Gaur and The Red Bull: ISL's FC Goa Enter into 'Strategic Cooperation' with Bundesliga's RB Leipzig

FC Goa and RB Leipzig (Photo Credit: Twitter)

FC Goa and RB Leipzig (Photo Credit: Twitter)

FC Goa, of the Indian Super League, entered into a 'strategic cooperation' with RB Leipzig, who play in the German Bundesliga, for next three years.

Indian Super League side FC Goa announced a partnership with Bundesliga club RB Leipzig until June 30, 2023 on Thursday. FC Goa is the current champion of the Super Cup and have reached the ISL semi-finals thrice and finals twice in six seasons. FC Goa is also the first-ever club from India to qualify for the group stages of the AFC Champions League.

As part of the partnership, coaches from RB Leipzig's Academy will come to Goa to impart their knowledge via workshops and FC Goa will also be sending coaches and players from the club's youth set-up for training at the German club's youth academy. The two clubs will work in tandem not only to help each other grow internationally but also for the development of football in India.

FC Goa in statement said that the partnership "presents an opportunity to exchange ideas and make footballing knowledge more easily accessible. The primary focus of the partnership will be Youth Development."

"During this period of collaboration, coaches from RB Leipzig’s Academy will be welcomed to Goan shores to impart knowledge via workshops. FC Goa will also be sending coaches and players from the club’s youth set-up for further training and learning the intricacies of the game at RB Leipzig’s Youth Academy," the statement added.

"The Gaurs and The Red Bulls will work in tandem not only to help each other to grow internationally, but also for the development of football in India. The partnership will see both clubs launch a nationwide Soccer Camp programme. The FC Goa National Soccer Camps, both online and offline, supported by RB Leipzig will make superior footballing skills & knowledge accessible to all football enthusiasts across India."

"I am delighted to have RB Leipzig as our partners. They have shown the world of football how to build from the ground up and that’s something we resonate with. It is our first international partnership and in RB Leipzig, we have the perfect partner," Akshay Tandon president and co-owner of FC Goa, said.

"Partnerships such as these validate our long-term vision that we have at the Club. Our goal is to develop Indian footballers for the world stage and this partnership helps us create a visible pathway for all young aspiring footballers in India. We have a long way to go, but these steps help build a strong foundation for the future. This is a partnership that gives me even more belief in the direction we are headed, he added."

"We look forward to our partnership with FC Goa. The club, with its young, modern and innovative approach suits us perfectly. We want to break new ground with RB Leipzig and now we look to take our first steps internationally," said Oliver Mintzlaff, CEO of RB Leipzig.

"The discussions with those responsible at FC Goa were very open, convincing and effective from the start. The emerging Indian market is therefore an absolutely suitable starting point for our future endeavours. And last but not least, such a partnership offers the opportunity to present the Bundesliga in the best possible way and to act as an ambassador," he added.

Partnership in Indian Football

ATK (now known as ATK Mohun Bagan), which was known as Atletico Madrid had La Liga giants Atletico Madrid as one of their owners in the initial seasons but that too came to an end with the Spanish team choosing to reenter the Indian football scene with Jamshedpur FC.

Dutch side Feyenoord had teamed up with Delhi Dynamos, which is now moved to Bhubaneshwar and plays under the name Odisha FC. The partnership lasted just the inaugural season.

Currently, Bengaluru FC have partnership with Scottish side Rangers FC and I-League club Chennai City FC have a similar deal with FC Basel of Switzerland.

Mumbai City FC was brought into the City Football Group, which also owns Manchester City, Melbourne City FC and New York City FC, among other teams, with a controlling stake ownership.

Hyderabad FC had also recently announced a two-year club partnership with German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.

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