While our Btown celebs have already showed their affinity to football by forming the All Stars Football Cub that organizes three matches every year, they also happen to have some serious plans to raise the realm of Indian footy to the global level. Hear them say:-
Shilpa Shetty:- â€œRaj is a Britisher and soccer is his first love. He understands the game well. So, we thought a football league at the national level would introduce professionalism into the sportâ€
Shahrukh Khan: - â€œI will take the initiativeâ€¦We are the only nation of such a size without a good football team. I would love to do it (promote football), in whatever capacity possible,
Abhishek Bachchan: - â€œI would like to do whatever I can to popularize this sport. My dream would be to see Indian team in the World Cup finals. I think we have the talent but we need to get the right infrastructure and support. I think the youth of India is currently tilting more towards football than cricket. Why not set a goal that by 2020 we would be a competitive football nation?â€
Dino Morea: - â€œI want to give soccer that push to make it more popular. I am not looking at any compensation or endorsement for it. I want to offer my services to any organization that has the potential to push football in our country. I hope that by the next FIFA World Cup, I'll be asked the following question instead: 'How do we make India a FIFA World Champion?' You can bet I'll have a ready answer for that as wellâ€
While Jr Bachchan seems to be a diehard Chelsea fan, SRK is a Manchester United supporter with Aditya Roy Kapoor joining in, as for Aamir, John and Ranbir it has always been Barcelona, to the extent that Ranbir's even the brand ambassador of the Catalan club in India! However, the Dabangg Khan who's always had a diverse taste digs Arsenal and Hrithik chooses to admire and follow Real Madrid.
Out of all the big speeches on upgrading the momentum of Indian football, John seems to be the only one practicing his preaching. The hunk recently launched the Guwahati franchise of Indian Super League named as North East United Football club in partnership with I-League. He stated "I am a firm believer in the footballing talent that exists in the North East and proud to be associated with owning a football club from the region. Our objective is to harness the talent and combine the footballing potential of the region into one team that we hope shall become an engine and platform that will power Indian football forward in the future."
Let's hope that the endeavors of our macho huskies yield ripe fruits.