RB Leipzig and FC Goa announce new 3-year partnership

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Leipzig have agreed to a three-year deal with the Indian Super League club.

Leipzig have agreed on a three-year partnership deal with Indian Super League outfit FC Goa, thus making the German club’s first tie-up in Asia.

The deal, which will be effective until 2023, could see some of India’s homegrown talents train and showcase their abilities at the German club’s facilities, although it has been deemed difficult at the moment due to pandemic.

It is also added that Leipzig will offer their support to FC Goa on how to facilitate youth development.

Leipzig’s rapid rise to prominence has been evident following their success in both the domestic and European Competitions. Despite being a young club and often tagged as “commercial”, Leipzig’s way of nurturing the young talents and bringing them to spotlight is something we don’t even see in the teams with a rich history.

Having already affiliated with RB Salzburg (Austria), New York Bulls (USA),  Red Bull Brasil and Red Bull Bragantino, FC Goa will be Leipzig’s first venture in Asia.

FC Goa president Akshay Tandon also looks excited about the partnership, calling Leipzig as the perfect partners.

“I am delighted to have RB Leipzig as our partners. They have shown the world of football how to build from the ground up and that’s something we resonate with. It is our first international partnership and in RB Leipzig, we have the perfect partner.

“Partnerships such as these validate our long-term vision that we have at the Club. Our goal is to develop Indian footballers for the world stage and this partnership helps us create a visible pathway for all young aspiring footballers in India. We have a long way to go, but these steps help build a strong foundation for the future. This is a partnership that gives me even more belief in the direction we are headed.”

RB Leipzig’s CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has also spoken on the new deal.

We are very much looking forward to the partnership with FC Goa because this club is a perfect fit for us with its young, modern, and innovative approach. We want to break new ground with RB Leipzig and take our first steps internationally. Our cooperation with FC Goa is the first step of a wider internationalisation strategy.

“The up-and-coming and rapidly growing Indian market is perfectly suited to cooperation. The discussions with FC Goa were very open, convincing, and purposeful from the beginning. Additionally, such a partnership also offers the opportunity to represent the Bundesliga in India in the best possible way and, to a certain extent, act as an ambassador.”