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India national under-23 football team

The India national under-23 football team represents India in international under-23 football and is controlled by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). Currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) the team can compete in three competitions: the Olympic Games, the AFC U-23 Championship, and the Asian Games.

India U-23
AssociationAIFF
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationSAFF (South Asia)
Head coachIgor Štimac
FIFA codeIND
First colours
Second colours
First international
India  1–1  Oman
(Hyderabad, India; 4 August 1991)
Olympic Games
AppearancesNone
AFC U-23 Championship
AppearancesNone
Asian Games
Appearances4 (first in 2002)
Best resultRound of 16 (2010)

Since only allowing under-23 sides to compete in the Olympic Games in 1992, India have never qualified for the summer games. The under-23 side have also never participated in the AFC U-23 Championship while at best only making it to the round of 16 in the Asian Games.

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HistoryEdit

Asian GamesEdit

2002 Busan GamesEdit

The under-23 side 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. India won 3–0 through a brace from future senior captain Baichung Bhutia and a strike from Renedy Singh. India played their second match two days later against Turkmenistan. 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 GamesEdit

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 GamesEdit

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 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]

2014 Incheon GamesEdit

For the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, India were placed in Group G with Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. In their first match against the United Arab Emirates, India went down 5–0. Seven days later, India were defeated by Jordan 2–0 to end their Asian Games participation.[4]

Other tournamentsEdit

2009 SAFF ChampionshipEdit

Before the 2009 SAFF Championship in Bangladesh, it was announced that India would send the under-23 side to the tournament.[5] India were placed in Group A with Afghanistan, Maldives, and Nepal. In their first match against Afghanistan, India won 1–0 through Jeje Lalpekhlua.[6] In their next match against Nepal, a Sushil Kumar Singh goal was the difference as India won again 1–0.[7] Despite losing the last match of the group stage to Maldives 2–0 India were still through to the semi-finals.

India defeated Bangladesh in the semi-finals 1–0 through Sushil Kumar Singh.[8] Finally, in the final against Maldives, India won through penalties 3–1 after finishing extra-time with the score at 0–0 to win the championship.[9]

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Igor Štimać

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were called up for the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers in March 2019.[10]

Caps and goals are updated as of 20 March 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem (2000-07-04) 4 July 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Kerala Blasters
1GK Prabhsukhan Singh Gill (2001-01-02) 2 January 2001 (age 18) 0 0   Indian Arrows
1GK Mohammad Nawaz (2000-01-21) 21 January 2000 (age 19) 0 0   FC Goa

2DF Narender Gahlot (2001-04-24) 24 April 2001 (age 18) 0 0   Indian Arrows
2DF Sarthak Golui (1997-11-03) 3 November 1997 (age 21) 2 0   Pune City
2DF Gaurav Bora (1998-07-13) 13 July 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Chennai City
2DF Mehtab Singh (1998-06-05) 5 June 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Gokulam Kerala
2DF Anwar Ali (2000-07-28) 28 July 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Indian Arrows
2DF Ashish Rai (1999-02-02) 2 February 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Indian Arrows
2DF Nishu Kumar (1997-11-05) 5 November 1997 (age 21) 4 0   Bengaluru

3MF Jerry Mawihmingthanga (1997-03-09) 9 March 1997 (age 22) 4 1   Delhi Dynamos
3MF Lallianzuala Chhangte (1997-08-06) 6 August 1997 (age 22) 9 0   Delhi Dynamos
3MF Vinit Rai (1997-10-10) 10 October 1997 (age 21) 7 0   Delhi Dynamos
3MF Sahal Abdul Samad (1997-06-04) 4 June 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Kerala Blasters
3MF Amarjit Singh Kiyam (2001-01-06) 6 January 2001 (age 18) 0 0   Indian Arrows
3MF Anirudh Thapa (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 21) 5 0   Chennaiyin
3MF Rohit Kumar (1997-04-01) 1 April 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Pune City
3MF Komal Thatal (2000-09-18) 18 September 2000 (age 18) 0 0   ATK
3MF Rahul K.P (2000-03-16) 16 March 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Kerala Blasters

4FW Liston Colaco (1998-11-12) 12 November 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Goa
4FW Daniel Lalhlimpuia (1997-09-12) 12 September 1997 (age 21) 4 0   Delhi Dynamos
4FW Rohit Danu (2002-07-10) 10 July 2002 (age 17) 0 0   Indian Arrows
4FW Rahim Ali (2000-04-21) 21 April 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Indian Arrows

Past squadsEdit

Asian GamesEdit

Results and scheduleEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

Competitive recordEdit

Summer OlympicsEdit

From 1908 to 1988, football at the Olympics was played by senior national teams.[11] and between these years India national football team competed at all Games from 1948 to 1960.[11] From 1992, FIFA allowed only U-23 national teams to play the tournament at the Olympics.[11] Though U-23 players were allowed, the qualifying matches of 1992 Olympics to 2012 Olympics were played by the Senior national team of India but failed to qualify to the Olympics finals from 1992 to 2012. AFC started AFC U-23 Championship from 2013 which is now acted as the qualifying tournament for the Olympics for the Asian countries, where top three teams are allowed entry to Olympic finals.[12] India is yet to qualify for the AFC U-23 Championship and thus also at Olympics since then.

AFC U-23 ChampionshipEdit

AFC U-23 Championship was initially set to be held as AFC U-22 Championships in 2013 and its qualification matches in 2012, but the finals tournament was postponed to be played in January 2014.[13][14] Till now, three championships held, in 2014, 2016 and 2018 and next going to be held in 2020 and India failed to qualify to any of the championships.[15]

Asian GamesEdit

Asian Games record
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA
Senior National Team
19511998 See India national football team
Under-23 National Team
  2002 Group stage 10th 3 2 0 1 6 3
  2006 Group stage 14th 3 1 1 1 3 4
  2010 Round of 16 14th 4 1 0 3 5 10
  2014 Group stage 26th 2 0 0 2 0 7
  2018 Did not enter
Total 4/5 0 Titles 12 4 1 7 14 24

South Asian GamesEdit

South Asian Games record
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA
Senior National Team
1984 – 1999 See India national football team
Under-23 National Team
  2004 Silver 2nd 5 3 1 1 7 2
  2006 Semifinals 4th 5 1 3 1 4 5
  2010 Semifinals 4th 5 1 2 2 5 3
  2016 Silver 2nd 4 2 0 2 7 5
Total 4/4 0 Titles 19 7 6 6 23 15

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. Archived from the original on 2 June 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  4. ^ "2014 Asian Games". RSSSF.
  5. ^ "SAFF Cup Comment: India U-23, Not India, Signal Better Times For Indian Football". Goal.com. 15 December 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  6. ^ "India 1 - 0 Afghanistan: Jeje's winner". Maldives Soccer. 5 December 2009. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  7. ^ "India 1 – 0 Nepal: India into semi final". Maldives Soccer. 7 December 2009. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Bangladesh 0 - 1 India: Hosts crash out". Maldives Soccer. 11 December 2009. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Maldives 0 - 0 India: India wins on penalties". Maldives Soccer. 13 December 2009. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  10. ^ "INDIA OUT TO BREAK AFC U23 CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION JINX IN TASHKENT". AIFF. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  11. ^ a b c "FIFA FACTS of Olympics" (PDF). www.fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  12. ^ "QUALIFICATION SYSTEM – GAMES OF THE XXXI OLYMPIAD – RIO 2016 – Football" (PDF). Rio 2016 Official Website. 23 April 2014. Archived from the original (pdf) on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Call to improve AFC competitions". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 27 July 2011. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Competitions Committee takes key decisions". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 22 March 2012. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  15. ^ "India thump Turkmenistan in AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers". hindustantimes.com. Hindustan Times. Retrieved 9 January 2019.

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