AIFF President and Secretary General meet with Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid executives

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On Sunday, February 26, 2023, Federation President Mr. Kalyan Chaubey and Secretary General Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran met the heads of two of the world’s best legacy clubs in Madrid. However, they conducted conversations on a wide variety of topics pertaining to football and its future.

Mr. Chaubey and Dr. Prabhakaran met with Mr. Florentino Perez, President of Real Madrid. Further, he met Mr. Jose Angel Sanchez, CEO of the club. The 122-year-old club’s President, generally considered one of the most venerated figures in international football, has promised Indian football all aid and partnership in the near future.

Mr. Chaubey and Dr. Prabhakaran had another exceptionally beneficial discussion with Mr. Enrique Cerezo, President of Atlético de Madrid.

“Meeting the presidents of the two clubs was a tremendous chance, and I appreciate both of them for giving us the honour and addressing many difficulties of the game, especially in India,” Mr Chaubey said of the discussions. I am just struck by the openness of the highest people here, who have offered Indian football every possible assistance in the coming days. That was an uplifting visit that I will remember for a long time.”

“We went into the discussions with an open mind and came back wealthier,” stated Secretary General Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran. That was a fantastic opportunity, with the result being an in-depth debate that would help Indian football flourish. We held lengthy discussions about many football concerns. And looked into the possibility of collaborations that would propel Indian sport forward.”

Mr. Prithiijit Das, the Federation’s Head of the Business and Marketing Division, was also present at the sessions.

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