In a similar predicament is Subhas Bhowmick, former India centre-forward and now East Bengal coach. His chief worry is—his team has no reliable scorer, save for a new Brazilian recruit.
Brazilians? A Rio carnival in India? A Houdini trick to infuse life and joy back into a rigor mortis-stricken game? Is India finally waking up to the realities of world football, adopting trends seen in Japan's popular J-League or Malaysia's M-League where they import thoroughbred footballers hoping for a rub-off on the locals?