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Looking Back at History: When Did India Penetrate The International Football Scene?

The Indian national football team is currently ranked 104 in the world and 19th in Asia, according to the most recent FIFA rankings.

The Blue Tigers’ last international game was on October 16, 2021, when they beat Nepal 3-0 to win the 2021 SAFF Championship. They will next participate in two friendly matches on March 23 and March 26 against Bahrain and Belarus, respectively.

Even before India attained its independence from the British Empire, it had been playing football. On September 3, 1938, in a friendly game held in Sydney, India played its first international encounter against Australia. Australia prevailed 4-3 in the match. Rahim, Karuna Bhattacharya and R Lumsden scored for the away side while Australia

Additionally, India’s first ever World Cup qualifying match took place in March 2019, with them facing Turkmenistan in an AFC Asian Cup qualification encounter. The Blue Tigers lost 1-0 away against Turkmenistan.

Indonesia 2-1 India (March 26, 2019) India’s first-ever victory in an international match was against Afghanistan in the 1948 SAFF Championship. They won 4-0 with goals from Sailen Manna, Tulsidas Balaram, Kajal Das and P K Banerjee.

The biggest victory for India in international football was against Maldives, where they won 10-0 in the 2010 SAFF Championship. Sunil Chhetri led the way for India with a hat-trick, while Jeje Lalpekhlua, Abhishek Yadav, Baichung Bhutia, Sushil Kumar Singh, Clifford Miranda , Nirmal Chettri and Renedy Singh also got on the scoresheet.

The biggest defeat for India in international football was against Thailand, where they lost 10-0 in the 2004 SAFF Championship. Thailand’s squad at that time boasted of six players who had played in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

India’s first match in the FIFA World Cup was against Czechoslovakia on July 2, 1962. The match ended in a goalless draw. India’s first goal in the FIFA World Cup was scored by captain Talimeren Ao in their second game of the tournament , against Spain. However, India eventually lost the match 5-1.


When did India’s first international game take place? In the first round of the London Olympics in 1948, India played their debut international match. Sarangapani Raman scored India’s lone goal in the defeat against France. So who were India’s opponents in their debut game?

India’s first-ever international match was against France. The two teams had last met in the semi-finals of the Inter-Allied Games in Paris, where France had won 3-1. In the lead up to the London Olympics, France had participated in the 1948 Toulouse Tournament and won all their games, scoring 16 goals and conceding only 2. India, on the other hand, had failed to win a single game in their preparatory tournaments.

The stage was thus set for a David vs Goliath contest when the two teams met at Wembley Stadium in London. France took an early lead in the match through a goal by Armand Penverne. India equalized soon afterwards through Sarangapani Raman, but France restored their lead in the second half through a goal by Roger Piantoni. Despite putting up a brave fight, India were eventually defeated 2-1.

What was the result of India’s next international match?

India’s next international match was also against France, this time in the semi-finals of the Inter-Allied Games in Paris. India lost 3-1 on that occasion, with Sarangapani Raman scoring the lone goal for India. This would be the last time that India and France met until the London Olympics in 1948.

When did India win its first international match? The Blue Tigers’ first victory came at the 1951 Asian Games. In their opening group encounter, Indonesia, they won 3-0 in New Delhi. For India, Sheeo Mewalal, Chairuddin Siregar, and P Venkatesh scored. India went on to win the Gold

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To date, how many international matches have India participated in? India has played 467 international matches up to now, of which they’ve won 173, lost 200, and drawn 94. Between 2010 and 2019, India contested 105 games and only won 35 of them. The golden era for Indian football began in 1947 and continued through until 1969, when they

Bhaichung Bhutia holds the record for the most number of international goals scored by an Indian with 37 goals in 107 appearances. Sunil Chhetri is a close second with 35 goals in 101 appearances 

What were India’s chances at the AFC Asian Cup?

This year, India have been drawn in Group A alongside hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE), Thailand and Bahrain. UAE are one of the favourites to win the title this year and are presently ranked 27th in the FIFA World Rankings. India will be hoping to cause an upset or two in their group stage fixtures and progress to the knockout stages. However, it will not be easy as they have been grouped with some of the strongest teams in Asia.

The Blue Tigers’ first football win came at the 1951 Asian Games. They faced Indonesia in their first group game and won the tie 3-0 in New Delhi. Sheeo Mewalal, Chairuddin Siregar and P Venkatesh scored for India. The host nation went on to win the Gold Medal in the first -ever Asian Games beating Iran 1-0 in the final.

Marked in history

How many matches did India play before independence? Before 1947, India played five international friendly games against Australia, in which they won only once (4-1), lost three times (5-3, 5-4, 3-1) and drew once (4-4).

What was India’s greatest victory and defeat? In 1956, India defeated Australia 7-1 in an international friendly match played in Australia. Each of P.K. Banerjee, Neville D’Souza, and K. Kittu scored a brace, while Samar Banerjee contributed one goal.

The Blue Tigers’ biggest defeat was against the Soviet Union in 1955. They lost 11-1 in an international friendly match held in Moscow. Only Swaraj Ghosh found the back of the net for India.India’s first international match post-independence was against France in 1948 which they lost 2-1. The only goal for India was scored by Sailen Manna.

Who are the current coach and captain of the Indian football team?

The current coach of the Indian football team is Stephen Constantine and Sunil Chhetri is the captain. What is the team’s FIFA ranking?

As of September 2017, the Indian football team is ranked 97th in the FIFA rankings.

Which tournaments has the Indian football team qualified for?

The Indian football team has not yet qualified for any major international tournaments as of September 2017. Their best performance came in 1970 when they reached the semifinal of the Asian Cup. They also reached the quarterfinal stage in the 1948 and 1984 editions of the tournament.