Pulasta Dhar
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From NFL, I-League and ISL to failed World Cup dreams, tracing Indian football from 2000-2015

India needs to start winning their World Cup Qualifiers and India needs to pull off their first FIFA event (U17 World Cup) with fanfare, dignity and performances that inspire the next generation to play the world's most popular game.

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U 17 World Cup team's development might be game changer for Indian football: AIFF

The general secretary of AIFF Kushal Das today said that he believes that the Under-17 World Cup squad which the country has put up will be the game changer for Indian football.

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India's future U17 World Cup team: Coach Nicolai Adam still looking for finishing and defending talent

While 8-0 looks good on paper, India could have easily won by a dozen more goals. Coach Nikolai Adam admitted that his team suffered when it came to finishing

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ISL 2015: Chennaiyin FC's Stiven Mendoza is the league's bonafide superstar

What makes Mendoza special is that he's being noticed in the ISL. After last season's stint, when he scored four goals in nine appearances, he was snapped up by Corinthians.

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FIR filed against Chennaiyin star Elano for alleged tunnel bust-up before ISL 2015 trophy presentation

An FIR was registered against Chennaiyin's Brazilian star Elano Blumer after an alleged brawl near the dug-out and the tunnel area just before the Indian Super League trophy presentation

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ISL Final: Chennaiyin FC snatch victory from the jaws of defeat to beat FC Goa 3-2 in thriller

An incredible five minutes at the death produced three goals in a scintillating Indian Super League 2015 final -- with Chennaiyin FC snatching victory from the jaws of defeat

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ISL Final: It's going to be attack-attack-attack as Chennaiyin take on FC Goa

There is no doubting that the two most entertaining, exciting and enthralling teams of the ISL have reached the final. Neutrals can have absolutely no complaints about the two sides emerging from the league and semifinals to slug it out for the tag of 2015 champions.

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ISL 2015: Robin Singh strike helps Delhi Dynamos edge past FC Goa 1-0 in crucial semi-final first leg

Delhi Dynamos eked out another victory with a one-goal margin as they beat high-flying FC Goa 1-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the first leg semifinal of the Indian Super League.

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Before Elano, Mendoza and Malouda, there was Dudu Omagbemi: This is his incredible story

Before foreigners like Elano and Stiven Mendoza and Florent Malouda came to India, there was Dudu Omagbemi. And this is his incredible story.

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Hockey coach Oltmans on historic medal, transition from Van Ass and whether India's HWL win was 'lucky'

Oltmans has been involved with Indian hockey for three years and was high performance director when former coach Paul Van Ass was sacked after a spat with Hockey India chief Narinder Batra -- and the 61-year-old gave some insight into how he managed the transition.

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The Haitian in India: Mumbai City's Sony Norde on losses, choosing India and the challenging ISL season

Norde's case is interesting in the Haiti squad. Having 'become very well-known' after his initial exploits in Argentina and Mexico, he had to take the risk of playing in unknown Bangladesh.

India

Chennai floods death toll crosses 280: Here's a look at the Army's rescue operations

Firstpost spent 12 hours with the army during these operations in Chennai floods.

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ISL: NorthEast United's 'restless' journeyman striker Kamara and the legacy of his celebration

Kamara is different because it's not so much the money or the game that takes him there, but his personality.

India

First person account of Chennai floods: Force of the calamity hit me when I saw 2 mothers crying in agony

Wailing sirens puncture the grey gloom over Chennai — in every area, red and blue emergency lights flicker on top of cars. It's like an army of ambulances have invaded the city.

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Have a long way to go before realising 'next Bhaichung' tag: Chennaiyin's in-form striker Jeje

Jeje has four goals and two assists in this year's ISL, but looks stronger, fitter and has put on a lot of muscle -- all prerequisites for Marco Materazzi's demand for 'aggressive football' for the three months that he manages in India.

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No room for 'jugaad': Hosting U-17 World Cup not just about Indian football, but matter of sporting legacy

There is no doubt that the organisers will drum up enough interest for Indians to watch their team play in their first World Cup — but Ceppi says it is also important to limit expectations to reality

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ISL: Nicolas Anelka comes clean on differences with Mumbai City FC, Moritz departure and struggling Chhetri

While Anelka believes in his main threat Sunil Chhetri, there is some doubt as to whether he believes in the rest of the side.

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ISL: May bench myself because the team has played better without me, says Mumbai City's coach Anelka

When asked whether he would, just like Roberto Carlos this year and Marco Materazzi last year, concentrate more on coaching and let the players take charge on the field, Anelka said that he 'thinks he will do it.'

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ISL 2015: The dream Anelka-Chhetri partnership is turning into a nightmare for Mumbai City

At the end of the day though, the Chhetri-Anelka partnership has become somewhat like the Steven Gerrard-Frank Lampard duet for England: Two similar players wanting to do what the other does as well and ending up cancelling out each other.