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Chhetri picks his top five: A lucky debut, a possessed team, and a lung-bursting winner

On the occasion of his 100th international game, India captain Sunil Chhetri looks back at his most memorable moments in the blue shirt.

As told to Debayan Sen

Sunil Chhetri's goal was representative of the transformed state of the Indian team.
Chhetri's goal against Kyrgyzstan in June 2017 helped book India's spot in the upcoming AFC Asian Cup

Pakistan 1-1 India, Quetta, Friendly, June 12, 2005

Your first one will always remain special, no matter what. That (match) will always be special because that's the first time I donned the senior national team jersey, and was also lucky to get my first goal.

When we travelled, Nabi [Syed Rahim Nabi, who played as midfielder, full-back...

Chhetri warns India against Asian Cup complacency

Chhetri believes that India's ranking will not have much of a bearing during the Asian Cup in Dubai

At the draw ceremony for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, India's captain Sunil Chhetri appeared to have picked the best group possible for his team.

After all, India's opponents, alongside hosts UAE, are two sides - Thailand and Bahrain - placed below them in the FIFA rankings. It seemed like the latest bit of positive news, as Indian football appears to be in a good place at the moment. The country is inside the top 100 of the world rankings and only recently saw a 13-match unbeaten streak end.

Chhetri,...

Renedy: I don't think India could have got a better draw

India captain Sunil Chhetri (centre), manager Shanmugam Venkatesh (left) and coach Stephen Constantine (right) at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup draw ceremony in Dubai on Friday.
India captain Sunil Chhetri (centre), manager Shanmugam Venkatesh (left) and coach Stephen Constantine (right) at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup draw ceremony in Dubai on Friday.

Former India football player Renedy Singh had a brief chat with Indian captain Sunil Chhettri ahead of the draw ceremony for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. "I just reminded him what an honour it was for an Indian captain to be part of the occasion," says Renedy of the ceremony in which Chhetri selected the ball that determined the group India would feature in. "I also wished him good luck, so that we get a good group.

Those wishes certainly seem to have helped. India were drawn alongside Thailand, Bahrain...

Asian Cup draw: Australia to renew rivalry with Syria in Group B

Defending champions Australia will renew their rivalry with Syria at next year's Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates after the pair were drawn to face each in the group phase of the continental championship.

The Socceroos brought Syria's remarkable run in qualifying for the World Cup to an end last September in a thrilling two-legged encounter before beating Honduras to progress to the finals in Russia.

But the Syrians, who have overcome a civil war that has ravaged the nation to become one of...

All you need to know about AFC Asian Cup draw

East Bengal have roped in Subhas Bhowmick in their support staff ahead of the Super Cup.

The AFC Asian Cup begins on January 5 in Abu Dhabi. Here's all you need to know about the draw for the tournament which will take place in Dubai tomorrow:

Also see: How India have fared at the AFC Asian Cup

What is the AFC Asian Cup?

The Asian Cup is the quadrennial continental competition for national teams in Asia, and 2019 will be the 17th edition of the tournament, which was first held in 1956. Japan are the most successful team in the history of the Asian Cup, with four titles, while...