Photographer's Note

Soccer in the Rain : Scene from a local soccer match being played at Kharagpur in West Bengal.Soccer is popularly known as football in India.It used to be widely played till the 90s but over the last two decades there has been a sharp decline in the standard of Indian Football.The 1948 London Olympics was India's first major international tournament, where a predominately barefooted Indian team lost 2–1 to France, failing to convert two penalties. The present FIFA Ranking is 145.The best FIFA ranking was 94 in 1996.We can just hope that Indian Soccer will make a grand come back very soon and we can compete at a World Cup Finals within a decade or so.

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