India vs Russia || Granatkin Memorial Tournament || Livestream


India U-19 National team will take on hosts Russia in their first match of the Granatkin Memorial Tournament in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday (June 4, 2019). Besides Russia, India have been clubbed with Bulgaria, and Moldova in Group A.

The 12 teams participating in the tournament have been divided into three groups, with Argentina, Armenia, Turkey, Greece, Iran, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan being some of the other participating teams. The tournament is staged in memory of the first FIFA Vice-President Valentin Granatkin.

Head Coach Floyd Pinto maintained that he would be using the platform to “give every member as much game time as possible.”

“We have travelled with an 18-member squad. Our primary target will be to give every member as much game time as possible. This is a fresh squad with a mix of the boys from Indian Arrows, boys from the U-16 team who had qualified to quarterfinals of AFC U16 Championship (in 2018), and a new group of boys who have made it through the trials,” Pinto informed.

India will play three matches in the group phase followed by two play-off matches depending on the group standings. The tournament is in view of India U-19s preparation for the AFC U-19 Qualifiers which are slated to be held later this year.

india u19 football team

Floyd also felt that the boys “will be enjoying” the soothing temperatures in Saint Petersburg, the current temperature forecasts ranging from a minimum 8 degrees to maximum around 23 degrees.

“I am sure, the boys will love the weather,” Floyd maintained. Our primary lookout will be acclimatise as soon as possible, and play to our true potential,” the Coach expressed.

16-year old striker Rohit Danu, who was part of India’s U-23 squad for the AFC U-23 Qualifiers stated the “tournament will help all mature as players.”

“It’s a very big tournament. It’s nothing less than an opportunity for me as well as for the entire team to assess ourselves against quality opponents,” he quipped.

Sanjeev Stalin, who caught everyone’s imaginations with his stunning curling free-kick in the AFC U16 Championship in 2016, felt that if the team plays to their true potential, it can overcome the tough challenges in the group.

“Football is a tough game. We know whom we are going to play against. But we have to believe in ourselves, and execute it on the pitch. We will try to play to our best, and overcome the challenges,” he said.

The 18-member squad is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Niraj Kumar.

DEFENDERS: Akash Mishra, Muhammed Rafi, Sumit Rathi, Shabas Ahammed, Jitendra Singh.

MIDFIELDERS: Sanjeev Stalin, Jeakson Singh Thounaojam, Ninthoinganba Meetei Khumanthem, Givson Singh Moirangthem, Vikram Partap Singh, Ricky John Shabong, Lalchhanhima Sailo, Muhammed Basith Parathodi, Robin Yadav.

FORWARDS: Harmanpreet Singh, Rohit Danu.

HEAD COACH: Floyd Pinto.

India’s schedule in the tournament is as follows:

June 4: India vs Russia (IST 8.30pm).

June 6: India vs Moldova (IST 2.30pm).

June 9: India vs Bulgaria (IST 2.30PM)

Source –


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

ISL – Florentin Pogba completes ATK Mohun Bagan transfer

ATK Mohun Bagan has completed the signing of Florentin Pogba from Ligue 2 club FC Sochaux. The defender's salary...

ISL – ATK Mohun Bagan have signed Australian defender Brendan Hamill

The Mariners have completed the signing of Aussie centre-back Brendan Michael Hamill from A-League club Melbourne Victory FC, IFTWC...

ISL – Bengaluru FC sign promising youngster Clarence Fernandes from Dempo

Bengaluru FC has completed the signing of defender Clarence Fernandes from Dempo, IFTWC can confirm.Clarence Fernandes participated in the...

ISL – FC Goa signs defender Marc Valiente

FC Goa has completed the signing of defender Marc Valiente, IFTWC can confirm."The management & head coach Carlos himself...

ISL – Thomas Brdaric appointed as new Chennaiyin FC head coach

Thomas Brdaric has been appointed as the new manager of Chennaiyin FC.Former Bengaluru boss Marco Pezzaiuoli and another coach...

Match Preview – India vs Afghanistan – Team News, H2H, Probable Lineups, Predictions, and More

India will play Afghanistan on Saturday in its second Group D game in the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifying...

Must read

Techtro Swades United FC – A rising force in the North of India

The Himachal League 2022 season is underway and is...

Hyderabad – A Paupers to Princes Footballing Story

The footballing story of the city of Hyderabad is...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you