It seems so long, we haven’t talked about sports. sports is also a career after all, a non-academic career which we choose because our heart wants to play forever.

So today we will talk one of the worldwide famous sport, football which doesn’t seem to be that much gelling up in Indian televisions and media. Though youth today are a lot addicted and interested in football but people as a whole are not. The amount of coverage and fans we see for cricket these days, it feels really bad to say that Indian football team doesn’t get that much support.

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People in Goa, Kolkata and Kerala have always been enthusiastic about the game. It is only in the last few years that India has woken up to craze of football as today everybody is well connected to what is happening in the world. Everywhere in the world, young people are hooked on to the game but to that level in India.

Like any other sport, it too requires lot of training and dedication. If you are passionate about it and you wish to develop its skills, then you should not hesitate to take up football as your career. Some famous clubs for football in India are :

1. Premier Indian Football Academy (PIFA), Mumbai

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2. Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, Kolkata

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3. Indian Tigers Football Academy (ITFA)

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4. Dempo Sports Club

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These are just some big names over the nation. Other than these too, you can start playing in your school’s football team or college team.

What can help to improve the situations?

A good coverage by the media also helps in building mass support. People now know about the teams and the players because of social media and due to India-specific programmes that many top European clubs have initiated in the last one to two years.

Football is a very popular sports which is played by many countries, whereas cricket is just a 10-nation sport. Unfortunately in India, football is not that much popular.  Youngsters are enthusiastic about football but they don’t pursue it at a career. However, this is not only the case with football but with every other sport in the country. May be our society fails to see sports as a career. We feel that this montage has to be broken.

Famous Indian footballers

We all know about Ronaldo and Messi but now, let’s explore our Indian Footballers.

1. Baichung Bhutia

Baichung Bhutia is undeniably one of the most famous football players of India. He has a very good skill in shooting the football. That is why, the Sikkim-born striker is called the Sikkimese Sniper. To get to know more about his skill in football, there can be mentioned I. M. Vijayan’s quotation which described Bhutia as “God’s gift to Indian football”.

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In 1999, he joined an English club, Bury, and became the first Indian footballer to sign a contract with a European club. Not only that but also he became the second Indian footballer to play professionally in Europe after Mohammed Salim.

2. Sunil Chhetri

If there is anyone who can overcome Baichung Bhutia in fame and record then he is Sunil Chhetri. The 29-year-old Nepalorigin India born striker has so far scored 39 goals appearing in 71 matches. It is needless to say that if he is in good form then very soon he is going to make a surpass Bhutia’s goal record.

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After signing with an USA based football club, Kansas City Wizards, of Major League Soccer in 2010, he became the third player from the subcontinent to go abroad. It was the worst year of his career as his contract with the American club did not last long and soon he returned to India and joined Chirag United to play in the I-League.

In 2007 and 2011, he was named AIFF Player of the Year.

3. Jarnail Singh Dhillon

He is another gifted player to Indian football. Because of his defensive skill, he is still considered as one of the most outstanding defenders of India. He was also one of the few players who played an important role in shaping the fate of the country’s football during the 1950’s and 1960’s.

He started playing at the age of 16 years for the Khalsa College, Mahilpur of Punjab in the year 1952. After playing four years there, he then played for the Khalsa Sporting club for the year 1956-57. Then, he moved to Rajasthan Club for the year 1957-58. He played for Mohun Bagan for a period of 10 years from 1958 to 1968.

So we hope you would not let your talent and passion just got to watse; choose sports as your career to do what you really want to.