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ISL playoffs offer Bengaluru chance to salvage season after shock AFC Cup exit

Following a shock AFC Cup exit on Wednesday, Bengaluru FC could be looking at their first ever trophy-less season in their six-year existence. It's the first time that an Indian club has failed to make the group stages of Asia's second-rung competition (since qualifiers started for India in 2016), and just four years since BFC made the final in a superb, historic run.

Ahead of their ISL playoff tie against ATK, the reigning champions have been given a wake-up call. There were cracks in their...

Bengaluru FC out of AFC Cup after loss to Maziya

Bengaluru FC failed to qualify for the AFC Cup group stage after losing in the penalty shootout to Maldivian side Maziya Sports and Recreation Club in the second leg of the playoff fixture in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

After losing 2-1 in Male in the first leg, BFC started the game on the front foot as a sparse crowd at the Kanteerava stadium cheered on. The home side took the lead through Deshorn Brown in the 58th minute before the Maldivian side drew level through Ibrahim Waheed in the 74th. It took...

AFC moves Asian Champions League matches out of Iran

No Iranian side has won the Asian Champions League since it was created in 2002.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has shifted two preliminary matches in its elite club competition from Iran to neutral venues because of security concerns, Asian soccer's governing body said on Wednesday.

Shahr Khodro FC were scheduled to host Bahrain's Riffa and Esteghlal FC were set to play Kuwait SC on Tuesday but both Asian Champions League matches were postponed after several governments issued warnings against travelling to Iran.

"To help facilitate the switch to neutral venues, which...

Friendly trials done, time for Igor Stimac to prove his worth

Following India's 1-1 draw against Syria in the Intercontinental Cup, a tournament in which the hosts ended bottom, with one point from three games, coach Igor Stimac took a not-so-subtle dig at India's previous management.

"I was not brought here to give just few wins and losses and be nowhere. It is easy to play against certain teams below the range [lower ranked opponents] and get the win. I am not here for that."

Under their previous coach Stephen Constantine, India had done remarkably well...

As it happened: Narender Gahlot's first senior goal helps India draw against Syria

Narender Gahlot scored his first senior goal to put India in front, but Syria won a late penalty to earn a draw. As a result Syria will miss out on the final, where Tajikistan will play North Korea.

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