Football is followed by millions of people and it is one of the most popular games in the world. This sport is played across the globe but it is praised widely in European and Italian countries. However, football is one of the top sports in India also but the country is a minnow in world football. There are various leagues and numerous competitions played among different countries. In FIFA World Cup several countries including India compete for the title, they range from tiny Slovenia to might Brazil. Talking about the old days and reporting Indian football team news, at first India qualified for the World Cup in 1950 but had to withdraw after FIFA rejected their request to play barefoot. India won the 1951 and 1962 Asian Games gold, and quite remarkably, finished fourth in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics with a team that at last could wear boots.
India a minnow in world football
As far as Indian football is concerned there has been a lengthy period of disappointment laced with some flashes in the pan at regular intervals. India has its own League Indian Super League but it isn’t as famous as English Premier League or any international league. Indian football teams are underrated with less exposure to international games that are connected on a world scale. Indian football clubs have some real gems that need to be polished. The word ‘development’ in India is associated with the allocation of funds without a goal in mind, which has always raised more questions than answered. Whether it is the structure of the sport (domestic leagues) in the country or the backroom hiccups, this has been a never-ending saga for Indian football. The introduction of ISL pumped in more money, glamour, infrastructure to a certain extent, but it failed to address the issue of football development.
India growing to International
Indian national football team captain and Bengaluru FC forward Sunil Chhetri has managed to make its name a brand just like what Lionel Messi is to Barcelona. In top international goal scorers, after first Cristiano Ronaldo and second-placed Lionel Messi, Sunil Chhetri ranks third with 74 goals ahead of Robert Lewandowski. In Indian football news, another footballer Shubho Paul has climbed tiny steps of world football. Sudeva FC captain Shubho has been selected in FC Bayern Munich’s U-19 World Team.