3 Reason Why India so bad at football?
India might be the world’s largest democracy, but it has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup even once.
India playing football is like China playing cricket.
It’s expensive for the Indian government to field a team, India doesn’t have the right kind of sports infrastructure.
Most of the reason India doesn’t do well at football, or any sport for that matter, is cultural.
What are some ways that culture affects our fitness?
The football culture is lacking
Sports don’t always need to be organized by the government, why can’t a passionate group of fans start a league?
Compare that to its smaller (yet prosperous) neighbors like China, Japan, and South Korea, who have all qualified at some point in the past – leaving a huge question mark in the minds of people across the globe.
Football, also known as Soccer, is by far the most popular sport in the world. It’s also huge in a lot of Asian countries like India.
But for some reason India isn’t at all good at it. Why?
- Indian Focus on one sport and they are good at it, which is cricket.
- Most of the reason India doesn’t do well at football, or any sport for that matter, is cultural.
- India doesn’t have the right kind of sports infrastructure.
India doesn’t play football very well, do they? Actually, I’m not an expert on the subject but I can tell you: They don’t. Last month, France won the 2017 U-17 World Cup ahead of Mexico and India.
8 goals scored by Costa Rica, 1 by India. 3 goals scored by Serbia, 0 by India. 2 goals scored by other teams in their group stage, 0 by India. In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, of its 5 matches, India conceded 11 goals and scored an abysmal 1.
This article is hopelessly jingoistic, to say the least. Let me make it clear that it is not meant to be; it is just to be realistic about where we stand on the international footballing stage.
India is a country of cricket. The IPL, the Champions League and the World Cup series are some of the most highly anticipated events in India.
But why has India failed to produce a Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?
Why is it that Indian clubs don’t win any silverware in European competitions or even in Asia? These are questions which a lot of Indians have been asking for a long time now, and for which there probably isn’t an answer. Or perhaps there is, but it doesn’t make us feel any better.
India hasn’t been able to qualify for the FIFA World Cup since 1950. However, that’s probably because we don’t bother trying. Let me explain.
My generation’s dreams of Indian football glory were dashed when we took our first kick in the FIFA championship. The dream seemed just outside our reach, and we couldn’t even get it a little closer.
There is something inherently wrong with the way Indian teams play.
Theymove so slowly and never take risks. In the 80s, West Germany would beat India 4-2 on a neutral field.
Today, India would lose that match by a score of 4-2. What gives? Why can’t they play better? It’s because they’ve been forced by a system that puts negative stereotypes about Asian Americans and Europeans above all else.