When Sunil Chhetri and co. take the field against Macau on Tuesday to play an AFC Asian Cup qualifier, it will be the first time the senior teams of the two countries will lock horns in a competitive fixture.
Macau, an East Asian country, which is famous for its mega casinos, however, hold a special place in the history of Indian football, as the India U-16 team's biggest ever victory had come against them way back in 1984.
It was the first edition of Asian U16 football tournament, which also acted as the qualifier for U16 World Cup 1985 - a competition that was made U17 from 1991- with Saudi Arabia and Qatar qualifying from Asia. India, coached by Syed Nayeemuddin were grouped in Group 2A along with China, Kuwait, North Yemen and Macau.
The Blue Colts lost the first two matches and drew the third against North Yemen to bow out of the competition but salvaged some pride by thumping in 13 goals against a hapless Macau, who had conceded 48 goals in their first three matches (16 against North Yemen, 11 against China, 21 against Kuwait).
However, not many of members of that team could make it to the mainstream of Indian football.
Abhijit Roychowdhury, the prolific center-forward of the team, who had scored a hat-trick that day, played for a number of small clubs in Kolkata before getting arrested in 2002 for a murder case, where his alleged association with the city's shady underworld came under the police scanner.
Central midfielder Shanta Kumar, though, is a known face having coached Gangtok Himalayan SC and Sudeva Moonlight FC in the second division I-League in the last couple of seasons while Assamese Francis Barua went on to play for the likes of Salgaocar, Mahindra United and Mohammedan Sporting.
PP Thobias, who was the captain of the side, was a pivotal part of the Santos club in Kerala which was very popular before the emergence of FC Kochin.
The U17 national team has played a number of top-notch sides over the last couple of years and there is not much doubt about this being one of the best youth sides ever produced by India, but for the moment, their predecessor's record stands tall.
Bangkok, Aug 28, 1984:
India 13-0 Macau : Avijit Roy Chowdhury (3', 61', 70'), Das Shyama Kumar (6', 58', 75'), Ahmed Khan (36', 37'), Harry Devassagayam (14'), Prabir Barua (32'), Khadem Ningthemoth (33'), Shanta Kumar (66') and P. Thobias (79').