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Tamil Eelam at World Football Cup 2014
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The Tamil Eelam Football Association will play their first match of the 2014 ConIFA World Football Cup today against Arameans Suryoye.

The players trained for the first time since their arrival from their training camp in Norway on Sunday, with all the players fit for the big match.


This is the third tournament that the Tamils are taking part in after a respectable 7th place finish in the team’s debut in the VIVA World Cup in Kurdistan 2 years ago, and an incredible 3rd place at a friendly tournament on the Isle of Man last year.

The tournament, which kicked off yesterday, will see nations which are not recognised by FIFA, play against each other to lift the trophy.



Tamil Eelam is in Group A and will meet two high quality teams, in Kurdistan and Aramean Suryoye, who are both rated highly by bookmakers to win the tournament. Both teams played each other on Sunday, with the Arameans beating Kurdistan 2:1.

Head Coach Ragesh Nambiar is hoping the team's fitness and the quick pace of the young players will give Tamil Eelam the advantage over their experienced opponents.

"Although both Kurdistan and the Arameans are both amongst the favourites to win the tournament, we are fancying our chances. Their match gave us an idea of how we can exploit the tactical weaknesses of both teams,"
he told the Tamil Guardian.

TEFA, coordinated by the Global Tamil Youth League, has again called up players from across the Tamil diaspora. This year, players have come from Canada, England, France, Germany and Italy.

All matches will be broadcast live here.

See below for the Tamil Eelam squad:



Selvananthan Hariendran (1)

Age: 24
Position: Goal Keeper
Country: UK
Team: Valvai Blues
Mohammed Naseer (2)

Age: 27
Position: Full Back/Midfield
Country: France
Team: US Saint Denis
Mayooran Chelliah (3)

Age:23
Position: Left back
Country: France
Team: C.S. Eelavar
Sivaruban Sathiamoorthy (5)

Age: 23
Position: Defender
Country: Germany
Teams: RSC ESSEN, RW Essen
Ronson Vallipuram (7)

Age: 23
Position: Midfield
Country: France
Teams:AS Aulnaysienne, CS Eelavar
Ragavan Prasanth (9)

Age: 22
Position: Winger
Country: France
Teams: Drancy United, CST 93
Gajendran Balamurali (Captain, 10)

Age: 24
Position: Midfield
Country: Germany
Team: FSV Duisburg
Gvinthan Navaneethakrishnan (11)

Age: 24
Position: Winger
Country: Germany
Team: FC 07 Heidelsheim
Menan Nagulendran (14)

Age: 24
Position: Midfield
Country: Canada
Team: Scarborough Rangers
 
Mayuran Gnanasegaram (15)

Age: 28
Position: Defence
Country: Germany
Teams: S.C. Berliner Amateure, Tamil Tiki Taka
Arison Rajasingam (19)


Age: 27
Position: Midfield
Country: Canada
Team: Eelam Challengers FC
Kathiravan Uthayan (20)


Age: 25
Position: Defence
Country: UK
Team: Valvai Blues
     
Mathanraj Uthayanan (27)

Age: 30
Position: Striker
Country: UK
Team: Valvai Blues
Umaesh Sundralingam (30)


Age: 21
Position: Goal Keeper
Country: Canada
Christman Gunasingham (45)

Age: 24
Position: Striker
Country: Italy
Team: Polisportiva Borzanese
     
Kevin Nagendra (93)


Age: 20
Position: Defender
Country: UK
Team: St Rose
Prasanth Vigneswarajah (95)

Age: 18
Position: Midfield
Country: Canada
Teams: Jarvis FC, York Region Shooters
Majouran Jeganathan (99)


Age: 27
Position: Midfielder/Striker
Country: Germany
Team: Tamil Stars Dortmund
     
Ragesh Nambiar (Head Coach)

Age:24
Country:UK
Team:Chelsea FC Foundation (Coach)
Hariesh Pavalaganthan (Assistant Coach)

Age: 19

Country: Canada
Theeban Thurais(Physio)


Age:27

Country: France
 
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