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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.

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


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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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 seasons Winners Runner-up Score Hero of the League  Golden boot Emerging Player
2021-22 Hyderabad FC Kerala Blasters 1-1 (3-1) penalty shootout
2020-21 Mumbai City FC ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1 Roy Krishna Igor Angulo Apuia
2019-20 ATK Chennaiyin FC 3-1 Hugo Boumous Nerijus Valskis Sumit Rathi
2018-19 Bengaluru FC FC Goa 1-0 Coro Coro Sahal Abdul Samad
2017-18 Chennaiyin FC Bengaluru FC 3-2 Sunil Chhetri Coro Lalruatthara
2016 Atlético de Kolkata  Kerala Blasters 1-1 (4-3) penalty shootout Florent Malouda Marcelinho Jerry Lalrinzuala
2015 Chennaiyin FC FC Goa 3-2 Stiven Mendoza Stiven Mendoza Jeje Lalpekhlua
2014 Atlético de Kolkata Kerala Blasters 1-0 Iain Hume Elano Sandesh Jhingan

ISL Golden Boot Winners List

Season  Player Name   Boot won at Goals  Games  Scoring Rate
2014 Elano Blumer Chennaiyan FC 8 11 0.73
2015 Stiven Mendoza Chennaiyan FC 13 16 0.81
2016-17 Marcelinho Leita Pereira Delhi Dynamos 10 15 0.67
2017-18 Ferrán Corominas FC Goa 18 20 0.90
2018-19 Ferrán Corominas FC Goa 16 20 0.80
2019-20 Nerijus Valskis Chennaiyan FC 15 20 0.75
2020-21 Igor Angulo FC Goa 14 21 0.60

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


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

10 most famous football players in India


Famous Football Players in India
Social Media Followers
Instagram Twitter
1 Sunil Chhetri 1.4 M 1.6 M
2 Bhaichung Bhutia 86.1K 23.8K
3 Sandesh Jhingan 327K 153.2K
4 Gurpreet Singh Sandhu 159K 61.2K
5 Jeje Lalpekhlua 248K
6 Jackichand Singh 52.1K
7 Dheeraj Singh 128K
8 Pronay Halder 38.4K
9 Udanta Singh
10 Ashique Kuruniyan

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

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

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

Football Tournaments In India 

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

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

Best Football Stadium in India

S.N Football stadium in India Location
1 Salt Lake Stadium Kolkata
2 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium New Delhi
3 Mumbai Football Arena Mumbai
4 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Kochi
5 Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Pune
6 Sree Kanteerava Stadium Bengaluru
7 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Chennai
8 Fatorda Football Stadium Goa
9 JRD Tata Sports Complex Jamshedpur
10 Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium Guwahati

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

Football the global scenario

Greatest Footballer of All Time

S.no  Player Name Nation  Career goals  Career Assists 
1 Pele Brazil 1279 231
2 Diego Maradona Argentina 293 226
3 Lionel Messi Argentina 753 352
4 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 794 270
5 Johan Cruyff Netherlands 296 167
6 Zinedine Zidane France 152 149
7 Ronaldo Nazario Brazil 357 94
8 Ronaldinho Brazil 230 187
9 Franz Beckenbauer Germany 72 76
10 Alfredo Di Stefano Argentina 302 1

Best Midfielder In The World

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

Best Football Managers In The World

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

Biggest transfers in football history

S.N Football Player Transfer Amount Transferred From-To
1 Neymar Jr 222 million euros FC Barcelona to PSG
2 Kylian Mbappe 180 million euros AS Monaco to PSG
3 Phillipe Coutinho 145 million euros Liverpool to FC Barcelona
4 Joao Felix 126 million euros Benfica to Atletico Madrid
5 Antoine Greizmann 120 million euros Atletico Madrid to FC Barcelona
6 Romelu Lukaku 115 million euros Inter Milan to Chelsea
7 Jack Grealish 117 million euros Aston Villa to Manchester City
8 Paul Pogba 105 million euros Juventus to Manchester United
9 Ousmane Dembele 105 million euros Borussia Dortmund to FC Barcelona
10 Gareth Bale 100.8 million euros Tottenham Hotspurs to Real Madrid

Best Goalkeepers in the World

S.no Name Nation Clubs Matches  Played  Clean Sheets  Goals Conceded  Save Percentage
1 Gianluigi Buffon Italy Juventus, PSG, Parma 1113 293 1083 0.768 %
2 Iker Cassilas Spain Real Madrid, FC Porto 1049 431 960 0.756 %
3 Petr Čech CzechRepublic Chelsea, Arsenal 907 397 813 0.780%
4 Edwin Van Der Sar Holland Ajax, Juventus, Fulham, Manchester United 951 440 805 0.798%
5 PeterSchmeichel Demark Manchester United, Sporting CP, Aston Villa, Manchester City 637 260 597 0.769%
6 Manuel Neuer Germany Bayern Munich 808 370 683 0.755%
7 Jan Oblak Slovenia Atletico Madrid 465 229 358 0.756%
8 Allison Becker Brazil AS Roma, Liverpool 308 145 257 0.749%
9 Marc-André ter Stegen Germany B.Mönchengladbach, FC Barcelona 510 202 501 0.713%
10 Ederson Brazil SL Benfica, Manchester City  343 164 278 0.701%

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.NO Player Name  Nation Goals  Caps
1. Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 112* 181
2. Ali Daei Iran 109 149
3. Mokhtar Dahari Malaysia 89 142
4. Ferenc Puskas Hungary 84 89
5. Lionel Messi Argentina 80* 155
6. Godfrey Chitalu Zambia 79 108
7. Hussein Saeed Iraq 78 137
8. Pele Brazil 77 92
9. Ali Mabkhout United Arab Emirates 77* 95
10. Sunil Chhetri India 77* 123
Football Records of Golden Boot Winners
Player No. of boots Seasons
Lionel Messi 6 2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017/18, 2018/19
Cristiano Ronaldo 4 2007–08, 2010–11, 2013–14 (shared), 2014–15
Eusébio 2 1967-68, 1972-73
Gerd Müller 2 1969-70, 1971-72
Dudu Georgescu 2 1974-75, 1976-77
Fernando Gomes 2 1982-83, 1984-85
Ally McCoist 2 1991-92, 1992-93
Mário Jardel 2 1998-99, 2001-02
Thierry Henry 2 2003-04, 2004-05
Diego Forlán 2 2004-05, 2008-09
Luis Suárez 2 2013–14 (shared), 2015–16

List of FIFA World Cup Winners Name

Year Host Nation Winner Runner up Final Score Number of Teams
1930 Uruguay Uruguay Argentina 4-2 13
1934 Italy Italy Czechoslovakia 2-1 16
1938 France Italy Hungary 4-2 15
1950 Brazil Uruguay Brazil 2-1 13
1954 Switzerland West Germany Hungary 3-2 16
1958 Sweden Brazil Sweden 5-2 16
1962 Chile Brazil Czechoslovakia 3-1 16
1966 England England West Germany 4-2 16
1970 Mexico Brazil Italy 4-1 16
1974 West Germany West Germany Netherlands 2-1 16
1978 Argentina Argentina Netherlands 3-1 16
1982 Spain Italy West Germany 3-1 24
1986 Mexico Argentina West Germany 3-2 24
1990 Italy West Germany Argentina 1-0 24
1994 USA Brazil Italy 0-0 (3-2) 24
1998 France France Brazil 3-0 32
2002 South Korea/Japan Brazil Germany 2-0 32
2006 Germany Italy France 1-1 (5-3) 32
2010 South Africa Spain Netherlands 1-0 32
2014 Brazil Germany Argentina 1-0 32
2018 Russia France Croatia 4-2 32

Best Women Footballers In The World

S.no  Player name  Nation  Club  Career Goals Career Aps
1 Sam Kerr Australia Chelsea Women 225 335
2 Lucy Bronze USA Manchester City Women 31 220
3 Vivianne Miedema France Arsenal Women 302 333
4 Ada Hegerberg Norway Olympique Lyonnais 232 256
5 Pernille Harder Denmark Chelsea Women 260 352
6 Wendie Renard France Olympique Lyonnais 130 385
7 Amandine Henry France Olympique Lyonnais 70 357
8 Megan Rapinoe USA OL Reign 98 271
9 Julie Ertz USA Chicago Red Stars 21 202
10 Lieke Martens Netherlands FC Barcelona 153 385

Best Football Leagues In The World

1 Premier League England 1992
2 La Liga Spain 1929
3 Bundesliga Germany 1952
4 Seria A Italy 1898
5 Ligue 1 France 1932
6 Eredivisie Netherland 1956
7 Major League Soccer USA 1993
European football leagues: Top football leagues in the world
1 UEFA Champions League 1995
2 UEFA Europa League 1971
3 UEFA Europa Confrence League 2021
4 UEFA Nations League 2018
Best Football Club in the World
S.no  Team League Trophies Value Social Media Following Prominent Players
1 Real Madrid La Liga 119 $4.76 billion 271.6 million Di Stefano, Raul, Zidane, Ramos, and Ronaldo
2 FC Barcelona La Liga 129 $4.75 billion 279.8 million Maradona, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo Nazario
3 Manchester United Premier League 66 $4.2 billion 141.3 million Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Rooney, and prime Cristiano Ronaldo
4 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 80 $4.215 billion 91.4 million Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Frank Ribery
5 Liverpool Premier League 63 $4.1 billion 91.9 million Ian Callaghan, Ian Rush, Alan Hansen, Steven Gerrard, and Fernando Torres
6 Chelsea Premier League 31 $3.2 billion 93.1 million Gianfranco Zola, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Drogba, and Peter Osgood
7 Manchester City Premier League 28 $4 billion 75.4 million Colin Bell, Bert Trautmann, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, and Sergio Aguero
8 Paris Saint Germain Ligue One 43 $2.5 billion 94 million Safet Sušic, Pauleta, Ronaldinho, Ibrahimovic, Mustapha Dahleb, and Thiago Silva
9 Juventus Seria A 70 $2 billion 107.6 million Del Peiro, Dino Zoff, Michel Platini, Pavel Nedved, and Gigi Buffon
10 Arsenal Premier League 47 $2.88 billion 75.1 million Thierry Henry, David OLeary, Tony Adams, Cesc Fabregas, and Robin van Persie

Richest Football Club in the World

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

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Best Football Prediction websites

S.N Football Prediction Sites
1 Betensured
2 Forebet
3 WinDrawWin
4 PredictZ
5 BetExplorer
6 Mighty Tips
7 Tipsbet.co.uk
8 SportyTrader
9 Matchplug.com
10 Free Super Tips

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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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