AIFF was affiliated to FIFA, the international governing body for football. In 1954, AIFF became one of the founder members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

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History

India qualified by default for the 1950 FIFA World Cup finals as a result of the withdrawal of all of their scheduled opponents. However, they did not take up their place in the competition. The Indian players were unable to play as boots were required according to FIFA legislation, and the Indian players were not used to footwear and thus refused.[4] The Indian football team was known to play barefoot during the period. In fact, Mohammed Abdul Salim one of the Indian football players played for Celtic F.C. barefoot.[1] The team has never since come close to qualifying for the World Cup.[2].In the FIFA world cup 2010 qualifiers, India was eliminated in the first round by Lebanon.

India finished 4th in the football tournament at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics[3] .Later they qualified for 1960 Rome Olympics but failed to make any impact after losing to Peru and Hungary but managed an consolation 1-1 draw against France.Since then India have never been able to qualify for Qlympics

India won the 1951 & 1962 Asian Games Gold medal and reached the semi-finals in the next two Asian Games tournaments in what became known as the golden era of Indian football. [4]

More recent successes have been limited to the South Asian Football Federation Cup, the LG Cup won in Vietnam in 2002 under English coach Stephen Constantine, Nehru Cup in 2007 and 2009 and the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup under coach Bob Houghton, which earned them a place in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup to be held in Qatar.

The period stretching from 1951 to 1962 deserves special mention, because it is the golden era in the history of Indian football. As the Indian football clubs put up commendable performances year after year, they qualified for a number of international competitions and competed overseas. The Indian footballers brought laurels to the homeland, by winning gold medals in the 1951 and 1962 Asian Games held at New Delhi and Jakarta, respectively. India registered another record in 1956, when she became the first Asian nation to make it to the Olympic football semi-finals in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. [5]

Rivalry

India's traditional arch rivals are Pakistan national football team, due to the historic tension between the two nations, and even though India has consistently beaten Pakistan, they are often hard-fought matches. Another regional rival is Maldives national football team, who have had many well-balanced, thrilling matches with each other, and this rivalry is often seen as more competitive than the rivalry shared with Pakistan.

Kit

Nike, Inc is the kit provider to the national team, with Panasonic as sponsoring partner.

Manager

Name Nat Tenure
Syed Abdul Rahim India 1950-1962
Harry Wright England 1963-1964
Pradip Kumar Banerjee India 1981-1982
Bob Bootland England 1983
Milovan Ciric Yugoslavia 1984
Pradip Kumar Banerjee India 1985
Syed Nayeemuddin India 1986
Amal Dutta India 1987
József Gelei Hungary 1990-1991
Syed Nayeemuddin India 1992
Jiří Pešek Czechoslovakia 1993-1994
Rustam Akhramov Uzbekistan 1995
Syed Nayeemuddin India 1997–1998
Sukhvinder Singh India 1999-2002
Stephen Constantine England 2002–2005
Syed Nayeemuddin India 2005-2006
Bob Houghton England 2006–

Performances

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World Cup record

Asian Cup record

SAFF tournament record

South Asian Football Federation Cup record
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
Pakistan 1993
Champions
3
2
1
0
4
1
Sri Lanka 1995
Runner Up
2
0
1
1
2
3
Nepal 1997
Champions
4
3
1
0
13
3
India 1999
Champions
4
3
1
0
6
1
Bangladesh 2003
Third Place
5
2
1
2
8
5
Pakistan 2005
Champions
5
4
1
0
9
2
Sri Lanka
Maldives2008
Runner Up
5
4
1
0
9
3
Bangladesh 2009
Champions
5
3
1
1
3
2
Total
Best: Champions
33
22
8
3
54
20

AFC Challenge Cup record

AFC Challenge Cup
Year Round GP W D L
Bangladesh 2006
Quarterfinals
4
1
2
1
India 2008
Champions
5
4
1
0
Sri Lanka 2010
Group Stage
3
0
0
3
Total
Best: Champions
12
5
3
4

Nehru Cup record

Nehru Cup
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
India 2007
Champions
-
-
-
-
-
-
India 2009
-
Champions
-
-
-
-
-
-
Total
Best: Champions
-
-
-
-
-
-
Indian Team during Asian Cup 2007 Qualifiers

Current squad

The following players were called up for the Asian Cup 2011 preparation camp in Dubai, 2 February 2010.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeepers
1 GK Subrata Pal December 24, 1986 (1986-12-24) (age 23) 30 India Pune FC
24 GK Subhasish Roy Chowdhury September 27, 1986 (1986-09-27) (age 23) 1 India Mahindra United
19 GK Arindam Bhattacharya May 22, 1989 (1989-05-22) (age 20) India Churchill Brothers
Defenders
5 DF Anwar Ali September 24, 1984 (1984-09-24) (age 25) 18 India Dempo SC
12 DF Deepak Kumar Mondal October 13, 1979 (1979-10-13) (age 30) 42 India Mohun Bagan
14 DF Mahesh Gawli January 23, 1980 (1980-01-23) (age 30) 56 1 India Dempo SC
17 DF Irungbam Surkumar Singh March 21, 1983 (1983-03-21) (age 26) 40 2 India Mohun Bagan Athletic Club
DF Nallappan Mohanraj February 23, 1988 (1988-02-23) (age 22) India Mohun Bagan Athletic Club
19 DF Gouramangi Singh January 25, 1985 (1985-01-25) (age 25) 21 2 India Churchill Brothers
20 DF Samir Subash Naik August 8, 1979 (1979-08-08) (age 30) 32 India Dempo SC
DF Moirangthem Govin Singh January 3, 1988 (1988-01-03) (age 22) India East Bengal
41 DF Rakesh Masih March 18, 1987 (1987-03-18) (age 22) 1 India Mohun Bagan
Midfielders
7 MF Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep April 28, 1983 (1983-04-28) (age 26) 32 9 India Mahindra United
8 MF P. Renedy Singh June 20, 1979 (1979-06-20) (age 30) 55 11 India East Bengal
23 MF Steven Dias December 25, 1983 (1983-12-25) (age 26) 31 8 India Mahindra United
27 MF Mehrajuddin Wadoo February 12, 1984 (1984-02-12) (age 26) 25 1 India East Bengal
28 MF Anthony Pereira April 9, 1982 (1982-04-09) (age 27) 5 India Dempo SC
16 MF Clifford Miranda July 11, 1982 (1982-07-11) (age 27) 15 2 India Dempo SC
30 MF Climax Lawrence January 16, 1979 (1979-01-16) (age 31) 51 2 India Dempo SC
22 MF Syed Rahim Nabi December 12, 1985 (1985-12-12) (age 24) 20 1 India East Bengal
25 MF James Lukram Singh January 3, 1981 (1981-01-03) (age 29) 8 0 India Mohun Bagan
MF Jagpreet Singh September 6, 1988 (1988-09-06) (age 21) India JCT
Strikers
11 FW Sunil Chetri August 3, 1984 (1984-08-03) (age 25) 34 16 India Dempo SC
15 FW Baichung Bhutia Captain sports.svg December 15, 1976 (1976-12-15) (age 33) 100 42 India East Bengal
18 FW M. Mohammed Rafi May 24, 1985 (1985-05-24) (age 24) India Mahindra United
21 FW Abhishek Yadav June 10, 1983 (1983-06-10) (age 26) 26 8 India Mumbai FC
2007 ONGC Nehru Cup India vs Syria
Preceded by
Newly Created
South Asian Champions
1993 (First title)
Succeeded by
1995 Sri Lanka 
Preceded by
1995 Sri Lanka 
South Asian Champions
1997 (Second title)
1999 (Third title)
Succeeded by
2003 Bangladesh 
Preceded by
2003 Bangladesh 
South Asian Champions
2005 (Forth title)
Succeeded by
2008 Maldives 
Preceded by
1997 Iraq 
Nehru Cup Champions
2007 (First title)
Succeeded by
2009 India 
Preceded by
2006 Tajikistan 
AFC Challenge Cup Champions
2008 (First title)
Succeeded by
2010 Korea DPR 
Preceded by
2007 India 
Nehru Cup Champions
2009
Succeeded by
Incumbent

References

See also

External links


Simple English

India
Association All India Football Federation
Confederation AFC
Coach Bob Houghton
Most caps Baichung Bhutia (55)
Top scorer Baichung Bhutia (38)
World Cup
Appearances 0

India national football team is the national football team of India.


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