Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad
Unfortunately I think India are a bit too dire to qualify for the World Cup right now, no matter how many concessions they got, but I'm sure if they improved to be a decent team by Asian football standards FIFA would be desperate to have them qualify, given how significant sporting success is in Indian culture.
India actually were one of the best teams in Asian football during the 50's, 60's and 70's but unfortunately the game fell away as cricket took sway.
Amazingly enough they actually qualified for the 1950 world cup but they couldn't go due to a lack of funds.
They've recently appointed an English Coach in Bob Houghton, so they are hoping to improve on their world rankings witrh him.
There does appear to be quite a bit of footballing talent over in India if you beleive some of the people associated with Indian football.
These BBC article on the topic are quite revealing http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/foot...ll/3937015.stm