Contemporary developments in Indian football


Dimeo P (2001) Contemporary developments in Indian football. Contemporary South Asia, 10 (2), pp. 251-264.;

During the 1990s, the modernisation of Indian football gathered pace. The sport has for a long time languished behind cricket as a source of national pride. Not since the 1960s had India's footballers achieved anything noteworthy on the international stage. During the 1970s and 1980s the game fell into a state of inertia and depression, mismanaged by unprofessional and unaccountable leaders. The popular Calcutta derby matches dominated the scene, but over-emphasis on these clubs undermined long-term national football development. This article considers the sources of recent change: the establishment of a National League, the influence of Goa's more professional administrators, the increased levels of sponsorship from commercial organisations, and the involvement of the Indian Diaspora. There have been contemporary developments towards modernising the sport, yet these have not been without their problems.

Contemporary South Asia: Volume 10, Issue 2

Publication date31/12/2001
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
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