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India national under-20 football team

India Under-20
Nickname(s)Blue Colts
AssociationAll India Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationSAFF (South Asia)
Head coachFloyd Pinto
FIFA codeIND
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Burma 1–1 India 
(Malaya; 19 April 1963)
Biggest win
 India 7–0 Nepal   
(Bangkok, Thailand; 23 April 1972)
(Non-varifiable)
 India 6–0 Sri Lanka 
(Kannur, India; 13 July 1996)
 India 7–1 Bhutan 
(Bangalore India; 25 August 1998)
 India 6–0 Bangladesh 
(Qatar; 16 October 2002)
Biggest defeat
 India 0–7 Israel 
(Bangkok, Thailand; 16 April 1972)
 India 0–7 South Korea 
(Qatar; 25 October 2002)
 India 0–7 United Arab Emirates 
(Qatar; 4 October 2015)
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances0
AFC U-19 Championship
Appearances22 (first in 1963)
Best resultMed 1.png Champions (1974)
South Asian Championship
Appearances2 (first in 2015)
Best resultMed 2.png Runners-up (2015)

The India national Under-20 football team, also known as India Under-20s or India U20(s), represents India at all under-20 football tournaments. They are one of the feeder teams for the India national under-23 football team and the senior India national football team.

This team is for Indian players aged under 19 at the start of the calendar year in which a two-year AFC U-19 Championship campaign begins, and as such, some players can remain with the squad until the age of 21. As long as they are eligible, players can play for India at any level, making it possible to play for the U19s first, then the senior side, and again back to playing for the U19s. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (provided the player is eligible).

History

As an Asian U19 team, India competes for the Asian Championship, with the finals every even-numbered year, formerly odd-numbered years. There is no Under-19 World Cup, although there is an Under-20 World Cup. This team also participate in the SAFF U-19 Championship which started from 2015 by South Asian Football federation.

1959−1970

For the first four season of AFC U-19 Championship, from 1959 to 1962 the Indian team did not enter into the tournament though there was no qualification round. India first participated in the AFC U-19 Championships in 1963 but did not moved ahead from the group stage. the first best result came at the 1966 edition where the team entered in the quarter finals with 3 wins against Burma, Japan and Singapore and a defeat by china but in the quarter final they lost to Israel by 4−0. In the next edition at 1967 AFC Youth Championship India again entered in the quarter final. First a draw of 1−1 against Israel and then defeating Malaysia by 4−1 but same as 1966 they again defeated in the quarter final, this time by Indonesia by 2−6. In 1968, the team didn't move beyond group stage, and next two edition of 1969 and 1970 India did not enter in the championships.

1971−1978

In 1971, they again reached the quarter final for the third time in AFC championships, but the fate was same as again saw a defeat, now against Japan by 0−3. But, after a gap of two more edition, it was 1974 AFC Youth Championship, where India seen the golden moment after becoming champions in AFC Under-19 Championships. First in group stage India defeat both Laos and Burma by 1−0 and a draw against Hong Kong by 2−2. Then entering in the quarter final they defeated Singapore by 1(4)−1(1), thus reached semi-finals where defeating Thailand by 2−1, for the first time India reached the final of the Championship. But the final was a draw against Iran by 2−2 thus jointly awarded both the team as the Champions. In 1975 and 1976 edition India didn't do much well but at 1977 AFC Youth Championship they reached the quarter final but the opponent was Iran, the defending Champion who defeated India by 3−0, thus failed to qualify for the first FIFA World Youth Championship in 1977 which later came to be known as FIFA U-20 World Cup and also afiled to qualify at the 1979 edition.

1980−2000, the Decline

These two decades seen a decline in the performance of the Indian team. Qualification round started from 1980 AFC Youth Championship and India failed to qualify in 6 out of 11 edition of the championships and in rest 5 edition the failed to move beyond the group stage, thus also failed to qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup as the finalist only qualify for the competition.

2002−2017 Rise and Fall

In 2002, at the AFC U-19 Championship, India reached the quarter final for the 6th time, by the virtue of third place qualifiers, but defeated heavily by South Korea, where the Korean found the Indian net 7 times. Next two edition they ended their competition in group stages and next 7 editions from 2008 to 2018, India failed to qualify again for the championships and so for the FIFA U20 Worldcup.

In the meanwhile, SAFF started SAFF U-19 Championship from 2015 to develop the youth teams of South Asian countries as they continuously failing to qualify for AFC U-20 championships. In the 2015 inaugural edition, India became runners-up facing a defeat from Nepal through penalty shoot out. In the next edition in 2017, the tournament was a round robin, where India seen two wins against Bhutan and Maldives and two defeats from Bangladesh and Nepal, thus achieved the third place in the tournament.

2018−Present

The AIFF finally acted and opened their eyes to bring out the team from its misery and started various plans and programmes to tackle to present pathetic situation. One of the most important steps is international exposure to the youth and under 17 teams. India's U-20 team was invited to participate in Cotif Tournament where clubs and national and autonomous teams participate every year since 1984, held at Valencia, Spain. 2018 Cotif was 35th Anniversary of the tournament.[1] Though India lost two consecutive matches against Spanish club Murcia then against Mauritania, they managed a draw against a stronger Latin American side of Venezuala, but on the final group match on 5 August 2018, the Indian side written a piece of history when they defeated the most successful U-20 Worldcup winning nation Argentina. The match was historic in many ways, when Indian defender Deepak Tangri headed a corner kick to the net of Argentine side, it was the first goal against them by any Indian side, then with a second goal by Anwar Ali with a fabulous free kick help India to win the match with a score of 2−1 against the stronger Argentine side, made a history as its the first time that any Indian team defeated any Argentine side and also any American national team.[2][3][4] Argentina national team manager Scaloni and Argentine great Pablo Aimar praised the young colt's performances and said the future of the team is bright if there is continued perseverance.[5] AIFF called it as one of the “biggest days for Indian Football” as team coach said "This victory will definitely earn Indian football more respect in the world of football. It opens up a window of opportunity to test ourselves against the best in the world on a regular basis".[6]

Just after the Cotif experience, AIFF announced the team was invited to play in a four-nation tournament between under-20 national teams of France, Croatia and Slovenia and two friendlies against Serbia.[7] This was the first time India was playing in a 4-nations tournament in which all the opponents are European nations.[8][9] In the first match the team faced a big defeat against a mightier Croatian team by 0−5.[10] The second match was against Slovenia, where they played very well within 90 minutes but failed to convert various chances and on the last minute of injury time the Slovenian side found the net, match ended in 0−1 defeat.[11] Third match was against France, which India lost by 2−0.[12] In the friendlies against Serbia India seen defeat in th both the matches, first by 2−0[13] and second by 3−1 where Rahim Ali managed to find the net once.[14]

Current Staff

Name Position
India Floyd Pinto Head Coach
India Mahesh Gawli Assistant Coach
India Yusuf Ansari Goalkeeping Coach
India Deepak Negi General Manager
India Vishnu Nair Physio

Current squad

As of 20 July 2018

The following players were called up to the India squad for the 2018 COTIF Cup[15][16][17] [18] and Europe Tour.[19]

Number Name DOB Club Caps (goals)
Goalkeepers
1 Prabhsukhan Singh Gill (2001-01-02) 2 January 2001 (age 17) India Indian Arrows 0 (0)
21 Samik Mitra (2000-12-01) 1 December 2000 (age 18) India Chennaiyin FC 0 (0)
29 Sachin Ammanath Suresh (2001-01-18) 18 January 2001 (age 17) India F.C. Kerala 0 (0)
Vishal Dube (2000-01-04) 4 January 2000 (age 18) India SAG Football Academy 0 (0)
Defenders
2 Boris Singh Thangjam (2000-01-03) 3 January 2000 (age 18) India Indian Arrows 3 (0)
3 Sahil Panwar (1999-12-15) 15 December 1999 (age 19) India Pune City 5 (0)
4 Anwar Ali (2000-08-28) 28 August 2000 (age 18) India Indian Arrows 2 (0)
5 Sanjeev Stalin (2001-01-17) 17 January 2001 (age 17) India Indian Arrows 4 (0)
12 Jitendra Singh (2001-06-13) 13 June 2001 (age 17) India Indian Arrows 2 (0)
18 Ashish Rai (1999-02-02) 2 February 1999 (age 19) India Indian Arrows 2 (1)
19 Akash Mishra (2001-11-27) 27 November 2001 (age 17) India U Dream Academy 0 (0)
22 Deepak Tangri (1999-02-01) 1 February 1999 (age 19) India Chennaiyin FC 3 (0)
25 Sumit Rathi (2001-08-26) 26 August 2001 (age 17) India Indian Arrows 0 (0)
26 Narender Gahlot (2001-04-24) 24 April 2001 (age 17) India Indian Arrows 0 (0)
27 Aimol Chongompipa Reamsochung (2000-02-14) 14 February 2000 (age 18) India Chennaiyin FC 0 (0)
Midfielders
6 Suresh Singh Wangjam (2000-08-07) 7 August 2000 (age 18) India Indian Arrows 2 (1)
7 Ninthoinganba Meetei (2001-07-13) 13 July 2001 (age 17) India Indian Arrows 4 (2)
8 Amarjit Singh Kiyam (2001-01-06) 6 January 2001 (age 17) India Indian Arrows 2 (0)
10 Abhijit Sarkar (2000-01-05) 5 January 2000 (age 18) India Chennaiyin FC
13 Lalengmawia (2000-09-17) 17 September 2000 (age 18) India Indian Arrows
15 Jeakson Singh Thounaojam (2001-06-21) 21 June 2001 (age 17) India Indian Arrows 3 (0)
16 Nongdamba Naorem (2000-01-02) 2 January 2000 (age 18) India Indian Arrows 3 (0)
17 Rahul Praveen (2000-03-16) 16 March 2000 (age 18) India Indian Arrows 3 (0)
20 Harmanpreet Singh (2001-09-02) 2 September 2001 (age 17) India Anandpur Sports Academy 0 (0)
23 Lalengmawia (2000-10-17) 17 October 2000 (age 18) India Indian Arrows 0 (0)
28 Ribhav Jatin Sardesai (2000-07-06) 6 July 2000 (age 18) India Indian Arrows 0 (0)
Jashandeep Singh (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 (age 18) India Anandpur Sports Academy 0 (0)
Forwards
9 Rahim Ali (2000-04-21) 21 April 2000 (age 18) India Chennaiyin FC 3 (0)
11 Aniket Jadhav (2000-07-13) 13 July 2000 (age 18) India Indian Arrows
14 Aman Chhetri (2001-07-26) 26 July 2001 (age 17) India Chennaiyin FC

Past Squads

AFC U-19 Championship squads

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017

2018

Competitive records

FIFA U-20 World Cup

FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Host/Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA
FIFA World Youth Championship
Tunisia 1977
to
Netherlands 2005
Did not Qualify
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Canada 2007
to
Poland 2019
Did not Qualify
Total 0/22 0 Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0

AFC U-19 Championship

AFC U-19 Championship records
Host/Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Malaysia 1959
to
Thailand 1962
Did not enter
Malaysia 1963 Group Stage 7th 5 2 1 2 6 5
South Vietnam 1964 Group Stage 6th 3 0 2 1 1 4
Japan 1965 Group Stage 7th 4 1 1 2 3 6
Philippines 1966 Quarter Final 5th 5 3 0 2 9 7
Thailand 1967 Quarter Final 7th 3 1 1 1 7 8
South Korea 1968 Group Stage 11th 3 1 0 2 4 4
Thailand 1969 Did not enter
Philippines 1970
Japan 1971 Quarter Final 6th 4 2 1 1 5 5
Thailand 1972 Group Stage 11th 4 1 0 3 5 13
Iran 1973 Group Stage 10th 3 0 2 1 1 2
Thailand 1974 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 10 6
Kuwait 1975 Group Stage 13th 4 1 1 2 5 6
Thailand 1976 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 3
Iran 1977 Quarter Final 5th 3 1 0 2 5 8
Bangladesh 1978 Group Stage 6th 4 1 1 2 7 8
Thailand 1980
to
United Arab Emirates 1985
Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1986 Group Stage 6th 3 0 1 2 2 8
Qatar 1988 Did not enter
Indonesia 1990 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 7
United Arab Emirates 1992 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 0 7
Indonesia 1994 Did not enter
South Korea 1996 Group Stage 8th 4 0 1 3 2 6
Thailand 1998 Group Stage 10th 4 0 1 3 3 10
Iran 2000 Did not qualify
Qatar 2002 Quarter Final 8th 4 1 0 3 2 14
Malaysia 2004 Group Stage 13th 3 0 0 3 2 5
India 2006 Group Stage 13th 3 0 1 2 3 7
Saudi Arabia 2008
to
Indonesia 2018
Did not qualify
Total 22/40 1 Title 81 22 16 43 89 149

SAFF U-19 Championship

SAFF U-19 Championship record
Host/Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Nepal 2015 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 2 0 6 1
Bhutan 2017 Round Robin 3rd 4 2 0 2 8 7
Total 2/2 0 Titles 8 4 2 2 14 8
*Denotes draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Red border indicates that the tournament was hosted on home soil. Gold, silver, bronze backgrounds indicates 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes respectively. Bold text indicates best finish in tournament.

See also

External links

References

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  2. ^ "History, Beat Argentina 2-1 In COTIF Cup 2018". inuth. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  3. ^ "India's U-20 football side stuns Argentina 2-1". The Hindu. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  4. ^ "India stun Argentina in U-20 COTIF Cup football tourney". TOI. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  5. ^ "AIMAR, SCALONI GREET INDIA U-20 BOYS, PRAISE THEM". AIFF. 9 August 2018.
  6. ^ "10-MAN INDIA SHOCK U-20 ARGENTINA-20 2-1". AIFF. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  7. ^ "INDIA U-19s TO PLAY BACK-TO-BACK FRIENDLIES AGAINST SERBIA". AIFF. 8 September 2018.
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  10. ^ "INDIA U-19 GO DOWN TO CROATIA". AIFF. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  11. ^ "INDIA U-19 LOSE BY A SOLITARY GOAL TO SLOVENIA". AIFF. 7 September 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  12. ^ "INDIA GO DOWN TO U-19 YOUTH TEAM OF WORLD CHAMPIONS FRANCE". the-aiff.com. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  13. ^ "India U-19 football team suffers 0-2 loss against Serbia U-19". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. The Times of india. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  14. ^ "INDIA U-19 SIDE SUFFER 3-1 DEFEAT AT THE HANDS OF SERBIA IN FRIENDLY". the-aiff.com. AIFF. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  15. ^ "PINTO NAMES 25-MEMBER SQUAD FOR U-20 COTIF TOURNAMENT". AIFF. 20 July 2018.
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