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Football in India

<p>People play football at Juhu Beach against the backdrop of monsoon clouds in Mumbai August 23, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

People play football at Juhu Beach against the backdrop of monsoon clouds in Mumbai August 23, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

People play football at Juhu Beach against the backdrop of monsoon clouds in Mumbai August 23, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Boys play soccer on Marina beach in Chennai August 4, 2012. REUTERS/Babu </p>

Boys play soccer on Marina beach in Chennai August 4, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

Boys play soccer on Marina beach in Chennai August 4, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

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<p>Children wearing Argentina team jerseys play soccer in front of posters featuring Argentinean soccer player Lionel Messi, on a street in Kolkata September 1, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowduri </p>

Children wearing Argentina team jerseys play soccer in front of posters featuring Argentinean soccer player Lionel Messi, on a street in Kolkata September 1, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowduri

Children wearing Argentina team jerseys play soccer in front of posters featuring Argentinean soccer player Lionel Messi, on a street in Kolkata September 1, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowduri

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<p>Bollywood actor Salman Khan plays during a celebrity soccer match to celebrate India's Independence Day in Mumbai August 15, 2009. REUTERS/Manav Manglani </p>

Bollywood actor Salman Khan plays during a celebrity soccer match to celebrate India's Independence Day in Mumbai August 15, 2009. REUTERS/Manav Manglani

Bollywood actor Salman Khan plays during a celebrity soccer match to celebrate India's Independence Day in Mumbai August 15, 2009. REUTERS/Manav Manglani

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<p>Argentina's soccer team head coach Diego Maradona (C) plays with a football during a stone-laying ceremony for the Indian Football School in Kolkata December 6, 2008. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal </p>

Argentina's soccer team head coach Diego Maradona (C) plays with a football during a stone-laying ceremony for the Indian Football School in Kolkata December 6, 2008. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

Argentina's soccer team head coach Diego Maradona (C) plays with a football during a stone-laying ceremony for the Indian Football School in Kolkata December 6, 2008. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

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<p>Bhaichung Bhutia holds the trophy with his teammates after winning against Tajikistan during the AFC Challenge Cup soccer final match in New Delhi August 13, 2008. REUTERS/B Mathur</p>

Bhaichung Bhutia holds the trophy with his teammates after winning against Tajikistan during the AFC Challenge Cup soccer final match in New Delhi August 13, 2008. REUTERS/B Mathur

Bhaichung Bhutia holds the trophy with his teammates after winning against Tajikistan during the AFC Challenge Cup soccer final match in New Delhi August 13, 2008. REUTERS/B Mathur

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<p>Players from a soccer academy practice against the setting sun in Chandigarh August 30, 2007. REUTERS/Ajay Verma</p>

Players from a soccer academy practice against the setting sun in Chandigarh August 30, 2007. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

Players from a soccer academy practice against the setting sun in Chandigarh August 30, 2007. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

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<p>People play football at a beach against the backdrop of monsoon clouds in Mumbai August 6, 2007. REUTERS/Adeel Halim</p>

People play football at a beach against the backdrop of monsoon clouds in Mumbai August 6, 2007. REUTERS/Adeel Halim

People play football at a beach against the backdrop of monsoon clouds in Mumbai August 6, 2007. REUTERS/Adeel Halim

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<p>Boys play soccer at the Immanuel Christian school for underprivileged tribal children on the outskirts of Jeypore village in Orissa June 27, 2007. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan</p>

Boys play soccer at the Immanuel Christian school for underprivileged tribal children on the outskirts of Jeypore village in Orissa June 27, 2007. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Boys play soccer at the Immanuel Christian school for underprivileged tribal children on the outskirts of Jeypore village in Orissa June 27, 2007. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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<p>Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Oliver Kahn throws the ball during an exhibition match against Mohun Bagan at Salt lake Stadium in Kolkata May 27, 2008. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw </p>

Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Oliver Kahn throws the ball during an exhibition match against Mohun Bagan at Salt lake Stadium in Kolkata May 27, 2008. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw

Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Oliver Kahn throws the ball during an exhibition match against Mohun Bagan at Salt lake Stadium in Kolkata May 27, 2008. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw

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<p>Bhaichung Bhutia celebrates a goal against Tajikistan during the AFC Challenge Cup India 2008 soccer tournament in Hyderabad August 1, 2008. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder</p>

Bhaichung Bhutia celebrates a goal against Tajikistan during the AFC Challenge Cup India 2008 soccer tournament in Hyderabad August 1, 2008. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder

Bhaichung Bhutia celebrates a goal against Tajikistan during the AFC Challenge Cup India 2008 soccer tournament in Hyderabad August 1, 2008. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder

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<p>Young Kashmiri boys try to balance soccer balls on their foreheads during a training camp in Srinagar May 11, 2007. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli</p>

Young Kashmiri boys try to balance soccer balls on their foreheads during a training camp in Srinagar May 11, 2007. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Young Kashmiri boys try to balance soccer balls on their foreheads during a training camp in Srinagar May 11, 2007. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>Children play football on a waterlogged street in Mumbai June 24, 2007. REUTERS/Arko Datta</p>

Children play football on a waterlogged street in Mumbai June 24, 2007. REUTERS/Arko Datta

Children play football on a waterlogged street in Mumbai June 24, 2007. REUTERS/Arko Datta

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<p>Young Kashmiri boys sit with soccer balls during a training camp in Srinagar May 11, 2007. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli </p>

Young Kashmiri boys sit with soccer balls during a training camp in Srinagar May 11, 2007. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Young Kashmiri boys sit with soccer balls during a training camp in Srinagar May 11, 2007. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>Boys play soccer in traditional attire on a field outside a temple in Kolkata April 2, 2007. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal </p>

Boys play soccer in traditional attire on a field outside a temple in Kolkata April 2, 2007. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

Boys play soccer in traditional attire on a field outside a temple in Kolkata April 2, 2007. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

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<p>Nicobarese children play football at a relief camp in Port Blair, the capital of India's Andaman and Nicobar archipelago January 11, 2005. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe </p>

Nicobarese children play football at a relief camp in Port Blair, the capital of India's Andaman and Nicobar archipelago January 11, 2005. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe

Nicobarese children play football at a relief camp in Port Blair, the capital of India's Andaman and Nicobar archipelago January 11, 2005. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe

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<p>A boy plays soccer on a flooded ground in Mumbai September 12, 2005. REUTERS/Adeel Halim </p>

A boy plays soccer on a flooded ground in Mumbai September 12, 2005. REUTERS/Adeel Halim

A boy plays soccer on a flooded ground in Mumbai September 12, 2005. REUTERS/Adeel Halim

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<p>A supporter of Brazil's soccer team shaves his head at a barber shop on the outskirts of Kolkata June 12, 2006. REUTERS/Sambit Saha</p>

A supporter of Brazil's soccer team shaves his head at a barber shop on the outskirts of Kolkata June 12, 2006. REUTERS/Sambit Saha

A supporter of Brazil's soccer team shaves his head at a barber shop on the outskirts of Kolkata June 12, 2006. REUTERS/Sambit Saha

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<p>A soccer fan gets his hair painted in the shape of a football after a haircut at a barber in Chandigarh June 16, 2006. REUTERS/Ajay Verma</p>

A soccer fan gets his hair painted in the shape of a football after a haircut at a barber in Chandigarh June 16, 2006. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

A soccer fan gets his hair painted in the shape of a football after a haircut at a barber in Chandigarh June 16, 2006. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

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<p>A young soccer player displays his skills during a street soccer show in New Delhi June 14, 2006. REUTERS/Vijay Mathur </p>

A young soccer player displays his skills during a street soccer show in New Delhi June 14, 2006. REUTERS/Vijay Mathur

A young soccer player displays his skills during a street soccer show in New Delhi June 14, 2006. REUTERS/Vijay Mathur

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<p>Children play football in a flooded field in Palakkad in Kerala, June 21, 2006. REUTERS/Dipak</p>

Children play football in a flooded field in Palakkad in Kerala, June 21, 2006. REUTERS/Dipak

Children play football in a flooded field in Palakkad in Kerala, June 21, 2006. REUTERS/Dipak

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<p>Children play soccer on a field in front of the historic Victoria Memorial monument, built by the British during colonial rule in Kolkata July 2, 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri </p>

Children play soccer on a field in front of the historic Victoria Memorial monument, built by the British during colonial rule in Kolkata July 2, 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Children play soccer on a field in front of the historic Victoria Memorial monument, built by the British during colonial rule in Kolkata July 2, 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays soccer during a practice session at a stadium in the southern Indian city of Chennai June 12, 2010. REUTERS/Babu </p>

Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays soccer during a practice session at a stadium in the southern Indian city of Chennai June 12, 2010. REUTERS/Babu

Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays soccer during a practice session at a stadium in the southern Indian city of Chennai June 12, 2010. REUTERS/Babu

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