27, 2005: Five coaches left
The All India Football
Federation has shortlisted 5 coaches for the national coach post. According
to scoures the shortlisted coaches are Syed Nayeemuddin, Subrata Bhattacharya,
Aloke Mukherjee, M Peethambaram and Dr Birbal Singh. Fax messages were
sent out on Monday informing the five about their selection and asking
them to make their presentation before the four-member expert committee
comprising PK Banerjee, Chuni Goswami, CR Viswanathan and Dereyk DeSouza
on September 30.
27, 2005: Venky supports Sukhi
India and Mahindra
United star midfielder Shanmugam Venkatesh has has expressed his support
for national coach Sukhvinder Singh, while talking to a press conference.
Venky: "I think Sukhwinder should continue. How can you expect anyone
to deliver results in 10-20 days’ preparation. In 1998 he (Sukhwinder)
did a fantastic job against UAE, then no one said he was bad and now in
just 2-3 matches you judge his performace!"
26, 2005: Indian women to face though task
Vietnam is set to
host the 'Vietnam Coal International Football Tournament' from October
2 – 10. The tournament will be played in Cua Ong Stadium in Quang
Ninh province, and include India, Taiwan, Vietnam 1 and Cua Ong Coal (Vietnam
2). The championship team will take home a cash prize of VND50 million,
US$3,150, and two runners-up each with $1,900 and $1,300 respectively.
Cua Ong Coal Co. of Quang Ninh province will be picking up the tab for
the tournament, expected to cost some $63,000 in organizational expenses.
Vietnam Television’s VTV3 will host live broadcasts of several games
at the event.
19, 2005: AIFF receives 15 applications
The application phase
for Indian national football coach ended today with 15 coaches from across
India having applied for the top coaching job in Indian football. Currently
Sukhvinder Singh is the coach, but many expect a new coach to take over
after not so promising results in Pakistan and Fiji.
The illustrious list of applicants is headed by former national coach
Syed Nayeemuddin and includes former Mohun Bagan coach Subrata Bhattacharya,
India junior coaches Johar Das, Prasanta Banerjee and Satheevan Balan
plus Debashish Mukherjee, GS Parmar, Shyamal Banerjee, M Peethambaram,
M Ratan Singh, KP Sethumadhavan, Rajeev PK, K Suresh Babu, Ekendra Singh
and Dr Birbal Singh.
17, 2005: India U20 set for Myanmar
The Myanmar FF is
set to organise a Four Nation Football Tournament in November 2005 with
China, India and Bangladesh set to take part besides the hosts. The hosts
would use the tournament for exposure for their juniors ahead of the South-East
Asian Games, while China would send their U21 team, India would give their
U20 boys exposure ahead of the Asia U20 Qualifiers, while Bangladesh would
send their senior side ahead of the Asia Cup qualifiers.
16, 2005: Sukbhi meets Das Munshi
National coach Sukhvinder
Singh today met AIFF president Das Munshi to discuss the Indian team's
lacklustre performances in the recent months.
"I met the AIFF President this morning and we had a good discussion
over various issues concerning the game in India," Sukhvinder said
over phone from Phagwara.
The coach said the meeting, which lasted for about 20 minutes this morning,
took place in a "cordial" atmosphere.
"Dada (Das Munshi) asked me whatever he wanted to know and I also
said whatever was in my mind," Sukhvinder said.
The Executive Committee of the AIFF, in its meeting here on September
7, had decided to ask Sukhvinder to appear before Das Munshi to "present
his future plans for the team".
The meeting was scheduled to take place yesterday but had to be delayed
by a day as Das Munshi and Federation Secretary General Alberto Colaco
were attending the 55th Ordinary FIFA Congress at Marrakesh in Morocco.
Sukhvinder's future as national coach was in jeopardy after the pathetic
display by the team in Pakistan, where they lost a three-match series
on goal difference, and Fiji, where they lost all their encounters.
The coach, however, was tightlipped about what exactly was discussed at
"That is between the President and me and I cannot divulge any details
in this regard," he said.
Asked whether he was confident of retaining his job in the light of AIFF
asking for applications for the post of national coach, Sukhvinder said
"I am the coach at least till someone else is appointed."
14, 2005: India go down in FIFA Ranking
The latest FIFA World
Rankings were released today with INDIA losing a couple of spots to be
now 134th in the world amongst 205 nations affiliated to FIFA. In Asia
INDIA remain in 25th spot.
13, 2005: New coach to be announced in October
The name of the next
coach of the Indian football team is likely to be declared in early October,
the game's governing body in the country said today. "The expert
committee to deliberate on the issue of the next coach will meet on September
30 and the name of the selected candidate is likely to be announced in
the next couple of days," AIFF vice-president Subrata Dutta told
PTI from Calcutta. The committee, comprising PK Banerjee, Chuni Goswami,
CR Viswanathan and Dereyk DeSouza, will go through the applications received
for the post and make their recommendations to AIFF President Dasmunshi
who will announce the name of the next national coach within a day or
two, Dutta said. The last date for receiving applications has also been
extended by a day to September 18, sources in the AIFF said. The expert
committee meeting was earlier scheduled for September 27 but was put back
by three days as its members needed more time to scrutinise and deliberate
on the various candidates, they said.
13, 2005: Confusion about Sukhi
Even as the date for
the proposed appearance of national coach Sukhvinder Singh before AIFF
draws near, confusion reigned supreme as neither the date nor the agenda
of the meeting seems to have been decided as yet.
To make matters worse, Sukhvinder is yet to get an official intimation
about appearing before the AIFF chief Das Munshi and what he needs to
"I haven't received any communication from the federation and can't
comment on what I am required to do at the meeting," Sukhvinder said
over phone, adding "whatever I have heard in this regard is through
the media only."
12, 2005: AIFF asks for applications
Who is (going to)
apply for the India coach job?
With the future of Sukhvinder Singh unsure, the new system of "aspiring
coaches" asked to send in their application to the AIFF one wants
to know, who is interested to take the Indian football hotseat.
As it looks at the moment a number of top Indian club coaches aren't really
interested to take over or cannot due to club contracts.
You've been able to read here, Shabbir Ali and Savio Medeira are off the
list, with others like Derrick Pereira (Mahindra United) and Bimal Ghosh
(Air-India) also off.
But what about India's two most successful club coaches of the last few
season? Both East Bengal's Subhas Bhowmick and Dempo's Armando Colaco
find the selection process a little weird and uncalled for in football.
And it looks like the two will not apply for the job. But the two could
be proposed by AIFF vice-president of their respective zones.
10, 2005: Indian women to play in Vietnam
The Indian Women will
be taking part in a tournament in Vietnam for which a national camp will
be held at the SAI Eastern Centre, Calcutta from September 15. Harjinder
Singh has been named chief coach, while Shukla Dutta has been appointed
as assistant coach.
9, 2005: Constantine joins Millwall
At a time when in
India discussions are on who should be the coach of the national football
team, people are forced to realise what good job Englishmen Stephen Constantine
did during his near three year stint with India. Now Stephen has got a
break in English football joining Championship bottom side FC Millwall
on a month's trial as coach, which means as understudy of manager Colin
Lee. Stephen had been at the club for a week and impressed Lee, who took
him on the trial. Lets hope the best for Stephen. The IndianFootball.Com
Team wishes you the best!
7, 2005: Sukhi back under fire
UNI report: Going
by the inklings, national football coach Sukhvinder Singh has had his
last assignment with the team but AIFF is trying to sugar coat the bitter
pill to avert an unceremonious exit for him.
In a rare move in which the coach won't be shown the door in the crudest
way, the AIFF has decided to pick the next man for the hot seat, taking
a cue from its cricket counterpart BCCI.
"We did not follow BCCI. Football is an age-old game and we don't
need to learn anything from anyone," shot back AIFF President Das
Munshi after the Executive Committee meeting here yesterday.
Despite his denials, AIFF will be going the BCCI way and have decided
to call all "aspiring coaches" to send their application by
September 18 and the among them shortlisted one will be asked to appear
before a four-member expert panel. Earlier this year, BCCI had invited
four shortlisted candidates for Team India coach's post which eventually
went to Australian Greg Chappell.
AIFF, however, made it clear that it was not considering a foreigner for
the job. "Instead, we are thinking of roping in a Technical Advisor
from abroad. I'm going to Morocco and on my return, we might identify
someone and appoint him," Das Munshi said before flying for the FIFA
Congress in Marrakesh.
Meanwhile, both Das Munshi and AIFF Secretary Alberto Colaco maintained
that the Federation had not closed its door on Sukhwinder. "Sukhwinder
won't be asked to appear for the interview. Instead, he would directly
report to the AIFF President on September 15," Colaco said.
Das Munshi also refused to blame Sukhwinder alone for India's dismal show
in the twin tour of Pakistan and Fiji.
The new coach's name would be announced by September 30, he said, adding
"Till September 27, Sukhwinder will remain the coach and we will
decide the new name on September 28 or 29. We want a coach who will build
the team for the SAF and Asian Games. It was also decided that each zone
can recommend two names for the coach's job through the Vice-Presidents."
AIFF Vice-President Subroto Dutta later told UNI that three coaches would
be shortlisted after the interview before the federation takes a final
Sukhwinder was under fire after India had lost the three-match series
against Pakistan on goal average. Worse followed in Fiji as the S Ventakesh-led
squad lost all their matches to the lower ranked rivals.
7, 2005: Executive committee meeting
The AIFF executive
committee met in the capital New Delhi to discuss a number of pending
issues and spend most of it's time regarding the recommendations of the
technical committee on the disappointing performances of the national
team on it's tours to Pakistan (June) and Fiji (July).
AIFF president Das Munshi told reporters, "The much debated issue
of the performance of our U23 team in Pakistan and Fiji disappointed us.
It was most unfortunate and we probed in depth."
"The executive committee has decided to invite all aspiring coaches
who can build up the team for the SAF and Asian Games to apply by September
18 the shortlisted candidates will be asked to appear before an expert
panel on September 27 and the coaches named will be announced on September
28 or 29," he added.
Somehow it sounds like the AIFF wasn't able to take a proper decision
on the national coach issue. It sounds like technically Sukhvinder Singh
is still the national coach in-charge of affairs until the Asian Games,
but still the AIFF has asked for applications for the national coach from
"aspiring" Indian coaches. But Sukhi is not officially out yet.
He has been asked to appear infront of AIFF president Das Munshi on September
15 to explain the two tours from his side. So Sukhi can fight for his
job, still the AIFF has put together a panel of experts to conduct interviews
with potential candidates on September 27 about their vision for Team
India. CR Viswanathan, Chuni Goswami, PK Banerjee and Derek DeSouza will
comprise that panel with two applications per Zone to be accepted. If
no suitable candidate is found, then Sukhvinder will be asked to continue.
WHAT??? So far the national coach issue was being handled in a "somewhat
weird" manner, now it is becoming even more complicated with a lot
of if's and but's. Lets wait and see what happens, but we pray for the
best for our national team...
• The AIFF wants to appoint a foreign Technical Director to help
the new (old) national coach. The AIFF hopes to find a new TD with the
help of FIFA. And with the FIFA Congress on September 11/12 in Marrakesh,
• Uzbek Islam Akhmedov has been appointed as the full-time youth
Development Director with assistants to be appointed soon for the youth
development programme for the U16 and U19 national teams.
• It was also announced at the press conference that Zee Sports
would get the TV and marketing rights of Indian football for the next
five years from October 1, 2005 with an option to extend the contract
by another five years. The original 10 year offer from Zee Sports was
said to be in the region of Rs 2,7 billion. Other bidders included Nimbus,
who pulled out, and NDTV.
• The 27th Federation Cup would be either held in Calcutta or Goa,
if these places cannot hold it then Calicut would be offered to hold the
4, 2005: Sukhi to continue
As per statements
made by AIFF Vice-President CR Viswanathan in Chennai Sukhwinder Singh
will continue as national coach.
CR Viswanathan, who also happens to be the Chairman of the Technical and
Coaching Committee's, told PTI in Chennai "Sukwinder will continue
and Federation President P R Das Munshi or the Executive Commitee were
not contemplating any change at this stage".
Talking to PTI today just before departing for the capital, Viswanathan
said "only the media has been spreading this rumour and I can categorically
say that the Federation has neither discussed this aspect nor the subject
was a matter for discussion in the Tuesday meeting".
"The meeting is to discuss the team's performance in its two tours
(Pakistan and Fiji) and the reports of both the Manager and the Coach
would also be analysed", he said, adding "the thrust in the
meeting will be towards setting up of a system of coaching in the country".
Saying that every aspect of football, including decisions on appointment
of coaches, are made only after detailed discussion, Viswanathan said
"members of the Committee have submitted their proposals and it would
be placed for discussion at Tuesday's meeting".
Viswanathan felt that Sukhwinder had not been given enough time and that
he had continued with the team handled by Constantine.
"I personally feel that the present team is our best team in recent
times. Their performance against Japan, though we received seven goals,
was excellent. We missed a few chances but the team played the full 90
minutes with vigour and were hard in tackles", he said.
According to Viswanathan, the Coaching and Technical Committees have proposed
to the AIFF that the Chairman and members of these committees should be
present at Coaching camps and major tournaments to assess the players'
"I have been for the last over ten years suggesting a system of coaching
in the country and my earlier proposal is with the AIFF. It has now crystalised
and a system will be in place at the earliest", he said.
"It has been proposed to identify 30 footballers in each of over
600 districts in India and, after a thorough testing of trainees on both
physical and playing abilities, 30 players would be selected from each
State. They would be grouped Zone-wise before a final list of 30 trainees
will be picked for the All India Camp."
It has also been proposed that the Federation set up regional centres
to maintain data on these trainees and monitor and assess their progress,
3, 2005: Bhutia back in Calcutta
Indian star skipper
Baichung Bhutia was a guest at today's Calcutta Premier League derby between
Mohun Bagan and East Bengal back in India on a one week visit after his
stint with Malaysian club MK Land Selangor with whom he still has a contract
for another month. Baichung said he will only decide at the beginning
of next month for whom he will play. He has offers to stay in Malaysia
plus offers from top clubs in India. Baichung said, if he returned to
India he would only sign in Calcutta either for East Bengal or Mohun Bagan.
Rumours had suggested that Mahindra United and JCT Mills were also interested
to sign Baichung.
Watching the match at the Saltlake Stadium press box, Baichung said his
Malaysia Cup campaign for MK Land was somewhat fruitful as he personally
got back to match fitness and form, though he played in a withdrawn position
and not his usual striking position.