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Indian football: The new horizon

Measures need to be taken to shape the future of Indian football in a better way.

Feature 16 Nov 2017, 08:58 IST

Indian football team
Indian football team

Football is the sport with largest fan-base around the globe, and over the years we’ve witnessed so many matches, legendary footballers, and magical footballing exhibitions showcased by them. We’ve been travelling alongside them in their victories, defeats, achievements, records and emotions.

While this beautiful game conquered the entire world, the largest democratic country, India, is no exception. It is no surprise that a good percentage of Indians are football fans, even though it is known as a cricketing nation.

Although India has achieved a lot in cricket, when it comes to football it is quite the opposite, having not produced a world class football team until the present. While many other least-densely populated countries are ranked above India in the FIFA rankings, India are struggling to show their presence in International football.

India is home to supporters of some of the footballing powerhouses like Argentina, Brazil, England, Spain and Germany. Moreover the football lovers are desperate indeed to see a good team represent their nation at international levels.

Adding to their woes, India have never qualified for a FIFA World Cup tournament, which is the greatest stage in football, and it is the right of every fan out there to dream about their country being crowned as the ultimate winners by clinching football’s most coveted trophy. Hence, let us have a close look at few of the obvious reasons for the country being not able to shine at the biggest stages of football.

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