Every one of you must have heard of the Bundesliga club RB Leipzig after they put up a strong performance in the Champions League last season and reached the semi-finals for the very first time in history.
RB Leipzig has been one of the rising forces in German football in recent times after their formation in 2009. The club worked its way up the league structure and within a period of 7 years, secured promotion to the Bundesliga, top-tier of German football, by 2016.
Now, Indian Super League club FC Goa has officially announced a three-year strategic partnership with RB Leipzig. This will help garner opportunities both in the football and business spheres for the two clubs.
In this initial three-years of strategic partnership, RB Leipzig’s academy coaches will come to Goa to conduct workshops. FC Goa will, in turn, send their coaches and players to Leipzig’s academy in order to learn from them.
FC Goa President & co-owner, Akshay Tandon, said, “I am delighted to have RB Leipzig as our partners. They have shown the world of football how to build from the ground up and that’s something we resonate with. It is our first international partnership and in RB Leipzig, we have the perfect partner.
“Partnerships such as these validate our long-term vision that we have at the Club. Our goal is to develop Indian footballers for the world stage and this partnership helps us create a visible pathway for all young aspiring footballers in India. We have a long way to go, but these steps help build a strong foundation for the future. This is a partnership that gives me even more belief in the direction we are headed. “
Speaking on the partnership RB Leipzig CEO, Oliver Mintzlaff said, “We look forward to our partnership with FC Goa. The club, with its young, modern and innovative approach suits us perfectly. We want to break new ground with RB Leipzig and now we look to take our first steps internationally.
“The discussions with those responsible at FC Goa were very open, convincing and effective from the start. The emerging Indian market is therefore an absolutely suitable starting point for our future endeavours. And last but not least, such a partnership offers the opportunity to present the Bundesliga in the best possible way and to act as an ambassador.”
According to Marcus Mergulhao, RB Leipzig will also visit India with their senior team in the recent future. The current situation of the pandemic is causing problems for now but they will definitely come to India.
This is an exciting time for Indian football as many European clubs are partnering with ISL clubs which will eventually help in the growth of Indian football.
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