Parth Jindal: our main objective to produce more players from the youth academy
Parth Jindal the director and owner of Bengaluru FC has achieved something with his club none of the Indian clubs has been matched to that level. Under his time Bengaluru FC (BFC) has won Indian Super League once, I-League twice and Hero Super Cup once. They also played Final of the AFC Cup in 2016.
In an interview with an Indian sports journalist, Anant Tyagi Parth Jindal shared his short term and long term goal of the club.
Parth Jindal says he’s a very passionate football fan that’s why he started BFC
“A lot of people ask me why we started Bengaluru FC and why JSW invested money into Indian football. The answer is when we studied sport and JSW is in multiple sports. We support Olympic sports, we have the high-performance Olympic training center, which supports boxing, wrestling, judo, and track and field. We have investments in kabaddi and cricket as well. So, people ask me, ‘why did you choose football?’ But I have been a very passionate football fan”, Parth Jindal told in an Instagram live with Anant Tyagi.
Parth Jindal says their main objective to produce more players from the youth academy
“I’ve been an Arsenal fan ever since I was a child and studied a lot about what’s the best way to make an impact on Indian football and realized that the best way to do it was through a club. That’s how the idea of starting Bengaluru FC actually came about. We were very clear that the number one aim and objective of Bengaluru is to produce players from our youth academy who will graduate into our B-team, who will then graduate to the Bengaluru squad and hopefully we are so good that the Indian team manager looks at our squad and picks our players for the national team. We have been very fortunate since a lot of the national team players in the last seven years are from the Bengaluru squad.”
Parth Jindal says he will not rest until India qualify for FIFA World Cup
“Whether it’s Nishu Kumar, Udanta Singh, or now Ashique Kuruniyan. Whether it’s Sandesh Jhingan, Rahul Bheke, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Thoi Singh, Amrinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, the list is very long. Our aim has always been that we have to create the next player. Now I am very excited about Suresh (Singh Wangjam), I think he will get a national team call-up anytime. There are eight players from the B-team that Carles Cuadrat has taken into the senior squad for the 2020-21 season. So, we really pride ourselves with our youth academy and getting this recognition is massive and incredible. We are very proud but it’s just one part of our journey and this is a long journey because I will not rest until India qualify for the FIFA World Cup. That’s the goal and that’s the dream.”
Parth Jindal says he wants more Indian players to get exposure abroad
“We want to continue developing our own players. My first goal is to successfully sell or loan an Indian player to a foreign league. And hopefully, get them to be successful there. Gurpreet went to Norway but I want more and more Indian players to get exposure abroad because that’s how I truly believe that the quality of Indian football will improve. If you talk to Sunil or Gurpreet, they talk so highly of their stints at Kansas City or Stabæk or Sporting Lisbon,” Parth Jindal concluded.