U17 World Cup: India coach Luis Norton de Matos planning to write a book on his Indian experience

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India U17 World Cup team coach is imbibing his India experience to its fullest and is hoping to pen them down...

India U17 World Cup team coach Luis Norton de Matos is quite the multi-faceted personality. But not many people know that the Portuguese tactician, apart from his footballing knowledge, is quite a writer and has even penned down a novel. 

In fact, he has worked in the past as a journalist and like most things in his life, his novel is also connected to the beautiful game. But he does not just write about football. In fact, the coach likes to pen down articles on various topics.

The 63-year-old spoke revealingly about his book in an exclusive chat with Goal. "It's a novel on romance. When you write something, you put some of you in the book in different characters. It's about the romance of a man in football who is like a dictator," he said before adding, "All my life I wrote a lot of articles.

"When I was a professional player in around 1978, I wrote about what happened in Belgium because I cannot reduce my life to talk about football."

As he gets his charges, who are carrying the hopes of an expectant nation into the FIFA U17 World Cup, working rigorously through their drills and training routines, Norton de Matos has also been planning to write something on his experience in India. 

"Now that I'm in India, I want to express the experience I have here with the different religions and traditions," he stated. 

Luis Norton Matos Head Coach Indian U-17 World Cup Squad

The coach might as well, because he has embraced the country and its diverse culture with an open heart. He has been seen visiting iconic places like the Qutub Minar in Delhi, Shivoham Shiva temple in Bengaluru which has a 60-feet high Shiva statue among others when he gets some free time.

His interest in the country was piqued by reading a book named 'Siddhartha' written by Nobel winning German author Herman Hesse. The book, released in 1922, deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha and has described India in detail.

"There are books that I was reading before coming to India. I was in Portugal and a couple of friends gave me some books. I didn't read it for one or two months," he admitted. 

"One day I took the book and read it in about two days. I was very touched by the information in the book. One month later I received the invitation to come to India. The name of the book is 'Siddhartha'. When I came to India it felt the same as it was written in the book."

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The former Benfica youth coach was also given a visual taste of India on his way to the country where he happened to watch the Dev Patel-starrer 'Lion' which talks about a boy who loses his family on a train in India. 

"I was also very touched by the movie 'Lion' that I watched in the flight - the story of a boy lost in a train - a very nice movie on India," he said. 

To his credit, Luis Norton de Matos has accepted India for exactly what it is - an amalgamation of diverse cultures and traditions - and is making the most of his time in the country. Hopefully, after the World Cup, his charges give him some sweet memories to add in his memoirs. 

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