La Liga teams could feature in India soon

As part of its efforts to connect to the fans and spread its activities in India, Spanish professional football body La Liga is planning to hold some matches in the country soon.

La Liga country head Jose Antonio Cachaza stated that helping Indian clubs develop was not his primary goal, even though he hinted that Indian clubs could forge tie ups with Spanish clubs.   -  Special Arrangement

As part of its efforts to connect with the fans and spread its activities in India, Spanish professional football body La Liga is planning to hold some matches in the country soon.

According to La Liga country head Jose Antonio Cachaza, some matches could be held in India as they were in Australia.

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“La Liga has its La Liga World Challenge. Of course, India is clearly in our sights. Not just in Australia, but it is there in Malaysia, China, US, Mexico, Argentina – all over the place. Hopefully, soon we will be giving good news about bringing La Liga teams here,” Cachaza told Sportstar during his visit to the city on Monday.

Cachaza said La Liga wanted to co-exist with a robust national league. “Our philosophy is Indian football fans increase and the (National) league becomes number one. We want to be the second one. We want to be close to the Indian fans. If they are followers of Mohun Bagan or ATK, then we want them to have their second team as Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid. Cooperating with Indian football and looking for contact with fans and trying to bring the excitement of La Liga here (is what we want),” he said.

Cachaza also added that helping Indian clubs develop was not his primary goal, even though he hinted that Indian clubs could forge tie ups with Spanish clubs.

Reaching out to fans through digital platforms and public viewings are main focus areas of the La Liga. “We are here to reach out to our large following. We have been successful – in last one year we have reached from 800,000 to 2.5 million.”

Cachaza said La Liga would expand its activities beyond Delhi and Mumbai. “Kolkata is the capital of football in India. We have plans to bring some La Liga excitement to Kolkata in the future. We have done it Delhi and Mumbai and are starting to develop our contacts here,” he said.

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