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Indian Super League playoffs scenarios: Which teams will take the two remaining spots?

Bengaluru and Goa have confirmed their places in the ISL playoffs, but there's still four teams fighting it out for the two remaining spots. Who can get there and how?

TEAMS IN PLAYOFFS

Bengaluru FC (31 from 16)

Remaining: Goa (h) - Feb 21, Jamshedpur (a) - Feb 27

Jamshedpur's defeat to Pune on Saturday confirmed Bengaluru's place in the last four. While they'd still want to finish top, they can afford to experiment and rest a few regulars in their remaining fixtures. Delhi Dynamos have been irresistible...

What India's new U-23 coach Derrick Pereira brings to the table

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has confirmed that Derrick Pereira has been appointed the coach of the Indian U-23 team, replacing national coach Stephen Constantine, who stepped down after India's exit from the AFC Asian Cup in January.

AIFF confirmed to ESPN that the appointment is only up to the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification, which takes place in Uzbekistan in March this year. The AFC U-23 championships next year in Thailand will determine Asian qualification for the 2020...

Westwood? Roca? Moyes? Five managers who could replace Stephen Constantine as India coach

If you had a magic lamp, and you could pick any coach in the world to be India's next, who would it be and why? Here are five potential candidates who could replace Stephen Constantine, with the possible pros and cons.

Ashley Westwood

Positives: With an I-League title, a runner-up finish and a Federation Cup in two years at Bengaluru FC - his debut season in India -- Westwood is a winner, understands the complexities of Indian football, brings knowledge from faraway lands, and can get the...

India must turn 'Sorrow of Sharjah' at Asian Cup into fuel for fire

Uzbekistan prevailed 2-1 over Oman in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup opener courtesy of Eldor Shomurodov's late winner.

Japan's J League started in 1993. At the same time, the national team was doing well in qualification for the 1994 World Cup and what would be a first appearance on the global stage. Going into the final game against Iraq in Qatar, the Samurai Blue just had to win to book their ticket. The goal was duly scored, and at halftime the team's Dutch coach, Hans Ooft, wrote "45 minutes to the World Cup" on the whiteboard in the dressing room. Iraq equalised soon after the break, but Japan restored their...

India centre-back Anas Edathodika retires from international football

India centre-back Anas Edathodika has announced his retirement from international football, a day after a hamstring injury forced him off the field within four minutes of the crucial Asian Cup clash against Bahrain in Sharjah. 

"It's been a very hard decision to take and accept. I love (sic) to play more years at my best, but I think it's the time to step down and give opportunities to youngsters who can perform better," Kerala Blasters defender Anas said in a social media post announcing...