Follow the Japan Model for Growth of Football in India, Says Zico

Brazilian legend Zico made it clear that he is not in India to be a "mere passenger" but to help football rise to greater height in the country.

updated: September 16, 2014 20:30 IST
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A file pic of Brazilian legend Zico (Extreme Left).


Panaji: Brazilian legend Zico, the most high-profile coach in the upcoming Indian Super League, wants the 'Japan model' to be followed by India in order to improve the standard of the game in a country of 1.4 billion people.

"If football needs to grow in India, one needs collective effort just like it happened in Japan," said Zico, who will be in charge of ISL franchise FC Goa.

"When I first went to Japan (1991), there was no professional set-up but the biggest advantage was the intent and collective effort by the Japanese people to raise the standard of their game in the country," said Zico, who had scored 48 international goals in 71 appearances for Brazil.

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