New Delhi: Comparing Japan's rise in Asian football after the advent of J-League to that of Indian soccer post Indian Super League, Brazilian great and FC Goa head coach Zico today said that the 159-ranked nation should make the most of the ongoing tournament. (All the latest from the Indian Super League)
"There was no professional league in Japan before the start of J-League. Football is already existing in India and we need to make the best out of ISL. In Japan then, there were stadiums with capacity of (only) 5000-10000," said the 61-year-old. (Also read: Dear India, Back Desi Sports Talent, Not Just a Bunch of Foreign Celebrities)
While India continue to struggle in world rankings and are placed 30th in Asia, Japan are listed 52nd in the world and occupy the second position in the continent. Zico, whose role in transforming Japanese football is well documented, said that India need to make the best out of ISL.