Hyderabad, Nov. 5 -- In which sport has Hyderabad produced the best players?

Some might say badminton. Some others would say cricket. But it is football that stands out with flying colours.

In cricket, there have been famous players from the city who have representedIndia with distinction and two Hyderabadis-Ghulam Ahmed and Azharuddin-have captained the country.

In football, however, Hyderabad has produced six captains for the country, nine national coaches, 14 Olympians (some of them being double Olympians), 21 senior international players, plus many junior internationals and three accredited international referees who served on the FIFApanel. It is a stupendous achievement by any standard. After Kolkata which was considered the Mecc...