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Top 10 cities which hosted most Indian football team games

Published at :April 20, 2024 at 11:44 PM
Modified at :April 21, 2024 at 2:55 PM
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Samannay Sen


Indian Football team have played several games all across the country in various cities.

Football, as a sport holds a passionate fanbase in India. The Indian football team, also known as the Blue Tigers, ignites a fervor unlike any other. Witnessing them play live is an experience that transcends the beautiful game itself.  Over the years, several Indian cities have played host to these electrifying matches, each with its unique atmosphere and legacy.

Here’s a glimpse into the top 10 cities that have witnessed the most Indian National Team games, creating incredible memories for both players and fans.

10. Ahmedabad (2 matches)

Ahmedabad, a rapidly developing city in Gujarat has also hosted many interesting football matches of the National team. EKA Arena (formerly The Arena/TransStadia Arena) boasts a vibrant crowd that cheers for the Blue Tigers. The passionate Ahmedabad crowd, though still developing a football culture, is quickly catching up, making it a promising venue for the future.

9. Chennai (10 matches)

Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is known for its ardent support for various sports, including football. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, with its 40,000 capacity, has hosted several Indian National Team matches. The passionate Chennai crowd creates a lively atmosphere, cheering on the Blue Tigers.

8. Mumbai (12 matches)

The bustling metropolis of Mumbai, India’s financial capital, also boasts a strong footballing tradition. It had witnessed 12 matches of the Indian National team. The beautiful stadium in Mumbai has witnessed passionate fans and interesting contests making it a memorable experience for all involved.

7. Kochi (14 matches)

Kochi, a coastal city in Kerala, is another major footballing center that hosted 14 matches. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, with its 50,000 capacity, has hosted several Indian National Team matches. The passionate Keralite supporters create a vibrant atmosphere, making it an exciting venue for both players and spectators.

6. Hyderabad (19 Matches)

Hyderabad, the “City of Pearls,” is a rising star in the Indian football scene. The G. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stadium, with its 36,000 capacity, is a relatively new venue for the Indian National Team. However, the enthusiastic Hyderabadi crowd is quickly building a reputation for its vocal support. It hosted 19 matches.

5. Thiruvananthapuram (21 matches)

Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, boasts a dedicated football following. The Greenfield International Stadium, with its 54,000 capacity, has hosted several Indian National Team matches. The passionate Keralite crowd adds a unique flavor to the games, cheering on the Blue Tigers with fervor.

4. Margao (22 matches)

Top 10 cities which hosted most Indian football team games.
Fatorda Stadium (Image Source: Scroll.in)

Nestled in the heart of Goa, Margao is home to the Fatorda Stadium, a popular venue for National Team matches. The Goan crowd, known for its enthusiastic support, creates a vibrant atmosphere within the 19,500-seater stadium.

3. Bengaluru (24 matches)

Often referred to as the “Garden City,” Bengaluru has emerged as a major footballing hub in recent times. The lively Sree Kanteerava Stadium, with its 24,000 capacity, is a regular venue for the National Team. The passionate Bengaluru crowd is known for its unwavering support, making it a thrilling experience for the players and a spectacle for the fans.

2. Kolkata (61 matches)

Top 10 cities which hosted most Indian football team games.
Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata. (Image Source: LBB)

Kolkata, the “City of Joy,” is synonymous with Indian football. Home to two of the country’s most passionate clubs, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, Kolkata boasts a rich footballing heritage. The legendary Salt Lake Stadium, with its staggering 80,000 capacity, has often witnessed the Indian team play in front of a sea of blue, creating an electric atmosphere that is unmatched.

1. New Delhi (95 matches)

The capital city, New Delhi, takes the top spot for hosting the most National Team games with a record 95 matches. The iconic Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, with its massive 60,000 capacity, has been a constant venue for international matches and major tournaments. Witnessing the Blue Tigers play amidst the roar of the Delhi crowd is an experience that stays with fans for a lifetime.

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