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 By John Duerden

Dreams of Russia over, Constantine plots India's long-term rise

With the dream of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup over, national coach Stephen Constantine is focusing on long-term improvement.

For India, dreams of the 2018 World Cup are already over. Finishing first in the group of five is the only way to guarantee a place in the final round of qualification.

Therefore, losing the first two of eight games -- even before playing top-seeded Iran -- means it is not going to happen. But then, Russia was always a dream.

Stephen Constantine knew this even before he returned to India in January to take charge of the nation for a second time, 12 years after his first stint ended.

The new regime...

Former Portugal winger Simao Sabrosa joins Indian Super League

Former Portugal winger Simao Sabrosa will be the marquee player of Indian Super League side NorthEast United FC in the second season of the tournament.

Former Portugal and Barcelona winger Simao Sabrosa has been named as marquee player of NorthEast United FC for the second season of the Indian Super League (ISL) which begins in October.

2004 UEFA Euro finalist Sabrosa -- a teammate of Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo -- will don the No. 20 jersey.

"I'm looking forward to the new challenge. The ISL has brought football in India to everybody's attention and I cannot wait to participate in it," Sabrosa was quoted in The Times of India.

"I'm training...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Tiny Guam shock India to record second successive WC Qualifier win

Omar Abdulrahman scored a late winner for the United Arab Emirates against Timor-Leste in their opening qualifier for the 2018 World Cup.
Guam scored a second successive win in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers defeating visitors India 2-1 on Tuesday.

Guam, Asia's smallest football nation, have sprung yet another surprise in Group D of the AFC World Cup qualifiers by defeating visitors India 2-1 on Tuesday to follow last week's historic 1-0 win against Turkmenistan.

Defenders Brandon McDonald and James Nicklaw scored in the 38th and 62nd minutes respectively for Gary White's side, who now top their group with six points from two games.

Guam -- a United States territory in the north Pacific Ocean --- sit 174th in the FIFA Ranking and have a population...

Sleeping giants India start Russia 2018 qualifiers with U17 WC in background

Stephen Constantine's Indian team start their Group D Russia 2018 Qualifiers on Thursday at home against Oman with the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup in the background.

When Stephen Constantine's India take the field for their inaugural Group D World Cup qualifier in Bangalore against Oman on Thursday, the biggest story of the week in Indian football could be unfolding more than 1,500 kilometers away in the national capital of New Delhi.

On Thursday, the Delhi-headquartered All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the Sports Authority of India (SAI), are poised to reveal their all-encompassing agreement covering the provision of sports infrastructure and facilities,...

 By John Duerden

How Westwood surpassed targets coaching 2-year-old Bengaluru FC

Ashley Westwood has had another successful season after coaching Bengaluru FC to an I-League win last year in the club's first year of formation. Photo credit: Bengaluru FC

Ashley Westwood is 90 minutes away from coaching Bengaluru FC to a second successive Indian title. But to do so, his team, currently second in the I-League standings, must defeat leaders Mohun Bagan in the final game of the season on Sunday.

"For some reason, people want us to fail in this country ... the second one will confirm that we are deserved champions," the English coach of the southern I-League club told ESPNFC. "It is a huge game but we are looking forward to it."

The world may have had...