Indian Football set to soar new heights: Luiz Greco
By Pinkerala News Desk | Feb 05, 2019
Brazilian super trainer Luiz Greco said that Indian football is on the revival path and set to soar new heights drawing strength from a combination of factors including the increased presence of foreign players and coaches while Kerala has all the potential to emerge as a soccer powerhouse of the country. Greco, who is considered an unrivalled technical mastermind in world soccer, said India scaling up from the 173rd to the 97th slot in the FIFA ranking and the steadily growing popularity of the game in the country showed that its football is on an upswing. The brilliant schemer was speaking on the sidelines of the Coaches’ Training Programme, conducted at Kozhikode as part of the ‘Kickoff’ project of the Kerala government’s Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs. Greco was the Chief Instructor of the state-level camp, which concluded at Higher Secondary School, Farook. The Coaches’ Training Programme was organized as a special initiative of Hon’ble Minister for Industries, Sports and Youth Affairs Shri. E.P. Jayarajan. A total of 30 coaches, who attended the camp, will fan out to all districts across the state to spot and train budding talents. A grassroots football training programme, ‘Kickoff’ targets school children and imparts world class training to them. More camps for coaches have been planned in the coming days in different centres across the state. The participation of foreign players and trainers in national tournaments like Indian Super League (ISL) and I-League has imparted a new vigour to the Indian football, said Greco, who has nearly four decades of international experience as a coach and technical expert in soccer. Greco, who has trained top sides including the Brazilian Senior National Team, said that Kerala has the potential to emerge as the soccer powerhouse of the country. He pointed out that it is crucial to pay more attention to improve the physical fitness of the players. The three-day camp was organized by the Sports Education Promotion Trust (SEPT) on behalf of the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs. Mr. Sanjayan Kumar, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs, addressed the participants. Camp co-ordinator U.V. Baburaj, former FIFA referee C.Sethumadhavan, SEPT CEO Arun Nanu and camp-in-charge M.C. Manoj Kumar led the programme.
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