All three players are an integral part of Team India and played a key role in helping the Blue Tigers win their second silver medal in just over two weeks.
As the Indians celebrated their victory and lined up for the winner’s medal, Jixon of all three had a colorful flag wrapped around his jersey, which drew many stares. According to Jickson, it was his Manipur flag, which he wore as a sign of unity, calling for peace in his state.
This is my Manipur flag. I just wanted to tell everyone in India and Manipur to stay in peace and not fight. I want peace, he told ESPN.
Jixon not only received the SAFF championship winner’s medal with the flag unfurled, but he displayed it until he left the field with Mahesh.
Jixon’s gesture did not go over well, however, as some fans condemned the act, even though it was done for a noble reason. Others supported the midfielder, who is also the first Indian player to score a goal in the World Cup.
Jixon, however, wasted no time in criticizing and explained that he did not mean to offend anyone by dedicating the victory to all Indians.
Dear Fans, By celebrating in the flag, I did not mean to hurt anyone’s feelings. I wanted to draw attention to the problems my home state of Manipur is facing right now. This victory today is dedicated to all Indians, he wrote in a socialcoach Ancelotti to lead the team at the 2026 World Cup.
Fluminense coach Diniz, 49, will keep his job at the Rio de Janeiro-based club and only join Brazil for World Cup qualifiers in South America. He will succeed Brazil U-20 coach Ramon Menezes, who led the team in friendlies this year on an interim basis and lost two of three matches.
Brazil has yet to appoint a long-term coach to replace Tite, who left his post after a quarterfinal loss to Croatia at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Diniz, who has been praised by Brazilian stars including Neymar and Thiago Silva in recent years, will be introduced at a press conference Wednesday at the Brazilian Football Confederation headquarters in Rio de Janeiro.
It’s a dream for anyone, an honor and tremendous pride to work on the national team, Diniz said in a video release, wearing the Brazilian national team jacket.
It’s a joint operation between the Brazilian Football Confederation and Fluminense. I’m convinced that we have everything to take it and make it work.
The Brazilian Football Confederation said in a statement that negotiations to hire Diniz were quiet and cautious so as not to interfere with his job at Fluminense. He is known for his strategy of using attacking teams that enjoy ball possession and building their game from behind.
147251tines did not mind the interest and curiosity in the future of his legendary teammate in sports and decided to go with the flow on the second day of his visit to the soccer-obsessed city.
Earlier, scenes of unbridled joy swept through the roads leading to the Mohun Bagan tent, where the star goalkeeper participated in a number of events, including the opening of the Pele-Maradona-Sobers goal and the announcement of the Calcutta Police Friendship Open Cup in front of packed stands.
Dibu, as he is affectionately known, was stunned as he was greeted by thousands of fans dressed in Albiceleste colors and Messi’s number 10 jersey.
To see so many people cheering for you and Argentina is bliss, he said.
To the shouts of Messi, Messi echoed in the stands, Martinez, 30, made a promise to bring Messi to Calcutta again and play soccer in Argentina’s colors.
This is not the end, I hope to return to India to play with Argentina and Messi, he said, eliciting the loudest applause.
Now that I come to places like this, I realize how important it is to win the World Cup. To make people happy.
I said I would come to Calcutta to see the culture, the beautiful city of Calcutta. I’m very proud to be here today, he said.
The 2022 World Cup Gold Glove winner thanked Messi for making him a better goalkeeper.
When asked if he stoppedThe best thing is to invite European coaches, to invite the best coaches who can teach children and bring the European style of soccer – how to move on the field.
I will also bring European techniques for Argentine goalkeepers to make sure they get better from a young age.
By doing this from a young age, hopefully India will play in the World Cup.
Messi is the greatest
Earlier in the day, he was congratulated by clubs Mohun Bagan and East Bengal on the sidelines of the Tahader Katha chat show at the Milan Mela pitch, where he said: Messi is the greatest.
Messi is the best player in history and there will be no Messi in the future. It’s hard to match him. He is the greatest player.
We had to win the World Cup for him and we did.
Messi has made it clear that the World Cup in Qatar was his last, and he has no plans to wear an Argentina jersey in 2026.
Don’t worry, Martinez said, adding that they are a team of tigers and they will take up the challenge again.
I take challenges with all my heart and passion. We have a group of tigers on the team, and we’re ready to fight, he said.
Sea of white and blue
There was a sea of white and blue on Maidan as Argentine fans donned jerseys and headed to Mohun Bagan Field.
Posters depicting Martinez kissing his Golden Glove and the glittering FIFA World Cup trophy dotted Gostha Pal Sarani leading to the Moh tentThen he got into an open car, drove around the court, and threw footballs at the fans in the galleries.
Although Kuwait scored the first goal, it was India who owned the initiative throughout the match. India closed the gap in the 38th minute when Lallianzuala Chhangte equalized with a simple corner kick, but the attacks began immediately after the Blue Tigers conceded a goal.
For example, a minute after Kuwait tied the score, Chhangte controlled a long ball from Anwar Ali with his chest and passed it to Chhetri, who delivered a powerful shot from the edge of the penalty box, forcing Kuwait’s number one Abdulrahman Marzook to make a diving save.
Despite numerous attempts, however, the score remained 1-1 and it went back to a tiebreak.
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Unlike the semi-final against Lebanon, which also featured a shootout, this match was more tense, but there were some similar moments.
As on that night, team captain Sunil Chhetri was the first to realize an accurate shot and give India the lead in the shootout.
Then the focus turned to Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, as Kuwaiti player Mohammad Abdullah was first on the pitch from his side. He relied on strength rather than accuracy, and his shot hit the crossbar, giving India the lead.
Sandesh Jhingan came out for his second shot and easily converted it, giving India a 2-0 lead. Kuwei thenabout everything, said assistant coach Mahesh Gauli, who led the team from the sidelines in Stimack’s absence.
With both teamsUnder 4-4, Subhasish Bose executed the fifth free kick, which he converted, and Shabaib Alhaldi did the same for Kuwait, despite Gurpreet diving in the right direction.
When the shootout turned to sudden death, Mahesh Singh was the first and eventually the last shooter from the Indian camp. He scored, and Kuwait captain Khaled Hajia chose the left side, but Gurpreet kicked the ball away with his fist.
VIDEO: India vs Kuwait SAFF Cup on penalties, Gurpreet wins for India
It’s all about going to one side and hoping the ball touches you and making sure it comes out of the goal, which I did, Gurpreet said after the match.
Even though Gurpreet had been in a similar situation in a previous encounter, he acted with a new attitude, saying he didn’t want to feel too nervous or overconfident and made sure he read the penalty taker and tried to go to the right side.
I hit most of them correctly, but I couldn’t get the touch, and the one that did was the winning one, he added.
Sharing his opinion of his opponents, Gurpreet said, If you look at it, I’d like to see Kuwait do its homework and see that all the free kicks I saved were on the left side and maybe go the other way. But oppa.7251 Believe, the banner on the right side of the India Gate read. They were losing for the first time in 2023, so they needed faith in full. Kuwait’s goal was the result of all the things Stimak, who was sitting in the stands because of his disqualification, wouldn’t want to see. Nikhil Pujari wasn’t strong enough to maintain possession of the ball, Ashik Kuruniyan didn’t have time to step back to help Akash Mishra, India’s left-back, and India was caught offside. That was our weakest moment in the final, Sandhu said. But we didn’t give up.
In three deft touches after a long ball from the left, Kuwait scored. Will India pay the price for going on the attack from the start? The high line and start of the game with the more attacking Pujari and Mishra instead of the defensively reliable defenders Pritam Kotal and Bose were a clear statement of intent. But the passes weren’t going to their feet, Kuruniyan and Sahal Abdul Samad didn’t look good, and with all the finesse India wanted, they lacked finesse in the front third. By the 15th minute, they were losing the lead.
But there is no lack of faith in this team. This is not a team that will crowd around their goal and kick the ball in hopes of winning the second goal. At least against some teams, they will try to play through the middle or use the speed of Kuruniyan, Chhangte and defenders. Why do you think I spent four years working on the muscles of these guys, Stimac says often. The answer to the rhetorical question lies in the energy and speed that India displays through 2023pace and direction that Kuwait did not expect. Samad did so and made a pass to the onrushing Chhante. This combination went like clockwork.
A series of fouls and penalties — before Chhetri was grabbed by the jersey, Anirudh Thapa was brought down by Hamad Alkallaf — showed that Kuwait was bad at what India was throwing at them. Samad went on a strong run after Thapa found him, but Chhetri was unable to control the forward pass. Kuruniyan then took advantage of a bad pass from Marzook, and Chhetri’s soft header found Chhangte, who lacked the strength for his first left-footed shot.
The loss of central defender Anwar Ali to injury in the 35th minute meant that India lacked his ability to switch play with long passes from his left foot. But although his replacement, Mehtab Singh, had a few nervous moments, the defense was composed, especially after Rohit Kumar joined Jixon Singh in adding a layer of defense. Still, it took Sandhu’s strong left hand to hold off Mohammad Abdullah’s shot in the 90th minute. India could have scored twice after that, but Kumar’s slashing shot didn’t go to his feet and then, coming out on goal, Udanta Singh made the most expensive miss of his career.
Bhutia, who lost 33-1 to Kalyan Chaubey in last September’s AIFF presidential election, is on the executive committee as an outstanding player, being the most decorated former Indian national team player with 82 appearanceshome and away competition. Were these proposals accepted? I don’t know, he said.
In 2022-23, the IWL was held in Ahmedabad in April-May, and to combat the intense heat, some games started at 8 a.m. But even that didn’t help, said Gokulam Kerala FC champions coach Anthony Andrews. In May, Chobei said the AIFF would try to avoid competing in April and May.
Bhutia also asked why a core committee was needed. The AIFF has committees for everything, so what’s the point? Created in June to control costs and hiring, the committee should also handle purchasing and bidding as well as budgets and finances.
The first player to play in Europe and score a hat-trick in the Calcutta derby in independent India, Bhutia said the ₹24 lakhs grant to the states was insufficient. They spend so much on so many things. It is the states that produce the players, not the ISL or I-League clubs. There are many AIFF affiliates that get no support from state government.
To be clear, Bhutia said that Sikkim ran a league that cost about ₹3 crores. It was not approved by the state association. And the chief guest there was Kalyan Chaubey. AIFF general secretary Shaji Prabhakaran said the Sikkim Football Association had not complained to the federation about the legitimacy of the competition.
Prabhakaran asseotthat ₹24 lakh was not enough, but said it was a start. Since January, 19 affiliates have been using it. The total amount of