Sudeva acquires Spanish Club
Sudeva Football Club has acquired the C.D. Olimpic de Xativa Club to expand its operations to Europe.
The Xativa Club, based in Valencia, has teams in various groups and can now offer Indian players a platform to showcase their talent in the Spanish league.
Sudeva, formed by Anuj Gupta and Vijay Hakari, is an academy that runs grassroot programmes and has teams in all I-League categories.
The academy chairman Gupta said here on Friday, “Indian football has, for long, needed a robust channel that gives young talent international exposure. By acquiring a club that has a first team, a reserve team, three U-19, two U-16 and multiple U-15 teams, Sudeva can now offer Indian players an established platform and gateway to Spanish football that will take them far beyond the current horizon of summer camps in Europe.”
In 2016, Sudeva had acquired the Moonlight Club, a Delhi-based senior division team, and boasts of a residential academy in the Capital where 40 footballers are provided full boarding and lodging, training and education, free of cost.
The academy will also make efforts to teach Spanish to its students to be comfortable when they travel to turn out for Xativa.
According to Gupta, the academy’s plans will ensure that a minimum of 35-40 matches are played by each player, irrespective of which team he represents, in the course of a single season.
“Not only is this a great platform for players, but, it also allows for an exchange of knowledge, skills and practice at the coaching level. Indian and Spanish coaches, as well as other international talent, will find plenty of opportunity to work together in a professional, structured environment through workshops, training camps and the full season.”
The acquisition, the Sudeva academy chairman claimed, was, “not just a step towards making Sudeva an international club but a step towards building a road map for Indian football to fully integrate with our sport at a global level.
“Talent in India is ripe and ready for a platform through which they can get exposure to play in world-class clubs and teams across all age categories — whether grassroots, youth or professional level.”