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Tajikistan to play Maldives, Syria in football friendlies

Tajikistan to play Maldives, Syria in football friendlies

Tajikistan's national football team is scheduled to play Maldives and Syria in its build-up for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, the Tajikistan Football Federation (TFF) said on Tuesday.

Holders Japan launch Asian Cup defence

Holders Japan launch Asian Cup defence

Defending champions Japan begin their quest to retain the Asian Cup trophy against a Palestine side making their debut appearance at the tournament on Monday.

Palestine test awaits Indian football team

Palestine test awaits Indian football team

An acid test awaits the Indian football team as it gears up to take on higher-ranked Palestine, who are also the current AFC Challenge Cup champions, in an international friendly here on Monday.

AFC bans two players for doping violations

Avchiev Takhir of Kyrgyzstan and Doan Ngoc Hao of Vietnam have been hit with two-year bans for doping offences, the Asian Football Confederation has announced.

Palestine, Philippines fight for Asian Cup berth

Palestine and the Philippines are looking to make history when they clash in the AFC Challenge Cup final on Friday to book a place in next year`s Asian Cup in Australia.

Afghan players injured in Maldives bus accident: Report

Afghan team captain Haroon Fakhruddin Amiri and coach Yousuf Kargar were among five players and two officials injured in a bus accident in the Maldives on Saturday, according to a media report.

Hosts Australia draw South Korea for Asian Cup

Australia were handed an unwanted assignment against fellow heavyweights South Korea at next year`s Asian Cup as the hosts got a difficult draw at a lavish ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday.

Hosts Australia top seeds for 2015 Asian Cup

Hosts Australia have been named top seeds for the 2015 Asian Cup ahead of next week`s draw and will avoid being drawn in the same group as defending champions Japan.

India hope to put up a good show against Tajikistan

Exposure-starved Indian football team will take on higher-ranked Tajikistan in an international friendly here tomorrow, in what will be their first show of strength in more than six months.

India jumps 24 places to be in 143rd in FIFA rankings

Despite its unimpressive performance in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers earlier this month, the India football team jumped 24 places to occupy 143rd in the FIFA Rankings issued today.

India lose 0-1 to Myanmar, Challenge Cup berth uncertain

The Indian football team today suffered a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Myanmar in its last league match of the qualifying event of the AFC Challenge Cup here, which put the country`s chances of advancing to the final round of the tournament in a difficult position.

India to go for win against Myanmar: Wim Koevermans

A draw against hosts Myanmar would see India top the group and qualify for AFC Challenge Cup 2014 in Maldives but coach Wim Koevermans says his team will only be going for a win when the two sides face off here Wednesday.

India takes on Guam in AFC Challenge Cup

On a high after a win against Chinese Taipei in the opening tie, a confident India will take on Guam in their next match of the AFC Challenge Cup qualifying tournament here tomorrow.

I cannot rest on past laurels, says Chhetri

India skipper Sunil Chhetri, who had struck a hat-trick in the final when India won the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup, stressed on the importance of not resting on past laurels and said he is focussed on leading the team`s campaign in the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers.

Transition from club to international football key: Chhetri

Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri on Tuesday said that the transition from club to international football will be crucial, even as the hosts prepared to take on Palestine in a friendly here tomorrow.

India handed a tricky draw in the AFC Challenge Cup 2014 qualifiers

The Blue Tigers shall be up against hosts Myanmar, Chinese Taipei and Guam, as Koevermans` side look to seal their place in the AFC Challenge Cup 2014 to be held in Maldives...

India to bid for 2014 AFC Challenge Cup

The AFC Challenge Cup, Asia`s second biggest football tournament, may return to India after a gap of six years as the country is set to bid for the 2014 edition.

Rob Baan to decide on Savio`s replacement: AIFF sources

After India`s disastrous AFC Challenge Cup campaign ended with a 0-4 loss against North Korea in Kathmandu on Tuesday, the AIFF bosses have decided that technical director Rob Baan will now take a final call in zeroing in on Savio Medeira`s replacement as senior team coach.

AFC Challenge Cup: India end campaign with 0-4 loss to North Korea

India ended their disappointing campaign in the AFC Challenge Cup with a 0-4 loss to North Korea in their last league match at the Dashrath Stadium here Tuesday.

Ousted India take on DPR Korea in AFC Challenge Cup

Knocked out of the tournament following two successive defeats, the Indian football team would look to salvage some pride when it takes on favourites DPR Korea in an inconsequential match in the AFC Challenge Cup on Tuesday. The Group B encounter is India`s last in the tournament.