Despite the dec- lining standards of football in Calcutta, the stands are never empty Many young men stand in queues for two days at a stretch to buy tickets.
On completion of the mas- sive Eden Cardens ground, matches involving the big three clubs, known as exhibition matches, were shifted from club grounds to Eden Cardens, which has a capacity of 80,000. The new Sait Lake Sta- dium was inaugurated last year. pur, the venue of the 42nd Santosh Trophy, as u well-knit combination.
Players being whisked away after the transfers by club officials that despite the blatant display and usage of black money, the standard of football remains abysmally low. Federation Internationale tie Footbaii Association (FIFA) the game's international controlling body, ranked India 95th among 158 countries on the basis of home-and- away performances And the Asian Football Confederation (AFCONJ, affiliated to FIFA, accorded India 17th position among 35 member countries.
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Come March each year and the local dailies are full of details of payments promised to players by the clubs.
But the government's eyebrows are not raised Not even by the fact club officials.