Sunday, July 02, 2006

INDIAN FOOTBALL

As I write this, Brazil is down by a goal to France in the FIFA World Cup 2006 quarterfinals. 72 minutes are up, and I can't watch anymore. There is a strange feeling in the stomach, possibly nervousness. I have switched off the TV (this is what I did when Japan took a 1-0 lead against Brazil in the group match. Brazil scored four times after that) and hoping this works! :-(

If this is the case with Brazil, I wonder what my condition will be if India ever qualifies for the World Cup. Click here for history of India in World Cup qualifiers.

I wonder why India doesn't do well in football! People talk about lack of infrastructure, encouragement, fan following, but what is the real reason? Definitely not lack of fan following - Click here for information on football viewership in India. We've also had the most talented players - Baichung Bhutia, Chima Okerie, IM Vijayan..

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Oh well, just checked to see the score: Fra: 1, Bra:0 - END OF PLAY! :-( Now why do I care who wins the World Cup! In 2010, I will root for India - right from the qualifiers!

17 comments:

Narayanan Venkitu said...

Man..what can I say..France was solid today! I am sure 99% of the people who Bet on the World cup will be out since Arg and Braz are gone.

My only prayer - Italy must be elimiated. They don't deserve to be their for their fake that won game for them against Australia.!

Vinesh said...

Haha, my prayer was for the Aussies to be eliminated..
Now your prayer is for their slayers Italians to be booted out..

Bad streak of blood running through the World Cup...

Mythreyee said...

yea, watchin argentina go was even saddenin if u ask me.. i dunno y i felt so bad abt it.. din feel so terrible abt brazil headin out... france was awesome though... england deserved 2 b kicked out!!!

Danesh said...

I felt really sad after Argentina lost and thought that Brazil would carry things forward... Very sad.

Having said that, France really did play well.

Jeevan said...

my think gone wrong, England & Brazil have lost, who i thought to win this WOrld Cup.

Vinesh said...

Me was never an Argentina fan. But yea. I guess most of us in India are Argentina or Brazil supporters..

Wonder when we'll get a chance to be India supporters

maha said...

i was also very upset wen argentina and brazil lost...

prithz said...

I was wondering the same.. When tiny countries like Trinidad and Tobago, Ghana, etc... wid population so much lesser than India's can coem to the world cup arena.. y not india... surely somthing is wrong...hope v get to cheer them in the next world cup at least...

Vinesh said...

on a larger scale.. when you take the olympics, a single medal is like a rare achievement :-(

Jayan said...

Wow, does it mean that you have got a broadband connection at home now?

Schrodingers cat said...
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Schrodingers cat said...

Brazil shouldnt have left King Henry unmarked! and they paid the price.

Vinesh said...

Haha, Jayan.. where did you get that from :-)

I am trying to forget Brazil.. :-(

vasanthi said...

I watched that particular match and to be honest in that particular match Brazil played without passion, right from the word go they were playing to lose the match.

Vinesh said...

Sad to agree, Vasanthi, but true :-(

Orange Fronkey said...

I felt bad for the aussies when they lost...

Anyways.. I could never picture an Indian football team... you guys seem to be more nutty and crazy abou Cricket so its kinda hard for me th picture hmmm..

Anonymous said...

Wasn't Chima Okerie from Nigeria? I thought he was an international player in India's league.....
And as for being India's fans... I think we should learn from the Scots...
the ad on TV that goes... "2006 World Cup... Once again Scotland fails to qualify.... Once again 5000 Scotland fans will be at the World cup..... Cheering for Scotland anyways...."

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