Topden Mishael Karthak
Football is slowly making its way in India and their is no denying to the fact that India is called a sleeping giant. North East India has become a dominant force in Indian Football and has been a bastion of football talents in both I -League and the Indian Super League.
However, the three I League clubs from North East, -Aizawl F.C, Shillong Lajong and Neroca F.C. has been giving a tough match to other clubs from India.
Aizawl F.C who defied all odds to become the first team from the North Eastern states to win the I League back in 2017 and has been one of the best North East club to play in the I League.
On the other hand, Shillong Lajong has had its own ups and downs in the I league with struggling to stay in the 1stdivision, but has been a household name from the North East. With young squad and local talents Shillong Lajong has already produced good football and has been a dark horse in the I league.
Neroca F.C has just been promoted to the I league after winning the 2nddivision in 2016-2017 season. The team from Manipur has lived up to the expectations by winning against some of the best teams in I league this season and are currently in the 2ndposition. Neroca F.C has been giving young talent a chance to play and learn alongside more experienced players.
While North East United in the I.S.L has not lived up to the expectation but has been giving fans something to enjoy by giving the local lads chance to play in I.S.L and has been a better side this season.
The future of football in North East looks stronger than ever. One of the major factor behind the growing success of football in the North East is the lack of cricket fanaticism. Football has always been the heart and soul there.
They have already produced good players with some of them even playing in the national team and marking their names in the International level.
There are more than 20 registered clubs in the North East and more than 50 players playing in the I league,I league 2nddivision and I.S.L.
Indian Football seems to be in good hands because of the passion and commitment shown by the people from the land of seven sisters.
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