Two Bundesliga clubs in talks with ISL clubs: Bundesliga CEO.
by Shubham Sharma
New Delhi: In what turns out to be an exciting news for Indian football fans, two Bundesliga have been confirmed to be in talks with Indian Super League (ISL) clubs for a possible take over of the clubs as owners.
The news was revealed by none other than Bundesliga International CEO Robert Klein. Speaking at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry's (FICCI) convention of business in football in India, the FICCI-Goal India 2019, Klein took the opportunity to reveal the news in his keynote address.
"I can tell that there are two Bundesliga clubs currently in negotiations with Indian Super League (ISL) clubs although I cannot reveal their names. I think calling India a sleeping giant is a mistake. The giant has woken," the German stated.
He further stated that the German elite top tier is only set to enter Indian market with a long-term vision unlike the other leagues. "Some of the previous European clubs coming into India had a short-term vision. That is not how we (Bundesliga) like to operate. For us, it's about the long-term vision and sustainability."
When asked about cricket being the number one sport in the nation, Klein did not shrug off from claiming that football has the potential to grow citing the examples of the popularity in pockets of regions of the country.
"Yes, cricket is the major big brother in India but I can say that many people who are fans of cricket are also sports fans. That is, some of them are also football fans. If you see in India, there are three-four major footballing regions or hubs like NorthEast, Kerala and Goa. You can say these regions contain 10 per cent of India’s population which would be around 130 million. Even that number is greater than what is present in any European country so the potential is huge."
"You can move forward in a way in which both sports (Cricket and football) can co-exist together by not cannibalizing each other's space with regards to the scheduling," he added.
One of our sources has confirmed that one of these clubs in negotiation is Borussia Dortmund. The club is eager to buy stakes in India and has been looking forward to join hands with a club having same modus operandi as theirs.