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Not a bad forward line. India's most famous and talented forward & Roy

Has he (or any other Indian player currently playing for that matter) ever had a run in a club outside India? I guess that’s a downside with the money in the league, it possibly doesn’t encourage top players to challenge themselves? Though the Indian team is improving? 
He had a few very brief stints overseas, joining Sporting Kansas City in MLS in 2011, failing to even make an appearance. He then joined Sporting CP in Portugal in 2012, but only featured for their 'B' side who play in the second tier, totaling 43 minutes across three games. The rest of his career has been in India. He has a supreme international record though, scoring 89 goals for India (including one against New Zealand following a Cacace/Woud stuff up).

I'd imagine the money in India is probably a bit of a contributor to him not really venturing overseas, as outside of India he probably isn't anything special, and his overseas ventures probably attest to that. Why play halfway across the world from home in a foreign culture for less money? That probably applies to all locally grown Indian players, and thus it probably isn't too surprising that, of the 48 players in the national team in the last year, not a single one played outside of India. You see the same phenomenon with the wealthy Gulf countries: out of the national teams of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and Jordan, only Jordanian Musa Al-Taamari at Belgian side Leuven plays in Europe.

Unsurprisingly, given the emigration and massive diaspora of India, there are Indian origin footballers in Europe who probably would do a job in improving the national team, but the Indian rule of single citizenship scuppers the chance, and the Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) available to those of Indian descent is not sufficient to allow them to play for India. Players like Manprit Sarkaria (LASK, Austria), Yan Dhanda (Ross County, Scotland), Dilan Markanday (Blackburn Rovers, England), Harmeet Singh (Sandefjord, Norway) etc would all be eligible to play if India shared citizenship rules with NZ, but with the current rules they'd have to risk their careers by dropping 'home' citizenship.

The Indian national team might be improving, I'm not sure, but if they are then it's a very gradual improvement. They sit one below us in the FIFA rankings at 104th, and only managed one win from eight in qualifying for Qatar (2-0 against Bangladesh), failing to reach the final round just as they have in every qualifying since re-entering in 1986. They did manage to qualify for the 2011 and 2019 Asian Cups, exiting both in the group stage. One advantage they have over NZ is they play far more frequently, and regularly boss their sub-confederation, the SAFF (alongside Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), though it is hardly esteemed company.

There's also other factors holding Indian football back. The stranglehold cricket has on the sub-continent is a huge factor in marginalising football, though with a population of theirs, there's still many players. That being said, football is traditionally quite regional, especially strong in regions such as West Bengal (where Krishna used to play), Kerala and Goa (which was still part of Portugal even after the original Indian independence in 1947, and had to be annexed). Though with the proliferation of the availability of football, that could, and probably is, changing. Corruption is also affecting the game, as the head of the AIFF is holding the game back with his corruption, which led to the Supreme Court removing him, however, due to FIFA's rules against third-party involvement, the AIFF have been suspended. This has meant India have been stripped of this year's U17 Women's World Cup, and all their national teams are banned indefinitely.
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Scored his first goal on the weekend for his new ISL club Bengaluru, in a 1-1 draw.
https://us.soccerway.com/matches/2022/10/14/india/indian-super-league/chennai-titans/bengaluru/3949678/

Bengaluru with a win & draw to start the season.

Des Buckingham's Mumbai City also with 4 points after 2 rounds.
Mumbai with a 2-0 win on the weekend over Odisha FC, coached by the Barcelona bus driver Josep Gombau. Lots of ex ALM (mostly ex players) connections to the ISL.

https://us.soccerway.com/matches/2022/10/15/india/indian-super-league/mumbai-city/delhi-dynamos/3949679/


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Scored his first goal on the weekend for his new ISL club Bengaluru, in a 1-1 draw.
https://us.soccerway.com/matches/2022/10/14/india/indian-super-league/chennai-titans/bengaluru/3949678/

Bengaluru with a win & draw to start the season.

Des Buckingham's Mumbai City also with 4 points after 2 rounds.
Mumbai with a 2-0 win on the weekend over Odisha FC, coached by the Barcelona bus driver Josep Gombau. Lots of ex ALM (mostly ex players) connections to the ISL.

https://us.soccerway.com/matches/2022/10/15/india/indian-super-league/mumbai-city/delhi-dynamos/3949679/



PetRat with 3 goals and 2 assists in 2 games for his team.
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Roy Krishna's Bengaluru beats Des Buckingham's Mumbai City on penalties to reach the ISL Grand Final, where he will face his former side ATK Mohun Bagan.

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I completely forgot that we were supposedly in talks with Krishna. Hopefully he goes well. The next one who we were rumored to be in talks with, to sign elsewhere will be Rojas.
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I've been there.
The state is Odisha aka "Orissa"
Halfway down the east coast of India.
The two major cities are Bhubaneswar, the state capital, where Odisha FC play, and Puri.
Krishna will enjoy it there.
Odisha is much less heavily populated than other Indian states; both the major cities aren't big by Indian standards and the environment is less spoiled, air quality is good, with not much industry etc.
Odisha has the most tribal people in India and is famous for it's tribal arts and crafts. It has lovely beaches, especially at and near Puri.
Two of India's major ancient Hindu temples are found there - the Shiva temple in Bhubaneswar and the Jagannath temple in Puri.
Jagannath is the main god of the state.
Funnily, considering Roy's name, the Jagannath temple is one of the major temples of Lord Krishna in India where Krishna appears in the form of Lord Jagannath, accompanied on the altar by his brother Baladev and his sister Subhadra.
The form of the wooden deities is tribal in nature -simple but attractive with Jagannath's large bulging eyes.
The annual Jagannath Ratha-Yatra Festival is world-famous, attracting two million pilgrims to the city, where the crowd pulls the deities who are seated on a huge cart by rope.
The English word "juggernaut" meaning a" huge, powerful, and overwhelming force" or "a large, heavy vehicle" is derived from "Jagannath".
 
 
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Wonder if he is in talks with Auckland FC. Still have reservations how at 36 he'd go in the ALM. The ISL is piss weak, and plenty of older strikers return to the A League and ain't that effective. Nix examples Smeltz & Nathan Burns.

Though David Williams is going okay at Perth.

Odisha will likely play either CCM or Macarthur in AFC Cup (2nd tier AFC competition) Inter-zone play-off semi-finals, over 2 legs 7th & 14th March. Will be interesting games to see how Krishna goes against ALM opposition.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2023%E2%80%9324_AFC_Cup
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