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FIFA’s head of global football development Arsène Wenger is expected to visit India from November 19 to 23, AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey said. The former Arsenal manager had met Chaubey and AIFF general secretary Shaji Prabhakaran in August in Australia and discussed setting up a central academy in the country. On his X account (formerly Twitter), Chaubey thanked FIFA President Gianni Infantino for his keen interest in Indian football and confirmed the dates of Wenger’s visit to India.
“Many thanks to FIFA President Gianni Infantino for his keen interest in #IndianFootball. Via his office, we now have confirmation of Arsène Wenger’s visit to India from November 19-23. I would like to bring the “ISL, ILeague club owners and football NGOs. for a spl session organized by @IndianFootball,” he wrote.
Earlier, Wenger had expressed his desire and inspiration to work alongside the AIFF on a talent development project and hoped to bring joy to Indian children through football education.
“I would say India is a sporting country and I hope we can bring great joy to Indian children and have fun playing football,” he had told the AIFF.
“I am confident because I believe that success is linked to education. We want to provide an opportunity to educate young people to watch football in India.” Wenger also praised the AIFF, calling the organization very focused and motivated.
“The AIFF is very focused and motivated to help us achieve this. I think we will do a great job together.
“I met the president and the general secretary in Australia during the Women’s World Cup, and I must say that I was impressed by their motivation and their ability to organize what we want to do,” he said .
Wenger also felt that the population of over 1.4 billion would certainly provide India with a vast pool of talented footballers.
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