French Ligue 1 Champions, UEFA Champions League quarter finalists, PSG are planning to launch PSG Football Academy in India to enhance their reputation in Asia.
PSG Football academy in India will be based in the NCR region, New Delhi. Paris Saint Germains are home to some of the leading world footballers in the form of Zwedish Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Brazil Captain Thiago Silva. French Ligue 1 falls behind leading leagues like English Premier League and Spanish La Liga by some margin, and PSG’s entry into Indian Football market is a step to close the gap. PSG boasts of a star studded line-up and by the conclusion of 2014 FIFA World Cup, their reach is expected to expand further thanks to their top players who are participating in the marquee event.
Indian Football market has become a target of European clubs due to its massive population and huge potential. AIFF is also planning big by hosting FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017 followed by Club World Cup and other events. Premier League side Liverpool has recently entered the Indian Football market with their academy and the entry of PSG will be a further boost to the Football aspirants in the subcontinent.
PSG has similar setup’s in Brazil, Qatar, Morocco and Indonesia. PSG Football Academy in India will be their fifth such investment to expand their global fan base and reach. 1998 World Champion and PSG coach Laurent Blanc welcomed the new initiative in a teleconference with the Press Trust of India.
“Well, the goal of the academy is to get the people to know French football and try to develop youth football in India,”
“But the academy more strongly has a social objective to allow the young players of India and may be, the kid in need to know social success through football and we are pretty sure that academy will bring such a thing forward.”
“India is a great country, great population, very strong youth population. So sports has to be present. Football is the most popular sports in the world. Therefore, I’m not really surprised that India decides to open up to football and that’s why I’m really happy at the launch of PSG academy in India.”
“I think it’s a good thing for French football to open up to India and gain some interest in India and most importantly it’s a very good thing for the youth of the country.”
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