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HT GIFA Season 4: Biggest influencers of the game

At SARE HOMES HT GIFA, the biggest neighbourhood football tournament in Delhi- NCR, coaches who guided their teams to victory were spotted.

ht gifa Updated: Sep 22, 2017 19:25 IST
HT GIFA is the he biggest neighbourhood football tournament in Delhi- NCR.
HT GIFA is the he biggest neighbourhood football tournament in Delhi- NCR.(HT Photo)

The motivators, influencers, leaders and teachers play various important roles in the life of their students. They make every effort, day in and day out making sure their students never fail to succeed. Similarly, when it comes to sports the coach in the life of a sportsperson is one of the most important person and influencer. While some sportspersons are natural at the game, others work extremely hard and the coaches in their life mould these players to become the best and reach their peak. The game plan, improvement of player skills, training and techniques are all taken care by the coaches and mentors. Coaches have an instrumental role to play in a team’s victory. Even at SARE HOMES HT GIFA, the biggest neighbourhood football tournament in Delhi- NCR we spotted some Shahrukh Khan’s from Chak De, who guided their teams to victory.

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Sharing his passion for the game and coaching, Hazarat Khan, coach and team manager of Nex Era Academy said “I myself am a football player and played nationals, after which my son’s interest in the sport led me to coach the next generation. Football has always been my passion and influencing the young kids, seeing them passion it feels great to coach them. That’s the reason I started my football coaching academy”

FIFA started recognizing coaches for their contribution to the game by introducing an award for the FIFA World Coach of the Year. This award, given annually to the football coach who is considered to have performed the best in the previous 12 months, was based on votes from coaches and captains of international teams, as well as journalists from around the world. Portuguese coach José Mourinho was the first winner of the men’s FIFA World Coach of the Year award in 2010. Jose has invaluable coaching experience under legends, Bobby Robson and Louis Van Gaal. He has won 8 league titles and 4 domestic cups with Porto, Chelsea, Inter, and Real Madrid. He also won the 2003 UEFA Cup and the 2004 Champions League with Porto, the 2010 Champions League with Inter, and the 2017 Europa League with Manchester United. After a mixed second spell at Chelsea, Mourinho became Manchester United manager at the start of the 2016-17 season and took them back into the Champions League.

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Govind, a coach from India on Track, who conducted training sessions for teams during the Pre-qualifiers, felt great about young player’s enthusiasm for football .“The scope of football in India is growing exponentially and it feels great coaching such young talent. I try to develop basic skills of the player as that is what helps them in the game. A lot of coaching academies are also coming up and that increases the influence of football even more, fueling the passion in the young generation for the sport,” he said.

5 top Indian Sports coaches

Balwan Singh

Himself being a part of the Indian team that won gold medals in the 1988 Asian Kabaddi Championship and 1989 SAF Games, Balwan Singh started his coaching career in 1996. Under his guidance, India has won six World Cups and three gold medals at the Asian Games. He is also a recipient of the Dronacharya award.

Pullela Gopichand

A former Indian badminton player. And presently the Chief National Coach for the Indian Badminton team, Pullela Gopichand started the Gopichand Badminton Academy in 2008, produced several world-class badminton players including Saina Nehwal, P. V. Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap, Srikanth Kidambi, Arundhati Pantawane, Gurusai Datt and Arun Vishnu.

Jagdish Singh

The most famous boxers in India, Akhil Kumar, Jitender Kumar and Vijender Singh all trained at his boxing club. Called the ‘Cuba of India’ he started his coaching institute with a loan which led up to Vijender Singh winning a medal at the Olympics.

Satpal Singh

A Wrester himself, Satpal Singh coached wrestler Sushil Kumar who has won two Olympic medals in his career so far. Satpal Singh has also been honoured with Arjuna award, Padma Shri, Dronacharya award and Padma Bhushan.

Gary Kirsten

Hailed by skipper MS Dhoni as the ‘best thing that ever happened to Indian cricket,’ Gary Kristen coached the Indian cricket team to reach new heights. Under his coaching the team achieved No.1 Test ranking, won the 2011 ICC ODI World Cup and numerous other international series.