FIFA World Cup 2018 – Preliminary Joint Qualification, Round 1 – INDIA vs NEPAL

2015, India

12th March, 2015, the day when this match was played INDIA’s FIFA Rank was 173!!

The match was played at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium (Guwahati, Assam, India), which started at 7 P.M.

FIFA WC 2018 Qualification

India 1st xi(Today):- Subrata Paul (Captain) Pritam Kotal (debut), Arnab Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan (debut), Shaumik Dey (debut) Francis Fernandes, Lenny Rodrigues, Eugeneson Lyngdoh (debut), Lalrindika Ralte; Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh.

IND 2 vs NEP 0
IND 2 vs NEP 0

International Charity Match – INDIA 0 – 1 EUROPEAN TEAM – 1938

1930s, 1938

Joint photo session of Indian and European footballers Calender year 1938.In the match the Europeans won by solitary goal.

1938 India vs European Team

Before commencement of an international charity football match in Kolkata in 1938,K.Bhattacharya ,captain Indian side is shaking hands with Taylor of the European team.

India vs EuropeanTeam 1938

Photo scanned from Sachitra Bharat,2nd,July 1938.

Info Courtesy:ASHOK LAHIRI অশোক লাহিড়ী’s Blog

India’s First Ever International Tour to Australia – 1938 (Part 3)

1930s, 1938

In Football, India’s First Ever International Tour – to Australia in 1938 – Part 3

Few Facts and Figures of the Tour:

10) 3rd Match
Venue: Showground, New South Wales
Opponent: New South Wales
Score: 4-6 (Loss to India)

11) New South Wales owed much to the brilliant goalkeeper McNabb, and but for him the Indians’ score could have been considerably higher.

12) McNabb spent such a busy afternoon as he did keeping out the shots which Lumsden and other Indian forwards bombarded him.

13) The outstanding scoring force in the Indian line was the inside right forward, A. Rahim.

14) A. Rahim who netted all his side’s goals, with the able assistance of the little left-winger, Prosad, only 5ft 3in in height and 7st 10lb in weight, and playing with only elastic socks to protect his feet

15) The match was played from start to finish in a keen but sportsmanlike spirit.

16) 4th Match
Venue: Cessnock Sports Ground
Opponent: Northern Districts
HT Score: India 0 – 0 Northern Districts
Score: 1-2 (Loss to India)
Indian Scorer: Lumsden

17) The marking of the ground told against the Indians. It was considerably narrower than the limit they had stipulated on their arrival in Australia.

India's Australia Tour - 1938

Info Courtesy: Australian Online Football Museum,

India’s First Ever International Tour to Australia – 1938 (Part 2)

1930s, 1938

In Football, India’s First Ever International Tour – to Australia in 1938 – Part 2

Few Facts and Figures of the Tour:

5) Australian newspapers reported that Australians removed their metal studs from their boots and replaced them with ‘leather bars’.

6) Matches will played over 80 minutes, unlike the Indians played 30 minute halves.

7) 1st Match
Venue: Adelaide
Opponent: South Australia
Result: 6-1 (India)

8) India’s Captain: K. Bhattacharjee

9) 2nd Match
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Opponent: Victoria
HT Score: Victoria 3 – 1 India
Result: 3-4 (Loss to India)

1938- India's Tour of Australia

Info Courtesy: Australian Online Football Museum,

Indian Football During 1930s – Few Facts and Figures


Football in Kolkata during 1930s (Pre-Independence)

Facts and Figures as taken from the Book – The Cultural Bond: Sport, Empire, Society Edited by J. A. Mangan

1. 1929 – 140 Indian Clubs and 14 European or Anglo-Indian Clubs affiliated with IFA.

2. 1936 – IFA Shield – Record number of Clubs participated, 12 Military Teams, 12 Civilian Team and 21 Local Teams. Teams from Razmak, Chakrata, Dhaka, Kohat, Bombay, Agmere, Lucknow, Favidpur participated.

3. 1929 – Team selected from Indian Clubs and Team selected from the Europeans played in front of thee then Governor of Bengal. Indians WON 3-0. Indians WON for the FIRST Time.

4. 1939 – Jumma Khan, a player from Mohammedan Sporting Club, Calcutta was used as a promotional model by Indian Tea Market Expansion Board in press advertisements for their products. The tag line went as “A hot cup of tea is an excellent pick me up for an athlete. In all outdoor games there is nothing like a cup of tea as a drink.”

5. 1936 – India played an International Match with China, which ended in 1-1 draw.

1930s- Indian Football
1930s - India Football