The Maharashtra team has been announced for the upcoming 69th National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy (West Zone) held at Rajkot, Gujarat from 10th to 20th January 2015.
|Sr.No.||Name of Player||District|
|14||Shakti Singh Thakur||Nagpur|
|18||Jay Kumar Patil||Kolhapur|
Coach : Mr. Caitano Pinho (Mumbai)
Manager : Mr. Iqbal Kashmiri (Nagpur)
Asst. Coach: Mr. Sameer Shaikh (Pune)
Asst. Manager : Mr. Dharmesh Patel (Mumbai)
West Zone qualifying round
10 Jan 2015 Gujarat vs Daman & Diu
11 Jan 2015 Maharashtra vs Goa
12 Jan 2015 Gujarat vs Madhya Pradesh
13 Jan 2015 Daman & Diu vs Goa
15 Jan 2015 Maharashtra vs Madhya Pradesh
16 Jan 2015 Gujarat vs Goa
17 Jan 2015 Madhya Pradesh vs Daman & Diu
18 Jan 2015 Maharashtra vs Gujarat
19 Jan 2015 Goa vs Madhya Pradesh
20 Jan 2015 Daman & Diu vs Maharashtra
Top 2 teams from the group will qualify for the Final round.
In the previous season Maharashtra cruised through the qualifying round. In the final round played at Siliguri Maharashtra were placed in Group A with teams like Mizoram, Kerala, Uttarakhand and Services. Maharashtra qualified to the semis placed second into the group. In the semis Maharastra played out a 1-1 draw in regulation time with Railways and eventually walked out of the tournament by finishing the tie-breaker 5-3 in favour of Railways.
In the past Maharashtra has lifted the Santosh trophy finals 4 times, last one back in 2000. Maharashtra only second to West Bengal to qualify for the finals for a record 15 times.