With right philosophy, India can be a force in football: Bixente Lizarazu

Updated: Feb 09, 2018, 10:48 IST | PTI | New Delhi

Former French star Bixente Lizarazu, who was a part of the triumphant 1998 World Cup squad, says a combination of right philosophy, talent and passion can help India improve its football profile

Bixente Lizarazu
Bixente Lizarazu

Former French star Bixente Lizarazu, who was a part of the triumphant 1998 World Cup squad, says a combination of right philosophy, talent and passion can help India improve its football profile.

India are currently ranked 102 in the FIFA rankings, following an unbeaten run of 13 matches, which saw them qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup in the UAE. "I can imagine football to be the best and most popular sport in India, with such immense talent and passion for the game.

Indians can improve the current scenario with ISL and I-League and also building the national team. That way, I am sure they will have a great national team soon and qualify for the World Cup," Lizarazu said. On the growth of the sport in India, the former French side left-back said: "Football is growing in India and gaining momentum, and with the right philosophy India can become a force in international football."

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