Can India Win The World Cup In 2026?

Can India Win The World Cup In 2026?

india is a country known more for its skills at something like cricket but as so many justin casers already know it’s also got a lot of fervent football fans with so many indians on the planet you have to reason that they’d be able to find 11 that are good enough at football to make a world cup right so why is india not very good at football this week on justin’s case we’re going to look at the future of indian football and ask the question can india win a world cup one day [Music] in india cricket is the number one sport and we are fighting against cricket but this now in pockets just started growing a lot and we’ve got a lot of fans who are definitely following indian football and many of the indian players are now like household names and it’s spinning again okay nice okay okay india was india always bad at football the answer may surprise you the football culture in india is it’s strong and it’s been strong india once had a golden age of football like way before i was born in 1951 to 1962 india was probably the best team in asia [Music] he was once known as the brazil of asia today i think the most consistently top team in asia has to be japan or south korea definitely not lebanon the team that i support and i’m still waiting on that phone call if you’ve watched our past episodes india even once qualified for the 1950 world cup but there’s this widespread myth it says that they chose not to play because they had to wear shoes but that’s not true at all it’s more likely true that the team just didn’t feel like they had enough time to train and prepare or that they prioritized the olympics which at the time was a more important competition but ever since then india has fallen into kind of like disarray it’s not really got a strong program anymore the 70s is way indian football really fell behind the 70s is when most countries started to have a national football league but at this point india was still using state leads so what that means is uh the calcutta league was the famous league so all the players from all over india would go there so the culture in calcutta is really strong but in place in other states like uttar pradesh or jharkhand it’s not as much when the indian super league started it started as a private investment so it’s backed by mukesh ambani he’s one of the richest men in the whole world he’s a like billions of dollars and he’s putting behind this project and i can say that it’s probably the best thing that has happened to indian football because the professionalism and you mentioned like we had ziko his coach david james came to play del piero cafe roberto carlos anelka robbie keane tim cahill robert pierrez assamo guyan dimitar berbatov i’m getting tired david maluda david james alessandro nesta freddie lundberg these are just some of the names that have played football in the indian super league in recent years and that was cool because it really boosted the league a lot a lot of people started to watch for these big name players but a lot of those big names also have one thing in common right now they’re mostly kind of retired so indian domestic football launched in 1996 professionally while european leagues have over 100 years or so of history india’s is only 25 it’s barely older than mbappe and much like another league launch in 1996 which is mls india became a destination for retiring players so they could grow their brand before hanging up their boots for good [Music] and for the last few years india has had two football leagues there was the i-league and then the indian super league and in 2019 the i-league became the second division and the indian super league became the first division and now india is also attracting investment there’s some top european teams like manchester city and scotland’s rangers they’re investing in indian football they see the potential there the quality has improved and we are getting foreigners coming from australia to the indian super league and we can see the strength of the super league in like the asian tournaments if you’ve seen the last 15 years i think domestic football has improved a lot that reflects from our own participation as a bengaluru fc initially into the i league and then into the indian super league now the standard of football is definitely going with the event of the indian super league primarily because of quality foreign players coming in quality coaches coming there and this uh itself is helping all the indian players to understand the sport better technically and tactically which i think is very very crucial but despite all this good stuff happening india is still yet to have qualified for a world cup so what’s stopping them if you look at the world cup it is dominated by richer countries one of the differences it has is poorer players they would have to work other jobs or at one point they would have to give up on their footballing career and even if they are talented we don’t need everyone to be world class here’s how india can qualify for the world cup it’s not just about finding 11 great players there needs to be a system in place to produce those players you need a playing philosophy principles patience on a daily basis and 5 to 10 years 5 ingredients are indispensable if you want to revolutionize your football scouting state state-of-the-art facilities specialist coaches adopted programs for the different age ranges and successful professionalization now it can be hard to do this in a small country like belgium so imagine in a country of over one billion people and to centralize all this is a really tough task [Music] i might be a little optimistic but i do believe in 2026 it’s turning into a 4018 tournament eight teams from asia and i do think india can be in the top eight in asia at least so i think 2026 should be what we aim for but i won’t be surprised if it goes until 2030. i feel it’s not appropriate for us to look at that as a yardstick in terms of when will we qualify for the world cup we need to be first of all as a first step consistently playing in the asian cup qualifying in the asian cup which is an equivalent to europe in asia obviously consistently qualify for that and then we need to ensure that we are among the top six nations in india just in cases you are just in time for justin’s case so we’ve heard from some great experts today this was an episode justin casers asked for so if you’ve got more episodes you want to see us dive into and explore you know what to do you don’t comment write it in the comments there you go as always if you liked the video don’t hesitate to give it a big thumbs up like it and if you haven’t already please consider subscribing and turning on notifications so you never miss a justin’s case episode okay okay okay so here’s my case on indian football india is a country with a lot of footballing potential and that’s for sure i don’t believe that one country producing better footballers than others is down to some indescribable quality or genetic characteristic india and indian people have contributed so much to the world they can definitely also contribute footballers why not some tweaks to the footballing culture and implementing the proper infrastructure will surely sooner or later produce an indian neymar or messi but it’s important to invest in the people there is enough and more money that has been spent to ensure that the sport is doing well what each stakeholder in indian football needs to do to make the sport still further better is to invest in the grassroots is to invest in the new development giving sports to the people and allowing them to have strong access to sport and good quality of life in general usually tends to have an incredible impact on football and according to stats from the oecd in 2019 india is the country with the third worst gap in the world between rich and poor only behind south africa and china now this is a global issue let’s be clear the us isn’t much better at ninth on the same list both countries can do a lot to fix their systemic issues of wealth and equality but should they work on those issues football will only benefit too and when one day should india make it to the big show be it in qatar 2022 north america 2026 or elon musk’s space colony in 2030 they have a world cup there they’ll have a fan on this show all right that’s my case take care everybody and see you next week for another episode of justin’s case
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