FIFA World Cup Qualifiers:UAE vs INDIA Preview



Match Type: FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, 2nd Round, 1st Leg
Teams: United Arab Emirates, India
FIFA Rankings: United Arab Emirates(110), India(147)
Venue: Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al Ain City, UAE
Time: 21:30 IST, 23rd July
Match Telecast: Ten Action Plus, 24 Ghanta

Its finally the day that all of the Indian football fans have been looking forward to. Its the time for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and it is a huge opportunity for Team India to make a name for itself against a very strong opponent, United Arab Emirates, who are ranked 37 places above Team India in the FIFA World Rankings. The match is the only one out of all the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers,Asia which involves AFC Asia Cup 2011, Qatar participants at both ends. Both teams already have made a name for themselves prior to the Qualifiers. India stunned the much fancier Qatar that too in their(Qatar's) home soil whereas UAE thrashed Lebanon 6-2 in a friendly encounter.

Indian Coach Armando Colaco has confidence on his boys and have stated that his boys will go out for a win.
Under Armando Colaco Indian team has played two games, in which I ended in a stalemate whereas one ended in fovour of the Indians. He has already won praises from rival coaches for his style of play which the team has adjusted quite well.


Meanwhile, UAE head coach Srecko Katanec also expressed his confidence on his side for the tie and stated that he feels his side should walk out as the winner after the two legged clash. Katanec also said that their side are capable enough to grab a good cushion ahead of the Away leg at New Delhi on 28th July.

Here is the Indian Team:


Goalkeepers: Subrata Pal, Karanjit Singh, Laxmikant Kattimani

Defenders: Samir Naik, Gouramangi Singh, Raju Gaikwad, Debabrata Roy, Mahesh Gawli, Velleriano Rebello, Robert Lalthlamuana, Rowilson Rodrigues


Midfielders: Steven Dias, Mehtab Hossain, Climax Lawrence (Capt.), Rahim Nabi, Lalrindika Ralte, Sheikh Jewel Raja, Lalkamal Bhowmik, Clifford Miranda


Strikers: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sushil Kumar Singh, Baljit Sahni


Chhetri, Mehtab and Gourmangi Singh, The Carrier of Indian Hopes

Indian hopes will once again be revolving on few players. While star striker Sunil Chhetri's will lead the forward line for India, he has scored both time for his team in the last two matches India played under thir new coach. East Bengal mideo Mehtab Hussain's excellent vision shall be the Supply House for all the opportunities thats created in the midfield. Gourmangi Singh shall lead the back-line to avoid the strong UAE attack line. India's star performer on big occasions Subrata Pal who lead the team last time in India's historic triumph against Qatar last week shall be the key member to India. Meanwhile, Climax Lawrence has been handed the Captains armband for the crucial match.
Ahmed Khalil(in white), the Hat-trick Hero
For UAE, there are few injury owes, out of which the most concerned one is their prolific striker Ismail Matar who will miss the tie due to injury. But, UAE  will bank upon their hat-trick hero Ahmed Khalil, who netted the three out of six goals against Lebanon.

INDIAN FOOTBALL wishes the Indian Team best of Luck for the World Cup Qualifiers against UAE.


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