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FICCI GOAL 2013 Indian Football Convention

Goal.com, the official partners at the event held in Delhi, recaps the discussions held at FICCI's GOAL 2013 Indian football convention...

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'The IPL is our popular benchmark' - AIFF President Praful Patel

AIFF President Praful Patel stresses on the need to commercialise Indian football

Youth is the way to go for Indian Football development

'We need icons to promote football in India' - AIFF Technical Director Rob Baan

'We're not going for quantity' – AIFF’s Technical Director for Academies Scott O’Donell

'The I-League needs a players and team cap' - Leisure Sports Managing Director S S Dasgupta

'It is something we would prefer not to have' - AFC Technical Director Jim Selby on match fixing

'Many countries pay lip-service to youth football' - AFC Tecnical Director Jim Selby

'Government is committed to hosting the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India' - Indian Sports Secretary P.K. Deb

'Implementation of Sports Code not at the cost of AFC or FIFA norms' - AIFF President Praful Patel

'We have to adopt a new fitness training philosophy in India' - India's Technical Director Robert Baan

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FC Goa grand unveiling - LIVE!
The Goan franchise of the Indian Super League (ISL) unveil their marquee signing in Robert Pires at a grand event in Mumbai which will also grace the presence of Indian cricketer Virat Kohli. Follow the Live action and updates with Goal
14:26 IST
Look who all we have here in India now...as we conclude with the grand unveiling event, stay tuned to Goal for stories and reactions.
14:23 IST
Kohli on having Zico:

"It makes a big difference to the players. As a sports person you need to feed off someone with such experience. If the coach can make you feel confident and good about your ability, that's all you need at the end of the day."

Wouldn't we want to see Maradona too! ;)
14:21 IST
Consider what Kohli says:

"It's also a business venture for me for the future. Cricket isn't going to last forever. I'm keeping all my options open."
14:16 IST
Pires says something the Gunners would like to hear:

"I've retired for three years. So for me I'm here because it's a good opportunity. I was training with Arsenal because I have a good relationship there especially with [Arsene] Wenger. So it's been easy to come out of retirement."
14:13 IST
Zico and Pires are getting ready to take some questions from the media. Who wants to fire the first question?
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