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Lessons for Stimac: Bold is beautiful, but don't tinker with proven hits

India lost their first match under Igor Stimac 3-1 to Curacao in the King's Cup, a scoreline that accurately reflected the dominance the Caribbean side. They will now face Thailand in the third-place playoff, but ahead of that, we look at what we learnt from India's performance against a side ranked 20 places above them in the FIFA rankings.

Before we look at the key takeaways, a couple of disclaimers - Stimac is a man known for tinkering -- the Croatian national team was a painful testament to...

PK Banerjee: Father, teacher, friend and one of India's all-time greats

Where does one begin while describing the greatness of Pradip Kumar Banerjee, PK for most?

Does one talk of his five decades in football, from his debut for Bihar in the Santosh Trophy at age 16 in 1952 to a stint as Mohammedan Sporting coach 51 years later?

Perhaps one could bring up his brightest moments with the Indian national team, a fourth-place finish at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, where India beat Australia 4-1, or scoring in all but one game as India regained the Asian Games gold in 1962.


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India's next coach: Sam Allardyce, Albert Roca and Raymond Domenech among high-profile applicants

Former England manager Sam Allardyce is among the high-profile names who have reportedly applied to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for the position of the head coach of the Indian national team.

Over 250 applicants -- including former Bengaluru FC (BFC) coach Albert Roca and NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) coach Eelco Schattorie -- are understood to be keen on replacing Englishman Stephen Constantine, who quit after India's first-round exit at the AFC Asian Cup in January. The AIFF have confirmed...

I-League champion Gaurav Bora could be India's next 'big' thing

On Friday, when India play Uzbekistan in the AFC U-23 qualifiers, a young man whose life has turned upside down over the last five months could be taking the biggest step of his career. Unknown across Indian football even a couple of months ago, Gaurav Bora, I-League winner with Chennai City this season, could feature in the Indian defence. His coach Derrick Pereira believes he can go on to play for the senior national side, "and then take it to another level."

Gaurav, who scored the winning goals...

Minerva Punjab's no-show latest chapter in Super Cup's fading relevance for I-League clubs

In keeping with their announcement earlier this week, Minerva Punjab did not show up for their opening game of the Super Cup against FC Pune City in Bhubaneswar on Friday. Six other I-League clubs have also threatened to withdraw, and Churchill Brothers are understood to be unsure about participation. What does it mean for the Super Cup and what should fans expect from this tournament?  

The rumours about plans to relegate I-League to the second division behind ISL had resulted in...

Mohun Bagan's visit to Chennai a tale of contrasting seasons

'Bagan's visit to Chennai could decide the title.'

Until a few seasons ago, anyone reading that headline would have assumed it's about Mohun Bagan's chance to close in on the title with a win at Chennai.

This season, it's just the opposite. Not only are Chennai favourites to beat Bagan and move a step closer to an unlikely title, the fixture itself tells the story of the two teams' contrasting seasons.

A win could take Chennai eight points clear of East Bengal and Real Kashmir [though Kashmir play...