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Football in the Mahabharata: Did You Know the Beautiful Game Had Ancient Indian Roots?
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Football in the Mahabharata: Did You Know the Beautiful Game Had Ancient Indian Roots?

Cricket might reign supreme in modern India, but football's presence goes surprisingly far back in the country's history. Forget European origins, this beloved sport finds mention in the grand Indian epic, the Mahabharata, weaving a fascinating connection between the ancient world and the modern passion for the beautiful game. So, put on your thinking caps and prepare to be amazed, because we're delving into the intriguing world of football in the Mahabharata! But First, What is the Mahabharata? For those unfamiliar with this epic tale, the Mahabharata is a Sanskrit poem considered one of the longest surviving literary works in the world. Dating back to the 8th-4th centuries BCE, it narrates the story of a war between two branches of a royal family, the Pandavas and the Kaur...
10 Fun Facts About Indian Football You Didn’t Know (But Should!)
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10 Fun Facts About Indian Football You Didn’t Know (But Should!)

Cricket might be the undisputed king of Indian sports. But, football holds a special place in the hearts of many fans. From the electrifying atmosphere of the Durand Cup to the rising stars of the Indian Super League, Indian football boasts a rich history and exciting future. But how much do you really know about the beautiful game in the land of chai and chapatis? Buckle up, football fans, because we're about to unveil 10 fun facts that will surprise and delight you: 1. Once upon a World Cup Believe it or not, India actually qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 1950! Back then, the tournament worked differently, and India received a direct entry alongside a handful of other Asian nations. Unfortunately, they had to withdraw due to financial constraints, leaving a "what if?" ling...
Top 10 Most Dramatic ISL Matches Ever Played
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Top 10 Most Dramatic ISL Matches Ever Played

The Indian Super League has been the crucible of Indian football, forging unforgettable moments and breathtaking matches that have captivated fans nationwide. From last-minute winners to nail-biting finishes, the ISL has had it all. Here, we recount the top 10 ISL matches that left fans on the edge of their seats and sealed their places in ISL history. 10 ISL Matches That Had Us Biting Our Nails! 1. Kerala Blasters FC vs ATK – Final, 2014 The inaugural final of the ISL was nothing short of a screenplay, etched in the annals of Indian football. With the scores tied, ATK found a hero in Mohammed Rafique, who nodded in a dramatic winner in stoppage time, clinching the title and setting a precedent for drama in the league. 2. FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FC – Final, 2015 An eig...
ISL 2023 Schedule: Dates, Times, and Venues
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ISL 2023 Schedule: Dates, Times, and Venues

On September 21, the 10th season of the Indian Super League will begin. The organisers of the ISL 2023 – 24 schedule until December of this year was announced it on Thursday. Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters will play their ISL season opening at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. Hyderabad FC will play FC Goa in the opening match week, and the newly promoted Punjab FC will take on the reigning ISL winners Mohun Bagan Super Giants at Kolkata's Salt Lake Stadium. On October 28, in Kolkata, there will be the tantalising Kolkata Derby between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. Every ISL game will go off at 8:00 p.m. Eleven locations will host the matches. East Bengal and Mohun Bagan will both have the Salt Lake Stadium as their home field. The most teams ever will be in the ISL in 2023–...
What is the Indian Super League (ISL)?
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What is the Indian Super League (ISL)?

Indian Super League (ISL) Something exciting started in Indian football in 2013: the Indian Super League (ISL). Recognized by big names like the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the ISL has brought a fresh and powerful approach to football in India. The ISL didn’t just start a football league; it brought a huge change. It aimed to make football more popular in India, right from the basics. The plan was simple: make football in India better and more popular. And it worked! The ISL is now a place where new talent is discovered and celebrated. 1. Historical Context: Growth of the Indian Super League Over the Years The journey of the Indian Super League (ISL) is nothing short of remarkable, tracing an arc of extraordinary growth ...