European football giants Borussia Dortmund and Indian Super League club Hyderabad FC have announced a multi-year partnership. With this agreement, HFC will become the official club partner of Borussia Dortmund in India.
The historic partnership between the German club and the Hyderabad-based club is a two-year deal with an option to extend it till 2025. Dortmund are expected to help Hyderabad FC in technical aspects, coaching and youth development.
The deal between the two clubs is a very promising sign for the future of Indian football as Hyderabad FC, a club with the experience of playing only a solitary season of the Indian Super League, has partnered with Borussia Dortmund, a club that has won eight Bundesliga titles and has also lifted a UEFA Champions League title.
While the official announcement of the partnership between Hyderabad FC and Borussia Dortmund has been made via Twitter, the grand launch of the partnership will take place amidst Borussia Dortmund's Virtual Asia Tour set to commence on 20th August.
“This is the first such cooperation for Hyderabad FC and the fourth one for Borussia Dortmund with its currently ongoing club partnerships with Thai Premier League Club Buriram United, Australia’s NPL Club Marconi FC and Iwate Grulla Morioka in Japan” a Hyderabad FC release stated.
Hyderabad FC and Borussia Dortmund will be following in the footsteps of East Bengal
It all started with Indian football giants East Bengal tying up with Premier League side Leicester City in the 2002-03 season. It was followed up by a deal between JCT and then English Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Since then, Sheffield United has tied up with the TATA football academy while 6-time European Cup winners Liverpool FC forged a partnership with Pune-based DSK Shivajians.
Atletico Madrid were the first to invest in an ISL club as they tied up with the Kolkata-based ATK but they withdrew from that and now are in a tie-up with Jamshedpur FC.
Chennai City FC also attracted some heavy investment from FC Basel while Kerala Blasters FC have tied up with Premier League heavyweights Manchester City.Published 16 Aug 2020, 23:28 IST