Indian football: Can we bring back the lost glory?Indians started playing football during the last part of the nineteenth century. Within a very short period, Indian football achieved many honours. In 1911, Mohanbagan Club defeated East Yorkshire Regiment 2-1 to lift prestigious IFA Shield. It must be mentioned that Mohanbagan players (except one) used to play barefoot. Bengal clubs used to defeat the British teams fairly regularly before the pre-independence period.
After independence, India took part in 1948,52, 56 and 60 Olympics football. India won 1951 and 1962 Asiad football gold and 1970 Asiad football bronze. In 1950, India was selected to participate in the World Cup but did not participate apparently due to the paucity of funds. India reached the semifinal in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. All these achievements seem unimaginable now.
Since the last part of the seventies, Indian football started its downward journey. With the popularisation of cricket, young people lost interest in football. Although during the 2000s, the downfall has been checked by adopting various measures, but the golden days of India football have not yet returned.
Can we bring back the glory days of Indian football?
[P.S.: I wrote the achievements of Indian football team without checking the records, so kindly excuse me for any factual inaccuracy. The topic for discussion is bringing back the old glory of Indian football.]