Indian football held back by "no system" for youth

In the last two decades, India has failed to find its feet in football. "We have no infrastructures at all at the grassroots level," Baichung Bhutia, the only Indian ever to have played in the professional league in England, explained. "We have no system in this country to encourage young boys to play football. There is no professionalism," the East Bengal striker and the two-time winner of Asian Player of the Week award told The Hindustan Times. Baichung himself came from nowhere. Born in a tiny village in Sikkim, his was a meteoric rise. But then you would always have that odd example of a player emerging despite the system."If we really want to become a good football nation, we need to work at grass-root level, We need to open more and more academies with top facilities," Baichung commented.

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