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Ljunberg optimistic of success

Ljungberg: 'I hope we can win the ISL'

Ljunberg optimistic of success


The 37 year-old revealed his fitness regime and explained how he plans to adapt to his upcoming stint in the sub-continent

Freddie Ljungberg cannot contain his excitement of playing in the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) edition to be held later this year.

Ljungberg, soon to a marquee signing at the upcoming ISL international players’ draft, has said that besides all else he wants to help promote the game of football in India.

On being asked as to what convinced him finally to play in the ISL, the former Arsenal star expounded, “For me there wasn't one key element but a lot of different factors. Of course (there was) the opportunity to see your beautiful country, but mainly to help promote the game,” to The Times of India.

“I myself have never been but I have both family and friends that have been to India and love it so I can't wait,” replied the Swede when asked if this was his first trip to India and how he plans to look forward to it.

Quizzed about his fitness regime for the upcoming tourney, the 37 year-old replied, “I started to do mixed martial arts a few years ago and I do that roughly four times a week and of course I still love playing football."

Ljungberg is optimistic of success in the ISL considering the impact he had with the Seattle Sounders in the Major League Soccer (MLS), of the US, where they won the title in the first year of inception itself.

“We broke the record over there to be the first team in history to win the cup, the first year as a new franchise, which was amazing. Of course I hope we can win in India as well,” he concluded.