The India internationals are set to undergo trials in a bid to 'to help advance the level of the sport in India and further the Indo-Danish ties'
Subrata Paul and Gouramangi Moirangthem are to go on a sojourn to Denmark wherein they shall undergo a trial at FC Vestsjælland, a club plying its trade in the Danish Superliga.
Paul and Moirangthem are contracted with IMG-Reliance, the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) commercial and marketing partners, for their proposed two and a half month league which is expected to kick-off in January next year.
The opportunity for the two India internationals has been facilitated by Anglian Holdings, and Red Bull. Should they win over the technical staff at the club with their skills, it would be for the first time that Indian footballers would have a chance of playing at a top division in Europe after Mohamed Salim had done it way back in the pre-Independence era when he played for Celtic.
In 2010, Gouramangi had earlier undergone a trial iwith Australia's Melbourne Hearts FC while Paul had with Vancouver Whitecaps of Canada. However neither of the two could impress to secure a contract.
Subrata Paul hopes to make India proud
Established in 2008, FC Vestsjælland, also known as FCV Vikings, is based in Slagelse and plays all of its home games at the Slagelse Stadium. As runners up of the 2012-13 season of the 1st Division, they won promotion in to the Superliga. For a club established only in 2008, it has been regarded a massive achievement. The players are set to travel to Denmark on September 18th and are expected to return on December 15th.
Dhruv Ratra, CEO Anglian Holdings looks forward to the association and says, “We are very honoured and excited to work with Red Bull and IMG towards the betterment of Indian football. We believe, based on our experiences with other players who have gone on trial to our club in Denmark, that not only will Subrata and Gouramangi be able to hold their own against some of the best players in Scandinavia, they will definitely open the eyes of coaches and fans there to how good Indian players are, and how with a little guidance and nurturing more Indian footballers can start plying their trade across Denmark, Scandinavia and eventually Europe.”
On getting this opportunity Subrata Paul adds, “I am really excited to get this opportunity. After my experience at Red Bull Leipzig last year, this is a great second chance to further hone my skills. I hope to give my best and make the country proud”.
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