Football is no doubt the most popular sport on earth. More than 200 countries have participated in this beautiful game and its fan following is uncountable. India is no exception to this theory as millions of Indians follow and support the game religiously. It’s been more than 100 years now since Football is being played in India. Mohun Bagan holds the record of Asia’s oldest football club, which was founded in Kolkata in year 1889 much before the emergence of Premier League giants Liverpool FC.
Though India stands nowhere close to the top teams of world football, but the craze for the beautiful game is extremely high in our country especially among the youth. Today’s generation is religiously following world football and are passionate about the sport.
Every four years, Indians actively watch the FIFA World Cup and a huge craze of this beautiful game is created among the country, irrespective of our participation.
The top clubs in the world have fan clubs in several cities of India, They conduct screenings of games and the supporters in numbers come to watch the matches together almost every week. Some of the fan clubs have also been officially recognized and labeled as “Official supporters club” by the respective clubs.
In India, Kolkata is known to be the hub of Indian football. The most famous match in India football takes place between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. Every year twice, over lakhs of people turn up to watch the historic Kolkata derby which have the biggest fan bases in the country .
The craze of football in India is growing rapidly and somewhere its credit goes to the emergence of Hero Indian Super League, since 2014 the tournament has successfully turned the focus of Indians towards football. The initiative of IMG-Reliance and AIFF has been a grand success for Indian football.
The grounds have almost remained full in every ISL Match. The masses turned up for the matches and Indian people were actually interested in watching and following this beautiful game.