White men can't jump and South Asians can't play football
South Asians playing professional league football. Nah! You must be joking. Its cricket and software engineering for these lads. True, its been a dismal showing so far but things might be perking up a bit.
Michael Chopra - Newcastle Utd striker
For starts, we have Michael Chopra, the Newcastle striker who has an English mother and an Indian dad.
Zesh Rehman- Fulham midfielder
And then there is Zesh Rehman, Fulham midfielder with Pakistani roots. In an interesting twist, Zesh who is English decided to play for Pakistan in their international matches. This because his chances of making the English squad were pretty dim.
These are the only two South Asians playing Premiership League soccer but there are more in the first and second division clubs. Last year, ASPA and Sporting Bengal became the first Asian clubs to play in the FA cup.
For more on the South Asian state of affairs in soccer
A comprehensive report on Asians in football (pdf file)