I happened to be back in Goa this past weekend and was fortunate to have the opportunity to witness representatives of Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim put on a clinic for boys from the Salgaocar FC youth academy.
The event took place at Salgaocar FC’s home ground, Tilak Maidan, on a seasonably hot and humid summer morning. Although it was clear that the Germans were exhausted from the heat and the hectic travel schedule which saw them in Delhi, Mizoram, Kolkata and Goa over the span of a week, it was still nice to see the Goan boys being trained by a group of players and coaches who recently got the best of global giants FC Bayern Munich in a Bundesliga match.
Overall it was a good event, however I would have liked to see more public interest and interaction between the TSG players and the Academy boys. Regardless, I left happy with the fact that I got to experience a program organized by a club which is not relatively known in the country but still was able to contribute to and receive value from being here.
I know that the time for Major League Soccer clubs to make their way to India is right around the corner…