Premier Futsal League: Ryan Giggs says Futsal will help Indian football like T20 helped Cricket
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is in India to participate in the inaugural edition of Premier Futsal, which also features Paul Scholes, Michel Salgado, Cafu, and Hernan Crespo. The former Manchester United assistant manager is the captain of Mumbai 5s, and played a key role to help his team qualify for the semi-finals.
Giggs was speaking to the media ahead of his team’s semi-final match against Kolkata 5s where he was asked why he was tempted to come to India, and decided to take up Futsal.
He said: ”There are a number of reasons for me to come to India. First of all, I’ve never been to India, and I also like the concept. I like the mix of players, there are legends, futsal players, and local players. Also, the concept of educating within the country not only football, but Futsal as well.
“We’ve seen how T20 cricket has brought a younger generation of people to cricket, and hopefully it will be the same regarding football because it is quick.”
The 42-year-old was asked if he’d return to India to play the next edition of Premier Futsal, and he seems to be pretty much excited to come back.
He added: ”Yes, that’s the plan at the moment. It’s obviously the first time, and it has went great till now. If I’m invited, yes, I’m looking forward to come back in January.”
Giggs was asked about Wales’ inspiration performances in the Euros, and how India can learn from them to be successful in international football.
“First of all, you need a vision. You need a short term vision and a long term vision. Then you need to stick to it. Obviously, you need the interest, and this is what we’re trying to do with Futsal. We’re trying to generate interest in the younger generation.
“In Wales, it’s quite similar. We’ve rugby and football. In India, cricket is the main sport and a lot of people enjoy watching football. The coaching needs to be right, and you need good facilities. Ultimately, you need a vision and someone to implement it.
“You see Iceland and Wales. You don’t need millions and millions of people, it’s okay India have got people, but as long as Indian have the vision and you can stick to it. It should work.”
Giggs was also asked about his future plans, and what he wants to do next after quitting Manchester United, to which he replied: ”I’m looking to be a manager, and that’s what I want to do. To be honest, this is the first pre-season in 25 years where I don’t have to go to work, so I’ve keeping myself busy with media work and coming here.
“It’s similar to when I quit playing. Obviously, I was a bit disappointed, but there was a relief that I didn’t have to put my body through what I have for 25 years. So, there is a bit of relief that I can step back. If the right offer comes in, I’ll jump on it, but I’m not in a rush. At the same time, I don’t want to leave for too longer.”