The Intercontinental Cup 2023 will start on June 9 and conclude on June 18.
The Intercontinental Cup is a four-nation football tournament which is organised by the All India football federation (AIFF).
Hosts India, Mongolia, Lebanon and Vanuatu are the four teams that will feature in the upcoming edition of the tournament.
According to the FIFA rankings, Lebanon are the top-ranked team (99) in the tournament, followed by India (101) and Vanuatu (164). Meanwhile, Mongolia (183) will be the lowest-ranked side in the competition.
All matches of Intercontinental Cup 2023 will be played at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.
As per the format of the tournament, each team will play the other sides in a round-robin format. Every participating team will play at least a total of three matches. The top two teams in the standings will lock horns in the Intercontinental Cup 2023 final on Sunday, June 18.
The Intercontinental Cup was introduced by AIFF as a replacement for the Nehru Cup in 2018.
Led by their talismanic captain Sunil Chhetri, India beat Kenya 2-0 in the 2018 final to clinch the inaugural Intercontinental Cup held in Mumbai.
Under head coach Igor Stimac, the 25-man Indian squad will once again be led by Sunil Chhetri in the upcoming edition. Chhetri is also the leading goal-scorer in the history of the competition with 11 strikes.
Interestingly, North Korea won the last edition of the Intercontinental Cup in 2019.
Indian football squad for Intercontinental Cup 2023
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh
Defenders: Subhasish Bose, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Anwar Ali, Akash Mishra, Mehtab Singh and Rahul Bheke
Midfielders: Liston Colaco, Ashique Kuruniyan, Rohit Kumar, Udanta Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Naorem Mahesh Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Jeakson Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad, Lalengmawia Ralte, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Rowllin Borges and Nandha Kumar
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Rahim Ali and Ishan Pandita
Where to watch the Intercontinental Cup 2023 live in India?
The Intercontinental Cup 2023 will be telecast live on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD TV channels in India.
Live streaming of the Intercontinental Cup 2023 will be available on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website.
Intercontinental Cup 2023 schedule and live India match times
All match times are in India Standard Time (IST)
Friday, June 9
Lebanon vs Vanuatu - 4:30 PM
India vs Mongolia - 7:30 PM
Monday, June 12
Mongolia vs Lebanon - 4:30 PM
Vanuatu vs India - 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 15
Vanuatu vs Mongolia - 4:30 PM
India vs Lebanon - 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 18
Intercontinental Cup 2023 final - 7:30 PM
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