India national football team

India national football team

Infobox National football team
Name = India
Badge = India FA.png Nickname = The Jalfezi's, The Wonder Boys,
Association = All India Football Federation
Confederation = AFC (Asia)
Coach = flagicon|ENG Bob Houghton
Most caps = Baichung Bhutia (55)
Top scorer = Baichung Bhutia (38)
Captain = Baichung Bhutia
FIFA Trigramme = IND
FIFA Rank = 151
1st ranking date = August 1993
FIFA max = 94
FIFA max date = February 1996
FIFA min = 165

FIFA min date = March 2007
Elo Rank = 155

First game = Flagicon|France France 2 - 1 India Flagicon|India (London, England; July 31, 1948)
Largest win = Flagicon|India India 7 - 1 Ceylon Flagicon|Ceylon|1951 (Bangalore, India; December 16, 1963)
Largest loss = Flagicon|USSR USSR 11 - 1 India Flagicon|India (Moscow, USSR; September 16, 1955)
no World cup apps = 0
Regional name = AFC Asian Cup
Regional cup apps = 2
Regional cup first = 1964
Regional cup best = Runners-up, 1964
2ndRegional name = South Asian Football Federation Cup
2ndRegional cup apps = 7
2ndRegional cup first = 1993
2ndRegional cup best = Winners - 1993, 1997, 1999, 2005

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.


India qualified by default for the 1950 FIFA World Cup as a result of the withdrawal of all of their scheduled opponents. However, they did not take up their place in the competition because FIFA demanded all players at the World Cup finals should wear football boots. A number of the Indian players refused to abide by this rule and the team was forced to withdraw. The team has never since come close to qualifying for the World Cup. [ [] ]

India finished 4th in the football tournament at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, 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. [ [] ]

India hosted the 2001 Millennium Super Cup, but were knocked out in the group stage following defeats by Iceland and Uruguay.

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 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.

Recent coaching history

=AFC Challenge Cup record=

* 2006 - Quarterfinal
* 2008 - Champions

=Nehru Cup record=

* 2007 - Winners

2008 Results and Upcoming fixtures

Current Squad

"The following players were called up for the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup, 30 July, 2008."
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Recent call-ups


External links

* [ Official Website of the All India Football Federation]
* [ India winning Nehru Cup(CNN-IBN)]
* [ Home of the Bhangra Boys - The Indian national team]

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