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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

April 10th, 2017, 2:31 pm #1

Interesting bit of news from India - a new 4-team international mini-tournament will be held in August ambitiously named the 'Champions Cup'. Would have been nice to see the word 'International' stuck in front of it but unfortunately that's already taken.
Guest teams joining India for the tournament are unconfirmed but apparently they're asking around Asia, North America, and Africa...
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Joined: April 5th, 2012, 10:54 am

April 10th, 2017, 4:57 pm #2

"India focus on climbing FIFA rankings"... by creating a friendly tournament. You're doing it wrong.
Perhaps the plan is to sabotage the teams slightly above India in the rankings, making them lose points...
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Joined: April 7th, 2007, 12:28 pm

April 10th, 2017, 5:01 pm #3

When India hosted the Nehru tournament in the 80s and 90s, they invited genuinely good national teams (until the last couple of editions) and went on a long run of consecutive defeats in the tournament. Their competitiveness on Asian terms also went downhill in the same period.
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

July 22nd, 2017, 7:54 am #4

All matches of the tournament to be held in Chennai, and confirmed teams are India, Afghanistan, and St Lucia, with ongoing attempts to invite an African nation as team #4. Cutting it a bit fine getting the last team if the tournament is only a few weeks away...
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Joined: November 3rd, 2006, 11:49 am

August 3rd, 2017, 2:51 am #5

it seems to be Mauritius and St Kitts...any chance that the fourth team will come from Oceania?
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Joined: November 3rd, 2006, 11:49 am

August 4th, 2017, 3:15 pm #6

pieter wrote: it seems to be Mauritius and St Kitts...any chance that the fourth team will come from Oceania?
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

August 6th, 2017, 6:56 am #7

Latest line-up of invitees seems to be Saint Kitts and Nevis, Mauritius, and Afghanistan - really cutting it fine for a tournament that's starting in two weeks...
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Joined: November 3rd, 2006, 11:49 am

August 6th, 2017, 8:53 am #8

why is it called "Champions cup"? 
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Joined: April 5th, 2012, 10:54 am

August 6th, 2017, 4:57 pm #9

Because one team will win and become champions? Or maybe some committee decided it sounded trendy. It's the same thing with McDonald's: if they had called their menu "Sad Meal" then the kids wouldn't want it.
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Joined: October 31st, 2006, 5:16 pm

August 7th, 2017, 12:40 pm #10

In the end, it will be a 3-nations tournament - India, Mauritius and Saint Kitts & Nevis.  Better than nothing I suppose.
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Joined: November 3rd, 2006, 11:49 am

August 7th, 2017, 1:28 pm #11

better than nothing, I agree, it is a confederations cup for small countries without Oceania or a European minnow....
St Kitts is very busy on the intercontinental scene....
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Joined: January 24th, 2013, 5:10 am

August 9th, 2017, 3:49 pm #12

pieter wrote: better than nothing, I agree, it is a confederations cup for small countries without Oceania or a European minnow....
St Kitts is very busy on the intercontinental scene....
Interesting, where are they getting the funds for all the travel? Or are they actually using their FIFA funds for football..
www.soccer-db.info - football internationals
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Joined: October 31st, 2006, 5:16 pm

August 10th, 2017, 6:45 am #13

Tournament is no longer called the Champions Cup (it doesn't seem to have a name now).  Also, it has been moved from Chennai to Mumbai.

Great organisation...
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

August 10th, 2017, 6:55 am #14

SDb wrote:Interesting, where are they getting the funds for all the travel? Or are they actually using their FIFA funds for football..
Perish the thought.

But they do receive $1.25m/year from FIFA and stuff like this is exactly the type of thing it's supposed to encourage, so credit to them for being standard-bearers like that (unless they found a generous wealthy backer to fund all this in which case also congratulations), well done 🇰🇳. Same could also be said of 🇪🇪 with all their recent/upcoming exotic matches, have they played 🇽🇰 yet to maintain their UEFA record?

I feel a new thread coming on soon, one to praise teams like that who are showing the rest how it can/should be done on the international stage, and simultaneously shame the ones that aren't.
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

August 10th, 2017, 6:58 am #15

TheRoonBa wrote: Tournament is no longer called the Champions Cup (it doesn't seem to have a name now).  Also, it has been moved from Chennai to Mumbai.

Great organisation...
I didn't even predict it would get on the slippery slope like this (always like to give the benefit of the doubt), but the warning signs were there, late changes can happen but the bulk of this tournament (teams, venue, etc.) should have been set in stone at least a month or two in advance, especially considering some of the travel distances involved for the invitees.
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Joined: April 7th, 2007, 12:28 pm

August 10th, 2017, 4:31 pm #16

Shambles.
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Joined: October 31st, 2006, 5:16 pm

August 11th, 2017, 5:36 am #17

nfm24 wrote:Shambles.
Many Indians are thinking it will be a walk in the park due to the FIFA rankings (India is currently 97th, which is laughable, with SKN 125th and Mauritius 160th).  In the eloratings, SKN is 149, India is 168 and Mauritius is 184 - probably a better representation of the current strengths of these teams.

They quite recently beat Puerto Rico 4-1 in an "exotic" friendly, but Puerto Rico had had a terrible time travelling from what I've read, and didn't get much time before the match to acclimatise.

Perhaps this is the new technique for Indian football - invite teams that have to travel long distances, make things a bit quirky by changing the schedule at the last minute, then hope by the time they turn up, they will be tired and listless, thus resulting in large Indian victories, which can further fuel the mistaken belief that India is becoming a footballing superpower.
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Joined: October 31st, 2006, 5:16 pm

August 11th, 2017, 5:42 am #18

Fixtures have been announced, finally.  At least we get 3 "unusual" match-ups.
19 August : India vs Mauritius
22 August : St Kitts & Nevis vs Mauritius
24 August : India vs St. Kitts & Nevis.
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

August 11th, 2017, 3:58 pm #19

TheRoonBa wrote:Perhaps this is the new technique for Indian football - invite teams that have to travel long distances, make things a bit quirky by changing the schedule at the last minute, then hope by the time they turn up, they will be tired and listless, thus resulting in large Indian victories, which can further fuel the mistaken belief that India is becoming a footballing superpower.
And if all else fails, exaggerate the truth to achieve a similar effect.
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Joined: October 31st, 2006, 5:16 pm

August 21st, 2017, 4:11 am #20

And the budget for this crappy 3-match tournament exceeds the entire annual budget for the women's national team...

http://www.hindustantimes.com/football/ ... 4hBiK.html
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

August 21st, 2017, 3:42 pm #21

TheRoonBa wrote: And the budget for this crappy 3-match tournament exceeds the entire annual budget for the women's national team...

http://www.hindustantimes.com/football/ ... 4hBiK.html
Turn India's flag 🇮🇳 90 degrees clockwise, remove the wheel, and bam, Ireland 🇮🇪.

Coincidence? Lets just say for the next extreme bouts of sexist national team funding disparity we should keep an eye on Niger 🇳🇪 and Ivory Coast 🇨🇮...



On a slightly different topic though, fair play to Stephen Constantine in an article linked in your one, quoted as saying:

"I've not had the opportunity to be at a big club for people to say: 'Yeah, he can handle it'.

"What's to handle? Do you think there's less pressure on me in a country (India) of 1.3 billion people than if I managed a Championship club or a Premier League club. No, I'm sorry, that's not pressure."
Unfortunately the existence of cricket means that the '1.3 billion' part won't be taken too seriously should the words reach mainstream British media (not that they would be regardless of a population figure). And I think due to the nature of international and club football the pressure probably is greater at clubs mainly due to the sheer knee-jerk lunacy surrounding them (but also just because more games are played), but definitely not in a 'Stephen Constantine couldn't hack it at Reading' kind of way.

But full kudos to him for the effort 👍, might even help to neutralise the place I forgot to give India in the hall of shame...
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