The passion of football game is alive in India. The history of football in India dates back to more than 150 years ago when the Durand cup was first played in 1888. Since then, football has grown and there have been many fans who follow it in India.
Popular Football Clubs in India
- Mohun Bagan
This club was formed in 1889 and it is known to be the oldest club in India. Many more came after its formation but some of them did not survive. This club is based in Kolkata and it plays in the popular I-league. It has won the federation cup several times since its inception.
- East Bengal
This is also another club that is based in Kolkata. It has many followers who throng the stadium to watch the many games they play each season. There is even merchandise that is sold to people who are going to watch the games live. This club is considered to be a big rival to Mohun Bagan.
- Bengaluru FC
Even though this club was started recently, it has grown in popularity over a short period. They have even competed in ISL and gotten two titles during the competition. This club is among those that are considered to be setting the trend among young people who are interested in football.
- Dempo SC
They go by the name “The whites.” This club was established in 1968 and it has since won five titles in the league. Most of their wins have been in the Rovers Cup which they have clinched four times and defeated the Mohun Bagan club.
- Minerva Punjab
They were thought to be the underdogs in the I-league when they first started playing in 2005. However, over the years, they have grown and have won the I-League championship. They made their first national appearance in 2015-2016 and continued to charm their way through to the top of the league.