5 Facts you should know about Indian Football

5 Facts you should know about Indian Football

India has always been known as a cricket nation. It is quite hard to imagine that Football
is here from the late 19th century. After a long wait, and years of hard work,
India made it to the FIFA world cup qualifiers and will soon play to fix its spot in the
prestigious tournament. But, with a history of over 100 years, and
world class players, do we really know about the Indian Football? Before we begin, hit that subscribe button
and also press the bell icon to be a part of our notification squad. Today, we are looking at 5 facts you should
know about Indian Football. For this list, we’ll be looking at the history,
tournaments and awards, which made Indian Football what it is today. 5 The beginning In the early days, football was played only
among army teams, but gradually it spread among the masses, credit of which goes to
Nagendra Prasad Sarbadhikari. The Calcutta FC was the first club which was
established in 1872. The Indian Football Association was founded
in 1893, but none of its board members were Indians. Soon, other clubs like Mohun Bagan, Sovabazar
and the Aryan Club came into existence and Calcutta became the epicenter of Indian football. To glorify the beautiful game, several tournaments
cropped up. Among these, the Trades Cup, The Cooch Behar
Cup, The Durand Cup and the IFA Shield took the spotlight. Sovabazar became the first team to win the
Trades Cup, in 1982. But it was in 1911 that India made a mark
in football. In 1911, Mohun Bagan club won the prestigious
IFA Shield by defeating East Yorkshire Regiments by 2-1 in the final. The win was enormous, it was not only a football
match, and it was India’s victory over the British at a time when the struggle for freedom
reached the pinnacle. 4 1950 World Cup and 1956 Olympics After many speculations, India got an opportunity
to play in the 1950 FIFA World Cup, but the All Indian Football Federation turned down
the offer due to various monetary and non-monetary reasons. It was speculated that Indian players were
not able to play football in shoes, which sounds completely made up. In fact, India could not afford the players’
long trip to South America to play in the World Cup. Another reason was that the Olympics were
more popular at that time and people in India hardly knew the importance of the World Cup. After this, India played in many tournaments
and won prestigious Asian Cup Gold Medal. But, it was the 1956 Melbourne Olympics that
changed the face of Indian football. India defeated hosts Australia 4-2 and finished
at the fourth spot against the expectations of many. It was the first time that India was recognized
as a football nation and a major powerhouse in the Asian region. It was a time when Indian football team had
the services of one of the best players the country has ever seen, Pradip Kumar Banerjee. 3 Indian Clubs During the 1970’s, India club football was
at its peak, with Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting Club being the three
most active clubs with huge fan bases throughout the country. East Bengal won the 1973 IFA Shield edging
past Pyongyang City Sports Club while Mohun Bagan won the 1978 edition by having the better
of FC Ararat Yerevan of Soviet Union, becoming the first Indian team to win the title against
a Non-Asian team after Independence. 1977 was a special year for Indian football. First, Brazilian legend Pele set his foot
for the first time on Indian soil for an exhibition match against Mohun Bagan AC for his club
New York Cosmos. The Kolkata giants played exceptionally well
to hold the North American side 2-2 in front of 70,000 people at the Eden Gardens stadium. It was also in that year that the AIFF started
the Federation Cup, back then it was the most prestigious club tournament in India. These clubs are still active to this day and
has won many prestigious awards and tournaments in the country and for the country. 2 ISL The Indian Super League is the men’s top division
football league in India. It is the one among the two co-existing top
tier football leagues in India along with I-League. The competition started with 8 teams which
is now 10, and is played in a span of seven months from September to March. It is organized by the All India Football
Federation (AIFF). Founded on 21 October 2013 in partnership
with IMG, Reliance Industries, and Star Sports, the Indian Super League was launched with
the goal of growing the sport of football in India and increase its exposure in the
country. The competition’s first season took place
in 2014 with eight teams. The competition also operated along the same
lines of the Indian Premier League, with the league campaign lasting for 2–3 months and
matches held daily. However, before the 2017–18 season, the
competition earned recognition from the AFC, expanded to ten teams, and extended its schedule
to five months. Unlike most football leagues around the world,
the Indian Super League does not use promotion and relegation, instead choosing to grow the
league through expansion, similar to Major League Soccer in United States. During the league’s first five seasons, three
teams were crowned champions: ATK in 2014 and 2016, Chennaiyin in 2015 and 2017-2018
and in 2018-2019 Bengaluru FC triumphed. 1 Sunil Chhetri Born Aug. 3, 1984, in Secunderabad, Telengana,
to Kharga Chhetri and Sushila Chhetri, the captain of the Indian national football team
is the second highest active goal scorer on the international stage. Chhetri started his career with Mohun Bagan
AC. He has also played for JCT F.C. and Mohun
Bagan’s rivals East Bengal F.C., making him one of a select group to have played for both
sides of fierce local derbies. He became the first Indian to sign for a Major
League Soccer (MLS) club in the U.S., when he joined the Kansas City Wizards in 2010. His goals led the national team to three consecutive
Nehru Cups. Chhetri scored nine goals over the 2007, 2009
and 2012 editions to lead India to victory over Syria, Kyrgyzstan and Cameroon, respectively. On Aug. 29, 2011, Pratibha Patel, then the
president of India, presented Chhetri with the prestigious Arjuna Award during a ceremony
at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. Indian football’s Captain, Sunil Chhetri
is right now the second highest goal scorer in the world with 77 goals, surpassing players
like Messi, Neymar, etc. It was his and the team effort that made the
team reach the FIFA 2022 qualifiers. It may be the moment every football fan waited
for. It may be the time India finally plays the
football world cup. So, these were our pick for 5 facts you should
know about Indian Football. We would like to congratulate the team for
this big achievement and wish them all the best with the hope of seeing the Indian flag
in 2022 FIFA World Cup. Thank you so much for watching. Write it down in the Comments if you have
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3 thoughts on “5 Facts you should know about Indian Football

  1. Hope in near future, you will cover more about Indian football as our media don't care about Indian football they can show European football but they can't show our reach history and lastest football news. Hope you are not like other channel who star with football but end up showing only cricket.

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