Will India ever qualify for the FIFA World Cup?
The Indian national football team used to be among the top in Asia. Today countries like Japan and Korea enjoy the spotlight, while India plays in the shadows. I asked ardent Indian football fans, followers, journalists and players on Twitter:
- Do you think India will ever qualify for the World Cup? A straightforward 'yes' is difficult to give:
- — Anurag Kanwar (@Anurag_AFC)Sat, Mar 30 2013 23:12:43
- — Prajay Naik (@prajay_naik)Sun, Mar 31 2013 06:49:08@MonicaSarkar improvement is needed at grass root level...n more at the school level primarily...wage structure should be improved for pros
- Hope is offered with the prospect of hosting the under-17 World Cup tournament in 2017 -- but FIFA is yet to reach a decision on this:
- — Arunava Chaudhuri (@Arunfoot)Sat, Mar 30 2013 17:14:40
- Some believe the obstacles are unsurmountable:
- — ankita sapre (@ankisaps)Sun, Mar 31 2013 00:24:56@India4WorldCup No,India won't qualify,we have the talent,but no correct channel for recognition,and hence,we lack behind always.
- — Juhi Shah (@juhishah11)Sat, Mar 30 2013 21:16:14
- — Venkat Ananth (@venkatananth)Sat, Mar 30 2013 22:27:17
- Some believe that problems beyond the sport itself need to be solved first:
- — Stevo (@GNP_UK)Sat, Mar 30 2013 17:37:46
- — Prajay Naik (@prajay_naik)Sun, Mar 31 2013 08:55:07@MonicaSarkar that's another problem...football is centralized to few states like bengal n goa...u don't see the same development in others
- — Manisha Tailor (@ManishaTailor1)Sun, Mar 31 2013 02:45:55
- Unexpectedly, the Indian national women's team has a higher FIFA World ranking (51) than the men's team (143). Juhi Shah - footballer on the women's team, referee and coach - feels the women will get there before the men. And some agree:
- — Juhi Shah (@juhishah11)Sun, Mar 31 2013 02:31:57
- — Juhi Shah (@juhishah11)Sun, Mar 31 2013 04:12:16
- — Bhargab Sarmah (@BhargabSarmah)Sun, Mar 31 2013 03:01:48
- Although the recent, renewed efforts of the AIFF - All India Football Federation, which governs the sport in India - are applauded, are they enough?
- — Bhargab Sarmah (@BhargabSarmah)Sun, Mar 31 2013 02:43:51
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