Bangladesh lost 2-0 to India in the World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers on Monday. India captain Sunil Chhetri scored both the goals. Earlier, Bangladesh and India last met at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. In that match of 2019, even though Bangladesh was ahead in the game, it finally drew with India and left the field. A look at the performance of the last 20 years shows that Bangladesh has never been able to overtake India in the FIFA rankings.
The gap between the two teams in the FIFA rankings was less. For example, in 1999, Bangladesh was ranked 130th, while India was ranked 108th. But now Bangladesh is in 164th place, and India is in 105th place. In other words, considering the FIFA ranking, Bangladesh is far behind India. The question is, how did the neighboring country go so far in football? The research shows that Indian football is far ahead of Bangladesh for five reasons.
India has a long-term plan to strengthen its position in Asian football. One of the aspects of the work of the All India Football Federation is to bring footballers from the grassroots. Bangladesh football analyst and former player Dalia Akhter recently visited India to get acquainted with the country’s football culture. There he saw that the academies that exist at the state level in India have teams of different levels.
Dalia Akhter said, ‘They have everything from age group to professional team. They play football at different levels and those who perform well come to the attention of the center. India has laid the foundation that a footballer needs to build to the highest level and this is now the core strength of Indian football.
Jayant Chakraborty, a Kolkata-based sports journalist, said in a very similar tone, He was raised as a footballer so that he could grow up meditating on football. A very surprising thing has also been noticed. Boys from the hilly region are preferred in the Indian team because of their high performance. Growing up in a mountainous environment, they are more physically fit, so they can work continuously for a long time.
Yammum Tomba, a regular spectator of the appropriate football league Bangladesh football, has been following the game for almost 25 years. When the league was popular in the nineties, there were a lot of spectators in Bangladesh’s domestic football. “In the current state of the domestic league, there is no such feeling,” he said. Which is why I now watch the Champions League, the English League and La Liga. I used to watch domestic football in Bangladesh. Footballers are not taken care of here now, there is a lack of players in the country, there is a lack of organizers.
Yammum Tomba, a resident of Srimangal, points out that the lack of a sufficient number of football fields in Bangladesh, despite the existence of domestic leagues, is one of the reasons for the backwardness of this article. If a team has its own field, the supporters of the team will come to that field, there will be tension on the day of the game. And in this way a different passion will be created towards the game. ‘
The old supporter insisted on organizing the league every year and more matches on the field. But the picture in India is completely different. Football is played there throughout the year. Competitions are organized at various stages.
The strategic reason for the change in the rankings is
Mamun Hossain, a football analyst in Bangladesh. Thus they have emphasized on improving the rankings. India played the match as planned, it was the plan of the previous coach. India have reached the 100 or so level as a result of playing a drawn match with a team close to them.
India have not lost a match in two and a half years since 2016. Almost every year, one of the promises of the Bangladesh Football Federation is to create a complete football calendar. However, talking to those involved in the game, the real picture is that most of the football players in Bangladesh do not know when the league starts and when it ends. As a result, it has a negative impact on one’s professionalism. Many of the players look at alternative income outside of football, because they are not sure if the league will end, or if the clubs will take part in it with proper investment.
But Dahlia Akhter sees the picture in India as different, she has seen the football field there all year round. In India, the Indian League and the Indian Super League are two competitions that bring in international footballers from all over the world, especially young, and sometimes a little older. They play with Indian footballers. According to Dalia Akhter, the best players in each of the two full leagues are selected, but there is a good squad.
The popularity of football as a
sport If there is a game with India or if Huthat Bangladesh wins a match or two, then there is some talk about Bangladesh football through social media or among sports fans. But at other times cricket is the only stadium in Bangladesh. According to analysts, the reason is performance. At the international level, cricketers like Shakib Al Hasan or Mashrafe Mortaza have gained stardom, there is no Bangladeshi footballer who is discussed in other countries. Bangladesh football does not have a very proud achievement, so the fans are often disappointed with this team.
On the other hand, the picture in Indian football is a bit different – there are star footballers like Sunil Chhetri, who is one of the top scorers in international football. Dalia Akhter said, however, the field is not always judged by rankings. Bangladesh players feel a little extra competition in any level match with India. However, in the overall results, India is ahead of Yojana Yojana – so far in 30 matches, Bangladesh has won only 2 matches, with a loss in 16 matches and a draw in 12 matches.