- Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Random House India (18 September 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780143426417
- ISBN-13: 978-0143426417
- ASIN: 0143426419
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.6 x 13.8 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Barefoot to Boots: The Many Lives of Indian Football
About the Author
Novy Kapadia is a renowned sports journalist and columnist, and teaches English literature at Delhi University. Recognized as India's foremost football expert and commentator on leading 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. Novy has been consultant to the Limca Book of Records from 1990 onwards, and has edited the Durand Journal-India's most comprehensive football journal-since 1983. Since 1980, he has covered several international championships, including the World Cup and the Olympics, and all major domestic tournaments.
Novy won the Wills Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism in 1986. He lives in Delhi.
From the Publisher
The Indian team entering the ground at Illford for their first-round match on 31 July at the 1948 London Olympics. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) was formed in 1937. But the Indian national team did not develop an identity until after Independence, when they played in the 1948 London Olympics, when the AIFF joined FIFA.
The Indian team at the 1948 Olympics, training at Pinner in middlesex.
A report in Hindusthan Standard, 5 September 1962, about India winning the gold at the Asian games (Courtesy: Hindusthan Standard).
A report in Hindusthan Standard, 3rd June 1964. Prior to their opening match against South Korea on 27 May, the Indian team was jolted by the news of the death of the country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. The team manager K.K. Ganguly and the players were reluctant to play and requested a postponement. The organizers prevaricated, but coach Harry Wright also wanted the team to play, as immediately after the final round of matches India had to fly to Tehran to play in an Olympic qualifier against Iran. India finally played wearing black armbands and emerged triumphant beating South Korea 2-0, with goals by Inder Singh and Appalaraju.
Author Novy Kapadia with Padma Shri P.K. Banerjee, who was awarded the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit in 2004, and Dilip Bose.
Author Novy Kapadia at a dinner with distinguished football legends and journalists. Standing, L to R: Sidharth Saxena (TOI) , I M Vijayan, Baichung Bhutia, Raman Vijayan, Mohammad Shafiq (photographer). Sitting L To R: Bruno Coutinho, Author Novy Kapadia, Sukhwinder Singh (former India and JCT coach), Nikhil Naz (NDTV).
Barefoot to Boots - The Many Lives of Indian Football
Football has been uniquely tied to the subcontinent’s history and has closely reflected the social and cultural life of India. Where the rivalry between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal mirrored the regional conflict within Bengal, Mohammedan Sporting was perceived as a unifier of Muslims across the subcontinent. The Hyderabad City Police team were all the rage in Delhi, and it is to their patronage that Karim’s in Jama Masjid owes its huge popularity. Poetry and music were composed to celebrate landmark victories, and clever parodies of popular songs were sung to encourage a favourite team at the stadium. Loyalty to certain clubs has run through generations amongst families and could sometimes be deeper than religious identity. Until the last decade of the twentieth century, watching the best club sides was the epitome of football entertainment in India. The contrast in playing styles also made club football very alluring to watch. The Kolkata clubs had the nimbleness of the Brazilians and often indulged in body feints and clever dribbling. In contrast, teams from Andhra Pradesh resembled the Spanish players of 2008–12, as they relied more on combination and accurate passing to wear down the opposition. Watching Indian football was a pleasure and delight as the top teams had both speed and skill. My involvement in the game since the 1960s has enabled me to witness some of the most epic matches between the top clubs. And as a sports journalist, I have delved deep into the history of the game and have closely known some of the best players, coaches and administrators. This book will remember and celebrate the glory years of football in India, even as it considers the promise the present generation holds. Young talent is being nurtured by local clubs in many states where the game is popular. The AIFF too has been taking initiatives to provide international exposure to upcoming players. Three U-19 players were sent to train with the French club FC Metz for some months in August 2016. The director of FC Metz, Denis Schaeffer, was enthusiastic and said they wished to be associated with the development of football in India. The U-17 World Cup will be held in India for the first time in October 2017, which perhaps heralds a bright future for the game in the country.
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Its a golden mine book from a Man who is synonymous with Indian Football..... #AsianDream #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball !!!!!!