Indiais a “passionate giant “ of football, says FIFA President Gianni Infantino. The FIFA President who is on his first visit to India asked All India Football Federation ( AIFF) to make sure that there is a steady growth of the sport in the country.
“India has always been mentioned as the ‘Sleeping Giant’. But from what I have seen here I am sure that India is now the passionate giant of Football,” Infantino said at a media interaction on Tuesday.
Football is already one of the top sports of India and it is the number one sport for the Indian youth. We aim to make it the number one sport in India for everybody. FIFA together with AIFF has to develop Football in India and we need to make sure that there is a steady growth of Football in IndiaFIFA President
Healso said that India is the world champion of passion and the work done by AIFF is impressive.
“It is not a coincidence that Football is developing in India and the passion is growing year after year. Results won’t be immediate but it will follow in coming years. India is a passionate giant because I have been seeing the graph of development. The Mission Eleven Million which the AIFF is working on to indulge the youth is commendable. The passion of the people, of the fans, of the Players, of the youth and the people associated with Football is heart-warming and makes the future bright,” he added.
Indiawill host the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017. “The FIFA U-17 World Cup is a new chapter in the history of Indian Football and we need to make sure that it is one of the best FIFA Tournaments ever held in the World,” AIFF President Praful Patel said.
“The passion for Football has the ability to take us forward from the U-17 World Cup and we need to capitalize on that,” he said.
“Ilike the Indian Football Federation being called the All India Football Federation. It has the feeling of the magnitude of India and embracing everyone. India is a Continent which is developing and Football will become the No. 1 sport in the Country,” Patel added.