The Rise Of An Indian Football Juggernaut

Sabari Jagannathan  |  ISL-5  |  3 Months Ago

        It was a familiar story down in the south as the hosts Bengaluru sealed a hard-fought win over two-time champions, ATK. The former I-League champions were far from their scintillating best but were clinical when it mattered the most, as they scored with their only shot on target in the regulation time. Bengaluru heads to the break, still undefeated. 


Bengaluru marches on 

        It wasn’t a comfortable victory for the hosts. They would have found themselves in trouble if ATK was not wasteful in front of the goal. The two-match winless run of Bengaluru FC ended with a nail-biting win against ATK and they have put clear daylight between them and the chasing pack. Despite the absence of Miku and Khabra, the league leaders were able to garner three points in their fortress. Though their moods would have been dampened by a couple of injuries, the former I league champions will be sleeping well after putting on a show for their loyal fans. 

Don't hide your pride.

        Bengaluru is one of the most professionally governed clubs in India, on and off the field. From establishing one of the coolest fan cultures in the subcontinent, the Karnataka based club decided to celebrate the landmark judgement by the Supreme Court on Gay rights. Football has been at the centre stage of many revolutions and always has stood for inclusivity. Football is here to kick out any form of discrimination, be it racism or homophobia. A taboo subject that needs to be talked more about in a traditional country will definitely benefit from the endorsement of the club of this stature. 


Can injuries stop Bengaluru FC?

        When Miku doesn't score, Sunil does. When Sunil goes on a rut, Udanta rises. When the forwards fail, the midfielders chip in. They have insane squad depth and they have so far managed well despite missing few key players. All the teams in the league have tried and failed to stop this juggernaut. With Nishu and Rino walking off with injuries, it will be yet another test for the Bengaluru FC. For now, they will enjoy the break. 


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