Asian Cup champions Qatar proved too hot to handle for Igor Stimac’s boys as the Blue Tigers went down 0-3 in their second match of the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027 Joint Qualification campaign.
It was 13 years ago in Guangzhou, China, when India made the pre-quarter-finals of the Asian Games 2010 for the last time before bowing to the continental powerhouse, Japan.
Seasoned Sunil Chhetri stole the spotlight for the umpteenth time on Thursday when India beat Bangladesh to stay afloat in the battle for a last-16 spot in the Asian Games in Hangzhou.
Currently, India are placed second in Group A behind China, who have six points. Both India and Myanmar have three points from two matches each, but India are ahead because they scored more goals than Myanmar.
India Men’s National Team Head Coach Igor Stimac stressed that the Asian Games will present an opportunity for younger players in his squad to prove their mettle, ahead of the team’s departure for Hangzhou, China for the Asian Games.
After three consecutive tournament wins, a 16-match unbeaten streak at home and a re-entry into the top 100 of the FIFA Rankings, the Indian senior men’s national team will head abroad for the first time this year in September for the King’s Cup in Thailand.
India Senior Men’s team Head Coach Igor Stimac on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, announced a 22-member squad for the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, to be held from September 19 to October 7, 2023.