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Aizawl FC should not even have been com­pet­ing in the I-League’s top di­vi­sion this sea­son. Now th­ese un­der­paid, un­der­rated foot­ballers will rep­re­sent In­dia in con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tion. At the end of the tense, scrappy draw with neigh­bours Shil­long La­jong FC that se­cured the cham­pi­onship, sev­eral Aizawl play­ers were in tears of dis­be­lief. They are the first In­dian cham­pi­ons from the North­east, a hot­bed of foot­ball tal­ent, and proof that heart and com­pet­i­tive spirit can beat big bud­gets.

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