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While Indian football sleeps, its young hopefuls dream of playing abroad

Steve McMahon Football Academy, Delhi Photographed by Monica Sarkar

Steve McMahon Football Academy, Delhi
Photographed by Monica Sarkar

“Theatre of Dreams” reads the plaque on the classroom door of Manchester United Soccer School in Mumbai. Nutritional advice and tactics are scribbled on the whiteboard and a Wayne Rooney portrait hangs on the wall.

But if the future of the domestic sport lies at the feet of new talent, youngsters are dreaming of playing in stadiums abroad, not at home.

This article is published on CNN.com – click here to read more.

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What is a football match like in India?

Believe it or not, India is not just a cricket-crazy nation; football has been played since the 19th century when British soldiers introduced the sport to the country. And according to marketing experts, football is India’s second most popular sport today – after cricket.

So what is a football match like in India? I went to a game in Kolkata, the founding city of the sport, where a revered footballer’s last match pulled in a crowd of 30,000. Here’s my review (click on image to enlarge):

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New Twitter campaign: India 4 the FIFA World Cup!

Tattered signboard at Mohun Bagan A.C. Club grounds, Kolkata

Indian football is played down

I am a British-born Indian – Bengali, to be precise – and I have grown up in the midst of one of the longest running football clashes in the world: Mohun Bagan A.C. vs East Bengal F.C.

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