India will get an additional AFC slot in 2021, including a possible direct entry into the AFC Champions League group stage.
Dismissing claims of a dip in Chhetri's sharpness, Stimac blamed injuries to key players for India's recent struggles.
Our correspondent travels back and forward in time, struggling to make sense of the chaotic 2019 that was the Indian national football team's year.
With World Cup qualification now out of the question, India will be hoping to secure third place in Group E.
Ashique Kuruniyan's willingness to run at opposition defenders has made him an invaluable asset in the Indian team.
India have been drawn alongside Qatar, Oman, Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Group E of the AFC's World Cup 2022 qualification.
Sunil Chhetri has promised that the Indian players will be patient and fully back new coach Igor Stimac to implement his philosophy on the team.
Oman coach Pim Verbeek resigned from the post on Wednesday with the former Australia and Korea boss calling time on a 40-year managerial career.
Asian Cup winners Qatar dominate ESPN's Team of the Tournament, but there's also room for the man with the worst (best?) hair and an MLS-bound star.
Qatar has joined a growing list of recent tournament winners - like Chile, Portugal and France - that functioned almost solely as the reactive team.
Nobody expected Qatar to make too many waves in the AFC Asian Cup, but with 19 goals scored and one conceded, they are undoubtedly worthy champions.
Qatar claimed their first Asian Cup triumph with a stunning 3-1 win over four-times champions Japan on Friday.
Hosts UAE, who lost 4-0 to Qatar in the Asian Cup semifinals, claim that Almoez Ali and Bassam Al-Rawi do not meet FIFA nationality requirements.
The last time Japan became AFC champions, Shinji Kagawa was the toast of Asia. Now, the 29-year-old will be watching the Asian Cup final from home.
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has belatedly knocked back speculation suggesting he was interested in leaving the national team to coach in Scotland.
The Asian Football Confederation has launched an investigation into the throwing of shoes at Qatar players in the Asian Cup semifinal against UAE.
Qatar defied sandal-throwing local fans to storm into the Asian Cup final for the first time with a 4-0 win over hosts United Arab Emirates.
Carlos Queiroz stood down after nearly eight years as Iran coach following his team's 3-0 loss to Japan in the semifinals of the Asian Cup.
Yuya Osako scored twice in 11 second-half minutes to help four-times champions Japan beat Iran and reach the Asian Cup final.
Graham Arnold has the Socceroos playing like his title-winning Sydney FC side. So why were they sent packing from the Asian Cup by the UAE?
Australia boss Graham Arnold is interested in succeeding Neil Lennon as manager of Scottish Premiership side Hibernian, a source has told ESPN.
Son Heung-min visibly felt the pressure as Korea crashed out of the Asian Cup. That won't go away when he returns to a Spurs squad beset by injury.
"I've got to deal with it. I've had situations like this before -- you learn, you grow up," Milos Degenek said of his costly Asian Cup mistake.
Holders Australia were knocked out of the Asian Cup at the quarterfinal stage by hosts United Arab Emirates after a shocking error by Milos Degenek.
Australia's Asian Cup defence ended after a 1-0 loss to hosts the United Arab Emirates, while Qatar also shocked heavyweight South Korea.