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Football: India to host First Official International Match with Puerto Rico in Mumbai

This will be the first ever official international match here in 61 years since India last played the erstwhile USSR in 1955

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Football match, representational Image. Wikimedia

Mumbai, September 2, 2016: India will aim to climb up the rankings when they host Puerto Rico in an international friendly football match at the Andheri Sports Complex here on Saturday.

This will be the first ever official international match here in 61 years since India last played the erstwhile USSR in 1955.

This is also the first time ever that a team from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) region will be officially playing in India.

Puerto Rico are placed 114 in the rankings ahead of India’s 152nd position.

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Indiacoach Stephen Constantine is likely to field the team in a 4-2-3-1 combination with Jeje Lalpekhlua leading the hosts’ attack.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu will be given the goalkeeping duties ahead of recent Arjuna Award winner Subrata Paul.

Sandesh Jhingan and Arnab Mondal will man the centre of a four man defence, with Narayan Das and Rino Anto occupying the full-back positions.

Eugeneson Lyngdoh and Pronay Halder will be India’s two deep-lying central midfielders, just behind the attacking trio of Sunil Chhetri, Jackichand Singh and Sumeet Passi.

The visiting team will go into the match without several of their frontliners, including Hector Ramos, Jorge Rivera and Joseph Marrero.

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The Puerto Ricans are likely to play in a 4-4-1-1 formation.

Their frontline will be manned by Michael Ramos. Alexis Rivera, Marcos Martinez, Emmanuel D’Andrea, Jacob Conde will hold the four-man defence line, ahead of goalkeeper Christofer Alexander Echevarria.

India have lost two and won three of their last five matches, the most recent being a 3-0 win over Bhutan last month.

Puerto Rico come into the match after a 0-1 loss against Dominican Republic on August 31. (IANS)

  • Kabir Chaudhary

    International football match in India after such a long time. Go Team India!

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Sony Mobile Exit India Market Owing to Hyper- Competition

Sony Mobile would continue to monitor the market situations and business feasibility in the country

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the pressure from Chinese brands and Samsung in the major price segment resulted in continuous decline of sales for Sony. Pixabay

Facing stiff competition from Chinese and South Korean players, Japanese conglomerate Sony Corporation has announced to quit the Indian smartphone market.

Sony had less that 0.01 per cent of the total Indian smartphone market share in the first quarter of 2019, according to Counterpoint Research.

Sony Mobile, however, said that it would continue to monitor the market situations and business feasibility in the country.

“Our focus markets are Japan, Europe, Hong Kong and Taiwan to drive profitability and future prospects in the 5G era,” Sony Mobile said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Sony Corporation has announced to quit the Indian smartphone market. Pixabay

“We have ceased sales in Central and South America, the Middle East, South Asia, Oceania, etc. in FY 18,” it added.

The company assured that it would continue its customer support operations including after sales support and software updates for existing customers in India.

The India smartphone market is currently dominated by Chinese players like Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo and OnePlus among others, besides South Korean tech giant Samsung.

According to Shobhit Srivastava, Research Analyst, Mobile Devices and Ecosystems, Counterpoint Research, the pressure from Chinese brands and Samsung in the major price segment resulted in continuous decline of sales for Sony.

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“With declining sales in India and other markets, Sony took the right decision to focus on the high ASP (average selling price) markets such as Japan,” Srivastava told IANS.

Sony India in July last year brought its flagship “Xperia XZ2” smartphone for Rs 72,990 to India that turned out to be its last launch.

“In a cut-throat market like India where Chinese smartphone brands rule the roost with industry-leading specs and having over 60 per cent market share, it’s tough for other brands to garner a meaningful revenue share. Sony has had a very miniscule market share in India,” Prabhu Ram, Head, Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR, told IANS.

For Sony, the performance of its mobile business has lacked the sheen, and has been a clear outlier compared to its other divisions.

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Sony had less that 0.01 per cent of the total Indian smartphone market share in the first quarter of 2019. Wikimedia Commons

“It makes sense for it to cut its losses and refocus on other verticals,” Ram added. (IANS)