It’s the second edition of the tournament with the Blue Tigers seeking to defend the title they won last year.
As the Hero Intercontinental Cup begin in the late evening of Sunday, July 7, the Indian football team have finished up with their preparations and have landed in Ahmedabad. This year’s edition, which will be hosted at the EKA Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad, will see an all-Asian contingent including DPR Korea, Syria and Tajikistan taking part.
Reigning champions India, who won the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2018 beating Kenya in the final, appointed a new head coach in Igor Stimac earlier this year, who will look to prepare his team for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. The Blue Tigers, who are currently holding a preparatory camp at the Mumbai Football Arena, have inducted several new faces who are expected to make their international debut at the tournament. The competition will begin with India taking on Tajikistan on 7th July with the final scheduled to be on 19th July.
According to the recent FIFA rankings, India (101) will be the second-highest ranked side in the tournament following Syria (83). The rest of the two sides, Tajikistan and DPR Korea currently occupy the 120th and 121st position respectively.
The following are all the details which you need to know about the tournament:
July 13: India 2-5 DPR Korea (8 PM) (Video – India’s Training Session for the game, match report, talking points, player ratings, Igor Stimac post-match press conference, Yun Jong-Su (DPR Korea) post-match press conference)
July 19: Final (8 PM)
Venue: EKA Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Inside View: EKA Arena by TransStadia
India: The Blue Tigers announced their 25-man squad for the Hero Intercontinental Cup 2019. Here is the list of the names who will be part of the Indian side that will compete in the tournament in Ahmedabad.
Tajikistan: The Persian Lions are ranked 120th in the current FIFA rankings and are coming off a rough patch after they failed to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup. However, head coach Usmon Toshev has picked a comparatively younger team and the new crop of youngsters will bring dynamism in their approach. Hence, the other teams cannot afford to take them lightly. To know more about their squad read here.
DPR Korea: Ranked at 121 in the FIFA rankings, DPR Korea are the lowest ranked team in the tournament, but will be looking to bring back the winning mentality that the side had between 2008 and 2012, a period during which they secured two AFC Challenge Cups. To know more about their squad read here.
Syria: Despite having rested some top stars for the tournament, there’s still a decent mix of experience and blooming talents to cause their opposition a problem at the TransStadia Arena. The Assyrians have plenty of pedigree under their belt and have earned the reputation for being a hard nut to crack in Asia over the decades. To know more about their squad read here.
Telecast & Live Streaming
The Hero Intercontinental Cup will be shown live and exclusive on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Kannada and Star Sports 1 Bangla.
The games will also be available on Star’s digital platform Hotstar.
The tickets for the Hero Intercontinental Cup are available online at ₹100. To book tickets, click here.
The full coverage and updates of the Hero Intercontinental Cup 2019 can be found on the Hero Continental Cup 2019 home page on Khel Now.