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Football is one of the most popular sports around the globe. Approximately 250 million players around the world play this beautiful game in more than 200 countries. And football in India still needs a lot of development. The dominance of cricket is massive and it is indeed the most popular sport in the country.  But in recent years, football has witnessed its rise. The sport has started gaining popularity among grassroots levels too. Even other sports like Badminton, Kabbadi, and Basketball have started gaining popularity. Let’s have a look at the history of the game, football records, best football players, best football club in the world, and much more.

The Beginning of football in India | History of Football in India

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Football’s ascent in India began many years ago, when Mohun Bagan, a club founded in the 1890s, became the first Indian side to win the IFA (Indian Football Association) Shield before the country’s independence. But even after this no one was paying attention since football was rambling around with no set course to follow. Following years, some football clubs emerged. India’s biggest achievement could have been their participation in the 1950 World Cup but wished to withdraw due to lack of funds. 

Later in 1996, the first football tournament was created, known as the National Football League which was organized in three divisions. The Indian National Football League was discarded in 2007 and the I League, now known as the Hero I League was introduced. Then, with a vision to expand football even more, Reliance foundation, in association with the All India Football Association launched Indian Super League, now known as Hero Indian Super League in 2014. Later in the year 2017, ISL got recognized by Asian Football Confederation, and with this, the winner of the ISL was granted a spot in the AFC Cup. 

READ | Top 10 Best Women Footballers In The World

The Rise of Football in India

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Nevertheless, Indian football came to prominence when they qualified for the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but it wasn’t until the late 2000s that the Indian football squad made a significant impact. India won its inaugural Nehru Cup in August 2007, defeating Syria in the finals 1-0. The attention was now on India’s youthful football team. When they won the AFC Challenge Cup in August 2008, they lived up to the hype, and as they say, history repeats itself. In the 2009 Nehru Cup final, India defeated Syria once more. These victories gave Indians optimism that the Indian football team will soon be visible on the international football radar.

Perhaps the biggest achievement for Indian Football is hosting the 2017 FIFA Under 17 World Cup. 2017 was a banner year for Indian football, with the national side qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup and the country successfully hosting the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. The Indian Under-17 team also performed admirably in the event.

The Face of Indian Football

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Sunil Chhetri’s name is getting increasingly well-known and recognized. The forward has scored 80 goals for India, which makes him the third highest goalscorer in international football, and is just behind football superstars, Messi and Ronaldo. 

A lot of homegrown talent has been promoted, particularly in the ISL, and marketing folks have worked hard to ensure that these names are remembered by viewers. The media’s coverage of football matches and tournaments has expanded dramatically, owing to the high demand for information. 

READ | Most goals in football | List of highest goal scorer in the world

Global Eye on Indian Football

Since then, football in India has grown exponentially and foreign teams and other capitalists are eyeing the Indian football market. Many European teams have tied up with some Indian clubs in an attempt to raid unpolished talents at the grassroots level. A few years back, Spanish giants, Atletico Madrid announced their franchise partnership with Atletico De Kolkata, which later ended soon. The parent business of City Football Group EPL Giants Manchester City purchased a significant investment in Mumbai City FC on November 28, 2019. This was the first time a big European club purchased a controlling share in an Indian club. 

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With all this to say the future of India in football definitely looks promising. Football clearly has a long way to go before it can compete with cricket in terms of popularity and money creation, but there is no denying that it has piqued the interest of the country’s youth. We surely want to see the Indian Football team sing our national anthem in FIFA World Cup. 


Complete Indian Super League winners List

ISL seasonsWinnersRunner-upScoreHero of the League Golden bootEmerging Player
2021-22Hyderabad FCKerala Blasters1-1 (3-1) penalty shootout
2020-21Mumbai City FCATK Mohun Bagan2-1Roy KrishnaIgor AnguloApuia
2019-20ATKChennaiyin FC3-1Hugo BoumousNerijus ValskisSumit Rathi
2018-19Bengaluru FCFC Goa1-0CoroCoroSahal Abdul Samad
2017-18Chennaiyin FCBengaluru FC3-2Sunil ChhetriCoroLalruatthara
2016Atlético de Kolkata Kerala Blasters1-1 (4-3) penalty shootoutFlorent MaloudaMarcelinhoJerry Lalrinzuala
2015Chennaiyin FCFC Goa3-2Stiven MendozaStiven MendozaJeje Lalpekhlua
2014Atlético de KolkataKerala Blasters1-0Iain HumeElanoSandesh Jhingan

ISL Golden Boot Winners List

Season Player Name  Boot won atGoals Games Scoring Rate
2014Elano BlumerChennaiyan FC8110.73
2015Stiven MendozaChennaiyan FC13160.81
2016-17Marcelinho Leita PereiraDelhi Dynamos10150.67
2017-18Ferrán CorominasFC Goa18200.90
2018-19Ferrán CorominasFC Goa16200.80
2019-20Nerijus ValskisChennaiyan FC15200.75
2020-21Igor AnguloFC Goa14210.60

Complete list of ISL owners

  • ATK – Atletico Madrid & Kolkata Games and Sports Pvt. Ltd
  • Bengaluru FC –  JSW Group
  • Chennaiyin FC – M.S. Dhoni, Abhishek Bachchan and businesswoman Vita Dani
  • Odisha FC – US-based ship recycling company GMS Inc – The only non-Indian owners of ISL
  • Jamshedpur FC – TATA
  • Kerala Blasters FC – Chiranjeevi and Akkineni Nagarjuna
  • Mumbai City FC – Co-owned by Bollywood superstar Ranbir Kapoor and a CA, Bimal Parekh.
  • FC Goa – Owned by Goan Football Club Pvt. Ltd (Prominent face – Virat Kohli)
  • NorthEast United –  John Abraham
  • Hyderabad FC –  Vijay Madduri, Varun Tripuraneni and actor Rana Daggubati are the co-owners of the club.

Best Goalkeeper in ISL

  • Kamaljit Singh 
  • Subhasish Roy
  • Karanjit Singh
  • Arindam Bhattacharja
  • Apoula Edel

ISL Top Scorers

  • Ferran Corominas 
  • Sunil Chhetri
  • Iain Hume
  • Marcelinho
  • Jeje Lalpekhlua

Best defenders in ISL

  • Lucian Goian
  • Shauvik Chakrabarty
  • Narayan Das
  • Ahmed Jahouh
  • Sandesh Jhingan

Best Attackers in ISL of All Time

  • Ferran Corominas
  • Marcelo Pereria
  • Iain Hume
  • Manuel Lanzarote 
  • Udanta Singh 

Top 15 Health Benefits of Football

S.NBenefits of football
1Team Work
2Muscle Strength
3Increases Aerobic Capacity
4Improves Cardiovascular Health
5Lowers Body Fat and Improves Muscle Tone
6Increases Bone Strength
7Teaches Coordination
8Physical Toughness
9Mental Toughness
10Increases Cognitive Brain Function
11Increase Confidence and Reduce Anxiety
12It’s a way of living
13Within the Lines
14Anyone and anywhere
15There is a glorious career waiting at the end of it all


S.NBest football club India
1Kerala Blasters
2East Bengal FC
3Amar Tomar Kolkata (ATK)
4Bengaluru FC
5Mohun Bagan

10 most famous football players in India


Famous Football Players in India
Social Media Followers
1Sunil Chhetri1.4 M1.6 M
2Bhaichung Bhutia86.1K23.8K
3Sandesh Jhingan327K153.2K
4Gurpreet Singh Sandhu159K61.2K
5Jeje Lalpekhlua248K
6Jackichand Singh52.1K
7Dheeraj Singh128K
8Pronay Halder38.4K
9Udanta Singh
10Ashique Kuruniyan

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How to Become a Football Player in India | Step by Step Guide

S.NSteps to become a footballer
1Love the Game
2Develop an understanding of the Game
3Begin while you’re young
4Train on a Consistent Basis
5Participate in the School Team
6Go to the Trials page
7Wait patiently
8Examine Yourself
9Make a video of your games/practices
10Socialize while staying in shape
11Prepare to Sign a Professional Agreement

READ | How to Become a Football Player in India | Step by Step Guide

Football Tournaments In India 

S.NFootball Tournaments in India
1Durand Cup
2IFA Shield
3Subroto Cup
4Santosh Trophy
5Indian Super Cup
6Indian Super League (ISL)

READ | Complete List of All The Domestic Football Tournaments In India

Best Football Stadium in India

S.NFootball stadium in IndiaLocation
1Salt Lake StadiumKolkata
2Jawaharlal Nehru StadiumNew Delhi
3Mumbai Football ArenaMumbai
4Jawaharlal Nehru StadiumKochi
5Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports ComplexPune
6Sree Kanteerava StadiumBengaluru
7Jawaharlal Nehru StadiumChennai
8Fatorda Football StadiumGoa
9JRD Tata Sports ComplexJamshedpur
10Indira Gandhi Athletic StadiumGuwahati

How do Football Clubs Make Money & Earn Profits?

5 Ways How Football Clubs make money

  • Matchday sales
  • Sponsorships
  • Shirt sales
  • Broadcasting rights
  • Transfer Market

How To Become a Professional Football Coach In India?

9 Steps to become a football coach in India
S.NSteps to become a football coach in India
1AIFF “E” License
2AIFF “D” License
3AIFF “C” License
4AFC “B” Diploma
5AFC “A” Diploma
6AFC Professional Diploma
7AFC Goalkeeping Level (1,2 & 3)
8AFC Conditioning Coaching License (1A, 1B, 2A, 2B)
9AFC Futsal Certificate Level (1,2,3)

Football the global scenario

Greatest Footballer of All Time Player NameNation Career goals Career Assists 
2Diego MaradonaArgentina293226
3Lionel MessiArgentina753352
4Cristiano RonaldoPortugal794270
5Johan CruyffNetherlands296167
6Zinedine ZidaneFrance152149
7Ronaldo NazarioBrazil35794
9Franz BeckenbauerGermany7276
10Alfredo Di StefanoArgentina3021

Best Midfielder In The World

S.NBest Midfielder In the World
1Kevin de Bruyne
2Joshua Kimmich
3Luka Modric
4Declan Rice
5N’Golo Kante
6Zinedine Zidane
7Andres Iniesta
8Xavi Hernandez
9Steven Gerrard
10Lothar Matthaus

Best Football Managers In The World

S.NBest Football Managers
1Steve Cooper
2David Moyes
3Diego Simeone
4Erik Ten Hag
5Jose Mourinho
6Stefano Pioli
7Antonio Conte
8Carlo Ancelotti
9Pep Guardiola
10Jurgen Klopp

Biggest transfers in football history

S.NFootball PlayerTransfer AmountTransferred From-To
1Neymar Jr222 million eurosFC Barcelona to PSG
2Kylian Mbappe180 million eurosAS Monaco to PSG
3Phillipe Coutinho145 million eurosLiverpool to FC Barcelona
4Joao Felix126 million eurosBenfica to Atletico Madrid
5Antoine Greizmann120 million eurosAtletico Madrid to FC Barcelona
6Romelu Lukaku115 million eurosInter Milan to Chelsea
7Jack Grealish117 million eurosAston Villa to Manchester City
8Paul Pogba105 million eurosJuventus to Manchester United
9Ousmane Dembele105 million eurosBorussia Dortmund to FC Barcelona
10Gareth Bale100.8 million eurosTottenham Hotspurs to Real Madrid

Best Goalkeepers in the World

S.noNameNationClubsMatches  Played Clean Sheets Goals Conceded Save Percentage
1Gianluigi BuffonItalyJuventus, PSG, Parma111329310830.768 %
2Iker CassilasSpainReal Madrid, FC Porto10494319600.756 %
3Petr ČechCzechRepublicChelsea, Arsenal9073978130.780%
4Edwin Van Der SarHollandAjax, Juventus, Fulham, Manchester United9514408050.798%
5PeterSchmeichelDemarkManchester United, Sporting CP, Aston Villa, Manchester City6372605970.769%
6Manuel NeuerGermanyBayern Munich8083706830.755%
7Jan OblakSloveniaAtletico Madrid4652293580.756%
8Allison BeckerBrazilAS Roma, Liverpool3081452570.749%
9Marc-André ter StegenGermanyB.Mönchengladbach, FC Barcelona5102025010.713%
10EdersonBrazilSL Benfica, Manchester City 3431642780.701%

Richest football players in the world

  • Cristiano Ronaldo ($450m)
  • David Beckham ($450m)
  • Lionel Messi ($400m)
  • Dave Whelan ($220m)
  • Zlatan Ibrahimović ($190m)
  • Neymar Jr. ($185m)

Football Records

Most goals in football 

S.NOPlayer Name NationGoals Caps
1.Cristiano RonaldoPortugal112*181
2.Ali DaeiIran109149
3.Mokhtar DahariMalaysia89142
4.Ferenc PuskasHungary8489
5.Lionel MessiArgentina80*155
6.Godfrey ChitaluZambia79108
7.Hussein SaeedIraq78137
9.Ali MabkhoutUnited Arab Emirates77*95
10.Sunil ChhetriIndia77*123
Football Records of Golden Boot Winners
PlayerNo. of bootsSeasons
Lionel Messi62009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017/18, 2018/19
Cristiano Ronaldo42007–08, 2010–11, 2013–14 (shared), 2014–15
Eusébio21967-68, 1972-73
Gerd Müller21969-70, 1971-72
Dudu Georgescu21974-75, 1976-77
Fernando Gomes21982-83, 1984-85
Ally McCoist21991-92, 1992-93
Mário Jardel21998-99, 2001-02
Thierry Henry22003-04, 2004-05
Diego Forlán22004-05, 2008-09
Luis Suárez22013–14 (shared), 2015–16

List of FIFA World Cup Winners Name

YearHost NationWinnerRunner upFinal ScoreNumber of Teams
1954SwitzerlandWest GermanyHungary3-216
1966EnglandEnglandWest Germany4-216
1974West GermanyWest GermanyNetherlands2-116
1982SpainItalyWest Germany3-124
1986MexicoArgentinaWest Germany3-224
1990ItalyWest GermanyArgentina1-024
1994USABrazilItaly0-0 (3-2)24
2002South Korea/JapanBrazilGermany2-032
2006GermanyItalyFrance1-1 (5-3)32
2010South AfricaSpainNetherlands1-032

Best Women Footballers In The World Player name Nation Club Career GoalsCareer Aps
1Sam KerrAustraliaChelsea Women225335
2Lucy BronzeUSAManchester City Women31220
3Vivianne MiedemaFranceArsenal Women302333
4Ada HegerbergNorwayOlympique Lyonnais232256
5Pernille HarderDenmarkChelsea Women260352
6Wendie RenardFranceOlympique Lyonnais130385
7Amandine HenryFranceOlympique Lyonnais70357
8Megan RapinoeUSAOL Reign98271
9Julie ErtzUSAChicago Red Stars21202
10Lieke MartensNetherlandsFC Barcelona153385

Best Football Leagues In The World LEAGUENATION ORIGINATED 
1Premier LeagueEngland1992
2La LigaSpain1929
4Seria AItaly1898
5Ligue 1France1932
7Major League SoccerUSA1993
European football leagues: Top football leagues in the world LEAGUES BY UEFA ORIGIN
1UEFA Champions League1995
2UEFA Europa League1971
3UEFA Europa Confrence League2021
4UEFA Nations League2018
Best Football Club in the World TeamLeagueTrophiesValueSocial Media FollowingProminent Players
1Real MadridLa Liga119$4.76 billion271.6 millionDi Stefano, Raul, Zidane, Ramos, and Ronaldo
2FC BarcelonaLa Liga129$4.75 billion279.8 millionMaradona, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo Nazario
3Manchester UnitedPremier League66$4.2 billion141.3 millionEric Cantona, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Rooney, and prime Cristiano Ronaldo
4Bayern MunichBundesliga80$4.215 billion91.4 millionFranz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Frank Ribery
5LiverpoolPremier League63$4.1 billion91.9 millionIan Callaghan, Ian Rush, Alan Hansen, Steven Gerrard, and Fernando Torres
6ChelseaPremier League31$3.2 billion93.1 millionGianfranco Zola, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Drogba, and Peter Osgood
7Manchester CityPremier League28$4 billion75.4 millionColin Bell, Bert Trautmann, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, and Sergio Aguero
8Paris Saint GermainLigue One43$2.5 billion94 millionSafet Sušic, Pauleta, Ronaldinho, Ibrahimovic, Mustapha Dahleb, and Thiago Silva
9JuventusSeria A70$2 billion107.6 millionDel Peiro, Dino Zoff, Michel Platini, Pavel Nedved, and Gigi Buffon
10ArsenalPremier League47$2.88 billion75.1 millionThierry Henry, David OLeary, Tony Adams, Cesc Fabregas, and Robin van Persie

Richest Football Club in the World

RankFootball ClubTotal IncomeValue
1Real Madrid$896 million$4.76 billion
2Barcelona$815 million$4.75 billion
3Manchester United$795 million$4.2 billion
4Bayern Munich$751 million$4.215 billion
5Manchester City$678 million$4 billion
6PSG$646 million$2.5 billion
7Liverpool$613 million$4.1 billion
8Chelsea$597 million$3.2 billion
9Arsenal$520 million$2.88 billion
10Tottenham$511 million$2.3 billion

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Abhishek Mishra
Abhishek Mishra
Greetings, I'm Abhishek Mishra, a passionate sports writer, and football fanatic. Currently, I'm pursuing Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication from GGSIPU, DELHI. I have a keen interest in sports and I aspire to become a sports journalist. I want to work in the overall development of sports and also work towards the grassroots and athlete recognition of our country.


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