Prime Minister Narendra Modi requests Germany to help Indian football | Image: Twitter
Internet Desk: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks Germany to help football in India. He heaped praise for the European superpower today and wanted their co-operation at Berlin. This year is extremely crucial for India in football as the nation has the first big opportunity to showcase itself at the global stage, as the country hosts the FIFA U17 World Cup in October.
Modi praised Germanys investment in its youth and promoting a sporting culture in the country, pointing out that its football league Bundesliga has a huge following in India.
Modi said India wants to enhance cooperation with Germany to replicate the success achieved by the key European nation.
“Very few people would know that Bundesliga has a widespread following in India,” he said in his speech after India and Germany signed 12 MoUs and agreements covering diverse sectors, including youth development and vocational training.
Germanys Bundesliga is one of the top association football leagues in Europe, and the football league with the highest average stadium attendance worldwide.
Germany over the years has made immense investment in its youth system, producing some of the worlds best football players. The countrys focus on promoting a sporting culture has made the German national side one of the most successful teams at international footballing competitions.
They have won a total of four World Cups – in 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014 – and three European Championships – in 1972, 1980, 1996.
This year, the FIFA U-17 World Cup is scheduled in India in October and the final will be played in Kolkata. As hosts, India will feature in the 24-team event, which will be the first time an Indian team will participate in a FIFA tournament.