FIFA World Cup trophy will tour India during December 22-24 at Kolkata. Coca-Cola, FIFA and AIFF is joining hands to bring the coveted trophy to India for the second time, the first time being early 2010.
This will offer football fans in India a chance to see the most coveted football trophy in world football.
Wim Koevermans who has been at the helm of Indian football has not been able to do much so far. His stint with the Indian team has been blighted with defeats and winning Nehru cup defeating a Cameroon B-team has been his notable achievement so far. This interestingly titled article asses Wim’s stint with India.
While our South Asian peers are making fast strides in terms of their development in football, India seems to be stuck in a time warp. This excellent article says things can only get worse for Indian football if the ruling body – AIFF doesnt address the larger picture.
Yesterday it was the turn of legends to go trigger happy criticizing Indian coach over the SAFF Cup debacle, AIFF Secretary is probably the lone voice who is supporting the Indian football team who lost to Afghanistan. He even went to an extent saying that in a long time, this has been the best performance from an Indian team!
Kerala football association has devised three new schemes to improve grassroots football in the state. KFA will partner FIFA, U.K club Reading FC and Kerala sports Council in implementing these schemes. The now scrapped Vision India scheme will be revamped with the help of Kerala Sports council, football coaching scheme overseen by FIFA and football school in partnership with Reading FC and a tournament for Academies across the state are part of the grand plan.
We will have to wait and see how much of this will materialize.