French expert Arsene Wenger, who led Arsenal for 22 years and wrote the history of English football, is now working for FIFA and specializing in the development of football around the world. His focus is on India and improving football in that country. Wenger recently met with the president of the Indian football association, Kalyan Chaubey.
“India has always fascinated me,” said Wenger. “My goal is to improve football in the world, and it’s impossible that there isn’t a country like India on the world football map, which has 1.4 billion inhabitants. I believe you have great strengths and fantastic characteristics that make me optimistic about what can be done here.”
Wenger expressed his excitement about having this opportunity to work with India and help grow its football program. He believes that there is a lot of potential in Indian soccer if only it is fully explored and exploited. “I want to convince people that there is a gold mine here, but it’s not been discovered yet,” he said.
Igor Štimac, who coaches the Indian national team, will also play a role in this project according to Wenger. The bronze “fiery” has been on the bench for India since 2019 and also leads the U23 national team. In 46 games so far, he has won 19 times, drawn 13 times, and lost 14 games.
Wenger believes that with his expertise and guidance from FIFA, they can take Indian soccer to new heights. He wants to make sure everyone involved understands how important this opportunity is for both India and the rest of the world.