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I knew my time would come: Rahul Bheke


King's Cup W2W4: New blood, new philosophy as India begin life under Stimac

The last time the Indian men's team got a half of football underway, they were one clean sheet away from a maiden knockout appearance at the AFC Asian Cup in 55 years. With the world watching, they stumbled and fluffed their lines.

Five months on from Sharjah, India begin life under new coach, Croatian Igor Stimac, with the King's Cup in Buriram, Thailand, on Wednesday. A match against Curacao, a CONCACAF member, would be a welcome test to begin with, as the opposition is ranked 19 places above...

Chhetri: 'We generally don't do well outside our country'

Sunil Chhetri
India haven't come close to qualifying for the World Cup in Sunil Chhetri's international career.

Consider the moment. Sunil Chhetri is standing at the cusp of history. On Saturday night, the 34-year-old was named, as expected in the 23-man squad announced by newly appointed coach Igor Stimac to participate in the four nation King's Cup in Thailand next week. Should he take to the field as is expected against Curacao at the Buriram Stadium on June 5th, Chhetri will have won his 108th India cap, the most in the country's footballing history.

Chhetri, who currently is tied along with Bhaichung...

Michael Soosairaj unruffled by India's competition for places

With five days to go for India's national coach Igor Stimac to name his first squad for the four-nations King's Cup in Thailand, it is fair to say there is a hint of nervousness in the Indian camp.

That this will be a new-look outfit to that favoured by former coach Steven Constantine is without doubt. Stimac has already brought in several previously uncapped players in the initial long list of 37 players. And on Monday, he reaffirmed that belief by cutting six players, including two - Germanpreet...

I knew my time would come: Rahul Bheke

Rahul Bheke was one of the standout performers for Bengaluru FC this past season.
Rahul Bheke was one of the standout performers for Bengaluru FC this past season.

Rahul Bheke says he got his hopes up when he learned earlier this month that Croatia's Igor Stimac had been appointed the new coach of the Indian football team. "When the ISL season ended, the news came in that the coach had been changed," says Bheke. "I felt if the new coach is there, I could get a call-up [for the national camp] and I should be ready."

Considering his performances in recent years, it's a bit of a surprise that Bheke should feel there was still some doubt over his selection. While...