Corporate Social Negligence!

Withstanding the stories of neglect, Indian Football rallies on…

Posted in Arsenal, English Premier League, Football, India, soccer, sports by clash on August 11, 2008

Indian Express carried a well timed article that very well encapsulate, what is wrong with Indian Football, its past and present.Through the story of a neglected former Indian Footballer, the article carries on to capture a bleak picture of what is happening in our football. Neglect is not a new characteristic of our system and society, we have easily forgotten a lot of our yesteryear heroes and that dubious record is at its very worst when it comes to sports. Sports, other than cricket, i would say.

Indian Footballers have always lived in the fringe. We will all know I.M.Vijayan, Baichung Bhutia and probably Jarnail Singh, Makhan Singh, P.K Banerjee, Nayeemuddin and….  that is it, the list ends there. So the story of MOHAMMED Zulfakaruddin, a great footballer from the former Nizam’s city is nothing new but Indian Express did a tremendous job in carrying this article as it definitely called for an introspection in what is wrong with us.

The current crop of Indian footballers were indeed unhappy about the recently anounced Arjuna Awards; the esteemed accolade by the state for oustanding sports personalities. There are some great players, who needs to be recognised and awarded by the state. By not doing this, we are comprehensively snubbing football, a sport that has been played in India for quite a long while now. Don’t forget that we were quick to recognise and award our Golf brigadiers and you all know the history of that sport in India.

Selecting Hyderabad as a venue for the AFC challenge cup was a challenge in itself, there was no guarantee that the tournament would have been successful there. It has not and now that the Rains have hogged the limelight turning the pitch in to something that of a Rugby ground, the final match between India and Tajikistan will be happening in Delhi, it seems. Delhi is also not devoid of rains, then question  arises, during the monsoon season in India if you plan a tournament, do you expect it to be anything other than this?  So who guided AFC in planning this? The obvious culprit seems to be AIFF.


Getting back to the action, India played a well organised and fluidly playing Myanmar in the semi-finals. The ground was a slush pool, both teams huffed and puffed, toed poked football and were forced to play long high balls. This definitely helped India as on the outset Myanmar seems to be a team tuned for the Brazilian style and that definitely needs better ground conditions. Bob Houghton’s hybrid style had to be a success on such a ground and it did. Sunil Chetri scored the solitary goal from an excellent setting up from Baichung.

Myanmar is a good footballing side and if the grounds were in good condition, they would have took us for a good ride. They had their share of moments in the match. There is nothing much to write about the game as it looked like something other than football on that pitch. We will have to wait for a game played in good conditions to see, if Bob can pull it off.

Indian team did show some resilience, Subrato Pal was outstanding as the Goal keeper, this man should find way to play somewhere outside India. He has the stature, talent and the right attitude. In the defense, i like Surukumar, he bustles all around in the right flank. Anwar Ali, Gourmangi and Samir Naik had a decent match. They were caught out by the Myamanar forward line couple of time though. 

The midfield of Steven Dias, Renedy, Climax and N.P.Pradeepan is a cause for concern. Steven being the inform player, he did quite ok in the match. Where as, the rest i would say was off-colour. It is time for the replacement of Renedy, where as Climax did live up to his potential at times in the match but he has to rev up his game to make the midfield the engine room that supplies out forward line.

Picutre Courtesy : Reuters

India needs to win the AFC challenge Cup, be it Hyderabad or Delhi. In Delhi i am expecting good crowds that will definitely rally behind us in the final match against Tajikistan. Come on, earn a place in the 2011 Asian Cup and by that time, i hope we have some stand-ins for Climax and Clifford and more important is that we should have the services of our exemplary Baichung Bhutia by then. I hope we do.

On another note, news about the prospects of India being a big market for the european clubs is not new for us. But the furore that is happening right now seems to be the biggest rocking that our footballing boat has ever undergone. The latest being the offering of our former coach Stephen Constantine in helping Indian football to forge better realtion ship with the European clubs and it seems his CV is with David Gill of Manchester United. Hurray Man U fans! I have been hearing rumours of Arsenal tying up with a Mumbai club too. Anyway let us hope for the best and keep our fingers crossed about the AFC Challenge Cup final.



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  1. sami said, on August 11, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    jusr read.


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