The British colonial army had brought football to India since the 19th century. And the Indian team had defeated the national teams themselves to win the national championship trophy in 1911, one of the first steps in action. process of fighting for independence. But now the English Premier League is taking over Indian football in a new way. At the Bhutia Football Academy in Delhi, Somil, Vansh and Tannay (14) said every boy’s dream there was to go to Europe to play football. You guys understand the Premier League but you don’t know much about Indian football.
In December 2010, AIFF signed a $ 1.3 million deal for 15 years with sports management company IMG Reliance, an Indian branch, to promote the development of domestic football. Dhar says improving I-League is a priority. But that was more than two years ago, and experts say they haven’t seen any significant improvements. AIFF also held friendlies against Venezuela and Argentina in 2011. The main point is that Lionel Messi was there. This event brought to the Salk Lake stadium the number of spectators filled with 120,000 seats in Kolkata just to see Messi, their idol. However, those hit events made little sense when local matches were still abandoned.
Last year, Celebrity Management Group hosted a soccer tournament called Premier League Soccer, costing about $ 7 million, for retired World Cup players, including the former France international. Robert Pires. However, the stadiums were not prepared at the right time, resulting in the tournament being postponed indefinitely and forgotten. Once again, those efforts did not create a significant improvement in the domestic football playground.
Kolkata’s teams, Bohun Bagan and East Bengal, are the strongest Indian clubs with a 86-year history of rivalry. Can match up with two Scottish teams are Celtic and Rangers. In fact, a Kolkata derby can easily attract about 100,000 spectators to the field.