Wednesday, 13 April 2016

We play football but....


Football is still a game distant from capturing the imaginations of the aam aadmi(or the common man) in India.The situation is not different in my village(not necessarily a village ,but a small town) .A child in India is born into a family of legacies that have long stood with the gentleman's game.Rarely do we find a person who prefers football to cricket.

Two seasons of the newly brought in Indian Super League has certainly spurted a new wave and unnaturally the period of football being played in our ground has persisted to 6 months.Earlier we played football only when the World Cup started.But the interest has obviously grown. One or two would be at the ground by evening 4'o clock but not until 5.45 does the game start.Our ground is adjoined with a church and hardly can it hold a 7 a side game.We have cut posts with 1m*0.5m iron rods.

The quality of the game is mediocre but two or three moves are intelligent enough.You would see guys running into defenders and creeping into lazy mode too often.There are wrangles ,there are fouls still ,there exist a camaraderie.Another thing is that,the church bell takes the position of a referee with the 6.30 pm bell acting as the final whistle.We play football but a majority are unaware of the footballing world with just one or two taking it serious.All of us follow World Cups but none really give a thought to  leagues and club football.

The history of our village is rich with the present 50's generation playing and loving the beautiful game during their youth but they lost their passion in coping with increased family burdens and looking for a lesser risky livelihood.Yes I can affirmatively tell taking football as a career is a gamble.But still once you pass all the obstacles it takes you to a different level.So talking about our village's history ,in the 90's there was a professional football club Hunter's FC that organised local tournaments where even Indian internationals got a chance to prove their mettle.The ground that used to be the club's was later seized by the temple authorities after a  legal suit and wave of football was tamed by religious whims.

And it's  now that the once aflame passion for  football has ignited again.The ongoing Indian Premier League(cricket) has led to a lose in interest and the ground is now divided into two ,one side with cricket and the other side with football.You could even see people in football kits taking out bouncers and yorkers. So we play football but then cricket comes in from nowhere and demolish all the interest that has grown over days.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

The best soccer league in the world



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            Football fans all over the world moot over which club league rules the world and no wonder with the abundance of  adept footballers,the fight condenses down to  English Premier League,Spanish La Liga and the German Bundesliga.


When it comes to history, EPL was formed in 1992 after a breakup from the yesteryear Football League owing to lucrative broadcasting prospects.La Liga was constituted in 1927 with 10 teams.The German league came in 1963 after the poor performance of the national team in the 1962 World Cup.It had initially a set of 16 teams(Interestingly,current champions Bayern Munich did not feature in the inaugural edition even though it was established in 1900).


Football gains much attention with its unpredictability and spontaneity in match situations.So when this factor of the game is neutralized,the gist of the game gets lost.What entertainment does watching something without a thriller line can give you?This is the ingredient that sets the English version apart from its contenders.You will see 'smaller' clubs ,actually smaller in their monetary value but not in their quality of football,giving constant upsets to the bigger fishes in the league.Yes of course we witness occasional turn of the tables in Spain and Germany,but it just don't pose a threat to the standings in the league.One will only get to see a club fighting the relegation battle  the previous season and still emerging as the top contender for the title in the EPL(you know the chronicles of Leicester right).  Such threatening runs add to the glister of the league and increase the viewership.

Rivalries and derbies in football are universal.The El-Clasico(Real v/s Barca) might be the most coveted rivalry in Spain and Borussia v/s Bayern would be the most sought after in Germany but  in the Premier League each game is a derby and each game has its tense moments. Both in Spain and Germany there are superficial rivalries but none of them attract global attention.With assured entertainment and thrillers EPL stands tall among football leagues  and not just 'Premier' in England but in the whole world.