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Maniam PS
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Why is football is not taken seriously in India knowing that it is the most popular game of the world. Football is the game where the whole world watches and the players are in demand world wide. Games like EPL and European Cup which is played annualy rake in millions of dollars not mentioning the the World Cup which is played every four years.

Posted On : 3/30/2009 12:15:54 AM

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Riya Sen
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The ghost of cricket has taken over all the youngsters of the country. Since a child starts walking he is gifted with a bat and ball to hold on. Even the parents do not encourage their children to take interest such a popular outdoor game. Moreover, in India footballers have not yet been able to achieve that recognition which a cricketer gains. So, youngsters get attracted to the glamour qoutient attached with cricket and most of them find playing football is not a very intelligent decision. Still, players like Baichung Bhuti, Subrata Pal, Sunil Chetri etc are hope to the country s football team. Indian football team qualified by default for the 1950 FIFA World Cup as a result of the withdrawal of all of their scheduled opponents. However, they did not take up their place in the competition because FIFA demanded all players at the World Cup finals should wear football boots. A number of the Indian players refused to abide by this rule and the team was forced to withdraw. The team has never since come close to qualifying for the World Cup.

Posted On : 3/30/2009 3:43:27 AM

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Kongkan Nag
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I partially agree with Rituporna. It is a fact that a child is gifted with a bat and ball as soon it starts walking. But, it is also a fact that children are getting enough chance to know about the field of football through television at present. I think, the main reason behind football not being taken seriously in India is the parents non willingness due to financial insecurity and also the lack of publicity of the game in the national media. How many of us do actually keep track with what Indian football team is doing at the moment? How many of us do know that Indian footballers like Baichung Bhutia and Subrata Pal are getting trial calls from the professional European football clubs? It is mostly because these types of news are not publicised properly. I think the failure of Indian national football team in the international tournaments is also another reason behind the game s lack of popularity in India. But we cannot blame only the footballers for this failure. There is no proper football infrastructure in India to bring up young footballers from the grass route levels. The footballers get noticed only when they play for the big clubs like Mohun Bagan or East Bengal. But by the time they reach there, their fitness level starts to decrease due to improper training in their childhood. So, I think if a proper age-wise infrastructure is provided to the Indian footballers, they will definitely become successful in the international tournaments and only then, the game will again be taken seriously in India.

Posted On : 3/30/2009 5:26:04 AM

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Avishek Bose
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The reason is probably cricket and there is absolutely no harm in accepting the fact that cricket is the most famous sports in India. Every game demands proper infrastructure and undoubtedly, Indian football lacks it. Indian football tem made the nation proud when they won us the Nehru Cup, but it has never been a front page news. The passion for the game is still very much there, yet, the football grounds are never maintained well, the players never get the due recognition, neither they are paid well. All these miseries has been in the scene for long and AIFF has only remained a mere spectator. Its high time that the top most hierarchy becomes responsible enough, take initiatives to make this beautiful game even more popular. Bhaichung Bhutia and Sunil chettri are the torch bearer and when aided by some rensponsible group of administrators, they can surely save the Indian football and secure its future.

Posted On : 4/4/2009 5:47:00 AM

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