The Indian national football team is controlled by the All India Football Federation, created in 1937. The first tournament the team took part in was the Olympic Games in 1948.
The decade between the early 1950s and early 1960s is a period of their golden years. In 1954 India was second at the Asian Games, in 1956 India was fourth at the Olympic Games, losing to Bulgaria in the match for the third place. In 1962 the team won the Asian Games, overwhelming South Korea 2-1 in the final, and the years later, in 1964, they were runners-up at the AFC Asian Cup.
After a long period of decline India reached the quarterfinal of the Asian Games in 1982 and qualified for the 1984 AFC Asian Cup. The following qualification to the AFC Asian Cup was in 2011, in 2010 they reached 1/8 of Asian Games. Between 1993 and 2011 India won six South Asian Football Federation Cup titles. In 2008 they were the winners of AFC Challenge Cup.
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