The All India Football Federation (AIFF) turned 75 on Saturday. It was on this day in Shimla that the All India Football Federation was launched way back in 1937. The AIFF commemorated the occasion by launching the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at the Headquarters, the Football House. The celebrations will continue till June 22, 2013.
Former India captain and legendary footballer Chuni Goswami unfurled the flag to mark the beginning of the celebrations. AIFF Senior Vice-Presidents A.R. Khaleel and Subrata Dutta were also present as were Hardev Jadeja, Ankur Dutta, Tempo Bhutia and Sunil Bharadwaj.
Goswami also unveiled AIFF’s Platinum Jubilee logo.
AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das looked back the path travelled so far. “It is a momentous day for all football lovers. The AIFF which was launched in 1937 is now 75 years old. We stay proud of our history,” he said.
He also stressed on the future plans ahead. “AIFF has big plans for the development of football specially the launch of Youth Academies which will go a long way in improving and developing the game in India,” he added.
AIFF President Praful Patel in his message said: “It is indeed a great occasion that we are 75 years old. I am sure that with the programme undertaken in the Platinum Jubilee year we will go a long way in creating the right impetus to take Indian football to the next level in due course.”
Goswami also lauded the AIFF over the recent appointment of foreign coaches. “I need to mention that AIFF has brought in quality coaching staff in all age groups. It’s up to the Indian coaches who work with them to learn the finer points of the trade,” he commented.
A short documentary film, “Glory of Indian Football” was also screened at the Football House.
Besides, Goswami was presented a bouquet of flowers by A.R. Khaleel, Subrata Dutta, Ankur Datta and Hardev Jadeja. Kushal Das presented Goswami a memento and Subrata Dutta presented him with a shawl.
The Military Pipe Band of Rajputana Rifles performed on the occasion. “Saare Jahan se Accha” was played in honour of the guests. The AIFF staff were also present on the occasion.
(AIFF Press Release)