India National Football Team: The Blue Tigers

India national football team also known as The Blue tigers since 2013 has journeyed a long way.

India national football team is governed by Asian Football Confederation in Asia and is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA. The first match the team played as an independent nation was in the first round of the 1948 summer Olympics against France in 1948 in which the players were barefooted. However, the team lost 2-1 in London.

The period from the 1950s-1964 is considered to be the “golden era”; the team became one of the best teams in Asia. In 1954 the team won in Asian Games held in Manila and won a second time in the 1962 Asian Games defeating South Korea by 2-1.

 However, from the1970s-2001 we got to see a major decline. In the 1970 Asian games, India got third place. Besides these setbacks, the team won in the football competition of the South Asian Games in 1985 and won gold again in 1987.

In 1993 the team won the SAFF championship and brought back the glory in 1997 and 1999.

In 2012 Sunil Chettri was announced as the captain for the team, who scored 74 international goals and is currently second place before Christiano Ronaldo with 103 international goals.

For the latest, India qualified for the third round of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification.

The Indian super league came into existence on 20th October in 2013 and IMG-Reliance, star sports, as well as AIFF were responsible for launching it. The purpose of introducing India’s own football premier league was to promote the sport and provide exposure in India. In this league, each team competes twice with other teams, once at their home stadium and another at their opponent’s home stadium.

For 2021, the seventh season of the Hero Indian super league was held in March. Today Indian Super League result declared Mumbai city as the winner for this season. A total of eleven clubs are said to participate next season and it is also anticipated to see a rise in the number of Indian players.

The Indian super league live today has given huge exposure to football to the youth of India.

The India national football team fans cheering in the stadium!

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