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Intercontinental Cup win paints over defensive cracks

Sunil Chhetri scored in every game of the tournament, netting eight times

India picked up the Intercontinental Cup crown with a comprehensive 2-0 victory over Kenya in Mumbai on Sunday, winning three of their four matches over a 10-day period. While the team eventually prevailed in the tournament, the head coach Stephen Constantine still has a lot to think about, as India build towards the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019.

All eyes on Chhetri going forward

On his way to the Intercontinental Cup title, captain Sunil Chhetri reached the 100 full internationals mark, and celebrated...

Chhetri's impassioned plea draws a new demographic to stadiums

India's last two games have seen attendances soar close to 9000, despite Mumbai's early monsoon rains
India's last two games have seen attendances soar close to 9000, despite Mumbai's early monsoon rains

"Excuse me, two people are sitting here", a middle-aged man in Stand 6 at the Mumbai Football Arena tells a teenager in a Real Madrid kit. The Intercontiental Cup game between India and New Zealand is yet to start -- they are still playing the national anthems.

There is no place to sit in the packed grandstand behind the goalpost, a stark contrast from six days back, when 2569 fans filled an arena with a capacity of about 10,000.

"95% logon ka pehli baar hai. Sab video dekh ke aaye hai (95 percent...

Goal in 100th game: Sunil Chhetri joins Rooney, Klose and others

 

Sunil Chhetri joined a special group of footballers to score in their 100th international game when India beat Kenya 3-0 in the Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai on Monday. Here are seven other footballers who have achieved this feat: 

 


Best of Sunil Chhetri's century: 22 countries, 3 hat-tricks, countless memories

 

Sunil Chhetri became the first Indian footballer to make 100 international appearances as India beat Kenya 3-0 in the Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai on Monday. (Note: Former captain Bhaichung Bhutia also featured in over a 100 games, but 11 of them in age-group matches)

Here are some of the interesting numbers from Chhetri's century of games.

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The number of hat-tricks recorded by Chhetri, the most by an Indian footballer. His third came in the Intercontinental Cup opener against Chinese...


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...