Boca to bring South American football style in Mumbai

From March 16, the BJFSI will offer training at the ‘The Sports Gurukul academy’ at Wadala, The Sports Gurukul – Tiger Play at Andheri (West) and at R- City Mall, Ghatkopar.

The Boca Juniors academy trainees will get a chance to take part in international tournaments like Singa Cup and Dubai Cup.   -  Getty Images

The Mumbai chapter of the Boca Juniors Football School India (BJFSI) was inaugurated here on Friday to introduce the South American style of football. Antonio Lopez, UEFA A Pro License holder, has been named Head Coach. From March 16, the BJFSI will offer training at the ‘The Sports Gurukul academy’ at Wadala, The Sports Gurukul – Tiger Play at Andheri (West) and at R- City Mall, Ghatkopar. More centres will be identified in the coming months.

The Boca Juniors programme was unveiled by Petros Sideris, the Director of Boca Juniors Football Schools Technical. “We are in the third year of operations in Bangalore and are extremely impressed with the potential we have seen so far. There is so much talent in India with limitless potential that we would like to tap them early. We want to create a unique experience for all the youngsters in and around Mumbai,” he said.

He also said that Antonio (Lopez) is an experienced professional coach and that he will be a great asset. “He is an expert at identifying and developing young talent. It is this special ability that BJFSI will be employing to unearth the young talents in Mumbai and develop them following Boca Juniors training methodology and framework.”

The BJFSI academy trainees will get a chance to take part in international tournaments like Singa Cup and Dubai Cup and also All India Football Federation (AIFF) Under-15 Youth League.

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