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Sunday, 13 July 2014
World cup football -Where is India?
As Argentina plays
Germany in this world cup, it is a fight between the individual centrist Latin America
and the team run European football.Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Italy
have proved to be the greatest football nations based on the previous
world cups. Latin American food ball, like the Indian
cricket during the Sachin era was always centered on one
individual. Whether it was Pele or Maradona of the yesteryear or
the Messi of today, the victory for the Latin American teams were
always because of an individual. The loss of Neymar making
Brazil getting into a corner with a fourth place is a testimony to
this fact. On the other hand European football was always based on team
effort but not necessarily based on a name. Today’s match for Argentina
is centered on Messi while for Germany it is game as usual. A
few hour from now we will know who are the world champions again an
individual or a team.
While Europe and Latin America leads in
this game, Asian countries are never near the post. With occasional
appearance of Iran or South Korea the Asian land mass with the greatest
population is always away from World cup not to mention of India. Indian
football has always made itself present in the Olympics during the 50s.
However, we still remain a non-entity among the comity of nations in
the world football arena. Even since the times of Chuni Goswami to the
present day sensation Sunil Chhetri we have had many names like Baichung bhutia,
Bhaskar ganguli, I M Vijayan to name a few , adding glory to the game in India
since independence. The Santosh trophy football match and the glory of the
Bengal Clubs -East Bengal, Mohammedan sporting, and Mohanbagan- have all
been lost. As we watch today’s world cup it is a shame
that an emerging economy like India is nowhere among the comity of
footballing nations. It is not health or wealth which makes a footballing
nation but dedication and support to the game. Our over emphasis on
cricket and by making it a national madness, we have ensured that the greatest
game among humankind is nearly dead in India. In the eve of this world cup
football final, we need to think that it is high time that we revive this game.
But the question is even if the government take policy initiatives will the
commercial interests around cricket give it a chance?