Portal:Football in India

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Football in India

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Association football is one of India's most popular sports, next to cricket. Traditionally it has enjoyed popularity in the states West Bengal, Goa, Kerala and the entire North-East India, especially Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Sikkim.

Having been Asian champions twice, the standard of Indian football has degraded due to a lack of investment and proper planning. While standards of other Asian nations in which football is the most popular sport improved, Indian football was largely neglected in preference to cricket in which the national team is among the top 10 countries in the world.[1] In September 2006, India and Brazil signed an agreement formalising a scheme to train Indian footballers and coaches.[2]

Today India's top domestic league, the I-League, is one of the most popular sports league in the India, and is home to some of India's most famous football clubs.

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Kolkata derby known as Boro (means big in Bengali) match is the football match between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. The two clubs currently meet at least 4 times a year, 2 in state league and national league each. and more often if the clubs meet in other competitions like Federation Cup, IFA Shield, Durand Cup etc. Rivalry between the two teams is 86 years old, and features in the FIFA's classic derby list. Both the kolkata superpowers have huge fan base across spreading all over the world. Both the clubs represent a specific class of Bengali people, Mohun Bagan represents people existing in the western part of Bengal while East Bengal is supported by people hailing from the eastern part of Bengal now Bangladesh.


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A game of Street football in Kolkata, India
Credit: Dipanker Dutta

A game of Street football in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The term street football encompasses a wide variety of informal games that are loosely based on association football but do not necessarily enforce all, or indeed any, of the Laws of the Game. Often the most basic of set-ups will involve just a ball with a wall or fence used as a goal, or items such as clothing being used for goalposts. The ease of playing these informal games means that they are popular all over the world.

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  1. ^ "ICC Test and ODI rankings". Cricinfo.com. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  2. ^ "Brazil to the rescue of Indian football". India eNews. 2006-09-13. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
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