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Sunil Chhetri becomes first Indian to score 50 international goals

8:57 PM
Prolific striker Sunil Chhetri on Tuesday became the first Indian footballer to score 50 international goals during his team's 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Guam.
File picture of Sunil Chhetri
File picture of Sunil Chhetri
Chhetri's feat, though, came in a losing cause, as India suffered their second successive defeat in the preliminary joint qualification second round.

"Number of goals never matter for me. I never keep track of feats. I just play for my nation," Chhetri said after the match ended in a 1-2 defeat for the visitors.

Former captain Bhaichung Bhutia stays at the second spot with 42 goals in 107 matches while IM Vijayan has 40 goals from 79 games. This meanwhile, was Chhetri's 87th match.

After Guam took a two-goal lead by scoring in each half, Chhetri reduced the margin for the visitors in added time, heading in a cross from the right.

For the record, it was Chhetri who scored India's all the goals in the team's four joint preliminary round 2018 World Cup qualifying games so far.

Source; firstpost

Sunil Chhetri Highest paid Indian footballer in ISL (Indian Super League)

9:29 PM
Sunil Chhetri, not surprisingly, is on top of the charts with a base price of Rs 80 lakh and looks to be the best-paid Indian footballer after being guaranteed Rs 1.55 crore for the second edition of ISL (Indian Super League). Even if Chhetri fetches only his base price at the auction, the India striker will pick up what he has signed up for, with Bengaluru FC agreeing to pay him an additional Rs 75 lakh as his loan fee.
Sunil Chhetri Highest paid player of Indian Super League
Sunil Chhetri Highest paid player of Indian Super League
The player auction for the second edition of the Indian Super League will be held on July 10 in  in Mumbai.The Indian Super League (ISL) has finalized the ten players that will be up for grabs at the first ever auction of Indian footballers.

Players for ISL auction with their base prices 

Sunil Chhetri (Rs 80 lakh), Karanjit Singh (Rs 60 lakh), Robin Singh (Rs 40 lakh), Izumi Arata (Rs 40 lakh), Anas Edethodika (Rs 40 lakh), Eugeneson Lyngdoh (Rs 27.50 lakh), Thoi Singh (Rs 39 lakh), Jackichand Singh (Rs 20 lakh), Setyasen Singh (Rs 20 lakh), Rino Anto (Rs 17.50 lakh)


Sunil Chhetri lifted the Federation Cup for Bengaluru FC

2:09 PM
MARGAO: Sunil Chhetri lifted the Federation Cup for the first time in his long career on Sunday. The India captain not only scored the first goal for his team but also shared the top-scorer's honours with Dempo's Tolgay Ozbey.
Sunil Chhetri lifted the Federation Cup for Bengaluru FC
Sunil Chhetri
And in doing so, Chhetri also became the first Indian player to finish as (joint) top scorer in both I-League as well as the following Federation Cup.

"I'm part of a very good team. We performed as a team. Every goal was a collective effort and we celebrated it as a team effort. We play as a team and we score as a team. That's our key to success," Chhetri said after the match.


Coach Ashley Westwood said, "We always wanted to show (to our critics) that winning the I-League last season was not a fluke. By winning the Federation Cup, we have proved that we are a good side and we are going in the right direction. The team's efforts in the last couple of weeks, not just today, have been magnificent. - timesofindia


Margao: Bengaluru FC lifted their maiden Federation Cup football tournament title when they edged past 10-man Dempo FC 2-1 in the summit clash here on Sunday.

Sunil Chhetri (10th minute) and substitute Robin Singh (65th) scored for the winners while Tolgay Ozbey (45+4) pulled one back for the home team at Nehru Stadium at Fatorda here.

This was the second major title for Bengaluru FC in their two years of existence. They have won the I-League last season.

For Dempo FC, who won the title in 2004, they finished runners-up for the fifth time.

Bengaluru FC defender Curtis Osano was declared the Hero of the Match and was awarded Rs 10,000. Dempo's Romeo Fernandes, who scored four goals, was named Hero of the Tournament and earned Rs one lakh.

Both the teams came into this match with unbeaten records and there was not much to separate between the two teams till the hour mark.

But the complexion of the game changed after Bengaluru FC took the lead, which turned out to be the match-winner, in the 65th minute and then Dempo were reduced to 10 men three minutes later as defender Rowilson Rodrigues was shown a direct red card by referee Pratap Singh for a dangerous foul on Thoi Singh.

The match started at a slow pace but Bengaluru FC took the early lead as they earned a penalty after Dempo defender Haroon Fakhruddin pushed Eugenseson Lyngdoh down inside the box while going for an aerial ball from a flag kick taken on the left.

Chhetri did not make any mistake from the spot, beating keeper Laxmikant Kattimani to his right to score his sixth goal of the tournament.

Dempo FC were unlucky not to earn a penalty midway in the first half as referee Pratap apparently did not see defender John Johnson elbowing Romeo Fernandes inside the Bengaluru box.

Dempo striker Tolgay Ozbey, who was equal with Chhetri on five goals coming into this match, got a chance but his effort missed the target by a whisker.

Dempo's persistent attack finally paid off as they earned a penalty in the stoppage time of the first half. John Johnson blocked Haroon Fakhruddin inside the box as he was running for the ball and the referee awarded the penalty.

Tolgay Ozbey took the penalty and blasted the ball to the right of keeper Lalthuammawia Ralte to score his sixth goal and remain on equal terms with Chhetri as both the team went 1-1 at half time.

Bengaluru started better in the second session and enjoyed better ball possession and took the lead in the 65th minute when a move on the right saw Thoi Singh send a measured cross for substitute Robin Singh to nod home a powerful header past a diving Laxmikant Kattimani.

Dempo suffered a double blow three minutes later when defender Rowilson Rodrigues was shown a direct red card by the referee for a dangerous foul on Thoi Singh.

The visitors, who enjoyed the numerical advantage, had a couple of close chances to increase the lead but first a Chhetri header was saved by the keeper by diving to his left and then Francis Fernandes made a goal-line save.

Dempo nearly equalised from a counter attack but substitute Holicharan Nazaray, who was unmarked inside the box, failed to score off a cross from the left by Haroon Fakhurddin.

Dempo repeatedly found themselves under pressure in the last 10 minutes with Francis Fernandes once again making a goal-line save off Sean Rooney's header after the keeper was beaten. - sports.ndtv

Sunil Chhetri - India's first target should be top-10 in Asia not FIFA World Cup

4:51 PM
Ranked 154th in the world, Indian football needs to improve by leaps and bounds. National captain Sunil Chhetri says that the target should be breaking into the top-10 in Asia before the team looks to make a mark globally.

Conceding that India has been left far behind in world football, national team captain Sunil Chhetri said that the country should not think of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in the near future, and instead should aim to be in the top 10 in Asia.


Captain Sunil Chhetri
Captain Sunil Chhetri
With the FIFA World Cup just a few days away, Chhetri was asked when would India qualify for that showpiece football event and he was at pains to explain that the country was nowhere near that level.

"It's unfair to compare India with the top football countries in the world. We are far behind in world football," Chhetri said at the launch of an e-magazine at the German Embassy. "Our focus should not be in qualifying for the FIFA World Cup but to be among the top 10 rankings in Asia in the near future. We have to take small steps and first think of rising up to be among the second rung Asian countries."

Further, Chhetri said India's aim should be to rise up to the level of the likes of Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

"We are a dominant country in South Asia. But our standard of football should move ahead of winning SAFF Championships. Our first aim should be to be able to compete with Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

"Then in the next level, we can think of competing the top Asian countries likes Japan, South Korea, Iran, Australia who are representing Asia in the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this time," said Chhetri, who will be commentating during the World Cup.

Source: ndtv

Sunil Chhetri is on the verge of surpassing Bhaichung Bhutia’s record

5:35 PM
India and Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri is on the verge of surpassing Bhaichung Bhutia’s record of scoring most goals by an Indian in a single edition of the National Football League (NFL) or I-League. The Indian football icon scored 14 goals for JCT in the inaugural NFL season in 1996-97 and that tally is yet to be bettered.
Bhaichung and Sunil Chettri - Photo Credit: AIFF Media
Bhaichung and Sunil Chettri - Photo Credit: AIFF Media

Sunil’s current tally this season is 13 and he has four matches to score two more and break the 17-year long record. The Arjuna Awardee has already equalled the record of most goals scored by an Indian in a single I-League season (since 2007-08).
Previously Mohammed Rafi (Mahindra United – 2009-10) and Jeje Lalpekhlua (Indian Arrows – 2010-11) have scored 13 each in one campaign.
Sunil is also aiming to become only the third Indian to finish as the highest scorer in a single NFL or I-League season and the first to do so in the I-League era. The first two editions of the NFL – Bhaichung Bhutia (1996-97) and Raman Vijayan (1997-98) – saw Indians finishing as top scorers but for the last 15 seasons that accolade has gone to a foreigner.
Here is a complete list showing the Indian highest scorer in each campaign. Bhaichung has been the top scorer from India on five occasions while Sunil and Raman Vijayan have achieved it twice each with the former set to do it for a third time this season.
SeasonPlayerGoals
1996-97Bhaichung Bhutia (JCT)*14
1997-98Raman Vijayan (FC Kochin)* 10
1998-99Raman Vijayan (East Bengal)10
1999-00Francis Silveira (Churchill Brothers)10
2000-01RC Prakash (Mohun Bagan)10
2001-02Praveen Kumar (Punjab Police) & Alex Ambrose (Salgaocar)7
2002-03Ashim Biswas (Tollygunge Agragami)11
2003-04Bhaichung Bhutia (East Bengal)12
2004-05Bhaichung Bhutia (East Bengal)9
2005-06Bhaichung Bhutia (East Bengal)12
2006-07Sunil Chhetri (JCT)11
2007-08Bhaichung Bhutia (Mohun Bagan)9
2008-09Sunil Chhetri (East Bengal)9
2009-10Mohammed Rafi (Mahindra United)13
2010-11Jeje Lalpekhlua (Indian Arrows)13
2011-12CS Sabeeth (Pailan Arrows)9
2012-13CK Vineeth (United SC)7
2013-14Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru FC)**13
* Finished as overall highest scorer
** Season still active
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The reigning AIFF player of the year still needs 13 more goals to become the highest Indian scorer in the combined history of the NFL and I-League. Unsurprisingly that record also belongs to Bhaichung, who has scored 88 times, playing in 12 editions for four different clubs – JCT, East Bengal (three spells), Mohun Bagan (two spells), and United Sikkim (as player, coach and co-owner).
Sunil is also in his 12th top-flight campaign and has featured for seven different clubs – Mohun Bagan (twice), JCT, East Bengal, Dempo, United SC, Churchill Brothers and Bengaluru FC and has 76 goals to his name. In two of those seasons he has played on loan from foreign clubs in only the latter parts of the campaign – (Kansas City Wizards to United SC in 2010-11) & (Sporting Lisbon ‘B’ to Churchill Brothers in 2012-13).
Source:Sportskeeda


 
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