The Dutch legend spoke on a bit on what his compatriots need to do given that they have been assigned the job to develop Indian football from scratch…
Ruud Gullit, who is in Kolkata on a two day visit, stated that in order for India to be recognized in the sphere of football, there is a dire need to focus on improving the game at the youth level.
With Wim Koevermans, who was Gullit’s team-mate in the Netherlands squad which won the 1988 European Championship, being appointed as the head coach of the Indian national team not long ago and Rob Baan, another Dutchman, having the task of coming up with a master plan to develop the beautiful game in the country, the former European Footballer of the Year believes that under the tutelage of his countrymen, India can make definite improvements saying, “If you ain't Dutch, it ain't much.”
“I think Indian football is in good hands. The most important for these coaches is to develop youth football because that is where it all starts. It's important to have training facilities, the pitches.
"Every club there has an amateur team and each team has about three or four pitches. For this reason, every kid has got the opportunity to play in the pitches," Gullit told the media.
“So you have to first think of building pitches, the artificial ones because of the weather."
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