Bob The Builder
the head coach of Indian
Soccer team has truly
created the winds of changes in the Indian Soccer arena.
the past year and half the performance of Indian team has
grown by leaps & bounds, guided & nurtured by Bob
Houghton. Bob who has played much of his football in England
has brought about refreshing changes traditional Indian football
setup consistency, professionalism, athleticism are some the
many changes he has been able to bring out. Players like
Suniel Chetteri, Baichung Bhutia have matured to become
a force to recon with after their stint with Bob who has added
the extra zing to their natural talent.
Average fans in India
have now started dreaming of their team entering in some major tournaments
after victories in Nehru Cup, India who have qualified for Asian
Cup after winning AFC Challenge Cup have some great things to look
forward to in the near future.
teams at Club Level are also doing their bit after Goan
Club Dempo FC entered the Semi Finals of the AFC Champions
league, contribution of Bob Houghton can be seen here as well
as he is constantly moving throughout the country interacting
with the managers, players & the administrators of the
The very popular
I League is a reality because of the efforts of individuals
like Bob who always thought that a good league is the breeding
ground for budding footballers.
Soccer which was seen
as step brother to Cricket is gaining popularity amongst the youth
of India, viewer ship for domestic league has grown, attendance
of spectators during league & international matches has grown,
slowly but surely soccer is gaining popularity amongst the masses
in India, who traditionally have only followed cricket but thanks
to the winning ways of Bob Houghton another sport is gaining popularity
in India, that perhaps is the biggest achievement of Bob during
his tenure with the Indian team. With the reigns of Indian
team in the hands of Bob Houghton the picture surely looks rosy
for Indian Soccer.