Sunil Chhetri at YFC Rurka Kalan
May 29, 2014. It was captain Sunil Chhetri’s turn to receive the royal welcome from Youth Football Club Rur ...
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BIO: The Indian national football team is a member of the Asian Football Confederation and is governed by the All India Football Federation. Indian teams started touring Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand in late 1930s. Soon after the success of several Indian football clubs, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) was formed in 1937. India's first major tournament was the 1948 London Olympics, where a predominately barefooted Indian team lost to France. The period from 1951 to 1962 is considered the golden era in Indian football. Under the tutelage of legendary Syed Abdul RahimIndia became the best team in Asia. At the 1956 Olympic Games they finished fourth, which is regarded as one of finest achievements in Indian football. India first met hosts Australia, winning 4–2 with Neville D'Souza becoming the first Asian to score a hatrick in the Olympics and also making India the first Asian team to reach the Olympic semi-finals. They finished as the runners up in the 1964 AFC Asian Cup. In 2012, India won the 15th edition of Nehru cup by beating Cameroon, making it the third successive Nehru cup win for India.
They won gold medals at two Asian Games, one silver at the Asian Cup and held the record for the best performance by an Asian football team at the Olympics. Some of their best players are: Subrata Pal, Karanjit Singh, Raju Gaikwad, Nirmal Chettri, Gurjinder Kumar, Lalkamal Bhowmick, Francis Fernandes, Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh etc