New Delhi, 12/7/2012- World’s first multi-national Premier Futsal is all set to commence from 15th of July at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. The league is divided into two groups comprising of three teams in each group who will battle out to bag the trophy on 24th July.
The signing of marquee players completed with the addition of Ryan Giggs, Brazil’s Ronaldinho and Argentina’s Hernan Crespo. Premier Futsal has previously announced Manchester United’s midfield maestro PaulScholes and Galactico Michel Salgado as their other signings.
The last minute controversial drop out by the Portuguese International Decohaving drew a lot of rumors about his exit, reports were circulating that Non Payment of amount was one of the reason, however with an official press release by the Futsal Premier the entire controversies surrounding this were brought to an end. The sole reason behind his last minute drop out was his injury and soon Decohaving will release a video on the same issue (As mentioned in the Press Release)
Premier Futsal also introduced all its franchise owners for the first edition today. The Mumbai has been picked up by the renowned car designer Dilip Chhabria, where as the Goa and Kochi franchises have been bought by Viiking Ventures Pvt. Ltd. and Dubai based Yes Events Management respectively. Premier Futsal recently announced Kannada film star Puneeth Rajkumar as the owner of the Bengaluru 5’s franchise. The Kolkata franchise was bought by Bengali superstar Jeet, while Janani Ramesh of the Hindu Group, and was the first to pick a team in its debut season.
Speaking at the event, Premier Futsal Co-Founder Nithyashree Subban said, “Amidst all the false allegations and attempts to tarnish the image of Premier Futsal, we are proud to kick-start our inaugural edition as scheduled on July 15 here in Chennai. It was a strategic decision to host the league in just 2 cities; Chennai and Goa, and with 6 franchises. We have managed to secure signatures of players who are the legends of the game and will be seen playing in India in a few days. As Premier Futsal Management, we are committed to grow Futsal here in India and we will expand the league to other cities in the future editions.”
The teams for each of the franchises were also announced today. The teams have been picked by an independent committee comprising of some International Futsal experts with a view to make the teams balanced and the league competitive. For the next season, all the Futsallers will go back in to the bidding pool and the owners will have to pick their team through a bidding process. The marquee players which have been allotted will remain with their respective franchisee for the next season as well.
All the teams have been disclosed today which has been picked by an independent committee comprising of International Futsal experts with a view to make the teams balanced and the league competitive. However, the allotted marquee players for the respective team would continue even for the second season but the entire players will go to the bidding pool and will be auctioned from the second season of the tournament.
The selection of players was done through ‘Launch Pad’ which is a talent hunt programme. The selected players were hosted a boot camp in Chennai and later five players were allotted to each team who will gain a lifetime experience to play alongside with some of the renowned international futsallers and Marquee players.