Indian Football

India Football: Iconic Argentina club to help set up world-class football academy in Kozhikode

Arjun Singh Devgan
India is a growing country in terms of football
India is a growing country in terms of football /

Iconic Argentina club, Argentinos Juniors are set to make a foray into India as they reportedly will enter into a partnership with Malabar Sports and Recreation Foundation (MSRF) to ensure that the city of Kozhikode gets a world class academy of their own.

Argentinos Juniors, who have produced legends like Diego Maradona and Juan Román Riquelme through their partnership with MSRF aim to mould a generation of well-trained, goaloriented young players in the 10-18 year age group - with the academy set to be launched in September this year.

“The goal of the venture is to train players at the grassroots level and play in the 2031 under- 20 World Cup and 2034 World Cup and hone their minds with quality-based methodology," former Ambassador of India to Guatemala and MSRF MD and CEO, Sajeev Babu Kurup said as quoted by New Indian Express.

A two-year contract between Argentinos Juniors and MSRF will be signed on May 10 in Kozhikode, with two consultant coaches expected to facilitate the coaching and training of young talents as well as local coaches.

As many as 125 players are expected to be trained in the first phase, with the likes of former India International goalkeeper Victor Manjila, Argentinos Juniors vice- president Javier Pederzoli, board member Kevin Libsfraint and Sajeev Babu Kurup expected to be present at the event where the contract signing will take place.