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India Sink To New Low, Beaten By Tiny Guam In World Cup Qualifiers

India hit a new low with their “humiliating” loss to tiny Guam in World Cup qualifying, the country’s media said Wednesday. India, once hailed the sleeping giants of football by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, were outclassed by the Pacific island minnows on Tuesday night. The 2-1 defeat was made even more embarrassing as India, with a population of 1.25 billion compared to Guam’s 160,000, are 33 places above Guam Matao (174) in the FIFA world rankings. “HUMILIATION”, screamed the Mail Today tabloid which said the defeat was the latest in a string of poor performances. “There is a point after which the word embarrassing does not do justice while describing repeated debacles,” the newspaper said in its back page article. Other media were similarly scathing of the performance in which Sunil Chhetri, with almost the last kick of the game, scored a consolation goal for the more experienced Indian side. “In Pacific, Indian football sinks to new low”, a Hindustan […] Read more »

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ISL: Pune FC Name Former England Captain As Their New Manager

  David Platt, the former England Captain, England U21 Manager, and Assistant Manager to Roberto Mancini at Manchester City till 2013 is the new manager of the Pune FC in the Indian Soccer League. “I didn’t know much about Indian football until the opportunity arose and I spoke to club CEO Gaurav Modwel in London,” Platt told the Times of India. “The more I researched and the more I heard, I became enthusiastic about the strategy of the ISL and FC Pune. There is an ambitious plan and the strategy appealed to me.” Pune FC finished 6th in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) that was launched with much fanfare last year. The addition of David Platt will be yet another feather in the Pune FC cap which also saw them snap up former French International Striker David Trezeguet. CEO of Pune FC, Gaurav Modwel said: “I think David will have a very strong impact on Indian football […] Read more »