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Indian link with football World Cup

India also has its connections with football World Cup

Football in some parts of the country is even more popular than cricket which is not a sport but a religion. However, in a nation of 1.1 billion people, the country’s football history has been gloomy. The Indian international team is currently ranked 146th in the world and its highest ever ranking was a lowly 94th in 1996.The dismal ranking of India in football might make you sulk but let's take a look at some interesting facts that show India's connection with World Cup football. Vikash Dhorasoo is proof that Indians can play football. Vikash Dhorasoo was born in Harfleur, France but is actually of Indo-Mauritian origin belonging to the Telugu community. He started his professional career with Le Havre but his best spell was at Lyon where he spent five seasons and won two French league titles with them. Dhorasoo also spent one season at Italian giants AC Milan, with whom he won a Champions league runners-up medal in 2005. He made his international debut for France in 1999 but his only World Cup was the 2006 edition where he made two substitute appearances.