Unlike other acclaimed football clubs which conduct fleeting visits of the country, Argentine giant Boca Juniors hopes to make a long-term impression here.

In the past, several big names such as Real Madrid and Celtics FC have conducted brief camps with local youngsters, but have not stuck on to witness the progress of their wards.

On Friday, Boca Juniors, one of the biggest clubs in South America, announced that it will open an academy in the city, which will run all year round.

“I understand that a club like Boca Juniors is not as popular as some of the big English and Spanish clubs, but we will make up for it through permanency. Boca Juniors did not consider a temporary camp of two or three weeks. We hope to see results over three to five years; the goal is to give the children the best chance to acquire the skills taught by us,” said Francisco Morea, the club’s Football Schools Manager. The first camp will begin on June 10 at the ITPB sports grounds at Sarjapur, while the first academy workshop will commence at the same venue on July 6.

David Moliner Monedero has been appointed the National Technical Director of the academy, which has been named the Boca Juniors Football School India (BJFSI). The Spaniard will stay in the country for six months in a year to exercise his duties. Oscar Aquino, who has coached the junior team of Boca Juniors for close to 30 years, will serve as the General Coordinator. — Sports Reporter

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