2018 Intercontinental Cup

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The 2018 Intercontinental Cup  will be a 4-team tournament held at the Mumbai Football Arena between the 1st and 10th of June 2018. 

4 country's will participate
Host india
New Zealand.


4 June 2018 20:00 IST
India v Kenya

8 June 2018 20:00 IST
Chinese Taipei v Kenya
Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai

Final on 10 June 2018
20:00 IST
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  • shibiershibier 2488 Points
    Kenya defeated Equatorial Guinea in a friendly match   
  • 7negi7negi India10643 Points
    But that Kenya team is different, They bringing a different set of players to India. 
  • GameGame india418 Points
    How good is Mumbai football arena turf and drainage system? 
  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India15761 Points
    edited May 2018

    Intercontinental Cup: India's probable lineups

    The tournament will begin in Mumbai tomorrow and marks the start of the Blue Tigers' preparations for the Asian Cup 2019.

    The Intercontinental Cup in its inaugural edition will see a lot of excitement, with Kenya, Chinese Taipei and New Zealand participating alongside hosts India. After the AIFF’s promise failed last year, culminating in a three-team tournament named the Hero Tri-series, Indian football's governing body ensured that the hosts get fair competition and fans get to see four teams from different continents participate.

    With the AFC Asia Cup 2019 looming large on the Blue Tigers, the tournament attains greater importance. This is one of the most important preparatory competitions for the home team, keeping an eye on the quality of opposition involved. With New Zealand and Kenya regularly knocking FIFA World Cup doors or pushing for slots from their respective continents.

    Stephen Constantine has announced a 30-man squad that is currently training in Mumbai. The matches are set to be held in the metropolis, allowing the team a lot of time to acclimatise to the environment and also shed the off-season lingerings. The camp started on May 16. Here, we take a look at how the Indian team may lineup in the Cup.

    This could be one of India's starting lineups in the Intercontinental Cup


    With another season gone without any major error, the stake of former Norway-based shot-stopper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has risen. The Bengaluru FC custodian was confident in his box and vocal in his defensive communication as the Blues cruised to their first ever Indian Super Cup title. Constantine likes tall men all over the pitch and it starts at the base, with GSS certainly set to start.


    Anas Edathodika and Sandesh Jhingan will continue to start at the heart of the defence. Both players have consistently talked about the way they get along together, both on and off the pitch and it has been a big positive for the Blue Tigers in recent games.

    In the full-back positions, Narayan Das and Pritam Kotal are expected to be given the nod. These two have been given the manager’s trust and have responded with average performances day-in, day-out. Jerry Lalrinzuala has been knocking on the left-back berth for some time now, but is expected to play a fringe role after Das’ strong outings with FC Goa in the Indian Super League (ISL) season.


    This bracket can be classified into two - the defensive and the offensive. In the defensive midfield role, Rowlin Borges and Pronay Halder are expected to be given starting roles, but East Bengal midfielder Md. Rafique can be accorded a look-in. Rafique has been a long time understudy to Eugeneson Lyngdoh in the side and in the veteran’s absence, could be asked to play the role of the transitioner.

    The left-wing position is almost tailor-made for Holicharan Narzary, given his penchant for hard-work and the cover he provides to Das on the left side. Bikash Jairu and Ashique Kuruniyan will be looking to play bit-part roles later in the games.

    On the right, Udanta Singh has certainly made a massive claim, having played an effective role at Bengaluru FC this season. The youngster has been looking to make the spot his own from the tenacious Jackichand Singh and this tournament could see the evolution happen at the international scene. Udanta has been in fine form and if he can replicate that, fans would not miss Jackichand’s indistry on the right.


    This spots easily go to the duo of Jeje Lalpekhlua and Sunil Chhetri, with Balwant Singh coming on late. In a 4-4-2, one of the strikers is expected to run off defenders, be good at heading while the other needs to have experience and be clinical at finishing. These two veterans fit the bill and Constantine will expect his war-hero Chhetri to continue his magical touch in front of goal.

    This could be a backup plan for Constantine in the Intercontinental Cup


    Positionally, Lalrinzuala is expected to have the best chance of starting, inn the left back position. The Chennaiyin FC youngster has been terrific for over two seasons now and that hasn't gone unnoticed at the Indian camp. Anirudh Thapa, too, will come into the reckoning, replacing Rafique if the East Bengal midfielder fails to produce on a consustent basis. 

    Formationally, Chhetri could also be expected to play a left-wing role in the 4-4-2 if Constantine goes on the offensive, with Narzary being replaced by Balwant, who'd form a duo with Lalpekhlua up top. This scenario comes into play when India need goals and Constantine wants his lads to go on all-out attack. Chhetri has played the role in the past and with both Singh and Lalpekhlua on song, India may look at this formation to unsettle opposition defences. 


    The team will lineup in a 4-4-2 or a 4-2-2-2 formation, with the defence and the central midfield remaining the same. Udanta and Narzary will be expected to play as pure wingers in the second formation, with Chhetri slotting in as the second striker.


    India will play Chinese Taipei on June 1, Kenya on June 4 and New Zealand on June 7. Set in a league format, the points table will decide the finalists, that will play the decider on June 10.


    The Star Network will broadcast the tournament live. The matches will be simulcast on TV and Hotstar.

  • goalkeepargoalkeepar Soviet Union17902 Points
    Only 6 Kenyan players have traveled to india also because of this there coach has also boycutted the team, there FA has arranged few random Kenyans who were in india to make up the numbers, they have arrived in Mumbai and will join 6 Kenyan internationals. 
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  • 7negi7negi India10643 Points
    Kenya coach Sebastian Migne refuses to travel to India for Intercontinental Cup as he don't wants to coach the weak team. 


  • samsam 10828 Points
    As per Kenyan media it's a third string side of Kenya
  • 7negi7negi India10643 Points
    I have high hopes from Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

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