外文标题：Sleeping giants India ‘sink to new low’
NEW DELHI: India hit a new low with their “humiliating” loss to tiny Guam in World Cup qualifying, the country’s media said on Wednesday.
India, once hailed the sleeping giants of football by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, were outclassed by the Pacific island minnows on Tuesday night.
The 2-1 defeat was made even more embarrassing as India, with a population of 1.25 billion compared to Guam’s 160,000, are 33 places above Guam Matao (174) in the FIFA world rankings.
“In Pacific, Indian football sinks to new low”, a Hindustan Times headline said, while the Indian Express went with “Speck-tackle: Tiny Guam slay India”.
India’s coach Stephen Constantine also criticised his players, saying they lacked “football intelligence in key moments of the game”.
1.25 billion people and we cannot put together 11 men to kick a ball. What a shame!!! Sleeping giants? My a$$. They’re more like sleeping beauties.
Poor team Selection and Coaching staff…..Needs a massive revival…
Sleeping giant is still sleeping,got beat by Guam,Maldives,Pakistan,Oman,really speaking we are rubbish.the leather from the football should be turned into CHAPPLES then use them to welcome the team
They were put to sleep by Guam.
Peter Pandey ()
Cricket is a global sport….if Guam have guts let them beat us in cricket…..even sharapova knows who is sachin…
arush (Ohio, USA)
You can’t teach football intelligence to players…thats something that comes naturally. Like it does to european and other spanish nations. India will never be able to qualify for world cup in this century atleast.
Akshay Salvi (Mumbai) replies to arush
Football intelligence does not come naturally it comes from stromg grassroot football right from tender age and with proper traning , if this attitude like u remains in india , then surely india can never progress in football.
DENZIL FERNANDES (bangalore)
Wherever you play your football does not matter if you have talent. India have always been a poor country as far as their football is concerned. So, whoever the coach does not make much of a difference. What can the poor coach do ?? More than a coach we should have a psychologist to tell the Indian players that they can even beat Spain and Germany ! Also, the boys should be trained to play non stop for 120 minutes (not 90 minutes) and win. When these kind of ideas are planted in the mind of the players we will start winning. Gone are the days when we won the Merdeka cup and other big tournaments in Asia. Now, playing football is more of a fashion than passion ! And, mind you, the money is still there.
its a disaster..beyond shameful….
Vijay Bali (India)
no hope left
No doubt we didn’t played really well but problem also lies with our media if they give some kind of recognition to other sports then I think they can do wonder
Narayan (Bangalore, India)
India are not giants in football. We are not even poodles, when it comes to playing football. We are the lowest in FIFA ranking. So please don’t use big words like ‘Sleeping Giants’. We may be sleeping but certainly we are not giants
Akshay Salvi (Mumbai) replies to Narayan 7 hrs ago
Dude do u understand the word sleeping giant, then go check ur English . FIFA President mentioned India as Sleeping Gaint because he and other foreign clubs found tremendous potential and talent in football in india only big problem is lack of infrastructure and grass root development and professionalism. So they could be gaint if all this improve , u got it.