Football – a real comedy in India


Football_IndiaAfter the acclivity of urbanisation in India there are several entities that have taken over the minds of the youth in India. Hollywood movies and T.V. Series fall in the front run which have magnetised their evolving hearts. Consequently, people manage to watch all the movies and serial episodes irrespective of their ratings and genres with subtitles. And sometimes even without, they try to catch the gist of the director’s theme. As Indians are movie lovers right from their birth apart from a very few exceptional cases, they tend to fall in love with the novelty of the story-lines sooner or later.

Similarly, Football has been another front-runner which has started to draw people’s attention. With it, also comes a real comedy onto the centre stage. You will find people who follow Messi or Ronaldo with great zeal and fanaticism but you will also see people who say “I am a fan of Messi”, even without actually watching his game. You will find people who are ardent followers of several clubs, be it Real Madrid or Barcelona but you will also find people who say “I am a follower of Manchester United”, even without the awareness of the roster of players in the club. Recently, since the kick-off of 2014 Indian super league this comedy has spread its wings into almost every individual. The probability of getting an answer of “Who is the captain of Brazil?” from somebody who says that he supports Brazil is very low. It really gets harder to differentiate between these two sets of people. And yes, there are also people who say that football is a boring game, that you need to wait for the goals to be scored. The very attitude which they show while watching Cricket. A match with paucity of fours and sixes is not considered as a good game. I really feel sorry for the bowlers who try to read the batsmen’s mind, come up with variations, alter the speed, take wickets, turn the game and yet never get the fame they deserve. It is similar in Football too, you need to recognise the defenders and goalkeeper !!!

However Cricket was spared after the advent of 20-20 matches, fast and exciting as they term it but Football is here to stay, not to change. All the skills, tactics, passing, blocking, tackling, dribbling, assists, goals and saves are here to stay. In fact to stay forever. People blame that Indian government hasn’t shown enough concern to provide Infrastructure but I blame people who hasn’t shown enough interest towards the game. If infra was the reason you would find people playing gully football just like gully cricket. But, that ain’t the scenario. How can someone ever love a game when he has never put himself into the shoes ? Movies and Cricket somehow tried to dig an area of consideration but Football is still struggling and will continue to struggle and remain as a comedy unless either people tie up their laces or Sunil Chettri and co does a miracle as underdogs just like “Kapil Devils” !!!! The latter is too much to ask for but the former is definitely possible.