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India’s Football Dream

India’s Football Dream

First Edition

March 2019 | 260 pages | SAGE Select

India is ready for football’s strongest comeback. 'India’s Football Dream' is a modern day guidebook to Indian Football that extensively covers the journey Indian Football has made from inception till the biggest event till date, FIFA U17 World Cup 2017. The book while talking about inception of the sport and its growth in India is also focussed towards to modern day leagues such as Indian Super League & I-League. Football is the sport that the world plays and it has been a very popular sport in India. With rich and illustrious past in India the sport is now making a very strong come back in India. Young children across India are now taking on to Football. The book aims to take the readers on a fascinating journey of the sport of Football through a diverse India and how the sport captured attention of millions of Indians in various regions. So Hop on the fascinating journey of the sport of football.”

Foreword by Sunil Chhetri
Dribbling through Football
History of Football in India
Regional Growth of Football
Football Clubs of India
Indian Leagues and Tournaments
Indian Super League
Indian National Team
AIFF and Other Federations
Initiatives to Boost the Game
FIFA Under-17 Football World Cup

“It’s great to see a book capturing the magical journey of Indian football being written. I wish the book, India’s Football Dream and its authors Mr Shantanu Gupta & Mr Nikhil Sharma the very best and hope it serves as a tool to educate every Indian about the ‘beautiful game’ in our country.”

Praful Patel,
President, All India Football Federation

“I feel a great sense of pride each time I pull on the India national team jersey. It is important readers get to know the history of Indian football and the various stories related to it. It’s nice that the book aims to take the readers through this majestic journey.”

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu,
India National Team Goalkeeper, First Indian to play in the UEFA Europa League

Shantanu Gupta

Shantanu Gupta is an Indian author, TEDx speaker and political analyst. His latest book The Monk Who Became Chief Minister—biography of Yogi Adityanath, is listed as the ‘Most memorable Non-Fiction Book of 2017’ by Amazon. Shantanu has an engineering degree from GB Pant University, Management education from XLRI, Jamshedpur, and did his masters in policy and politics from Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex (United Kingdom). He has worked for a decade as a process and management consultant in many cities in India, Switzerland, Cyprus, Hungry and Israel. He has represented India at... More About Author

Nikhil Sharma

Nikhil Paramjit Sharma is the founder-CEO of zlait Sports Management and works actively in the sports consultancy, infrastructure and athlete management domain. He has also until recently served as Director on the board of Shillong Lajong Football Club—an I-League club from the North-East of India. He was part of the founding team that incepted the Guwahati franchise in the Indian Super League in 2014 which he led as Head of Football in the 2014 ISL season. A certified Football Coach with AIFF, AFC and FIFA courses attended, Nikhil is passionate about technical advancement, commercialisation and branding... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353283056