(Last Updated on : 25/03/2017)
Indian Football Players have gradually surfaced as iconic figures in the Indian sporting scene. Nowadays, the game of football is counted among the most popular sports in India. The country has produced many talented and legendary footballers over the past several years. The Indian football players have shown brilliant performances on the home ground and in various international tournaments as well. They have also earned recognition from the people of many countries for their dexterity. As far as the national team is concerned Indian football players from different parts of the country are part of this team. These players have consistently played for the prestigious Indian football clubs
like Mohun Bagan
, East Bengal, Mohammedan Sporting Club
Most of the Indian football players are capable of playing in different positions on field, like forward, midfield or in defence. This has resulted in the strengthening of the national football team. The legendary players like Gostha Pal,Jarnail Singh Dhillon
, Subimal Chuni Goswami
, Peter Thangaraj
, Sailendra Nath Manna
, P K Bannerjee, Baichung Bhutia
and others have shown their excellence on field. Gostha Pal is considered the hero for Mohun Bagan club. On the other hand, the footballers like Thangaraj, Chuni Goswami, Dhillon, P K Bannerjee etc. have helped India to emerge as winner in many prestigious football tournaments at home and abroad. Baichung Bhutia is considered as the superstar of Indian football at the moment, as he has earned worldwide fame and recognition. He has shown his brilliance in almost all the matches that he has played so far for the Indian national football team.
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India, being a large country with population of more than a billion, has never faced dearth of talented and top class football players.
Talented players are available even today, as some of the present day Indian football players have been consistently performing in different tournaments. Players, such as, Baljit Sahni, Sunil Chetri
, Karanjit Singh, Mahesh Gawli
, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Debabrata Roy
, Raju Gaikwad, Climax Lawrence
, Sangram Mukherjee, Gouramangi Singh, Rakesh Masih, Subrata Pal
, I M Vijayan
, Alvito de Counha, Shanmugam Venkatesh, Sushil Kumar Singh, Lalrindika Ralte and others have been playing extraordinary well for their country. These Indian football players have, in fact, helped the Indian team clinch the prestigious SAAF Cup, Asiad, Nehru Cup etc. in the recent years. Most of the Indian football players hail from Indian states like West Bengal
More upcoming young players are being encouraged and are being provided with opportunities to enhance their skills for the overall improvement of Indian football
. Better infrastructures for the Indian football players can definitely bring more glory and pride for the game and the country in the future.