FIFA President hitting India at right time

April 16th, 2007

FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter is on his first official tour to India to give indian public a hope who are disappointed with india’s performance in ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.  He began his tour going around Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting and watched Mohan bagan takes on East Bengal and passion of 70 thousand people in Salt Lake Stadium. He also got a taste of the huge fan following of these clubs as hundreds of soccer lovers almost mobbed him throughout his 75-minute trip in the Maidan.

I think it is right time for Football associations to hit hard on indian public to change the loyalty from one day cricket to 90 minutes football. As per the report of Indiatimes, the AIFF has announced the launch of its inaugural Professional League that will kick off in October apart from currently running National Football League. Football has a history in India and had a good time in 50’s, 60’s and 70’s but we have to prepare for a better future.

The response of Blatter looks very enthusiastic who also met President Kalam and endorses his “Vision 2020”

He said – “I had been to many countries but the enthusiasm I noticed among the boys and girls (on) the streets of Kolkata was very genuine. This is good for you, as well as for us. Its time for the sleeping giant to wake up. And it is waking up.”

He is right in saying that Football can’t exist alone It has to be made a part of social, cultural, economic and political atmosphere and necessary infrastructure like Stadium and Professional League should be created.

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