The tales of other African teams are also equally interesting. Camaroon and Nigeria with FIFA rankings of 19 and 21 respectively have already won the Olympic titles in football once each. Ivory Coast is appearing in a FIFA World Cup for the first time this year. Placed in a tough group with Brazil and Portugal, Ivory Coast will have to play exceptionally well to reach the quarter finals.
Much of the success of these African football teams is due to the increasing presence of their players in the European football leagues. Infact, Nigeria has made significant contribution to Indian football clubs as well. This makes me wonder, when will we get to root for Team India in a FIFA World Cup! There is no dearth of soccer enthusiasts in India. The virtual Indian team in the online soccer game http://www.powersoccer.com/ has India in 10th position, and still going strong! I wish this was true in real as well, but no, India's current FIFA ranking is a dismal 133!!