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Minerva Punjab report match-fixing approach made to their players

  

Ranjit Bajaj, owner of I-League leaders Minerva Punjab, has reported approaches made to two of his players, to fix matches for INR 30 lakh (approx. $47,000). The report was made to All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), with the AFC contacted via their mobile-based integrity application on Wednesday night.

"On Tuesday evening, one of our Indian players told me he had received a phone call from someone asking if he wanted to make some easy money,"...

India's bare 2018 calendar a cause of concern

'A four-nations tournament in June is likely to be the first major assignment for India in their run-up to the AFC Asian Cup in January next year.'

A four-nations tournament in June is likely to be the first major assignment for India in their run-up to the AFC Asian Cup in UAE, slated to start on January 5 next year.

With just one Asian Cup qualifier (vs. Kyrgyzstan on March 27) and the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) championship being the only other assured football pencilled in for India, that might not be enough for them to prepare for the continental tournament, where India will be making their first appearance since 2011.

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By the numbers: Mohun Bagan soar past 600 goals in national league

Aser Dipanda Dicka (L) scored Bagan's 600th goal in a match against Indian Arrows
'Aser Dipanda Dicka (L) scored Bagan's 600th goal in a match against Indian Arrows.'

As Mohun Bagan becomes only the third team after East Bengal and Churchill Brothers to score 600 goals in NFL/I-League history, ESPN looks at a few interesting numbers behind the feat.

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The first goal for Mohun Bagan was scored by Dipendu Biswas in their second NFL game in 1997-98. Bagan had failed to qualify for the Super League stage of the first NFL in 1996-97, and began their maiden season with a 1-0 defeat away to Air India. Biswas' goal set them on their way to a 2-1 win at home...

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AFC predicts that expanded 2019 Asian Cup will spark football boom

P.J. Roberts makes his picks for the International Player of 2017 and Men's Player of 2017 honours at the AFC Annual Awards.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have revealed ambitious plans to use the expanded 2019 Asian Cup to make football Asia's number one sport.

The 2019 tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will showcase the best of Asian talent and feature Thailand and Vietnam as Southeast Asia's representatives, while the Philippines and Myanmar are still in with a chance of qualifying.

The Organising Committee for the continental championship met in Bangkok this week and outlined their vision for the...