Franco Baresi, former Italian defender and captain will open AC Milan football school in Kozhikode, Kerala. The inauguration is reported to take place in first week of September.

This is the first time AC Milan is opening a football academy in India. Unlike the other franchise-based academies of foreign football clubs operating in India, all the functions of the academy of Serie A giant will be directly controlled by the club.

Initially, the academy will expand in areas like Ernakulam, Malappuram and Kozhikode. Later, they have plans to move further to Thrissur, Kannur and Kasargod. Coaches trained by Milan itself will be in charge monitoring the young players at the academy. The program will available to children from six to sixteen.

Alexando Giyani, the head of AC Milan international academy visited Kozhikode last week and held meetings with local bodies on the possibility of launching the academy.

Abuthahir , one of the designated partner of Calicut Sports City LLP, a Kozhikode-based group which will be the local partners of the project remarked, “ We had a fruitful discussion with Gyani and he was impressed with our presentation. The academy will be run by AC Milan and we don’t have much role other than providing the infrastructure and facilities.”

Franco Baresi is considered of the greatest defender of all-time. He spent 20 years with AC Milan and has been the captain of the club for 15 seasons.

Abuthahir also added, “We are also trying to bring Paulo Maldini but his arrival is not confirmed yet. Even if he is not able to make it for the launch, he has promised to visit us once the academy starts functioning.”


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