If India really wants to become a good football nation, the need of the hour is to work at grass-root level. We need to open more and more academies with top facilities.
The way All India Football Federation runs football in our country, it is highly unlikely that we will ever own a strong national team. Maybe, we will always remain the game’s romantics who become a Brazilian or an Argentine once in every four years!
Loved these two cartoons related to the World cup. First one shows a big fish (football) eating the small fish (Cricket ball) by Surendra in ‘The Hindu’. The second is by Unny in ‘The Indian Express’.
Trivia: In 1950, India withdrew because FIFA would not let them play in bare feet. So only 13 teams participated in the final tournament. In 2006, 32 teams from across the globe make up the field for the FIFA World Cup.
By the way, who said India is not at the World cup? So many Cabinet ministers, Ministers in State Governments., bureaucrats, officials in the sports federations are all going at the tax payers expense. And we the salaried people have to give details of expenses in IT returns.