SAFF Championships 2021

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2021 SAFF Championships

 

Introduction

• The SAFF Championships or South Asian Football Federation Championship previously known as South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation Gold Cup and SAFF Gold Cup.

• It is the main international association football competition of the men’s national football teams governed by the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF).

SAFF was formed in 1997 by founding Member Associations from Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and SriLanka

• Currently a total of 7 countries participate in the SAF Championship, they are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

• The SAFF motto ‘Unity in Strength’ depicts the power and bond of these seven Member Associations.

• At present, Kazi Md. Salahuddin is the President of SAFF. 
• The headquarters of SAFF located in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

• The SAFF Championship is held every two years.

Afghanistan joined SAFF in 2005 and left the association in 2015 to become a founding member of Central Asian Football Association (CAFA).

• The South Asian Football Federation (SAF) Championship started in 1993 in Lahore.

South Asian Football Federation (SAF) Championship 2021

• The 2021 edition of the tournament is the 13th edition of the SAFF Championship.

• The SAFF Championships  2021 was hosted by Maldives. Previously it was decided to be hosted by Pakistan.

• The National Football Stadium in capital Malé will host all the matches.

India defeats Nepal 3-0 to lift the SAFF Championship title.

• As the most successful team, India has won the championship a total of 8 times incuding the 2021 tournament.

• This is the Indian football team’s first title triumph under head coach Igor Stimac.

SAFF Championship 2021 Summery

◘ Total team: 8
• Bangladesh
• Bhutan
• India
• Maldives
• Nepal
• Pakistan
• Sri Lanka.

◘ Venue:
• Host country: Maldives
• Stadium location : National Football Stadium , Male

◘ Champions
• 2021 tournament: India (8th titile)
• Runners-up: Nepal
• Third Place: Maldives
• Fourth Place: Bangladesh

◘ Top Scorer(s)
• Sunil Chhetri – 5 goals
• Best Payer – Sunil Chhetri

 

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