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AIFF plans to buy out star players!

Posted in Football, India, soccer, sports by clash on March 9, 2009
clipped from www.telegraphindia.com

New Delhi: In what is an unprecedented move, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is set to embark on an ambitious plan to select 25 star players, who will be asked not to sign for any club in the next two seasons. The target is for them to play exclusively for the national team until the Doha Asia Cup in January 2011.

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This is not a surprise, indeed Bob-Houghton has been rooting for this for quite a while. Apart from being a wily coach, Bob knows the importance of excelling in International arenas, which will raise the profile of Indian Football.

He knows things might change for change for good, if the national team can earn a world cup berth or have good run in some Asian competition. It is a mighty “might”, still it is worth a try.

Then again, it is AIFF. The ever bleating clubs will be at it again, it will be a tantamount effort from AIFF, if at all this materialize. On one hand, it will be nice to have dedicated national team for football who doesn’t play club football but on the other, should’nt we think we are hampering the careers of young footballers without allowing them to play club football?

Everything has a leeway, if things are ought to be managed sensibly, after-all 2 seasons is the time span quoted and that is not bad. I am not brimming with optimism, as the lessons from history doesn’t allow me to do so. The amount of money involved in such an adventure is massive and it should be a fool proof idea, to pull it off. Will the incompetent AIFF turn the corners this time around?

Wait and Watch!

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  1. Akshay said, on March 9, 2009 at 7:09 am

    While this move may build a team with great understanding..I don’t see how the AIFF will fund it or the clubs allowing it. But frankly i think Houghton should be given a free hand

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  3. clash said, on March 9, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I believe it will turn out to be a worth while adventure, if AIFF can manage it well. I have no clue where will the funds come, with us already reeling under a crunch economic situation!

    Suggestions of 30 international friendlies are touted, will this materialize?

    I am too pessimistic about this, yet i would call it a worth while adventure, that is if AIFF could not goof up on this.

    And i would not want them to forget the Vision India project that is going on in various states. Signs are interesting, where the project is implemented. Recently the inter-schools in kerala threw up a new star called Akshay Joshi. The ten year old banged in 26 goals in mere 6 matches.

    What we need is a vision in nurturing these talents, though a sudden Houdini act to bring football in to the midst is all welcome, if it is fool proof.


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