Why India Turned Down A Place At The FIFA World Cup

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With over billion inhabitants, India is the second most populous nation on Earth, and in regions such as Kerala and Kolkata, there is a lot of support for association football / soccer.

However, the Indian national team hasn't really been a force in international football since their golden generation 70 years ago, when they featured at the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games, but turned down a place at the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

It has long been claimed that India did so due to FIFA banning barefoot players, but in this brief documentary, HITC Sevens takes a look back at the history of Indian football, the true reason why India didn't go to the World Cup, and the long term impact of that dreadful decision.
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