“I’d love to play for the Indian national team” – Kiran Bechan (Dutch player of Indian origin) Interview
30 year old Winand Kiran Madhankumar Bechan was born in Amsterdam, was regarded as a huge talent at Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam before Kiran travelled the world to play football. He not only tells me that but also that the Player of Indian origin would like to play in the I-League one day and coach in India in the future once he retires.Please tell us a little about yourself? How did you get into football?
Born in the Netherlands I started playing football when I was about eight years old at a local amateur club FC Amtelland and after two years Ajax Amsterdam scouted me at the age of 10 to play in the Ajax School of Excellence. I stayed there for 11 years and signed a seven year contract when I was 16!Which clubs did you all play for in your career? Where did you enjoy playing the most?
I made my Eredivisie debut at Ajax Amsterdam at the age of 18. After this I went to Sparta Rotterdam to get more experience and I played there for two years with success. And interestingly my coach there was Mike Snoei, who is now the new Coach of Pune FC and I regard him as a very good coach!
After two seasons at Sparta Rotterdam, Ajax Amsterdam took me back but I was bought by FC Groningen. After two years in Groningen I went to FC Den Bosch where I had a very good season and earned a move to Spanish side Hércules Alicante CF, a club who two years ago beat FC Barcelona in La Liga, a very good club and I loved playing in Spain.After this I went back to Holland to play for FC Emmen because my daughter was born and I wanted to stay close to her, but after six months I left for Cyprus to join Ermis Aradippou in Larnaca. I played there for a season and left for Qatar which was a beautiful experience. After the season with Al-Mu'aidar SC I left to play for FC Atyrau in the Kazakhstan Premier League. Kazakhstan is another really beautiful country and the football is developing very well as they sign a lot of good foreign players. It will be like Russia in a few years, then they have a lot of money as it is an oil rich country. But another on year I moved to China but got a small injury and I left for Qatar to train with my old club Al-Mu'aidar SC to keep fit and I'm now looking for a move.You told me, you would be interested to play in India. Why?
As for India, I would love to play there!
I think the I-League is getting better and better, and with signing of experienced foreigners they can bring Indian football to the next level. I had a chat with coach Mike Snoei before he left for Pune FC and he also told me that India is an up and coming football nation with a lot of opportunities. My dream is to finish my playing career in India, experience life there and I'd like to play for at least another five years.
Also I want my daughter to learn Hindi and after my career I want to go for my coaching degrees and become a coach in India. Maybe even coach the Indian national team one day, you never know. I played in many countries and I have see the game. I hope I can reach my goals!If approached in the past, would you have considered to play for the Indian national team?
I have been invited several times through people to play for the Indian national team but the problem was always the passport. India don't give dual citizenship otherwise I would love to play for the Indian national team. Maybe if I play in the I-League there is still a possibility to play for the national team, then I'm only 30 and have at least 5 or 6 years to go before I retire.