- Tag results for Indian football
The Indian team was on the verge of booking a maiden knock-out round berth but conceded a gold via penalty at the fag end of the group match against Bahrain.
It is early October and Chennai City FC have just finished unveiling their new jerseys at a swanky Coimbatore hotel.
If Wim Koevermans bid goodbye at Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri to four or five journalists after a loss to Palestine, Constantine’s exit came at Asia’s continental showpiece
Despite its giant population India is a footballing minnow at a lowly 97th in FIFA's world rankings, and its players are used to being overshadowed by the nation's glamorous millionaire cricketers.
The man, however, explained that the video was essentially a joke.
Constantine took over as the coach of the Indian team in 2015 in his second stint and managed to guide them into the Asian Cup after a hiatus of eight years.
Bahrain converted a penalty in the 91st minute through Jamal Rashed, who made no mistake after India captain Pronay Halder committed a careless tackle inside the box.
Bahrain, ranked 113, are the better unit technically and their ranking does not do them justice. The West Asian nation hold the edge when it comes to head-to-head record.
India face Bahrain on Monday in their final group stage match and a victory will ensure the Blue Tigers a spot in the Round of 16.
Blue Tigers got as many as six clear-cut chances to bulge the net. Ultimately, fate seemed to have other ideas as United Arab Emirates beat Stephen Constantine’s boys 2-0 on Thursday.
The landscape of Indian football has changed, though not everything has been for the better.
The defending Bundesliga champs Bayern Munich chose Malayalam to thank all their fans in India for the support throughout the year.
It was Stephen Constantine who had suggested that "we need our players in the best of their shapes to run for 90 minutes".
A 28-member squad had travelled to Abu Dhabi and have been practicing in an effort to acclimatize themselves to the conditions.
Both the coaches have decided on playing behind closed doors, which means there won't be any telecast of the match.