Debutants India look to produce strong performances in tough Group D of the FIFAe Nations Cup 2022 to be held at the Bella Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark starting Wednesday.
The FIFAe Nations Cup is the international football governing body’s (FIFA) official inter-nation esports football competition. Gamers play in a 2v2 format along with a substitute.
The Indian efootball team will be represented by Siddh Chandarana, Charanjot Singh, and Saransh Jain.
The trio had defeated Korea and Malaysia in the Asia/Oceania regional playoffs last month to help India make the cut for FIFA’s showpiece esports event for the first time.
There are 24 teams in the FIFAe Nations Cup, divided into four groups of six. India are placed in Group D alongside the Netherlands, Mexico, Italy, Poland and Morocco.
The teams will play each other twice in the group stage with the top four nations making it to the round of 16. India’s matches will be live streamed.
India, who achieved their best-ever 18th position in the FIFAe rankings earlier in the year, will have their task cut out against the world No. 3 Netherlands.
Mexico, ranked seventh, and world No. 8 Italy, are the other teams ranked above India in Group D. Poland are ranked 21st while Morocco are 38th in the FIFAe Nations Rankings.
Defending champions France are in Group B while world No. 1 Singapore and world No. 2 Brazil are clubbed together in Group A.
France won the inaugural FIFAe Nations Cup in 2019 by beating Argentina in the final in London. The 2021 edition of the biennial event was cancelled due to COVID-19.
The round of 16 and the quarter-finals of the FIFAe Nations Cup 2022 will be played on Friday. The semi-finals and final will follow on Saturday.
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FIFAe Nations Cup 2022: India’s schedule in Group D
All times in Indian Standard Time (IST)
Wednesday, July 27
Italy vs India - 9:35 PM IST
India vs Netherlands - 10 PM IST
Poland vs India - 10:25 PM IST
India vs Mexico - 11:10 PM IST
Morocco vs India - 11:35 PM IST
Thursday, July 28
India vs Italy - 9:35 PM IST
Netherlands vs India - 10 PM IST
India vs Poland - 10:25 PM IST
Mexico vs India - 11:10 PM IST
India vs Morocco - 11:35 PM IST