Top Indian origin footballers who have made their mark in Europe - in pictures

Michael Chopra, Vikash Dhorasoo and other players who have played in top leagues

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When you talk about India, the first sport that comes to mind is obviously cricket. Then, possibly badminton, wrestling and hockey. The world's most popular sport – football – does not show up on the radar as often.

Even so, there is sizeable Indian representation in football, and in top European competitions. Indian origin players like Michael Chopra and Vikash Dhorasoo have made a name for themselves over previous decades, although no player with Indian roots has yet become a global superstar.

There was a time when the Indian football team was a force to be reckoned with. They won gold at the 1951 and 1962 Asian Games, and also finished fourth at the 1956 Olympics. However, after cricket gained popularity in India after their famous 1983 World Cup win, football and other sports took a back seat.

Still, Indian origin footballers, and some from the country, continue to provide representation to the South Asian nation. You can see them in the picture gallery above. To view the next image, click on the arrows or swipe if on a mobile device.

Updated: June 23, 2022, 5:10 AM
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