Popular Bollywood star and actor John Abraham has become a vocal promoter of football in India. He even suggested that professional football would be his first choice if it existed at the start of his career as an actor. To provide opportunity to Indian youth, he has become a co-owner in a football club that is part of Indian Super league for football launched in October 2014.
Abraham suggests that it is important that India rise on the international football scene as a good competitor. His North East United club drew a crowd of 62000 in a launch game last year in Kolkata. He is hopeful that his contributions will produce the desired result but may take a long term. He is patient about the prospects.