Despite this illustrious past and history as one of Asia's hegemons in the 1950s, Pakistan has never competed in a major tournament outside of the South Asian area, unlike its rivals India and Bangladesh. Although Bangladesh has never qualified for the World Cup, India qualified in 1950 but did not compete.
Pakistan last appeared at a World Cup in 1958 when they were eliminated by Israel in a first-round match. Since then, they have never returned to the competition.
However, Pakistan is still popular in other tournaments such as the AFC Challenge Cup, which it has won twice, and the SAFF Championship, which it has also won twice. In addition, several players have been called up for Pakistan matches and have earned caps.
At the international level, Pakistan is known for its aggressive playing style and high scoring games. It is also ranked 78th by FIFA, making it Asia's most successful football team without a place in the world top 100.
In 2007, Pakistan made its debut in the UEFA European Football Championship when it was invited to take part in the qualification process for the 2010 World Cup. However, they were quickly eliminated from the competition after losing all three of their matches.
Later that year, Pakistan took part in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship in Nepal. They finished second behind India and thus qualified for the 2011 SAFF Championship.
Imran Khan captained the Pakistan cricket team to World Cup victory in 1992. Pakistan also finished second in the 1999 Cricket World Cup, losing to Australia in the final. They have four semi-final appearances (1979, 1983, 1987, and 2011) and have twice reached the quarter-finals (1996 & 2015). In 2007, Shahid Afridi became the first Pakistani player to score a century in each innings of a World Cup match when he made 113 against India.
Pakistan won their first World Cup match by an innings and 135 runs against England at Karachi's Wankhede Stadium. Their captain, Imraan Khan, was named man of the match for his brilliant bowling analysis that helped restrict England to just 234 runs in their 50 overs. This is the only World Cup win so far by an Asian country. In fact, Pakistan is the only country to have won the World Cup before it became global, in 1971. The tournament was called World Championship of Cricket and played between England and Australia. Pakistan beat Australia by one run with two balls remaining to be played. So, this is the only World Cup win until 1999 when Pakistan finished second after losing to Australia in the final.
After the 1992 World Cup win, things didn't go well for Pakistan. The team failed to qualify for the next two events (1996 and 2000) and also lost their last three matches during the 1999 World Cup.
India has never competed in the FIFA World Cup, however they did qualify by default for the 1950 World Cup after all of the other nations in their qualification group withdrew. India was given a walkover by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
They also played in the 1986 World Cup but were defeated by Iran in the first round of the tournament. The match ended 1-0 with Iran scoring the only goal in the 52nd minute. Goal scorers were Iranian Sadri Farid and Indian goalkeeper Sunil Chhetri. This is the only meeting between these two countries at the international level.
After this defeat, India failed to qualify for any further tournaments. But now they are ready to make its debut at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They will take on South Korea on 16 June 2017 in a pre-tournament match. The match will be held at the Moscow Stadium in Moscow and it will be aired live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 2.
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