Does the football-crazy fans today know that India was once called the ‘Brazil of Asia’?. Or that the rivalry between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan is ranked among the top fifty club rivalries in the world.
Brilliant players, world-class coaches and passionate fans once clubbed to evolve India a football worshipping nation. Thriving in several places apart from Calcutta, football was considered the finest sports entertainment for most of the twentieth century.
The game was also inextricably linked to community identity, shrewdly used towards political ends and enriched our cultural heritage.
Foremost commentator Novy Kapadia through ‘Barefoot to Boots’, reveals Indian football’s glorious legacy through thrilling descriptions and analysis of on-field action, memorable matches, lively anecdotes, and exclusive conversations with legendary players and officials.
Charting the eventful journey of the sport up to the present, the book will enthrall old and new fans alike. It will offer invaluable insight into the future of the game as the Indian Super League dramatically changes the face of domestic football and India hosts the U-17 World Cup for the first time.