Barefoot to Boots: The Many Lives of Indian Football

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Penguin Random House India Private Limited, Sep 27, 2017 - Sports & Recreation - 348 pages
Few football-crazy fans today may be aware that India was once called the ‘Brazil of Asia’. Or that the rivalry between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan is ranked among the top fifty club rivalries in the world. Brilliant players, world-class coaches and passionate fans—including political leaders—once combined to make India a football-worshipping nation. Thriving in several places apart from Calcutta, football was a source of the finest sports entertainment for most of the twentieth century. The game was also inextricably linked to community identity, shrewdly used towards political ends and contributed richly to our cultural heritage. In Barefoot to Boots, foremost commentator Novy Kapadia reveals Indian football’s glorious legacy through riveting descriptions and analysis of on-field action, stories of memorable matches, lively anecdotes, and exclusive conversations with legendary players and officials. Charting the eventful journey of the sport up to the present, the book will enthral old and new fans alike. It will offer invaluable insight into the future of the game as the Indian Super League dramatically changes the face of domestic football and India hosts the U-17 World Cup for the first time.

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Novy Kapadia is an award-winning sports journalist and columnist, and teaches English literature at Delhi University. Recognized as India’s leading football expert and commentator on major television channels, he is the author of The Football Fanatic’s Essential Guide Book, and has contributed to Soccer in South Asia and Fields of Play. Since 1980, he has covered several world-level championships, including the World Cup and the Olympics, and all major domestic tournaments. A columnist for the Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle, his articles have appeared in Business Standard, the Economic Times and Hindustan Times, among others.

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