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India national under-23 football team

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India Under-23
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Blue Cubs
Association All India Football Federation
Head coach Savio Medeira
Olympic Games
Appearances None
Best result Qualifiers
AFC U-22 Asian Cup
Appearances None
Best result Qualifiers
Asian Games
Appearances 3 (First in 2002)
Best result Round of 16 (2010)

The India national under-23 football team is the men's football team that represents India at the under-23 level internationally. The primary goal of the team is the participate in the Summer Olympics, AFC U-22 Asian Cup, and the Asian Games. The team is currently controlled by the governing body of football in the country, the All India Football Federation.

Currently, the team has never qualified for the Summer Olympics with the senior team qualifying in 1960 and has so far never qualifyed for the U-22 Asian Cup as well. In the Asian Games the team has made it as far as the Round of 16 stage in 2010, only to lose to Japan 5–0.

Asian Games history

2002 Busan Games

India's under-23s participated in their first ever tournament during the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea. They were put into a group with China, Turkmenistan, and Bangladesh. Their first match was against Bangladesh in which India won 3–0 through a brace from future senior captain Baichung Bhutia and a strike from Renedy Singh. India then played their second match two days later against Turkmenistan where they won 3–1. Bhutia again scored a brace while Abhishek Yadav scored the third goal as India ran out 3–1 winners. Unfortunately, in their final match against China, India could not find the net as they fell 2–0 and thus were knocked-out of the Asian Games.[1]

2006 Doha Games

During the 2006 Asian Games India were placed in a group with Iran, Hong Kong, and Maldives. In their first match against Hong Kong, India drew 1–1 with Pappachen Pradeep scoring the lone Indian goal. In their second match India faced off against Maldives and won 2–1. Irungbam Surkumar Singh and Subhas Sumbhu Chakrobarty were the scorers for India that night. Finally, in their last match against Iran, India once again lost 2–0 and thus were once again knocked-out of the Asian Games.[2]

2010 Guangzhou Games

During the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, India were placed in a group with Qatar, Kuwait Athletes, and Singapore. India lost their first match against the Kuwait Athletes 2–0 and then lost their second match against Qatar 2–1 with the lone India goal coming from Dharmaraj Ravanan. India then went on to win their final match of the group stage against Singapore 4–1. Four players scored each goal, Jewel Raja, Balwant Singh, Jibon Singh, and Manish Maithani. The victory managed to help India finish in third-place which then helped India become the best third-place team out of all the other third-placed teams and thus qualified them for the Round of 16.

In the Round of 16, India took on powerhouse Japan at the Huangpu Sports Center. India went on to lose the match 5–0 with Kensuke Nagai scoring a brace and Ryohei Yamazaki, Kazuya Yamamura, and Kota Mizunuma scoring a goal each.[3]

Competition records

Head coaches

Manager Period
Template:Country data India Sukhwinder Singh 2008–2010
23x15px Des Bulpin 2011
23x15px Arthur Papas 2012
23x15px Wim Koevermans 2014
Template:Country data IND Savio Medeira 2015–

Personnel

As of 23 March 2015 [4]
Position Name
Head Coach Template:Country data IND Savio Medeira
Manager Template:Country data IND G S Srinivasa Murthy

Results and Fixtures

Current squad

The following 23 players were called up for the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship Qualifier against Uzbekistan on 27 March 2015. [5]

As of 27 March 2015
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Amrinder Singh (C) (1993-05-27) 27 May 1993 (age 22) 5 0 Template:Country data IND Pune
25 1GK Rehenesh TP (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Template:Country data IND Shillong Lajong
35 1GK Albino Gomes (1994-02-07) 7 February 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Template:Country data IND Sporting Goa
18 2DF Abhishek Das (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 22) 7 0 Template:Country data IND East Bengal
2 2DF Pritam Kotal (1993-08-09) 9 August 1993 (age 22) 6 0 Template:Country data IND Mohun Bagan
4 2DF Sandesh Jhingan (1993-07-21) 21 July 1993 (age 22) 3 0 Template:Country data IND Sporting Goa
37 2DF Bikramjeet Singh (1993-12-01) 1 December 1993 (age 22) 3 0 Template:Country data IND Bharat FC
5 2DF Deepak Sumnath (1994-01-17) 17 January 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Template:Country data IND Bhawanipore
3 2DF Shankar Sampingiraj (1994-12-14) 14 December 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Template:Country data IND Bengaluru FC
38 2DF Satish Singh (1993-11-10) 10 November 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Template:Country data IND Mohun Bagan
6 3MF Siam Hanghal (1993-05-26) 26 May 1993 (age 22) 5 0 Template:Country data IND Bengaluru FC
13 3MF Manish Bhargav (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 (age 21) 3 0 Template:Country data IND Mohun Bagan
26 3MF Abhinas Ruidas (1994-09-12) 12 September 1994 (age 21) 3 0 Template:Country data IND East Bengal
33 3MF Germanpreet Singh (1996-06-24) 24 June 1996 (age 19) 3 0 Template:Country data IND Dempo
46 3MF Vinit Rai (1997-09-10) 10 September 1997 (age 18) 3 0 Template:Country data IND Dempo
17 3MF Prabir Das (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 22) 2 0 Template:Country data IND Dempo
45 3MF Denechandra Meitei (1994-03-28) 28 March 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Template:Country data IND Pune
12 3MF Nikhil Kadam (1994-06-23) 23 June 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Template:Country data IND Pune
9 4FW Holicharan Narzary (1994-05-10) 10 May 1994 (age 21) 4 0 Template:Country data IND Dempo
48 4FW Jayesh Rane (1993-02-20) 20 February 1993 (age 22) 3 0 Template:Country data IND Mumbai
19 4FW Thongkhosiem Haokip (1993-08-26) 26 August 1993 (age 22) 3 0 Template:Country data IND Pune
20 4FW Sumit Passi (1995-04-18) 18 April 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Template:Country data IND Sporting Goa
23 4FW Rajinder Kumar (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Template:Country data IND Bharat FC

See also

References

  1. "Asian Games 2002 (South Korea)". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  2. "Asian Games 2006 (Qatar)". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  3. "2010 Asian Games". Olympic Association of Asia. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  4. "Indian squad leaves for AFC U-23 Championship". the-aiff.com. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  5. "India vs Uzbekistan: AFC U-23 Championship 2016". Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 

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