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Minerva Punjab request AIFF to shift Real Kashmir game following Pulwama attack

Defending I-League champions Minerva Punjab have asked the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to shift their upcoming match against Real Kashmir, scheduled to be played in Srinagar on February 18, following the Pulwama terrorist attack that killed over 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers on Thursday. If the match is not shifted or rescheduled, club president Ranjit Bajaj said his side would rather forfeit the match and concede three points.

"There are bodies still being picked up from the streets. By...

The Kashmir effect: Snow slows down the I-League

Srinagar's TRC ground was under a foot of snow on Friday.
Srinagar's TRC ground was under a foot of snow on Friday.

Srinagar is at a standstill. The heaviest snowfall of the season has left the city looking like a picture out of a winter fairytale but also left roads blocked, the airport shut down and fuel in short supply. And while football might not seem very high on the list of priorities, for the first time the I-League too will be affected.

Real Kashmir FC's TRC ground is buried under a foot of snow. The I-League debutants were supposed to play East Bengal on Sunday but that match has been postponed. It's...

I-League scenarios: How the title race is shaping up

Wins for Churchill Brothers, Real Kashmir and East Bengal -- all three chasing league leaders Chennai City FC -- over have thrown the I-League title race wide open over the last three days. How could the next three games for the top four teams pan out, and what do they need to do to keep themselves in the hunt for the title come March?

East Bengal (25 points from 13 matches)

Coming up: NEROCA (h) - Feb 7, Real Kashmir (a) - Feb 10, Shillong Lajong (h) - Feb 14

East Bengal ended a 15-year drought...

Asian Cup diaries: Indian football's goodwill and the Nepali connection

The Asian Cup is a virtual mini-World Cup where press from across Asia, Oceania, Europe and the Americas are present.
The Asian Cup is a virtual mini-World Cup where press from across Asia, Oceania, Europe and the Americas are present.

The goodwill for Indian football at the Asian Cup encompasses a wide variety of journalists, who spot India on the accreditation lanyard and then start talking positively. The Asian Cup is a virtual mini-World Cup, and press from across Asia, Oceania, Europe and the Americas are present to keep an eye on emerging talents, or looking for angles on stories associated with coaches who have a link to their specific region.

The Indian Super League (ISL) seems to have marked India out as a football country...

Asian Cup diaries: Double punched in the stomach at dinner time

Indian team poses for a photo ahead of the kick-off against Bahrain.
What the Asian Cup will miss most is the buzz about the Indian team.

Having watched the Indian men's hockey team lose their much-anticipated World Cup quarterfinal just a month ago in Bhubaneswar, the elimination against Bahrain after a late penalty in the Asian Cup was like being double punched in the stomach at dinner time.

The odds were stacked so well for India, that a friend and her husband actually chose not to come to Sharjah, because they were that sure that they would watch the team in their round of 16 game again in Dubai.

To be fair, objective journalists...