Written by Andrew Amsan
| New Delhi |
Published:November 16, 2017 4:52 am


Real Kashmir team with coach David Robertson at a practice match in New Delhi over the weekend. Abhinav Saha

WHEN AMIR Rehman, 23, told his family that his football team was going abroad, they thought it was a joke and laughed. Amir’s father Abdul Rehman Dar, a shawl-embroider in Srinagar, could not believe that his son and his team — including an engineer, a delivery boy, a car dealer and a factory worker — were on to anything serious. He knew about Real Kashmir, and that they were part of the I-League Division II, but travelling to Scotland for off-season training sounded unreal. Four months after that trip, Amir and Real Kashmir were in the national capital last weekend, to play friendly matches against some of the city’s top clubs, Delhi United and ISL’s Delhi Dynamos.

Real Kashmir went down in both the games but…

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