Arsene Wenger, the French football expert who led Arsenal for 22 years and played a pivotal role in the development of football in England, is now working for FIFA and specializing in the global development of football. As part of his new role, he will be focusing on India and its potential for growth in the sport.
During a recent meeting with the president of the Indian football association, Kalyan Chaubey, Wenger expressed his fascination with India and his goal to improve football in the world. He noted that with 1.4 billion inhabitants, it is impossible that there is not a country like India on the world football map. He believes that India has great strengths and characteristics that make him optimistic about what can be done there.
Wenger stated that he was excited about this opportunity and that his team was motivated to help the growth of football in India. He emphasized that there is immense potential here in India if only they do well, as it could become a gold mine waiting to be discovered. He believes that Igor Štimac, who has been coaching India since 2019 while also leading their U23 national team, will also play a key role in this project.
So far, Štimac has sat on the bench for 46 games with India and has won 19 times, drawn 13 times and lost 14 games with their U23 national team. This experience will undoubtedly be valuable as he continues to work towards improving football in India under Wenger’s guidance.