Saturday, May 21, 2016

Watching the Europa Semi-Final & Final…Live!!!

DSK Shivajians FC President, Shirish Kulkarni and I had the opportunity to travel to Liverpool in early May to watch Liverpool FC dominate Villarreal to win the Europa semi-final at Anfield and then travel back to Europe last week to watch Sevilla beat Liverpool FC in the Europa Cup final at St. Jackob’s Park in Basel, Switzerland.

While we were in Liverpool, in addition to the match, we had the opportunity to visit the LFC Academy in Kirkby and learn about how the Academy coaches approach sports science and establishing a player pathway.  We also watched the first team train at Melwood and interacted with a few of the players as well.  The whole intention of these tours and interactions was to begin exploring ways in which we can bring and integrate the LFC blueprint into our project in Pune.  Fortunately our LIFA-DSK Academy Director, Dave Rogers, was also able to join us on the trip. 

While in Basel, we attended a Social Responsibility lunch hosted by UEFA and were able to spend quality time with Street Football World Founder Johannes Axster and other key influencers in the world of social impact through football. 

The majestic view from my hotel room just outside Basel

Both trips were truly incredible from a professional standpoint and also as someone who just loves travelling to watch football and experiencing the deep passion supporters have for their club.   

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