India qualified for Brazil 1950 but withdrew because they were not permitted to play barefoot. They returned to the Asian Zone preliminaries ahead of Mexico 1986, but fell at the first hurdle and have yet to appear in the FIFA World Cup™. In South Africa 2010 qualifying, India were eliminated by Lebanon in the first round. Desperate to make a breakthrough at the continental level, though, the south Asians suffered an early exit in qualifying for Brazil 2014. An opening 3-0 defeat at United Arab Emirates was followed by a 2-2 draw at home, results which brought their campaign to an abrupt end.
Best performance in a FIFA competition: None
Former stars: Sailen Manna, Neville D'Souza, PK Banerjee