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India has talent, says Breitner

Legendary German footballer Paul Breitner sees great potential in India and feels they can become a football giant in the next decade.
Breitner, who played a key role in Germany’s 1974 World Cup victory, is the brand ambassador and advisor for Bayern Munich, who will play at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on January 10 against the Indian team in an exhibition match which has been termed Audi Football Summit.

The match will also double as a farewell tie for former India skipper Bhaichung Bhutia. The money from the match will go to the victims of the Sikkim earthquake.

“India has good football talent. It can become a football giant in the next decade. I see great potential. Bhutia has done so much to promote the game. I know he will continue to play an important role in the future too,” Breitner read out.

Breitner, who is on his fourth visit to India, hoped the Audi Football Summit, would be successful.

“Football is my life and the reason to discover some of the nicest places in the world. India has been in the news for the right reasons. We can see so many celebrities descending on the country. We are on the threshold of a path-breaking event for a noble cause,” said Breitner.

 Bayern will bring big players like Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gomez.  Breitner said Bayern will not be taking the match lightly.

“We play to win every game. We are a very special and serious club because we have a partnership with our fans and the spectators to give our best.” The German said they intend to bring “Bayern brand” of football to the Indians.

“I know most of you are more tuned into the English Premier League and teams from London, Liverpool or Manchester. But there is a big difference between Bayern and the rest. In the last 20 years, we are the only club that made money when others have been losing 20 to 50 million Euros.”

Bhutia, who could not be present, thanked the German club in a video. “Bayern Munich has consistently tried to help Indian football. They want us to do well. They have been sincerely trying to develop the game in India. I thank them,” he said.  The match would be preceded by the Youth Cup final, involving juniors from India. The winner would travel to Munich for a short training programme.

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