1 Updates

Japanese Arata in India's national football team

Jan 29 2013, 1:10am CST | by

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Japanese Arata Izumi has become the first foreign national to be selected for the Indian football team.

New Delhi, Jan 29 — Japanese Arata Izumi has become the first foreign national to be selected for the Indian football team. The Pune FC midfielder, who had given up his Japanese citizenship and got...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

Japanese Arata in India's national football team

Jan 29 2013, 1:10am CST | by

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Japanese Arata Izumi has become the first foreign national to be selected for the Indian football team.

New Delhi, Jan 29 — Japanese Arata Izumi has become the first foreign national to be selected for the Indian football team.

The Pune FC midfielder, who had given up his Japanese citizenship and got his Indian passport in August, Tuesday found a place in the 23-member India squad selected by Ducth coach Wim Koevermans for the international friendly against Palestine in Kochi slated for February 6. Arata was also registered as an Indian player in the Durand Cup last year.

Born to an Indian father and Japanese mother, Arata had an Indian birth certificate, but he became a Japanese citizen after his parents separated.

Arata first came to India as East Bengal's foreign recruit and then moved to Mahindra United before signing. Former Mahindra coach Derek Pereira took the Japanese along with him when he joined Pune FC. In the past he had played for Singapore club Albirex Nagata and then for Mitsubishi Migushima.

Arata has taken up an Indian name of Neelkanth Khambholja and has also got married to an Indian girl, Shweta Manerikar.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) in the past had made attempts to include Indian origin footballers like former Sunderland striker Michael Chopra in the national team but failed to do so. A government order in 2010 ruled that only Indian passport holders can represent the country.

Meanwhile, Koevermans, under whom India had won the Nehru Cup in September, maintained it is a very important match for India.

"We need to assess ourselves. We need more such matches," he said.

India captain Sunil Chhetri said: "Unless you play International Friendlies you cannot gauge where you stand. We stay grateful to AIFF for arranging the match. The passion for the sport in the Kerala stays unparallel and we expect a full house cheering for us against Palestine."

The 23-member list is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Subrata Pal (Prayag United), Sandip Nandy (Churchill Brothers). Karanjit Singh (Salgaocar SC).

Defenders: Nirmal Chhetri (Mohun Bagan), Gouramangi Singh (Prayag United), Shouvik Ghosh (Pailan Arrows), Syed Rahim Nabi (Mohun Bagan), Gurjinder Kumar (Pune FC), Raju Gaikwad (East Bengal), Denzil Franco (Churchill Brothers).

Midfielders: Lenny Rodrigues (Churchill Brothers), Lalkamal Bhowmick (Prayag United), Arata Izumi (Pune FC), Mehtab Hossain (East Bengal), Francis Fernandes (Salgaocar), Anthony Pereira (Dempo SC), Alwyn George (Pailan Arrows), Jewel Raja (Mohun Bagan), Clifford Miranda (Dempo SC), Vineet CK (Prayag United).

Forwards: Sunil Chhetri (Sporting Lisbon), Manandeep Singh (East Bengal), Sushil Kumar Singh (Shillong Lajong FC).

IANS

Source: IANS

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

India thrashed 0-5 by UAE in Asian Games football
Incheon (South Korea), Sep 15 (IANS) The Indian U-23 men's football team continued its poor performance going down 0-5 to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the opening Group G match of the Asian Games here Monday.
 
 
Scottish referendum: Beckham backs 'No' vote
London, Sep 15 (IANS/EFE) Former captain of the English football team David Beckham expressed his support Monday for the "No" vote on the independence of Scotland and asked Scots not to leave a link with Britain that is "the envy of the entire world".
 
 
India thrashed 0-5 by Jordan in Asian Games football
Incheon, Sep 15 (IANS) Indian U-23 men's football team started the Asian Games on a disappointing note as it went down 0-5 to United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the opening Group G match at the Hwaseong Sports Complex Main Stadium here Monday.
 
 
India thrashed 0-5 by UAE in Asian Games football (Second Lead, correcting headline)
Incheon (South Korea), Sep 15 (IANS) Indian U-23 men's football team started the Asian Games on a disappointing note as it went down 0-5 to United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the opening Group G match at the Hwaseong Sports Complex Main Stadium here Monday.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

World Bank launches website to track project progress
Washington, Sep 16 (IANS) The World Bank Monday launched a new website to allow users to track the progress of the bank's projects and check whether the group is meeting its key targets, including poverty reduction and...
Read more on Business Balla
 
EU leads opposition against Iceland's whaling
Reykjavík, Sep 16 (IANS) The European Union (EU) led a joint multi-country opposition against the Iceland government's permission for commercial whale hunting and trading Monday, according to a statement issued by the...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Ariana Grande wrote sex song at 14
Ariana Grande wrote a sexual song when she was 14. The 21-year-old singer first penned a naughty track when she was a teenager, but her mother thought she was ''too young'' to be creating records like that. She said...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Kevin Rahm becomes a father
Kevin Rahm has become a father to a baby girl. The 'Mad Men' star took to his Twitter account to announce that he and his wife Amy welcomed their first child into the world at UC Davis Children's Hospital in California...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have 'mindful' marriage
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have a ''very mindful'' marriage. The 42-year-old actress admits she's not interested in being courted by the Hollywood hunk, 42, on a regular basis and believes their relationship works...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Robin Thicke lied about writing Blurred Lines
Robin Thicke has revealed he was ''high on Vicodin and alcohol'' when 'Blurred Lines' was recorded. The 37-year-old singer is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with Marvin Gaye's children, who have accuse the hunk...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
OSCE monitors come under fire at MH17 crash site
Vienna, Sep 16 (IANS/ITAR -TASS) Monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) came under artillery fire at the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine Sep 14, a report released by the...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
EU sanctions limit opportunities for dialogue: Moscow
Moscow, Sep 16 (IANS) The European Union (EU) sanctions against Russia limits the possibilities of bilateral dialogue, Russia's foreign ministry said Monday. "The spiral of EU sanctions considerably narrows the...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Alexa Chung posses prediction powers
New York, Sep 16 (IANS) Model-presenter Alexa Chung says she stays a step ahead of others in the fashion circuit as she can predict style trends before they hit the runway. She is here for the New York Fashion Week,...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
No Ebola risk in Italy from migrants
Rome, Sep 16 (IANS) Italian Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin Monday ruled out that there could be a risk of Ebola coming to Italy from African migrants, as suggested by some media reports in the past weeks. Speaking...
Read more on Business Balla