SAFF Cup history
- SAFF Championship, also called the South Asian Football Federation Cup, is the main association football competition of the men's national football teams governed by the South Asian Football Federation.
- It began as the South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation Gold Cup in 1993.
- Held every two years, the tournament is played by 8 countries -Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
- The format of the SAFF Cup is very straightforward, with two groups of 4 teams each.
- The teams play each other only once in their respective groups; each team plays three matches in the group stage.
- The top two from each group will advance to the semi-finals, whose winners will go on to play the finals to decide the winner.
India, the most successful team of championship
Having won the title 6 times, India has been the most successful team of the SAFF championship. India won it in 1993, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2009 and 2011.
2015 SAFF draw
- The draw for the 2015 SAFF Suzuki Cup was announced and hosts India have been drawn in group A with Nepal, Sri Lanka and arch-rivals Pakistan.
- The Group B includes Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives and Bangladesh pitted against each other.
- The highest-ranked team in the tournament is Afghanistan, according to the latest FIFA rankings.
- India will be hosting the tournament for the 3rd time.
SAFF cup 2015
- The 2015 SAFF Suzuki Cup is the 11th edition of the SAFF championship.
- It is being hosted in Trivandrum, India from 23 December 2015 to 3 January 2016.
- For this edition, Pakistan withdrew from the tournament in November 2015 due a dispute within the nation's football federation.
- Afghanistan is the defending champion, being the last one to have won it in 2013.
SAFF Cup-India enters semis with a thumping win
- India bounced back from a goal down to beat Nepal 4-1 in their final group match, to seal the semifinal berth in the SAFF Cup.
- Goals from the Indian team were scored by Rowlin Borges, skipper Sunil Chettri, and Chhangte Lallianzuala.
- Chhangte Lallianzuala, playing only his second international match, scored a brace (81', 90') in the final 10 minutes of the match.
Lallianzuala, the youngest ever goalscorer for India
Lallianzuala Chhangte, the 18-year-old Mizo sensation became the youngest ever goalscorer for India, beating the record held by Baichung Bhutia.
India enters final of SAFF cup beating Maldives
- India entered the final of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Cup beating Maldives 3-2 in the semi-final at the Thiruvananthapuram International Stadium in Kerala.
- Skipper Sunil Chhetri (24') and Jeje Lalpekhlua (33', 65') contributed to the scoreline for India.
- This will be India's 10th appearance in finals of the tournament.
- India will now face the winner of Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan semi-final match.
Chhetri helps India clinch 7th SAFF title
- India defeated Afghanistan 2-1 in the 2015 final of the SAFF Cup in Thiruvananthapuram.
- Sunil Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua scored for India, with Chhetri scoring the winning goal in a free kick in the 10th minute of extra time.
- Zubayr Amiri scored the first and only goal of the match for Afghanistan in the 71st minute.
- This is India's 7th SAFF cup victory.