Even though it might seem like a sport struggling to find its pedal, football has been here in India for over 100 years now. First introduced by the British regime in the late 1800s football has had some momentous occasions in its history in India. Even though so less of it has been documented, Indian football has survived over the years with moments that have been etched to its history.
A number of great players have graced the Indian field and a number of them have gone out to make their mark overseas. Here are five moments that happened in Indian Football that you probably have not heard of.
#1 Bayern Munich in India for Bhaichung's farewell match
Back in 2012, after playing for 16 glorious years for India, Bhaichung Bhutia received the perfect farewell as he played in the Indian colours for the last time on the home soil. This will be the second time that Bayern toured India and incidentally for Bhaichung’s farewell match in the pre-season almost with their entire first team with the likes of Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery, Mario Gomez, Philipp Lahm, and Manuel Neuer, all gracing the Indian soil.
The game was played under floodlights at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi with Bayern toying with the Indian team for almost the entire duration of the match. Even though Bayern finished the game with a generous scoreline of 4-0, the game was well and over before the second half began as all four goals were scored by the end of the first half.
On the score sheet for Bayern was Mario Gomez (14’), Thomas Muller (29’ and 37’) and Bastian Schweinsteiger (43’).
The game managed to pack in 35,000 in attendance who cheered to see the European giants play, irrespective of the thrashing for the home side.
The match ended with the Bayern team felicitating Bhaichung Bhutia with an Audi Car. The proceedings collected from the match were donated for the victims affected in the earthquake in Sikkim.