The plain and simple answer to this is because India fails
to invest necessary resources in this sport. The country that obsesses cricket
more than anything, football is its third thought. (Yes, Bollywood ranks
Not that we lack the talents but there’s nothing here to
encourage and groom them to an international level. There are fewer training clubs.
For newspapers, magazines and media, Messi/Ronaldo is Football and Football is
Messi/Ronaldo. Kept aside the small part of east region, very few across the
country really talk much about football.
Combine all these – less investment, lower charm, no
recognition of the professional and amateur players – has kept the Indian Football
team from the FIFA world cup tournament.
However, with all being said, one cannot deny the fact that
the face of this sport is changing in recent times—ever since the emergence of
ISL (Indian Super League). The tournament – that involves big celebrities and
cricket stars as the team owners, along with some big international football
stars gracing the Indian field – has generated much of the hype, glamorizing this
sport and grabbing the nation’s interest like never before.