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Turkish Women's Cup 2024 Live Streaming: Know India's Rivals

Turkish Women's Cup is back with its eighth edition to make the stars shine again under the sky of the coastal town of Alanya, Turkey uniting four nations. Here's who is playing in the Turkish Women's Cup 2024 and when, where, and how you can watch the actions live

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India's 23-member squad arrives in Istanbul for the 2024 Turkish Women's Cup. (Photo: AIFF)
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Turkish Women's Cup 2024, a four-team football tournament, might not be one of the largest spectator sports in the world, but it is everything for a team like India whose dwindling star needs a shining moment. India, with its 23-member squad, has travelled to Alanya, Turkey and is set to kick off the season on February 21, Wednesday facing off against Estonia, a European side, the Blue Tigresses never clashed before. (More Football News)

Unfamiliar with UEFA's influence, India is aware of one thing- "We will do our best in these three matches and go all out to win" as expressed by Langam Chaoba Devi, head coach of the India Women's Football team.

However, this isn't the first time India has boarded a flight all the way long to the historic city of Istanbul. Back in 2019, and in 2021 too, team India participated in the Turkish Women's Cup, with defeats in both. But, hopes are high in 2024 for a reason - all the three teams India (ranked 65th) are playing against are ranked lower.

The Blue Tigresses, led by Ashalata Devi, the captain who has previously seen the Turkish cup silverware from away twice, arrive in Istanbul. Ignoring the exhaustion, the jet lag, the long journey from Bengaluru to New Delhi to Turkey, Ashtala remembers just one thing: "It is time we got the show on the road."

Before heading to Turkey, the team has done a week long preperation with the help of Bengaluru Football Club. This will be the first time, India's Senior Women's National Team will be in action after the Paris Olympic Qualifiers where they faced loss to Uzbekistan to end the dream run.

India team for the Turkish Women’s Cup:

Goalkeepers: Shreya Hooda, Elangbam Panthoi Chanu, Monalisha Devi Moirangthem.

Defenders: Ashalata Devi Loitongbam, Ranjana Chanu Sorokhaibam, Dalima Chhibber, Juli Kishan, Astam Oraon, Shilky Devi Hemam.

Midfielders: Anju Tamang, Sangita Basfore, Karthika Angamuthu, Manisha, Kajol Dsouza, Indumathi Kathiresan.

Forwards: Grace Dangmei, Soumya Guguloth, Karishma Purushottam Shirvoikar, Sandhiya Ranganathan, Sanju, Pyari Xaxa, Kaviya Pakkirisamy, Jyoti.  

Head coach: Langam Chaoba Devi.

This time, India's opponents include two European sides they have never faced before - Estonia (ranked 98th) and Kosovo (ranked 100th). The other Asian side is Hong Kong (ranked 79th) against whom India holds an unbeaten record of eight wins and a draw in nine previous meetings. 

All India Football Association has released the opponents in details against whom India is going to defend in the 2024 Turkish Women's Cup. They are as follows:

Estonia:

Kosova Womens National Football Team.
Kosova Women's National Football Team. (Photo: X|Eesti jalgpall)
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India's opening fixture at the Gold City Sport Complex will be against 98th-ranked Estonia on February 21 at 19:00 IST. The record 11-time Women's Baltic Cup champions contested the Turkish Women's Cup in 2023 as well, recording a 1-2 loss to Kosovo, followed by a 1-1 draw with North Macedonia.

Estonia are led by two local head coaches, Anastassia Morkovkina and Sirje Kapper - both former internationals. Morkovnina is Estonia's all-time top scorer. In the current squad, goalscoring responsibilities are mostly shouldered by 25-year-old Lisette Tammik, who netted six of Estonia's 11 goals in the 2023-24 UEFA Women's Nations League C as they finished 2nd in Group 4 with 10 points after beating Armenia and Kazakhstan.

Estonia have come to Turkey with a largely youthful squad, with 13 of their 22 players born in the year 2000 or later. Among their most experienced players are defenders Kelly Rosen and Siret Räämet, goalkeeper Karina Kork, and midfielders Kairi Himanen, Vlada Kubassova and Mari Liis Lillemäe. The squad mostly contains players from the Naiste Meistriliiga, Estonia's top division league. Only six members play for foreign clubs in other European leagues in Austria, Poland, Hungary, Norway and Finland.

Hong Kong:

Hong Kong Womens Squad in Turkey ahead of the Turkish Womens Cup 2024.
Hong Kong Women's Squad in Turkey ahead of the Turkish Women's Cup 2024. (Photo: Instagram| Football Association of Hong Kong, China)
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Hong Kong will be a familiar face for a few senior names in the Indian squad when they meet on February 24 at 19:00 IST. The Blue Tigresses last faced the East Asians in two friendlies in 2019, winning 5-2 and 1-0, respectively. Pyari Xaxa, Grace Dangmei and Sanju, who are all part of the current squad, netted in those fixtures.

The history between India and Hong Kong goes way back to the first meeting at the 1980 AFC Women's Championship in Kozhikode, and Saturday's game will add a new chapter in it. Hong Kong have been coached by Brazilian José Ricardo Rambo since 2017, but are not enjoying the best of forms at the moment, lying in the 79th place in the FIFA rankings, their lowest-ever spot.

As far as their recent results are concerned, Hong Kong crashed out of the Asian Games group stage after defeats to Philippines, Myanmar and Korea Republic. In December 2023, they bagged big wins over Northern Mariana Islands and Mongolia in the preliminary round of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship, but couldn't qualify for the final round after a heavy 0-11 loss to Korea DPR. Hong Kong are no strangers to the Turkish Women's Cup, having participated in 2023 too, when they lost 0-2 to Bulgaria and 0-7 to Kosovo.

Kosovo:

Kosovo Womens National Football Team.
Kosovo Women's National Football Team. (Photo: Instagram|Kosovo Women Football)
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"India's last match will be on February 27 at 16:00 against Kosovo, who might be the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, but their recent form suggests that they will line up as one of the favourites to be crowned champions. One of FIFA's newest members, the Kosovo women's team played its first-ever official match in the inaugural edition of the Turkish Women's Cup in 2017, and have come a long way since then.

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From being ranked 125th in August 2020, they have now broken into the top 100 after an almost impeccable year 2023, where they won 10 and drew one of their 11 matches. Led by Swedish coach Karin Anneli Andersen, Kosovo earned a historic promotion to the UEFA Women's Nations League B after topping their League C group thanks to dominant victories over Bulgaria and North Macedonia. Apart from that, Kosovo won the 2023 edition of the Turkish Women's Cup and the BFU International Women's Cup, a friendly tournament in Bulgaria.

Among their key players are captain and forward Erëleta Memeti, who plays for German club Hoffenheim, and has netted 10 goals for Kosovo. Fellow attacker Kaltrina Biqkaj is the country's highest-capped player (47) at just 23 years of age. Defender Edona Kryeziu and midfielder Donjeta Halilaj of Beşiktaş are other important names to watch out for, and so is 19-year-old sensation Valentina Metaj, who averaged a goal every two games for Kosovo last year. A good chunk of the Kosovar squad plays club football abroad - in England, Switzerland, Turkey, Germany, Albania and Austria."

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Turkish Women's Cup 2024 Schedule:

Venue: Gold City Sports Complex, Alanya.

19:00 IST, February 21: India vs Estonia

16:00 IST, February 22: Hong Kong Vs Kosova

19:00 IST, February 24: Kosova vs Estonia

19:00 IST, February 24: India vs Hong Kong

16:00 IST, February 27: Kosovo vs India

17:00 IST, February 27: Estonia vs Hong Kong

Where to watch the Turkish Women's Cup 2024?

There is no official information about the telecast of the Turkish Women's Cup 2024 so far.

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